If you're a fan of these series, this one is a must. Tammy is growing up and taking things with a bit more stride than she did at first.
If you're a fan of these series, this one is a must. Tammy is growing up and taking things with a bit more stride than she did at first.
Zach wasn't in this book and for that I can't be upset about that. It was a Bryn and Tammy book. We learned more about their families, their feelings and what their powers can do.
Also, I have never been so happy to see a decanter of alcohol.
At turns sweet and sexy, this book is just right for those that want a light summer read with magic and mayhem.
(view spoiler)[ A part of me wishes that Tammy had chosen to trust Bryn without having to take a trip down memory. I can only imagine how much that would hurt me. Also, Tammy was definitely the child that the prophecy was talking about. There is no other explanation. (hide spoiler)]
It reminds me of a the Sookie stories (the charm and the spunk) with a dash of the "In Death Series" by JD Robb. Bryn reminds me too much of Roarke, which isn't necessarily a bad thing!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ok. So I think we all know right that I have a special spot in my reader's heart for Toby and Tybalt, Spike & the Luidaeg, May & Lily.
HoweverOk. So I think we all know right that I have a special spot in my reader's heart for Toby and Tybalt, Spike & the Luidaeg, May & Lily.
However, Toby was a bit prickly in this book, perhaps as a contract to May, and was bordering on unlikeable for good portions of this book.
While there was a lot of Tybalt (yay!), there was also a lot of Connor (who I find whiny and weak. Cute but reminds me of the green guy from the Merry Gentry series).
Also, there was some sadness in this series. I have to give McGuire credit for taking a huge risk with a fan favorite and Toby supporter.
May, wow, I love her now. I thought I liked her but I love her.
Now- plot wise.
There was more of a mystery than the previous book but since this was a personal mystery it was less bumbling Toby "look here, here's a thing, may be a clue but I don't know."
(view spoiler)[ my only issue was with the cup. I mean, why didn't she get it to Walther sooner? It might have also cut down on her own poisoning as well as Tybalt's court. That was poor human and Fae investigating).
Also, I'm really not seeing Toby at fault for most of the things she's been blamed for. Like, yes, she didn't catch on fast enough to save Luna and Rayseline but it's not her fault she was changed into a freakin' fish. It wasn't her fault that Ross died and it sure as hell wasn't her fault that EveningRose died. She's a hero which means that she's not a thinker. I'm sure she is a decent human P.I. but she should stop applying that to Fae ways.
Herakles, a fine hero but he wasn't a scholar. Theseus, a little smarter but again, he was no Plato. Arthur, a hero but had great great help. October Christine Daye, always rushes into danger to save those that need to be saved, will put her life before others and risk her neck for those that might not need to be saved. She's no Miss Marple.
So besides getting to Walther sooner and not covering her ass better, Toby was better than the previous three books.
Also, can I just say that while the Tybalt and Toby kiss was orchestrated by Tybalt, it made me oh so very happy, I especially loved Toby's response to it. Not to mention, when she was sick, Tybalt's comments and his gentleness....*sigh*. There were a lot of hugs in this too! While I like Connor, he can never be Tybalt. He's too weak.
Oh, can I also just add that I knew that May would end up surviving for the exact same technicality that happened, although I didn't predict Amandine. And Rayseline, yep, called that bitch a bitch before shit hit the fan. I hope Toby gets a chance to kick her ass once she controls her boosted powers.
Also, yay for Julie sort of getting over her grudge. Like I said, not Toby's fault that Ross died.
Anyway, I'm hoping for more Tybalt in the next book but something about the title One Salt Sea tells me it's gonna be Connor heavy. Maybe May should get with Connor and we can call the whole thing even?
There was enough Tybalt in here to make me very happy. Too much Connor and not enough Luidaeg.["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have never been so disappointed and consequently, angry, by a book as I am right now and it is actually hard for me to type. My brain i
Oh. My. God.
I have never been so disappointed and consequently, angry, by a book as I am right now and it is actually hard for me to type. My brain is exploding right now.
This is going to be a rant. This is going to contain cusses. This is also going to call out Tru Blood. People are going to either like this or not.
First - Tru Blood has killed this series. *cue outrage from fans of the HBO show*
For the record, this is not about those that like the show. I don't but it's not about the fans. It's about Harris' complacency and riding on the success of the show (which she absolutely should, she's one of my favorite authors and is definitely entitled to it) without giving thought to the books.
