This was Vaginal Fantasy's February read and a free Kindle book... so why not?
I didn't go into it expecting much and I didn't get much out of it. ItThis was Vaginal Fantasy's February read and a free Kindle book... so why not?
I didn't go into it expecting much and I didn't get much out of it. It was a fast, easy read but nothing really stood out about it. I didn't find anything particularly intriguing and the twist at the end was rather obvious.
One thing that really irked me was that early on in the book you find out that the Jade has not been told the whole truth of her ancestry. I understand that this is the first in a series and I understand setting up for big reveals in later books, but the fact that she isn't what she seems is SUCH a focal point in this book that I was actually upset that there was no reveal. ...more
Halfway through the book, I had one of the strangest thoughts I've ever had reading a book: "What the hell is Mercy's personality?" I think this was around the point that she was driving back to her house to stay safe while the strong werewolf men did all the dirty work. Yes, I know that was the smart thing to do and it moved the story forward, but what kick ass urban fantasy heroine let's the guys do all the work?!
The world building left much to be desired. There wasn't anything unique in her werewolves and vampires, which I found disappointing. On the other hand, the idea of the Fae in this universe intrigued me but it wasn't expanded on enough to catch my attention. I wish she would have made werewolf-like and vampire-like Fae creatures and completely ditched the mold.
It kept me entertained, so I can't complain, but it's not a series I'm planning to revisit....more
This was the quirkiest selection of novellas I've ever read. I picked it up because I love The Iron Druid Chronicles. The three stories are tied togetThis was the quirkiest selection of novellas I've ever read. I picked it up because I love The Iron Druid Chronicles. The three stories are tied together by Tyromancy, a form of divination performed by watching cheese curdle. Weird, but it worked.
A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne (5/5) is the first short from The Iron Druid Chronicles. As usual, I loved it. Luke Daniels is the perfect voice for Atticus (and Oberon!) and these characters are always fun to spend time with.
Interlude: Swallow by Chuck Wendig (2/5) is set between book 3 and the forthcoming book 4 in his Miriam Black series. I was immediately intrigued by the attitude of the Miriam, she doesn't take shit from anyone and she has a fabulously foul mouth. However, the foulness was so saturated that halfway through I felt disgusted with it. I also had a hard time following what was going on, it jumped back and forth in time and I think there is a lot of backstory that I'm unfamiliar with. Probably won't continue with this book....more
Dying Bites has the basis of your typical Urban Fantasy with a dash of Alternate Reality thrown into the mix. Jace Valchek is an FBI profiler from ourDying Bites has the basis of your typical Urban Fantasy with a dash of Alternate Reality thrown into the mix. Jace Valchek is an FBI profiler from our world - no supernatural creatures, no magic. That is, until she's pulled into an alternate reality where vampires head the NSA, werewolves are Catholic, golems are "basically human-shaped plastic bags filled with sand" and humans are less than 1% of the population.
I really enjoyed the world building in of this novel. The world she creates has some interesting new layers for some typical paranormal creatures. Her supernaturals are more an evolution of humanity than a predator of humanity (though they are still predatory), her ideas about golems are clever, and she has an answer to vampire procreation (and boy did I not see that coming).
Character wise, it fell flat for me. Jace is dragged into another dimension and medicated with Urthbone (an herbal remedy that helps her stay connected to her new dimension rather than being rejected by it in much the same way a transplant can be rejected by a body). The problem with Urthbone is that it also makes you somewhat empathic, which leads to all kinds of crazy mixed signals, a one-night stand, an almost one-night standing with another guy, and two other hardcore crushes. Just a wee bit excessive, in my opinion. (Also, unfortunate that the one guy I actually liked happened to be the bad guy in disguise.) Jace claims to be independent and self-reliant, but really all she does is freak out when someone else tries to do their job and protect her. Later on, she gives the same someone a lecture about how partners have each other's backs and she wants them to be partners. There were just a lot of little things that irked me here and there.
I'm vaguely interested in what happens next, but mostly in the sense that it's just newly on my mind and I will likely forget all about it after I read the next book and never pick up the sequel. ...more
Kate Daniels has been a name I've heard a lot, and always with glowing recommendations about the series. I'm sad to say, she doesn't do it for me.
TheKate Daniels has been a name I've heard a lot, and always with glowing recommendations about the series. I'm sad to say, she doesn't do it for me.
The world building had some interesting ideas, but I felt a little lost in the world. I listened to a good majority of this on a road trip, so maybe I missed something, but I had to look up some info on the book before I really got the magic/technology relationship.
I didn't really like Kate. I can't quite put my finger on a reason, I just didn't feel as drawn to her as I have to hero/ines from other series.
