Anya. Anya is my favorite heroine of ALL time. Okay, seriously. THE BEST. She's just the most awesome character ever, and she completely and...moreCharacters:
Anya. Anya is my favorite heroine of ALL time. Okay, seriously. THE BEST. She's just the most awesome character ever, and she completely and totally made this novel. She is tough and unbelieavably strong. She can hold her own against the lords with no trouble. On top of that, she's funny, quirky, and the way she treats Lucien is...I don't even have words. She is so adorably protective of him, even when she was trying to kill him, she still cared about him...And how she got angry when the other lords were shocked that she'd be attracted to Lucien...love her. She loved every part of him, inside and out. It wasn't as if she were looking past his ugly outside to see the beauty within, because she found him beautiful on the inside and the outside. Plus, she's got so many adorable nick names for him. Flowers? So cute. Sweetcakes, Lover, etc... And toward the end, when William did what he did, Anya...she was amazing, the way she defended Lucien and the way she defeated the guy who'd stabbed him in the same manner the guy had defeated Lucien. She's just such a caring, protective, beautiful heroine, and I don't think anyone will ever compare to her. Furthermore, I've never read a book in which the heroine was the stalker and not the hero, and I actually really liked it! It was a nice change of pace.
Lucien. So, I liked him better than I expected to based on the way he acted in the previous book. Here, now that I was able to get his POV, I could relate to him more and was able to sympathize with him. He's sort of a dull, boring character, and there isn't much unique about him, but I do like him. Seeing him interact with Anya is what did it. He's so different with her, so much nicer and so much more appealing. I don't have nearly as much to say about him...He was kind of funny when he was all jealous of Anya, because it's so out of character for him.
Paris/Sienna. Um, so this subplot was a little on the thin, abrupt, vaguely ridiculous side, but...it was mildly entertaining. I really don't feel much toward Paris. He's all right. As for Sienna...that woman has Dissociative Identity Disorder. One second she's "cute and vulnerable" then she's an emotionless killer, then she's vulnerable, then she's an emotionless killer, and so on until the end.
So, I don't think anyone other than Anya could possibly have worked with Lucien. She made him. I really felt like they were a great couple, not like Showalter was just trying to shove two characters together, but like these two would actually love each other. They're just so obviously in love, and it was a beautiful thing to watch their relationship develop. There wasn't a moment where I was frustrated or so annoyed I wanted to rip my eyes out. Plus, the two actually liked each other throughout the whole novel. Yes, they fought, but neither one of them ever wanted to kill the other, so thank God for that.
There's something about Showalter's writing that annoys me. It's sort of as if she skims over the story without actually devling into the real emotions. I know I didn't once feel sad or angry when reading this book. I rolled my eyes a few times, and I laughed a few times, but as for the deeper emotions...no. Whenever her characters are in some sort of trouble, they seem to get out of it pretty easily, no matter how big the problem, and the whole book seemed so formulated that I didn't once forget I was reading a book. I never got sucked in, and I never really thought about the book when I wasn't reading it. Plus, she tends to be a bit on the repetitive side in both plot and diction.
Another thing is that the side characters seem to be very side characterish. Yeah, I know. But I just wish we got to see a little bit more of them. Yes, we got POVs of Paris and Reyes, but other than those two, the other lords seem like cardboard cutouts. That doesn't mean that I'm not intrigued by some of them, but I just hope in future books the other lords player a bigger role in the plot. Also, I'll be reading one scene and then it'll go to another scene, and it seems to have jumped ahead suddenly, and I feel like I've missed something. It does this very often, too, and makes me feel like I'm reading a movie script rather than a book--which I think stems into the lack of depth to these books.
One more thing: is a main charcter dying then coming back to life going to become a trend? I sure hope not. It's a little unoriginal.(less)
Okay, so if you're in the mood for a good sob...check this one out.
We've got two parts to this book. The first part is Ash growing up. This consists...moreOkay, so if you're in the mood for a good sob...check this one out.
We've got two parts to this book. The first part is Ash growing up. This consists of him being tortured in various gruesome manners for 21 years. Why did I enjoy this? I'm not sure. We start off with Ash being born to a woman who is not his mother, and into a family who despises him and takes every opportunity to tell him as much and show him as much. The only person who shows him any kindness is his "sister," Ryssa. Now, I don't dislike Ryssa, but I don't love her either. She was a bit of a weak character, and also selfish. I feel like I say this alot about characters, but it really is true. She would occasionally stand up for Ash, but other times...when Ash had been imprisoned in this tiny little cell the size of a small dog crate...first of all, she didn't even realize he was there for about a million months, which I suppose isn't her fault, but, really, if she paid any attention to her surroundings, she would have figured it out. When she does find out, she goes to visit him...and proceeds to be cruel. Now, Ash hasn't eaten for weeks and has been stuck hunched over in some hole in the dungeon, so when Ryssa tries to speak to him, he's so weak he can't respond to her. What does she do? Screams at him and tells him she hates him and that he's awful etc..then storms off and leaves him there to rot. Nice.
