Great great ending to an awesome trilogy that features a kick-ass heroine (who develops!!!!) and an interesting, action packed, thoughtf...more
Great great ending to an awesome trilogy that features a kick-ass heroine (who develops!!!!) and an interesting, action packed, thoughtful plot.
There is romance but doesn't take away from either the plot or Devi (although it would have been nice to see Rupert more developed), in fact it makes her stronger.
Although (view spoiler)[ am I the only one who wondered why Devi didn't even think of trying to rescue Rupert when he was taken? I mean, I know that in the heat of the moment she had other things to do, but she could've at least thought it so that I wouldn't have to wonder about her love him) (hide spoiler)].
All in all, everything ended the way it should've. I was just a little disappointed that (view spoiler)[ Mabel lived. Or that Devi didn't at least punch her out when she got back from hyper space (hide spoiler)]
This series is perfect for those that loved the Sirantha Jax series and this that are fans of Tanya Huff's Valor series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
While the bad guy was your typical L&O mafia scumbag, our heroine was not. Our hero was a little blah, which was weird considering that I remem...more3.6
While the bad guy was your typical L&O mafia scumbag, our heroine was not. Our hero was a little blah, which was weird considering that I remember thinking he was interesting in the first book. Though he still remains likeable, he ends up being a typical 'male-in-thriller' book. Ah well, Luke is still Southern, right?
I don't know. There's very little indication other than his darlin' and his mention of Katrina.
Anyway, let's move on to the story. This seemed to be more of a vehicle to propel Trevor and Isabel's story (which I am excited to read) than to really flesh out Luke or Olivia.
Olivia, while touted as being really smart didn't necessarily strike me as so. Just because it's said doesn't mean it's true. I mean, yes, she goes to NYU. But I've known people that went to NYU. That doesn't necessarily mean anything.
Also, no offense to Katherine, but she really felt like dead weight here. I don't know why she was in the story because having her in the past or even whisking her away to a safe house would've had the same affect.
I will say that though I barely knew ye Adam, I shall miss you.
All in all this was an okay book and the higher rating is really for Isabel and Trevor.(less)
Let me get this off my chest now: Shearin reuses her paragraphs and descriptions throughout the book and throughout the series. You really notice i...more3.6
Let me get this off my chest now: Shearin reuses her paragraphs and descriptions throughout the book and throughout the series. You really notice it when you read the books back to back.
That knocks off a star.
I want to pull a star for this damn love-triangle but I won't because I really enjoy Mychael and if he's not bothered, I'm not going to be. However, I thought that Raine was a lot more decisive than this....so....
The plot was interesting but I had read first before I read this series. There are some startling similarities between the two and it even had me checking back with the "Grendel Affair" after I had read a description that sounded like something I had read before.
That knocked 3/4 a star.
Other than that, it's a fast paced and well organized (because sometimes in this genre, things can get very confusing very fast because the author didn't take the time to properly pace and set the world) and the dialogue between Raine and mostly everyone (I'm going to say that her dialogue with Tam isn't very witty or engaging to me. That's not because I don't like Tam. He's a very interesting character but there's a playfulness that is just one sided) is intriguing and just...very well written.(less)
So Raine has a problem. She's still sort of attached to the semi-sentient rock of evil that the Goblins want, the Elves want to control her and the Pa...moreSo Raine has a problem. She's still sort of attached to the semi-sentient rock of evil that the Goblins want, the Elves want to control her and the Paladin wants to protect her.
Oh yeah, Raine is also part of the world's most notorious pirate family. So that makes her suspicious.
To make matters worse, the previous owner is out to get the Saghred and kill a bunch of innocent people in order to feed it. As a "guest" of the Isle of Mid, she's exactly where she should be. Unfortunately.
Tam, a friend who could be more, is also back. And dangerously attracted to the power that Raine now has at her finger tips. The power also likes him. It doesn't help that the two of them have an undeniable chemistry without ancient evil trying to tie them together.
She's not having a good month.
The Paladin, Mychael Eiliesor, is determined to protect her and the Isle. Even if it may end up contradicting each other. He's also gorgeous, a stickler for the law, sweet, powerful and dangerous. Pretty much Tam, without any darkness. Needless to say, Raine has a hankering for some Paladin kisses too.
Raine wants the connection to the Saghred gone, hence her stay with the Guardians. What she doesn't need is everyone trying to exact a pound of her flesh for crimes justified or imagined. In the midst of all of this, there's a kidnapping, no, make that several<\I> kidnappings to solve. And there's a connection to the Saghred.
