After having David make her into a Djinn after she dies from having two demons tear her apart from the inside out, Joanne Baldwin has some learning to...moreAfter having David make her into a Djinn after she dies from having two demons tear her apart from the inside out, Joanne Baldwin has some learning to do. She now has all this power and she doesn't know how to use, and she does things, like levitate, without meaning to. David attempts to teach her, but then Jonathan, top Djinn, the most powerful, and considered their God, calls David in for his crimes. Not only did he make Jo a Djinn, but he made from himself. He is now half the Djinn he used to be, and is slowly dying from "feeding" Jo energy. Jonathan decides Jo has a week to learn how to be a Djinn, away from from previously-human-now-Djinn Patrick, the only of his kind to have survived.
But they all have bigger problems than their own lives. Humans and Djinn alike are in trouble. There is a rift in the universe, and "coldlight", blue sparklies that no-one understands, is coming through at an alarming rate. Several powerful natural disasters unnaturally occur, that Wardens and Djinn are having trouble fighting. Death is looking likely for both races and time is running out fast.
Another brilliant novel by Rachel Caine! I will never know how she is able to come up with such unique storylines, and have every second of every book one big adrenalin rush!
The Weather Wardens series is unique not just in the individual storylines, but in it's supernatural elements too. I've een a fan of fantasy for a fairly long time now, and I've never come across anything like this. The Wardens, who are able to control weather, fire, and earth through the use of magic and science, are just incredible. I'm not brilliant when it comes to science, so I never completely understand what's being said when Jo effects the weather, but it's so believable, and you know it just makes sense - it's based on science, whether I get it or not. But with Heat Stroke, we also get a look at how Djinn work, the power they have and how they use it, through Jo's life as a Djinn. The things they are able to do is practically limitless, and they are just amazing.
We get to revisit some great characters in Heat Stroke; David, the Djinn Jo fell in love with who saved her life, Lewis, the most powerful Warden going as he can control weather, fire and earth rather than just one, and Jo herself, who has such a cool sarcastic sense of humour, and makes me smile with her obsession with fashion and fast cars.
There are also some new characters to love. Jonathan, the Djinn God, is just fantastic; as powerful as he is, and as much responsibility as he has, he's quite cool when he's not being high and mighty. There's also Patrick, the once-human Djinn who is practically a pervy Santa Claus with a tough love form of teaching.
As with all of Rachel's novels, Heat Stroke is very fast paced, events or moments running head first into each other. The characters get very little breathing space, but the novel is action packed. When Jo is racing against the clock, you'll be flying through the pages as fast as she's running.
Heat Stroke has a very unpredictable plot, and at times I literally could not see any way around the problems going on in the world. You can't help but be filled with despair as everyting that could possibly go wrong for the characters you love does, when the outcome looks grim. The ending is just just unbelievable, and incredible, and just genius, because I know the next book, Chill Factor, is going to be just as amazing, if not better. I cannot recommend this series enough.(less)
I've recently been in the mood for more adult urban fantasy over YA so have been reorganising my TBR pile to find them. I knew I had Kitty and the Mid...moreI've recently been in the mood for more adult urban fantasy over YA so have been reorganising my TBR pile to find them. I knew I had Kitty and the Midnight Hour in there somewhere, and thought I'd give it a go. And now I'm not sure what I think.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, I did enjoy it to a certain degree, but it did feel very much like a first novel in a series. Despite the fact that there was a fair bit of action and excitement, and there was a complete plot. The way it's set up just seemed a little random to me. Kitty's radio show because an almost supernatural problem/discussion show, and because she now has the show, she ends up finding out things, and people want her to help them. It's like things just fall in her lap randomly. Things link together and make sense in the end, but it's how they come to her attention that I found a bit iffy.
There are two main storylines to this book; a rogue werewolf is killing young women, and someone wants Kitty dead. There is another storyline that will follow on, about a preacher who says he can cure the supernatural. Now the problem with the randomly falling into her lap is to do with the rogue werewolf, where as the trouble with someone wanting to kill her works better. Pack dynamics in this book are.. well, disgusting. I was actually moaning to my mate about how the alpha of the pack treated Kitty, and was thinking of putting it down because there is no-way reading it could be enjoyable. Carl, the alpha, is god. What he says goes. You do what he tells you to, when he tells you to do it, or else you get the beating of your life for undermining his authority. So when he says you have to quit your job, you're expected to do it. When he is "teaching you a lesson", you're supposed to take it. When he decides he wants to have sex with you, you allow him. Take out the supernatural element to this, and it's abuse, plain and simple, and it was completely disgusting to watch, seeing Kitty just accept that this is the way things are. It was awful. But when someone thinks the alpha is paying far too much attention to the "cub" of the pack, and might be gaining a bit too much power, well... instead of outright challenging, they're a bit underhanded about it, and trying to get rid of Kitty in other ways.
