This....this was needed. I love these two and I have hope that something will happen that won't make me want to curl into a fetal position at the endThis....this was needed. I love these two and I have hope that something will happen that won't make me want to curl into a fetal position at the end of this series....more
While I sympathize with Faris, I do not agree with where this might be going in terms of a weird Love Triangle.
This book by the way, is less to do wiWhile I sympathize with Faris, I do not agree with where this might be going in terms of a weird Love Triangle.
This book by the way, is less to do with Faris (although it does seem to be setting something up with Rylee's love life and I have a hunch of what might be happening and if that's the case, I'm not gonna be happy) and has a lot more to do with Rylee and the babies. Also, with her dealing with her grief and her anger. I really enjoy Erik so I hope we see more of him....more
Some of the stuff I saw coming, some stuff I most definitely did not. I'm still annoyed about the love tria4.8
Well, that just happened.
Wow. Just. Wow.
Some of the stuff I saw coming, some stuff I most definitely did not. I'm still annoyed about the love triangle that should never have occured (Convenience does not always make the best stories) but I'm ok with the outcome.
It's going to be a wild ride for Rylee and her remaining members and to be honest I think we need to figure out a way for one of the deceased to come back, because I think that person would be very integral to a particular witch's story that I would love for Mayer to write about.
Also, Doran, can I not love him more? I don't think it's possible. That little bastard has grown on me.
This is not a series for those that like their paranormal romance or urban fantasy to be on the lighter side. There is a lot of death, disturbing themes and a lot of foul language. However, if you like kick-ass, and sometimes unlikeable, main characters, a core group of bad-ass family, non-stop action, awesome chemistry, and supernatural themes, you should check this out.
However, make sure you have a Kindle because right now all of the books are out as an e-book and you will devour this series. If you want to wait for paperback, I do believe they are about to release 5 and 6 sometime this year....more
The action never stops and the feels...jeebus! The feels!
Some points of the story I wanted to: 1. shake the shit out of Pam 2. slice Faris in two so tThe action never stops and the feels...jeebus! The feels!
Some points of the story I wanted to: 1. shake the shit out of Pam 2. slice Faris in two so that (view spoiler)[ so that Liam could be free and I didn't have to worry about the wanker trying to seduce Rylee. I mean, I'm a little confused by this because Faris - traditionally - is a dick. He's left Rylee to die several times and now all of a sudden he's in love with her, separate from Liam's emotions? Nope. Don't buy that. I call Bullshit.
I wanted to shake Rylee too because her reaction to the Faris/Liam thing was expected (the confusion) but she's so fierce and loyal that you would have expected her continued reaction to be something closer to her personality. Such as trying to find a way, or tasking Doran or someone, to find a way to separate Liam and Faris. I don't buy for one second she'd fall for Faris. I can't imagine her wanting her child to be around this guy, irrespective of the Liam sharing his soul. Simply because Faris also has control and it seems his love is more of an infection that a reality. I get that her soul is bound to Liam's and he's supposed to be the love of her life (romantically) but I can't imagine her being ok with this. I'm not buying it and it's bugging me to no end. (hide spoiler)]
I will say that there are some losses in this book and I even sniffled at one scene. This is the penultimate book and shit is...well, I don't know if there is a level above shit hitting the fan? because that's already happened, so maybe shit is everywhere?
Yeah. That's it.
Now, it's sort of everywhere and clinging to things and Rylee...well Rylee has to get some of her stuff straightened out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The story is ratcheting up with action (if you can believe it) and some relationships are deepening (Blaz & Rylee, Liam & Rylee, Doran) whi3.8
The story is ratcheting up with action (if you can believe it) and some relationships are deepening (Blaz & Rylee, Liam & Rylee, Doran) while some could use some strengthening. But that's part of the problem with adding new characters.
However, there are methods to the madness and the slight increase of characters, are explained.
Alex is growing immensely as a character and I love Liam. I do. I didn't think I would but my god, his change was a change for the better and I'm loving his character, even if it is tinged with bittersweet.
Rylee, oddly enough, is becoming a little more rounded. She's still charging into things without thinking, but she has realized this. And acceptance is half the battle.
This book happened fast and you really do need to read the others in the series before you can read this one. I would also recommend the earlier novelThis book happened fast and you really do need to read the others in the series before you can read this one. I would also recommend the earlier novellas as well.
Anyway, so O'Shea is still stuck, Rylee is still bitchy but more as true-to-form bitchiness instead of the foul she-beast from the last book, Pamela is a nice addition, Alex and Eve are pretty cool, and I have no real sense of Doran or Jack as they both seem to be roles with predictable personalities filling them.
It's picking up though. Still no real character development but there is a steady incline toward maturity. Rylee just needs to take a breath and learn that sometimes, you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. And then suffocate them in bleach (view spoiler)[ like when Rylee let Faris drink from her neck so that she could stab him (hide spoiler)].
