For some reason, this was a very interesting read for the first half of the book and then it sort of got....less enjoyable and a little weird.
(view spoiler)[ Ok, so the whole toppling over every single time she saw water, was a little much as I'm sure Willow could attest to. Also, the whole seeing the (view spoiler)[unborn baby with some ghosts, is a really odd thing and just what does it mean???? Especially when Henry and Pru said they were going to get to the kid. Not to mention the (view spoiler)[ miraculous magic sperm (hide spoiler)] oooh and the melodramatic villain. You'd think after so many centuries of plotting revenge and whatnot, he would kill Sebastian first or as soon as the ladies showed up. He clearly didn't read the "100 Things I would do If I were the Evil Villian" memo (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
I did enjoy seeing Raye and Becca again but the acceptance of magic so quickly was a little hard to believe at first. For people that just found out about their powers, it was just a little too easy for me to believe.
I think what bugged me about this installment was the way the romance was handled. It was destined. It was fated. It was insta-love but it was I-L at its worse because the reader had to relive it through the eyes of Willow while it was happening.
Oh! And this book overlaps with "Heat of the Moment", so there is very little surprise in the fast half of the book if you remember anything about the second book.
I don't know. There were just little things here and there (and the last twenty pages of the book) where my interest was broken and my attention wandered. This installment, despite Willow being very very interesting (and Sebastian kind of being a pain in the ass) didn't do it for me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I got hooked. I totally one hundred percent got hooked and I didn't want to. There are so many things that bugged me about this book but...damnDamnit!
I got hooked. I totally one hundred percent got hooked and I didn't want to. There are so many things that bugged me about this book but...damnit!...the characters weren't one of them.
Character wise, I only wish we had more time with Bobby and Raye. I really liked them together and I Really Liked their relationship. It didn't feel forced or phony, fast, but not instant. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters (minus Jenn. I just couldn't really stand her) and I wish we had just a little more time for interactions between Raye and both of her fathers.
Things that bugged me:
- That damn switch in POV's from first to third. WTF. By the end I was used to it but I definitely don't love that.
- Everything happened fast so that some things felt rushed. Take for instance the last 20 pages. If the book had been longer (and maybe not divided by the POV change) then things could've been expounded.
- Jenn. Just her very character made me want to roll my eyes.
All in all, I actually enjoyed this book. I even went out at my lunch break to by the next book because I want to find out if Raye finally meets her sister.
Again I say...Damnit! Because while this book is not the best book I've ever read nor is it the best magical book I've ever read......Handeland's good with her dialogue and her main characters and that's a magic that you can't ignore.
About 25% in, the book had its hooks in me. It was the end that had me oh so very mad.
Yes, love is great. Giving up everything...not so much.3.8 - 4.1
About 25% in, the book had its hooks in me. It was the end that had me oh so very mad.
Yes, love is great. Giving up everything...not so much. (view spoiler)[I get that Eliza has always sought freedom and that she needs to make the choice to be 'enslaved' or not but guess what, she's a friggin' Banshee. Why can't she stay on the other side with Adam? She's a damn harbinger of death. She'd be dwelling with the dead. Hello!? She's also part Fae. Can't Fae stay on the Other side better than a human? Also, isn't she sort of a GIM but not really? Wait...instead of drinking fucking cyanide, why the hell wouldn't you go to Lucien and ask to be made a GIM? DUH! That way you could still be alive....and you could still be with Adam!
Doesn't anyone use their brains anymore?!
What a waste of talent and a good, if not slightly underdeveloped, character. Now she's stuck in Never Never land.
Besides that. I did really enjoy the book. I liked Adam and Eliza's banter. I liked the Gaelic nod and I liked that Eliza was basically able to tell Adam to shove it when he was being an arrogant, overbearing, controlling jerk.
It was nice visiting with Holly and Thorne but I do wish we could have seen a bit more of the Fae world. Just to get a glimpse into the mind of Mellen and Mab. (also, Mabella - really?)
