Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Dark PrinceDark Prince by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whew! Well, if nothing else, this experience has taught me that I am not an audiobook person at all. It was the only copy of Dark Prince my library had so I thought I’d try it, I’m glad I did, and I do like the story, but not the format.

With that out of the way…

I like all of Christine Feehan’s Dark series, while this is the first in the series it is not the first one I’ve read (probably more like the 10th?), but I do like how it sets the stage for the rest of the series. How the Carpathian species is dying out, and humans go mad when converted, and then Raven survives the transition and becomes the hope of the Carpathian people. Gregori’s torment because he’s near his limit (that was interesting), and in general the beginning of the saga that is now 33 books as of this review. I also got a better view of Mikhail, the leader of the Carpathians.

Would I recommend reading them in order? Yes. Would I recommend reading them out of order? Yes.

Both methods are fine, because I recommend reading them in general and since it is a large series and probably difficult to find them all at once and in order, the second is probably easier anyway and doesn’t really mar the story in any way. However, I won’t be ‘reading’ any more audiobooks if I can avoid it!

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Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan

Dark Lycan (Dark, #21)Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m reading these out of order and I like it for myself. I read Dark Wolf (the next book) then this book. I also have the book after Dark Wolf, Dark Blood. I know it’s all a bit strange as series are made to be read in order, but for this plot line I like what I’ve done. It’s building the suspense and anticipation for what’s to come in the next book.

Dark Lycan is the story of Tatijiana Dragonseeker and Fenris Dalka, the first Guardian of All or Lycan/Carpathian mix. There is progress on Dimitri/Skyler and Zev/Branislava, but also there is plot of Lycan and Carpathian politics that continues in the next book.

The only thing I find a little unimaginative is the name Fenris. Fenris is a very traditional well known Norse mythical wolf name, not sure I care for that decision, but the characters all call him Fen anyway so maybe it’s just my delicate sensibilities crying out for something more creative.

Aside from that, the book flows very well, is an enjoyable read, and continues the Carpathian race.

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C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is back working out the kinks from what happened in the last book. I like this subtle continuation of the series, it links back to the previous book without need to explain or read the entire previous book.

I was also happy to see that no new love interests inserted themselves into Kinsey’s life, a nice break from the previous two books. But! Someone else who is a staple in this series has a brief interlude with love. We also meet more of the neighbors, which I liked.

This plot line kept me guessing until the very end. I kept trying to put two and two together and kept coming up with three. I like these kinds of books too, that way the ending is a surprise!

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Little Wizard Stories by L. Frank Baum

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Oz Series)Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Different book representatives put this book as either #15 in the series, or #7.5. Either way the 6 short stories in this book do not have a place in the events of the full story books. My collection of Oz stories has this book as #15, so it’s the last book in my series.

The six short stories are all less than 10 pages long and my copy has a lot of pictures as well. So these would almost be flash fiction stories. Each story follows a different set of characters through a mini adventure in Oz.

The Cowardly Lion and Hungry Tiger get tired of being docile, Dorothy and Toto go exploring, Tik-Tok has a run-in with the Nome King, Ozma and the Wizard check on their subjects, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Saw-Horse go on a rescue mission, and Scarecrow and Tin Woodman have an accident.

They’re quick, they’re cute, and I liked reading them.

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Series Review: The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Colville

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The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville is quite possibly my favorite book series of all time. There is a ton of nostalgia here for me as Into the Land of the Unicorns was the first “adult” book that captured my attention and kept me up all night reading it from cover to cover.

As an adult I took the time to search out the rest of the series and was very much rewarded for my efforts. I love this series.

What do you think about the series overall?

Overall, this series is definitely targeted to adolescent girls, pre-teens. The characters are creative (there’s not just unicorns in the land of Luster!), and the books create a cohesive plot that ends with a battle between good and evil.

What was your favorite book in the series?

It has to be the first book, hands down. The introduction to the unicorns, the land of Luster, and the beginning of a marvelous adventure, all rolled into one. Also, it is the book I stayed up all night with. It can’t compare to the others, though they are good books too.

Would you reread the entire series or just one book from the series?

Actually, I think I would do both. I have reread the first book several times, as it was the only book of the series I had for decades (2). When I finally got my hands on the rest of the series I read through the whole thing. And now that I’m typing this up I want to reread them all again.

Final Thoughts

This series is now my all-time favorite series. I do have a few others I really like, but this one takes the cake.

Keep reading little book worms!

Individual Book Reviews for The Unicorn Chronicles:
Book One: Into the Land of the Unicorns
Book Two: Song of the Wanderer
Book Three: Dark Whispers
Book Four: The Last Hunt

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark, No StarsFull Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen King is firmly lodged in the section marked “Sarah’s All Time Favorite Authors”, but what lured me to this short story collection was the fact that two of the short stories have been made into Netflix Originals; 1922 and Good Marriage.

I will also admit to watching 1922 before reading 1922. And…the movie follows the book closely. Like, really closely. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t in the book that isn’t in the movie (did that make sense?).

The other short stories are easily just as good even if they weren’t made into Netflix Originals (thought they probably could be). I related to “Big Driver”, as I try my hand at writing every now and again and have cats myself. Fair Extension is an interesting read, and I’m slapping myself for missing Good Marriage while it was on Netflix. I think I would have enjoyed it too.

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B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I’m reading through this series I’m detecting a little pattern. Each case is connected to a cold case, and in each book Kinsey brushes up against a romantic entanglement. So far the romantic entanglements each have ended differently, which I like because if she ended up just dumping them at the end of the book it would get boring and predictable.

I do like the characters presented in this book, and early on I had a theory as to what was happening, but I dismissed it as Kinsey presented the facts, and then it turned out my theory was right! That’s the reason I like mystery novels, figuring out the plot before the main character does.

I like the character progression that continues from the first novel, and I like that the second novel gives you enough information to just jump right in without having to read the first one. I love that about book series.

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