Roden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, n...moreRoden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, no, won't you please be my bestie and the captain of my guard instead? Roden: YESYESYES! A thousand times yes, MY LORD! *falls down on knees* I never really could have killed you!!!
Okay, I am so confused. I mean, did I miss something here? Don't get me wrong, I loved the book. Jaron/Sage is my man, and I adore him like no other. The new characters, especially Fink and Harlow, were awesome. Seriously, the characters in this book are a vast improvement from the last one, in which it was basically Sage vs. The World.
The one thing I don't really love is Imogen. She's all right, but to be honest she comes off as a bit bland and uninteresting compared to Jaron. I feel like someone else would suit him better. I don't think she can match up to him. Sure, she can get angry and "have words" with him, but it never really feels to me like they are on the same level, and NOT because she is a servant. I like the servant/king forbidden love stuff, but Imogen's personality is just too run-of-the-mill, so she really fades into the background.
I feel as if Jaron could really banter away with the right girl. Of course, this will not happen, but since I'm not in this for the romance I don't mind.
One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the glimpses we got of Jaron's softer side, of his inner child, the child wanting to be loved unconditionally, wanting his parents to be warmer to him. I think that really made me sympathize with him on a very deep level. His decisions come across as totally rash, uncalculated, and based more on emotion than logic (although he claims otherwise). I mean, do you really want the guy who just broke your leg and almost caused your demise to be in charge of your guard? Just because at one point in time you didn't hate each other?
My memory may be failing me, but I never felt as if Jaron and Roden were friends in the first book. I thought Roden grew to tolerate him at best, but Jaron seems to think they had a nice bromance going on. Is it just me? Maybe I need to do a re-read?(less)
Wynter is not good enough for Christopher. She's likable enough in this book, but pretty terrible in the next one. She's sooo full of herself, as well...moreWynter is not good enough for Christopher. She's likable enough in this book, but pretty terrible in the next one. She's sooo full of herself, as well as being ashamed of Christopher.
I'd like for Wynter to be real so I can beat her up. Really. She needs a good knock to the head. She has NO idea how lucky she is to have a guy like Christopher.
Five stars because I adore Christopher and he was in this book a LOT. Otherwise, there was a bit too much crazy drama/depression. Human sacrifice? Fine. Humans being sacrificed coming back as ghosts for further drama? No. It was too much even for me. There's a point when death can be overdone. By the eightieth uncalled-for death (usually always a man, since Kiernan has issues with killing women), it got to be a bit much. For a book that has no war in it, it certainly has enough deaths for one.
Additionally, I don't like Razi. I know I'm the only one, but he's grumpy 99% of the time and he's often very cold an aloof and his actions counteract his supposed traits. He's supposed to be selfless, but he's actually really selfish and childish most of the time. He puts his own hardships above everyone else's and doesn't even realize it and no one else realizes it, but sure. Sometimes the characters feel almost too real, and I literally feel their emotions and become extremely stressed whenever one of them is upset, which is on every page, of course. The characters and the setting. And, for an epic fantasy, it's far from boring. Usually with these types of books, you have to slog through three-hundred pages of boring descriptions, so thank God for none of that.
Despite this, the characters are so real that I can't help being entranced by them, even if most of them piss me the hell off.
As for Wynter...girls who cry for sympathy get under my skin. (less)
I would have enjoyed this so much more if only Ric and Annie were either eliminated from the book completely, o...moreJules + Robin = yay! Ric + Annie = yuck!
I would have enjoyed this so much more if only Ric and Annie were either eliminated from the book completely, or if they had a very, very small role. There just wasn't enough Jules/Robin here, and I couldn't have cared less about either Ric or Annie, who both spent the entire book fighting with each other. No thanks. Robin and Jules didn't even see each other until almost halfway through the book :(
Sooo I had to take away a star for Ric and Annie's unfortunate existance.(less)
I seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And it...moreI seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And it was soooo refreshing. On top of that, I ADORED Nate. He is seriously everything I want my future husband to be. How Nate sat with the little boy for breakfast every day was sooo cute. It made me want to kiss him. I loved spending time with him as he adapted to life in Lunacy.
Okay. I loved the setting of Alaska, because I pretty much knew nothing about it beforehand, and found it very interesting. Plus, who doesn't love a town called "Lunacy" whose residents are called "Lunatics?" Really. All of the characters were fully developed, including the secondary ones, which I liked, because it didn't take away from the development of Nate and Meg and their relationship.
Another thing I loved was that it was the heroine who had a nick name for the hero. That never happens. Every time she called him "cutie," a smile would spread over my face. It was new and awesome to have people warning the hero that the heroine might break his heart. Loved that.
