After 10 or 15 pages, my only thought was this: I hope this series ends soon.
Yep. Evidently, I was the only person on earth who didn't realize that thisis the last book in the series. Whoops. Ok. Well, good for Jeaniene Frost! I hate to say it, because I fell in love with these characters years ago, but I was just about burned out on Cat & Bones. Gasp! Sacrilege! No. I don't mean it like that. What I mean is, I'm glad that for once an author didn't milk a series until it was drier than a dead cow's tit. (view spoiler)[Hi Charlaine! How's the Sam & Sookie fan club these days? (hide spoiler)]
I'm not going to bother with spoilers, but I will say I'm basically happy with the send-off that Frost gave these guys. There was no way for this to end in some absolutely glorious way...that everyone would love...but I think she came pretty close. So, for that alone, I would give this book 4 stars. But, luckily, it isn't just getting pity stars from me. It had enough fun Cat 'n Bones stuff in it to keep my interest for the entire book. Lots of old characters made an impact on the story, and a couple of new characters kept it fresh.
It wasn't a 5 star read for me, though. I never felt any real fear for any of the characters that were supposedly in danger. The twists were surprisingly easy to see coming, and without any shocking Reveals, it didn't quite pack the punch that would land it in 5 star territory for me.
Still, it was a good ending to one of the first paranormal series that I fell in love with. Overall, very well done!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Oh. My. Gawd. You die-hard Kate fans are all such a bunch of Drama Queens! Since I've started reading this series (Yes, yes! I know I'm late to...more4.5 stars
Oh. My. Gawd. You die-hard Kate fans are all such a bunch of Drama Queens! Since I've started reading this series (Yes, yes! I know I'm late to the game!), I've been getting spammed by friends warning me to 'Watch Out' for book 6. Wait till you get to Magic Rises! Book 6 is a killer! I wanted to die after what happened in #6! I'll never feel the same about Kate and Curran after reading 6! The tears! The tears! I was so angry at Curran that I smashed my Kindle! Blubber-blubber *incoherent words* blubber-blubber-blubbbber!
I say this in the most loving way possible: You guys need to seek professional help, before you find yourselves dressing up like Mother.
Kidding! I love you guys! *runs away*
Alrighty. For those of you who haven't read this one yet, and are pawing desperately through all of these Crazy Lady reviews, let me put your mind at ease. It's not that bad. I was waiting for Curran to turn Kate over to Hugh, or sleep with someone else, kick her out of the pack...or somethinghorrible...after all of these whack-jobs got done scaring me. Yes. There is relationship drama, but not on the level that I was expecting. Also, you may have heard that there is a DEATH. There is, and it is sad. But not Kindle-breaking sad.
Magic Rises is the best of the bunch, in my not-a-lunatic humble opinion. It's got lots of action, tons of intrigue, and plenty of funny moments. I'm totally looking forward to snagging a copy of the next book and chowing down!
This is nowhere near what I would consider my normal genre, but I really liked it anyway. Broken Souls has that Pul...moreAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines.
This is nowhere near what I would consider my normal genre, but I really liked it anyway. Broken Souls has that Pulp Fiction feel to it that made me think of hard-boiled detectives and L.A. noirish stuff. Or at least, this is what I assume those books are like. *cough, cough* I've, uh, never actually read a True Crime story. But this was what I imagine they would be like. Take my ramblings with a grain of salt. Eric Carter isn't the kind of guy who has a girlfriend, he's the kind of guy who sometimes spends time with some dame who works at the diner. Again. Not really. But in my mind that's what he does. Also, in my head, he has a gravelly voice. What? That was an important part of my internal reading experience!
Ok, I was a little nervous going into this, because I hadn't read the first book. But I gotta say, Blackmoore did an excellent job weaving the backstory from the first book into this one. There weren't great gobs of random info-dumps, either. I was lost for a few pages, but after that, it was relatively smooth sailing.
So an Aztec goddess of death killed his sister, and fucked up his life on multiple levels. And, one shotgun wedding later...they're married. Why? Read the first book and find out. His mission is to find another mage with enough mojo to help him serve her divorce papers. And when the book starts, he thinks he's found just the guy for the job. Right up till the dude tries to skin him alive, all in the high hopes of wearing him as a meat-coat. Yeah. Probably not the direction he was thinking their meeting would go.
Eric's sort of an assy guy, but you end up liking him anyway. He's not a do-gooder, per say, but he's also not do-badder, either. Do-badder is a real word. I looked it up. And since I've already done the work for you, there's no need for you to check and see if I'm lying. Really. Even though Eric isn't the classic Knight in Shining Armor, he's still got enough of a good-guy vibe to keep you rooting for him.
The book's story centers on finding out who this skin-wearing dude is, and why he wants Eric so badly. But it also weaves into what is going on with his wife...and her ex-husband. The plot is good, the pacing is tight, and the ending left me wanting more. Like I said, it's not my normal cuppa, but I wouldn't hesitate to read the next book. (less)
That cover is badass! I went into this expecting lots of action, lots of magic, and lots of, well, badass stuff! Aaaaaaaaand, no. It's got an interesting premise, though. Khara had spent her entire life (centuries) living in the Underworld as Hades' ward. Or at least six months out of the year. The other half she spent with Demeter, while she mourned for Persephone. See, Khara is the trade-off that Demeter made to get her daughter back for half of the year. So, who were Khara's real parents? She had no idea, nor any burning desire to find out. Until one day, when a Dark One swoops into the Underworld, rips her away from Hades, and drops her in the middle of Detroit. She's found by a one of Ares' sons, and the journey to find out which way her family tree branches is on. There's a brooding fallen angel who's taken an interest in what happens to her, a twin brother that she never knew about, and a psychopath from the Underworld hot on her trail. Sounds cool, right? And it is...sort of. Khara, and everyone else, talks like they're from a different time period. Which, isn't necessarily a bad thing. But, couple that with the fact that Khara sounds and acts like an emotionless robot? Ehhhhhhhhh. I get why she's like that. She had to be stoic and emotionless to survive centuries in the Underworld surrounded by psychos. After a while, though? It got old. I still really enjoyed this story, but after I was about 90% done with it, I was getting antsy. Really antsy. The chemistry between Oz and Khara, which I originally thought would sizzle...didn't. I'm not really sure when they even started feeling things for each other, due to the wooden dialogue. It certainly didn't help that Khara's inner monologue was lacking in emotion, and Oz's inner thoughts were off limits.
She finds out (relatively early on in the story, so I don't think this is a spoiler) that she has several half-brothers, and they turn into her protectors for the remainder of the book. Ok. I know that this falls in line with the mythology part of the plot, but I was hella-skeeved that one of her brothers had a hard time keeping his eyes to himself. Worse, he was the one who was closest to her! Her BFF, if you will. But he was such a horndog that he evidently had difficult time looking at her as his sister from time to time. Although, the vast majority of these incidents happened in the beginning. For my personal taste, however, there were too many conversations that went like this: Random Brother: Perv, remember that she is our SISTER! Stop looking at her like that! Pervy Brother: I know, I know! I'm trying! It's just so hard to stop being a horny bastard! Ick.
There are quite a few glowing reviews for Unborn, but I think this is going to be one of those novels that isn't for everyone. Having said that, I finished this one in two days, so it did hold my interest quite well. There was a lot of originality in the way the story unfolded, and in the way the mythology was played with. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, give it a shot. And even with all my complaints, I certainly didn't feel like this was a waste of my time.
Digital copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Magic Slays is just chock full of...stuff! But, quite honestly, there are already too many awesome reviews for this one, so I'll keep it short.
