Boring. Ok not completely but enough to that 70%!into it, I put it down for months before trudging through to the end.
I didn't see the appeal of thisBoring. Ok not completely but enough to that 70%!into it, I put it down for months before trudging through to the end.
I didn't see the appeal of this book.
The premise was kind of convoluted and not scary (er..... The big bad Dragon who steals girls is actually a flat, mid life crises having wizard who needs to get laid in the worst way).
The characters were wooden (ha no pun intended) and flat.
IDK I expected great things and to be swept away based on all the rave 5 star reviews and hype from Buzzfeed to Amazon to pick this story up because it's one of the best of the year. I would've been fine not reading this. ...more
4 stars + 1 for that stunning cover and internal artwork. Publishers take note!
Great fun. I tore through it in a day. I love the world building, it's4 stars + 1 for that stunning cover and internal artwork. Publishers take note!
Great fun. I tore through it in a day. I love the world building, it's so refreshingly different. The characters are well drawn too and the action sequences were tightly written. Orro has to be my favourite new character and in parts, I was laughing out loud.
There is no romance in this book. It's purely about Dina getting a bit over her head by hosting a peace talks summit in the hopes of making her inn stronger & drumming up more business in order for someone to recognise the portrait of her parents. Of course magic and diplomatic shenanigans ensue.
The one thing I didn't really get is why her inn rating didn't go up. What did Dina screw up on exactly? Seemed like she saved the day to me!
For Ilona Andrews fans this is a no brainer read. For new fans looking for urban fantasy with interesting & fun world building and great action sequences, I highly recommend giving this new series a go.
Oh and one last thing I loooove the cover. It's gorgeous. Why can't more covers In this genre look like these illustrations?! And I love the internal illustrations. It really helps solidify this world and characters while reading. ...more
Quick, action pack read about Derek and Julie. Hooray! I thought this was a lot more violent then previous instalments in the series. We get a glimpseQuick, action pack read about Derek and Julie. Hooray! I thought this was a lot more violent then previous instalments in the series. We get a glimpse inside Dereks head on this and it's a barely caged, brutally violent place to be. Also pretty dark and cynical but that's to be expected.
I loved seeing what Julie is really up to as well. She certainly has her own agenda!
The action was described really well, I was completely engrossed from start to finish....more
It took me until the 20% mark to get into this and then I couldn't put it down. Another solid outing from these two authors, esp. for a 1st book in aIt took me until the 20% mark to get into this and then I couldn't put it down. Another solid outing from these two authors, esp. for a 1st book in a series!
The action was great. Characters....great. Snarky, deadpan humor had me laughing out loud and I can't wait for the sequel.
Are there shades of Kate Daniels. Yup. Shades of Kate & Curran in Nevada and Mad Rogan? Yup.
Of course because Ilona Andrews has a style and that is - big, dangerous, mega-Alpha bad boys who are secretly alright and have a moral code but are also ruthless and do what they have to do which makes them come across as borderline socio or psychopathic. Regardless, I still appreciated these characters in their own right and can't wait to get to know them better.
A very fun, quick read, perfect for the last beach days of summer. ...more
I expected to hate this book. I don't even remember how I got it on my kindle. I thought it was going to be a DNF.
Anyway - it was bet2.5 to 3 stars.
I expected to hate this book. I don't even remember how I got it on my kindle. I thought it was going to be a DNF.
Anyway - it was better than expected so for that it was "good".
The characters were your typical tropes and Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu. Yet I got into it. it was a quick read.
The author tried to pack a lot into the world building in one book. Failing to explain the scenario or characters enough to avoid thinking she was inconsistent IMO. For example she introduces a blonde, Viking type vampire called Saxon and then a few pages later introduces another similar looking one called Jaxon.
For ages I thought she meant the same character & was a massive fail by the author. They're two separate people apparently.
I actually thought for once, the MC's response to everything was probably as realistic as you're going to get in a PNR novel. Evie was OK as an MC although a bit of a goody two shoes.
World building was a little muddled and felt certain solutions to problems were convenient and forced. But hey....I guess an author has to figure out a way to end a big bad somehow. It was a bit contrived but I've read worse.
Overall it was decent enough I'll probably read her other books for some brain candy. ...more
It was good. I read it fairly quickly but wasn't as riveted as the other books although interesting regarding some crucial plot developments/hints atIt was good. I read it fairly quickly but wasn't as riveted as the other books although interesting regarding some crucial plot developments/hints at what's to come regarding Kate and her father. Still love the series and think the writing is tight but this instalments seemed a little jumbled and too packed with main plot/sub plot to me. Maybe it's just that I thought the story was a little boring in spite of IA pulling it all together nicely so even though it was all understandable, I just thought it was far from their best. I'm sure many fans would disagree but just being honest. It lacked something for me until the last 10%. One admirable thing I must praise - 8 books in and no character has jumped shark or has had a full frontal lobotomy. For that - this series is tops more then majority. ...more
3.5 stars. Good book. Extremely creative world building and action scenes were fantastic as one would expect from these authors. Even though it was a3.5 stars. Good book. Extremely creative world building and action scenes were fantastic as one would expect from these authors. Even though it was a very easy book to read, I kept putting it down so there was something that didn't draw me in completely. I think I wanted a bit more fleshing out of the characters and sometimes the descriptions in the world building was so fantastical, in trying to image them, I couldn't keep up so not sure I grasped everything.