As for Artemis. Can I kill her? After I torture her? She's evil. She uses Ash as a plaything and cares naught for his feelings at all. I mean, at one point she allows him to be castrated and while he's lying there sobbing, she just shrugs, snaps her fingers, puts his parts back, and says something like, "There, all better." Of course, this is after expressing her disgust with "eew" etc...She doesn't even do this to help him; it's so she can continue to practically rape him for however long he stays attractive, then she'll dump him away like garbage. And this b*tch gets no comeuppance!? What IS that!?
Also...I was very upset with what happened to Ryssa. I just...didn't like it at all.
Onto part two, where we get to know Tory. I like her a lot. She's strong without being annoyingly stubborn. She's judgmental, but who's perfect? She's also kind and loyal and stands up for what/who she believes in/loves. I loved the way she defended Ash and chewed Arty out. I also liked her reaction to Ash's revelation about who he was/is. I do think Kenyon could have gone into more detail about Tory's reaction to Ash's past. I just wish they could have discussed it a little. I know it happened a billion years ago, but...I'm sure it doesn't feel that way to Ash. I enjoyed the way Tory and Ash met. It was pretty funny. I also adored how Tory could make Ash clumsy, when that is so the opposite of who he is. He's all powerful and graceul...sort of...so to see him falling off a ladder looking at Try was pretty cute. I didn't think Ash got too sappy or corny, like some others. I mean, Ash was always a really nice, caring person, so...why shouldn't he be happy?
What really ticked me off though, is that Apollo the evil jerk-off and Artemis the idiotic witch didn't get their comeuppance. AT ALL. I loved the scene during which Ash's mother goes all apocolyptic. I was actually rooting for her to kill everyone, I was that pissed about what happened to Ash. Apparently, Apollo and Artemis can't die or the world will end or some such, sooo can they perhaps be imprisoned and tortured for all eternity, please??(less)
There is nothing strictly wrong with this book to make me want to give it one less star than the usual DH, other than the fact that I felt like I read...moreThere is nothing strictly wrong with this book to make me want to give it one less star than the usual DH, other than the fact that I felt like I read it before.
There isn't much of a plot going on here, either. It's basically about the Oneroi fighting off some random baddie I'd never heard of before. I was a little lost, but I didn't mind. There are always so many characters in each book, so I'm pretty much always a little lost.
Characters:Delphine was...okay, at first I thought she was sort of cowardly and pathetic, but by the end she really grew and became a strong, likable woman. I would not want to cross her, that's for sure. You could really tell she cared a lot for Jericho. One little thing that bothered me about her was: when Jericho was dying, she basically says, "Don't die because I won't be able to handle the grief." And that just struck me as a little bit selfish. But I liked her endearments for him, because I think he really needed them, after going so long without love. And when she called him "My Jericho" and he melted, I melted. Jericho was a really interesting character for me. He started off pretty unlikable, as this god who was basically Zeus' lap dog, who did all of Zeus' dirty work and had no mercy. But once he meets Delphine, he starts to change, become more caring. It's not so corny that he all of a sudden loves everyone and wants to be a big hero, but he does start to learn to trust people. He was this tough, scary dude, and yet he was oddly sensitive. He was also funny, which is always a plus for me.
I also liked seeing more of Jaden. I'd never read about Jared before, but I found him very interesting and I want to see more of him and I really want to know what the deal is between Jaden and Jared--especially since I've always been intrigued by Jaden.
We get to see Ash and Tori and also Zarek and Astrid, which made me happy. I love Zarek, and he and Jericho were so funny together. I also liked how Jericho slowly began to rebuild friendships with some of the Oneroi that he'd blamed for his years of punishment.
The ending was nice, too. Family reuinion and all, even though I'm a bit confused as to how Jericho is going to live as Zeus' servent. Did I miss something? I sure hope so.
Anyway, three stars because this book just felt like every other of the recent books in the series. It doesn't stand out like some of them. This one reminded me a little of Sin and Kat's book.(less)
**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I...more**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I love him like no other, and this book just made me love him even more.
