I love books that shift and twist genres, and Mina Khan excels at this. I'll post a longer review later, but for now I have to say that this novel is...moreI love books that shift and twist genres, and Mina Khan excels at this. I'll post a longer review later, but for now I have to say that this novel is paranormal in a way that no other paranormal I've read, it's romance with some serious sexual tension, and in case that's not enough, the backbone of the story isn't the romance or the mystery arsonist, but family, tradition, and acceptance of who you are and where you came from. So yeah, there's also a lot of great character development here. It's a quick read because you can't put it down till you're done - be prepared to stay up all night if you start it after work. I was lucky. I had a long, long, long plane ride to devote to this one!(less)
Of the series this is the weakest book, though I can't quite pinpoint why. The heroine is strong and capable and rather kick-ass; the plotline is soli...moreOf the series this is the weakest book, though I can't quite pinpoint why. The heroine is strong and capable and rather kick-ass; the plotline is solid and unique; and the characters are well drawn. Perhaps my issues are with Winston, who I did not like very much.
I do look forward to book four, and learning about Mary Chase and Jack Talent's stories. (less)
While this last book in the Parasol Protectorate definitely wrapped up some stories, it also opened the door for the future. For instance, Biffy and L...moreWhile this last book in the Parasol Protectorate definitely wrapped up some stories, it also opened the door for the future. For instance, Biffy and Lyall were developed more in this book, and I really hope they have their own spinoff series. Alternately, though I love Ivy, I think she's better as a supporting character, and I really have no interest in a series featuring her ongoing trials and dramas. Though her reappearance in a spinoff would be a must.
I started this novel on audio, but the reader was simply too dainty for my mind's picture of Alexia, so I switched over to the print version. I had read all of the others in print as well. Maybe if I had done all of the series in audio it would have been a different matter.(less)
The Woken Gods has a lot of potential, but also quite a bit of overwhelming info dump, primarily at the beginning. Instead of world building naturally over the course of the narrative, the first third of the novel gives the reader the back story of the awakening as well as the critical stages of character development. For me it was confusing, and it simply didn't flow well. Once the preliminary groundwork of the plot had been laid and the alternative history set, however, the novel evened out and became very interesting indeed. There were still a few unusual and jarring moments, but overall the remainder proved to be an entertaining tale.
The ending of The Woken Gods isn’t really “The End” but sets us up for at least one sequel, if not a multi-book series. I’m not overly invested in this tale, but may check out book two just to see what happens. The author’s first novel, Blackwood, has been picked up by MTV as a series, so I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Gwenda Bond. (less)
This was one of the best books EVER! Now, I may be a bit prejudiced because it's based in Scotland, and I LOVE that. But it has magic and a wickedly E...moreThis was one of the best books EVER! Now, I may be a bit prejudiced because it's based in Scotland, and I LOVE that. But it has magic and a wickedly European sense of humor that really makes me laugh out loud. I so recommend this one!(less)
Partial review (the part that gets to the point): All of the typical romance genre plot devices and themes are in this novel, but they are so exaggerated and taken to the extremes of silliness that there is no way to read this novella with a straight face. Do not try to critique it seriously, just enjoy it for what it is. (less)