It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there.
I have one hell of a bad habit. I almost n
It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there.
I have one hell of a bad habit. I almost never read the blurb before starting a book. Yes, I do read it before adding the book to my tbr shelf. I do trust myself completely to know that when a book ends up on my tbr shelf, it’s worth reading. So, again, I do not bother with the blurb because I like to be surprised.
I should have read the blurb for Come Alive.
Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.
I SHOULD HAVE READ THE BLURB FOR COME ALIVE.
Bah. Too late now.
Ok, so I had no idea this was told from Dex’s POV. No idea whatsoever. I guess this is the most important thing I’ve missed from the blurb. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the other two books that were told from Dex’s perspective, but having too much of it gave me a headache. A whole fucking book from the Dex 2.0’s perspective was a bad idea. Let me tell you why.
First of all, this Dex 2.0 is full of shit. He’s acting like a horny teenager most of the time. Most of the book is filled with his perverted thoughts towards Perry. Perry’s humongous tits (boner), Perry’s round squishy ass (double boner), Perry showing extra skin (so sexy!), Perry wearing a dress (omg I wanna fuck her!), Perry’s fucking blue eyes (my cock is getting hard just by staring at them!), Perry’s fuckable mouth (say hello to my little friend!) and so on and so forth.
We get it. You love her and lust after her 24/7. Good. But man, get a fucking grip. What the hell happened to you?
I think it’s needless to say that I do not like the new Dex. I so much miss his old mysterious cynical emo self. I so much miss the sexual tension between Perry and him. I miss their joking, I miss their fights. I miss how much they understood each other and how well they worked together as a team. This “relationship” of theirs isn’t anything like I would have imagined it to be. It’s like I’m reading about two completely different people. A horny teenager and a heartless bitch.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Perry is acting like a heartless bitch. The way she reacts to Dex’s feelings, the way she feels insecure about him and her own self. The way she isolates herself from everything around her. I feel like she’s not a nice person anymore. I get that she went through a lot of shit with her miscarriage, the demon possessing her, sex with a ginger (that must’ve hurt her pride) and her parents almost throwing her into a mental hospital and all that, but I feel like this is a bit too much. Dex did help her get through it, he saved her countless times, he sacrificed himself for her, shit he even carved out his heart and threw it at her feet (dramatic, I know) and yet she’s acting like an ungrateful bitch. Is it for the sake of keeping their relationship “fresh” for four more books? That’s what I think, especially seeing the forced “obstacles” that keep on happening to them. A constant one stop forward, two steps back. It’s getting old.
Did I mention that 60% of the book was solely about Dex and Perry fucking? No, really, it was. Did I mention how old and boring it got, even after two sex scenes? No?
I can’t believe I’m saying this, especially since it’s Dex we’re talking about here, but there was too much sex. I felt like I’m reading a cheap erotica book and not an awesome EIT. More than half of the fucking book is just sex. Sex. Sex. And oh, guess what? More fucking sex.
And the story? Meh. It felt like I’m reading Darkhouse all over again. I did not like Darkhouse. I had to force myself to get through it just for the promise of what’s to come in the future books.
Another thing that I didn’t like about the story is the amount of people that were around. Me no like that. I like to have Dex and Perry all alone in some weird secluded place, hunting for god knows what creature. Or, better said, being hunted by the creature, as it usually happens. Come Alive had a good location (New Orleans for fuck’s sake!), zombies (uhm.. cool, I guess.), voodoo people (not so bad), haunted houses and swampy lands. Do you see the potential?
DO YOU SEE?!
But nope. We get sex, sex, sex, forced relationship drama, near death due to stupidity, make-out sex, sex and a mysterious (but not too mysterious) heavy box in Dex’s pocket as an OMG DAT ENDING! punch in the face.
Also, two more MAJOR things that bothered the shit out of me. Spoilers, beware.
(view spoiler)[One. Max. I hate the douche. I hate him so much. And now we find out he’s a guardian angel/superior being of some sort. He sacrificed his immortality over a girl he loved (and yet he left her because he’s a douche like that). And he’s not very good at his job, that’s why he screwed Dex over. And he still wants what Dex and Perry have. Because he’s such a nice person. And, in the end, he ended up doing the right thing by staying in New Orleans and taking care of the woman he loves.
NOW YOU DO THIS, YOU RED-PUBED DOUCHE?! NOW??!
Really. No. I can’t like him just because of all this crap. It’s all bullshit. He is not a nice person. Period.