Harris is no longer writing for a book medium, to me she is writing something that may look good on the screen and damn the consequences. I want to know more about what is going on Sookie's head and not the same repetitive shit has been written in the past three books nor do I want to hear a diatribe about Christian morals that has been paraphrased from an earlier chapter. SHOW ME , do not TELL ME and for the love of God do not TELL ME something you've already told 450 words earlier.
The show is the campy cousin of the series and while the Stackhouse series has always balanced light, sexy and dark the last two books have been a stagnant mess. The characters have changed since this show into what's on the screen. I don't like the show, I don't want to read a veiled script for the show. Please remember those of us who had been fans of the book since before HBO needed a new show to take over the Sex and the City demographics.
Onto the book:
This is me reading the first half of the book:
Eric was a bitch in the book. This is not a spoiler because you will realize this in about six pages. This will in turn spoil the first 300 or so pages because we are then treated to the (view spoiler)[ turmoil of the Sookie and Eric relationship. Not only do us fans get treated to the mistrust that Sookie has due to the bond, we get to experience Eric face pummel Pam and Sookie not having enough balls to ask why. Seems Sookie is content to live in her own world and complain "that Eric always makes decisions without her; like he's always done because let's face it, he's a fucking vampire and Sookie is a telepathic part Fae human and doesn't need to worry about half the stuff that goes on because she'll get it into her fool head to do something about it and then Oh, I don't know, DIE!
She goes on to complain that "Eric never talks to me about anything really important." Sook, you're not a college graduate but you're not an idiot. Please see the above reason.
Then "He's been too mopey and complainy since his maker - aka His Dad + Mentor - got all killed and stuff. By me." Yes, I actually can see your point here and Harris did not do a good job balancing the Eric that we know from the past ten books to this Eric who seems like he's thirteen and has just discovered a pimple the day before picture day. However, Eric has the right to be a bitch for about three pages before he stuffs those emotions back in like the Stone Cold Vampire we know he is. Yes, Eric has his moments of Diva-ism and just completely not getting the need for communication and choice that humans have but his behavior in three quarters was just disgraceful. I wanted to punch him in his lovely face.
Sookie should have stepped up and said something. She has no problem talking to Bill (even when they were dating) and had no trouble booting the Were-Tiger because he has mommy issues and she gives Sam the "what for" all the time. Why in the world would Sookie become a complacent brat about his silence? When she does decide to talk to him, she just lets things drop because ... the doorbell rings. UGH! (hide spoiler)]
We are treated to a cast of characters that come and go like homeless people in a subway tunnel; with no real way to keep track of them. While they are interesting and familiar, you begin to realize that you do not have enough grace to care about them enough.
The middle of the book:
Characters are now caricatures of themselves, plots are messy and contrived, our heroine is growing harder and tougher and then all of a sudden becomes a weepy mess. You can't have it both ways!!!!
But now we are at the emotional/relationship core of the book. (view spoiler)[ Sookie has, for awhile, been a little on edge about being bonded to Eric. It definitely has its advantages, one being he can come to her rescue when she ends up involved in a mess, not necessarily of her own making. But it also was sort of forced upon her, for her own good. Like a child, she doesn't like to be forced to do anything. So she treats the bond like a four year treats broccoli on its plate; she simply removes it. Thanks Amelia! At least you had a purpose in this book! Thank Fuck! #extrasarcasm
Of course, because Eric doesn't have anything else to worry about and since he's calmed down a bit from his previous PMSing, you can sympathize with his WTF attitude when he calls Sookie to make sure she's not dead. Because that's what the absence of the bond traditionally means. Sookie, not using her brain just didn't think about what this would do to Eric. Basically it's about testing their relationship. Does he really want to be with her if they weren't bonded? Clearly Sookie has amnesia because she doesn't remember that Eric has been pursuing her forever and in the fourth book (my favorite) when even suffering from amnesia told her he loved her. He remembers what he felt and essentially what it's like to feel a book or two ago. But you know, that doesn't count for shit.
And let's not forget the Alcide incident.
Did Harris just stick Alcide in because he's in the new season of Tru Blood or was there an actual reason? Did we need a naked Alcide to tell us that Janalynn thinks of Sookie as a rival? I didn't and it wasn't even all that amusing. All it led to was the removal of some secondary characters that had outlived their purpose. So, um, thanks? (hide spoiler)]
The only person who was at all entertaining and true to form was Pam. I wish this whole book had been from her point of view because by the end of the book I was tired of this mirror-world circus.
