Loved Judd, loved Brenna, loved the plot and the politics. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. The remaining books with new covers haven't bLoved Judd, loved Brenna, loved the plot and the politics. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. The remaining books with new covers haven't been released yet and I don't think I can wait. Time to go ebook shopping!...more
This was highly entertaining and surprisingly addictive. Only sleep and work got in the way of me finishing this in one sitting. The ending was a littThis was highly entertaining and surprisingly addictive. Only sleep and work got in the way of me finishing this in one sitting. The ending was a little disappointing but it was happy so I can't really complain. I look forward to reading the other books in this sadly unfinished (due to the author's death) series....more
The Dark Divine is an engrossing and engaging story which keeps you guessing as to who the "monsters" are. I say "monsters" plural because it refers nThe Dark Divine is an engrossing and engaging story which keeps you guessing as to who the "monsters" are. I say "monsters" plural because it refers not just to the unknown criminal on the loose, the label also applies to those hiding the monster within behind nice-person façades, whether they can shift physically into one or not.
The goody-goody pastor's family falling apart was portrayed well. In fact, their demise was probably one reason why I could read this from start to finish. I'm not a fan of religion and tend to stay away from anything that even hints at it but even though there are some religious references they didn't bother me too much.
However, I did begin to cringe at Grace's words more and more as the story progressed. I loved her interactions with Daniel but she was so naive and optimistic at inappropriate moments, most likely due to her incredibly sheltered lifestyle. Her talk of heroes made me shudder, since when do we believe heroes exist outside of comic books and movies?
I did figure out who the monster was before Grace did but only because that person was conspicuously absent every time an incident occurred. The ending didn't particularly thrill me though the action was good so I'm unsure of whether I'll be reading the sequel....more
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 andWell 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.
"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"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!...more
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this immensely. I love alpha males especially werewolf ones but I felt a bit uncomfortable with the hero treating the heDon't get me wrong, I enjoyed this immensely. I love alpha males especially werewolf ones but I felt a bit uncomfortable with the hero treating the heroine so badly. It was the same with the first one. I feel guilty for enjoying the rest of the story when she's kidnapped, terrorised, suffers sexual abuse verging on rape and then goes on to have a happy ever after with him. Stockholm Syndrome no doubt played a part in these girls eventually falling for these guys. I'm not a die hard feminist but I'm ashamed to say that I will be continuing with this series....more
I had high expectations. So many have given this 5 stars but it didn't quite reach those lofty heights for me.
I enjoyed the story but the prologue reI had high expectations. So many have given this 5 stars but it didn't quite reach those lofty heights for me.
I enjoyed the story but the prologue really put me off, it was a lengthy and slightly dull history lesson which was difficult to read. It should have been incorporated into the story instead.
In general, The Smoke Thief was dry in parts but I required more from it. We didn't get to see Rue's rise to Smoke Thief status or her reception from the general population of the Shire when she returned as alpha.
We saw little of the council, who were drawn as the villains, bar the scribe. It would have been nice to have had another individual written in more detail who wasn't cast as a completely evil/ambitious council member.
On the upside, the turning to smoke was interesting. There aren't enough dragon shifters in my opinion and we got plenty of dragon action. I've read the free excerpt at the end of the next one, which I'm interested in but Zane seems to have grown into a jerk. Oh well, perhaps that will change during the course of that book....more
This wasn't quite as good as the first book, the ending (the last 50 or more pages) dragged. The writing could have been more concise there but otherwThis wasn't quite as good as the first book, the ending (the last 50 or more pages) dragged. The writing could have been more concise there but otherwise it was very good. I'll definitely be reading the next one when the new cover comes out next month. ...more
Although better than the debut, it was ruined by it's ending. The romantic (or unromantic) choice Jane makes about the man she chooses bothered me a lAlthough better than the debut, it was ruined by it's ending. The romantic (or unromantic) choice Jane makes about the man she chooses bothered me a lot. She was incredibly attracted to Potential Boyfriend #1 and spent most of the book drooling over him, and when she wasn't drooling she was having scenes with him filled with sexual tension, basking in his power, strength and cunning. But when it came down to the crunch she decided that she couldn't rely on him (which is understandable considering his loyalties) and picked Potential Boyfriend #2 who she spent little time with and when it came to consummating her relationship with him, it was off stage with no detail, no sexual tension, basically very little fanfare when we'd been told constantly that she hadn't had sex in years and Beast was desperate to mate, which is another thing I don't get. Why did Beast let her choose the weaker of the two potential mates?