This book was well paced and just a good urban fantasy. I like Raine, a lot, and I'm pulling for her. Just like I'm firmly rooted in Mychael's camp in terms of the romance.
Speaking of, this series should also appeal to those that aren't big fans of romance. There's enough in here to appeal to fans but not enough to turn people away. Raines is her own character, not there for a romance, but open to it. Which means the story comes first.
Oddly enough thoughI didn't love our heroine and I got annoyed at the feeling that most of the book was really just a set-up for the end, and...more3.6 - 3.7
Oddly enough thoughI didn't love our heroine and I got annoyed at the feeling that most of the book was really just a set-up for the end, and therefore, the sequel, I actually enjoyed this book.
I would've liked more of a development between Rupert and Devi and I would've loved more of the doctor!
The book was filed with action, mystery, romance and space...but until clubbed help feel like it was missing something that could adhere it all together. I would liked to see more exploration and interaction with other species. Again, it felt like one long chapter gearing us up for book 2 (which I have every intention of reading).
It did make me miss Jax (any Aguirre fans??).
It's a real decently solid beginning to the mystery of the Fool and the crew behind it.(less)
This was almost a five star book. What stopped it short was all of the boat jargon and the ending.
However, this is very close to a five star book beca...moreThis was almost a five star book. What stopped it short was all of the boat jargon and the ending.
However, this is very close to a five star book because of the amazing character development and plot. There was action, intrigue, high seas, sexy and steamy love scenes and a heroine who could kick all of our asses. Seriously, Sally's skinny but I would've backed down on half the stuff that she ended up doing and I consider myself rather stupidly brave.
Col was perfect in this story. I don't mean that he was a paragon of virtue and light; I mean he was simply perfect for Sally. He was the consummate professional until he realized who Sally was and what she meant to him. His slow unraveling is....perfect. Not to mention, I love a man that doesn't stop cursing simply because they are in the company of a woman and Col didn't because he thought of Sally as an equal. He saw her and it worked because that's what she wanted and what she deserved.
This book explores one woman's feeling of entrapment as a woman. Sally Kent was born to a Naval family and she knows the ins and outs of a ship. If she had been a man, she would've been a Captain at an early age. However, she has breasts and a vagina and is therefore not qualified to do much other than wait at home for her family (all males) to return from sea. Problem is, her younger brother Richard is dearly devoted to God. Not the sea. So when he's called up, he disappears and Sally takes his place. Partly because Kents don't just not serve in the Royal Navy and partly because Sally knows what she's about. She does her job and she does her job well and does it better than anyone on the Audacious .
Another thing I loved about this book was that it wasn't cliche. In books of gender swaps you always always wait and receive a reveal. The reveal is usually made by mistake or by the big bully/villain. Let's just say that there is a surprise in this book that is both delightful and completely understood. The villain is still a jerk but how he is handled is quite clever.
This book also reminded me a bit of the Hua Mulan story. Girl joins army to save family pride and family member, becomes a hero, becomes a girl again and is prepared to live her life alone. Except this one has a bit of the Disney twist, what with the romance and all ;D
If you like your romance novels to have backbone, meat, sensuality, danger and just general awesomeness, read this book.
If you want something frilly and light, then I would hold off.(less)
Forced myself through this one which is a huge surprise considering how much I really enjoyed the first book. Perhaps it's because I've never read the...moreForced myself through this one which is a huge surprise considering how much I really enjoyed the first book. Perhaps it's because I've never read the Nightshade series, or have any plans to, but I felt that the 'project' that Alistair was working on could've been better developed or simply left out. It didn't make sense to me. Alistair could've been a much richer character than the (view spoiler)[ one-note evil bastard he became. Really, he was guided by ambition and lust? Shock. In the last book I could've empathized with him because he still had potential. As a villain he was predictably evil. (hide spoiler)] It held premise this project of his but as I spent way too much time in his head, and not enjoying him or it, I found it really hard to care.
This book is not really about Ember as much as it should be. It had waaaayyy too many POV chapters with Alistair and Eira. I wasn't surprised or shocked by their actions but merely annoyed. I felt that this book was wasted on the villains and perhaps should've been spent on the resistance and Ember.
