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)
Not sure why everyone loves this book so much. It didn't feel real to me, and I was never lost in the story. I loved Matt, but Evan, not so much. I li...moreNot sure why everyone loves this book so much. It didn't feel real to me, and I was never lost in the story. I loved Matt, but Evan, not so much. I liked Evan at first, but then he just became kind of insane, small-minded etc...Also, the writing style was strange. Just when a scene started to become interesting it would end, or be glossed over. It wasn't bad, but it's nothing i'll remember.(less)
Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I wo...moreWhere to begin?
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Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but I wasn't amazed, either--I blame this on Ward and not on the characters themselves.
I actually thought they were a cute couple, and usually I'm not one for the 'you are mine' at first sight thing, but that's what this series is, so I've gotten used to it and actually kinda like it now, since it spares all the 'I hate him/hers.'
I felt so SO sorry for Manny after they screwed with his mind so much. The poor guy was so confused and thought he was going crazy. I really wanted to give him a hug at that point, but noooo, I had to watch him constantly helpinghelpinghelping with no one ever doing the same favor for him. The guy got maybe three minutes of sleep during the whole book, and yet he was fine, performing major surgeries etc. I kinda wished Payne would sit him down and say, "You deserve a break." Alas, that was not to be.
As for Payne, I did like her. At first I despised her, because I despise characters who ask their loved ones to kill them, because it's so unbelievably selfish, and they KNOW they're ruining the person's life by putting this on their conscience, but they care more about themselves, so don't care. So, when Payne asked V to kill her...I wanted to kill her. Then when she realized later how awful and selfish she'd been, I forgave her. She was generally a nice, strong, protective, and loyal woman. Her arrogance toward the end annoyed me a bit--she acted like she was so superior because of who her mother is--but overall I liked her.
V and Jane I'v never liked V. I know I'm the only one, but it needs to be said. I find him dour and unpleasant all around with no real redeeming qualities. He's violent AND uninteresting. (Please don't kill me). It irked me how he asked Butch to beat him, and yet was not seen as a bad guy, yet when Z asked the same of Phury, they all looked down on Z and basically agreed he was selfish scum. So why not for V? It's not fair.
I do like Jane, always have--again, I realize I'm in the minority. I just never found anything to dislike about her. She's loving, smart, strong, caring--however she did become annoying when she was saying Manny 'didn't need to understand' anything that was going on, despite the fact that he was WITH Payne and despite the fact that if she were in his situation, she too would want answers.
I'm glad, though, that we got V out of the way again. Hopefully there won't be much of him in future.
Qhuay I'm SO SAD. When I was reading Qhuinn's POV I literally felt like my own heart was breaking. I can't take much more of Qhuinn and Blay being separated because of a stupid misunderstanding. They neeeeed to be together right now.
Also, I like Blay, but he's blind and dumb if he STILL thinks Qhuinn is having a blast. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't see Qhuinn since Qhuinn changed his appearance and became a walking skeleton--because really, how could he read Qhuinn's misery as happiness? Sure, Qhuinn was an idiot before, but now he's seen the light. Blay needs to see it, too, and stop using Sax. I get that he 'needs' to move on, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Sax is so nice and I can't hate him even if I want to--but I truly don't like Blay for using him, even though Sax does know the deal. It doesn't seem right.
Also, eff off, Layla.
The Jose/Veck Subplot I actually adore the crossovers between this series and the Fallen Angels series. It makes them so much more fun to read. Plus, I'm very intrigued by Veck and now can't wait for the next FA book. He's an intriguing character, so I hope he stays that way!
The Band of Bastards Hah. Hahah. Okay, but really. I liked the new additions. Xcor is kinda evil, and normally I don't like characters like him, but for some reason I did like him--maybe it was because of his malformed lip. Yeah, I know, but when he told the story of how his mom supposedly didn't want him because of it and how 'ugly' it made him look, I actually got teary-eyed, which totally surprised me.
I'm also curious what Throe's deal is, so I'm glad he's going to be in the next FA book. Why is his conscience so much more apparent than that of the other 'Bastards?'
I was soooo happy not to have any POVs from lessers! I didn't have to skip through pages! Yay! And I was thrilled to only have one scene from JM.
Btw, am I the only one who's wondering what will become of Rehv? People said V's story wasn't finished, but neither is Rehv's, really. I mean, he still has to use his cane and still is always freezing. How is that fair? That doesn't even count as a happy ending. Is that ever going to be resolved, or is he just doomed?(less)
Creepy, but not as creepy as I was expecting from what others have said! I've never read a book like this before, the whole fantasy P.I. thing, so I w...moreCreepy, but not as creepy as I was expecting from what others have said! I've never read a book like this before, the whole fantasy P.I. thing, so I wasn't sure what to expect...it's definitely different from anything I've read before, though nothing so original it shocked me. I tend to stray away from books like this because I like books that focus on more than one character, and John was basically the only true character in the whole book. Suzie Shooter shows up for a few seconds, but basically has no role. I know it's only the first book in the series, but I don't like to feel like my main character is alone in things. If this book had been written BY a woman ABOUT a woman, I guarantee she'd have at LEAST three guys vying for her attention and willing to lay down their lives to protect her at any moment, but since it's BY a man ABOUT a man, well, it's not like that. Not that I WANT it to be like that, but I'm just saying.
I wasn't exactly surprised by the twist, but it did kind of sadden me and I felt so bad for John. He's really the only character I like at this point in time. I don't dislike Suzie, but I feel pretty much nothing for her, since we know nothing about her as of this book. John is a likable character, and seems to be really the only honorable character in the series.
I can't wait to learn more about the Nightside and all its weirdness, though. Sure, some of the things were icky, but not enough to scar me for life or anything (yet). The only thing I noticed personally was that I don't find Green's humor funny. I know when a comment is made that is supposed to be funny (like Alex saying his wife being dead is only wishful thinking) but it just isn't my type of humor, I guess. I suppose I really only like sarcasm, and this book has a very sad lack of sarcasm going on, boohoo. But I don't read these for the humor; I read them because they're weird and because I like to learn about all the weird-ass creatures Green has and has yet to create. Plus, it's about a man, and I've had just about enough of female lead characters to last a lifetime, since I can 99% of the time NEVER understand where they're coming from or WHY they can't simply choose ONE boyfriend. Okay, getting off topic.
I wasn't going to write a review for this. In fact, the first sentence of this review is all I'd planned on writing, but then I just kept typing. What does that say about this book? I guess that it interests me enough to want to review it, and, for once, NOT because it pissed me off so much I had to rant about it.(less)
This is one of the most unique romances I've ever read. Totally gruesome and eerie and I should NOT have read it at night, that's for sure. I was so s...moreThis is one of the most unique romances I've ever read. Totally gruesome and eerie and I should NOT have read it at night, that's for sure. I was so shocked by who the killer was, I actually gasped aloud--but that may be because I purposely didn't try to determine the killer. I have to admit I don't like the age difference thing in romances. Eighteen and twenty-eight just...isn't my thing. I managed to overlook this, though, because Phoenix was such a unique, interesting character. That said, I didn't like him at all, and he treated Daniel like crap. Of course, he has reason, and it only makes sense, but he just generally creeps me out with the way he manipulates poor Daniel. I'm glad Daniel at least stood up for himself, though, and didn't let Phoenix get away with his bad behavior.
The one star is off because of the ending. It was SO abrupt and annoying and I hate this type of ending. One second we're in the middle of the action, the next it's BAM over. There's a tiny little wrap-up at the end that's just...pathetic.(less)