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“This one made a flight from SFO to MCO go much faster, even if I felt like a glutton afterwards. Pratt has a nice ability to take many different threads, tangle them up, and provide a satisfying denoument. I wish the characters were more likeable though.”Misti S wrote this review Monday, January 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yes, the magic is pretty cheesy, and so is the dialogue. But I really like Marla, the plot is engaging, and most of the characters are not one-dimensional but have some depth. A very easy read.”Matthew D wrote this review Monday, November 22, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“excerpt from detailed review here: http://angeltyuan.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-poison-sleep-by-ta-pratt.html
Marla is just as snipey and down-to-business as the first book, but we see a slightly less-prickly side of her as she gets hilariously smitten over love-talker Joshua, and employs a dying man off the street. The themes dealt with in this book are radically different from the myths and prophecies in the first, focusing instead around the various deviations of sexual attraction and power (though I wouldn't call this "steamy" lol). The twists and bends of character betrayals and deaths keep the story interesting, even if there's less action-packed violence.”
“jaw dropper”Thomas L wrote this review Sunday, August 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love how this author writes so very episodically. Each book is a stand-alone story, it's not necessary to read and of the previous books to understand what's going on and be able to follow the plot and characters. Completely worth reading.”Christian L wrote this review Tuesday, June 29, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“the serie sounds good, now i just hope that it is.”Jinx Lirin *Oh My... Hannibal...* wrote this review Saturday, March 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The second book starring Marla Manson. This book lives up to the first one featuring the world of Marla's home city and all of its own problems. This one isn't quite as page turning but I still finished it in one day like the first one. Page turning excitement awaits you with a dangerous dream world, a smooth talking "love talker/pretty boy", an ordinary, and betrayal.”MegWesley wrote this review Saturday, June 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you're looking for Marla Mason, this is the place to start. I thought Blood Engines was okay, but this book completely satisfied me. Marla's a more relateable character because she actually cares about the city she's in. (She is after all, the city's guardian witch.) And the emotion and psychology that plays into it works really, really well. I'm pretty excited to read the next one!”DK Thompson wrote this review Monday, May 4, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Someone wants Marla Mason dead. Usually that’s not news. As chief sorcerer of Felport, someone always wants her dead. But this time she’s the target of a renegade assassin who specializes in killing his victims over days, months, or even years. Not to mention a mysterious knife-wielding killer in black who pops up in the most unexpected places. To
make matters worse, an inmate has broken out of the Blackwing Institute for criminally insane sorcerers – a troubled psychic who can literally reweave the fabric of reality to match her own traumatic past.
With her wisecracking partner Rondeau reluctantly in tow, Marla teams up with a “lovetalker” whose dangerous erotic spells not even she can resist. Together they’re searching the rapidly transforming streets of Felport for a woman who’s become the Typhoid Mary of nightmares, infecting everything – and everyone – she touches with chaos worse than death itself.
Poison Sleep is a fantastic second book in a series. I really enjoyed Blood Engines (Book 1), but Poison Sleep takes the cake! Fantastic story, amazing plot, the characters are likeable and interesting. The dream reweaver was a new paranormal power (for me), and Pratt pulled it off quite nicely by mixing up the dream world and the nightmare world. As always Rondeau, Marla’s partner, is hilarious and adds a touch of lightheartedness to any situation, well, when he’s not freaking out.
The addition of the two new characters: Ted, the assistant, and Joshua, the lovetalker, didn't feel rushed or pushed upon me as a reader. It felt like a natural progression for Marla to hire them on as a part of her team. Ted and Marla really
worked well together, and even though I was a little disappointed with the outcome, it didn't make or break the story. The sweet, sensual, hypnotic lovetalker is well, seductive times 10 million. It was nice to see Marla be vulnerable to someone for once, because she is usually very strong willed and independent.
The choices for the antagonists were clever, especially Z (Zealand) , because the mentally ill sorcerer, Genevieve, looks to him for protection and gives him a creepy power in order to do so. I will say that having their POVs to read through was very insightful. It's always nice to take a peek inside the head of the
T.A. Pratt is on the path to having a really exciting and successful new series in the Urban Fantasy world. It’s great to get a male’s perspective, since the genre is dominated by females. If you are into magic, great plot, edge of your seat action, and maybe a little romance tossed in, you must check out this series!
I must also give props to Dan Santos the AMAZING cover artist for the Marla Mason series, as well as many other books out there.”
“You May Not Be Able to Rest until the Book is Finished
Marla Mason is the leader among equals of the sorcerers in the city of Felport. It’s her job to protect the city and keep the other sorcerers in line - something that is not so easy to do when one of the sorcerers has hired an assassin to kill her and another has escaped from a mental institution and is wreaking havoc across the city. Then, to top it all off, Marla has found love, which means all her attentions may not be where they should be.
Even with help from her faithful partner, Rondeau, her competent consigliere, Hamil, and her new personal assistant, Ted, Marla can’t seem to get a handle on the situation. But she’ll have to find a way to stop the madness soon or lose her city and herself forever.
T.A. Pratt’s second instalment of her Marla Mason series proves to be even more enchanting and enthralling than her first. Poison Sleep shows another side of Marla and gives the reader better insight into her quirks, powers, and love of her city. The reader also learns more about the varying degrees of magic and personalities that create Marla’s allies and adversaries. And the action never stops.
If you’re looking for an intriguing look at the world of sorcerers and their trials and tribulations then you need to read Poison Sleep.