I picked this book up as a Kindle freebie, which generally means my expectations are fairly low, and was very pleasantly surprised. Heretic is a darkI picked this book up as a Kindle freebie, which generally means my expectations are fairly low, and was very pleasantly surprised. Heretic is a dark military urban fantasy. If you're looking for girls kick butt or vampire romance don't look here. Instead the focus is on the Knights Templar and their battle against sorcerers and demonic forces of the paranormal. It's not a perfect book, but it was a quick fun read and I'm intrigued enough by the plot and the characters to buy the rest of the series and see what happens to them, which is always a good sign in my mind. I want to know if Cade ever gets his faith back and why his wife, who is supposed to be dead, keeps appearing to him, not to mention the mythos surrounding the Knights is fun and something unique among the deluge of vamps, shifters and other such (Not that I don't love all of those things too, but a change of pace is a nice thing!)....more
My final rating on this would be a 3.5+. I did enjoy this book and I enjoy the world that Brigg's has created. I like the relationship between Anna anMy final rating on this would be a 3.5+. I did enjoy this book and I enjoy the world that Brigg's has created. I like the relationship between Anna and Charles and seeing it continue to develop. Anna with more confidence is very appealing and I love that she manages to be a cheerful person despite everything she's been through.
This book is a murder mystery which also deals with the changes the werewolf society is going through as they come out more into the world. The mystery is interesting, but it is also a very vicious crime and there are a lot of rape triggers, no graphic description, but all of the victims in the murder case have been abused badly and the story doesn't shy away from that. I appreciated the secondary characters and was impressed to see several of them in happy family relationships and with solid personalities which worked well with the main characters without being over shadowed by them.
By the end this book introduces some big changes to the world which will cross over to the Mercy books as well, so I was glad to see those from this side before picking up the next volumes.
Steamy: There are two very mild scenes of sex or sensuality and the a fore mentioned references to rape....more
I have the strangest love hate relationship with this series. I love the world building. I love the mystery. I love the secondary characters and the rI have the strangest love hate relationship with this series. I love the world building. I love the mystery. I love the secondary characters and the relationships. Toby drives me up the wall because I love some parts of her personality and there are other times I feel like she keeps taking two steps forward and 1.5 steps back and I want to slap her with a herring. ...more
I finished this book while sitting at Disney and immediately had to vent at my husband over it. My poor husband who wasn't doing anything wrong but trI finished this book while sitting at Disney and immediately had to vent at my husband over it. My poor husband who wasn't doing anything wrong but trying to ready his book.
This series makes me crazy. I love the urban fantasy part of it. The mystery and the powers are very different from a lot of what I've read, even if there are similarities with the uber heroine and the hunky guys, but that's kinda part and parcel for the genre. So long and short I like the story telling. I like Alex's world and there is a strong cast of secondary characters I've become very fond of as well. The part that is killing me is the stupid romance, especially after this book.
In this series, as many, there is a romantic triangle situation which is still unresolved after three books. The guys kinda take turns getting to be the 'it' guy from book to book, and I'll admit that I'm firmly team Death, so I was pretty pleased with some of the developments here. The thing I dislike is that it has been proven that Falin will betray Alex. It doesn't matter if he thinks he loves her he will always be a problem for her because he is bound to the Winter Queen. Unless the Queen releases him this is never going to change, and for as long as she's held him, I don't see any reason she'd release him so continuing to yearn after that relationship is the height of too stupid too live. Maybe the author is trying to build up to Alex killing off the Winter Queen, but as it stands it just makes me think Alex is an idiot, particularly considering everything that happens with Death in this volume. I also dislike the insinuation at the end of the book that the Winter Queen can command Falin to do something and Alex can't protest in the slightest or stop him. It's -her- home, one would think that hearth rights would trump Queen bitchiness. I am willing to give the series another book because of all the things I love about it, but if it keeps up with the back and forth thing this series will join the others where I'm tired of reading about the alphas who don't have the self esteem to give the girl up when it's obvious she won't EVER choose between them and they're way too alpha to share.
