Anne Bishop spins quite an elaborate new world in this book. Set in an alternate version of earth, there's enough similarity to make it familiar but iAnne Bishop spins quite an elaborate new world in this book. Set in an alternate version of earth, there's enough similarity to make it familiar but it's the strange that hooks you in. When humans started to spread across the world they found that something/someone was already living there. The Others are strange and powerful and view the humans as smart meat. An uneasy truce has been established with the humans useful to the Others until they step out of line. Meg is on the run and finds herself in a Courtyard of the Others. She manages to get a job and stay there knowing that someone is looking for her. She's seen her own death but is finally starting to live as she gets to know the Others.
This book has the potential to be riddled with cliches that have been dogging (no pun intended) the shifter/werewolf/vampire paranormal genre. Somehow, Bishop sidesteps them all and manages to deliver a quite unique spin on the genre and manages to keep her supernaturals creepy and scary through the whole book. The plot moved a little slowly in the start as the world building took first place but once engrossed I had to know more about the world and about what was happening. There's enough in this book to keep someone reading and enough not said, in that typical show don't tell, that I need more of this world.
Bishop's dialogue is always tight and sassy in places and was something I thought may have been unique to Blood Jewels. It's not. Characters are witty without looking like they're comedians and "human" enough that they're not always making the right decisions but the ones they feel they need to make.
I can't wait for the second book in this series to come out. I look forward to it. I also wouldn't mind the chance to pick it up at Howling Good Reads. ...more
What an ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books! It's so bittersweet. I would read these as long as Harris wrote them but it is time. I would love an epWhat an ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books! It's so bittersweet. I would read these as long as Harris wrote them but it is time. I would love an epilogue or a wrap up on the universe. I still have so many questions about the characters but I'm happy.
I'm impressed that Harris took a step back to a smaller scale but still twisted and loaded plot. There was plenty to keep the book moving and plenty to look forward to. I did feel that a few characters were brought in just so we could see them one more time but you get that. I love this series. I love this ending.
I am glad that Sookie will be happy in the end. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I started it mid afternoon and had finished it by 2am. It was that good. Then why only 4 stars? Well, I didn't like GabryI really enjoyed this book. I started it mid afternoon and had finished it by 2am. It was that good. Then why only 4 stars? Well, I didn't like Gabry that much. She was constantly putting herself down and reacting to things in ways that made me want to slap her. Having not lived that kind of life I can't say whether I would have been more in control or not but it was annoying initially.
I enjoyed the descriptions of what was going on. The slightly darker side to their society was also interesting. The Soulers freaked me out on a massive level. Imagine believing that? It's beyond crazy!
I found that Gabry grew by the end of the book. I guess you have to. Ryan is good at giving her characters a hard time and she pushes them right until the last page.
The bridge at the end was my favourite part. The reason I laid in bed thinking about zombies and how the world would be.
I like the return to the forest too. I needed it. I needed to know a little of what had happened to the others. I needed to know more. I still do. I can't wait to read the third book.
This is why when I read fanfiction I like to read it for free. I'm not saying my money was wasted on this book but I certainly could have spent my monThis is why when I read fanfiction I like to read it for free. I'm not saying my money was wasted on this book but I certainly could have spent my money on something different.
I enjoyed the reimagining of Austen's characters but there was something missing in them. The language wasn't 100%. I believe if you're going to rip someone off it has to rival the original or people wrinkle their noses when they mention it. The language was right on the mark at times and at others so jarringly modern that I wanted to throw the book. The characters were out of character. I understand that during a reimagining there will be changes but I think the Elizabeth and Darcy in this were quite different from the original duo. Darcy was more prone to fits of laughter and cockiness and Elizabeth nearly fainted several times, she cries. Elizabeth. Crying. I don't even. However, I can respect that being a werewolf can change a man, but Elizabeth jarred me, especially the narrator calling her Lizzy, that shouldn't have happened.
