Excitement. Sadness. Pain. Success. Failure. This book has all of these things.
Gin makes progress in both her personal and professional life. She mayExcitement. 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?...more
I listened to the audio of this novella today. It wasn't bad but it isn't something you have to read as part of the series. It's an Eve book set 5 yeaI listened to the audio of this novella today. It wasn't bad but it isn't something you have to read as part of the series. It's an Eve book set 5 years after Haunted. I would have rather had the book so I could look at the illustrations but I wasn't savvy enough to figure out this was a limited edition. I learned my lesson, I've pre-ordered the next one, Counterfeit Magic (a Paige book featuring Savannah) which Kelley has promised will be even better (and longer)....more
After hearing so many good things about this audiobook, I decided to download it to my iPod. I loved James Marsters in Buffy and Angel so I thought thAfter hearing so many good things about this audiobook, I decided to download it to my iPod. I loved James Marsters in Buffy and Angel so I thought this was the perfect book to get me started in this format.
Well, James Marsters was brilliant he really made an effort to bring this book to life with different voices, inflections etc. However this is the only good thing I can say about it. Harry was a moron, he may have had magical skill but little common sense. If you risk your life in your job why not learn some form of martial arts? Or even get some regular exercise? He was attacked a number of times but lacked any real skill or strength to fight back effectively even with magic. He was pitiful yet he still managed to survive. I didn't really understand that. No one is that lucky. I was cheering on the bad guys hoping one of them would take him out and make him a winner of the Darwin Awards. On top of this, Harry was very pessimistic, I'm pessimistic but well, Harry was so down on himself that I wondered why he hadn't tried to slit his wrists yet. Yes, there was humour but not enough to balance all the negativity, it was depressing.
The writing was awful, if it hadn't been for Mr. Marsters I would have given up on this almost immediately. There are so many bad things I can say: sexist comments, cheesy lines and a story so dull I forgot to listen in places but there was one character that woke me up - Bob. Bob was cheeky, funny and reminded me of James Marsters' former role as Spike yet he only had a small amount of stage time.
I've heard that this is the weakest of the series and that books 3 and 4 are when it really starts to take off but if this series hadn't been so popular I wouldn't even consider the sequel though I won't be touching it for a good long while....more
So good. Much better than On the Edge. I really liked the length, it almost felt like two books in one.
I loved William and his struggles with his wolSo good. Much better than On the Edge. I really liked the length, it almost felt like two books in one.
I loved William and his struggles with his wolf, the Rending and his attempts in understanding what is acceptable behaviour and what's seen as "normal". He's a tortured soul who's never been treated well or even with respect but he always does his best to respect others unless they don't deserve it.
Cerise has also had a hard time of it, with her responsibility for her family, her warrior-like disposition and bad luck with men. She was hilarious as the Hobo Queen but as Cerise, head of the family, she's a very sympathetic character.
I liked the acceptance of violence done by each other between Cerise and William. I'm smiling just thinking of the way Cerise was saying how good Lord Bill had been about keeping it all in (when he was experiencing the Rending) to Richard and he was looking at them both like they were crazy.
I also loved Kaldar. When he stepped on that mine I thought he was a goner. That magic betting trick rocks! He was funny but I liked him all the more after his conversation with Richard about Cerise taking on all that responsibility. I look forward to reading more about this charismatic swindler in his book which comes next.
The little tête-a-tête with Cerise and Rose -who's got the most screwed up family? Jack vs. Lark (I hope we get to see more of Jack & Lark -love them both, I could see them getting together in the future). Of course in the end, Cerise would win with all her other kooky family members. Although we never found out which members lived to the end, we're just told about 15 made it, not who, which I was sad about. I came to love Cerise's family -a very tight-knit but loving clan. The ending was quite rushed and finished abruptly. I wanted more.
There were a few classic PNR characteristics in this one. For instance, when William found out how rich he was when all along he believed he had no money but I just rolled my eyes and moved on because generally this is still a very unique and original story. 4.5 stars....more
Green Eyed Demon is a major improvement over its predecessor. I laughed, I cried, I sniggered at the dirty, filthy orgy. Yes, you read correctly.
