I really enjoyed it... though I admit I was a tad disappointed by the ending, I understand why things had to play that way.
I like that Shanti***4.5***
I really enjoyed it... though I admit I was a tad disappointed by the ending, I understand why things had to play that way.
I like that Shanti remained a strong, brash character, that she didn't fold like a house of cards under the gaze of the alpha male. I'm definitely excited to see where this goes. Next book now please!...more
That said, I certainly didn't hate it. But Sarah MacLean is one of my favorites, and I was super excited forI didn't like this as much as I wanted to.
That said, I certainly didn't hate it. But Sarah MacLean is one of my favorites, and I was super excited for Chase, so ... I expected better.
I guess that for me, the problem was rooted in the h/h.
I thought Georgiana undercut Chase so much that I didn't buy them as the same person. How in holy hell did this woman become queen of the underworld? She's ... she's so easily cowed. Even worse, we're in her head and seeing how entirely cowed she is. She feels guilty for not being honest... with someone she KNOWS is not being honest with her. Really? And I'm supposed to believe you've been ruling the Angel with an iron fist for 6 years?
You can't take Chase - the enigmatic puppetmaster we've seen looming throughout the series - and turn that character into some weak-kneed beta female in her book. You just can't. This should have been more of a clash of alphas - a clash of these amazing titanic personalities. As it is, we had a whole book of the hero referring to the heroine as property - if he called Chase her "master" or "owner" one more time, I was going to punch him right in the face... why did she let him get away with that?
I don't see any of Chase in Georgiana. I didn't see any steel backbone, I didn't see any ability to defend herself, I didn't see a mastermind. I saw a woman in search of a man to take care of her. And it was incredibly fucking disappointing.
And I honestly didn't like Duncan. I tried. I did. And he has some decent qualities, sure. But he ... his ego, his sense of entitlement, and his utter surety that everything must be exactly the way he thinks it is... I just greatly disliked him. How many times did he have to say "I don't want you to be any part of this" in this book? How about fuck off, buddy? How about, this is HER WORLD, and she has more right to be here than you do? How about you don't assume, for one damn moment, that you know way more about this situation than she does?
I hated - HATED - that despite her insisting that this was the life she chose, he couldn't stop telling her that she was being used, mistreated, manipulated... and she either knew it and was lying to him, or she was too stupid to realize it.
And even worse, the incredible presumptuousness of his demand for all her secrets, while he shared nothing of himself. And the way he would treat her as a possession. And the way that he literally gave no fucks about anything she'd say... throughout this book, Duncan would CONSTANTLY dismiss anything she said about her life or the Angel or her choices or Chase. As if she's just too stupid to make these decisions herself. It was so incredibly condescending.
Duncan West is wrong for Chase. I don't for a minute believe that, in the end with them together, he'd let her continue to live the life of her choosing.
But Georgiana doesn't really seem to be Chase at all - I certainly saw no evidence for it - so maybe the two of them will be just fine.
I really enjoyed the series, and I think this finale tied a great bow on it.
I particularly enjoyed that we got to see Katy bust some faces.***4.5***
I really enjoyed the series, and I think this finale tied a great bow on it.
I particularly enjoyed that we got to see Katy bust some faces. Because here's the thing - Blake (*spit* ... rest in pieces, asshat) told us, way back in book 2, that hybrids are stronger than the Luxen that created them, and that means Katy is pretty crazy strong (potentially).
But that really felt like a toss-off. Because we never saw her DO anything. Part of that is Daemon's overprotective nature, but seriously. You can't tell me that this strong, intelligent character (and seriously, kudos on that - it is great to see such a capable female hero) has super uber powers, and then never have her bust them out. But that's what happened. She was largely a bystander when they escaped Daedalus - she shot someone with a gun, very not-impressive. She was largely a bystander as they fled Vegas. This book had me worried, because (view spoiler)[she was a bystander in the market when it was attacked. Yes, she helped a little, but where are the superpowers?? And then she was SUPER docile while being held by the Luxen. This after doing her best to rip the faces off Daedalus when they were holding her... and that was BEFORE she'd had their combat training! (hide spoiler)]
Thankfully, Katy did step into the fray here. Yes, she still was sidelined in some of the fighting, but she stepped in at a couple critical points, and that felt really gratifying to me.
