Yummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is AYummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is AMAZING, as is Niko, and who doesn't love Robin and his arrogance and storytelling? The book was both unique and traditional at the same time. Rob twists well-known fantasy elements and makes them her own. This is still my least favorite of the series, but I love it anyway. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but since the others in the series are better, I'd probably continue with it. ...more
Great sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome characteGreat sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome character, well developed, and I can totally relate to him, even though we really have nothing in common. Niko is a great brother and character. I love the relationship between the brothers--it's so genuine. I feel like they're real people.
Robin. How can you not love him? We get more of him in this one, I'm happy to say. And we get more of Promise. I can't say I like her, but she's an interesting character...definitely not flat.
There's non-stop action. It's just SUCH a fun book, not to mention the most hilarious one I've ever read (the whole series is extremely funny)....more
Love this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better anLove this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better and better, funnier and funnier. There are some dark elements, but the humor lightens it up enough for it to be perfectly enjouable. The characters remain true to themselves while simultaneously developing and making me love them. MADHOUSE is considerably different from the others, and we get to see a more gentle side of Cal, which I loved...though, there's nothing about this book (series) that I didn't love.
Deathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great tDeathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great too. It was nice to finally get Niko's point of view, because I couldn't finally get a peek at how he sees things--especially Cal, which was very interesting. It was also completely hilarious, and I love all the sarcastic remarks. Great dialogue! The story had many levels and twists and was completely captivating the entire time. I can't wait for the next book in Rob Thurman's amazing series!...more
Oh, man, I've been seriously crying all day as I read this one. And it sucks.
Okay, so Rachel Vincent has a way of making me feel stupid--not becauseOh, man, I've been seriously crying all day as I read this one. And it sucks.
Okay, so Rachel Vincent has a way of making me feel stupid--not because I can't see her plot twists coming (I usually can), but because she manages to keep so many different plots/subplots going without confushing the hell out of herself and her readers.
I'm trying to recall what happened in this book, and if I liked it, but all I can think of is that God-awful scene that broke my heart and replaying it over and over and comparing it with all the other death and despair in the book.
If it weren't for the funny lines, I'd have keeled over dead from despair of my own, which I guess says something about her writing and ability to create such fully-realized characters, even the minor ones.
But damn, there's no way I'm going to get ANY sleep tonight after the whole, "Faythe. Help." fiasco. Yes, I know it's just a book, but it feels real enough to me, especially since I've been immersing myself in Faythe's world this whole week.
Luckily, I'd read some spoilers, so I was prepared for this specific tragedy, but that didn't stop me from crying like a baby for the entire day (including during the meals I did not enjoy at all...it's hard to taste food when all you can taste is the salt from your own tears, huh?)
Anyway. Besides my hysterics...I'm really liking Faythe better now than in earlier books, and Marc has improved a little bit, I guess, though he still bores the crap out of me (not to mention the fact that I wouldn't shed a single tear if he died).
And I really liked Faythe's dad in this one, too. It was good to see him finally showing some emotion, because I wasn't so sure he had any. And Kaci. At first she was kind of annoying, but I realized that I like her character, and she adds something to the series...though I can't say quite what. But I like her relationship with Faythe. It's kinda cute.
In other news, my heart is breaking for Jace, too, both because of the tragedy and how it's affecting him, and because of Faythe's reaction after a certain, uh, "mistake." But it is SO SAD to see him lose his light/humorous attitude. I mean, I know why it happened and it makes sense, but it still makes me tear up just thinking about it.
AHH! I really need to start reading something else to distract me before I lose it completely. ...more
So, I started this one a long time ago, got about halfway through, then put it down because: somehow, I doubt someone being burned alive over and overSo, I started this one a long time ago, got about halfway through, then put it down because: somehow, I doubt someone being burned alive over and over in Hell would be having such mundane thoughts while smiling. I mean, come on. I get that Maddox is used to being burned, but smiling? Doubtful. Hey, my skin is melting off and I'm turning into ash, let me smile now! I'm in love, so it doesn't hurt for me to be burned alive anymore. In fact, I'll laugh and do the tango while my bones get charred to cinder!
Maddox. Now, I don't feel any special connect with Maddox, but I do like him. He seems like a good "guy," and he was very preotective of Ashlyn and very loving. I could tell he cares for the other lords very much, and feels guilty whenever he hurts any of them. Oddly, I found him sort of sweet. He's the typical alpha, possessive type, but not in a way that really bothered me. Besides, with a curse like his, I'm impressed that he hasn't gone utterly insane!
