The Sookie series seems a little long and drawn out to me, so I was not too terribly excited about reading this one. However, once I got going I rememThe Sookie series seems a little long and drawn out to me, so I was not too terribly excited about reading this one. However, once I got going I remembered the ease with which the books seem to fly by and started to enjoy myself. I have to say Quinn is not one of my favorite characters, though he is a nice guy. (view spoiler)[Not surprisingly I was glad when she broke up with him. I really like her and Eric and would love to see them together in later books as i have gotten hints that they are (hide spoiler)] The pacing was great in this and the family revelations that Sookie gets are both exciting and sad.
I find it interesting how the show correlates with the books as some of the things that have already happened in the show are just now happening in the books. I guess that much can be expected out of a tv show though I wish they would be more loyal to the original time line. I enjoyed this one and think that it got me out of my Sookie rut. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is Sookie at her absolute best! I enjoyed Dead and Gone immensely. In this volume, the Were community decides to follow after the vampire community and reveal their existence to the world. The aftershock of this revelation is nothing short of hostile.
I think after the events of this book, we will see a significant character change in Sookie. She goes through hell and barely survives and loses a few friends along the way. I won't go into much detail so as not to spoil it for those of you who have not read this volume and are interested in the series. The end is a big cliffhanger and leaves us wondering, did a certain dreamy vampire survive? What will happen next in Sookie and Eric's ever evolving relationship? I can't wait to get into the next volume Dead in the Family! I know that some reviewers did not like this book because of the harsh violence portrayed and the abuse to Sookie, but I think this brought something to the story that we haven't seen yet out of this series. Sookie will never be the same after this and that leaves us wondering; is that a good thing, or a bad thing?
This was not bad, but not great either. I felt like a lot of the places we visited with Sookie in this book we'd seen before many times. More pack meetings, hostile makers, crazed vamps, and disgruntled humans. This could have been better, especially with the amazing material she wrote in the previous volume. There were so many plot threads and directions she could have gone with this. I'm thinking with how this series is going plot wise, we are looking at it wrapping up pretty soon.
Whew! I am very glad to be done with the existing Sooie books as i have been intending to catch up with this series for a while now. All I can think of after reading this is that, there are so many other series I would rather b reading right now. :-( ...more
Really great. Cassandra Clare creates a very believable, almost tangiable Victorian London. The connections and parralles betweeSpectacular Steampunk!
Really great. Cassandra Clare creates a very believable, almost tangiable Victorian London. The connections and parralles between this series and TMI are apparant and help the reader to familiarize themselves with the revamped, (or is it devamped...) Shadowhunter world. Tessa is a little flat for me, but I think that is because she isn't really sure who she is yet
I loved Jem, but had a little trouble liking Will. Not because of any character develpment issues, but he is just so confusing! Really interested to see where the chracter goes.
I do have to say after reading this first book I prefer her Mortal Instruments series which I didn't expect due to my love for Steampunk. However I believe that future installments will help me love this series. We shall see......more
When I heard that City of Fallen Angels was coming out I was ecstatic. A continuation of Mortal Instruments? More Clary and Jace? Yes Please! I could hardly wait even with the bonus of all the pre-release goodies Cassandra Clare was providing her loyal fans.
You are all now expecting my wild praises after having just finished this book. Amazing! Epic! Wonderful! Mind-bogglingly stimulating!
Hmmm... That doesn't sound quite right. Ah! I have it now! Actually, it's a bit more like dissapointing! Underwhemling! An epic regergitated mess. Where was the crack injected addictiveness of the previous books? Haven't I read this somewhere before? Yes, yes I have.
Honestly people, after hugely anticipating this book because of my love for the orginal trilogy, I believe this world and chast of characters would have been much better off staying where they were after City of Glass. I would have much rather remembered Jace as his arogant, witty, hunky self from the original books than be left with this pathetic, simpering, pile of self-loathing that has been presented to us in CoFA.
