I’ve been meaning to write you this letter for a long time. See I remember watching Dracula some time ago and this du*edit 23 Dec 2011*
My dear Edward,
I’ve been meaning to write you this letter for a long time. See I remember watching Dracula some time ago and this dude was a vampire just like you. I mean imagine that! A vampire *laughs* before you *laughs* the nerve on that guy! Yeah it was that dude – what’s his name? *checks IMDb* oh yeah! Gary Oldman. So then I remembered something that kind of bothered me…
HE DOESN’T GLITTER!
What the hell, right? I mean a vampire that doesn’t glitter *laughs* that’s just too much *laughs*
By the way do you speak sarcasm? No? Good for you!
Take care dear and don’t forget to drink the squirrel juice I left in the fridge for you.
I will start with the cover. I mean just look at how lovely it is. I guess you’d be tempted to buy this book just by giving it a glance. I always loveI will start with the cover. I mean just look at how lovely it is. I guess you’d be tempted to buy this book just by giving it a glance. I always loved these strong colors which go so well with the fractal effect the artist created here. I would have liked to have a face on the guy there, who is Simon I presume? Ftom this you can tell that the story circles mostly around Clary and Simon, but it’s not totally true. You can guess that Jace has a major role in it after reading the description.
After reading the first chapter I could tell that Simon has a big role in this book. Even though he tries to be funny, but fails miserably, I still can’t get to hate him. The whole vamp transformation worked for our favorite geek pretty well. I mean dating two hot girls at the same time… gotta respect that, right? The beginning of the book works around the whole vampire crap that doesn’t seem so appealing to me anymore in Young Adult (YA – remember it) books. Maybe it’s my mood, or their lack of danger. Either way I’m trying to avowing YA vamp books. Anyways, back to the problem at hand. I thought the book had a too slow start. I mean the ending was awesome, some twist of events that left me staring at my Kindle even after I was finished reading. Top notch, that. But come on! Why not have a great story since the beginning? Maybe I’m too harsh with this but considering the previous books you kind of have higher expectations for the coming ones. It’s pure logic. That’s why I won’t end up giving it such a good score.
I hate giving details about the story. Hate spoilers even more. So this is just narrow comments to give you a general idea about this. If you want to know the big picture about the book, read the description. No use rewriting everything, don’t you think? I’m picking on this because I saw many reviewers doing just that. I have to admit that I don’t like it. I prefer personal opinions over rewriting the already existing description.
Now to comment a bit about the characters. I just mentioned Simon above so I guess I’m done with him. Nothing more to add there. We have a new dude in this book, Kyle. I loved him since the start, mainly because he resembles Jace so much minus the sky-high arrogance. Clary still didn’t get as mature and strong as I would have expected her to. Now she’s all proud of training to become a Shadowhunter but I just don’t see her tough enough to become one. She’s too much of a weakling to ever succeed. Or maybe she’ll just drink a magic potion or something and will become a sexy lil’ Hulk-girl. I don’t know… It may happen… Jace. Oh yeah my biggest problem of this book. After finishing City of Glass (TMI 3) I was expecting him to get over the drama and just be normal and loving to Clary. But noooooooooooo. The tragedy has to continue. You just find him acting like a drama-queen and being an ass to the poor girl for no apparent reason. I mean think about how much he fought for her and now he gives up so easily. Is this insecurity? Does he really love her? Is he in love with an alien from another Universe? Stay tuned for another episode of Masochist Angels, where young people like pain as much as they like drugs.
So the verdict? Good story but only at the end, frustrating characters aaand…. Not even a quote that I loved. That’s actually sad. The Anzu loves them quotes. Not a good score, so you can imagine how disappointed I am. Hopefully the next one will be better....more
OMG!!! I’ve been waiting for this book for a year and now it’s finally out!!! It was sooooooo worth the wait!!! Such an amaziReview from ZombieHazard.
OMG!!! I’ve been waiting for this book for a year and now it’s finally out!!! It was sooooooo worth the wait!!! Such an amazing book!!! It totally made up for the sh*t that was the previous one!!!
Naaaah I’m just kidding. I so much wished I’d say that after reading Dead Reckoning. But guess what? It sucked even more than Dead in the Family. It simply has no purpose of existence.
If I could just point out all my problems with this book I’d end up wasting all day writing about it so I’ll just mention the things I think are somewhat relevant. I simply hated it. I’m full of rage because I tried to trick myself into thinking the series will come back to its feet. Nah. The series is dead.
Anyways, here comes my complaining.
