Of the three books in the series this is by far the best one. It is incredibly fast-paced, with werecat politics threatening Faythe's pride as well as...moreOf the three books in the series this is by far the best one. It is incredibly fast-paced, with werecat politics threatening Faythe's pride as well as her life. Basically Faythe's world falls apart in this book but it is done amazingly well. The council convenes to try Faythe who is facing the death penalty after infecting her ex-boyfriend (by accident) and then having to kill him (in self-defense). The only way she can exonerate herself is by demonstrating her partial-shift but it isn't something she can control. The trial is interrupted when a group of strays are attacking the hikers in the area where they are staying and have to be stopped.
Everything that happens is in the name of politics rather than justice. The fact that the council ignores Faythe's ability and bravery as an enforcer especially considering that she is female is completely unfair as is the way that they treat Marc, a remarkable enforcer who seems to be one the best in his field but because he is a stray, he apparently is not worthy of their respect or his position. No one wants to see him in charge of his pride, which he may inherit with Faythe if he marries her. Faythe's father wants change but the council members are old and are resisting change favouring the traditional medieval ways of sexism and descrimination against those who were infected rather than born werecats. I can't wait for the next book, PREY to come out later this year to find out the verdict on Faythe's murder charge and the way that her pride will handle the political assault on their alpha. A brilliant read! (less)
**spoiler alert** Kitty Raises Hell (KRH) takes place a week after Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (KDMH) and deals with the fallout of the events in th...more**spoiler alert** Kitty Raises Hell (KRH) takes place a week after Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (KDMH) and deals with the fallout of the events in that book. In this one we see some past characters like Hardin and Cormac, and we find out about TJ's past.
KDMH wasn't one of my favourites and so KRH didn't really excite me either. I'm waiting for Kitty and Ben to interact more with the pack. In KRH Kitty admits that the pack isn't close and that she only sees them on full moon nights. She fully realises her responsibility to keep the pack safe but she doesn't seem to know their names and or anything about them other than that they are werewolves. She fails to use them to help her fight the threat against the pack so they believe that she isn't doing anything to stop it leading them to challenge her authority. I know that not much time has passed between this book and Kitty and the Silver Bullet (which I absolutely loved) when she takes over the pack so I'm just waiting until there is more interaction between Kitty and her pack. (less)
Don't get me wrong I LOVED the story, the humour, the growing relationship between Jaz and Vayl, Cole's eventual acceptance that he can't have Jaz but...moreDon't get me wrong I LOVED the story, the humour, the growing relationship between Jaz and Vayl, Cole's eventual acceptance that he can't have Jaz but there was one thing that left me a bit flumoxed. Jaz's dad Albert, he never discovers that Vayl is a vampire. He overhears that Vayl's a vampire a few times, he even sees the evidence for himself, Jaz hints at it as well but he never realises it. I kept waiting for the lightbulb to go on inside his head and for him to make a big thing over the fact that Vayl is undead. It never happens and I'm a bit disappointed about it.
I also really missed Bergman as did Jaz but that was deliberate, bloody politicians trying to strip Jaz of her allies making it less likely for her to survive her mission but hopefully we'll see him in the next book. I really liked seeing more of Jaz's parents, why her mother deserves to be in hell and Albert finding out why Jaz hates her so much. All in all, a very entertaining read. I'm looking forward to seeing what Vayl's solution is to the political problem in the next book, BITE MARKS which may get both him and Jaz either fired or dead. (less)
This is the 5th book in the Chronicle of Elantra and it pains me to give this one 3 stars but it has to be done. It covers the period of 6 months afte...moreThis is the 5th book in the Chronicle of Elantra and it pains me to give this one 3 stars but it has to be done. It covers the period of 6 months after Kaylin left Nightshade and before she entered the city and began working fot the Hawks.
I found this novel to be much slower in pace than the others and reached an ending which I saw coming (but was still good). The slow pace is the result of a lot of psychological and philosophical discussion which sometimes left me a bit confused.
