The grit of Preacher coupled with the lawlessness of the Wild West mixed with the darkness of America's folktales and a pinch of thReally really good.
The grit of Preacher coupled with the lawlessness of the Wild West mixed with the darkness of America's folktales and a pinch of the Persephone and Hades myth with a dusting of Sandman and you have the recipe for Pretty Deadly.
There is no black and white within this story everything and Everyone is grey.
Pick this up if you're looking for a good comic with a fresh take on legends, myths and human pathology....more
Weird, creepy, dark and a great Halloween read, The Glass Casket retells the story of Snow White & Rose Red with more depth and tragedy than3.5
Weird, creepy, dark and a great Halloween read, The Glass Casket retells the story of Snow White & Rose Red with more depth and tragedy than you'd think. There are other elements of Grimm in the story as well as Celtic flavors and there are pockets of folklore that have been twisted and turned to suit the purpose of the story.
I didn't find the book scary but there are definitely creep factors and while Tom became enthralled with a La Belle Dame Sans Merci , the story became a bit muddled as we saw through his eyes. And I have to tell you, thinking you're losing your marbles is scarier than anything in a forest.
What I do wish (view spoiler)[ is that we had more time with Rowan and Jude. For such an interesting character, one who could carry a book unto himself, I would have liked to see more of their falling in love. I mean I knew that Jude was in love with her but I think I would've liked to see more of buildup. Now, I do understand that this book was not a romance per se, but the fact that the ending was so cleanly and savagely done, I would've liked to have had something to make me smile (hide spoiler)] .
So, while the ending was a bit rushed. And the romance could've been just a tad more built up on the gal's side, this was still an enjoyable book. I don't know if I recommend it for younger kids but 16+ I say go for it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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 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
The writing gets increasingly better but again, the length hurts the story. I also didn't like who Fang ended up being and I was disappointed that morThe writing gets increasingly better but again, the length hurts the story. I also didn't like who Fang ended up being and I was disappointed that more time wasn't spent on her family, especially given the circumstances.
Also, there is a lot of judgement passed on woman in these books. Sam is always using perjorative terms like "slut" or "whore". I mean, I understand why she might've used those terms toward the homewrecker but to pass judgement on everyone is sort of annoying.
The boy-crazy attitude she has is starting to grate on me as well. If she is attracted to every male she meets than she needs to stop complaining about not having had sex for six years and jump on the pony.
I find some of her responses improbable and not as nuanced as it should be but she is still a kick-ass take no prisoners lady. The fight at the of the book had me both grossed out but also happy. The bad guy got what was coming to him by her hands.
So, the same complaints - the characters could be more developed, the plot could be less rushed and then bad guys/good guys could be less two-dimensional.
Oh, and another thing The fact that Sam has had six years to deal with her condition should also stop her from calling herself a ghoul or a monster and then wondering what God thinks. There was no basis for her to start wondering about that stuff because it was never established that she was religious. I'm not sure what the author is trying to make the reader believe about Sam. I need more backstory and development and like I said with my first review of the first book, if this is ever re-written for a mainstream audience, I would definitely buy it
There is very little romance in here so it's more of an Urban/Paranormal Fantasy and I gotta say I wish there was some more kissing and stuff. The description of the men doesn't help. Kingsley keeps getting bigger and bigger in each book and he is starting to remind me of a cross between the Juggernaut and Beast from the X-Men, while Fang is reminding me of a hairy very creepy Cyclops. I don't particuarly get a good image of either guy.
All in all, the execution could've been better and the story a little less jumbled. It won't stop me from finishing the series though....more
Action packed and a gritty this book is an interesting addition to the urban/PNR world. However, serious editing needed to be done before it went t3.7
Action packed and a gritty this book is an interesting addition to the urban/PNR world. However, serious editing needed to be done before it went to print.
Also, the twist of throwing (view spoiler)[ Haven into the mix ,when it wasn't quite clear what part of the order she was working for, to be the new Artemis was unnecessary. Haven't not been fully developed, her sudden ascension to possible Godhood made little sense. Also, as a character that flitted in and out of scenes, I didn't find such a deep connection with her as maybe I should've. And to turn her made the story seem unnecessarily angsty (hide spoiler)]
The war wasn't explained well enough and the consequences were sort of glossed over, of course most of the pov was seen through Kyana and since she could care less about the Human world....
