This is one of the all-time best, most intelligent, and well written paranormal romance series, and Shield of W4-4 ½ stars – Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance
This is one of the all-time best, most intelligent, and well written paranormal romance series, and Shield of Winter is another fantastic addition. The romance between Vasic and Ivy was so beautiful and moving. I just loved them together! *Swoon*...more
This is one of the rare times that I actually liked the movie a lot more than the book. Perhaps I would’ve2 ½-3 stars – Paranormal/Fantasy/Young Adult
This is one of the rare times that I actually liked the movie a lot more than the book. Perhaps I would’ve enjoyed the story more had I read it before seeing the film. But alas, it was disappointing and boring after experiencing City of Bones on the big screen.
I don’t have much interest now in reading the rest of the series, except that I’m anxious for answers to some unresolved questions and events from this and the movie.
(view spoiler)[Jace and Clary aren’t really brother and sister, right? (hide spoiler)] Because if they are, then that’s seriously disappointing...and damn icky. If they aren’t, do they end up together?
I guess I’ll find out if/when the other books get made into movies. Or maybe (hopefully) one of my GR friends can give me the scoop so I don’t have to wait for those revelations?
If I was rating this based on my enjoyment of the movie, it would earn 5 stars because I found it thrilling and entertaining. Unfortunately, I can’t quite say the same for the book, so 2 ½-3 stars.
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy debut that’s bold, inventive, engrossing, and sensual. I really enjoyed this!
McMaster has crafted an intricate, alternate London set historical with memorable, complex characters and unique elements of paranormal, steampunk, vampires, and verwulfen blended seamlessly without excessive world building to bog down the pacing or impede the romance. The dark, eerie Whitechapel setting gives the story an authentic gothic resonance and provides lots of danger, intrigue, thrills, and chills.
Blade, “the devil of Whitechapel”, is a captivating, sexy hero with a fascinating mix of tortured soul and primal alpha male who’s at times brutal yet intimately tender and protective of those he cares about. He’s rough, growly, ruthless, and possessive, has a caring heart of gold, and yearns for affection, trust, and peace. Blade reminded me a little of Charming Mickey from Elizabeth Hoyt’s Scandalous Desires at times but with more of a predator, supernatural edge and a somewhat softer, gooier center. In other words...YOWZA!
Honoria Todd is a strong, brave heroine and I both admired and wanted to strangle her at times for being so stubborn, proud, and loyal to a fault. It drove me crazy that she continually resisted and rebuffed Blade, no matter what he did or how hard he tried. Blade and Honoria engage in quite a bit of bickering, sparring, and bantering and have some seriously explosive chemistry. And when she finally comes to her senses I nearly screamed...well, it’s about time!
Kiss of Steel is a terrific, original debut that’s dark, passionate, intense, emotional, and satisfyingly steamy. I’m looking forward to the next book, Heart of Iron.