**spoiler alert** Beverage: Terry’s Taster (Tassimo skinny decaf espresso with sugar free orange and chocolate syrup).
Music: Martha Wainwright – I Kno...more**spoiler alert** Beverage: Terry’s Taster (Tassimo skinny decaf espresso with sugar free orange and chocolate syrup).
Music: Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married
It’s hard to write a review of this book because I read it directly after I read Devil’s Bargain, the first book in this duology (you can find my review of that book here). The two books are very much two halves of one complete story so they’re difficult to separate in my head. But I shall endeavor to do my best.
It was interesting to see this world presented from Lucia’s point-of-view. I really like the collaborative nature of her partnership with Jazz – they are so alike in so many ways that it would seem they would be constantly butting heads (which they did do in the beginning of their partnership in Devil’s Bargain), but they’ve come to understand each other in a short time frame and are fiercely protective of each other.
The strange sexually tense relationship between McCarthy felt a little unbalanced to me – I admit, I wondered why Caine was creating such an odd dynamic. This only made the big reveal – that McCarthy was ordered to impregnate Lucia and when he refused, she was kidnapped and forcibly impregnated with his semen via a medical procedure – all that more heartbreaking.
I really enjoyed this book and was sad to see that, other than a short story, it is the end to this universe. But at the same time, the stories didn’t feel unfinished or quickly and messily resolved. I just want to see more of this world or more of this compelling storytelling from Caine.
I think I will revisit Two Weeks Notice soon and see if reading it in one sitting keeps my interest.
[Review copy generously provided by Harlequin UK - MIRA](less)
This book made me cry a lot. I felt the agony and hurt and betrayal so deeply. I love how Kane makes us connect to the characters and in a way, confro...moreThis book made me cry a lot. I felt the agony and hurt and betrayal so deeply. I love how Kane makes us connect to the characters and in a way, confront the ugliness in our own souls.
My favourite scene in the book is when Chess is in withdrawal. It is so well written and it made me so uncomfortable, like I was really experiencing her symptoms.
I really appreciate the fact that the main character is a drug addict and it's dealt with in a realistic way (like one of my favourite TV shows, Nurse Jackie). She doesn't repent and 'see the light'. She doesn't OD and become an after-school special about the perils of drug addiction. Chess just is. Drugs are how she copes with the horrible lot she's been given in life. She's not stupid, she knows what they are doing to her, but living without them is not worth it to her. I really like that and I like the fact that Kane doesn't dumb it down or condescend to her readers or attempt to create a morality play. It's a refreshing change and one that is certainly most welcome on my bookshelf.(less)
**spoiler alert** I love this series. I love the fact that on paper, these characters are unlikable. Chess is an unrepentant drug addict who lies to e...more**spoiler alert** I love this series. I love the fact that on paper, these characters are unlikable. Chess is an unrepentant drug addict who lies to everyone in her life. Terrible is a ruthless killer. Lex is a manipulative dealer.
And yet, I love these characters. I love their imperfections and their unlikable parts. I love the fact that Terrible is ugly inside and out but he becomes beautiful when we see him through Chess' eyes - when she allows herself to really see him, that is.
I really like the language of the characters - how Downspeak and Churchspeak create immediate class barriers. It does take a while to get used to and I admit that I found it annoying at first. But once you get used to it and take the time to suss it out, it becomes easy to understand.
Stacia Kane has created a fascinating world, unlike any other that I've read in urban fantasy. These books are well worth the read.(less)