**spoiler alert** I've never been so bored and frustrated for a long time... Janet is such an irritating character!! I really don't know why I read it...more**spoiler alert** I've never been so bored and frustrated for a long time... Janet is such an irritating character!! I really don't know why I read it... The plot has potential (even if I know the weather warden series) but this Jane and Mick... and all this crazy... thing with her straight-from-hell mother (nothing new anyway), her being a half-goddess (=.=) and a great detective who can solve everything and knows best. And Nash: wtf? does he really have to be such an ass?
Maybe it's just me and my private sense of how things should go on...
A lot of things gives me the feeling that they were just forced into the story and were not adding up to the rest... I'm sure I won't be reading the second book. And to think that it was written by the author of "Mortal Temptations" - which I loved! Very disappointing.
And the quote which blown me away (with it's stupidity)
"Dragons weren’t real. Gods, Changers, Skinwalkers, Nightwalkers, sure. Dragons, no. This couldn’t be right."
(because: if you assmue that changers, skinwalkers, nightwalkers and even g-o-d-s, then why the hell dragons would be such a surprise?!)
No, no, no. Just... no. This one didn't move me one bit. Author focused on romance only, as for me there was no real action or mystery or whatever. Se...moreNo, no, no. Just... no. This one didn't move me one bit. Author focused on romance only, as for me there was no real action or mystery or whatever. Second book in the series was great, simply great - perfectly measured portions of love and action, forcing me to read to the last page barely holding a breath.
Fate's Edge? I was on THE EDGE. Please, no more.
(and to think that Kaldar was one of the favourite char in the second book.... pi pi)(less)
I should give it only one star but I cant say that I completely didn't like it. There was few fun moments... but overall tt was just to cliche. And se...moreI should give it only one star but I cant say that I completely didn't like it. There was few fun moments... but overall tt was just to cliche. And seriously - I'm starting to hate the idea of love at first sight. Bleh. Give me real romance, please!(less)
BEFORE: OK, Dani and Ryodan? *can't find words to describe the happiness*
I'm just worried that I won't like the stand alone Dani book, I never was her...moreBEFORE: OK, Dani and Ryodan? *can't find words to describe the happiness*
I'm just worried that I won't like the stand alone Dani book, I never was her fan. As in: NEVER. The way she speaks... Hmmm. I so hope it will turn out great and awesome instead of awkward and prolonged death of an amazing series.
Yey. Can't wait! >.<
NOW: Are you freaking kidding me Mrs Moning?! There was supposed to be no cliff hangers here! No cliff hangers is NO cliff hangers!! How can one believe an author after this...
Overall good, fast paced, trilling, heart achingly wonderful (as I'm writing this my smile just won't go away, no sleep for me today, no way). It was not what I was expecting, not at all. More YA than not, and I'm not into YA much (and yet Dani is first best char in this book, next to Ryodan, Jar and Dancer). Bantering between Dani and Roydan - awesomeness, I can see a lot of threads that will unveil with each book. So much possibilities!! I just know that Dani will be "one hell of the woman one day".
LAST EDIT: Iced is getting its imaginary ass kicked by disappointed fever fans. I can understand it, I can agree with it, but overall it's not THAT bad. Really.
I know: Dani is too young; too much "dude" in one book; (view spoiler)[love triangle (how we love those..); Christopher goes mad and acts... weird (lightly said); Ryodan making out with mindless not-caring-about-him-threatening-Dani's-life Jo; Barrons absence; NO BARRONS (yes, I have to repeat that)(WHY does he not appear when all of it is happening...?); and first of all: WHY HIRE A TEENAGE GIRL FOR SUCH A TASK?! It's not as if R. was powerless... (hide spoiler)]
Hm... I have a big love/hate relationship with Iced. But it has its good moments, Dancer for example. Dani/Ryo constant argument. (view spoiler)[Her worrying about him when she thought he died. (hide spoiler)] Dani's strength and will to live on no matter what happened. Always seeing good sides of things (it may seem unnatural, but such people actually DO exists) and its refreshing to not hear depressive thoughts that should have (?) appeared when we see apocalypse happening before our eyes. Death, destruction. I think she was very brave, and alone. And... brave.
This book is 3,5/5 stars. It has a lot of cons and didn't meet with my expectations AT ALL, but it wasn't bad. I think it can become a great series still. I really hope so.
(Just had this feeling that someone should defend our irritating Dani. Guess it was me.)
. . . . MY BEST QUOTE: Aw, shit. I know what rigor mortis is. I know my face is going to stick. I’m choosing how. I belly up a laugh from way down deep where I’m always half laughing anyway because being alive—dude!—it’s the greatest adventure in the world. What a ride it’s been. Short but stupendous. Ain’t nobody can say Dani Mega O’Malley didn’t live while she was here. No regrets! Dani out.
rest of BEST QUOTES: (a lot of it, sorry)(couldn't stop myself)
You’re not careful. “Sloppy, Mega,” I mutter. I still can’t see. I wipe my bloody nose on my sleeve and reach out to feel what I hit. “That’s my dick,” Ryodan says. I snatch my hand away. “Gah!” I choke out.
