too cliché-the dialogues, the story, the characters...all of it. The scene at the professor's funeral, for instance, read like a movie but didn't sit well because it wasn't being watched but read.(less)
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, in exchange for an honest review from Making Connections. Get your copy here.
I really liked this book for...more**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, in exchange for an honest review from Making Connections. Get your copy here.
I really liked this book for several reasons: there seemed to be something happening all the time! the humor was done very well. even though the family had magical powers, they also seemed to have limits! the story kept me interested throughout and I liked the myriad of characters involved in it. My favorites were Thymane & Randy. the book was the third in the series and I haven't read the first two books, not once did I feel clueless-it may be more enjoyable by readers following the series but I had a lot of fun reading it anyway. However, the books needs editing and this kept me from rating it higher. Readers who would like a fun fast paced book should try this one!
the Vampire mythology and Judith’s take on it was interesting.
the heroine didn’t put all her trust in Enoch, as soon as she met him- the attraction and relationship took a healthy amount of time to develop.
that Enoch was indecisive about killing Vlad and pushing his friend off the edge-we all behave that way when it comes to people we care about.
What I didn’t like:
the mystery took a little longer to unravel than I’d have liked it to.
even though, we were told what happened between Caleb & Enoch, I still felt there was something missing.
This story doesn’t let the paranormal elements overshadow the murder(s) mystery it is built around. If you like such books, this one won’t disappoint you. Also, dude an angel with uber Vamp killing powers!
**spoiler alert** What I liked about the book: it was a much smoother read than the first book-the writing, as well as, the story. this time around the...more**spoiler alert** What I liked about the book: it was a much smoother read than the first book-the writing, as well as, the story. this time around the book was the right length Babs' smart ass comments kept cracking me up Sam could be seen becoming more comfortable with her powers and I also liked how she realized Trent was bad news, even when she couldn't abandon him Trent's POV added to the story in a positive way. Trent wasn't just allowed to forget everything and given Guardian status again.
What I didn't like: there were quite a few misspelled words & other errors. at times, it felt as if H.B. didn't want to be with Sam because of who she was but rather because of who she would become. the final battle with the devil should have kicked ass-it didn't! the effect that spirits have on zombies needed more explanation.(less)
**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: ★★ The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but the...more**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: ★★ The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but they don't believe it!
The Steam Dancer (1896)by Caitlín R. Kiernan: ★★ A woman who had an arm and leg amputated and her mechanic who builds her new ones.
Icebreaker by E. Catherine Tobler: ★★★ A widow sets out to Antarctica to bury her husband.
Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon by Jay Lake: ★★★ What's the best way to kill a Nephilim? With a telegraphic harpoon, of course!
The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball by Genevieve Valentine: ★★★★ Some events from the life of a Zeppelin conductor.
Clockwork Fairies by Cat Rambo: ★★★ A man finds the wife he longs for. I kinda guessed the ending.
The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammad Akbar by Shweta Narayan: ★★★★ Mechanical birds and stories about love & revenge.
Prayers of Forges and Furnaces by Aliette de Bodard: ★★★ The old gods have all been killed, replaced by the machine gods, except for one.
The Effluent Engine by N. K. Jemisin: ★★★★ Haiti decides to win against France by using dirigibles and a woman finds love. Loved the story but the last sentence sucked.
The Clockwork Goat and the Smokestack Magi by Peter M. Ball ★★ A clockwork Goat who can tell you all the secrets of a powerful magus!
The Armature of Flight by Sharon Mock: ★★★★ Wings.
The Anachronist’s Cookbook by Catherynne M. Valente: ★★ Lunar Industry and the movement that stopped it.
Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu by Alex Dally MacFarlane: ★★★★ How Viu defeated a king by minting coins.
Zeppelin City by Eileen Gunn & Michael Swanwick: ★★★★ Naked Brains, Zeppelins, Radios and Revolution!
The People’s Machine by Tobias S. Buckell: ★★★★ Another version of how Holmes came into being with a lot of alternate history thrown in.
The Hands That Feed by Matthew Kressel: ★★★ Two women do what they can to survive.
Machine Maid by Margo Lanagan: ★★★ A wife finds out the secrets her maid's been keeping from her.
To Follow the Waves by Amal El-Mohtar: ★★ A dream maker's dream comes true!
Clockmaker’s Requiem by Barth Anderson: ★★ A clockmaker invents a clock that would make time the same for everyone-blasphemy!
Dr Lash Remembers by Jeffrey Ford: ★★ Spores cause the line between reality and imagination to blur.
Lady Witherspoon’s Solution by James Morrow: ★★★ Drugs that could change the world.
Reluctance by Cherie Priest: ★★ Zombies and dirigibles!
A Serpent in the Gears by Margaret Ronald: ★★★ Cyborgs will take over the world.
The Celebrated Carousel of the Margravine of Blois by Megan Arkenberg: ★★★ Grief can make you stop living.
Biographical Notes to “A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum: ★★ The world if the East had the power to take colonies.
Clockwork Chickadee by Mary Robinette Kowal: ★★ I wouldn't mess with the Chickadee, if I were you!
Cinderella Suicide by Samantha Henderson: ★ Skipped most of it. A lot of terms thrown around and no explanation!