Here is where I get all spoily so please don't read on if you have yet to finish the book.
(view spoiler)[Let's be honest with ourselves shall we? We all knew that Clare was going to pull some "Sebastian Returns!" bull shit. There was absoutely no surprise there. The way she did it through Lilith was creative, but honestly originality it is not. Lilith, the mother of all warlocks is more commonly known as the queen of the succubi, which are better known as...demons who sneak into mens' dreams and use the power of sexuality to weaken them and steal their lifeforce for their own. And what happned to Jace everyone? Lilith uses sexy Clary dreams that end in death to freak Jace out and slowly draw him to her so she can mark him. Ineresting parallel there. And WTF is up with Jace and Clary? Their interactiosn in this book can be summed up this way.
Clary: Why are you ignorning me? Jace: I'm really not sure... Clary: But I love you more than anyone has every loved anything in the entire span of existence! Jace: I know me too... Here let me mumble words in another language to you that you will have to trust mean what I say they mean. Clary: I don't speak Italian Jace: I know! I mean... it means something totally sappy that will make you forget you're mad at me. Clary: Oh Jace! Let's make out now! Jace: Finally...
Also, love how she just so happens to advertise her prequel series by placing, and discussing main characters from Clockwork Angel. I guess that can be an interesting tie in, but it just felt plastic. Camille's part in the story started out promising, but fell short near then end reeking insignificance. The abruptness of it screamed insincerity. (hide spoiler)]
Fangirls, don't get all crazy on me. I respect you and your opinions, so please respect mine. I really do love this series, but instead of providing an exciting continuation of the trilogy that we all know and love to death, CoFA brings a downer on the whole franchise. I'm not going to say that I want my money back as so many reviewers have expressed, because I got what I asked for, more Jace and Clary no matter how unsatisfactory. Plus the cover is pretty and it will look good sitting next to the first three on my bookshelf. God, I love the smell of paperweights in the morning!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Another forgettable addition to the Stephanie Plum franchise.
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the series, but let's be honest with each other here. It's been going on for a while now and functions solely on the same Plumy formula. I wish Janet would mix it up a bit, give it some new element to keep it going. I will still keep reading the series, it's just not as good as it once was. I almost feel like I'm reading the same story over and over. Steph unwillingly gets dragged into helping one of her friends solve a mystery. She hunts a handful of skips that evade her easily, but always get their due at the end. Oh yes and don't forget about the 3 or 4 cars she demolishes in each volume. Same old Steph here ladies and gentlemen, not much new.
Luckily for Evanovich, the jokes are still funny, though still more of the same, and her characters are so enjoyable, most fans will continue reading on. Like me. ...more
Not the best installment in the series, but it certainly didn't put me off of the series. Ink Exchange was definitely sexier than Wicked Lovely but thNot the best installment in the series, but it certainly didn't put me off of the series. Ink Exchange was definitely sexier than Wicked Lovely but the former's character lacked the same depth of the latter's. Seth and Aislinn were portrayed like people I would know and love, but I didn't feel the same for Leslie and her beaus even though Leslie was dealing with some really dark stuff. I will move on to the next in the series, but this one follows the old trend of the 2nd in the series is always the weakest. ...more
Richelle Mead has created a world of vampires that is uniquely her own. Her take on vampire mythology is fresh and thought provoking. The three branches of the vampire race, Dhampir, Moroi, and Strogoi are at war with the Dhampir acting as guardians to the Moroi in the fight against the Strogoi. Mead does a great job in her description of the three branches and explaining the unique qualities of each. I'm still a little vague on some of the details, but I have high hopes that detail will be added in later volumes.
As the first book in this series, Vampire Academy does well, although I have to admit I am not too sure how much I like the main character Rose. I really didn't like the attitude and immaturity she displayed throughout the book. Lying to the guy her friend likes just because she doesn't think he is good enough for her was really horrible. I am willing to put my feelings aside as i think Rose did mature a lot towards the end of the book and will only get better as the series goes on.
