I tried. I really tried. I cannot get into the story. There’s just too much useless talk, and too few monster hunting. I’m what, 30-40% in, and it’s n...moreI tried. I really tried. I cannot get into the story. There’s just too much useless talk, and too few monster hunting. I’m what, 30-40% in, and it’s not getting any better. I can’t get myself to care about any of the characters. The story seems useless. I’m bored. I need more action.
And Cora, the MC, is just getting on my nerves. I give up. Many thanks to the publishers for giving me the opportunity of reading this book though. You guys rock.(less)
“And what will you do if I fall in love with you, instead?” He grinned. “Then God help us both.”
First impressions Aaand of course Germany gets the coo...more
“And what will you do if I fall in love with you, instead?” He grinned. “Then God help us both.”
First impressions Aaand of course Germany gets the cool cover. Again. Just look at it.
And compare it to this slimy thing we have. I wouldn’t like to be seen in public while reading this book. People would think I was reading an Erotica book. Yes, Erotica because most people wouldn’t know what an actual Erotica cover looks like. They are still optimistic and think it looks like the Germany cover and not this [protect your eyes, kiddies, this is gonna sting]:
Anyhow, I was expecting Heart of Steel to be exactly like The Iron Duke. Typical romance blah-blah-blah and they lived happily ever after. The end.
The plot Yasmeen, mercenary captain extraordinaire, has no regrets after pushing treasure hunter Archimedes Fox to a ravenous pack of zombies after his failed attempt to take control of her ship, the Lady Corsair. She also got her hands on an extremely valuable item Archimedes had found before his tragic death, a sketch of a flying machine drawn by the great inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Lady Luck seems to be on Yasmeen’s side.
The truth is that Archimedes is not dead, but very much alive. He is on a mission to recover his sketch and the perfect retribution seems to be conquering Yasmeen’s heart. Little does he know that Yasmeen is not your typical damsel in distress and winning her heart of steel won’t be an easy task.
My thoughts Take your average alpha male character. His personality to be exact. Then change his body from male to female. The result would be Yasmeen.
“If you even suggest to my crew that you’ve threatened your way aboard my lady, I’ll rip out your spine.” He could see she meant it. God. “That’s unbearably arousing.”
Yep, they’re a match made in heaven. She is manlier than him and he is into S/M. It's nice to see this in a story though. I’m so sick of damsels in distress and uber-alpha males and over-oiled bare chests on book covers.
Oh wait; there is an overly-oiled bare chest on the cover. But don’t let it trick you. I was actually surprised by how deep the story is. It’s full of details, scientific terms and great ideas. It feels like Meljean Brook read my review of the previous Iron Seas book, The Iron Duke, and followed some of my suggestions.
Another surprise was the lack of sex.
Chill, of course they have sex. I was thinking that they’d go for it since twenty percent. And before that we’d get too many pages of lustful thoughts and mindless flirting. Wrong. I was in seventy six percent when something happened. Seventy. Six. Percent.
Amazing! And it wasn’t boring. Far from it. The romance built up naturally and by the end their feelings felt genuine. That’s a rare thing to find in romance novels.
A short conclusion Heart of Steel was a wonderful surprise. I started it in order to clear out my sequels shelf and ended up reading a very good book. It came exactly when I was starting to lose faith in Romance novels. If you are in the mood for a great adventure full of action, strong characters, witty dialogues and don’t mind waiting a while before the romance picks up then Heart of Steel if the book for you.
And he had more fears now to replace it: fear for her life, fear that when this expedition was over and her vengeance satisfied, he’d never see her again. And though he knew her heart was steel, though he looked forward to the longing of an unrequited love, he also knew the fear that she’d never feel the same in return.
I’m a pretty huge fan of the Prototype game and this was the reason why I even bothered with the comic. I saw that the score is awful, an average of 2...moreI’m a pretty huge fan of the Prototype game and this was the reason why I even bothered with the comic. I saw that the score is awful, an average of 2.77!!
What the hell?
But now I know why. Now I know…
My biggest problem was the story. They totally changed it, and not in a good way. I saw Alex on the cover so don’t blame me for expecting the story to be about him. That’s what I wanted, and not two detectives who do not exist in the game.
It could have been interesting though. This is seeing the whole story from a different perspective. Ok, cool. Then why make Alex be on the cover? It’s very misleading, especially since he made an appearance only three times or so.