This one...moreMagic Slays is just chock full of...stuff! But, quite honestly, there are already too many awesome reviews for this one, so I'll keep it short.
This one centers around a bunch of fanatics who want to destroy all the magic in the world, and they've got a BOMB that can do it. Don't worry I've got a solution. Cover your head with a textbook, and get under your desk! According to my elementary school training, doing that will save you not only from tornadoes, but also nuclear missals. *nods head sagely* So, that's one part of the story. But, as you know, the real fun of the Kate Daniels series centers on all of the stuff that happens in the background. In this one, the good stuff revolves around, but is not limited to:
Does Curran really love Kate, or is he using her? Why was Andrea missing? New hyena kid becomes a sidekick...maybe. Secrets of Kate's PAST revealed! (view spoiler)[I knew that Voron guy was a bastard! (hide spoiler)] OMG! JULIE! Did somebody say, Baba Yaga?!
All this and more squished between the covers of #5, ladies and gentlemen! Read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book probably saved my sanity. Really. We went camping a few days ago. And I hate camping even when everything goes perfectly. This time,...more4.5 stars
This book probably saved my sanity. Really. We went camping a few days ago. And I hate camping even when everything goes perfectly. This time, the boys and I got a stomach bug. It wasn't one of those debilitating bugs, unfortunately, because then we could have left. No. It was just one of those bugs that made you 'uncomfortable'. 1:00 am *ACHOO!* Moooooom!!!! I sharted! Do you have any idea what it's like to have to walk a kid (who has shit in their pants) down to a woodsy 'bathhouse' at 1:00 in the morning? Only to have them realize (far too late to get new PJs) that the liquid they expelled has drizzled into their pajama pants? Now imagine that same kid running full-tilt back to the camper, in the dark, through the woods, squealing, in nothing but their (new/clean) underwear. My poor kid is still having nightmares about the hysterical laughter that trailed them back to safety. Sorry, baby. I get a little slap-happy when I've had no sleep. Also, it was just damn funny to watch you crash through the brush like your little ass was on fire. But beyond my nightly entertainment, there wasn't much to do. It's not like we could chance a hike. Upset tummies don't mix well with long treks away from the potty. So. The boys and I sat in the camper. Fun Fact: Boys have a shelf life of about 8 hours, before they start to smell really bad.
So. Thank you, Kate, for allowing me to mentally escape from my family vacation.
Oh My GAWD!
This is it, people! Book 4 is the one where they finally... Is it a spoiler if I say it out loud? *bites nails* Hmm. I'm not sure, to be quite honest. But, for those of you who know what I'm talking about? *squee!*
Alrighty, this book isn't just amazing because of the thing. There's also a whole lotta action 'n suspense stuff to go along with it. Kate meets up with her eeeevil aunt! OMG! How will this effect her future?! Will Roland find her now?! Will the Pack be a bigger target?! What about Julie?! I'm using too many exclamation points, aren't I?
I'm not sure how to describe how into these books I am right now. I. Can't. Stop. In fact, I've already checked out the next book from my library. Oh! Oh! There's an attack poodle in this one! How can you resist a series that has an attack poodle?! You can't! No one could resist that!
I haven't found any UF series that I liked as much a my beloved Mercy Thompson, but Kate Daniels is a very close second, at this point. If you're looking for a kick-ass heroine, no weird sex (view spoiler)[ and by that, I mean they don't bite each other in odd places (hide spoiler)], and a lot of interesting characters, then you might want to start on this series right away.
I'm probably never going to be able to watch Disney's The Princess and the Frog with the girls again. Or maybe I will, but I'll just giggle a lot when...moreI'm probably never going to be able to watch Disney's The Princess and the Frog with the girls again. Or maybe I will, but I'll just giggle a lot when the bad guy shows up.
Because that guy (I can never remember his name) looks just like the Loa of death in this. Yeah, I'm sure Disney made him look like the Loa guy on purpose. Authenticity and all. And that's cool, except the death-dude in this thing kept saying that he wanted a fucky-fuck...quick-quick! So. I'm sure I'll be able to keep a straight face when Bad-Frog-Guy comes on the screen. Because I'm not a pervy ass. Riiiight.
I loved the first half of this book! Even with all the missing chunks of information, the flashbacky way the story was told, and the fact that I had no idea who any of these characters were. It was interesting, and I was convinced that it would all make sense in the end. Unfortunately, it appears that this title was cancelled before it could really find it's audience or something. The remainder of the story arc seemed to be smashed together in and attempt to finish out this volume. Or at least that's how it looked to me. You're just getting to know the characters, and then BAM! this weird/disjointed ending slaps you upside the head. You're left sort of staring at the last sheet of advertisements, as though you can magically make more pages appear. I've been trying to do that squinty-eyed magic for years now, and I thoroughly believe it will work...someday!
Good concept, good story, but it needed more time to really work.
The whole idea is that gargoyles and demons are fighting each other for the future of humanity. I'll be honest, the whole gargoyle thing didn't exactly captivate me. I found the novella rather bland, and if it hadn't been for the glimpse of Layla and Roth, I would never have picked this up. Luckily, this series is all about those two crazy kids. As the title suggests, Layla has a problem with kissing. She can't. Well, she can, but then she sucks out the other person's soul. So. That sucks. Heh. Secretly she pines for Zayne, the son of the Warden (gargoyle) who took her in when she was seven. They've been friends for as long as she can remember, but lately her feelings have turned into something more. Unfortunately, Zayne's life is not really his own, and he's being pushed into an engagement with another female Warden. You know, one that won't suck out his soul...
So why is Layla a soul-sucker? Well, she's a hybrid. The daughter of a demon and a Warden. And technically, they should have killed her when they found her in the orphanage. But Zayne's dad thought she should be given a chance to deny her demon side. That doesn't mean that the other Wardens feel that way. Most of them teeter between quietly suspicious and openly hostile when they meet her. With her home life a confusing mess, Layla finds comfort in the normalcy of school, and in her after school job...tagging demons. See, along with the ability to steal souls, Layla can also see souls. Or the lack thereof, as the case may be. And once she touches a demon, it lights them up with an invisible neon sign that points them out to the Wardens. So, in her own way, she gets to use her strange abilities to be useful in the fight against evil. Because all demons are evil. Right? Hello, Roth! He's a demon who keeps popping into her life at the most unexpected times...and saving her life. Now, why would a demon do that?
As you can probably figure out, there's a lot of gray in the world that Layla doesn't know about. Even more important, a lot she doesn't know about her past, her heritage, and her powers.
This was a fun story, with a side of cute demon-boy on the side. I'm going back for more! If you're a fan of Armentrout's writing, then this one will make you happy! If you're not...find something else.
I was really exited for this one, especially since I loved the first book, Shadows. Maybe my expectations were just too high, or maybe it's suffering for Second Book Syndrome? Whatever the reason, I wasn't quite as blown away this time around. Don't get me wrong, this was still a good read, but it just felt like there wasn't much happening. The storyline seemed to be stuck in a loop. Rafa wants to find Jude, but Gaby is too freaked out by what they may find, so she keeps making up excuses to stay in town for one more day. Rafa gets mad, but agrees to wait. Mildly interesting stuff happens that usually ends up in some sort of battle/brawl/fight. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Same thing goes for whatever mysterious thing happened between Gaby and Rafa before she lost her memory. She wants him to tell her why he's so reluctant to act on his feeling towards her, and all he'll say that if she gets her memory back, she'll be pissed at him Lather, Rinse, Repeat. By the end of the book, I was ready to tear my hair out over both plotlines. Just get off your ass, and go find Jude, Gaby! And while you two are searching, fucking tell her what happened, Rafa! And while she finally did get off her ass, Rafa never would tell her what awful thing went down between them in the past. So. Guess we'll find out in the next book? Grrrr.