WhatGreen Eyed Demon is a major improvement over its predecessor. I laughed, I cried, I sniggered at the dirty, filthy orgy. Yes, you read correctly.
What made this so good other than Giguhl's rib-crackingly funny comments, was Sabina's growth. She's been through hell and is having to adapt quickly along the way. It's a rocky road. She makes mistakes. She gets knocked down but she always, always picks her wounded ass back up and lives to fight for another day.
Her fierce determination in protecting those she loves gives her pause. She loves? When did that happen? She's a kick-ass emotionless assassin. Since when did she love anyone, or have anyone to love her? She questions her identity. She was an assassin but who and what is she now? All this leaves her vulnerable and confused. She does her best to cope but the pressures of her sister's kidnapping, her homicidal grandmother and her undefined relationship with Adam, get in the way.
Speaking of Adam. The title refers to Sabina's jealousy regarding him and Giguhl. Her family. Hers. No one elses. They're there when she needs them: in battle, for advice and for a shoulder to cry on. The most useful advice comes from Giguhl (it's all that Oprah he watches) who tell her to seize the day because there may not be a tomorrow.
Sabina has so much to accomplish that she's advised to make a To Do List which went:
1. Perform voodoo ritual on evil owl. 2. Find out who sold us out to the anachronistic Caste vampires. 3. Make amends with lesbian werewolf. 4. Rescue twin. 5. Murder grandmother.
Anyway, this is fast-paced with lots of action, a little romance and tons of laughs. However, I can't give it 5 stars for one major reason which is difficult to explain without spoilers but I'll give it a shot. But you have been warned.
There were two characters that were near death. One was healed with the help of 3 very powerful mages but the other, only one for an injury that I would assume given the magic rules, would be impossible to "heal". Plus, the circumstances in which they were injured meant that person should be dead. This didn't sit well with me which is why it's taken me so long to write a review. But I can also see it from the author's point of view. This character was important and needed to survive but wanted to keep the "everyone thinks they're dead" angst (which was excellent by the way. It produced a highly emotional action scene).
I've never taken to Sabina's overly optimistic and wishy-washy sister so I was pleased she "suffered". I don't wish for her to be jaded, she just needs a bit more reality in her world view to make her more likeable.
The excerpt from the next book was intriguing. 114 days without violence, huh? Sounds dull. Not for long, I bet!...more
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 weAlthough 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....more
I skipped book 3 so I could read this. It was worth it. Virgin Daiquiri was a smoother and more satisfying read than the others I have read in this seI skipped book 3 so I could read this. It was worth it. Virgin Daiquiri was a smoother and more satisfying read than the others I have read in this series. 4 stars....more
ETA: I've cancelled my pre-order of the UK edition of this book. I'm not happy with what I've heard about it. Thank you everyone for your spoilers, foETA: I've cancelled my pre-order of the UK edition of this book. I'm not happy with what I've heard about it. Thank you everyone for your spoilers, for once I really mean that. Dark Swan will forever be known to me as a duology. I won't be reading another Mead book.
Ok so I couldn't wait for the actual book to arrive so I downloaded the ebook. It was totally worth it.
Whereas Storm Born was about Eugenie discoveriOk so I couldn't wait for the actual book to arrive so I downloaded the ebook. It was totally worth it.
Whereas Storm Born was about Eugenie discovering her heritage and inheriting two titles (one by birth and one by accident), three months later Thorn Queen sees her realising that no matter how much she doesn't want to be a gentry queen she is one and she needs to take responsibility for the land and it's people, half assed as she does it in this. When she sees that the people are starving because of the way the land has conformed to her vision of what she calls "home", the desert of Tuscan, she decides she needs to help them discover water and find ways of growing food but she doesn't want to get too involved because she still sees herself as human and not as a queen. Doing this is an odd experience for her as she's approached by the people with fear and awe due to her parentage and the way in which she killed her predecessor, who did not care a jot about the affairs of those beneath him.
Eugenie's world may be quite narrow in terms of the number of characters and their backgrounds but with characters that there are, are varied - though I would like more personal history on each of them, this is my only criticism.
