I had an idea of doing a guest post during the month of October so I asked a few of my friends from COYER what is their favorite Monster is (some are not so scary) and what book they read that they loved that associated with the Monster they picked. The answers are great and the recommendation are even better! Enjoy!
The Monster & The Book
Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series is one of my favorite paranormal / urban fantasy series, and there are definitely monsters inhabiting this world! There are vampires, werewolves, demons, and others that go bump in the night. One of my favorite characters in the series is Al. He’s a demon, and he’s very sneaky indeed. For a long time, he had an elf as his personal slave, because elves have very strong magic, and she knew so many things she had to share with Al. When the protagonist of the series, Rachel, managed to free the elf, Al had to make sure he had another way to come to the mortal plane every now and then, so he made a deal with Rachel. Some of the funniest one-liners come from Al, and I would read a series in which he was the main character – not only because he’s very complex, but even being a demon, he isn’t all bad. Yes, he does monstrous things, but usually he has a pretty good reason for that. One of the reasons is making sure he himself stays alive, of course, another reason is to keep the other demons alive, as there aren’t that many left of them. Of course, Al changed a lot over the span of this series, in the very beginning, I thought of him only as a monster, but as Rachel got to know him better, he became more than that, which is always something I enjoy when reading! Having a character evolve enough for me to change my stance about him or her means I’m having a very good time while reading!
“I smell pancakes,” Al said as he jauntily smacked Pierce’s hat back on the witch’s head. “Did the runt make you breakfast?” Al said, leaning over the stove. “Quickest way to a woman’s crotch is through her gullet, eh?” he said, leering at Pierce, who was now rinsing out the percolator. “Is it working? I’d be curious to know. I’d buy her a cake or something.
“But a slow, deeply satisfied smile came over him, and his breath quickened. ‘So softly it starts,’ he whispered. ‘Foolishly clever and with an unsurvivable trust. It just saved your miserable life, that questionable show of thought, my itchy-witch.’ Al’s smile shifted, becoming lighter. ‘And now you will live to possibly regret it.”
“What are you doing now?” Al questioned “Seeing if your circumcision is gone? It is.
My expression went blank, and Trent hesitated.
He looked at me, and I put a hand to my mouth, face flaming. “Oh. My. God. Trent. I’m sorry”
“Um” Trent said, clearly at a loss.
“Call me tomorrow,” Al said seriously, “I’ve got a curse that will take care of that. Unless you like the snake in a turtleneck look”
“Now you’re going to get it,” I said, guessing Al was coming when the ones in the back scattered. “You should have been nice.”
With a weird cry, the closest surface demon fell back, but it was too late. A flash of red light exploded overhead, smashing the buildings away as if I were at the center of an atomic explosion. The surface demons scattered like brown leaves, the remnants of their clothes and auras fluttering. It was Al, and he burst into existence in a grand mood, an old-fashioned lantern in his hand and a walking cane at his side.
“Rachel Mariana Morgan!” he shouted enthusiastically, raising the lantern high, and I painfully rose from my crouch, breaking my bubble with a small thought. “I’ve come to save you, love!”
“Rachel, Rachel, Rachel,” he said, very still and unmoving. “Always jumping to the wrong conclusion. You’re like a frog, you know.”
About the Guest
Lexxie is a blogger at (un)Conventional Bookviews
Avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker, genre-omnivore.
Lexxie has ruined my TBR list with some of the books she enjoys. Her reviews are fantastic and really make you want to read the book. I also love that she calls herself a genre-omnivore. 🙂 I enjoy her Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts you must check it out. Stop by her blog to say hello.
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