The end of the book:
Oy with the poodles already.
At this point it has taken me one week to finish this book. I usually devour the Stackhouse books when they come out and finish it in one night. I'm ready to end this book and move on to something else.
The end was the only high point and not just because it was done but because this is where the meat of the story actually occurs.
(view spoiler)[ with the plot to kill Victor underway and the faeries out of the house and the babyshower on the way (where the hell did that even come from)the action starts. Sookie, in a very weird unchracteristic Sookie move, removes her clothing, runs starkers into Bill's house and huddles up with him as two humans plan to kidnap her and bring her to Sandra Pelt. Oh, did I mention that Sandra Pelt is out and has no bearing on the larger part of the story, which is....well, I'm not sure but Sandra comes in fits and starts. Since the book opened with her firebombing the bar, setting Sookie and Sam together (I know a lot of people don't get it but they would be a very good couple) and causing the Eric hissy fit, it make sense that her death would be the final action in the book. Anyhoooooo, so, Sookie actually plans the death of Victor and then the night when the vamps all go into battle frenzy mode, she becomes a hypocrite and is disgusted by the actions. Good call Eric (he's the one who called her out) but probably not a smart relationship move at the time. However, I like how you bit her and made it hurt because at that point, she needed some sense to clear her head. I mean, she planned and participated in the attack. I get that she doesn't like gore and that could make anyone sick but to not at least acknowledge how important the actions were, well yeah, I can see how you're harshing everyone's buzz.
Oh, wait, did I mention that there's another plot thread? Eric has basically been sold to the Queen of Oklahoma and though he and Sookie are married, he would have to drop her like the leaden hot potato she's become to marry this Oklahoma bitch that his maker signed him up for? He's been trying to get out of it, hence the face pummeling of Pam and the moodiness. However, he only decides to bring it up after the fact. Is he going to get out of it? Does he want to? Sookie broke the bond and that hurt him. Will he stay? Stay tuned for the next edition of "What the hell is going on with these people".
So, Sam and Sookie seem like they should end up together. Sorry I said it. It is out in the open. Deal with it how you wilt.
Oh, Hunter. How could I forget. While I love Hunter and Sookie's dealings with him, why was he in this book? Was Harris afraid we would forget about him? I don't know. Was it to remind us that Sookie is human and has human dealings? Maybe. I can buy that but then I didn't need the friggin' baby shower. More time at Merlotte's would have been fine. (hide spoiler)]
So all in all, this book is a crumbling husk of what it once was. It has some really good parts but they are all tied together with seemingly random and transient cords and then brought together for the final assembly. Of course since there is no QC in this factory, we are given a book that should have been given a polish without the influence of Tru Blood. It seems she was writing for the new fans and forgetting about the old ones.
In the process, she forgot about her characters and what's important to the story. There was no real story here. Just a few interesting things that happened that had characters in common.
Don't get me wrong, I'll continue reading this series and it's still one of my favorites. You don't get rid of a series because it's got a bruise or made a few bad choices.
But, in the words of Lorelei Gilmore; "Oy vey with the poodles already!"["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"]>["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've never really liked Connor because his backbone is as convenient as his ability to shift into a seal, so let's not talk about him.
Let's talk about the solid plot, the above average detecting, and finally finally having a Scooby Gang of your own!!!
It..you've made me proud. You never lost me or made me want to slap you for missing something obvious or to kick you when you stared dumbly at someone/thing. No no, this time you were intelligent, emotional and very much the character that I wish you had been two books ago.
But it's ok. I still love you. I've always loved you. Short of killing off Tybalt, I will always love you. (I never said my love was unconditional)
Here's some things I would've liked to see more of:
- more May. I actually missed her this time around. - Luna. How is that ol' gal doing. I mean, now that she's not longer Kitsune, how is she coping - A better wrap up than elf-shot (view spoiler)[ on Raysel (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ Gilly. Wish we had a few more scenes (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ As much as Connor annoys me, I'm glad he went out a hero. I also like the very realistic idea that no one realized that he was dying/dead because of near immortality that the Fae have but I would've liked a better explanation as to why it was so so so deadly to Connor. Did Raysel mix it with something? I mean, who knows (hide spoiler)]
I loved the banter between Tybalt and Toby. I mean, people like Tybalt. More please!!!!!