Two. Dex’s lies that ended up brushed under the carpet so no one would know what a fucker her is. He did a very bad and selfish thing to hide the truth from Perry just because he thinks all of this will “protect her”. He thinks he’s so kind and selfless to push her away without explaining what the fuck is going on. This is a decision that should belong to her as well. And also, in the end he ended up blaming Ambrosia for his sudden douchenesness, when, obviously, that was not true. It was a dick move.
And I just got another idea. Is this going to be another “obstacle” in their relationship in EIT#8? Perry finds out that he lied and again we’ll have the “I can’t be with you because you’re a lying sonovabitch” crap? I’ll be expecting that. (hide spoiler)]
Come Alive had the potential of being great, but it took it out of its shiny wrapper, rubbed its shitty ass with it and threw it in the fire. I cannot even call it Experiment in Terror anymore, but go for a more suitable name like Experiment in Fucking thanks to all the unnecessary sex going on. Add a huge stinky drama llama and there you go. Experiment in Drama Llamas Brainlessly Fucking.
I am looking forward to the next (and last) two books though. Karina Halle does know her way around a good creep story, so I’m going to try and be optimistic about it. The fact that the next one will be from Perry’s POV does help ease up my nerves a little bit.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Welcome to the wonderful world of ovaries, where every couple of months or so every girl who isn’t into reading romance novels will feel compelled int
Welcome to the wonderful world of ovaries, where every couple of months or so every girl who isn’t into reading romance novels will feel compelled into picking up these said romance novels and revel in their magnificence. Ok, they’re not really magnificent, but some are pretty good. Like this one, for instance.
I was in that time of the month (no, I’m not talking about my period) when I needed mush. And not any kind of mush, I needed the perfect mush. Now, I need to mention that I’m not into reading romances. I’ve tried reading some several times before, and I find it difficult to enjoy them. I need the characters to be original, and their relationships believable.
On Dublin Street offered me exactly what I wanted. It’s not the perfect romance novel, mind you, but Samantha Young managed to create a super-cute couple that managed to entertain me. A lot. And that’s saying something.
I am a bit biased in my score because I really like Sam Young’s work, so you can consider my rating more of a 3-star one. I would have given it the big 5 if Joss wasn’t such a dick at times.
Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Again I find myself alone in hating such a popular book. Woe is me.
I knew I wasn’tWarning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Again I find myself alone in hating such a popular book. Woe is me.
I knew I wasn’t going to like Easy since the first chapter. It was mostly because of the MC being an idiot. Starting a book with an idiotic MC doesn’t seem like such a good idea. But who am I to judge?
Some authors can write hot guys. Yes, that’s mostly why I read romance novels. It’s all about the hot guys. What were you expecting me to say, that I read them for the plot? What plot? Romance novels have no real plot.
Webber is not my kind of hot guy factory. I don’t like her characters, thus I don’t have any reasons to finish the book. I was thinking of giving it my typical fifty-page tryout, and if things didn’t pick up I’d slap da bass.
But for some reason I couldn’t drop it. It wasn’t because the book was not so bad. Easy is an extremely boring, irritating, predictable and uneventful book. I just couldn’t drop it. And I hated reading it, I really did. Maybe it was because I still had some hope for the story to pick up. Maybe it was just morbid curiosity. I regret wasting my time with it, though. Precious time that I’ll never get back. Oh well.
Now let’s move on to the good part, shall we? Fucking up the characters. The joy.
Jacqueline is your typical too smart in theory but an idiot in reality female lead. She is supposed to be an intelligent woman, but all she does is take one bad decision after another. Not reporting almost getting raped, giving up on her career because she wanted to follow her boyfriend’s ass all around the country. I mean, why the hell not? Why would she want to be a strong independent woman? Her way of thinking, her way of talking, none of these things show how intelligent she supposedly is. She also managed to get on my nerves most of the time. But that’s normal. I rarely encounter a female lead that’s actually pleasant.
Lucas… well, Lucas was supposed to make me fall head over heels in love with him. I mean he’s got the perfect looks, long black hair, strong built, tall, lip ring, tattoos, can fight his way out of trouble, smart, wears glasses. Yum, right? Well, no. He’s as dynamic as a sloth. He feels incomplete. He barely has a personality! He does not feel male at all! It’s obvious that he’s written by a female author. I hate it when male characters are obvious like that. I really really hate it.
And the emails… those fucking boring emails… *supermegaeyeroll of death*
And speaking of other small things that bothered me more than they should, let me tell you more.
I know he just saved her from being raped. But calling him her savior was a bit too much. I know since it’s a contemporary romance we can’t always get a judo-master chick, but easy on the ass kissing will ya?
