Am so convinced as to the future awesome-sauce of this graphic novel, I'm physically restraining myself from already preemptively marking this as a 5...moreAm so convinced as to the future awesome-sauce of this graphic novel, I'm physically restraining myself from already preemptively marking this as a 5 star work.(less)
Essentially, this volume is about as kick-ass as humanly possible. When you're a romance author who effortlessness transitions from historical medieva...moreEssentially, this volume is about as kick-ass as humanly possible. When you're a romance author who effortlessness transitions from historical medieval fantasy romance to graphic novel, you officially retain all the awesomeness that is on planet Earth.(less)
HOLY AWESOME-SAUCE! Yeah, the CAPS were necessary, because this book rocked like Ozzfest!
As always, and as unsurprising as ever, this Sherri-novel was...moreHOLY AWESOME-SAUCE! Yeah, the CAPS were necessary, because this book rocked like Ozzfest!
As always, and as unsurprising as ever, this Sherri-novel was a five star in every capacity possible. Firstly, the characters, because WOW! While technically speaking, almost all the cast of Infamous have appeared in previous novels, this year's release was probably the first time that Sherri delved deeper into the identities and personalities of the CON peeps than ever before. Aside from the fact that Caleb and Nekoda are truly individual forces on their own, Infamous did such a wonderful job at depicting Nick in a truly vulnerable light that, as a reader, I've never witnessed him in before. Additionally, I was so thrilled that a closer examination of Nick's relationship with his mother was undertaken, as well as Cherise's character developing under the reader's eyes than ever had been previously seen in other series or novels.
While it's true to say the plot of Infamous was phenomenally well structured, almost impossibly well balanced between external and internal conflict, and interesting as all get-out, it would be even truer to say that Sherri delivered, hardcore. The amount of on-page emotion dealt herein was mind blowing! Despite dealing with some VERY heavy topics (i.e. bullying, suicide, prejudice, etc.) the novel never once felt melodramatic or overblown in its execution. Additionally, what's equally fascinating to me is the fact that this story was written, and is classified as such, for a young adult audience. As such, it did in fact deal with some pretty hard-hitting "adolescent issues," operating as both a message to its intended audience, and yet remaining passionately true to its genre and relevant story! This is seriously an impressive accomplishment by Sherri. An author capable of writing a story that is entertaining and loyal to the characters, as well as deliver some unbelievable "teachable" moments, both to young people, and older, all the while not losing the essence of the book? Yeah. WAY amazing!
Lastly, ummmm, HELLO?!?!?! Some pretty friggin' amazing stuff happens in this book! Without delving into Spoiler Territory (because I hate that crap), let me just say, for those wanting some more development as far as the series is concerned, book three of Chronicles of Nick MORE than serves up that order, plus some. The amount of entertainment I got from this story was epic-lots, even to the point that I found myself enjoying the Epic Cliffhanger To End All Cliffhangers! (Yeah, it happens.) Sherri, dear, you're a goddess, a true, rockin', hella-talented-like-whoa goddess!
One day. Literally one twenty-four hour period is all the time it took me to finish this amazing novel! While I am a die-hard fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon...moreOne day. Literally one twenty-four hour period is all the time it took me to finish this amazing novel! While I am a die-hard fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon in general, and always find enjoyment in reading her novels, it's been a while since Sherri has wowed me to such a degree that she managed with The Guardian.
This book was, firstly, absolutely enjoyable. The storyline had me so enthralled because, fundamentally, the characters had me enthralled! Sherrilyn Kenyon is, without question, known to create amazing three-dimensional characters that are bursting with personality and presence. This is pretty much standard in all of her novels, without question. However, often times she will write characters that are so well vivid that surpass even her standard level of excellence.
Such was, undoubtedly, the case for The Guardian. The storyline was phenomenal, yes, undoubtedly, but such was the case because such was a character-driven plot. Often times these types of stories might be construed as being more simplistically done, and thus considered "easy," but I beg to differ. While the basic plot was seemingly basic, so many undercurrents were taking place among not just the hero, Seth, and heroine, Lydia, which were the primary presences within the novel, but among others as well
Characters like Menyara, Solin, Zarek, Thorn, and so on were all powerful forces within the book. While it's true that secondary characters might not have been as heavily utilized in this book, their importance and meaning within the novel were no less diminished.
