I read this to about the 35% mark and then had to skip ahead. I skimmed and made myself read the end and I have to admit that even thenIt was.....meh.
I read this to about the 35% mark and then had to skip ahead. I skimmed and made myself read the end and I have to admit that even then it did nothing for me.
I never could like the main characters, even though I felt some sympathy for Rafe. I felt incredibly bad for Theo but I never got a sense of him. I know it's because Rafe doesn't really know his kid but I was expecting a little bit more.
Also, Holly, while a complete badass, was a bit stupid with some of her decisions.
In terms of writing, there was a lot of action and build up but there really wasn't enough development of the characters for me to care one way or another.
* NetGalley and the publisher (thanks) for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review....more
With a heroine who is TSTL, a love interest who is creepy/dangerous and two steps away from being an abuser, and a formeWhat the hell did I just read?
With a heroine who is TSTL, a love interest who is creepy/dangerous and two steps away from being an abuser, and a former love interest who reads like a telenovela villain - I'm not sure why I thought this would be a good book.
Granted, the book was well written and the past/present switches were enjoyable.
It was just everything else that was cringeworthy. ...more
Ah, I do love Janet, Mick, the mirror and the rest of the gang and there were certainly some really really good parts to this book but....
I didn't lovAh, I do love Janet, Mick, the mirror and the rest of the gang and there were certainly some really really good parts to this book but....
I didn't love this as much as I have loved the others. It felt a little choppy and a little weird. Mostly because of the dream sequences that got a little confusing (view spoiler)[ one minute Janet doesn't remember her future self and then she makes a reference to a future event and how she remembers it....huh? You can't really have both. (hide spoiler)]
I also thought that Janet was very much out of character in this book. Too passive. Yes, she came to terms with her duality and that was honestly one of the very best parts of the book.
I think I would love it if Janet Begay, Jo Walker, Mercy Thompson-Hauptman, and Lily Ivory (Juliet Blackwell's "A Witchcraft Mystery") walked into a bar and kicked some ass. *Hint hint!*
All in all, I still love the series and am super excited that there will be more but next time I want more cohesive story, more of the side characters and more Mick and Janet in the here and now.
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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
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
Dark fantasy with a bit of religious mythology thrown in.
You have the prerequisite 'doesn't believe in things I don't understand' cop, a fallen ang3.7
Dark fantasy with a bit of religious mythology thrown in.
You have the prerequisite 'doesn't believe in things I don't understand' cop, a fallen angel who is looking for redemption and some really scary baddies. Put 'em all together and what do you get? A PNR.
This isn't a typical PNR. Yes, the formulas used are familiar but the execution is something different. Brynna is seeking redemption, something most fallen don't do, and she has been in Hell so long (and she has never been human) that she doesn't recall what it's like to interact with us fleshy squish-bags. She wants to learn but she also needs to stay alive long enough to not get sent back to Lucifer who will most assuredly torture her.
The form that she took is one that is pleasing but not overtly so. She could if she wanted to,I mean, she is a Goddess of lust (and oh so much more but I hesitate to spoil too much) and she understands the ways of men. However, she's trying to be good. Meaning, she is quite literally using her powers for good :) All of that would've been perfect if on her first day on Earth a nephilim wasn't killed right in front of her. And if she hadn't run away from the crime scene. Oh and if she hadn't shown off her impressive linguistic skills. Then maybe Eran Redmond and his partner wouldn't have gotten so interested in her. Especially Eran.
The action is well-paced and the motives behind actions are explained well and easily understood but I do have a few complaints. Number one, the back and forth POV's from about five or six different characters. I think Eran and Brynna would've sufficed and maybe a few instances of the main nephilim. Number two, a little more character development would've been appreciated.
I liken Brynna to a blank slate or rather T-1000 (a better machine that has perfected human tics and very very hard to kill), a terminator without the directive to kill. She is on earth with a limited understanding of things and she wants to know. OMG, she's like Ariel and T-1000 combined!
