Really? I waited months for the final part of this and That is what was going on? I can't help but feel like the writers were tired of working togetheReally? I waited months for the final part of this and That is what was going on? I can't help but feel like the writers were tired of working together and just wrapped Never Never up...the the worst possible way. Disappointing....more
Seriously, you ended it there??!!! This book! I can't describe it other than I think I know what's going on, but then again I don't have a clue. WhenSeriously, you ended it there??!!! This book! I can't describe it other than I think I know what's going on, but then again I don't have a clue. When is the final installment coming out?????!!!! I have to, no, I need to know wth is going on....more
Both beautiful and epic. I loved this novel almost as much as Mists of Avalon. Wonderful start to an incredible series. Although I still feel I have uBoth beautiful and epic. I loved this novel almost as much as Mists of Avalon. Wonderful start to an incredible series. Although I still feel I have unanswered questions. Perhaps those answers ate in the Dark over series. Now to figure out which book is next in the chronological order....which apparently means something to me at this point....more
The first 25% of this book was kind of like reading Titanic in reverse with the land sinking instead of the boat. The world building was also.most tooThe first 25% of this book was kind of like reading Titanic in reverse with the land sinking instead of the boat. The world building was also.most too fast as if all the characters and politics should have had their own book. As a reader I was overwhelmed by the all the names and ranks of people that I ultimately had no need of knowing after the island sank. I'm not giving anything away. It's Atlantis, it goes down. And along with the great island nation, half of the people I bothered memorizing names of, sank into the ocean.
Now that I'm finished complaining, I have to admit that I did love this book. It was a great addition to The Mists of Avalon series that I fell in love with so many years ago. Diana Paxson does an incredible job of weaving the story. As a reader, I was finally able to experience those first years and meet those who started it all. I was able to figure out answers to questions I had from the other books. And as with every other book in the series, fate and Karma were way more important and central to the plot than the love story.
I would highly recommend this book to those who love MZB's Avalon. It's not the same, don't expect it to be, but it is a worthy addition to the series. I spent two very late nights trying to finish this book and finally finished around 2am on night two.
One major complaint (and one maybe someone can direct me to the answer to) was that I never quite figured out the back story of the Omphalos Stone. I get that it came from "The Ancient Land," but neither the stone or the homeland were actually explained. Is this a leftover or crossover from the Darkover series?
All in all this was a great book and I'm going to dive right into the next one just as soon as I figure out the chronological order. This should lead right into my annual rereading of Mists, unless of course I decide to read the three Paxson additions and skip backwards into Darkover :-)...more
Having already read Veronica Del Rosa's Magic Resistant, I went into this novella already having a strong feel for the world of the Enforcers and CoteHaving already read Veronica Del Rosa's Magic Resistant, I went into this novella already having a strong feel for the world of the Enforcers and Coterie. The thing is, this novella doesn't really take place within that world, it's mostly in Fae, or rather it's mostly about Karl and about what is in his head. Karl just happens to live inside Del Rosa's world. I highly suggest reading this first! But if you don't, read it anyway.
What can I say about this novella? It's pretty hot. I mean, it's steamy, really steamy, as it should. Karl is a slave owned and rented out by one of the Fae to service other Fae. Karl is beautifully sexy and has this innocence about him that just melts your heart. He is 100% not my type of male character or otherwise, but it didn't matter. He's the kind of character that you want to care for. He was stolen as a child and retains a lot of childlike qualities. He has a sense of fairness, he wants to share, he feels a need to protect. Which makes him sound almost too good to be true, but he's very, very human. He's real. That is the thing about the way Veronica Del Rosa writes, her characters do not simply come to life, they are alive. You do not simply believe her story, you want to visit the place her stories take place. You want Karl to look at you that way. You want to look at him in a way to make him look at you with that grin. Yes please.
Yet, this novella with it's steam is not a mere smut book. Del Rosa does not write smut, she includes a very healthy sex scene, but her stories are about people and what they are dealing with and how they deal with their issues. Karl is not just a gorgeous face, he's got some issues. Baggage created by nearly 20 years being a slave to the Fae. Living in protected and yet hard circumstances, he managed to never break. Instead, Karl became his own man during his years of imprisonment. He's not a bad guy but he sure as hell isn't going to be a good guy either. He is a multifaceted character that you will grow to want to know...and good luck with that.
What can I say about this novella other than READ IT! Trust me, you will not regret jumping into the to world of the Enforcers and Coterie. You will want more and lucky for us, this series is just getting started!...more
I had the privilege of getting an ARC of this book from the author. First let me say that I stepped a bit outsideThis book is now available on amazon!
