Toby has grown up. She hasn't quite come into her own but she's getting there. She's got a loyal band of followers, a loyal and hot boyfriend and t...more4.8
Toby has grown up. She hasn't quite come into her own but she's getting there. She's got a loyal band of followers, a loyal and hot boyfriend and the experience and confidence to avoid being TSTL.
What blindness she suffered in the first few books is not really evident in this book. She is being proactive in this book as opposed to merely reactive. What I love about this series, and about the character, is that while she isn't meant to be the smartest, or most intuitive, detective in the world, she is a hero who is very clever and very loyal.
However, in this book, everything gets turned upside down. The happiness and relative calm that Toby has found is put into jeopardy when a reluctant Queen, a pretend Queen, and a pie get introduced to her life.
Nothing is ever easy for Toby. Ever. But we do get to see her rely on her friends and family which in turn allows her to be a better hero and a better developed character. It's these interactions that allow us to see Toby as the person and, oft mentioned by the Luidaeg, "one" that she is destined to be.
I won't talk to much about the plot but I will tell you that I sort of missed any real alone time with Toby and Tybalt.(view spoiler)[ I mean, HELLO, they are finally together and while I appreciate the words and the kisses, I would have enjoyed reading about them in a more intimate setting. Granted, there really wasn't a right time but I'm sure they could've squeezed in a nap or something right before they went to Sylvester. (hide spoiler)].
In the vein of Toby Daye novels, the real crime is not the main plot but, IMHO, what happens to Toby herself. And the vehicle is both absurd and somehow fitting for someone who constantly finds herself in situations out of her control.
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I enjoyed every scene and every interaction. I loved Quentin's reveal and I enjoyed Toby's reaction. I thought the new characters were interesting. Almost every action taken by the characters was in line with their personalities and was enjoyable.
If you're a fan of this series, you'll like this one. I promise.
The first thing that I really appreciated about this book was the amount of research that went into it, not only that but the way that the research...more4.9
The first thing that I really appreciated about this book was the amount of research that went into it, not only that but the way that the research was incorporated felt organic and not as if the author was lecturing us. I did have to rush to my phone a lot to look things up but I appreciated that because it meant authenticity. For example, The introduction, and then the use, of Harry Houdini as a characters leant an air of realism to the book. It also added the necessary angst that Anna needed about her parentage.
I also loved living inside the head and the life of Anna. She felt real and her troubles, including her relationship with her mother, we're done in a way that made you sympathetic and kept you interested. Anna was no shrinking violet, except for when it came to the toxic relationship between her and her mother, which was also written with the complexity and the emotion that comes with those relationships. This book was also about Anna coming into her own and the scenes of Anna and her mother performing were indeed more than just illusion.
Some things were a bit obvious, like the main bad guy and his accomplice, but the mystery was very intriguing and well built. I will admit that I would have liked to learn more about Cole and Mr. Darby but Anna was well fleshed out.
Anna's abilities were both a blessing a curse and her struggle to learn more and be normal led her to characters of varying interest. The supporting characters were perfect for what they were, support. This book was primarily about Anna, told from her point of view as the reader loved in her head - present tense. You rooted for her and felt for her when things didn't end up going her way. I can't wait to read more about her.
I honestly enjoyed every second of reading this book. It didn't feel like a young adult book, which is perfect for me. Anna was also never stupid in her approach to things, she was pragmatic and cynical but still warm.
Didn't particularly love this one like I have the others.
Nola was difficult to get a bead on and was also pretty ineffectual as both a leader and a c...moreDidn't particularly love this one like I have the others.
Nola was difficult to get a bead on and was also pretty ineffectual as both a leader and a clue gatherer/mystery solver. Things and objects either fell in her lap through the work of Jane and Co. (Yep, Jane and crew are a big part of this story and others from the series are either referenced or have a bit part - which is weird considering they are part of this series) or through no real work of her own.
Jed and Nola have chemistry but it wasn't singe my eyebrows off chemistry, in face I felt like I was told they had chemistry as opposed to actually feeling it.
I more or less saw most of the twists (not the BIG one but most) and still couldn't really dredge up much of an interest in the search or the result. It's all because of Nola though. Not the writing. Harper has her trademark sarcasm and humor with her little Easter eggs (there's a Princess Bride reference for ex) but there was something about this heroine that I didn't fully warm up to.
I will say this is a decent introduction to Jane's series if you haven't read her yet but there are tons of spoilers. So, if you plan to read the Nice Girls series and haven't done so yet; hold off on this installment in the Hollow series and start on Jane.
