Book reviews. Paranormal fantasy, fiction, YA, romance, adventure, fantasy, supernatural--all sorts of genres. New releases, pre-releases and previously released material (whatever I find on my to-be-read shelf :)
Q. Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?
Surprisingly, I don't. While Harry Potter was being published, I re-read the previous books while waiting for the next book in the series to be released, but that was more to refresh my memory. I do have a few series that I've kept to be read later, but I haven't re-visited them yet. I have Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles on my shelf along with her Mayfair witches series. I also have the Southern Vampire series (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlaine Harris, The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer and Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. I enjoyed them all enough to keep them but really plan to save them for my children to read than for me to read again.
Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?
Ohhhhh, difficult question :)
However, I really think I'd like to be able to visit the world of Thursday Next. Jasper Fforde has created not one, but two interesting worlds. Thursday lives in an alternate Swindon, where the Toast Marketing Board is all powerful and cheese smuggling is a major problem. However, she is one of the rare people that can also visit BookWorld--where books are living things and characters vacation in the backstories of other books. I'd love to be able to visit with Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice or hang out with Shadow from American Gods. The possibilities would be endless!!
I love the Otherworld series. Until Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, Book 11) Elena was my favorite character--they story of Elena and Clay is still my favorite in the series. However, after reading about grown-up Savannah, she has taken the role of favorite character. Armstrong always wrote Savannah as an interesting child, just finding out who she is and where she belongs. She was always somewhat confident in herself and her abilities. However, the adult Savannah is a complex and well-written character. She is confident and arrogant, while still being vulnerable and insecure. She knows what she wants but isn't always ready to go after it. Her story, as told in both Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, Book 11) and Spell Bound (Otherworld, Book 12) shows her maturing and finding herself and her place in the world. She is a very likable character.
In Spell Bound (Otherworld, Book 12) things are heating up. Savannah is kidnapped, again. This time by an underground movement wanting supernaturals to 'come out' into the open. Their leader, a cult like figure with an interesting back story, believes that Savannah fulfills one sign of a prophecy that will propel supernaturals in to the open and as superior to humans. There are other signs of the prophecy as well, many of whom are Savannah's friends and family, and a few of whom seem to be references to Armstrong's YA series about Otherworld. I'm very interested to see if the two series will intersect in the future. This book brings most of the supernatural community into the story and seems to be setting up something big in future books. All the players are here: Jeremy, Elana, Clay, Jaime, Hope, Karl, Cassandra, Aaron, Paige, Lucas and, of course, Adam. Both the Nast and the Cortez Cabal are involved as well. However, while this does set-up what sounds like a great future story-line, Savannah's story is excellent on it's own. Her character really starts to mature in this novel. Without her powers, she really begins to appreciate what others have to offer her in their own experiences and what her own strengths are outside of spell casting. It's a great story and I look forward to reading the next installment in the Otherworld series.