In this, Kiyo's relationship with Maiwen strains his relationship with Eugenie as does his naivity that she can just ignore the people she's supposed to be ruling, the hard decisions that need to be made as a ruler and her raw unpredictable power. I predicted that he was dangerous for Eugenie but Thorn Queen really demonstrated the numerous reasons why he wasn't just a selfish idealist but an idiot as well.
Dorian is on the opposite end of the scale. He's a fellow ruler so he understands politics, the need to care for your people and the necessity for Eugenie to be trained in her magic so as not to become a danger to herself or others. He also understood that after her traumatic experience she would need space and time to recover. Despite his agenda, he truly cares for Eugenie and was willing to start a war to protect her honour and carries out vengeance on her behalf, whereas Kiyo just stood by and judged Eugenie for using her magic against someone who'd violated her, he never even considered killing the b*stard himself. As Eugenie states:
Kiyo had failed me. Dorian would not.
I applaud Richelle Mead for the way she protrays relationships between her characters, they are completely believable. I think Iron Crowned will see Eugenie fully embrace her new responsibilites as Thorn Queen and as Storm Queen as she prepares to go to war with the faithful Dorian at her side. ...more
Out of the first books of Richelle Mead's three series, this is the best with Vampire Academy a close second.
It's incredibly fast-paced and action-paOut of the first books of Richelle Mead's three series, this is the best with Vampire Academy a close second.
It's incredibly fast-paced and action-packed, and had me hooked from the very first words. I identified with Eugenie's situation: I'm of mixed heritage and have also had a family member kept secret from me and heard it from someone other than my family so I know how it feels. Knowing sooner and being prepared would have been nice.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that Eugenie was willing to sacrifice her life for Kiyo's, she barely knew him. Then she had to go back to him. I can't see that lasting. Kiyo is dangerous for her, he is too constrictive - she needs to learn more about her magic in order to control it and Dorian is willing to help her with that. I'm Team Dorian, he may have an agenda but he is honest about it. He is willing to do almost anything to stay with Eugenie and keep her safe, I can't say the same for Kiyo, he will only hold her back and put her in more danger. Perhaps that's why she had the vision of herself with Dorian and (most likely) his baby.
I can't wait to get my hands on Thorn Queen, the sequel to see how things work out....more
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 perspectivI 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....more
Frustrated. I think that word sums up how both I and Sabina feel. Sabina's frustrated sexually, with her inability to pick up magic faster, with her sFrustrated. I think that word sums up how both I and Sabina feel. Sabina's frustrated sexually, with her inability to pick up magic faster, with her sister and her innocent, new-age wishy washy ways, the council's inability to decide if it's going to war, their slow progress on who's trying to kill her...and so on, and so forth.
It's both exhausting and boring. I was constantly looking for the fast-paced action and the original story of vampire culture described in the great debut. I found little to interest me in the mage side of Sabina's heritage. Mage cultural traditions were to a pragmatist like me, unnecessary "voodoo" crap like homeopathy (which is just water by the way) -neither I nor Sabina were buying it and couldn't respect those that did. Therefore, Slade was refreshing and I completely understood Sabina's actions concerning him.
Masie, Sabina's sister, annoyed me so much that I was hoping she was the mysterious villain conspiring to put an end to her sister's life, instead of the more obvious person that it was. Masie seemed more like a pacifist despite campaigning for war against the vampires, in comparison Rhea showed more courage and backbone.
Anyway, I've heard this is a trilogy and with the great ending as a set-up, the last book should be explosive! I'm rubbing my hands together in anticipation....more
**spoiler alert** This one dragged a little. By the time I finished I was tired of hearing about the Beneras family reputation, the swearing or 'blist**spoiler alert** This one dragged a little. By the time I finished I was tired of hearing about the Beneras family reputation, the swearing or 'blistering the air blue' as Raine likes thinking and the dearly devoted fans of Raine following or chasing her everywhere like she's the best thing since sliced bread. Ok so most of the people are chasing her because of the Saghred and the guards are following her to stop her falling into the wrong hands but still, can anyone really be that popular?
