30 July 2008

DANCING WITH WEREWOLVES:Delilah Street-Paranormal Investigator - Carole Nelson Douglas

I am not sure what I didn't completely dig about this book, but it just didn't completely grab me. I really wanted to like this book. A really interesting premise, quirky characters, yummy hot guys after the main female character, vampires, werewolves, witches...but the writing seemed choppy loosey-goosey to me. I had to move it from my bedside book to my purse book as it was giving me a headache...not a great thing when trying to sleep. Apparently Douglas a rather prolific writer, so she should have cohesive writing down to the proverbial science by now. There was a lot of jumping from one scene to the next before the first bit was done completely. I seemed to be doing a lot of, "What the....?" while going through the motions of reading.

I did read and finish it, but I really don't think I will be looking for this author again. Two beans....


Bobbi said...

The cover and the title make it appear to be a book I would like, but after your review I may skip it. Is this part of a series? I have not heard of this author.

Carole Nelson Douglas said...

"Is this part of a series? I have not heard of this author."

Author here. Yes, it's a series: Brimstone Kiss, Oct. '08; Vampire Sunrise, April '09.

Have had more than 50 novels published in mystery, sf/f, romance and blends of all, in both contemporary and historical modes. I'm character-driven writer who creates intricate worlds and settings. I write books that can bear rereading and series that deepen and darken with time.

More than 50 writing awards, including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and numerous ones for mystery and suspense from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine,four-time Romance Writers of American finalist in four different categories, American Mystery Award, many Cat Writers' Association fiction awards for the Midnight Louie feline PI series, which is written like a three-year TV series with an ensemble cast, allowing for much character development. Not your usual little cat mystery series.

Not everybody cares for that complex an approach, but those who do feel richly rewarded.

Dancing with Werewolves did get a starred review from Publishers Weekly and some nice cover quotes from writers I didn't know. :)

Oh, it also features the Albino Vampire cocktail, which is really yummy, and the new book offers the fiery Brimstone Kiss. (The setting is Las Vegas.) So readers at least get a recipe out of it.

But only you can say if you like it. The book, I mean, not the drink. :)

I'm using my websites but they are lamentably behind the times due to fooling around writing.

Vickie said...

Bobbi: I picked the book because of the cover and the review on B&N and my love of the genre.
Don't skip because of my review. It obviously suits other readers. I don't finish bad books, I don't have the time or patience and I have so many books (note I didn't say 'too many') on Mt Git'r'Read. I did find enough to keep me going, but I don't think I will read more.

Carole: Thank you for the input.