I really enjoy the TV series True Blood, well for the most part, I am not 100% where this comic fits in with the series, but the stories weren’t all u...moreI really enjoy the TV series True Blood, well for the most part, I am not 100% where this comic fits in with the series, but the stories weren’t all unfamiliar. The story actually wasn’t that exciting either it was a little anticlimactic. I am not a big fan of Bill Compton, never have been and that character is still really annoying in print as he is on screen. The art in this is hit and miss a lot of the times it seems like they took stills and ran it through a program to cartoonify them. Like they did with A Scanner Darkly. I can’t really stand that kind of art, it just feels too fake to me. I know, I know wrong world choice. It just seems kind of lazy, and I know it’s not, but still. From chapter to chapter the art is inconsistent and that just makes these stories harder to enjoy. The ‘bad guy’ just wants to hear everyone’s darkest secrets, which by the way are lame and apparently we don’t understand the meaning of deep dark secrets, but whatever. I don’t know this just didn’t cut it for me. I expected a little more from the True Blood team. Love the series, but not so much the comic.(less)
This book has me officially hooked on this series. I did like the first two books, but this one, I don't know it just was better some how. I love the...moreThis book has me officially hooked on this series. I did like the first two books, but this one, I don't know it just was better some how. I love the chemistry of Ethan and Merit and just when we think they are going to move forward in their relationship, something happens and you're thrown a couple of feet backwards. I really like the shifters in this story as well and the slightly differing story line, the first two books were so similar so it was nice to stop talking about Celina so much. I do wish we knew more about Gabriel and his family because they seem so full of life and like they have so much going on, but we don't really know them or the dynamic of the shifter world. I would actually be interested in a spin off that tells the tale of the Keenes. This book does show Merit coming more into her own, it has only been a week since the last book so there isn't a dramatic change, but you can see that she's changing, becoming more confident, and becoming something stronger and better than what anyone expects of a baby vamp. This book does have that "FINALLY" moment; it also has betrayal, action, lots of snarkyness and a fairly fun story.(less)
This book started out really slow, and it started out with so much back story (from book one) that it made me quickly lose interest, but I pushed thro...moreThis book started out really slow, and it started out with so much back story (from book one) that it made me quickly lose interest, but I pushed through it to get to the heart of the story, which was really basic. The gyst of Friday Night Bites is that some one is trying to threaten some prominent members of Chicago society and the vamps are taking the blame. Oh Merit just happens to come from a prominent family so she's thrown back into the world she escaped to solve the case. Of course nothing goes easily and Merit is only a baby vamp. This book is less about the mystery of what's going on and more about Merit becoming what she is supposed to be and her struggle not to embrace her vampire self. She's unique and powerful in so many ways that no one really gets her. Of course there is the triangle of Morgan and Ethan and I still don't know what camp I'd want to be in. The writing itself contains a fair share of whit and humor. The story is good, but there isn't a lot of action it's mainly inner dialogue. I am interested to see where Merit will go and hope that things pick up a little in the next book.(less)
In the last month or so I've been seeing this book all over Amazon and Goodreads. I think I was drawn to it partially because of the cover and curiosi...moreIn the last month or so I've been seeing this book all over Amazon and Goodreads. I think I was drawn to it partially because of the cover and curiosity. I mean mostly I really liked the cover...it's pretty. So, my luck with reading books by looking at a pretty cover is hit and miss so I went into this with low expectations. I was altogether pleased by the story when it was all said and done, I mean with shifter romance book there is an air of predictability, you know there is going to be a lot of tension and fighting off the whole 'mate' thing and shifters are more animalistic in nature so nudity and sex aren't a big deal. The points of view in this story (and I may have missed one) are mostly from Jenna and Leander's view with an occasional throw in from Morgan. So you've got a pretty good idea how everyone feels, and it can get frustrated with the, "I love you, but you don't love me." from BOTH of the characters, you would think that Leander would have a clue with what was going on since he lived in the world of the Ikati his whole life, but he's clueless part of the time and it's can be rather annoying. I am curious about Christian, he seems like he'd be an interesting focal point to a story, but we just never really find too much out about him. I don't think that I was really surprised by any of the plot devices used, but the world building and the pacing were done really well. I really enjoyed the Ikati world, all the shifters I've read about are wolves (and that one armadillo...which was weird) so panthers were a nice break. Too me they just see more elegant and graceful, maybe because I've always been fond of cats, but I did enjoy the panthers more than the wolves I've read in the past. I can't wait until October 2nd, so I can see what's next in the world of the Ikati!(less)
I am a sucker for books that are set in Texas, especially when set in towns that I'm familiar with. I can't help but pull out my state pride and suppo...moreI am a sucker for books that are set in Texas, especially when set in towns that I'm familiar with. I can't help but pull out my state pride and support authors from The Lone Star State, but it's not always a good thing. I can't say that I didn't find some entertainment in this book, because I did. It was a great surface level, read it and forget it book. The characters were interesting but predictable, the plot was ok, but again predictable. There were no real elements of surprise, but I was still entertained. I also understand that first books in a series are generally the worst, because they are setting up the rest of the books and from what I understand this series gets a bit better with each book.
