This was my first Candace Havens book and a good quick read. If this was her first book, then it is a very good effort.
Gillian is a Guardian who killsThis was my first Candace Havens book and a good quick read. If this was her first book, then it is a very good effort.
Gillian is a Guardian who kills demons. Oldest of 4 sisters, her family basically keep earth safe from the creepy things in other dimensions. In addition to being earth's guardians, the entire family is high profile with Gillian herself a lawyer and gallery owner. Now there is a new demon king in charge who looks very human and very hot and they will need to combine forces to tackle the latest inter-dimensional problem.
This story had a lot of promise and I feel it could have been a lot better. The writer spent a lot of time on the world building in the first half and tried to show how the sisters maintain a balance between their public side as celebrities and the world saving side. However I really found the public part and discussion no which dress to chose and which colour matches really annoying. I guess chick lit paranormal isn't for me.
The romance part between Gillian and Arath wasn’t really developed - they wanted each other, but other than that, we weren't really shown how it suddenly led to love. The other characters didn’t really have a lot of depth although I really liked the relationship between the siblings.
A lot of the stuff in terms of loose ends were just told in the end and I would have liked to see it actually happen, since for me that was the more important part of the book. There were some instances where the wrong character name was used or some things the characters said were never discussed before and seemed to come out of left field.
However, as light fun reads go, this one made the grade. I'll probably read the next book to see if the series gets better and how the story progresses....more
The Dream Thief is book two of the Drakon Series and I loved this book as much as its predecessor, The Smoke Thief
Zane, who we knew as the scraggly liThe Dream Thief is book two of the Drakon Series and I loved this book as much as its predecessor, The Smoke Thief
Zane, who we knew as the scraggly lil thief who hung around Rue in book one is now all grown up. This book takes place quite a few years after the first one. Rue and Kit are settled in Darkfirth and have kids of their own.
The youngest among them is Amalia or Lia, a drakon who everyone believes has none of their gifts and cannot transform either to smoke or dragon form. But Lia hears a diamond sing to her and she dreams of the future - a future with Zane.
It is the diamond, Draumr, that forms the basis of this story - Zane is asked to retrieve it and Lia, having seen what the future holds for everyone involved, gets together with Zane to try and change what she knows is going to happen.
As with the previous book, i'm in love with Shane Abé's writing. The words flow beautifully and it really feels like a fairy tale. I loved how the story of the past drakons have similarities to some parts of Zane and Lia's stories. I kept drawing parallels and wondering if the same thing would happen to these two.
Once, there were more of us. Once we roamed the skies unfettered, masters of the four winds. We chased the sun and devoured the moon, sprinkled across the heavens like fierce, relentless stars. That was our right and our destiny, and none could survive our bright-eyed devastation. We were splendor and smoky death. We were drákon.
I have to admit when I read this, I found it a bit weird pairing Zane with Lia since he was 11 when he met Rue, and Rue now has kids who are teenagers themselves. So Zane, but rough math, would be bout 15-20 years older then Lia. Considering The Boyfriend is much older than me, I don’t really find this weird, but in Lia's case, it was one of the first things that crossed my mind.
I feel now that this review is full of cryptic clues and that’s because I'm trying not to give away any spoilers. This was a really good read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to it, especially since I loved the first one so much. Shana Abe wonderfully combines the legends and old stores of the drakon with the current - giving the reader a beautiful insight into the world she has built and ensuring you come back for more. I definitely will. ...more
It felt good to come back to Elle & Dan's lives after Dirty and find out that the issues didn't just go away after their HEA in the first book. IIt felt good to come back to Elle & Dan's lives after Dirty and find out that the issues didn't just go away after their HEA in the first book. I loved Megan Hart's books because the characters feel so real and could be someone you know in real life. ...more
There are so many things wrong with this book i'm not sure what to write without it sounding wrong or too offending. I really do hope this was LaurenThere are so many things wrong with this book i'm not sure what to write without it sounding wrong or too offending. I really do hope this was Lauren Dane's first book. Giving Chase feels like its written by a teenager who has watched one too many of the wrong tv shows and then imagines what life would be when you're looking at love and dating and a lasting relationship. All the women from Petal certainly behaved that way, and Maggie herself was a headcase.
