This is really a 2.5* but since it's better than 2* I bumped it up. It includes two stories - The Awakening and Wild Rain, and creates the story of th...moreThis is really a 2.5* but since it's better than 2* I bumped it up. It includes two stories - The Awakening and Wild Rain, and creates the story of the Leopard People. I think I may have finally found a Feehan series I don't plan on continuing.(less)
Loved it! This did not seem quite a 5* book as I was reading it, but by the time I got to the end I couldn't remember why! There's lots of conflict in...moreLoved it! This did not seem quite a 5* book as I was reading it, but by the time I got to the end I couldn't remember why! There's lots of conflict in this book - between the main characters and between the races. Dorian and Ashaya had lots of issues to deal with before they could accept their attraction and growing feelings for each other. Dorian has to deal with his rage and hate for all-things-Psy because of the brutal murder of his younger sister by a Psy sociopath; Ashaya has to deal with the possessive love of a sociopathic twin sister while she's protecting her young son from the Council and from her twin. And as their feelings for each other become more intense, Dorian's latent leopard tries more and more to emerge. It's this tortured aspect of Dorian's nature and the way he deals with it that has been so appealing.
As if the conflict between Psy and Changelings wasn't enough, Singh has thrown a 3rd race into the equation, with the inclusion of the Human Alliance as major players. Tired of being considered the insignificant human race, the Alliance plans to take advantage of the growing breakdown in Psy Silence. More than a conflict between two races, this could now grow into total, winner-take-all global war.
I loved the journal/email entries at the beginning of chapters - they were a nice way to fill in details that could have bogged the story down if they'd been written into the ongoing story.
this is a partial review - am in the middle of too many things right now to do justice to a full review, so just posting my thoughts on Mercy and Rile...morethis is a partial review - am in the middle of too many things right now to do justice to a full review, so just posting my thoughts on Mercy and Riley
I got so-o-o frustrated with Mercy - both her grandmother and her mother were strong females who figured out how to still be a take-charge person and share a life with a mate, but Mercy was still convinced she had to go it alone because giving even a little bit would be disastrous. I did like the resolution Singh provided for the only real problem I could see to their mating - and Riley just kept coming up with such sweet surprises!
Zane is the perfect bad-boy-you've-gotta-love. We know from The Smoke Thief why Zane is such a consummate thief and why he trusts no one (except Lia's...moreZane is the perfect bad-boy-you've-gotta-love. We know from The Smoke Thief why Zane is such a consummate thief and why he trusts no one (except Lia's mother Rue). And it's easy to understand why he keeps giving Lia the cold shoulder - he understands perfectly what horror awaits any human who messes with dragon girls. And that leads to Lia's other problem - her dragon powers have not fully developed; she can't Turn to smoke and she can't fly; what's the fun in being a dragon if you can't fly?! She does dream, tho, and the future she sees for herself and her family is not reassuring - can she change it? Can she trust Zane? Can Zane learn to trust Lia? They'll find out when they (reluctantly) join forces to find the Draumr diamond - Lia knows it must be destroyed; Zane wants the money he's been promised for bringing it back.
I love the dragon world that Shana Abé has created, and she expands it beautifully in this book. She creates beautiful mind pictures of dragons in flight - makes you want to look up to try to see one flying and looping through the sky. Will definitely be reading the next one: Queen of Dragons(less)
Dev Santos is the director of Shine, the organization dedicated to protecting the Forgotten. Dev is one of the Forgotten and has an affinity for machi...moreDev Santos is the director of Shine, the organization dedicated to protecting the Forgotten. Dev is one of the Forgotten and has an affinity for machines; he can 'read' machines, and since he 'draws' metal when he does so, his friends & family are concerned that he will eventually become too cold, emotionless. Enter Katya, the Psy scientist who was thought to have died in the explosion of the lab where she worked. But when she shows up unconscious and battered on Dev's doorstep, he takes her in - reluctantly at first (she is Psy, after all), and when she regains consciousness and claims amnesia, everyone rightly fears she's a Psy spy, out to kill Dev or infiltrate Shine. So what does Dev do? He cares for her, of course. Gotta love him for that, and when others wanted to lock her away to protect the Forgotten from her, soft-hearted Dev couldn't bear the thought of locking her up after all she'd already endured. So what does he do?! Takes her along with him to Shine and other areas where she could cause trouble (she has remembered what Ming LeBon did to her mind, and that his implanted compulsions could cause her to harm Dev & others). Dev was in love, I got that, but he was also responsible for the safety of a lot of others, and he completely ignored that responsibility in this instance. For that reason, I removed one star from my rating. Because I really did love this book. It was really all about The Forgotten, and it now places them on a par with the Changelings and the Psy, and adds another strong element to the conflict between Psy and Changelings.
I absolutedly loved the letters from a mother to her son (who turned out to be Dev's grandfather). The letters helped explain the exodus of some Psy from the Silence Protocol, the very Psy who are the ancestors of The Forgotten.
The ending was to-cry-for, and I did! Now I want more of Keenan and Noor!!(less)
After being less than impressed with the first two books in the Leopard series, I was reluctant to read this one, even after I picked it up for a song...moreAfter being less than impressed with the first two books in the Leopard series, I was reluctant to read this one, even after I picked it up for a song. Well, I was wrong!! And I'll grab up the next one, hoping that Feehan continues the series in this vein.
OK, now that you've heard the commercial, on to this story: Jake Bannaconni is a rich, powerful guy who finds pleasure in ruining other rich and powerful people. Since the book begins with the vicious abuse he received from his parents all through his growing-up years, it's easy enough to understand why he enjoys bringing other down. When you then realize that he's only bringing down those who have been in cahoots with the enemy (aka his parents), or are cruel/crooked in their own way, you begin wanting him to ruin them all. And when you learn that he helps the misfits and abused and cast-offs and finds positions for them on his ranch and in his businesses - well, your heart just melts. When he took Emma in, though, he got a lot more than he bargained for, and that's exactly what this reader wanted.
I'm hoping that Drake's story is next, but I'll also be OK with Joshua's story, or even Connor's. (less)
I always find it hard to rate an anthology, because inevitably I really like some and really don't like others, and that holds true here. On the stren...moreI always find it hard to rate an anthology, because inevitably I really like some and really don't like others, and that holds true here. On the strength of Christine Feehan's Dark Hunger, tho, I give this an overall 3.5*
Christine Feehan's Dark Hunger gets a strong 4* - loved Riordan & Juliette & looking forward to stories about Jasmine & Solange Maggie Shayne's Upyr story gets a weak 3* Emma Holly's cute story gets 3.5* just because it was so cute Angela Knight's Mageverse is definitely not for me - just 2* there & won't be continuing that series(less)
It's nice to know that vampires can't come back as ghost once they're definitely dead! I knew i was liking this book more than the previous ones in the...moreIt's nice to know that vampires can't come back as ghost once they're definitely dead! I knew i was liking this book more than the previous ones in the series when I got really involved in the story well before the halfway mark, thus my 4* rating. And in this book I may have found a good reason for continuing the Sookie series! I found the earlier books to be easy reads, but of the I-can-take-them-or-leave-them variety. But this one got me more involved for a variety of reasons - Sookie went to New Orleans and I could relate to that, altho I may never listen to New Orleans jazz in the same way again, since she states that many of those musicians can't see the light of day. And I liked seeing more of and learning more about Claudine, who turns out to be Sookie's fairy godmother. I got a good laugh when Sookie asks, 'You mean things could have been worse?!' Mainly, tho, I think it was because of Quinn! (less)