Book Review: Fool Moon ( The Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher

Fool MoonTitle: Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) written by Jim Butcher
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Penguin Group
Page count: 352
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 5/5

Harry Dresden–Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work–magical or mundane.

But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses–and the first two don’t count… (Goodreads)

As soon as I finished Storm Front, my friend convinced me to continue onto Fool Moon (Okay, I really didn’t need that much convincing). I was rewarded with an awesome story. This was another home run for me, I completely enjoyed reading this book. As you can guess from the description, and quite possibly the title, the story centers upon an investigation involving werewolves! How can a wizard help with werewolves you ask? You will just have to read the book to find out because I promise you, you WILL NOT regret it. Although I loved the first book, I loved this book even more. These books are just really fun to read and in this one we actually get to see Dresden get a little dirtier, a little more human but also just a little more badass than in the first one. I’m still completely charmed by him and there were many times throughout reading this where I burst out laughing from some sarcastic remark of Dresden’s. I definitely love the humor the author has given to this character and I just think he’s an all around greatly written character. I must make mention of the covers to these books…I love them. They really depict what I form in my mind when I picture Harry Dresden!

One thing that I am really enjoying about these books is that they keep me guessing throughout the whole investigation. I love when outcomes in books aren’t predictable. I’ve read books where the outcome is predictable but it’s still a great book but, it’s just a million times better when I have that “AHA” moment where I gasp out loud “Oh my God” and my husband looks at me like I’m crazy.
I’m hoping to start on the third book soon after I read through the book tours and ARC’s I have scheduled to read through February and March, so stay tuned and get into this series!!!

Book Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

Storm FrontTitle: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) written by Jim Butcher
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Penguin Group
Page count: 384
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 5/5

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. (Goodreads)

This series was recommended to me by two great friends of mine whose opinion in books, video games,etc. I completely trust and I am convinced they are both infallible when it comes to these things. I have actually had quite a few books in this series sitting in my nook for quite some time but have been pretty intimidated by it because the series is really long which in this case, is probably a really good thing. For some reason I was under the impression that this series was more sci-fi in nature but I was surprised (rather pleasantly) to find that the genre it most closely fits is fantasy with some paranormal goodness thrown in. I also get this sort of western, maverick type feel to the main character, whom I must say I am completely charmed by.

I’m going to dive right in and reveal that I gave this book a 5 out of 5 rating because I simply enjoyed reading it so much. Aside from being interesting, this book is greatly entertaining…and who doesn’t love wizards, especially one that wears a duster jacket and lists himself in the yellow pages. I think one of the things I love about Harry Dresden is how “human” he is, even if he is backed by some really great power and knowledge. He’s just so believable as to what I would think a wizard living in modern society would be like. I’m used to the type of wizards that we are all used to, you know, the Merlin or Gandalf sort. While I absolutely adore those types of wizards, Harry Dresden is nothing short of refreshing…and he’s just so badass.

As for the story goes…I loved it. It has a sort of “Sherlock Holmes” feel to it. The best way I can describe this book/series is a mixture of Sherlock/Western/Urban Fantasy/slightly paranormal type fiction and it totally works. Although I don’t want to give too much away about the plot Dresden basically works as a freelance wizard. He’s set himself up in an office through which he finds work doing “mundane” things like helping people find lost items, etc. but he also works as a consultant for the special investigations unit helping on cases that are “special”. He has sort of a love-hate relationship with the department which is interesting in itself and from what I can tell each book centers around some sort of investigation that he consults on which inevitably has something to do with the magical or paranormal community…so awesome. I must tell you that I cannot wait to continue this series.

Broken Angels (Eve of Light #1) by Harambee K. Grey-Sun

Broken AngelsTitle: Broken Angels written by Harambee K. Grey – Sun
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by HyperVerse Books
Page count: 308
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 2/5 – It was okay
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #37

Promiscuous sex becomes dangerous when a new STD known as the “White Fire Virus” begins infecting lovers. The virus infests it’s victims with parasites that either outright kill their victim or lay dormant within the victim but feed off of light when it shines on the victims skin. This reaction to light also causes the victims to have super human powers like increased strength, ability to manipulate light, etc.

Darryl and Robert, two men who are infected with the white fire virus, are partners in an organization that operates to find missing children. They are on track to breaking a big case and finding an infected teenage girl that they have been looking for when it all takes a turn in a direction neither of them would expect.

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review!

When I read the description of Broken Angels I was pretty excited to start it. I had never really read a book with philosophical elements mixed in with fantasy/adventure other than the Golden Compass so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I was open to something new.

I thought the premise of the story was interesting and different. It’s not like anything I have ever read before which was a good thing because the story wasn’t predictable at all. Albeit interesting, I thought it was okay. I was interested in the book when it started but I literally got lost somewhere in the pages of it. I really felt like there was so much happening or involved in the story that it just lost me. I couldn’t ever really get back into it which is why it took me so long to read it. I don’t know if maybe it’s because philosophical type fiction is just not my thing but I will have to try more in this subgenre in order to really get a feel for it and decide whether I like it.

I think it would have been a much different book without all the philosophical stuff and I would have liked it more. I thought everything about the virus was really interesting and how Darryl is trying to atone for his sexual past by sort of brainwashing people into not being promiscuous or continuing to search for love. I feel that part of the story was something I was really interested in as well as their work of finding missing children.

I think the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. I love the contrast of the blue and pink against the white, it’s beautiful and is what initially drew me to it.

If you are a fan of urban fantasy novels that incorporate some sort of philosophical twist you may enjoy this one! I gave it a two out of five stars which for me, means that I thought it was okay…this is a good thing, it means I didn’t think it was awful but I didn’t really “like it” or “love it”. I just felt like it was an okay read.