Most of the people in Petal, Georgia definitely needed their head examined. Maggie has self esteem and momma issues and a tendency to tell guys who she's just met her horrible life stories right from the beginning. Kyle is one of the hot Chase brothers in Petal. After his brother blows off never-before-noticed-but-now-suddenly-awesome Maggie, Kyle decides her likes Maggie enough to do something about it. In comparison, Kyle's only flaws seem to be a weird way of voicing out his opinions and feelings and that fact that he's stuck with Maggie. Oh and there's a stalker thrown in too.
I finished this book more for the hilarity and ridiculousness (is that a word?) of it than any need to see where the book goes. To me, the writing was immature, with mistakes, and very stereotypical evil cardboardy characters. This is definitely one for the unintentionally funny category. ...more
If Mercy and Adam together is what you're looking for, this book is a very happy present. Almost the entire book is the two of them together. Mercy andIf Mercy and Adam together is what you're looking for, this book is a very happy present. Almost the entire book is the two of them together. Mercy and Adam are on honeymoon and there's an ancient monster in the river near their campground - one they'll obviously need to take care of. There they meet some of the locals who help them fight the monster and we get an insight into Mercy's Native American heritage, her father and a whole lotta other people who I'll leave in suspense for now. You'll love Coyote!!
After waiting 5 books for more of Mercy & Adam together, this book gives you just that - but I think in overload. I missed not having the rest of the pack around - Bed, Warren, Samuel, especially no cameo by Bran. I can't believe I'm writing this, but there was just too much of Mercy and Adam and yet not enough to their interaction to make me happy.
"But you better put a shirt on, or your gorgeous self will cause an accident if you go running by the road, and someone sees you." This different side to Mercy also surprised me. I don't know if I didn't notice it in the previous books but the number of times Mercy kept commenting on Adam's gorgeousness stood out for me in this one. I don't remember her going on about it so much before - but then again I guess being finally mated to someone like Adam would do that to you
I like that even with book 6, this series is still so lovely to read. The story flows along smoothly and in what is typical with Briggs' writing, you get immersed into it. This one is a lot more relaxed reading than the previous books. This was my first Briggs book where I took breaks in between and didn’t feel the urge to read the whole thing at one go, and in that I feel a bit disappointed, cause I've come to expect 5 star quality from Briggs. I did expect a whole lot more from River Marked, and while it didn't meet all my expectations, its still a good Mercy Thompson book. ...more
Sometimes, the problem with romance novels is that there's not much new that is written that makes you sit up and pay attention. They all seem to haveSometimes, the problem with romance novels is that there's not much new that is written that makes you sit up and pay attention. They all seem to have the same ole formula with the mandatory happy ending. This is where The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie stands out. Yes, it is the usual boy-girl with a dollop of villain and drama thrown in, but what Jennifer Ashley has done is take on a subject very rarely taken on in romanceland.
Lord Ian Mackenzie has been in an asylum most of him life and is known as the mad Mackenzie who doesn't look you in the eye, collects Ming pottery, and get lost in staring at a drop of ink. Ian has Asperger's Syndrome - something those bright folks in the 1800's hadn't known squat about.
His brothers try to protect his and help him blend in with everyone with his quirks but it is Beth who really gets him. Beth who makes it easy for him.
Ian almost said, Teach me to hear it as you do, but he knew that was impossible. .. The soprano ended the piece on another long, clear note. Beth clapped spontaneously, smiling, eyes glowing with appreciation. Ian had learned,under Mac’s and Cameron’s tutoring, how to applaud when a piece stopped, but he never understood why. Beth seemed to have no trouble understanding, and responding to, the joy of the music.
Beth Ackerly is a widow whose late husband was vicar and inherited a small fortune when the lady whose place she was working at died. She's about to marry an acquaintance of Ian's who is only after her for her money, when Ian comes to rescue, thus beginning this touching romance.
