Not quite as super-funny as some of the other installments, but still excellent!
M'kay. Not to poop on the parade, but I had to do some mental editingNot quite as super-funny as some of the other installments, but still excellent!
M'kay. Not to poop on the parade, but I had to do some mental editing when it came to our hero. Let me explain why.. Gwenvael has long blonde hair. Now, when I think of long blonde hair on men my mind wanders into two distinctly different directions.
B) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
Alrighty, it's not just long blonde hair, though. Gwenvael is described as having blonde hair that comes below his knees. To me, this isn't sexy.
So. I very quickly pulled out my 'mental scissors' and gave that boy a trim. You're welcome.
And now that I had my Gwenvael, I could let the lust-fest begin. Oh, and also focus on the person that I really wanted to read about, Dagamr Reinholdt. Dagmar has always been one of my favorite characters in the other books, so finally getting a chance to read her backstory was awesome! She was just as impressively devilish as I thought she'd be, and seeing how Gwenvael the Handsome won her over was pretty entertaining. Dagmar (for those of you who don't know) is usually referred to as The Beast, and considered one of the most dangerous people to cross in the Dragon Kin series. Even the dragons are afraid of her, but not because she's the least bit physically frightening. Nope. She's one of those cold, calculating schemers that topples kingdoms (and evil sister-in-laws) without ever breaking a sweat.
So how does an apparently air-headed pretty boy win over a lady like that? Well, you've gotta read the book! Duh....more
I feel like I'm being very generous by giving this 3 stars. Then again, maybe historical paranormal mysteries just aren't my thing? Don't get me wrong,I feel like I'm being very generous by giving this 3 stars. Then again, maybe historical paranormal mysteries just aren't my thing? Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a chore to read, but it never really captured my attention.
First, let's start off with what I really liked about the story.,. I loved Delia and Gabe's relationship. They are just such a rock solid couple, and there's a lot of mutual respect that runs both ways between them. I also love the way Moyer describes the city of San Francisco in 1917. She makes it seem like another character in her story, and really brings the time period to life. Moyer also does an incredible job bringing the side characters to life. Dora, Jack, and Sam are all vividly written, and feel very real on the page.
Unfortunately, the mystery isn't much of a mystery. You know almost immediately who the Bad Guy is, and then it's just up to these guys to find a way to stop them. And sometimes that approach really works, but it just didn't do it for me this time. There was absolutely no tension, so it felt like our intrepid heroes just plodded along toward the conclusion.
Another problem is that Delia herself isn't a very interesting character. Dora (Delia's mentor) is a bohemian medium who regularly puts herself in harm's way to rid people of evil spirits. Delia is a woman who sees ghosts...and tries to help Dora. Dora is flirtatious, full of life, and haunted by the painful emotions of everything she comes into contact with. She appears to have quite a (somewhat hidden) drinking problem in order to cope with what she sees and feels. She uses her knowledge of spells and charms to ward her home, and the homes of anyone who needs protection from spirits. Delia is a nice married lady who wants to make sure her husband and friends are safe. Do you see where I'm going with this? Why isn't Dora the main character, and Delia a side character? It doesn't make much sense to me to have the boring one as your lead, because (especially this time around) it felt like the story would have been better from Dora's point of view. I think the real kicker was when a spiritual fight (toward the end of the book) took place between Dora and a Bad Guy. Since Delia is the narrator, you never find out what went on while Dora was 'fighting'. ????? Are you kidding me with that?
Then you have the lighting-fast acceptance that everyone seems to have toward the spiritual world. Gabe is San Francisco's Chief of Police in 1917. And his wife is continually telling everyone they meet about her talent to see spirits, and nobody gives them a hard time. Ever. They're all like, SURE THING! I BELIEVE YOU! Nobody reports this to the newspaper's gossip column, his superiors never 'have a chat' with him, his officers 'trust that he knows what he's doing', and he still has a job. Are you shitting me?! There are WAAAY too many people in on their little secret for something like this not to cause problems for them. It would cause problems for a public figure today, much less close to 100 years ago!
Then there's the spirit world, itself. Are the ghosts benevolent? Are they trying to help? Are they confused and lost? Or are they evil? All we know for sure is that Dora and Delia don't trust them, and keep trying to 'banish' them. Ghosts are tricky little bastards! But it seems like it would behoove them to see what these specters actually wan, don't you think? I assumed after the first book didn't elaborate on the rules of the spirit world, that book 2 would have more answers...more clarification? More something to let the reader know whether Delia & CO should reach out to them, or be afraid of any interaction. I'm not sure I'm even explaining this very well, but the world building for the ghostly stuff is (in my opinion) sorely lacking in these books.