The pacing, texture, dialogue, action, drama, passion, comedy, character development, the list goes on, were all perfectly well done. This is, ironically, true enough for every other Sherrilyn Kenyon novel I've ever read, yes, but in the case of The Guardian, this perfection illuminated itself better than in any other novel of Sherri's to date. Truly, this novel is, without question, just a phenomenal, phenomenal story and, what's more, is one in which I can find absolutely nothing negative to say!(less)
As always...WOW! Sherri, yet again, has amazed another fan with another new release! Of all the male characters Sherrilyn Kenyon has ever written, Wil...moreAs always...WOW! Sherri, yet again, has amazed another fan with another new release! Of all the male characters Sherrilyn Kenyon has ever written, William Jessup Brady has to be the most unique, if for no other reason than the sheer loveability and fun loving attitude of his personality. And, Abigale was just plain amazing. I always find something fascinating in each of the DH heroines and Retribution was no exception. Paired together, these two characters were fun to read from prologue to epilogue. The dynamic of the characters astounded even I!
The plot of this novel was so interesting, and best is described as a story which brings all of its characters full circle, but with untold future events to follow later in subsequent books. I don't doubt many who have read Retribution will say the plot was lacking in a conclusion. However, having seen what lies in store for the 2012 summer Dark-Hunter release, I think it might be safe to say Retribution was intended to be a prequel of sorts for the book Time Untime. What's more, considering the fact that our amazing Author Goddess is re-exploring the Native American subtext and Parthenon, Retribution is eased but action-packed.
Overall, yet another entertaining story with rich characterization, action-filled excitement, and passionate romance!(less)
Science fiction at its finest! With such a beautifully creative, amazingly entertaining, and interestingly inspirational author as Sherrilyn Kenyon, I...moreScience fiction at its finest! With such a beautifully creative, amazingly entertaining, and interestingly inspirational author as Sherrilyn Kenyon, I cannot understand how people can note they don't enjoy reading.
When looking at Born of Shadows in comparison to the other League novels in this series, I can well understand how people might misconstrue this book to be lesser to its predecessors. The storyline was completely different, the character interplay was quite unique, and the pacing was exceptionally unusual. However, these three issues should be seen as diversity in Sherri's series, not criticisms, for while they are unusual, they're not bad. This is not excessive fandom speaking, but rather a different perspective.
The characters Caillien and Desideria were both well written, both exceptionally well developed. The plot was entertaining in a diverse, intricate vein. The writing style remained witty and action-packed. The subcharacters of Darling, Hauk, Maris, Fain, and so on were so exceptionally well done. I literally could ramble endlessly on how the various standard things that make a good Sherri-novel remained true to form within Born of Shadows, but suffice it to say that this book housed everything one would hope to see in a great book!(less)
Action, suspense, more action, epic fight scenes, hardcore characters, more epic fight scenes...oh, and did I mention sheer awesomeness wrapped up in...moreAction, suspense, more action, epic fight scenes, hardcore characters, more epic fight scenes...oh, and did I mention sheer awesomeness wrapped up in 407 pages?!
This book is exactly what every book should be, and more! Evalle is such a fascinating woman that I can't help but find myself enraptured with any and everything that happens to this female lead! What's more, the reality is simply that no author ever snags me so easily by creating what I call the single-character-stories. It's fairly popular for a writer to create one character, and subsequently telling this character's story in a series. That has never, ever interested me.
It takes an insane amount of talent, creativity, and excellent character development for me to stay interested in a single character for longer than one book. I once assumed this was a feat that no author could ever achieve, but Sherri and Di completely proved me wrong with the Belador series!
Alterant was, in many ways, so ahead of my expectations that it's almost a moot point. I was very interested in this series with book one, Blood Trinity, but my interest was of the standard "this-is-Sherri-and-Di-and-thus-far-I'm-loving-it" type. Now, having read Alterant, my interest is at the level of "HOLY HOLY HOLY GOD!" Not exactly a very literary description for my adoration, but the statement sure does a nice job of summarizing my emotions.
Alterant delivers in every conceivable way. The plot remains high charged and dramatic, sprinkling amazing action and suspense into an already action-packed suspenseful series. Every character, from those which remain close to Evalle physically and/or emotionally, to the perceived and obvious evil baddies, plays an extremely important role in moving this story from Point A to Point B, and so on.
The characters, of course, are perfectly constructed, and I would find it abysmal if a reader could think otherwise. The writing, as always, was on point and witty, professional and fun. I realize we all have our opinions, of course, but I doubt many could legitimately locate a single flaw within this novel...and that is such a rarity. (less)
HOLY FRIGGIN' CRAP! - This book was mindbogglingly amazing! The second installment to the Dark-Hunter spin off young ydult series, Chronicles of Nick,...moreHOLY FRIGGIN' CRAP! - This book was mindbogglingly amazing! The second installment to the Dark-Hunter spin off young ydult series, Chronicles of Nick, the plot of Invincible was just as amazing as Infinity's.