The best and worst part of this book was the torture at the beginning. The worst - because you simply don't want to see or hear about it happening to a character you like. The best - because it allowed Eliza and Adam to bond and slowly start fresh.
It was an odd choice of ways but it worked.
I also have to say that while I really want to read the next book, I'm a little hesitant because Sin has annoyed the hell out of me since Holly's book and now he's even worse.
But we'll see. I've never met Layla, so maybe she'll help redeem him in my eyes.["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
A nice introduction to Jessica McClain and the situation she was faced with prior to moving out. While it didn't necessarily expound on the side charaA nice introduction to Jessica McClain and the situation she was faced with prior to moving out. While it didn't necessarily expound on the side characters, it did give us better insight into Jess and why she is the way she is.
I will admit that the werewolves in this particular series tend to be assholes and there are some prime examples in this short....more
I missed Kate and Curran and I'm just ridiculously happy I got to spend some time in their world.
This particular installment was a little4.45
I missed Kate and Curran and I'm just ridiculously happy I got to spend some time in their world.
This particular installment was a little slow. Good, don't get me wrong, but slow in terms of pushing the mystery portion further.
While slow, this book definitely redeemed itself mid-way. There was a lot of character development, a lot of slow building for what will have to be the final showdown between Kate and her father, and there was still time for some Kate and Curran, *hubba hubba*
I like how this new setup is working out in terms of Kate living outside the Keep.
In fact, I liked mostly everything about this book. I just wish it had more George, Mahon, Martha and mentions of Eduardo because I really only remembered Eduardo in passing, it would have been great to have a small conversation between George and Kate about him.
Also, if we could just let Kate have a moment when she actually listens to Doolittle, that would be great. Thanks. I can't believe that she hasn't learned by now. Sure, you could argue that after that 'backfire', she decided to be a little smart and wait for back up but I have a feeling that this newfound common sense won't last.
There were some definite heart pounding moments, as well as sweet moments and it just furthers the point that not only are the Andrews' very very very good writers, but that Kate and Curran (and co) are characters that can stand the test of time. ...more
Wow. I think I am an official fan of Armstrong's adult fiction. Dark, sensual, intense, complex and extremely well written, I'm annoyed that it too4.6
Wow. I think I am an official fan of Armstrong's adult fiction. Dark, sensual, intense, complex and extremely well written, I'm annoyed that it took me so long to read this.
I remember seeing the covers and being turned off. Then I read the Nadia Stafford series and loved that. Then I read and was gobsmacked with her talent.
I told myself to read Bitten.
Then the show came out. I've seen all the episodes so far and I enjoy it. Then I read the book, and while I couldn't help but compare, I found I enjoyed the book better.
Let's put it this way: if you like your werewolves closer to the old myths, your characters complex and a little frustrating, and a writing style that is so addictive that you end up giving yourself papercuts with how quick you turn the page; then this is for you, and you'll thank me for the recommendation....more
This took me a ridiculously long time to read and that's mostly because I am still not used to reading in an e-format despite reviewing things for NetThis took me a ridiculously long time to read and that's mostly because I am still not used to reading in an e-format despite reviewing things for NetGalley.
Speaking of. This is a NETGALLEY ARC that I received and this is my review.
It was ok.
I didn't love it, I didn't hate and sometimes I didn't care. Mostly that was about Lexi, whom should've just been left in a pit to die because he aggravated me and endangered Hedi way too much. And he just appeared weak. Even if he wasn't, even if he wasn't supposed to be, his actions spoke a lot louder than his intentions.
Ugh! This was not the way to end this book. There was way too much time spent in Hedi's head (which normally wouldn't have been bad) but there was not enough momentum to justify it. Yes there was action, yes Hedi matured and developed but the whole 'flashback' portion of the book just dragged a bit.
Did I enjoy this? As a whole, yes.
But did I want more. Yes.
This is an ARC so things may have been changed but I think I wanted less narrative and more dialogue.
Though truth be told, Hedi is one funny bitch. And I loved her references!