There's a little bit more to the story, including Rafa's old teammates, hillbillies with RPGs, magic that can stop Rephaim's from shifting, and some fanatical crazy ladies from Jason's past. But none of it seemed to move the plot forward as much as I would have liked. At the end you get a few Big Game-Changers, but...since it does all happen towards the end, I can't say anything without spoiling the book.
I'd say this is a decent second installment. There was nothing glaringly bad, and if it weren't for the GetOnWithItAlready stuff, I would have liked it more. But it didn't turn me off of the series, so I'll definitely read the next book if I get the chance.
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I'm getting seriously attached to this crazy world! This is such a great urban fantasy series, and I can't believe I put off reading it for so...more4.5 stars
I'm getting seriously attached to this crazy world! This is such a great urban fantasy series, and I can't believe I put off reading it for so long. What the hell was wrong with me?! Doesn't matter. I'm officially part of the Kate for President movement now. *Warning: The remainder of the review will probably be nothing more than me doing some squealy fangirling.*
Kate & Curran! Love them! LOOOOOVE them! Why can't more urban fantasy give us a slow burn like these two have? I'm more than willing to read about couples who aren't jumping immediately into the sack, even if it means waiting it out book-wise.
World-building! This is one of the more unique settings I've run across in terms of the actual world they live in. Magic flares and technology crashes? Veryvery cool.
Villians! I love that the Big Bad is still out there waiting for a Reveal. The baddies in this were amazing, and totally took my mind off of this Roland character, and then BAM! right toward the end you get another snippit of information! OhMyGodITotallyForgotAboutHimWhatWillKateDo?!
Side Characters! It seems like every new book adds another pal (or three) to Kate's growing list of amigos. Each of them are well-defined enough to make you care about what happens to them.
Coolest Aunt EVAH! Ok, that scene where she rides into Julie's school? I wanted to stand up and cheer! If you don't know what I'm talking about, go read the book. It's worth it, just to see what she does.
So many reviewers have detailed the plot better than I ever could, so I'm just going to have to settle for telling you guys this: KATE DANIELS IS A MUST-READ UF SERIES! Do NOT let the first book scare you off. I thought it was only so-so, and it kept me from continuing the series. Bad Anne! BAD! Go read these suckers. You won't be sorry. (less)
It's readable, I finished it, and it might be a keeper if you're part of the under 18 crowd. There. I was nice.
I didn't research the author or the book before I requested it from NetGalley, so I went into this with no preconceived notions. As I was reading this, I assumed two things: 1) This was probably the author's first book. 2) This was probably a self-published novel. So. Imagine my shock when I finished the book, and found out that neither of those things were true. Not only that, but her Halo series? It's the one that a couple of my friends have been trying to shove down my throat for over a year now. One of my pals even gave me her copy, and it's sitting on my bookshelf right now! I swear, I've been meaning to get to it, but it's a young adult romance about angels falling for humans or something... Not really my cuppa, if I'm totally honest. Also, those guys are really into the House of Night series, so I have a hard time taking recommendations from them seriously.
Anyhoo. Ghost House is about a girl named Chloe who (Surprise!) can see Ghosts, and goes to live in a (Surprise!) haunted House. And then she falls in love with a ghost. Not the Eeeevil one, mind you, the hot 'n sexy one. Why? Oh, you know, for all the usual reasons you fall for a ghost. He's got jewel-like eyes, nice hair, and he looks dashing riding around on his ghost-horse. In other words, Insta-Lurve. She sees him, and immediately knows he's speshul! More importantly, he stirs up feelings that she's never felt before...in her ENTIRE life. 'Cause 18 years is a long freakin' time to go without finding your True Love! *rolls eyes* Side note: The author is young. 'Nuff said. It all culminates in a bigish battle with the hot ghost's evil ex-girlfriend. Chloe must learn to embrace her powers...or risk losing everything!
I was underwhelmed. The plot, dialogue, romance, character development...all of it. Underwhelming. Not truly awful, just not impressive. I'm giving my friend her copy of Halo back tomorrow.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital arc, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
So, I get an email a while back from Cat, saying that she's gifting me this book, and sending the next one in the mail. Hmmmm. Should I be suspicious?...moreSo, I get an email a while back from Cat, saying that she's gifting me this book, and sending the next one in the mail. Hmmmm. Should I be suspicious? Is this some sort of a stinker that she doesn't want to read herself? Nah. She's just an unusually nice sort of person who sends me 'care packages', because she genuinely thinks I'll enjoy these books. And she was right!
Delia's Shadow is part love story, part paranormal thriller, and part historical mystery. Shadow is the name Delia gives to the unusual ghost that started haunting her (in earnest) while she was teaching in New York. She can't communicate with the dead, but she sees their spirits wandering around, sometimes attached to someone they loved in life. This particular spirit seems different, in that it is determined to get her attention. She feels this ghost wants her to return to her hometown of San Francisco. With no other way to rid herself of the the spirit, she gets on a train, and heads back to the women she considers her family. And it's not too long before Delia realizes the connection between her Shadow, and a serial killer who is hunting in her hometown. With the help of her best friend, Sadie, she's introduced to a medium named Dora. She understands what Delia is up against, and is willing to help her piece together the story of Shadow's life. And maybe more importantly, her death. Sadie's fiancee, Jack, and his partner, Gabe, are the detectives who are frantically working to prevent the killer from striking again. Not only does he show no signs of stopping, it looks as though he's getting ready to strike at the loved ones of the two men who are hunting him. With Sadie's life in danger, Delia has to overcome her fears and learn how to use her abilities to help stop this psychopath, before it's too late.
It was a really good story, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. However, if you're looking for a fast-paced romp, you won't find it here. The story moves forward at a decent pace, but Delia isn't an action heroine. She relays the messages and information to Gabe or Jack, and they head out to investigate. Part of me wanted to see her get out there and kick some ass, but the other part of me was glad that she wasn't stupid enough to do it. She doesn't have hidden ninja skills, and in this time period it would have been weird for her to be involved in capturing a criminal. So, no points for feminism, but points for historical accuracy. Also, I found it odd (and yet sort of refreshing) that Delia had no trouble convincing Gabe and Jack of the I See Dead People thing. Ok. To be fair, there's a whole lotta evidence (including some ghostly tantrum stuff) to point to the fact that she's not riding the Crazy Train. So. Either you'll be like me, and enjoy the fact that she doesn't spend the entire book trying to convince everyone she's not nuts. Or you'll think it was a little to convenient that everyone got on board with the idea so quickly.
I liked the POV shifts between Gabe and Delia, as well. He's a good guy with good intentions, and a pretty broad emotional spectrum. It was awesome to see a book promote healthy relationships between men and women. Jack and Gabe aren't controlling Alpha men, and neither Sadie nor Delia are fainting violets. It seems as though their relationships are built on...hang on to your hat....respect and love for each other. GASP!
If you've been looking for a paranormal/historical/thriller/mystery/ghost story...with a bit of romance, then check this one out. If you want a story about an ass-kicking Ghost Whisperer, then you need to keep looking.(less)
The first book in this series ( You Are Mine) took me by surprise and totally swept me off my feet. So, when I saw the next book in the series was available? I did the grabby-hands thing, and snatched it up as fast as I could! And I was not disappointed.