Aimee and Fang. I like it. A bear and a wolf. Why not? Sounds good to me. Plus, Fang and Aimee had real chemistry. I believed in their relationship--especially since Aimee had never really liked wolfweres, until Fang. They're definitely one of my favorite couples, and not just in this series, but of all time.
As for plot, there seemed to be a lot going on. We've got Fang trapped in some kind of purgatory. We've got Aimee and her family/mating issues, and Aimee trying to kill the demons, and we've got Fang dealing with his new "job," and Fang's relationship with his brother(s). So there were no lulls or boring spots, despite how it recaps parts of Vane's and Wren's books.
It was amazing to see Fang change so much. After he got his soul returned to him, he was just....different. He wasn't the loud-mouthed, smart-assed, never-think-before-you-act Fang. He grew so much. And not just mentally, but also physically. He gained power, and also learned to fight better in his human form--he can even compete with Vane now, which makes me so happy. At first, Vane's pathetic failure to aid his brother created a rift between the two, but eventually, after Vane proved he cared, I actually think their relationship strengthened. I mean, Fang actually told Vane he loved him! When does that happen between brothers? I did want to murder Vane for a good 3/4 of the book for being so mean to Fang, and saying such hurtful things when Fang needed him the most, though.
The whole thing with the bears at the end didn't make me sad. I guess it was meant to, but I never liked Nicolette, or her husband, so them dying didn't affect me. Savitar pissed me off in this book. Just saying.
I like Fury a lot, too. I'm glad he's Fang's brother, and I'm glad the two of them accepted each other. They really are so much alike--I can imagine why they wouldn't get along. That big fight between them was funny, because you know they don't actualy want to kill each other.
Aimee. I just want to talk about her for a minute. She really only annoyed me once in the whole book. This was when she said that all wolves should be gathered up and executed or some such, while Fang was standing right there. Not very smart, Aimee. You really hurt him, there. Sure, she apologizes, but what's done is done. Other than that...I was very impressed with the way she went all-out to save Fang. They both loved each other so much, and it was clearly displayed, not just told.
So yeah, I love Fang. This is my second time reading this book--my first DH reread. That says something.(less)
Okay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not fu...moreOkay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not full of herself or anything, being a senator's daughter, but she is a little self-pitying and she is weak when it came to her father. But I enjoyed reading about her and actually cared for her. She works really with Wren, and the two of them balance each other out nicely. They have real spark from the very first moment they meet.
Wren is awesome. He really acts like how I would expect a tiger in human form to act, and yet he is also a good "person." I think Maggie even makes him a better person, brings out the best in him, which is awesome.
The plot...what is the plot? Baddies plotting to have Wren killed for some green? Yeah. Nothing much special about it, to be honest, yet it was entertaining and tasted like chocolate (hehe). I liked the scenes that took place in the past, and getting to see Wren when he was little, and I wish I could have seen more of them. I liked what happened with Wren's dad, but, honestly, I can't forgive him. I'm glad he and Wren got a chance to work things out, though.
Maggie's relationship with her father is very thin. Her father seemed a little fake, but I didn't mind, since he isn't exactly a big part of the story. Kenyon really focuses on the fantasy aspects, which I like.
The ending has a nice twist. It is wrapped up rather abruptly, but I didn't much mind that, either because the characters had already been through enough.
Really, the best part of this story is the relationship between Maggie and Wren. They spend a lot of time together, and they are well matched. Plus, some of the things they said to each other were adorable. I especially loved the scene where they went to McDonalds and Wren ordered something like ten Big Macs, five Filet's-o-Fish and a bunch of other things. So funny. He had no idea there was anything weird about eating that much food.
This was a good one, but not because of the characters. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't much like Dev. I found him to be selfish, cruel,...moreThis was a good one, but not because of the characters. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't much like Dev. I found him to be selfish, cruel, and kind of gross. He states that he wouldn't mind, no, would LIKE to sacrifice one of the dark hunters (you know, offer them up to evil to be killed?) for no reason other than the fact that they don't get along all the well. I found that unappealing, especially since said dark hunter is a good person and risks his own life to save Dev, the ungrateful little buggerbutt.
As for Samia, her sob story, for some reason, felt real, and I don't know why, because it wasn't original or even interesting. As for Sam, I don't like or dislike her. I do like that she can kick butt, but her overall personality...I don't know, she's just not one of my faves.
I loved getting a nice dosage of Fang. Love, love, love him!