I couldn't help but fall in love all the more with this amazing character, Nick Gautier. He had captured my adoration and love all the way back to the first novel of the Dark-Hunter series, Night Pleasures, and he continued to do so off-and-on throughout the twenty three books of the series, thus far.
The witty writing, still amazing. The cohesive, understandable, and entertaining plot, still amazing. The character development, still amazing. The expansion of the characters, still amazing. The dialogue, setting, and description, all still amazing. Sherrilyn Kenyon is continuing to prove, as she always does, that she is a phenomenal author and creative genius.
Invincible absolutely blew me away with taking yet another fascinating angle, necromancy, and maintaining a unique storyline throughout. I'm so excited about this series, and can't wait 'til next years installment!(less)
This series is definitely going to be five-stars! Blood Trinity in particular, however, is truly ranked at a four star for just one tiny reason: the w...moreThis series is definitely going to be five-stars! Blood Trinity in particular, however, is truly ranked at a four star for just one tiny reason: the world is HUGE!
Overall, I absolutely adored this story! Evalle in particular is, and no doubt will continue to be, a fascinating character. Her counterparts, Quinn and Tzader, are equally compelling, fun, and all out alpha to the extreme. There are so few books on the market that allow readers to overwhelmingly care about the characters to the point that one is able to love the story despite any apparent flaw.
Blood Trinity's only negative against it deals with the fact that it's somewhat confusing. There are so many different types of species of characters, different powers and cultures that didn't feel truly explained. However, I'm completely confident such will be extrapolated upon at a later date in subsequent novels. This is, after all, the first book in a new series. Diana and Sherri will no doubt clear the air on any confusing issues remaining over what exactly Beladors and Altarants are and from where they derive.
Still, despite this one flaw, this book was so entertaining! I'm left completely enthralled with this story and am thrilled about the next book. I adore the fact that this is a continuing story, which is very surprising since I'm not that big a fan of extrapolated story-lines. The series is absolutely going to be amazing, for there are so many plot lines, characters, and emotions left unexplored! Vyan, Sen, Isak, Storm - Feenix, Evalle, Quinn, Tzader - the list of awesome people in this book is truly endless!
Books that are so entertaining are truly downright impossible to review. Having been so caught up with the story and characters, it's so difficult to separate my consciousness from the book and evaluate it without a lot of apparent hyperbole. But who cares! I loved the book, I loved the story, and that's all that matters! (less)
I loved this book! And, while hyperbole wants to spew forth of "I luv it, I luv it, I luv it!" I'll endeavor to res...moreDamn!
That's my first reaction.
I loved this book! And, while hyperbole wants to spew forth of "I luv it, I luv it, I luv it!" I'll endeavor to resist. Dev and Sam were two very strong, beautifully written characters that I've always liked from previous books. They were such an amazing couple, and in reading their story, you could truly feel the emotion between the two. They didn't strike me at all as being paper thin in character or personality.
I often joked that it would've been so hilarious to see Dev mated to someone his total antithesis (someone like Maggie from Unleash the Night), I know that such just wouldn't work. Dev definitely needed a woman who could take his debonair charm and give it back to him tenfold. Sam more than meets that criteria.
Sam, who is a heroine that I just adore to pieces, is really a unique contradiction. While she is a warrior through and through, she is not cold nor unfeeling. Such is more than fitting since her powers are psychometry and empathy. Even still, she's a woman who more than is Dev's equal.
The plot of No Mercy was so fascinating! I know a lot of readers will probably complain that it was "shifty," or even a bit bumpy, containing plot points that deviate left before turning right, but I think it was a fascinating display of how life really does work. Sometimes, the simplest path is not A to B, and occasionally, road bumps do happen.
I do see No Mercy as being a jumping-off point into a bigger story, and I'm definitely okay with that! This plot did focus, primarily, around Stryker trying to utilize Sam's powers to break his people's curse and/or kill Apollo. It was fairly basic on its surface, but when looking at this book from the perspective of the series in its entirety, I'm sure that No Mercy is going to be a lead up into a much bigger story. Maybe that's Redemption, maybe it's a novel on down the line. Who knows? Who cares!
The book was absolutely amazing, written with classic-Sherri style that any fan should gobble it up and want more!(less)
I purchased this book solely for the short story, The Wager. I'm a completest when it comes to collecting all works by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and found the...moreI purchased this book solely for the short story, The Wager. I'm a completest when it comes to collecting all works by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and found the very short story about Thomas Malory - the author of the Arthurian tales - very fun! I adored how Sherri worked this in as an interesting tidbit, and I'm extremely curious as to whether or not Thomas will come into play in a later book.
As for the other stories, I might one day read them, but I have no immediate plans to do so. I rate this book 5 stars based on Sherri's short story. (less)