Saturday, February 6, 2016

#Saturday Review - Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers (Young Adult, Fantasy)

Series: Assassin's Heart # 1
Format: E-Galley, 400 pages
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

Sarah Ashier's Assassin's Heart takes place in the fictional land of Lovero where NINE families are legally able to kill people. The Nine families worship the Goddess Safraella. Safraella is the Goddess of death, murder, and resurrection. 17-year old Oleander "Lea" belongs to the Saldana Family and is known as a clipper. As with all other clippers, Lea wears a specially designed mask that shows she is a member of a certain family. Lea's family is at the top of the heap as the story opens, but they have experienced major losses and now have an even deadlier family, the Da Via, itching for a way to end the Saldana's reign.

Assassin's Heart does have a feel of being a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but it is so much more than just a romance novel. Lea begins the story in a secretive romance with Valentino "Val" Da Via who is also a clipper. But, it's not all about the romance. It is a story of betrayal, trusting the wrong person, and vengeance after Val's family attacks the Saldana's and leaves Lea as the only surviving member of her family. Desperate for answers, driven for payback on the family that took everything from her, and feeling more than her fair share of blame for what happened to her family, Lia flees to Yvain where she hopes to find the uncle that was once banished from her family.

Yvain is a major part of the story and what happens to Lea as a character. Here Lea becomes more than a character deigned on getting revenge on the family, and former lover who took everything away from her. Here Lea finds a new meaning to life, a focus on a Goddess that guides her, and gives her more than she could ever imagine. Yvain is not an easy place for Lea. She faces a whole slew of challenges from an over-eager partially trained clipper in Alessio (Les), angry ghosts that come out at night, an Uncle who wants nothing to do with Lea's path to revenge, a Family not wanting to leave any survivors alive, and a corrupt law officer who is willing to stab Lea in the back for a boat load of money.

Regardless of the way I talk about the romance, there isn't a love triangle. Lea heart gets shattered to pieces by Val, and later finds a true connection to Les who is really like a puppy dog being let off his leash for the first time by his master. Assassin's Heart has a distinctly Italian feel to it. From the characters names, to the settings of Yvain and Ravenna. I dare say that Yvain kind of reminds me of Venice with the canals and boats. 

Assassin's Heart is a standalone novel although there are a few minor questions left to be answered. What happens next for Lea, Les, and Marcello? Do they give up their clipping ways? Will other families come after Lea? Apparently there will be a sequel/companion novel releasing sometime in the future. Guess one will need to have patience to see what Ahier's does next.

Friday, February 5, 2016

*Stacking the Shelves / Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged # 2

Bought Borrowed and Bagged is all about the latest additions to your library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  you will be reading soon. Bought Borrowed and Bagged is a homage to to Barron’s Books and Baubles from Karen Marie Moning’s amazing Fever series, and is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you had a good week and got some major reading done.
I shifted some of my planned reading around, and took some requests from
publishers. Works out in the end. Hoping to stick to the plan next week!


The Week in Reviews:

Monday - Almost Midnight by CC Hunter (YA Short Stories)

Tuesday - Grave Visions by Kalayna Price (Urban Fantasy)

Wednesday - Fifteen by Jen Estes (YA, Time Travel)

Thursday - Fairy Keeper by Amy Bearce (YA, Fantasy)

Friday - Find Her by Lisa Gardner (Mystery, Thriller)

Saturday - Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers (YA, Fantasy)

Scheduled for Next Week: 

Monday - Blog Stop for Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep (Urban Fantasy)

Tuesday - Silverthorn by Sydney Bristow (Fantasy)

Wednesday - Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (Fantasy)

Thursday - Banished by Kimberley Little (Fantasy)

Friday - Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Saturday - He Will Be My Ruin by K.A Tucker

*Received from NetGalley*

*Received from Author or Publisher*

#Friday Review - Find Her by Lisa Gardner (Mystery, Thriller)

Series: Detective D.D. Warren # 8
Format: E-ARC, 416 pages
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Dutton
Source: Publisher
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

"Surviving is not a destination but a journey." 

