1. My biggest complaint is that I didn't feel a connection between Miss FBI (aka Special Agent Heather Wallace) and Dante, yet they fell for each othe...more1. My biggest complaint is that I didn't feel a connection between Miss FBI (aka Special Agent Heather Wallace) and Dante, yet they fell for each other though I don't know why. At the beginning I imagined Dante to be as Eric from True Blood with his throne in the club with a hint of pre-godhood Acheron with everyone adoring and lusting after him so I could understand Miss FBI's automatic attraction but not what attracted him to her except that she quieted the voices in his head. They spent very little time together and there was little to no sexual tension. They were forced together, there was no love between them. I think it would have been more realistic to pair her with Lucien.
2. I wouldn't call this book PNR, it barely qualifies as UF, it's more crime/horror as there is very little romance and only one sex scene.
3. The constantly changing multiple POVs was incredibly irritating. This didn't settle down until about two thirds of the way in. There were too many characters introduced in this way at the beginning, it was confusing.
4. The pace of this book is really slow it gets bogged down with the multiple POVs sometimes of the same events, only the last 100 pages or so does the pace pick up. This book is a depressing 500 pages long so you can imagine what a hard slog reading this was.
5. Though the inclusion of the French/Casjun words and phrases were a nice touch, I'm not fluent in these languages so I didn't always know what was said. I didn't notice the glossary until I finished the book which wasn't helpful, it should have been placed at the very beginning of the book instead of the end.
6. The cover did not represent what was inside the book. This cover was very misleading. Miss FBI did not wear leather, in fact she was one of the few who didn't wear it.
7. Background - questions were left unanswered about Miss FBI's past and her present circumstances. We have to assume she is single and living in Seattle and that she is alone with no family or friends except her boss Stearns. I had questions about Lucien and his whereabouts while Dante suffered, why he left his mother and what made him Fallen, though it was hinted at. Vampire politics were also hinted at with a mention of sanctions and councils but alas no elaboration.
8. Motivations - I didn't fully understand the motives and inner workings of the Bad Seed experiment/programme, or what exactly it was in relation to the FBI and the research lab.
9. Miss FBI's 'Are vampires real?' dilemma was dealt with badly. She was skeptical then sort of accepted it, was unsure, then had to see to believe. Bloody hell, make up your damn mind!
10. Characters - Dante was intriguing but he wasn't fully developed. You don't really get a proper sense of his personality other than being musical and having to do everything the hard way. His sexuality was unclear, he kissed men but generally in greeting as he did with the women. He'd suffered sexual abuse so maybe he didn't know himself if he was gay, bi or straight although we do see him participating in a threesome with another man there was no touching between them other than a kiss. He didn't seem sexy to me, he wanted to be a bad boy but in my opinion he didn't quite pull it off. He just seemed broken with no real hope of regaining control over his mind or his abilities. Collins peaked my interest but we see little of him and then he's discarded. Miss FBI was weak, there was very little to her, you got a vague sense of protectiveness and the need to do right but other than that she was a dull, flat character. We learn very little about the bad guys Ronin, E and Moore -they were just bad because the author had labelled them so there were no reasons behind their actions. Also members of Dante's household were thrust forward without much depth or explanation for their loyalty to Dante.
11. I was confused for most of the book. I had a hard time following what was happening and why or how Miss FBI made her deductions. Overall the story is very slow, dry and bland, hell we even know who the serial killer is from the beginning so there was no mystery to hold my interest. I was bored reading this and forced myself to finish it. My only positive emotion about this book was the relief I felt when I read the final page. Basically this was a waste of time. The writing is abysmal but the story had potential and that is the only reason why I'm giving this two stars instead of one.(less)
I'd just finished Black Magic Sanction at 1am and had a quick look at what I was going to read next, picked up Need, read the first couple of sentence...moreI'd just finished Black Magic Sanction at 1am and had a quick look at what I was going to read next, picked up Need, read the first couple of sentences and couldn't put it down.
