Beautifully written, though I didn't quite buy the love story. If I'm supposed to believe that Marco and Celia are so in love that they're willing to...moreBeautifully written, though I didn't quite buy the love story. If I'm supposed to believe that Marco and Celia are so in love that they're willing to die for each other, I need a bit more than two conversations leading up to them confessing their feelings. That being said, I can't wait to read what Morgenstern writes next.(less)
Gail Carriger has come up with a lot of clever ideas for her first novel. In this steampunk version of Victorian London, supernatural beings exist (an...moreGail Carriger has come up with a lot of clever ideas for her first novel. In this steampunk version of Victorian London, supernatural beings exist (and the public knows about them). What they don't know about, however, is a group of people dubbed “preternaturals” who, literally, have no souls. When a preternatural touches a supernatural, the latter's powers disappear.
Our heroine, Miss Alexia Tarabotti, is a preternatural. When she accidentally kills a vampire at a society party, the alpha werewolf, Lord Maccon, arrives to clean up her mess. The story unravels from there, with tons of hilarious twists and turns along the way. Lord Maccon and Alexia make a wonderful romance, even if they do spend most of their time bickering. Although Lord Maccon says he finds Alexia “high-spiritedness” insufferable, he never tries to change her or break her, which is something I really enjoyed. He truly treats her as his equal, and it makes for a delightful and enjoyable romance. This is a book that manages to cross genres. I would recommend it to any steampunk, fantasy, mystery or romance fan equally.(less)
A pretty decent YA paranormal romance. Aislinn (pronounced "Ash-lynn") has always been able to see fairies. And she's always been able to ign...more3.5 stars
A pretty decent YA paranormal romance. Aislinn (pronounced "Ash-lynn") has always been able to see fairies. And she's always been able to ignore them, until two start following her everywhere she goes. One is The Summer King, Keenan, who believes Ash is his Queen. The other is Donia, the last girl Keenan tried to make Queen, who wasn't "The One".
Keenan was my biggest problem with this book. I am fairly certain that Marr wrote him to be unlikeable, but I'm just not sure. He was arrogant, rude and drugged Ash to get his way...and then expected her to be grateful that he didn't take advantage of her while she was passed out. Um, what a great guy?
Ash was a decent heroine and, unlike most YA heroines, she had a personality. I liked that she stood up to Keenan, even though he kept trying to pressure/trick her into doing what he wanted. Seth, her mortal crush, was probably the best character in the book. He was well-rounded, and actually cared more about Ash's feelings than his own.
The villain was very two-dimensional, and the final battle was over in two pages. A lot of build-up for a complete non-event. But, overall, an enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a few days of light-reading.(less)
Zane and Lia were believable and enjoyable H/h. I really felt like their relationshi...moreThis book was almost everything that The Smoke Thief tried to be.
Zane and Lia were believable and enjoyable H/h. I really felt like their relationship progressed naturally from a childhood crush (on her part), to lust and finally to love. They didn't feel forced together for the sake of the story, like Kit and Rue did in the previous book.
Abé still uses the Turn as a gimmick, and I hope that as the series progresses, she is able to make it integral to the plot somehow, as opposed to a neat parlor trick.(less)
**spoiler alert** I wanted to love this book. I really did. The friend who recommended it to me couldn't stop raving about the series. I've loved ever...more**spoiler alert** I wanted to love this book. I really did. The friend who recommended it to me couldn't stop raving about the series. I've loved every other book she's recommended to me, and I really enjoy fantasy/paranormal romances. But, this was just bad.
My biggest problem was the hero. Kit was an ass, through and through. He states multiple times that he will sleep with the heroine, even if he has to rape her. When they finally do have sex, Kit mentions that Rue keeps trying to pull away from him, but he doesn't care. It's all very awkward, and made me rather uncomfortable. I don't have a problem with rape in books, if it is important to the story, but this was presented as romantic. And it wasn't.
At one point, Kit gets a horrible blood infection. I was really hoping it would kill him. But, alas.
The fantasy elements in this book are also not what I had hoped. They can turn into smoke and dragons, but it's not really used for anything, except a stupid plot device.
All in all, the best part of the book in the Prologue. It's beautifully written, and talks about the backstory of the drakón...a story that sounds much more interesting than the one we were actually told.(less)
I don't want to say too much about this book, for fear of giving away plot details. I will say, however, that you shouldn't read this book unless you...moreI don't want to say too much about this book, for fear of giving away plot details. I will say, however, that you shouldn't read this book unless you have the next one handy...because you will immediately want to pick it up and not stop until you've read all seven.(less)
I was so excited to read this book, but unfortunately, I ended up disappointed.
The story was fine. It had a wonderful premise, and Kurland is a wonde...moreI was so excited to read this book, but unfortunately, I ended up disappointed.
The story was fine. It had a wonderful premise, and Kurland is a wonderful writer. However, it seemed I just spent the whole book waiting for something - *anything* - to happen. The characters walk and then they meet an obstacle. They overcome it, and then walk some more, until they meet another obstacle, etc. etc. FOR 200 PAGES! By the time there was a major development in the story, I just didn't care anymore.
I understand that this is the first in a series, and Kurland was probably setting up the plot for future books. It just doesn't work to have the first book in the series be an extended prologue to the action. (less)