My only criticism - that is why the half star was dropped - is because things got REALLY rushed in the last third of the book. We hammered through plot points at a breakneck pace, trying to wrap everything up. Don't get me wrong, the author DID wrap everything up, and she did a great job not leaving any dangling threads that hurt too much (except maybe Carissa... it was sad to see that character tossed off in such a horrible way, and then never find out what happened to her). But the pacing didn't leave enough room for me to really feel it. Finding out (view spoiler)[Katy's mom was dead shocked me, but then before I could roll into grieving about it... we were on to the next thing. (hide spoiler)]
There were also a couple things that didn't... I don't know, didn't sit right with me? Maybe baffled me a bit. (view spoiler)[Katy's run up the mountain in the middle of the big battle ... I don't know why she did that. It seemed the impulse was just "I gotta get away from this" which I understand. She should totally be overwhelmed, that's fair. (hide spoiler)] But then she shook it right off, and then was back to being regular ol' Katy. I think the author was trying to go for an emotional beat here, but in the chaos of the last few pages... I just didn't register it. There wasn't room for it there, or time for it, or headspace for it. I was too stuck in "wtf is she doing? Is someone going to jump out and kill her?"
And yes, there are unanswered questions that are a little disappointing. I'm hoping that the author revisits this world to explore them with other characters. Because it is a great world, and I'd love to come back.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I liked it a lot. I like that the heroine isn't just the weak human needing a strong hero to protect her.
That said, Katy made some spectacularly stupiI liked it a lot. I like that the heroine isn't just the weak human needing a strong hero to protect her.
That said, Katy made some spectacularly stupid decisions in this book. I'm not saying Daemon didn't also make mistakes, but... she has to, at minimum, accept that this whole world is new to her, and not decide to just go her own way about every single thing. To be honest, I'm surprised that any of them can even stand being around her right now (at book end)... I don't think I could forgive her. (view spoiler)[I also really wanted to punch her when she went along with Will... even though she pretty much already knew he was a bad guy. (hide spoiler)] It was like... I don't know, it felt like she had no common sense in this book. And that wasn't the case in the first book, so that was disappointing. It is like, the stronger she got (with superpowers), the stupider she got.
I sympathize with why she wants to get strong, and I agree that THAT was the right call, she needs to be able to defend herself and not just hope that her superpowered BF would always be there to save her bacon... but she had better options. (view spoiler)[Especially when it became clear that Blake was a sociopath that nearly killed her, over and over, in their training sessions. (hide spoiler)] Frankly, her lah-dee-dah handling of those events nearly ruined her character for me, because I couldn't believe how fucking stupid she was being. She was salvaged because Daemon was so fucking pigheaded that he made it pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to go to him about anything.
But I still enjoyed the book. I'm excited to see what all this means, and where things go from here. And I'm hopeful that Katy and Daemon are more of a unit now, and won't make such stupid, costly decisions again.
One other grievance. There are a LOT of copyedit errors in this book. Wrong words being used all over the place - lots of instances of "you're" when it should be "your" (really surprising to see, because they are so basic), but others where I had to puzzle out what was being said at all, because the word was something totally different than it should be. Is this just the kindle edition, or is the printed book the same way?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This one had less of a driving plot and more of a series of issues as Kaylin tried to go about a mostly-normal couple of days, but that's alright withThis one had less of a driving plot and more of a series of issues as Kaylin tried to go about a mostly-normal couple of days, but that's alright with me. This series, to me, is strongest when dealing with the relationships between characters, and this book gave us a chance to dig into some character relationships, as well as get to know some of the newer characters a bit better.
I'm glad to see Kaylin standing up for herself a little more, having a little more confidence. I'm glad to see her aggressively tackling problems - running headlong into them because she knows she can make a difference.
I dislike that she's still a lowly Private with the Hawks, although something the Arkon said resonates, there: it is in her interest to be underestimated/undervalued... and that he thinks it has given her great advantage. I think, too, that keeping her down a few pegs is how people keep thinking of her as "their" Kaylin - it keeps them from being scared of this tremendous power she wields.
I'm okay with that, mostly, now that folks who know better are beginning to treat her as if she has some value. For example, the Arkon, who I've grown to really like.
I liked the ending, I liked finally meeting this looming character, and I liked that he had more depth than Kaylin (and we) expected. And I'm interested to see where that goes.