I love Lisa and Christian together! They are the perfect representation of Yin and Yang. I hope to see more of their relationship in the next books.
I have high hopes for this series and think that it will only get better as the characters mature and come into their strengths. Oh yeah and the steamy bits were great too. Hee hee...
A decent follow up to the first, but not quite as good. Maybe it's just because one of my Goodreads buddies spoiled it completely for me so there wereA decent follow up to the first, but not quite as good. Maybe it's just because one of my Goodreads buddies spoiled it completely for me so there were no surprises. I still enjoyed it very much, but I didn't feel like it deserved a fourth star. I was still irritated throughout the entire book with Rose's attitude and childishness. I am very glad that Mead added the events she did to mature Rose, so hopefully I will be happier with the next book. ...more
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Oh Eugenie how I've missed you! After some disappointment from the last installment Thorn Queen, which tended to be a bit slow and not quite as compelling as the first, Iron Crowned really delivers the magic of the first book.
Shaman to the human world and Otherworldly heir of Storm King, Eugenie Markham returns with this epic quest for the Iron Crown. In an attempt to end the war begun by Dorian's punishment of Eugenie's rapist, Eugenie and Kiyo set out on a journey to claim the crown her father failed to reach. The crown's reputation will supposedly make the rival Rowan Land bow down before her, however there is more to it than she originally thinks.
Iron Crowned is definitely worth the year long wait. Packed full of action, sex, and intense plot twists, this installment of the Dark Swan series does not disappoint. The only real complaint I have is that the love triangle is really getting to me. Eugenie really hops between Dorian and Kiyo like nobody's business! Nearing the end, I just wanted to throw in the towel on both of them, but Dorian seems to redeem himself a tad towards the end. Can't wait for the next one! This is one series I need closure on and enjoy following immensely. ...more
Simply amazing! I was completely engrossed from the start and finished this in only a couple of sittings. I have found a new favorite series from an author I never expected to try again. I was so incredibly disappointed with Slave to Sensation that I just figured that Nalini Singh was not the author for me. Boy how wrong was I! Maybe it was a matter of not being able to identify with the forced, emotionless character of her Psy-changling series, or the fact that a lot of great series' start out with a not so great first book. Whatever the case, Singh has redeemed herself in my eyes with Angels' Blood. I loved the characters, especially suffocatingly hot, dom Raphael. The plot and world development were engaging, the writing gripping, and the tension between Elena and Raphael blistering. I can't wait to read the second book! ...more
This was a fun, fast read. Caine offers a new and interesting take on vampires and their interactions with human society.
Claire is a 16-year-old prodigy surviving her freshman year in college at TPU Texas Prairie University in Morganville, Texas. After getting herself into trouble with the campus it-crowd, she looks into renting a room at the Glass House. There she meets her friends and learns that there is much more to surviving life in Morganville than going to class and dodging the homicidal gossip girls.
The one thing I really like about this book, is that Caine lets you get to know these characters as Claire builds friendships or rivalries with them. She doesn't make it overtly obvious who Claire's romantic interest will be right off the bat. You really get a chance to know who the characters are as people first before the main character starts romanticizing them. Sure Claire notices the boys are attractive, but not more so than any other teenage girl would.
The plot is interesting and keeps your attention until the end. Top it all off with a horrendously unfair cliffhanger and you've got a great series starter. ...more
Four years after the events of Halfway to the Grave, Cat is still kicking ass, but now she's doing it for the government.
Cat and Bones are back for another go and don't disappoint for a second. This second volume of the Night Huntress series is even better than the first and the infamous chapter 32 is just icing on the cake.
This series just keeps getting better and better. The character development is believable and the plot is smooth and seamless. Cat's loneliness at the beginning of the book is tangible and the relief once Bones reappears with leave you breathless.
The witty banter and hysterical one liners are still here and really set the tone for this series and its dynamic duo. I've said this before and I will say it again, every paranormal romance fan needs to read this series! Great read. ...more