On another note: There needs to be a novella that talks about the Ra'hells in Canada. I would read the hell out of that. I want to know more about Anu and what happened with Cordelia. I need to know about Lexi now that he has slightly redeemed himself!
*This poorly written review (because I'm tired) was written in exchange for receiving an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher oh so many months go. And for readers like you*
I will tell you that there should have been more character development so that we could have gotten a sense of thOh wow. Steamy without being tawdry.
I will tell you that there should have been more character development so that we could have gotten a sense of the world and their places in it. As it stands, there are a some things that are a bit confusing. Especially for a first book.
Either way, it's hot and interesting and short, so perfect for a late night zing....more
I want to state that I love Harper's writing. I think, should I ever get published and someone says "hey, what authors would you like to be compare3.8
I want to state that I love Harper's writing. I think, should I ever get published and someone says "hey, what authors would you like to be compared to?" I'd say Molly Harper.
Between her tone (conversational but not annoying), her dialogue (hilarious) and her writing skills (not too much exposition but still able to get the point across), Molly Harper's books are always fun to read.
However, there was a small bit of a problem with this book for me. It was a case of insta-love that wasn't properly formed.
You had Mo, a formerly raised Hippie who became more mainstream than her parents are comfortable with, coming to the middle of nowhere Grundy, Alaska. She is trying to figure herself out and things go a bit easy for her. She finds a job she loves, friends that accept her despite her "outsider" status and the flock of men falling all over her (which I can believe because Alaska is woefully unpopulated by available women). She is actually a character that, despite the initial description, doesn't come off as annoying. She's rather confident if a little dented and realistic without being close minded.
Then you have Cooper, a grumpy, reticent and slightly dickish hot hot male. He treats Mo like crap, takes an attitude with almost everyone and yet he's nearly ubiquitous.
Of course there's more than meets the eye.
They don't get along. Their conversations are full of UST and it's awesome.
But then they get together (view spoiler)[ They slept together once, Cooper basically falls in love with her and she doesn't resist (hide spoiler)] and all is happy happy until real life intrudes.
I wish there had been more of a slow buildup between Cooper and Mo that would've made the resulting ending more sweet. Also, another thing that bugged me (view spoiler)[ after the big "to-do" of buying a 100 pack of condoms, she and Coop use maybe one and then she gets pregnant. WHAT!??? (hide spoiler)]
And Alan came off as creepy sometimes, I'm sorry. I get that he was supposed to be Cooper's foil but it came off weird.
I did like meeting Coop's pack but really wished that Maggie had been less bitchy. I say this because while I get where she was coming from, she came off like a little brat and if she's supposed to be the main character of the next book, it's going to take a lot of redemption to make her likeable. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Didn't enjoy this adaptation. Preferred the book itself. I think it had something to do with the art. Minus Jenny Frison's work on the issue covers anDidn't enjoy this adaptation. Preferred the book itself. I think it had something to do with the art. Minus Jenny Frison's work on the issue covers and Dan De Santos' cover for the hardcover, I hated the art. Absolutely hated it....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.
More developed than the first and a bit more of development on the part of Sam. Justice was served even if the road there was bumpy in both a writingMore developed than the first and a bit more of development on the part of Sam. Justice was served even if the road there was bumpy in both a writing and plot. Still needs to be more developed and again the story suffers from the length.
Not a bad read though. I'm still hooked and can't wait to read the next installment especially since we left it on a cliff hanger....more
The storytelling was intriguing and appealing and kept my interest but it also felt a little rushed. Perhaps that has something to do with the over2.8
The storytelling was intriguing and appealing and kept my interest but it also felt a little rushed. Perhaps that has something to do with the overall length of the story (not quite a book not quite a novella) but I wish more time had been spent on the characters and development.
The technical aspect of the book is what kept me from rating this any higher.
There was a lot of telling v showing, there were some continuity errors (Wendy's wrapper vs Burger King wrapper) and there was quite a lot of repetition under the guise of something new (a lot of it is Sam waxing about her new life and how confused she was).
