This was a surprisingly good book. I say surprisingly because there are some issues, mainly with the world building/exposition and I found myself a3.7
This was a surprisingly good book. I say surprisingly because there are some issues, mainly with the world building/exposition and I found myself a tad bit confused about what was going on at first.
Then I just rolled with it. However, for a first book, you need to have a better world built instead of an awesome premise. I didn't really understand what made the Sidhe/Sith the dominant species and therefore the bosses. I didn't know why the Clan-less where in the position they were in, how they managed to not get truly subjugated, how many clans there were, why and the different clans got to where they are, and the true hierarchy of the clans themselves (I mean we know abut Aifric but only until much much later).
Here we have a heroine, Integrity, who is a walking contradiction and most of the time this suits her. She's a thief and clan-less but she's also a pacifist and an outcast Sidhe. She is not instantly likeable and you alternately want to hug her and punch her, but its perfect because that's how she was intended.
The same can be said of Byron (although you start to like him a lot faster). When they are together, you get a sense that when/if they get together, it's going to be amazing.
Every one else needed to be fleshed out a little bit more, just like the world and magic systems. There is, in my humble opinion, an incredibly annoying character named Bob. So, you will have to deal with that.
What I did like about this book is the humor, Integrity and Byron, and the journey. I'm curious about the Adair clan, I want to know about the Foinse, and I have to know what Integrity is going to do with the information she has.
I look forward to the next book.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review ...more
Finishing this series made me both happy and terribly sad. I really liked this and would've liked one more book with (view spoiler)[ the new Abraha4.6
Finishing this series made me both happy and terribly sad. I really liked this and would've liked one more book with (view spoiler)[ the new Abraham and all of the "new" characters that frankly, we don't really know despite the originals (hide spoiler)]
I did get a bit sad when I realized that everything Matilda once knew was gone and apart of me was really impressed how she didn't let it get her down too long. Matilda became a real bad ass. Even more so than the last few books and she was magnificent.
I never really warmed up to Quentin and this particular version did nothing to enamor.
Also, I have to admit, I usually hate time travel. I mean, I still do, and there were parts of this book that confused the hell out of me (I just can't wrap my mind around it) and even though I know they were explained at their simplest level, I sort of wound up confused about the timeways, the alternatives, etc. It all made sense by the end of the book but the slipping and the sliding and the .... I had to think about a concept that refuses to stay in my brain for very long.
There were a lot of interesting things in this Alt Timeway, let's say Earth-2, and again I really hope that Monk will give us just one more. Or a novella. That'd be good.
The secondary characters were intriguing, slight variances on the Originals, and the world-building was solid and interesting.
Coupled with the action, it was a very solid and nearly (view spoiler)[ I'm still not a hundred percent used to this new Abraham even though he is very very similar to the old one. I like that this one is rougher and less self-righteous, but I would've liked a second for Matilda to officially mourn the loss of the man she loved in the original timeline. (hide spoiler)] excellent end to this trilogy.
I may not have liked Monk's Allie books but she absolutely one me over with Matilda.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There were issues with this book starting with the main character.
In my opinion Myrna was borderline unlikeable in the beginning. Sort of bitchy,2.8
There were issues with this book starting with the main character.
In my opinion Myrna was borderline unlikeable in the beginning. Sort of bitchy, whiny and a bit indignant for the sake of being indignant. As the book continued, she showed a remarkable capability of being too trusting, which led to her not doing a very good job of keeping her guard up, which then led to not paying attention to blazingly suspicious details....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
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.
Ok, so there are issues with this book which is why it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. However, with the muck and the mire of4.5
This was just what I needed.
Ok, so there are issues with this book which is why it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. However, with the muck and the mire of crappy books out there, even the issues with this book trump most of the other stuff I've read lately.
Plus I love Merit. And Ethan. And Luc. And Lindsay. And Mallory.
So the issues were the plot was a bit slow. I was expecting a little more action and a little less drama ala Lacey Sheridan and the rat bastard GP and when the action came I was a bit underwhelmed.
This is a great bridge book though. There is a new arc in the series and this installment is the connection between the two.
There are some developments in the vampire/faery/shifter world. Some potential allies and some definite enemies (McKetrik anyone?) and the political landscape has changed. And not in the good way.
