I had convinced myself this week that I didn't have time to read, but have you ever hit a moment where escaping into a book was the only way to cope? That's what I did. This week, the first book I came to in an roundabout way. I was cruising youtube and saw this video about Judy York. She is an artist who paints front covers for authors. I was so intrigued by the front cover of one of the books she talked about that I went to the library and searched it out. Not my normal path to a good read, but a unique one at any rate.
Once he had scorched the world . . .
Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness.
Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend . . .
Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him -- more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before.
As the power of his most bitter enemy grows and ancient alliances crumble, the wildness in his blood will not be denied. The tairen must claim his truemate and embrace the destiny woven for him in the mists of time.
A simple woodcarver's daughter finds her dreams of adventure and romance coming true when Tairen Soul claims her as his truemate, plunging her into a dangerous realm of passion, evil, magic, and love.
Fascinating. Enchanting. Complex and powerful. I don't read much fantasy. I'm more a sci-fi type of girl. C.L. Wilson creates a world and a relationship between her main characters that keeps the book attached to your hand - when driving, cooking, two seconds in the bathroom, and way past bedtime. Rich details, twists and turns that keep it fresh, and alot of angst and conflict that compel the Tairen Soul and his truemate to truly rely on each other. Only one note: Make sure you have the next book: Lady of Light and Shadows - as the first book ends practically mid-story (because of it's length, I think) and continues right into the next book, which the library didn't have and neither did Borders. You won't want to stop and wait for the next one to arrive or to run to the bookstore to get a copy. Patti's score: A+
Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy - cool, calm, emotionless - at least on the surface. Inside, she is fighting a desperate battle to save her son and free them both from the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.
DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's Agenda, but charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...
Big fan of Nalini Singh. She knows how to hook you, and then keep you turning the pages. She boxed Dorian and Ashaya into a neat little quandry with no simple solution and I could not for the life of me figure how she was going to get them out of it. How she did was a total twist of a surprise. This entire series is on my keeper shelf and is the one place I can go when I really want to escape. The highest compliment I can give is that I want to go live with the DarkRiver pack. Their family and pack values mirror my own wish for the way things could be. Patti's Score: A+
Just started this one. Hopefully, I will get it read in time to review next week. It's a big one, though, and I have a request at the library for C.L. Wilson's Lady of Light and Shadows, so we'll see what happens next. The girls - Jamie, Anne, Rebecca - added another book to my pile, also. They've been reading Stephenie Meyer's series, so they put book 1 - New Moon - in my stack to see if I enjoy it as much as they did. We'll see.
Happy reading this week - I hope you find just the perfect book that helps you escape!