Is it me or is Barrow the best YA hero of the past couple of years? Understanding, awesome, chivalrous and patient as all hell. (view spoiler)[Ember really came out of her shell and tempted those waters a few times and like a saint, he held her back for their own good. I liked them together. She was growing and he was becoming more fleshed out. (hide spoiler)] I liked Barrow and Ember as well. Their dialogue never felt forced nor did their chemistry. I would've liked to have spent more time with them.
Sweet sassy malassy.
Agnes predicament was pretty much broadcast from the getgo and her part in this whole thing was not as surprising as it could've been. Again, we spent way to much time with the villains. It wasn't a real mystery or a surprise and as much as I wanted to empathize with the heroes when they found all of this stuff out, I really couldn't. I spent more than half the book with the evil dudes and it was pretty much old hat to me.
Can we go back to Barrow being awesome?
The first book was awesome but I fear this book just didn't enthrall me as much as it could've. Perhaps it's because I don't know the mythos and that's my fault but I will say that the constant attention on the bad guys didn't help.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
There's not much to say here. The writing was sub-par but intriguing, the danger held little sense of doom, and the urgency was never really there des...moreThere's not much to say here. The writing was sub-par but intriguing, the danger held little sense of doom, and the urgency was never really there despite the fact the warriors only have three months to walk the earth.
The characters were interesting but the romance came of as the "just add water" kind which diluted the sweetness and made it bland.
It had potential but unfortunately the execution was poor.(less)
I like Babylon Steel. She's a bad-ass, she's neither self-conscious nor pretentious and she's vulnerable enough that you sympathize and root for h...more3.56
I like Babylon Steel. She's a bad-ass, she's neither self-conscious nor pretentious and she's vulnerable enough that you sympathize and root for her.
SO why didn't I love this installment like I did the first?
I don't really know. There's not one thing I can put my finger on. There's no particular moment in which I said to myself, Hmmm, why isn't this book as great as the first?
Maybe it's the confusion of portals and magic and Mokraine half-riddles (yes, that did confuse the hell out of me and it wasn't resolved well enough for me to not be confused)?
Maybe it was the lack of any interesting secondary characters. We had to travel to Incandress to help guard Enthermerlee. With Darisk Fain - the sexy shadowy Section agent and Rikkinet the Itunklish warrior from the first book I expected some sort of support from these two. I didn't expect Babylon to have to carry the book all by herself. Which is a hard task for any heroine, no matter how awesome they are. Even with the new characters, I couldn't find one that was support worthy. The best one was Lobik and he barely got any page time. In fact, most of the new characters I couldn't find interesting or sympathetic enough to give a crap about. I kept wishing Babylon was back on Scalentine with her crew and Hargur. I missed them nearly as much as she did.
Maybe it was the unfinished explanation as to what Babaska wants from her old Avatar? And the oh, so convenient way in which Babylon reached for her. (view spoiler)[ I mean, if she had waited about three more minutes, Fain would've been there to negotiate her release and she didn't have to let in an Avatar with an agenda that surely won't benefit Babylon (hide spoiler)]
Perhaps it was a combination of all. I couldn't care enough about Incandress to invest any emotions into Enthermerlee, her family, her predicament or her problems. Babylon's guts were screaming for her not to go on this trip from the first time she met with everyone.
Maybe it would have been a good idea to listen.
This hasn't stopped my love for Babylon Steel. Oh no, quite the contrary. I can't wait to see what else is in store for her and I'm holding her up to a higher standard next time around. Bring more of the banter and let's see some of the characters we love in situations we can care about.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(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.
Great first book with an interesting set-up, good leads and realistic motivations and fears. My one complaint as the switch of POV between the two...more4.3
Great first book with an interesting set-up, good leads and realistic motivations and fears. My one complaint as the switch of POV between the two characters that came on suddenly without a real set of rules. The change of symbols will help you later on to determine who is going to be speaking but it took me awhile to figure out.
I could have used more of a deepening explanation as to the machinations of Lucius and the gains of others. Lucius felt menacing but sort of one-note. I also would have liked more intimacy between the main characters (view spoiler)[ I get that they fall in love but why, especially if Lily has never had a real choice before, is she going to from one shackle to being another man's girlfriend? I want to know why she loves him and I would have liked more talking and gestures other than the lust that, Simon -at first- primarily felt. I like that they are together. Simon is the complete opposite of her former life and he will help her tremendously but I think a further deepening of Lily's feelings as well as their bond, needed to be explored further (hide spoiler)].
Again, great first book and am looking forward to the next.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)