Kate Daniels' life couldn't be more perfect. She's finally her own boss and doesn't have to...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
Kate Daniels' life couldn't be more perfect. She's finally her own boss and doesn't have to take orders from anyone, Julie is as safe as she can be and Kate has a cuddly lion to come home to each night. Too bad no one has hired her since Cutting Edge Investigations opened, Julie mailed herself to escape school and Curran still is himself, His Overbearance. The monotony doesn't last long, however. Kate receives an odd call from Ghastek requesting her to intercept a loose vampire because the woman controlling it fainted. Suspicious, yes. Kate discovers this is only the beginning of the odd occurrences when an old 'friend' from the Red Guard offers her a job to find a man that she can't say anything about and the device he was building that she doesn't know what its purpose was.
Coming down off the amazingness that was the previous book, I was honestly going into this book with low expectations because what could possibly surpass Magic Bleeds?! I was right in my assumption that this book couldn't beat its predecessor but wrong in thinking that this would effect my enjoyment. This book was wonderful and I'm already eagerly anticipating whatever Ilona Andrews has in store for us next.
I loved all of the progress we saw in this book especially in relationships and character growth. Following Kate and Curran's relationship was been a true joy and I thought this was a great start to a contented togetherness between them. There were so many times when I stopped reading to think 'wow, Kate/Curran would never have said/done this in the first few books!' I loved them when they were apart, but both truly shine when they're together. Another step forward I was happy to see was Kate's business, Cutting Edge Investigations. I was a little worried about it because I love seeing Kate's defiance and fury when dealing with superiors but having her own business brought so many new issues for her to handle that I never had a chance to miss the old.
I'm a sucker for the secondary characters in this series and was sooo excited for their return. I was even more excited with the mentions of events in Magic Bleeds that carried over into this book with those secondary characters. You can't tell me you weren't dying to know if Curran exacted revenge on Saiman for his stunts at the last Conclave meeting or where Andrea disappeared to.
Magic Slays is a wonderful addition to an addicting series. The writing, characters and story are consistently fabulous. I simply couldn't have enjoyed the book more. I dare you to find a series with wittier and more clever dialogue than this one, enjoy wasting your time.(less)
This series is freakin' wonderful. I have to admit that I don't read it not for the clever and intense cases, but instead for the character interactio...moreThis series is freakin' wonderful. I have to admit that I don't read it not for the clever and intense cases, but instead for the character interactions. This was a great book for those since Mavis was so involved. While I love Peabody, Feeney, Dr. Mira etc... it is Eve and Roarke's romance that makes this book deserve five stars. We really got to see them progress in this book and I loved every minute of it.
Can't wait to continue my reread journey through these books! They're just as wonderful the second time and I find myself still giggling out loud at certain parts.
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Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3½ stars.
As much as I adore these detectives, this book definitely wasn't one of my favorites. I lo...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3½ stars.
As much as I adore these detectives, this book definitely wasn't one of my favorites. I love the new ND and HB series (Nancy Drew Girl Detective and Undercover Brothers) but this book was a tough read for me. The interactions between the two groups seemed forced so I didn't care for the dialogue. Then the actual case solving frustrated me as well. I don't think there was a single instance where Nancy or Frank/Joe didn't get caught snooping and some famous musician would come to their rescue. While this book wasn't on par with many of the others I've read, I did still enjoy it. I especially liked reading their impressions of one another ("Tall, Dark and Studly" Ned, haha. Poor Joe doesn't stand a chance).(less)
Let me start off this by saying that I don't like science fiction in general (tv, movies, b...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
Let me start off this by saying that I don't like science fiction in general (tv, movies, books... yuck), it just doesn't hold my interest and more often than not it makes me think 'what complete trash.' That said, I adore X-Men. I only picked up this book after seeing the trailer for it on TV which made me compare it to my favorite superheroes. I'm really glad that I did buy and read the book. And I'm even more excited to go see the movie now.
The beginning of the book started off rough for me. The writing was awkward and robotic. Four was sorta lame and the book clearly has an environmental agenda (not a bad thing but I don't think it was well done in the beginning). I kept trucking along though because I hate not finishing books. Then suddenly, a little less than halfway in, the book became intense and a million times better, I couldn't put it down. I read over 300 pages in one sitting.
The ending... I'm not sure what to say about that and the preview for the next book really worries me. I don't want the next book to be from the POV of another character. There were many loose ends left with Four, I want to see those tied up first.(less)
I couldn't have even begun to imagine a more heartwarming and amusing story than Judith and...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
I couldn't have even begun to imagine a more heartwarming and amusing story than Judith and Iain's. Everything about this book was absolutely perfect. I loved all of the characters and loved to hate the villains. I'm amazed at how quickly each character stole my heart. Many of the minor characters, who only had their say for a few characters, manged to carve a place for themselves too.
The relationships were really what made this book. My favorite obviously being Judith and Iain's. I loved how sweet it was but at the same time it was fiery and banter filled. I also adored Judith and Frances Catherine's friendship as well as the odd friendship between Judith and Brodick (so funny).
I never picked up this book expecting it to make me laugh, especially not laugh out loud. Judith was an amazing character to read about and she always kept me laughing. The responses she drew from other characters were always amusing. My favorites were usually when she was purposely making Iain or Brodick mad.