The story is bad. They missed many important points; they could not even make it a bit interesting. The plot is crap. The dialogues are crap. The only good part is the art.
I’m actually surprised of how much I hated it. As a fan I would suggest you avoid this one, it’s not worth your time. (less)
Well now this has been entertaining. I swear I was laughing like a lunatic when reading some of these stories.
LUNATIC I TELL YOU!!!
But why is this boo...moreWell now this has been entertaining. I swear I was laughing like a lunatic when reading some of these stories.
LUNATIC I TELL YOU!!!
But why is this book so painfully short?? I finished it in like 30 minutes or something. But, I know I’m going to repeat myself and I’m still going to say it, it was very very VERY funny.
Ok maybe not so funny but entertaining nonetheless. My favorite story was Zombie Cinderella.
Crack! She looked down and saw Cinderella break off her big toe. Crack! The matching one on the other side went as well. Crack crack! The two pinky toes on each foot went next, and after that, the zombie picked up the shoe and slid it on with a wet slurp.
So much win.
Oh and by the way, here’s a thing that has been on my mind since a long time. Sleeping Beauty has been asleep for years, right? And then Prince Charming comes and wakes her up. She’s all pretty and perfect and peachy. In this book she’s (hold on to your horses, I’m sure you weren’t expecting this) A ZOMBIE!!
So she’s a zombie and she has stinky breath. Like chemical waste stinky breath.
Finally some truth to the fairy tale!!
BUT!!! Her legs are smooth. Uhm excuse me? Is she in a state of statis or something? The hair grows in time; I’m presuming that she’d have hairy dude legs by the time the prince gets to her.
Living With the Dead used to be funny once. Yes, I do remember the good ol’ times when I was actually laughing while reading one of Petersen’s books....moreLiving With the Dead used to be funny once. Yes, I do remember the good ol’ times when I was actually laughing while reading one of Petersen’s books. And look at me now. All serious, yawning, skimming, yawning some more and not enjoying my time one bit.
All in all, it was a very light read. I finished it in two days (yes, partly because of all the skimming) so it wasn’t such a pain in the ass. Then again, I must state that I’m VERY disappointed. This series had good potential, but the quality of the books seems to be decreasing and the predictability, as you probably guessed, is increasing. There are two of them left, one of which is a short story, so I’m glad I won’t have to put up with annoying Sarah and douchebag Dave for much longer.(less)
If I could hug myself and kiss the hell out of my brilliant little huge (because I’m freakishly smart) brain I would! Oh wait, I can actually do that....moreIf I could hug myself and kiss the hell out of my brilliant little huge (because I’m freakishly smart) brain I would! Oh wait, I can actually do that. At least the hugging part. Kissing my own brain might be difficult unless I turn into a zombie somehow. But then maybe I would be tempted to eat my own brain. Is that considered making out with it or not?
Anyways, Married With Zombies was such a great book! Well.. not really sooo great, but pretty nice. More than nice. Great. Is a three-star rating equal to great? No? Nice? No? WHATEVER THEN!
So yeah, it was really funny but something was missing. Some liiiiittle thing that wouldn’t make such a difference but at the same time it would make a big difference. Do you get what I mean?
I liked Sarah but the whole drama she’s making out of Dave’s video playing habit is annoying. My husband is a class-A gamer, as he would describe himself, and I’m not far away from his rank. I love playing video games and I see them as a perfect pastime activity. And since we’re both into it we have so much fun playing them together. Sarah bitching about it and not even trying to join Dave on the fun is crap from her side. And her hating Nirvana.. I’m not even going to comment about that.
But those things are minor and won’t affect my rating.
The sad part is that the book became quite boring after some time. I guess all zombie books have a point where they lose their originality. Thinking about it, the stories are the same: normal day at the office and all of the sudden your colleague John tries to bite your arm off. ZOMG everyone’s a zombie, RUN FOR COVER!!!!
And then the fun goes to hell. (Heh, hell. Get it?)
But you know why I actually liked this book? Because of the humor. It’s so fucking good! I mean check these quotes out:
“We — we’ve obviously had some technical difficulties, folks,” he finally said as he shook himself awake from his stunned fog. “But I assure you we’ll work to keep you updated on the situation with local coverage on the ground and try… well, we’ll try to get back with Henry shortly.”
