If you haven't watched "Children of Earth", DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS RADIO PLAY. Otherwise you're totally going to be spoiled. And that's all I'll say -...moreIf you haven't watched "Children of Earth", DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS RADIO PLAY. Otherwise you're totally going to be spoiled. And that's all I'll say - other than this was AWESOME.(less)
I'm definitely not a Ted Dekker fan (nor am I a Christian fiction fan, which is one of his primary genres he writes within), I haven't read anything e...moreI'm definitely not a Ted Dekker fan (nor am I a Christian fiction fan, which is one of his primary genres he writes within), I haven't read anything else from Lee Tosca, but damn, this book knocked me off my feet with how awesome it is. Kind-of-secret dystopia! A post-nuclear Earth! Inhuman humans! This is definitely one book in the genre that literally gave me nightmares after reading it. If you're going to read an adult dystopian genre book this year, make it "Forbidden".
There's also the genetic engineering angle, which made me happy (because I'm a geek, nerd, and dork - in that order), and how it all plays into humanity becoming less than such in the future. The solid timeline from this year onward is not clear aside from our given number of 500 years - because after what's presumably either WWIII and/or terrorist-coordinated nuclear detonation in seven of the world's biggest capital cities, the year that humanity decides to shape up is declared "null year (year 000)", basically restarting the entire calendar from there. It isn't a huge chunk of importance within the story, but I did kind of want to know when Dekker and Tosca predicted this fictional event.
I can see the elements that might cast this book as a vaguely Christian-genre book ("sacred" blood, a chosen messiah for the future, transcending what has become the human condition into something more, the duality of what happens when you come in contact with the blood), but the sci-fi elements are far more dominant to the point where I'd say that this story just has a few influences and isn't solid Christian fiction, not at all.
As for the story as a whole, the entire thing, from start to end, is definitely almost cinematic in quality, to the point that I felt like I was watching a film rather than reading a book. The prose grabs you and doesn't let go. My pulse was up the entire time, and there wasn't any element that I really solidly predicted beforehand (there were a few guesses that proved correct, but nothing so overtly obvious that it spoiled the experience). It's hard to do the thriller element in books like this right without sounding trite or overdone, so I really congratulate Dekker and Tosca for being able to pull it off.
In this future where humans are effectively the walking dead, I felt the joy and sorrow of the "awakened", and that was definitely part of the thrill. In an era were feelings are not only drained from you at the genetic level but "forbidden" (as the title suggests), it was an awesome rollercoaster ride from start to finish just within the emotional aspect alone.
So, "Forbidden", you've made my best of 2011 list. The sequel, "Mortal", should be out in Spring 2012. Definitely give this one a read, dystopia fans. I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
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You know me, I love anything having to do with carnies and circus folk. This story is told in almost a vaudevillian way, not in traditional com...more(4.5/5)
You know me, I love anything having to do with carnies and circus folk. This story is told in almost a vaudevillian way, not in traditional comic panels or anything like that – if anything, it reads more like a children’s book. A gory children’s book. Would you expect nothing less from the frontwoman of Dresden Dolls? No, I didn’t think so. There’s a charm to it that you just don’t find anymore, possibly because they don’t make carnies like they used to. “Evelyn Evelyn” brings that style back to life with gruesome charm that you won’t be able to stop yourself from reading. It’s a glorious trainwreck of events, and the art reminds me a bit of “Emily the Strange”. This was just what I needed: a bit of a circus-related snack. But let me be clear: this definitely isn’t for kids or young teens.
Can I just say that I love how Palmer tracks time in this book? The “Terminator II” shoutout was awesome, and brought a huge grin to my face. The way the story twisted and turned was unpredictable, and I was dying to find out what happened with each new page. I laughed at the girls’ brilliance and felt sad when they got wrapped up in something no child (not even a carney child) should ever be involved in (I won’t spoil it here – go read it for yourselves!). This book takes very bold risks with subject matter, and I applaud Palmer for even daring to go there.
Still, you can’t help feel kind of motherly toward Evelyn and Evelyn, and want to hug them all the time – even if they have awesome, yet scary, misadventures all over the states. No parents, no other siblings, and they’re constantly on the move. I have a bit of a feeling of what that’s like (I moved all over the place as a kid), but nothing like this. Palmer genuinely elicits sympathy and emotional connection from me during the entire book, no matter what’s happening with the plot.
