The summary for "Fate Bound" describes a unique and interesting plot. Yet, the reviews were mixed. Either people really liked this read or they reallyThe summary for "Fate Bound" describes a unique and interesting plot. Yet, the reviews were mixed. Either people really liked this read or they really didn't enjoy it. So, I decided to read it for myself and decide.
Yes. The plot is unique and had great potential; however, the author was in too big of a hurry and didn't take sufficient time to properly world build, provide sufficient characterization or do the initial work necessary to allow readers to truly feel invested into the story and characters. I often found myself with more questions than answers and it definitely interfered with my reading enjoyment. For example, what happens to the werewolves clothes when they shift and if they shift naked what is the main character, Ava, feeling when she shifts for the first time.
Next, the action scenes were almost comical since they consisted of less than a paragraph. This is just one more example of how the author rushes through the tale. In the end, the reader is left with a mediocre read with a mediocre to boring ending that certainly doesn't make me want to move forward in this series. Oh, I have to say that the so called romance between the two main characters is so tepid that I found myself yawning. Needless to say I won't move on with this series and it is truly sad because it had so much potential!...more
While I'll freely admit that I am enjoying the Legacy series, I must say that I am disappointed with "Obsidian Magic." This installment was a big teasWhile I'll freely admit that I am enjoying the Legacy series, I must say that I am disappointed with "Obsidian Magic." This installment was a big tease and did nothing to move the plot along. As a matter of fact, this book is simply the spiraling over and over again of two scenes 1. Livy looking for and confronting Connor ( at least three times) and 2. Livy and Gareth having near misses in moving forward with their attraction towards one another ( at least four times). I found myself looking at the percentage read on my Kindle to see if I was somehow rereading a previous section.
There is so much that the author could have addressed that was left hanging: - Why hasn't Livy told Gareth that Connor wants her to be his baby's momma? -What does Gareth's mother think of his attraction to Livy? -What's up with Kalen and Blu? Unfortunately, she keeps spiraling those same two scenes like we didn't get it the first or second time! Sorry Ms. Hunter but stop stalling and trying to extend the series into more books than needed. Just tell the story and move the plot forward before we lose interest....more
First and foremost let me say that my rating of this book has more to do with my prejudices about mistakes women make, lack of respect for themselvesFirst and foremost let me say that my rating of this book has more to do with my prejudices about mistakes women make, lack of respect for themselves and the overuse of rape in books by women authors who don't deal with the resulting aftermath than the writing. With that being said, I've often felt that as women we can be our own worse enemy. We sleep with men who are married justifying it by saying his wife doesn't understand him and when he turns around and does it to us we are surprise. Additionally, we allow men to call us degrading names such as bitch and see no problem with it! Then, some women authors write about the degradation of a woman's body and soul through the callousness of rape without writing about the painful aftermath and the healing process. "Undeniable" is all of this. Yes, I realize the author warned us that this is not your typical romance and that most reviewers have this book high ratings; however, I'm saying that this book was not for me because it went against the grain of everything I believe the including underage sex. Wow, I sound like a pride but oh well, that is The way I feel. The writing is good, the characters are interesting but I couldn't get past too many things. Therefore, read this for yourself and decide....more
What can you say about a book that has all the right ingredients for success but fails to deliver due to in effective plot and character development?What can you say about a book that has all the right ingredients for success but fails to deliver due to in effective plot and character development? Sadly, that is the problem with "Bloodshot."
Raylene is a vampire who takes on odd jobs stealing back homemade porno videos for owners or other interesting tidbits. Then she gets a call from a blind vamp, Ian Stott who had been taken prisoner by the military where he was experimented upon in Project Bloodshot until he managed to escape. Now that the project has been disbanded, Ian wants Raylene to recover medical records from the experiment that he can hopefully use to restore his eyesight.
Raylene takes on the job and begins research until she accidentally sets off a security protocol in the government's system that puts her, the kids who are squatting at her warehouse, and Ian under attack. Ian wasn't the only vamp experimented upon which leads Raylene straight to a drag queen, Sister Rose, whose own sister had been abducted. Together they work to ferret out information about the people behind the experiments. The only question is who is the spider in this web of intrigue and who is the fly?