Anyhoo. Last, but not least, I felt like the ending was abrupt and a bit anticlimactic. It was just...over. Kind of like this review. ...more
For a debut novella, this didn't suck. I'm not sure what to make of the way the author has written it, though. I've honestly never come across2.5 stars
For a debut novella, this didn't suck. I'm not sure what to make of the way the author has written it, though. I've honestly never come across anything like this before, and I'm not even sure if this is correct, but it seems to be written in 3d person present tense. Maybe? I'm not an expert on tenses or narration so I could very well be wrong. If anyone out there would like to correct me on this, feel free to leave a comment and I'll edit this sucker. All I know is that it was sort of...odd...to read. But the story wasn't bad at all, and it leads up to what will be the start of this new series from Tash McAdam.
So. There's a girl, Serena, who wants to become a soldier/agent for this group of underground telepathic rebels. Her little brother was captured by the government a few years ago, and the only way for her to get the resources to mount a rescue mission, is to pass this test and become a full-fledged operative. However, her one-time BFF seems to be trying to sabotage her efforts. The first half of the book focuses on this part of her life, and gives you a bit of backstory into the dystopian world she lives in. The next half of the book revolves around her mission, and introduces (I'm assuming) some of the characters that will eventually play a role in the novel, Maelstrom.
I'm waffling on whether or not I'd want to continue with these books. There's potential for it to be really good, and it's hard to tell from a novella whether it's going to rock or not. There are some cool elements that I enjoyed, but the way it was written made me feel detached from the characters. I'm just not chomping at the bit to read an entire full-length book in that style. But. If I find out that it was only the novella that was written like that, I'd be more than happy to give Maelstrom a chance.
I have a dirty little secret. I... *cough* I've never read past the 1st book in the Women of the Otherworld series. I know! I know! How is this even possiI have a dirty little secret. I... *cough* I've never read past the 1st book in the Women of the Otherworld series. I know! I know! How is this even possible? I don't know. I liked Clay and Elena's story in Bitten, but I never went back for more. Anyway, I thought this anthology might whet my appetite. Maybe get me off my duff, and excited to read the rest of these wildly popular books? Amazing plan, Anne! *pats self on back* So, did it work? Am I currently reading this series? Well, nooooo. But I will! I promise!
Since the blurb does a good job explaining what/who each story is about, I'm not going to go through and review each one individually. They're all pretty good, to be honest. In fact, if you've been keeping up with these books, then this might just be a 5 star anthology for you. Every story was well-written, and I was interested in what was happening to each of the characters in them. The thing is, I think this book would have been soooo much more enjoyable if I had read more of the books. I mean, I had no idea who Adam, Reese, Hope, Karl, or Savannah was. Or that Clay and Elena had twins! Awwwww. Congrats, guys! So there were a few times I felt lost, but that's not a problem I could dump onto the lap of the author. These are novellas for fans of her series, and it's not her fault I hadn't read enough of them to fully understand everything.
I guess my only 'real' complaint would be that I got a little annoyed with Elena's parenting style. And, yes, I fully understand that I sound like a crazy person for even mentioning that. But she worked my nerves, with her I'mSoWorriedThatWeAren'tDoingEverythingPerfectly that I just had to mention it. I wanted to slap her, and then ground her sassy little brats. Sorry, I know I'm weird...
Anyway, it's a great book. I love it when authors do the right things by their fans, and Armstrong is definitely giving her fans their money's worth.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital arc, in exchange for an honest review.
I LOVE THESE BOOKS! Love them! Violent characters, funny dialogue, and silly situations...what's not to like? But first, you've gotta forget that you reaI LOVE THESE BOOKS! Love them! Violent characters, funny dialogue, and silly situations...what's not to like? But first, you've gotta forget that you read that blurb. It's a somewhat accurate description of a teeny tiny bit of the book. Celyn and Elina are the romantic lead in this one, but there is so much more going on between the pages! And all of our favorite characters from the past books are back! ALL OF THEM! I think I'm already going a little crazy with the exclamation points. Maybe? Just a bit?
ATTENTION! This is a Big Deal: You've really gotta read these in order. This may seem like PNR about some hot dragon shape-shifters, but these aren't just self-contained lurve stories that happen to be set in the same world. There's stuff! Important battles, plots, and stuff that you've got to already know about. Or, at least, you'll wish you knew about. There's more than just raunchy sex with a lizard between these pages, ladies! Evil witches, poisonous princesses, and children who plot to kill their parents... And then there's also the bad guys! If you've had the pleasure of reading any of these books, then you know that the heroes and heroines are all kind of morally iffy. This book is no exception. In fact, there's a scene that involves Elina's evil mother, an axe, and the Mad Queen Annwyl that I simply can't get out of my mind. *winces...crosses legs* But there's a lot of humor to go with all blood, gore, and sex. I had forgotten how funny these books were until I found myself giggle-snorting through the majority of this one. I don't want to spoil anything for fans of the series, but it looks like there are some BIG changes on the horizon, and quite a few of them involve those crazy Abominations. *flails wildly* As I mentioned, everyone shows up in this one...including the children! *deep breath* Obviously, this isn't going to be something that everyone is going to love, but if you like PNR that doesn't take it'self too seriously, then this is a series you might like. And if you like mean, self-centered, obnoxious, violent, characters, as well? Then you need to check these out. Now.
