About 25% in, the book had its hooks in me. It was the end that had me oh so very mad.
Yes, love is great. Giving up everything...not so much.3.8 - 4.1
About 25% in, the book had its hooks in me. It was the end that had me oh so very mad.
Yes, love is great. Giving up everything...not so much. (view spoiler)[I get that Eliza has always sought freedom and that she needs to make the choice to be 'enslaved' or not but guess what, she's a friggin' Banshee. Why can't she stay on the other side with Adam? She's a damn harbinger of death. She'd be dwelling with the dead. Hello!? She's also part Fae. Can't Fae stay on the Other side better than a human? Also, isn't she sort of a GIM but not really? Wait...instead of drinking fucking cyanide, why the hell wouldn't you go to Lucien and ask to be made a GIM? DUH! That way you could still be alive....and you could still be with Adam!
Doesn't anyone use their brains anymore?!
What a waste of talent and a good, if not slightly underdeveloped, character. Now she's stuck in Never Never land.
Besides that. I did really enjoy the book. I liked Adam and Eliza's banter. I liked the Gaelic nod and I liked that Eliza was basically able to tell Adam to shove it when he was being an arrogant, overbearing, controlling jerk.
It was nice visiting with Holly and Thorne but I do wish we could have seen a bit more of the Fae world. Just to get a glimpse into the mind of Mellen and Mab. (also, Mabella - really?)
The best and worst part of this book was the torture at the beginning. The worst - because you simply don't want to see or hear about it happening to a character you like. The best - because it allowed Eliza and Adam to bond and slowly start fresh.
It was an odd choice of ways but it worked.
I also have to say that while I really want to read the next book, I'm a little hesitant because Sin has annoyed the hell out of me since Holly's book and now he's even worse.
But we'll see. I've never met Layla, so maybe she'll help redeem him in my eyes.["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"]>["br"]>...more
Steamy, Embarrassing to try and maintain a straight face on the train, Good God Damn!, wow, kind of sex and teasing. And a relation4.2
Steamy, Embarrassing to try and maintain a straight face on the train, Good God Damn!, wow, kind of sex and teasing. And a relationship on top. I would have liked to see more relationship but I'm ok with how everything turned out.
Were there issues? Yep.
Could this have been fleshed out a bit better? Yup!
Did I enjoy it desire it's flaws?
Wish I knew more about Adam because he came off as a jerk. So did Sin.
Next two books oughta be interesting.
Fuller review to be posted when I'm not on my Kindle.
Having never read a Vampirella comic before I have to say that I really enjoyed this. I'm used to seeing Vampi as a scantily clad lady who doesn't looHaving never read a Vampirella comic before I have to say that I really enjoyed this. I'm used to seeing Vampi as a scantily clad lady who doesn't look like she's very powerful other than the power of her boobs.
She's pretty cool. Nearly indestructible (I say nearly because, well, you'll see) but still pretty cool. She's also badass. I don't just mean with her ability to kick ass but just her "fool me once..." mentality. It may seem cold but hell if her emotional life isn't healthier than most women.
I can't say much for the art because my copy was sort of grainy but what I saw wasn't bad. Nothing to really write home about but the story trumped the art for me.
I'd definitely read more 'new' Vampirella. I'm definitely more curious about her and her development. Plus, I want to see her use her hand to chop off a guy's head.
*Thanks NetGalley and Dynamite for letting me read the ARC. In return. You got the honesty above. That's a fair trade I think :D* ...more
Let me get this off my chest now: Shearin reuses her paragraphs and descriptions throughout the book and throughout the series. You really notice i3.6
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....more
The first half of the book could have been condensed and more attention paid to plot, plot pacing and relationship development2.7
Sort of a hot mess...
The first half of the book could have been condensed and more attention paid to plot, plot pacing and relationship development.
I would have liked to know more about Nat and Troy and Oki, hell even Steve needed more development because he was kind of an asshole throughout the book.
Didn't really like Isa but didn't hate her either. I honestly didn't care about her which sucks because she had potential. The world building needed to be actually built and vagaries and half-explanations shunted aside.
