Aaargh!! You describe the man as Uber Sexy. He's a dragon. And then you have Aisling calling him Sweetie every second line of the book. So not done. ThAaargh!! You describe the man as Uber Sexy. He's a dragon. And then you have Aisling calling him Sweetie every second line of the book. So not done. This book did tie up all the ends well - Aisling the Dark Prince, the position Venediger, her other issues with the Otherworld. And a wedding that gets postponed a million times. It also adds more to the war with the Dragons, what with having to rescue Drake and all. It also adds more characters to the book - Bastian the blue dragon, Kostya the Black dragon intent on uniting the black and silver dragons together - more ammo for the Silver Dragon books which primarily feature Gabriel. All in all, a pretty good book. If only she didn't call him Sweetie so much. I'll miss you Jim, Oh Sarcastic Demon....more
2 brothers save Jasmine from selling herself when she was 16 and take care of her and now she wants them both. Some parts of the book were quite movin2 brothers save Jasmine from selling herself when she was 16 and take care of her and now she wants them both. Some parts of the book were quite moving...more
Dark Destiny is different from the other books in the Carpathian Series in that Destiny is a Vampire Hunter - making her the first woman Carpathian inDark Destiny is different from the other books in the Carpathian Series in that Destiny is a Vampire Hunter - making her the first woman Carpathian in this role. Nicolae is the voice she turned to when as a psychic human child she was ensnared by a vampire who then killed her parents and brutalized her. With no other way to save her, Nicolae teaches her to become a hunter and kill the vampire…and he’s there for her every step of the way after that. The dynamic between these 2 is interesting in that they've known each other almost all of Destiny's life. So even though she fights the attraction between them, she realises she needs him for her very sanity. Destiny was infected with Vampire blood by the vampire who captured her when she was younger and the infected vampire blood burns her because of which she cannot exchange blood with Nicolae. Nicolae's solution and his attention and care for Destiny makes him one of my favourite Carpathians. This is one great story, that you have to read.
I like both Von Shrieder brothers, and i love Vikirinoff's sense of humor and his conversations with Nicolae.
That's another thing you'll love about this book - the quirky conversations between Destiny, Nicolae, Vikirnoff and even Mary Ann. And then there are the ones that fit in the 'words of wisdom' category:
Destiny: "Have you forgotten that you had to warn us I was tainted?" Vikirnoff: "Your blood is not who or what you are. It merely runs in your veins. If a human has cancer growing in his body, does that make him a tainted being? Do not allow this vampire to run your life any longer. He does not own you. He is long gone from this world. Let him stay dead."
Destiny: "You know, MaryAnn, I'm beginning to think you make it up as you go along, you and Father Mulligan." MaryAnn's eyebrow shot up. "Are we supposed to have the answers? You don't have the answers—how would we? You can only keep moving ahead, Destiny. You keep your eyes open and with luck you see the pitfalls before you step into them, but you embrace life and live it as best you can." ...more
"Hello, I am Tiffany. You're a Guardian, aren't you? Here is my card. I am a professional virgin. YouJim: "You want a little cheese with that whine?"
"Hello, I am Tiffany. You're a Guardian, aren't you? Here is my card. I am a professional virgin. You will please let me know if you have any need of my services."
Tiffany: "Oooh, fruit cups! I love the fruit cups. Fruit is the flower of our souls, don't you think?"
"I am Tiffany. I am a professional virgin. If you were to choose between kissing Aisling's belly and mine, you would choose mine, would you not? My belly is very smooth and white."
Aisling: "There are times when I think I just can't get a break." Jim: "And then there are times when we know you're cracked"
Stuff like the lines above are why i loved this book. The second book is based in Budapest, where Aisling is to deliver an amulet on behalf of her Uncle and also attend a conference of the Otherworld.
