This book has nearly everything that I like in stories: vampires, magic and space ships. To make it easier to understand, let's imagine the following.This book has nearly everything that I like in stories: vampires, magic and space ships. To make it easier to understand, let's imagine the following.
Take the tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, make it that said slayer is not longer the one and only fighting but one of a whole civilization sworn to hunt vampires. Make that civilization fight for thousands of years. Add a quite interesting 'cure' for vampirism, some space ships and really cool talking AIs and you have this book.
This was a fun read. Perfect to while away some unused hours while riding a train.
Personally I thought the relationship between Gavin and Camille went a bit too fast from first/second meeting to I-am-willing-to-give-up-my-whole-life-for-you, but that is probably just a question of personal reading taste.
The ending was a bit abrupt and I am not really buying that (view spoiler)[Joel is really dead. After all, neither of the two main characters saw him die (hide spoiler)]. I've read far too many superhero comic books to believe something this drastic that is not witnessed. And even then it's not always a sure thing.
That said, I am glad there is more than one book to this story. I just want to know what happens next.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
On one hand, I really liked the fact that is isI got this book from the Read It & Reap project to review.
I am not sure what to make of this book.
On one hand, I really liked the fact that is is a continuation of the story started in Amaranth. I could finally find out what happens next, this dreadful bit of emotion that makes us watch a tv series for years and years just to find out what happened with a character that was on-screen only in the first episode for maybe five minutes.
On the other hand, I really do not like that the book makes me want to see what comes in the next part of the series. Because, you see, The Gates was quite boring in my opinion. One cliche followed the next. We even got a nice and totally not unexpected return of a character previously believed to be dead.
(view spoiler)[Sadly it was not the one interesting but woefully underused character from book 1 that returned, but Gavin's mother. Gavin's mother that was held prisoner by the evil queen and made into a vampire to keep her at hand. Why said mother needed to be vampirized when apparently all Amaranthian humans can live for centuries is something that confused me to no end. (hide spoiler)]
But you want to know what really irked me? That near to anything even resembling actual action in the plot happened off-screen. Camille was told about this and that. She tells about this big motivational speech done by her guy where she was present to listen, but we get maybe ten words about the thing. She follows his lead everywhere without thinking, even though she tends to complain about said decisions.
With less words, this story had so much potential that was simply ignored it nearly made me weep. Instead I had so many moments of 'WTF?' it ruined the book for me.
People who loved reading Twilight will probably find this book pretty good. Me, not so much.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am sad to admit that I didn't even finish it. I trI got this book to review from the Read It & Reap project.
This book really did nothing for me.
I am sad to admit that I didn't even finish it. I tried, oh how I tried, but the writing style threw me out of the story practically every second sentence.
This is how the plot looked from my point of view: (view spoiler)[Main character arrives at college, meets the room mates, *sqwee*-ing happens, "oh, dreadful me, my life has been dreadfully dreadful until I came here" happens with much exposition, more *sqwee*, dress shopping comes and goes, stilted dialogue pertaining a creepy moment on the street happens, a dance with a perfect boy that does nothing for the main character is next, ending with more *sqwee* and exposition and "dear girl, you should open your heart to love because you are just dreadfully dreadful afraid" from room mate. (hide spoiler)]
All the time my mind was going along the lines of "shouldn't there be aliens here?" and "what does the soap opera emotionalism has to do with a love story with an alien?".
There I was, somehow expecting a story that would remind me of Starman (if you know the movie with Jeff Bridges, that is), and what I got was this...
On the other hand, from all the four and five star reviews this book seems to get, there must be something that is worth reading inside the story. Too bad that I was not able to find it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Writing a review about this part of the Dark-Hunter series is very difficult for me because I simply cannot say why I liked the story.
There were someWriting a review about this part of the Dark-Hunter series is very difficult for me because I simply cannot say why I liked the story.
There were some parts that were just so strange that they threw me out of the plot, like the bear mother wanting to see the tigard killed even though he spent years living under her sanctuary, or the far too obvious way time-travel saved the day.
On the other hand, I totally loved the fact that we get no Acheron in this book. It gets a bit annoying when the big Deus ex Machina with emphasis on Deus is always there to make everything alright in the end. This time we got a quite amusing surfer type named Savitar, who acts as something like a peacekeeper/judge/negotiator for the Arcadian/Katagaria community....more
In this book we meet Valerius. Dark-Hunter, Roman, and wears Armani suits to hunt vampires.
He is a bit of an arrogant snob, but that is not so bad becIn this book we meet Valerius. Dark-Hunter, Roman, and wears Armani suits to hunt vampires.
He is a bit of an arrogant snob, but that is not so bad because 1) he is very 'old money', 2) his family life was quite... hellish even for the time period he grew up in, and 3) nine out of ten times he acts the high patrician only as a shield against other people's dislike.
This guy meets a woman, who promptly stabs him nearly to death. Apparently she does this somewhat regularly as she stabbed her sister's husband Kyrian as well. Her reason: Valerius looked so much like a vampire in his black suit in that alley that her instincts ran away with her. This woman is Tabitha, self-proclaimed vampire hunter and owner of a sex shop.
There is fights in this books and glorious snark and a bad guy brought back from the dead. Family is lost and a different family is brought back together.
What is not to like in this book, you may ask? I tell you what it is. It is the fact that Acheron, first Dark-Hunter and master of the mysterious talk, is evolving into the kind of deus ex machina where even the deus has to be taken literaly. Why, oh why, does he always need to make everything 'better' for the books' plot? (view spoiler)[I could have lived with him not resurrecting and immortalizing some people. (hide spoiler)] The book's plot would have actually been more profound without that act.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Take a wolf and his comatose brother, put them in exile under danger of death. Make wolf meet his one true mate, and realize that she is only a fragilTake a wolf and his comatose brother, put them in exile under danger of death. Make wolf meet his one true mate, and realize that she is only a fragile human. Cue in some shapeshifting shenigans where said wolf tries to play a human man and her trusted pet wolf, a vengeful mother at war with an equally vengeful father, and some time jumps and you have some really fantastic screwball material.
I loved it.
On the other hand, Bride's constant whining about her weight got a bit on my nerves. So what? She is a size 18*, that doesn't make her fat! From the way she is described she is well proportioned in all areas, cushioned but not flabby if you allow this describtion. A Rubens angel, to quote Vane. That is not fat, that is the beauty ideal of a curvy woman.
* I had to google the conversion of US sizes to German because our clothes sizes start at 32/34. According to wikipedia a US 18 is a German 50....more
This book was not as much fun as the ones before it. Oh, the story of an immortal viking warrior that is cursed to always be forgotten after five minuThis book was not as much fun as the ones before it. Oh, the story of an immortal viking warrior that is cursed to always be forgotten after five minutes is mighty cool. That he falls in love with a woman born to the very people he is sworn to hunt and kill is even more interesting. But I have to admit, Wulf and Cassandra's story was not the really interesting part of the book for me.
What I loved was the look into Appolite society, their reasons to become Daimon and how there can be some Daimons that are not strictly 'evil'. The mystery around Acheron gets more and more fascinating, and it is not the fact that we don't actually know what exactly he that makes it so great for me. It's the reason why he apparently goes against his very nature to live his life as he does.
Anyway, this book had definitely four sex scenes that were totally useless for the plot. I can forgive that as it seems Kiss of the Night is the book equivalent of that 'one episode of your favourite tv show which is placed somewhat between plot points where you have to wonder if the studio only filmed it to make the season have its full number of contractual needed episodes' - a filler book, if that makes more sense....more