I finished this back in April, but never got back on here to write a review and my memory being what it is, I couldn't do it justice now. I know that...moreI finished this back in April, but never got back on here to write a review and my memory being what it is, I couldn't do it justice now. I know that I enjoyed it more than the last book, but that I was disappointed by a lot of it. It probably earned about 3.5 stars, but I'll be kind and bump it up to 4, because I can't quite remember. Maybe one day I'll listen to the audio again and jump back on here and give it a proper review.(less)
I must admit that my overall enjoyment of the book was colored a bit by the narration (I went the audiobook route). She was fine for some of the chara...moreI must admit that my overall enjoyment of the book was colored a bit by the narration (I went the audiobook route). She was fine for some of the characters, but the accent she gives to Adrian drove me batty, and the introduction of her southern accent for the Keeper at the end of the book doesn't bode well for the next installment. LOL However, I enjoyed the book, overall. I've always loved Adrian, so it was fun to see him take a lead role again. Sydney - I'm still not a huge fan of her, but she doesn't bother me too much. Jill didn't have enough of a role to really give me much of an opinion of her beyond the one I'd developed in previous books. While there were some surprises, a fair amount of the story line was quite obvious, although still enjoyable. It's only the first book, so I'm going to withhold final judgment, but I'm not sure if the characters are really strong enough for their own series.(less)
I think the fact that I let this hibernate for months on end says a lot about what I thought of this book. I was never particularly interested in Mann...moreI think the fact that I let this hibernate for months on end says a lot about what I thought of this book. I was never particularly interested in Manny, and felt Payne got he story way too quickly, so I wasn't that fussed about the book's main characters. In the end, Manny was more interesting than I expected him to be, and Payne less so. His tie in to the Brothers was neither surprising, nor particularly interesting. Is it wrong that I found V's downward spiral tedious? I didn't find myself emotionally invested in it - and V has brought me to tears on more than one occasion. Not sure where she's going with Qhuinn and Layla. The new vamps are vaguely interesting, but at this point just feel like they're there so the series doesn't have to wrap up after Qhuinn & Blay get their mini HEA. Meh...
I started out with the printed version and then after hibernation moved to the audio and I was amazed by how annoyed I got with the slang and how often I fast forwarded through the smut - I just wasn't interested. Is this the end for Ward and me? Time will tell, as I will read Tohr's book, but not just yet.(less)
I don't know what it was about this installment, but it just didn't hold my interest and subsequently took weeks to get through. Maybe I just wasn't i...moreI don't know what it was about this installment, but it just didn't hold my interest and subsequently took weeks to get through. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it but the story felt like it was trying too hard with the sexual aspects this time around. Maybe I will enjoy the next book more, or possibly the series is on a downward slope for me. We shall see.
Well, I'm definitely glad that I stuck it out through the first couple of books in this series, as it's just moving from strength to strength now. By...moreWell, I'm definitely glad that I stuck it out through the first couple of books in this series, as it's just moving from strength to strength now. By this, the sixth book, the cast of characters is well developed and one that we've grown quite attached to. As such it was wonderful to have Murphy play such a prominent role in this one and took get a better look into her life. Harry's life also opened up some more and some very significant events took place. Thomas has always been a favorite, so I enjoyed his return and that he played such an integral role in the story.
As is often the case, Harry had more than just the one mystery to solve, as his own self-preservation also became a priority in between watching out for the "adult film" stars he was being paid to protect. This book had me laughing out loud more than others and James Marsters delivery was, as alwasy, spot on.
A wonderful addition to the Dresden Files series full of hilarity, adventure, new possibilities and a number of new discoveries about old characters. Brilliant!(less)
A brilliant book with so much going on. The book starts off with a big reveal in the first chapter and the story just doesn't let up, leaving us with...moreA brilliant book with so much going on. The book starts off with a big reveal in the first chapter and the story just doesn't let up, leaving us with a dreaded cliff hanger ending (A Dresden book with a cliff hanger? No!!!). The book has some really interesting character development and it really leaves you desperate for the next installment. I fear writing too much as I think so much of it would delve into spoiler territor. Suffice it to say, this was a brilliant book full of emotional ups and downs and great adventure!
* Once again, James Marsters' narration was outstanding!(less)
This was an enjoyable read that I felt added another layer to the newborns when I watched the Eclipse movie.
Bree is an interesting character and I enj...moreThis was an enjoyable read that I felt added another layer to the newborns when I watched the Eclipse movie.
Bree is an interesting character and I enjoyed seeing how red-eyed vamps live through her perspective and her interactions with both Diego and Fred. Seeing Riley through someone else's eyes was also quite interesting.
As Eclipse is written from Bella's perspective, we never got a real glimpse of the final battle, as she and Edward weren't there. We may not get great detail on it from Bree, but I enjoyed seeing and seeing her initial meeting with the Cullens. While we knew Bree's fate going in to the book, having gotten to know her made her death that much more touching.
I would definitely recommend it to any fan of the series.(less)
Another entertaining book in The Parasol Protectorate series, and this time without the aspects of the final chapter in the first book that felt so ja...moreAnother entertaining book in The Parasol Protectorate series, and this time without the aspects of the final chapter in the first book that felt so jarring and out of place.
I found the story's mystery entertaining and enjoyed getting to know more of Connall's past and meeting his former pack. I like that she was able to weave Lord Akeldama into the story, even though the bulk of it takes place outside of London.
While I enjoyed the story, there was something about it that resulted in me taking much longer to read it than I should have. I don't know if I just don't have an appreciation for historical books, as there were several times when I felt she was trying too hard with the dialogue. And a couple of the characters veered so far off into the ridiculous, that I found them distracting. However, I did giggle on several occasions, and I will continue to read the series, if for no other reason than to determine the outcome of this one's cliff-hanger ending!(less)
This was a very enjoyable introduction to what promises to a wonderful new series. Chloe Neill's world is an interesting one where the vamps are out i...moreThis was a very enjoyable introduction to what promises to a wonderful new series. Chloe Neill's world is an interesting one where the vamps are out in the public eye, and they live in individual groups, or Houses. Add to this various powers, mental communication and a limited, sponsored "recruitment" system, and we've got an interesting world for our heroine, Merit to enter.
While reading this book it was clear that its purpose was to establish the basic storyline for the series, but I don't think that took away from the quality of the story telling at all. We are introduced to an interesting cast of characters that round out Merit's new life, from Mallory and Catcher, Jeff, her grandfather, to her fellow vamps Lindsey, Morgan and Ethan. The characters are all well written and compelling and I look forward to finding out more about them.
The story moved at a solid pace and never dragged for me. I enjoyed the mystery and the events it set up for the next book. It's a book that had my schedule allowed, would have been read in a day or two. As soon as I finished it, I immediately picked the second book off of my shelf and dove in.
I read one review that dinged the book for an excessive use of Buffy references, and they may have had a point. However, another critique about calling the males "boys" didn't phase me at all - I refer to myself, at 34, as a girl, and affectionately refer to the guys that work for me as boys. But, to each their own.(less)