Was it just me or did the plot go on vacation to a sunny beach and left the book hanging around our poor shelves as useless as a pile of dirt? Why was this book totally useless for both the series and my poor raped mind? Also, why am I being bothered by Charlaine Harris' writing style? I mean yeah she makes you feel like you’re reading Sookie’s mind but I don’t know. It didn’t appeal to me. Sookie’s mind is too simple for me to like living in there…
I have to admit I started reading this because it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while and True Blood’s running on TV and I’m watching the show and kinda enjoying the season. Seems ok so far. But anyways, I said its time to finally read this. The previous book was a huge pile of sh*t. I really was hoping this one will be different. I can tell the series is going to hell book by book so I was curious to see how many books I have left until I totally give it up. Well guess what? I’m officially giving the series up after Dead Reckoning. So bye bye Sookie Stackhouse, it’s been fun but we must go our separate ways! So leave me the hell alone!!!
Excuse me for not wanting to read about Sookie cleaning her attic and selling her junk to an antique shop. I don’t give a sh*t about non-important characters or don’t know who’s baby or Sookie’s hair getting cut by an emo dude. I want a damn good story. I can’t believe this series ended up like this. I know I’m repeating myself but it’s just cruel. This shouldn’t even be printed out!!!
Sookie is turning out to be very annoying. Now I’m not saying it because she gets turned on by her cousins, or that everyone’s trying either to kill her or f*ck her. I mean isn’t it strange that so many dudes are after Sookie? Does this woman wear a special perfume that gets guys crazy over her? Is it her boobs that, I quote, should win the Miss America Tit Competition (WTF?!?! Nice going Bill)? Or maybe her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like, it’s better than yours. I got bored with people trying to kill Sookie all the time. All the books are about her escaping God knows who because they want her dead for God knows what reason. I wish this book as about something more original.
Anyway, back to my point. Why is she annoying? Because she has a nice husband and she treats him like sh*t. Eric already has problems and she adds to them by cutting the bond. Why does she have to complicate things? Probably because their relationship is boring. Was it on purpose? Does Charlaine Harris actually plan to end Sookie and Eric’s “marriage”? I would have expected them to be team-mates, work together, be strong together, but what I see is coldness and boredom. I was excited, like everyone, that they hooked up, then shocked that they got married or whatever, and now they’re just normal dudes who do nothing and just occupy pages for the sake of what? Going on with the series even though it’s dead? Is the TV show making Mrs. Harris write the books just to get more money out of sales? Well yeah it’s a good strategy since fans will want inside scoop, but what about the rest of us? What about the people who actually liked the series and were expecting some good books and good stories to be out? Not good enough for the sale numbers maybe? I think the series should have ended with maximum book nine. At least it would have been a decent exit.
Question: are there any good things in this book?
I love Pam, she’s the coolest character in the book and also in the show. I have to mention Jessica also for the show, she’s interesting. Bellenos was great, it was a relief that he didn’t lust after Sookie. And Dermot wasn’t bad also.
That’s it with the good stuff.
As a summary for my reactions after reading the book I will present this rage comic:
I don’t know why this change in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Either Mrs. Harris got out of ideas, or maybe it’s True Blood messing with it, but nothing good is coming out anymore. I used to be crazy about the series and it’s kinda sad seeing it end up like trash. Oh well, there are better books out there which are actually worth my time....more
Yeah, you guessed it. I did not like this! AT ALL!!!
So here are my feelings in a few simple images:
Yups, that’s about it! Not my kind of guy, boring sYeah, you guessed it. I did not like this! AT ALL!!!
So here are my feelings in a few simple images:
Yups, that’s about it! Not my kind of guy, boring story and stupid heroine!!! Gah!!! I just read this hoping that I wouldn’t miss anything related to Ash and Nick and I got just a small slice towards the end. It didn’t even make such a big difference o.O Huge disappointment…...more
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. I can’t take Sherrilyn Kenyon’s endless and uReview from ZombieHazard.
My last ride on the Dark-Hunter bus
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. I can’t take Sherrilyn Kenyon’s endless and useless blabbering anymore. Dream Warrior is utter rubbish; you have the typical story that revolves around this series for OMG over 20 books. Seduce the dude or/and kill him. Kill the bad guys to save the world. Chick sees dude and falls for him even though they’re mortal enemies. Dude wants to kill chick but he can’t ‘cause she wakes up a flame inside of him. Ugh why can’t they do something more original than this? At least if you plan to make this series endless put more effort in the damn stories.
I actually have a problem with Sherrilyn Kenyon. I consider this series long gone because even before Acheron most of the books weren’t so great anymore. I was in love with the series; there were many books I loved in the beginning of it. I fell in love with Ash the most and I couldn’t wait for his book. Bit by bit her books started to be unoriginal and repetitive. No characters that would catch your attention, mediocre and sucky stories and humor that didn’t bring any laughs out of me.