I froze, recognizing my savior from two nights ago.
My savior stared down at him, his jaw working.
“I can’t let you drive.” Judging by his expression, my face was a disaster. I blinked, my hand still extended for the keys he’d just confiscated. “What? Why?” He ticked three reasons off on his fingers. “You’re shaking, probably an after-effect of the assault.”
“It’s my fault I can’t walk from a house to my truck without one of you trying to rape me?”
Yeap. I also have to mention the romantic side of the book. The passion doesn’t feel genuine. Events and feelings feel forced on the reader. Saying is not showing, and I hate books that say and don’t show. The reader is given mainly those blasted emails to get to know Lucas better. There are few to none emotional moments, there is no connection between the reader and the characters. Very sloppy.
The only thing I liked about this book was the fact that the big bad L word went missing. Not bad, but still not good enough to award the book with extra points.
At least I’m not alone. I have Death to accompany me.
Long story short After her daughter is taken by a band of raiders, Emma leaves her family behi
At least I’m not alone. I have Death to accompany me.
Long story short After her daughter is taken by a band of raiders, Emma leaves her family behind and embarks in a trip to bring her back. The trip makes Emma cross paths with an old lover, Arthur, who is set on winning back her heart. Together they join forces to infiltrate the kidnapers’ group in order to get Emma’s daughter back.
My thoughts Finding a good post-apocalyptic book is difficult because most of them follow the same story. 75 percent of the population is dead and the rest is suffering to survive in a post-name-your-disaster world where even toilets could bite your genitals off. This makes me judge books in this genre according to what makes them stand out from the crowd.
Fallen, book #1 of the After Trilogy, impressed me through its characters and interesting idea regarding the supernatural powers that the apocalypse brought. I was hoping that Cold Light would be a nice read, but I was badly mistaken.
My first problem is the too sudden start. I feel like I was dumped into the story with no explanation whatsoever. Emma’s daughter, Beth, was taken. Why? How? What? Deal with it.
My memory isn’t the best out there. I have read Fallen approximately one year ago, and now I don’t remember much of it. I even forgot the main characters’ names. Cold Light has minimal reminders of what happened in the previous book. It took me a while to get what’s going on in the story.
Emma bothered me a lot throughout the story. Her decisions were extremely strange, and she was constantly contradicting herself. I felt that the story was useless, and just an excuse to get Emma and Arthur together. This means that the focus of the story shifted from finding her daughter to hooking up with Arthur. I wasn’t too happy about this, but I still pushed myself into finishing the book. Or at least I tried up to a point.
Around 50 percent of the book Emma shows her true self. She is a selfish woman who likes to act like a bitch because she can. After she stupidly puts herself in danger, she gets saved by the people who once were her friends. How does she repay them? By making a PMS worthy scene. She was unbearable.
Emma’s attitude and the idiotic shift in the story made me give up the book approximately 67 percent along the way. I will not continue reading this series.
*I would recommend to: pPACK by Jeaniene Frost - 2 stars
In Sheep's Clothing by Meljean Brook - 2 stars
GRACE OF SMALL MAGICS by Ilona Andrews - 4 stars
*I would recommend to: paranormal romance fans, fans of Ilona Andrews who can borrow this book, or can afford buying it, just to skip Frost and Brook's stories and jump directly into Grace of Small Magics....more
I mean yeah, the cover artist – I’m talking about the whole series of books- is great, and call me a doucTouched by an Alien, eh? What was I thinking?
I mean yeah, the cover artist – I’m talking about the whole series of books- is great, and call me a douche, but that’s the main reason I wanted to get my hands on this book so much. But Touched by an Alien??
And then the summary, which states a bunch of important words “sexy marketing manager”, emphasis, as you see, on “sexy”, “Alpha Centauri male in Armani”, emphasis on “Alpha” and “Armani”, and “handsome hunk”, emphasis on “hunk”. After analyzing these keywords one gets the following results:
1. sexy – stands for an incredibly arrogant and annoying female lead. She will have a herd of men chasing after her ass, and she will choose the hottest one (see number 2);
2. Alpha – main male character who is better than any other male in the book (or Universe), and will do everything better, faster, stronger than anyone else. He will be mostly topless and oily most of the time, and will melt a female’s panties off with one look;
3. Armani – suggests personal wealth and lack of clothing brand knowledge;
4. hunk – a cheap way of saying that the Alpha is hot. Expect lots of idiotic jokes throughout the book.
So yes, after all this I still went on and tried to read Touched by an Alien. I deserve everything I’ve got.