I had the privilege of getting an ARC of this book from the author. First let me say that I stepped a bit outside of my preferred genres with this book. I do not read a lot of urban fantasy and walked into the world building of this type of book fairly blind. Magic Resistant was a wonderful step into the genre. I was engaged from the beginning and was able to connect with the characters. The world building was slow and yet immersive. Once drawn into the world of the Coterie, it feels plausible which I'm assuming is the goal of all urban fantasy (and from some of the bad attempts I've made into the genre, author often fail to make their worlds real).
Magic Resistant is the story of a young Mage named Julia who is an enforcer for the Coterie which is the ruling government body of the magical community. It is their job to set rules and enforce the following of those rules. Julia is a strong willed and tough Mage with a secret. Her secret could be deadly if ever found out. As a Mage she has a few special talents that I was personally enchanted by. Julia has a father figure partner who maybe one of the most intriguing secondary characters I have ever read about. I am looking forward to a book about Marcus (hint to Veronica Del Rosa).
Jackson is a criminal on the run who just happens to end up accidentally kidnapping Julia. We should all be so fortunate as to be kidnapped by Jackson. I'm not sure if this was quoted in the book or if I decided it to be fact, but the man is absolutely lickable. The romance and adventure Jackson and Julia embark on is page turning exciting. Ms. Del Rosa proved to be a talented with writing love scenes. This book is not smut, Del Rosa makes you wait for it, but the wait is worth while. She knows how to build up to the steam and lead her readers right back into the plot. There is not sex for the sake of sex in this book.
Book one of this series did a great job of letting the reader learn of the politics and laws of the Coterie without being overwhelming. We were introduced to a number of characters which I hope will we will get to know better later. Magic Resistant even gave a glimpse into Fae which is enough of a teaser to make you beg for more. There are some serious delinquent Fae in this series! Considering my last look at that particular realm was in the Mists of Avalon, you can understand my desire to know more.
This book is one of my favorites so far this year. Veronica Del Rosa may be one of my newest favorite authors. ...more
I'm certain that I read this book way back when I read the entire Flowers in the Attic series, but I don't remember this part of the story. Yeah, I reI'm certain that I read this book way back when I read the entire Flowers in the Attic series, but I don't remember this part of the story. Yeah, I remember Corrine coming back and dressing in black but I do not remember Bart going bat shit crazy. I don't remember being so absorbed into this story in the 80's. Maybe it was because I was too close in age to Jory to really grasp how frightening the events really were. Maybe I was just too hung up on the entire Chris and Cathy aspect to really get into or understand the mental abuse poor Bart was going through. This book kept me up at night wanting to just read one more chapter until I fell asleep with my kindle in my hand. Of all the books in the Dollanganger series, this one so far (and as an adult rereading series)is my favorite. I highly suggest to anyone with an interest in Flowers in the Attic to go back and re-read If There Be Thorns. And now I'm on to the next. Who knew I would enjoy V.C. Andrews just as much now as I did nearly 30 years ago?...more
Not my favorite in the series. This one was a little too romancy for me, but I doubt most would consider it a romance book. It could be that Nell is nNot my favorite in the series. This one was a little too romancy for me, but I doubt most would consider it a romance book. It could be that Nell is not my favorite character, although I now really like Daniel and really got to know Retha more in this one. I should have read this one first, but oh well. Kudos for the "Bewitched" line =) This entire series has reminded me of a "real life" Bewitched world....and I do have to remind myself that these people do not exist. Great book! Great Series! I'm moving on to the WitchLight Trilogy. It's more than time for me to learn about Lizard =) ...more
Last book in the series. Luckily I do not have to mourn the loss of these amazing characters because there is a spin off series =) I love these peopleLast book in the series. Luckily I do not have to mourn the loss of these amazing characters because there is a spin off series =) I love these people, for me, their world exists somewhere and I wish there was a fetching spell that could put me right smack in the middle of Witch Central. All I can say about this book is that it broke my hear over and over again. How did my simple little quick read fun loving witches start making me sob in every book? Not fair! This was supposed to be Bewitched meets Bell, Book, Candle, meets real life. It was supposed to be all fun and games, but no, things had to go and get real on me. I will not give anything away. If this book doesn't want to make you take up knitting and/or weaving, something is wrong with you. If it doesn't make you want to hang out in Caro shop, I don't think we can be friends. Thankfully I have more Debora Geary Books to read =) ...more
I'm only giving this 4 stars because I was expecting a wedding and because the book ended at 93% I was shocked I didn't get it. Other than that, I lovI'm only giving this 4 stars because I was expecting a wedding and because the book ended at 93% I was shocked I didn't get it. Other than that, I loved that both Nan and Moira made an appearance in this short little story. I think I have fallen for these Irish grandmothers and they really do make me long for my own (I should go home more often). Without giving away a spoiler, all I can say is I'm proud of Kevin. Maybe I'm getting a little too caught up in Debora Geary's witches because I'm started to think of these people as part of my life ;-) I will say that ring was the most romantic and beautiful thing I have ever heard of. Perhaps my Celtic heart is well tuned to certain romantic notions, but seriously that was my kind romantic and personal....just beautiful. ...more
