Basic Plot: Non-magical Sophie Lawson must help a San Francisco cop to solve some strange murders, deal with her vampire roommate and her nephew, findBasic Plot: Non-magical Sophie Lawson must help a San Francisco cop to solve some strange murders, deal with her vampire roommate and her nephew, find her missing werewolf boss, and maybe find some time to have a love life.
Overall, I was surprisingly pleased by this book. I believe it was the first by the author, as such it does have a few glitches, but they are mostly forgivable and I imagine will smooth out over time. The world-building is standard- normal with hiding underworlders. The UDA (Underworld Detection Agency) where Sophie works is basically like the BMV of the underworld, registering the various mythical creatures and keeping tabs on them. They don't really do any detecting, so that makes the name a bit odd. The inhabitants of the world are also pretty standard with no significant deviations: witches, werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc. A few of the less attractive/popular beasties made the cut, particularly in a disco-era clad troll named Steve.
The main characters were ok. Sophie is magically null (can't be affected by it), which is definitely not a direction most of these types of books go. Sophie's goal in life seems to be to strive for some kind of normal within her not-so-normal existence. I like the fact that she is absolutely NOT a tough chick at all. Even when taught, she utterly fails at using a gun, even going so far as to throw the gun at an assailant instead of remembering to shoot.
There were some pacing issues with the book. Some parts felt slow and some parts (particularly the end) felt a bit too jumpy and incomplete. These are the bits I imagine will smooth out later. I do appreciate that while the main character was horribly attracted to the men around her (a bit ridiculously so- though some of the fantasies were rather hilarious) that the author didn't have Sophie randomly hopping into bed with anyone. I would certainly categorize this more as urban fantasy than paranormal romance.
I think I may have read some short stories in this world before, but I'm not sure if I'm thinking of this or something else that was similar. I am going to have to take a look. I'm definitely picking up the next couple of books in this series when I hit the library, because this was a fast read....more
Basic Plot: The babysitter called off, so guess who's going to work with mom today?
This was a rather cute book. It is written as an instruction manualBasic Plot: The babysitter called off, so guess who's going to work with mom today?
This was a rather cute book. It is written as an instruction manual from one little girl to other children going to work with a parent. Her advice is pretty hilarious, especially as she clearly thinks she's doing the right thing and we see her mother and mother's co-workers getting increasingly frazzled by the little girl's antics. The art was really great for showing their expressions and the small, subtle details that showed how the adults were truly reacting to the girl's attempts to "help" run the office. Honestly, I was just impressed that there were offices willing to put up with the disruption of a pre-schooler in the trenches for a full day.
This book has no words, only pictures. It's structured comic-style with individual panels on a page. WhBasic Plot: a bear goes on a magical adventure!
This book has no words, only pictures. It's structured comic-style with individual panels on a page. While it was fun to have my son essentially describe the whole story as he saw it (very funny, I highly recommend this tactic if you've got a young one with an imagination), I do think the story could have benefited from some dialogue or description. Not necessary, but helpful perhaps.
The art was clear and well done, which is essential in this type of book. The story was whimsical and had a pretty classic "good wins" kind of ending.
Overall, quite a bit of fun, but a lot of work and won't help your reader much. Though I could definitely see using the book to make a kid write dialogue and text boxes... I am such a teacher....more
Basic Plot: Carla must save her dead sister's soul from the knife its trapped in while attempting to forge her soul mirror bond with Wing Slayer SuttoBasic Plot: Carla must save her dead sister's soul from the knife its trapped in while attempting to forge her soul mirror bond with Wing Slayer Sutton.
This book was on track for a very solid 3-star rating as a popcorn romance until the last 20 pages or so of the book when the author decided to give me a very solid kick in the feels. I was kind of annoyed, to be honest. I was vaguely annoyed through the book by the characters' being a bit silly and then they had to go and make me actually give a crap.
I read these books a bit out of order, but it didn't really matter in the end. Sutton was kind of funny in his reactions to the women of the book and not quite knowing how to deal with mothers. It was sweet, and I don't often say that sort of thing about these characters. Carla has been an intelligent and cautious character through the books. Overall, the development was solid. The pacing was pretty good, and the book was a good addition to the series. I will probably try to pester my local library into picking up the rest of the series so I can read it....more
Basic Plot: Wing Hunter Phoenix and witch/siren Ailish must destroy the demon handfast that Ailish was tricked into before it kills her and destroys PBasic Plot: Wing Hunter Phoenix and witch/siren Ailish must destroy the demon handfast that Ailish was tricked into before it kills her and destroys Phoenix's chance to complete his soul mirror bond.
This book seemed more focused than the first, and the romance had fewer irritating aspects. I find it amusing, though, that these big, tough hunter guys always turn into perfectly respectful, equality-minded romantic leads. It's a stretch for the imagination. I liked the concept of Ailish's character- a blind kickboxer who uses her witchy senses to even the playing field. She was also written very well, I thought. She was always very competent, not letting her blindness keep her from accomplishing her goals. Phoenix was kind of flat as a character, despite his back story. The plot felt like it was being driven forward at a good clip, too.
There are inevitable comparisons between this series and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Frankly, I think there are some good and bad aspects to that. One thing Lyon is doing correctly that Ward does NOT do is give us an actual reason for the conflict between the various groups in her books. I appreciate that.
Despite all this, the book was still not much more than fluffy popcorn reading for me. It was decent enough, though, and worth a glance if you like the genre....more
Basic Plot: Darcy is rescued by a witch hunter, discovers she's a witch, saves some people, falls in love, and starts the process of saving everyone fBasic Plot: Darcy is rescued by a witch hunter, discovers she's a witch, saves some people, falls in love, and starts the process of saving everyone from a curse.
Hrm. There was a lot packed into this book, and that's before I even begin to mention the copious amounts of nookie. I'm tired, so I'm going to summarize what I observed.
High points: Interesting magic system, likeable/interesting side characters, tolerable hero/heroine, fast-paced plot with a real sense of danger.
Low points: stupid lack of communication between stupid hero/heroine, a really (I mean REALLY) serious case of deja vu that brought to mind the Black Dagger Brotherhood books (big, BA warrior men hanging in clubs and banging chicks to let off tension was probably the trigger there) and it put me off even though this book probably doesn't deserve that. Hero's name is Axel Locke. Seriously. WHO NAMES THEIR KID FREAKING AXEL??? I HATE the names writers use for romantic male leads. UGH.
Overall, I rate this book as a piece of popcorn fluff. Enjoyable, but no substance at all. I plan to read more of them because was a fast read and it really did suck me into the story more than I expected. We'll see if the author gets a bit better....more