Kiss of Midnight was an easy enjoyable read however there seem to be quite a few series that run along the same 'warrior that finds, fights for and fi...moreKiss of Midnight was an easy enjoyable read however there seem to be quite a few series that run along the same 'warrior that finds, fights for and finally is bonded to his mate' theme. It reminded me of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Darkhunter series and J.R. Ward's BlackDagger Brotherhhood series. They are all slightly different in there own way but they all share similar qualities: alpha male vampire-like warriors with a cause to fight for who meet lonely women, an obstacle to overcome which threaten's the lives of the warriors and the women, obstacle is dealt with, couples realise they will love each other forever and sometimes form a life long bond. This can become mundane after a dozen or so of these books so I think I'm going to swear off them for a while. (less)
Hurray for a plot! AND we have a return to police work, yay! Skin Trade wasn't perfect but I'm happier now that Hamilton is cleaning up her act (as is...moreHurray for a plot! AND we have a return to police work, yay! Skin Trade wasn't perfect but I'm happier now that Hamilton is cleaning up her act (as is Anita). (less)
This second book is better than the first but I still had problems with it. I got a bit fed up of a certain character being put in jeopardy at least t...moreThis second book is better than the first but I still had problems with it. I got a bit fed up of a certain character being put in jeopardy at least three times and was saved (or resurrected) each time so I never really felt that any of them were in any real danger of dying. I liked Alec and Magnus more and I'm feeling more sympathy for Clary and Jace. I had to take a peek at some spoilers to get me interested in the third book and as it is the last I will finish the series but again I will need a break after reading this - it must be a blockbuster for so many to give it 5 stars.(less)
For being a modern 20th century girl from 1997, Ari adjusted too well to 16th century Scotland for my liking. I thought she would've missed modern tec...moreFor being a modern 20th century girl from 1997, Ari adjusted too well to 16th century Scotland for my liking. I thought she would've missed modern technology more than she did. She only mentioned missing hot water. Only hot water?! And she didn't even seem bored when her days were mostly empty. No TV, no internet, no job and only a limited number of books -I'd die of boredom! Even with a hot husband and his loving mother for a companion.
Overall, it was quite slow but the characters were more likeable than those from Fever series and this was a much better first book than Darkfever. I will definitely be continuing with this series.(less)
Excitement. Sadness. Pain. Success. Failure. This book has all of these things.
Gin makes progress in both her personal and professional life. She may...moreExcitement. Sadness. Pain. Success. Failure. This book has all of these things.
Gin makes progress in both her personal and professional life. She may have retired but she's still working, the only difference is now it's pro-bono and for a good cause.
Her on-off romance with the innocent cop involves high passion and depressing lows - "gray on gold". However a new guy comes on the scene who isn't "innocent", who has taken as many steps towards her as the cop has taken back - "gray on violet".
Yes, the repetition of the eye colour is still there but there was quite a bit of repetition generally too. Also, Gin finally makes the connection between the downfall of her family and Mab Monroe -thank goodness, I was beginning to think she was a little slow.
And now that she's come into her true power as some suspected she's always had, she finally has a chance at taking out her enemy, which will make for very interesting reading. Fire vs. Ice -who will win?(less)
Although not as great as its adrenaline-pumping predecessor, Kitty Goes to War was a good fast read. I especially enjoyed everything to do with the we...moreAlthough not as great as its adrenaline-pumping predecessor, Kitty Goes to War was a good fast read. I especially enjoyed everything to do with the werewolf super-soldiers and Kitty's attempt to rehabilitate them. This was very realistic and kept me turning those pages with enthusiasm.
However, I really didn't like what happened with Cormac or the fallout from the libel case against Kitty. I know that this was part of the series story arc but it took something away from the main plot, which was incredibly interesting on its own without this side-plot.
I was also looking forward to Cormac's return and any tension between the "pack of 3" as Kitty calls them but other than Ben sniffing Kitty to make sure she hadn't betrayed him with Cormac, there wasn't anything between them. And now that Cormac's changed I doubt there ever will be.
I'm glad we got to see more of the pack in this book but overall if it wasn't for the side-plot this would've been 4 or 5 stars, as it is it's only 3.5.(less)
Awaken Me Darkly is set in the future when different species of aliens are openly living amongst humans. Mia is part of a law enforcement group that s...moreAwaken Me Darkly is set in the future when different species of aliens are openly living amongst humans. Mia is part of a law enforcement group that specifically deal with alien-related crime. She hunts down the criminals and if she finds them guilty, they are executed. There is no trial.
