I liked Camille and I want Trillian (and Morio), but I'm not sure if I want to read the next book. If the next book was still from Camille's POV, I'd...moreI liked Camille and I want Trillian (and Morio), but I'm not sure if I want to read the next book. If the next book was still from Camille's POV, I'd read, but it's not. The teaser didn't excite me. If I have time and money, I'll continue.
My biggest problem with the book is there is too much obvious world building. "I'll stop awhile and tell you neat things about my universe." After coming off the Riley Jensen series, this was particularly noticeable.
The sex felt like it was written because the genre calls for it (not paranormal romance without the romance or at least sex). When I read Keri Arthur, I felt like the writer was having a lot of fun when she wrote the many varied sex scenes. Without that vibe, the energy of the scene is lost for me.(less)
When I was a kid, fantasy meant not having to go to school. I don't want to hear what an entire day is like, complete with classes. Even if I was a YA...moreWhen I was a kid, fantasy meant not having to go to school. I don't want to hear what an entire day is like, complete with classes. Even if I was a YA, I wouldn't want to hear about this.
I call it the Harry Potter phenomenon and it is ruining YA fantasy.
I haven't read Embraced by Darkness (book 5), but I needed my Riley fix and it was sitting on my dresser taunting me. I started it around 10:30 PM. Th...moreI haven't read Embraced by Darkness (book 5), but I needed my Riley fix and it was sitting on my dresser taunting me. I started it around 10:30 PM. That was my mistake. I know Keri Arthur is one of those authors whose books I cannot put down, no matter how determined I am, but the lure was too great.
This book had the fewest sex scenes, but was the most emotional and Riley seemed the most human. The relationship between Quinn and Riley became something very special and the ending was perfect. How's that for no spoilers?
I need to write reviews for all the books in the series, but they would all come out as fan girl's blabber. She is one of the writers who make me a better writer. I read her stuff and see what I need to be doing in my own work. She is excellent to study when it comes to description and pacing.
There are some books I wished I had six stars to give to. This would be one.(less)
This is another six star review. Another book with angels in it YAY!!!!! Angels and vamps YAY YAY!!!!! I can't recommend this book enough, especially...moreThis is another six star review. Another book with angels in it YAY!!!!! Angels and vamps YAY YAY!!!!! I can't recommend this book enough, especially for book two, which I will do a bigger write up.
Best thing about this book is the mix of supernatural and mundane storylines. It really wets your appetite.(less)
Another six star book. OMG was this incredible. Again angels and vamps, but what she did with them was amazing. I loved everything about this book: ho...moreAnother six star book. OMG was this incredible. Again angels and vamps, but what she did with them was amazing. I loved everything about this book: how she used the angel's names and the hierarchy and the mythology she shapes out of standard angelology (Gabriel as Elohim. YES!!!!); Dante's powers are developing nicely and what he does will have you going, Damn that's wicked; Heather's sister is bipolar and it is dealt with sensitively, but doesn't pull any punches. I look forward to seeing where this character goes; More of Dante's backstory is shown (and had me in tears);
What was best about this book is it didn't feel like a second book that was mainly setting up another book. The ending felt like a beginning (Dante definitely has hit a new level), but it was satisfying. No throwing this book across the room out of frustration. I am looking forward to the next one, but I feel the writer trusts her writing and story enough that she didn't have to leave me with a great cliffhanger. There are plenty of questions at left at the end, top of the list, what will happen to DeNoir.
This book was a good balance of the supernatural story and the mundane one.
Now stop reading this and go get the books. You can read this as a start, but I suggest you read A Rush of Wings first. (less)
This is another six star, if not seven star book. Keri Arthur is easily one of my top five favorite authors, maybe even in the top three. Hers is the...moreThis is another six star, if not seven star book. Keri Arthur is easily one of my top five favorite authors, maybe even in the top three. Hers is the one universe I want to live most in. Riley is one of the few characters I want to be. She is one of the authors I MUST get the day the book comes out. I even call the bookstore to make sure they got it for me. She's on my list of books I gave the bookstore to get for me.
Now that I've gotten the gushing out of the way, to this book specifically. Donald Maas wrote in Writing the Breakout Novel "If a novel is really absorbing, I project myself into the story and imagine alternate outcomes, trying to make everything that is going wrong work out right. Do you do that too, or did I just embarrass myself?"