Ashlyn. Okay, okay, so she is a little on the stupid side, but I got over that pretty quickly and learned to like her. She's sweet, caring, tender, selfless, and is willing to do anything for the man she loves, who happens to be Maddox. I loved the way she tried to defend him when the lords were killing him--and she even went so far as to use a sheet to climb out a window and swing over to the balcony a room over (even when she was pissed at him) just to get to Maddox. Now THAT is love. THAT is a heroine. I was beginning to forget what real heroines are like! Ashlyn totally reminded me.
Right now, the characters that stand out to me the most are Gideon and Torin. Gideon because his curse is hilarious! Everything he says has to be a lie, and it's cute when he gets all worked up about it. Plus, he's got blue hair and blue eyes, which is just sexy. And Torin, well, he sounds majorly yummy as well, but, on top of that, he helped Ashlyn hide when the other lords were going to use her as bait. AND, I feel so sorry for him, not being able to touch anyone. Aww. Most of the other lords aren't doing it for me at the moment.
Relationship: Yes, things moved ridiculously fast, but I've come to expect that in PNR, so it didn't bother me. Plus, it was refreshing to have a hero and heroine who actually LIKE each other. Plus, they meshed well, had good chemistry, and as for their love--I was definitely feeling it. The sex scenes were a little on the riduculous side, but...again, it didn't bother me overly much. And what Ashlyn did for Maddox at the end--epic. She's such an amazing heroine, and here she truly proved her lover for her man. Usually, in romance, it's only the man who has to prove himself, but here, they both proved their love, and I adored it.
All in all, this is a pretty enjoyable book, and I'm sure the rest of the series will improve. ...more
Anya. Anya is my favorite heroine of ALL time. Okay, seriously. THE BEST. She's just the most awesome character ever, and she completely andCharacters:
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....more
Danika. Okay, so Danika is such a great heroine, right? I mean, she only cares about herself,No, no, no. God save me from books like this.
Danika. Okay, so Danika is such a great heroine, right? I mean, she only cares about herself, is working to betray her hero for almost three quarters of the book, wants her hero to suffer just so she can have satisfaction, is a stupid, over-confident idiot. She asks Reyes to murder Aeron, knowing that if he did so it would torment him for the rest of his life. She thinks about it like, Hmmm, he'd be miserable for the rest of eternity if he did this but...oh well! I don't care! And her working with the Hunters? That was great. And the fact that she pretty much hated Reyes for a good 2/3 of the book. Also, she uses him for sex, hoping to "purge" herself of the despicable demon who disgusts her.
Reyes. Reyes' personality = dead body. That sums him up. He's dull, beyond boring. Reading about him is like reading about the story of a zombie. He is the most boring character of all time, and his devotion to Danika was pathetic. He knew she hated him and wanted to betray him, and yet he still drooled over her. On top of his dullness, his demon grossed me out, and the masterbation scene in which he basically cuts his leg off...um, so not appealing. Spare me the details, please.
Paris. All I have to say is that I'm glad he picked Aeron. If he'd chosen a Hunter--a hunter who he'd only met about one time and who hated him and wanted him dead--over the guy he'd been friends with for a trillion years, then he'd have been a friggin idiot, and I've hated him forever. Especially since Sienna is icky and gross and...ugh, she can stay dead forever for all I care.
Meh. It was all right. Danika spent a good 70% of the book thinking she didn't like Reyes, only lusted after him, so I can't really say they lucked out the in romance department. I just didn't really like either of them, so it didn't matter all that much, but still...their relationship was pretty thin, because, even though they spent time together, Danika spent most of that time plotting against him.
Also, the trend of main characters dying has continued. Very creative, Showalter, really. How do you come up with things so original?
And then there's the trend of Showalter cutting off scenes and then hastily recapping what happened in them in a pathetic manner that leaves me rolling my eyes and thinking how crappy this writing is. Showalter also likes to seriously injure her characters, and then suddenly just jump ahead or go to another scene and never mention the injuries again so she doesn't have to get into the details. She's a skimmer and not in a good way. Like I said, these books feel so thin to me, and the "friendship" between the lords is, at this point, barely believable, as they don't at all act like they care for each other. I get that they're guys, but come on. There are a few lords that seem to care more than others, but...meh. Also, everyone just forgave William, which I found absurd. Especially Anya. She would not have forgiven him had Showalter not made it so.
I...don't...like...this...book, but I know I'll like the next one better, because at least Sabin has somewhat of a personality, unlike Reyes, who is so boring and lifeless he made me want to tear my hair out if I had to read one more word about him and his lack of personality. ...more