Decent. I liked it but wasn't as fond of the book as I wanted to be. I was a bit annoyed by the main character, who was slightly too angst filled forDecent. I liked it but wasn't as fond of the book as I wanted to be. I was a bit annoyed by the main character, who was slightly too angst filled for my taste. It was also really a paranormal romance but was billed as urban fantasy. This is primarily a romance....more
I like the alternate Earth of this paranormal romance. Here, there are angels, vampires and humans all sharing the world. Angels rule, although they lI like the alternate Earth of this paranormal romance. Here, there are angels, vampires and humans all sharing the world. Angels rule, although they let humans pretend they make their own choices. Vampires serve angels, as angels Make them via some mysterious process. And humanity is left to struggle along as best it can with mercurial and possessive angels.
Humans hunt the rogue vampires for the angels, and our heroine is one of them. She is, in fact, a born vampire hunter, able to scent vampires and track them far better than anyone else. The problem begins when the most infamous archiangel on the planet, Raphael, hires her to track another archangel...and you can't say no to an archangel.
Caught between a scary angel and a crazy one, she has to survive them both if she's going to win her life and collect the fee for her services. The biggest problem, though, is that Raphael is very attractive, and he wants her, too.
Paranormal romance with a really good world and excellent, exciting story.
Amusing light read. A paranormal romance that has an actual plot (always my preference) and a light, breezy tone that was a bit chick lit and a bit scAmusing light read. A paranormal romance that has an actual plot (always my preference) and a light, breezy tone that was a bit chick lit and a bit screwball comedy.
Our protagonist Jackie awakens in a dumpster with a vague memory of a handsome stranger, a mugging, and a lost 48 hours. Then things start to get really weird. Turns out, she's been accidentally turned into a succubus, and it's the 'fault' of both a fallen angel and a vampire. Jackie finds herself in the midst of a war over a mythical halo and hijinks ensue. Also, inappropriate fashion and bad shoe choices for desert wear.
If you like the Betsy Queen of the Vampires or the Bronwyn the Witch series, you'll probably like this one. ...more
Very workmanlike series paranormal romance. This one has the very interesting character of a harpy who is soft-hearted, who falls in love with one ofVery workmanlike series paranormal romance. This one has the very interesting character of a harpy who is soft-hearted, who falls in love with one of the demon-possessed Lords of the Underworld , soldiers of teh Greek Gods who foolishly opened Pandora's box and released demons onto the world and were doomed to house said demons in their bodies. Now the guys are trying to find Pandora's box and fight the Hunters, deluded humans who blame them incorrectly for all mankind's ills and who follow an ex-Lord who claims to be an Angel.
Overall, a sweet romance, and a good example of the paranormal romance genre. I liked Gwendolyn the Timid, and Sabin her new-found fellow. Sparks fly from the moment they met.
The downside is that this feels very formulaic and like many another paranormal romance. A bit halting in parts, a bit silly in the stubborn refusal to see reason on the parts of the lovers. This isn't overwhelming, but I find I've read it too often and it just doesn't work so easily for me any more, despite enjoying the happily ever after (for now) ending we know the couple are sailing for through the whole book....more
I received this book today, and I read the 350 pages in one sitting. The book is from the viewpoint of the female lead, Jessican, with the other halfI received this book today, and I read the 350 pages in one sitting. The book is from the viewpoint of the female lead, Jessican, with the other half being an epistolary (letter) format in Lucius Vladescu's point of view. Lucius is a vampire, sent to collect typical American teen Jess to fulfill a betrothal promise and thereby stop a long-standing war between vampire clans in Romania. Because, you see, Jess is actually adopted and a vampire princess.
However, she doesn't know this last bit, and being staunchly logical--a mathlete, geeky gal--she refuses to believe this tale at first, despite her parents' insistence this is, in fact, all true.
Being a romance, the HEA ending is achieved, but not without a lot of trials and tribulations.
I enjoyed the first two thirds immensely, in particular Lucius' barbed witticisms in his letters to his uncle. There are so many good lines in there the book is worth rereading just for them!
