While slow, and at times frustrating (for different reasons other than pace), it really was a book that was made to build up the characters, the world...moreWhile slow, and at times frustrating (for different reasons other than pace), it really was a book that was made to build up the characters, the world and the inter-personal relationships of the characters. After about 80 pages I realized that the book wasn't slow but very detailed.
There were a few things that I just didn't understand and mainly it was all the secrecy. I understand Adhemar's subterfuge and in that sense, Miach's but .... then I didn't.
It was light on the romance that I've come to expect but it was romantic in the sense that Morgan and Miach were learning to trust and get to know another one another (view spoiler)[ which was why I understand Miach not saying anything to someone who hates magic but he could have said something to her way before they reached the castle (hide spoiler)].
Also, I have never been so glad to see a king get his random due by someone's fist or Morgan's taunts. What an ass.
It's a good book and I am very happy that I had the second one to start after finishing this, which is what I recommend if you're going to start this.
Still a decent fantasy read and, while not original, the writing definitely makes it feel like you've not read this particular plot in a while.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is an action based book. It starts off where the first left off with Jess on the hunt for her mate and the crazy lunar Goddess who stole him,...more3.7
This is an action based book. It starts off where the first left off with Jess on the hunt for her mate and the crazy lunar Goddess who stole him, Selene.
There are a few things I would love to change like the extra long descriptive scenes of monsters and environments, the drawn out anticipation and levels of "baddies" that Jess and Co had to fight through in order to get to Selene (it read like a weird and boring RPG), the dialogue - some of it was great, some of it was stilted (as in, who talks this formally *looking at you Jess' Dad*) and some of it was very very very cheesy (as witnessed in Selene and Jess' fight scene), and last but not least the obvious Eamon twist.
Also, it seems that Jess can do just about anything and everything and when a character is set up as being all powerful with not a lot of developed back story or "downtime" so that I can get to know the character better, I find myself being a bit apathetic to fights. It didn't really happen yet but it was very very close from the goat scene on.
So, from start to finish, it was all fighting and action. No character development and no explanation as to what Jess is or could be. Sure, there's mention of the Prophecy and Naomi the vampire says a few cryptic things but the reader is still in the dark.
I would like to see Rourke and Jess as a fleshed out couple because Rourke has potential but I know little about him other than he's a cat and Jess' mate. I'm hoping this is rectified soon because this whole book didn't need to be one long hike to get to him. He could've been gotten to sooner. This would have changed the dynamic of the book but I think spending time with the characters, getting into the head of this couple, having everyone work together to defeat Selene (with a better plan) and having Jess learn just a little bit about her new world would've made sense. It would've bumped up the stars for me.
While this isn't the best example of the female werewolf/shapeshifter with odd powers in the genre, it most certainly has potential and it's decently written with a good character. The world could be better explained and Jess' interaction within it could be better developed and delved into (the running full steam ahead does sort of become tiring after awhile) but Jess has a certain quality that keeps me interested. I'm eager to read the next installment.
*Got this copy through the publisher via Netgalley.(less)
Surprisingly really good. I didn't have any expectations when I walked into this world. Ok, that's a lie. I expected this to suck.
I was, wonderfully,...moreSurprisingly really good. I didn't have any expectations when I walked into this world. Ok, that's a lie. I expected this to suck.
I was, wonderfully, proven incorrect.
At times funny and wry, this story could've used a little exposition in the beginning so that we had a better idea of what was going on exactly in the world of Weres and Vampires. By the time you get to the middle of the book, there are a few things that could've been clarified (like Celia's power, the idea of Bloodlust and the purity of werewolves) but you're so invested into what's gonna happen with Celia that you're along for the ride and your disbelief has been fully suspended.
Some issues that I had: (view spoiler)[ How all of the girls ended up with werewolves. Really? That seemed to easy and too heavy handed in terms of furthering the plot. How convenient that anytime the werewolves were needed they were either there or could get there really quick due to their affection for the Wird girls. (hide spoiler)]
Taran's bitchiness. I like a hard woman. I like kick-ass woman. But there's a difference between a bitch and someone tough. I didn't get to see enough of her non-bitch side in order to care whether or not she had a mental breakdown or survived or frankly, anything.
Celia's oscillation between toughness and pathetic teenager puppy love girl. I get that she's attracted to the the Alpha. Hell, I've read enough werewolf and shifter books to recognize the idea of "mate" when I see it but how did the Alpha not? (view spoiler)[How is it Celia didn't have the backbone to confront him after that blonde bitch said she was pregnant? (hide spoiler)]
The Curse mentioned in the title. Would've been nice to have started with that.
The 'love-triangle'. It was clear that Celia only wanted one person. The idea of a love-triangle annoyed me. It didn't detract always detract from the story (the dinner on the porch was hilarious) but it did cause a lot of childish angst that was unnecessary.
Why were the wolves so frikkin' claw-happy? Every single time that Celia and the Wird's met with the wolves they were either fighting or about to fight. I mean, it's a bad thing when the vamps are the more polite in a fight.
Things that worked? Everything else. Celia's dedication to family, her fierceness, her inability to back down from a fight that will protect innocents, and her ability want to help and learn.