Bleeding? Clumsy? Slow? Who am I? “I know your taste now, kid. I know your scent like I know my own. You will never be able to pass me again without me knowing it’s you. And if I ever catch you on the lower levels of Chester’s … or anywhere in my club for that matter …” I jerk my glare from my hand to his face. He smiles at me. There’s blood on his teeth.
“Sit.” “Feck you.” “I’m stronger than you, faster than you, and lack the human emotion that drives you. That makes me your worst nightmare. Sit. Or I’ll make you sit.” “I can think of a couple worse,” I mutter. “You want to play games. I don’t think you’ll like mine.”
“You owe me compensation.” “Dude, the bush is ready. Why you still beating around it?” “I’ve lived a long time, kid, and I’ve never heard anyone mutilate the English language quite like you.”
“Kid, you might just annoy me into killing you.” “Right back at you, boss.”
“Observations,” he says. “Four imperial Unseelie guards were the only commonality I was able to isolate endemic to both scenes.” They’d been standing, armed, at the dock doors, overseeing the delivery. He gives me a sidewise look. “Wow. That was, like, a whole sentence. With nouns and verbs and connective tissue. Endemic. Fancy word.”
“You could ask me to teach you.” “Huh?” This night is getting weird in a hurry. “Teach me like you’re teaching a class or something? What are you going to call it: ‘You Too Can Be a Sociopath 101’?” “It would be more like a graduate-level class.” I start to snicker. His sense of humor sneaks up on you. Then I remember who’s talking and bite it off.
Then the son of a bitch looks up at me and, this time, there’s no question in my mind that he sees me. He looks straight at me and inclines his head with a mocking smile. I return it coolly. My nod says, “Yes, yes, I see you, too. Be very careful.”
This is like my worst nightmare ever in the whole world! This is worse than all the ZEWs coming after me plus the devil and all the Unseelie princes, too! Ryodan is in bed next to me!
“Stop. Vibrating.” Ryodan plucks a paper out of the air and slaps it back down on his desk. I wonder if he cleans it. How many tushes have been on that thing? I’m never touching it again. “Can’t help it,” I say around a mouthful of candy bar. I know what I look like: a smudge of black leather and hair. “It happens when I get really excited. The more excited I get, the more I vibrate.” “Now there’s a thought,” Lor says. “If you mean what I think you mean, you want to shut the fuck up and never think it again,” Ryodan says. “Just saying, boss,” Lor says. “You can’t tell me you didn’t think it, too.” (...) I never understand half of what these dudes are talking about and don’t care. “You can touch me if you want to,” I say to Lor magnanimously. I’m so pumped on adrenaline and excitement that I’m feeling downright sociable. I poke one of my shoulders toward him. “Check me out. It feels really cool.” All heads swivel my way, then they look back at Ryodan. “He doesn’t own my fecking shoulder. Why you looking at him?”
“Emotion.” “None discernible. No malevolence. I got the impression destruction was a by-product, not a goal.” I notice everyone’s looking at me funny. “Dude,” I add and flash my best street-urchin grin at the room in general. “Fecking-A, was it ever cool!” Got to watch my tendency to geek out when I get excited.
I smack myself in the forehead. “Holy priceless collection of Etruscan snoods, they’re not moving!” I exclaim. There’s a choking noise over my head somewhere. “Etruscan snoods?” I glow quietly inside. Some accomplishments mean more than others. I am officially the Shit. Now and forever. “Dude, watch your question marks. I just pried one out of you.” “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” “Admit it, you lost your eternal fecking composure.” “You have an obsession with a delusion about how I end my sentences. What the fuck are Etruscan snoods?” “Dunno. It’s just another of Robin’s sayings. Like, ‘Holy strawberries, Batman, we’re in a jam!’ ” “Strawberries.” “Or, ‘Holy Kleenex, Batman, it was right under our nose and we blew it!’ ”
“You’re going to be one hell of a woman one day, Dani.” I never knew my jaw was flexible enough to hit the pavement. My arms aren’t even long enough to pick it back up. Catch flies in it, my butt, you could drive a truck in my mouth right now. Did Ryodan just, like, compliment me?
“Whose highness,” Ryodan says. “Ours. Yours. All he suffers to live. Give me the box or the runt dies.” “You just try,” I say. “Better fairies than you have. Worse ones, too. They all tasted delicious. With catsup. And mustard. And a side of onion rings.” “Should have left it at catsup,” Ryodan says.
Velvet looks horrified. “If you are fool enough to address King R’jan, you will do it thus and in no other manner! ‘My King, Liege, Lord, and Master, your servant begs you grant it leave to speak.’ ” “Wow. Totally delusionary there.” “Good luck with that,” Ryodan says. “She doesn’t beg to speak, or do anything else. You can lock her up, down, and sideways and it’s never going to happen.” I beam at him. I had no idea he thought so highly of me.
