**spoiler alert** So they broke it! They broke it and I can't fix my favorite series. Here are some reasons why I am so disillusioned:
No resolution of**spoiler alert** So they broke it! They broke it and I can't fix my favorite series. Here are some reasons why I am so disillusioned:
No resolution of Curran's shitty behavior from the first book.
Kate is not Kate anymore. She has turned into mcSissyPants. She whines and acts like a damsel in distress which is such a far cry from what made her awesome that it just broke my heart! I did not mind her worrying over Curran - it may have been excessive - but I dealt with it. It was the waiting for Curran to rescue her that I did not get. Shouldn't love make her stronger? Is it not that what she claimed? Yet she kept saying things like she had imagined they would face Roland together. Why?
Kate worries the heck outta Curran's absence but not once does she pause to consider whether Julie is safe. Yes, Barabas said she was but Kate just takes his word for it.
When Hugh shows up, Kate lets Curran fight him. Is that what the old Kate would do? Why would she let someone else fight her battle? So. Not. Kate.
The little chat with Do-little was so reminiscent of the ones that Harry used to have with Dumbledore that I had to recheck which book it was that I was reading.
Lack of interesting characters or really small cameos. These include Raphael, Kate's pooch, Julie, the Celtic guy, among others.
The transportation scene. Again, I was thrown back to the part where Cedric and Harry were taken to the cemetery. Even the dialogues sounded the same. No, Rowling was not the first one to use this in a plot but I had thought Kate Daniels series was smarter than this.
Not only did the violence level ratchet through the sky, Kate started looking like a sadist! She tortured the woman who had killed Aunt B. So. Not. Kate!
The conspirators were so obvious and in your face that I kept thinking, it could not be them! I do not like guessing how the mystery would be solved when I read. I let it unfold but this one just slapped me in the face!
Derek was also afflicted by the same disease. We expect Ascanio to act like a teenager but Derek is the kid who was tortured to death and then made to live. Why is he behaving like an idiot?
I loved the pack's behavior. They still think of Kate as an outsider and no matter what she does, she will remain one. That was the only thing that had stayed true to the previous books.
Ghastek. Curran berates him for not knowing stuff, I thought that was unfair that he would be the last to find out who Kate was. Again, just not like him.
I loved how Curran gave up his pack to be with Kate. It was what is expected of him.
There is no mention of how Jim would have reacted to Kate and Curran's departure. I more than wanted to see what he had to say about it.
Roland was exactly perfect. That is what I had come to expect from the Kate Daniels series and he was brilliant. The realization that his walk through caused was amazing as well. He is almost a god and Kate and Curran realized the futility of the security measures they had taken. That was done really well.
Hugh was another character that creeped me out in exactly the right way. He was deranged and his behavior at the Order showed that. However, when he continued to do nothing at the end, that was anticlimactic. I kept waiting for a final showdown but it never came.
I am just so sad that this book is becoming like the rest of them. Weddings and kick-ass ladies turning into delicate swooning flowers, how could this have happened?...more
I received this book from Astraea Press, for free, in exchange for an honest review.
What I liked:
the writing has gotten much smoothe**spoiler alert**
I received this book from Astraea Press, for free, in exchange for an honest review.
What I liked:
the writing has gotten much smoother & there's a togetherness about this book which wasn't present in the first
how the other types of Dragons & their practices were brought in-made world feel more real
Tai & her issues kept reminding us that the MC might be Dragon Lord's wife or head of the military, they were still teenagers-school & dresses were as important to them as the threat of war
Navi is one cool chick!
Matt was an example of a genuine human(ish) character- he loved his family but he actually believed he was doing the right thing by supporting his father's mission. He was bad without being evil.
What I didn't like:
the Big Bad Demon was all that,yet they managed to vanquish him quite easily
I'm pretty sure the False prophet & the Demon would be resurfacing in the next book, though. A much more happening book than the first & I'd love to read more about the Aero(read air-headed) dragon- my favorite out of all the dragons!
**spoiler alert** Some thoughts: * The book starts off with a whole lot of characters and I almost gave up right there. * Religion plays an important ro**spoiler alert** Some thoughts: * The book starts off with a whole lot of characters and I almost gave up right there. * Religion plays an important role in this world-whether it is its absence or presence. * There is light humor threaded throughout the book, to lighten the darkness of events. * The book is long but I didn't mind because the story kept me interested. * Would love to read the next one. * Why are certain parts other magical creatures important was never explained. * Why are there different colors for the Mothers wasn't expounded upon either. * Dael gives up on Vray rather too easily-he knows what kind of people the King & his son are! ...more
**spoiler alert** I received this book in 2012 as ARR. I am just getting around to reviewing it & would like to apologize to the author for the de**spoiler alert** I received this book in 2012 as ARR. I am just getting around to reviewing it & would like to apologize to the author for the delay.
I thought that I was over my swords and sorcery phase but this book managed to pleasantly surprise me! However, some things did detract from the enjoyment of reading the book, such as:
Editing issues. I started marking the instances to make sure that I wasn't just thinking that because the book's an indie. I wasn't!
The book started with a pile of info dump as huge as Mt. Tibidabo. While it was done in a smart way, it is still an info dump. This also included some unnecessary details about a dragon's waste canals and egg-laying!