Sadly, I've gobbled up all the books (I just started with book 1 about 2 months ago), and now I've got to wait like everyone else. :(...more
While I still find it tiresome to see Kaylin so disrespected by everyone (seriously, I'd be happy enough if she had just let the Barrani kill themselvWhile I still find it tiresome to see Kaylin so disrespected by everyone (seriously, I'd be happy enough if she had just let the Barrani kill themselves, as they were trying so hard to do)... I just honestly adore this series.
And I am hopeful that she's no longer going to be treated as everyone's punching bag. We'll see....more
I love the way the story is evolving, and the way we're seeing the Immortal races impacted. I love watching Kaylin grow.
The only thing that I'm unhappI love the way the story is evolving, and the way we're seeing the Immortal races impacted. I love watching Kaylin grow.
The only thing that I'm unhappy about is... well, frankly, exactly what (view spoiler)[Bellusdeo (hide spoiler)] is unhappy about: they don't respect Kaylin at all. I'm going to be honest, I shouted at the book when Lord Diar-douchecake said, about Kaylin, that "respect is earned." What the fuck does she have to do to earn it? She's saved everyone more times than I can count - and not from problems of HER making. She's also, arguably, now (view spoiler)[saved the entire race of dragons by saving the only female dragon. (hide spoiler)] He's right, respect is earned. And he's earned none. The only dragons who have earned any respect are, imo, Tiamaris, Sanabalis, and perhaps the Arkon (when he sets aside his ego). And Kaylin (and Severn) have put them all to shame. What else should she do for you assholes? Kill the Outcaste? Since, you know, you dragons can't seem to do it, I guess Kaylin should clean up your mess for you, right?
That's the only thing I'm struggling with. Because at this point, her loyalty and respect for these Immortals when they treat her as a speaking cockroach that they can barely tolerate, is hurting her character. I'm glad that it seems some major character is now going to speak up about the disgraceful way they treat her. She's not their slave, nor their doormat.
Next time she should tell them to solve their own damn problems. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There was a lot that I liked about this book. I liked the world - it was complex and interesting, and it seems like there's a lot of layers to how theThere was a lot that I liked about this book. I liked the world - it was complex and interesting, and it seems like there's a lot of layers to how the supernatural works. There's a lot of potential to do fun stuff in this world.
There's also a lot that I didn't like about this book.
1 - The plot unfolded in a weirdly jumpy fashion for a book written in first person.
Genny leaped to some conclusions in the back third of the book that came out of nowhere ... nothing unfolded to lead her there, and so I felt like I didn't know what was going on. Generally, I don't expect for the hero to know so much more than the audience does when we're riding along on her thoughts and internal monologue. I would have tolerated it better if this was not first person - it's fine for the hero to surprise us - but even then, there'd need to be the explanation of how we got from A to Z.
2 - I didn't like any of the secondary cast.
Literally, none of them. From Finn, with his too-presumptuous douchebaggery (view spoiler)[(I'm not convinced that he wasn't in on the setup for her to take the spell in the restaurant, right in the beginning, when he needled her to call all the spells... it was just too convenient) (hide spoiler)], to his letting himself into her apartment and demanding information he had no right to. Frankly, Finn feels like he was playing this from a lot of different angles, and he was keeping a lot of secrets and playing Genny like a pawn.
Malik was also a dick, and the shadowy backstory was too shadowy for me to give much of a shit about whatever history was being alluded to. I don't like him, I don't trust him, and I don't want to see Genny do anything with him. I give no fucks about whatever mysterious "connection" they have. None at all.
Katie was a whiny, TSTL twit. Hugh lied to her when it suited him (though I did like Hugh, so maybe he shouldn't be on this list.. though I still don't really trust him). The cops were both inept and corrupt... including Curly-Hair who was practically a 2-dimensional, mustache-twirling villain. The witches all seemed to be outright evil - from the police captain chick to the boss who set her up to deal with the vampires in the first place... and then didn't defend her when it all went to shit... to the mysterious council and their high-and-mighty judgement.
This is a problem, because I'm unlikely to like any of the rest of the books in the series if I don't like the secondary cast. And I really don't. They run the range from imbeciles to hateful, and not a single one of them was redeemed by some action in the end... in fact, the last of them were ruined. It also undercuts Genny, because she allows herself to be treated poorly by this bunch of assclowns. I kept waiting for her to whip out some sidhe magic (given how many times we're told how powerful she is) and beat their asses for their constant dickery. But nope.
3 - The plot, as a whole, felt cheated.
