After hearing good things from many different places, I decided on a whim to give this book a try. After a week long adventure immersed in this world...moreAfter hearing good things from many different places, I decided on a whim to give this book a try. After a week long adventure immersed in this world of fantasy meets reality, I am so glad I took a chance.
City of Bones had everything I wished I could find in a book before. It's sexy and fun, fast-paced and enthralling. Like Harry Potter, this is a whole other world that normal humans usually never know about.
When Clary finds herself dragged into it, the adventure really begins, and from start to finish I was captivated, wanting to know what would happen next. I loved the mixed of the fantastical meets normal.
All of the characters seem to be well developed. Usually when there are several characters, it's easy for them to only scratch the surface of their personality, but there seems to be a depth to each character. While perhaps they aren't fully explored in this first book in the trilogy, the potential is set up and I can't wait to read the next book to find out more.(less)
Like City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the re...moreLike City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the reader about the lives and world of Shadowhunters, I felt like this book explored more of that world, and also more about it's characters.
I was pleased to find that I was right when I assumed that the characters mentioned in City of Bones has a lot of potential left to be explored. Something I really enjoyed about this book was that, while still written from third person, we were shown different angles of the story. City of Bones seemed to focus more on things from Clary's point of view, but this time we were able to see things from several different sides, and I felt like that really added some dimension to the story.
Also, like City of Bones this book kept up it's fast pace. Even when there were moments of downtime, I never felt like they were being wasted with trite filler material. I also felt like there were clues being dropped along throughout the book that has made me especially anxious to move on to the next book in the series. Most times I don't enjoy books that leave me hanging, but in this case, and maybe it's only because I have the next book and won't have to wait to get started on it, but the suspense and the questions left unanswered have given me something to look forward to.
I think I enjoyed City of Ashes more than City of Bones, but that could also just be because I feel more attached to the characters now. I think the second installment to the trilogy is interesting, exciting and full of action. It's definitely an enjoyable read, and one that I think I will be reading again in the future.(less)
This is actually my fifth time reading Halfway to the Grave in three years, so I think it's safe to say it's a definite keeper. However, I realized I...moreThis is actually my fifth time reading Halfway to the Grave in three years, so I think it's safe to say it's a definite keeper. However, I realized I never wrote a review, so I wanted to take the time to jot down my thoughts.
In Halfway to the Grave, Cat Crawfield is a half-human and half-vampire. After her mother revealed that she was date raped by a vampire, Cat took it upon herself to rid the world of as many vampires as possible. Her plan is going well until she tries to kill the wrong vampire. Left with no other choice, she joins up with Bones and together they try to track down the vampire behind the disappearance of many young woman over the course of several decades.
I really liked Cat immediately. Her voice is so distinct. She's witty with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humor. She's also very brave, and I really appreciate a book with a strong female. Cat can kick ass, but she also has her insecurities. Because of her abnormality, she's led a lonely life, but she really comes alive with Bones.
As for Bones, I just love him. He's strong and sexy, and as hard as he is on Cat in the beginning, he's also capable of such kindness. He's lived for over 200 years, and his back story was fascinating. I also liked that while he knew Cat wasn't as strong as him, he didn't see her as being weak.
I enjoyed the plot. I like when the paranormal and real world are combined, and I think Halfway to the Grave does that so well. I loved that action scenes as well as the sexier scenes as well.
There's just something about the way that Cat and Bones interact that keeps me longing for more, which is why this book--as well as it's many sequels--is among my favorites. (less)
One Foot in the Grave picks up four years after the end of Halfway to the Grave, and Cat is now an agent for a secret branch of the government. She le...moreOne Foot in the Grave picks up four years after the end of Halfway to the Grave, and Cat is now an agent for a secret branch of the government. She leads a team who takes down vampires, and the story opens with her encountering Bones's sire.
I really liked that the story has a bit of a time jump. Cat has grown up a lot and settled into her career. Sometimes it's nice when a story picks up right away after a sequel, but I think the passing of time was necessary. Cat still has the same sharp tongue, but she's also grown up and gained confidence.