But when she arrives, she also finds Drake there. For someone who keeps reminding herself that "I am a professional. I am in control", she turns rather pitiable whenever the green Wyvern (head of a dragon sept) is around. She seems to lose her brain around him. I didn't care much for Drake and Aisling in this book; i had really liked the chemistry between them in Book 1. The whole thing with Drake got a bit too much, and by the time i read "I adored Drake's lower lip" i was ready to stop reading any more about them. Don't think i can say much more bout these 2 without giving any of the story away.
The new characters made it an interesting reading. I loved Gabriel, the Silver wyvern. He just seems so much more fun than Drake or actually, any of the other characters in the book (Other than Jim, the demon, of course) . There is another series on the Silver Dragons with more on Gabriel, which I'm looking forward to reading
I love that Rene is in this book as well, and its too much of a co-incidence so he has to be some supernatural being. Waiting for this to be explained in the future books. And there's definitely be more of Nora in the coming books.
What i did find annoying as hell (Other than the I am a professional. I am in control.." comments) was all the all the pinching she keeps doing. Pinched Jim's fur, wanted to pinch Drake's hand... they're not schoolkids, stop with the pinching.
The Aisling Grey Series has only four books, with MacAlister stating that she isn't planning on writing another one anytime soon (or not at all). She does have other dragon series' tho and Drake and Aisling apparently do feature in some of those books. I'm wondering if i should read the next two books real slow now, so they last for more than half a day. I hate when you know there won't be more to a series. Still on book 2 and still, now i know what Lil Sis felt like with the last Harry Potter :O) ...more
Jim: "You want me to find some balloons for this pity party you're having?"
Aisling: "OK, I can do this. I'm a professional. I'm in control. I have a dJim: "You want me to find some balloons for this pity party you're having?"
Aisling: "OK, I can do this. I'm a professional. I'm in control. I have a demon, and I know how to use it." Jim: "Do you have a history of insanity in your family? 'Cause I think what you're about to do is downright stupid." Aisling : "Comments from the peanut gallery are entirely optional"
"Are you hysterical?" Jim asked. "Should I slap you upside the head?" "OK. I'm in control. I'm confident." "But are you a professional?" Jim asked.
Jim: "I don't think now is the time to debate the catastrophic nature of your life. Now is the time to get out of here before we become barbecue."
I don't think i've enjoyed a book this much and laughed so much in a long long time. Aisling Gray gets thrown into the supernatural world in Paris where she's delivering an artifact to a collector who's dead by the time Aisling gets there. While you can tell she's out of her league, her mutterings to herself and the rambling humour making it a fun ride to watch her through her learning curve.
She finds out she's a Guardian (keeper of the gates to hell, in a way) a wyvern's (dragon's) mate, and later also a Demon Lord.
There's are quite a few new concepts as such in the book, but they're not so hard to understand. The Chemistry between Drake and Aisling is hot. But the best parts of the book are the ones with Jim the Demon dog in. His (Its?) conversations with Aisling are witty and had me laughing a lil too hard at work.
Definitely a must read and i'm already starting on the next book in the series right now. ...more
3 brothers find a woman unconscious near their place and decide she's the one for them. She running away from a scary husband, and they help her and t3 brothers find a woman unconscious near their place and decide she's the one for them. She running away from a scary husband, and they help her and then they're all together. Something like that. There's also a short story called Colter's Wife after this one, which is basically Holly giving birth to their kid, but i cant find anything on Goodreads for this one to link it to....more
My first thought when i finished reading this was there is so much more to this book than what the stupid blurb states. This is a pretty good book – aMy first thought when i finished reading this was there is so much more to this book than what the stupid blurb states. This is a pretty good book – although not as good as the first one Cry Wolf – but then pretty good from Patricia Briggs is better then the best by most authors.
Charles and Anna have been together for a month now. Anna still has problems with dominant alphas and all the horror of her past, but she and Charles are in love, and they're getting to know each other.
The timeline of this books coincides with book 3 of the Mercy Thompson Series Iron Kissed - Bran, the Marrok of the North American werewolves has decided to bring the werewolves out in the open, and has planned a meeting with the European alphas to address their issues first. Charles feels something will do wrong and so Charles and Anna go to meet the European wolves instead.