I even liked the characters that I didn't like, including Charlene. I really ended up feeling for her and her struggle with getting old and her love for the husband that left her. I didn't like Jacob either, but found him intriguing. The mayor was cool, too. Annoying, but likable. I also liked all of Nate's police team. They worked well together. It was so cute that Nate refused to shoot the moose. Could he be any more perfect? About Meg. I didn't LOVE her, but I have to say I liked her because she was so unique. She was a little cold and selfish, but she got over it in the end, so it was all right. I actually thought she and Nate worked well together. She really brought out the fire in him. :)
I thought the emotions of the characters were so true and real, like when one of the characters died. Very realistic reactions.
Following Nate as he adapted to life in Lunacy and dealt with the residents was soo fun. I wasn't bored for one second. Seeing him trying to work through the major blizzard was great, too.
As for the killer, I had no idea who it was. I never suspected this person. It was good, because there were so many characters and so many people it COULD have been.
Basically, I REALLY hope NR writes another book w/ the hero as the main character.
And Nate, will you marry me, please? Thank you.(less)
Rosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other throug...moreRosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other through out the whole book, and never got mad at each other. Yay!
I loved Stephen! He was such a different romantic hero. He was kind and nice and not overbearing or bossy. He was genuinely a really good person. I felt SO protective of him. And I loved his brother, Michael. Their relationship was sweet.
Rosalind's sob story was a little silly and pointless and overdone. It was a bit too much for my tastes, but...wasn't bad enough to knock off a star. The whole thing just felt too overdramatic. (less)
I loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was great...moreI loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was great. It really hooked me in and made me want to keep reading, plus it was laced with my kind of humor. We really dive straight into the story without getting huge info-drops or long-winded background stories.
I ADORE Rachel. She is one of my favorite heroines. The way she stood up for Johnny made me want to give her a hug. She was strong, but also kind and loving and affectionate. And don't get me started on Johnny. Could he be any sexier? And on top of that, he's a really great guy who truly loves Rachel with all his heart. He's also really good with kids, which is something I always like in a guy. Plus, while he was all macho and everything, he was still vulnerable and actually showed his emotions, which is something I don't see much in romance novels.
I remember one scene where Rachel said Johnny wouldn't like her anymore if she were fat, and he said he still would and that, in fact, she'd be cute fat, like a little "dumpling," I think he said. I don't know about everyone else, but I thought that was soo sweet!
As for the murderer...I figured out who it was pretty early on, but I was never CERTAIN who it was, so it wasn't too disheartening.
The only other character I really liked was Glenda, one of Johnny's old friends. She was really kind and caring and a great mother. Rachel's mother and sister weren't exactly well developed, but they were still interesting all the same.
I also really liked how Rachel defended herself against the killer, managing to escape on her own (she's no damsel in distress, thank God, I'm getting tired of that theme).(less)
Wow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the old...moreWow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the old chiches: Woman loves man but man is too stupid to realize he loves her, everyone warns woman away from man, man is not worthy of woman etc...
Were they in this book? Only a tiny bit.
This one follows Lord Wallingford and Jane Rankin, a nurse and Lady's companion.
Yes, I've read countless books where heroine nurse heals hero and they fall for each other, but this one was unique. When Matthew falls for Jane, he has this dream of what she looks/acts like, so when he finally meets her outside of the hospital, in daylight, he doesn't recognize her, and, he in fact scorns her. From that moment on, I was hooked, having not been sure what with the slow start.
Matthew and Jane were such likable, well developed, uniquely real characters, and so well suited for each other. Their love was practically flooding off the pages. Matthew does start of as the cliche rake who will eventually meet the one woman to change him, but there's something else about him that makes him unique from any other hero I've read about in a romance. His reasons for being the way he is were horribly sad, but the way they were portrayed through his actions with Jane was perfect.
There was one small twist that I guessed pretty early on, but I must say I was kind of happy with it. It's relating to Sarah, Matthew's...sister. I won't say any more on that.
The relationship between Matthew and Jane developes slowly, with neither of them trusting each other, and with both of them confused on who the other really is. In Jane's case: was Matthew Matthew, or was he Wallingford? And in Matthew's case: was Jane Jane the nurse, or Jane the lady's companion? They both took the time to truly get to know each other, to discover each other's secrets, which made them feel that much more real. I could truly fathom why they were in love. And I liked how Jane called Matthew "Matty." Adorable.