I admit that it took me longer to reach the end than normal and did seriously consider giving up on it. It felt more like an 'in-between' book rather than a full novel which sets the scene for the next one.
It also breaks with the general themes of the others in the series, the first focuses on the back story of the main characters whereas the others focus on the ins and outs of each of the races, one at a time, within the world Sagara has created. I expected this one to either be about the Aerians, some new race or the Dragon Emperor. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Hopefully the next in the series, CAST IN CHAOS will be better.
I couldn't bring myself to finish it. Too depressing.
It was fairly good until I got to the bit where Bella was brushing Jacob aside to go and rescue E...moreI couldn't bring myself to finish it. Too depressing.
It was fairly good until I got to the bit where Bella was brushing Jacob aside to go and rescue Edward. At this point I had to take a peek at the ending. I was appalled and couldn't continue reading it. Edward is flat and unlovable in this. Jacob was warm and full of life, I fell in love with him but evidently he was too good for Bella if she couldn't see what she had with him and dumped him for cold hard Edward.
I'm bitterly disappointed. I bought Eclipse at the same time as New Moon but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it now. I don't understand the hype anymore. I will not be watching the movie.(less)
A beautifully warm and well-written light fantasy for all ages to enjoy with a twist worthy of an M. Night Shyamalan film ('Sixth Sense' and 'Unbreaka...moreA beautifully warm and well-written light fantasy for all ages to enjoy with a twist worthy of an M. Night Shyamalan film ('Sixth Sense' and 'Unbreakable'). My only complaint would be that I would have liked the ending to have been extended to when Fiona finally comes home to Reed, I guess I'll just have to imagine it. (less)
I found it quite hard to get into this, but about halfway through it picked up a bit. The main character, Raine Benares, reminds me a little of Anita...moreI found it quite hard to get into this, but about halfway through it picked up a bit. The main character, Raine Benares, reminds me a little of Anita Blake (the creation of Laurell K Hamilton) a wise-cracking, brave, protective and independent woman. However, Raine has a tendency to wise-crack a little too much, and she finds the dangerous goblins beautiful. The description of the goblins made me instantly think of vampires, with the long canines and deadly grace. On the whole, it was slow starting and it has a few kinks in it, but it wasn't bad for a first book. I'll be reading the next one.(less)
From the back 'On the outside, Sophie Garou is living every woman's dream: She has beauty, brains and a big-time position in Austin's most respected a...moreFrom the back 'On the outside, Sophie Garou is living every woman's dream: She has beauty, brains and a big-time position in Austin's most respected accounting firm(not to mention a very sexy, very successful new boyfriend). But there's one thing Sophie would rather keep under wraps: She's a werewolf. Sophie's life gets a little more hairy when her long-estranged father, Luc, arrives in the Live Music Capital to attend the werewolves' annual Howl and reconnect with his daughter. But Luc's plans fall apart after he's accused of murder and arrested by his archrival, Wolfgang, leader of the Houston pack (and one notoriously dirty dog). Wolfgang drools at the thought of Luc's impending execution, but Sophie won't let her father die without a fight. Determined to prove her innocence, she and her friends set out to find the real killer. Along the way, Sophie must deal with taboo attractions, Machiavellian intrigues, sinister agendas, and hair-raising betrayals.'
Well this is the third in the series and you can't say it was boring! This one turns Sophie's world completely upside down, no part of her life is left untouched. Saying that, both Heath and Lindsey's lives are changed too. Secrets are aired and declarations made, plus there is new love, old love and plenty of lust (as well as blood).
After Luc's ambitions for Sophie are realised, I'm not sure how Sophie is going to cope with her new life after this but I really really hope that Tom stays in Austin to help her after everything that takes place in this book, it was one of the few questions left unanswered by the end.
As for Mark, well we knew he was something completely different through his actions in ON THE PROWL so I guess it wasn't too big of a surprise when we find out what he is. I can't say anything more on him without revealing too much.