For example, Shaun's whole history regarding the war etc. I can't remember all the facts and details that are probably important to remember. It could just be me and I wasn't into that portion of the story enough to hang on every detail or could be it was a little complicated.
Regardless, really enjoyable little book. Will definitely, be reading the next one....more
It was OK. The main characters didn't do it for me so I didn't care that much but that doesn't mean I can't recognise Hill trying to make it legit. ShIt was OK. The main characters didn't do it for me so I didn't care that much but that doesn't mean I can't recognise Hill trying to make it legit. She never phones it in, it just didn't resonate with me and a lot of the angst in the series is too bludgeoning for my liking. ...more
Slight departure in roles for this serious which I appreciated. Gary Stu hero but Hill always does her best in trying to make the characters motives uSlight departure in roles for this serious which I appreciated. Gary Stu hero but Hill always does her best in trying to make the characters motives understandable. I liked the characters, cared about how it was going to work out which is what Hill is able to do regardless of all of the sex. Lots of angst but I understood why so it didn't grate on my nerves as much as her Nature of Desire series. ...more
Was waiting for a book on these two. It was good, with little angst because it was short. Just enough to make their journey believable but not overdonWas waiting for a book on these two. It was good, with little angst because it was short. Just enough to make their journey believable but not overdone like some many of the JWH books. She got it all in considering how short it was. ...more
Good, easy read. Entertaining enough for me to move onto the 2nd one.
Reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead but with Angels. I love TWD and this was aGood, easy read. Entertaining enough for me to move onto the 2nd one.
Reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead but with Angels. I love TWD and this was a decent crib so I didn't mind.
I heard that it was scary but I didn't find it so. Maybe because it moved at a clip and was short.
Post apocalyptic, no one knows why it happened - not even the Angels, every man, woman and child for themselves, cannibals, resistance groups, raiders, looting, scavenging and constant movement, no safe places, communes who make up their own version of civilisation/laws etc etc.
Also, saw it labelled as a romance, it's not but there are little teasers.
I tried, oh I tried but this book was painful. All over the place, redundant character thoughts and descriptions with no real context. I needed a mapI tried, oh I tried but this book was painful. All over the place, redundant character thoughts and descriptions with no real context. I needed a map so went back and started jotting down the rankings of the clans and jewels but utlimately, the vague and brief outline of the heirarchy ended up contradicting itself in my opinion and I just thought, "Pfffft....fuck it. Why bother?"
In other words, I found there was much storytelling because the world building was lacking and it was more about the character descriptions intermingling with a bit of backstory but those descriptions (as I read on) actually became reptitive. I felt plopped into this world and was expected to understand. I didn't think it was especially dark because I was so bored so didn't take it seriously enough to care.
Maybe I am just being too lazy or stupid to try and wade my way through this but I didn't want to work that hard while I was reading it. I just felt like I was slogging through a swamp trying to get through this and for what? Because I wasn't enjoying it or finding it any good. ...more
I enjoyed this. I know when I like a book when I want to find out what happens to the characters afterward.
Hill departed from her usual format of havI enjoyed this. I know when I like a book when I want to find out what happens to the characters afterward.
Hill departed from her usual format of having the reader experience the brutality of the MC's past in order to give context and move plot.
Hill normally installs her books with what I consider a "fight and flight" mechanism. Usually, the MC battles their inner demons, fighting their submission, fleeing every chance they get to get real, until epiphany and then they truly submit.
These 3 protag's are on equal footing more or less which was a nice departure and they realistically teach each other. Most of our information re: the 3 main's history (Alanna, Niall, Ethan) was told in informative flashback's due to Alanna's questioning of Niall & Ethan's relationship instead of how Hill usually does it. It was kept succinct enough where we got the picture but didn't have to suffer every laborious, gruesome detail of why the character is the way the are.
I hope Hill continues to explore this slightly different narrative. She is a really good writer because she cares, does her best every time and it's obvious even if the particular story doesn't resonate with me. She is wise enough where she can impart the full picture without having to always do the major the melodrama to the nth degree in order to make the reader understand, and I think this installment really proves that.
Hill did a great job in portraying how each character is strong and has something to teach in their own right.
I hope she adds some vignettes to her blog so we can find out more about the 3 MC's.
I don't think Hill fans will be disappointed with this book at all. One of my faves if not my ultimate fave in the series and a refreshing change of pace from the usual narrative format Hill generally sticks to....more