Also, Toby toward the end of the book was a nice mix of what she was and what has become. Her emotional reactions, her confrontations, and her singlemindness.
She's a hero not a detective but in this installment, she managed to blend a little more intelligence into her heroism.
Toby has grown up. She hasn't quite come into her own but she's getting there. She's got a loyal band of followers, a loyal and hot boyfriend and t4.8
Toby has grown up. She hasn't quite come into her own but she's getting there. She's got a loyal band of followers, a loyal and hot boyfriend and the experience and confidence to avoid being TSTL.
What blindness she suffered in the first few books is not really evident in this book. She is being proactive in this book as opposed to merely reactive. What I love about this series, and about the character, is that while she isn't meant to be the smartest, or most intuitive, detective in the world, she is a hero who is very clever and very loyal.
However, in this book, everything gets turned upside down. The happiness and relative calm that Toby has found is put into jeopardy when a reluctant Queen, a pretend Queen, and a pie get introduced to her life.
Nothing is ever easy for Toby. Ever. But we do get to see her rely on her friends and family which in turn allows her to be a better hero and a better developed character. It's these interactions that allow us to see Toby as the person and, oft mentioned by the Luidaeg, "one" that she is destined to be.
I won't talk to much about the plot but I will tell you that I sort of missed any real alone time with Toby and Tybalt.(view spoiler)[ I mean, HELLO, they are finally together and while I appreciate the words and the kisses, I would have enjoyed reading about them in a more intimate setting. Granted, there really wasn't a right time but I'm sure they could've squeezed in a nap or something right before they went to Sylvester. (hide spoiler)].
In the vein of Toby Daye novels, the real crime is not the main plot but, IMHO, what happens to Toby herself. And the vehicle is both absurd and somehow fitting for someone who constantly finds herself in situations out of her control.
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I enjoyed every scene and every interaction. I loved Quentin's reveal and I enjoyed Toby's reaction. I thought the new characters were interesting. Almost every action taken by the characters was in line with their personalities and was enjoyable.
If you're a fan of this series, you'll like this one. I promise.
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension betweenOk, so Goodreads just ate my last review. Sigh.
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension between Alex, Death and Falin were enough to make me forget that.
Now, since I'm mad at Goodreads, this is an abridged version of my last review.
If any of these characters were my friends and we were meeting for coffee. This is pretty much what I'd Oprah-Offer them.
Death: Put out or get out. No. Seriously. I get that you're this handsome, otherworldly, tortured being. I also get that you have this forbidden thing with Alex but if you don't do something about it soon, you're going to lose her. You need to stop with the Romeo/Juliet and start...on another couple that doesn't kill themselves due to miscommunication and idiocy. I like you Death. I do. I want to know more about you. I wish you could open up. I wish that you would stop popping up every now and then when you feel like it and try to make a real effort. Alex is confused. You are confusing her. You need to say something. This kiss and run shit is getting old. Oh (view spoiler)[ and telling someone you love them when they are blacking out? Does. Not. Count. (hide spoiler)]. So, you need to step up you're game. Figure your shit out and then come back. Stop commenting and judging when you aren't doing anything about it. In the immortal words of Elvis "a little less conversation, a little more action please."
Falin - you're pretty. Oh so pretty. But the lies? They gotta stop. Lies, even by omission, are still lies. I don't think they are as bad as blatant lies but hey, some people do. And you, Assassin (view spoiler)[ lover (hide spoiler)] and all around awesome guy, are lying. Why don't you try to explain things. Maybe a little less action and a little more conversation would do you some good. You are supposed to be a foil to Death but I gotta say, you both are doing some pretty confusing things and I don't know if I can trust you Falin. Yes, you're good to have around, you're sexy as all get out and you seem to have a good head on your shoulders. What I can't figure out is why you're still with her . I know there's some compulsion thing going on but you need to find a replacement stat. That is if you plan on having any kind of future with Alex. While you're hot and easy on the eyes, the fact of the matter is; you're not really all that available, are you? So, ditch the bitch and move on to greener pastures. I would love to see more of you in this series but you need to play your cards right. Don't become Frost of the Merry Gentry series. Please.