I have to beonest and say the way the alpha treated Kitty, and how she found out about things has kind of coloured my view of the story, but despite those things, it was actually really good. The action and excitement was spot on, there was intrigue, a possible romance, and certain things left open to carry on in the next book. So yes, through writing this review, I've decided I did enjoy this book, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Kitty goes to Washington.(less)
Imagine that when there is a blackout, when no electricity is working, it’s caused by a rise in magic. That’s the world Kate Daniels lives in, a merce...moreImagine that when there is a blackout, when no electricity is working, it’s caused by a rise in magic. That’s the world Kate Daniels lives in, a mercenary who cleans up the problems magic leaves behind when it recedes and technology returns. When her guardian is murdered, she is determined to get justice for his death, and finds herself caught in the middle between the Pack, the shapeshifters, and The Masters of the Dead, those who control the vampires. Both factions blame the other for a series of mysterious deaths that have happened on both sides, and Kate’s guardian’s death is somehow involved. Both want the killer found, and want Kate to do the finding.
This was a really good book! I loved the mythology for the vampires and the weres; so different to anything else I’ve read, and very original! And I loved the story! It’s very much a fantasy mystery, and you’re kept guessing all the way through. I have to admit, I normally pride myself in working out what’s going to happen in a book – not that the books are predictable, it’s just something I’m normally able to do – but even I got it wrong with this book! So totally surprised, but it does make sense at the end.
I loved the characters, especially Curran, Beast King of the Pack. He was just so cool, and not as nearly as annoying as Kate makes him out to be, in my opinion. Actually, most of the awesome characters were pack members; Mahon, DooLittle and Derek. Kate was cool, though a little too quick to dislike everyone. And Saiman! Oh, I love him! I’m not exactly sure what he is, but he can change what he looks like completely, but he is cool as a person too.
The story is resolved by the end of the book, but there are other questions that aren’t answered that will flow easily into the next book, with the set up of the next storyline. Over all, this book is pretty awesome, and I can’t wait for the next one. A definite must read for fantasy fans! (less)
The difference between the movies and reality? In real life, I was the monster.
Faythe Sanders looks like an ordinary student, but she's hiding a dark...moreThe difference between the movies and reality? In real life, I was the monster.
Faythe Sanders looks like an ordinary student, but she's hiding a dark secret: she is a werecat, a powerful, supernatural predator. Yet headstrong, independant Faythe a resents her power, heading to college to escape her family and her overprotective ex, Marc.
That is until a stray - a dangerous werecat without pride or territory - catches her scent. With two werecat girls already missing, Faythe is summoned home for her own protection.
But Faythe will do whatever it takes to find her kidnapped kin. She has claws - and she's not afraid to use them.
I really liked this book! It was such a great read. Lots of really strong characters, that you can't help but like. Faythe is stubborn, and determined to have a life of her own outside what is expected of her as a tabby in the pride - get married and have babies. She strives so hard to get what she wants, and you can't help admire her.
That's one of the subplots of the story; her determination to stand up against her father, the Alpha of the pride, and be independant. There is another subplot too, the relationship between Faythe and her ex, Marc. Marc loves her and wants her back, but Marc symbolises to Faythe everything she was trying to escape, and fights him at every turn. Then Jace, an enforcer for the pride, takes an interest in Faythe, and a love triangle forms with Faythe trying to fight it all from every angle.
Back to the main plot; this story is really quite disturbing and scary as it unfolds and we find out what's happening along with Faythe. Once she was involved properly, I found it very difficult to read, not wanting to know what would happen, because I could guess.
But this is an awesome book, it makes you face things you would rather not. It doesn't wrap you up in cotton wool, but puts you smack dab in the middle of it all, wondering how the hell could things get any worse, and worried for the characters. Seriously, an amazing book. I highly recommend!