I kind of hope there's a CD coming out with material from the book, but as that hasn't been discussed (as far as I can tell) a girl can dream, right?
The biggest issue I had was that the book was far too short. I found myself craving more by the end, wondering where all the pages had gone. The ending makes you want to cheer, and it makes you want more. I can only hope that this is just the beginning of Evelyn and Evelyn’s adventures, and not just a one-off story. It’s fun, it’s somewhat emotional, and the art is great. I don’t want to let go. This hits shelves in September, so go check it out – I don’t think you’ll want to let go, either. And congrats to the twins as they climb to the pile of my Best of 2011 books. You’ve made it, kids. You’re going places.
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I can’t rave enough about this book. The world-building, the very plausible future constructed, the characters – all of it, all of it was awesome and...moreI can’t rave enough about this book. The world-building, the very plausible future constructed, the characters – all of it, all of it was awesome and great and wonderful! I seriously could not find any flaws whatsoever with this book. So let’s delve into why this is one of my best of 2011, shall we?
Where to start? I love the detailed construction of this Steve Jobs/Bill Gates god-like figure, Halliday – even though he only makes his presence known in the book through his death, through various “biographies” and through his OASIS avatar, he felt like a very real, palpable person. The alternate history created by the author detailing the creation of the OASIS system was also very realistic, a sense of what could have been had we chosen right instead of left, the path not taken.
And then there’s the reality we’re facing right now outside of the book in the real world – the Great Recession, where in the book, it’s entering its fourth decade. It’s a warning of what may come if we don’t deal with some of the more pressing ideological and political issues, and how all of that will take its toll on not just the American people, but the world as a whole. The need for a place like the OASIS becomes more and more understandable as we read through this alternate history and into this alternate (though possible for us) future.
And finally, there is Wade himself, and the quintessential coming of age tale that’s been taken to over the top levels in terms of the stakes of the character’s evolution through the book. Wade goes through not just one search, but three: what does it mean to be human? What is reality? And what does living an alternate reality without humans around us do to us – do we remain human, do we become something else? All of these questions are raised throughout the book, and to a very satisfying (and one I won’t spoil) end.
If you’re a geek, I guarantee this is definitely a book for you. If not, you may have a harder time getting into it with all of the somewhat obscure (though explained by our hero) pop culture references. Either way, I urge you to give this one a read. I think you’ll find that you too will become an OASIS addict, a gunter cheering Wade on to greatness.
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I’m SO glad they finally reprinted one of the three volumes and with all of the one-off comics that hadn’t been published anywhere but in random omnib...moreI’m SO glad they finally reprinted one of the three volumes and with all of the one-off comics that hadn’t been published anywhere but in random omnibus collections from Dark Horse so far. ;_; I really am. Especially “The Other Half”, as I have a huge soft spot for Wash in my silly little heart. The art has been gorgeously updated, now in hardback for the first time, and if you’re a Firefly/Serenity/Joss Whedon fan, this updated version of “Better Days” definitely belongs in your collection.
“Better Days” takes place before “Serenity” (the film) but after the “Firefly” series, and is basically a fun romp with the old gang on a job gone wrong. Well, more like, when is a job of theirs NOT going wrong?
I have to say, one of my favorite part of “Better Days” was always anything with Jayne. Especially when he’s cursing in Mandarin, which Dark Horse purposely doesn’t bother to translate because some facial expressions are pretty much universal. And the references to “The Hero of Canton” made me shriek with joy. If you want to go back to the good old days with the entire team on board of Serenity, “Better Days” is definitely the good fun you want to read. Such shenanigans. (Bonus! If you love River and/or Simon, don’t miss the scene after The Job Gone Wrong with them. It’ll make you wish for a happy ending for them even harder.)
“Float Out” is one of the newly available stories previously only in other Dark Horse multi-author/series omnibuses, and is heartbreaking it not only opens the old wound of the ending of “Serenity”, but it also very briefly shows us how Zoe is holding up after those events. In short, “Float Out” is an epitaph to Wash and all he was, both the good and the bad, and the very silly. I kind of wish that they’d continued it longer than they did when it comes to what’s going on with Zoe (I won’t spoil it for you, read it yourself!), but at the same time, I’ve gotten used to Whedon’s open-ended answers, so I’m okay with it. I guess it just makes miss Wash and his addition to the family of Serenity all the more. Oh, and did I mention? Jo Chen (master of the “Buffy Season 8″ early covers) did the alternate cover for this one, and it’s included early in this volume.