The three-way bond between Raine, Tam and Michael was very similar to the triumvirate in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series and reminded me of my review of Armed and Magical - I couldn't decide who Raine should be with so I joked that she should have both men, whoops. Be careful what you wish for. Obviously Raine was Anita with her ever increasing power, Tam was the mysterious Jean-Claude with a dark past who also has fangs being a vampire (vampire, goblin what's the difference really?) and Michael was Richard the strong and pure white knight. When I realised these similarities I was waiting for the orgie to break out so I kept a close eye on what was happening when they activated that bond!
Uncle Ryn, the Archmagus and Vegard are good characters as is Phaelon, I smile when I see his name because he is a felon but these characters have very similar personalities.
For some reason I assumed this would be a trilogy and not a series but with the ending being what it was I guess I was wrong. I am curious as to what Sarad's next move will be and everyone else's but also the bond to the Saghred, will they break it or the triumvirate bond? Guess I'll have to read the next one to find out. ...more
Good story, great sexual tension and some ass-kicking action.
The highlight for me is the sexual tension between Raine and Mychael. They've only knownGood story, great sexual tension and some ass-kicking action.
The highlight for me is the sexual tension between Raine and Mychael. They've only known each other for about two weeks by the end of this book but they've got quite a spark. Raine's known Tam for two years though so I guess he has an advantage. I class Tam as a former bad guy and Mychael is a good guy willing to break the rules for the greater good. I like them both so I can't choose which one I want to end up with Raine, can't she have both?!
There are more great hilarious moments, I only hope the next book is as good as this one. ...more
First off, I love the physical qualities of this book. The cover actually reflects the story inside and the art is colourfully eye-catching. The fontFirst off, I love the physical qualities of this book. The cover actually reflects the story inside and the art is colourfully eye-catching. The font used is quirky but then so is the main character Tammy.
The writing relaxed me, easing me in to Tammy’s life. It reminded me of the way Janet Evanovich writes her Stephanie Plum series, however the wording of some sentences confused me but that may be down to Texan slang, I’m English I don’t know much about that so some words and sentences were lost on me. Also, there were quite a few instances where the dialogue was choppy, switching topics so fast that questions went unanswered, this required me to read some lines more than once to check if I was following the conversations correctly.
You really got a sense of the small-town nature of Tammy’s personality, she was really clueless to some worldly things – she didn’t know what a red-light district was and she thought Gaelic was written as ‘Gay-lick’, something she associated with homosexuals!
It’s a fun entertaining read that doesn’t take itself too seriously. When it looked like characters were going to die, I didn’t worry I trusted the author, that’s how I relaxed I was reading this. Although the back of this book states it’s a paranormal romance, I wouldn’t class it as one. There is some sexual tension with Bryn, he was mysterious at first but I liked him less and less after he magically rapes Tammy twice, stealing her power, the second time taking advantage of her knowing that she was under the influence of something. I was glad when she apologised to her ex-husband Zach who despite being a bit of a sh*tty husband he still loved Tammy.
When Tammy was comparing Bryn and Zach, Zach came out on top; she could trust him and he would do his best not to hurt her. Bryn on the other hand didn’t really care about her feelings, he was selfish and arrogant. A major sticking point for Zach was that he thought that Edie was just a figment of Tammy’s imagination but he seemed to see her when he was dying, whether that was down to the bite or his near-death experience I don’t know but hopefully he’ll believe Edie exists now.
For Tammy, knowing Bryn may help her in gaining more magical knowledge – that’s a pro for him, and staying with Zach whose inattentive overbearing nature drove her mad – a con for him but overall she may be safer with Bryn but I think Zach would make her happier. She only seems to like Bryn for what he has, what he can offer like Jenson, the huge kitchen and magical resources. Oh and the fact that she’s forbidden to associate with him probably makes him more desirable to her. Weird that her other family members seemed to know his father.
My favourite character, Mercutio the ocelot, couldn’t even talk. I hate domestic cats but I love big cats. Mercutio was so intelligent I expected him to be a shape-shifter or something. The story about Bryn finding him floating on a raft was weird. I wonder where he came from.
Other questions like the possibility of Tammy’s father being fey were interesting. The absence of her mother and aunt was annoying considering how many questions Tammy has for them like: who is her father? Is he fey? Why are the Lyons on the list? I guess these will be answered in the sequel.
