I was warned before I ever got this book to not judge it by its cover because it is oh so misleading. So I went into it knowing it wasn't going to be...more I was warned before I ever got this book to not judge it by its cover because it is oh so misleading. So I went into it knowing it wasn't going to be action packed and lightingey with a chick who'll fight off the bad guys with a sword. So you have been warned, this is not that kind of book. This is more of a mystery..hmm what can I compare it to? Maybe the Hunted By the Others series, but with less fighting and more humor. This is light read and by that I mean it is funny, you can read through it in one sitting, and there is so much potential for a great series in these pages. This book does follow Sophie who works in the paranormal world but doesn't belong. She isn't super hot, but she's not ugly, she's smart and has a lot of history. She is pulled into the whole crime world because no one can help the detective, Parker, except her. Not that no one else was incapable, everyone was just busy. I honestly enjoyed the series, there were time that it was overly clichéd, but the story itself is cute and funny, has a splash of romantic intentions and a small amount of action. I don't know if I'm describing it well, but it is definitely worth checking out.(less)
What can I say about this book? Hmm, let's start with the cover, which I loved! The cover is what actually drew me to this book and made me want to re...moreWhat can I say about this book? Hmm, let's start with the cover, which I loved! The cover is what actually drew me to this book and made me want to read it, then there is the description which sounded like it could be an interesting tale. It is interesting, you can tell it is written by a male, and I don't mean that in a bad way, there are just certain details that I imagine a man would pick up as opposed to a woman, now don't ask me what those things are because I don't remember. This entire book is written in John Charming's perspective, which is nice, I sometimes tire of books flip-flopping from one character to another, that often ruins some surprises that can occur in the books. So the book starts off with Charming telling his story, and my goodness is he verbose. We actually got to "hear" the same exact stories 2 or 3 times in spots, which was just over kill, I wish he would have just said it once and moved on instead of, telling the reader, then explaining it to the storybook characters. It gets odd that way and makes this book feel so much longer. There is a lot of ground work being laid in this book, A LOT of ground work that promises to become an epic series. What about the characters then? There are several John being the main and then there's Sig and her group of 'monster hunters'. All the characters are flushed out really, really well, with the possible exception of the cousins, but they aren't significant characters. You know who's bad and who's good throughout the book, even when there is an implied ambiguity, there seems to be definite lines in the sand drawn. You hate the bad guys, you love the good guys and there are a few that I was pretty indifferent about because we don't really get to know them.
There is plenty of action, but it's spread throughout the book, and again verbose....wow, I can't even describe the excess verbiage. Also we have a little romance, kind of, it's there but it is not a romantic book. This book kind of focuses on Charming trying to come to terms with himself by not only being a part of a team but dealing with his inner wolf and that whole journey takes some interesting twists, which actually surprised me (and I don't surprise easily). Along with the action there are a lot of funny moments and playful banter thrown in which lightens the mood of tense situations, I even chuckled aloud in a few parts.
Overall the book is pretty entertaining, though it's not what I would have expected looking at the cover. Again, there is a lot of describing going on, but I have a feeling (I may be wrong) that the author was trying to get us to understand the world of Pax and set up a series. First books are often like that, but honestly it did take me some time to get into the story, but in the end it was worth the read.(less)
I bought this book back in January of this year because it was free at the time, and I never really thought about it again until recently. I just got...moreI bought this book back in January of this year because it was free at the time, and I never really thought about it again until recently. I just got the third book in this series to review so I thought, I’d better read the other two first, and I am so very, very glad I did. You never know what to expect when you find a free book on Amazon, most of them have been flops but every now and again you’ll find a gem. This was a gem. The premise is that something happened and fairytale character were thrown in to our world and the people who inhabit it are called ‘ordinaries’. Tess is from the tale “Little Red Riding Hood” and we follow her and Nate Grimm as they try to discover who is viciously murdering other Tales. So this is like a little mystery with some paranormal and romance aspects thrown in. There is romance, but it kind of sneaks in there it was more about the mystery, about Tess learning who she is aside from a Tale. I loved the writing, loved it, I also really loved the characters, I loved the super awesomeness that was Grimm and I loved how the Tales evolved in the Here and Now instead of just living in their fairytale world. This story is done just magnificently because it could have been super cheesy, like so many spins of fairy tales are. I don’t know if I could gush more about how much I like the writing style, loved the story, I wish we could have had more of Grimm, or had Grimm as the lead though. Honestly he was my favorite character, I love that whole idea of Death and I adore his story line, just couldn’t get enough of him. I am interested in how the future books will go since it appears we follow different characters and this story wasn’t really wrapped up.(less)