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WW28: BLACKOUT

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WW28 book offering : Blackout by Rob Thurman

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

He was also at least forty.

To put that line a bit more in context, here is the next line:

He’d been a full-grown man and full-grown pervert for a long time now.

About Blackout:

I was alone, and I was lost. I didn’t know where I was; I didn’t know who I was. It doesn’t get more lost than that. Knowing what I knew and not knowing anything else at all, why would I want to be in the darkness where monsters hide?

Because killers hide there, too…

Half-human Cal Leandros has always walked a bloody line between keeping his mortal soul free and clear (sort of) and unleashing the horror of his otherworldly heritage. The one thing that’s always saved him is the memory of his brother, Niko, his friends, and those he loves.

Until now.

Cal wakes up on a beach littered with the recently slaughtered remains of a variety of hideous creatures that were obviously looking for trouble. The fact that he was the one doing the slaughtering doesn’t bother him. The fact that he feels like a natural-born killer doesn’t either. What bothers him is that Cal doesn’t remember Cal anymore…

And he’s not sure he cares.

Source: Info in the About Blackout was taken from the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/blackout/ on 14/09/2010.

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14/09/2011 Posted by | Cal Leandros series, Rob Thurman, urban fantasy, WW28 | , , , | 6 Comments

Review: BLACKOUT

Blackout by Rob Thurman
Book 6 of the Cal Leandros series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Blackout:

I was alone, and I was lost. I didn’t know where I was; I didn’t know who I was. It doesn’t get more lost than that. Knowing what I knew and not knowing anything else at all, why would I want to be in the darkness where monsters hide?

Because killers hide there, too…

Half-human Cal Leandros has always walked a bloody line between keeping his mortal soul free and clear (sort of) and unleashing the horror of his otherworldly heritage. The one thing that’s always saved him is the memory of his brother, Niko, his friends, and those he loves.

Until now.

Cal wakes up on a beach littered with the recently slaughtered remains of a variety of hideous creatures that were obviously looking for trouble. The fact that he was the one doing the slaughtering doesn’t bother him. The fact that he feels like a natural-born killer doesn’t either. What bothers him is that Cal doesn’t remember Cal anymore…

And he’s not sure he cares.

Source: Info in the About Blackout was taken from the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/blackout/ on 14/09/2010.

Review:
Book 5 all but screamed “Cal-is-going-Auphe-in-book6-and-it-is-so-not-good”, so I was totally expecting something along those lines. That expectation kinda made me dread reading this book, at the same time look forward to it. Ambivalent much? Anyway, I was already about three quarters into the book (almost ending) and I was still waiting for this “Cal-is-going-Auphe-and-its-not-good” story line. So I thought to myself… “was that pointers in book 5 wrong??”… Well, it wasn’t. Not really… until I got to the end. As you can see the plot is twisty enough that even a long time Cal Leandros reader like me cannot see where the story was going. I like that in a book. Because sometimes after reading a series for so long I can tell what is going to happen next. It takes a lot out of the book then. So much so that I tend to stop reading that series even if it was good the first few books, because it then becomes same old, same old. Like what I experienced with the Carpathian series. So the Cal Leandros series hasn’t lost it’s shine on me yet. And I like the fact that every book in the series gives a good resolution to the story. That is important to me because I hate being strung along hanging for another year. Authors that do that, I tend to avoid. And this book ended with a good resolution. Although it also gives out pointers to what is going to happen to the next book like book 5 did, enough to keep the reader ineterested in the series but the story did not end with a cliffhanger.

Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books in the Cal Leandros series:

20/03/2011 Posted by | book review, Cal Leandros series, Cherry's reviews, review, Rob Thurman, urban fantasy | , , , , , | 5 Comments

WW28: ROADKILL

WW28
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WW28 book offering : Roadkill by Rob Thurman

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

He began speaking as casually as if he were telling a story about a well-known relative. The facts were at his fingertips and he did love to share those facts.