Murmur was just an asshole with a repetitive repertoire and Isa was constantly "heroine-whomped" to the point of physical impossibility.
I think I'm frustrated because there was a spark of something in the beginning and then I never saw it again after Zoog. Which is crazy because the writing itself wasn't horrible.
Read the Jocelyn Drake "Asylum Tales" series for a better concept of ink and magic tattoos and Diana Rowland's Kara Gillian series for proper magic, demons, and bad assery. ...more
An ARC was received by NetGalley and Mira in exchange for a fair an honest review
I wanted to love this. I waited a long time for this book3.6 - 3.9
An ARC was received by NetGalley and Mira in exchange for a fair an honest review
I wanted to love this. I waited a long time for this book and even longer for the culmination....and I was a little disappointed.
Everything felt rushed (which in all honesty, it's felt that way since book 7 - not counting "No Dominion" here) with no real development in terms of (view spoiler)[ Morrison and Jo, the consequences of meeting Aidan, Jo's father tagging along (hide spoiler)]
With Jo rushing around like a chicken with her head cut off, I felt the sense of urgency but I also felt disconnected. Maybe because there was no stopping to take a breath and with the scope of what the Master is and can do, I, as a reader, needed to. I needed to reconnect with the Jo that I fell in love with in the first four books and get to know the Jo that has blossomed since the Werewolf bite.
A few other things that bugged me (and I'm really only this critical because I have a lot of respect for Ms. Murphy and I really like this series)
1. Jo's inner dialogue, especially in this book, didn't match her conversational dialogue. It's a small pet peeve when your character is using words that an Ivy League graduate would use but then than talks like a normal person.
2. The insane amounts of description. This could've been cut down to make more room for the aforementioned development.
3. Not enough Billie or any Melinda!
4. Needed a lot more Morrison and Jo.
5. Too much confusion with all the Cernunnos and Master .... stuff. Very Master/Doctor but still.....
So, while I was a bit disappointed with this book (pacing! pacing! pacing!)....this is still a series that ranks in my top fifteen.
I'm still going to buy this book when it comes out so that it can go up on my shelf but I really really hope that there are Jo novellas that come out after this that enhance her character.
While I was hoping that Jack's attitude Mary would've been grounded in a little more sense of reality and logic, I kinda get it. Also, his actions4.7
While I was hoping that Jack's attitude Mary would've been grounded in a little more sense of reality and logic, I kinda get it. Also, his actions through the four years did in fact speak louder than his words.
He was just very lucky that Lucien decided to fess up.
Mary got a bit....weaker as a heroine for a few chapters and while that annoyed me, she very much made up for it with her sacrifice and her intelligence toward the end.
Jack was the same tosser as before only this time we see the heart of him. No pun intended. He's not such a jackass and his life is more complicated than originally thought. In fact, he seems to be the star of this book while Mary is sort of the pretty heroine. although I will have to say, slut-shaming Mary (while we learn the reason) was a little annoying.
He's been tortured, shunned, treated like shit, a possible murderer (before the book started), a blackmail victim and possibly sexually abused/raped.
He's not the easiest guy to get to know as you can imagine. And as the plot unfurls (which focused more on Jack and Mary's relationship about half-way through then the mystery) we get to know more about him...and he slowly starts to redeem himself.
First he tries with Mary but sometimes the truth hurts. Then he does so with Ian.
By the end of the book, Mary, who has every right to tell him to go fuck himself (view spoiler)[ the weird thing about her reaction is that I really wanted her to still be sort of mad. I get going to see him. Confronting him about his gift of fruit but I don't know if sleeping with made sense. Perhaps a kiss and maybe some fondling and then saying "You know, I'm still pissed and it'll take me awhile and if you ever treat me like that again I will castrate you", would've made me feel a bit better. As it stands, I don't think Mary is the kind to really hold a grudge for to long. She'll either kill/destroy what bothers her or confront it and let the chips fall as they may. (hide spoiler)], sees something in him that he doesn't and the insightful reader only sees a glimpse of.