Also, Faris. If you were a little more developed, a little less possible rapist, then you'd almost be on par with Liam. But as it stands, you've got some issues bro....more
I want to rate this series higher but if the frickin' slut shaming doesn't stop from a character who is 1. no saint herself and 2. supposed to be u3.6
I want to rate this series higher but if the frickin' slut shaming doesn't stop from a character who is 1. no saint herself and 2. supposed to be understanding. I will scream. I may in fact have to stop reading. While I understand jealousy making you ay very stupid things, with Rylee it seems that she actually believes that Milly is a whore. Now, I don't like Milly but she has the right to have sex with whomever she so pleases as an unmarried, consenting adult.
(view spoiler)[ And then to top it all off the questionable response to Liam's major in college. I get that Rylee is supposed to be tough and a but uncouth but something rubbed me wrong about a dig that I took as a dig against gender and identities. (hide spoiler)]
With that said, this was fast paced and had the right amount of smexy as well as very loveable Alex. I hope that Liam and Rylee get a chance to actual get to develop as a relationship before shite hits the fan again....more
This was much better and way more interesting than I thought it would be, let me just state that.
Rowan is kick ass but also sarcastic and intelligent.This was much better and way more interesting than I thought it would be, let me just state that.
Rowan is kick ass but also sarcastic and intelligent. She is seemingly loyal and she has enough secrets that I am keen to learn more about her.
The bad guys....well, I don't know how bad they are just yet because it seems like there might be a common goal with Ro and her group and these (I think they might be witch hunters? I'm unclear as the book doesn't really explain).
Either way? Something wicked this way comes.
Now the art.
Absolutely gorgeous lines, facial expressions, uses of angles and shadows, and a brilliant use of black and white with splashes of color.
I borrowed this from the library but I think I'm going have to purchase this for my own library....more
The Sword and Sorcery genre is still alive and kicking and this book is a great addition to the market. You have a kick ass and smart heroine, a su3.7
The Sword and Sorcery genre is still alive and kicking and this book is a great addition to the market. You have a kick ass and smart heroine, a sullen but intelligent hero, and a world in trouble.
The characters were interesting and the story telling was such that as a reader, you were definitely pulled in. The banter was fun and Gethen reminded me a little of Doctor Who (in that he is a very powerful guy who is unaccustomed to being questioned but needs it and also needs someone who is his opposite and makes him better i.e. a companion), and I enjoyed the trip to visit Appa and Amma. This book is a little hard to rate because I definitely enjoyed the hell out of this book and would recommend this but there were some issues.
Halina is frickin' kick ass. I mean, she can be a little cold but she is all fire. I would want her on my side in a battle.
Gethen is her complete opposite. He is dark and closed off but he is also has a duality that the title eludes to.
And it works.
You believe that these two can work both for each other and with each other.
With that said, this book would have been greatly served with more structure. The latter half of the book happened a little too quickly and the consequences of some of the actions from earlier in the book were never explored.
Another flaw was that there was a lot of telling rather than showing. I don't need to give you examples because you will read this book.
Also, the authorial device of 'talking to oneself' in order to further the plot or develop the character was at times incredibly annoying and other times incredibly obvious that it was a plot device. People talk to themselves all the time but I doubt it's this much for both characters.
I can't wait for the second book and I really hope it continues to follow Gethen and Halina.
PS. I learned a lot of archaic English due to this book. So, that's another bonus.
NetGalley and Publisher ARC in exchange for an honest review...more
My major problem with this is that it was quite short for what the plot was. For three impossible tasks, I did expect them to be a little bit more difMy major problem with this is that it was quite short for what the plot was. For three impossible tasks, I did expect them to be a little bit more difficult and the way to complete them to be a little more meaty.
It was nice to see Barbara and Liam again, as well as little Babs, but I wish it had been under better circumstances. Like a better plotted story. This moved fast. Too fast for what they were up against.
The dialogue seemed a little stilted and Liam seemed a little "wide-eyed" at things. That doesn't really fit with the Liam we met in "Wickedly Dangerous". Even Barbara seemed a little wooden. It was...weird.
I blame it entirely on the length and the editors because Blake usually doesn't have this problem.
This novella gets a 3 because Babs is the best thing in this story by far.
* ARC received by NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review *...more
For some reason, this was a very interesting read for the first half of the book and then it sort of got....less enjoyable and a little weird.
(view spoiler)[ Ok, so the whole toppling over every single time she saw water, was a little much as I'm sure Willow could attest to. Also, the whole seeing the (view spoiler)[unborn baby with some ghosts, is a really odd thing and just what does it mean???? Especially when Henry and Pru said they were going to get to the kid. Not to mention the (view spoiler)[ miraculous magic sperm (hide spoiler)] oooh and the melodramatic villain. You'd think after so many centuries of plotting revenge and whatnot, he would kill Sebastian first or as soon as the ladies showed up. He clearly didn't read the "100 Things I would do If I were the Evil Villian" memo (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
I did enjoy seeing Raye and Becca again but the acceptance of magic so quickly was a little hard to believe at first. For people that just found out about their powers, it was just a little too easy for me to believe.
I think what bugged me about this installment was the way the romance was handled. It was destined. It was fated. It was insta-love but it was I-L at its worse because the reader had to relive it through the eyes of Willow while it was happening.