Dave’s eyebrows lifted with disbelief. “Yeah. Henry’s a zombie, dude.”
I nodded. “We now go to Zombie Reporter Henry Greene on the scene,” I answered, mocking the CNN reporter’s cadence. “Henry want brains.”
The zombies stared, their heads turning in that odd doglike way that was so off-putting. I think we confused them. Okay, I know we confused them. I mean, they looked at each other with a few grunts like they were saying, “‘What do you think, Zombie Bob?’ ‘Well, I don’t know, Zombie Pete, let’s see what they do next.’”
Muahahahaha that’s so funny!!!!
Wait. They were totally better in the book. Oh well.(less)
I am not being a drama queen. I am a huge, and I mean HUGE, Mercy Thompson fan and I was expecting thi...moreSay hello to my most disappointing read of 2013.
I am not being a drama queen. I am a huge, and I mean HUGE, Mercy Thompson fan and I was expecting this book to be as awesome as the previous ones. Well, it wasn’t. Frost Burned single-handedly pissed on all my expectations and presented me with a snoozefest as compensation.
Well, you know what? I am not the kind of person who will bend over and take it just because I love an author or a series. My expectations are, and always will be, high from the things that I love. I cannot be a fangirl about this, I really can’t.
Frost Burned’s plot is one of the most unoriginal and boring plots I have read in a long time. It managed to bore me to tears. Adam’s POV was a nice change, but it didn’t impress me much. It lacked the “danger” that I was expecting, and just brought up a way too serious and, yes this is the key word here, boring man.
Well.. Adam does seem like he is way too serious and boring. Am I wrong to expect something more exciting from his POV? Maybe.
Mercy was mostly just playing the paragon in this one. And she was extremely – let me hear it!!!! - boring as well. No surprise there.
There was a point, say 60-70% in, where things picked up a bit, thus my 2.5 star rating, but it didn’t last long enough. Say about 3 chapters long. The conclusion was a mess, the ending was a mess. Meh.
I will be reading the next Mercy though. I’m too big of a fan to give up that easily.
I’d like to thank my wonderful fiancé for giving me this book as a gift. It is AMAZING. The stories are not...more** Favourite zombie-related book of 2011 **
I’d like to thank my wonderful fiancé for giving me this book as a gift. It is AMAZING. The stories are not the most interesting things on the surface of the planet but the artwork is badass. I’m a big fan of David Hartman and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Plus a foreword by Rob Zombie. Rob-freakin’-Zombie! Big fan of him also. See how easy I am to buy? Goddammit!
I’m doing the next thing for the people who don’t know how the book goes.
So you have a page divided (and I mean divided as in cut into pieces) into three parts
Which can be combined endlessly!
So much fun! It makes me feel like I’m a kid again. But better because I’m playing with zombies! I’m a mad scientist!
Mrs. Wells please let me shake your hand. Thank you.
I am so surprised by Green-Eyed Demon. When I finished the previous book I was thinking of reading...moreMrs. Wells please let me shake your hand. Thank you.
I am so surprised by Green-Eyed Demon. When I finished the previous book I was thinking of reading this just for the sake of knowing how it will end. Or evolve since there are two more books coming out. And then I started reading having a bored face and cringing a bit when thinking that I’ll get to taste some more of Sabina’s “sexy” attitude.
And then this happened:
Nah I’m kidding, don’t worry. There was no creepy Japanese person rubbing a bunny against his face in the book. At least as far as I remember.
Actually this is what happened:
Yep! It was awesome!
My question to Sabina right now would be: “Who are you and what have you done with Sabina?” She is a totally different person. Probably if she’d be more perfect than this I’d say Jaye Wells actually did a reboot on her. Maybe she did but not 100%. Of course she still has some attitude issues but at least she’s acting like a heroine now. And an actual person/trampire. I have to admit that the change was rather sudden but it worked wonders for the book.
We also had a nice amount of Adam in the mixture. The lovebirds had way better chemistry this time. Too bad Sabina is manlier than him. We also had lots of new interesting characters. Some I liked more than others. Giguhl was still meh. I lost my hope of him getting out of this annoying phase.
I probably shouldn’t have been offended that a zombie just shooed off an opportunity to eat my brains, but I had to admit it stung.