I was so upset at the end of Halfway to the Grave, and it's plain the Cat is still lonely, despite the friends she's found, and she misses Bones dearly. I couldn't wait for him to reemerge in the story, and I loved how that handled.
Bones and Cat still had the electric chemistry from the first book that I so enjoyed, and I really liked seeing them merge their lives together to make things work.
There were also some other characters that were introduced--Ian and Mencheres--that I wanted to know more about. Ian is so slimy in a such a charming way, and Mencheres has some series power that I found really intriguing. I also loved Juan. I thought he was hilarious and always there for that much needed comic relief. Annette, on the other hand, was very much deserving of a good butt kicking.
Some of my favorite scenes, however, are between Bones and Justina. I never cared for Cat's mom and found her to be super obnoxious, so seeing Bones take her on and put her in her place was fantastic.
This book was filled with just as much action and even more sexiness than the previous books. It's a fantastic, quick read that left me smiling like a fool.(less)
Since I started reading the Night Huntress series earlier this year, I always thought about writing a review for the books, but never wound up doing i...moreSince I started reading the Night Huntress series earlier this year, I always thought about writing a review for the books, but never wound up doing it. Mostly because I was certain my review would be 99% gushing about the awesomeness that is Jeaniene Frost and how much I love Cat and Bones.
This review probably isn't much different because those same feelings apply to this book as well, but I thought I might as well try.
The plot for this book felt a bit different from other books, but I can't quite articulate what I mean. I think it's because the big bad was someone who was brought to Cat and Bones but wasn't directly related to anything having to do with them, and only became aware of their existence because of their interference. I liked that, though, because throughout this book there wasn't any real angst between Cat and Bones. Not their angst isn't usually resolved in a timely manner anyway, but I just liked the idea of them being on this mission that wasn't directly tied to or put immense strain on their relationship.
I liked that the plot focused more on ghosts as well because it created an interesting problem. Cat and Bones can usually go out and kick the ass of whatever villain their facing, but since ghosts are non-corporal (for the most part), it was intriguing to see them try to work around that.
I also really enjoyed seeing some old faces of Cat and Bone's friend, but I missed the lack of Tate and the rest of the team in this one. I'm hoping they'll show up in future books a bit more - especially with the introduction of one of the new characters. However, I also really enjoyed Tyler. He was a fun character, and I hope he'll make some cameos in other books as well.
As with all of the Night Huntress books, I find myself satisfied after finishing, but, as always, I also long for more. I see a rereading of the whole series in my future.(less)
After reading Driving Mr. Dead (which I probably should have read last), I knew I had to read more of Molly Harper's novels. As with Driving Mr. Dead,...moreAfter reading Driving Mr. Dead (which I probably should have read last), I knew I had to read more of Molly Harper's novels. As with Driving Mr. Dead, the story takes place in the universe where vampires have been outed to the living.
The protagonist, Jane Jameson, is a former library who is turned after being shot because she's mistaken for a wild by a drunk hunter. This is, of course, after a few too many drinks at Shenanigans after being fired from her library job. Luckily, Gabriel Nightengale, who Jane was chatting with at Shenanigans, was following her to see to it she made it home alright shows up and changes her from the dying to the undead.
As devastating as being turned into a vampire should be (and is), Jane takes it in stride, and, generally, wherever Jane goes, hilarity and mayhem ensue.
I absolutely loved this story. I often have a hard time with stories that are meant to be humorous because it feels forced into the story, but Molly Harper had me chuckling often and genuinely throughout the story. Her way of telling a story and lends itself to the humor peppered throughout.
Also, her characters are all, if not likable, quite memorable.
Jane's family is both ridiculous, annoying and amusing. Her aunt Jetty, a ghost, who has been hanging around the house she left to Jane is awesome. She seemed to be that kindred spirit in a family where Jane often feels like a misfit. Regaining a relationship with her deceased aunt is probably one of the better parts of Jane's new undead status.
Jane's mother, sister and grandmother, on the other hand, are enough to leave a person banging their head against the wall. Jane's dad is more sympathetic to Jane even if he may not understand her all of the time.