Trouble starts with vampires trying to kidnap Anna. The talks are at an impasse with Jean Chastel, the French alpha also known as Beast of Gévaudan, not agreeing to the suggestions Charles offers. Then, the death of the British alpha's mate. Matters get worse when one of the wolves Charles fights with is later found dead with Charles' scent all over him (won’t say who, gives away the plot then).
Anna & Charles now have to figure who the real killer is before an execution order is made out for Charles..and Anna will need all her Omega abilities to save Charles' life
There was something missing in this book, but i can't put my finger on it. The real villian and the motives were definitely a surprise, i didn't guess who it was till the end. But for most of the book I felt like the situations kept getting cut off, the story changed to different peoples points of view too quickly and most of the time i would have liked to have known more from the previous person's viewpoint. Other than that, this was a pretty good story, my only other complaint being it was too quick a read.
Theres new characters in this book that you'll love. Arthur, the British alpha who thinks he's the re-incarnation of The Arthur, Chastile who they call the Beast, the other older alpha's who've been around a while, Dana the fae who oversees the meetings. A bit of legend and folklore added in as well - which always interests me. Plus there's a bit of Bran - i find him very enigmatic.
I love Briggs werewolves series. The world building is amazing. The third book comes out only next August, so rereads will have to do until then.
Favourite line: His grandfather had often told him that he tried too hard to move trees when a wiser man would walk around them....more
I really expected this to be a boring dull book that i wouldn't like. It turned out to be not so bad. Its a really quick read.. and i mean really quicI really expected this to be a boring dull book that i wouldn't like. It turned out to be not so bad. Its a really quick read.. and i mean really quick. Amsterdam is basically written from the POV of Clive and Vernon, a composer and a newspaper editor - good friends who've both been lovers of the now dead Molly Lane. Considering how short the book was, its a lil hard to write anything more on this story that the book blurb above already gives away. Its amazing how stupidity can ruin a friendship. That's bout all i have to say. Although i kinda knew what was coming at the ending, it was still refreshing the way it ended. Considering this this one won the Booker Prize, I'm going to put this one in the category of 'reasons why award winning books are not all they say there are'. I mean, the book was good. McEwan has an unique style of writing and i liked that a lot of it was intellectual. But it really wasn't deserves-to-be-award-winning good.
My favourite lines: "They could manage your descent, but they couldn't prevent it." (On doctors)
"He drifted helplessly into a daydream, an elaborate story about someone hiding behind a rock, waiting to kill him. Now and then he glanced over his shoulder. He knew this feeling well because he often hiked alone. There was always a reluctance to be overcome. It was an act of will, a tussle with instinct, to keep walking away from the nearest people, from shelter, warmth, and help. A sense of scale habituated to the daily perspectives of rooms and streets was suddenly affronted by a colossal emptiness. The mass of rock rising above the valley was one long frown set in stone. The hiss and thunder of the stream was the very language of threat. His shrinking spirit and all his basic inclinations told him that it was foolish and unnecessary to keep on, that he was making a mistake."...more
Paige Winterbourne needs to be slapped...I don't know any other way i can start this review. Maybe she was just such a big pain in Stolen, the secondPaige Winterbourne needs to be slapped...I don't know any other way i can start this review. Maybe she was just such a big pain in Stolen, the second book, that I’ve carried that prejudice into this book. No wait, no maybe about that. I definitely did.
The only saving grace this woman had for the first quarter or more of this book was that she did everything she could do defend Savannah from everyone else.
Ok, let me start at the beginning. In Stolen, Paige's mother is killed at the facility where Savannah and Elena are also kept captive. Savannah is the teenage daughter of a now-deceased witch and a powerful sorcerer. After rescuing and gutting the facility, Paige now has custody of Savannah, and she's also the new head of the American Coven of witches. But Leah, the demon who helped capture people for the facility, wants Savannah back and gets Savannah's father involved in the claim as well. See, Savannah hasn’t yet matured into witch-hood yet, so there's potential to lure her over to the dark side.
