Note: I listened to the audiobook of Soulless, and I'll be continuing with the books in physical form. See comments at the end on the narrator.
In a sNote: I listened to the audiobook of Soulless, and I'll be continuing with the books in physical form. See comments at the end on the narrator.
In a steampunked Victorian England we have vampires, werewolves, scientific intrigue, and preternaturals - being who can negate the powers of a supernatural being. It is rare to see this many genres and ideas fused together so seamlessly, but Carriger's world is thoughtfully crafted to ensure that the components mesh very well.
The narrative is written with a Victorian flair that really brings out the setting of the story, and the characters are well-crafted.
I loved reading about Alexia. It was refreshing to have a 26 year old heroine, in a world where many heroines are in their teenage years. Not only that, but she clever, independent and not afraid to speak her mind.
My only qualm with the story was in the romance. It seemed forced and childish (in the we're-five-years-old-and-are-going-to-hit-each-other-on-the-playground-to-show-that-we-have-a-crush-on-each-other way) to me. I liked where the relationship went in the end, but it didn't seem like a believable path for the relationship to take. Ah well...
I'll definitely be continuing on with the series, I'm excited to see where the next book takes us.
The Audiobook was... okay. The majority of the narration was in Emily Gray's native English accent, and it was fantastic. She has a very high air that was appropriate for the writing style and the novel itself.
However, Lord Maccon's Scottish and Mr. MacDougall's American accent made me cringe every time they spoke. To be fair, I seem to have a problem with all audiobook narrators who use American accents and I also just listened to Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber - the narrator of these books has a fantastic Scottish accent, so maybe I'm a bit spoiled? Either way, I think I'll be continuing with this series in book form....more
I finally got around to continuing with this series and I was not disappointed. Carriger has a great wry, yet matter-of-factAudiobook Notes at the End
I finally got around to continuing with this series and I was not disappointed. Carriger has a great wry, yet matter-of-fact, sense of humor that I adore. Felicity and Ivy being so matter-of-factly oblivious to everything happening around them made me giggle every time and I love the interaction between Alexia and Conall.
This book brings us more into the world of the Parasol Protectorate - there is more super/preternatural lore as well as more character background. It, however, has an extremely shocking cliffhanger ending. I definitely sympathize with the characters and their reactions to the situation - but seriously, the cliffhanger is intense. I plan on picking up the next book as soon as possible.
A minor issue I had was that Alexia and Conall always referred to each other as "Husband" and "Wife." Not in the "she's my wife" type of way, but in the "Oh please, husband, please stop" or "What were you saying, wife?" It may have been that the audiobook inadvertently emphasized this but it really irked me for some reason.
Audiobook Notes: After the first book in the series, I had sworn off the audio versions. Then I ended up with extra Audible credits and bought Changeless. Emily Gray is growing on me. I'm still not sold on her accents - her American accent from Soulless made me cringe and her Scottish seems awkward. But I love her as the voice of Alexia. Even though the books are written in the third person, I can really feel Alexia in the narration....more
Timeless was a good wrap-up to the series, though it wasn't my favorite of the five.
I appreciated that Carriger addressed the issue of Alexia's mortaTimeless was a good wrap-up to the series, though it wasn't my favorite of the five.
I appreciated that Carriger addressed the issue of Alexia's mortality and Conall's immortality, I haven't seen many paranormal romances that take that into account without converting the other one to immortality - so it was refreshing.
I'm sad that it's ending but am looking forward to The Parasol Protectorate Abroad series and hope that even though PPA doesn't appear to be staying in London that we get to see a glimpse of where some of our favorite characters have ended up (*cough*biffy*cough*)....more
Firelight was another book I picked up on a whim recently and really enjoyed. It's the first book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series and I beFirelight was another book I picked up on a whim recently and really enjoyed. It's the first book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series and I believe her debut novel. I was quite impressed.
The prose was well written and to the point, the romance was believable and well-developed and she gives us a unique paranormal being through Archer (I never would have guessed what he was).
Miranda was a great head-strong and no-nonsense kind of girl all the while still having her own past to reconcile with and Archer, while still somewhat of an alpha male, was a refreshingly subdued male lead.
I'm not yet sure if I'll continue with the series, I normally don't feel an attachment to romance series that focus on different couples in each book, but I am intrigued by Callihan's world and may continue with the series....more
I'm glad a waited a bit to review this book - the more I think about it, the less I like about it.
At first read it was a quick, fun read. I would haveI'm glad a waited a bit to review this book - the more I think about it, the less I like about it.
At first read it was a quick, fun read. I would have read it all in one sitting if I hadn't been sitting down at midnight each time I started to read. The Wardens themselves are an interesting new take on paranormal. With a mixture of legitimate science and magic, they protect the people of Earth from the weather Mother Nature creates. The Wardens are integrated into contemporary society which give the novel a believable edge. So - it had great potential. Let's look at the downfalls:
1. Timeline Caine relies overmuch on flashbacks in this novel and it didn't work. I found it difficult to put together a cohesive timeline leading up to the events of the novel and when I did think I had an idea of the timeline another flashback totally changed it. Overall it had a very disorienting effect.