Find Her is the Eighth Installment in Lisa Gardner's Detective D.D. Warren series. D.D. is back, and has another head puzzling case laid out before her. Upon arriving at a scene where a man was burned to death, and the supposed victim appears scary calm, cool, aware, and not emotionally devastated by the man's death, DD begins to think of Flora Dana as a "victim turned vixen." 

There are way too many things that just don't add up. But after Flora suddenly disappears without a trace, D.D. must put the pieces together and rely on her instinctive abilities as a Detective to find her and another girl named Stacey Summers before it is too late. Readers who have been following this series from the beginning, know that D.D. hasn't exactly had an easy time of things lately. She's spent the past 6 months recuperating from a career threatening injury to her arm, and is as jittery as a junebug hoping to return to work. 

If the case doesn't drive her over the edge, the mandatory Restricted Desk duty and massive paper work will! That and the fact her former teammates Phil & Neil now have a new detective, Carol Manley, working alongside them. I respect that Gardner has returned D.D. to more or less active duty. I also respect that D.D. is having issues with being replaced with a new detective, and facing the hard truth that she has to stop being a lone wolf.  I love that D.D. has remained sarcastic while also enjoying her time with her husband and son Jack. I look forward to having D.D. back in the field full time, taking names, and kicking asses. 

Meet 27-year old Florence "Flora" Dane. Flora was kidnapped while on Spring Break in Florida, and endured 472 days of captivity at the hands of man (Jacob Ness) who shred all of humanity out of her, then built her back up into the person he wanted her to be. After escaping death at the hands of the madman, Flora spent the next FIVE years learning all sorts of survival skills from self-defense to marksmanship, and tactical driving class. Flora has a mission. That mission isn't so clear, but once you realize that Flora is still trying make up for the wrong that she committed while with her kidnapper, you will find yourself intrigued by her mission, and hopeful that she doesn't fall totally into the darkness.

I love the tension, the suspense, and the mystery that Find Her has to offer. You really don't know who the villain is until the last moment and then it makes perfect sense. Gardner does a fantastic job of putting readers into Flora's shoes while she was being held captive. I've always respected Gardner's ability to put you in the shoes of the victim, as well as the time she takes to research the subject she writes about. This time around, Flora's adventures are not only mind numbing, but shockingly authentic. As recent novels done so, Find Her is one again told in separate narratives. First person for Flora, and third person for D.D. 

This book has been dedicated to those who were kidnapped and somehow managed to survive. Think Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Lee Dugard, the Cleveland three (Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight), yes, even Patty Hearst, and Katie Beers. One can not imagine the horrors one goes through while kidnapped and taken away from their family. One can't imagine the horrors of being kept for 472 days, let alone 10 years or more! I can't imagine how many women and children have been kidnapped over the years, and never found again. I do believe it is time to fix that problem. I firmly believe that we need to start tracking our children a whole lot better. Save the children, save our future.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#Thursday Review - Fairy Keeper by Amy Bearce (Young Adult, Fantasy)

Series: World of Aluvia # 1
Format: Mobi, 236 pages
Release Date: March 5, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects.

Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful.

Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She's forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.

Then one morning, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father's Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.

The problem? Sierra's queen wasn't the only queen to disappear. They're all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous.
Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy - assigned by her father to dog her every step - to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister's life is at stake if they fail.
There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper.

Fairy Keeper is the first installment in Amy Bearce's World of Aluvia. Meet 14-year old protagonist Sierra Quinn. Sierra is a rare breed. She was born as a Fairy Keeper, and has the tattoo on the back of her neck to prove it. She has the ability to communicate with the pesky, irritating fairies that produce a nectar that is used for such things as healing, and not so incredibly, an addictive drug called Flight which is her own fathers invention. 