Arbeitskraft by Nick Mamatas: Skipped!
To Seek Her Fortune by Nicole Kornher-Stace: ★★ A mother tries to do what she thinks is best for her son.
The Ballad of the Last Human by Lavie Tidhar: ★★ A dog and a spider set out treasure hunting. (less)
**spoiler alert** What I liked: the cover is really pretty I liked that even though Selene was confused about how she felt for Luke, in the end she did...more**spoiler alert** What I liked: the cover is really pretty I liked that even though Selene was confused about how she felt for Luke, in the end she did make up her mind.
What I didn't like Angel/Guardian powers (their extent or lack of it) are never explained-at one instance Selene just weaves "protection" while masking the vampires' presence. We were never told before that she could do that. Both vampires-Luke & Cole- are supposed to be old but they behaved like teenagers Selene's behavior is similar too-she never thinks of the consequences before jumping into any situation. Shouldn't she know better? And Beck was right, why was she given so much leeway? Raphael knows what Selene's like but he never shares info with her- again seemed at odds with a wise Archangel. The battle with Limos was almost anti climatic. After Selene had become an immortal,the story felt like it dragged on. (less)
**spoiler alert** The author was kind enough to offer his book for free, in exchange of an honest review. So here goes: the story is based on a good co...more**spoiler alert** The author was kind enough to offer his book for free, in exchange of an honest review. So here goes: the story is based on a good concept. the author writes really well. it was exactly the right length. the only issue I had was that I found some of the events vague-I didn't even figure out that the old man was an angel till I read the GR synopsis AFTER I read this story. Even so, I can't wait to get started on the rest of his books!(less)
The author was kind enough to give me a copy of her book and too sweet to ask for a review. So here goes: the book was the right length and I didn't mi...moreThe author was kind enough to give me a copy of her book and too sweet to ask for a review. So here goes: the book was the right length and I didn't mind the cliffhanger at the end because the main conflict of the book was resolved. I really liked Kali-how she fought to stay alive and never gave up. Her optimism was her strength. However, she showed the typical YA heroine indecisiveness- I love Tiamat, I hate him. Another thing I found to be odd was that Kali wasn't a religious person yet she seem to accept that she was damned. The book was based on an intriguing concept-what WOULD we do when angels (okay, half angels) are responsible for the destruction of our world! God's will being programmed into the Nephilim was another thing that I liked. There was no "God spoke to me" stuff, well except for Merodach. Overall, I had fun reading this book. I wanted to kick Taimat when Kali hated him and felt sorry for her when she softened. I'll be waiting for the sequel. (less)
I really liked the author’s idea of combining evolution with angels & demons mythology-however, the issue of the sn...more**spoiler alert** What I liked:
I really liked the author’s idea of combining evolution with angels & demons mythology-however, the issue of the snake that started it all needs further delving in. Maybe it will be touched upon in the sequels.
Of course, the superiority complex that all angels seemed to be a prey of and to what lengths they’d go to keep it that way was another interesting bit.
both the angel and the demon did NOT fall in love with the heroine- very refreshing in a YA novel.
What I didn’t like:
the treatment of Gargoyles-if I’m correct, they’re the result of unions between two angels or two demons which makes them their offsprings…sub intelligent but still their kids. Why are they treated like animals by both sides? And not only are the supes okay with that, so were the humans?
Taylor took a lot of things too calmly and she switches between hating and loving Gabe a little too much & too easily.
This is a fast paced YA novel with a unique spin on angel/demon myth. I liked it a lot!
Loved Ethan's wisecracks- he was a smartass but also loveable! I've read the author's first book (from another...more**spoiler alert** What I liked about it:
Loved Ethan's wisecracks- he was a smartass but also loveable! I've read the author's first book (from another series) and this time, the writing felt much smoother. I liked that Hannah didn't fall "in love" immediately. the story isn't overly long.
I'd have liked it if the author had delved a little deeper into the mythology she had created for this novel.
Reine's betrayal didn't feel like much of a surprise, neither did Angie overcoming her dark side.
**spoiler alert** I got this book to read and review from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! It took me almost a month to finish the boo...more**spoiler alert** I got this book to read and review from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! It took me almost a month to finish the book and these are the reasons why: Airel is the most annoying, self absorbed and brainless teenager you'll ever see-but then teenagers are supposed to be that way. She kept spouting things like "Men"-they do this and that... It just made me want to ask her how many men had she been with! How she could not see something was wrong with Micheal's beyond me-that she wasn't herself around him is not sufficient to put my doubts to rest. If she was acting that strangely, surely her *non-existent* parents and friends would have seen that. The instant attraction between her and Micheal just rubbed me the wrong way-however, to be fair, it is supposed to be an effect caused by Micheal's demonic connections. Kim is her one best friend who would do anything for her but Airel seems so dismissive of her- yes, I know Kim's annoying. The whole Keiros part bored me out of my skull- Keiros was Sir Talks-a-lot and only stirred into action after half the story was over. The story felt like it was being dragged out unnecessarily. Stan and James- Stan was just thrown at us in the middle of the story and James being a Brother felt like an afterthought. I don't think I'll be reading the sequel, if there's any!(less)