Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Spider's Lullaby by James R. Tuck

He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities take out any kind of unnatural threat. But between this bad-ass bounty hunter and rescuing the most helpless of victims stands the one evil he can't defeat... 
For Deacon Chalk, loyalty is worth dying for. And now that something has taken were-spider Charlotte's un-hatched children and one of his closest friends, he'll tear up the human and supernatural underworlds to find them. But with his allies stripped away by an invincible Yakuza hit man and time running out, Deacon must face down the most ancient of demonic entities. And his last hope means surrendering to the inner darkness waiting hungrily to consume him ...

*shivers*

*shakes*

*deep breath*

Okay, I think I can start this one now. This book takes place after Blood and Bullets. I got the first since UF is not usually a genre you can read out of order. Plus, it might make a few of you faint. ;) In this case although I was glad I read that first book, I need not have worried. You can read this one as a stand a lone and still know what is going on. Plus, what is also good about this novella is that it is the perfect length for this story. I think that is because the adventure has only a limited time to either work or destroy lots of people.

We met Charlotte, the were spider in the first book and we find that she is pregnant with lots of baby spiders. She must bond with them or humanity has one huge problem on their hands... and feet... and faces... *shivers* A Yakuza sorcerer wants them for himself so he can be the best assassin around. Oh and the eggs are hours from hatching. Time is not on their side.

Within the story Deacon Chalk works hard to keep those he considers friends and family safe. It has become his life. So, this sorcerer will have to work hard to defeat him. I should also mention that Deacon is VERY male in his descriptions of the female anatomy. It wasn't rude and disrespectful, just VERY male. LOL So, it's good that his partners in this throw in some estrogen in the mix. All of them are female. :)

I give this book with the cover I can't look at too long 3 1/2 stars. Like the first, it is a great book to get those males in your life to start reading UF. You can read this one quickly and really get a sense of the world Deacon Chalk and his friends inhabit. Also for those that have arachnophobia (I know what I'm talking about...) you can read this one without nightmares. Charlotte is aptly named. ;) This book is on sale now. The ebook is $1.99 at Amazon and B&N.
I received this eARC from Kensington Publisher and the author and no compensation for my review was given.

13 comments:

  1. Maybe I'm a little slow but having read the first book as well as this novella, and I just realised the irony of a were-spider called Charlotte...as in Charlotte's Web...Doh! Clever. :-)

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    1. LOL!

      Charlotte is the only spider I've been able to deal with so I'm glad that was her name. :)

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  2. Shiver, shiver indeed. A truly spine chilling cover,it sounds like its well worth the read though.

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  3. Bonding with were spider babies?! YIKES! Who comes up with this stuff? And the cover creeps me out too. LOL

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  4. *runs and hides from all the icky spiders*

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  5. Melissa! nrhgherenrhwergh! That's the weird noise/grunt that came out of my mouth when I saw that cover. I had to scroll down quickly, I can't deal with spiders. And she's pregnant with lots of baby spiders? *dies*

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    1. LOL... I know! But I swear... no nightmares. :)

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  6. Oh! I didn't realize there was novella. Thanks for sharing this. But you yelled at me for my Spiders from Memory cover, this is worse! LOL!

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  7. I didn't know this one, but well the cover... Just seeing it is quite scaring lol. It's a nice idea I think to have a book like that but well... SPIDERS!!!! lol

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  8. "Charlotte, the were spider in the first book and we find that she is pregnant with lots of baby spiders."- Is this an adult retelling of Charlotte's Web???

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