Finally have a copy and am itching to read. I've only had the other two books for over a year. Hope it lives up to the hype. Had I seen the second parFinally have a copy and am itching to read. I've only had the other two books for over a year. Hope it lives up to the hype. Had I seen the second part of the title prior to hearing such wonderful things about this book, I would have never picked it of the others up in the first place. I'm ready RJ Stewart,impress me =)...more
A Celtic Witch had me drinking kettles of tea, craving beef stew,longing for fiddle music, and missing my grandma. There is just something about the NA Celtic Witch had me drinking kettles of tea, craving beef stew,longing for fiddle music, and missing my grandma. There is just something about the Nova Scotia clan that just pulls at my heart. Once again we got a story focused on Marcus and once again I cried more than once. I love these people (if you are this far into the series then you know that these are not just your average fictional character) like they are family. I laughed with them. I snuggled on the comfiest couch in the inn with them. I ate stew with them. I drank tea and soaked in Moira's pool with them. I heard the rocks and lost myself in the music. Debora Geary knows these people and she is making damn sure anyone who reads these books knows and loves these people as well. Onward to the next book =) ...more
Lovely short story about Lauren and Devin's wedding. Beautiful story, some spots reminded me of my own wedding, others had me wishing I could have putLovely short story about Lauren and Devin's wedding. Beautiful story, some spots reminded me of my own wedding, others had me wishing I could have put a few more things into the ceremony. Glad I read this one!...more
I'm not sure what to say about this book. This is the first novel by Karina Halle that I've read and it won't be the last...I will be devouring her noI'm not sure what to say about this book. This is the first novel by Karina Halle that I've read and it won't be the last...I will be devouring her novels. I loved this book. I can't say that enough, I loved it. I think Ellie and I kind of go way back but only in the worst ways (I say this with a grin, I assure you). Sins and Needles was a dark book, not too dark, dark enough. This book had shadows but that light at the end of the tunnel thing, that was kept well at bay, kind of hidden maybe for another book, but I hope not. This book had it all, music, drugs, sex, illegal activity, dysfunction, heartbreak, lol it's in there...and if you know anything about the kinds of things I like to read, you know that this was damned near a perfect book for me. Hell, right up front she mentioned Jim Morrison, kudos all around, I was hooked. I hope this story stays dark and I really hope it works out in the end....I can't wait to see how she pulls that off.
I think what got me more than the story was Karina Halle, herself. This author and I have shared a few lines. Literally, we have shared the same lines which kind of floored me to be honest. She didn't steal them from me because mine haven't been published and I didn't steal them from her because this is my first read of her work. Normally, that would make me hate what I was reading. But honestly, it kept me going, making me have to know how she got to them and where they were going. Just a line here and a line there, just enough to make me smile in the darkness. I firmly believe that "normal" people do not think the way Karina Halle thinks which is exactly why I MUST read everything she's written! Just consider me a fan for life lol
God, you have to love a story that makes you run to youtube to listen to something mentioned on the pages!
Page 9: There wasn't a car or a soul around for miles. It was just me and Jim Morrison and the extreme landscape.
Page 20: This wasn't a Carrie Underwood song. This shit went fucking anthrax for awhile. It still kind of was.
Page 25: The Camden McQueen I pulled up from my memory banks did not look like the tattooed and pierced sex on a stick I had standing before me.
Page 37: Javier once told me I wore my guilt like a badge of honor, because it meant someone else was suffering the same as I was, or worse.
Page 61: I don't know what it is about seeing a musician in their element, but somehow their element (which must be fire, if has to be any of them) turns them into an animal.
Page 61: But when he was playing, you could see he was 100 percent in the moment. It was just him and his guitar, just him and the music and nothing else. It made you wonder what kind of secrets this man had because he seemed to only divulge them to the instrument in his hands.
Page 129: From the way he was positioned by the window, he almost looked angelic. But angels don't have tattoos and they certainly don't have guns in their hands.
Page 155: He had about as many issues to work out as I did. Of course, I tended to rely on drugs to get me through that.
Page 187: I wanted him to stop. He did when he hit the part on my arm, the three notes from the guitar after Knopfler sings the titular sentence. Three notes that never sounded so desolate. Three notes that sounded so much like loss in a song that ended with hope.
Page 207: A world without you in it is a song without the music. You need both to make it whole.
Page 227: What happens to love when it turns to hate? Was this it? Did it turn to death?
Page 242: No, maybe not. Because then I wouldn't have this. I wouldn't have you. I have to live with my mistakes, but I don't have to regret them. I regret my actions but I can't regret the consequences.
Page 267: I met Camden in high school, a place that taught me kill or be killed better than my parents ever could. I met Javier after. He helped me perfect the skill. ...more