And then there’s “The Other Half”, which is River “proving” herself on a job with not being permanently crazy and saving the rest of the crew from our good friends the Reavers. I’m glad River got her own little side story and props for saving them so many times with her Alliance-induced psychic abilities/psychosis. It ended on such a good note, and I just kind of wanted to hug River forever by the last page. This is another story that takes place before “Serenity”, but not by much, I’m guessing. As no one’s really officially released a canon timeline of the Firefly/Serenity ‘verse, it’s kind of hard to tell.
Lastly, there’s “Downtime”, another tale before “Serenity”, with hilarity of the snowbound and venereal disease sort, and once again, Jayne takes the cake with being the most hilarious, closely followed by Zoe and Wash as the must adorable couple, and River, as…well, the most kick-ass. There’s an afterword by Adam Baldwin, the Man They Call Jayne himself, talking about his manly feelings about the series, the film, and its cancellation, and more supplemental cover art by Jo Chen to boot!
So really, this is a treasure trove of (somewhat) new stuff with the Serenity crew. I’m glad I didn’t buy the previous softcover version (I’d bought all of the issues of “Better Days” when they were on the newsstand, and since the previous edition didn’t have any extras, I hadn’t and still don’t see a point in buying that edition) because now I have the chance to own a second hardcover edition of the “Serenity” comics. “Downtime” sets things up for the final volume (so far), “The Shepherd’s Tale”, which is all about Book (and the big secret he’s been holding throughout the series, film, and comics thus far). I really hope they release a hardcover copy of that volume as it’s just as lovely as this one.
Dark Horse, great work as usual with catering to the fans. It just makes us love you (and your products, therefore giving you our money) all the more. Let’s hope that the signal never stops, and that like “Buffy”, this series continues to get love (and occasional goodies, like this volume) for years to come.
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If I ever have children, you can be sure that this is going to be the very first book I have in my bedtime story library. Never have I laughed so hard...moreIf I ever have children, you can be sure that this is going to be the very first book I have in my bedtime story library. Never have I laughed so hard, and never have I wished more that this book existed when I babysat other kids as a teenager. Yes, it was that awesome. Especially I went and got the audiobook version – Samuel L. Jackson as the narrator? GENIUS. Pure genius.
Okay, seriously. I think we’ve all had to go and babysit for someone at some point in our lives; for family members, for summer jobs, etc., and our charges weren’t very good about going to sleep at night. Right now, this is my little niece – she almost never sleeps. I got this book in audiobook format for my uncle and cousin so they can release some stress (safely) while trying to get her to go to sleep at the same time for Father’s Day this year.
This book is all about that absolutely desperate feeling you get when you just want the child to be unconscious so you can have a little you time, or date time with your significant other, or something similar. You love the child, sure, or you’re fond of them enough to be there reading them a bedtime story (even if it’s a babysitting job). You NEED them to be unconscious for the sake of your sanity.
Some might call this book crude and irreverent, but honestly, it’s nothing like that. At least, that’s how I think of it. This was written by a parent for his children, illustrated by a parent for his children, so it’s not like they’re doing it out of anger at their children. This is for the parents/caretakers more than the children to be sure, but it’s still sweet in that it goes over every single excuse in the book children at bedtime will use to try to get out of it.
The bonus interview with Jackson at the beginning of the audiobook version is helpful, too, because he too relates as an exasperated parent/caretaker with his kids and trying to get them to go to sleep. All of this is done out of love. Desperate, awful love, but love all the same. And you can tell.
So have a good time with this book. It’s obviously not to be taken seriously as a children’s book, otherwise it’d probably be censored by the government or something. Release a little stress and laugh. But not too loud, or your child might wake up, and then you just might have to read them this book after all in desperation to save your nerves.
One of the best of 2011 for the children’s book/humor categories. Loved it, and I can’t wait to own the hardcover! This will definitely go down as one of the classics (like “Where the Wild Things Are”) as subversive bedtime lit. Mark my words.