I was instantly intrigued by the phobias as chapter names, Zara's obsession with them, her deep depression and pessimistic thoughts (I'm a pessimist at heart). The small town, the cold creepy woods and the isolating snow storms - it all adds to the spooky atmosphere. The simple, free flowing writing had me right in Zara's mind, feeling her emptiness, her hopelessness and anger at her stepdad's death. All of this made it an easy read but there were some things that brought this book down.
Zara's pacifist nature and her obsession with Amnesty International is just weird. Perhaps this hobby was just that, a hobby until her stepdad died and she just became obsessed but it was odd, I don't really think teenagers much care about the wider world or even think about being a pacifist until they leave school.
Zara's conversations with Davyn and Issie aren't quite right. Again I can sort of rationalise and say that they cottoned onto the whole fairy thing because they were bored, not much went on in the small town so they latched on to anything remotely interesting and ran it into the ground. Can't really see them making the connection between the Pointing Man in the woods and pixies just by typing a few words into Google though. A bit of a leap.
I expected Davyn to be a were but Issie felt like one too with the way she talked about packs and her hyperactive energy. I saw Ian coming a mile away, anyone that nice is hiding something. For some reason I thought there would be a twist in what Zara was, I knew the story was pointing to her being half-pixie but I assumed that she was really her stepdad's biological daughter that got pixie blood from her mother's line. It would have explained her and Nick's strong connection.
I wondered about whether there was a were community or a pack structure, it was hinted at but not explained. Nick is an emerging alpha but if his protective instincts are so strong is/does he become an alpha of something like a pack or the were community? I wasn't too clear on this.
We didn't really get much depth on the pixies, who quite frankly acted more like vampires. I don't understand why the weres didn't know the pixies were living in the woods when they are supposed to be mortal enemies and both races have been living in the same area for over 25 years.
The ending didn't quite match up to what I was expecting but it was a light and easy read.(less)
I really want to give this a better rating for the easy writing style and the effortless flow which kept me hooked but I can't ignore this book's faul...moreI really want to give this a better rating for the easy writing style and the effortless flow which kept me hooked but I can't ignore this book's faults.
Throughout I got annoyed with Damen's constant excuses and apologies and from the moment after Drina attacked Ever everything got a bit corny and Damen's explanation of what he is didn't quite feel right. However I did love the thing with the flowers and their meanings and the way he gave Ever some of her confidence back. The Riley dilemma was well-written and I could understand Ever's feelings toward Ava, she was always smiling and came off as arrogant, why would Ever think Ava could help if she was like that and going behind Ever's back and talking to Riley?
Some may compare this to Twilight but I think that's unfair, it has more in common with the Vampire Diaries. Both of the heroines have lost their families in car accidents, both are finding it hard to adjust to a new life with an aunt, both meet a mysterious new student at school and the similarities continue only Stefan was a vampire and Damen is not. Drina could have been the Damen character from the Vampire Diaries in disguise but she was more pathetic though her manipulation of Haven was creepy. (less)
I found it hard to get my head around the world created here. The Shadowblades and Sunspears were great but some things didn't quite fit, like the ang...moreI found it hard to get my head around the world created here. The Shadowblades and Sunspears were great but some things didn't quite fit, like the angels - I couldn't see them being in that world. I was also a bit unsure of the Guardians and their place, but I think that will be rectified later.
Switching between narrators was a good way of introducing us to the two characters that are to become an item, though more effort was made to flesh out main character Max than Alexander, who seemed pretty dull and boring to me. Idolising Max and wishing he could be more like her are, in my opinion, grounds for a crush rather than a foundation for a serious relationship.
The chemistry between them wasn't quite up to par. We're repeatedly told they're instantly attracted to one another in a love-at-first-sight kind of way without much interaction between them, and based on this, Max sort of trusts him and vice versa. To be honest, I was more interested in the kiss between Max and Oz and where that could lead.
Giselle, though supposedly a tough witch and Max's superior, didn't come across as a "good torturer", and therefore, a not-so-nice person. Most of the time she was on an equal footing with Max, or she let Max take charge. I didn't see the woman who we're told tortured Max when trying to bind and rebind Max to her after Max tried to escape, despite what Giselle did to Alexander.
