I have to be honest, I did not read the book in it's entirety, because I didn't care about the ghosts, the mystery, Lex or Chess' drug addiction. I liI have to be honest, I did not read the book in it's entirety, because I didn't care about the ghosts, the mystery, Lex or Chess' drug addiction. I literally, just cared about her relationship with Terrible. So, I searched his name in the ebook and just read his scenes.
The problem with this series is that I don't care about anything, but Terrible. I barely understood what the main mystery was, or Chess' case. I justThe problem with this series is that I don't care about anything, but Terrible. I barely understood what the main mystery was, or Chess' case. I just didn't care.
I found myself skimming and looking for Terrible instead of comprehending what I was reading.
I'll continue the series, because I need to know what happens next...with Terrible.......more
My problem with these books remain all these years later, things happen to Allie. She doesn't do enough. She's a narrator while everyone else does theMy problem with these books remain all these years later, things happen to Allie. She doesn't do enough. She's a narrator while everyone else does the heavy work and then every now and then she does some magic- I mean her father does some magic using her body. She's just not a good heroine. ...more
Ultimately, the long wait between books and the publishers lack of effort in reminding us about this book was the downfall. I couldn't remember who loUltimately, the long wait between books and the publishers lack of effort in reminding us about this book was the downfall. I couldn't remember who lots of people were, who their back story was and why I should care.
Knowing it was so many years between the books it would have been helpful for the author to give us a but more of a recap without being dumpy.
Just lost its spark with me as I couldn't really remember what happened before and why I loved this series so much.
It's just a run of the mill UF with fae at this point. And, not nearly enough Death (the character)....more
Anyone who has followed this blog for more than five minutes knows that I love Kate Daniels. Frankly, I more than love Kate Daniels. I LOVE KATE DANIELS! The series, the character, her lover Curran, her ward Julie and, of course her teenage werewolf protege Derek. I adore Derek. When bringing him up in any conversation about the series he is referred to as my “baby.” That’s love. So, when I heard that there was going to be a book from Derek’s POV I suffered from heart palpitations caused by excitement.
Of all the characters in all the books I have ever read Derek is the one I most care about. The one I most want to be ok. More than that he’s a teenage boy while Kate and her lover Curran are the adults he most looks up to and respects. Which means he’s not going to open up and bitch to either of them. He wants them to believe he is strong and tough and brave. I was excited to crawl into his brain, peel back the pieces and learn everything there is to learn about Derek.
I will get two things off of my chest first before another word is said. I wish this book was longer. There is no getting around that. I knew when opening the book that it would not be enough to satisfy me. I have been reading this series for years. There is no way that a novella could give me everything I want from Derek. There’s no way. I need at least 3 full length novels to scratch the surface of this character and my interest in him. That being said, this book made me want more and is so entertaining it gave me hope that a series or trilogy starring Derek and Julie would be well worth the wait.
A family that Derek cares about has been murdered. Not just the parents, but the children, too. It’s the children’s death that has sent Derek on a quest to find out who killed the family and why. His investigation takes him deep into the heart of post-shift Atlanta where Derek finds himself face to face with a power that he may not have the strength to fight.
This book has the action and adventure of the Kate Daniels books, but has the added complexity that is Derek. I love Kate, but she is simple. She simply wants to fight to live another day when we first meet her in Magic Bites. Derek is similar, except that he has lived through so much trauma that his 19 year old self has shut down a piece of himself. In Magic Stars, Derek is mostly wolf. He thinks as a wolf, hunts as a wolf and seems to look at his past from a distance as if he hadn’t lived it, and inwardly shrugs off the heartbreak that turned him from a beautiful teenage boy with a smile to a scarred young man with a ferocious snarl it makes men twice his age and size cringe.
The enemy that Derek goes against is faceless for most of the book. It’s a hunt, going after a villain who sends others to block their way. Derek and Julie go up against magic, other shifters and creatures we have yet to face in the Kate Daniels world. The character descriptions and dialogue are as amusing and as funny as anything written by the team that is Ilona Andrews and they do a great job of giving us Post-Shift Atlanta from a completely different perspective. Derek doesn’t think, talk or experience the world the way Kate does and it was a lot of fun to see the world that I’ve come to love from a different perspective.
While the adventure and the mystery of the story are contained, I cannot in good conscience say that this is a stand alone novel. You have to have read Magic Bites and Magic Strikes to truly understand Derek, his journey and all the things that he keeps locked inside.
This is going to be a new series and I have to admit that I CANNOT WAIT.