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Okay, usually, I'm not for married couples-in-therapy as a big part of the plotline, but Petersen won me over from the very first page in...more(4.5/5 stars)
Okay, usually, I'm not for married couples-in-therapy as a big part of the plotline, but Petersen won me over from the very first page in the first book in this series, "Married with Zombies". From there it has only gotten better and better, especially with this third installment in the series. Throwing a few new characters into the mix has presented our Heroes with more problems, but we also have a somewhat happy end (as we wait for more books for the series) as a silver lining to an even more dangerous reality that has presented itself throughout the book.
The way Petersen handled all of her sub-arcs was masterful, and I'm impressed. I laughed so hard during the first book that I think I injured something, I got anxious and really emotionally connected with the characters during the second, and during this third book. The jokes only got funnier, and the drama more dramatic. I admire how Petersen is able to turn up the heat for her characters in their world without overdoing it, or without making it all a cliche. That's hard to do. So many books have tried and failed miserably, especially in this genre.
I'm trying to keep this review spoiler-free, but the new characters added were needed, and you'll see why by the end of this book. I'm glad they were inserted, even if at first I wanted to choke a certain new female character. This world feels more tangible than ever, more complete, and yet it's still a work in progress. It kind of rounds out the total mess that is the world After Zombie and I just keep waiting for Zanderson Snooper (heh, from book #2) to show up again (related to one of the characters in book three in terms of profession). In this book we get deeper emotional content, and the reader gets to feel the anxiety of living in this world, despite the joking and fun to be had. It's not only the most fun I've had reading a series in awhile, but also the most emotionally available content I've been able to hook into concerning couples and life in general as an adult. It's not easy for me to do any of that, so I applaud Petersen's talent for helping me do so.
I'm looking forward to a fourth book (there will be one, right? Right?), and you can bet that I'll be first in line to buy it. Petersen, you have a new diehard fan right here. So keep writing! The "Living with the Dead" series is one you definitely have you read this year, if you're going to start a new adult-targeted paranormal series, and that's why it's made my best of 2011 list.
Also, don't miss "Shambling with the Stars", the recent novella that was released, which happens at the same time as book #1. It's just as great and will leave you hankering for even more brains...er...zombie action.
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My initial interest came with the title for the book – not gonna lie about that. I grew up with Hole and Nirvana on the radio, so it’s a comfort area...moreMy initial interest came with the title for the book – not gonna lie about that. I grew up with Hole and Nirvana on the radio, so it’s a comfort area for me. Luckily, Randi was awesome enough to send me a copy of this for review. The synopsis got me, and I more or less read it in one sitting. Yeah, it was that good. It lets everything hang out, and for that, I must applaud Black for doing what so many authors choose to not do: tell ugly truths about young adults/teens, no matter what the time period.
This book isn’t just about Kim’s journey to healing after an awful event, but it’s about the healing of a hurt generation, a generation that found healing in music more than anything else. Going into reading this, I knew that those born during the 1990s who read this now won’t get a lot of the more obscure (and awesome) pop culture references and thanked my lucky stars that I was a Gen Y/Millennial baby. But Black writes this so well that it transcends the generational divide, the pop culture divide, and speaks to the hearts of hurt and angry girls everywhere. It certainly spoke to mine.
The early 1990s was a very scary time. I was 9 when Kurt Cobain killed himself, and I remember crying about it for days. I had a huge crush on him, and I was nine. Go figure. Reading this book was like comfort food for me, if just for the pop culture content alone. I listened to L7. I wanted to go to Lollapalooza. I wished I was older than I was at the time so I could hang out with people that would ‘get’ me. I felt alien as an Aspie in my GATE classes with the highly gifted, so I pissed off the teachers and my mother got quite a few phone calls from the school.
But luckily, my mom was loving. We had some had times, but she was nothing like Kim’s mom here. I guess you could call Kim’s mom a traditional “Tiger Mother”, the term coined by Amy Chua in her book about Tiger Mothers published earlier this year. The line between wanting the best for your child and abusing your child through that wish is razor thin, and Black really emphasizes this. It makes me wonder how much of this book is autobiographical in content.
