Quick Review: The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Vanishing Book CoverThe Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz came out in January 2020 and I finally got to it yesterday. I finished reading it this morning.

Fogg Lake, Book 1
Paranormal Mystery / Suspense and Romance

Here’s the book description.

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed—they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed their “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake.…

Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, use what they call their “other sight” to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes one night, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slater Arganbright, an agent from a shadowy organization known only as the Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning.

A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fifteen years ago—Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish.

First, I have to note that a big chunk of that description talks about stuff that actually isn’t in the book. So that was weird for me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Krentz book with a description so far off the mark.

The book I expected wasn’t the book I got, in other words.

This one is a hard one for me to review in other ways, too.

The mystery was entertaining and pulled me through the pages quickly. But as I read, I kept feeling like I was missing something and it wasn’t until I got to the end and went searching that I knew what that was. The Vanishing introduces a new group, the Foundation, that deals with paranormal research, and brings back Vortex which is a shady organization that showed up in Jayne Ann Krentz’s Jayne Castle books set on Harmony.

The problem was that I kept wondering why no one in this book seemed to know about the Arcane Society, because so much of the stuff in the book was familiar in a way that only makes sense if this is happening in the same universe. If Arcane and Vortex coexist on Harmony, then Arcane must exist in the present in which The Vanishing takes place. And if this Foundation is as important as it seems, how can no one know about the Arcane Society?

The fact that it was never even hinted at just really threw me. I couldn’t seem to get past that while I read this story.

So in the end, the story was diminished by this missing link.

Another issue I had with this one is that there was almost no focus on the romance at all. I might as well have been reading a mystery novel.

Honestly, I know Krentz has been one of my favorite authors for a long time, but I’m just not feeling satisfied by her books as romance novels any longer. And although I like mystery novels, I don’t like them as much as I like romance, and when I’m in the mood for a romance novel, I want romance.

Unfortunately, I think this means that it might be time for me to start passing on Krentz’s books when I want a romance.

All that said, this was still a good book. If you don’t mind light romance and lots of mystery and some suspense, you should give it a shot. :-)

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright

Red Riding Hood - Sarah Blakely-Cartwright - Movie Tie-In

If you love Red Riding Hood tales and stories, like me, I suggest you get your hands on Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright. It is absolutely amazing. This book is one of my favorite books of all time. It puts a spin on the classic tale. I love this book so much.

There are a lot of bad reviews on this book talking about the missing ending, but there is an ending! All you have to do is go to a website to read it. The link is in the book. The book is worth it.

The description below is from Amazon.com. Enjoy!

Valerie’s sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henri, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister’s violent death, Valerie’s world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the werewolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But no one is safe. When an expert wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them – it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the Blood Moon wanes . . . or everyone she loves will die.

Follow the link above to get this book at Amazon as a paperback, Kindle book, or an audio book.

After Daybreak by J.A. London

After Daybreak - J. A. London - Darkness Before DawnThis book perfectly ended the Darkness Before Dawn trilogy by J.A. London. I never wanted this trilogy to end, but with this book ending it I was very happy with the way it did.

The description for the book from Amazon.com is below. Enjoy!

After Daybreak brings J. A. London’s romantic dystopian Darkness Before Dawn series to a thrilling conclusion.

Dawn grew up behind a wall, terrified of the vampires outside who controlled the lives of humans and demanded their blood. But when she became a delegate for her city and met Victor, she realized that not all vampires were the same, that maybe one could be trusted.

Now Day Walker Sin is infecting his followers with a disease that turns them into mindless killers. Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to band together to stop him, because alone they will all die.

After Daybreak is perfect for fans of the YA series Morganville Vampires and the Vampire Diaries.

You can find this book at Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle book: After Daybreak: A Darkness Before Dawn Novel

Blood-Kissed Sky by J.A. London

Blood-Kissed Sky - J. A. LondonThis book, the sequel to Darkness Before Dawn, is amazing. It definitely exceeded my expectations. J.A. London went above and beyond with this book. In my opinion, the second book is usually not even close to being as good as the first, but this book is just as good as the first, if not better. This is a must-read for YA romance lovers. This book has just the perfect amount of romance and action so there is never a boring spot.

I put the Amazon.com description below!

There’s nowhere left to hide.

I thought vampires were our enemies—they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood—until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they’re worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor’s vampires don’t get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst—a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all . . . before it’s too late.

Get this book at Amazon: Blood-Kissed Sky

This book is part of a series. Previous book in the series: Darkness Before Dawn

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Darkness Before Dawn - J.A. LondonNow, I usually don’t go for vampire books, but when I bought this book I had no clue what it was about, I just loved the cover. But when I found out it was about a vampire named Victor, I thought I would just try it and if I didn’t like it I would return it. After about the first chapter I was hooked. I took this book everywhere I went and read it whenever I could. This isn’t your normal vampire love book, trust me. I highly recommend this book to everyone—even to those of you who don’t particularly like books about vampires.
Amazon.com description is below, enjoy!

Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it’s up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

Get this book at Amazon: Darkness Before Dawn

Deception Cove

By Jayne Castle (a.k.a. Jayne Krentz, Amanda Quick)

Book 2 of the Rainshadow Series

Deception Cove by Jayne Castle

In the world of Harmony, Rainshadow Island is home to a mysterious preserve, secrets that have been kept for centuries, and a treasure worth killing for…

As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself—a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini.

Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears—and he needs her.

On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a Marriage of Convenience.

Alice’s honeymoon on Rainshadow is guaranteed to be memorable, as the island—and the passion between her and Drake—is about to explode…

Book description from Amazon: Deception Cove (A Rainshadow Novel)

So, sounds entertaining enough, huh? I’m actually in the middle of this book right now. I started it a while ago, and I’m not really sure why, but I let other stuff take precedence and haven’t finished the book yet! I’ve read plenty of other stuff in the meantime, but thinking back on it, I think it was because I’d just finished Crystal Gardens (by Jayne Castle’s pseudonymous alter-ego Amanda Quick). I enjoyed that book a lot, and although Deception Cove was good, it wasn’t historical and I was in the mood for historical.

Now that it’s come back to my attention, I think I’m going to spend a few hours and finish the book. :)

Just a Few More Days Until Copper Beach Hits Stores

Copper Beach is in stores on January 10, 2012. I’ve had my preorder in on Copper Beach for a couple of months now, since my birthday when I used a gift card to stock up on upcoming favorites.

Copper Beach - Jayne Ann Krentz

Since I’m a total fan of Jayne Ann Krentz (I think even her bad stuff is better than most other authors’ good stuff, LOL), I’ve been waiting for this since In Too Deep, which is now finally available in paperback. Now’s the time to start keeping an eye our for a bargain priced hardback for that one too.

After this book, JAK will be releasing Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street) as Amanda Quick in April 2012. Both are paranormal romance and mystery, and it looks like Arcane Society is finally out of the picture for now. Although I have enjoyed the series, I’m definitely ready for a break from it. I’ll be sure to post about whether or not Copper Beach is a stand-along beginning to another series. The book is being called A Dark Legacy Novel, implying this is the beginning of a series and not identifying itself with any affiliation to Arcane.

Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark Books

Lothaire (Kresley Cole - Immortals After Dark)One of my favorite authors of paranormal romance is Kresley Cole. I became hooked when I read A Hunger Like No Other and ever since, I have been in love with her Immortals After Dark series. It wasn’t until later that I went back and read the short novella "The Warlord Wants Forever" that started it all.

See below for the newest book, Lothaire, in hardcover!

Here’s a list of Kresley Cole’s books in the Immortals After Dark series. If you want to buy the book or read reviews, just click the included links. These books are worth it. ;-)

Immortals After Dark Books

  1. The Warlord Wants Forever (novella) in Playing Easy to Get (paperback or ebook)
  2. A Hunger Like No Other (paperback)
  3. No Rest For the Wicked (paperback)
  4. Wicked Deeds On a Winter’s Night (paperback)
  5. Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (paperback or ebook)
  6. Dark Desires After Dusk (paperback or ebook)
  7. Kiss of a Demon King (paperback or ebook)
  8. Deep Kiss of Winter (novella) (paperback or kindle)
  9. Pleasure of a Dark Prince (paperback or kindle)
  10. Demon from the Dark (paperback or kindle)
  11. Dreams of a Dark Warrior (paperback or kindle)
  12. Lothaire (hardcover or kindle)

Quick Review: Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra

Forgotten Sea - Virginia Kantra
Consider buying Forgotten Sea for your personal library if you enjoy paranormal romance. Click the bookcover to go to Amazon.

I’m glad I didn’t realize this book had been published right away. A devastating upheaval in my personal life happened only a week before the release date back in June and there’s no way I could have enjoyed this story if I had picked up a copy right then. And I would have, because I love Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea series. No personal upheaval is going to change that.

Now, however, I’m ready to read again and Forgotten Sea is one of the first books I’ve read since late May.

Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra follows Immortal Sea, probably my favorite book of the entire series (although Sea Lord was absolutely wonderful). In Forgotten Sea, we’re introduced to Justin and Lara, and there’s a mystery there right away. Justin can’t remember anything from his life prior to seven years ago, while Lara is introduced as one of the fallen children of the air, a fallen angel.

As a reader of the series–this isn’t my first Children of the Sea book–I could feel that Justin’s story was tied to the events of Sea Lord, and any fan is going to figure it out quickly, who he is and what happened to him seven years previous.

There’s a lot to like about this book. Kantra writes with the same flair that made the other Children of the Sea books special. She also introduces plenty of interesting backstory for Lara’s people, leaving me wondering if there’s going to be future stories there. At the moment, it seems that she’s run out of people to continue the selkie / finfolk stories, but just because I think that doesn’t mean it’s true.

Forgotten Sea didn’t disappoint me. I read it in one sitting and don’t regret a moment I spent with the characters, living the romance, the mystery, and the excitement of another great book in Kantra’s Children of the Sea series.

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Favorite 2011 Paranormal Romance Novel

What is your favorite paranormal romance novel published in 2011?

I’m going to leave this post open to comments for the rest of the year. I would like to know what book you think is the best paranormal romance novel of 2011.

Guidelines:

  1. Novel should be a paranormal romance novel (I’m asking that you don’t add futuristic sci-fi romance to this post unless the book has strong paranormal elements that make the book more fantasy than sci-fi)
  2. Should be a novel, not a short story or novella
  3. Original publication date should be 2011 and it should not be a reprint or reissue of a book published in a prior year.

That’s it! Have fun telling me and everyone else about your favorite paranormal romance read of 2011.