*** If you read the "Sublet" novella: Nola's story should have been a short story while Tess' story should have been the full length.(less)
There was a lot of dialogue and short sentences but very little real exposition. No one likes a bunch of expository paragraphs but in this case, it...moreMeh
There was a lot of dialogue and short sentences but very little real exposition. No one likes a bunch of expository paragraphs but in this case, it would have helped. Petra wasn't as developed as she could've been. Maybe if she had, I wouldn't have raised a brow at some of her decisions and reactions.
Perhaps then I wouldn't have wondered just what the hell was going on with her and Galen so damn quickly (view spoiler)[ getting head after knowing the man for a few hours makes me go "what?" (hide spoiler)].
I don't mind insta-lust, if it's done right. I can handle insta-love if it's handled right too. I will say with this book, the insta-lust was handled correctly to a point.
Galen was too perfect by far. I know he's a demi-god but come on, give him some damn flaws. I love imperfect characters and it seemed that Petra had all the issues while Galen had none. Very unbalanced and made me want to slap Petra upside the head at times.
I have to admit that I really liked Shirley and Kosta and (view spoiler)[ am rooting for a sub-plot romance with these two (hide spoiler)]. Rodger seemed whiny and annoying at times and Marius was a bit of a bitch. Until all of sudden he does a 180 toward the end of the book (ex. of Galen being perfect).
Even with all of its flaws,there is something about this book that kept me reading. Even when I was like "Are you fucking with me?". Don't kid yourself though, this is a beach read. There are things that going to annoy you and make you wish that there had been a better content editor but you'll still read it. Because you sort of want to know what happens. I mean, the war itself seems a bit stupid and the idea of a prophecy that (view spoiler)[ actually seems to have less to do with Petra than originally thought (hide spoiler)] is a bit "eh" and all of this could've been done better. But! It's an interesting premise with forward and fast paced dialogue and action. You'll be halfway through the book before you know it.
I love M*A*S*H. I used to hate the reruns when I was a little kid but as I got older I began to appreciate it. It doesn't hurt that my maternal grandpa is cousins with Alan Alda. So I have a sentimental reason to love that show.
Fox did a great job bringing the elements of the show that made it funny, endearing and poignant into the book. There is a feeling of paying homage, not blatant ripping off, so kudos to Fox.
This is a beach read. It's fun and flawed. Take that advice for what it is and don't go in expecting Pynchon.
First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, please...moreOMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, please don't let it be the end! you know of which I speak of. (view spoiler)[ really, you're gonna kill Gabriel after we've all fallen in love with him and you get him and Maddy together.....uuuuurrrrgghhhhh... DO NOT make him a sperm donor only (hide spoiler)].
I can't wait for the next book. I have a feeling that Maddy is going to be harder.
(view spoiler)[ Azazel needs to die. I had a feeling he was a bad guy. I'm almost pissed that no one thought that Azazel was behind any of this when they realized that Nathaniel was being a traitor. Like, come on! Maybe if you had realized that Gabriel wouldn't have had to die!
FUCK! I'm so angry about that.
Just let us not have a romance for the next book if Gabriel is not coming back. (hide spoiler)]
Unfortunately not the best book in the series. It suffers from lack of clear direction and plot confusion. The writing, which I usually love, is jumbl...moreUnfortunately not the best book in the series. It suffers from lack of clear direction and plot confusion. The writing, which I usually love, is jumbled and at times repetitive.
I still love Jo and can't wait for the next adventure. I will say that this does suffer from a lack of Morrison and (view spoiler)[ the fact that they said they love each other over the phone without any real buildup toward a relationship beside the kiss in the last book and the UST throughout the series actually took me aback. If that was going to happen, Morrison should've showed up and it be done face to face (hide spoiler)].
However, all the time loops close and some scars are healed while other goodbyes are made more final. This was more of a story about Sheila and Jo's relationship with her. Also with Jo's search for justice and a cure. Morrison, as always, was her anchor while Gary was her right hand. At times it was confusing and dense but during the action scenes and the times Jo bared her soul, it was quite riveting.
There is a new character on the scene, one I hope we meet again.
Also, as an amateur Ancient Irish historian, I liked the heavy influence of the Celtic mythologies. There were certain things I took issue with (but only from a personal POV as opposed to any historical inaccuracies) and it's clear the Murphy has done her homework. She also did a very good job of explaining events, places and Gaelic to the readers.
The next book brings us back to America and I'm eagerly awaiting "Mountain Echoes".
***** I have to warn any readers that if they haven't read any of the first six they will be horribly confused. The writing can be dense and twisty and I, as an avid reader of this series, found myself confused at times. I don't recommend this for anyone who hasn't read what has come before.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I ca...more2.7
Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I can certainly tell you that it wasn't Jackie Rutledge. She's a very unsympathetic character and I have to admit that I was sort of hoping that she would get killed off.