*Warning: Possible spoilers for the previous book*
This book is about Cynthia, Serena's younger sister, who gets only a passing mention in the previous installment. In the first book, you learn that warlocks are the only ones who can use the magic in their blood. Women are bought and sold according to how powerful their blood is, and then used as baby makers by the men, in the hopes of getting a powerful male heir. Serena's blood was powerful, but the surprise to everyone was how much more potent Cynthia's blood was. It's not something that's delved into in book one, but it's the focal point of this one. And here's why...
*fist pump* I knew it! I just knew girls could do magic! I'm not counting this as a spoiler, because you find out that Cynthia can use spells in the beginning of this book.
M'kay, and not only has Cynthia learned how to tap into her magic, but she's wicked powerful! Except, she doesn't realize how strong she is, because she's had to hide her abilities from everyone throughout the years. Especially from Serena, who because of all the abuse she's taken over the years, hates magic. But she's about to find out exactly what she's capable of...
Without giving too many spoilers, here's what I liked/disliked about this book: I really love the parallels these books draw between this world, and the cults/religions that tell women they are...less. But I also love the fact that Falor does it without the All-Men-Are-Evil thing. There are good guys in these books, just like there are good guys in in real life.
My only complaint? There didn't seem to be enough focus on showing Cynthia's magical progression. I wanted more scenes with her learning to do hardcore spells that could kick ass. It was a letdown, but it didn't ruin the book for me.
The ending for this one definitely lets you know that a war is coming, though, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next! If you haven't started in on these books, you're missing out on a great story!
P.S. There's also a prequel novella about Katherine that's out now. Mine To Tarnish was a good read, but you'll want to read book one beforehand, so that you have a better grasp on the world building . Check it out if you're interested!(less)
Weird. Supah-Weird. This looked (to me) like a cute romantic/mystery/caper sort of book. Bzzzzt Nope. This was full-up with all kinds of strange shit.
(v...moreWeird. Supah-Weird. This looked (to me) like a cute romantic/mystery/caper sort of book. Bzzzzt Nope. This was full-up with all kinds of strange shit.
(view spoiler)[Does anything about the blurb make you think that the heroine eats children because she's a supernatural monster? Yeah, I didn't think so. (hide spoiler)]
Ok, beyond the odd stuff (view spoiler)[AKA Leila eats gross raw meat to keep from chowing on babies (hide spoiler)], this was interesting enough that I wanted to finish it out. And possibly might even go back for more of these characters some day. Also, I grabbed this while it was free on Amazon, and I tend not to complain so much when the author is handing out freebies. I did feel like it got a tad chaotic at times, but for the most part, it was a fun way to pass the time.
Warning: The hero is a dick (view spoiler)[who kidnapped a little mute girl. I kept waiting for the Surprise! The kid was in danger at her home! Or even maybe that he somehow knew the kid and her family. Nope. He just took her, because he needed...not even really sure. It seemed like he used her to blackmail Leila into helping him, but he probably could have just thrown cash at her and gotten the same result. You know, minus the whole 'traumatizing a child' and 'terrifying her parents' thing (hide spoiler)]. And the heroine isn't exactly lovable, either. (view spoiler)[ She was having an affair with a married man, and he left her when his wife got pregnant. Leila got pissed off, and... Well, she attacked the wife, and somehow sucked the baby out of her womb and ate it. Not exactly a nice thing to do, you know? *gags*(hide spoiler)] However. Those very things that skeeved me out, also made the characters kinda interesting. Or at the very least, different than I was expecting. So if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this might just fit the bill.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Wow. Book 15, already? Huh. Well I guess since I've been reading these books for years now, that sort of makes sense. So. How did Skin Game hold up to sc...moreWow. Book 15, already? Huh. Well I guess since I've been reading these books for years now, that sort of makes sense. So. How did Skin Game hold up to scrutiny? It was classic Dresden. And you can take that whichever way you want. If you're a die-hard fan of this series, and you still enjoy Butcher's books about the wacky (but lovable) wizard, who can't help getting himself in over his head...then you'll love this one. However, if you were hoping for something different this time around? Nope. What it was is what it still is. Skin Game is the same high-octane novel that I've come to expect from this author, and from this series. And, just like all the other novels, the action never lets up enough for you to catch your breath. Also, if you were hoping there was some resolution to Harry's multiple problems? Psssht. Forget it! Looks like book 16 will hit the stores sometime in 2015, but I'm not counting on that one laying anything to rest, either.
If you've ever read a book from the Dresden Files, then you know there's not really a way to coherently explain everything that goes on in the story. Too much! Too much! However, I can say that it involves robbing Hades of the Holy Grail, a parasite that may explode from Harry's head, a hilarious sex scene with Murphy, Butters and Bob's skull on a magically powered skateboard, Michael with the power of an archangel, an Honest-To-God lightsaber, and Santa Clause vetting for a mercenary. And really, that just scratches the surface...
Sound like your cuppa tea? If so, then I suggest you go grab a copy. However, be warned that this is not a series that you can plunk down in the middle of, and hope to catch up. If you're serious about starting this one, you've got a whole lotta reading to catch up on! (less)
This was a load of silly fun to read, and I loved it! The Book of Bart isn't exactly filled with High Humor, so if y...moreAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines
This was a load of silly fun to read, and I loved it! The Book of Bart isn't exactly filled with High Humor, so if you don't think fart jokes are funny, this may not be for you. Also, it's highly irreverent and has the potential to offend multitudes of religious readers. But, seriously? I wouldn't think fans of 700 Club are going to look at this, and think this is their next Must-Read anyway. Although, the guy on the cover bears a striking resemblance to Pat Robertson.... Huh.
Is there a good solid plot to this? Absolutely(ish)! An angel and a demon go to high school. Haven't I read that one before, you ask? Uh, not like this, you haven't. This isn't a young adult novel about defying the odds and finding Twue Wuv. Sorry, kids, this one is for mature audiences only.
The appeal isn't in the setting, it's in the goofy tongue-in-cheek writing style. This is not a story about a reluctant Fallen Angel who redeems himself. This revolves around an obnoxious demon who thoroughly enjoys the role he plays in corrupting souls. He's a self-centered, belligerent, intolerant, asshole...with a penchant for deflowering virgins. Think: Satanic unicorn.
After an unsuccessful attempt to take over the other Land Down Under, Bart's been stuck in the ass-rapey prison part of Hell. And as enjoyable as that might sound, he'd really like to square things with the Big Guy Downstairs, so he can get back to earth...and into one of his designer suits. Or maybe even a young unsullied brunette?
The book starts when an unknown benefactor springs him from the Pokey *snicker* on a work-release program, of sorts. But before Bart can enjoy his new-found freedom, he finds out that the terms of his parole may be worse than anything he could have imagined. See, he's been loaned out to the Other team. Now he's stuck with an Angel-In-Training and an inept Demon Hunter as partners, while they attempt to *gag*Save the World. Or something equally offensive.
I snickered and smiled my way through the whole thing. Yeah, once or twice the jokes veered off into Over-The-Top-Land, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. At. All. Or let me put it this way: I started it yesterday afternoon, and didn't put it down until I finished. If you get a chance, don't pass this one up!
Big Thanks to the publisher for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Another BIG THANKS to Shelby...and her Flying Monkeys for bringing this book to my attention with her review. Thanks to her, I couldn't shake the image of Doogie Howser when I pictured Bart.(less)
This is a prequel novella for the Mine series, and I managed to snag it the other day as an Amazon freebie. I was so excited, because You Are Mine was...moreThis is a prequel novella for the Mine series, and I managed to snag it the other day as an Amazon freebie. I was so excited, because You Are Mine was one of those books that took me by surprise. You know, in a good way.
