December 04, 2004
Book Review: Three Books

Three books for today:

"Dog Warrior" by Wen Spencer and the two "Undead" books by Mary Janice Davidson

Dog Warrior
by Wen Spencer
paperback from Roc 2004

I've enjoyed the world Wen's built up around Ukiah Oregon, so naturally soon as this book was out, I picked it up. I was expecting a Ukiah story. What I got, was an Atticus Steele story. This wasn't a bad thing.

I adore Atticus. We see more of the world, more of the Ontongard, more of what's going on. And best of all, we meet Ukiah's brother, also one of Prime's after Prime was killed. Atticus is funny. He's both more centered than Ukiah and more confused all at once. He's the same, but different. Like twins raised in different families which have all these spooky, quirky similaraties but are fundamentally two different people on the inside.

This isn't a book you can pick up if you haven't read the rest. But if you like Wen's world and her characters, this is a definite keeper. I loved getting to meet Atticus, and look forward to getting to see more of him in the future!

Undead and Unwed
Undead and Unemployed
by Mary Janice Davidson
paperbacks from Berkley Sensation 2004

OMG these are a riot! They are billed as chick lit meets vampire fiction. At first, I had a bit of trouble getting into Betsy's head. She struck me as whining, annoying, and talked to much (as she comments herself, she has that effect on people). Once I started rolling along, I couldn't wait for more. These came out in March and August, so I was hoping there'd be another one along soon, but nothing's listed on Amazon. On the other hand, there *is* other stuff from her, all with a 2004 release date, so I'll need to investigate.

Imagine a vampire who just doesn't get it. She didn't expect to be a vampire. And worst of all, she's the long foretold Queen of the vampires who just *isn't* a normal vampire. She wears a cross. She says God without flinching. And she has a thing for designer shoes.

Betsy's an unusual vampire story heroine, and the antics as she tries to deal with undead politics, telling her family (why yes, she does) and new roommates are a riot. I had a lot of fun with these and will be handing them over to Audrey for a fun read.

Posted by Deb Atwood at December 04, 2004 08:13 AM | TrackBack
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