What is Touched by an Alien REALLY about?
- A bunch of hunky agents
- A male MC who’s behaving like an overly attached dog
- Loads of shitty humor
- Shitty Creepy romance
I shite you not, the guy was actually acting like this
Ugh I couldn’t finish this. I tried and tried so far but eventually the inevitable happened.
I may be harsh (I don’t consider myself harsh), I may be a Ugh I couldn’t finish this. I tried and tried so far but eventually the inevitable happened.
I may be harsh (I don’t consider myself harsh), I may be an asshole (I don’t consider myself an asshole), I may be a hater (I’m totally a hater) but I DNF’d the bitch! And it felt so damn good!
I was fair though. I gave it a 100-page trial, stuck to it like the good little girl I am and couldn’t even handle it. And to think page 100 was like 35% or something inside the book. 35%!!! Imagine how much left until it was done. I’d have to chew off my own fingers in order to bear with it.
Why did I hate it? I have two big-assed reasons. One, it’s shit boring. Two, it’s an Assassin’s Creed rip-off. And a really bad and boring (did I mention boring?) one. Now let me expand my hatred a bit.
My relationship with historical books is amazing. Yep. So amazing that I tend to spill acid on them each time I play mad scientist dress-up. And that’s a lot considering the pile of ruined books lying in the corner of my room.
Then why choose a historical book in the first place? Easy, because I thought it’s Young Adult.
Yep. I fell straight into the trap. It was the fucking cover. Does that look like a Historical Romance to you? And I presume it’s Historical Romance since some people on Goodreads added it to the Young Adult shelf. Thank you guys, you rock. But back to my covers. Just look at it. Does this resemble any of the following?
I thought so. I look at the Grave Mercy cover and I see Young Adult. I read the Grave Mercy ebook and I see bullshit.
The silence feels thick and awkward to me, but any attempt to make small talk seems equally so. Wondering if he feels it too, I sneak a glance in his direction and am appalled to find him watching me. We both wrench our eyes away, and even though I am no longer looking at him, every part of me is aware of his proximity, of the faint heat coming off his body in the damp autumn air, of the scent-
This woman is killing me. How can she be so lifeless?? She’s skipping the best parts. Does it have action? Throw it to the pigs. Is it boring? Put it in the damn book. Make it more difficult for Anzu to finish the damn thing. But of course Anzu is an idiot and will try her best to read it. Ugh!
When I look a title like His Fair Assassin I think of - hold on to your seats folks, I’m sure you weren’t expecting this - assassins. A huge surprise there, is it not? So as I was saying, before I rudely interrupted myself, assassins. An assassin is a wicked cool person with amazing murder, stealth and weapon skills who uses them in order to remove certain obstacles that get in the way of their happiness. A book about assassins is supposed to be murder/action/stealth/blood/brains filled. At least in my opinion. It was logical that I would expect this from title. Why it was filled with boring details and lacked action? I have no clue.
Which reminds me. Did you guys play the Assassin’s Creed games? Read the books? Am I the only one who smells the theft of many elements from the game?
First the Reverend Mother who is a female version of Al Mualim, the covenant is the creed, Ismae is Altaïr. In Assassin’s Creed they get their next target’s name through carrier pigeons, in Grave mercy they use a blind lady who reads it in chicken bones and feathers.
The Tears of Mortain have done their job well, for I am certain there is no spark of life burning behind that door.
Eagle vision much? What the hell??
At least if it was cool I wouldn’t mind it, but they are running the story. You don’t ruin the Assassin’s Creed story and get to live.
Ugh I so much wish the cover had a shirtless dude on it!! Then I wouldn’t have been tempted to read it....more
This book started out with an interesting concept: the end of the world, survival of the fittest. I’m actually fascinated by a human’s limits of endurThis book started out with an interesting concept: the end of the world, survival of the fittest. I’m actually fascinated by a human’s limits of endurance and the idea of people mutating and developing different powers was really well developed. Evolution is something captivating and Traci L. Slatton managed to create an awe-inspiring universe using these elements.
Fallen made me appreciate things on a different level. I sit now and think of how I’d manage an apocalypse in my life and see how unprepared I’d be. I guess survival of the fittest will set its toll in the end.
Beside the great story and emotional moments we have a multitude of interesting characters. I’m not such a big fan of Emma though. Sure she’s having a tough time coping with disaster and I have to admit that I actually admire the strength she proves but she tends to be bitchy and controlling. I’m sure anyone in that position would be similar to her or worse so I won’t judge her.
