Before I start I have to pick on the cover. Would you look at that! It’s simply gorgeous! My respect to the artist who painted it.
It’s been a while si...moreBefore I start I have to pick on the cover. Would you look at that! It’s simply gorgeous! My respect to the artist who painted it.
It’s been a while since the last time I’ve read a Mercy Thompson book. I was a bit afraid that I’d miss certain details because of this but thankfully I didn't.
I don’t know why it’s always difficult for me to write a review for this series. I get so sucked into the books that I stop making notes about it while reading. And after I’m done with the book I keep telling myself ”Wow! This was sooo good!” but when I open Word to start writing the review I stare at the blank page while having a stupid face because nothing comes out. It’s a curse I tell you!!
Anyways, here are some thoughts on this.
The story is really emotional and sucked me in since the beginning. This series is getting better and better. It was the cure to my readers block.
I’ve always loved Mercy. She’s brilliant, strong and independent. Makes me wanna take her as a role model. Heh! Mercy and Adam are so damn awesome together; I really respect their relationship. Sam was strange but I was happy that he got over the “problem” he had. The pack was great; we got lots of action and emotional moments with it.
And of course an awesome ending was the perfect topping!
Grave Witch is full of mixed reviews. Some people liked it, others hated it. Most of the people on my list loved the damn thing so there’s no surprise...moreGrave Witch is full of mixed reviews. Some people liked it, others hated it. Most of the people on my list loved the damn thing so there’s no surprise when I say that I was having high hopes for it. And of course life took away my hopes, stomped all over them and threw them in the toilet. Much appreciated.
Why did I have such a hard time reading it?? Ugh why?? I tried my best to find stuff to like about it. Nothing happened. Nothing! And I’m pissed off because I’m still looking at all those good reviews and I can’t seem to figure out why the hell people liked it.
I did not enjoy the story nor gave a shit about any of the characters in the book. And I mean it when I say NONE. NADA. No character was worthy of my love, admiration and not even hate! I did not hate anyone in the book! Do you know what this means?! A hater without hate is like a day without sun! Like a happy meal without a toy! Like a dolphin without its porn!!
Yes, dolphins watch lots of porn.
Alex is a sad excuse of an urban fantasy heroine. She might be good in a paranormal romance, contemporary romance or young adult, whatever – you name it, but urban fantasy? Bitch please. She’s a wimp. She’s not funny. She doesn’t know how to fight, she’s not tough. She’s just.. out there. Existing.. Taking up the extra space that should belong to a fucking good heroine.
I’d already activated the charm that blocked my image from cameras, so now I just needed to worry about the two people Roy had seen.
Isn’t this a bit too silly? Am I being too harsh? Of course I’m being too harsh, that’s what I do. But anyway, I watched Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol this weekend so I had my ratio of silly ideas bullshit for this week. Well, at least MI has its own "badass spy" excuse but using a charm to block cameras from seeing you? Really??? A charm?? My mind is having a tough time swallowing this.
Whenever I feel like I’m boring my readers I dress up as a ninja and pretend to have awesome super-powers. This helps me get over my childhood traumas and the insecurities caused by all the badass heroines who are better than me.
And even though I was excited about the Devil being a character in the book, I can’t say that I’m happy with what I got regarding him. Yes, I know I’m the silly one for being excited over something like this but whatever, we all have our little brain gnomes who put weird stuff in our zomg-I-must-have-it shelf. So I have my excuse. And I have my own ideas of how Death can be hot and perfect and the best villain (and yet a hero) deep down in his nonexistent black heart. Death in Magic Graves is a Good Guy Greg.
One does not simply make Death a Good Guy Greg. Death is a force to be reckoned with. He makes you want him and yet you shit your pants because of the fear you feel when he looks at you. So please cut the crap!
Oh, and it has a love triangle. It’s mild, but still there.
*removes one star from the rating*
I’ll take back my star, thank you very much.(less)
Why Glass Houses is a good book and you should give it a try
Let me start by giving thanks to my dear friend Alk who forced me to give this book a try....moreWhy Glass Houses is a good book and you should give it a try
Let me start by giving thanks to my dear friend Alk who forced me to give this book a try. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t have given this book a second glance. You can probably blame it on the cover and on all those negative reviews that are going around Goodreads.
Speaking of which, I need to clear out a few things. There are many people in my Goodreads friend list who absolutely love this book. And there are others who loathe the mere sight of it. Now, call me an asshole but I thought that the people who loved Morganville Vampires are overreacting, and that the ones who hate it are right to do so. What made me think so is the following quote:
"What normal girl loved physics? Abnormal ones. Ones who were not ever going to be hot. And face it, being hot? That was what life was all about."
