I had so much hope for this book. A book about werewolves with the main character being a female werewolf. The book started off so in my opinion and i...moreI had so much hope for this book. A book about werewolves with the main character being a female werewolf. The book started off so in my opinion and it never managed to grab and hold my attention. Midway throug the book, I started skimming until I reached the end. And the ending wasn't that great. I didn't like that the author had the Elena and Clay resolve their issues in the span of a couple of pages. I will not be reading the rest of her novels in this series.(less)
I picked up this book on a whim while I was perusing the shelves at the public library. The book was a quick read. I finished it in a day. It was ente...moreI picked up this book on a whim while I was perusing the shelves at the public library. The book was a quick read. I finished it in a day. It was entertaining and it held my attention. I may read the other books in the Vegas Vampires series. I don't think I would actually purchase the books but on my next library trip, I will look to see if they carry the rest of the books in the series.(less)
In this latest installment of the IAD series, the Valkyrie managed not to annoy the hell out of me. I've mentioned in my reviews of the other two book...moreIn this latest installment of the IAD series, the Valkyrie managed not to annoy the hell out of me. I've mentioned in my reviews of the other two books in the series that it's been tough for me to warm up to the Valkyrie in this series. Since they are pretty much prominent (so far) in each book, I decided to get over it and just go with it.
I actually liked Kaderin's character but didn't like Sebastian. How is that for a twist? I thought Sebastian was such a pansy throughout most of the book. The times he tried to be a bad-ass he got scared and went back to being a pansy again. Physically, he is a strong and imposing man (vampire) but I felt that Kaderin had more balls than Sebastian.
I enjoyed the book although the Hie (The Amazing Race for the preternatural) aspect of the plot lasted too long in my opinion. As the contest progressed, I became less interested. I loved that the characters that were introduced in the previous books were an integral part of the plot in this one.
All in all, an enjoyable read but not my favorite of the series so far. As usual, Cole did not disappoint with the smexing. I know I have a ways to go in this series. I am definitely looking forward to the next book.(less)
I have discovered yet another great series! I’ve been told by my tweeps (that’s twitter peeps for you non-twitter people out there) that the Immortals...moreI have discovered yet another great series! I’ve been told by my tweeps (that’s twitter peeps for you non-twitter people out there) that the Immortals After Dark series is a must read. I decided I’d check it out since my tweeps have yet to recommend a book or series that sucks. A Hunger Like No Other was no exception.
When I started reading A Hunger Like No Other, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Emma. Even though she’s a vampire, Emma is very timid and non-confrontational. She’s scared of her own shadow and I wasn’t sure I would like a weak heroine. Especially one when she’s going to have to go toe-to-toe with a thousand year old Lykae. Throughout the book, we see Emma come into her own and by the end she is no longer Emma the Timid.
I found Lachlain to be a bit of a bully in the beginning. Lachlain escapes his prison and kidnaps Emma. When he discovers that his mate is a vampire – an enemy to his clan and to his kind – he treats her badly Emma is destined to be his mate and he does not want her to slip away. He has waited over 1,000 years for his one true mate and will do anything to keep her with him even if she is a vampire. Lachlain is very aggressive with Emma. He wants her to be his like yesterday. He almost forces her to have sex with him.
But instead he makes her do other things that make Emma uncomfortable. He thinks that she’s like all vampires – an aggressive, pathological killer. Imagine his surprise when he realizes that she’s the exact opposite. I enjoyed the banter and dialogue between Lachlain and Emma. There is definitely a generational gap between them. Because he was imprisoned for so long, Lachlain is not up to speed with the 21st century. He has to learn the technology, the clothing and the language. The language barrier provided moments of levity throughout the book. “Her tone defensive, she said, “I’m immortal, too, usually, but if I get in a wreck and get knocked out till morning, that sun allergy card my aunts make me cart around won’t do jack. Okay?”
“I understood fifty percent of that,” he observed calmly.
Emma and Lachlain are very sexy together. Emma tries to fight her attraction and who can blame her. She’s been kidnapped, assaulted, insulted and bullied by a man who hates and kills vampires. But you can’t fight destiny. Or a sexy Lykae with a Scottish brogue that’ll make you cream your panties.
A great cast of characters are introduced in A Hunger Like No Other. It made it a little difficult remembering who was who but by the end, I had it figured out. Hey, better late than never. Emma’s aunts were a wild and weird bunch of characters that got on my nerves with their meddling. But they’re her family, so you wouldn’t expect anything less.
A Hunger Like No Other is a great introduction to the Immortals After Dark series. There’s also a novella that provides more background information. I didn’t read the novella but was still able to follow the plot. I loved the mixture of mythology and lore. This is the first paranormal romance I’ve read that included Valkyries. This was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I would definitely recommend A Hunger Like No Other to fans of paranormal romance. (less)
Serena van der Woodsen returns to NY after being expelled from boarding school. Rumors run rampant through the halls of Constance Billard School for G...moreSerena van der Woodsen returns to NY after being expelled from boarding school. Rumors run rampant through the halls of Constance Billard School for Girls regarding why she was kicked out. The rumors are nasty and vicious. Serena notices that people who used to be her friends are now acting differently towards her. While reading about the exploits of Serena, Blair, Nate and Chuck, you are introduced to "gossip girl" who intermittenly dishes the dirt about New York's elite.
I don't watch the TV show and I am not familiar with the books. I got this book on a whim from the library. The main problem I have with this book is that it is aimed at 9th graders and up. This book is filled with foul language, sexual situations (borderline date rape), and drug and alcohol use. From what I've read online, the Gossip Girl series is based on the author's experience from attending private school in Manhattan. I don't have a problem with the author basing the books on her life experience; I have a problem with who the target audience is. While reading Gossip Girl, I felt like I was reading Sex and the City: The Teen Years. These teens had no parental guidance and were allowed to live life as an adult. They attended bars and parties where underaged drinking was allowed and not questioned. As a parent, there is no way I would let my 14 year old read any of these books. The Gossip Girl series appear regularly on the ALA's challenged books list. I can see why. Although I don't agree with the targeted age group for these books, I still don't think that these books should be banned. It is up to the parents to be informed and aware of what their kids are reading. Kids are going to sneak and read books that they shouldn't be reading; it's what kids do. I remember reading Forever by Judy Blume as an 8th grader knowing that the content was too mature for my young eyes. But where, in my opinion, Forever dealt with teen sexuality in a mature and honest manner, I think that Gossip Girl is completely gratuitous without consequences. That may be due to the lifestyle these teens live. Look at Paris Hilton. I can easily see her as one of the girls in Gossip Girl.
My thoughts: The book was a quick and easy read. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. The ending of the book is open-ended, indicating that the next book will pick up where the first one left off. I don't think I will be reading anymore of this series. I never had an interest in the TV show and I have no interest in finding out how the lives of Serena, Blair, Chuck and Nate turn out.(less)