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
With about seventeen hundred POV's and not enough time to give a crap about any of them, this book was almost a waste2.5
Are you freaking kiddin' me?
With about seventeen hundred POV's and not enough time to give a crap about any of them, this book was almost a waste of my time. Yet, like the stupid Noble Dead books, something about this amateur outing left me wanting me.
I'll tell you this, Vaughan is a good storyteller.
I want to read the next one but a part of me, oh Lord of Light, seriously doesn't care because I can't go through twelve thousand pov's before stumbling upon the people I want to know more about.
Kinda too rapey and Alpha Alpha male for me. Also, due to length, not much character development. Myst was a blast and I would've liked to know more bKinda too rapey and Alpha Alpha male for me. Also, due to length, not much character development. Myst was a blast and I would've liked to know more but Nikolai... Ugh....more
The puns ruined this book for me. I really liked the first one because I thought it was interesting that there was a strong female character who was kThe puns ruined this book for me. I really liked the first one because I thought it was interesting that there was a strong female character who was kind of a cold hearted bitch but still warm enough to fall for the hero.
So naturally I was excited to read another story with the Ice Princess Arianna (my own term) and the Sexy Spanish Prince Sandro (also my term) coming together to solve a mystery that in the process allows them to get closer together.
Welp, it didn't happen in this book.
In this book the character development was relegated to the background and any sort of 'closeness' was described in a sentence while the plot was heavy on the puns and littered with heavy pieces of history. I understand that it's a historical-fiction mystery. I didn't realize it was a history book, which has its own place in my pantheon of reading.
I don't have the book on me to give you a play by play of the whole sections that seem to be full of information that was disseminated in such a clunky fashion and neither can I show you the constant play on words (Shakespeare this is not) but trust me. You'll notice it right away.
Which is a shame because the characters and the world-building were shrouded in bits that were too dense and slightly boring. At other times it was woefully melodramatic.
Now, don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad book and the author isn't unskilled. In fact this has little to do with the author as I feel that the content editor should have caught most of these little things and sent it back for a rewrite.
This is what I came away from this book (which made me go "meh" when I was finished)
- I want to know more about the characters that are driving this story. If the pov's are between these characters I want to care about them again. I want to know why they're together, I want them to get closer and I want to feel connected to the mystery. The whole book picked up about thirty pages from the end and that's not enough for me. I need more.
- More Henning
- Please let Arianna punch Grentham in the mouth just once (please!)
- Give Arianna more guns, she's awesome with them
- Let Arianna and Sandro have a conversation like the one in the carriage in which they are speaking honestly to each other
- Have Sando have to play the doxy at least once
- I want to meet Antonia, I wonder if there's going to be a scandal involving her?
- Is Mellon just a tightass or does he have a reason for disapproving Arianna?
As you can see, while I wasn't firmly engaged in this book, I was engaged enough (thank you last 1/3 of the book) and I hope that the next book gets rid of the plays on words and the puns. PLEASE. It's not cute. ...more
It's a solid end to the trilogy of the sisters and I'd probably rate it higher if life hadn't kept interrupting my reading, making my understanding3.8
It's a solid end to the trilogy of the sisters and I'd probably rate it higher if life hadn't kept interrupting my reading, making my understanding and enjoyment of the book both choppy and indeterminate.
I've always liked Chloe and Sawyer and so it was good to see what was so obvious from the beginning. I think I would have liked more character development but still, it was a solid story.
Essentially the reboot of Catwoman. Interesting, a little confusing as I didn't read the first and have been a little out of touch but nothing so confEssentially the reboot of Catwoman. Interesting, a little confusing as I didn't read the first and have been a little out of touch but nothing so confusing that you drop the book.
The art was okay but I especially loved the Black Masque introduction (because we all know where that leads) and the fact that Bruce just couldn't stop staring ;)...more