This second installment of the Study trilogy very much mirrors it's predecessor. In fact the whole experience of reading this book felt almost identical to my experience with Poison Study. The book is slow to start, a bit more so than the first book, and introduces quite a handful of new characters. Once I did get into the meat of the story though I got caught up pretty quickly and soared through large chunks of chapters at a time. Just like the first book, this was an overall enjoyable, adventurous read.
My problems with this book revolve around the great many times Yelena gets captured, beaten up, bullied, tortured, etc. I understand she has made herself an impressive following of enemies, however abduction isn't the only plot device there is to hammer this point home. You cannot base your entire story on and carry the plot solely on having your heroine abducted three to four times throughout the length of your book. It just gets annoying! Yelena is by no means a wimpy heroine! We know this girl can take care of herself! This stops being an exciting, "Oh no, Yelena!" moment the second time around. There are so many ways Snyder could have carried her plot. I guess she was just really feeling the whole "Yelena get's kidnapped by a disgruntled acquaintance" thing while writing Magic Study.
The other thing that really irked me was that Yelena seems to think she doesn't need anyone's help and can solve the world's problems all on her own. Even after being expressly told numerous times by Irys and her other magical superiors to ask them for help, she just surges on ahead alone constantly. This really isn't one of those things where you agree with the hero/heroine of the book and feel they are just being held back. No, Yelena is just being stupid half the time, continuously putting herself and others needlessly in danger. WTF Yelena? Help is literally a telepathic signal away and she just decides, "Nah! I got this!" By the end of the book, I was shaking my head and sighing. I have definitely lost some respect for Yelena because of this.
Something interesting I noticed throughout my read was that many of the magical elements of this story, including Poison Study, seem to appear in Snyder's new Healer series. The ability to heal a person by taking the damage onto your own body is the power of the heroine of the Healer series and also makes a substantial appearance in Magic Study. Snyder also used the same romantic development from Poison Study in Touch of Power. I just thought this was interesting as the comparisons are starting to pile up the more I read the Study series. Many authors use the same formulas in their books, but in this case, I was stuck by the more substantial resemblances. I guess what I'm trying to say here is I'm not sure how I feel about this yet, but it definitely hasn't deterred me from continuing to read Snyder's books.
Even though there were two major things that got under my skin, Snyder again wowed me with her masterful world building, rich characters and strong narrative. Yelena's ability to connect telepathically with horses was another delightful addition to the mix, and an appearance of our favorite assassin does not disappoint! I look forward to wrapping up this series with Fire Study....more
This has to be one of the best paranormal romance books I have ever read. The heroine is kick ass and the hero is to die for. I don't know what else to say other than WOW! The characters are well thought out and so well developed you feel like you really know them by the end of the book.
The hero Bone reminds me a bit of Spike from Buffy, but short of the British accent and the witty banter, he stands well on his own. He's my new favorite male lead.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series! ...more
Georgina Kincaid, succubus extraordinaire, is experiencing some vivid dreams that are leaving her drained of all that sexy energy when she wakes. With her new job as manager of Emerald City Books, her more than complicated relationship with author Seth Mortensen, and an apprentice succubus in town, Georgie really has her work cut out for her.
It is no secret that this series has not been my favorite. Georgina is just not a character I relate to or sympathize with. I still really don't like Georgina, however this book has redeemed the series for me. The plot was on par with the first book. I mean a succubus being preyed on by dream demons? What irony! We get some sexy time with Seth and a few new characters are introduced. I really think what did it for me in this book, was the introduction of Dante Moriarty. I absolutely love Dante with his dark past and sexy sarcastic attitude. He has some of the funniest lines in the book and I am definitely rooting for him.
The antics with Tawny, the apprentice succubus, were really annoying and completely detracted from the main story. I understand that it was all linked to the main plot in the end, but when it was all said and done, it just felt like a bad side story jostling for attention. I have a feeling it will play a bigger part in the series overall, but it did nothing for me here. Georgina is already slutty enough without having to make out with robobabe.