There were aspects to this story I truly enjoyed but they were overshadowed by the glaring things that went wrong. First, there was way too much main character thinking out loud and not enough dialogue amongst characters. Next, it was hard to feel any chemistry between Ian and Raylene because they rarely have any scenes together and the character of Ian really isn't developed very well. Lastly, there was very little action in the read until the very end. The aspects of the read that I really enjoyed were underutilized like scenes with the kids and more of Sister Rose. There is just one more book in this series and at this point I'm not sure whether or not I will read it. It's truly a shame because these characters had so much potential. Read it for yourself and decide....more
When I first read the summary for "Double-Sided Magic" I quite honestly wasn't sure what to think it whether or not I would enjoy it. However, the posWhen I first read the summary for "Double-Sided Magic" I quite honestly wasn't sure what to think it whether or not I would enjoy it. However, the positive reviews was the deciding factor for me and I decided to give the book a try. I enjoyed this read tremendously even though the writing was rather unpolished and a little awkward.
Olivia "Levy" Michaels is a Legacy, a race of magical beings that was nearly wiped clean from existence in the Cleanse. She hides her identity and from time to time is confronted by hunters who seek to execute her for being alive. Fortunately, Levy's parents taught her how to protect herself and conceal her identity including her now fictitious name.
When Levy and her boss are ask to bid on a magical spear at an auction for a wealthy client, she is shocked to find that this is a neco-spear and has the ability to stop shifters from shifting, Rob her of her magic as well as kill her. Before she an her employer even reach his vehicle, they are attacked by two vampires who seem to be controlled by a necromancer. Levy is not only interviewed by the Paranormal Police but by the head of the new owner of the weapon, Gareth. It seems that the sexy shifter is also in the council.
Soon, Levy is implicated in a crime she didn't commit and is held custody until the matter is dismissed. Now she is working with Gareth to solve the ongoing crimes and she finds herself in the middle of mystery that will reveal that there may be other Legacies out there who may be risking more than just revealing her true identity.
I really enjoyed this read but found the writing awkward and clumsy. The author is not very detailed oriented and make odd references and comments to things I never figured out. Truthfully it didn't interfere too much with my reading enjoyment and I find myself eager to go on to the next book in this series. Check it out. It is definitely an interesting and creative read....more
Wow! Of all the Codex Blair books, "Grim Fate" is by far the most exciting. Blair has been informed but the Order that she will stand before them forWow! Of all the Codex Blair books, "Grim Fate" is by far the most exciting. Blair has been informed but the Order that she will stand before them for magical crimes she has committed. It is clear early on that they want nothing more than to put her to death. So, battered and bruised she goes to them where she manages to get a stay of execution by going on series of tests called the Proving. If she manages to survive she can become a Wizard.
Meanwhile, as Blair tries to come to grips with her tenuous status, Malphas is acting strangely and hurting Blair with each encounter. She so avoids Shawn while she comes to the conclusion their relationship is coming to an end. This may very well be a time of change for Blair but new people and skills are also emerging.
There is plenty of tension, action and excitement in this read. However, I am not sure that I like where the series is heading on the romantic front but I will take a wait and see approach. Before you ask, "No. I will not reveal any spoilers." One thing for sure, Ms. Shows does not adhere to the tried and true like other authors and because of it we are constantly left guessing....more
After reading a string of mediocre books "Dancing With the Devil" was a wonderful treat! The characters were vivid and engaging and the world buildingAfter reading a string of mediocre books "Dancing With the Devil" was a wonderful treat! The characters were vivid and engaging and the world building was superb.
After living a few years on the streets, Nikki now works as a private investigator for her boss and father like friend, Jake. She has the unique ability of psychometry which her family deemed witchcraft or devil worshipping. So, her father abandoned Hera d her mother but when her mother died no one else would take her.
Nikki has been asked to follow a rich teenage brat, Monica. Monica knows Nikki is being followed but she is leading Nikki into a trap. Nikki hears a voice from a stranger warning her to stay away from the situation but she refuses to heed. Unfortunately, she discovers something she never would expected let alone believe, zombies and one crazy scary vamp who is bound and determined to have her. However, her saving grace is that a Michael, the stranger who attempted to warn her refuses to let this happen.
I enjoyed the intrigue as well as the twists and turns. However, I was shocked at the childlike way Ms. Arthur handles romantic scenes. For an adult read the sex scenes were not quite tepid. Come on Ms. Arthur we are adults and can handle sex in a read!...more