So yeah...it's a 4 star, but with a vasty GRRARGH attached. ...more
Fated rates somewhere between three and four stars for me, but there is no 3.5 here, so there you have it. It was fun to see another male protag in urFated rates somewhere between three and four stars for me, but there is no 3.5 here, so there you have it. It was fun to see another male protag in urban fantasy which is often dominated by snarky women. Alex Verus is a mage, though not of the blow things up or 'kill you with my brain type', rather Verus is a diviner, someone who can see the future. I really enjoyed seeing a very different type of ability as the primary use, though there are a few things which struck me as a little odd. Such as how matter-of-factly he took watching many scenarios where he died, often in horrible ways. Maybe this is just something you get used to as a diviner, but it seems to me someone would be more shaken by watching this kind of thing, even knowing that it hadn't happened yet and that maybe you could still stop it. The other thought I had was that being slightly out of phase with what was happening all the time would tend to create someone who was a little more off kilter than Verus is. Maybe it's a matter of his training that he could very much stay focused in the here and now with the futures and possible futures only playing out when he wanted it to and not affecting him that much. The plotline is pretty straight forward and there weren't many places where I didn't guess the twist before it happened, but it was well enough put together that I didn't mind. I appreciated the secondary characters, in particular the twist on Luna's curse, and the use of creatures such as Arachne and Starbreeze.
The biggest thing which is both a pro and con is that Alex and his universe are very clearly inspired by the Harry Dresden books, by Jim Butcher. So for those who love the Dresden novels there are a lot of similarities to be enjoyed. Butcher offers a blurb on the front, but that's not the only cross over. The history of Alex Verus has some distinct similarities with Harry Dresden and there is at least one throw away line referencing the guy in Chicago who lists himself in the yellow pages. Also there are several writing bits which are distinctly in Butcher's style, (The last few paragraphs of Fated are a distinct echo of the end of Storm Front. Not word for word, but very close and the flow of the wording and intent are very similar.) which was an interesting homage to a very good series, but it makes me really hope that in future books this series can set itself apart as it's own thing with a distinct voice separate from Dresden.
So I'm willing to read the next book and didn't regret this one, but I'll be watching to see where it goes. All authors tend to draw ideas and inspiration from other masters in the genre (Tolkein anyone?) but the most interesting part isn't where they're the same, but what they do which is different!...more
I surprised myself with this one. It's likely between a 3 and a 4 for me as a fun popcorn read. The concept behind this book is that our heroine MelinI surprised myself with this one. It's likely between a 3 and a 4 for me as a fun popcorn read. The concept behind this book is that our heroine Melina drown as a small child, but was brought back. However, that few minutes left her a bit on the odd side and chosen as a messenger to the supernatural world. This is just as glamorous as it sounds as she spends her life trying to juggle a somewhat normal life and job with delivering packages for whatever supernatural beastie requests it of her. She's tried not delivering packages but broke out with teenage acne and enough trouble to decide it was worth it just to get the job done. With the job comes accelerated healing and reflexes and she gets to encounter some of the hunkier aspects of the supernatural world, as well as the slimy and unpleasant. This particular book starts with what happens when one of her packages is waylaid and stolen, starting her on a path where she realizes that maybe she can be more than just the messenger...but does she really want to get that involved?
So all in all this is a fun read, it is not a PERFECT read. I could pick a lot of nits with it, but as a vacation read I found myself willing to wander around in Melina's world and mystery and be amused with it... Though really, Officer Teddy Goodnight? Gag me with a spoon... Not the worst name for a romantic lead ever, but it does rank right up there.