I loved the gruesome scenes and the dark nature of the book in general, but the physical damage that Max and others suffered was so extensive I couldn't quite believe they were still able to walk around unaided and not hemorrhaging out on the floor. These absurdly remarkable healing abilities gave me the feeling that they were almost invincible, except against angels.
There are some rough edges to this book but I imagine the sequel will be smoother. I'd be interested in reading about Max's future role in the coming war and how her family reacts to her being alive.(less)
Good lord, that was bad. But I can understand why some like it. The humour, frivolity and flippant nature of the characters towards all things superna...moreGood lord, that was bad. But I can understand why some like it. The humour, frivolity and flippant nature of the characters towards all things supernatural just wasn't to my taste. Where were the disbelievers, those ignorant of the paranormal or the crazy fist-shaking fanatics hell-bent on ridding the world of evil doers?
Everything was designed to be quirky, to draw a laugh or a smile from the reader. From the melodramatic evil Lolita determined to take over the world any way possible, seducing and killing her way to her goal, to declarations that the world's about to end and the requisite tentacled monster. Basically it's a parody of old-style rural horror with a modern twist.
The zombie cows and turkeys were new and exciting but in general the humour didn't get many laughs from me. The two months of reading this hasn't been fun. I'm not sure why I forced myself to finish it today but I did it. Hallelujah.
If you like or are in the mood for an ultra lite camp and goofy horror in the same vein as Shaun of the Dead (which is much better than this book) or the Scary Movie franchise then you'll probably enjoy this.(less)
I see Beautiful Creatures as Adult Literary Fiction meets Young Adult with a heavy dose of Paranormal Romance.
The story is told from a male perspectiv...moreI see Beautiful Creatures as Adult Literary Fiction meets Young Adult with a heavy dose of Paranormal Romance.
The story is told from a male perspective (unusual for this genre) in first person by Ethan Lawson Wate who is stuck in a small southern town in the middle of nowhere, where no one moves in and no one moves out. You’re born there, live there and die there. Ethan wants to be different, he wants to get out and see the world, he’s tired of the small-town attitudes of his school friends and neighbours. He’s been having nightmares about holding onto an unknown girl he’s in love while she dangles in the air until he drops her, nightmares in which he wakes up soaked from the rain in his dream, and is haunted by a mysterious song called Sixteen Moons.
Everything in the town is the same until Lena Duchannes moves in with her reclusive uncle, Macon Ravenwood the town’s bogeyman. Everyone tars her with the same brush automatically believing she’s as “crazy” as her uncle, everyone but Ethan. He recognises her from the nightmares and sees something different in her. She’s a symbol of everything he wants: she’s travelled, she’s well-educated, well-read and she doesn’t think like the rest of the town, and when Ethan becomes her friend the town turns on them both. Ethan adores her until she reveals she’s a Caster, a magic-user who will be Claimed either by the Dark (evil) or the Light (good) on her 16th birthday but she belives she will go Dark. They form an unusually strong bond especially since he's only a Mortal and together they try to find out more about the Claiming to see if they can stop it but both Macon and Ethan’s housekeeper (or second mother), Amma stand in their way.
This is very slow-building, so slow in fact that it took me over two weeks to finish. Only bull-headed determination got me to the end. A lot of background on the town and its characters was given but there were parts that just didn’t interest me, like detail on the all-important war and the repetition of certain facts that got tiresome after a while as did Lena's behaviour, constantly pushing Ethan away "for his own good" when it was clear he wasn't going anywhere and all she was doing was hurting them both. I had to skim a few times.
Macon Ravenwood was my favourite character, I wanted to read more about him and his life. I also wanted more on Genevieve and her life after the visions, how much did she change after she made the failed bargain? How Dark did she become? I wondered if there was something special about Boo Radley the wolf-dog other than being Macon’s eyes, was his relationship with Macon symbiotic? It seemed like it. I think something more could have been made of Ethan’s father, I don’t know what exactly but there wasn’t enough interaction with Ethan especially after the suicide incident.