Alex - You remind me of another detective I hold in a begrudging adoration. Perhaps you've heard of her. Toby Daye? No, well I'm sure it won't be long until you meet. Anyhoozit, you're a fine character. Strong, but not too stupid and you're growing up magically. Yay! You need to work on your regular detecting skills. They aren't bad! I'm not judging you too harshly, in fact they are better than Toby's but that's not the point. You should probably brush up on your spell casting too? Why? So you're not left blindsided (pardon the pun) when shit goes down. Take the proper precautions and bone up. Then, maybe, just maybe, you'll be a little less damsel in distress.
First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, pleaseOMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, please don't let it be the end! you know of which I speak of. (view spoiler)[ really, you're gonna kill Gabriel after we've all fallen in love with him and you get him and Maddy together.....uuuuurrrrgghhhhh... DO NOT make him a sperm donor only (hide spoiler)].
I can't wait for the next book. I have a feeling that Maddy is going to be harder.
(view spoiler)[ Azazel needs to die. I had a feeling he was a bad guy. I'm almost pissed that no one thought that Azazel was behind any of this when they realized that Nathaniel was being a traitor. Like, come on! Maybe if you had realized that Gabriel wouldn't have had to die!
FUCK! I'm so angry about that.
Just let us not have a romance for the next book if Gabriel is not coming back. (hide spoiler)]
I will say that there was finally some action toward Roman and the gathering of allies to stop the Long GThis was really more of a filler book. Again.
I will say that there was finally some action toward Roman and the gathering of allies to stop the Long Game.
This is a good book to have the next book in front of you. Think of it like Frodo gathering his allies, remember how long that took? How it focuses on every one else but the main character for awhile?
That's what these past few books feel like. Slowly gathering information and giving us excellent insight on other characters. I want to know more about how Kitty and Ben are doing as pack leaders. I want to know more about their relationship.
Ben, though I have a fondness for him, is getting pretty 2d. I understand that he's really only an Alpha by default, and that's fine, but that doesn't mean that he shouldn't have some balls.
Same goes for Kitty. Yes, reluctant leader, but being a near pacifist and self-righteous crusader is getting to be frustrating. Grow a pair of balls. Yes, you have the ability to talk it out but you're a Were. You may have to get violent, you may have to learn that you're just as badass as a bigger/tougher leader.
Maybe not balls, but some confidence.
The book picked up toward the end and we finally get some action. Don't get me wrong, I'm still in this for the long run but there are some changes that I wish could be made for this series to live up to the potential that I saw in the easier books....more
Unfortunately not the best book in the series. It suffers from lack of clear direction and plot confusion. The writing, which I usually love, is jumblUnfortunately not the best book in the series. It suffers from lack of clear direction and plot confusion. The writing, which I usually love, is jumbled and at times repetitive.
I still love Jo and can't wait for the next adventure. I will say that this does suffer from a lack of Morrison and (view spoiler)[ the fact that they said they love each other over the phone without any real buildup toward a relationship beside the kiss in the last book and the UST throughout the series actually took me aback. If that was going to happen, Morrison should've showed up and it be done face to face (hide spoiler)].
However, all the time loops close and some scars are healed while other goodbyes are made more final. This was more of a story about Sheila and Jo's relationship with her. Also with Jo's search for justice and a cure. Morrison, as always, was her anchor while Gary was her right hand. At times it was confusing and dense but during the action scenes and the times Jo bared her soul, it was quite riveting.
There is a new character on the scene, one I hope we meet again.
Also, as an amateur Ancient Irish historian, I liked the heavy influence of the Celtic mythologies. There were certain things I took issue with (but only from a personal POV as opposed to any historical inaccuracies) and it's clear the Murphy has done her homework. She also did a very good job of explaining events, places and Gaelic to the readers.
The next book brings us back to America and I'm eagerly awaiting "Mountain Echoes".
***** I have to warn any readers that if they haven't read any of the first six they will be horribly confused. The writing can be dense and twisty and I, as an avid reader of this series, found myself confused at times. I don't recommend this for anyone who hasn't read what has come before.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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)].
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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 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.
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, itMeh
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.
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
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
Not as great as the first two but not bad.I feel like Jess got all this power all of a sudden with very little...complication. Like she suddenly becamNot as great as the first two but not bad.I feel like Jess got all this power all of a sudden with very little...complication. Like she suddenly became one of the X-MEN overnight.
There was a ton of action but of course that meant that there wasn't a lot of development, which wasn't awful because this is the third book, but I would've liked to have had more development with Ray.
So, while not the strongest installment, it was still a good addition and I'm looking forward to the next....more