The switching of Pov's in the middle of the page was annoying but something you get used to and thank god it was only between Ryker and Kyana.
Kyana has a lot of growing to do and with the help of Ryker and Geoff, she may end up a better person. However, she is just enough of a bitch that in the beginning of the book you wonder if you will ever care about her outcome. The supporting cast does its job of bringing out certain softer characteristics of Kyana that you know there is more that meets the eye.
All in all, needs a better content and copy editor and while the War needs to be better explained, the mythology, action and growth potential of Ky (plus the romance between Ryker and Ky) make a good enough concoction to have me ready for the next. A good debut by the authors.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Why this book took me so long to read, I have no clue. It was exciting, interesting, well-paced, and even though you know that things are going to4.7
Why this book took me so long to read, I have no clue. It was exciting, interesting, well-paced, and even though you know that things are going to be broken up, well-plotted.
While there could be a little more in terms of rounding out characters, you can't help but feel for Alina and root for her.
I'm not going to go into a long review on this one just because there are tons of reviews out there that will do this book justice.
Point is, if you like YA books with a good plot and good characters, if you like female characters that are coming into themselves and learning their strengths, and if you dig a little romance with your sacrificial acts, you'll enjoy this. If you're a fan of Kristin Cashore's Graceling or Alison Croggon's Pellinore series or anything related to that....read this. You will not be sorry....more
I don't know what to think about this book. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. It wasn't as steamy to me but there is a lot of sex and none of3.5
I don't know what to think about this book. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. It wasn't as steamy to me but there is a lot of sex and none of it is really sugar coated.
I don't know. Sometimes I felt I was reading a well-written and engaging hardcore porn and other times I felt like I was reading a messy paranormal romance. The two didn't seem to reconcile very while for me.
Plus the introduction of Gem's POV was just unnecessary in my opinion.
I don't know. Again, it wasn't awful but I didn't go nuts over it....more
The beginning was a little slow but absolutely worth it as everything adds up. Not necessarily nicely (because it's Ka4.8
Awesome. Just purely awesome.
The beginning was a little slow but absolutely worth it as everything adds up. Not necessarily nicely (because it's Kara Gillian's life after all) but it all comes together.
Can't really give a review because this is brand spanking new and there's no way that a Spoiler cut is going to stop me from spoiling something.
Needless to say, there are a lot of things answered but every single answer seems to kick up new questions. There is a declaration that made me squeal with delight and there are two different sides to a character that confuses the hell out of me.
Love the "crew" and love Eihlahn
The end? I need the next book now because there's no way it could've ended like that.
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)]
Just wow. I'm not going to say much other than o really enjoy this. I had a very hard time putting this down. All I would've asked for was more dimensJust wow. I'm not going to say much other than o really enjoy this. I had a very hard time putting this down. All I would've asked for was more dimension on Ian.
Other than that, look for my friend The Holy Terror, she says it better than I....more
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.
A big improvement with the relationship of Elena and Raphael. He's softened, a smidge, and she's got a tiny bit of leverage but most of all they loveA big improvement with the relationship of Elena and Raphael. He's softened, a smidge, and she's got a tiny bit of leverage but most of all they love each other and are willing to try and make things work.
Lijuan, the oldest archangel has pretty much lost her mind and there's also somone gunning for a Cadre position. On top of that Elena's memories are returning.
The most interesting thing was Elena's memories, both sad and brutal, it was good to know where she was coming from and that Raphael has her back.
My only issue is that while there were two plots, both paled when compared to Elena. I know that this series is character driven and not plot driven ( of which I do not mind) but Lijuan's "surprise" ended too quick and may have been better if brought earlier so that it made sense in the grander scheme if things.
As for the "not so random" killings, I would have appreciated the reveal if there had been something pointing to the culprit.
I enjoyed this though, a 4.2, and am looking forward to the next one....more