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
I like Molly Harper and I adore her Half-Moon series with Iris and the gang but this one left me a little cold.
Too many point of views and I couldMeh.
I like Molly Harper and I adore her Half-Moon series with Iris and the gang but this one left me a little cold.
Too many point of views and I couldn't really get a grasp on any one character enough to make a connection or really care what happened to them other than hoping that they stayed alive and had a decent ending.
Also, it was a little scattered in terms of writing. Things didn't necessarily connect and the (view spoiler)[ possessions came out of left field. I mean, I understand seeing things and experiencing phenomena but possession? That's when we should have either been left in the mind of the person possessed or everyone should've gotten the hell off the island. I mean, there's only so much a person can take (hide spoiler)]
I wish I had taken this out from the library instead of bought it["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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
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 soon to review this book as it is brand new, so it will be a short one. However, this is a great ending to a really solid and great series and4.7
Too soon to review this book as it is brand new, so it will be a short one. However, this is a great ending to a really solid and great series and fans will be very happy with this one.
While I'm sad to see this series go, and I do hope that Bennett hopes to write some novellas for the Bell/Butler bunch, this ended the only way it could. A circle that was closed in a very poetic way for both mother and daughter.
It also made me hate Enola even more, and I didn't think it was possible. However, Cady is the antithesis of her mother and that is what gave her the strength to live.
Now, here's a weird twist for all you fans out there; we get Jupe's POV! Yay! It was both cute, refreshing and honest just like the character himself. It's great to see a book that doesn't sideline the kid or make the kid a nuisance just to bring the characters together. Jupe was just as much as character as everyone else and this book finally gave us some insight into him.I did wish for more Jupe and Lon moments but with all the hubbub I suppose I'll just have to be happy with Letticia.
While I was frustrated by the manner in which Cady had to operate (view spoiler)[ her begging Lon to temporarily mind wipe her so that she could forget about the baby so that her mom wouldn't know (hide spoiler)] only to find out that in the end, it didn't even matter, it was still interesting to see Cady look at the world and at Lon in a 'new' way (view spoiler)[ that jealousy scene was so freaking awesome, although I was admit to thinking 'slow down She-Hulk, you're gonna get someone killed' (hide spoiler)].
The epilogue was exactly right and neither dragged on too long or gave too much exposition. Lon, Jupe and Cady are truly the pieces of each other that fit (view spoiler)[ and it was nice to see that she knew that even when she didn't remember their relationship (hide spoiler)] and because of that are an amazing family to read about. I almost wish they were real so I could be invited for BBQ.
So. This series has been my favorite for awhile and I will miss you but hey, and all pun intended, thanks for the memories.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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
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.
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
Criminy Stain is the man. End of story. Warm, strong, protective, deadly and downright sexy, he is everything you could want in a fictional steampu3.8
Criminy Stain is the man. End of story. Warm, strong, protective, deadly and downright sexy, he is everything you could want in a fictional steampunk-ish hero.
Tish Everett is perhaps the most annoying heroine I've come across in awhile and yet she somehow makes Crim's character better. She had her TSTL moment about thirty pages before the end and I was surprised it hadn't taken her sooner. I found her to be selfish, greedy and not very compassionate. It's almost as if she is encased in batting and there is very little emotion to connect to when I read her. She didn't seem as lively as Crim or any of the other characters in the book and at times I wondered if her passivity was just a way to cope with the strange world of if she was so emotionally battered that this was how she sounded. As a narrator she was hard to connect to and at times she just made me want to slap her (view spoiler)[ like going off on Crim when they were visiting Antonin. (hide spoiler)]. Tish has so much potential it hurt. She came off whiny at times and bitch at others. I enjoyed her interactions with Crim but when we had to deal with her alone, I kept praying for a Crim scene.
All I know is that she bugged me especially (view spoiler)[ when she goes around throwing threats and ultimatums. Telling Crim that she wouldn't stay with him regardless of the outcome and that she basically wants to have her cake and eat it too. I understand that she wants it back and I think that it was a good idea to undergo the quest to get it back but the way that she phrased it made me quirk an eyebrow (hide spoiler)]
So, Tish wasn't my favorite character but when she wasn't being a bit of a punk, she was pretty funny. She definitely shaped up and became less moody and petulant toward the end of the book. She took some responsibility and saved the day, although (view spoiler)[ I don't know if I'd be too keen on having my girlfriend switch back and forth between realities. What if she found someone else? I mean, Tish already had a weird love triangle happening with Casper and Crim, so who knows if she can be trusted. Also, having her cake and eating it too just sort of annoys me. It doesn't necessarily feel like it rings true. (hide spoiler)], and ok, so she may annoy me (all that potential to be a great heroine that just wasn't fulfilled!!) but Tish is still interesting enough that I'd read more about her.
Crim...well, he was amazing.
Anyhoo, this was a decently entertaining story and a pretty darn good debut.
This story is a cross between the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland meets a ScyFy original movie. It's dark, it's gritty and it's funny as hell. It also has some smexy to it ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Seriously the best book of 2012 thus far. There were a few bumps and a couple of purple prose incidents but all in all, you would be an idiot to skipSeriously the best book of 2012 thus far. There were a few bumps and a couple of purple prose incidents but all in all, you would be an idiot to skip out on this book.
Strong allusions to Psyche & Cupid, which I found more prevalent than Beauty & the Beast (view spoiler)[ especially the scene when Miranda lights up the room and corners him and he cowers in fear and shame. Very Psyche & Cupid minus the whole being punished for looking upon your husband (hide spoiler)] with its own touch of mystery, sensuality and presence.
It almost gets a five but there were parts of the story where the scenes were being choked by purple prose and could have been edited down. All in all, great story, strong hero and heroine (who are emotional but not fragile)and a HEA that is well deserved. I look forward to the next book, I'm just sad that Miri and Archer are not the mains.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I wanted to love this, I really really truly honestly did.
Unfortunately I only sort of like this.
Where to begin?
Well, the unlikely meeting of the twoI wanted to love this, I really really truly honestly did.
Unfortunately I only sort of like this.
Where to begin?
Well, the unlikely meeting of the two characters was hot. In fact, any sort of physical interaction these two had was hot. Steamy and scorching.
Phaeton was an amped up Sherlock meets Captain Jack Harkness meets Captain Jack Sparrow, smart, sexy and witty - what can't you like about him? Well, the fact that all of this becomes boring around page 200 is one. Despite having all of these characteristics there is nothing else to prop them up. He's quite an interesting 2d character.
America, well she's another hottie with an awesome name and at first, with sweet knife skills. Then the book continues and America loses some of her oomph and merely serves as the sexual love slave of Phaeton. Which would be cool if she teased him a little bit more and made him work for it instead of dropping trou everytime he said lift up your skirts.
Despite that, these two are pretty funny together and several times my mouth quirked.
Plotwise...well it becomes a little different because there are two plots but they don't run together all that cohesively until about thirty pages before the end of the book. Phaeton's plot was a little more convoluted and hard to follow than America's (which was simple and could have been pretty damn interesting on its own) and culminates into something even weirder. In fact, I'm not even sure what America is doing in most of these situations.
So, without going into too much detail, how would I rate the book?
Well, confusing and somewhat boring plots that don't bring out the potential in the characters. Characters that would be awesome against any other backdrop and some pretty sexy scenes.
That rates about a three.
There are some really great scenes but if you want some depth to your porn, you won't find it here. However, if you just want a dollop of smut without coherence - you've found your place....more