Now, I try to avoid reviewing as I don't think I'm a particularly 'balanced' reviewer of books - especially since I've started writing, I think I'm hypercritical. And my track record for not liking books that have garnered major awards (Pulitzer Prize winning Shipping News, or Carol Shield's Governor-General award winning Stone Diaries, for instance) proves that.
But I just finished Christine d'Abo's The Bond That Ties Us.
And I had to post that I LOVE it!
And it's a Sci Fi - that's a genre that I don't usually read. Well, not until Robin Rotham's Alien Overnight which also blew me away with her originality.
Christine's created instant sexual tension between her human heroine, Haylie, and Briel hero, Kamran. There is such heat between them in an exotic out-of-this-world setting, that it sucked me in and kept me reading far past my bedtime. And she's also managed to write a mystery where you're not easily able to guess just who the bad guy is - I had a couple suspicions but it wasn't until the end that it was confirmed, and even then it wasn't the person I'd suspected. Way to go, Christine!
So Ms. d'Abo, you'd better get cracking on your next book - because I'm waiting anxiously for the sequel.