The sisters, even Taran, were delightfully original. Nothing was cookie-cutter about them. I wish Shayna would drop the 'dude' but she's one of my favorites so I can live with it. I wish I could say the same for the wolves. The only ones that I can remember are Domino and Aric.
Misha was perfect as the smarmy arrogant vampire who needed help.
All in all it was a good book and I can't wait to read the next one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(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)
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)
Ok, so there are issues with this book which is why it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. However, with the muck and the mire of...more4.5
This was just what I needed.
Ok, so there are issues with this book which is why it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. However, with the muck and the mire of crappy books out there, even the issues with this book trump most of the other stuff I've read lately.
Plus I love Merit. And Ethan. And Luc. And Lindsay. And Mallory.
So the issues were the plot was a bit slow. I was expecting a little more action and a little less drama ala Lacey Sheridan and the rat bastard GP and when the action came I was a bit underwhelmed.
This is a great bridge book though. There is a new arc in the series and this installment is the connection between the two.
There are some developments in the vampire/faery/shifter world. Some potential allies and some definite enemies (McKetrik anyone?) and the political landscape has changed. And not in the good way.
Cadogan house has "fallen" but in a good way. Ethan, Merit and the gang have a lot on their plates trying to get everything in order plus solve some vampire murders. Oh and then the arrival of Lacey Sheridan. Which of course causes more drama.
And unloads a secret that threatens to tear Ethan and Merit apart.
I do not like Lacey Sheridan.
Anyway, so with some slow pacing and a few high school drama points, this book dropped half a star. But if you're a Merit fan or a Chicagoland Vampire series fan, you'll read this and you'll pretty much enjoy it. For nothing else but Merit and Ethan. And Merit. She's pretty funny. :D(less)
Um, holy rusted metal Batman, the shit is hitting the fan.
I don't know what the next book is going to be about but with the introduction of a c...more4.889
Um, holy rusted metal Batman, the shit is hitting the fan.
I don't know what the next book is going to be about but with the introduction of a certain person, Kate's going to have to be on her toes for the unforeseeable future. More so than usual. Especially when that certain person has a very creepy double interest in her.
Ok. There were a few issues with this - not enough Curran and Kate time, not enough beating up Jarek Kral (in fact, this needed to be done) and some of the descriptions were so detailed it was hard for me to picture it.
With that said, this was a great addition to the Kate Daniels series. We explore of Kate's "dilemma" about her Dad and we learn about the players and the pawns. We also learn just how much Kate loves Curran. Enough to stab him with a fork when he (view spoiler)[ seemingly steps out on her. I was mad enough to kill him, just like Kate, but once he explained himself - I understood why he did it but he should've opened up to Kate about the problem. Especially knowing her trust issues and her ability to handle herself. (hide spoiler)]
We get a boat ride with this book and it's not boring - because it's not long. We also get to meet a crapload of other types of shifters. Weredolphins anyone?
While we're in Europe, we get to know the insane old school politics that seem to rule the clans. Seriously, these guys are bloodthirsty. There's also some real old school shifters. It's a bit scary.
We also get to meet Hugh D'Ambray. If you don't know that name, you should. It spells out Kate's doom.
There were so many great lines in this book. It all added up to the same awesome dialogue and repartee that Kate has with almost everyone.
I can't get into too much because this book just came out but trust me, this is the beginning of something big. We lose a valuable member of Pack and while it was sad, it made sense. The sacrifice wasn't entirely in vain.
Kate goes through a lot in this book. And while the end is bittersweet, it couldn't have happened any other way.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
More developed than the first and a bit more of development on the part of Sam. Justice was served even if the road there was bumpy in both a writing...moreMore developed than the first and a bit more of development on the part of Sam. Justice was served even if the road there was bumpy in both a writing and plot. Still needs to be more developed and again the story suffers from the length.
Not a bad read though. I'm still hooked and can't wait to read the next installment especially since we left it on a cliff hanger.(less)
Action packed and a gritty this book is an interesting addition to the urban/PNR world. However, serious editing needed to be done before it went t...more3.7
Action packed and a gritty this book is an interesting addition to the urban/PNR world. However, serious editing needed to be done before it went to print.
Also, the twist of throwing (view spoiler)[ Haven into the mix ,when it wasn't quite clear what part of the order she was working for, to be the new Artemis was unnecessary. Haven't not been fully developed, her sudden ascension to possible Godhood made little sense. Also, as a character that flitted in and out of scenes, I didn't find such a deep connection with her as maybe I should've. And to turn her made the story seem unnecessarily angsty (hide spoiler)]
The war wasn't explained well enough and the consequences were sort of glossed over, of course most of the pov was seen through Kyana and since she could care less about the Human world....
The switching of Pov's in the middle of the page was annoying but something you get used to and thank god it was only between Ryker and Kyana.
Kyana has a lot of growing to do and with the help of Ryker and Geoff, she may end up a better person. However, she is just enough of a bitch that in the beginning of the book you wonder if you will ever care about her outcome. The supporting cast does its job of bringing out certain softer characteristics of Kyana that you know there is more that meets the eye.
All in all, needs a better content and copy editor and while the War needs to be better explained, the mythology, action and growth potential of Ky (plus the romance between Ryker and Ky) make a good enough concoction to have me ready for the next. A good debut by the authors.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)