Paige now has to fight for custody of Savannah, against the wishes of the other witches in her coven. The only hope she has is in the form of Lucas Cortez, a sorcerer-lawyer who comes to her rescue Can they save the day and keep Savannah with Paige?
Paige in the beginning is irritating. She's one of those I let my temper rule and don’t see what I don’t want to see kind of people. On the other hand, i found Savannah to be pretty mature and perceptive at most times, specially for her age. Lucas is a bit of a geeky type, also the son of the CEO of the biggest sorcerer Cabal and reluctant heir-in-waiting, with nothing else much going for him except his willingness to help Paige.
This best described Lucas, and was also when i really began to like him: "The Caped Crusader is Batman, whose alter ego would be Bruce Wayne. Clark Kent is Superman. Neither analogy, I'm afraid, is quite accurate. I lack the tormented brooding sexiness of the Dark Knight and, sadly, I've not yet learned to fly, though I did manage to sail a few yards when Leah threw me this afternoon."
There wasn’t much of romance in this book. And not the best of plots, although there’s quite a bit of situations they get into. But it still made a good read. I liked watching both Paige and Savannah growing stronger as individuals and with each other.
It also had some pretty LOL moments when I was in tears:
Witch: "We are as the Goddess requires." Paige: "The Goddess requires you to be naked on my lawn?" Witch: "We aren't naked, child. We're skyclad. Clothing impedes mental vibrations."...more
Stolen is the second book in the Women of the Otherworld series. While Bitten laid the foundation of Armstrong’s world, it did seem pretty stand-aloneStolen is the second book in the Women of the Otherworld series. While Bitten laid the foundation of Armstrong’s world, it did seem pretty stand-alone. It is Stolen that seems like the first book in a series. We expand from only werewolves to a whole new world with more supernaturals added – witches, shamans, half-demons, vampires and I’m sure more to come.
Stolen is narrated by Elena again. It beings with Elena investigating someone selling information about werewolves, only to have her view of the supernatural world expanded with two witches telling her about supernaturals of all types disappearing and warning her the werewolves may be next. There’s an interracial council that’s trying to get to the bottom of this situation while ensuring no-one else disappears, and the werewolves are asked to join back in..but the human mastermind behind this kidnapping finally gets his hands on Elena – and learns what happens when you deal with a werewolf.
This book doesn’t have the punch from Bitten, but it was pretty good in itself. Elena is her usual sarcastic, strong woman who has decided to settle with the werewolf pack but still thinks with her human mind. We have more of Elena and Clay – they left off in Bitten deciding to be together, and Stolen has them working towards their relationship and getting closer towards the end when it finally dawns that they could have lost each other. Witches, vampires and other supes are added – some more noteable than the others. Paige, a young witch who is completely annoying and Cassandra, the vampire who doesn’t seem to care about whats happening.
I wish there were more interactions among the werewolf pack – that’s what made Bitten such so wonderful. You’ll love the times Clay and Elena have together, specially the parts towards the end. This book also sets up the next one – Dime Store Magic – which I’m guessing with be narrated by Paige. Wondering how that’ll work seeing as Paige completely got on my nerves in this book, even if she was good at her stuff. Go read this....more
Second book the the Ripple Creek werewolf series and this one does have some similarities to the first book featuring Neva and Duncan. The book blurbSecond book the the Ripple Creek werewolf series and this one does have some similarities to the first book featuring Neva and Duncan. The book blurb above is basically the entire story.
Savannah is a ranger on the reservation who is investigating a couple of murders that seem to be a echo of the ones from her past. A past she doesn't want to relive, but which comes back along with Cade, someone she loved and ran away from 10 years ago and who used her as a contact to solving those previous crimes.
Now they both have to solve these murders where the bad guys blame them for everything going ass up 10 years ago and which at present are aimed at destroying their lives and all close to them. Not to mention the attraction that these two have for each other.That was the one weird bit in the book. We get the impression that these are strong characters but with each other they seem to act like horny teenagers on a mission. But its a nice quick read. I started reading this online when i came to work this morning and now 8 hours later i'm done. And a half hour later i'll be leaving for home.