Cadogan house has "fallen" but in a good way. Ethan, Merit and the gang have a lot on their plates trying to get everything in order plus solve some vampire murders. Oh and then the arrival of Lacey Sheridan. Which of course causes more drama.
And unloads a secret that threatens to tear Ethan and Merit apart.
I do not like Lacey Sheridan.
Anyway, so with some slow pacing and a few high school drama points, this book dropped half a star. But if you're a Merit fan or a Chicagoland Vampire series fan, you'll read this and you'll pretty much enjoy it. For nothing else but Merit and Ethan. And Merit. She's pretty funny. :D...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
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
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension betweenOk, so Goodreads just ate my last review. Sigh.
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension between Alex, Death and Falin were enough to make me forget that.
Now, since I'm mad at Goodreads, this is an abridged version of my last review.
If any of these characters were my friends and we were meeting for coffee. This is pretty much what I'd Oprah-Offer them.
Death: Put out or get out. No. Seriously. I get that you're this handsome, otherworldly, tortured being. I also get that you have this forbidden thing with Alex but if you don't do something about it soon, you're going to lose her. You need to stop with the Romeo/Juliet and start...on another couple that doesn't kill themselves due to miscommunication and idiocy. I like you Death. I do. I want to know more about you. I wish you could open up. I wish that you would stop popping up every now and then when you feel like it and try to make a real effort. Alex is confused. You are confusing her. You need to say something. This kiss and run shit is getting old. Oh (view spoiler)[ and telling someone you love them when they are blacking out? Does. Not. Count. (hide spoiler)]. So, you need to step up you're game. Figure your shit out and then come back. Stop commenting and judging when you aren't doing anything about it. In the immortal words of Elvis "a little less conversation, a little more action please."
Falin - you're pretty. Oh so pretty. But the lies? They gotta stop. Lies, even by omission, are still lies. I don't think they are as bad as blatant lies but hey, some people do. And you, Assassin (view spoiler)[ lover (hide spoiler)] and all around awesome guy, are lying. Why don't you try to explain things. Maybe a little less action and a little more conversation would do you some good. You are supposed to be a foil to Death but I gotta say, you both are doing some pretty confusing things and I don't know if I can trust you Falin. Yes, you're good to have around, you're sexy as all get out and you seem to have a good head on your shoulders. What I can't figure out is why you're still with her . I know there's some compulsion thing going on but you need to find a replacement stat. That is if you plan on having any kind of future with Alex. While you're hot and easy on the eyes, the fact of the matter is; you're not really all that available, are you? So, ditch the bitch and move on to greener pastures. I would love to see more of you in this series but you need to play your cards right. Don't become Frost of the Merry Gentry series. Please.
Alex - You remind me of another detective I hold in a begrudging adoration. Perhaps you've heard of her. Toby Daye? No, well I'm sure it won't be long until you meet. Anyhoozit, you're a fine character. Strong, but not too stupid and you're growing up magically. Yay! You need to work on your regular detecting skills. They aren't bad! I'm not judging you too harshly, in fact they are better than Toby's but that's not the point. You should probably brush up on your spell casting too? Why? So you're not left blindsided (pardon the pun) when shit goes down. Take the proper precautions and bone up. Then, maybe, just maybe, you'll be a little less damsel in distress.
This one only got interesting toward the end of the book (view spoiler)[ minus Max's kiss. That was before the end and awesome (hide spoiler)].
I wouldThis one only got interesting toward the end of the book (view spoiler)[ minus Max's kiss. That was before the end and awesome (hide spoiler)].
I would have been more inclined to like this one if Sebastian had gotten punched in the face by Max. Also, I don't care that he ended up (view spoiler)[ staking his Grandfather (hide spoiler)] he's still an opportunistic casserole. Handsome or not.
Max became even more fleshed out as a character but I need to know and see more. I also need to see some sort of chemistry/interest from him regarding Victoria. I sense that it's going to be a case of just playing close to the vest but good Lord give us something.
There are further mysteries other than finding keys and Akvan which all sort of culminate at the end. Such as; what's up with Victoria? What's Max gonna do? Do the Venators need to do some sort of recruitment process after all the deaths? How untrustworthy is Sebastian going to be? What is Lilith up to?