Mia is a no-nonsense kick-ass alien hunter, she's had a tough life growing up. Her mother left after she was born, her two brothers were murdered and her father stopped loving her and turned abusive when her first brother died when she was just 5 years old. She has no room in her life for love but she cares deeply for her team of very loyal hunters. She is very physical with her emotions, if you upset her she lets you know right away with a punch or a slap to the face - as Kyrin notes “Can you not go one day without using your fists?” which lets you know just how often she gets upset!
Mia encounters Kyrin when she begins investigating a serial killer who is murdering human men and displaying them in public. Kyrin is the obvious suspect he had contact with all of the victims before they died but it isn't as simple as that. Mia is drawn to him, she can sense him, his energy - she's human she shouldn't be able to do that. She fights her attraction to him in order to remain cold impartial but he shows her that he isn't responsible for the murders, that there is a whole lot more to the story than just these murders. He shines a light on her personal life, her very being and reveals that she has a connection to the real murderer.
My only real complaint about this book is the lack of background. Being the first book I expected there to be more information about the different species of aliens, a little more on the supporting characters, even Kyrian and Lilla. I also wanted to follow Mia as she looked for the children, a loose end that was never addressed. I understand the next few books follow different couples so I guess that we will not find out what happened to the children.
I never would have read this type of book if it hadn't been for a group challenge. I'm glad I did. I had read the authors first book in the Lords of the Underworld series which I enjoyed so I naturally picked this book to fit the alien category of the challenge. I'm not sure whether I'll continue reading the series now that I know this story will not be continued but it was an enjoyable read.(less)
Despite the fact that this was quite a good book and the first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I couldn't quite bring myself to give it 4 star...moreDespite the fact that this was quite a good book and the first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I couldn't quite bring myself to give it 4 stars because I was strongly reminded of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. I can even match the characters - Ward's Wrath is a bit like Kenyon's Acheron, Zsadist like Zarek, Thorment like Kyrian. I really enjoyed the mythology in the Dark-Hunter series and maybe I was expecting too much from the first book in this series but it felt like it was missing something.(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)
It was ok but I think my opinion has been influenced by me reading it over number of days rather the than in one or two sessions like I normally do. I...moreIt was ok but I think my opinion has been influenced by me reading it over number of days rather the than in one or two sessions like I normally do. If I had read it one session I probably would have liked it more.
I loved Jane's humour and her unusual situation with her Beast. My only real criticism is that sometimes I couldn't tell whose point of view was being expressed: Jane's or Beast's especially when they were conversing with one another.
I enjoyed the sexual tension between Jane and Bruiser as well as with his master, Leo. I hope we see more of them in the second book.(less)
A little too slow and repetitive for me but at least we find out about the nightmarish event in Elena's past. In this we see Elena and Raphael learnin...moreA little too slow and repetitive for me but at least we find out about the nightmarish event in Elena's past. In this we see Elena and Raphael learning to trust each other and begin revealing their most guarded secrets to one another. It's nice to see their relationship grow but the repetitive descriptions of Raphael's body and eye colour grew irritating. I also think that more could have been made of Lijuan's part in this book, despite the heavy collateral damage taking her down happened almost too fast and too easy.
There are plenty of interesting things that catch the eye about angelic society; the Refuge and the way it's divided, the angels' love of children -seen as precious gifts and the angels' beauty contrasting with their utter brutality. The supporting characters, mostly Raphael's Seven are well-drawn. They all have distinct personalities and stories just waiting to be told. Jason and Aodhan are the most mysterious but I like Illium and Galen the best as they've helped her with her transition from strong mortal to weak immortal, helping her to adapt and become strong again.
There is a link to Ashwini's story, Angels' Pawn, a prequel to Angels' Blood which I would recommend reading before this so that you get the background on one of the suspects in this book.
Although Archangels' Kiss left me feeling a bit flat I am looking forward to seeing Elena back in New York, returning to her job and seeing her father's reaction to her new angel status. (less)
A novella's worth of content in a full-length novel. What was done with the rest of the pages, I hear you ask? Were they blank? I would've preferred t...moreA novella's worth of content in a full-length novel. What was done with the rest of the pages, I hear you ask? Were they blank? I would've preferred them to be.
My name is Gin Blanco...
I know! I've been reading about your life for four books now.
...and I'm an assassin
Yes, you're a hitwoman, we know this, can we get on with the killin' now?
This is Finn. He's my foster brother.
I do have a memory, no matter how dysfunctional it sometimes is, it's never THAT bad.
And this is Bria...
You can see where I'm going with this, can't you? Every character is reintroduced to us along with their backstory and history with Gin. Lots and lots of repetition. And yet more repetition. Ironically, eye colour-love, the most repeated thing in the first few books was toned down.