Warning: Even though the events in this take place before the events in You Are Mine, if you read Mine to Tarnish first, there's a good chance you'll be a bit lost. There's a lot of world-building done in the novel that's only touched on in the novella. Also, since Katherine is a side character in the first book, you may not care about her quite as much without knowing what role she played in the original. In other words, I loved finding out Kat's backstory, and everything made perfect sense to me. If you haven't read the novel, and are thinking this might be a good way to decide whether or not to read Falor's other books...ehhhhhh?. You may not like it quite as well.
Ok. Warnings aside, this is a great novella. Katherine's father has sold her to a new 'owner', who happens to be a disgusting and cruel old man. With her mother's help, she makes an escape, and meets up with the people who will change her life. Good stuff!
P.S. These aren't romance novels, so don't go into the series with any bodice-ripper expectations. (less)
Contact was a fun young adult book. It didn't blow me out of the water, but it kept me interested enough to keep flipping the pages.
As the title implies, whenever Mira touches anyone, she gets their whole life history downloaded into her mind. It's a fairly new phenomenon, she's pretty freaked out, and she's already attempted suicide twice when the book opens. Full Disclosure Time: I had just finished a story about a girl with powers who felt driven to kill herself before I started this one. I'm not sure if it impacted my enjoyment of this one, but I thought it deserved mentioning.
The main story revolves around Mira and her love interest Scooby-Dooing it around town trying to figure out why Mira has this power. When her mother falls into a fishy diabetic coma after a party, the plot only thickens. And as the two of them dig into her past, they find out that nothing is what it seems...
There's really not a whole lot to either complain or rave about with Contact. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down while I was reading it, but a few days later..I couldn't recall much about it.
I have to say, I wasn't all that convinced that it was realistic when it came to Mira's reaction to what happened to her mother, but I can't say much else without spoiling the story. Otherwise, this was a decent page-turner.
NetGalley provided a digital arc for review.(less)
I have to admit I was a teeny bit pissed off when I finished this one. Not that it wasn't excellent, but I missed one little word in the blur...more4.5 stars
I have to admit I was a teeny bit pissed off when I finished this one. Not that it wasn't excellent, but I missed one little word in the blurb...one word...and it nearly killed me. What word? First. From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the best-selling first Forever Evermore trilogy. I thought this was it. The End. Bye-bye. No more. Over with. Adios. Close the door on your way out. So when a few things didn't get wrapped up to my total satisfaction? Hulk sad. Hulk SMASH! 'Cause this series is in my top 5 favorites of all time. Yep, right up there with Moning's Fever series, and Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. So. If this was the end, then I wanted every little thing sorted out. Yeah, yeah, yeah. The ending was good. But there was this BIG thread of the story that still wasn't FIXED. And the worst part was, I couldn't even stomp around like I wanted to! I mean, how would I explain that to my husband? See, there's this book about a sexy vampire and a hybrid shifter/vampire. They'loved each other, but it had to be all hush-hush, because it's against their laws to mix species. Also, they both happened to be the rulers of their particular species. There was this big war going on with the Coms (that means humans, Hon), and they'd both been mind-wiped as punishment for falling in love. Oh! And they had a baby! But she didn't know who the father was due to the mind-wipe. It all worked out, but I'm just pouting and throwing things, because there was still something that they needed to fix! And it's OVER! It's just OVER! And... Hey! Are you laughing at me? NO, this isn't like the time I thought Mac had killed Barrons. Seriously? How can you even bring that up right now?! Did you just mumble 'hormones' under your breath? I do not have PMS! In other words, I had to be mature. Damn it. But now that I've correctly read the blurb, it appears that there may be more books coming. If there's a first trilogy, then there must be a second trilogy, right? Right?! *soothing music plays in the background* Ahhhh. Much better.
Ezra. Give me a minute here.... ------- K, I'm back. He is hands-down one of the sexiest men in literature today. And for those of you who are just now discovering these books, don't even bother trying to add him into your book-boyfriend harem. He's MINE! ALL mine! Don't worry about what happened at the end of the last book, ladies. The author doesn't keep them apart for long, and she doesn't drag out the who-are-you thing for any longer than necessary. I'm not say they get their memories back, I'm just saying... Well. Read it. Ezra and Lily sizzle.
Alrighty. The war with the Coms is in full swing, but other than a few scenes, it mostly fades to the background of the story. Everything is mainly about Lily and Ezra trying to figure out...all the stuff they need to figure out. You know, there's not a lot I can tell you without spoiling the story. And it's a great story. These are books that I will definitely re-read again, and probably again-again. Like I said, these are a favorite.
So why not go whole hog, and give this 5 stars? Ehhhh. It kills me to say this. I mean that, but... The last 10% of the book was iffy. There was a time-travel thing that wasn't very well explained, and felt almost smooshed in there to...I don't know...include time-travel? I got nothin'. I, quite literally, made a WhatTheFuck Face throughout the whole scene. Yeah, it served a purpose, but it just didn't seem all that coherent or well planned. Almost like an afterthought?
Ok. I already whined about the untidy thread at the end, but I didn't knock any points off for it. But there BETTER be more books on the way.
The next thing on my ververyvery short Didn't-Like-It list, was the way Lily seemed to turn into a sadist. Sorry, but that turned me off. I absolutely love bad-ass heroines. And if they gotta kill a shit ton of villains to save the day? *shrugs* That's just fine by me. But this was something...else. Lily had been put through the ringer in every sense, so I totally get that she was hardened. But there was a line, and she crossed it several times. Torture for sport? To prove a point? Because it's fun? No. Kill who you gotta kill, and move on. And don't think I'm going easy on you, either, Ezra! Just because I have a shrine built to you in my closet, doesn't mean you get off scott free! I'm ashamed of you, young man!
Moving on. The last thing I wanna say isn't so much a complaint, as it is a 'preference'. Jack and Pearl were such a huge part of the first two books, that this one felt bare without them in it. They do show up, eventually, but I wanted more time with them. However, I will reluctantly concede that since I'm not the author of this book, my 'preference' counts for shit. Then again, I will also not-quite-so reluctantly, reiterate that there better be more books!
Even with those complaints, I still love these characters, love this world, and love this author. Fans of the previous books will love seeing the chemistry flare back to life between Ezra and Lily, and learning a few shocking secrets about some of the other characters in the series. I'm satisfied....for now.
I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Charlaine Harris should give classes on how to bitch-slap fans. Really! It's like she looked at all of those one star reviews for that last turd in th...moreCharlaine Harris should give classes on how to bitch-slap fans. Really! It's like she looked at all of those one star reviews for that last turd in the Sookie series, and said to herself, Ha! Those sorry fuckers wanna know what happened NEXT? Muhahahahahaha! I'll show 'em what happens next... And then she wrote the most laughable thing ever, and giggled all the way to the bank. See, if she were really trying to soothe all of the ruffled feathers, she would have offered this up as a FREEBIE on her website. After all, it's not a novella. Nope. It's an A-Z list of characters, and what happened to them. Most got a few sentences. Some got one line. And the lucky ones got a page. Thing is, I didn't know or care who most of the characters featured in this even were! Some neighbor? A bar patron? A cop? Somebody randomly mentioned 10 books ago? WHOTHEFUCKCARES?! Not me, that's for sure. And the characters I did care about... Their fates ranged from sad to boring. Although, I noticed a few characters that she gave some wiggle room to, just in case she wanted to milk them in the future. Sorry, but there's no way I'd ever invest my time in another one of her series. Why? Because I know she can write...when she wants to. And I might really like that series. But what happens when she gets sick of writing about those characters? Yeah. No thanks, Lady. This was nothing more than revenge on everyone who called her out for not giving these characters the send-off they deserved. It's an overpriced (Kindle version is $5.50) List...not a book. And to say this thing was illustrated is an insult to illustrated books. Drawing a picture around a letter of the alphabet is not my idea of an 'illustrated' novel.
