I typically don't read books with a male protagonist POV. The Nightside series and Timothy Zahn's rail series are about it.
Which is why I was surpr3.7
I typically don't read books with a male protagonist POV. The Nightside series and Timothy Zahn's rail series are about it.
Which is why I was surprised that I wanted to read this and was even more shocked to discover I liked it.
It's a weird little world that Gage and co. live in but it's a decent one that he's managed to carve out. Despite being a renegade warlock who is constantly on, Gage keeps his head down...for the most part. Only allowed to use magic for self-defense, he stretches that line further and further in this story but somehow manages to live to tell the tale.
But not without some heavy consequences.
My issue with this book was that there was a lot going on and there wasn't one thing to focus on for very long. I could say this book was about Gage fixing a mistake with a client named Tera or trying to protect Trixie from her clan or trying to stay alive while his old magic mentor tried to kill him. I wouldn't be wrong with any of it.
The two plots seemed to be Tera and Simon. It wasn't difficult to follow and all points converged but it might have been better to focus on one major plot point at a time (especially for a first-in-series) so that we could get to know our characters better. Especially Trixie and Bronx. I would've liked to know more about them. I know that there are novellas featuring them but that's not really the point.
Also, I got annoyed with the "let's protect everyone by not telling them anything therefore creating unnecessary drama and making me a martyr" complex that Gage seemed to have. I get not spilling his innermost feelings but when danger abounds, please spill the beans.
All in all it was a very exciting and entertaining book and I look forward to reading the next one....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
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,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, 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"]>...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
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 desThere'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....more
Too much telling and not enough showing, not enough character development and I couldn't stand Holly. Honestly that's why I rated this so low, I couldToo much telling and not enough showing, not enough character development and I couldn't stand Holly. Honestly that's why I rated this so low, I couldn't stand Holly....more
Another story that would face benefitted a longer format. Interesting and full if promise but falls a bit shirt in character development in this formaAnother story that would face benefitted a longer format. Interesting and full if promise but falls a bit shirt in character development in this format.
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 h3.56
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"]>...more
Casper Sterling has always been different. In the first book he was a mystery that couldn't quite be placed and as a musician, well he hid behind hisCasper Sterling has always been different. In the first book he was a mystery that couldn't quite be placed and as a musician, well he hid behind his talent and his pain. In the second book, he still is a mystery as well as a harborer of one. His acceptance of the "inevitable" leads him to make slightly impetuous decisions. So, I suppose it makes sense when, upon meeting the half-dead vampire princess Ahnastasia, who tries to kill him within minutes of seeing him, Casper decides "what the hell, let's get involved in this mystery so I don't have to worry about my own life."
Casper is a selfish man but he's honorable. That makes him human. He cares for a teenage girl named Keen who is from Earth as well. He loves her like a daughter but there are things he cant give up, even for her. In the first book I sort of wanted to punch him in the face with every scene he was in, in this one I wanted to pat him on the back and say "it's ok".
However, there wasn't enough development to him, maybe it's because of the POV, but I didn't get a clear idea of who he is. It could've been any man in this book and it would've worked. There was nothing distinctly Casper.
Our heroine, Ahnastasia, is the perfect vampire princess. Cold, selfish, ignorant, insensitive, cunning, and inhuman. Everything you'd want in a leader of the cold blooded. She is an ice princess who is bent on one thing only; getting her country back from the bitch who deposed her and killed most of her family. This is a nod to the Romanov story but with a twist. I won't spoil that for you. As the book progresses, Ahna doesn't necessarily soften but she does gain a better understanding of human wants as she is forced to disguise herself as one as well as spend time with both Keen and Casper. She will always see people as food but she understands the difference between servitude and slavery (trust me that's big coming from her).
She is an interesting character but not necessarily likable. She is certainty not relateable. Unlike Tish (who could be whiny and annoying at times I'll give you that), there was not an ounce of sympathy to really be had for Ahna. She's a predator, she's cold and calculating and you knew without a doubt that she would achieve her end goal.
The relationship between Ahna and Casper was the best part of the book. Both isolated and in pain but for different reasons. When Keen makes a statement that says perhaps Ahna will be the one to save him but he would lose her in the process, it couldn't have rang more true (even if there is that little neat solution to that problem at the end). Ahna is the emotionally and mentally stronger of the two and it with her, oft times dispassionate view of things, that helps him. Here you have an artist, a thinker and sensitive soul, who meets a politician. They actually mesh quite well once the masks come off and Ahna is just a woman and Caspar is just a man.