I am a huge fan of the Night Huntress series, but after reading At Grave’s End, the previous book in the series, which was just unbelievably good, and...moreI am a huge fan of the Night Huntress series, but after reading At Grave’s End, the previous book in the series, which was just unbelievably good, and seeing the trailer for Destined for an Early Grave, I wasn’t too sure if this novel would match up. The story idea seemed a little off to me; after everything that’s happened to Cat, suddenly some vampire guy from a past she doesn’t remember starts trying to say that she’s married to him? It just didn’t sound like it fitted in with the other books, or that it should have been before At Grave’s End. However, being a huge fan of Jeaniene Frost, of course I was dying to reading it despite my misgivings. You would have thought I’d have learnt by now that if a book gives me the slightest inkling of doubt, I’m going to love it. It’s happened so many times, and has happened yet again with Destined for an Early Grave.
I cannot tell you how much I loved this book! In my review for At Grave’s End, I mentioned that Cat was at her strongest. Considering the events of that book, and how everyone dealt with it all, what happened in this, well, I never saw it coming. Cat and Bones’ relationship is strained to its limits, Cat takes some drastic steps, and a lot more people are put at risk – and I loved every second of it!
With each novel Jeaniene writes, there is more and more of an emotional rollercoaster! We have the same characters we’ve come to know and love, and we get even more involved in their lives, and their emotional dramas are just as heart wrenching as the action is an adrenalin rush. I can’t really go into detail about how or why it’s emotional without spoiling the book, but there are several events when my heart just falls for Cat, and I really feel for her because of the things she goes through.
Then we have the action. I am always amazed at how brilliantly Jeaniene choreographs her fight scenes. As I have mentioned before, I have a very visual imagination, so every book I read is like watching a movie, but sometimes fight scenes can get a little confusing for me to see. This is not a problem with these books; I see every punch, every kick, every slash, every bite, and every stab. It’s exciting, but it’s also scary; you’re worried about the people who are fighting and how they could possibly get out of what’s happening alive. And finally, being fight scenes, they’re quite violent and gory; at one point towards the end, I was so nervous for the characters, and it got quite a bit gory that I had to put the book down and get a drink as it made me feel a bit sick. All of this shows just how awesome a writer Jeaniene is!
I could go on about how amazing this book is, but I would be spoiling a lot of the book. This book is just amazing, and I really can’t wait for the next in the series. Luckily enough, to tide me over until the next Night Huntress series book, First Drop of Crimson, the first book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World series, is due out 9th February, and I can’t wait to read it!I’d highly recommend this novel, and if you haven’t read any of the books in the Night Huntress series yet, I would go get Halfway to the Grave ASAP if I were you! Don’t miss out any longer!(less)
This is a multiple POV book, with at least eight different characters who we follow through third person narrative, or get to speak through first pers...moreThis is a multiple POV book, with at least eight different characters who we follow through third person narrative, or get to speak through first person. I found this book very difficult to read in the beginning; it doesn't seem to flow very well, sentences not seeming to link. It jumps from third to first person, with someone telling their version of things the reader already read about that seem pointless. A lot of the being is the reader being told things, rather than us seeing things in action, and there isn't a huge amount of explanation as to how or why such things are known.
The book picks up after a few chapters, though. After page 76, everything flows, and the characters are more believable, but it still takes a hell of a while for things to get going. About three quarters of the book go by before the demoness has been released. On several occasions, things are repeated a few times. This can be understandable if the reader knows things certain characters don't, but after reading something four or five times, it gets a little irritating.
Another factor that annoyed be a little was how quickly everyone was able to accept and believe that Jack, the dog in the book, is sent from God. In the real world, a lot of people find it quite easy to believe in a higher power, but this is a fictitious book, and it just feels a little off how quickly all things are accepted without much questioning.
Despite it all, PureHeart isn't a bad book. It's a fairly enjoyable read if you can look past the few faults and be patient with it. Some scenes are quite disturbing, and more than once it's quite gruesome, but it fits the story. I was a little disappointed with the end, it felt a little anticlimactical after the build up throughout the book. Still, all in all, it was an enjoyable read.
PureHeart may seem a little controversial to those with a strong Christian faith, as a dog gives birth to two puppies after being neutered, and one of the puppies has the power to heal.
Would be a good book for those who love their pets as children.(less)
Half-vampire, half-mage Sabina Kane is an assain for the Dominae, the three women who rule over vampires. The result of a forbidden love affair, Sabin...moreHalf-vampire, half-mage Sabina Kane is an assain for the Dominae, the three women who rule over vampires. The result of a forbidden love affair, Sabina always tries to impress her grandmother Lavinia, the Alpha of the Dominae, who constantly reminds her of the circumstances of her birth. When the Dominae set Sabina the assignment of infiltrating into a cult trying to reunite all the dark races - vampires, mages, and fae - spy on the leader, and eventually kill them, Sabina gets a lot more than she bargained for. She's stalked by a mage, ends up with a demon for a room mate, and finds out some family secrets. The more involved she gets, the more dangerous things get, and she has to decide just who's side she's on.