The ending was quick and convenient and I have to say I think it was too convenient. The author obviously didn’t want her characters to die or turn into werewolves so she waved a wand and healed them up real nice. I suppose I can forgive that considering the happy tone of the whole book, it would only be right for it to have a happy ending too. ...more
I was a bit shocked at the thickness of this book, I had hopes it was going to be a wildly interesting ride. Sadly I was almost as disappointed with tI was a bit shocked at the thickness of this book, I had hopes it was going to be a wildly interesting ride. Sadly I was almost as disappointed with this one as I was the last.
Mostly, it was just too long, repetitive with some utterly useless paragraphs. I was tempted to get a red pen out and start crossing out the unnecessary parts. I especially grew tired of Kaylin repeating what she'd done or learned to everyone she encountered sometimes in greater detail than was needed.
However, there were a few things that peeked my interest which saved this from a two star rating. The blatant introduction to possible romance. So far in this series there's been none whatsoever. Kaylin's had a hard life and has showed no interest in love, sex or having her own children despite how much she loves them. We all knew Nightshade was interested in her but she's always remained reluctant. He finally makes a move and she reacts badly.
When Severn makes hints about his feelings, I'm relieved as I've been waiting for this for a while now, and when he explains his reasons for loving Kaylin and she acknowledges this it gave me hope. At the same time I grew worried that the status quo would remain in place despite their love for one another. I'm not sure Kaylin can handle it which is why Severn has said nothing for so long.
Parts of the plot were of interest to me, especially the origins of humans and the new race of people who've found their home within Tiamaris's fief. I look forward to reading about their progress and how the other races react to their presence/existence.
I am surprised Sagara hasn't done a book on the Aerians yet and that Kaylin hasn't got much closer to meeting the Dragon Emperor. I know that she desperately needs to learn self-preservation around those that can devour her but I hardly think etiquette lessons with a stuffy dragon will help matters. Besides she does pretty well with the Arkon and he's no picnic either. I really hope Cast in Ruins makes for a better read....more
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 angI 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....more
I could sympathise with Rachel in this one. She was sick and tired of always running and fighting, of having people die around her and never having aI could sympathise with Rachel in this one. She was sick and tired of always running and fighting, of having people die around her and never having a normal life, a normal boyfriend, she even missed doing her job.
Pierce is trouble but ultimately he is too much like Rachel but at the same time I'm not sure if he would sacrifice himself for her, in the end I think it will end in betrayal. Crap-for-brains (Nick) deserved to be hunted, the scoundrel! He's a continuing threat, I hope something nasty happens to him.
I enjoyed the new closeness between Trent and Rachel but again I don't think it will last. I think the next book will be a brilliant one considering Rachel and Trent will be going on a road trip together. I can't wait to see the sparks fly!...more
I ordered a signed copy of this book a few days ago with the warning that I wouldn't receive it until May and then to my surprise it came through my lI ordered a signed copy of this book a few days ago with the warning that I wouldn't receive it until May and then to my surprise it came through my letter box this morning!
The Introduction explains that these stories were all previously available online on the author's website except of course the new story, Bewitched.