Their best scene together (view spoiler)[ the bludding scene in the hotel *rawr* (hide spoiler)] is the one where you realize that Ahna is perhaps gaining a bit more understanding and passion as a Blud Royal. While she has given Casper strength, he has given her a capacity to understand.
I really enjoyed the supporting characters although I felt Keen could've been better developed. I hope she gets her own story. Also, there is a nice cameo from Criminy and Tish.
*netgalley let me read the book but they don't control my review["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 cDidn'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....more
Ok here's the thing. This book had promise. It really did. That's why I gave it a three. However, the book read like this:
Ruh Roh I have this power whOk here's the thing. This book had promise. It really did. That's why I gave it a three. However, the book read like this:
Ruh Roh I have this power which is scary and I'm gonna complain and not use it, unless it's completely accidental - okay and maybe that ONE time, throughout the whole book because I'm scared that I'm a bad person. Yes, Yes, I know. Even when shit hits the fan and I'm given the opportunity to learn so that I can save myself, those I love and the royal fucking family, I will complain and falter and cry and WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH
Then when I realize that I have been given the opportunity to try and save a bunch of people, I will again cry and freak out and not know what to do. When given a ring that will protect me from being seduced by true evil, I will consistently forget it or not wear it because "I'll be ok". Then I will end up in situations that could have been avoided if I had just remembered to wear ONE PIECE OF DAMN JEWELERY!
I will foreshadow my relationship with the good guy by saying I don't like him and he doesn't like me and then in the eleventh hour I will realize that I love him and that he still doesn't know about me but then all will be ok because I will again put myself in a very stupid position that could've been avoided so that he can save me and randomly confess his love, when a few chapters before I was pretty sure he would've lopped my head off.
I will talk about being a doctor, which is about the only thing I'm good at. I will solve medical mysteries which I'm good at but then I will ignore the cardinal vampire rule and get one of my good friends killed because I'm a dolt.
WAH WAH WAH WAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
Oh Katerina, you were almost too stupid to live. The only thing that saved you was your ability to do medicine and the powerful curse/gift you carry. But hey, if you continue to IGNORE all the advice and blindly believe in all the wrong people (including yourself at times) then you won't last long.
I have to read the second book now just to see if she ends up hanging over a cliff because she forgot to bring something that would help her not hang over a cliff.
Toby's family life isn't exactly what she thought and once she finds out, well, shit starts to hit the fan.
With the re-emergence of an old enemy, a4.6
Toby's family life isn't exactly what she thought and once she finds out, well, shit starts to hit the fan.
With the re-emergence of an old enemy, an enemy disguised as a dead friend, and family drama that can't be spoken due to several geas, things in Toby's world are a little different than usual.
While I love the series and thoroughly enjoyed this installment, I felt there was something missing. I couldn't put my finger on it but it may have something to do with the fact that a few key secondary characters were missing just as I was getting used to them or it may have something to do with the fact that Toby is maturing. She isn't running headlong into danger without at least a)coming up with some sort of plan or b) acknowledging that she may die doing this but at least she brought backup.
I like this new Toby but I think the fact that Toby kept mentioning it sort of left me with a burrowed frow. There was a touch too much telling and not enough showing. A problem I've never really had with this series.
I did love Toby and Tybalt time...hee hee. I'm such a sucker for them. The dialogue between them has gotten so much more awesome...which I didn't think could possibly happen.
There were a few times where I was a little annoyed at Toby. Especially when she started demanding that people were supposed to tell her certain things and it is a violation of trust not to have .
It's not that I don't get what she's saying but none of the information, or rather precious little of that information would've helped her out at all. It would've just made her angrier and more reckless. Granted, the person that withheld that information was like a father to her, but with maturity comes understanding and forgiveness. So, I really hope that happens next.
Luna...I sort of miss the old Luna and am quite unsure what's crawled up her ass. I understand, again, why she would be upset, but as a daughter of Firstborn, and with all that Toby has done for her, it's time to get the fuck over it.
So, while there was a pinch of something I was missing, Toby was still awesome and she held her own against some very powerful people. And while she did manage to end up bloody a lot, she didn't end up dead.
That's always progress.
Also, thank you for including more of the Luidshaeg. I think I love her....more
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 of4.5
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...more
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 two4.3
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"]>...more
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 c4.889
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"]>...more