This was a sweet story but a but long winded. I was hoping to know more about Alec and Magnus though so I greedily read it! Maybe it would be better iThis was a sweet story but a but long winded. I was hoping to know more about Alec and Magnus though so I greedily read it! Maybe it would be better if I were reading the snippets in order, but that's just the way the library works!
Anyways, it was total adorable fluff and I'm sure I'll read the others when they are available for download. I mean come on, they are only 30 pages anyways. ...more
Really enjoyed this series. And to be honest I am glad it is a set trilogy so that we didn't have to read on and on and on. If it had been dragged onReally enjoyed this series. And to be honest I am glad it is a set trilogy so that we didn't have to read on and on and on. If it had been dragged on it would have much less enjoyable.
Again though I kept thinking this was a YA book and not a UF book. McKenzie reads as a 17 year old when she is actually 26. Just because she is a virgin shouldn't have made her seem like such a child. Thankfully though this series is full of character growth. For McKenzie, Aren, and Kyol. Each have definitely evolved from when we first met them in he first book. The ending of book 2 definitely plays a role there too!
The politics in this book almost reached a boiling point too. There was so many times when I was just kinda hoping McKenzie would walk away. Let the damn Fae figure out their own shit. Cause wow was there a lot of it. But she sticks it out. Learns new skills like how to defend herself and really devoted herself to their world. While she gets all this growth and attention though other characters were totally left out in the cold like damned poor Shane.
But the second half of this book (view spoiler)[interestingly enough AFTER McKenzie loses her virginity (hide spoiler)] it finally starts to read more as UF and less as YA. plus the violence which has always been present totally steps up. There was 2 deaths, one right after another, that totally took my surprise and broke my heart a bit!
Totally glad I found this series and read it cause I really liked it. I will definitely be reading more from this author! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Well was a solid ball of confusion, enjoyment, more confusion, adventure, confusion, scariness, and finally confusion.
Seriously I don't know if it waWell was a solid ball of confusion, enjoyment, more confusion, adventure, confusion, scariness, and finally confusion.
Seriously I don't know if it was because I was listening to the audiobook or what but this book was difficult to keep up with. The multiple races, languages, settings, etc didn't help either.
The weird part was that despite the confusion I did still enjoy it a bit. The action scenes were tense (but still...yup...you guessed it - confusing) but they had great pacing.
The characters though left a lot to be desired. The main character Kaylen spent more time inside her head that not. She was overly introspective and often times naive. Once she made up her mind to think a certain way it took hell and high water to change her ideas. Severne, a boy she knew from her childhood that is now a hunky, protective man doesn't seem to have much of a personality beyond doing everything for kaylen even when she doesn't know about it. I didn't really get much of a grasp of his personality beyond he's feelings for her. Teamaris, the dragon, was the only character I really enjoyed because he was smart, mysterious, and had a great dry sense of humor. Beyond those 3 everyone was pretty much relegated to their one characteristic and were not allowed to ow beyond that.
I don't know. Maybe I'm judging it harshly because I did enjoy it while I was listening to it even though I didn't really get what all was happening. In hind sigh though I am just seeing all of its problems. Reading the synopsis for the next 8 books probably didn't help either. They all just cemented my ideas that Kaylen is indecisive, overly in her head, and naive.
(Oh and because I know this matters to others - as it matters to me - the love triangle in the book has yet to be resolved!!! 9 books and the characters still can't work out their shit??? That more than anything tells me that there is little to no character growth and thus not worth my time.)
All in all guess I'm glad I read it since I didn't hate it, but I won't be continuing on with the series.
Thank god I only got the first book and didn't buy the 1st 3 like I had planned!...more
Wow I enjoyed that way more than I expected to. In fact I devoured it in one sitting! ONE! I almost never do that anymore cause really who has the timWow I enjoyed that way more than I expected to. In fact I devoured it in one sitting! ONE! I almost never do that anymore cause really who has the time. But I was on a business trip, had a lot of time, and really did enjoy this book!
This book is about a woman named McKenzie who has the Sight - the ability to see the Fae. Even more, she has the ability to read the Shadows, which are the remains of the portals used by the Fae to transport from one location to another. This makes her the most useful tool ever in the civil war amongst the Fae because she can lead one side to the locations of the others. Thus the rebellion decides to kidnap her and attempt to use her against the court of Fae.