But, after discovering her entire flight of fairies dead, Sierra is forced to go on an adventure in order to bring her own Queen back, and to save her sister Phoebe from a life of slavery at the hands of a dangerous thug. Sierra is teamed up with her father's enforcer Nell, and her best friend and fellow fairy keeper Corbin's whose own Queen has disappeared. Later, Sierra and teammates meet a faun who Sierra names Micah as they travel to the Skyclad Mountains to find the runaway Queens, and an eye opening revelation as to why they ran away.

Although there is supposedly a slew of mythological creatures like Nagas, Manticores, Trolls, Dragons, and Merfolk in this world, readers only really get a brief glimpse of a Dragon, and a young Merfolk who helps Sierra and Phoebe. As the journey to the mountains becomes even more intriguing and dangerous, Sierra's abilities suddenly grow much stronger and as does her connection to her Queen. But, Sierra must still find a way to get back home and rescue Phoebe before it's too late.

Fairy Keeper is being marketed as a Young Adult Fantasy, with Romance. It's apparent that Sierra has some major issues, and who can blame her? She has issues with being a Fairy Keeper. She has issues with her father who pushes and pushes and pushes, and ignores what is happening around him and beats her time and time again. The only thing that matters is Flight. Then there is the fact that she is teamed up with Nell who for one reason or the other, doesn't much care for her. In fact, Nell is pretty much focused on Corbin.

So, let's just put it out there. Sierra is a young teenager who has issues. Issues with feelings and how to express them. She is angry that Corbin and Nell seem to connect on a level that she and Corbin haven't nor will. For Corbin, Sierra is his little sister, and that is pretty much all there ever will be. Sierra's anger towards her father, and the villainous thug, push her into doing things she's never done before. The ending of this book wraps up in a way that definitely leaves room for more of Sierra's journey to enlighten the world. However, it is apparent that the next book in the series called Mer-Charmer, will actually take place FOUR years from the ending of this book and feature Phoebe. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#Wednesday Review - Fifteen by Jen Estes (Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel)

Series: The Dreamwalker Diaries # 1
Format: MOBI, 233 pages
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Legend has it if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that’s not true because when she closes her eyes each night, she doesn’t dream about public nudity or Prom dates. Instead, she’s catapulted to the front row of her future self’s execution - fifteen years from now - where monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.
For three months and counting, it’s been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams - now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels - who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She has to make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both.

Fifteen is the first installment in Jen Estes The Dreamwalker Diaries. Meet 15 year old Ashling Campbell. Ash once believed that if you died in your dreams, you died in real life. Thankfully for Ash, that legend is debunked each time she falls asleep. Especially the last 90 days. You see, Ash has been having dreams about her 30-year old future self. It is a future where Billings is a dark, bleak town run by demons and she is enemy number one. But, after tampering with a dreamcatcher and coming back with clear injuries, things take a turn leading Ash to be more than an unwilling participant in her future selves actions. 

Thanks also to a chance encounter with the mysterious Dr. Robert Dietz, Ash is able to enter into dreams at a certain points, and twist events that go in her favor. Perhaps over eagerly. Think the Butterfly Effect. Future Billings, Montana is ruled by his Royal creepiness, Walker Smith, and laws of the Jumlin rule the land. Ash has her own group of rebels including Coop, Reyna, James, and Cyrus. But it is her present day that is chaotic, and trying to balance between her two realities definitely takes a toll. 

I truly abhorred her twisted foster sister Nadette. She, like Walker Smith, are truly evil and deserve each other. Then there is the supposed best friend, Tate. Tate is all in when it comes to Lakota mythology and legends and how it ties to Ash. He is also all about Nadette even knowing that Ash needs someone to help her figure out what is happening to her. He knows things that eventually do add up to a stunned and confused Ash who had that she's a dreamwalker. 

There are some things I am hoping to see a change in the sequel. I would like to know more about 30-year old Ash who is apparently some sort of badass, unlike her 15-year old self. I won't begrudge the younger Ash. Ash is thrown into a difficult situations, faces shocking events and twists, and handles herself remarkably well considering. I liked the romance between future Ash and Coop, but again, I need more. Perhaps the next book can spend more time in the future tying up questions.

