April 2017

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

I’ve read about inmates who are paroled after a long incarceration who purposefully commit a crime so that they can return to jail. Freedom is overwhelming. I thought of these poor souls as I was finishing the latest JR Ward offering in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Chosen. You know how much I love me some JR Ward, and I wasn’t disappointed—either by the story or the food for thought it provided. This book centers on the forbidden love between Layla, and Xcor. It’s a complicated backstory, but suffice to it say that these two give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money and Layla gets her robes in a veritable twist trying to work it all out. And as Layla is transformed by the events of the story, she is called to find herself—to determine who she is underneath her roles and responsibilities. This is a theme… READ MORE

The Hole in the Donut

The Hole in the Donut

I just finished Blood Debts, the second novel in the Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series by Shayne Silvers. Our hero, Nate Temple, billionaire wizard, has fallen on hard times and spends a majority of the book getting his ass kicked. Over and over. But, like the Energizer Bunny, Nate just keeps going and going. If nothing else, his persistence is admirable, and he reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela that exhorts us to judge not by how many times we fall down, but how many times we get back up. But I digress. Today’s rumination involves losing that which defines us and finding out who we are minus our external trappings. Nate loses both his money and his magic in Blood Debts. It was a bad few days for him. He’s left to contemplate who he is without his wealth and his supernatural power. It’s… READ MORE

The Face of Power

The Face of Power

I just finished the first book in another new series and life is good. Obsidian Son is the first offering in the Nate Temple supernatural thriller series by Shayne Silvers (I’d call it urban fantasy, but he’s the author, so we’ll go with his designation). I’m already a fan and can’t wait to see what happens to Nate, billionaire wizard, over the course of the series. And because I’m late to this particular author’s party, there are six books and novellas to read. Awesome. Obsidian Son has all the elements that make paranormal fantasy meaningful for me—a cool hero, interesting secondary characters, a plot that moves and, of course, dragons; you’ve got to have dragons to be among the greats. It also has deep philosophical themes underlying the entertainment, which puts the cherry on the sundae for me and makes this series more than just an afternoon’s amusement. There are… READ MORE

The Reluctant Goddess

The Reluctant Goddess

I’ve just finished The Reluctant Goddess, the second book in a delightful trilogy by Karen Ranney.  I found this author via a list of funny vampire books with plucky heroines on Facebook a little while ago and decided to give it a try. Let’s hear it for Facebook. This series is a winner. I suspect I’ve hit a mother load because this author is wonderfully prolific. Yippe!  This series, “The Montgomery Chronicles,” tells the story of Marcie Montgomery, a onetime insurance adjuster, who becomes a one-of-a-kind paranormal creature who saves the world, more or less. I don’t want to give too much away, as the majority of the plot revolves around Marcie’s journey of self-discovery as she embraces her transformation and what it means to be a goddess. Marcie’s evolutionary trajectory is entertaining and instructive. At one point, she tells us poignantly that the problem with her life is that… READ MORE

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