The Immortals After Dark series is my guilty pleasure, my comfort food in times of need. Cole always manages to give me a good combination of engagingThe Immortals After Dark series is my guilty pleasure, my comfort food in times of need. Cole always manages to give me a good combination of engaging, sexy and funny. This was no exception.
The Cole formula was unchanged; feisty heroine and broody hero find out they're mated and hilarity & hotness ensues. This time around the finding out happened way early in the lives of our main characters; during childhood. A period of tentative friendship is short lived before the drama and heart ache (and sporadic homicidal encounters) set in. Skip to a couple of centuries later and Melanthe and Thronos finally meet again.
Melanthe was a nice heroine. She's smart, she is feisty, she's funny and she's not too stupid or proud to see her own mistakes. The latter also goes for Thronos, who was an okay enough character but he couldn't really separate himself from the generic broody Cole heroes (except that he talks and thinks in actual sentences as opposed to monosyllables like the werewolves). I think I liked little Thronos better.
There was a strong message against slut shaming and pro feminism, which is cool. Cole's heroines have always been powerful women anyway, and if you think away the underlying message of only being able to be complete with a significant other, the whole thing is quite empowering, really . (I'm kidding, sorta. I know it's PNR.)
Cole loves to show us older characters and that's always fun. We get to see Sabine, Carrow, Rydstrom, Cadeon and Holly among others. Most importantly, Nix shows up and helps expand the Ascension arc and just be fabulous like she always is. (Btw: Nix should've totally ended up with Lothaire. I know, I'm still not over it.).
All in all a nice addition to a fun series. 3,5 stars...more
This story is like an Immortals After Dark-megamix! Except for the Woede, we see (or hear about) just about everyone in the series! And it was so muchThis story is like an Immortals After Dark-megamix! Except for the Woede, we see (or hear about) just about everyone in the series! And it was so much fun to catch up.
In Untouchable we witness Murdoch “man-whore” Wroth and Danielle the Ice Maiden (and Valkyrie) fall in love. People who’ve never read a book of the IAD-series might not like the story. The romance is sweet and hot –even while the heroine is literally untouchable- but the action part of the plot is a little thin and one might get confused with Cole’s Lore creatures and their rules, ideas and relationships.
For an IAD-fan however, this feels like coming home. The story evolves over a period of time and we return to several moments and conversations from the previous books in the series, this time from Murdoch’s POV. The cherry on the cake is the epilogue, in which we witness Christmas Eve with all the Wroth brothers and their females. (*sigh*)
As always, Cole delivered an entertaining, sexy and fun story. She combines just the right amount of drama and humor, never taking herself too seriously.
Ik kan niet anders zeggen dan dat dit boek gewoon een erg lief boek is.
Dit jaar, as we speak zelfs, op mijn 34e, maakte ik mijn eerste echte soloreisIk kan niet anders zeggen dan dat dit boek gewoon een erg lief boek is.
Dit jaar, as we speak zelfs, op mijn 34e, maakte ik mijn eerste echte soloreis. Ik was weleens alleen op vakantie geweest, maar dan wel met de wetenschap dat ik genoeg vrienden en kennissen op bepaalde plekken had die ik kon optrommelen voor een leuke tijd als ik daar zin in had. Maar zo helemaal in je eentje weg, zonder iemand bekends, in een totaal onbekend land en dan óók nog met mijn richtingsgevoel (ik noem het: anti-talent, ik verdwaal nog net niet in mijn eigen huis) ... dat was toch hele andere koek.
Dus dan was het toch wel heel fijn dat ik dit boek bij me had. Ik was erg opgelucht te lezen dat alle zorgen die ik had, maar niet hardop durfde te uiten (ik ben toch al 34 en verder heel zelfstandig en een vrouw van de wereld en alles...) erin beschreven waren. Van (on)veiligheid, tot ziek zijn, van ongemakkelijke situaties tot vrienden onderweg, van alleen eten tot de mooiste momenten, alles kwan aan bod. Grappig, interessant, maar vooral heel herkenbaar. Echt een heel fijn boek wat zowel een steun als een duwtje in de rug voor me was.