Rebirth - This is Aaron's story (first seen in Stolen) of how he became a vampire and how he met Cassandra (also first seen in Stolen). I found this story interesting as it explains everything about being a vampire. I really like Cassandra and still hope she gets her own book but I have a feeling she won't get one until she's dying. ★★★★☆
Bewitched - This new story is about Eve (first mentioned in Stolen and had her own book, Haunted), how she was raised, kicked out of the coven, surviving on her own and meeting Kristof Nast (Savannah's father) and falling in love with him while teaching him witch-magic. I loved this story. You can't help but hate Kristof's father, I'm so glad Eve and Kristof got their happy ending in Haunted. ★★★★★
Birthright - Ah, Logan (first seen in Bitten). This is about how he came to the pack thinking he was going to meet his father and came face-to-face with Clay instead! A scary prospect. ★★★★☆
Beginnings - The best story that everyone should read if they liked Bitten. It tells the story from both Clay and Elena's points of view of how they met and fell in love, then Clay bites Elena and it all falls apart. I loved how Logan's meeting Elena made Clay seem more normal. ★★★★★
Expectations - This one is about Lucas's (first seen in Dime Store Magic) scary encounter with Eve set years before Stolen. She basically puts the fear of god in him and lets him escape with his life and a broken arm. I'm not really a Lucas fan but I do like Eve. ★★★☆☆
Ghosts - This is a quick story from Jeremy's point of view set just after Bitten. I was a bit unsure of this one because it's mostly about Jeremy's memories and his need to protect his 'children' (Clay & Elena) and his pack. ★★★☆☆
Wedding Bell Hell - This about the countdown to Lucas and Paige's wedding set after Industrial Magic, I think. We get to meet his mother, who seems quite reasonable and laid back compared to Benecio - she becomes a restraining influence on him, trying to hold him back from taking control of their son's wedding, which in the end doesn't quite work! ★★★★☆
The Case of El Chupacabra - This is told from both Sean (Kristof's son and Savannah's half brother) and Lucas's perspectives but involves quite a few characters from the series. Although not my favourite story, I did feel for Sean and his situation. It seems like all the Cabal heirs aren't allowed to be happy. ★★★☆☆
Although I read most of these stories when they were online, I've really enjoyed re-reading them, especially Beginnings, and Bewitched was a brilliant new story to add to the background of the Women of the Otherworld series....more
I'm not going to spoil the story for you but there are plenty of good bits, in fact I noted down my favourite pages to do with Chloe and Derek: 125, 2I'm not going to spoil the story for you but there are plenty of good bits, in fact I noted down my favourite pages to do with Chloe and Derek: 125, 225, 242, 292, 371-2 and 390. The part in the woods with the werewolves was excellent, my eyes were glued to the pages. I love how Chloe and Derek are determined to protect each other at great risk to their own lives.
This may be a young adult trilogy but it didn't always feel like it, in a good way of course. Derek calling Chloe on her mistakes and challenging her to do better, and her accepting her own faults was very grown up, most adults have trouble with this.
One of my favourite quotes from page 291-2:
"When I got mad about you leaving," he said, "it wasn't because I thought it was stupid or I don't think you'd be careful." "You were just worrying about me." An exhale, relieved that I understood. "Yeah." I turned. "Because you think I'm worth it." He put his fingers under my chin. "I absolutely think you're worth it." "But you don't think you are." His mouth opened. Shut. "That's what this is about, Derek. You won't let us worry about you because you don't think you're worth it. But I do. I absolutely do."
I've enjoyed this trilogy immensely. I love how Chloe has grown during these three books which only covers days/weeks. Even Derek has grown. I'm glad Simon finally made a sacrifice for his brother, after all the times Derek has protected and sacrificed for him.
The story still feels unfinished with a lot of threads still hanging and secrets left unaired, that sort of thing but I understand Chloe, Derek & co will make an appearance in the next trilogy which starts with The Gathering....more
After the astonishing Magic Strikes, I was a little disappointed. I'm not even sure why. I think I was expecting too much. However there were some lauAfter the astonishing Magic Strikes, I was a little disappointed. I'm not even sure why. I think I was expecting too much. However there were some laughing-till-I-choke scenes, namely the 'get out of jail' and the 'I'll challenge all the alpha's I want' scenes. That gal sure don't like to be told what to do but she makes it work for her. There are also plenty of one-liners and pop-culture references to keep you entertained.
I think perhaps the misunderstandings between Curran and Kate went on for too long (it got old), and then the sex scene wasn't quite as hot as I was expecting, or as long - and there was only one! I know I wanted to know who was getting in between them. They deserve to be strung up for messing with the Beast Lord.
Anyway, I can't wait for the next instalment. I'm loving where this series is going. Roland better be ready because now that Kate has Curran secured behind her, I doubt he has a hope in hell of bringing her down. Together they'll be a force to be reckoned with.
Afterthought: The 'Great Read Guaranteed' (100% money back guaranteed if you don't like the book) on the cover, I've never seen this before. I think the publisher was a bit cocky with this offer. I wonder how many people will send it back wanting the refund....more