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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review: Dark Lycan

Title: Dark Lycan
Author: Christine Feehan
Page Count: 326 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

Back Cover Summary:
Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives—a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.

Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man—or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.

In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them—their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.
*****

This is not a mistake- I am indeed reviewing another novel from the Carpathian series because I did indeed read the next one, even though I made all kinds of statements saying I was waiting for Skyler and Dmitri's book and that's that.  I know, I know.

Admittedly the first reason I succumbed and bought this one was the fact that Skyler and Dmitri's book is next.  Wouldn't it suck if I did all that waiting and all that griping and skipped this story only to find out it was important to the one that I was waiting for?

Well, not to be spoilery, but I'm glad I didn't skip.  I'm glad I dug out this series' number, so to speak, and agreed to a talk over coffee about our relationship.

This installment did a good job of getting us ready for the big shebang (Dark Wolf, due out January 7th.) Not only did we get to meet a thoroughly likable leading man in Fenris, Dmitri's older brother, but we also got to know a pretty important character from previous books- Tatijana, one of the aunts who was trapped in dragon form in the evil mage's cave.

I admit, at first, I had my standard reaction to a new Carpathian book, which is WHY ON EARTH DO WE NEED MORE CHARACTERS AT THIS POINT.  The cast is huge at this point, with people all over the world, fighting fights that are resolved and then never spoken of again; why do we need to add more to the fray?  In this case, I'm happy to report that getting to know Fenris meant we got to know Dmitri, and in a way, I think that will make Dmitri's book better, since we only got very brief looks at him in previous books that took place years ago, within the timeline of the story.  A lot has happened since then, and I'm kind of stoked that we'll be able to skip to the good stuff and see Skyler get the good things she totally deserves at this point without having to go through all the angsty drama that is pretty characteristic of this series at this point.

It's hard to spend too much time describing the plot here without getting spoilery but one thing I enjoyed about it was that elements from previous books were drawn on to weave the story, not just random things that had never been mentioned before (cough cough the weird sex flowers in the last book cough cough.)  It's a huge accomplishment to have a series that's 24 stories strong at this point but I feel like one of the challenges is to keep things fresh and cohesive at the same time.  It hasn't always been a perfect situation but I'm sufficiently pumped for the next book.  Maybe you'd noticed.

Overall Grade: A

Hello friends!

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to those who partake, and to those who don't, welcome back! It's been awhile (again) and a lot has happened since my last apology for abandoning my blog to the internet wolves, so to speak, but the joys of the holidays means there's actually time to sit down and do things for fun. Hooray!

Anyway, as 2013 draws to a close, it's time to do the annual round of looking back and seeing how things went. For the first time in a long time, I will have read less than 50 books this year. That's a big change- for a long time I was averaging around 200 per year. I certainly miss having more free time!

Just like I did last year, I went back to see if I had written any goals for myself, since offhand I'm not able to remember what they might have been. I found my first post of 2013 and read my own words, saying I was going to focus on reading for fun and writing here when the mood struck me. Frankly, the mood didn't strike a lot this year.

I think that's because, for a long time, I was devoting a significant amount of time and energy to blogging and the blogging world, and recently I've found my interest to be shifting to other things. Running (I'm training for my second half marathon- eek!), crafting, and working on certification to become a BCBA have all claimed significant portions of my time, and I'm happy for that. It's good to have diverse interests.

Being able to leave WBiT? alone for so long and then come back to it has proven an important point for me. Reading has been something I've loved for as long as I can remember, and it's one of the best hobbies out there because there's nothing to practice and no skill to maintain, once you're proficient. I could walk away from books and stories and come back and it's like I never left. That's what happened this past year- every book I've read has been 100% for pleasure. For my record keeping, I only track new-to-me books for the purposes of my yearly total, but I've reread so many books, some multiple times. It was so awesome to go back and visit my favorite stories without any pressure to do otherwise.

The books I've read have followed two trends this year- they've either been dark horses, books I grabbed at the library because the cover was interesting or the blurb was intriguing, or they've been books by my go-to authors. It's safe to say I have definite favorite authors now, whereas before I think I would have waffled on that a little bit.

Over the next few days, I'll be posting the reviews of my favorite books I've read this year, the ones that stand out in my memory even if they were read months ago. I'm looking forward to doing more of the same in 2014. The point of this endeavor was and is to talk about books. I'm game to get back at it.
 
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