A terrific end to a great series. I really do wish there was more. I miss Alexia, Conall, Lord Akeldama, Biffy, Professor Lyall, Madame Lefoux, Ivy anA terrific end to a great series. I really do wish there was more. I miss Alexia, Conall, Lord Akeldama, Biffy, Professor Lyall, Madame Lefoux, Ivy and Tunstell already!...more
This book started out okay for the first quarter. Then it took a steady, steep decline. Annika and Talvi are annoying in their flip-flopping all-encomThis book started out okay for the first quarter. Then it took a steady, steep decline. Annika and Talvi are annoying in their flip-flopping all-encompassing love (lust) and jealous hatred of each other. A few of the side characters are good, but even these ones fall into the same irritating and useless actions and dialogue. I would not have finished this book if it wasn't the Vaginal Fantasy main pick for this month. Thank goodness it was free on Kindle!...more
I very much enjoyed this superhero (called "Alts" or alternative humans) romance. I would call it an urban fantasy except that usually implies witchesI very much enjoyed this superhero (called "Alts" or alternative humans) romance. I would call it an urban fantasy except that usually implies witches, werewolves, etc., and the only fantasy in this one is the superhero element.
I liked the characters, both the main couple and the side characters, and really want to know more about the world.
I look forward to more books in the Thunder City series....more
I especially enjoyed the author interview at the end. When JoAnother fun, fast-paced listen from Darynda Jones, and Lorelei King as reader, of course.
I especially enjoyed the author interview at the end. When Jones said Charley is a blend of Stephanie Plum, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Lorelei Gilmore, I totally got it--and loved that she had Lorelei in there, one of my favorite characters (and TV shows, natch).
(view spoiler)[In this second book, Charley is enlisted by her friend and assistant Cookie to help one of Cookie's good friends Mimi Jacobs. Mimi had contacted Cookie for help, --bout what she didn't say--and Charley's name came up in the process. Before Mimi could contact Charley, she disappeared under suspicious circumstances. So Grim Reaper and private investigator Charley and Cookie set about uncovering where Mimi went, what led to Mimi's sudden disappearance, and why so many of Mimi's former high school classmates have died within the last month.
On top of that, Charley is hot on the trail of escaped convict and supernatural hottie Reyes Farrow's body. He's been kidnapped by demons intent on using his status as the key and portal out of Hell, torturing his living flesh to find the whereabouts of the key and portal to Heaven--Charley herself. Intent on thwarting his father Satan's plans to use himself and Charley to invade Heaven, Reyes, still able to visit Charlie (and save her life) in his incorporeal form, informs the PI of his plans to let his mortal body die, thus destroying the key to Hell and Satan's triumph.
Charley, desperate for the almost-impossible of a real life with Reyes, does everything in her power to find Reyes and prevent him from destroying his mortal form.
Of course, both cases resolve. In the case of Mimi Jacobs, it turns out that back in high school, Mimi and some of her classmates were witnesses and party to the death of a fellow classmate, whose demise and hurried burial were kept a secret for years. That is until one of the unfortunate witnesses became a Senate-hopeful and his mother and grandmother went all Manchurian Candidate to keep his involvement secret and buried--at the expense of the loves of all the others involved. Luckily, Charley solves the case and saves Mimi before the Angela Lansbury wanna-bes succeed. She also discovers Reyes's body in her basement--the last place she would look--and not only saves him from the demons plaguing him and threatening her with her supernatural light ability, but binds Reyes's incorporeal form to his mortal one, preventing him from leaving his body and destroying it.
In the end, Charley waits around for Reyes to recover from the magnificent damage he endured only to have him refuse her visitation request now that he is back in the thorny embrace of the New Mexico penitentiary. What an ungrateful butt. (hide spoiler)]
I look forward to listening to the third book of this series! ...more
I wasn't really feeling the main character, baker and witch Jade Godfrey, from the start. As the book went on, I warmed up to her more, but was stillI wasn't really feeling the main character, baker and witch Jade Godfrey, from the start. As the book went on, I warmed up to her more, but was still frustrated by her character.
The story didn't take off for me, either, evolving rather slowly but then speeding to a rushed halt at the end. The pacing just wasn't right for me.
Also, THERE ARE NO SEX SCENES IN THIS BOOK. Disappointing for a Vaginal Fantasy book club pick.
Jade was so willfully ignorant of her obviously bad foster sister Sienna (whose name I hate; so well-named then, cause I really didn't like her character), that she seemed stupid. Also, if I grew up around magic, I would damn well be CURIOUS about my own POWERS. WTF, Jade? You spend so much time coming up with annoying names for your ridiculous culinary creations (bakeries selling just cupcakes are pretentious and drive me nuts) and making your "trinkets"--whatever the hell those are (I figured just chains of crap strung together, mostly necklaces like her wedding ring one), you don't take the time to wonder about your capabilities and just blindly follow your apparently indomitable grandmother's rules? Oy vey.
I was really more interested in the vampire, so unfortunately named Kettil (thank god she shortened it to Kett). The werewolves I found annoying, especially Desmond McGrowly. Jade's attachment to Hudson, the dead werewolf, was sudden and unwarranted for the amount of time they spent together and his creepy stalker tendencies. Perhaps Jade's weird magic dancing forges more of a bond than came across.
I liked the middle bits better than the beginning and end. I guess the more urban fantasy/mystery blend of this part, with trying to track down the murderer and figure out Jade's powers, was more familiar and appealing to me. When Kett told Jade about her trinkets involvement with the murders, I knew Sienna was involved, if not as the murderer than as a complicit supplier to the murderer. However, it soon became blindingly obvious it was this wretched girl with her very tired accomplice boyfriend.
I don't like when an orphaned child is taken in by powerful people and paired with the golden child of said people. It's such an obvious set up of foil characters that I feel horrible for the unfortunate child, abandoned at an early age, trying so desperately to have something of their own, and never receiving the love and luck in life that their more fortunate counterpart simply gets handed through sheer chance of birth. I didn't like Sienna, but my empathy is too finely honed to not feel for her and her shitty circumstances. Grand Dame Pearl Godfrey did not come across as a particularly loving substitute parent for her foster daughter/granddaughter, what little we know of the woman from this book. I also didn't like the unwittingly pampered, coddled, and protected Jade. I am glad she is finally getting off her duff and doing something with her magic.
I was hoping Kett and Jade would have some romantic spark (and very much hoping she and McGrowly would not), but then at the end it seemed Jade's mostly absent mother and he would were hitting off. Sigh.
The ending felt super rushed, with the last chapter--after Sienna disintegrated in Jade's special magical light portal--skipping forward without the detail of the previous chapters. There wasn't enough wrap-up for my taste. Especially when it came to Jade's dad. "We just don't know"?! Seriously, Pearl and Scarlett?! WTF. (hide spoiler)]
I guess I went in expecting more from this book than I got. I love craft/food cozy mysteries, so the baking aspect appealed to me. I am a big fan of urban fantasy with all their supernatural beings, so that was a huge draw. The worldbuilding was intriguing, with its witches, vampires, and werewolves being the main players, but not enough of it was revealed throughout the book. And it had some romance to it? Brilliant. ...Except not. I would read the rest of this series in hopes of it getting better, revealing more of Jade's powers, and giving more information about Kett and his background. But really, not anytime soon....more