I hang back, listening, not about to get closer. It’s all I can do to not start stripping. Aw, bugger, I am! My coat’s on the ground and I’m pulling up my shirt! I make a sound of protest but it doesn’t come out like that at all. “Turn it off,” Ryodan says without even looking at me. “You’re distressing Dani. No one distresses Dani but me.”
“Hey, you think my sword’s—” “For fuck’s sake no.” “Geez, dude. Just asking.”
“When were you in Christian’s bed,” Ryodan says softly. I gape. “Dude, you got a serious case of selective hearing, the kind that bleeps out all the important stuff!"
“Does it bother you that you killed her?” He looks aghast. “Of course it does! I don’t want to kill anything. Well … actually that’s not entirely true. I do want to kill things. Lots of things. Especially Ryodan lately. I can lose myself for hours in a soothing haze of murderous intent about that dickhead.” “Won’t argue with you there,” I commiserate.
I hear a guttural sound followed by a weak sigh and look back at the bodies. “I’m going to kill the kid,” Barrons says faintly. Ryodan makes a burbling sound like a bloody laugh. I don’t think he even has the parts left to laugh with. “Get in line.” They both deflate and go still. I stare dumbly.
“You can say anything you want to me in private,” he said. “Which is way the fuck more than I permit anyone else.” “I don’t want no private time with you.” “Too bad,” he said. “Plan on a lot of it.”
“We need to freeze-frame, Jo. Take my hand.” She gives me a look like I’m deranged. “There’s no way you’re doing that to me! Especially not on ice. Half your face is a bruise and the other half is recovering from one. Have you looked in a mirror lately?” “That ain’t because I’m a sloppy freeze-framer. It’s because of stupid jerk-ass Ryodan.” “Stupid jerk-ass Ryodan is going to break both your legs if you take one more step,” Ryodan says
“I thought you were disgusted by the people that come to my club.” “They’re still people.” He presses the button again. “If you go outside, you will be killed. If you make noise, you will be sent outside. Don’t piss me off.” Just like that, Chester’s goes completely silent.
I really tried to like this one. I really did. A lot of awesome reviews, opinions, recommendations... and nothing. It wasn't because of the addiction...moreI really tried to like this one. I really did. A lot of awesome reviews, opinions, recommendations... and nothing. It wasn't because of the addiction thing (even though I think it was pointless), or Trouble/Lex thing (I hate triangle love stories), tragic past (no family? I can bet there will be a book when we find out who they REALLY are) etc.
It was irritating, slow, bad narration, forced OMG-they're-dead, crying/helpless heroine. Nah. Not my thing.(less)
So there is this girl that is being kidnapped (all in good cause) and on the same day (trapped on the island guarded by dogs) she gets hot and heavy o...moreSo there is this girl that is being kidnapped (all in good cause) and on the same day (trapped on the island guarded by dogs) she gets hot and heavy on the beach before the house. Logic? None.
On the same beautiful day the kidnapper (of course unnaturally handsome and all) insists on taking her with him (and his twin brother) to save a dolphin. Sweet right? He must be so righteus and kind hearted! I must go with him, why not! WRONG!!! You have been kidnapped, yes? It's night, yes? It's two strange adult man on one bout, yes? In the ocean? And the storm is coming? And you're afraid of water?????
There is nothing wrong with this story? Nothing? Really??? ??????? I can't stop the question marks. I just... can't.(less)
Is it just me or this series just went down to ****. Again. First book - ok, I can survive some silly aspects. Second - wow, that was great! Thrid - w...moreIs it just me or this series just went down to ****. Again. First book - ok, I can survive some silly aspects. Second - wow, that was great! Thrid - wtf is this? I didn't pay for this!! I want my money back! Agrh!!
Why such high ranking I'm asking? What is it with you, people??(less)
I really liked the first instalment in the series, but this book... though it was a fast read, had so many things that didn't add up... like Eddie's b...moreI really liked the first instalment in the series, but this book... though it was a fast read, had so many things that didn't add up... like Eddie's brother and his "accidental" involvement (yeah, right), run run run Eddie, run for your life - ups, no, no need to run, lets just kill a thousand years old vampire, its nothing I tell you (I'm a nurse, I can do wonderssss), shadows? how nice of you to ask if I need your help (view spoiler)[I'm referring to the ending and their sudden helpfulness (hide spoiler)], shadows? this is your mummy? well, good to meet her, etc
Another one with and easily predicable plot. Why then am I reading it? I've no idea. The overall concept was fairly good, but as always, badly execute...moreAnother one with and easily predicable plot. Why then am I reading it? I've no idea. The overall concept was fairly good, but as always, badly executed. It was just not believable. Vampires as superheros? That's a new and quite entertaining thought but why throw the heroine at the Heir to Vampire throne in the center of secret island, choosing her as a commander of the elite army the very first day...
The first rule of a good book was broken here: credibility. Too much is sometimes exactly that - too much.
It could be a good one if it wasn't so packed with unnecessary, rushed events that should be spread out over time to make things interesting.
Too bad, Mrs Wright.
Oh, and there was insta-lust, soon to be insta-love. What's there not to like...?(less)