Ethan struck me as very feminine and extremely mature until quite late in the book when he found it difficult to say the words "girlfriend" and "I love you". I waited for his thoughts to turn sexual, like every hormonal teenager but it didn't happen. His unusual bond with Lena wasn’t really explained, even though there was a comparison to Ethan Carter Wate (Ethan’s great, great uncle) and Genevieve’s relationship, it wasn’t clear on what made Ethan able to feel and communicate (via mind-speak) with Lena so easily. There was a suggestion he was a Caster and then doors were opening of their own accord for him which was later explained away as his mother’s spirit helping him. Lena’s father is practically glossed over, we only know that he was murdered by her mother. I didn’t fully understand the extent to which Mrs Lincoln was possessed by Serafine, she said she wasn’t always possessing her so I was curious to know how much of Mrs Lincoln’s behaviour was due to Serafine and how much was her own nasty personality.
The ending was lack-lustre, rushed, not well-thought out, hodge-podge. Lena gets rid of the enemies quickly and easily, a flash of lightning was all it took. Lena isn’t claimed and doesn’t claim herself, she doesn’t make a choice instead a wishy-washy explanation was given – suddenly there is no moon and Lena, being a powerful Natural temporarily got rid of the moon so she wouldn’t have to choose (when did she have the time to do that?) until of course there is another verse of the song but instead of Sixteen Moons it’s Seventeen Moons. I’m guessing this means her choice has been put off until her 17th birthday. Ugh. I’m not sure if this is right because Ethan notices Lena’s eyes have changed colour, one has remained green and the other is now gold like those of Dark Casters. Shouldn't both of her eyes be gold like Genevieve's?
One thing that wasn’t addressed was the fact that Ethan and Lena could never be together physically, it was stated and then after the drama of the climax it wasn’t discussed by Lena and Ethan. I would think they’d be thinking about that as well as Macon. I can’t see them staying together, especially since Lena hasn’t admitted to killing the Dark Casters or even bringing Ethan back to life – which is another thing I’m not clear on. Is he truly alive? Why was his life traded for Macon’s specifically. I just don’t understand.
I know this review is quite negative but I do believe the small-town mentality was well-drawn. As a child I lived in a small English village in the country, my mother was the only black person and I was mixed race. We both felt like outsiders and the rumour-mill got so bad, led by the stay-at-home mums, that my mother sent me away while she packed our things and moved us out, back to the city. She didn't want me to be affected by their behaviour. Lena and Ethan were pretty strong not to crumble under that collective pressure.
I really wanted this story to finish in this book. I made an extraordinary effort to finish it due to the hype, some great lines and a few intriguing scenes, I deserved to be rewarded with a good ending. This book isn’t as concise as it could have been or as clear, I believe a concerted effort was made to make the town and the many characters realistic but the ending wasn’t right. The need for a sequel seemed to outweigh the need to end the book properly.(less)
With the exception of the opening pages, the first 70 or 80 pages were extremely boring and Alexia was unbelievably irritating. I put this book down s...moreWith the exception of the opening pages, the first 70 or 80 pages were extremely boring and Alexia was unbelievably irritating. I put this book down several times and seriously entertained abandoning it until the action started up. I pushed on and found that Alexia grew on me and the humour greatly improved. It was a little predictable and shaky in places but Alexia and Lord Maccon's relationship, the source of most of the humour, is what made this book worth reading. My favourite quotes are:
Alexia: "Well, my love, shall we?" Lord Maccon: "Am I?" Alexia: "Are you what?" Lord Maccon: "Your love?" Alexia: "Well, you are a werewolf, Scottish, naked, and covered in blood, and I am still holding your hand." (p. 318)
'"My dearest girl," said the vampire finally, examining Lord Maccon with an exhausted but appreciative eye, "such a banquet. Never been one to favor werewolves myself, but he is very well equipped, now, is he not?"
Miss Tarabotti gave him an arch look. "My goodies," she warned.