I'm always wary before reading a medieval historical romance because of the extra religious nature they tend to pick up as well as the anti-women attitude some characters have. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance despite my misgivings. I thought Garwood did an amazing job with these common medieval values. She included them but they were never overbearing or tedious.
I love reading historicals but after about a year I find that they tend to blend together with the others I've read. The Secret is memorable, and while an hour hasn't even pasted yet, I don't see myself forgetting this wonderful story any time soon.(less)
I want to start off with the positives since if affected my rating of the book more: First...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
I want to start off with the positives since if affected my rating of the book more: First off, the storyline was amazing. It was incredibly interesting and I didn't find a single dull moment. Second, the creatures. Moning's sidhe-seers and fae are so unique from any other book I've read. It was refreshing and a lot of fun to experience something new. Lastly, the world Moning created. I could picture everything and that is really important to immersing yourself in a book. Honestly, I would read the whole series just to experience the world in these books.
On the other hand I have two major complaints; I didn't like either of the main characters and the way the book was written irritated me. To start off, let me just say that I feel Mac will eventually grow on me but I was expecting a hugely different person when I began reading. I expecting a kick-ass chick who'd be witty and humorous (yeah, yeah ie any heroine from other urban fantasy books). Mac... isn't really any of these things. Things meant to be funny just seemed whiny. I'm completely okay with her incompetence, I think it's fun to see her grow but even at the end of the book she's willing to give up. Next up, Barrons. What an asshole! I don't get anyone's attraction to him at this point. Okay, so he was marginally likable by the end of the book but I can't forget all of the nasty things he's done leading up to that. Am I just spoiled because I've read so many books that have insanely amazing male leads? I'm not asking for perfection, I'd just like one or two redeeming qualities. And now for the styling of the book: I don't like having the narrator spoil the end of the book for me or really any other parts of the books. Mac was constantly telling us "I didn't know it then but..." and fill in some major plot point there that ruins a scene several chapters later.
All that said, I did enjoy the book. It didn't live up to my expectations but I will continue reading the series because it is still worth it. I hope Mac and Barrons at least become less of a problem for me, I really want to like them.(less)
It's not often that I finish a book and think “I need to read this again!” Angels' Blood wa...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
It's not often that I finish a book and think “I need to read this again!” Angels' Blood was an absolute pleasure to read, I was swept away. This series will definitely be on my 'must buy' list which not many books receive the honor of, simply because I read so much each year.
I fell madly in love with all of the characters. Elena was a perfect heroine to read about; a traumatic past that makes you want to hug her, a fierce heart that causes her fight for her friends and adopted family, a smart ass tinged with kindness personality, and a general aura of awesomeness that leaves her kicking the bad guys to the curb. I loved how honest her point of view was, especially when it came to Raphael. I loved that we could see that she wasn't sugarcoating her view of him from the beginning thus letting us see how her view of him changed throughout their relationship and the book. Raphael is easily one of my favorite love interests out of all the books I've read. I loved that we saw things from his point of view occasionally, most urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors don't do that. I think it really helped the reader see him evolve. And I honestly think I might have combusted from his sexiness combined with the ending of the book.
So adult paranormal romance has to have love scenes right? And holy smokes did Singh deliver. It's been a while since I've read anything that unique and scorching hot. It wasn't just the actual scene that made the book sensual. The arguing and banter throughout the book was like foreplay and, I have to say, it was a lot of fun to read.
The violence and gore in this book was a lot more graphic than I had anticipated. It didn't bother me at all, I actually thought it added a lot to the world building as it had a realness and gritty feel. However, I would steer younger readers away from this book because of it. Continuing my topic of world building, I thought an angel ruled Manhattan was an amazingly done world. Singh snuck so many details into the action and conversations it became an easily visualized place. Her angels and vampires were amazing too, unique and so much fun to read about.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I'm totally kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Angels' Blood is a great example of the genre and any new readers would get a great taste with this book. Aficionados would be blown away by its uniqueness.(less)
This book was a quick, fun, and light read. It didn't have much substance but I wasn't hopi...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
This book was a quick, fun, and light read. It didn't have much substance but I wasn't hoping for any. Laurie had me laughing out loud at certain parts and commending her on many of her witty and sarcastic remarks. I really enjoyed the writing style and feel of this book. It was fast paced without being overwhelming and the subject of a psychic detective never felt contrived or unrealistic.
I enjoyed all of Laurie's characters. Abby grew on me quite quickly. She was funny, caring and in a little over her head, which I always find fun when paired with humor. She had a great voice that kept me interested and chowing down chapters. I especially loved Abby's interactions with other characters. Her budding relationship with Dutch was the highlight but I also really enjoyed the interactions she had with her sister, Cat. I can't wait to see the Abby/Dutch relationship furthered in future books. Getting to know and trust one another was funny in this book but I can't wait to see a true partnership form between them (both professionally and personally).
Usually I don't mention any author information in my reviews but I felt this was too relevant not too. Victoria Laurie is a real life police psychic. While my personal opinion is that that's a load of hoo-ha, I couldn't help but think how how cool it was that she made a cozy mystery out of her life. I think she did a great job touching on preconceptions people have and treating them with humor and levity. I think if more psychics had her attitude and approach, my image of a psychic wouldn't be Professor Trelawney.(less)