It seems I’ve been away for a long time, and I can only aplogise. There are a few projects in the offing, which unfortunately have not been signed sealed and delivered yet, so whilst I’ve been busy, I still can’t officially update you all. Sorry! Anyway – more of all that later.
Whilst being busy with my projects, I (of course) have still found time to read. I became slightly obsessed with Lora Leigh’s “Breed” series. It really is a fantastic read – a delve into a world of genetic experiments, a new race fighting for survival, a genetics council that will do anything to silence them and the new life the breeds are trying to carve out for themselves. I know, I know. It all seems a little bit far fetched, but trust me it’s not. With the advancements in modern science turning out amazing discoveries on a near daily basis, the whole premise for the Breeds’ world is not really that hard to imagine. The way in which you are brought into the story is really very clever. The breeds world builds up around you in a completely plausible way and emotional buy in is a given. What I should add though, is that while there is some genuinely brilliant story telling and world building in this series, it is definitely NOT for the faint hearted. If hotness was measured on a scale of 1 -10, this series would probably score a 100. If it was ranked on books you would lend to your mother, this would rank on the “pretend you’ve never even heard of it” end of the scale. With my mother in mind, I haven’t written individual reviews of the books (there are over 20), just in case she gets internet savvy and finds this blog! I was trying to describe the series to a friend without embarassing myself. In the end, I decided this was best: “If these books were films, they’d be the kind you’d find on the top shelf. With a special cover blocking out the naughty bits. In a special shop. In a part of town you never knew existed.” Having said all that, it still deserves a mention since it’s a brilliant story. If you’re not easily offended, give it a go!
Moving swiftly on, I’ve just started a new Nalini Singh series called “Psy Changeling.” More sedate than “Breeds,” but still a brilliantly written story. It is a fantasy/futuristic look at a high-tech world divided by races. A world inhabited by changelings (shape-shifters), humans, and the Psy (highly evolved beings who have subjugated their emotions and conscience). What makes this series stand out from other paranormal series on the market is Singh’s ability to clearly define the emotional and psychological differences in each of these species; each acting according to the tenants and emotional strictures that define who they are. What makes the series even more powerful is that while each book gives us a look at a different hero and heroine it also delves even deeper into the psyche of the individual species, their motives, strengths, and weaknesses. Her books aren’t about informational downloading, instead, she lets the characters reveal the form and function of the world she has created with mystery, drama, action, and romance. Each book is a taut and exciting suspense as well as an unveiling of the individual characters and their communities. Word by word, chapter by chapter, book by book this fantastical world unfolds and captures the imagination. You can read my full review here.
Happy reading everyone!