"Humans," chuckled the vampire, "so possessive."' (p. 320)
Soulless suffers a bit from first-book syndrome but it was good enough for me to want to be at least be curious about the sequel.(less)
Spider's Bite is pretty good, it stuttered in a few places especially in the first half but it got better. I initially thought Gin was a very hard wom...moreSpider's Bite is pretty good, it stuttered in a few places especially in the first half but it got better. I initially thought Gin was a very hard woman but then you begin to witness her emotions, that she can feel hurt and is still vulnerable despite the bulletproof ultra tough exterior. Plus, she has morals, rules she's not willing to break. Her targets are rarely saints and she doesn't touch kids or animals (pets). She's also very protective of those she cares about, only a handful of people.
There was some repetition, mostly eye colour but I saw it as symbolic. Gin's grey eyes are jaded they say she's death, cold and calculating whereas Caine's gold ones are full of life, passion and dare I say purity?
I all ready want to step in and referee the relationship between Gin and Caine. They need to spill their guts to each other: Gin about Caine's dead partner and the morality in her profession and Caine needs to loosen up a bit and encourage Gin to spew.
I saw the ending coming a mile away, no body = not dead in my book, I like definitive proof. It was implied that Mab is responsible which is understandable since Mab is the big bad, a mob boss sort of character and unofficial mayor of the town. Gin has that huge file on her for a time when she is able to take her out so I guess she'll be using that soon. I'll definitely be reading the sequel, Web of Lies when it comes out next month.(less)
Pages read: 110/359. Conclusion: Life is too damn short.
I knew early on that I was never going to finish this book. The death knell went off every few...morePages read: 110/359. Conclusion: Life is too damn short.
I knew early on that I was never going to finish this book. The death knell went off every few pages.
It failed to suck me in. It was not funny even though it tried to be. There was a stereotypical lesbian couple (the butch one and the pretty one). Odd behaviour concerning a corpse -not necrophilia, though that would've been 1000x more interesting. The strange supernatural reveal and Jane's reaction to her mother's secret. I didn't feel anything for Jane. And the list goes on and on.
Ryu, the vampire love interest. I'm not sure what it was about him but he was a complete turn-off, which is probably to be expected since this has been compared to Sookie Stackhouse, meaning Ryu = Bill. This comparison is also an insult to the Sookie series which was actually entertaining.
Anyon - He caught my eye. I know he's a shifter even though we haven't been told but I expected him to be Jane's love interest. And for some reason, I sense a love triangle forming at some point. I detest love triangles.
Although my overall perception of this book was negative there were a few things I liked: the beautiful cover art to lure unsuspecting readers, the name of the bookstore "Read It and Weep", and Jane as her father's carer feeling trapped in a town that hates her.
Reading Tempest Rising was a struggle which I'm not prepared to continue. I know they say "no pain, no gain" but I think I'll gain little from finishing this so I'm not prepared to even try.(less)
I began reading Iron Hunt and was having a confusing time of it when someone mentioned that there was a prequel (thank you, Kendra) so I put Iron Hunt...moreI began reading Iron Hunt and was having a confusing time of it when someone mentioned that there was a prequel (thank you, Kendra) so I put Iron Hunt down and read this. It explained how Maxine met Grant and described some of her background, all very helpful but for someone who constantly moves around and avoids men like the plague, Maxine sure did fall into bed with Grant very quickly, they're not even well-matched or have much chemistry. Grant gravitated towards Maxine like a moth to flame and Maxine appears to be settling with Grant because she doesn't want to run any more, she wants a home and Grant can provide one.
The story was interesting, however the writing made it hard for me to connect with the characters despite it being written in the first person. I'm a big fan of first person narrative but the language was so formal and old fashioned with a lot of "I cannot" and "I did not" instead of "I can't" and "I didn't". This wasn't set in the past nor was it written decades ago, it made the story move more slowly and Maxine seem very detached and unemotional which left me feeling bored, bewildered and very thankful that this was only novella and not a full-length book.
The action at the end had me wondering if this storyline was going to be continued because the resolution was too quick and easy. One minute Grant was going to die and become enslaved and the next they are both out of danger and dismissed with a warning.