If you're thinking of starting this series? Retreat! Retreat!
There's no reason not to go ahead and bite the bullet if (like me) you've already rea...moreAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines
Why not finish the series out?
There's no reason not to go ahead and bite the bullet if (like me) you've already read all of the other TWELVE books. I waited a while, not because I was upset with who she was going to end up with, but because the low ratings for this one made me think it might be a chore to get through. And it was. I had forgotten how absolutely boring Sookie had become. BUT NOT FOR LONG! Yeah, after about 10 minutes of reading, all the memories started flooding back. The alternate title for this book was, Sookie Checks Her Mail, Mows Her Lawn, Goes Shopping, Brushes Her Hair, and Takes About 40 Showers. Evidently, Harris thinks we all give a shit what Sookie chops up and puts in her casseroles. Or maybe she's thinking of squeezing a little more money out of her cash cow? Perhaps Sookie's Knock 'Em Dead Southern Recipes is the next book to hit the shelves? I didn't know you could write in monotone, but apparently Harris' inner author sounds like this: Beuller? Beuller?
It's sad to see such a quirky and charming character turn into a lackluster chore to read about. However, if you've come this far with the series, you might as well see it to the bitter end.
(view spoiler)[I like Harris' reason for Sam and Sookie ending up together. The best relationships are built on friendships. Duh! But here's the thing, she should have given us readers the courtesy of making him into the love interest. At any point. Even though it was a little late in the game, she could have done something, anything, to make him into a swoon-worthy character. Like, all of a sudden, we realize that OHMYGODHEISPERECTFORSOOKIEHOWDIDWENOTSEEITBEFORE?!...or something? But no. Hey, I think I love you. Maybe I love you, too. Mkay. Wanna do it? Sure. Next, there's a massively boring sex scene that feels like it was tacked on to prove that they have chemistry. Although, to be fair, sex scenes have never been Harris' forte. I'm not sure why she had us fall for Eric, if her plan was to make him into a douche. He could have been a cameo love interest, like Bill. But to build him up for umpteen thousand books, then systematically tear him down? It was weird. Why spend the majority of a series focused on one character that doesn't have anything to do with...well, anything, by the end of the series? Give me some fireworks, please! But their breakup was as unspectacular as the Sookie/Sam sex scene. Ha! Say that three times really fast!(hide spoiler)] Then again, it seemed like she went after every character with a weed-wacker in this. I got the distinct feeling that Harris was sick to death of these guys. Like she hated the idea of even having to write one more word about any of them again. I'm probably wrong, but it seemed like she was giving her hardcore fans the finger when she wrote this.
I'm glad I waited and got this from the library, because the thought of putting money into her pocket after reading this would just piss me off. Two stars was generous, and given mostly out of my former love for this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Really interesting idea you have here, right? One girl. Two lives. Verrry cool. I think I would have rated it higher If I hadn't seen the ending coming from a mile away. Not that it's a bad ending! Far from it, but I just...knew it would happen. Exactly like it happened. So I'm thinking that maybe I've just read too many books? Is that possible? Nonsense! Sacrilege! Hear me out before you burn me at the stake, though. I mean, we've pretty much determined that I'm not smarter than the average bear, so it's not like I puzzled it out with my Sherlock-like deduction skills. The only possible explanation is that I've seen this plot in action before. So. The 'shocker' would work out well for any readers who are younger, haven't read a million books, or frequently have the wool pulled over their eyes while reading stuff. Otherwise, go into this knowing that you'll probably not get a GASP! moment out of it, and you'll be fine.
I also felt a little let down by the lack of explanation for Sabine's condition. I know that not everything has a nice and tidy answer, but I was hoping for something. Even an educated guess would have made me happy. Alas, no. The reason she lives two lives is because...she lives two lives.
The story revolves around Sabine, and whether or not she can (or should) pick one life to live. Which basically boils down to whether or not she should kill herself. The whole broken arm thing (see the blurb) leads her to believe that she can end it in one life, and still live happily ever after in the other. Ooooooh. Tricky. See, in both lives she has some reason to want to stay, but it's unbearably hard for her to keep switching back and forth. And for this reason alone, you kinda want her to be able kill herself in one life. Which was weird, 'cause I don't actually think suicide is a good idea. But at the same time, that whole switching back and forth thing sounded awful. Don't worry, though, the author doesn't seem to condone killing yourself either. Which is nice, considering this is a young adult title. Ok. So if she can make it so she only has one life, then the question naturally turns into which life she should choose. At first it seems pretty easy. Go with the life where your folks haven't stuffed you into a psyche ward, right? Ehhhh. Naturally, she meets and falls in love with Mr. Wonderful while she's stuck in the loony bin. And, of course, Mr. Wonderful is the only person who actually believes her about the whole Two-Life thing. But Mr. Wonderful has a SECRET! He repeatedly tells Sabine he doesn't want her to chose not to kill herself because of him, even though it's obvious they have feelings for each other. I'm pretty sure you'll figure out the SECRET if I give you any more information about the book, so I'm just going to shut up now... Anyhoo, he wants her to choose to keep both lives because it's a special opportunity.
I have to say, I was satisfied with the ending, even though I saw it coming. Also, this is a stand-alone novel, which made it quite a breath of fresh air for me. It was nice to be able to close a book and just be finished with it. All in all, not a bad way to pass the time.
Digital arc from NetGalley and the publisher.(less)
There's a really good concept underneath it all, but the execution was horrible. When I read the blurb, I got all excited because I love Grim...more1.5 stars
There's a really good concept underneath it all, but the execution was horrible. When I read the blurb, I got all excited because I love Grim Reaper stuff. And the idea that a bunch of kids work for some sort of Reaper Agency sounded phenomenal! But. Once I started reading? No. Not unreadably awful, but awful nonetheless.
First, you have the main character who has...what? Some sort of obnoxious personality disorder? I like MCs with a lot of piss and vinegar running through their veins, but this kid was just socially retarded. She bites people. For no reason! She punches, kicks, harasses, and bullies everyone around her for no discernible reason. Even she doesn't know why she does it! (view spoiler)[Supposedly, the anger issues stem from her super-power as a Grim. Uhhhhh? So, you're an asshole because you have to power to reap souls? Sorry, that was just stupid. (hide spoiler)] And it wasn't just her angry outbursts that annoyed me. Oh no, there's more. Evidently, she's emotionally about 7 years old, as well. She might be 16, but she's still thinking about things like...I shit you not...cooties!
Another problem I had was that nothing in the world-building made much sense, even once it was explained. It was all just... La-la-la-la-la! We all live in a quirky town, with quirky street names, and quirky shops! Wheeee! Everyone is happy! And the mystery was lame. A bunch of kids (once again) decide to not do the smart thing, and try to solve it by themselves. HUGE MISTAKE. Huge! There's obviously no good reason not to inform the adults that something is terribly wrong, but let's do it anyway!
The ending? It just stopped. Like, things started to get mildly interesting, the it was... Read the next book in the Croak series for more exciting adventures with Lex! Yeah, no thanks.
