November 05, 2003
Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, Book 2) by Kelley Armstrong

Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, Book 2) by Kelley Armstrong: an absolutely stunning book that grabs you and never lets you go.

Elena, the world’s only female werewolf, is looking into the possibility that a human knows that werewolves exist and aren’t merely myth. She then discovers that it’s not only werewolves that aren’t myths but also vampires, demons, witches, and more. While trying to deal with this, she’s captured by an egomaniacal billionaire and ends up in his own supernatural menagerie.

I had enjoyed the first book in this series, Bitten, so I was prepared to like this one. However, I was surprised by how exciting it was and how much I loved it. I literally could not put this book down and stayed up reading way later than I should have.

From page one this book starts out with a deadly hunt and never lets up on the tension and excitement until the book is over, especially once Elena is kidnapped. Her fury and fear are so real that I could only begin to imagine how it would feel to be in somone’s personal zoo.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Bitten was good, but Stolen is one of the most exhilarating novels I’ve read all year. It really sinks its teeth into you, if you’ll pardon the pun.

November 03, 2003
Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds by Nancy Martin

Dead Girls Don’t Wear Diamonds by Nancy Martin: the second book in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series, picking up where How to Murder a Millionaire left off.

Nora Blackbird is dealing with her pregnant sister Libby and her on-then-off boyfriend Michael “The Mick” Abruzzo when one of her acquaintances, the wife of her old college boyfriend, ends up dead. At first it looks like suicide, but soon both her and the husband, Flan, end up as suspects. To clear their names, Nora begins an investigation into the murder which leads to jewel theft, intriuge, and the lies covered by high society.

When I read the first book in the series, How to Murder a Millionaire, I thought that while the book wasn’t all that great, it could definitely work itself into a pretty decent series. This book, however, was almost a carbon copy of the first and I found it almost a little too frothy for a murder mystery. I keep wanting more from both the characters and the story and I’m not sure if that’s going to happen.

While the book makes for quick, easy reading, it’s still not as good as one of Janet Evanovichs or Carolyn Hainess female mystery series. I guess the best I can say about this book is that it’s okay and I’m not sure if that’s enough to continue through the series.