I enjoyed the plot. I liked the subtleness of the wolf part of the plot. I really enjoyed the Nell arc although that was wrapped up a little too easily for my liking. More awkward balls were required. I did not like the several rehashings of P&P. I've read it several times. Once from Darcy's and once from Elizabeth's point of view would have been complete. The characters didn't need to reiterate it several times, Darcy spoke it out loud on a few occasions.
The epilogue was forced. That ending should have happened sooner. Right after children. That's all I'm saying.
This book was entirely not what I expected. When Thomas' grandmother dies and bequeaths him a box he doesn't quite know what to make of it. A secret gThis book was entirely not what I expected. When Thomas' grandmother dies and bequeaths him a box he doesn't quite know what to make of it. A secret garden his grandmother cultivated exists inside the box. 6 other gardens exist but someone is killing the owners off one by one.
I really enjoyed the concept of this book. Secret gardens only you control and shape with your thoughts? Yes please. I could have read about the gardens alone for 300 pages but instead there is a who done it that jumps through space and time and the gardens.
I loved how the book was broken down into parts each called a different name to match the gardens. I enjoyed hearing why each of the characters had shaped their gardens in a specific way. I could have easily have imagined this to be a series of three or seven books covering the history and changes of the garden.
Definitely not something to be lumped in with paranormal romance. It is a good paranormal mystery with beautiful gardens to go with it. ...more
This was recommended to me over a year ago but I only saw it in bookstores a month or so ago. I picked it up to read as something light between heavieThis was recommended to me over a year ago but I only saw it in bookstores a month or so ago. I picked it up to read as something light between heavier stories and it did the trick.
The story starts in a rush with brothers, Nick and Alan on the run from magicians who summon demons. Their mother has a charm that every magician will kill for. Jamie and Mae join the duo when Alan is marked and Jamie seeks to remove his own marks. What follows is a good twist and turn story, however, I felt a bit old for this read. I predicted the twists, called the ending early, but overall I enjoyed it.
I have found parts of this book to be a bit beyond belief. This is an epic and the plot twists are amaziI love this series.
However. There's a however.
I have found parts of this book to be a bit beyond belief. This is an epic and the plot twists are amazing. I find myself loving the smaller things though. When certain battles don't go how I think they will or a certain army rolls up at the perfect time, well, isn't that a bit too convenient? It's like Martin has built the perfect war in a sense. It is full of chaos and full of luck, but sometimes places that we're expecting to fall, should fall.
Winter is coming.
I've especially enjoyed Arya and Daenerys' arcs. They're both strong girls.
I want to write more but I don't want to spoiler. I hate spoilers. I do think that bits are amazing, bits are farfetched, and bits are so beautifully written I could read them over and over again!...more
This story is epic. Seriously beyond words. The character list is huge. The intrigue so imaginative and yet sI loved this book from the first chapter.
This story is epic. Seriously beyond words. The character list is huge. The intrigue so imaginative and yet so real. The dazzling descriptions of the countryside left me wanting to be there.
Lord Eddard Stark is the Lord of Winterfell, whose house motto is Winter is coming. The summer and winter seasons don't behave like they do in our world. Winter can go on for years at a time and is a dark time for the realm, whereas summer brings warmth and prosperity. Winter has become synonymous with dark times and trouble and even war.
When Lord Stark is asked to become the King's Hand, he doesn't know if he can afford to take the position. The previous Hand died suddenly and it seems the intrigue is still going. Lord Stark goes to King's Landing and takes up the position. Things are not as they seem.
The plot intrigues kept building up and up until I could barely bring myself to read them. Martin doesn't pull punches. Your favourite characters are never safe.
I read till the end almost in tears at the pain of the characters. I was willing to slap sense into a few and murder a very select few. I couldn't believe how emotionally invested I was becoming. Their faults and triumphs are so much more real for the writing style and the game of thrones they're all playing. Everyone wants a piece....more