I do hope we see a sequel this year. Apparently the author spent #NaNoWriMo writing the sequel. I truly hope Fifteen isn't a one hit wonder. Readers like me get immersed into the story, the world building, and the characters. We need to have our egos stoked, and our conscious clear when the series has made it to the final gates and became a successful series. I also need to have the ending explained a bit more to me. After all, leaving a book on that note, makes me crazy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#Tuesday Review - Grave Visions by Kalayna Price (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Alex Craft # 4
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Roc
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She's a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she's the one fighting to keep her own secret. She's not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds. 
This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real—at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug—and its purpose—lands Alex front and center in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep she loses her freedom. 

Grave Visions is the fourth installment in Kalayna's Price Alex Craft series. Grave witch Alex Craft specializes in revealing secrets of the dead, but she has more going for her than just that. But, thanks to her recently discovered Fae heritage that was kept secret until recently, it is causing a whole lot of problems for her. If Alex doesn't find a way to connect to a Fairie court and soon, she will fade away into nothing. But, hey, let's not put all our eggs into that basket, shall we? 

After all, we are talking about Alex Craft. The same Alex Craft who has trouble knocking on her door in the form of a dangerous new drug called Glitter that is leaving dead bodies behind. The same Alex who is not only a Grave Witch, but is also a valuable Planeweaver, or a person who can see and interact with multiple planes of existence. The same Alex Craft who is being pushed into several directions by various court factions (especially Winter, Shadow, and Nightmare) who all want her plane-weaving abilities.

And, let's not forget that Alex is caught in a web between two devilishly handsome men. One, Death, who has been with her since childhood, and the other, Winter Knight Falin Andrews, who has been ordered by the Winter Queen to stick close to Alex while she's in the normal world. So many rules. So many things keeping Alex apart from the one she really wants to be with. In the end, who will Alex's heart finally choose? 

For the first time since 2012's release of Grave Memory, readers will be able to enjoy another installment in Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series and I must say, the wait is absolutely worth it. I am totally not angry about the delay. Sometimes life takes a bad turn and writing is the furthest thing from your mind. I do recommend that if you don't have a good memory about the things that happened in Grave Memory, perhaps you should consider going back reading the book again. 

Like the previous installments, Grave Visions has a beginning and an ending and revolves around a certain plot point. However, each book connects with previous installments so it makes sense to read the books as they are released. Grave Visions leaves a very interesting ending, and a whole lot of unresolved plot lines that I dare say will be continued to the next installment. I am definitely hoping for another book later this year, but will be happy when and if the title to book # 5 and a release date is finally posted.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

#Monday Review - Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter (YA, Paranormal, Anthology)

Series: Shadow Falls:After Dark # 3.5
Format: Paperback, 407 Pages
Release Date: February 02, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Novella Collection

Nestled deep in the woods, Shadow Falls is a secret camp where teens with supernatural powers learn to harness their abilities and live in the normal world.

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in vampires...until she became one. Chase Tallman is the newest member of Shadow Falls, but what made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang? And for Miranda Kane, magic has always been something she's struggled with, but when an opportunity to test her powers takes her to Paris, she'll have to prove that she's a witch to be reckoned with and belongs at Shadow Falls.

Fans won't want to miss these four remarkable stories of love, magic and friendship.

Almost Midnight is a series of FIVE short stories that take place in the Shadow Falls universe. The book opens with Turned at Dark (Shadow Falls 0.5) which Published March 15th, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin. The 32 page novella is considered to be the beginning of the Shadow Falls series. Since I've already read, and reviewed this book, here is what I previously wrote:

"Turned at Dark is a novella in the Shadow Falls Series for which I am definitely going to read (and have). It follows 16 year old Della Tsang who has never seen a ghost before until the night she sees her dead cousin Chan zipping across the street and ducking into an alley. Chan has been "dead" for less than a year, or so she thought. Della is hardheaded and refuses to believe what is right in front of her with a world full of Vampires, Shape-shifters, Fae, Witches, and Werewolves. Della, as it turns out, is a carrier of a virus that transforms her into a vampire. By touching Chan with her open cut, the virus spreads rapidly throughout her body, just like it did to Chan. In the end, Della has to make a difficult choice about remaining with her human family who believes she fallen into bad ways and boyfriend who thinks she's changed, or going to Shadow Falls summer camp headed by Holliday Brandon where she can find answers about her new found existence."

