This was my first book by Katie MacAlister and I was largely disappointed.
I honestly can't think of a single thing I enjoyed about this book. The heroThis was my first book by Katie MacAlister and I was largely disappointed.
I honestly can't think of a single thing I enjoyed about this book. The heroine, Amy, was so Type A that it hurt to read. The hero, Corbin, came off as a pathetic creeper. There was no real emotional tension or build-up to their relationship; it just happened, in a matter of several in-game days which equates to approximately one hour of real time. The conflict mostly centered around trying to save Corbin from whoever was coming after him, so there was very little room for relationship conflict.
There were too many things in this book that were just ridiculous. I've always heard that MacAlister's books have a good sense of humor, which is why I picked it up, but it didn't come across for me. I felt like the book took itself just a bit too seriously to be considered humorous, if everything had been a bit more exaggerated, I would have liked it better. Maybe I picked a bad introduction to her books?...more
I didn't particularly like anything about this book. I've read a lot of reviews that suggest that Vicky really hits her stride in book 2, but nothingI didn't particularly like anything about this book. I've read a lot of reviews that suggest that Vicky really hits her stride in book 2, but nothing about her intrigues me to read more about her. Even written in Vicky's first person PoV, I didn't feel like I knew anything about her or connected with her.
The history seemed well researched (or at least suitably bullshitted, in the cases where it was made up for purposes of the story). The mystery was decent, but it didn't start to pick up until the second half of the book and left me wondering what exactly the purpose of the first half of the book was. ...more
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
Signatures of the Dead (0.6) is another short told from Molly's perspective about her and Jane hunting a family of rogue-vampRead in Cat o'Nine tales.
Signatures of the Dead (0.6) is another short told from Molly's perspective about her and Jane hunting a family of rogue-vampires. This takes place shortly before Skinwalker and the story had been mentioned in the novels, so it was good backstory filler....more
Cat Tats is part of Rick LeFleur's back story and explains how he came to be in possession of his tattoos depicting Jane's caRead in Cat o'Nine tales.
Cat Tats is part of Rick LeFleur's back story and explains how he came to be in possession of his tattoos depicting Jane's cats. I gave this short 4 stars because it felt like an important part of his story, rather than just a deleted scene....more