I've heard the series gets better, but with all the books out there I'd like to read, I think I'll shelve this for a very rainy day....more
This is my favorite (thus far) of all the Jane Yellowrock novels. Due to a busy schedule it took me a few days to get into this book. Once I did, I diThis is my favorite (thus far) of all the Jane Yellowrock novels. Due to a busy schedule it took me a few days to get into this book. Once I did, I did not want to put it down. The book was action packed and, even when you thought there was about to be down time for our heroine, more shit hit the fan. The stakes are raised across the board in Jane's life - professionally, romantically, and in her own understanding of her unique powers.
I wanted to hold off on this book and try not to catch up with the end of the series too fast. It didn't work, the cliffhanger at the end of Death's RI wanted to hold off on this book and try not to catch up with the end of the series too fast. It didn't work, the cliffhanger at the end of Death's Rival was too brutal. I was disappointed that that issue wasn't really addressed in this book.
Eli and Alex make great companions to Jane, and I especially love the banter between Eli and Jane. With the complicated love-triangleshape constantly surrounding Jane, it's a refreshing change to have a grown man who's not interested in her sexually and I love the little de facto family they make.
I like that now that Jane's secret is out of the closet, she has room to be a bit more bad ass.
We find out what Bruiser has become in the wake of the events of Death's Rival, which brings up interesting questions where Jane's future is concerned. We see Rick who, close to the full moon as this book takes place, is not quite in control and is super territorial - in a pretty obnoxious way, imo. Big Evan and Jane get a great scene together, though the rest of the Truebloods have not yet found their way back into Jane's life. We get some more information about the genesis of the vampires and some other interesting tidbits of vampire lore.
This book seems to imply that everything Jane has done until now (since arriving in New Orleans anyway) has led her to this point. It makes me wonder if there's an even bigger wheel that Lucas de Allyon was merely a part of....more
The book before this one left a lot of questions to be answered and I was hoping (and led to hope more from some reviews I read of Death's Rival beforThe book before this one left a lot of questions to be answered and I was hoping (and led to hope more from some reviews I read of Death's Rival before reading) for closure on some points. We did get a lot of forward movement, but there's still a lot left to be answered.
One of my problems with Raven Cursed (Book 4) was that Jane had a huge guilt complex. Everything was her fault and it was presented in a way that made Jane seem uncharacteristically weak. Death's Rival has smoothed out that issue for me. The guilt is still there, but I felt like she had a more proactive guilt instead of the woe-is-me guilt that she had in the last one. It definitely felt more in character for Jane.
I really liked Beast in this book. I've always liked her, but she's always just been along for the ride. Her encounter with Hayyel has definitely made some changes in her and it was interesting to see her act a little more human in her thought processes.
The cliffhanger at the end of this one is brutal. Very interested in where it goes from here, but trying to hold off a bit so I don't get to the end of the series too fast. ...more
I love a good Jane Yellowrock story and Raven Cursed is another solid installment in the series.
I'm really conflicted about what to rate this book, soI love a good Jane Yellowrock story and Raven Cursed is another solid installment in the series.
I'm really conflicted about what to rate this book, so I'm upping it to 4 as a show of good faith for how much I love Jane Yellowrock.
There were a lot of things I loved about Raven Cursed; how the whole "mystery" comes together, the dynamic between Jane and Kemnebi, the grindylow. And there are a lot of mysteries that make you want to come back for more; what is the white wolf? What vampire is after Leo? Was there something else behind the Evie story line? It makes me want to jump right into Death's Rival!
What I didn't like was Jane's constant guilt complex. I get the idea of making her feel remorseful to give her some character, but I wanted to shake her every time she said that things were her fault. Yes, Jane is in the middle of all the goings on, but I wouldn't say anything was directly her fault.
I've read that Jane settles the conflict with her Cherokee and Christian selves in the next book, so I'm hoping that this book's purpose was to be the last stepping stone in getting to the point where she's ready to find those answers and not a sign of what's to come in Jane's development. ...more
Takes place between books 3 and 4. Told from Bruiser's PoV, this is a very short scene where he calls Jane in to investigateRead in Cat o'Nine tales.
Takes place between books 3 and 4. Told from Bruiser's PoV, this is a very short scene where he calls Jane in to investigate something and they end up dancing. Could be a pivotal moment in their overall story, but didn't really have any bearing on book 4....more
This short takes place between Mercy Blade (Book 3) and Raven Cursed (Book 4). Told from Rick's PoV, it chronicles his first full moon as a were-leopard. It fleshes out some of the back story relevant to Rick and Kemnebi's situation at the start of Raven Cursed, but isn't necessary for enjoyment of the series. ...more