Blood and Honor by Windstar and Zee

A good friend of mine kept sending me emails telling me that I just had to read Blood and Honor and I kept sending her emails back saying that I already had too much on my reading plate and I just couldn’t do it. Well, I finally broke down and decided that I’d at least read a few lines and see if it caught my attention. Wow. Did it ever!

I’ve heard several times from numerous readers that Windstar and Zee have some very good stories out there and that I really need to give them a try but I never did. After reading Blood and Honor, I can see what all the fuss is about. This epic fantasy story was nearly impossible for me to put down. The battle scenes, in particular, I thought were fantastic. There were a few issues that I had, particularly with names changing. One woman changed from Valeria to Valerie to Valarie and back again so many times I had to force my brain to stop noticing. Lots of grammatical stuff but the story was so good that it was a tiny price to pay to join Torrin and Luna and the rest of the women on their journey. One plot piece that really made me groan was the fact that neither of the main characters seemed to figure out who the next queen was going to be. Believe me, the readers figured it out immediately and it became a little frustrating at times when the characters couldn’t figure it out. Especially since the prophecy is talked about repeatedly. You’ll see what I mean.

But, again, this was GREAT! Really enjoyed it. I mentioned to some friends that I would love the chance to edit this and then have it sent to L-Book for publishing! So good.

I was told that I now have to read Selene and Nix and it’s sequel, Rezan. I didn’t know that I should have read these first but I was assured that it wasn’t necessary since they all can stand alone.

Happy reading!

Comic Book Life by Zee

It looks like Zee might be the flavour of the month, as this review concerns yet another of her stories, but you properly know how it is, if a story catches your eye, it’s hard not to dig around a bit and see if it’s a one-off. As for Zee I have found, that she has a distinctive humorous tone to her writing that I like, so I went looking for more fun, and in “Comic Book Life” I found a little romance that made me smile now and then.

When I was a teenager I had a craving for comic books, and gathered a large, but rather random selection, which I stored in my closet. It irritated my mom for years that I left it behind when I moved out, and that I wouldn’t let her throw it away.

Even though I used to have a varied taste in comic books, I never went for the super-natural heroes that would look anything like the character of The BloodRaven, a half-human, half-demon killing machine, fighting the good fight on the side of humanity.

The BloodRaven is a character that Remy has created as the protagonist for her comic books, and a popular one at that. So popular in fact that Alison, director of programming of the cable giant Showtime, and a friend of Remy’s, wants to put The BloodRaven on television. Remy on the other hand is dragging her feet, unable to see her heroin BloodRaven embodied by just any two-bit actress who happens to come along. That’s until Alison introduces Remy to Megan Sinclair, who turns out to be the girl that inspired Remy’s to draw the image of The BloodRaven for the first time back in junior high.

This is the story of how the comic book heroin BloodRaven is turned into a television show, but first and foremost it’s the story of a crush, one of those long ones that started at a tender age and never seem to stop, even when the loved one turns out to have a midget – sorry – a daughter, and a girlfriend with “wondertits”.

The story is low on the hot stuff, but high on the waiting for that one kiss, that will seal a destiny, and that’s just fine by me. While we wait for the ladies to find their way into each others arms, we get to have a bit of fun, especially with the interaction between Remy and the midget, Megan’s daughter Kit a six year old who seems to take a liking to Remy.

So if you just want a little a light romance with a touch of humour to pass time – look up Zee’s “Comic Book Life”.

Past is Present by Zee

I like my romance stories much the same as my orange juice! I take it “straight” no fancy mixing with vodka and the likes. The same goes for my reading. Let me have the romance with all the getting to know each other, the angst, insecurities and obstacles etc., but please keep it “straight” no mixing with drama. If you are anything like me, and you decide to give this story by Zee a try, you just have to scroll through the parts where the xxxxxxxxxxxx* turns stalker. If you do that you might enjoy this classic romance of young love lost and found. On the other hand if you like the mixing of romance and drama, just keep a steady pace throughout the story – no scrolling – and enjoy the ride.

“Past is Present” is the story of Amanda an A-student aiming at becoming a physiotherapist and Cameron who work as a bouncer at the local stripclub. Amanda and Cameron come from vastly different background – one with a supporting family setting and the other exactly the opposite. They strike up a friendship during high school, but loose touch when Amanda decides that kissing Cameron is not something that she wants after all, at least not at that time, but I guess you know that “Denial aren’t just a river in Egypt”.

A chance meeting puts Amanda and Cameron in touch again four years later, and …. surprise they still hold a special place in each others hearts. So this is the story of how they struggle to recapture love and create the trust necessary to build a relationship, and this is not an easy task as Cameron carries a baggage that she must come to terms with before she can pursue a relationship.

Amanda and Cameron is a couple of convincing characters, and their evolving romance is sweet with a dash of laughter especially in the interaction with the large cast of supporting characters of friends and almost family. I think that You could do a lot worse than spending a little time with these ladies.

If I’m to complain about anything, it’s the rather abrupt ending that leaves the reader to wonder a bit about the future for the girls, but I guess that just leaves that much more to our own imagination.

*If I told you who the stalker was, you might accuse me of ruining the suspense – so I won’t.