Acheron was...Acheron...not much new there. As for Nick...this is the first time in awhile I wanted to stick up for him and defend him. I felt really bad for him and wanted to bite the heads off of people who didn't trust him (even though they have reason). I wanted to rip Dev's face off when he stormed off planning to "use Nick's entrails as shoelaces." And he was really going to do it, too. No, he'd known Nick since Nick was a little kid, and he'd liked him and been kind of like a big brother to him and had even lost bets on purpose so he would be able to give Nick money, and then BAM at the drop of a hat he is ready to murder Nick in cold blood without a shred of remorse? No. That made me feel icky toward Dev. He's also not very smart, and he doesn't think anything through. Kill first, ask questions later. Not my kinda guy, gotta say. I did feel bad for him for having Nicolette the b*atch as a mother, but...whatever....
Ummm, the plot??? It was entertaining. There are always new creatures/mythos added, which is cool. I also always like meeting new characters. I hope we see more of Ethon, because I felt so bad for him with the way Sam treated him, like he was crap under her foot...He needs to find an awesome gal who loves him and treats him RIGHT.
Also, I'm upset. I really want Apollo and Artemis to get what's coming to them. Will that ever happen? I wanted them punished in Ash's book, but that never happened. Can it happen, pretty please? I want to see them both suffer horribly (preferably for all eternity).
Oh, and back to Nick. Okay, I think he IS making progress on the self-pity I want to bite everyone's heads off thing. He was altruistic in this book, and it pissed me off that he went out of his way to get Sam's soul back, and Dev didn't even thank him, the ungrateful jackbutt. But, oh, Nick. I want to give him a hug. All my annoyance with him has waned away, and I want him happy! But, alas, he will probably continue to suffer for a lot longer...(less)
So, I have been reading this series completely out of order...which means I read Fang's book before this one...which means my level of enjoyment was s...moreSo, I have been reading this series completely out of order...which means I read Fang's book before this one...which means my level of enjoyment was slightly diminished. Because of Vane. And Bride.
So we've got Bride, a woman with no self-respect or confidence who is very sensitive about her weight, and we've got Vane, a gorgeous Werehunter. What does this mean? BAM, sex at first sight. Why? I have no idea. So, that was an interesting start.
From there, their relationship becomes a little ridiculous. Bride goes from liking him one moment to thinking he's a serial killer the next. She also doesn't strike me as a very intelligent women. She wanted to marry a man who made her feel awful and made fat jokes about her at every turn. I know I was supposed to feel sorry for her, but I just didn't. She has a great support system and lots of friends, so why would she be with this loser? It makes no sense.
And then there's Vane. Vane makes me...mad. He's really...into himself. He's arrogant in a subtle, annoying way that makes me want to shake him. He's also obtuse. He spends a lot of time thinking about how great he is and how much he gave up for his brother and sister. Not ONCE does he consider the fact that Fang does things for him, too. Either he just doesn't care, or he's too obtuse to realize it. At one point he thinks about how Fang saved his life...but then he eventually seems to forget this for no reason. One moment it's "oh, Fang saved me," and the next it's "oh, Fang is so weak, how could he not help me?" How Vane could possibly think Fang is in a coma by choice is beyond me. I mean really. Is Fang the self-pitying type? You'd think Vane would have realized this, after centuries of knowing the guy.
Back to Bride. She's...timid in an annoying way. One moment she's just as obtuse as Vane, thinking Vane is a killer for no reason whatsoever (as if a killer would be scared off by a freakin' broom!), and the next she's reading Valerius' mind. Sure. If you say so.
Anyway, what did I like? Fury. He's awesome. He sort of takes Fang's place in Vane's mind. Vane barely thinks about Fang, and when he does it's to think about how pathetic he is. I get that this is a romance, and so why would he be thinking about anyone other than Bride? Well, I don't know. He wouldn't, I guess. I liked seeing the other dark-hunters, too, and Ash and Kyrian's daughter Marissa are so cute. I love how the big, bad, larger-than-life Acheron can be content playing dolls with a baby. Always makes me smile.
The plot is sort of non-existent, but all right. It was entertaining. The baddies are...bad. They don't have much of a role in the book, really. It's mostly Bride and Vane's relationship developing. Bride does get a little better toward the end, so that was good. The scenes about Bride's sister struck me as pointless and irrelevent. I wanted to stab her sister, too. What is wrong with that woman?
Also, the ending. Fang FINALLY wakes up after all that time in a supposed coma, and Vane doesn't even say anything to him, doesn't go after him to see if he's okay. Instead, he belts out a tune and proposes to Bride, as if Fang doesn't exist. Again, I get that this is a romance, but really. I want to punch Vane's lights out.
Now that I'm done with this, I'll have to dive right back into Fang's book, because I miss him and want to see Vane apologize for being an idiot.(less)