I finished Dark Dreamer by Jennifer Fulton (only $4.99) yesterday. I had read one novel by Fulton a few years ago, and while the setting was very memorable, the rest of the book was merely okay in my opinion. So I was a bit skeptical about this one, but a lesbian ghost story was too much for me to pass up. I ended up being pleasantly surprised.
The setting, an old haunted house on an island in Maine, was perfect. The characters were interesting, the romance mostly believable, and the plot is intricate with a lot of different things going on. Near the end I thought Fulton got a bit heavy handed bringing in the topic of the Patriot Act. It ended up making me angry because I think the loss of our Constitutional rights is criminal, so it detracted from the novel. But that can be overlooked for what was otherwise a good read.
The ghost aspects aren’t scary, but there are plenty of suspenseful moments.
Then next I read Hidden by Kelley Armstrong. (I got it for only $2.99, it’s $5.99 right now.) It’s a long novella/short novel in Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, with Elena the werewolf as the main character. She, her husband, and young twin children are on a Christmas vacation getaway, but things don’t go according to plan and they end up having to investigate a couple mutt werewolves in the area.
Hidden is pretty much flawless, and is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. The characters are all unique, including the four-year-old twins, the plot is engaging, there are heartwarming moments, and there is plenty of humor and sexiness to keep almost any reader satisfied. Highly recommended.
I read “Home” by Stacia Kane, a short story in her Downside Ghosts series, featuring Chess Putnam and Terrible. This was an unusual offering compared to the novels. It’s not particularly gloomy. More of a Sturm und Drang type story, with an uplifting ending. As much as I love the dark grittiness of Kane’s dystopian urban fantasy series, “Home” was a really nice change of pace, allowing us to see that not everything is hopeless. Those always on the lookout for fiction with positive portrayals of polyamory will be especially interested.
What with working on a project, prepping for NaNo, and other things, I’ve not been reading nearly as much. I just finished Silver Lies by Ann Parker, which took me over a week to read. I bought it on sale for 99 cents in January, but when looking it up for this post I see that it’s being offered free for the Kindle right now.
It took me a while to get into this one, which is a mystery set in a silver mining boom town in Colorado in 1879. I adored the setting, and the main character (Inez) was intriguing, but the story itself didn’t grab me right away. The bustling mining town is what kept me reading initially, and it ended up being quite a satisfactory book. Inez is a fascinating character, but not always easy to like. At times she seems much too judgmental and hypocritical, considering her past. She is a saloon owner, but often acts as if she’s above that. This isn’t a knock against the book by any means, it was done that way intentionally.
For anyone who likes mysteries, and enjoys books set in, not exactly the Wild West, but the still not very tame West, give it a go. What do you have to lose when it’s free? (If you don’t own a Kindle, you can get one of the free apps to read it on your other device or computer.)