I guess that doesn't happen when you're the lead female.
Jackie is a bitch. An agressive one at that. With a gun. She's scarred emotionally and how she ever made it past the final round of FBI psych evals is beyond me. I like my heroines to be a little angsty but I don't need full blown psychotic. Think Ashley Judd's character in "Twisted" combined with Sandra Bullock's character in "Murder by Numbers" with a healthy dose of fuck the world and there you go, you have Jackie. Minus the sympathy one would have for say, Sandra Bullock's character. Jackie is supposed to be tough but I think she's just self-destructive (view spoiler)[ she drinks a lot, which in and of itself doesn't bother me but it's the constant one night stands she has which culminates into her almost killing a man after her partner does. She goes apeshit but she's flashbacking to her stepfather who may or may not have sexually abused her, but was abusive, and then pulls a gun on some dude who is domming her. Weird to say the least (hide spoiler)]
If you want a tragic and scarred heroine who is a little more likeable try or even better, try .
Plot wise there were a lot of holes why could the vampires feel the pull of the dead? (view spoiler)[why could they suck the dead into them? why doesn't Nick drink blood anymore? I know it was a vow, but why? why could the vampires feel when another vampire is feeding? does it have something to do with being blood linked? How did Reggie die? Where did Reggie go? Why is Shelby alive? Is she alive? (hide spoiler)] Why was Drake after Nick in the first place?
There were also continuity issues (view spoiler)[ when Laurel died Jackie saw the green elf on her calf, indicative of a tattoo, but when she saw Shelby's tat she thinks that Laurel might have liked to have gotten one even though she was scared of needles or some such nonsense (hide spoiler)] and a few spelling mistakes that the content and copy editor should've picked up on.
Nick seemed like a good guy if not a bit of a sadist. He was also incredibly passive about the whole Drake thing. If Jackie and Laurel hadn't arrived on the scene then what would he have done? He was a weird hero. Nice, sweet but tortured and beat down. He's lost all interest in living and is only awaiting the inevitable but my question is, why didn't he just end it himself? Also, what he sees in Jackie is a mystery. She's quite a bitch to him. Shelby is no better but they have a history so it's easy to see that Shelby is the spur in his side.
The supporting characters, like the plot, weren't fleshed out that well and adding the unnecessary drama of Laurel (view spoiler)[ being in love with Jackie at one point because we just found out she's gay (hide spoiler)] gave me a weird feeling.
It was a mediocre book with bad characters and the only thing that would make me go back for me is reading more about Nick. That and the series seems to have gotten a bit better judging by Goodreads ratings.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book could've been better. It was heavy on the description and internal thoughts and not so big on the action and the dialogue. It did little...more3.5
This book could've been better. It was heavy on the description and internal thoughts and not so big on the action and the dialogue. It did little for character development though there were lots of characters and it even managed to make me question the moral fiber of our heroine.
Um...I have no idea what happened at the second half of this book. One minute I'm complaining and annoyed and just generally puzzled about why the...more3.4
Um...I have no idea what happened at the second half of this book. One minute I'm complaining and annoyed and just generally puzzled about why the book has absolutely no movement to it and just a shitload of info dump when BAM, suddenly I'm on a rollercoaster plummeting thirty feet down and loving every second of it.
It's a 3.4 simply because there wasn't a lot of character development and the world building could've been done better. Which leads me to the info dump. If the world building had been done better and the characters had been a little more developed and less wooden, then the info dumps could've veen gotten rid of or at least manipulated in such a way where it didn't feel as obvious.
Jessie is pretty inept and sort of whiny the first 1/4 of this book, then she becomes inept but interesting the second quarter and then she becomes pretty freakin' awesome by the end of the book. (view spoiler)[ how can you not be awesome when you have a flame hand and a magic gem eye? I think it's written somewhere that when you become a magical female version of Ash from Army of Darkness you are automatically pretty fuckin' bad ass (hide spoiler)]
Cooper...well, I'm a little iffy on him. I didn't get to know him too well in this book but I'm hoping he's a bit less cryptic in the next one.
Warlock seems pretty cool and who woulda thought that a ferret would be freakin' hilarious?
Not I said the fly.
The bad guy? Was bad but not really bad but boy oh boy, the vengeance was very cathartic and divine (view spoiler)[ it's not his fault that his family was insane and he's not responsible for any of the crap that happened to his brothers, mother and Coop's dad but like Jessie said "the moment you became a real wizard, the moment you decided you were so important you should run the whole city, the day you decided you knew what was best for the rest of us - every day after that, what happened to them was entirely your fault, because you were the one who should have stopped it (hide spoiler)]
Don't get me wrong, this book is all over the place and the first half of the book could've been treated with a little more TLC by way of the editors but still, it stuck the landing.