Oh! And this book overlaps with "Heat of the Moment", so there is very little surprise in the fast half of the book if you remember anything about the second book.
I don't know. There were just little things here and there (and the last twenty pages of the book) where my interest was broken and my attention wandered. This installment, despite Willow being very very interesting (and Sebastian kind of being a pain in the ass) didn't do it for me....more
In this installment we meet triplet number 2. She's a little naive and a bit TSTL (a few times you just want to go DUH BECCA!) but she's likea3.6 -3.9
In this installment we meet triplet number 2. She's a little naive and a bit TSTL (a few times you just want to go DUH BECCA!) but she's likeable. So is bad boy turned good Owen. He's fucked up and had this been a longer book where the main characters could've been fully developed, I'm sure we would have learned more.
Becca doesn't know she's adopted and has been in love with Owen almost all of her life. They were together and then he left. Simple as that. He loved her and then he left.
He returns at the beginning of a crime "spree" and finds evidence on his property and we learn more about his mother and a little about his time away.
Reggie is pretty awesome by the way.
This couple seemed to be a little more developed, possibly because this is a second chance romance, but it would've been nice to see them discuss the new change in Becca's life before being separated and rushing into danger.
And while I found the ressurection scene a little "hmm" it was still awesome.
I will let tip you off to the fact that this book, like the last, has a lot of loose ends.
There was a few...huh? Moments. I won't go into too much detail because this just came out yesterday but you'll see. There are moments, especially the end, where you're like...huh? no way. Didn't see that coming because there was literally no clues.
Also, I don't understand how both sisters so far have had no problem accepting that they are witches. They have few questions and are more than happy to embrace it even after a life of pretending that they are not "weird" and that magic is not real.
I could believe it from one sister but not both.
However, it was still a good book. Owen is the scene stealer FYI.
One of my favorite parts is when (view spoiler)[ Raye and Becca meet. It's pretty cool and it's also good to see that Raye is getting more adept magically and learning all about it as well. She comes off as informative and powerful. I would've liked to see more Becca and Raye time because there was one point when Raye was pleading with Becca to come back, she didn't really mention that she wanted to get to know her or Becca should stay because they're family, but instead kept talking about power, bloodlines, and destroying the V. Mali's. I don't know, they both got so used to throwing around the word family and Becca is about to traipse off on an adventure with them, that I thought more sentiment would be involved in that plear (hide spoiler)]...more
I got hooked. I totally one hundred percent got hooked and I didn't want to. There are so many things that bugged me about this book but...damnDamnit!
I got hooked. I totally one hundred percent got hooked and I didn't want to. There are so many things that bugged me about this book but...damnit!...the characters weren't one of them.
Character wise, I only wish we had more time with Bobby and Raye. I really liked them together and I Really Liked their relationship. It didn't feel forced or phony, fast, but not instant. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters (minus Jenn. I just couldn't really stand her) and I wish we had just a little more time for interactions between Raye and both of her fathers.
Things that bugged me:
- That damn switch in POV's from first to third. WTF. By the end I was used to it but I definitely don't love that.
- Everything happened fast so that some things felt rushed. Take for instance the last 20 pages. If the book had been longer (and maybe not divided by the POV change) then things could've been expounded.
- Jenn. Just her very character made me want to roll my eyes.
All in all, I actually enjoyed this book. I even went out at my lunch break to by the next book because I want to find out if Raye finally meets her sister.
Again I say...Damnit! Because while this book is not the best book I've ever read nor is it the best magical book I've ever read......Handeland's good with her dialogue and her main characters and that's a magic that you can't ignore.
Imagine if Hogwarts was in the middle of a Nigerian forest/town/condemned area and imagine that is populated with ghosts,spirits, "demons", and shit tImagine if Hogwarts was in the middle of a Nigerian forest/town/condemned area and imagine that is populated with ghosts,spirits, "demons", and shit that can and will kill because they can or that is simply their nature.
Now imagine that your protagonist is a 12 year old albino girl who has a dual nature. Literally.
This book is about balance and what it takes to keep it in place. It is also a reminder that that world, regardless of your hopes and dreams, will do what it wants. As it is so repeated in this book, the world is bigger than you. If you die the world will still turn.
While reading you also get a small glimpse into African mythology (something I liked learning about in High School) and Africa as it is today. The character that seems to wind through everything in this book is Nigeria herself.
What people forget is that while Nigeria has a lot of strife (this book was written in 2011) and some of it mentioned, it is also a country full of cultural and history that is both known and unknown to us. It is also a land, where it is hard being different. Whether that is "Akata" (outsider) or physically different, kids in school still deal with bullying and all that shit.
At the heart, this is a book about a young girl struggling for balance in her world after it has been ripped open and magnified with things that cannot be unseen.
It's a great book about friendships, balance, acceptance and a little girl who is more badass than she knows.
There are some issues with this book. A few typos and not enough explanation for those of us not privileged to know more about the Igbo and Nigerian cultures or pantheon but overall this book rocked....more