Lackluster plot, weird romance, and cringe-worthy main character. I'm not going back for more.
There are two ways I typically use the word creepy, and this book contains examples of both. A) Creepy: I'm in the house by myself, and I hear something thunking around upstairs. Veeery creepy! Honorable mention: You wake up in the middle of the night, and one of your little kids is there. Just staring at you. Watching you sleep. Creepy little bastard. Or B) Creepy: I went shopping with a friend. We ran into her brother, and she greeted him by giving him a kiss on the mouth. *shudder* Creepy! Honorable mention: You see a woman nursing her six year old child in public. I don't care what the La Leche Nazi's say...it's creepy. The kid has teeth. Toss an apple at 'em, and wait till you get home to permanently scar their psyche.
I said that to say this, All Those Broken Angels is full of creepy. You have the Ooooh-Woooo (that's my ghostly wail, in case you couldn't tell) moments when Richard's Shadow comes out to play, but then you also have quite a few Ewwwww? moments. Kind of like the examples from B, I wasn't totally sure how creeped out I should be by the Ewwwww? moments. Like, sure it's semi-weird for someone to kiss their brother on the mouth, but as long as they're not frenching him...it's not really wrong, is it? Maybe they just do things differently in their family? Or the nursing thing? My kids' old pediatrician always bragged about how she nursed her kids till they were 5 or 6. It's healthy, and gives them antibodies! *GAK* So yeah. Not wrong-wrong, just icky from my (and a lot of other fucking people's) standpoint. *GAAAAAAAK* Sorry. I just...uuuuuuh! The problem is, I can't thoroughly explain the parts that I thought were borderline gag-worthy, without spoiling the plot. And the plot is actually pretty good! So let's just say that Richard is a bit closer with his Shadow than I expected. In fact, the Shadow got close with the other Melanie, too. All that closeness gave me the heebie-jeebies. Especially when I found out the truth about the Shadow.
So you go into this not knowing whether the Shadow is good or evil. And there's a lot of grey area involved in finding your way to the end of the story. Some of what happened was fairly obvious, but some of it took me by surprise. There's also a serial killer angle to the story, and I really did not see some of it coming. Very well done! There's this one part where Melanie is drinking tea, and all of a sudden it hits you... Ahhhhhhh!
I may not have loved every part of it, but I finished it in one day, if that tells you anything. Also, I haven't read tons and tons of young adult horror. I've read some, but I wouldn't call myself an expert on the genre. I'm purely rating this on my enjoyment level, because I don't have a lot to compare it to. It was good, but there were too many times I did a WTF?/Facepalm for me to rate it any higher.
Digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
There's a somewhat decent plot under all the cheese, but it wasn'...more1.5 stars
I won this from a Goodreads giveaway thing.
Yay. I finally won a book. *cough*
There's a somewhat decent plot under all the cheese, but it wasn't strong enough. This was strictly a Paint-By-Numbers paranormal romance. Magic. Check. Sex. Check Danger. Check Magical Sex While In Danger. Check.
Marissa wakes up from a scary dream, and suddenly she has powers. So. She turns to her longtime crush/boss smexy P.I. Jack Slade (yeeees, that's really his name) to help her unearth the secrets of her past. Naturally, they both find each other irresistible. But. They've kept their feelings in check for several years, because they work with each other. Suddenly they can No Longer Resist. *insert tons of sex scenes that don't help move the plot forward* Please don't leave comments about how I 'Don't Get Paranormal Romance'. I do. No, it's not my favorite genre, but if it's done right, I like it. My personal opinion was that this was poorly written. Again. My Personal Opinion. Beyond that, there were things that struck me as odd or unlikely. For example: Marissa was wrapped in an embroidered baby blanket when she was left at the orphanage. No tags. No label. Slade (Master P.I.) thinks that they'll be able to track down the person who embroidered it... 30 years ago. And that this person might remember who ordered the blanket... 30 years ago. No. No, to that whole line of thinking. There's not a real private investigator who would even suggest something so stupid.
Some of the plot, while not terrible original, could have been interesting to me. I like witches, and I like mysteries. However, the writing felt amateur, and I had to force myself to finish. I would have DNF'ed it, but I felt guilty about the whole Winner-Winner-Chicken-Dinner thing. Anyway. I finished it.
This looks like the author's first book, so maybe the next one will be better?
This was a weird one. At times, I would really be into it, flipping the pages all excited-like...and then all of a sudden POOF! All of my previous interest was just gone. At first I couldn't really figure it out, but after a while, I noticed my zone-outs seemed to be correlating with the two main characters getting all sappy with each other. Seperately, they're both very cool. Together, they're the perfect recipe for Boringsauce. I"ve been trying to put my finger on why I felt that way for days now, but I'm still not 100% sure. Something just felt off. My best guess is that the romance felt too young and silly for me. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, because it's a young adult title. And I'm a crusty old chick. So that probably means that the target audience will enjoy the angsty teen bits. 'Cause they're, you know, angsty teens.
The premise of the story isn't supah new, but I thought it was cool anyway. The basic idea is that there's a world that mirrors ours, except that it's Eeeevil. Well, sort of. It's been taken over by demons, and the warlocks on this side of the fence want to go back and reclaim their throne. But for now, it's all brimstoney and crumbling. It was never really explained, but I'm just assuming the general idea is that once the warlocks take control of it again, it won't smell like sulfur or be all flamey. Otherwise, I can't imagine why they'd want to go back.
Paige is like that kid who can See Dead People. She pushed a little boy out of the way of an oncoming bus, got smooshed, and died for a few minutes before being revived. When she woke up, Ta-da!, she had the world's most ostracizing superpower. She can't always tell the difference between the living and the dead, so she ends up looking like a mental patient when she strikes up a conversation with (what everyone else assumes is) a wall. So. Yeah. Not popular with her peers.
Logan is... Ok. I can't say much of anything about him without giving away spoilers. But I liked him. He's not an ass, and he had a really good backstory. Unfortunately for you, you don't find out what it is till the end of the book. Sorry.
Even though I wasn't blown away by it, I'm still interested enough to want to read the next book, so I think this will probably do well with the YA audience.
Digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
So this novella introduces us to Armentrout's new Dark Elements series. Going strictly off of the novella, I doubt I would be interested in re...more2.5 stars
So this novella introduces us to Armentrout's new Dark Elements series. Going strictly off of the novella, I doubt I would be interested in reading the first book. To me, this was horribly boring. No real action, no real plot, no characters that I really loved. With the exception of a smirking demon who showed up for a few minutes toward the end of the book... Jasmine and Dez were just kind of blah, and I had to make myself to keep reading about their not-very-interesting love story.
However, since I did find the demon-guy interesting, and the excerpt for the next book was included on this one... Read an excerpt for Armentrout's new book White Hot Kiss to find out more about Layla, Zayne, and the cute demon guy! Or something like that... So I read it. Now that book sounds like it might have some potential.
I snagged this when it was free on Amazon, but that's not the case anymore. My opinion says it's not worth spending money on. Skip to White Hot Kiss unless you're a completionist.(less)
Cute, bouncy, and waaaay more fun than I originally thought it would be!
First off, let's just get the iffy parts of the story out of the way. The villa...moreCute, bouncy, and waaaay more fun than I originally thought it would be!
First off, let's just get the iffy parts of the story out of the way. The villain and his dangerous plot to take over the world? Eh. It was ok. And I'll admit that it wouldn't be a big stretch of the imagination to think that someone could use supah-cool cell phones as a medium to suck in teens and adults. But. I just wasn't feeling it for some reason. Saving the world seemed sort of secondary to some of the other stuff that was going on, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. So, don't go in this thinking you're getting a paranormal thriller, and you should be ok.