Heh! Loved that quote. One extra star for the zombies. What? I have a weak spot for them.
Damn, Jaye Wells surpassed herself *grabs tissue and blows nose* What? I just got something in my eye.(less)
There comes a time in every weird underweight scar-faced teenager’s life when another soul inhabits her body and does a quick repair...more `~ Romeo’s song ~`
There comes a time in every weird underweight scar-faced teenager’s life when another soul inhabits her body and does a quick repair to her life. This may be also known as growing up to some, but to others this is called Juliet Immortal inhabiting your body to fight the forces of evil.
WARNING. Long quote ahead. Read it or you won’t get any dessert!
He is a romantic, a dreamer, and never afraid to play the fool. He is fearless and reckless and brave and I love him for it. Desperately. Love for him steals my breath away, makes me feel I am dying and being reborn every time I look into his eyes or run trembling fingers through his brown curls. I love him for the way he sprawls on the freshly scrubbed stones, strong legs flexing beneath his hose, as if there is no cause for worry, as if we have not broken every rule and do not face banishment from the only homes we have ever known. I love him for the way he finds my hand, presses it to his smooth cheek, inhaling as if my skin smells sweeter than the petals clinging to his coat. I love him for the way he whispers my name, “Juliet”—a prayer for deliverance, a promise of pleasure, a vow that all this sweet everything he is to me will be forever. Forever and always.[…] “You are everything,” he says, eyes shining. “Everything.” And I know that I am. I am his moon, and his brightly shining star. I am his life, his heart. I am all that and the answer to every unspoken question, the comfort for every hurt, the companion who will walk beside him from now until the end of our lives, reveling in the bliss of each simple chore done in his name, overflowing with beauty because I am blessed to spend my life with my love.
Saying that I’m impressed with the author’s writing skills would be an understatement. This is wonderful and amazing and I’m in love! Ok, I’ll stop exaggerating. I admire her skills and I am really impressed with the first quarter of this book. The rest.. Go see Figure 1.
What’s wrong with Juliet Immortal? The love story and all the drama going on bored me. I wanted the book to be more like what it was in its beginning, a constant fight between Romeo and Juliet, lots of action, terrifying scenes and emotional moments. What this book offered me was a 700 year old teenager having her first crush and an overly annoying thoughtless selfish mean spoiled best friend who’s always begging for a punch in the face stab in the back.
Despite all the mentioning of supernatural elements, like her guardian (the Nurse), the Mercenaries and whatever (I don’t even remember them all), I didn’t get any scenes related to them that would explain wtf is going on. Who are all these beings possessing people out of the blue? What’s this nonsense about soul mates having to end up together else one of them dies? Cupid syndrome? What’s the purpose of everything? When will Juliet be free? What’s the deal with those mirrors? What’s the secret recipe for McDonalds fries? So many questions left unanswered…
I still fail to understand why Stacey Jay messed up a book that had such good potential. Why do [almost] all authors take this venomous path when it comes to YA?
Well, at least it didn’t have a love triangle.
Or it did.. No, I don’t consider this a love triangle. She loves one of the guys and wants to dig the other’s eye out with a paintbrush and feed it to the crows. One has to love both guys in order to be in a love triangle. Am I right?
(view spoiler)[I’m not entirely happy with the ending; I find it weird that they’ll reset the story. I was hoping for something else, especially considering Juliet. I mean wtf did they do to her?? She got shot in the head and didn’t die. Then she takes the hand of her zombie self and wakes up in the cemetery, 700 years in the past. In a coffin. Under the f*cking ground. And what do you know? Past Ben is there to rescue her. And he doesn’t even flip out when he sees a girl that’s supposed to be dead rise from her grave. Ooooh yes, plenty of people go through this.. that’s why he sticks his tongue down her throat like there’s no tomorrow and confesses his eternal love on the spot. (hide spoiler)]
Since Romeo is my favourite character in the book (yes, I love him) I can truly say that I’m excited about Romeo Redeemed. I will read it for him and him only!
“This is better,” Romeo whispers in my ear. “Better to die than to be turned or stolen away to the mist.” His voice catches and something damp falls on my neck. “You can rest now, sweet Juliet, and perhaps that heaven we haven’t dared believe in will be there for you after all.”
The final chapter found me smiling while switching off my Kindle.(less)