I haven’t read a whole lot of this week (I know, I know. Horrible.). I finally finished The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart. Not a bad ending, just sort of sad, full of horrible misunderstandings and mistakes. I didn’t cry, but it was still sad.
Then I finally got Betrayed, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (a mother-daughter duo). It’s the second book in the House of Night series, and I am really loving these books! I devoured this one, just like I did the first one, Marked. They are YA urban fantasy about vampires, but their take on vampires is completely unlike anything I’ve seen before. A vampire finishing school? Completely wonderful idea. I adore the characters in these books. Betrayed was awesome, but I wouldn’t really recommend reading it without reading Marked first. Everything will make more sense if you read them in order, and you’ll be attached to the characters as well.
Zoey Redbird is a great teenage character, full of self-doubts and insecurities, but knowing she’s something special and wanting to live up to that potential. Her group of friends are all well-realized and realistic teenagers as well. The Twins are interesting (Not the same race, but definitely separated at birth.) Damien is great (A gay fledgling vampire who acts like the fashion police?). And then there’s Stevie Ray (Now, who ever heard of an Okie vampire with a name like that?) And Neferet, the High Priestess of Nyx, really creeps me out. There’s a lot going on in this book, enough to keep me turning the pages even though there were a thousand other things I needed to be doing (Hello, working on my own writing?). It made me laugh several times, and made me cry as well. The third book in the series, Chosen, comes out in March 2008, and I can’t wait.
I’m also well into Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs. I enjoyed the first book in this series, Moon Called, and this one is shaping up to be good as well. I like the idea of skinwalkers, and the fact that neither the local werewolf pack or the vampire seethe know what to make of Mercedes Thompson. And she’s a mechanic, which is definitely an unexpected twist. Plus, the cover art is cool, with all of her tattoos and attitude on display. In this book, she’s after a demon-possessed vampire sorcerer, which is almost more than I can wrap my brain around.
So, that’s what I’m reading now. I’ve you’ve never tried P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, or Patricia Briggs, I highly recommend them.
Also posted to my personal blog, A Figment of my Imagination.