I’m actually thinking about what happened to the Dark-Huner series. Is Sherrilyn Kenyon out of ideas? Is she writing the books just for money or what? I guess there are still fans out there that love her books and probably still find them good. I don’t understand these people. Look I don’t wanna be mean or anything but doesn’t the lack of originality bother them? This series is not what it used to be. I would suggest the author to scratch it and start something new. But that’s probably just me…
You would wonder why I’m giving this speech right now. Well sadly I’m giving up the series so I thought it would be fair to explain why I’m doing it. There are many good PNRs out there who are actually worth reading. Dark-Hunter is not one of those anymore. I’ll try this author’s historicals and maybe The Chronicles of Nick.
One of the things that bothered me a lot was the humor in Dream Warrior. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s jokes are no funny anymore and they’re actually repetitive. What’s the fun of hearing the same phrase twice? And she is trying to make Jericho cool and tough and is failing miserably. He’s actually a perfect replica of the characters from book thirteen to book seventeen, excluding Ash of course.
What was good about the book? Probably seeing the characters I love. Ash (God I love this guy), Zarek (my second favorite character) and Jared (I’d like to read his story but I’m afraid it’ll be sucky so I’m confused). And that’s it with the good stuff. The rest of the book?
I shouldn’t have to be happy to see these characters I love in order for me to like the books. I’d read characters’ books again and done. Happy day. This shouldn’t be the reason to continue reading the series. I’m actually feeling bad because I won’t get more of Ash, Jared, Savitar and Nick but I won’t curse my life by reading the rest of the books even for these dudes. Sorry guys!! Go beat up your maker and maybe things will get right!
It’s not cool that I ended up happy because I finished reading the book. I really wanted to love this but unfortunately I couldn’t. I’ll keep my eye out for the characters I like that might get books and maybe (BIG MAYBE) give them a try. Else I won’t bother....more
First of all I didn’t like this book AT ALL. The story was utterly boring, the main characters were irritating and the rest of the secondary ones seemFirst of all I didn’t like this book AT ALL. The story was utterly boring, the main characters were irritating and the rest of the secondary ones seemed like they were added just to take up some space in the book. The author tried (maybe too hard) to make everyone likeable but she didn’t succeed. The hero and heroine have no chemistry, and all the hot and sweaty scenes just left me cold.
More than once I thought of just deleting the damn book and picking on something better. I saw people compare this to an adult Twilight and I have to say they’re right.
I eventually ended up skimming the last chapters because I couldn’t stand reading it anymore. Too much talk, very little action. I won’t even touch the rest of the series unless someone I trust recommends it to me. ...more
Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I am very sad pissed because I had so many high expectations for this book. The blWarning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I am very sad pissed because I had so many high expectations for this book. The blurb sounded awesome, most of my friends’ reviews are five and four stars. The cover is good, the author seems obsessed with English tea, which seemed like a cool thing until I read her Q&A at the end of the book. After that it all got annoying because all she does is talk about her freaking tea. You love tea. I get it. Move the fuck on.
I know I’m picking on her because I’m angry. So what?
I was expecting Soulless to be a cute humorous book about Steampunk and vampires. A light read. Pure fun, ya know? What I got is a mismatched Christmas tree made out of boring Victorian fiction, Paranormal Romance, inconsistent and generic storyline and bad humor.
“Ask zem. Ask zem, please, to look for ze missing ones. My master, he iz a rove. He vanishez last week. Poof.” She snapped her fingers. “Like zat. Zey brought me to ze hive because I am pretty and do good work, but ze comtesse, she only just toleratez me. Without hiz protection, I do not know how long I will last.”
I feel like the mix of genres is too much and is keeping the universe from developing properly. I was also expecting Soulless to be more Steampunk than this. This added to my disappointment. The main focus of the story is on the Paranormal side, and the Steampunk is barely there. A bunch of airships, some devices and a few mad scientists. That is all. Enjoy it while you can. I am aware that this is slightly better than the typical Steampunk Romance style, where the Steampunk elements consist of a bunch of cosmetic goggles, used especially during sex, and some airships mindlessly thrown around.
Nevertheless, I still can’t call Soulless Steampunk. If you want a perfect combination of Steampunk and vampires, you should check out Clay and Susan Griffith’s The Greyfriar. If you want a good Steampunk/Paranormal Romance then go for Meljean Broo’s The Iron Duke or Delilah S. Dawson’s Wicked as They Come.
The main character in this book is Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a half Italian spinster who thinks she’s too fugly for anyone to even spare her a second glance. Oh, and she suffers from the Cinderella syndrome.
