The plot was obscured by the relationship for most of the book which wouldn't have been bad if the book had been a pure romance. As it stands, I wa3.8
The plot was obscured by the relationship for most of the book which wouldn't have been bad if the book had been a pure romance. As it stands, I was into the plot and the time period but I felt like the potential to have this be awesome was there but not explored.
I love Jenn Bennett, love the Arcadia series and look for more from her all the time. While I enjoyed this book, and the steamy sexy scenes, I felt like this book was struggling between being a historical romance and a historical mystery with romance. It had tons of potential, and ruined to serve into the lane it was meant to be in, buy it kept swerving.
The plot went in and out and only kicked in toward the end of the book.
Also, Aida, the famous freckled lady (or so it seems), had moments of completed idiocy. She talked a big game about being tough and capable but went flying off the handle at the merest hint of confusion.
Not to mention that Winter had a hard on a lot throughout the book. At times I thought it should be renamed Winter's Erection.
However. I still enjoyed the book. Despite my complaints, despite what should have happened, I ended up enjoying this. I just hope that the next book figures out what genre it wants to be in....more
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (2.5-3
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (the exception being Doctor Sound and maybe Sophia) and made the plot more convoluted than it needed to be.
I needed more Books and Braun. And more of a natural approach to their relationship. Eliza was a bit of a jerk to Welly which made it hard for me to understand their end. Not to mention, Welly was an excellent agent in the field and I would've liked to see more of him and Eliza working together.
I will say that the last twenty or so pages were awesome. The way the whole book should have been.
Will not be starring this because I am having trouble finishing however, getting 37% of the way in? I'd give it a 3.7 so far. It can only get better.
IWill not be starring this because I am having trouble finishing however, getting 37% of the way in? I'd give it a 3.7 so far. It can only get better.
I hate to do this but I have to stop here. The ARC that I have is very wonky and hard to follow (formatting wise) HOWEVER, what I managed to read and parse out so far I really enjoyed.
There's a mystery afoot at Spellman Investigations coupled with a mutiny. Izzy's personal life is being filled with 'things she'd never do' and Henry wants closure. She seems to have a firmer grasp of things in her life but hey, she's a Spellman, that won't last too long.
I will be buying this book when it comes out and if you have any love for Izzy and the insanity that goes on in her life, you'll buy it too....more
I love Lisa Lutz's writing. I love the humor, the self-deprecation of both writer and characters and I love how everything seems chaotic but it all coI love Lisa Lutz's writing. I love the humor, the self-deprecation of both writer and characters and I love how everything seems chaotic but it all comes together in the end.
Being such a fan (and loving the first four Spellman Documents) I felt this one wasn't as cohesive and exciting as the previous.
There were indeed some funny lines and anything involving Sydney was funny but something about this fell a little flat for me.
Isabel has a knack for taking threads and weaving them into a complete story but it started a bit slow for me (not enough footnotes maybe?) and by the time it picked up it was sort of fun.
Izzy hasn't grown too much since we last saw her. She's still using avoidance and alcohol as a way to protect herself; still the girl you wouldn't call your best friend but you'd hang out with once a week. Rae is still ... Rae and the rest of the Spellman clan just seems a little bored. Not boring but...bored, as if their characters had been muted just a little.
Here's the part where my heart broke (view spoiler)[ Henry and Izzy broke up. It took them four books to get together, some growing up on Izzy's part and a kiss or two for them to get together and the whole thing comes crumbling down in a paragraph. Yes, Izzy might not want kids but jeeze isn't that something you tell your partner before I get emotionally invested in your story! (hide spoiler)].
Demetrius (see document four) is an interesting addition to the family dynamic but I really would've liked to see more Rae antics or Spellman Unit banter.
I don't want to say that this series should've ended at four but if it had I would've been okay with that. As it stands, I will gladly get number six (and there better be one because with all the loose ends and the possible (view spoiler)[ reconcilation that I'm dreaming about (hide spoiler)] because now it feels unfinished.
By the way, Izzy as a babysitter is pretty hilarious. Her having a kid would be a very interesting read. hint hint.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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.
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
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.