I was ecstatic that the hero did not once say, "I don't deserve you." And not once did the heroine imply such a thing. Thank you.
Complaints? Not many. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Miranda, Matthew's step mother. I would have LOVED to see Jane stomp on that horrible woman's foot at least once. And a little more on the rest of Matthew's family would have been nice, not that they were likable, but I felt like I wanted to know every little detail about Matthew because I loved him so much. He felt so real. Oh, and one more: The typical plain heroine + sexy, handsome, muscle-man hero. Can we maybe once have a hero that's, I don't know, lithe, perhaps? Why do they ALWAYS ALWAYS have to have huge muscles? I mean, really. Everyone kept calling Matthew a giant and I wanted to punch their faces in defenfing him.
As for the ending, I've read lot's of complaints that there's no HEA. Well, in my opinion, there is an HEA--just not the traditional "And they married and had three babies" kind of HEA. But I kind of liked that. It was happy without being cliche. In fact, hardly anything about this book was cliche.
Hands down the best romance I've ever read. Wondering if you should read this? Yes. You should. You won't regret it. It's pretty dark, yes, but there's light in it, too. And an added bonus: Lindsay's character was totally different in this book than in the first one, Addicted, now that he's off the opium, and MAN, he's a different person! So happy and talkative. He wouldn't shut up for half a second! It was cute.
**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 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)
Where to begin? I just loved this book so much. Reading it was like drinking a white chocolate mocha, oh so delicious.
Maybe I'm really weird, but I'v...moreWhere to begin? I just loved this book so much. Reading it was like drinking a white chocolate mocha, oh so delicious.
Maybe I'm really weird, but I've always thought prisons were kind of...cool. Not the modern day kind, but the medieval types. Strange, maybe, but I just find dungeons really interesting. ANYWAY, Incarceron is the ULTIMATE prison. It's alive, and it has a perosonality, which is just so unbelievably awesome.
I must admit, the twists were very predictable, but I didn't mind, because the plot is so rich with fun and original things, from metal forests to flying ships, living, breathing storms, and interesting characters. The POV is switched mainly between Finn and Claudia, but also jumps to the secondary characters like Jared, Keiro, and Attia. I loved getting the different perspectives, especially since each of them has a very distinct personality, some so unlikable they became likable.
I guess you could say the book is pretty dark, what with chaining people up and treating them like dogs, but this darkness is overshadowed, because Finn is not alone; he has friends. At first, he questions whether or not his two companions actually care about him at all, thinking they're using him only as a means to escape the prison etc.., but over the course of the novel, as the characters grow,he realizes that they really are his friends--they may not be perfect, but they do care about him. What I can't stand is when a character has no friends. IMO, a book is only really too dark when the main character is alone. But Finn isn't alone, and there's always the hope of escape.
Action is on almost every page, and if not action, there's serious character interaction going on. Since it's hard to get a feel for how the characters really ARE on the inside, it was always so exciting hearing their conversations with each other and seeing how they helped each other in dangerous situations, because I could never be sure what was coming next, how they would react. The characters were unpredictable, but not inconsitent; they felt extremely real, and their emotions were raw. I could relate to each of them, despite their extreme differences.
Outside of the prison, we get somewhat of a breather from the non-stop intensity with Claudia, the prison warderns daughter. She wasn't unlikable, but I can't say I really loved her, either. She was real, though, which made me actually CARE what happened to her. She had good characteristics to balance out the bad ones, though. Her protectiveness of Jared, her tutor, was honest and kind of cute. I got the feeling Jared really LOVED her..LOVED her LOVED her. I know he's older than her and all, but what really annoys me is that Fisher never actually says how old he is. He could be anywhere from 20 to 40. She should have at least narrowed it down. Also, his disease? She should have explained that more, because it seems kind of random...unless it comes up in the next book. From where I stand, though, it seems kind of pointless, since the story doesn't really need anymore sadness.
The writing was smooth and not distracting...nothing remarkable, but good.
I was dragged in from the very first sentence, because I HAD to know what would happen next. Not only in relation to the plot, but in realtion to the characters. I kept thinking...Is he really as bad as he seems? Or, Is she really as nice as she seems? It was exciting...enthralling...intense...creative...and just really cool.
Plus, Fisher doesn't sugar coat things. I've seen/read tons of characters who wake up with no memories whatsoever, and they usually act normal, just getting up and walking straight into life as if nothing is wrong. That always pissed me off. I mean...if I woke up with no memories at all?? I think I'd probably be at least a little creeped out, if not terrified. I'd be sad, at least. With Finn, finally, I get my realistic reaction. Waking up in a dark, dirty, prison cell with no memories...what do you do?? Cry yourself into a vomiting fit, yes. Get up and explore while humming a cheerful tune, no. So, thank you, Catherine Fisher, for making it realistic.