What made this only a four star for me was the disconnect that i felt in Ian and Beth's feelings for one another. Beth thinks he's hot, Ian thinks she's beautiful and that is all that's written for how these two fall in love. Ian doesn't understand her jokes and doesn't always seem to get what she's saying, but knows he needs and wants her. Beth likes being with him and seems to take care of him more than anything else. There's some touching moments and the sex is very well written, but the fact that i didn't get why Ian chose Beth was what was missing in this book for me.
Don't let that stop you from picking this up though. The Mackenzies are an extremely protective, loving and entertaining family -I'm definitely picking up book two....more
Finally a good book in the series. I completed hated Styx's Storm because of how TSTL Storme was. This book had a good main pair, and we got to meet qFinally a good book in the series. I completed hated Styx's Storm because of how TSTL Storme was. This book had a good main pair, and we got to meet quite a few of the other Breeds as well. Also, the fact they weren't going at it 24x7 every other page helped a lot. Lot less on Mating Heat and more of story. i liked ...more
I Like. While the pace of the book was perfect i wish things would progress faster from an overall point of view - by which i mean I'm really waitingI Like. While the pace of the book was perfect i wish things would progress faster from an overall point of view - by which i mean I'm really waiting for the final showdown to happen.
Gin's growth emotionally to a stage where she comes to accept what she feels for Owen and the permanence of it made real good reading. I like them both as a couple. The growth in Gin's powers her show down with the other assassin LaFleur was awesome.
The part where everyone's names and who they are is completely spelled out got a bit irritating to me. How many times in a monologue can you hear 'Detective Bria Collidge, my baby sister'? She could just say Bria - we all know who she is by now. I know, nitpicking, but it got to me. Overall - fantastic book....more
Definitely better than the previous book. Still not up to the spark that the initial book had but this series is now 5 books down with the same coupleDefinitely better than the previous book. Still not up to the spark that the initial book had but this series is now 5 books down with the same couple going stong from book 1 - not an easy thing to do. Enjoyable read....more
11 books on and i'm a bit confused as to where the Sookie Stackhouse Series is going. Since i won't be able to type without getting this out of the wa11 books on and i'm a bit confused as to where the Sookie Stackhouse Series is going. Since i won't be able to type without getting this out of the way, what is with authors and cliffhangers? With a good enough story, you don’t need to leave so many questions up in the air to get readers to pick up the next book..
Anyway, this book sees Sookie is a whole lotta new situations. She's with Eric, Sam is with a shifter from Alcide's pack and Sook has two houseguests living with her (this would be my attempt at spoiler free in case any of you haven't read the whole series in order). Anyway, Sandra Pelt is after her again, she gets dragged into Eric and Pam's latest problems and gets a bit more info on her fairy background. All of this, along with atleast a hundred other things going on with the story.
What i found annoying about this book is the unnecessary information about everything that happens to Sookie every minute of the day. It's not like being in Bella's head (and i'm truly sorry for even comparing, Ms Harris) but we really don't need to know what you had for breakfast, how hot that bathwater was and atleast a quarter of the book’s pages. The rambling never ends, makes reading the book a bit tedious and the morality discussions are getting a bit old now. I feel like the books have lost of bit of their spark in this and the previous one. They seem to ramble from one catastrophe to the next, without letting the reader enjoy the thrill from these situations. I hope that changes soon. I like Sookie and this series, so I really hope the next book makes it worth the time I invest in it. ...more
I liked this book. There's a shifter community in swamps in new Orleans - and this book is an introduction to them. Saria Boudreaux has known3.5 stars
I liked this book. There's a shifter community in swamps in new Orleans - and this book is an introduction to them. Saria Boudreaux has known her brothers are shifters, and she knows something is killing people in the marshland that belong with Jake Bannaconni, (hero from book 3, Burning Wild) and it looks very much like a shifter kill. So she jots him a letter letting him know something weird is going on and gets Drake Donovan in return.
