Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Storm Front: A Review

Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden - Wizard. Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a - well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get...interesting.
Magic. It can get a guy killed.

First let me say that I love this series. I have read it so many times now. It has every element that makes a story great; vampires, wizards, mystery, the fey, death, good, evil, and the in-between. Harry Dresden is a private investigator that takes on the weird cases. He helps Karrin Murphey, the director of the Special Investigations department of the Chicago P.D. This case involves brutal deaths caused by black magic, and of course Harry is the number one suspect. Morgan is a warden for the White Council and he sets out to prove that Harry did it. 

So, with two groups of people out to get Harry for these deaths, Harry must work against the clock to prove he didn't do it. Add in a reporter for the Arcane, who just wants a story and maybe a little extra, and a few more deaths, things start to get really interesting. I won't go into any more detail, because I do not believe in spoilers. You must read the book for yourself.

Butcher can really jam pack a book with action. Harry goes from one battle to the next. I think the whole story takes place in the time frame of three days, with the situation getting more desperate as everything comes to a close.

The only thing that bugs me is artwork on the books. Harry is always depicted as wearing a hat. There is never a mention of a hat. So where did the hat come from? Mysterious hats aside, I highly recommend this book to everyone. I even got my best friend Jennifer to read it, read it and love it just as much as me. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A BLOOD MOON: Macedo Ink Series

A Blood Moon is the first in the Macedo Ink vampire series. The story is centered on Alexander, King of Macedonia. That is right; Alexander the Great is a vampire. He is kind of involved with Jacqui Bruson, a private investigator who has to have all the answers. Jacqui’s assistant is Samantha, another wonderfully complicated character. Don’t want to give too much away, because there is a lot of personal development that Sam goes through. Throw in Catalina, a woman in trouble and you have a recipe for a great story. Oh, and don’t forget the demons, angels, and police detectives.

This story was well written. However, there were some things mentioned that led me to believe that there was a previous book. Alas, no. I hope my questions get answered in the next book:  As Blood Rages.

Bitten Twice is an author who primarily writes in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. She recently released the first in the Macedo Ink vampire series in October of 2010 and can be found on the web at; Facebook:; Twitter: @bitten2ice; Blog: She can also be found on GoodReads and Shelfari.
Bitten Twice currently lives in Hollywood, FL with her family. Courageously in love with one man and two children, they all take care of the family’s two dogs. Bitten is a lifetime member of the Florida Writer’s Association and an associate member of International Thriller Writers.