Does this seem suspicious yet? No?
The male lead is Lord Maccon, the werewolf Alpha who works for the B.U.R., the Bureau of Unnatural Registry, and guess what?
Are you guessing?
Are you sure?
Of course he falls for her!
Alexia's generous curves[…]
Oh nooo. Come on! She’s so unattractive with her ugly nose and olive skin! Are you blind?!
There was just something about Alexia Tarabotti that made her immensely appealing.
Let me guess. Her parasol?
“Did I mention how lovely you are looking today, Miss Tarabotti?” He pulled the carriage to a full stop. Of course. Alexia could hardly point out the many flaws in his theories after such a compliment.
Could hardly point out. Really?! Great figure. Generous curves. Boobies. Really?!
[…] her generous breasts […]
Sure no man wants to marry her. Sure. Keep telling yourself that.
What does this prove, eh? Yes, our dear old Alexia is a Mary Sue. Why isn’t anyone mentioning any of this? I really had no idea the MC will be a fucking Mary Sue. I wouldn’t even bother with the book if I knew because there’s one thing I hate more than insta-love, or love triangles. That’s a fucking Mary Sue MC.
Lord Maccon, on the other hand, is a complete blob. I couldn’t form any feelings for him. He was simply there to save the MC when she was in trouble, form a god-forsaken romance and make fangirls sigh each time he makes an appearance.
Oh, and I also think the way he shows his affections for Alexia is simply weird.
Lord Maccon sank his human—due to their shockingly informal embrace and the fact that she was a preternatural—teeth into the place where her neck and shoulder joined.[…] Someone cleared his throat delicately. Lord Maccon bit down harder.
I mean really. The dude was munching on her neck like on a cooked rib and she thought it’s hot. Am I the only one who thinks this is weird as fuck? Ok, later on we find out that he was in heat or something and not thinking straight. Blah blah blah I don’t care, it was still weird as fuck.
I think Soulless would have been a better book if the romance wasn’t there. Maybe then the author could have focused more on the story and worldbuilding. Less talk, less time wasting, more action. That’s what I want to read about.
If you have any good Steampunk Urban Fantasy books you would recommend, feel free to list them in the comments section below. Or above. Whatever makes you happy.
Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I have to admit that I wasn’t happy about starting this book because of that horriWarning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I have to admit that I wasn’t happy about starting this book because of that horrid cover. I don’t know what it means to represent? Surprise buttsecs? Hos’r’us? Bad tattoos stay with you forever? I don’t know. Horrible cover is horrible.
What made me go ahead and buy this thing is the fact that more than half of my Goodreads friend list gave it either 5 or 4 stars. Well hello mister popularity. I guess we ended up reading different books because I sure as hell can’t find anything good about this one.
Stray starts out with the worst introduction on the face of the planet. I mean if you actually manage to get past Chapter 1 I respect you greatly. Let me demonstrate the MCs idiocy.
I could have called my father to report the intruder. I probably should have called him, so he could send the designated spy-of-the-day to take care of the problem. But calling would necessitate speaking to my father, which I made a point to avoid at all costs.
So I’d rather be stupid and get myself killed. I’m not daddy’s little girl anymore!!
Unlike most of my fellow tabby cats, I knew how to fight; my father had made sure of that. Unfortunately, I’d never made the jump from theory to practice, except against my brothers.
So unlike those amateurs you know how to fight. But only theoretically. And against your brothers who most likely go easy on you. Sure. Be cocky. You have all the reasons to be.
My resolve as stiff as my spine, I stepped out of the light and into the darkness.
What the hell is she doing? Does she want to commit suicide and doesn’t know the best way to do it? Obviously TSTL.
I glanced quickly behind me, looking for signs of life from the quad. It was empty now, as far as I could tell. There were no potential witnesses; everyone with half a brain was either studying or partying. So why was I playing hide-and-seek after dark with an unidentified stray?
It was your fucking decision to go there in the first place.
I was feeling foolish now, chasing a stranger down a dark alley at night, like some bimbo from a bad horror film.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The difference between the movies and reality was that in real life, I was the hairy monster, and the only screaming I ever did was in rage. I was about as likely to cry for help as I was to spontaneously combust.
Dude, I highly doubt that. I’m still in the first chapter and I can tell you’re not even remotely close to a monster.
After what I’d done to his face, this one should have run screaming from me in terror. It was because I was a girl, I knew it.
Shifting my weight to my left leg, I let my right foot fly, hitting him in the chest with a high side kick.
I thought she never fought. Is this a special night or what?