Steamy: One sex scene of moderate explicitness and one horny fertility god who makes some rather colorful suggestions......more
I got this free for the Kindle and, unfortunately, was really glad it was free. This was an over cliched DNF for me. Maggie annoyed me. Her elf romantI got this free for the Kindle and, unfortunately, was really glad it was free. This was an over cliched DNF for me. Maggie annoyed me. Her elf romantic interest annoyed me more and the plot and pacing were jerky and uncertain. I also struggled with accepting the world building. I think there is some good potential here, but definitely needed tightening and a good edit....more
This is a weird little book. I'm having a hard time classifying how I feel about it. It's Urban Fantasy, but done completely campy. Well beyond BuffyThis is a weird little book. I'm having a hard time classifying how I feel about it. It's Urban Fantasy, but done completely campy. Well beyond Buffy the Vampire Slayer campy and into it's own territory, yet, there is something about it which is charming too. So I'm firmly undecided. I don't have a huge urge to read it again, but there were some interesting concepts. One of the bizarre things, which this book suffers because of, is that I just finished Grave Witch by Kalayna Price and that book covers some of the same ideas which are in Under Wraps, but does it much better. Soo...I may read the next one, but it would be a from the library type thing....more
I finished Right Hand Magic a couple of weeks ago, and I have to admit I found it charming. It it the best, most dramatic urban fantasy I’ve ever readI finished Right Hand Magic a couple of weeks ago, and I have to admit I found it charming. It it the best, most dramatic urban fantasy I’ve ever read? Nope. But it was engaging and really fun, and sometimes fun is exactly what I’m in the mood for.
In Right Hand Magic we meet Tate, who is a trust fund baby defying her socialite parents by choosing the path of an artist, in her case an artist who builds sculptures out of metal. When the book begins Tate has recently broken up with her boyfriend and is looking for someplace new to live, particularly if the rent price is right and she finds the right rent in the area of the city known as Golgatham. We’re not given a LOT of background about how magic came into the world, but it’s enough to know that the supernatural exists and that it is untrusted and generally confined within Golgatham. Usually humans aren’t welcome there, but Tate is desperate for change and at $750 a month she figures it’s worth trying something a little weird.
From this beginning Tate meets her witch born landlord, his obnoxious winged cat familiar, a cellar dwelling seer and a new housemate in the form of a were cougar escaped from the underground fighting pits. The plot is fairly predictable, but I didn’t mind going on the journey to see just how it’d be achieved. Tate is a really fun heroine with a spunky attitude, that never crossed over to being mean. She is not a ‘kick ass’ heroine in the traditional UF sense of killing everything that gets in her way. More she’s just confident in herself and works hard to achieve her goals and to take care of the people around her. At one point she’s captured by the protagonist and even though she can’t do much, she does take the opportunity to stomp his foot and kick him in the shins, which is pretty much what I think most people would do.
Likewise the romance is cute and sweet. You can tell it’s coming, but Tate and Hexe are cute together and it’s satisfying. I appreciate Hexe’s characterization and his strength of person as well. In fact the majority of the secondary characters are well done, which really rounds out the world and makes the bits that would be less believable something I’m willing to suspect disbelief for.
The magic system is fun consisting of natural abilities that come with race and then the witches, who practice Right Hand Magic, Left Hand Magic or some combination of the two. Right Hand Magic is gentle magic, usually used for healing and blessing and undoing dark magic, where Left Hand Magic would be the a fore mentioned dark magic. Most witches tend towards Left Hand Magic or the middle ground, but Hexe has chosen a path of only Right Hand Magic, no matter how hard it is to hold that road.
This book read fast and I’m looking forward to the next installment....more
**spoiler alert** I don't know what it is about this series, but despite early misgivings it's growing on me. It's still a rather fluffy series but I'**spoiler alert** I don't know what it is about this series, but despite early misgivings it's growing on me. It's still a rather fluffy series but I'm engrossed enough to want to know what happens next.
And I'm just as happy she's without Bill... I never really thought he suited her. I think there was too much treating her like a child for my liking. Will have to ponder further on it....more