Downside is that, after Jess believes in Lucius, he changes. I do not wish to spoil the story for anyone, so I won't go into details. But I think I'd have been more satisfied if the book had wrapped up at about the time Jess starts to believe in vampires. because the tone of the story changes and the great funny lines and sense of humor Lucius adds to the story goes away. All the author's decisions make sense, and they wrap up the Romanian political issues very nicely and far better than ending the book wehre I suggested above. I just wanted it to say funny and the tone change has left a lingering sense that I got cheated somehow. Totally an emotional response, and yet...it spoils my enjoyment.
Nevertheless, Ithink this is a far better choice to hand your tween or teen girl than Twilight, mainly because Jess is not such a doormat as Bella. ...more
Paranormal romance with fashionista superheroines who guard the universe from otherworldly attack. Fluffy but not stuffy. Not an intellectual fest, buParanormal romance with fashionista superheroines who guard the universe from otherworldly attack. Fluffy but not stuffy. Not an intellectual fest, but fun....more
picked this book up (via Amazon) because the cover was so interesting, and the line, "a novel of vampires,werewolves, and parasols" had me at hello. Vpicked this book up (via Amazon) because the cover was so interesting, and the line, "a novel of vampires,werewolves, and parasols" had me at hello. Very intriguing. And what I discovered was something with the humorous romantic an social sensibilities of Georgette Heyer in her Regency romances or Jane Austen's wit. Combine that comedy of manners social with and humor with a paranormal jaunt into a steampunk Victorian Britain , and I was caught like the proverbial fly in amber.
This book is funny, has a nice romantic plot, a great mystery to solve (where are these tackily dressed new vampires coming from?) and, best of all, stars the intrepid Miss Tarabotti who wields her trusty parasol with aplomb. I. Freaking. Loved. It.
Not sure if this book is for the gents, but if you like romances, this is a good one. I can see this sort of book making a niche for itself alongside urban fantasy. So watch for the copycats!
Seriously, this might be the start of a new subgenre.
The only flaw I could find is that the pov is omniscient, and while it is done really well and did not bother me in the least, it may feel like head-hopping (going from one character's point of view to anothers abruptly and within the same scene) and thus put off some readers. However, it is done flawlessly. So the pov wasn't a big deal to me, although I did notice it, because omniscient pov is sadly out of fashion these days. It fits right in with the style of the book, though. ...more
This series is lighthearted and fun, but there is an illogical basis for the world (despite the overt illogic of a fantasy landscape, lol) which bugsThis series is lighthearted and fun, but there is an illogical basis for the world (despite the overt illogic of a fantasy landscape, lol) which bugs me: The main characters, sisters who are superhero Guardians, are wealthy socialites that teleport all over the globe even though they are followed by paparazzi everywhere. For example, you can't just go to Spain and out on the town when you were spotted in NYC that afternoon; not and avoid being found out in short order. On occasion, yes, but not several times a day popping all over the globe.
But these are light reads and perhaps most readers of the paranormal romance genre aren't as picky about having the world logic pretty flawless as I am....more
Collected in this volume are the first three YA paranormal romances of the Night World series. The driving forces for these romances is 1) Night WorldCollected in this volume are the first three YA paranormal romances of the Night World series. The driving forces for these romances is 1) Night World members cannot reveal themselves on pain of death; 2) Night Worlders are forbidden to love humans, on pain of death; 3) Human are 'vermin' or 'food' and therefore inferior. However love triumphs via the instantaneous recognition of a soul mate, which means instant love and instant changes to previously human-loathing types.
Decent read, but not what most adults like in their fantasy. ...more
Very different paranormal romance/urban fantasy. (I can't quite decide which category this one falls into more.)
Allie, our protagonist, is a hoot. VerVery different paranormal romance/urban fantasy. (I can't quite decide which category this one falls into more.)
Allie, our protagonist, is a hoot. Very funny, not snarky but witty. And her beau, the demon slayer, is very endearing.
I don't want to say too much so I don't spoil the fun time you'll have reading this (if you like paranormal romance-flavored urban fantasy) but it was actually kind of sweet...in a monster-gore-filled way.
What I will say, though, is that the vampires and werewolves are not what you would expect if you've read anything with vampires or werewolves written in the last decade. These guys aren't romantic; they're just demons. ...more