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
This was a Vaginal Fantasy book that I picked up to read on a road trip where I was trying to fit in several short audiobooks. I knew from reviewsLOL.
This was a Vaginal Fantasy book that I picked up to read on a road trip where I was trying to fit in several short audiobooks. I knew from reviews from other VF readers that it would be bad, and it was. I almost gave it one stars, but I upped it to two because it was definitely entertaining.
There could have been some really neat things done with this book, the world building truly had potential. The Trivators are aliens sent to planets deemed ready for first-contact with the intention of bringing them into The Alliance (an interplanetary governing body of sorts). This doesn't go well for Earth and leaves the planet in an apocalyptic state.
There was a huge lack of character AND relationship development in this book. The heroine, Jesse, goes from "I hate you" to "I'm so in love with you" in the span of one kiss. Jesse and her sisters seemed to integrate too easily with the culture of the Trivators, when this could have been a really interesting clash to explore.
Rather than one cohesive story, this book felt like watching four back to back episodes of a sitcom. If the events of the book had been cut in half and the building of character relationships increased to fill the pages, it might have been a decent book. ...more
And Courtney Milan does it again. Seriously, I love her.
It's difficult to write a novella that does a good job of developing character and I felt UnloAnd Courtney Milan does it again. Seriously, I love her.
It's difficult to write a novella that does a good job of developing character and I felt Unlocked excelled at it. Even though the novella takes place within a short window of time, you really get to know these characters and the way their personalities have developed since they were young.
A good quick read and completely stand alone from the other books in the Turner series. ...more
This book centers around Sieh, the God of Children and Tricks. I loved Sieh in the first two books, but he makes for a really difficult character to like. He tries to be mature; he is, after all, the oldest of all the godlings. But his nature as the god of children keeps him immature and indecisive, I wanted to slap him half the time.
My biggest problem with the book was the confusion, 80% of the time when a transition happened I had NO idea what was going on. Some confusion was understandably part of the story, it being written in the first person it makes no sense to divulge things that Sieh does not know, but some of the things he did know came across as vague to the readers.
The best part of this book was the short story at the end that wraps up the Oree/Tempa arc from The Broken Kingdoms. It was only a few pages and was way more fun to read than the book itself. ...more