Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Guilty Pleasure

Say what you want… It doesn't make a difference to me. I love books and I love romance. Reading romance in different genres is my guilty pleasure, my stress breaker, which takes me out of this world and into the world built by fabulous writers. I have to confess though, my favorite genre is Fantasy and Paranormal romance. I've been reading about Vampires, Werewolves before the Twilight craze has hit K-Town. There is Anita Black Vampire huntress, a kickass which half of the paranormal world are in love with her, while she is out to kill them. There is the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Guys you'll love these books too…because they are filled with hard rock, crazy weapons and all sort of monsters and crazy action. I've read all of Sookie Stackhouses books and I'm waiting for the latest book release before Sookie has hit TV in True Blood. As for Fantasy, There is the Black Jewel Trilogy with some following books about secondary characters. I have to reread these books every single year. The BJT is what has introduced me to the Fantasy genre, Kushile Avatar Saga, The Tamir Trilogy which still gives me goose bumps when I think of the first chapter in the book, The Nightrunner series and many many more. The latest books I've read, that was last week. Were the Drakon series. I've read the first book, The Smoke Thief, few months ago. It was the story of Rue & Christoff. The Dream Thief, which I read last week, it is about Rue's & Christoff's youngest daughter, Lia, and Rue's protégé Zane the Thief, which takes them halfway around the world to the mother land of the Drakon, Zaharen Yec. It was a pretty hot story; I loved this part better than the other two. The last book is about Kimber (the eldest son) & Princess Maricara, who is a princess of the Drakon from Zaharen Yce, it was a feel good and there is always hope and love conquers all kinda of book. At the end I discover there is a fourth book, The Treasure Keeper, which has already been released. It is about Rue's second son, Rhys. I'm waiting for it to arrive with my next order of books. Some might find it silly books, but there is a big group of my friends and cousins who loves these genres and we swap all the time. I still read those boring intellectual books. Just to see what the hype is all about and in the end I could say I feel "Illuminated" & "The depth of Emotion is So Intense" although most of the time I don't get what's it's all about. Blah! Below a small summery about each book. For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a “runner” who’s fled Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the dra´kon, it’s Kit’s duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief could be a woman. Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would attract the attention of the dra´kon. But she didn’t expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe’s most valuable jewel–the Langford Diamond–as bait. For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling–half dra´kon, half mortal–and an outcast in both worlds. She’d always loved the handsome and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she was no longer the shy, timid girl she’d once been. She was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzying sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined to be his bride. And by the harsh laws of the dra´kon, Rue knew that she was the property of the marquess. But they will risk banishment and worse for a chance at something greater. For now Rue is his prisoner, the diamond has disappeared, and she’s made the kind of dangerous proposition a man like Kit cannot resist.....
In the remote hills of northern England lives a powerful clan with a centuries-old secret. They are the drákon, shape-shifters who possess the ability to Turn—changing from human to smoke to dragon. And from the very stones of the earth, they hear hypnotic songs of beauty and wonder. But there is one stone they fear....Buried deep within the bowels of the Carpathian Mountains lies the legendary dreaming diamond known as Draumr, the only gem with the power to enslave the drákon. Since childhood, Lady Amalia Langford, daughter of the clan’s Alpha, has heard its haunting ballad but kept it secret, along with another rare Gift....Lia can hear the future, much in the way she hears the call of Draumr. And in that future, she realizes that the diamond—along with the fate of the drákon—rests in the hands of a human man, one who straddles two worlds.Ruthlessly clever, Zane has risen through London’s criminal underworld to become its ruler. Once a street urchin saved by Lia’s mother, Zane is also privy to the secrets of the clan—and is the only human they trust to bring them Draumr. But he does nothing selflessly.Zane’s hunt for the gem takes him to Hungary, where he is shocked to encounter a bold, beautiful young noblewoman: Lia. She has broken every rule of the drákon to join him, driven by the urgent song of Draumr—and her visions of Zane. In one future, he is her ally. In another, her overlord. In both, he is her lover. Now, to protect her tribe, Lia must tie her fate to Zane’s, to the one man capable of stealing her future—and destroying her heart....
At the start of Abé's inventive third novel (after 2006's The Dream Thief) to feature the drákon (creatures who appear to be extraordinarily beautiful humans but can turn into smoke or dragons at will), the English drákon, who believe they are the last of their kind, are delighted to learn of another drákon tribe in the Carpathian mountains, ruled by alpha princess Maricara of the Zaharen through her nonalpha brother. The English drákon, led by their alpha lord, Kimber Langford, earl of Chasen, send emissaries from their stronghold of Darkfrith in York to Transylvania, but the emissaries are murdered en route by a secret organization dedicated to the annihilation of the drákon. Maricara journeys alone to England to warn the English drákon of the danger. Romantic fantasy fans are sure to look forward to further installments in this winning series set in the late 18th century.

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