Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne Review

A prophecy has been unearthed predicting the destruction of the vampire race. In Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne, half-vampire half-human twins James and Brigit believe that the salvation for their species, however, they need scholar Lucy Lanfair to translate an ancient tablet that will give them hints as to what they need to do to save their people.

All Lucy has every wanted to do was be a scholar, running at the first sign of trouble she has managed to keep her world small, secure and predictable. When Lucy translates a tablet that predicts the end of the world she finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t know existed, wanted by the government and kidnapped by vampires, she doesn’t know who she can trust or what to believe. As Lucy gets to know James she finds herself drawn to the man but can she believe what he is telling her or is he only using her for his own ends…

Jumping into the middle of a series is always difficult but it is especially true when the series spans so many novels. For those we have read The Wings in the Night series, Twilight Prophecy is a continuation of the world that Maggie Shayne has created, many characters from the previous novels appear in this one. If you are like me and haven’t read any of Maggie Shayne’s previous novels, the story can stand alone although I did feel like I was missing out on not knowing the characters better and I felt there were sections in the story where I would have been more emotionally involved with the trial’s the characters had. James’ gift, beyond the normal vampire skills, was interesting and unique and his decision to live the life he did was an interesting twist to a genre that has been written so much about. I suspect that Brigit will get her own love story in one of the following novels and look forward to her finding someone who can handle her particular talent. Overall, the novel was unique in its take on the vampire world and I enjoyed it.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Wings In the Night Series:

Twilight Phantasies

Twilight Memories

Twilight Illusions

Beyond Twilight

Born in Twilight

Twilight Vows

Twilight Hunger

Embrace the Twilight

Run from Twilight

Edge of Twilight

Blue Twilight

Before Blue Twilight

Prince of Twilight

Demon’s Kiss

Lover’s Bite

Angel’s Pain

Bloodline

Twilight Prophecy

Vampires in Paradise (July 2011)

Twilight Fulfillment (October 2011)

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Title: Twilight Prophecy

Author: Maggie Shayne

Format: Paperback, eBook, Audio book

Page Nos.: 474

ISBN: 0778329801

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: May 1, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross Review

Jane Finley knows that she is different from other girls but she worries that her difference is going to get someone killed. Set in 1897 England The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross takes place during a time of great invetions and greater peril. Finley knows that there is a “thing” inside her that takes over and is violent. Finley accepts Griffin King’s offer of employment even though she worries about losing control and harming those around her.

Griffin King is the head of a band of misfits who are investigating the criminal activities of an individual called “The Machinist”, a creator of automation’s that are attacking humans. Griffin’s investigations bring him closer to the truth about his parent’s death and closer to Jane. But will Jane’s other side overpower her gentle side  or will Jane be able to death with both sides of her nature.

I loved The Girl in the Steel Corset! A steam-punk Victorian novel Kady Cross has done a great job weaving an believable case in a fictional world. Her descriptions of the steampunk machines were easy for m to visualize but the descriptions did not overpower the story. I devoured The Girl in the Steel Corset in about two days, not wanting to put it down. Cross did a great job of weaving traditional fictional characters and stories into her novel, giving us snatches of Journey to the Center of the Earth and Jekyll and Hyde. The novel is written from several of the characters’ points of view, giving the reader insight into the story line without long-winded dialogue. I eagerly look forward to the next novel in the series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Steampunk Chronicles:

The Strange Case of Jane Finley (available for free on Kindle)

The Girl in the Steel Corset

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Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset

Author: Kady Cross

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 480

ISBN: 978-0373210336

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: May 24, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalleybut was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.


Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman Review

To see someone and notice them is one thing, to see someone and find out they are dead two days later is another. In Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel, Alex Delaware and Robin Castanga go to the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills to enjoy drinks there one last time before it closes. They notice a striking young woman sitting alone and watch her throughout the night as she waits for someone. Alex and Robin leave before she ever meets up with her “date” and never find out if she does in fact meet up with them. As they leave the hotel they see a big burly man, who looks to be a body guard and assume that he is waiting for her exit. Two days later, Alex is called to help Detective Milo Sturgis, his long time friend, find her killer.

I enjoyed meeting more characters as they interview people and was intrigued to find the path to the killer. Unfortunatley, it wasn’t my favorite book to read and I found it hard to finish it. Jonathan Kellerman did a great job of keeping the suspense and I was pulled into the book in that sense, but it just wasn’t one that I found easy to read. There is quite a bit of swearing in the book, and the use of the f* word among those. There is suggestion of sex and sexual acts, but nothing descriptive. I will try reading another of Jonathan’s books to give him another try. Why don’t you read Mystery and find out who the killer is?

You can read an excerpt here.

Alex Delware Series Reading Order:

When the Bough Breaks

Blood Test

Over the Edge

Silent Partner

Time Bomb

Private Eyes

Devil’s Waltz

Bad Love

Self-Defense

The Web

Survival of the Fittest

The Clinic

Monster

Dr. Death

Flesh and Blood

The Murder Book

A Cold Heart

Therapy

Rage

Gone

Obsession

Compulsion

Bones

Evidence

Deception

Mystery

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Title: Mystery: An Alex Delaware

Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN: 978-0345505699

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: March 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Ballantine

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.