June 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

I’m still enjoying Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series (and will be for quite a while, as there are at least 14 books, maybe more—this gal can write!). Today’s contemplation comes from The Darkest Pleasure, although my thought experiment reflects the premise of the entire series, so it is not specific to any one story. In the Lords’ world, Hunters seek to capture the Lords, enslave their demons back into Pandora’s Box, and rid the world once and for all of Pain, Misery, Disease, Death, Violence, etc. The Hunters believe that once the demons are no longer able to influence the world, then all will be utopia. I first thought that this particular aspect of the backstory was a little weak, because, really, who would believe something so stupid and patently false?  But then I started thinking about the world today and even those in my own household, not to… READ MORE

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

I just finished Jessica Sims’ novel, Between a Vamp and a Hard Place.  It’s rare that I read a stand-alone novel and it was a lark. (I usually read series to know that there are other books out there for me and so I can hang out with beloved characters a bit longer, but I digress). This is an adorable book, and I spent several enjoyable hours with Lindsey, her best friend, Gemma, and their hibernating vampire, Rand. A good time was had by all. Lindsey and Gemma are antique dealers of the penny-ante variety, hoping to do great things with an old, antique-filled apartment in Venice. The apartment is their ship that has come in, although there are some tidal waves to navigate along the way, or we wouldn’t have a novel. Among the challenges faced by our plucky heroines is a secret room, an old coffin, and a… READ MORE

Hurts So Good

Hurts So Good

I’m in the middle of book three of the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, The Darkest Pleasure. This is Reyes’ book, and he is host to the demon of Pain. This guy has a serious issue with cutting, a disorder I’ve never understood, although it seems to be the preferred method of self-destructive behavior for American Millennials. These poor souls, like Reyes, seem compelled to inflict pain on themselves. Without it, apparently, they don’t feel alive. How terrible to be so desperate to feel—something, anything— that the sting of the knife in one’s flesh is the only available relief. In the book, Reyes’ demon exhorts him to administer pain, emotional and/or physical, either to himself or others. I’ve written several posts on the human tendency to avoid pain at all costs—even the cost of perpetual numbness. But what about the other side of that coin-—the pursuit of… READ MORE

Endless Loop

Endless Loop

I like to multitask. I’m totally ADHD and it takes a lot to hold my attention. Which is why I sometimes have several books going at once: a hard copy book (whatever non-fiction book is tickling my fancy); an audiobook (almost always a novel I’ve read before and want to revisit with someone reading it to me); and a new paranormal fantasy on my Kindle (unless I’m in a reading desert and have opted for an old friend to keep me company while I find a new author/series). So it’s always kind of cool when I notice a theme or plot device in two books I’m reading at the same time. In the most recent occurrence, I was listening to Kresley Cole’s Dark Needs at Night’s Edge while reading Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Night. And the common trope in both books was a curse that caused one of the protagonists… READ MORE

The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard

I took a wee break from the Lords of the Underworld series to whip through Molly Harper’s latest offering, Big Vamp on Campus. As you know, I love Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky, and all its wacky inhabitants. This installment of the series focused on Ophelia, the scary 400-year old teenaged vampire who used to run the Vampire Council. Ophelia was a bad vampire, and now she’s being creatively punished. Ophelia has been sentenced to college to learn how to live among humans and her fellow vamps in something approximating harmony. Either she is brought down a notch and learns to co-exist or she will get a stake in her heart which provides sufficient motivation for her to at least try to go along to get along. Her defenses were higher than the ice wall in Game of Thrones, and breaching those walls is going to take considerable time and effort. I… READ MORE

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