Mckenzie is strong, resourceful, and a stubborn spitfire. So basically I totally loved her. Her one stupidity is her undying love of Khyl - a decade of waiting for a man that tells her over and over hey can't be together. She knew he would always put his position and duty to his king above his love for her. She never gave herself enough credit to realize she deserves to be first in a man's heart. That's where Aren comes in. He is the leader of the rebellion and Mckenzie's kidnapper. He is arrogant, strong, resourceful. A lot like Mckenzie herself! And a bit of a heart throb. I think all readers will suffer a bit of Stockholm syndrome with him!
The action and pacing in this book was also pretty great. Scene to scene I was kept on the edge of my seat between the tension of the realtinships, the all out warfare between hype humans and the Fae and amongst the Fae themselves.
Basically I was completely caught off guard with how good this book was. Definitely recommend it if you are seeking a new series as I have been!...more
Well...that did not end at all like I thought it would. Talk about anti-climactic. Seriously, what changes in Dante's universe?? WHAT??
And I still haWell...that did not end at all like I thought it would. Talk about anti-climactic. Seriously, what changes in Dante's universe?? WHAT??
And I still have the same complaints as I did during the last book. I do not understand how Danny can treat Japh like such shit and BLINDLY follow Eve as if she is some kind of savior. I just don't get it. Some people call her on her shit, which she needed, but it wasn't enough. She is completely dense, always trusts the wrong people, always makes the wrong decisions, takes the wrong actions. All because she won't trust Japh.
I swear by the end of the series, I was totally hoping Japh would just say Fuck it, and walk out on it all.
Honestly the first book in this series was so awesome, but it steadily declined unfortunately. I highly suggest if you are looking into this series - read the first one - and that's it. The way this series ended left me unsatisfied and confused by all the open plot holes.
This book is just one gigantic exercise in annoyance and frustration. I had no idea I could get sooooooo annoyed with the main character and continueThis book is just one gigantic exercise in annoyance and frustration. I had no idea I could get sooooooo annoyed with the main character and continue to read the series.
Dante Valentine is the most close minded, easily manipulated, dense, selfish, annoying character ever! Why does she trust Eve? Why does she distrust Japh? Why does she believe anything Eve says but disbelieves anything Japh says??? Oh Japh is a demon that's right, but lets all just conveniently forget the fact that Eve has been raised by the Devil the last few years. I'm sure she is still a total fucking angel you DENSE IDIOT DANTE. ARGH!!!!!!
Yes, Japh hides things, keeps information to himself, and asks for trust. Eve tells Dante all sorts of things yet Dante never questions to motives or even the facts themselves.
Whatever - live in your own world Danny. FINE.
Japh deserves better. And so do the readers.
Plus lets just talk about the fact that the few likeable characters beyond Japh is Eddie and Gabe and what happens to them??? THEY DIE. OFF SCREEN. What a fucking disservice to two awesome characters who got way to little screentime considering their loyalty to Dante and her issues. I totally liked them, and Dante claimed to love them but completely ignored them and dropped them from her life. So when she went crazy over their deaths I just couldn't really buy it.
All in all this series started out with the most awesome first book ever but has been steadily declining since then. I will finish the series, mostly because of Japh, but Dante is going on my list of most dumb main characters ever.
1st Quarter: Boring 2nd Quarter: Boring 3rd Quarter: Boring but a little less so 4th Quarter: HOLY CRAP NOT BORING
So yeah….a majority of this book was a1st Quarter: Boring 2nd Quarter: Boring 3rd Quarter: Boring but a little less so 4th Quarter: HOLY CRAP NOT BORING
So yeah….a majority of this book was a solid 2 stars. I was interested because by this point I know the characters and have concern for them. But mostly it was just Danny and Japh playing house. And frankly I totally kept forgetting the fact that they were doing this for multiple years. YES, YEARS. I kept forgetting because they didn’t act like they had been together for years - only I don’t think they could. She doesn’t quite know how to act in a relationship that long and he is a demon who can’t be expected to act in the normal human manner.
The fact that years had passed between books 2 and 3 was even harder to believe once I realized that in all that time Japh had explained exactly jack shit to Danny (and extension to the reader) about what a Fallen was, a Hedaira was, Danny’s new abilities, his freedom, etc. etc. etc. I.e. NOTHING OF IMPORTANCE. He showered her with gifts and leisure, but would never explain anything or even answer her direct questions. Danny went so far as to hunt down books by Magi and spend days at a time locked in a library trying to figure stuff out for herself but got exactly nowhere.
That pissed me off. They are in a relationship or whatever the hell you want to call it when a demon and human-turned-demonish have together. TALK TO ONE ANOTHER. OR AT LEAST TALK TO THE READER!! Seriously just info dump me already!