Character histories aside, the plot is a wash, rinse and repeat too. 1) Gin gets in a bind. 2) It gets worse. 3) Her friends rally round to do anything to keep her alive because they've all benefited from Gin's talents in the past. 4) Gin gets in huge fight which she barely survives. 5) Jo-jo heals her. 6) Some happy stuff happens then we learn of what Gin plans to do next. The End.
The trouble with #6 concerning this book: the drawn-out story arc is now complete. Am I willing to stick around for another? I'm not sure. One positive about this one, it was skim-city so it took only a couple of hours to read. On the other hand, I shelled out hard cash for the privilege. Venom and Tangled Threads were good reads. I like the characters, the way elemental magic is used, the pretty gory fight scenes and Gin's unapologetic violent ways but based on the pros and cons, By a Thread is likely to go unread unless I see some stellar reviews.(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)
By reading Eternity Embraced I was hoping to finally finish the series with Ecstasy Unveiled. Unfortunately, dipping my toes back into the Demonica universe again with Eternity Embraced wasn't the motivator I was hoping it to be.
I expected too much, for starters. This is a mid-series short story - those can be notoriously unfulfilling. Adding 'paranormal romance' into the mix can result in tired cliches, which I've apparently outgrown. On the positive side, the couple were together before the events in this story take place, meaning there's no 'love at first sight'. On the other hand, these characters are completely new and hail from an Aegis Guardian cell in Portland, bringing little to the Demonica universe which is primarily based in New York City, though the main couple featured in the debut novel do appear at the end.(less)
I've just finished reading City of Bones. It wasn't as good as the hype. I skimmed most of it and only slowed down for Luke's explanation of events an...moreI've just finished reading City of Bones. It wasn't as good as the hype. I skimmed most of it and only slowed down for Luke's explanation of events and when Clary finds Jace with Valentine near the end. It was a plot by numbers (like painting by numbers) sort of book and the characters were puppets to the plot.
Jace started liking Clary even before getting to know her though I tried to put that down to Clary being the first female to enter his life who wasn't like a sister to him. Poor Jace can't catch a break there.
I'm guessing that Clary is going to develop abilities. The dreams she had seemed to be about the past and about the future. A prophetess like Dorothea?
I didn't see Luke being a werewolf coming though I did wonder why the werewolves wanted her. The only thing that intrigued me was the issue of incest, I may read the next book just to see how the author tackles it. (less)
It's weird, after I read the free excerpt of this book a few weeks ago I actually predicted the plot somewhere on this site. So it was predictable. Oh...moreIt's weird, after I read the free excerpt of this book a few weeks ago I actually predicted the plot somewhere on this site. So it was predictable. Oh dear.
We got back to zombie raising, necromancy powers and master vampire powers as well as Anita falling back on her coping mechanism of going to the "empty place", the place she goes when she kills. This is good. However, all of the events involving these were cut and paste scenes from previous books. Come to think of it most of this book was made up of scenes from previous novels, the ending of The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2) being the first to come to mind. So it was repetitive. Oh dear, oh dear.
There was a scene where the lions were attracted to Anita (like they wouldn't be)but instead of the reason being the ardeur it was that her lion was in heat. Huh? Why do we need more reasons for Anita to be attracting every Tom, Dick and Harry? And out of the two intensely powerful lions on offer, the one I didn't respect was the one that Anita had her standard mandatory sex scene with and added him to her harem. But the way she took this lion was horrible. She broke him and then she and her men mocked him and compared him to a puppy. I was utterly disgusted by this. Mocking him was uncalled for and I'm not entirely certain that breaking him was absolutely necessary. There's a part of me that thinks that Anita is losing her humanity because one of the reasons she did this was to make her life easier so she wouldn't have another Richard - in my view that is evil. I would have preferred that she kill him rather than take him home to be her mindless slave (he has no free will at all), it would have been the merciful thing to do. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
I will say that I am an Anita fan. Or I was, I'm not sure any more. Incubus Dreams (book 12) was the last book I truly liked, Skin Trade (book 17) was mildly better but Flirt was a bit of a disappointment. I'm missing Jean-Claude, badly. Lately in every book he gets left behind one way or another, I'm missing him terribly. His absence is one of the reasons why I think this series is on the skids. I think it might be time for Anita to hang up her guns and move into the retirement home for assassins.
Dashed hopes. That's what this book was for me. With all the rave reviews I expected a 5 star read but I was left disappointed.
The first half of the...moreDashed hopes. That's what this book was for me. With all the rave reviews I expected a 5 star read but I was left disappointed.
The first half of the book was ok and seemed to be heading some place good but then Katsa and Po rushed into a sexual relationship that she wasn't ready for. For some reason she thought that being with Po was an all-or-nothing affair, she needed time to get used to her feelings for him. One second she acknowledges her attraction to him and the next they're doing the dirty - I was unprepared for this being a YA book and all. Not a good message for the kids.