I will read Iron Hunt and it's sequel as they were impulse buys at a closing down sale but if I hadn't have done that I wouldn't bother reading them after suffering through this very dry ebook.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this and went into it expecting the usual not-enough-depth that comes with reading most young-adult books. This was not the case...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this and went into it expecting the usual not-enough-depth that comes with reading most young-adult books. This was not the case here, not in my opinion. It was super-concise sure, which meant every word was vital to understanding what was happening - so no skimming.
Some may have found this style of writing abrupt but I didn't. There were no digressions and no unnecessary descriptions - so refreshing. Issues were raised which I'm familiar with and believe they were explained perfectly. The story was original, at least from my point of view, and didn't feel contrived or formulaic.
The only thing I can think of that is negative is the fact that I wanted a little more emotion from Janie when she is with Cabel and things are good between them, I had to use my imagination - or perhaps that was the point.
I can't wait to read the sequel. I won't be surprised if I'm reading it tomorrow. Well worth staying up to finish. I can't believe I waited so long to read it. It had me in its clutches from beginning to end.(less)
"I need to buy more gold!" Seriously, that was my first thought upon finishing You Slay Me. It's a fun, entertaining read. Yes, it had some ridiculous...more"I need to buy more gold!" Seriously, that was my first thought upon finishing You Slay Me. It's a fun, entertaining read. Yes, it had some ridiculously silly moments but I went in knowing what I was getting into so I didn't mind. It brightened my day and that's all I required from it. The sequel, Fire Me Up will be read very soon!(less)
Well written but I think my sheer impatience with the set-up got to me. References to Samuel Lyle (Darkest Powers trilogy) and the Nasts, Cortezes and...moreWell written but I think my sheer impatience with the set-up got to me. References to Samuel Lyle (Darkest Powers trilogy) and the Nasts, Cortezes and St Clouds (Women of the Otherworld) were very welcome as I'm anxious to see characters from all the books connect but I'm seeing similarities with these other works too.
Maya reminds me of Elena (WotO) in personality and ability but the people around her made me think of Chloe's crowd. Daniel is Chloe's Maya's best friend and she wants to keep it that way so no kissy-wissy despite being attractive to every girl except her. Apparently. I'm not so sure. And Rafe is her Derek (though he may actually be Clay to her Elena), an outsider/outcast who's struggling to care for his brother sister, Annie.
I loved Maya's parents. They were good people and genuinely loved and cared for their adopted daughter. Parents are rarely seen or heard in YA these days or if they're around they're neglectful of their duties, clueless about their children and their actions. Maya has close relationships with them and I chuckled every time she (lovingly) teased her father mercilessly. Her directness was embarrassing!
My impatience came into play when everything is blatantly obvious to us readers but we're waiting for the characters to catch on or impart important information to these poor clueless kids. They don't realise that what they're joking around about is actually real and true because to them it's too far-fetched. I feel like I'm 100 steps ahead of them and my foot's itching to kick them to motivate them to catch up.
Intellectually I know this is just a slow build up, establishing Maya's world so we can understand how devastating it'll be for her and her friends when it all falls apart but just...HURRY UP! That cliffhanger, I knew it was coming but it still burns. If I had the next instalment I would be reading it right now instead of writing this so I enjoyed the book well enough.
However, I didn't particularly take to Rafe. Perhaps I was reading too much into the whole love triangle thing of the last trilogy but I was hoping Daniel would take Maya's dad's offer of the truck and marry Maya. He's far more likeable than Rafe and I got the impression he might be interested in dating Maya but as I said before, I might be reading too much into his actions.
(view spoiler)[I have many questions about what will happen next. How many of the kids were taken, if any? Did Annie make it out and will we see her again? How is everything going to explained? Who will get what explanation? It's going to be tough to come up with a cover story about the way the fire spread and the strange people with guns pretending to be rescue workers but I think it will be entertaining to see "them" try. (hide spoiler)]
On a sidenote: the tactile quality of my UK edition is very high. Smooth, soft cover, paper and page edges. Definitely not a cheap mass market paperback.