I’m a major fan of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. In fact, I think she is one of the top Urban Fantasy writers outCourtesy of Smash Attack Reads!
I’m a major fan of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. In fact, I think she is one of the top Urban Fantasy writers out there. I was very much looking forward to her new YA series about a dead girl whose afterlife turns utterly complicated. I think I might be a tad spoiled due to my love for KH’s other books, that I was left a bit unsatisfied with the first book in this series. You really jumped right into Madison’s afterlife without really finding out a ton about the world she now lives in. And once you learn more, it doesn’t really seem very interesting at the moment, in my opinion. I hope the plot and the world gets flushed out more later on. I read that there is a short story in the Prom Nights from Hell anthology that gives the background on Madison, so it might make sense to read it first.
I don’t feel very attached to Madison, at this point. I do like her, but I don’t feel like she's a very significant person in her own series...yet. She is spunky though, and doesn’t sit around, waiting for afterlife to just take care of itself. She is a fighter (albeit a very scared one!), curious and a problem solver. Oh, and she has purple tips on her, which is uber cute. I also loved the “when I hit ctrl + alt + del" line.” That is definitely something a young person would say today.
I must say I do love Grace. She is definitely the equal to Jenks’ character in The Hollows. While not as snarky as Jenks, Grace provides some comic relief and I grew to really like her. Again though, no real connection to anyone else. I think Nakita and Barnabus’ relationship is going to prove to be entertaining though.
Conclusion: I gave the book 3 stars, which means I liked it, but it wasn't a book that had me sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation, or daydreaming about it. I will continue the series because of my love for KH. I just hope things pick up, make more sense, become more substantial, etc. I do like the themes of fate / free will, light / dark, fallen angels, etc. I’m still a bit confused as to who is good and who is evil, but that is some of the fun of the book....more
I am a major fan of Caine's Weather Warden series, and thus, have been wanting to read about Morganville for sometime. Unfortunately, I am not a fan oI am a major fan of Caine's Weather Warden series, and thus, have been wanting to read about Morganville for sometime. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of the vampires, Morganville or the rules of the town. This particular 'world" just doesn't mesh cohesively for me. Feels odd, but hey, it is odd. :)
On the other hand, I adore the kids. Claire is precious, Shane really grew on me, Even is funny and spunky, and Michael is just so passionate! I really enjoyed how the kids stuck up for Claire, as they have all had run-ins with the town suckers. Claire also grew as a person, gained more confidence about herself and around boys, and stood up for herself. She is a trooper!
In the end, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next. I've never experienced such a crazy cliffhanger in a book in my life! Caine knew what she was doing with that move. :)...more
I liked this book a lot better than the first, maybe because there was more involvement with the vampires. Not sure I like where the series is headed,I liked this book a lot better than the first, maybe because there was more involvement with the vampires. Not sure I like where the series is headed, as far as Claire's choices! Hope something happens to change that......more
I enjoyed this one best out of the first 3 of the series. I absolutely LOVE what Claire is involved with regarding the vampires. I can't wait to see wI enjoyed this one best out of the first 3 of the series. I absolutely LOVE what Claire is involved with regarding the vampires. I can't wait to see where that storyline leads......more
This storyline begins immediately after the 5th book, Lords of Misrule, where Claire was stuck between a battle of vampires. Father and daughter, to be exact. Not a good place to be! Amelie, master of Morganville, has disappeared. Claire has been forced to serve her crazy ass father, Bishop, who is out to destroy his daughter’s home. Amelie resurfaces at some point and reassures Claire that she never intended to go down without a fight.
A very interesting character introduction in this book was Ada, I won’t give away who/what she is, but Claire definitely finds herself on the outs with unstable Ada. Claire grows a lot in this book, I think. She has finally found her inner bitch and gives back the sass ten-fold. Go Claire! Also, Shane and Claire become closer than ever - I really adore this couple, and I adore Shane. Eve is so sarcastically fantastic and Michael is just as protective and level-headed as always. However, Myrnin is the one that shined in this book. I am definitely glad he will continue on in the series. His character is eccentric and manic, yet when he is calm and collected, he is almost father-like....more