Arthur and Emma’s relationship is sweet; I like the familiarity of it. I feel like I share their feelings because I was with them on their journey since square one. Arthur is actually my favorite character. I guess I have a soft spot for alphas.
I’m an action junkie and this book is pretty passive, especially in the beginning. This will explain why I won’t give it a perfect score.
The ending was very good and it greatly intensified my curiosity to know what happens next. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series....more
I’m sorry Kate’s favorite book, but I must destroy you.
Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Cynical. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books.I’m sorry Kate’s favorite book, but I must destroy you.
Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Cynical. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books. Just want mindless action and independent sword-wielding women as main characters. Don’t like overpowered men. Nor women, for that matter. Don’t believe in love at first sight. Hate damsels in distress. Hate perfection. You get the point.
Do you see why I didn’t like the book? Do you? Well, if you’ve read it you probably do. If you didn’t, then go ahead and read it.
I dare you to read it.
The Princess Bride started out as an entertaining read. Bill Goldman’s part in the story was a pleasant surprise, even though he didn’t seem like the kindest person out there, I found myself immersed in the story. When the so called “introduction” ended and the actual Princess Bride story began... well, my enthusiasm started to decrease. The more I read the more it decreased.
“What were you expecting from a book called “The Princess Bride”?” my husband asked. Well, I thought it may be a parody of all those cheesy romance books that are way too popular than they deserve. Maybe I thought it was a new take on those romances, something that would make me say “Gee, this is one good romance novel. I sure feel silly for bashing the genre so much in my reviews.” I wanted more or less the same true-love-conquers-all story but with better characters. Yes, the characters are the ones who made me dislike the book.
My main problem is Buttercup. Oh god how can I express the amount of hatred I feel for this girl? A gif? Would it be appropriate? Sure, why not?
She was such a fucking idiot! I can’t believe it. I feel sad to know that the great super-ninja assassin Westley fell for her because she’s so hawt. Don’t worry, I hate Westley just as well, but the thought of everyone wanting to get Buttercup only because she’s incredibly beautiful makes me very angry. Yes, I know things were like that back then. Yes, I know this is not a new idea. Too many books have this “fairest of them all” crap. But that doesn’t change the fact that it makes me angry. Foam at the mouth. Rage. Want to tear things into pieces and then burn them. Yes, burn everything.
Buttercup was what he thought of. Her autumn hair, her perfect skin, and he brought her very close beside him, and had her whisper in his ear throughout the burning: "I love you. I love you. I only left you in the Fire Swamp to test your love for me. Is it as great as mine for you? Can two such loves exist on one planet at one time? Is there that much room, beloved Westley? . .
I can swallow this “fairest of them all” shit if the character has a purpose other than making beautiful, and hopefully male, babies.
Well.. Buttercup didn’t. Surprised? No, you shouldn’t be.
"Woman," Westley roared, "you are the property of the Dread Pirate Roberts and you . . . do . . . what . . . you're . . . told!" (Westley is the Dread Pirate Roberts so… yeah. There you go.)
Westley… well my main problem with the dude is that he is overpowered. Sure, the ending made up for it, he did end up being a zombie and all that (ick, try kissing him now Buttercup) so he is not as perfect as one would think. Nice try, Goldman. Nice try.
No. The dude is still too overpowered. He is a wannabe ninja who can master any art on his own and can train his mind into standing the most intense of pain. Take that sensei! No one can be better than the all-awesome Westley! NO ONE!!
“Which pain will be least endurable? The physical, or the mental anguish of having freedom offered if the truth is told, then telling it and being thought a liar." "I think the physical," said the Prince. "I think you're wrong," said the Count. Actually, they were both wrong; Westley suffered not at all throughout. His screaming was totally a performance to please them; he had been practicing his defenses for a month now, and he was more than ready.
Dude. Two words. Get real.
I think the reason why I couldn’t enjoy this is the fact that I’m old and bitter. Ok, not as old as you would think, I’m merely 25 atm, but I think I would have enjoyed this more at an earlier age. The Princess Bride needs a decent amount of innocence in order to strike home.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t let any children near it. It’s slightly too violent and full of fucked up people. But that’s just me. ...more
My first thought on this was that children shouldn’t play with matches. Or sharp objects. Or poisonous substances. My second thought, if only they hadMy first thought on this was that children shouldn’t play with matches. Or sharp objects. Or poisonous substances. My second thought, if only they had mobile phones back then…...more
I can’t believe how difficult it was for me to finish this!
Looking at all the good reviews this book has made me wonder why on eaYES!!! I’m done!!!!
I can’t believe how difficult it was for me to finish this!