That being said, the sex scenes are taken to another level in this book. Yes some of them are seriously hot, however they just made me dislike Georgina more. She reminds me so much of an ex-friend I had in high school that, once in the real world, turned into a total slut who cared nothing for others feelings and had very little respect for committed relationships. I think it's fair to say I'm never going to like Georgina, but I do enjoy reading about the crap she gets herself into and her continuing troubles with Seth.
Ah...we all knew it had to come to this. Now for the spoilers. (view spoiler)[I know a lot of you are upset about Seth cheating on Georgina with Maddie and breaking up with her. Before we pull out the flame throwers, let's be honest here. First of all, Georgina gave Seth full permission to sleep with other people due to the chaste nature of their relationship. They can't have sex or she will eventually kill him so she tells him to get it elsewhere. Therefore she has no right to be pissed off. She goes out and sleeps with other men in completely slutty situations all the time, but gets mad when her poor blue balled boy toy gets it from the cute assistant manager. Hypocritical much? Seth really could have handled the break up better, however his points were completely valid. They can have no significant future together. They can't have kids and grow old together and Seth deserves to have those things for himself if he wants. He knew what he was getting himself into when the relationship started, but his feelings changed and he couldn't handle it. I don't really blame him at all. I know a lot of you are heartbroken for Georgina, but let's face it, she constantly sets herself up for failure! Dante's palm reading only brings this into a more concrete light. The girl is going to live forever she either needs to find herself an immortal lover, who she can't slowly kill off, or she needs to realize if she's going to date mortals that there are consequences. Her shape shifting ways can't compensate for everything she doesn't have to offer. Is that mean? Maybe, but it's also true. Her friends try and tell her this every single book. (hide spoiler)]
Now that I've gotten that rant out of the way, sorry guys, I feel can say with confidence that this series is one to follow. The first two books were ok, but it really picks up here at the third installment. I'm eager to read the next one Succubus Heat to see what happens when Georgina doesn't have someone to answer to. Maybe we'll get a little more Dante? We can only hope. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've decided to combine my reviews for the first two books in this series.
Georgina Kincaid, succubus extrodinare, tries to balance out her job, new contract for exellence with her boss, and love life, with disaterous results. In Succubus Blues, we find out that Georgie here can't have a physical relationship with any man she may be dating because she will inadvertantly suck out their life energy and possibly corrupt their soul leaving them with years off their life.
I felt sorry for her at first, and then the angsty self-pity/loathing led to a whole lot of bitching, whining, and destructvie decision making.
Honestly, I'm not sure what to think about this series. It has an interesting premise with a wishy washy heroine. I can see where others would argue that Georgina is a strong female lead, however the girl can not get her shit together. She does not deserve Seth, the dreamy nerd with his cavity enducing sweatness. I love Seth, I think he was well thought out and well portrayed. So well portrayed in fact that I wanted to kick Georgina's ass for him several times. A guy this good deserves so much better.
The plot, of both books, was pretty predictable towards the end and dropped obvious forshadowing hints like one dollar bills at a strip club. Which is to say there were few surprises.
So why the 3 star rating? Because I was left with a strange facination with Georgina's fuck ups and the need to see Seth get some much derserved action. Hopefully this series gets better, and by that I mean hopefully Georgina grows the fuck up. ...more
I just realized that I hadn't writeen a review for this one! I read this a year or so ago and found that I enjoyed it, but didn't like it as much as tI just realized that I hadn't writeen a review for this one! I read this a year or so ago and found that I enjoyed it, but didn't like it as much as the Black Dagger Brotherhood series it resembles.
It presents a very interesting premise, each hero is possessed by one of the demons from Pandora's Box. This first book pretty much just lays out some of the characters and the main ideas for the series. We get a much deeper idea of what is going on in books 2 and 3. This is not one of my favorite books in the series, but it is still a decent read. It does suffer a bit at the beginning from the "first in series syndrome" but I think lovers of paranormal romance will find it satisfying by the end and enjoy the other books in the series much more. So far book 3 The Darkest Pleasure is my favorite.
