If I had read Flooze's review or talked to her about it then maybe, just mVery. Very. Very.
Mood: - DISAPPOINTED
If I had read Flooze's review or talked to her about it then maybe, just maybe I could have saved myself the major disappointment of having to read this book. But I didn't. I read it with the high hopes that this book was going to be good. I mean the premise is pretty unique, the writing seemed light and fresh and I loved the covers. I mean, I only waited three or four years to get my hands on this book.
Well, life is not fair. I read this with high hopes only to be slapped in the face with the wake up call that this book is like that c+ student you can't help but you know that he/she has potential so you agonize on how to help them.
The theme in this short review is "potential" brought to you by the later "p".
Plot - potential. A Goddess living inside of a witch whose coven members were murdered by Vatican officials. OOOO. I like that. A crossing over of religions in which the bad one is the Catholic Church. Ok. I can get behind that. Oh wait...this avenue went nowhere. Ok, not nowhere, there was definitely a thread line of plot here but the sheer amount of...*takes a deep breath* Ok, no, I promised myself I wouldn't go there. You can always check out my status updates to figure out how I really felt about the very confusing representation of both the Goddess Lilith and her various associations (note the word association). I'll just link to it instead: http://www.goodreads.com/comment/list...
Character - Oh Ms Lacey, you annoyed me with your back and forth and free vagina. I'm a feminist, maybe not a proper, one but I celebrate women who own their sexuality. A woman who has sex with various people is not necessarily a slut. But Garnet, you do not own your sexuality so much as you loan it out to whomever is available. You are in no way a slut, I'm not calling you that. I'm calling you an idiot. So yes, as a character you an idiot. A big fat idiotic idiot. Oh, did I mention that you're a hypocrite? I should've, because not being willing to give your blood to your vampire boyfriends (whom you swore off) and then being pissed to the point of cheating on them, when they go off and take blood from another is pretty hypocritical. Just like sort of kind of sleeping with your ex is after your current lover is running around the town dying.
Everyone else was pretty much developed.
Theme - not sure what it was but I guess because I wasn't distracted by it, it did its job?
Ok, So maybe this review is a bit more scathing than I normally write. As a writer and a hopeful published writer, I should probably try to understand where the writer was coming from. I can't though. Why? I waited THREE YEARS to get my hands on a copy only to be disappointed.
As my mother has always said to me. "I'm not mad, just disappointed."...more
So I understand what the book was about but it didn't quite complete the task that the it was out for.
The mystery wasn't quite solved and the perpetraSo I understand what the book was about but it didn't quite complete the task that the it was out for.
The mystery wasn't quite solved and the perpetrator wasn't brought to justice and all I got was more questions than answers.
This book had a heck of a lot of potential and a lot of stuff was left unanswered as more things were introduced. Seph had potential as a character as did Johnny and Demeter. I'm not a fan of Menessos so if he was supposed to be a sympathetic character I never received the memo. I very much was on Johnny's side about (view spoiler)[ killing the son of a bitch (hide spoiler)].
The dialogue could've been a little less stilted and Persephone's own prejudices could've been explored a bit more. I like Johnny and his actions at the end of the book didn't sway me from disliking him. In fact, his actions were the only thing that made sense. Seph was right to be angry but I hope it doesn't carry over to far.
Again, this book had potential and it kept my interest but it also left me confused.
I will say that the magic and the tarot were well researched. Also, the idea that vampires are gross but pretty isn't new but the way that Robertson explained their smell and their powers as well as (view spoiler)[ Menessos' wound (hide spoiler)] was very intriguing.
I want to know more but I don't know if I'm gagging for it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Um...I have no idea what happened at the second half of this book. One minute I'm complaining and annoyed and just generally puzzled about why the3.4
Um...I have no idea what happened at the second half of this book. One minute I'm complaining and annoyed and just generally puzzled about why the book has absolutely no movement to it and just a shitload of info dump when BAM, suddenly I'm on a rollercoaster plummeting thirty feet down and loving every second of it.