Alrighty, here's what I liked:
There was a good Parent/Child relationship. Sure, Dad was MIA, but Jillian's mom was an actual presence in her life. None of that weird absentee parenting shit that crops up over and over again in this genre. In YA literature, I expect that the main characters will eventually find a way to get around their guardians. Otherwise, you wouldn't have a story, 'cause they'd be safely tucked away in their rooms. Still, I do expect to find the occasional parental figure who isn't stupidly taking a business trip or vacation, and leaving their teen home alone. Or blindly believing their kid when they say...well, whatever they say. How dumb do you have to be!? As a parent, you have to assume that if your kid's mouth is moving, you have a 50% chance that a lie is pouring out of their cherubic lips. It doesn't mean they are bad, or that you have done a bad job raising them. All it means, is that they are following an inborn instinct we all have. I mean, my husband still lies to his parents. They live several hours away in another state, so they like it when he calls them to let them know we got back to our house safely after a visit. Nice, no? But my husband waits till we've been home for an hour before he picks up the phone. Why? So they won't know he was speeding. Liar! Me? I'm not Super-Mom. I love those little guys, but occasionally I have to sleep. And that's when they STRIKE. Like Demon-Ninjas. But believe it or not, I know where the hell my kids are at any given time, on any given day. Where are you going? Who are you with? Check in with me every *insert time limit here*, or I will find you. And you don't want me to have to find you... And then I discretely follow up to make sure they aren't lying.... Do my kids get away with mischief and mayhem every time I take my eyeballs off of them? Yes. I would be disappointed if they didn't at least try. But I guarantee you that I would not be blissfully unaware while they disappeared for days at a time into an alternate universe. Get real! Who are these adults in books that fall for that, "I'm spending the weekend at Suzy's house!", crap? As The Mom, the whole fascination with idiot grown-ups pisses me off. So. I appreciated the relationship Jillian had with her mother. Not the perfect mother, but she was there.
Another thing I appreciated was the lack of body dysmorphia as a plot device. As in, Jillian was satisfied with the way she looked. She didn't have goddess-like looks, but she was attractive. And she knew it. She also had self-confidence, and demanded to be treated with respect by potential dates. Here's the kicker: She was (and had been) pining over her male BFF, but instead of trying to make herself available to only him, she was aware that he might not return her feelings. So she dated other guys that she liked. What?! Don't you mean she dated other guys in order to get his attention? No. She dated guys that she thought were hot...and might have a chance of liking. Gasp! *FAINTS* It's true. Evidently, you don't have to waste away while you are waiting on Mr. Right to decide to notice you. Who would have thought such a groundbreaking idea was possible?!
There were also other fairly well-rounded characters in the book that added a good bit of diversity to the What's-Hot-What's-Not discussion. Jillian't best friend is described as an Amazon due to her towering height. Again, she's also considered beautiful. She doesn't hunch her shoulders or wear flats just because she's taller than most of the guys. She believes she's attractive, and that self-confidence makes it true. Sorta like real life. Speaking of height, the author didn't just make this about the girls. One of the hot guys that Jillian goes on a date with is really short. It plays into the story, but not in the normal Ha-Ha-You're-On-A Date-The-Keebler-Elf kind of way. Yes, he's shorter than Jillian, and it's brought up that he has a better than average view of her boobs, but he isn't a social pariah just because he's not 6 feet tall.
The tone of the story isn't dark and serious, and the dialogue is snappy and cute. It's not perfect by an stretch of the imagination, but I really enjoyed it. If you're looking for something that won't make your eyes roll out of your head, due to the idiotic ideas that usually permeate this genre, then you may want to give this one a shot.
I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
If you've been following these books, then I think you'll be happy with the final installment. It's a good solid ending to the Blood of Eden trilogy.
W...moreIf you've been following these books, then I think you'll be happy with the final installment. It's a good solid ending to the Blood of Eden trilogy.
Warning: Spoilers for the previous books on the way!
It keeps the theme of the other books, in that vampires are not cuddly or misunderstood. Allie has been struggling to keep her humanity throughout the first two books, and with the help of her mentor Kanin, she's managed to keep from sucking people dry. Of course, it helped that she was in love with a human. At the end of the last book, Sarren had captured Zeke, and left a video of Zeke being tortured to death just to screw with her. So it was no real surprise that when the story opens, Allie has gone a little off the deep end. She's still determined to stop Sarren from unleashing the virus that will wipe everyone off of the planet, but she's now on board with Jackal's version of how a vampire should act. Chomp, chomp, chompin' on the humans...
Unfortunately, I can't say much else without giving major spoilers. I can say that I was totally expecting most of what happened to, um...happen? But it didn't all play out exactly the way I thought it would.
My only complaint would be that I did occasionally get a tad annoyed by Allie's somewhat dry and crunchy inner thoughts. Sometimes (not always) her inner monologue seemed too formal. I mean, she's been traveling around with Kanin for a few books now, and yet she would still mentally refer to him as The Master Vampire. As in, The master vampire looked over the city with an unreadable expression on his face. *That's not a quote by the way, just an example.* I mean, it just seemed like she should have said something more like, Kanin had an unreadable expression on his face while he looked over the city. I don't think I'm explaining this right, but Allie used Kanin and Jackal's titles (the Raider King, the master vampire, my mentor, my brother) way too much for someone raised on the streets. This whole paragraph doesn't really makes sense, does it? I really probably should just delete it, since it's just pretty much one bullshit complaint in an otherwise decent book, but I've already spent a good hunk of my time trying to figure out how to say this. I feel like I'm locked into it now. Ugh. Don't you hate that?! Anyhoo. Feel free to disregard my above brain fart, 'cause I can't bring myself to use the backspace key.
Again, if you liked the first two books, you'll like this one. This is the only thing I've read by Kagawa so far, but I'm sorta tempted to check out her Iron Fey series now.
Thanks, NetGalley! I pinky swear this is an honest review. Blah, blah, blah... (less)
It was a cute story about a group of kids who get telepathic abilities from a flu shot. It's a solid 3 star read, and I think it will do very well with...moreIt was a cute story about a group of kids who get telepathic abilities from a flu shot. It's a solid 3 star read, and I think it will do very well with the younger readers. However, I doubt that this will crossover well into the adult market, or even into the older YA audiences. It's got a teeny bopper flavor to the story that kept me from fully caring what happened to the characters, but I'm not the target audience, so I'm not trying to be insulting. The closest I can come to describing the story is by comparing Mlynowski to Ally Carter. I thought Carter's books were cute, but too young for my taste. I think it's more for the 12-15 year old crowd?
There are some somewhat 'mature' subjects that are discussed, but I would feel comfortable letting my girls read this in a few years, especially since there isn't anything graphically portrayed. It seems like the author tried to deal with every imaginable problem that a young teen could be facing. Body image, popularity, parental abandonment issues, adultery (among parents), social anxiety, unrequited love, cheating, self-sabotaging behavior, etc.. And since there is a large group of kids to work with, every social group is pretty much represented. It's pretty cliche, but for someone younger (who hasn't been reading for decades), this could be a very good book.
I'd recommend this one for girls who are about to enter high school, or maybe who just started high school. The book has too much female flavor for me to think that a lot of boys are going to like this one, and it's too simple for me to recommend it to adults who like YA.
I received a digital arc from NetGalley in return for an honest review.(less)