My advice: give it a shot, if you don't like it, well you could have done worse than spend a few days reading about hottie demons. ...more
This book is slow to get started, but has a lot to offer. I started to enjoy it once Claire traveled back in time to 1743. I realized, after much fretThis book is slow to get started, but has a lot to offer. I started to enjoy it once Claire traveled back in time to 1743. I realized, after much fretting over the page count, that this book is so long because Gabladon gives her readers so much information about the time to make sure they understand the setting, culture, and hardness of the time she has put her characters in. Thanks to this description you'll feel immersed in the world of the book. It can get a little overwrought at times and the sexy highlander leading man talks way too much about his fond memories of how his father beat the crap out of him when he was a kid. Otherwise, the length isn't so bad.
As for the content, well... I found the story unique and compelling. Once I got about 100 pages in I couldn't stop turning them. Claire, a happily married WWII nurse, is transported back in time to the year 1743 where she meets the very hunky and adorably bashful Scottish highlander Jamie Fraser. Admittedly their are a few very convenient happenings that allow Claire to not feel so bad about cheating on her husband with Jamie, but I was satisfied when she makes a solid decision on which one she wants to be with. This isn't exactly the most moral of romances, but it is immensely enjoyable and fun to boot. ...more
With only one more book to go until Rose's journey finally comes to an end, Spirit Bound sets us up for the epic conclusion in surprising and unexpected ways. Rose must find a way to release Viktor Dashkov from vampire prison in order to find out the secret to bring Dimitri back from the dead.
This book is by far the best paced, strapping the reader in just before Rose's graduation, taking them on a wild ride throughout the gang's adventures and then throwing them off a cliff for the gut wrenching ending.
I won't spoil any of it for you, but this installment of the Vampire Academy series was really well done. I was very impressed with where Mead is taking the story and how she is almost forcing Rose to grow up and not be so selfish. It is no secret Rose isn't my favorite character ever, but she definitely steps it up this time around.
The next and final book in the series, Last Sacrifice promises to be everything we've been waiting for and more. Can't wait to read it and find out how Rose and Dimitri's story ends!...more
For the first book in a YA series, this was alright. I expect the first-in-series to be a little off so I have high hopes for the next book to be much better. Now I'm not saying I didn't like it. I enjoyed a diversion from the vampire saturated market, that today's YA fiction has become. The mythology of Hush, Hush unfolds for the main character Nora as she delves deeper into the dark and tangled world of the mysterious guy Patch.
I'm eager to see Nora's character develop, as she was a bit flighty and twitchy. If Nora's emotions and decisions in this book were a car, it would be swerving all over the damn road causing devastating accidents. It's a bit annoying and distracting from the story. I'm also not a fan of her friend Vee who seems to be just as superficial and fickle as the girls that pick on her for her weight.
All in all I am looking forward to reading the second book Crescendo and seeing how the plot develops from there....more
I hated Xhex the moment her character was introduced. She was just so manly.. and I had been watching John Matthew grow up into a bOk so here it is...
I hated Xhex the moment her character was introduced. She was just so manly.. and I had been watching John Matthew grow up into a big, strong, sexy male so needless to say I had some emotional attachments to his character and how his story would play out.
Now my assessment of their story...
LOVED IT! My view of Xhex was turned upside down as the layers were pulled back on her character and her past. John Matthew really softens her in a good way. It was difficult reading about her suffering by Lash, but the end was really satifying and had a solid conclusion.
Other things I loved about this book...
The Qhuinn/Blay clash of the "I love him but he deserves better," and "I love him, but he will never see me that way." Gah! So frustratig, but I really enjoy their sub-plot. I'm hoping J.R. Ward gives them their own book.
Overall my favorite installment of the series to date. Can't wait for Lover Unleashed!...more
Definitely better than Phury's story which I was dissapointed with. I have always been interested to see how Rhev's story would play out since we firsDefinitely better than Phury's story which I was dissapointed with. I have always been interested to see how Rhev's story would play out since we first found out he would be a major character in the series. He's cool and mysterious and has a bit of a hard edge to him. I was fairly happy with his pairing with Ehlena a smart, hardworking female who knows what it's like to lose everything you have.