I don't know what to think about Quince, she's had a lot of bad things happen to her, but she's not really a very flushed out character, and she's the 'star' of the show. I also don't know why she was so naive to everything around her, I mean let's put flashing lights around the obvious choices and she'd probably still miss them. I guess she's still grieving and all but still. I think that the target audience, younger teens, would get a kick out of this book, but it's not scary. I kept reading in description how dark this tale is and how it's a horror book. It's not, it's not overly violent but it's about vampires and teenagers. This aren't the vamps of Anne Rice novels that can creep you out and give you bad dreams. These are fluffy young adult novels, so I don't get the whole dark, sinister horror aspect of the description (I mean there's a were-Armadillo in the story...scary). Anyway, it's not the best book, but it does entertain some. (less)
Ok, so I am just now realizing that this book series is a spin off of the Riley Jenson Guardian series. Oh, well, I haven't read a single one of those...moreOk, so I am just now realizing that this book series is a spin off of the Riley Jenson Guardian series. Oh, well, I haven't read a single one of those books, but I didn't feel lost in this world or anything, maybe there would have been a more clear definition to the world that has been created though. That being said I think this was a pretty entertaining book. I like the characters and I like this world that has so far been set up. I always find the first book in a series is a bit disappointing, mostly because you do have all this world building and character set up. I imagine the next book will be much more enjoyable. I don't think I connected with the characters like I should have though. I really didn't feel much empathy toward them as they were going through their struggles. I also find it irksome that there is SO much that happens 'off screen', oh that bad guy was taken care of? Awesome! I only had to get pummeled over here to distract the reader....? I have severe distrust in Lucian, mostly because I don't know anything about him. Maybe we find out more about him in future books, but he seems like he'd be important since he's mentioned in the product description.
I don't know it just seems like everything was thrown together, and yes it was an enjoyable mess, but a mess none the less. I really do think things will come together in book #2, I mean this author has many series that are highly praised so I assume that she will throw it all together in a world that makes sense. Maybe I should have read the Riley Jenson series first, maybe that's how this world will pull itself together. I'm not sure, but I'm willing to find out.(less)
I LOVE this cover, that's mainly why I picked this up, that and it's set in my home state, Texas. Right now it seems that Werewolves is a very common...moreI LOVE this cover, that's mainly why I picked this up, that and it's set in my home state, Texas. Right now it seems that Werewolves is a very common subject matter but luckily this book does have a different perspective than other wolf books. I actually think this is more of a shifter YA book than a Were book, since the lore of the Were's really isn't in here, but whatever that's really unimportant. Alright I do want to get out there that the contraction of "you all" (that's common in southern speak) is spelled "y'all" not "ya'll" as it is in this book. Wow that really bugged the buhjezzuz out of me, the other thing that bugged me is the banter of the teens, it was a bit over the top. Other than that this story, albeit predictable, was a well written one. The characters were fun and developed well, the writing (minus y'all) was good and I look forward to picking up the next book. The price is right and it's a pretty quick read.(less)
This full size novel was actually a pretty quick read. There are some explicit sexual scenes, and there is a note on that on the Amazon/Goodreads page...moreThis full size novel was actually a pretty quick read. There are some explicit sexual scenes, and there is a note on that on the Amazon/Goodreads page, I didn't see it...anyway those scenes are not too bad and the book has a pretty good plot and characters. I think the story between Maralee and Nash is sweet, they are like Romeo and Juliet (minus the crazy suicidal tendencies). They were born to hate each other, their ancestors have vowed to destroy one another and yet these two fell in love, despite the world around them pulling them apart. Anyway, the story is a bit predictable but the characters development was worth that predictability. I liked the inner turmoil that seemed to be identical in both Nash and Maralee. They both are trying to find themselves outside of the destiny that they were born into. It is a fun read and well worth the time.(less)
I liked this book a lot, it was far more personal a story than the previous two which made it much more intriguing, and we get to see more about were'...moreI liked this book a lot, it was far more personal a story than the previous two which made it much more intriguing, and we get to see more about were's than the previous books. Shiarra isn't an other so she's more vulnerable but she seems to get tougher as time goes on and she's now a bit of a celebrity thanks to her destroying the Dominari Focus back in book one. She's being tailed by a reporter, but that's not a main focus. I have never been a fan of Chaz, he is a super jealous, dominating guy who always came off as selfish to me and he is a big focal point in the story. Anyway, I like the pace, there wasn't a whole lot of action but the story line was intriguing and built up some suspense and made you question things. I could have used more Alec in the story, I have always been intrigued by him, but I'm sure the next one will have more of him (hoping). This did leave off as a cliffhanger and I can't wait to pick up the next one!(less)