Which is why I'm interested in the next book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension between...moreOk, so Goodreads just ate my last review. Sigh.
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension between Alex, Death and Falin were enough to make me forget that.
Now, since I'm mad at Goodreads, this is an abridged version of my last review.
If any of these characters were my friends and we were meeting for coffee. This is pretty much what I'd Oprah-Offer them.
Death: Put out or get out. No. Seriously. I get that you're this handsome, otherworldly, tortured being. I also get that you have this forbidden thing with Alex but if you don't do something about it soon, you're going to lose her. You need to stop with the Romeo/Juliet and start...on another couple that doesn't kill themselves due to miscommunication and idiocy. I like you Death. I do. I want to know more about you. I wish you could open up. I wish that you would stop popping up every now and then when you feel like it and try to make a real effort. Alex is confused. You are confusing her. You need to say something. This kiss and run shit is getting old. Oh (view spoiler)[ and telling someone you love them when they are blacking out? Does. Not. Count. (hide spoiler)]. So, you need to step up you're game. Figure your shit out and then come back. Stop commenting and judging when you aren't doing anything about it. In the immortal words of Elvis "a little less conversation, a little more action please."
Falin - you're pretty. Oh so pretty. But the lies? They gotta stop. Lies, even by omission, are still lies. I don't think they are as bad as blatant lies but hey, some people do. And you, Assassin (view spoiler)[ lover (hide spoiler)] and all around awesome guy, are lying. Why don't you try to explain things. Maybe a little less action and a little more conversation would do you some good. You are supposed to be a foil to Death but I gotta say, you both are doing some pretty confusing things and I don't know if I can trust you Falin. Yes, you're good to have around, you're sexy as all get out and you seem to have a good head on your shoulders. What I can't figure out is why you're still with her . I know there's some compulsion thing going on but you need to find a replacement stat. That is if you plan on having any kind of future with Alex. While you're hot and easy on the eyes, the fact of the matter is; you're not really all that available, are you? So, ditch the bitch and move on to greener pastures. I would love to see more of you in this series but you need to play your cards right. Don't become Frost of the Merry Gentry series. Please.
Alex - You remind me of another detective I hold in a begrudging adoration. Perhaps you've heard of her. Toby Daye? No, well I'm sure it won't be long until you meet. Anyhoozit, you're a fine character. Strong, but not too stupid and you're growing up magically. Yay! You need to work on your regular detecting skills. They aren't bad! I'm not judging you too harshly, in fact they are better than Toby's but that's not the point. You should probably brush up on your spell casting too? Why? So you're not left blindsided (pardon the pun) when shit goes down. Take the proper precautions and bone up. Then, maybe, just maybe, you'll be a little less damsel in distress.
Honestly, not much I can say because I will probably have to put most of this in Spoiler tags.
This is a slow gathering book, like a rock rolling on a...moreHonestly, not much I can say because I will probably have to put most of this in Spoiler tags.
This is a slow gathering book, like a rock rolling on a flat surface with a scenic route and then hurtling pell mell down a hill, all the while leaving you with a rapid heartbeat and praying to the Author Gods that everyone makes it out alive.
This is Mercy at her best. She is more grounded, less reckless and has matured. Adam has certainly helped with that. Adam also, it was really nice to see him more. *Hi Adam!*
I hope that the next Honeymoon is unperturbed :)
I really liked Coyote but I'm a sucker for tricksters. Also, Darryl was pretty cool in this book although he wasn't really an active character.
This is still a Mercy book but it is a Mercy & Adam book and for that I'm glad for it. I wish that there had been more "sessy" time but there was a lot of love. So I'm really not too upset.
Not sure I like this, in fact I am pretty confused. I like Tsuzuki but can't stand his partner. Is this a shojo or a yaoi? I dunno. I'll read the next...moreNot sure I like this, in fact I am pretty confused. I like Tsuzuki but can't stand his partner. Is this a shojo or a yaoi? I dunno. I'll read the next because the premise has promise.(less)
I don't know what I think about this book. I wanted to smack Zack several times and also slap Sadie. I mean, if you think your man is stepping out on...moreI don't know what I think about this book. I wanted to smack Zack several times and also slap Sadie. I mean, if you think your man is stepping out on you...then do something! Just don't jump to conclusions, get some straightforward answers like you did last book.
Also - if a crazy ghost is trying to kill you I would love for you to ignore that one and not the one that needs your help!
Everyone was a little messed up and out of character in this book without any real reason. It doesn't help that each book takes place a year apart. I mean, come on now Ms. Roberts - why mess up something that wasn't broken to begin with, without any good reason for it?(less)