And, I repeat, that’s only your first chapter. I made it through four chapters and things didn’t change. This book is full of mindless "action", contradictions, horny (and devilishly handsome) guys who want to get their hands on our brilliant MC – because what’s a book without a bunch of hot horny guys? Nothing. What else? Forced everything – story, characters, “romance”. Lots of cheese. Not for me. Really. I can’t handle 400 pages of this. And wait, this is only book one. Thank you, but no thank you.
I picked Spider’s Bite because I wanted to read a good Urban Fantasy. The assassin theme is another major reason that pushed me into it.
What the bookI picked Spider’s Bite because I wanted to read a good Urban Fantasy. The assassin theme is another major reason that pushed me into it.
What the book description fails to mention is that Spider’s Bite has nothing to do with assassins. At least not my version of an assassin. Jennifer Estep just went on and on with how sexy and deadly Gin is, but never proved it. The deadly part of course. I don’t care about how hot anyone is in the book as long as I get a cool story. In our case, a cool assassin-related story.
Which I did not get.
Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want it to be perfectly authentic, but I was expecting a bit more effort from Estep. The story and characters ended up being extremely generic.
Needless to say, I did not enjoy the book an I ended up skimming most of it. The introduction of Spider’s Bite was pretty good. The asylum scene made me think that the rest of the book will continue like that. Of course it never happened.
Gin’s powers are awesome, but she never uses them because of pride.
Pride. Now that’s a lame excuse. Using those powers would really improve the book if you ask me.
Gin’s love interest extremely boring. Insta-lust was a turnoff, and the romance was monotonous.
The detective reminded me of a Hispanic Dirty Harry, ready to plug anybody who got in his way.
They did have sex, but I skipped it because Gin’s way of coming on to the guy was just silly. Estep’s forcing a pair of balls on Gin. I guess this is supposed to be an assassin thing.
The story was incredibly generic. Estep’s writing style is mediocre. I won’t be continuing this series.
Hmmmmmm look at what I’m reading… Ignore the stupid title and clichéd series name. And the perverted cover. Geez there are lots of things that would mHmmmmmm look at what I’m reading… Ignore the stupid title and clichéd series name. And the perverted cover. Geez there are lots of things that would make a person avoid reading this. I’m not sure why I picked it. Oh wait.
Muahahaha I couldn’t help myself!
Well well… What can I say about this Awaken Me Darkly? It’s mostly typical UF to my entire disappointment. I like a good UF as any cool and important person but my dear Huntress of Aliens is not the most special kid in class. The story is mediocre BUT, and that’s a big butt, I’m fascinated by Gena’s writing style and Mia’s badass level. She’s a pro I tell you. Plus the white haired hottie is a bonus. Guess my sci-fi mood will shift into painting sci-fi guys with white hair and violet eyes. Gah I’m so predictable!
Before you poke my eyes out with a spork I know this is NOT UF. Heh, actually…. Funny story there. Let me tell you how I got to think this is f*cking UF… And how I found out it isn’t…
So that’s my story… Pretty gruesome huh? ….. What I would give for a machinegun right now…
Aaanywhore, I’ve been judging the book as an UF and since the misunderstanding raped my mind I’ll take a star from its score. Because I’m cruel, that’s why!
Mrs. Showalter, I wanted less of this
And more of this
So I would appreciate if you make the future books cooler.
I really love pirates… even though I try to ignore the fact that they’re dirty, rapists, murderers, alcoholics, thieves… aaah manNever trust a pirate.
I really love pirates… even though I try to ignore the fact that they’re dirty, rapists, murderers, alcoholics, thieves… aaah many bad things but still, I like the concept so here I am reading this book. Since it’s summer I tend to go towards these stories. One of my wishes is to become a pirate for a determinate amount of time. I’d love to sail away for a while with Jack Sparrow… I know, who doesn’t love Jack Sparrow? *daydreams*
After reading… and reading… and reading some more I decided that this wasn’t what I expected. I was looking for more adventure and the book was lacking it. I decided to finish it though because it’s a classic and all but I do admit that I made a mistake with this one.
Robert Louis Stevenson just takes the fun out of the story. It had potential and it all went to Hell. So thanks Mr. Stevenson, you did a good job on this one. Oh and seriously if you have trouble falling asleep or anything just grab Treasure Island, it’ll cure your insomnia damn easily.
Heh I couldn’t help myself and I had to make this advertisement. Hell, here I come!
I don’t want to be mean and give it a bad review but the story is mediocre. I know it’s a classic and all and I shouldn’t be expecting comic book action but I can’t help feeling bored with it. Call me names but I can’t give it a good score. It would be a lie. The keyword for this book? Lifeless.