Recent Reads – October 2008

October 29, 2008

I read a lot more books than I have time to review, and there are always a few that I don’t get around to writing full reviews of. So I decided to do an occasional post about any urban fantasies that I haven’t felt like writing about in more depth.

  • Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace, by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi
    A teenage girl learns that she’s a weredragon, and that the ancient enemies of her people are trying to wipe out her kind. Some aspects of the story were too coincidental, and the pace seemed kind of uneven.

    This is not one of those YA books that could have just as easily belonged in the adult fiction section, but it’s a cute story with a few really nice moments. I liked the dragon training and lore. Overall it didn’t really grab me, but I may try one more and see if the series makes a better impression now that I’m familiar with the characters and world.

    Recommended as a gift for a young-ish relative, or for an adult that’s in the mood to try some PG-rated genre fluff.

  • Enchantment Place, edited by Denise Little
    This is a theme anthology about a mall that caters to witches, vampires, shapeshifters, and other supernatural creatures. The best of them was “Mirror, Mirror,” a fast-paced mystery story by Phaedra M. Weldon. The others ranged from mildly interesting to overly cheesy to just plain bad.

    Not recommended, unless you’re a big enough fan of any of the authors to put up with a collection that has a lot more misses than hits.

  • Witchling, by Yasmine Galenorn
    Three half-human sisters, each one a conveniently different flavor of supernatural, work to foil an evil plot. Their task is made more difficult by a lack of assistance from the organization that they work for, and it’s made more annoying (to both the characters and reader) by the fact that every man in range wants to screw the heroine. That, plus hefty chunks of awkwardly-handled exposition, made this book very difficult to get into.

    There’s some boring, gratuitous sex. Though I didn’t care about these characters in the slightest, this is supposed to be super hot because they’re free-spirited Otherworld types not bound by our restrictive earth morality or standards of characterization.

    Not recommended.

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