The choice she makes is very unfeeling and too practical, it didn't feel natural. It just left me frustrated. Perhaps this new relationship is short-term, after all PB#1 hinted at a way around his unreliability but then Jane says she wants to go home. It was uncertain as to whether Jane would stay in New Orleans or go home to the mountains. I can't seem to find any information on a third book but honestly if there was one I'm not sure I'd read it....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
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
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 fewPages 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....more
I absolutely loved this book. The war, the politics and fragile peace, Danica's bravery in trusting the enemy not to hold her hostage or kill her. ItI absolutely loved this book. The war, the politics and fragile peace, Danica's bravery in trusting the enemy not to hold her hostage or kill her. It was amazing. There was only one small thing that I wanted to see - Zane and Danica consummate their relationship at the end. I know this is a young adult book but that would have been the icing on the cake for me. 4.5 stars....more
I know that this is only a short ebook but a little more story and this could have been 4 or even 5 stars. I wanted to know some more about Lars and tI know that this is only a short ebook but a little more story and this could have been 4 or even 5 stars. I wanted to know some more about Lars and the other were-coyotes. Perhaps we will be given more information on them in the next installment of the series....more
I'm a fan of the author's UF Guild Hunter books and wanted to see what her futuristic PNR series was like so I read this. It was brilliant. I loved itI'm a fan of the author's UF Guild Hunter books and wanted to see what her futuristic PNR series was like so I read this. It was brilliant. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it! The only thing I could criticise was the ending. I thought there would be a big fight scene with casualties on both sides but this wasn't enough to stop me from giving it 5 stars, the detailed world and variety of characters were too good to give it anything less! Please don't be put off by the US covers, it's not as cheesy as it looks. ...more
Slow to start but what a finish! Holy cow! I bit my lip in angst as I was coming to the end, knowing I was going to be left wanting more, and I was blSlow to start but what a finish! Holy cow! I bit my lip in angst as I was coming to the end, knowing I was going to be left wanting more, and I was bloody right! Ugh.
The beginning started off very Vampire Kisses with a hint of The Awakening, and I worried it was gonna get ugly despite the high praise it's received by many all ready but thankfully it didn't descend into to dull, wishy washy YA drivel. It was smart and understanding albeit slightly confusing until the tidal wave of a big reveal, then all of those hints and comments made a whole lot more sense.
Jessica is a good person, so good it hurts her. She's a saint-turned-martyr as Amy says. I loved my namesake. She was forthright and didn't hesitate to rip right into her BFF to get her to see the truth of things concerning Sarah and Sarah's struggle to remain new-kind-Sarah who's slipping back into pre-amnesia-old-and-very-mean-Sarah. Once you learn of Pietr's real situation you can't help but sympathise with him. His actions take on a whole new meaning when you realise what he's facing.
The question "what's next?" is hanging over the heads of the characters, most of whom have suffered through so much. Jessica and her family (especially her father) are the ones I'm worried about. Jessica has so many reasons to feel guilty, I just know she's going to be beating herself her up over her actions.
I don't know too much about this series but it has the feel of a trilogy about it, one that I eager to continue....more
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. IIt 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....more
This book was a return to form after the last two not-so-great books. The action and tension were amazing. It was like watching the movie Scream for tThis book was a return to form after the last two not-so-great books. The action and tension were amazing. It was like watching the movie Scream for the first time - you didn't know who was going to live and who was going to die a horrible death. There was panic, nobleness, cowardice, heroism and sacrifice. Love, hate, life and death. The isolation was lonely, the horror terrifying.
I felt the first death as much as Kitty, it was shocking and saddening. We were just getting to like his character. I felt the same with the last death, that was almost too much. Another character's happiness died with him.
Kitty kept it together surprisingly well under that kind of pressure and applauded when she lost control of wolf and ripped one of the killers a new one. Grant's self control was superhuman though I'm glad he managed to show some emotion when he very nearly almost saved someone but they died anyway - that was devastating but he managed to carry on.
I'm glad Conrad wasn't one of the murderers, his attitude convinced me he would be a monster-hater, it would have been too obvious. I didn't understand why the humans among them were lured there, I can understand killing them to leave no witnesses but why bring them there in the first place? Was it because they were monster-lovers?
The survivor club that was formed in the aftermath was understandable, it was a terrible thing to go through, they'd need support from one another and know that it really did happen and wasn't just a dream/nightmare.
We have our story arc now with Roman and the Long Game. Grant and Anastasia's suspicion of one another and then becoming allies with Kitty was interesting. I wonder what will happen with that. Kitty isn't a major player but somehow she's managed to get herself involved.
Cormac is back. I love his character. He kept Kitty alive without knowing it, his advice, his way of life kept her going, kept the others alive. No matter how guilty he may or may not feel or how many years he was punished in prison for killing many supernaturals, it's kept others alive in this instance, its karmic. I look forward to seeing what trouble he's managed to get himself into in prison and how much it's changed him, if at all.
Kitty continues to grow and experience the highs and lows that life throws at her and deals with them with surprising strength. ...more
My three-star rating is down to personal preference. I'm not into the fae and they were a big part of the second half of the book, which I found myselMy three-star rating is down to personal preference. I'm not into the fae and they were a big part of the second half of the book, which I found myself skimming. I didn't particularly like the way Samuel's problems were resolved so quickly and easily with the introduction of Ari, it didn't feel right. Of course Samuel deserves happiness but Ari came out of the blue and Samuel falling immediately in love with someone he hadn't seen in decades or more wasn't very realistic. However, the writing was great and I enjoyed the Pack politics but this book isn't one of my favourites. ...more
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 sWith 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....more