Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

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Clean Sweep about an innkeeper with a magical inn that acts as a place for transient aliens visitors from outer space via a rift in space. As an innkeeper, Dina had an obligation to protect her guests and when a series of gruesome dog murders around her neighbourhood made her worried about her neighbours, she seek the help of a werewolf neighbour to hunt the culprit before they upgrade to hunting human and risk expose their existence to the public.

There’s gore, monsters, some gross inducing scene involving the word “boiling” and “putrefaction” which I did gag while reading it this morning post beef congee breakfast. It was definitely packed with plot, characters and action, just the way I like it.  The story turn out to be unexpectedly funny and unpredictable. The world-building was amazing even for a web-serial novel. The characters can be a bit archetypal and similar to most of what the Andrews had wrote but they’re distinctively unique and the multiple character interactions was infectious and a joy to read on that reason alone.

Although it was shorter than a full length novel and I finish it within a couple of hours, it was an amazingly satisfying story even at a shorter length (but I love Kinsman’s series at they’re short and similarly satisfying too). The book fell neatly in urban fantasy demesne however it etch toward science fiction more than its fantasy aspect but it was definitely crossing several genres which will appeal those who want to seek something above than average vampire-werewolf triangle. There were hints of a triangle romance but there’s a Twilight jab at the mention of how statistically the vampires get the girl more than werewolves. Although minimally steamy, the sexual tensions and the unsolved subplots was good enough for me to look forward for the next installment of the series. 

The ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Charming (Pax Arcana #1) by Elliott James

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I genuinely did like the idea of a family line of supernatural hunters called The Charmings and the story of one John Charming who was an ex-knight of a secret hunter society and was living in secrecy until a Valkyrie found out the truth about him and bribe for his help to hunt a vampire nest. But the story was lesser about Charming but more about trying to kill a future threat in future in a form of a teenage vampiress. But I also read enough Norse legend that I anticipate a romance the moment I read the name “Sieg” and Valkyrie together.
Despite the similarities between Harry Dresden series, I do like John Charming better than Harry Dresden. The writing is fast paced, some was witty while others was repetitive even with info-dumps. However, I didn’t feel that the book work for me. Its too much like Harry Dresden entering Buffy’s Scooby Gang. I guess, because some of the things didn’t work right like the sudden romance angle, triangle love, John being an anti-hero of some sort and there’s some angst throughout the storytelling that made it somewhat a predictable story. I wished I would love Sieg but she’s too much a faux action girl character to me. I am still undecided if I’d pick up the next book but its definitely better than Jim Butcher.
The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Moonlight : The Darkest of Night by *Yours Truly*

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This isn’t a book review… more like an announcement or something.Image

Truth to be told, I never like the fanfiction bandwagon despite my sisters loving the whole thing. But due to the recent Veronica Mars Movie announcement, I was back to be enamoured by Jason Dohring. I watched Moonlight years ago during my early days of university and quite pissed about it being cancelled especially when there’s a lot of unanswered plot and stuff. I rewatched it again and the feeling of dissatisfaction came again.

So I made another fanfic.net account (I have one I made when I was a teenager but I have a policy to avoid my cringe-inducing teenage writings. I can rewrite them all but I’m not going to reread them all.) and decided to make a continuation of the series set in 2013. Considering, my last attempt on making fanfiction was 2004, I hope my fanfic writing is somewhat better now.

Yes, its for the April NaNoWriMo. I got really uninspired these days but the graph need to be consistent! (Yeah, it works)

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Since I don’t want to monetizing it, my Moonlight TDoK series is going to be one of those fanfic.net published NaNo project for my readers (I’m still weird by this anyway) who want a taste of this sad headcase’s writings (or draft.. whatever). Because you lot know I call myself a writer but I kept evading giving out my current writing samples and it does get frustrating after a long while so this is where you should go if you’re curious. Pure serialized draft to feed your own curiosity that isn’t on Quillster.

The main casts are still my favourite people like Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0), Sophia Myles (Outlander) and Jason Dohring (Ringer, Veronica Mars) but I decided to include one major kick ass overly sarcastic woman in the mix which is a vampire huntress named Dara and add more mythology in it and make Josef a main character than a side character. Because a 414 years old vampire deserve more spotlight than our customary vanilla couple. Oh.. yeah, Dara is somewhat a love interest in which Josef going to work extra hard seducing.

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However, its not going to be a procedural crime drama, instead its going to be your above average Urban Fantasy with blood and action and stuff. There’s a lot of episodic police procedural that I enjoyed but I don’t want to drag the story away from its charm.

For this project, I’m tweaking the tv mythology and add my own mythology. So in a way, the continuation is sort of canon but an original fiction. Again, I insist, I’m never ever going to publish it in a book and put some BDSM thing in it. Yes, its adult series but not really that overt fantasizing things or make slash or something. Its just not healthy for me.

Because Moonlight does carry the same VampireXHuman trope that other recent vampire stories have (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight). I’m expanding the series more than your average vampire romance. Okay.. not to the level of those TV series. I’m not a team of writing panel okay. But its not going to be the same as the original first season, particularly the dialogues (obviously). Take it a noir version of Moonlight and less-Twilight (FYI, thats Moonlight original name).

This time, Sarah (Josef’s love who dont wake up until the end of season 1) is the antagonist of the large part of this project. I just don’t feel Sarah suitable character for Josef. Especially a perfect female vanilla (sleeping beauty) character like her. Besides he have the most character dimension in the series that are best to be explored further… And a vanilla character vampire is starting to sound like Bella. So, no, I’m not a SarahXJosef shipper. This treatment goes to both Mick X Beth, I love them both but its not going to be this easy.

Will there be Coraline and the rest? Well, I’m still deciding.

And this is going to be a weekly serial and the first chapter is out tonight and the continuation will be on every five days. One thing I learn from NaNoWriMo, self imposed deadlines work.

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Besides nothing is better when Jason Dohring became a supernatural. A vampire and a time god (see Supernatural). Frankly, I really enjoy writing him as I enjoy seeing him act. I did really enjoy the character Josef Kostan despite all his flaws. Again I am campaigning to see more Jason Dohring in my tv. Good tv actors are hard to come by.

And I probably will need to watch more H50 if I’m going to keep this up. Hmm

This post is just a disclaimer from a fan who really hate to see things hanging and want a better ending for the favourite character and was fueled by Veronica Mars marathon.

If any of you haven’t watch Moonlight yet, well.. its not as polished as the rest of the current vampire tv series but its fun when it last.