All in all more of the same BDB story scheme, they meet, there's a conflict that seperates them seemily for good, and then they get back together with an epic finale. Oh yeah and they do it...a lot...
Another great predictable read in this series that will make your mouth water. ...more
Mercy just keeps getting better. Seeing as I am reading straight through this series, I had expected to get tired of the same world by now. Usually a series is good when spaced between some other books as pallet cleansers. However, with only one more book to go, I have to say I am enjoying this series thoroughly.
This fourth installment of the Mercedes Thompson series, in my opinion, is the best so far. Briggs' technique of book by book integration of her world's creatures is genius. Vampire, wolf, fae, and now ghost all come together in this satisfying triumph of a book. It may not be one of the top selling books to span the genres, but it definitely sets itself apart from all the other paranormal romance and urban fantasy titles out there with its action, romance, and chills.
One thing that really sticks out to me about this series is that the sexual content is pretty mild, which is not really a bad thing. I admit i like a little smut in my paranormal romance, however Briggs tends to keep things light with just enough sizzle to keep you satisfied. In my opinion this keeps her relationship with pack Alpha Adam that much more sweet and pure. It's a plus that this series doesn't rely on sexual content like many others in its genre do. The story stands strong on its own.
When Mercy's friend and mentor Zee Adlbertsmiter is framed for murder, she must come to his aide with her investigating skills and sharp nose. This thWhen Mercy's friend and mentor Zee Adlbertsmiter is framed for murder, she must come to his aide with her investigating skills and sharp nose. This third book of the Mercedes Thompson series was abundant in Fae. In the previous books, we just see a small smattering of the Fae mercy is familiar with and learn a bit about their history coming out to the general public. The Fae are paced in reservations just like the Native American's were in early America. We learn in this volume that many anti-Fae organizations have popped up as a result of the mass fear and intolerance that is so indicative of American society.
Zee's conviction would mean his death and the Fae are in no hurry to clear his name. The Fae leaders, The Gray Lords, want the murder and investigation over with so they can do their own investigating into the situation without human involvement. Mercy, unwilling to let Zee take the fall, stops at nothing to discover the real murderer, even if it means her own death warrant. This book most definitely follows in the pattern of the others with it's well made plot and engaging characters. However, the bad guy and his motives are a little disappointing. The end of the book gets a little intense and adds a note of sadness to the series that we haven't seen yet. The character development in this volume is incredible, opening up characters that have been pretty two-dimensional thus far and deepening Mercy's bonds with her friends and the Pack. Briggs begins the resolutions of Mercy's love life entanglements which is satisfying, and shows us that Mercy really is a heroine to be reckoned with.
In this second installment of the Mercy Thompson series, Mercy, a "walker" who can shift into a coyote, owes her vampire friend Stefan a favor for his help rescuing the local pack leader's daughter. Unnerved by the prospect of what he may ask of her, Mercy reluctantly agrees to being an intimidation tool. Stefan must deliver a message from the vampire queen to a rouge vamp who has drifted into her territory. Mercy shifts into a coyote and goes along with Stefan only to find that the vampire she is meeting isn't at all what she expected.
The use of this new, more dangerous, kind of vampire was a nice, creepy deviation from the norm. The fact that even the other vampires were afraid of him made it that much more frightening when Mercy takes him on. There was a good plot twist near the end, which was interesting, however predictable. I have to admit there were a few parts in this book that freaked me out which is a major plus. I love it when a book can scare me because it means the story was good enough to draw me in and make it real.
Besides the creepy and the scary, we have the sexy. Mercy's men have only gotten better, though there is a decisive lac of steamy goodness going on. This is definitely not one of those series that has sex in abundance like Black Dagger Brotherhood. Actually I have yet to come across a sex scene or even a slightly steamy scene, that hasn't been interrupted. In my opinion this means that thus far in the series the author hasn't decided who she wants Mercy to be with. I know it sounds like I'm complaining, and I may be just a tad, but honestly, this story stands strong without it as did the first book.
All in all, Mercy is a great heroine. I'm enjoying this series immensely and recommend it to you all. ...more