Looking at all the good reviews this book has made me wonder why on earth I didn’t like it. Since I don’t want to be unfair or moody (or God knows what’s wrong with me these days) I said I’ll take a piece of paper and a pen, draw two columns, one with the things I liked and one with the things I didn’t like. So I did just that and placed my likes and dislikes there, drew the final line and compared results. Since I’m a nice girl I will share those results with you.
Things I didn’t like: - Liv is annoying. - Cam’s POV ruins the "guess the dude’s feelings for the chick" game. - The book tends to go towards marriage counseling and not action packed adventure. - The desperate look Cam has each time he lays eyes on Liv. - For an unknown reason it got me sleepy each time I was trying to read it. My total fell-asleep-while-reading-this number ended up being four. Seriously is this normal??? Do you remember Tom (Tom & Jerry) not wanting to fall asleep and using matches to keep his eyelids up? I’m going to try to fetch and image if I can find one.
(lucky me, I did!)
That’s exactly what I’m doing right now. My eyes are betraying me!
- I’m not a fan of the story. I didn’t like it. - Switching between the characters’ POV got confusing at times. - Too predictable.
Things I liked: - Cam was a nice hero. Not the best but ok. - Interesting concept. Who needs chips when you can rack a person by blood.
Omg, right? Those are the things I liked… Not cool.
Close to the end I was stuck between giving it one star or two stars. So I said if I solve the "who’s the father" puzzle I’ll give it one star. If I don’t I’ll give it two stars.
Wow. First of all I have to say that I was a bit surprised to know the series turned into PNR. Silly me for not reading the synopsis (duh). I was a biWow. First of all I have to say that I was a bit surprised to know the series turned into PNR. Silly me for not reading the synopsis (duh). I was a bit worried about this though. I’m a big fan of the Guild Hunter books and giving up another series would get me really angry. The whole UF to PNR twist was two sided for me. I like it because I always wanted to get in Dmitri’s psycho head and I hate it because the series is too cool to be turned into a cheesy PNR. Thank you Nalini Singh for creating a nice UF-PNR hybrid! Totally love it!
It’s fascinating to see what makes big ol’ Dmitri tick. I mean the dude’s hot but a total assh*le. If I had to think what kind of woman would suit Dmitri, and I mean suit as in the big L word, I couldn’t think of the right answer. It’s mostly because I don’t know the guy so well. He spreads the whole killer/playboy aura all round but it’s obvious it’s only a facade. So seeing Hope surprised me. I was expecting someone brutal probably. A chick that would kick ass and scream all day long. You probably figured out why I’m surprised. Poor Hope is a wounded animal and she’s actually afraid of Dmitri most of the time. It will take time and lots of trials to get in her pants. Of course that’s what Dmitri wants, no surprise there. Typical PNR. But I appreciate the nicely put obstacles. If they’d fall for each other like idiots I’d probably end up punching someone in the face.
Sad to say I’ve read the previous Guild Hunter months ago and don’t remember Honors accident so well. Maybe I’ll schedule a re-read later on.
The nice thing about the book is both characters being scarred. This makes the story sorrowful and emotional. They evolved together, I could see why they fell in love and the ending was heartbreaking and yet really beautiful. [Like a friend said, I’m into mental S&M or something. I just love scarred people. Sue me!]
Archangel's Blade is the best PNR I’ve read so far. Ah God the second book that made me cry this week. What’s wrong with me?? I’m getting all puffy and weak! Eeew!!
Top 5 quotes
#5 “Ah, an old-fashioned woman.” “What?” It was taking all of her concentration to breathe, her body close to adrenaline overload. “You obviously believe in walking three steps behind a man.”
#4 “Some women,” Dahariel said in that same hard tone devoid of any hint of humanity, “get under a man’s skin until digging them out makes you bleed.”
#3 “Those who say vengeance eats you up are wrong—it doesn’t, not if you do it right.”
#2 “Ever had a woman say no to you, Dmitri?” “Once.” He turned the corner with a smile that made her want to cup his face, trace those beautiful lips with her own. “I married her.”
#1 “Will you love me when I’m fat and unwieldy with our babe?” He put his hand on the curve of her belly, touched his lips to her eyelids, the tip of her nose, her lips. “I will love you even when I am dust on the wind.”
I'm re-reading this series. The latest installment is out so I want to be in the zone. But oh wow. This is awkward. I could not finish it.
I COULD NOTI'm re-reading this series. The latest installment is out so I want to be in the zone. But oh wow. This is awkward. I could not finish it.