This book is absolutely amazing! I loved every second of it. The inner struggle Sabina goes through to try and impress her grandmother, yet meeting disapproval at every turn for something she has no control over is difficult to read. It's awful that someone would be on the end of such prejudice from a member of their own family, and I kept willing Sabina to stand up to her grandmother, but as Alpha of the Dominae, she treats her with the respect that comes with her position.
The story has twists and turns you don't expect, and various love interests, unsure of who she should trust and go for. You're kept guessing about the "cult" right until the last minute, trying to work out whether it's legit or not. The characters are just fantastic. Sabina is strong and vulnerable all at the same time, and her interaction with the other characters are so entertaining. You've got to love Vinca, the nymph, with her overly friendly and enthusiastic little girl nature, and Adam, the mysterious mage who always turns up, challenging all Sabina knows. And then there's Giguhl, the demon sent to kill her, who ends up being an unwanted pet. He is just hilarious! Seriously, he might just be my favourite character throughout the whole book! And I just have to share some of the funny moments with you:
"Is that all you bought?" His eyes shot to the left. "Um." I clenched my teeth. "What else?" "A Super Mega Juicer, he said quickly. "But, Sabina, seriously that juicer is a miracle machine." "I'm a vampire, Giguhl. The only liquids I drink are blood or alcohol. I don't do juice." "You might want to consider a little roughage in your diet. According to the commercial, an increase in fiber will help you be more regular." Red-Headed Stepchild is really an awesome book, and I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the next book, The Mage in Black.
Red-Headed Stepchild is really an awesome book, and I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the next book, The Mage in Black.(less)
Genny Taylor is a sidhe fae living in London - a London full of paranormal creatures the humans all know about. Vampires are no longer feared and some...moreGenny Taylor is a sidhe fae living in London - a London full of paranormal creatures the humans all know about. Vampires are no longer feared and some even have celebrity status thanks to a successful PR campaign, but Genny knows not to trust them.
She works for Spellcrackers.com, a company run by witches, that sorts out magical problems by finding and 'cracking' spells. But when a well-known vampire is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, his human father comes to Genny for help prooving his innocence, and Genny is forced into checking it out by a previously made magical bargain. Things get stranger when other powerful vampires take an interest in the murder and Genny's findings. With the attention of the vampires, Genny knows things are going to get dangerous.
I loved this book! It was so awesome! I loved the mythology used for all the different paranormals; far, vampires, goblins, trolls witches, faelings, brownies, etc. But what I loved most was reading an urban fantasy that takes place in my home town. I have wrongly been of the impression that urban fantasy couldn't be set in the UK; Britain is far too British to be a good urban fantasy set here. The Sweet Scent of Blood proved me wrong! It is fantastic to have this exciting plot, and actually being able to picture the places where things are happening because I've been there!
Speaking of the plot, it was awesome! There was suspence and mystery throughout the novel, and you're kept guessing right until the end, not knowing who did what in regards to the dead girl and why, and taken completely by surprise when Genny finds out.
There are various characters in the book the book that I love; Agatha the brownie is just adorable and I love her accent, Finn the Satyr is so sexy it's hard not to have a literary crush on him, Katie, a human girl, us so excitable and such a teenager, it's funny, and Hugh the troll is just the lovliest person ever! Then there's Malic, a vampire who is hot and scary and mysterious, you're never really sure what to think of him. Genny herself is pretty cool; very strong, brave and smart, with such a cool sense of humour. She bugged me sometimes with her constant "so not what I wanted to hear" thoughts, and similar, but you can forgive her them for how awesome the book is. The possibility of a future love triangle is hinted at, which I just love! Though I think I know who I'd prefer Genny to go for.
I can't recommend this book enough; it's so exciting, suspenceful and just generally wow! I can't wait to get my hands on the second novel in the Spellcrackers.com series, The Cold Kiss of Death. Read this book now!(less)
Allie Beckstrom lives in a world where magic has been discovered, discovering pools of magic deep in the earth and that it can be harvested from storm...moreAllie Beckstrom lives in a world where magic has been discovered, discovering pools of magic deep in the earth and that it can be harvested from storms. She is the daughter of a famous business man who created the devices for humans to gather magic. But, like everything, magic has a price, and it exerts that price from the user in the form of pain on the body. There are those who would rather have the magic without paying the price, and Offload the cost to innocent people. Allie is a Hound who investigates these illegal Offloads. But when one Offload, that almost causes death, seems to have come from her father, things get a little personal for Allie, a little too close to home, putting her life at risk.