It makes the MC sound like a total douche, doesn’t it? This quote can be found in the first chapter of the book. Do you see why so many people dropped it without a second thought? Do you? Well, I do. Let me give you a piece of advice. Go on with reading the book and you’ll find out why Claire, the MC, formed this thought in the first place. (view spoiler)[Her major is actually Physics, and you find this out in the second book. (hide spoiler)] This is why you cannot take the above quote seriously. It’s exactly like the time you see your crush date the beautiful, yet stupid, girl in your class and wishing to trade your intelligence with beauty just so you would be in her place. Would you actually do it? Maybe. Personally, I wouldn’t. Did I ever have thoughts similar to this? Sure I did, I’m human after all. Anyways, back to my point. It seems a bit too harsh to judge Glass Houses according to this quote only.
Claire is one fucked up character, and I love her for it. I can already see her grow out of this awkward freakish skin she’s currently wearing. And oh gosh can Rachel Caine write her shit. The characters are deep, her story is fascinating and, from what I’ve heard, she’s awesome in creating atmospheric horror scenes. I did not encounter one of those scenes yet, but I can say that I’m looking forward to them.
And another thing. The ending. What. The. Hell. I’ve never had a cliffhanger as big as this one. I have no words. I can only say that I’m grateful for having the next book available, else I would end up strangling someone because of this frustration!
Would I recommend this to you? Well it depends. Are you into Urban Fantasy? Do you care about your characters feeling real (no Mary Sues)? Do you shy away from violence and cruelty? Would you mind reading a long series? Morganville Vamps has all that, and more. So think carefully before making your decision. I, for one, liked it a lot. There were some parts of the story that dragged on a bit too much, but the rest was badass. I can’t wait to start book #2.
Oh, and one final thing before I end the review. Morganville Vampires has 13 published books, and 2 more that will be published in 2013. 15+ books?! Holy shit, that’s a shitload of books! I do hope that I’ll be able to reach book 15 without getting fed up with the series. Here’s to hoping!
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Knowing the characters throughout the previous books, it was easy to see the way they changed. Cat got mature; she finally opened up and accepted her...moreKnowing the characters throughout the previous books, it was easy to see the way they changed. Cat got mature; she finally opened up and accepted her feelings for Bones. She was awesome in the first book, then declined and now she’s at her peak again. I guess I can call her my favorite heroine so far.
Bones… oh boy… what more can I say about this guy? He was yum before, now he’s yum as hell… I just have a soft spot for him. He’s so damn sexy and brutal and yet the way he treats Cat is amazing. Couple of the year award, please!
The story was nice, plenty of funny moments, but also crazy action scenes and passionate love ones. It didn’t bore me AT ALL, which is great especially since these days when my patience is kinda thin (yes, painting saints does that to you). So I can tell you this, didn’t read this series yet? Get your arse moving and get it! It’s worth every minute of your time!
Now, I can give you some quotes that I totally loved! (blonde moment ftw)
Timmie gave Bones and me a speculative glance. “Before we go, I gotta know: If mind-reading abilities are real, there’s something else I wondered if fiction got right about vampires—” “Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand,” Bones cut him off with utmost seriousness.
Marie's sharp gaze didn't leave mine. "The last time I saw you, you were still a half-breed. Tell me, Cat, how do you find being a full vampire?" "It's great," I said […] "I haven't missed getting my period even once, and hey, no more counting calories. What's not to love, right?"
"Your arrogance deserves its own zip code, Drac"
"My dear Reaper," Vlad said, still laughing. "Did you just check out our-" "No!" I interrupted at once, almost lunging toward the staircase. "I'm tired and still dazed from the Remnants and . . . fuck it, I'm taking a shower. I mean, not a cold shower, because I don't need that"-oh Jesus, I was only making this worse - "because I am cold already, and I need to get hot. I mean, warmer. Oh, just shut up!"
"No one can hide from death, no one, not even our kind. Death travels the world and passes through even the thickest walls we protect ourselves with”
Sin undone is the fifth book in the Demonica series. Some people were saying the series ends here, but others were saying Ms. Ione was just taking a b...moreSin undone is the fifth book in the Demonica series. Some people were saying the series ends here, but others were saying Ms. Ione was just taking a break in order to focus on her new series which was out this March. I’m hoping to see more of Demonica since I love this universe and it can surely handle some new characters joining the party. I’m really looking forward to reading some new stuff related to this series.