The characters had potential, even Samantha wasn't as fleshed out as she could've been. If this book ever gets re-written for mainstream release I would hope that everyone gets fleshed out that way the reader can care a little bit more about their outcome (view spoiler)[ Kingsley and Sam end up together but I didn't feel any sense of magnetism more like a polite interest. So, when he says he's falling in love with her I was quite confused. The two characters had spent very little page time together. Kingsley had the making for a great Alpha male -- a little like Roarke from the "In Death" series - but aside from his cunning remarks he had very little to recommend himself in terms of a love interest. I do hope that the next book molds this character into something fully formed (hide spoiler)]
The sister and the anonymous web friend I could've done without. They were definitely not as necessary as they could've been.
The one thing that stuck in my side in terms of pacing (view spoiler)[ was when Danny took the kids and there was a strange sense of relief for Sam. Maybe it was the way it was written (I don't think so) but I felt it was too soon for her to recognize that she had freedom (this was a few chapters later). After having read the past few chapters with her saying she would be gutted if they were taken away. Not only that, a few paragraphs before she is nearly killing her husband with the idea of him taking the kids of away (hide spoiler)].
This was an interesting book and I would definitely read it again if ever gets rewritten but as it stands now it is a half-formed story with awesome potential. The length of the story really didn't do this justice. It should've been longer and more detailed with a nice helping of more showing and less telling.
To note, this story has some pretty easy-flowing dialogue which is always a plus for me and the heroine is pretty kick-ass. I will be reading the rest of this series because she has me hooked.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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
Since this book isn't quite out yet and all that jazz. All I will say is that it's teetering between a 3.7 and a 4.2 and honestly it's because of theSince this book isn't quite out yet and all that jazz. All I will say is that it's teetering between a 3.7 and a 4.2 and honestly it's because of the last five pages, because, as my younger sisters would say, O. M. G....more
I love Kitty. I like how she manages to stumble her way through things by pure tenacity and instinct. This is classic Kitty but this time she's less nI love Kitty. I like how she manages to stumble her way through things by pure tenacity and instinct. This is classic Kitty but this time she's less naive and a little less scared.
She's an Alpha in this book, a burgeoning Alpha, but an Alpha all the same. She's a good leader and Ben is her perfect fit.
Cormac is out of jail in this one with a surprise all of his own that will go far. I'd like to see him get a book of his own.
This isn't really a review so much as just a gushing rant, so I'll stop now and just say that this book has two stories in it (as usual) but both are exciting and get to the heart of what Kitty is - a leader, a woman and a wolf....more
Ok, to be brief - I really liked this book. I like Evie - she's grown on me, I like Nate and I adore Katie.
More than that, the plot and the secondaryOk, to be brief - I really liked this book. I like Evie - she's grown on me, I like Nate and I adore Katie.
More than that, the plot and the secondary characters continue to feel real. There is enough mythology and reality combined to make this book a smooth ride and an enjoyable one at that.
I'm not going to go into too many details because I'm pretty sure I'll spoil something but I didn't necessarily see the shifter thing coming and I'm excited about where that is going to take the story.
It ended up on a semi-high note and there has to be another one after this. I look forward to reading....more
Amazing. Waiting 12 months for this book was absolutely worth it. I'm dying to know if there will be another one. I did my best to read this is as sloAmazing. Waiting 12 months for this book was absolutely worth it. I'm dying to know if there will be another one. I did my best to read this is as slow as possible because it was just too good. I am completely biased though because I love Mercy, Adam, Sam, Ben, Zee....I love every single character.
And because I don't want to spoil anything this review will be very sparse.
Suffice it to say, Mercy fans will really enjoy this installment. The "sub-plots" are pitch perfect and the action is up to the same standards as always. Not to mention, Mercy is healing from what happened in book 3 and she is taking charge of her life and learning to adapt. Any author that can handle character development and plot development as deftly and entertaining as this - well, there is a reason why Mercy's on my pre-approved Hardcover lists....more