That's exactly what I did for days and nights after reading Deadly Desire. I love to speculate and what happened in DD had me speculating to the point where I couldn't sleep. I'm not saying that the book didn't have a satisfying ending, because it does. I'm just trying to figure out what happened with Kye can do to make Quinn/Riley work out. I have an idea, but can't wait to see what happens.
When I buy used books, I usually don't get them unless they are the beginning of the series, but I made an exception for this one. Simple reason-vamps...moreWhen I buy used books, I usually don't get them unless they are the beginning of the series, but I made an exception for this one. Simple reason-vamps and a mental hospital, I'm all over that.
I loved this book and like all the characters. I want to read the rest of the series to see how the couples paired up. Interesting twists to vampire mythology.(less)
OMG OMG OMG!!!! I can't shout how amazing this book is. This is why I created the sixth star. This book was beyond amazing.
I can't gush anymore withou...moreOMG OMG OMG!!!! I can't shout how amazing this book is. This is why I created the sixth star. This book was beyond amazing.
I can't gush anymore without being spoilery and I won't do that. I was worried since my Michael isn't in the picture anymore, but silly me.
This was Harry's best book. I'm not sure if it is the best in the series. Small Favors was also incredibly incredible, but for once I actually liked Harry. I love Harry's interaction with everyone. This was well written and you should have seen me finish the book. This was the definition of page turner.
I had to put down the remaining 50 pages so we could go to a hockey game. The game was boooooring and I wished I had brought the book. I promised my family I wouldn't. When we got back to the car, it was dark. I had the book inches from my face trying to make out the writing when I heard a little voice from the backseat.
"Mommy, would you like to borrow my book light?"
I was incapable of speech and just nodded. I put MY book light in the car so this won't happen again.(less)
This is a solid 5 stars. Not quite 6 stars, but those are for the extra amazing books. I do recommend this book.
I heard about it via various blogs and...moreThis is a solid 5 stars. Not quite 6 stars, but those are for the extra amazing books. I do recommend this book.
I heard about it via various blogs and finally decided I needed to read it. I can't get Hubby to read any UF/PR (from now on, I'm just going to call it paranormal fantasy. Soon it will be its own genre, rather than a sub-genre) and he's into music, so I figured the radio/music angle of the book would interest him. He still hasn't read it.
One thing I liked was Ciara has no supernatural powers. I'm getting tired of supernatural chicks in leather who kick ass (though that doesn't mean I'm not counting the days until LKH's Skin Trade is out, even if it centers around Edward and not my beloved Jean-Claude). Ciara is just the right amount of sass. She is smart and creative.
The other thing that was great was Ciara's relationship with her father. I'm not going to get spoilery, so I'll just leave it at that.(less)
OMG OMG OMG!!!! This book is the reason I came up with six stars.
I love Sookie, she is one of my favorite female protagonists. She has just the right...moreOMG OMG OMG!!!! This book is the reason I came up with six stars.
I love Sookie, she is one of my favorite female protagonists. She has just the right amount of supernatural abilities combined with just the right amount of struggles with that power. Her life is hugely out of her control, yet she manages to fight for what little she can have.
I love Eric. He is one of my three favorite vampires (the others being Thomas Raith from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Quinn from Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series). The reason I started watching True Blood was Eric is cast perfectly. I LOVE Eric even more in this book. He has grown more than Sookie, which is pretty amazing for a vampire.
One of the nice things about this book is since all Sookie books were back on the NYTimes Bestseller list, the book wasn't bogged down by retelling what happened in other books. Harris brought up lots of stuff that happened in other books to grow the seeds planted earlier, not to give us backstory.
And boy do those seeds grow. We all know that Bill loves her (despite how they met) and is willing to lay down his life for her. We also know through what happened with Quinn that she needs to be the most important person in her man's life. She also believes Eric will always be number one in his life, which puts him out of the running.
or does it?
This book plants the seeds of doubt about Eric's self-centeredness and how he feels about Sookie. If I didn't love Eric already, I would now.
The question I was left with was what about Sookie attracts Eric? Whatever it is happens pre Dead to the World when Sookie finds Eric running naked with no memory. I can't wait for him to tell Sookie what he feels and why in later books. (less)