This one, as you can tell, is about Sin and Con. Yes, in the previous book, Ecstasy Unveiled, we were introduced to these two. I didn’t like Con, ended up hating him after his bet with Luc. Sin… well I thought she was annoying and felt like punching her all the time throughout the book. There were some awww moments where she was beginning to resemble a normal person, but they were too few to make me like her. Remember I’m talking about the previous book and not this one. Ok, that being said let’s move to Sin Undone.
I didn’t think the relationship between Con and Sin would get to me, especially since it didn’t have the best start. It was challenging to think that they would end up loving each other. They’re both such difficult people, especially Sin. In the fourth book we got a glance at her past – which wasn’t pink and full of roses. Nah, she’s a troubled one. Usually the troubled ones are the hardest to tame. Con seemed ok, kind of, but in this book we find out that he also fits the troubled-f*ck-you-type of person. This being said, you can already see why it’s hard to see them together, all loving, mated and wanting 100 babies.
I’m really impressed with the story and the way these two evolved (grew on each other I might say – the expression Con used when referring to Luc - like fungus). It didn’t seem forced, it made me like them, which was something I didn’t expect, and made me fall in love with this book. To be honest I knew I will like it, but not love it. It was a big deal eventually.
Sin Undone also introduced us, in a way, to the new series Larissa Ione is working on, Lords of Deliverance. We got to see, even if it was brief, two of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Wow, I can say that I like what I saw. This woman has a talent for creating hotties. I really can’t wait to get my hands on the first book, Eternal Rider. In the end, my favorite is still Wraith. Lore got really close to overthrowing him, but nah, didn’t happen. Anyways, what can I say? Five books out of five and all of them top rated. Wow, I mean that’s something, isn’t it? Awesome series, great “ending” sort-of and one the best bunch of characters you can ever find!
Oh, before I forget! WTF was with that Moldavian village full of horny bisexual wargs? Haven’t seen that one coming… Strange sh*t…(less)
The Darkest Night is a fun introduction to a new series (for me at least) that goes around demons, crazy people, violence, hot drooly (yes, I mean it...moreThe Darkest Night is a fun introduction to a new series (for me at least) that goes around demons, crazy people, violence, hot drooly (yes, I mean it as drool-y - it should be a word, it’s awesome) sex and extreme redecorating. But we all love crazy people don’t we? And violence. And sex. And hotties. Beats the hell out of watching Animal Planet.
Even though the book was a great read I found many problems regarding it. It stars with the typical PNR problem: the ease with which they hooked up. I’d like some more obstacles please! Then there’s the true love conquers all problem. They’ve known each other for a few days so true love is out of the question. What is it then? Lust? Desperation? Drugs? Noodles? You tell me.
I didn’t like Ashlyn because she is too dependent. First Macintosh* (lol) whatever his name and then Maddox. Plus she was always taking things too lightly. First Maddox has sex with her and then locks her up because he has stuff to do. What’s her reaction? She gets a wee bit angry and then says to herself "Meh, still want him, he’s hot". Not cool. And after being his captive she still falls for him. While this is a classic move for most romance novels, I have to admit that I don’t agree with it. You simply don’t fall for the assh*le who’s keeping you prisoner unless you’re into BDSM or something. Plus he’s a demon and he’s violent and creepy. He may be hot but still, come on! Exaggerated much?
Maddox is… special. Even though he has a wall punching problem, tends to destroy most things around him and is a serial killer, he’s pretty cool. I mean how often do you find a guy who knows how to repair stuff? And he’s hot. I mean duh! It’s PNR we’re talking about! Duh! And he like has powers and stuff. And he like kills people. And has a tattoo. I mean awesome, dude!
I’ve always wanted to be in the mind of a psychopath, there’s a certain depth to life in there. Let’s take some examples, shall we?
First there’s a typical “problem” between a husband and his wife.
Then there are some kids thrown along the way.
And finally the moments when you just sit back and relax.
(I could do this all day!) Yep. A pretty high chance of all this happening to the person marrying this guy.
Probably Maddox is like this because of sexual frustration. Once he gets laid properly his demon goes back to sleep.
Anyboob, the final score is 3.5 or 3.25 or 3.19999999999999. But that’s beside the point. The Darkest Night is a nice intro to what seems like a good series but it lacked action. As you know the action-eating monster living inside me needs to be fed so it wasn’t totally happy with the situation. Just one location and few to none proper action scenes don’t make a fun story. These warriors have potential so put ‘em to good use! Aaaaaaaaand it was a bit cheesy.
P.S. A wise man once said: ”A butterfly tattoo on a guy can never be fierce. It can only be gay!”
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