It's a 3.4 simply because there wasn't a lot of character development and the world building could've been done better. Which leads me to the info dump. If the world building had been done better and the characters had been a little more developed and less wooden, then the info dumps could've veen gotten rid of or at least manipulated in such a way where it didn't feel as obvious.
Jessie is pretty inept and sort of whiny the first 1/4 of this book, then she becomes inept but interesting the second quarter and then she becomes pretty freakin' awesome by the end of the book. (view spoiler)[ how can you not be awesome when you have a flame hand and a magic gem eye? I think it's written somewhere that when you become a magical female version of Ash from Army of Darkness you are automatically pretty fuckin' bad ass (hide spoiler)]
Cooper...well, I'm a little iffy on him. I didn't get to know him too well in this book but I'm hoping he's a bit less cryptic in the next one.
Warlock seems pretty cool and who woulda thought that a ferret would be freakin' hilarious?
Not I said the fly.
The bad guy? Was bad but not really bad but boy oh boy, the vengeance was very cathartic and divine (view spoiler)[ it's not his fault that his family was insane and he's not responsible for any of the crap that happened to his brothers, mother and Coop's dad but like Jessie said "the moment you became a real wizard, the moment you decided you were so important you should run the whole city, the day you decided you knew what was best for the rest of us - every day after that, what happened to them was entirely your fault, because you were the one who should have stopped it (hide spoiler)]
Don't get me wrong, this book is all over the place and the first half of the book could've been treated with a little more TLC by way of the editors but still, it stuck the landing.
Which is why I'm interested in the next book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Quick read and good followup to "Red-Headed Stepchild". This installment finds Sabina and company on the lam from her grandmother Lavinia and on to NeQuick read and good followup to "Red-Headed Stepchild". This installment finds Sabina and company on the lam from her grandmother Lavinia and on to New York where her long lost twin sister is waiting. Sabina, being a mage and a vampire by birth is an expert at being alone and not fitting in so when she finds her sister, who is the opposite of her, she doesn't know or understand how to relate.
Joining the mages, Sabina runs into her own past and her own future. Torn between who was, is and who she can yet be, Sabina is a mess. She makes new friends and finds some old ones and while working on her magic, she begins to work on reconciling some of her issues.
Still hard headed, stubborn and reckless Sabina Kane is nobody's fool and in this installment she begins to understand that asking and receiving help is not the same thing as weakness.
The supporting characters are interesting, if not as fully fleshed out as they could be, I can't wait to read more about Maisie, G and Valva as well as find out what's going to happen between Adam and Sabina. Not to mention, when will Lavinia get what she deserves? Will Sabina be able to go up against the woman who has torn her life apart?
This book could've been better. It was heavy on the description and internal thoughts and not so big on the action and the dialogue. It did little3.5
This book could've been better. It was heavy on the description and internal thoughts and not so big on the action and the dialogue. It did little for character development though there were lots of characters and it even managed to make me question the moral fiber of our heroine.
Good sequel to a light read. Fun, exciting, sexy and whimsical; still has a likeable protoganist, an infuriatingly complicated love triangle and an amGood sequel to a light read. Fun, exciting, sexy and whimsical; still has a likeable protoganist, an infuriatingly complicated love triangle and an amazing cat sidekick, this book is a great read for the beach . Team Bryn. ;)...more
A surprising refreshing look into witches and the craft. While this book is primarily a mystery it still does a really good job of bringing to life LiA surprising refreshing look into witches and the craft. While this book is primarily a mystery it still does a really good job of bringing to life Lily Ivory,a natural witch (one with innate abilities to manipulate or influence), her friends and hinting at the past that she left behind.
The men in her life are complicated and while nothing is quite a love triangle you get the impression that if there was, the reader would be a little confused as to who to root for. Aidan, the male witch (which isn't as rare as you would think but still one of those 'huh' things) and Max the professional skeptic. While there does need to be a skeptic in all of these books (without them how would the reader be able to lose themselves? the reader is often times the skeptic but if you have one in the story already you can easily side with the character doing the unbelievable things if it is written correctly), it is handled in a decent enough way that you don't want to smack Max in the face. Lily does a very good job of not becoming discouraged or too upset by Max's skepticism and in fact the reader almost believes she welcomes it as opposed to the easy charm of Aidan - she knows who she can trust.