Drake wasn’t as much of an idiot as the heroes from the previous books in this series. If you've read the previous books you'll know why I've introduced him this way. He is sure of himself and his abilities but not in an arrogant or asshat way. I still have a problem with Feehan's tough as nails heroes who turn to mush once they meet that one woman, but Drake managed to maintain the balance well. He managed to shift again post his surgery and get the girl and I was happy about both. He's my favourite hero in this series so far.
Saria was pretty well portrayed for the wild child who practically raised herself, answered to no one and could take care of herself in the swamp. She complimented Drake perfectly. I liked that their relationship and the plot blended together well and both got equal time.
Definitely a good read. I hope the next book is on Joshua....more
I skipped dinner, breakfast and lunch for this book (ok i caught up with lunch later)..12 hrs of almost non-stop reading and 30 hours of no sleep thanI skipped dinner, breakfast and lunch for this book (ok i caught up with lunch later)..12 hrs of almost non-stop reading and 30 hours of no sleep thanks to Chloe Neill, only to have the book end the way it did...bloody hell!!!
When it ended, i felt like laughing, crying and hitting something all at the same time. I grumbled like hell to the boyfriend, who I usually keep out of my book obsessions. I waited a whole day to write this review hoping to get my thoughts in order, and you know what? I’m still a bit in zombieland. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes a great book. I love a book that leaves me with the good kind of huh? (maybe i should say wow) for hours after i've read it.
Well the blurb already tells you what the book is about folks - the vamp raves are increasing and Ethan and the Cadogan house is under pressure from Mayor Tate to fix the issue. Ethan is trying to make up for the big ..erm.. mistake he made in the previous book, and the man can really make your heart melt.
A whole lot happens in this book people - and not just on page 355. In typical Neill fashion, you'll keep turning the pages. We get a bit more of Jonah, the vamp from the Grey house. A long needed conversation between Merit and Morgan. Some more of our favourite shifters. And ofcourse, Mallory!!
Where Twice Bitten ended with hope and anticipation for the next book, this one will leave you with a feeling of what the hell just happened. One of the drawbacks of writing a book that way Chloe Neill did this one is i'm no longer eager excited about the next book. I will read it, but the excitements gone. Either way, you need to read this, cause any book that makes you rant this much and still rate it 4 stars deserves to be read. ...more
There's not a lot I've read from a male point of view in a genre like this.
I liked reading things from Alex's point of view. I loved the inHeavy stuff
There's not a lot I've read from a male point of view in a genre like this.
I liked reading things from Alex's point of view. I loved the insight into what Alex was really feeling compared to his actions. It covered quite a bit of stuff that wasn't in Tempted.
Tempted was one of my favourite books of last year and definitely one of the all time favs - I love how hart writes erotica with a storyline and believable characters. Maybe not very fair, but this one gets 4.5 stars only because Tempted was so awesome....more
2.5 stars Series offshoots are tricky things. Unless you have strong characters to pull it off, it'll end up being a major flop and not reflect well on2.5 stars Series offshoots are tricky things. Unless you have strong characters to pull it off, it'll end up being a major flop and not reflect well on the original series either. Bloodlines did not pull it off, for me. This book is told from Sydney's point of view - Sydney is the alchemist we met in the original vampire Academy series. Where Rose was strong willed and could carry the books splendidly, Sydney is boring and makes even the interesting events read like a monologue from a boring professor. Sydney is very contained - no sense of urgency, hardly much emotion - and that made reading bloodlines pretty hard. The plot was actually pretty good and I think this book could have been a whole lot better. While I understand that Sydney couldn’t be another Rose with her exuberance, making this a first POV book definitely dampened by enthusiasm for it. Even Adrian couldn’t save the day....more
This one was a complete whaaaaa The hero tells the chick that she's pregnant - convinces her really. She goes from absent minded & clumsy to this sThis one was a complete whaaaaa The hero tells the chick that she's pregnant - convinces her really. She goes from absent minded & clumsy to this strong smart woman who makes up her own mind and stands up for herself...transformation in 1 week much - She could run one of those makeover shows I've decided harlequin's aren't my thing. Now i only need to find a way to stop reading em....more