These lines gives us a glimpse into Niko’s character…

About Roadkill:

Niko could have died because of her. I don’t forget things like that…not ever. I wanted a little payback for those she’d cheated in the past. For those she’d cheat in the future. For what she’d allowed to happen to my brother.

For good old fashion revenge.

Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko were working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen gave them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. They barely made it out alive. Now, as their P.I. business teeters on insolvency, guess who shows up with a job?

The gypsy crone wants them to find a stolen coffin. Cal would rather help her into one, but this coffin contains an evil known as the Plague of the World–and it makes the Black Death seem like a fond memory.

But the thief has already left town, so the Leandros brothers are going on the road.

And if they’re very, very lucky, there might even be a return trip…

Source: Info in the About Roadkill was taken from the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/roadkill/ on 14/09/2010.

16/02/2011 Posted by | Cal Leandros series, magic, Rob Thurman, urban fantasy, WW28 | , , , , | 2 Comments

Review: DEATHWISH

Deathwish by Rob Thurman
Book 4 of the Cal Leandros series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Deathwish by Rob Thurman:

How I felt the mental stirrings of a bloodthirsty heritage when I passed through the gray light wasn’t my favorite topic…. The Auphe nature wasn’t mine. I wouldn’t let it be. And if I said that to myself over and over and sprinkled around enough frigging fairy dust, maybe it would be true.

Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, are barely getting by with their preternatural detective agency when the vampire Seamus hires them. He’s being followed, and he wants to know by whom. But the Leandros brothers have to do more than they had planned when Seamus turns up dead (or un-undead). Worse still is the return of Cal’s nightmarish family’ the Auphe.

The last time Cal faced them, the Auphe were almost wiped out. Now they want revenge. Cal knows that before the Auphe get to him, they will try to destroy everything and everyone he holds dear. Because for the Auphe, Cal’s pain is a pleasure.

And they’re feeling good.

Source: Info in the About Deathwish by Rob Thurman was taken from the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/deathwish/ on 14/09/2010.

Review:
Being book 4 in the series, the world building and character development has been done a long time ago. Although new characters were introduced, it is done in the same flare as the first book. Very good indeed. A 5 out of 5. So what else can I say about this book that I haven’t said already in the previous books? The ending. The story ended with a bang and satisfying closure, but, some of the scenes there had some feasibility issues. It just tells you that this and that happened.  It didn’t take the reader through the journey. The how did they get there was not properly explained. Consequently as a reader I had difficulty suspending disbelief. But because the story telling quality was good, I could overlook that issue for now and continue reading Rob Thurman.

Another thing about this book is that the narrative’s point of view (POV) swaps between Nik and Cal from chapter to chapter. I had gotten so used to the narrative from Cal’s POV that when Nik gets his turn I sometimes get confused and had to re-read the pages. The up side of this is that we get to hear Nik’s POV which I have been wanting to know for a long time and this book gave me that satisfaction.
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Previous books in the Cal Leandros series:

18/11/2010 Posted by | book review, Cal Leandros series, Cherry's reviews, review, Rob Thurman, urban fantasy | , , , , , | 3 Comments

WW28: MADHOUSE

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WW28 book offering : Madhouse by Rob Thurman

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

“Promise would know that is not our area of expertise.”

About Madhouse:
Book 3 of the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

My brother had spent a lifetime-mine, at least-telling me that I was normal, that I wasn’t a monster. With his help, I’d finally realized that as long as I could remain who I was, I could survive what I was. It was only bad genes….
Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren’t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business would dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place?
But now there’s a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers, dead set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder, is picking off humans like sheep. And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they’re going to have to earn…if they live long enough to collect it.

Source: Info in the About Madhouse was taken from the the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/moonshine/ on 18/08/2010.

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WW28: MOONSHINE

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WW28 book offering : Moonshine by Rob Thurman

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

I grinned.

Now that is a bit too stingy… two words? So let me post the rest of the paragraph:

I like Promise. I liked her for herself, but I would’ve liked her for Niko’s sake if nothing else.

Those lines there shows us a glimpse of the family dynamics in the book.