Her familiar Oscar is cute in a not physically adorable way and there is a mystery there between Aidan and Oscar and Lily's possession of said creature.
Lily is learning to accept herself and her powers which could, if she isn't careful, get out of hand. Finally after all these years of travel (she is a worldly woman) she has settled in San Francisco, running a vintage clothing store. Lily's strongest talents lie in brewing and vibrations of old places. Bronwyn, her eventual friend and shopmate is a Wiccan and is the first to accept her. Maya, is the stereotypical San Franciscan art student - funky hair, old soul and outgoing personality.
The mystery is based on the disappearance of a little girl after she leaves the house of Frances Potts whom Lily and Maya are visiting for old clothes. It's a good mystery and it's interesting way in which Lily attempts to solve it. She needs to rely on herself and actually accept the help of Aidan.
I don't know what I think about this book. I wanted to smack Zack several times and also slap Sadie. I mean, if you think your man is stepping out onI don't know what I think about this book. I wanted to smack Zack several times and also slap Sadie. I mean, if you think your man is stepping out on you...then do something! Just don't jump to conclusions, get some straightforward answers like you did last book.
Also - if a crazy ghost is trying to kill you I would love for you to ignore that one and not the one that needs your help!
Everyone was a little messed up and out of character in this book without any real reason. It doesn't help that each book takes place a year apart. I mean, come on now Ms. Roberts - why mess up something that wasn't broken to begin with, without any good reason for it?...more
This book had a lot more action in it than the previous ones but it has less to do with Weres and more to do with theTeetering between a 3.7 and a 3.9
This book had a lot more action in it than the previous ones but it has less to do with Weres and more to do with the Long Game. Kitty travels to SF to help out her "friend" Anastasia recover an artifact that Roman is also looking for.
Mayhem ensues, Gods are met, alliances are formed and Ben loses his shit and shirt a few times.
This is really a bridge book, meaning something BIG is going to be happening soon and this is the first step into a new plot arc, or rather a step in the direction of the plot that has been building up since three books ago.
Either way, this installment was fast paced and full of Kitty's trademark curiosity and blundering.
My one nit-pick; I know that Ben and Kitty are Weres but why are they such poor fighters? I know it's about instinct but I think they can stand to learn a few techniques. They are new Alphas so I understand that they are not quite "with it", but if Ben is going to keep losing his shit, then please for the love of God allow the man to know how to fight as a wolf....more
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
However, the most interesting story was Collean Gleason's take on Northanger Abbey. The characters were similar to those by Austen, with very simiTBP
However, the most interesting story was Collean Gleason's take on Northanger Abbey. The characters were similar to those by Austen, with very similar traits, but were different enough to be captivatingly manipulated with the confines of an adapted tale of a classic. Though I haven't read the Gardella series, it is an offshoot on the idea of Venators etc. And is referenced once or twice. Surprisingly this is my favorite in this collection.
The most romantic is Mary Balogh's take on Persuasion and is the first story. It was beautifully written, especially for someone who doesn't write paranormal romance, and I enjoyed the concept of reincarnation and there always being something that gets in the way for Robert and Jane in every single lifetime but when the rest of the stories are about vampires and witches it seems a bit odd. However, it's still a very nice take on one of my least favorite Austen novels.
This is really bordering on the 3.5 to me and that's only because Bretton introduced Samuel and we got a glimpse of Aerynn.
Chloe and Luke have just deThis is really bordering on the 3.5 to me and that's only because Bretton introduced Samuel and we got a glimpse of Aerynn.
Chloe and Luke have just defeated Isadora (literally just finished, this book starts where the other finished) and they realize that oops, the town is missing.
By missing I mean gone.
Ok, so here's the thing. Nothing really happened until toward the end of the book. Only "mysterious things" which did lead somewhere but could've been used so much better.
The Salem ghosts pop up only when it's convenient and even the chemistry between Luke and Chloe seemed a little (pardon the pun) lukewarm until the end. Janice wasn't as fun as usual and even Penny the cat annoyed me.