Also, if someone had their mind wiped, you'd think it would have some type of effect on their brain. With Finn, with each memory that tries to wriggle back into his mind, he suffers seizures, which ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE! OH MY GOD! Something realistic! Thank you SO MUCH.
Basically, I adore this book...I need to read it again asap.
I think this is my favorite book of all time. The characters are so real and so amazing that I almost forget they aren't real. Every sentence, every c...moreI think this is my favorite book of all time. The characters are so real and so amazing that I almost forget they aren't real. Every sentence, every conversation, every happening...is all strategic--and fully enjoyable. I got so lost in Turner's world with all her amazing characters and perfect dialogue. It was fun to see Eugenides from the eyes of someone who didn't like or understand him at all. Seein Gen rise to King status was beautiful. Oh GOD, some of the scenes in this are just so AMAZING. There are always unexpected twists/turns in this series, and it's fun to try to guess what they are (mostly, I've failed).
I liked Costis, and thought his character showed flawless development. It was fun to see his opinions of the king clowly chage throughout the book, and the moment he finally realized he actually does care about him is fantastic. Eugenides is never what he seems--he's smarter than you and you love him for it. I could have done with a little more background information on Costis just so I could have gotten to know him better, but I still felt like I got a really good sense of his personality.
It takes a while to get some of the minor characters straight (ex. Relius vs. Telius) but once you do their differences become clear.She never makes her characters anything less than real. The Eugenides/Relius relationship made me want to jump around the room with glee...as did Eugenides/Irene. The queen also showed a bit of her softer side in this one, which I quite enjoyed...not that I didn't enjoy every word of every sentence of this book, because I did.
It's not a story of good vs. evil; it's more complicated than that, which makes it that much more intriguing. In the first book we are made to believe that Attloia is heartless, but nope, she's more than that, and we get to see that here. She developes more as a person whereas Gen develops as a king. There isn't non stop action in every scene, but I actually adore the slower scenes too. Well, I pretty much adore EVERY scene in this book, so...
Basically, the point is that you should read this book. In fact, I just started reading it again already...twice in a row! And it still hasn't lost any of its glory. LOVE LOVE LOVE = The King of Attolia.(less)
Not quite as good as the first one. It switches to a third person narrative, which was okay. We get to see a lot more of Attolia and Eddis. Character...moreNot quite as good as the first one. It switches to a third person narrative, which was okay. We get to see a lot more of Attolia and Eddis. Character development was beautiful. These. Characters. Are. Real. They have feelings. They act like real people. After you've finished reading, you won't forget them. Plus there are a few little twisties that were fun, though not quite as shocking as in the first book.(less)
Oh wow. This book was so fun. There were a few quiet spots, but I enjoyed them because the characters were interesting and three-dimensional. I really...moreOh wow. This book was so fun. There were a few quiet spots, but I enjoyed them because the characters were interesting and three-dimensional. I really liked Gen even though we didn't get to see inside his head much. The character development was well done, and although the plot wasn't intricate, it was still cleanly woven. It was a fast read because I was anxious to see what would happen--and even though it's short, there is still some meat to the story, and I thought about long after I finished reading--especially because of the completely unexpected twist at the end. Whoa...I didn't see that coming, which saying a lot, because usually I catch onto things so...HUGE! (less)
I. Love. This. Book. We get a new main character, Seph, who I fell in love with after only a few chapter--though he kept growing on me throught the bo...moreI. Love. This. Book. We get a new main character, Seph, who I fell in love with after only a few chapter--though he kept growing on me throught the book. His character development was about as colorful as a rainbow, which sounds corny, but I can't thin of a better way to describe it.
Although I quite enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, this one really took my breath away. There wasn't a single boring part in the entire book, which is saying something considering its length. Plus, I love so many of the characters: Seph, Jack, Linda, Ellen, Jason, Snowbeard, Maddie....etc..Tons of new characters were introduced in this one, which may be a bit confusing for some, though was no problem for me (I actually prefer books with a wide array of characters).
Once again, I saw every single one of the twists/revelations coming, including the one about Seph's parents, and who the Dragon is--though I still loved how they turned out. The relationships between the characters was also very convincing. We got to see a new side of Lee Hastings--and Linda Downey, who is amazing, by the way.
Anyway, this book really got me into the trilogy, so if you've read the first book and aren't sure whether or not to continue--do, it's worth it.(less)