I wanted to go back and re-read Clayton and Elena's story after finishing up this series. Because I just read the last book it is much more apparent t...moreI wanted to go back and re-read Clayton and Elena's story after finishing up this series. Because I just read the last book it is much more apparent the amount of character growth that Elena went through in this series. From a whiny girl running from her wolf side to Alpha. I liked the way the author introduced the pack from Elena's point of view. If we were to base our understanding of them solely on how she describes them at the beginning of the book you would think they were monsters, especially Clay. But then we see that Elena is lying to herself and that really, deep down, she knows it. I love the passion between Clay and Elena, and no I don't mean the sex scenes. I love how fiercely they fight for each other and to be together. It's not one of those; "oh isn't he sweet, oh she's so pretty, I love you, kiss, kiss, let's have babies" kind of books and that's awesome.(less)
I love these books. I had forgotten how much I love Amelia (Elizabeth Peters)'s tongue in cheek Victorian humor. I loved getting to see how she and Em...moreI love these books. I had forgotten how much I love Amelia (Elizabeth Peters)'s tongue in cheek Victorian humor. I loved getting to see how she and Emerson met and relive some of their adventures together. I remembered who the bad guy was but not how he did it so it was still exciting on that front. I'm almost tempted to re-read these books in order since I read them all out of order the first time. I've also discovered that three more books have been written since I stopped reading these so, given that the author died this past year, that is exciting to know there are still some adventures to be had with the Peabodys. (less)
I really like reading these books at the point I am now in my life (married, mother to multiple children and with, I'd like to think, a little more li...moreI really like reading these books at the point I am now in my life (married, mother to multiple children and with, I'd like to think, a little more life experience) as I am seeing the characters in a slightly different light than I recall from the first go around. I think the first time I read them I was maybe 19 and in the end of my first year of University. I thought then and still do that they were wonderful with great "Victorian" humor with a good deal of women's rights issues thrown in for good measure. I guess now I'm just seeing a little more clearly how self important and oft times ridiculous Amelia is. Apparently she knows everything, is omniscient, prescient, and an expert on anything that she has ever read. She thinks herself a more accomplished and knowledgeable medical professional then the doctor with his years of schooling and experience, a better then, or at least equal to, archaeologist as her husband whom also has a PhD in the subject and years of experience. She of course knows all of the twists of every plot line and is just keeping it to herself to let the reader follow along at their own pace. So it's really amusing to see how tongue in cheek these things are presented. I don't know if I didn't catch it as much the first time around or if I just don't remember it but it's really funny to see Amelia scrambling to uphold her "omniscient" point of view and claiming that she "knew it all along" when a paragraph earlier she was clearly surprised by points x, y, and z.
Anyway, this was another great installment to the series. I read it again because I wanted to remember how the Emerson's progressed from meeting, falling in love, and becoming parents to the adventures they had in later books with their son in tow. That said, I think I'm done with these for a little while. They're great books and entertaining, but I think best read when you can devout several hours to them and finish up the story relatively quickly. This one was very drawn out on my end and the story seemed to go on FOREVER. But as I said, that was probably because I was only able to catch maybe 40 minutes at a time every so often with the story and I think it's one that needs more attention in order to be more riveting. (less)
This is my least favorite of the three, but you have to read it anyway to finish up the story...and hey at least we get to hear more about what's happ...moreThis is my least favorite of the three, but you have to read it anyway to finish up the story...and hey at least we get to hear more about what's happening with Jude and Brenna from the first books.(less)