Then bam – finally some action. The Devil wants to meet up with Danny and there is no more avoiding it. Only Danny didn’t even know she was avoiding it because Japh never told her about all of his summons/threats/requests to see her! CAUSE HE NEVER TELLS HER ANYTHING.
Can you sense a bit of frustration on my part about that?
So now, FINALLY, the main plot of the book – the Devil wants Dante to take Japh’s place as his Right Hand, his assassin, his personal demon killer. And her first task?? Kill 4 demons of the greater flight who have escaped Hell.
Oh yeah….this is gonna be just great.
So insert fights, chases, INSANE EXPLOSIONS, pain, hurt, BLOOD, etc etc etc…still kinda boring to be honest…
The last quarter of this book is what got me though, like 4 stars got to me, and it had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MAIN PLOT. It was all about 1 scene between Japh and Dante that literally changes their relationship to its core. I totally related to Dante in this scene and her behavior afterwards. Although she has a ridiculous penchant to be a complete in utter fucking brat that can be super annoying – in this one situation Japh was totally in the wrong.
(view spoiler)[How could he do what he did?? Seriously how? Yes he is a Demon who doesn’t live by the thought that you shouldn’t harm/threaten/intimidate your woman just because you are bigger/more powerful/stronger than she is. But still! He knows her. Knows her past. Knows her feelings on such things. And he did it anyway. I would have kept repeating “You shouldn’t have done that too.” Then he doesn’t apologize and says she doesn’t have to forgive him. He did it all to keep her safe and all she can do is cooperate. He gives her no choice. He manipulated her, used her, physically threatened her, and now forces her to cooperate. I wanted her to shoot him. (hide spoiler)]
Japh so shocked and disgusted me all I could think about was wanting her to run from him. Seriously as far as she could get. But given her current predicament that just wasn’t smart. She needed his strength and protection and power to survive. But still….RUN.
My favorite part of this whole thing…(view spoiler)[when they are going to see the creepy monster and they all know it is a trap and Japh asks Dante what she thinks and she replies “I am not here to think, only to cooperate”. All I could think was HELL YEAH! YOU TELL HIM. And it definitely shocked him a bit. Which he greatly needed. And come on what did he expect. If wanted a docile idiot who did everything he wanted regardless of anything else he should have picked someone else to fall over. That’s not Dante. Will never be Dante. And he knew that going in. (hide spoiler)] Seriously….LOVED THAT PART.
This whole portion of the book till the very end kept me up reading late in the night because I couldn’t stop myself. I so understood Dante in this situation and it connected me to her so much. By the end… (view spoiler)[Japh acquits himself well I think by attempting to change, but volunteering some information, trusting her a tiny bit more. But I was totally on Dante’s side and frankly thought she forgave a little too easily. I still wanted to harm him a little bit… (hide spoiler)]so yeah…but like I said that didn’t have much to do with the main plot! And of that main plot not much happened, so in that respect this book was total FILLER.
Anyways, onto book 4 which I am hoping will show significant improvement relationship wise for Japh and Dante, but sadly other reviews I have read (which I shouldn’t have) don’t give me much hope in that respect. ["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not as good as the first book, but definitely still enjoyable. This go round was still a action packed and twisted as the first book but Dante was soNot as good as the first book, but definitely still enjoyable. This go round was still a action packed and twisted as the first book but Dante was so broken in this book. Yes she was grieving but she really was incredibly whiney. And you know what I realized - the romance in the first book that seemed so slow and well paced...was actually only a couple of a days long. I am not sure how I missed that when I was reading it, and I only realized it now because Jace did.
And Jace, oh Jace. I have to admit I am usually of the mind that "you walked away and that's that" regardless of the reason. This is because I HATE that whole "I'm leaving/hurting/lying to you to protect you" BULLSHIT. But he redeemed himself in the end just by being there. He knew he was out of the running for Dante's heart but he stayed anyways. Makes him a bit of a glutton for punishment but a loyal glutton I guess.
I am reading this books back to back cause I got the omnibus from the library so maybe others might not notice but Saintcrow definitely has her favorite way of describing things and she sticks too them! This book was a continuation of Dante's "emerald spitting, rings sparking" yards, yada, yada...so I definitely skimmed through the descriptive bits but otherwise enjoyed the book.
I'm gonna keep reading although I need a tiny break. Series work well because they keep you wanting more and then make you wait for it. With an omnibus I'm only 2 books into the 5 and I'm feeling exhausted! Completely exhausted because it feels as if I am just reading one long ass War and Peace length book....more