The concept of names having power was discussed in the beginning but both Delno and Geneva gave away their names too freely later. May seem like a minor issue but it bugged me.
There was way too much explanation when it came to certain things, such as the blacksmith explaining how he crafted the sword. It seemed as if the author wanted us to know that they had done their research on sword-making.
The MC suggested that they use a dream-state that dragons could enter to communicate with each other. It seemed implausible that no other dragon Rider had thought of that before.
The love interest of the MC was a woman several millennia older than him. When she first appeared, she was shown to be the flirtatious type. Later, the flirtatious type was written to mean the same thing as being immature. She started behaving out of character and immaturely once she entered into a relationship with the guy. It does not mesh well with the image of the woman that the author tried to create. She fought well and was a Rider herself who was constantly underestimated by others because of her gender. Why she started behaving like a teenager was beyond me.
The dragons who had bonded to the other members of the group started taking orders from the dragon bonded to the MC ever since he had accepted the leadership mantle. This had two issues: a. It goes against everything that the author said previously about dragons-Rider relationship. The dragon does not consider logic when it comes to their Rider. Both can't be true at the same time. b. This was sprung upon the reader. If introduced slowly, it would have been more dramatic.
What I liked:
The logical way in which a dragon Rider's longer lifespan and magic were explained. They both came from the dragon and reduced how long she would live.
That Delno took the role of the leader when there was another much more seasoned Rider who could have led the group. The author explained it later and the explanation made sense.
A joke that I was reminded of while reading these lines: "It was so warm inside of the dragon as to be almost uncomfortable"
What I liked about this book: the beginning-Rose's reaction to**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections. Get your copy here.
What I liked about this book: the beginning-Rose's reaction to her cheating boyfriend is probably what every girl wishes how she'd react, if she were cheated on!
the humor in the story was done nicely.
the werewolf hierarchy was written very well as were the problems that came along with it.
i really liked Erin,not only was he cute but his reaction to finding out about the supes was exactly how a kid would react. An adult would worry over the implications or even doubting the possibility but a kid would just accept it!
What I didn't like: the book was a little too detailed-scenes like conversations on the phone or even between people could have been mentioned and done with. Instead, they were described in detail.
everybody and I mean everybody was pretty-too pretty!
the vampires didn't do it for me at all-they were too touchy feely and not the predators that I'd imagined they would be-though maybe other readers would like way they were portrayed because it was different.
there were too many characters- I get that the Fae needed the representatives of all the races but maybe a werewolf or two could have been dropped? ...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book, from Making Connections for free, in exchange for an honest review. Get your copy here.
So, I started this book, jus**spoiler alert** I got this book, from Making Connections for free, in exchange for an honest review. Get your copy here.
So, I started this book, just to see what it was like and then I couldn't stop reading! The events are confusing and the mystery will make your head spin but you won't wanna stop. It is difficult to understand about the different kinds of magic in that world but I think that adds to the charm. Blake made me laugh the whole time and I would have loved to know more about his teacher too. One thing that I felt was missing from the story was the professors' POV. It'd have been a good addition to the story. Everybody seemed to have their own secret agenda and the snooty attitude of the professors towards the student was really funny. The humor was really done well and I kept marking parts to share with friends. I wouldn't wanna miss the next installment! 3.5 stars to this one!!...more
**spoiler alert** A very young king, who has spent his life among rumors that his lineage may have descended from Dragons. His very young friend, whos**spoiler alert** A very young king, who has spent his life among rumors that his lineage may have descended from Dragons. His very young friend, whose job is to guard the king. An overbearing know-it-all sister who still treats him like a baby. A sneaky voice in his head disclosing secrets to him that no one else would. Add to it that the voice belongs to an evil dragon who loves to wreak havoc & thinks of human as cattle. What do you think is going to happen!
**spoiler alert** I received this book from the author. Similar to the first one in the series, the book kept me interested throughout. I kept cringing**spoiler alert** I received this book from the author. Similar to the first one in the series, the book kept me interested throughout. I kept cringing at Feane's violent behavior but I also liked that about her- it made me realize she wasn't human but a wildling and predator at that. I missed Finthe and all the other characters from the first book and kept hoping they might be added to the story. The kits were the cutest and their antics added the much needed lightness to the story. The humor was done just right. Atall's fate made me realize that anything can happen in these books and I like the unpredictability. My one problem was with Oria forgiving the traitor-even momentarily-so easily. Good story, lots of action & humor and full of crazy wildlings who'd do anything for their family. What's not to like?...more
we’re given bits and pieces about Shenn’s race and history throughout the story and it felt weird-there could ha**spoiler alert** What I did not like:
we’re given bits and pieces about Shenn’s race and history throughout the story and it felt weird-there could have been a prologue about Shenn’s race telling us how special they are etc. Or maybe something telling us a little bit more about the world this story is set in.
the ending felt abrupt and incomplete-and yeah, I know there’s supposed to be a sequel.
when Shenn meets Marek after such a long time, how he failed to ask about his wife is beyond me.
What I liked:
several reviewers on GR had issues with some words-like boards-being used for several things but I loved it. A pirate will talk like he wants to and won’t change his ways just so readers can understand him better.
the book began perfectly and I had a vision of the hanging scene from one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies!
it was the right length.
the inclusion of religion only added to the authenticity of the world being built.