I have to admit, I'm looking forward to reading more in this series; I'm really hoping future books will smooth out some of the issues I had...more3.5 stars
I have to admit, I'm looking forward to reading more in this series; I'm really hoping future books will smooth out some of the issues I had with this one, and provide more rounded characters and plot lines.
I really wanted to love this book a LOT more than I actually did (which isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. I did. It just didn't grip me *quite* as strongly as other books I've read.) It was good, for what it is, but I kept wanting a bit more from it. I love books with kids in it, but the triplets here were little more than Plot Moppets, included simply as a way for the MCs to meet. They were described as babies, but there was no real confirmation of their exact ages, and their behavior seemed to alternate between "infant" and "baby" (by which I mean, very young -- 2-4 mos -- and a bit older -- 6-8 mos) even taking into consideration the tendency of multiples to mature somewhat slower than single babies. Also, I was a bit confused by the lack of any sort of attempt on Richard's part to do any sort of parenting research. He apparently has no real relationships as an adult with anyone; certainly no close contact with small children... yet he simply falls in with being the primary caregiver for THREE babies as if he's been taking care of kids that size forever, with no freakouts or research, bar only the very first "OMG I've been named my dear friend's kids' guardian and I have to move to Texas? WTF?" I mean, I can totally understand adapting well to a new situation, but it's always accompanied by moments of "What the HELL am I doing, here?" And I can see (although not fully buy into) someone -- for example, a shifter raised to the idea of mates -- being ok with the idea of insta-love and insta-bonding, but only if they've grown up expecting that to happen (but then, this is kind of my beef with MOST shifter/human pairings where the human half just kinda says, "ok, now what?")
The pacing of the story seemed a bit odd to me, and I really think the issue with what's-his-name the homophobic shifter who tries to take over the pack deserved more screen time. It would have been nice to maybe spend more time in Vet's head, not just Richard's, as I think it would have added more depth and richness to the story. And also, I didn't really like or buy into the excuses & tears & freakout of Ross, Richard's "rescuer." Hopefully he'll be in a future book & maybe be a bit less of a cipher.
I had a little bit of an issue with the formatting of this book -- every apostrophe was a question mark, there were a couple of places that *looked* like they wanted to be ellipses but were, instead, a space followed by two commas, and similar issues. Not major, but enough to keep pulling me from the story, which got to be a bit irksome after a while.(less)
Really enjoyed this book, but a little confused -- there was a lot of conflicting information about Ari and Fitz's relationship prior to this book. (I...moreReally enjoyed this book, but a little confused -- there was a lot of conflicting information about Ari and Fitz's relationship prior to this book. (I was actually suspicious of Garrett's motives pretty much as soon as he said Hi the first time to Fitz.) But there were several place in the book where the narrative said explicitly that Ari and Fitz hadn't had much real contact with each other as teenagers/young adults, and yet there was almost a wealth of experience (not *that* kind; mind out of the gutter!) between them that seemed to give the lie to that. Their parents were married for 3 months when Fitz was about 5 or 6, and Ari was at least 6 years older, and Ari said at one point that he attended all of Fitz's recitals but didn't speak to Fitz at them, and yet they both felt very close to each other. And as an older sister with a sister 8 years younger, that doesn't seem like much to build a relationship on.
Fitz was occasionally bordering on TSTL -- Garrett shows no concern for him when they're out together until well after the fact, and that rings no bells for him? But then I guess he's been sheltered to an extreme extent, and naive doesn't even *begin* to cover it. But he's a sweet boy, and I just want to swoop in and hug him and mother him to death. He needs it, and I can understand how Ari can find that sweetness and the determination NOT to be needy appealing. So I can overlook the mixed messages. And given the portrait painted of Adelaide, Fitz's mom, I can also understand how, being caring individuals, Ari and his dad, Benjamin, would want to keep tabs on Fitz and make sure he's doing ok. It's what you do with people you care about.
Julian and Serge, the ghosts...I just don't know. I love them; I love their story when it's revealed in bits and pieces. They seem to provide an almost parental unit for Fitz, giving him a sense of solidity at home, despite everything. I really really liked them, even though initially I wasn't sure if they were going to get him into even more trouble than he was already in.
And I'm glad that Garrett got what was coming to him. (less)
M/M shapeshifters from the author of Soulless. This short was a quick, easy, fun read, showing the sense of humor I loved from Soulless. It's set in c...moreM/M shapeshifters from the author of Soulless. This short was a quick, easy, fun read, showing the sense of humor I loved from Soulless. It's set in current-day US rather than a steampunk-y Victorian England, which was an interesting change (and, yeah, I kinda missed Gail's London, but this particular group of weres more than made up for it. Highly enjoyed!(less)