About Moonshine:
Book 2 of the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

I was born a monster. Although truthfully, I was only half a monster. My mother was human; my father was something… else. Half monster or whole, in the end it didn’t matter. I had my weaknesses, same as anyone else.

And I was facing one of them now.

After saving the world from his fiendish father’s side of the family, Cal Leandros and his stalwart half brother, Niko, have settled down with a new apartment and a new gig-bodyguard and detective work. And in New York City, where preternatural beings stalk the streets just like normal folk, business is good.

Their latest case has them going undercover for the Kin, the werewolf Mafia. A low-level Kin boss thinks a rival is setting him up for a fall, and wants proof. The place to start is the back room of Moonshine, a gambling club for non-humans. Cal thinks it’s a simple in-and-out job. But Cal is very, very wrong.

Cal and Niko are being set up themselves – and the people behind it have bites much worse than their barks…

Source: Info in the About Moonshine was taken from the the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/moonshine/ on 09/08/2010.

27/10/2010 Posted by | WW28 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: MADHOUSE by Rob Thurman

Madhouse by Rob Thurman

About Madhouse:
Book 3 of the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

My brother had spent a lifetime – mine, at least – telling me that I was normal, that I wasn’t a monster. With his help, I’d finally realized that as long as I could remain who I was, I could survive what I was. It was only bad genes…

Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren’t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business would dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place?

But now there’s a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers, dead set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder, is picking off humans like sheep. And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they’re going to have to earn… if they live long enough to collect it.

Source: Info in the About Madhouse was taken from the the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/madhouse/ on 18/08/2010.

Review:
What I’ve said about book 1 (Nightlife) and book 2 (Moonshine) in this series is still true with this book. Good paced with humour between the pages and satisfying ending. I would highly recommend this book to urban fantasy readers! But seeing that this is book 3 in the series, I would suggest that you read books 1 and 2 first. It would give a better appreciation of characters and events. Go to Rob Thurman‘s website for reading order at www.robthurman.net.

What do I love about this book that I haven’t said already about the other books in this series? The mere pleasure of reading more about the now beloved characters, Nik and Cal, and enjoying the wonderful story telling quality of Rob Thurman. The novelty hasn’t worn off yet and I’m going to savour it while it lasts 🙂

And another thing I like about Rob Thurman’s writing style is that she always delivers a good ending to all the books in the series. She may add on a cliffhanger at the end just to keep you interested in the series but the ending always resolves the central dilemma in the story. Resolution! I am a resolution kind of girl. That is very important to me as a reader.  I do not like being strung along to hung dry. I tend to avoid those authors like the plague!

What I don’t like? There were a couple or so of patches in the book where it dragged a bit. I just persevere through it just to get to the next bit because by now I know this author and I know that something good is waiting at the bend.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

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17/10/2010 Posted by | book review, Cal Leandros series, Cherry's reviews, magic, review, Rob Thurman, urban fantasy, werewolves | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Review: NIGHTLIFE

Nightlife by Rob Thurman
Book 1 of the Cal Leandros series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Nightlife:

There are monsters among us. There always has been and there always will be. I’ve known that since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one…

…Well, half of one, anyway.

Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side—and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the
preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.

His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares—and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn’t exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out.

He and his half brother, Niko, have managed to stay a step ahead for four years, but now Cal’s dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they’ve always wanted him: He is the key to unleashing their
hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life….

Source: Info in the About Nightlife was taken from the author’s website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/nightlife/ on 01/08/2010.

Review:
I just recently discovered this author and series. I’ve seen this author and her work around the blogosphere for sometime but just never picked it up until now. My mountainous TBR pile might have something to do with my resistance there.

There are some scenarios in the book where it was just too logistically impossible in which the “suspension of disbelief” has to drop a little. But because of the compelling storytelling quality, I can overlook this as a reader. The story also has unexpected twists to keep a reader glued to the pages. The book is fast-paced, action-filled with humor between the pages and satisfying ending! Love it!

Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

30/08/2010 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, review | , , , , , | Leave a comment