This book was great! It started out with a girl ready to start college, then investigates her mother's murder, which leads to the discovery of demons.This book was great! It started out with a girl ready to start college, then investigates her mother's murder, which leads to the discovery of demons. The whole beginning had a great, creepy (but not too scary) ambiance that made it very difficult to put the book down. From there, it turns into MIB meets X-Files. Suddenly, you learn more about the different kinds of monsters the main character needs to hunt, along with little tidbits of her past that make you ask more questions. I really enjoyed the characters of this book, wished there was a little more romance, but it looks like that will be a nice arc in the series overall, so I'm not complaining. I'll definitely get the second book of this series!...more
Love Spell is a fun, action-filled read. It pulls you in from the first page and just keeps things moving. The romance is sweet. It's a book that youLove Spell is a fun, action-filled read. It pulls you in from the first page and just keeps things moving. The romance is sweet. It's a book that you would be willing to recommend to your mom and not feel embarrassed about all the sex scenes. I was impressed how Crowe was able to keep it clean while still making everything realistic. I'll admit that it took me a while to like the main male lead, but by the end, I did like him....more
This book was really good. It had a lot of tragic, sad parts and some humor to help alleviate all the drama. I'm a sucker for World War 2 stories, andThis book was really good. It had a lot of tragic, sad parts and some humor to help alleviate all the drama. I'm a sucker for World War 2 stories, and this one definitely sucked me in! The one difficulty I had with this was the narration. Don't get me wrong - having Death narrate the story was quite brilliant. However, there were places when I had a hard time following along because it was disjointed. For example, Death would start out a chapter with H occurring, then would suddenly go back to E and stay there until E flowed into H. I almost forgot about H altogether until we came to that part again. Maybe my brain is slow-witted, but I need something that has more of a straightforward timeline. However, I would recommend this as a terrific read! ...more
Some of you may not agree with my rating, as most of what I've seen on Goodreads and Amazon are between 4 and 5 stars. But I do have a reason for theSome of you may not agree with my rating, as most of what I've seen on Goodreads and Amazon are between 4 and 5 stars. But I do have a reason for the 3 stars.
The plot is well thought out, and I think the author does an amazing job of world building. McKinley has created a semi-dystopian novel since all this takes place after wars between the humans and Others. Others can include zombies and vampires. Wizards can be for either side. I love how she touches on political issues and how society functions in this foreign world while still keeping it close enough to our own world that the readers can easily picture it.
I think her characters were original, three-dimensional, and realistic (well, as realistic as you can get in a fantasy setting like this!).
The two main problems I had with this book were the narrative voice and pacing. It's written in first person past-tense. The narrator has a very unique voice - usually a good thing. The problem I had was that it felt like I was really in her head, which means that her thoughts were all over the place. Don't get me wrong, the narrative had direction, but it just took some detours to get there. I'm the kind of reader that just likes a great plot with fantastic characters and I don't really care to linger beyond that in a book. What can I say? I'm a busy person with little time for reading, so I don't want to waste my time.
There were also a lot of slower moments with the plot. It did take at least 25 pages of me pushing myself to read before I finally got interested. Once some action finally started to take place, I was sucked in. But then there was another, drawn out lull. Then finally some more tense moments... and then back to the slow parts that almost made me want to fall asleep.
So there you have it. If you're the kind of reader who loves little details and paragraphs about side characters and backstory, you will love this book! If you like something more fast-paced that you can finish in a couple of days, I'd recommend trying something else....more
This is a book that you must read the previous books in the series to enjoy. Even then, it's a bit frustrating since it covers mostly new characters aThis is a book that you must read the previous books in the series to enjoy. Even then, it's a bit frustrating since it covers mostly new characters and I was really wanting to see the other characters and what was happening with them. However, it was still just as incredible as the first three in the series. I've ordered book 5 and am anticipating its arrival soon!...more