Black writes of the Northridge Earthquake as “being a sign”. It felt that way to me too, as if the world was telling everyone to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down and behave. No more race riots, no more wildfires, no more AIDS patient/LGBTQ bashing. Just shut up and get along with each other. Through Kim’s voice, speaking of the quake really rattled something in me, and in a good way. It’s hard to get that deep with an author of any genre, yet Black cut to the quick of me just with the mention of the quake alone. (Possibly because I still have nightmares about that late night/early morning in Brentwood where we had to flee the building after a gas leak/possible explosion.)
I have to say – I LOVED Joey. I had quite a few imaginary friends myself (and a lot of stuffed animals), but no one as awesome as him. If I could, I’d still love to have an imaginary friend like him, angel food farts and all. He was Kim’s rage, her inability to effectively express that rage and ultimately, the method in which she led herself to becoming whole (or somewhat whole) after the Kevin Incident. (Incidentally, the bit about the ads in the back of Spin and other magazines – I remember looking over those and giggling and wondering what they were on about. Up until I prank called some of the numbers in there one summer.) Just like today’s predators use the internet, back then they used magazine ads and whatnot to catch their prey. Kim, so desperate in her need for validation of a self separate from her parents and to be loved, used those ads until it all bit her in the ass. The moment she accepted what happened to her (even if it didn’t stop the flashbacks), started standing up to Tiger Mom, the need for Joey ceased. The moment she started to love herself, he exploded back into her subconscious.
Ultimately, this book is about Kim’s need to feel a sense of self outside of being a girl, outside of her Tiger Mother, outside of school and friends and what Kevin did to her. And through 1990s American pop culture, her imaginary friend, and her love for music, she gets through to the other side. The music, especially, is important. Those born during the 1990s won’t understand this, but Nirvana and Hole were a force of nature. They healed all of the broken Gen X (and early Gen Y) kids, told them they weren’t alone, that the world wasn’t as fucked up as it seemed. If you listen, even now, that message still echoes across radiowaves from nearly twenty years ago. No one from the 2000s onward has achieved what Nirvana and Hole, L7 and Nick Cave and the rest of the alt-rock movement did. At least, not yet. Kim couldn’t scream, but Courtney Love screamed for her. That’s Gen X – they couldn’t shriek, but their music could and did for them. And that very element of healing through music will always cross the generational divide.
Black, through Kim’s misadventures, tells us that it’s okay to be messed up on the outside, that it’s okay to be imperfect. And as I constantly have self-esteem issues (especially body image issues), this, for me, was a very special/important read. Many authors have tried before and failed to get to me, but Black did it easily. I’m still trying to parse out why, but perhaps it’s because Kim is “unpretty”, yet she’s smart, she’s courageous, and she doesn’t give a damn about what you think about her.
For those of you out there that have your noses up in the air because this is from an indie press that does have small copy edit mistakes involved: swallow your pride and read this book. I hope that some major publisher takes note and makes this more readily available to everyone in bookstores, though it does have free reign over the net (thank god for e-books). If you’re Gen X or Gen Y, this book will bring back memories and immediately put you in a comfort zone that no longer exists. If you were born later, this will all seem very foreign and strange to you. But disregard all of that and read it. This is what the contemporary young adult novel should be. It’s blunt, it’s graphic in parts, but it’s all truth. We need a little less Sarah Dessen (no offense to Dessen fans out there, but…) and more Randi Black in our YA lit. This is what reality looks like, and it’s not always pretty on the outside – but radiant on the inside.
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**spoiler alert** Review to come!I have to say, I think that "Prized" is far better than its predecessor ("Birthmarked", the first book in the trilogy...more**spoiler alert** Review to come!I have to say, I think that "Prized" is far better than its predecessor ("Birthmarked", the first book in the trilogy) and definitely on my best of 2011 list. Why? Because this book takes some pretty big risks. Love triangles? Try love rombuses. You thought the politics were crazy in the first book? The issues introduced in this book blow the ones established in the first way out of the water (or should I say Unlake?). I absolutely ADORE O'Brien for taking these risks, knowing how sensitive (in particular) American audiences are to issues like these. This woman has a uterus of steel. Or maybe titanium. Either way, it's absolutely awesome.
Now, spoiler alert: this book delves very, very deeply into the issue of abortion rights. If that makes you uncomfortable, or if you're really pro-life, you might want to avoid this one (though I urge you not to, and listen to what Gaia and O'Brien have to say on the matter).