2. The Relationship The relationship focus in this book is not, by any stretch of the means, well written. It jumps from lust to love confession unexpectedly and in no time flat. It almost seems like the book was originally a straight paranormal book that someone decided needed a romantic flair - so a romance was stuffed in around the edges with no real content.
3. Loose Ends I understand that this is the first book in a series of nine, but there were so many plot points introduced in this book that weren't wrapped up. I feel like some of the might have been better cut from this book and inserted into later books in the series when the information was more pertinent.
There are a lot of things I didn't enjoy about this book - but it wasn't until I thought about it and discussed it that these things really came out. It's a great option for a light, fluffy read and I'm shelving the series as a potential series to continue once my TBR list is a bit more manageable. ...more
I want to start by throwing it out there that since Dead to the World (Book #4) I was totally rooting for Eric, but I'm not disappointed in the changeI want to start by throwing it out there that since Dead to the World (Book #4) I was totally rooting for Eric, but I'm not disappointed in the changes to their relationship in this book and I'm okay with the ending. The main reason I'm only giving this two stars is because I felt like the book itself was poorly written.
Here are my thoughts on the ending:
(view spoiler)[Before Eric was really in the picture as anyone other than the creepy vampire sheriff that wanted to use Sookie to his own gain, I preferred Sam over Bill for Sookie. I do like Eric, but I don't think Eric and Sookie would have worked long term. I can't deny that he cared about her, but I think his old fashioned viking-virtues would have made Sookie a prisoner in their relationship. He thought he knew best and would have forced his decisions (i.e. turning her, moving her to and hiding her in Oklahoma) onto her without a second thought. It wouldn't have been a HEA for her.
Sam has always been the one in the background, being supporting of Sookie and helping her when he was able. They've always had a close relationship and I think they've both always felt some sort of mutual attraction, even if they didn't act on it. Sam also has the added benefit of not being mixed up in supernatural politics in the same way that Bill, Alcide, Quinn and Eric are. Sookie has had a lot of terrible things happen to her since she got involved with the supernaturals and I think she deserves to be with someone that's going to give her a little more predictable of a life. (hide spoiler)]
Now that I've got out my thoughts about the end of the series, I'm going to talk about this book on it's own. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I didn't feel like the book was done.
The cameos from all the characters throughout the series who came back to stand with Sookie seemed like filler to make up for the lack of story. I almost felt like nothing really happened in the book, it was much slower-paced than others in the series.
The development of Sookie's overall relationship status was awkward. True, it was an awkward situation all round, but it just seemed poorly done from the writing side of things.
It was poorly edited. I don't know if Harris was too close to the deadline and didn't get enough proofreading in or what, but I caught several glaring typos where words were literally missing from sentences - and that really irks me.
So, overall, I'm okay with where the series ended up but I'm not happy with this book on it's own. Even though I didn't LOVE the other books or think they were overly literary, I found them fun fluff reads and this book disappointed that expectation.
I picked up Siren's Call on a whim - I wasn't expecting much, but I was pretty blown away.
Siren's Call seemed more fantasy than romance to me. There wI picked up Siren's Call on a whim - I wasn't expecting much, but I was pretty blown away.
Siren's Call seemed more fantasy than romance to me. There was definitely some steam in the romance, but there was a lot of good world-building behind the Mer civilization and I felt like the emphasis was there rather than on the relationship.
The relationship itself was one of the more realistic romances I've read and the male was not at all an alpha (though, if I'm getting picky, he could have used a little bit more of a backbone).
Definitely recommended, especially for Vaginal Fantasy fans!...more
I'm not sure what made me pick up this book - other than it fit a challenge I needed a quick read for. It was formula romance TO A T - lust at first sI'm not sure what made me pick up this book - other than it fit a challenge I needed a quick read for. It was formula romance TO A T - lust at first sight that turns into love. Bad boy, good girl. Meh.
I'm giving this book an iffy 3 stars. It wasn't a bad book - it just wasn't my cup of tea (or jar of brains).
I felt like this book wanted to be a moreI'm giving this book an iffy 3 stars. It wasn't a bad book - it just wasn't my cup of tea (or jar of brains).
I felt like this book wanted to be a more adult coming-of-age story, but wasn't. Angel's life is a mess - she can't keep a job, she's a drug addict, a felon, and a high school drop out. She's given a second chance complete with a good job and a means to survive - but it's all handed to her. By the end of the story I didn't believe that she had grown from the experience.
The story was a bit on the predictable side. I had Angel's zombie "maker" pegged the moment they were introduced in the book and that irked me.
The lore behind Rowland's zombies is creative and I definitely appreciated her unique approach - but it didn't do it for me in the zombie department. Something about the self-aware zombie just doesn't seem right to me.
I'll throw the sequel on my maybe one rainy day list - but I'm not really drawn to read it....more