BOM: Amazon Ink, Lori Devoti

August 28, 2009 at 5:00 am (Book of the Month Club, General, New Releases, Reviews) (, , , , )

amazonink250webPublisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 26, 2009
ISBN: 978-1439154274

It’s been ten years since Melanippe Saka left the Amazon tribe in order to create a normal life for her daughter, Harmony. True, running a tattoo parlor in Madison, Wisconsin, while living with your Amazon warrior mother and priestess grandmother is not everyone’s idea of normal, but Mel thinks she’s succeeded at blending in as human.

Turns out she’s wrong. Someone knows all about her, someone who’s targeting young Amazon girls, and no way is Mel going to let Harmony become tangled in this deadly web. With her mother love in overdrive, Ms. Melanippe Saka is quite a force…even when she’s facing a barrage of distractions — including a persistent detective whose interest in Mel goes beyond professional, a sexy tattoo artist with secrets of his own, and a seriously angry Amazon queen who views Mel as a prime suspect. To find answers, Mel will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do: embrace her powers and admit that you can take the girl out of the tribe…but you can’t take the tribe out of the girl.

Hi everyone! I sincerely hope that you’ve been enjoying the summer as I have. Playing taxi to my increasingly busy teenagers, working, and still trying to get in the occasional barbeque, I barely found time to read Lori’s latest. Barely was the key word so you know I did and here it is!

I really wasn’t sure how I’d appreciate such a strong female character, but Mel kinda grew on me. It was quite entertaining to watch her struggles as a Mom with a teen, since I can so relate to that! I reflected back on my own family frequently throughout the novel. Isn’t it true that all families have skeletons in their closet and as our children mature, we decide when and if to reveal them. Mel I think it’s time to explain the Amazons in the front yard even if you have a clever cover story. Children these days are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. If you think you know when your child is lying, look at it from their eyes as well. Your child more than likely knows she is being lied to. I found this book to be very hip, up to date, and dead on,  repeatedly a typical day in the life of a teenage girl. Drama, drama, drama! Lori brings alluring mystique, and non stop excitement to a basic who dunnit, with a very interesting history lesson of an extinct and mythical culture. I even liked the who dunnit part, I usually don’t read mysteries well, but this one kept me turning pages and guessing until the end.  So if you want  an intriguing mystery that’s written for today’s mom with a little SciFi thrown in for good measure. Read Lori Devoti’s new book, Amazon Ink! You’ll have a great time and maybe gain a little insight as to which battles you should pick.

∞ Penelope Fitzgerald
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Magical, mystical shapeshifters…do we share the love?

May 12, 2008 at 6:00 am (General, Lori Devoti) (, , , , )

My first post here I talked about the three types of shifters as I see them…the realist (bones a popping), the illusionist (just appears they are shifting) and the magical (presto chango). Today I’m going to talk a bit more about the last one, and go a bit more in depth in one particular aspect of this type–the magical shifters who need magic outside of themselves to actually perform the shift.

In For a Few Demons More, urban fantasyDead Witch Walking, Kim Harrison (one of my favorite authors) has her main character turn herself into a mink via magic. In A Few Demon’s More, there’s an ancient artifact that is changing humans into werewolves–not a good thing since these humans have no idea how to deal with this change. My friend Summer Devon in her book Revealing Skills created a type of being called Morphlanges who can shift into any type of animal they like as long as they ingest some bit of the animal–hair, etc. Her hero chooses to shift to a rat to escape prison early on in the book (a handy skill in that situation), but once his “cycle” as a rat is over he can pick yet another animal, and another, and another.

These kind of shiftings make for a different kind of story for me, than what we think of when we say shapeshifter. I think the main difference is the character isn’t really the animal–they don’t have the same mental bond with whatever creature they become. They have that animal’s limitations and pluses while in the animal form, but when the shape goes away, for the most part, so do those aspects. They aren’t territorial like a wolf, or don’t go into heat like a cat–once back as a human.

Revealing Skills, erotic romanceIn other words the shapeshifting is more a device of the story than an actual part of the character. Which isn’t to say I don’t love stories that do this–I do. In some instances, I like them more than a traditional shifter story. When Rachel (from Harrison’s series) became a mink and was thrown into a rat fight she was still Rachel the human with all her thoughts and the “are you kidding me?” reactions a human would face in such a situation. In Devon’s story, her shifter has no ability to shift back for a set period of time–he’s stuck as a rat. So, these stories open up a whole new world where there really are no limits (at least until the writer sets them).

So, what about you? Do you like these kinds of shifters as much as the more traditional type? Any books you can think of that use them you’d recommend? Or are you a were girl/guy all the way?

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