I just started reading The Help.
I watched the movie a couple of weeks ago & LOVED it, so I had to read the book.
This is the first real paper book I've read since I got my Nook. It seems weird to read a real paper book. I feel like I'm betraying my Nook.:blush , but the book was given to me..............Honest it was, Really. Please let my Nook know.
I am in the middle of A Respectable Trade by Phillipa Gregory. Fascinating historical fiction with believable characters and a moving story.
A Respectable Trade | Philippa Gregory Official Website
Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews - another novel of the Edge - The third in this particular series - much better then the second book(Bayou Moon) and really like the use of secondary and tertiary characters and the continuation of the overall story arc. Also like the setting up of two future characters stories.
Nightshine by Lynn Viehl - a novel of the Kyndred - the 4th book in this series - what I like about this author is that she does an outstanding job of creating a world and very unique characters and yet each story can stand on its own. The original Darkyn series is a very interesting take on the vampire theme and the Kyndred series is the twist on children created from their DNA and human DNA in an experiment to create controllable human weapons to eradicate the vampire species by a super secret branch of the Vatican.
Death Magic by Eileen Wilks - novel of the Lupi - the eight book in the Lupi series - another very successful novel in a world where werewolves, witches and humans with psi powers co exist with dragons and technology and magic and the underlying story of evil trying to breakthrough into our dimension and take over.
Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance - a Cassie Palmer novel - the 5th book in this series - Cassie continues to grow and mature as a person and into her powers as the next Oracle of the World, can she survive and those around her survive as all sorts of factions fight to control her.
All are urban fantasy with a bit of paranormal romance set in. What I like about the above books is that the authors all have created strong female characters, yes, they are not all bad ass, kick ass, know it all's like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake which should have ended or come to some type of conclusion a long time ago because they go on ad naseum with nothing but sex and no plot like a very bad porn film. The above authors have created plausible worlds and believable characters and story arcs that you can see are going somewhere and do come to some kind of conclusion.
Iris Johansen - the Eve Duncan series - while this author does many stand alone books and comes from a romance background and developed more into a thriller author this series is her main claim to fame. Basically, the Eve Duncan series is about a young single mother whose young daughter, Bonnie, disappears at age 7 while playing in a park. Eve Duncan seeks closure by becoming a forensic sculptor. She recreates the faces of children from skulls that are found at serial killer's dumping grounds. Her driving motivation is to reunite the child and it's family for some type of closure that she never got because her daughter's body was never found. This series developed from a pretty straight forward mystery/thriller to a bit of a mystical journey where Eve has long conversations with her daughter and you wonder if she is going crazy or really seeing her daughter's ghost. Recently the author did a trilogy titled, Eve, Quinn, and Bonnie. After reading Eve and Quinn, I was a bit disappointed because I thought the author had sold out and was just rehashing the same story line from different POV's (points of view) very much what Laurell K. Hamilton has done with her Princess Meredith books and that has irritated her fans and with them being rather critical of the author and with LKH lashing our at the readers in her blogs. Then I started reading Bonnie and again the first couple of chapters I was going "Oh No", more rehashing and them things became interesting. Wow, a wrap up of the story line. Did not see that coming.
I think my favorite part of the Eve Duncan series is that sometimes tragedy actually makes a person stronger but there is a flip side of becoming so strong and focused on a goal that you alienate all of those you love around you to the point that you have created a great career, movement, or organization you have lost all the rest of your family.
Bearcata, Out of the Eve Ducan trillogy, Bonnie was my favorite. Especially, the way her story was "hopefully" ended. :)
Iris Johansen will have a new book out in April titled, What Doesn't Kill You. She picks up three of the character's from earlier books, Catherine Ling, her tutor Hu Chang, and John Gallo. I enjoy the way she moves her character's from book to book.
I'm reading Cat Telling Tales by Shirley Rousseau Murphey. I needed something light, after the Holidays :)