The Second Story is "Saved at Sunrise" (Shadow Falls #4.5). Another story featuring Della Tsang. Della and Shape-shifter Steve are given a mission to find rogues vampires who have been terrorizing humans by Burnett James, and the Fallen Research Unit (FRU). This novel really goes to the root of Della's thinking and her headstrong ways. She doesn't want to fail Burnett. She wants to put her time with her Lee, behind her, but finds herself facing him. Della's broken heart also comes from a quick visit to her own family. Della is a character who really is an emotional train-wreck. While Steve may have some feelings for her, Della doesn't want to get close to anyone. Yes, even though Della is hard-headed at times, she is still accepted by Kylie and Miranda and Yes, there is a bit of kissing involved as well between Della and Steve. This novella is 100 pages long, and was released April 2, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin. 

The Third story is "Unbreakable" which I've previously read and reviewed: Published: September 30, 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin 

"Unbreakable (Shadow Falls: After Dark 0.5) is another short (55 pages) novella that skims over Chase Tillman's life before he came to Shadow Falls, and tried to win the heart of vampire Della Tsang. Technically, this story takes place previous to Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark # 1). It all begins with a blood test, an encounter with a palm reader, a hopeful romance, and then a devastating crash that unleashes the VI virus in Chase's blood. The points of view change from Chase, to reports of the plane crash that Chase's family is involved in. There are other characters involved in the story as well, including Chase's dog Baxter, but Hunter doesn't really offer any revelations as to who they are, or why they were involved in the first place, or what makes Chase so special. I should say that readers shouldn't expect a whole lot of answers in this novella. Eventually, Hunter does reveal Chase's journey, but you have to read the new After Dark series until the end." 

The fourth story is Spellbinder (Shadow Falls: After Dark # 2.5) which features Miranda Kane, witch, best friend, and roommate of Kylie Green and Della Tsang's. I've always had a soft spot for Miranda. Kylie has had a bunch of books dedicated to her plight, and Della has now had her turn. Spellbinder is Miranda's turn to shine. She's a really good character, who means well. She's a bit on the dyslexic side, and doesn't always have a handle on her own magic. But, with a trip to Paris and a High Priestess competition on the line, Miranda will come into her own, while also finding out some devastating secrets having to do with her own family, and fighting to stay alive. Of course, one can not read this book without expecting a bit of a twisted romance with Miranda and Perry, or have feelings for a warlock named Shawn. Spellbinder is 141 pages long, and was previously published June 30, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin. 

The fifth and final story in the book is called Fierce.  The story features werewolf Fredericka (Ricka) LaKota, a 17 year old with a promising future as an artist. Fredericka has had a rough history in the Shadow Falls series. She's only been at Shadow Falls for six months, but she's managed to make all sorts of waves and had numerous conflicts Kylie. However, let's not write her off just yet because of stuff that happened in another time. After reading this book, you do get a better understanding about who Ricka really is. Yes, she has some issues. Yes, she definitely needs some friends. But, she's also a brilliant artist. She's made her peace with Kylie, and that's a pretty good start when you are looking for help from a creepy McCreepster. There is a whole lot to say about Fredericka, but I can only say that if you've read this series in its entirety, then you shouldn't skip this story. There is a bit of suspense, a bit of romance, an interesting twist, and an understanding that happens between the three primary characters and Fredericka.

In the end, Almost Midnight is totally worth the time it will take you to read it. Yes, Kylie, Miranda, and Della do appear in almost every single story, but why wouldn't they? After all, they are the three main characters along with Holiday and Burnett James.