Light My Fire was another hilarious installment in Aiken's Dragon Kin world, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Seriously! Go get it!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital arc, in exchange for an honest review.
Buddy Read with my (real life) BFF Jilly Bean. This spoiler doesn't have anything to do with the book, and is just unrelated nonsense to annoy4.5 stars
Buddy Read with my (real life) BFF Jilly Bean. This spoiler doesn't have anything to do with the book, and is just unrelated nonsense to annoy my friend. (view spoiler)[In honor of the fact that she actually read this one with me, instead of hanging me out to dry...like she did with our Frankenstein "Buddy Read"...I'm adding a few Blast From the Past! pictures. Why? Let's just call this payback for Frankenstein. I have some veeery incriminating stuff lurking on my hard drive, Jill. Oh, yeah. Remember the Glamour Shots? I still got 'em!
High school Besties! Who doesn't love mall photos?
Ill-Fated Trip to Costa Rica! Taken before the dysentery set in...
Roommates! Remember the time we drank all that Boons Farm & Moonshine, while your sister and her friend drove us to that restaurant? Yeah. I don't remember much either....
(hide spoiler)] Ok, ok. I'm done torturing my friend. On to the review!
This series just keeps getting better and better! There were so many times when I thought maybe I knew how everything was going to go down, and then the Andrews just pulled the rug out from underneath me! There's just so much to love in this one, I don't even know where to start. Wait. Yes, I do. Desandra! I have a girl-crush one her. Oh! She's so evil/funny/loyal/awesome! She's definitely my favorite side character in this book. Although, I really loved Ascanio, too. I mean, how can anyone resist that kid?! And speaking of kid, there's a fun short story about Julie at the end. Well worth reading, in my humble opinion.
Hugh! That bastard! How could he do that?! Grrr. I wanted to stomp his throat when he...you know, did that thing. And Roland! We finally get the confrontation with Kate's biological father! Ahhhhhhh! Too. Much. Emotion!
And when you think it's over? It's not! There's more! The ending?! Perfect! I want more. Please. ["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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"]>...more
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 to4.5 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 PulAlso 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. ...more
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....more
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 oneMagic 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"]>...more
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,4.5 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 whenI'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.
Um... So. I didn't love it. Basically, you have the Angel/Demon thing going on. And, unfortunately, those stories aren't my favorite. I'm not saying I nUm... So. I didn't love it. Basically, you have the Angel/Demon thing going on. And, unfortunately, those stories aren't my favorite. I'm not saying I never like them, but I sort of groan inwardly when I realize that's what the story is about.
I'm not telling anyone not to read it, but it just wasn't for me. There was never actually a point in this book where I was really interested in what was happening, or what would happen. I've been a Frost fan for years, and she one of the few writers that dips into the PNR genre without bothering me. And by PNR, I mean the heroine has a moment when her WOMB CLENCHES from desire... Can I ask a question? Have any of you ladies ever experienced a clenching womb? Outside of labor and delivery, I mean. Am I doing something wrong? Is the clenching womb some kind of Big-Time 'experience' that I need to add to my bucket list? Or is womb just a euphemism for something else? *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* If so, then I'm good...
Anyhoo, for some reason, this story just felt like it was kinda Paint By Numbers. I'm not saying she phoned it in, but I couldn't connect with the characters or the plot. Was this an attempt at the New Adult market? I'm assuming yes, but I can't say that for sure. The heroine was a 20something idiot, who has powers she doesn't understand. The hero is a 150something idiot, who did the old HidingMySpookyPastSins thing for waaaaaaaay too long. There's a FATE vs CHOICE storyline. And there's an Angel... Who plays the role of the I'mNotTellingYouShitForYourOwnGood guy. There's nothing really Wrong with it, I've just read it all before.
Ok, and speaking of I've read it before... I'm sick to death of these guys like Adrian swooping in to some girl's life, and 'kidnapping' them for their own good. I mean, if the stupid girl won't listen to you after you explain that you're there to save her life? Fine. Toss her ass in the trunk. But do us all the courtesy of at least trying to explain. Showing up unannounced in someone's room, and cryptically mocking them while shrouded in darkness? Well, I'm just thinking that shouldn't be Plan A.
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....more
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 so4.5 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. ...more
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....more
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?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? 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....more
The first book in this series ( You Are Mine) took me by surprise and totally swept me off my feet. So, when I sawAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines
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!...more
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.
(vWeird. 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"]>...more
Wow. Book 15, already? Huh. Well I guess since I've been reading these books for years now, that sort of makes senseAlso reveiwed for Addicted2Heroines
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 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! ...more
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 yAlso 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....more
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 wasThis 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. ...more
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....more
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....more
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 thCharlaine 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 reaAlso 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"]>...more
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....more