Another wonderful tale from Ilona Andrews. I was a little skeptical, since I don't generally do novellas, but this was a real pleasure to read. A realAnother wonderful tale from Ilona Andrews. I was a little skeptical, since I don't generally do novellas, but this was a real pleasure to read. A really wonderful companion story to Gunmetal Magic and I liked seeing Kate's role from both Andrea and Kate's POV. Short, but very substantial for a novella- I'll be waiting for the next!...more
Calliope Reaper-Jones is a bitch, plain and simple. While I will admit I enjoyed her snark and her attitude, it grew old when I was able to see the chCalliope Reaper-Jones is a bitch, plain and simple. While I will admit I enjoyed her snark and her attitude, it grew old when I was able to see the character as a whole. A lot of people have said that Calli grows as a person as the books progress and I believe them, but I don't have the patience or time to devote to a series with a main character I HATE.
For a start, Calli is obsessed with shopping, makeup, designer clothes and men! Given, she hasn't had a successful date in awhile, but she makes it clear that she has no trouble going on dates and finding partners to hook up with. Early on in the book she explains that this dry spell is due to the fact that she works so hard and doesn't have any time to meet people because when she gets home she's soooooo tired.
Her job? A perfectly normal job as a personal assistant at a Home and Garden company for a nice woman named Hyacinth. In the one day at work, we find that she works eight hours driving to starbucks, picking up drycleaning, and, oh yeah, writing emails and googling things like organic dim sum. How strenuous! Although she works 40 hours a week, she confides that she takes long breaks and trips to "the kitchen", yet she's too exhausted to do anything.
But my biggest issue with this character- what little of her I could stand, anyways-was how sizeist she was. Now, don't get me wrong...I understand that some aren't always tolerant of larger people, and I think that's normal, but it seems like Calli really goes out of her way. To give you some idea what I mean, I've listed some examples all from the first three chapters of the book. I'm sure I've missed a few...the book is literally filled with them.
-When a monster appears in her hall, she refers to it as a male and goes on to explain that "she assumed it was male because no self-respecting woman would ever allow herself to be that chubby".
-When her blind date, Brian, shows up (tolerating her weirdness due to the monster in her hall, AND saving her from falling face-first on the floor) she discovers that he is fat and ugly, immediately dismisses him as a potential boyfriend due to his appearance ALONE. She also mentions his "fat fingers" a few times.
-On her way to work on the subway she complains about an obese hispanic woman who is occupying both seats. Although I get how annoying that can be, I don't think it needed to be mentioned. At all.
The last and, in my opinion, worst example of the character's sizeism is when she discusses her boss, Hyacinth. From what we can see, Hy is a nice woman, a good boss, and a stylish full-figured woman, with a good attitude. Despite all of this, Calli absolutely hates her for the simple reason that Hy is so happy with Calli's work that she's decided to keep her on at the company, instead of pass her to another publisher in the fashion industry.
In response, Calli questions whether or not Hyacinth's "glandular problem" is real, points out that her boss wears knock-off clothing, and that the non-fat decaf latte Hy orders is just for show. Without any proof at all, Calli speculates that Hyacinth dumps the coffee everyday for something less healthy simply because if she were really drinking the low-fat coffee, she wouldn't be FAT.
I tried to sit through this book, I really did, but it just was NOT happening. Ah well, not every book is a winner!...more
Words cannot describe how excited I was for this book. Finally, an answer to Mercy's native american heritage, and an explanation of her status as walWords cannot describe how excited I was for this book. Finally, an answer to Mercy's native american heritage, and an explanation of her status as walker. This book has been at the top of my to-read list since I heard about, and I have absolutely love love loved the previous books (and am quite a fan of Alpha and Omega, as well), so believe me when I say I am a fan.
That being said, almost from the first page I was bored. The snark and humor of the previous books is absolutely gone, the suspense and anguish that I've come to expect? Totally missing! The mystery that kept me hooked was totally absent, too, which was a big disappointment, but I could've forgiven all that if not for one thing.
I fell in love with the Mercy series because of its incredible well-written and engaging romance. Unfortunately the amazing sexual tension and witty banter between Adam and Mercy came off as silly and alien...it's almost like I was reading the latest installment of Twilight, which is not a compliment in my book.
All in all I just did not find myself emotionally invested in any aspect of this book. The monster wasn't frightening or mysterious.......it just was. I didn't feel any tension or nervousness, even during the climactic battle.
Don't get me wrong- I gave this book 3 stars because it was an alright book overall, but compared to the rest of the series, River Marked comes off as a weak player. I've loved this series since the first chapter of book one, but I find myself hoping that this will be the last installment......because I honestly don't know how much of the Mercy/Adam lovefest I can HANDLE. ...more