This really points back to #1, but I wanted to highlight it a little. It wasn't just leaps of investigative logic that were short-changed. The big showdown at the end, I was ... I felt like I was running to catch up. There were people showing up that... what the fuck? Who is this person? How did they get here, and why? When did we get to the Thunderdome? What the fuck is happening right now? Odds, bets, what now?
We have to feel like we build up to the finale. It has to feel like a logical progression, so that it caps the book. This felt like ... and now, coming in out of left field, we have a trip to the Thunderdome where all our characters will battle it out to determine the conclusion of the book!! What the actual fuck?
4 - The weight of backstory was too heavy.
I actually looked this series up, about a third of the way in, to see if there was a book before this in the series, because there was... so much weight given to stuff with no explanation. I feel like the author was trying to avoid the info-dumping that generally happens in the first book of a series, but the end result is lots of confusion. I felt like I was swimming in a sea of half-formed elements, because I didn't know how to put pieces together. We were buried under threads of backstory elements that were only half-formed. We have piles of shadowy ideas of Terrible Things that happened in her past, but they're just wisps... impossible to grasp, understand, or put together to form the puzzle of her personality.
So that's where I'm at. I'm undecided about whether to read on... mostly because of issue 2. My severe dislike of everyone in the cast but Genny... it just can't possibly end well.
Mate-rape, as Secret said. It's unforgivable, and it's a pattern for him. Her response is unacceptable. No wonder there's still so much misogyny in soMate-rape, as Secret said. It's unforgivable, and it's a pattern for him. Her response is unacceptable. No wonder there's still so much misogyny in society, if this is how we women imagine our alpha heroes and strong female characters. Gives a new meaning to "she was asking for it."
May as well call it The Secret Tales of a Doormat.
For the most part, I enjoyed this book and am enjoying this series. My one big criticism is that - like a lot of UF, admittedly - it is taking the alpFor the most part, I enjoyed this book and am enjoying this series. My one big criticism is that - like a lot of UF, admittedly - it is taking the alpha male thing too far.
I don't like Lucas. At all. Yes, maybe she shouldn't have stayed with her grandmother for three months, but here's the deal: he doesn't get a say. She'd known him for like three days. I don't care about the magical hooha bullshit that means apparently she's his fated mate. She knows nothing about that, nor about pack structure. She's not responsible for whatever trouble is going on in your pack - she didn't ask to join, nor did he ask her to join. Lucas is taking a lot of shit for granted, and he's taking unforgivable advantage of the situation. He tells her nothing, and uses her as if she's his pawn. He's, in my opinion, even worse than Sig. He has no right to act the way he's acting, and frankly, I wish she'd kicked him in the nuts.
Yes, she's giving Lucas a little bit of a hard time, but nowhere near as much as I think she should be. And when (view spoiler)[Desmond showed up and informed her he was moving in with her - she got no say in the matter at all - (hide spoiler)] well frankly, that was completely unacceptable to me. I get that her relationship with Desmond is a little softer, but he's there not by anyone's choice, and they can both fuck right off. The fact that she accepted it is baffling to me, and it seriously undercuts her character. If I wanted to read a series where sex makes everything forgivable, I'd go back to Anita Blake.
Secret is not a badass to me. She's a tool that is content to be used by anyone who is interested in picking her up. Whether it is a vampire or a wolf. If she doesn't mature pretty quickly and demand that she's treated with respect - by everyone - then I won't last much longer with this series. Because while I like it and the world, I'm so unhappy with how she allows herself to be treated that I can't really enjoy it much. She lets all these assholes negotiate with her life as if they have a right to it. It's presumptuous of them, and it makes me literally loathe them. And think less of her. What has the werewolf king given in exchange for all he's taken? Nothing. I'd tell him to take his pack and shove it up his ass, because I'm not interested in his leash.
If this doesn't change, I'm out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I enjoyed this one. Yes, it is a bit bulky with character introductions, and yes, some of the detail was surprisingly thin. But the world is interestiI enjoyed this one. Yes, it is a bit bulky with character introductions, and yes, some of the detail was surprisingly thin. But the world is interesting to me, and I'm curious about the backstory and deeper arc hints that we did get. So I'll be reading onward, to see what happens.
I will state that my Anita Blake warning bells were ringing, though. As long as she doesn't develop this magic power of I-must-have-sex-with-everyone-in-a-six-foot-radius-and-no-one-can-be-upset-cuz-it's-magic-lol, it will be just fine. But I'm definitely being cautious....more