I highly recommend this books for fans of the Kate Daniels series and if you haven’t read it, I have NO idea what you are waiting for. I have been gushing about it for years!...more
A fun little book as always and as always everything was easily resolved. If Mary Calmes could work on tension and make her resolutions hard won, herA fun little book as always and as always everything was easily resolved. If Mary Calmes could work on tension and make her resolutions hard won, her books could be amazing and not just entertaining....more
Great set up. It took me a long while to get into this one but by the end I was hooked and wanted to know more! A lot more! Excited to experience whatGreat set up. It took me a long while to get into this one but by the end I was hooked and wanted to know more! A lot more! Excited to experience what's to come....more
The final act went a long way in making me like this book, but ultimately I don't see what the big deal over this book is. It's an interesting world bThe final act went a long way in making me like this book, but ultimately I don't see what the big deal over this book is. It's an interesting world but the pov's were too similar, the characters made choices so stupid it was difficult for me to care about them and the ending was so easily accomplished it made me roll my eyes.
What just happened? Charley Davidson’s story comes to a head in EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK and I have to admit that it all happens kind of fast. I don’t want to give any spoilers, so this review is going to be written very different from the rest of my reviews. What I liked. What I didn’t like and What had me scratching my head!
What I Liked:
Having the whole gang together. Who would have thought that being forced to live in an old church on hollowed ground could be so fun. This book is filled with the normal humor, male rivalry and ridiculous Charley wit.
We got to face the villain. Yup, you finally meet Reyes dear old dad Satan in this book and it happens in a very interesting not to be expected way. Let’s just say the king of hell is pretty evil.
The arrival of Charley’s baby. I was really happy that we didn’t have to wait another couple of books. Dealing with a pregnant heroine of an urban fantasy novel is not the best, because we’re used to them being in danger and no one wants to hear about a pregnant woman getting hurt.
The Lore. Charley Davidson’s lore started very simple and then sort of just exploded halfway through the series. We learn more about Charley’s destiny, her past and what exactly she is.
What I didn’t Like:
That we completely missed out on Bob and Cookie’s relationship. I feel like they went on one date in the last episode and now they’re married.
Reyes and Charley. Ok, here me out…. they never change. She’s still hiding things from him and he’s still hiding things from her. What was the point of them getting married if they weren’t going to be partners in life and in evil fighting?
Also, she literally talks about him like he's a piece of meat. Does she love this guy or does she just love having sex with him?
Charley’s desire for martyrdom. I wont say what she does, cuz it’s a spoiler. But, she takes the biggest risk ever in this book and it really really pissed me off. She’s a mother now. She can’t do that kind of stuff and yet there she was ready to endanger her life for yet another case.
The glimpse we get into Charley’s baby’s future. Charley kind of has a premonition about her daughter’s love life that I found disturbing and also kind of a spoiler.
That this story can’t come to an end with Charley. Charley is basically Mary mother of Christ in this world. Meaning her daughter is the actual savior. So, we’re probably going to have to read a spin-off series to see how it truly ends.
What Had Me Scratching My Head:
So, we spend the entire book kind of like on vacation and then all this really, really earth shattering life changing stuff happens in the last 30 pages. I just didn’t understand why it couldn’t have been spread out a bit more. It was like calm, calm, EARTHQUAKE! The rise in tension just didn’t work for me.
Reyes always grabbing Charley’s throat. IS HE CHOKING HER? Why does he always do that. It’s weird and it’s threatening and I don’t like it.
Besides that another solid installment in the series.
Recommended for fans of the Charley Davidson series.
For most of her life, Mercy Thompson has been on her own. Not, because she was alone, but because she was other. Now, with her Alpha werewolf husband and her place as the female Alpha of their pack, Mercy has learned what it means to be a unit and what it means to have people to defend. So, when a boy who has been trapped by the Fae escapes and comes to the pack for help, Mercy knows that there is no choice but to defend him from the Fae even if it means going to war with creatures who have powers that the wolves and Mercy may not be able to combat.
As a long standing fan of the series, Fire Touched was everything that I needed it to be. It was funny, action packed, filled with emotion and of course, lots of Adam Hauptman. There’s always a level of excitement that comes with being in Mercy’s head. She can’t stay out of trouble, she can’t stop herself from helping people and she’s always willing to put herself in danger if it means saving a life. Never a dull moment in the Mercy Thompson series. You know that the Mercy and team are going to go up against powers greater than their own and that they will fight until there is no more fight inside them.
Fire Touched has everything that has made this series great. It’s very rare that Patricia Briggs uses words like evil, or bad. The antagonists are not quite evil, things are not black and white. Everyone has their reasons and sometimes those reasons are not for the greater good. Even as you are always on team Mercy, you usually get where the other side is coming from. This installment of the series is very Fae heavy and the Fae have their own way of thinking and reacting that is not human.