En zo was het dan toch een beetje, dat ik het idee had dat ik toch niet helemaal alleen op reis was... ...more
This one was hard to rate. Oh, how I wanted to give it 5 stars, how I wanted to unequivocally love it. Sadly, I didn't like it as much as I had hoped.This one was hard to rate. Oh, how I wanted to give it 5 stars, how I wanted to unequivocally love it. Sadly, I didn't like it as much as I had hoped. This book could've been superb, but it didn't seem to aim for that. Overall, I give a 3,5 for the book and a 4,5 for the series as a whole, but I'm rounding it down to a 3 because I don't think it deserves 4 stars.
Let me make it clear, I LOVE this series. When a series I love nears its ending, I always get nervous. I want the author to end it with a book that does justice to the series. My wish was to get more of what made the previous books so great: superb characterization and a great, layered plot; a tentative relationship turning slowly into a beautiful love story, all on a backdrop of lies, schemes and battles- with new surprises and threats around every corner.
Yes, Damen and Laurent are wonderful characters and we got some good quality time with our men and saw their relationship deepen, which was beautiful. But otherwise this book was more... straightforward. The plot seemed simplified, the tactical play only skin deep. It lacked the finesse and nuance the last books had. In stead, in some parts, there was exaggeration to a degree that it became silly ((view spoiler)[Supersoldier Damen who plucks spears out of the air, for instance) (hide spoiler)]), and great emphasis on trivial matters, which seemed to leave less space for the really relevant. And, because of the limited tactical play in this book, sheer luck played a bigger part than it should have.
Another issue was the editing. There were quite some passages that I had to reread in order to get a good layout of the situation. Also: a problem with spacing (paragraphs or dialogue about separate subjects stuck to each other, but that might be a fault in the Kindle version). I'd normally give it a pass, had it not been professionally edited this time, with a generous time schedule.
With all of this said, it might seem like I didn't like this book. But I liked it a lot, even loved it. There were some really great parts. The first 30% is TO DIE FOR. The tension, the dialogues; fun and heartbreaking and intense! It dragged a bit after that and picked up steam past the halfway part. And even though I missed the extra oomph, it was entertaining nonetheless.
The last quarter of the book was excruciating, exciting and frustrating. I could see the issues(view spoiler)[ lack of logic, loyalties swayed too easily, Damien's reclaiming overshadowed by Laurent's trial, a lack of real character development for our heroes, a total lack of character for Kastor, cheesiness (hide spoiler)] but I made myself whistle past the absurdity and randomness. The excitement and emotion overruled everything else. It was the end of a journey with Laurent and Damen, and I really wanted to just soak them up for one last time. *sigh*
All in all, not as good as it could've been, and that makes me sad. ...more
In my review of book #1 I predicted that I would hate this book. I was right, I do. Because the better the book, the harder the wait, so yeah, there yIn my review of book #1 I predicted that I would hate this book. I was right, I do. Because the better the book, the harder the wait, so yeah, there you go: now I'll have to be subjected to an unlimited time of torture; waiting for the third book to come out. Ugh.
This second volume takes us out of the palace walls and into the field. Whereas the first book was more a slave story, this one feels like a historic novel. Loved the attention to detail, loved the atmosphere and the setting. And I loved how the intrigue and the ploys further unraveled. Border conflicts, opposing fractions, violent raiders, aggressive mercenaries... they all have a place in the cat and mouse game between Laurent and the Regent. So does Damen, who, while trying to follow his own plans, is sucked in by the games, the fights—and Laurent.
I loved how these boys—despite their distrust, their hate, their reluctance—slowly, gradually and inevitably grew closer. This was unresolved sexual tension at its best! Which led to beautiful quotes like these: (view spoiler)[ "It felt, in all the lies between them, as if this was the only true thing."(hide spoiler)]
But I would like a summary about anything to do with:
- Qhuinn and Blay - JM and Xhex - Lash - Butch - V (especially Butch related)Not going to read this.
But I would like a summary about anything to do with:
- Qhuinn and Blay - JM and Xhex - Lash - Butch - V (especially Butch related)
*Edit 4/9 (spoilery for The King)
As I didn't want to put myself through the annoyance and pain of reading another BDB book again (it still hurts to dislike a book in a series you used to love) I found myself some designated readers. And thanks to them I know I made a good choice.
Because from what I get from their info, reviews and comments, is that reading the King felt like watching a Teen Mom episode; cringing at the sheer immaturity and the unnecessary drama, and feeling sorry for the baby on the way. Also, the characters I used to love and wanted to hear about (as mentioned above) apparently were pretty much non existent.
So thanks, designated readers! Until next book? ...more