I COULD NOT FUCKING FINISH IT.
And I used to love it. I used to love it a lot. People change. Indeed they do.
What made me feel this way? There's no fucking story. It's all about Raphael banging Elena, Elena banging Raphael and so on. I also have a big problem with Raphael's caveman attitude. Nope, cannot stand it.
So that's it for me. I'm dropping the series. Sad, but not really.
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September 6th 2011… now that’s cruel if you ask me. *sighs* And so ends the final book in my Guild Hunter collection. I have two short stories that I need to read but it’s still not the same thing… total sadness… *dramatic music playing in the background * The HORROR!!!! *shakes fist in the air*
Now that I’m done with that breakdown I’ll continue my review. Excuse my outburst…
So, we start with an annoying Raphael. I really don’t know wtf was wrong with him at the beginning of the book but I was pretty sure their relationship would get maimed somehow. Just check out this quote:
“I was worried about you.” ‹I am an archangel.› Unsaid were the words that he found the worry of a woman who’d been mortal not long ago—who was still not a true immortal—laughable.
Wtf again! I mean you go through so much shit to be together and now you take this asshole attitude. Where’s a baseball bat when you need one…
If this crap Raphael was giving would have lasted till the middle of the book, or something like this, I would have given it a bad review. Yep, that’s the sad, very sad truth. But of course the wonderful Nalini Singh wouldn’t do this to us. *eyes sparkle with awe* By the end of the book the change in Raphael is so huge (heh, pun intended – if you know what I mean) that he seems a totally different pers- eeerr… archangel… Sooo happy day for a problem solved! Wilson, you may serve the tea and crackers!
Some of you may have booed the book because of the pretty huge (heeh, can’t get enough of this) amount of sex scenes it has. Yes, you may be right. But I know you’re all perverts and you enjoyed each second of it. So suck it up and quit whining! It’s just the couple’s way of letting out steam. So yeah, therapy. That’s the way you should see it. Looooong sweaty sexy therapy. The best there ever was.
My favorite scene, or maybe one of my favorites, is where Elena spars with Raphael. I always found fighting, or sparring as you wish to put it, between lovers erotic. Wish I could do that myself one day. But first I have to get some lessons. Which is also sexy if the tutor is a hottie. I guess I can go on with this all day so I’ll just stop here. *coughs* Uhm so yes, sparring… sexy… moving on… *wipes her forehead*
The story itself was really great, loved the fact that the enemy is someone with a colossal amount of power. And Raphael’s mum. That’s just freaky if you ask me. I always knew mum-in-laws had problems with their sons’ wives, or whatever, but come on! Imagine dating Raphael and one day having dinner with Caliane. That’s nightmare material if you ask me.
The city is in ruins – nah scratch that! The world is in ruins. Chaos everywhere. Vamps going crazy, you don’t know who’s sane and who’s not anymore. The end is uncertain. And I loved it all. I can’t say it’s as good as the previous books, but this series can easily be called a masterpiece. And also Elena and Raphael are one of the best couples ever created. Their little (heh – it was huge *grins*) angel dance was interesting. I must admit I was expecting something else so I can’t form an opinion about this. I won’t look at the world with the same eyes anymore *sad music playing in the background*
I’ve missed Michaela’s death in the book. Since it didn’t happen so far I’m sure Nalini Singh has something special hidden somewhere for her. I’m still hoping it involves lots of pain and torture but I doubt it. *looks towards the sky* WHY?!?! Why must she live?!?!?!
Wilson! Bring me my secret-kill-Michaela-in-the-next-book plan!
Yeeees!!! *pats the folder* Soon my precious…
Now, to prove my point of how this epic the book is, I will just paste a simple scene. No spoilers, nothing to ruin the mood. This is one of the reasons why Nalini Singh grew on me so much.
She was hunter-born, could handle vampires twice her size without blinking. The crowd might overpower her, but not before she took down a significant percentage of their number. Noting that the walls of humanity had blocked all other traffic on both ends of the street, she walked to stand in the middle . . . and looked up at the sky. And there he was, his wingspan creating a massive shadow as he swept down to land in front of her. “Are you well, Consort?” Silence held their audience in thrall, their awe now licked with dread. “They’re only curious.” She saw the danger in his eyes, knew he had the capacity to execute every human on the street. “I should’ve considered it. I just ... forgot that nothing’s the same anymore.”
How can you not love it?!?! Seriously!
Top five quotes: #5 “A lot of women have trouble with their mothers-in-law.” Raphael’s look was priceless. “My mother is an insane archangel.”
