Before I say anything about Friday Night Bites, I'd be remiss if I didn't dispense some advice first: If you haven't read Some Girls Bite (see my revi...moreBefore I say anything about Friday Night Bites, I'd be remiss if I didn't dispense some advice first: If you haven't read Some Girls Bite (see my review) yet, what are you waiting for? Seriously. Don't even think about picking this one up without having read book one. This isn't one of those series where the first book simply lays the groundwork and lacks action. You want to be able to completely appreciate the great story that Chloe Neill has put together in Friday Night Bites and, trust me, there's plenty to appreciate.
Sure this is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance novel - so there's all of the action, magic, and intrigue typical of the genre - but it's so much more than that. This series isn't just about a bad-ass vampiress and her beaus. It's a story about growth, change, betrayal, and loss. Merit's struggle to adapt to life as a vampire and all that entails continues realistically. While she's no longer railing against her Master, Ethan Sullivan, and the vampire world for her unjust turning, she's also still attempting to work through her feelings and find her place in the grand scheme.
As if that weren't enough, Merit finds pretty much every relationship of hers, no matter the nature, turned on it's head. The onslaught of changes left Merit unsure of almost everything that she held true, and me on the edge of my seat wondering when (or if) things would start looking up.
Despite her pile of issues, Merit remains a snarky, strong, and interesting character. All of the best friends and foes from the first book are back and even better this time around. The depth of character development and the complexity of the tale that Neill has woven in a mere two books is pretty amazing...
Lizzie and crew return this time around for another madcap adventure. Fox remains true to the formula that made The Accidental Demon Slayer so fun: pl...moreLizzie and crew return this time around for another madcap adventure. Fox remains true to the formula that made The Accidental Demon Slayer so fun: plenty of hijinks and loads of that sassy humor.
Aside from having to rescue her uncle (and the world), Lizzie also contends with some romantic tension with Dimitri; a sexy, mysterious, yet scary hunter named Max; and, of course, the Biker Witches (who always make things a bit more complicated)...
I won this ARC a few weeks ago from Jackie Kessler and I'm just now getting around to reading and reviewing it. There's not much that I can say about...moreI won this ARC a few weeks ago from Jackie Kessler and I'm just now getting around to reading and reviewing it. There's not much that I can say about it without giving away the plot so I'll try to sum it up in a word - amazing.
Given the facts that this novel is written by two authors, features two main characters and jumps back and forth from the past to the present, it's amazing just how seamlessly this story flows.
Jet and Iridium together make the ideal heroine. If the story was just about one of them, it would feel incomplete. Add to that the fully realized backstory, the great pacing and the well drawn characters, and you have an almost perfect beginning to what promises to be an amazing series...
Dark, somber, mysterious, intriguing. That's pretty much all a girl can say about this amazing tale without giving too much away.
This first installmen...moreDark, somber, mysterious, intriguing. That's pretty much all a girl can say about this amazing tale without giving too much away.
This first installment in the trilogy is all about the buildup. As the novel progresses and the mystery behind the ancient prophecy unravels, there is a steady climb in the feelings of danger and anticipation. Just when you you think things are at their most tragic or curious, something else happens to throw you for a loop. By the end, the intrigue has only deepened and nothing is resolved. Instead, one can't help but feel anxious for the continuation.
Zink has created a great cast of characters and has managed to make them all very relevant and involved in the overall plot. Perhaps my favorite thing that she does in the novel involves Alice...
After reading Hush, Hush, it's easy to see why Becca Fitzpatrick has had such success selling her novel worldwide prior to it's release. With it's ima...moreAfter reading Hush, Hush, it's easy to see why Becca Fitzpatrick has had such success selling her novel worldwide prior to it's release. With it's imaginative plot, dark feel, and complex hero Patch, this one is a standout.
When Nora initially meets her mysterious new lab partner, Patch, she's instantly creeped out - and with good reason. Patch is extremely antagonistic, exudes danger, and may even be a bit of a stalker. These qualities are only magnified the more time that Nora spends around him. Despite the unease that she feels in his presence, Nora can't help but be attracted to him. This is understandable - Patch is quite the magnetic character. Nora, however, isn't. She's likable enough and comes across as an honest depiction of a studious, nice girl teen, but she could benefit from a bit more personality. So much of the first two-thirds of the novel is spent on her interaction with Patch and the buildup of the plot that we never get a complete feel for Nora.
The relationship between Nora and Patch is not simple in the least. They get off to a rocky start, which only gets rockier, yet it seems that their troubles only serve to draw them even closer together. The two of them together become increasingly sexy as the novel progresses and are made even more so by the undercurrent of danger that accents their relationship.