Thursday, July 1, 2010

Review: Mozart's Blood, and 1st look at Let Me In trailer

Mozart's Blood by Louise Marley.  When I found out about this book, and that it was partially set during the 18th century and featured Mozart, and singing and castrati, I simply had to read it.  I'm a fan of Anne Rice's Cry To Heaven, in which she made us fall in love with the castrati, the literal rockstars of the 18th century.  Marley's book has been compared to Rice, but I think the writer stands on her own merit with this lush, detailed, fascinating story that sweeps us back and forth through time, and gives us a glimpse into the lives of two very interesting people.

The heroine, Octavia Voss is a soprano who lives for her music.  If you enjoy opera and the behind the scenes details of rehearsals and staging of an opera, this story is for you.  I actually thought it was a bit too much detail with Octavia and her singing in the beginning, but soon the story catches up to the necessary backstory and it takes off on a swift pace that will have you turning pages faster and faster as the mystery behind what, exactly, Mozart's blood means, is slowly revealed.

Octavia's assistant, Ugo, is the most interesting.  I won't reveal what he is.  The reader learns that quickly, but how he exists, and the necessary things he must do to survive are very interesting.  He is devoted to Octavia, and I can't help but wish that this is only the beginning in a series that features the twosome.

There is a mystery, some thrills, a chase and delightful historical vignettes that fill in pieces of the main characters' lives in a style I really enjoyed.  All in all, I'd recommend this to readers who enjoy a nice meaty historical novel (though it does move back and forth from history to modern-day).  This isn't exactly a romance, but romance readers may admire the devotion between the twosome all the same.  This book is out right now, so go check it out!

Tell us what your favorite paranormal 'pairing' for hero and heroine are.  Vampire and werewolf?  Demon and faery?

Louise Marley will be a guest at VampChix on July 8th and we'll be giving away a copy of her book then!

Now, I didn't know Hit Girl was playing the lead role in the remake of Let The Right One In.  Maybe this one will be worth seeing after all.
Let Me In, tells a terrifying tale about an alienated 12-year old boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar® nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.


Zahir Blue said...

Pardon me while I squeeeee!

I like the director, the stars, and what I've seen.

Anonymous said...

That is one beautiful cover!!!

Steph said...

That Mozart's Blood cover is spicy in a nice 18th cen. way. Is there any classical character who hasn't associated with or been supernatural? Lately we've seen Holme's related to Dracula, Jane Austen and Zombies and more!
Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway!

I think vampires and fairies.

Please count me in. Thanks.

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