Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recent reads

 
Johanna Garth brings Greek Mythology into a modern setting in a creative and intriguing way. Her characters are well developed and interesting. The plot kept me turning those pages!

Persey has an unfortunate gift--people are compelled to tell her all of their darkest secrets. They have to confess to her. Disturbed and troubled by this she withdraws into herself. Persey grows tired of feeling used, all she wants is to be loved and listened to herself for once. But she can't prevent the way she attracts people and how they need her-- telling her things she doesn't want to know.

Aaron is a good man who desires most to protect Persey from the moment he meets her in high school.
Daniel has a gift of his own-- to know what people really mean no matter what they say-- and he can't seem to stay away from her even though she remains unreadable to him.
Haden, a mysterious immortal, feels he must have her for his own. He recognizes her gift and it just so happens that he needs the information Persey has access to--about people's darkest desires and hidden secrets--to manipulate the souls that he collects.

Losing Beauty explores several different faces of love and the destiny of souls after death. It is an exciting story that mixes romance, suspense, magic and myth. 
 
 
 Diana Gabaldon's Dragonfly In Amber is the sequel to the epic historical fiction, The Outlander, and is every bit as riveting.

"It's now 1968, and Claire Beauchamp Randall has returned to Inverness, Scotland, with her daughter, Brianna. This is Claire's first visit back since she and husband Frank visited 22 years before--when she walked through a Druid stone circle into the middle of the 18th century. Now, Frank is dead, and Claire hopes to learn what happened to the second great love of her life--gallant Jamie Fraser, laird of Lallybroch whom she married during her journey into the past. She's also looking for a way to tell Brianna who her real father is. Framed by these dilemmas, the bulk of the story consists of the second installment of Claire and Jamie's adventures. Escaping the English death sentence passed against Jamie, they flee to pre-revolutionary Paris, where they secretly work at foiling Bonnie Prince Charlie's efforts to regain the Scottish throne. But this espionage is only the beginning!" -Kirkus Associates

I enjoyed losing myself in Claire and Jamie's world again. A fantastic sequel.



17 comments:

Read my books; lose ten pounds! said...

I love greek mythology so much!

baygirl32 said...

guess what, after tommorrow I can read again!! My to read list currently has 30 titles, make that 32 (I just added these two)

Jessica Bell said...

Losing Reality sounds very interesting. Is it available in paperback?

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, interesting pair of reads. It's funny, because I'm friends with Johanna, but I didn't know much about her book--sounds intriguing! And I really just need to read Outlander. I've meant to for years.

Johanna Garth said...

Jo, so glad you liked the book!! Thanks for taking the time to read it.

jennymilch said...

LOSING BEAUTY is high on my hurry-into-print List--thanks for this great review. And Johanna definitely deserves to be in such company as Diana Gabaldon--how nice to see the books paired here!

Alleged Author said...

These both look great and you did justice to them with your awesome publicity!

Susan Fields said...

I haven't heard of either of these before, but they both sound great!

Medeia Sharif said...

Awesome. I'll look up these two books. I love Greek mythology. I've only read a few books with it interwoven in a modern setting.

Angela Felsted said...

Losing Beauty looks interesting.

ihaveabackbone said...

I am so so so glad that I've never met Percey. Because if I did, I would confess that I'm secretly in love with a garbage man with a British accent. I've never met him, but he visits me in my dreams. Deep, dark confession, done.

Beth said...

Both books sound terrific, although the Greek mythology in the first is particularly compelling. Thanks for the reviews!

Sarah Allen said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Jemi Fraser said...

They both sound interesting. The Greek mythology aspect has been really popular lately.

I still haven't read any of Galbadon's books - I really have to do that!

Lynda R Young said...

These sound like great reads. I might put Dragonfly in Amber on my TBR list.

Talli Roland said...

Great reviews! They both sound like something I would enjoy. Thank you!

Julie Musil said...

Both of these books sound fantastic! Thanks for the rundown.