Laurie Treacy is a fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary YA and NA romance writer. A graduate of Marist College, she lives in New York's picturesque Hudson Valley with her husband, three children, and various pets. When not book blogging, she's a proud Whovian, loves reading, photography, frozen Goobers, and watching anime. A member of the SCBWI and RWA, Laurie can be found at local writer's events and online at http://www.laurietreacy.com and http://www.readergirlsblog.com
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- Human Blend
on May 29, 2011
Pescatore has crafted an intriguing and different paranormal novel with Human Blend. Laney is instantly likable and sympathetic. As her yearning for a normal life grows and her chance of actually attaining her wish are within her grasp, watching her grow and change was nice to watch. Her relationship with Austin was special and sweet. Some may argue the two fell for each other too quickly, but I believe love can be like that for some people, especially Laney. I also liked Dr. Elsworth and enjoyed reading the scenes he shared with Laney. The plot held some wonderful twists and turns, which is always a major plus in a paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi story. Anything which makes the story unique will resonate with readers and Laney's ability (and other secrets) helped make this story memorable. The dialogue was natural sounding and the descriptions vivid. The scenes where Laney helped others were emotional. I felt for this incredible young woman. I hope Pescatore has more stories with Laney, Austin and Elsworth to come for fans. This quick paced, entertaining YA novel will have readers asking for more. I certainly am.
- Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells
on May 29, 2011
For Portia, her relationship with Vance is extremely strong and special--not only are they soul mates, but their attraction for each other displays new abilities, mostly unheard of in their coven. Their way of communicating with each other telepathically linked them in a such a way they could feel each other's emotions and know what the other was feeling. I understood just how deeply connected they were.
The scene between them in the woods during their binding ceremony and at the football field as Vance teaches Portia how to float were whimsical and romantic. Through Lacey Weatherford's writing, I truly felt for this couple and for their precarious situation with Vance's father trying to locate his son for his own evil purposes. There were times the story slowed but I'll admit, it never bothered me since I had become so sucked into their world. The pacing was fine and reminded me of a roller coaster ride with the bumps and rollicking ascent and then the story took off towards the climatic and surprising ending. The author did a commendable job conveying Portia and Vance both as individuals and as a couple.
After the first book in the series ended I really knew who these people were and wanted to continue learning about and experiencing their lives. Portia was a realistic teen, dealing with a new identity, raging hormones, a best friend with jealousy issues, and a guy to totally swoon over. I enjoyed the twists at the end and found the spin on the parents keeping the special ability a secret from their kid unique.
The Trouble with Spells was a fun, entertaining and thoroughly addicting read. I didn't want to put the book down and look forward to the next title in the series, The Demon Kiss.
- To Kill A Warlock
on May 29, 2011
Dulcie is the heart and soul of To Kill a Warlock and she never lets the reader down. With her natural charm, wit, along with the heavy burden of a nasty breakup which has made her put up protective walls around her, Dulcie comes across as believable, yet gullible, strong and real. Her first person narration is full of humor and snark. I didn't always care for her choices and her decisions in parts made me shake my head, yet I really enjoyed her interactions with Quill, Knight, Bram and Sam. Throughout the book I was totally in Quill's corner and wished there was more of a backstory between him and Dulcie. I wanted to know more about their relationship and work history. Quill was the male model she used for her romance novels and I thought--with some more worldbuilding I could truly get behind them. Unlike other readers, I wasn't crazy about Knight, even though I did like the mysterious way he was introduced to us. As a vampire fangirl, all I can say is I wished Bram had more story time.
Despite its short length, I still found the story highly addictive. With Mallory's nice style of writing, the words flowed and I was absorbed into Dulcie's world. To Kill a Warlock is a fast paced, entertaining, quick read with a surprise ending. Let H.P. Mallory sprinkle some of her writing dust on you and I bet you'll soon be hooked and ready to gobble up the next book in this fun series, A Tale of Two Goblins.