I'm so glad Dorian has managed to find peace and happiness. Shaya and Amara's unhealthy twin sister relationship was fascinating and the continuing poI'm so glad Dorian has managed to find peace and happiness. Shaya and Amara's unhealthy twin sister relationship was fascinating and the continuing political story arc remains interesting.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. I loved Clay but Tally was harder to love despite her vulnerability and sad past.
The complex Psy haveI didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. I loved Clay but Tally was harder to love despite her vulnerability and sad past.
The complex Psy have a complicated and frightening history. Each revelation about them reveals another reason to fear and loathe those responsible for implementing and maintaining Silence, and those who wish to take it a step further by trying to create a hive mind, thereby completely destroying individuality and the freedom of choice.
The edgy political relationship between the three races grows more intense with each book. The Ghost is just that -a ghost, to be able to do the things he does. Even without the romance the intriguing plot progression would keep me turning those pages. I need to know what happens next.
This series feeds my need for romance and keeps my brain occupied with deadly conspiracies and struggles for power....more
A good read. Ethan's an idiot but when is he not? He really needs a Guide to Social Interaction & Behaviour: What's Acceptable and What Isn't. HeA good read. Ethan's an idiot but when is he not? He really needs a Guide to Social Interaction & Behaviour: What's Acceptable and What Isn't. He has some begging to do and the gift he gave Merit was a good start, I hope it cost him an arm and a leg.
The shapeshifters are great but I'm disappointed with Gabriel's relationship status. He has a wife and a child on the way. Ethan is interesting but I think he's too juvenile for Merit. Gabriel on the other hand seems more grown up and less stuffy, more playful -exactly what Merit needs.
I can understand now why Lyndsay hasn't got together with Luc yet. Mixing business with pleasure can be disastrous but she's been teasing and stringing him along. She has to either stop that or make a move because it's driving me, and probably Luc, nuts.
The Red Guard were interesting. I won't be surprised if Merit joins them in some capacity in the future before she becomes the head of her very own house.
I wonder how the public will take the shapeshifters and how Merit will save Gabriel's son. Only another year until Hard Bitten....more
Wow, I never expected such a great YA book! The story was so intricately woven with enough action to entertain even with the world-building necessaryWow, I never expected such a great YA book! The story was so intricately woven with enough action to entertain even with the world-building necessary for a first book.
My only real complaint was that there's so little interaction between Bryn and Chase. I was dying to know more about him and was desperate to see some "padding" in their relationship other than the basic connection they formed. The one-word sentences between them in animal-instinct-language weren't enough and to be honest became irritatingly repetitive after a while.
My feelings about Callum swang in different directions throughout the book but by the end they'd done a complete 360 degree circle. His life is tough. Navigating through the endless decisions he has to make and the resulting outcomes is an impossible task, and takes an incredible strength to cope with such a responsibility. I couldn't help but respect him but being on the receiving end of his manipulations probably doesn't feel good so I could completely identify with Bryn on that.
After such a strong start, I can only hope the sequel is as great. 4.5 stars....more
Scent of Darkness danced around the line between seduction and rape but I've decided to call it seduction in the end but only just. Besides Jasha getsScent of Darkness danced around the line between seduction and rape but I've decided to call it seduction in the end but only just. Besides Jasha gets slapped around for this later as the heroine tries to explain that it wasn't like that. Hmmm.
But anyway despite this, it was well-written, the plot was interesting, the villains were...not very bright, died quickly and were too few though this was explained away so I'll forgive that but on the plus side the characters all had distinct personalities.
Even Ann Smith, who before her radical transformation seemed as boring and plain as her name though her birthmark certainly sets her above everyone else, making her the perfect bait. That plus her perceptive yet innocent nature and acute business mind placed her as perfect as Jasha's mate, and it's in his best interest to keep her happy considering she was practically running his business.
However, my absolute favourite character was the the patriarch of the family, Konstantine. He was an immensely interesting and hearty character. I only wish there was a book on him and his wife, Zorana so we could see what made him turn away from dark despicable deeds to kidnap a sixteen year old girl, marry her and escape the Russian compound to make a new life in America. Come on, there's definitely a story there, and I want to read it.
And here's the downside: I'm not particularly interested in any of Jasha's siblings' stories except of course Adrik's -the one character that didn't make an appearance but is marked as an outcast for his decision to turn back to the "old" ways aka raping, killing and robbing his way through life. A life to do the devil (and the pact) proud. Dodd tries to intrigue me with Firebird's situation, the 4th non-existent son and Rurik's disappearance but I just can't seem to care.
What next for this series: well for me, I may step over the next book to get to Adrik's but other than that I can't guarantee anything....more
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