I think the reason why this book worked so very well in terms of discussing reproductive politics is because O'Brien really amped up Gaia's voice, making it the voice of a professional midwife despite her age, and not O'Brien's own opinions (though they may be her own). She does not preach at us, but urges the reader to look at the issue from both Olivia Matarc's side, and from Gaia's side -- that of the female body. In a situation like you have both in Sylum and in the Enclave/Wall, and the goal is to keep the human species alive and reproducing no matter what, to whom does the female body belong? Both sides make really good cases, echoing years and years of debate in current American (and Western) society. She does not preach at us, she does not just blast us with her opinion, but opens it up for discussion. In a time where girls are starting to mature earlier and earlier, this is a very important subject that needs to be talked about, especially within non-contemporary YA lit.
Why not contemp YA lit? Because so much of the time, there's a spin for either side. A girl has an abortion because she has no other choice, regrets it, and so forth. Oh, and finds a man by the end of the story to whom she can sob/find love again. Or the reverse - she keeps the baby because of the same reasons. But in the contemp YA lit that I've read that has broached the subject, there's far too much of an emphasis on either side, and not a fair presentation of the entire case as a whole. Couching the ideas within sci-fi/dystopian YA lit helps release the matter to be contemplated as a whole, where you can see cause and effect for both sides without (as much of) the bias. O'Brien makes "Prized" her best book yet because she opens this subject up so very well, and made it so easy to digest. It had me thinking and rethinking my own opinions on the matter, and I hope that other YA gals who read it do the same. While the end of the book does end favoring one side over the other, the message is still the same - discussion is important, and without it, you have a dystopia. Without discussion, you have the end of research and thus, growth. And finally, the biggest punch in the gut of all (which O'Brien did so wonderfully) -- without growth, there is only death. The end of evolution. The end, period.
And then there's a love rhombus thrown in, but that too makes perfect sense when you look at how Sylum is populated in a female to male ratio. I enjoyed that, and chuckled quite a bit when Gaia herself brings it up in one of her POV asides.
This may be one of the best YA dystopia books for girls yet in terms of discussing gender and reproductive rights. I urge everyone to read it, despite whatever side of the matter you're on. "Prized" is definitely one of the best of 2011, and I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy whenever it does get announced/released.
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Cherie Priest is proving to be quite the awesome voice not only in steampunk/alternate history but also in urban fantasy. I think I loved this one eve...moreCherie Priest is proving to be quite the awesome voice not only in steampunk/alternate history but also in urban fantasy. I think I loved this one even more than the first – it was really that great! That, and I nearly peed myself laughing with some of the exchanges with Raylene and the rest of the gang. If you thought the last book was fun, “Hellbent” far exceeded expectations and is definitely on my top ten list for the year.
Okay, the entire first half of the book with the baculi (cock rocks, dick sticks, etc – I can’t imagine what kind of time Priest had sitting thinking all of those euphemisms up!) was comedy gold. And Pita – I kind of want a Pita of my very own. The character change in Raylene in the interim between the first and now this second book is huge, in terms of how she’s associating with people – undead or not. She’s still the hilarious, semi-nuts, OCD-ridden vampire thief we all know and love, but it’s so nice to see her with what ends up becoming her family. Teaching us that in the end, family is not necessarily blood-only, but the ones we choose to be in our lives.
The second half of the book sets up whatever’s coming for book three (whenever it’ll be announced, but I’m confident it will be because it’d be just plain cruel to leave us hanging). Samantha is less of a major player in this half of the book, but she’s still part of the team, and an important one at that. I love how Priest resolved Adrian’s search for his sister at the end of this book — she didn’t drag it out too long, but at the same time, the problem with both Ian and Isabelle isn’t solved yet, and it sets up for the ultimate boss fight against the big bad for book three. And the fact that Raylene sets up a House (for all)! That was great. I’m kind of hoping for a war with the Houses along with the boss fight with the big bad in book three, but we’ll see what happens.
If I could give it more than five stars, I would.
In short? I loved every second of this book and it was agonizing to get to the end of the last page. I didn’t want to leave this world, and I still kind of don’t. But I know I’ll return soon. If you want some urban fantasy that’s not necessarily drenched in sex every five seconds (and hey, I have nothing against that, except for the fact that it’s starting to define the entire genre), give both "Hellbent” and “Bloodshot” a try. Seriously. You won’t regret it.
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