Kresley Cole

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You Say You Want an Evolution

You Say You Want an Evolution

When three paranormal fantasy superstar authors (Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter) get together to put out an anthology, Blood Red Kiss, well, I had to read it, of course. I was a bit disappointed to see that the Kresley Cole offering was a retread of “Warlord Wants Forever,” an excellent short story, but one I’ve read and listened to, although not written about previously. The second offering, by Larissa Ione, called “Forsaken by Night,” was a real page turner and left me wanting more, as only a master writer can do. In the story, Ms. Ione gives us just enough of the world building to give the story weight and coherence, but not so much that I fully understand all that I’d like to know. She skillfully weaves several themes into the short piece, but the one that caught my attention, as it often does, is the theme… READ MORE

Change Yourself

Change Yourself

I’m still thinking about Arcana Rising, the latest offering from Kresley Cole in her Tarot-card based series, The Arcana Chronicles. In this original world, each card of the Major Arcana has been incarnated as a young person with paranormal powers. In Arcana Rising, we are introduced to the idea that some of the Minor Arcana cards may also be incarnated and what that might mean for our protagonists.  The Minor Arcana roughly correlates to a deck of cards someone might use to play rummy; there are four suits with numbers from one to ten and four face cards (one more than in a regular deck, actually, but one can still “read” Tarot from a regular deck, if one is so inclined). In a Tarot reading, the significance of a card is dependent on its placement in the spread, but regardless of position in a particular reading, some cards of the… READ MORE

Presentation Is Everything

Presentation Is Everything

I just finished Kresley Cole’s Arcana Rising. I have no idea how this author puts out amazing paranormal romance, intelligent YA post-apocalyptic books, and adult erotica that will sizzle your skivvies—and all in one year! As you know, I don’t normally like young adult or post-apocalyptic fiction, and I usually stay away from love triangles. However, The Arcana series has all three, and I can’t seem to get enough. The series offers a very interesting premise about the incarnation of the the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck, and the battle for dominance a la The Hunger Games and Highlander—in the end, there can be only one.  Each of the major characters is one of the Tarot cards—Evie, the heroine, is the Empress, and one of her love interests is the Death card. Other cards appear as well and in this book we get to know Sol, the Sun card.… 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

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

I’ve been thinking a lot about self-image. I’m still being inspired by Kresley Cole’s latest Immortals After Dark offering, Sweet Ruin. In the book, about which I’ve written previously, the protagonist, Rune, is limited by self-imposed restrictions because he can see himself only in one way. He has not been able to break out of the prison of his own self-image and is therefore crippled in what he believes he can and cannot do. As with so many of the characters in my beloved fantasy novels, art imitates life, and Rune’s dilemma mirrors that of so many of us. I’ve written before about how others see us, but today I’m contemplating how we see ourselves, and the myopia within which it can cage us. Our self-image is a construct of the messages we receive… from society, the media, our parents, our peers and authority figures like teachers and counselors. Unless… READ MORE

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