The only thing I was a bit unsure of was how well Heath took Sophie's being a werewolf and what he was willing to do for her and her father. I'm not sure whether he or Lindsey took things seriously enough until the end even though they were given a way out. You'll understand what I mean if you read it.
Overall the story was excellent and the ending was happy. It sort of reminds me of the progression in Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series.(less)
Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels never failed to make me laugh until I cried and this is no exception. Some complain about the repititiveness of even...moreEvanovich's Stephanie Plum novels never failed to make me laugh until I cried and this is no exception. Some complain about the repititiveness of events but I don't mind at all as long as it makes sense and keeps me laughing. The only thing I would like to see is Stephanie move forward and finally commit to Morelli and perhaps even get married. Overall the series is still in top form and well-worth reading. (less)
This is a wonderful sequel to [Book:Poison Study], which I read this from start to finish in one session. The natural progression of the story as well...moreThis is a wonderful sequel to [Book:Poison Study], which I read this from start to finish in one session. The natural progression of the story as well as great character development hold this book to the same standards as it predecessor.
Janco and Ari who appear in the first book provide the comic relief in this one, a new character Cahil provides some mystery and becomes a short-lived love interest, and new friend Dax who loves to tell Yelena of the astounding rumours about her as they crop up.
I loved Yelena's close relationship with Cahil's horse Topaz and her own incredibly loyal horse Kiki and their love of apples and peppermints.
I felt the Commander was ingenious in his/her disguise as an Ambassador visiting Sitia, with only Yelena knowing the truth of his/her identity. I also liked the way the Commander handled Yelena's order of excution - a very wise decision was made.
Valek was as ruthless as always still protecting Yelena the best he can at risk to his own life. Yelena's ability to get below Valek's tough magic-immune exterior is nice but we still do not know much about Valek's past for me to truly love him as a character.
As for Yelena herself, her Soul-Finder status was brilliantly put across. Her compassion towards the beggar boy Fisk and his friends, the way she reached the catatonic Tula when others had given up on her, her ability to forgive her brother Leif and helping him heal his soul and her extraordinary ability to comfort and heal others is what makes this book worthy of all the praise it deserves.(less)
I enjoyed the wild ride of the first two in the trilogy but I could not get into the whole Fire Warper thing in this one. Other than that this was a v...moreI enjoyed the wild ride of the first two in the trilogy but I could not get into the whole Fire Warper thing in this one. Other than that this was a very interesting series. (less)
**spoiler alert** I liked Full Moon Rising but unfortunately this sequel seriously disappointed me. I struggled to get into the story especially after...more**spoiler alert** I liked Full Moon Rising but unfortunately this sequel seriously disappointed me. I struggled to get into the story especially after Riley's reaction to being raped in one scene and then in the next scene deciding who she was going to sleep with next. It was deeply flawed. I forced myself to read until the end hoping that it would redeem itself but it did not. I'm so glad I didn't buy this book. I will not be reading the next one. (less)
**spoiler alert** After the twists in The Safe-Keeper’s Secret nothing in this second book came as a surprise. It was obvious the newcomers from the r...more**spoiler alert** After the twists in The Safe-Keeper’s Secret nothing in this second book came as a surprise. It was obvious the newcomers from the royal city were the missing prince and his cousin. I was very happy with the story up until they arrived in part 2. For some reason I couldn’t bring myself to like Gregory (Tobin).
I loved the twins Adele, a safe-keeper and Eleda, a truth-teller - mirror images of one another (one left-handed, the other right, both have one green eye and one blue but in different eyes) yet so different. I liked that Eleda’s ability to ascertain truth from lie failed to work when she fell for Edgar’s charms, blinded by love and blind to the truth of him. The guilt and shame she felt when she learned what he did to another girl on the night she was supposed to secretly meet him.
Fiona’s appearance in this left me wondering how things were with Reed. I wanted to know if they were living happily ever after. It was interesting to see Fiona’s mother Melinda in her role as the dream-maker though I wouldn’t have minded seeing mother and daughter interacting.