I gave this one a good try and because I didn't finish this, I won't bore you with a long review.
All I can say is, there was noDNF
Been There Done That
I gave this one a good try and because I didn't finish this, I won't bore you with a long review.
All I can say is, there was nothing new here that I haven't seen in other books of the genre to keep me interested. The writing was decent, but offered nothing unique or substantive. I just didn't see the point of wading my way through another mediocre paranormal YA that wasn't delivering when my review queue is filled with books written by authors who are taking risks and delving into unexplored territory.
Henry VIII is at the height of his reign and he's hungry like the wolf...
King Henry VIII is infamous for his ability to go through wives like dirty underwear with his fickle attentions and desire for a male heir. This book tells a tale untold until now.Henry's Europe is characterized as a land balancing precariously between human and demon kind. The Vatican acknowledges the existence of demons and even promotes their existence because, "..frightened people are more likely to attend church." Seriously, that's what they're going with. The Protektorate is an organization overseen by the Vatican that attempts to keep the demons in check to an extent, but in all honesty is pretty useless. Henry contracts lycanthropy and spends most of the book loping through England at night tearing into peasants with his great big teeth and hiding random body parts in his closet.
The title says it all, really I think readers will find an enormous lack of direction and misplaced humor. There are definitely some funny parts, but there are fairly few truly laughable moments. It is easy to see where the author tries to get a twisted laugh out of his reader and fails completely leading to much head shaking and exasperated sighing. I am a huge fan of dark humor, horror, and novel ideas. However in this case I just didn't like it. I think it is mostly because I have been incredibly spoiled by Christopher Moore and his fantastic books that mix dark humor, horror, and quirkiness superbly while still offering the reader an emotionally charged plot. His stories make you question just how fucked up your sense of humor actually is one minute and then show you that no matter how dark it gets, there is always heart at the center of it. I guess what I'm trying to say is there is a method to Mr. Moore's madness, whereas Henry VIII: Wolfman is just mad.
The pages of this book are soaked with blood and guts. I can get into that for zombies and the like, but when it comes to cracking jokes during the graphic slaughtering of children, I tend to be revolted. At one point, wolfman Henry digs up the grave of a recently deceased child, pulls of its head and limbs, and buries his snout in the gaping neck hole to feast. This is all after sinking his teeth into the ample breasts of the dead child's mother and ripping them off of her while she screams in agony. I am in no way debating morals here, I have read and enjoyed many a blood fest with novels like Z.A. Recht's Plague of the Dead and darkly humorous tales like Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job. If you can write your gore and humor with a satisfying storyline I commend you, it just doesn't happen here.
I won't lie though, the reading experience wasn't entirely unenjoyable. The text is well written and for all its sillyness keeps your reading at a brisk pace. I was brought to tears laughing at two different parts because of how absolutely ridiculous they were. That was honestly the thing that kept me reading, the twisted desire to see what crazy thing the author would come up with next. After all my criticisms for this book I did have the pleasure of reading the best irreverent death scene ever. I almost feel like bearing with the rest of the book is worth it just to read the death by fat ass scene. Don't have a cushion to smother your poor suffering patient with? Have the fattest man in the room sit on his face. Genius. I honestly mean that.
So Wicked reader, are you confused? Are you wondering right now "Did she like it or not?" The only answer I can give you is this. I didn't enjoy the story so much as I enjoyed the way it fucked with my head. I'm giving it 2.5 stars because of the butt death scene and because this book made me really think about what I liked in a book and how far someone can mess with historical accuracy before I stop taking it seriously. And that brings me to my final advice about this book. Don't take it seriously, enjoy the insane, twisted ride it takes you on. If you are not into the darker side of fiction, this is probably not the book for you. However if you enjoy a good mind fuck now and then, I suggest you give Henry VIII: Wolfman a read. And then tell me what you thought because I am dying to discuss this book with someone. ...more
Anna and Charles attend a werewolf conference in Seattle where the world's alphas are gathering to decide whether to come out to the public or not. Politics and danger await them as someone has it out for Anna.
I didn't like this one as much as the first. Don't get me wrong, I love this series, this couple, and this world. I liked Hunting Ground it just lacked that wonderful welling up of emotion I got from the first book and the short story that precedes it. Anna and Charles are a wonderful match and Anna is proving to be such a strong willed and utterly courageous mate. This newest installment in the series was an interesting lesson in werewolf politics and pack magic, and the inclusion of Arthurian legend really brought it all together near the end. I just would have liked to see something more concrete on Anna and Charles' relationship. It almost feels like we are back at the short story. When is Anna going to finally trust Charles and open up to him? It's just a bit frustrating to me.
That being said, I am looking forward to the release of the next book Fair Game which is set to release February 2nd, 2012. Now isn't that just a nice long wait? ...more
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy... You just can't seem to keep out of trouble, can you? I have really enjoyed this series, but I am glad to have reached a good stMercy, Mercy, Mercy... You just can't seem to keep out of trouble, can you? I have really enjoyed this series, but I am glad to have reached a good stopping point. I've spent the last week and a half reading through the Mercedes Thompson series and becoming familiar with its many characters and monsters. This series is a great blend of all things that go bump in the night with its main focus on the werewolves.
In this volume, we are exposed a lot more to the rules and science of the pack. As Mercy becomes closer to the pack she realizes that not all of its members may welcome her with open arms. Her bond and relationship with Adam is really focused on in the volume. Rather than the plot being problem based, it is more relationship driven. We also get a more in-depth look at the Fae and how some of their different classes function. Honestly, this has to be the most informational book out of the bunch, making me think Briggs is fueling us up for bigger things to come in the next volume, River Marked, which is due to come out March 1st, 2011. All in all a good read, but much less action than previous installments. ...more
This book started out really promising, but got confusing towards the end. There wasn't enough explanation of the world and the rules of the magic within it. Andrews just throws us into Kate's world with no idea of when or where she has sent us.
I want to be clear. I really did like this book, but there just wasn't enough world building and character development for me. Kate is a great character. Strong, smart, and intense, Kate handles everything that is thrown at her with a punch in the face, however she seems to be in the same place attitude wise as she was at the beginning of the book.
I will be trying out the next books in the series to see if they clear up the inconsistencies and holes that lost me in this book. ...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
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!...more
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
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?
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. ...more