This book was awesome! It's a fast paced dialogue driven story about a witch and the hunter who has come to her for help with finding his missing brotThis book was awesome! It's a fast paced dialogue driven story about a witch and the hunter who has come to her for help with finding his missing brother. I was a little confused by the flashes at the beginning. It was unexpected. The witch, Amanda Bishop, can "see" certain things. But, after a while, those flashes flowed seamlessly into the story, adding depth and mystery. The hunter, Alex Remington, is gruff and bossy for most of the story, but he's been hurt by Amanda in the past. Amanda, also, tries to keep a wall between their attraction and emotions, by being the most smart-ass, sarcastic and sassy woman as possible. She's been hurt, too. Both of these characters have a lot of emotional baggage and neither one is dealing with it, but they come together to help find Jesse, Alex's younger brother and partner.
The character development was woven into the complex plot with snarky dialogue revealing hidden pasts and secrets. The witty and insulting banter between the main characters was entertaining. There is harsh language used, but it seems appropriate for the characters.
One thing that bothers me…the ending! Just left me wanting to turn the page for the next chapter, but that was it! No more pages. I'm guessing that Book 2 will continue Amanda and Alex's story. I hope so, anyway! There's so much still left unresolved! Being the romantic that I am, I really wanted to see them back together. I hope that happens! And I can't wait until they discuss the rest of those issues that were hinted at throughout the book. I have a feeling in the next book someone's soul needs saving! Oh, my!
This book is listed as a romance, but for me, to be classified as a romance, there must be some sort of relationship resolution at the end. This book ends without that. Very dissatisfying for a romance reader. Personally, I'd shelve this book in the urban fantasy genre. If I'd known that, I wouldn't have been so irritated by the ending since I wouldn't have expected the happily-ever-after I was waiting for.
There are some violent situations here that some sensitive readers might not handle well. Some very bad things happen to children which left me cringing in horror even as I read. Of course, by the end, the bad guys are punished, but it was still difficult to read those abusive scenes. Some readers might need a warning about this kind of content.
*Spoilers* (view spoiler)[ It's possible that I might be slightly (okay, let's be realistic-more than slightly!) obsessed with a popular TV show, but I'm feeling like this author is a fan, too. The two Remington brothers (Remington=also the name of a weapon), both working as hunters, driving a black muscle car, sleeping in sleazy motel rooms while chasing after all sorts of supernatural creatures. Alex, devoted to his brother, gruff and bad-mouthed jerk-face who tells Amanda to keep her hands off his radio. Jesse, his younger brother, is the kinder, gentler hunter, who is taller than his older brother, and has a more easy-going nature making him more people-friendly. This could totally be my own interpretation based on my own likes (and loves!). Whether intentional or not, these elements made me fall in love with Ms. Nightingale's story even more. (hide spoiler)]
I really enjoyed this book! So much that I re-read it immediately after finishing it. And I'll probably re-read it again when Book 2 is released. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy supernatural and paranormal fiction! This is a keeper and I truly can't wait for the next one! ...more
I'm a fan of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, otherwise known as the Black Hollows. However, for the first time, one of her books didn't quite graI'm a fan of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, otherwise known as the Black Hollows. However, for the first time, one of her books didn't quite grab me as usual. I struggled to read this one. Perhaps it was me, maybe I started reading it at the wrong time. I did put it down for a few weeks and came back to it several times. Still, it just didn't hold my attention like her other books.
I'm not even sure what it was that didn't click with me. Her excellent writing style remained unchanged. All of my favorite characters were present and accounted for, including Trent Kalamack. Especially, him. Trent plays a major role in this story which thrilled me when I began reading it. Somehow, my excitement fizzled away. Perhaps it was the exceptionally long road trip, or the weary anticipation of Rachel's trial.
I enjoyed reading the scenes with Al. Those are always fun. So, it wasn't the entire book that bother me. There were good parts, too. Like the devoted reader that I am, I stuck with it until the end and I'm glad that I did. The ending was powerful and beautifully done. I'm pleased I continued on, but disappointed that it took until the end to pull me in.
Of course, this is simply my own opinion. I will continue to read this series until the end. There's no stopping me now. ...more
This was a short, sweet romance between two sensual supernatural creatures. I was swept into the world of humans, demons and angels right from the staThis was a short, sweet romance between two sensual supernatural creatures. I was swept into the world of humans, demons and angels right from the start. Sonya is a Seraph seeking help from half-demon Jagger. Their world is gritty, harsh and painful, but there is beauty and hope, too. Because this was a short story, I don't want to give too much away about the plot. The characters were believable and well-written. I liked how the chapters were brief and split between Angels and Demons. This made it easy for me to slip back into this world when I had to step away from the book for a quick moment (I have kids who demand this attention all of the time!). As with her other books, I enjoy reading this author's writing style. Ms. Krafton has a way with words that leaves this reader breathless. Elegant and poetic with gothic undertones. A quick, enjoyable read for someone wanting to dip their toes into an imaginative world....more
From the very first page, this story intrigued me. The writing is well done and the descriptions vivid. I could clearly see what was happening in theFrom the very first page, this story intrigued me. The writing is well done and the descriptions vivid. I could clearly see what was happening in the story despite a few sudden POV shifts. I was quickly pulled into the lives of the main characters: Alexander, a fire demon, out to destroy his enemy, and Sariel, the niece of his enemy. This was an enjoyable quick read. I was not aware, however, that this was Part One in a serial. This is only one short installment. The story ended very abruptly and left many unanswered questions that will presumably be continued in Part Two. ...more
This fast-paced young adult story is full of action, suspense and magic. I love a good story with magic! This one is filled with both black magic concThis fast-paced young adult story is full of action, suspense and magic. I love a good story with magic! This one is filled with both black magic concerning demons and the white magic of witches. Add in a few vampires and its a great combination for a fun paranormal read. The characters really took on their personalities making them feel like real people. So much so that even as I was rooting for Cassie and Sam, I was also irritated with some of their decisions. But that only made me turn the pages faster to find out what happened to them next! I truly enjoyed reading this story, and I look forward to reading future books in this series. I would love to see the romance blossom between the main characters. Ms. Mead also has me intrigued with the secondary characters and how the future will play out for them. I only wish this story had been written in first person POV. For the most part this is Cassie's story, but I would have loved to see it completely through her eyes to add to the level of suspense. ...more
Rachel's in a mess again. Accused of being a black witch, she's been shunned by the Coven. Now she's running and fighting for her life as they try toRachel's in a mess again. Accused of being a black witch, she's been shunned by the Coven. Now she's running and fighting for her life as they try to lobotomize her. I always enjoy reading about Rachel Morgan. Kim Harrison's writing is fast-paced, full of detail and leaves me breathless. I get completely sucked into her world, hating the moments I have to step away to do stuff like eat and sleep. And, predictably, I was hooked from the very first scene of Rachel in Algaliarept's kitchen, learning to twist a curse. Black Magic Sanction also brought back a character I've been longing to see again ever since I was first introduced to Rachel Morgan. Pierce has been a favorite of mine since he was introduced as a ghost in Ms. Harrison's short story, Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel from the anthology Holidays Are Hell. Although he appeared again in White Witch, Black Curse, I was happy to learn more about him and his past in this story. And then there's Al. I have a soft spot in my heart for this deadly demon. Maybe it's his British accent? Whatever it may be, I enjoy the power struggle between Rachel and her demon teacher. And Jenks! My favorite pixie! Oh! Prepare yourself! I try not to give spoilers, but get your tissues ready for this one!
First line: Tucking my hair back, I squinted at the parchment, trying to form the strange angular letters as smoothly as I could....more