I've surprised myself with the number of Keri Arthur books I've been reading. Usually there's a break between books or atleast series so that everythiI've surprised myself with the number of Keri Arthur books I've been reading. Usually there's a break between books or atleast series so that everything doesn't seem to become one big story in my head. And with Arthur a lot of her work is repetitive in her books - like all the sex scenes (are they called scenes if they're in a book or is it supposed to be called 'acts' or something else?)
Anywho, this series has only 2 books. The first one is about Neva, a strong psychic werewolf who decides to avenge her twins attack. Neva's been bought up with strong moral values and strict parental supervision - the type of morals where you're mommy's angel and don't fool around until the wedding day.
But to get to the killer, Neva has to play seductress at what can be described as a werewolf sex mansion and her choice is someone no one in their right mind is supposed to choose. Act done, Duncan is completely ensnared by her but he's also here to find the killer and while doing the deed with her realises that she's not here for only fun and games. So while Neva's trying to keep up with Duncan and his hot now cold the next moment act, Duncan's thinking she's working with the killer and pushing her to make mistakes. Since the book has to add up to some pages, its not until a while when they both realise they have the same mission. Then love happens and the mystery is solved and its all happy ever after.
Arthur does elaborate on the moon promising ceremony in this one and its nice to know. This features in her Riley Jenson series and Eryn - LifeMate Connections as well. So now we know the words and stuff.
I read this in a day yesterday and its quite a good read. About 3/5 good...more
Since i usually swap books with my sister and we discuss them for hours on end, i tried telling her why Angels' Blood was a good read and why she shouSince i usually swap books with my sister and we discuss them for hours on end, i tried telling her why Angels' Blood was a good read and why she should give it a go. It went something like this:
This book has Vampires, Archangels and Vampire-Hunters.
The Vampires are created by Archangels and have to sign on for 100 years of servitude's to said Archangel before they can be free by themselves (The book had a very interesting explanation for how and why this happens too). Archangels who, btw, have divided the world into territories they control and 'rule over'. So when the Vamps escape before year 100 is up, in come the vampire-hunters, who capture them and return them to their masters.
Elena is one such Vampire-Hunter. She was born for this job. Something about having a nose for smelling the vampies. The VHs, by the way, are completely organised - like government-agency organised types and are called Guild-Hunters. She gets called for breakfast and a chat by the Archangel of New York - Raphael. Yes, ladies and gentlemen - Archangel Raphael. (See, this is where Vanessa burst out laughing and gave me that incredulous 'you're reading stuff like this and recommending it to me, Have you lost your mind' look)
What followed was half an hour of Vanessa seriously doubting the quality of books i have left in my huge hoard, if I've taken to reading about the Archangel Raphael and his New York exploits and me explaining that it is a good book, outlandish as my explanation sounded.
Back to my explanation.
Obviously there are sparks between the Vampire Hunter and said Archangel. But wait, there's more. (Not sure if this warrants a drum-roll, but what the heck. Drum roll please...)
Raphael, the angel that he is, obviously wants something from his breakfast date.
He wants Elena to track someone for him.
An Archangel gone Rogue. !!!!
I really did like the book, but i guess Vanessa found my description hilarious. She's sticking to Sookie Stackhouse for now, which i also convinced her to read after much similar story telling.
I liked Elena, she's good at her job and sure and confident as a character, if a bit confused on how she feels about the archangels. Raphael is one of the elite cadre of Archangels, and rules his 'domain' with an iron fist. The attraction between the two is sizzling. I mean C'mon. Where else are you going to read about Archangel sex?? I liked the other characters as well - Sara and Ransom - Elena's fellow Guild-Hunters. And Dmitri and Illium - 2 of the Seven who guard Raphael.
Go read this book. Despite my stupido explanations, it is a really good one...more