I don’t think I’m a big fan of this book, and I would have trouble explaining why without spoiling the novel. The story seems to just go round in circles, and so some things get a little predictable, and you know what’s coming. Sometimes predicting what happens in a book can be fun, but not when you know what’s coming in almost every stage of the book.
One of the things that bugged me about this book is that it just didn’t feel like an urban fantasy to me. There is magic in this novel, and a lot of it, and it is set in Portland, so it is an urban fantasy, but it just feels like there’s something missing to me. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but perhaps it’s the absence of anything paranormal. I’ve been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately hat include paranormal creatures, so that may be it – in which case, I guess it’s just a preference I have when it comes to these types of novels.
Some of the characters annoyed me a bit, too. Zayvion, Allie’s love interest, is just a bit too nice to be believable for me, and lacks what I can only describe as maleness. I don’t mean masculinity, there’s a lot of that, but he just doesn’t seem like a guy – and I don’t mean that guys can’t be nice, they are in a lot of books, but they are also obviously male, whether it be a sense of humour, or the way they talk about things. Zayvion just doesn’t seem complete to me. And with Allie... ok, she has a lot going on her plate but still needs to get on with things to survive, but she tells herself to “suck it up” far too often, and I just wanted to slap her. She also seemed to miss the obvious on too many occasions.
Magic to the Bone is the first in a series, but the story is resolved to a certain extent. However, it seems to me that the resolution is just an excuse given, rather than the actual story. There is more going on beneath the surface, and not everyone is being completely honest with Allie. There are too many questions about the events of this book, in my opinion, for this story to be resolved. I would be amazed if Allie doesn’t find out more about the main events of this story in the sequel.
Saying that, I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next in the series. I didn’t really enjoy this novel, so I think I’ll move on to something else. Although the premise of this book was pretty awesome, it just isn’t for me.(less)
Cassie Palmer, now Pythia – cheif clairvoyant, has come into her full power. Having not been trained as a candidate for Pythia when she was growing up...moreCassie Palmer, now Pythia – cheif clairvoyant, has come into her full power. Having not been trained as a candidate for Pythia when she was growing up, she’s struggling to understand here powers and work out how to use them. Working things out will have to wait however, as she needs to get hold of the Merlini Codex. The geis between her and Lord Mircea, a master vampire and member of the vampire senate, is getting stronger, and Mircea’s life is at risk. Only in the Codex can she find the counter spell to the geis and free them both, with the help of the war mage Pritkin. With a group of runaway magical children who are dropped on to her plate, and the continual attempts on her life by the Silver Circle, things are complicated. But then she starts to mistrust Pritkin, and when a blast from his past shows up, the truth about him is revealed, and things start to get a lot worse.
I don’t know how Karen Chance manages to do it, but this book is amazing! You may remember that I wasn’t all that keen on the first book because of the way the world building was dealt with. There is no problem now! This book was just awesome! It’s unbelievable how fast paced it is, and how everything links together even though there are so many things going on at once. I love it! Along with Cassie, you’re not sure who to trust and who to mistrust, who wants to help and who is out for themselves. You’re kept guessing the whole time!
You may also remember that I didn’t like Pritkin in the first book. I absolutely bloody love him now! He has to be my favourite character; he’s always angry and untrusting, but he’s just so cool with his spells and weapons, and how you can rely on him to get you out of a scrap. If he’s not my favourite, then possibly Billy Joe, Cassie’s ghost sidekick, or Casanova, the vampire incubus, or incubus vampire (I always get that confused) who run’s night club Dante’s.
Cassie is amazing though. She goes through a rollercoaster of emotions through this novel as the story progresses as she gets more information, meets another obstacle, or other complications arise. She keeps at it though, she picks herself up and tries again and again, and her strength is admirable. Even when things seem impossible, and she’s at her wits end, the girl doesn’t stop.
I can’t really go into too much more detail without spoiling the book. It has Chance’s usual fast pace, array of strong, but humorous character, and a plot that’ll keep you turning the pages into well into the night! If vampires, weres, fey, witches, mages, clairvoyants and demons are your thing, this is a series you definitely need to grab! (less)