#4 He was an archangel. He’d been wounded far, far worse and shrugged it off. But then, there had been no woman with skin kissed by the sunset and eyes of storm gray to tear into him for daring to get himself hurt.
#3 Elena. Hush, let me talk to the crazy lady.
#2“Death holds no allure for me, Elena.” The power of him cut against his skin, a cold white fire. “Not when I have yet to sate my hunger for you.”
#1“Raphael, tell him you won’t do anything to him if I get ‘damaged.’ ” “That would be a lie, Elena. I would tear out his throat.”
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First read: 1-4 Jun 2011 Second read: 26-28 Nov 2013...more
This is my attempt to re-read the Guild Hunter series, since I used to love it so much. I can't say I feel the same way anymore. I guess I just grew oThis is my attempt to re-read the Guild Hunter series, since I used to love it so much. I can't say I feel the same way anymore. I guess I just grew out of it. Or maybe I stopped liking cavemen, and Raphael is one of the biggest cavemen out there. I'm not going to delete my older review. Let it burn my eyes from time to time.
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Of course this ended up being another perfect book. It’s Guild Hunter we’re talking about after all.
First of all I must comment about the cover. Wow! Great artwork, amazing colors and adaptation. Nalini Singh knows what she wants when choosing her cover artists. This is exactly how I imagined Elena to be. Wish we could get Raphael on the cover one day. Now that would be something awesome verging on epic!
Speaking of the angel-boy, I saw a picture of a dude who kind of reminded me of him. So I couldn’t help myself but to mess around with the picture a bit. Here’s the result:
Aaaah I know copyright and stuff… shame on me but what’s life without a bit of digital adventure in it, eeh? Messed the guy up pretty badly. If only you could see the original lol!
What I respect the most about Elena is her fierceness. Since Raphael is incredibly strong, and she is well aware of this, it’s really difficult to stand by him and not be swallowed by the void that he creates. In the first book I saw how hard it was for her to match him, even resist him, but now she evolved. Elena is a true heroine, a true fighter. A realist that’s well aware of the extent of her powers, that’s not afraid to admit defeat or ask for help when she’s in need. You can tell she gained more strength and her will is more powerful, but I’m sure this is all the cause of Raphael’s shift of feelings towards her. She is slowly, painfully taming the beast, even though he constantly senses that she is his weakness. “As for Lijuan, it’s about power – she wants to see my little pet, see my weakness.” I don’t think my reaction would be much peachy if I found myself in Elena’s situation.
On the opposite end lies Raphael. Even though he doesn’t show his feelings, we still get to go sightseeing a bit through his wonderful head. And as you guessed, it’s full of surprises. Under all that steel that is his body we get a pure heart. This was difficult to believe, especially after the first book, but deep inside I know he has a pure heart. Only one as such can love a person this much. He is willing to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves. That’s the ultimate test for a lover.
Archangel's Kiss managed to steal my breath again. Repeatedly. The whole tension in the book is so thick it’s almost tangible. Even now Elena fears Raphael; even now some situations they both get into manage to suck you in so badly that you forget everything else that surrounds you. Their intimate moments are like rare gems you seek throughout the stalest desert. It’s all about hot and cold in this book. And I can’t get enough of it. Can’t get enough of the book, and can’t get enough of the series.
The story takes place in Refuge, a wonderful place filled with both beauty and terror. It’s really deep, intriguing, with just the right amount of bite. Pun intended. We had a better look at Illium, who I started to love even more than before. I love the contrast in him; the handsomeness that hides the darkest of dangers.
Another amazing character (extra sarcasm on that please) is Michaela. Yes, of course she had to come and ruin things. It wouldn’t be like her otherwise now, would it? I can’t wait to see her suffer and then finally die… oh it would feel exactly like Christmas!
In the end, the true sadness came. The book ended… how could this be?!?! One more and I’m out of Guild Hunter books. Dammit!!!! I can’t wait to see how angels dance. I’m really curious about that…
Top 5 quotes:
#5 “Know this Elena—you’ll never wear another man’s knife.”
#4 “What do I call you? Husband? Mate? Boyfriend?” Stopping with his hand on the doorknob, he shot her an inscrutable look. “You can call me ‘Master.’ ”
#3 “There is a dark music in the screams of your enemies.” (Raphael)
#2 Love, he thought as he held her to his heart, was an agony beyond compare.
#1 “But you, you’ve always been the rain, the wind, inside my mind. I taste you when I sleep, when I wake, when I breathe.”
First read: 29 May - 1st June 2011 Second read: 22 - 25 Nov 2011...more