Zeb, Jane's best friend, is also an enjoyable character. You can see why he and Jane would be best friends, and his character also adds an interesting side story to the book. I'm looking forward to more of that in future books.
I liked Gabriel, but I feel like there's more to be learned about him in future books. He seems like a good guy, but there's still a lot of mystery to him that I'd like to unravel.
And, also, Dick Chaney is possibly my favorite character in the book. Not only is he named Dick Chaney (it was his name before the former vice presidents!) he's just a hilarious character.
All in all, I'm really looking forward to reading the next book of the series because Molly Harper has set up an interesting world full of great characters that I can't wait to revisit.(less)
I've come to rely on Molly Harper whenever I'm in need of a good laugh. As with Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, this book follows Jane Jameson on her jou...moreI've come to rely on Molly Harper whenever I'm in need of a good laugh. As with Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, this book follows Jane Jameson on her journey through adjusting to live as a vampire, navigating the crazy that is her friends and family and figuring out the enigma that is her sire/boyfriend.
Jane's wry and sarcastic voice is really what makes the book for me. Plus, I don't know anyone who doesn't have a crazy family member or two, so there were moments when I found myself nodding along to the silly family customs or family quirks.
Jolene and Zeb's Titanic themed wedding was a hilarious addition, and I really enjoyed the story from start to finish. I was also left curious about Gabriel's various going ons, and I'm hoping that will be addressed in the next book.
Overall, I really enjoyed Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. It didn't have same sort of mystery as the first book, but I think it certainly held it's own and was very entertaining.
Oh, how I love the misadventures of Jane Jameson. Nice Girls Don't Live Forever is an excellent addition to the series.
In this installment, it felt l...moreOh, how I love the misadventures of Jane Jameson. Nice Girls Don't Live Forever is an excellent addition to the series.
In this installment, it felt like a lot of plots that were set into motion in the previous novels were resolved, which always makes me happy because I like getting answers!
I have to admit I was very frustrated with Gabriel in the beginning. While his mysteriousness was intriguing in the beginning, I felt just as bothered by it as Jane in this novel, and I wasn't thrilled with the way he handled things. However, I was very sad by the lack of Gabriel throughout a good chunk of the book.
The other characters, however, more than made up for missing Gabriel. Zeb and Jolene are always fun characters to hear about. Jolene's crazy family keeps things interesting, so I was excited to see more of that continuing in this novel. And I love Dick. He's probably my favorite side character, and I also enjoy Andrea, so it was fun to have them play a bigger role throughout the book.
Plot wise, I enjoyed the mystery of Jane's stalker a lot. I felt like the plot in this novel was stronger than the previous one while still retaining the humor that I really enjoy about Molly Harper's previous work. (less)
The Night Huntress series has fast become one of my all time favorite series, and I've yet to read something that I didn't absolutely love. This short...moreThe Night Huntress series has fast become one of my all time favorite series, and I've yet to read something that I didn't absolutely love. This short is no exception.
While Bones only makes a couple of brief appearances in the story, he's mentioned from time to time, which is what links this story to the Night Huntress universe. Of course I'm always vying for more Bones and Cat, but this story was still very enjoyable.
I liked meeting these new characters. Chance and Isa had great chemistry, so it was always enjoyable when both characters were together. The plot was also fun.
The wannabe mafioso has set his sights on Isa and decided she will make the perfect Mafia wife. In order to get Isa to comply, he has threatened her brother's life.
It is Isa's grandmother, Greta, who asks Bones for help with her grandchildren. That is where Chance comes in. Bones is his sire and has asked Chance to do him this favor and help Greta and her grandchildren out.
In true Jeaniene Frost style, with the thrilling mystery comes her signature sexiness and humor. This was a great addition to the already fabulous world she has created. (less)
I am kind of of the biased mind that anything Jeaniene Frost writes is gold, especially if it takes place in the Night Huntress World. I love seeing t...moreI am kind of of the biased mind that anything Jeaniene Frost writes is gold, especially if it takes place in the Night Huntress World. I love seeing those glimpses of Bones, Cat and Mencheres, but it was also really nice to see some new characters and follow their story for a short while.(less)