These two are a perfect match in my opinion. Mary is smart and at times snarky (could've used more of the Mary in previous books where she had no problem telling Talent to shove off) and Talent is tormented and strong with a deeper well of emotions than he had before. And yeah, there are some small issues with the book but the hot 'conversation' they had in the church and the (view spoiler)[ pasha bed sex scene (hide spoiler)] help to even out the playing field.
For fans of this series and those that love Mary or Jack or both and want to see how and why this plays out, pick this up now.
This has more adult situations than the previous installments and it was spot on with Kyo's reaction. I could honestly understand why he did what he dThis has more adult situations than the previous installments and it was spot on with Kyo's reaction. I could honestly understand why he did what he did and said what he said. I'm glad Misao put a stop to things, I just wish Misao had an opinion earlier about what was happening to her so most of the melodrama could be avoided.
However, her speech to Kyo about living anyway and how things aren't fair but you got to do what's right, redeemed her. It was also sad....more
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,3.7
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....more
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 theForced 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"]>...more
This was a fast paced book that went from zero to sixty in ten seconds. This is a good thing because as of right now, no one but Henry is that like3.6
This was a fast paced book that went from zero to sixty in ten seconds. This is a good thing because as of right now, no one but Henry is that likeable.
One thing to look out for is that while this book reads like a television show (which makes sense considering the eponymous show of the same name)it also does weird POV shifts. Now, there are three main characters. In order, Vicki, Henry & Mike. Now, Mike has less page time but he's mentioned a lot and is in a lot of Vicki's scenes. That's all well and good but when then you get the POV of a security guard, the victims, the killer, and some random people that interact with the mains before switching back to the main characters. That can be a little distracting and pull you of of the story.
This book could have also benefited with a better editor. There were a few mistakes and duplicate words (that were not done on purpose) as well a huge continuity error toward the end of the book when Henry is racing against time to find Vicki.
Character wise I felt that the only one with any true development was Henry but that's because his story was told in flashbacks. Vicki, could've used more of explanation. Especially in terms of her relationship with Celluci.
All we got from them is that they were partners and lovers and they were competitive. They frequently yelled at each other and the last thing they discussed was Vicki's leaving the department due to her retina pigmentosa - essentially, she's going blind. Why, Mike wasn't more understanding I don't know but we get the gist that he feels that she abandoned him.
Ok. That's something but why they're friends I don't know. I mean they very literally yell at each in this book. How is that possible with the written word? Caps. All Caps.
So (view spoiler)[ they fight, they sleep together and yet it seems that they might harbor a tendresse toward one another. I don't get it because all they do is seem to hate each other and fuck. A relationship based on sex and fighting is not a relationship at all and I think I'm gonna need to see some bending before they break if I'm to buy into this relationship (hide spoiler)]
When Vicki isn't with Mike, she's a much better character. She's smart, inquisitive and persistent as hell. She's also open minded and fully aware of what she's capable of, which is why she partner with Henry she's okay with some of the boundaries set. You really see Vicki through her relationships with others. Through her eyes (Pardon the pun), she's insecure and infirm. It's through others that we get the whole piece of her. She's a great detective, a caring handler, a loyal friend, a former excellent cop, she has great hunches and is brave. Her relationship with her mother is interesting and something that I hope we get more of as the series progresses.
Mike. Mike Mike Mike. I liked you on the five episodes of Blood Ties that I watched but in this book:
Let's hope he becomes less of a foil and more of a character as the series continues.
Now onto Henry. If you've ever seen the show please note that he's not quite as smoothly knowledgeable in the books. Which is a good thing. It makes him more relateable. He's going through some vampire ennui when we meet him and it adds a depth and a fallibility that makes Henry's passages enjoyable. He and Vicki have something going on, you can feel it when they share a scene. When I first contemplated this series, I was rooting for Mike but now after seeing what Vicki's relationship with him is, I'm hoping for something with Henry. I mean, he's got over 400+ years of experience...if you know what I mean.
Plot wise, the book made sense but I wish we didn't have the killer's POV. It would've made the suspense all the more real.
There was just something about this book that kept me reading and something about it that makes me want to read more.