Of the three books in the series this is by far the best one. It is incredibly fast-paced, with werecat politics threatening Faythe's pride as well as...moreOf the three books in the series this is by far the best one. It is incredibly fast-paced, with werecat politics threatening Faythe's pride as well as her life. Basically Faythe's world falls apart in this book but it is done amazingly well. The council convenes to try Faythe who is facing the death penalty after infecting her ex-boyfriend (by accident) and then having to kill him (in self-defense). The only way she can exonerate herself is by demonstrating her partial-shift but it isn't something she can control. The trial is interrupted when a group of strays are attacking the hikers in the area where they are staying and have to be stopped.
Everything that happens is in the name of politics rather than justice. The fact that the council ignores Faythe's ability and bravery as an enforcer especially considering that she is female is completely unfair as is the way that they treat Marc, a remarkable enforcer who seems to be one the best in his field but because he is a stray, he apparently is not worthy of their respect or his position. No one wants to see him in charge of his pride, which he may inherit with Faythe if he marries her. Faythe's father wants change but the council members are old and are resisting change favouring the traditional medieval ways of sexism and descrimination against those who were infected rather than born werecats. I can't wait for the next book, PREY to come out later this year to find out the verdict on Faythe's murder charge and the way that her pride will handle the political assault on their alpha. A brilliant read! (less)
'Rogue' is the follow-up to 'Stray', the first book in the series, and continues with the same story in 'Stray' but deals with the consequences of Fay...more'Rogue' is the follow-up to 'Stray', the first book in the series, and continues with the same story in 'Stray' but deals with the consequences of Faythe's actions which affect both her and her pride of werecats. Unlike the first book, this one leaves you with a cliffhanger ending so be warned. Other than that I really enjoyed 'Rogue'and though 'Stray' seemed similar to 'Bitten' and 'Stolen' by Kelley Armstrong, 'Rogue' is very different. I'm looking forward to reading 'Pride', the next book in the series. (less)
This is definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys this series. It is quite different from Kelley Armstrong’s earlier books because instead of havin...moreThis is definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys this series. It is quite different from Kelley Armstrong’s earlier books because instead of having just one female narrator we have one female, Hope Adams (chaos half-demon) and one male Lucas Cortez (sorceror and reluctant heir to the Cortez Cabal). I did wonder why we needed to see Lucas’s side of things right up until a major plot development which will leave both him and Paige with a lot to worry about in future books.
Most readers probably won’t know who Hope is, though she is briefly mentioned in Broken. She has her own short story in the anthology ‘Dates From Hell’ so I would advise people to read this before reading Personal Demon.
This book brings a few of the series’ minor characters to the front of the stage and in doing so we get to learn a little more about Pack history and a little more on what it’s like to work for a cabal.
As for Hope, I didn’t really connect with her though I did feel sorry for her having to struggle with her ability to not only detect chaos but to feed off it as well. This made her feel guilty, getting a thrill out of something bad. I was more interested in Karl Marsten, werewolf thief; Troy, personal bodyguard to the head of the Cortez Cabal and the Cortez family itself.
Overall, its a good read with death and conspiracy popping up everywhere you look. I'm looking forward to reading about what happens next for Lucas and the Cortez family. (less)
Although this is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's young adult series I still enjoyed it. I did find it hard to get into at the beginning but event...moreAlthough this is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's young adult series I still enjoyed it. I did find it hard to get into at the beginning but eventually I got lost in it and read it in one sitting.
The Darkest Powers series is set in the same world as the Women of the Otherworld series and it shows more towards the end. I was a little surprised that this book was similar to Stolen, the second book in the Women of the Otherworld series but it was different enough that it was still worth reading. When I got to the end I was stunned to realise that it was a cliffhanger and was desperate to read more though I understand this to be part of a trilogy so more of a part one of three, something that I'm not used to with Kelley's books. I will definitely be buying the second book. (less)
Another good book from Kim Harrison. This is the 6th book in the series. In this instalment we get closer to finding out who murdered Kisten and what...moreAnother good book from Kim Harrison. This is the 6th book in the series. In this instalment we get closer to finding out who murdered Kisten and what Trent's father really did when he cured Rachel as a child. We get to meet Rachel's mother who has been keeping a secret all of Rachel's life which has been affecting her mental health but once it's out in the open she seems a lot better. Rachel seems to think that her mother is harmless would be mortified if she knew anything about Rachel's life but in fact she's fiesty and surprisingly understanding.
There are a couple of threads to this book, one where Ceri falls pregnant and to ensure the child is born healthy they need a pure sample of elf DNA which can only be found in the ever-after. And the other is about Al being summoned out of his prison cell in the ever-after and set free to reek havoc every night. He comes straight for Rachel and attempts to kill her. She has to find away to keep him from hurting her and her family and friends.
I really enjoyed this one especially when we get see Trent so helpless despite all of his money. (less)
Although I loved the first two books in the Mercy Thompson series, I found it really difficult to get into this one. I was also surprised by a terribl...moreAlthough I loved the first two books in the Mercy Thompson series, I found it really difficult to get into this one. I was also surprised by a terrible event in the book and didn't realise it happened until a character mentioned it afterwards and had to go back and re-read it. I didn't mind that this story was darker than the others just that it didn't showcase the author's usual way of writing which sucks you in and keeps you there. (less)