Chloe alternated between whiny and stubborn or feeling helpless and actually being helpless.
The whole thing just felt very 'hand of the author'. Everything happened with absolutely no subtlety and even the final battle felt rushed and only there to tie up what the author had already set in motion. It wasn't even that much of a battle.
On the whole, just very disappointed with this installment and hope for a better one next time....more
I got this omnibus after begging and begging my mother for it. I think I was in my early teens. See, I had 'borrowed' the second and third Donovan booI got this omnibus after begging and begging my mother for it. I think I was in my early teens. See, I had 'borrowed' the second and third Donovan books from my mother (without her knowing of course) and hadn't read the first one yet and couldn't find it anywhere , she got it for me for Christmas and it was the best gift I got that year.
This is also the series that made me want to write something other than teen horror stories :)...more
Not my favorite installment of the Donovans, and the last, but what can you say when you've fallen in love with Sebastian, Morgana and Anastasia? EverNot my favorite installment of the Donovans, and the last, but what can you say when you've fallen in love with Sebastian, Morgana and Anastasia? Everything else just pales. Wished the series had ended on a stronger note....more
I finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the bI finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the book says, Janet is having a hard time trying to save Mick's life, her life and the lives of her friends.
It's tough being half-goddess.
It's even tougher when your friends and loved ones won't hesitate to kill you should you fail to control the magic that was instilled in you by your bitch mother and the earth.
It's a thousand times harder when the little voice in the back of your head tells you it's ok to kill people.
Oh and let's just throw this on the fire: your boyfriend is about to be brought to trial because of you while a monster is running around killing people.
It makes a gal not want to get out of bed.
The characters were solid and the secondary characters were fun and felt real. I really enjoyed having more Maya and Noami in this book. I'm iffy with Cassandra (view spoiler)[ that shit she pulled at the end of the book annoyed me (hide spoiler)] and I can live without Pamela. On top of that, Colby looks like fun. I'm glad we met him. He's like that little brother that you want to punch and/or hug.
I would like more of Mick and Janet in a relationship, I like them together but it would be nice to see them with a little more talk-talk between them and a little less rip-roaring sessy times. Why? Because while sessy times are fun for everyone, a real relationship is also communication and doing things outside of the bedroom. If I don't see that happen it's hard for me to believe that the relationship is real.
The plot itself was interesting though at times it felt like there were too many things going on at once but it was all summed up nicely and the ending left us with an interesting little twist.["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.
What I like about this book is that there isn't a love triangle for me to have worry about. I like that Janet and Mick are a firmly emore of a 3.7/3.8
What I like about this book is that there isn't a love triangle for me to have worry about. I like that Janet and Mick are a firmly established couple and they have each others backs. However, I would still like a little more of a relationship aspect of them without the constant shagging. This book provided me with a bit more of that, so I'm happy about that.
What I'm not so happy about it is the large rambling plot threads that didn't really make much sense until the final part of the book and still, it was still a "Huh? Wtf?" moment.
Why couldn't Janet have figured out the Mick situation sooner? Why didn't she press her grandmother for more info? Why didn't she just give Gabrielle a really good slap in the face?
I don't have these answers.
Despite it's weight and baggage, this book is still one of the better books I've read this year in this genre. This series is still very good and I care very much about what happens next. Especially with the little cliffhanger at the end....more
I didn't expect to like this book so much or finish it in a few hours.
Is this book the best book ever written in the history of PNR? No. Are some3.8
I didn't expect to like this book so much or finish it in a few hours.
Is this book the best book ever written in the history of PNR? No. Are some of the plot points a bit heavy handed? Yep.
But is the world interesting and a little bit of a mix between Kate Daniels' and the Nightside? Yes!
I found the characters to be intriguing and interesting and I took a liking to Cass about ten pages in. I enjoyed following her through her world and the investigation even though I might have done a few things differently.
The love triangle is cleared up at a fairly early time which then makes the would be lover an even more interesting character.
Speaking of, I really enjoyed Abby and wished there had been more of her.
There are some issues with the book, pacing, exposition (at the beginning) and not enough use of magic.
But it's a fun and fast read and perfect for the pool or beach....more