For me this book is kind of a coming out. The Fae continue to come out and show the world their power and how dangerous they can be if the humans continue to make enemies of them. It’s the coming out of Mercy as leader of the pack. No, she is not werewolf, but as Adam’s mate she has power and responsibilities. Her word is law and I feel like for the first time in the series the other characters are finally taking notice of Mercy’s power.
This book is fun and filled with intrigue. We go into new areas that we’ve never explored and get to see new sides of well beloved characters. I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend the Mercy Thompson series. If you have not started this series you are honestly missing out....more
The Hollows was one of the first series I read when I first made the jump into urban fantasy. It’s a flag ship series for me and has literally everything I love about the genre. Shifters, vamps, witches and a slow burn romance books in the making. I have cried with Rachel, laughed with her, rejoiced with her and buried favorite characters with her. Knowing that the series is over fills me with melancholy, because on one hand Ms. Morgan deserves a break, she deserves to be happy and settled, but I am going to miss going on adventures with her. I’ll miss the foul mouth of Jenks, the shifty anti-hero that is Trent, the fierce Ivy (the Ivy from the 1st few books not the annoying emo Ivy we’ve been getting lately) and of course the deliciously demonic Al.
Still, all good things must come to an end and Kim Harrison does a pretty good job of wrapping it up.
I should preface this review by saying that I did not read the end of this book, as the final chapter of the book was cut from the ARC. So, this review is of the book without knowing the actual very end of the story.
The resident vampire master of the hollows wants his soul and he will do anything to get it. Even of it means killing Ivy and forcing Rachel to try and find her friends soul. This storyline has been going on for a few books, but in The Witch with No Name, Rynn Cormel ups the ante. He’s tired of waiting and he wants his soul now!
Due to the vampires forced involvement in Rachel’s life The Witch With No Name hits the ground running and doesn’t stop until the end.
Rachel is a powerful witch/day walking demon. With Trent, her Elf boyfriend beside her, she’s even more powerful. Because he brings his knowledge of wild magic and the history of relationships between the demons and elves into the equation.
Together they figure out a possible solution to getting the vampires their souls back, but that could prove problematic. There is a reason that the soul leaves the body when it becomes the undead. The body might need the soul, but can it withstand the soul? That is the question of the story and it drives a strong message through out. What is a soul? What is it’s purpose and can the soul handle all the evil the undead have done?
The Hollows is once again in uproar. The demons blame the elves, the elves play the vampires against each other and everyone is looking to Rachel to fix it.
Honestly, Rachel Morgan may just be the most exhausted character in literature. People always want these world shattering magic tricks from her without knowing the consequences or the price.
Just about everyone makes an appearance in this book, the good guys and the bad. Her enemies, allies and friends and it was great to see the usual suspects mucking it up one last time. Something should be clear also, Trent is in every scene. Almost, literally. He is entrenched in the story as the new Jenks and Ivy. His devotion to Rachel is really intense. He refuses to leave her side no matter the cost. Which is all good and well, but he has a child and responsibilities. His obsession with Rachel seemed ridiculous, selfish and over the top. I’m not sure how true to his character it was.
But, now here’s my problem with this book, it all seems a bit easy. Rachel spends book after book yelling from the rooftops that she doesn’t know how to capture a soul and affix it to the body. She doesn’t even know how to go about searching for the souls of vampires! She has absolutely no idea where to even start! Then within like 10 pages possible answers all fall into her lap. The answers may not all be out of the blue and even makes sense, but Kim Harrison should have spent more of Ever After and The Undead Pool, setting this up so that I wasn’t so taken aback by how easy it all seemed.
Something that Kim Harrison does really well is ask the question just because you have it, does that mean you should use it? And I kind of want to ask her that question about the finale of this book. Just because you have this cosmic deity, does that mean you should use it?
The final climatic scene happens on a cosmic level and really upset me. I like final books that connect to the first book. Obviously, a series will change and evolve over years and 13 installments, but I wanted the Hollows to return back to it’s roots of being the story of witches, vamps, elves and demons. I wanted it to end in a way where we know things will go back to relative normal. Well, as normal as the Hollows can be, but Harrison brought back the convoluted a bit too big for this one book storyline.
And like I said, Rachel’s final battle isn’t about her skill with the leylines and her spell magic. It’s this up in the stars, power of wills where she simply has to survive or hide or whatever happens in that sort of all over the place battle that ensued.
Then it’s over. Quickly. One of those impromptu actions of one character fixes everything and puts everything in place with literally a half a page, finales.
No, I have not read the final chapter. But the chapter apparently is 10 pages. Which kind of breaks my heart. 10 pages to not only wrap up this book but also wrap up years of story? I don’t have a lot of hope for those final pages.
All in all, this is not my favorite Hallows book, but it’s not the worst. And, let’s face it you have to read it. Just like I’ll be off to read the final ten pages on Tuesday....more