Afterwards I expected Katsa to soften just a little around the edges at least with Po; more smiles, small touches, gestures, glances between them but I was left wanting. The tension between the two characters before they got together was good but afterwards...it all seemed very forced. Katsa didn't love Po, Po may have loved Katsa but she didn't love him. She felt friendship - a bond of sharing, affection but love? No. It was almost as if she was responding to Po's desire for her rather than her own wants. She was wooden for most of the book, she rarely had any emotions except anger and perhaps fear. Even her feelings for Bitterblue were muted. She cared for her and taught her how to hold a blade because she needed her to live so that leaving Po behind had been worth it. Bitterblue didn't appear to grow on her at all, Katsa cared very little for others except her cousin and Po and even then it was debatable as to how much she cared for them.
Katsa didn't really change over the course of the book. Yes she refused to be her uncle's tool anymore but what else? She is with Po only because he needs her and she cares about him - that is it. She is not perfect, she doesn't realise that Po would never "trap" her in what Katsa sees as a typical marriage, one where the husband is always dominating and controlling his wife. Po on the other hand, made progress in leaps and bounds, I think I would have been happier if this story had been told from his perspective. He showed plenty of emotion, his grace would have made it interesting and he had all of that family who I would have loved to have seen more of. So much happened to him in this book that he sort of made Katsa look boring in comparison.
**MAJOR SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT**
The demise of King Leck came about rather suddenly and too easily in my opinion. He was made out to be a very powerful evil man, hard to kill but he was brought down after only a couple of very short face-to-face encounters with Katsa. It was implied earlier in the book that he would try to make Katsa hunt and kill Po or someone that one of them cared about. It never happened.
The story after King Leck's defeat was strange. I felt it unlikely that Po would have survived so well on his own even though he did suffer permanent injury. I like a bit of reality in my fantasy - it has to have some believability to it.
All of this made me wonder if this book had originally been written for adults and was cut down to a shorter teenage-friendly size. If it had then I would understand why King Leck had to be defeated so quickly and why the second half of the book was so odd.
As I read the last sentences I felt sad, not because it was an unhappy ending, it wasn't (it wasn't exactly a happy one either) but because it had potential to be something more than it was.(less)
All I can say is SLOPPY, SLOPPY, SLOPPY! This was not a good book.
1. Aiden seemed to know things he hadn't been told. 2. Even though it was in the Dre...moreAll I can say is SLOPPY, SLOPPY, SLOPPY! This was not a good book.
1. Aiden seemed to know things he hadn't been told. 2. Even though it was in the Dream-hunter/Dark-hunter universe it added virtually nothing to it knowledge-wise. 3. None of the regular well-loved characters were in it.
I don't think I like the Dream-hunter books much, they are not as interesting or as quirky and the Dark-hunter ones.
What I did like was that it was short which some disliked. Oh and I loved the extra short Christmas story about almost all of the characters from previous books. This is why I'm giving two stars instead of only one. (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)
**spoiler alert** As expected this was not a good book but strangely it also didn't feel like the worst, that title went to the last two Anita adventu...more**spoiler alert** As expected this was not a good book but strangely it also didn't feel like the worst, that title went to the last two Anita adventures.
First of all, I could not believe the opening scene was a sex scene and it was so long I got bored and started to read only the speech and none of the descriptions.
Secondly, there was also a lot of repetitiveness of certain words and phrases mainly with sex scenes -the way the men are described and the way other marshals/cops/bodyguards react to Anita, both within the book and the last few books.
Thirdly, there was barely any plot. Basically Jason's father is dying of cancer and Jason wants to make peace with him and have his 'Hallmark moment' before he dies but his father is a homophobe and believes his son is gay so Anita goes with him as his girlfriend. Jason has twin cousins who look exactly like him and is mistaken for the cousin who is about to get married but has run off with some Master of the City's wife, he's kidnapped and tortured by the Master of the City's flunkies to the point of death. Oh and we have a visit from Marmee Noir which seemed forced and more than a little confusing. That's about it.
The only scene that I was only vaguely interested in was the one with Richard in it, where Anita fed on and took his (formerly her) anger/rage and he received the ardeur or at least his version of the ardeur. Does this spell the end of Anita's sluttish behaviour? Please tell me it does. If she can feed on anger rather than lust she can cut down on the men right?
I'm beginning to believe Hamilton has lost her touch and will never get it back again. I hope I'm wrong and will continue to read her Anita books but I will not be buying them. I pray that Skin Trade will focus more on the plot and less on the sex. (less)