OK, so let me get this out there first: This book was better than the last one. I think.
You can see that the author is preparing to (finally) wrap up...moreOK, so let me get this out there first: This book was better than the last one. I think.
You can see that the author is preparing to (finally) wrap up the series, and so the stage is being set. Good. But this was still a looooooooong way from being action packed - or even setting a good pace. And there was a blatant sense that the author had a word count to achieve and didn't much care for how she got there.
With purpose, and in the hands of a good author, the minutiae of daily life can enhance a novel. Not so here:
"I stayed gossiping at the bar for a few minutes, and on the way home I filled up the car with gas. I got a chicken sandwich from the Sonic and drove home slowly. ..."
"... I was too anxious to eat more than half of my sandwich. I sorted through the mail I'd picked up at the end of the driveway, throwing most of it into the trash can. I had to fish my electric bill out after I tossed it along with a furniture-sale flyer. I opened it to check the amount."
Phew. I can sleep so much better knowing all that.
"I ate some yoghurt and granola and strawberries, drank some coffee, and put on some extra makeup since I was still feeling unhappy in general. I took a few minutes to paint my fingernails. A girl's gotta have a little color in her life. At the bustling post office, I used my key to empty the Merlotte's mailbox, which served Sam for both business and personal use. Sam had gotten three envelopes from his duplex tenants. I riffled through the flyers that had been stuffed in the box and saw that the only bill worth worrying about was the electric bill. I was almost scared to open it. I bit the bullet and slit the envelope. The total was bad, but not more than I expected."
All of which tells the reader nothing more than that the author has a mild fixation on electric bills.
And then there's this:
"It's a conscious effort to block out the thoughts of other people. Though I've gotten better at it, it's still work. I don't have to try as hard with the two-natured, because their thoughts are not as clear as human thoughts; I catch only a sentence or emotion, here and there. Even among humans, some are clearer broadcasters than others. But before I learned how to shield my brain, it was like listening to ten radio stations at a time. Hard to act normal when all that's going on in your brain and you're still trying to listen to what people actually say with there mouths."
Seriously? It's book 12! I think we've got that by now.
Even with all that, it was an easy, if unexciting, read. I liked the developments towards the end - shame it took 200 pages of next-to-nothingness to get there.
A definite improvement on the first book and I can see potential - the world is interesting, as are the...moreLess info-dumping + more action = better book.
A definite improvement on the first book and I can see potential - the world is interesting, as are the characters. I like the fact that the heroine isn't of the typical kick-arse variety, and even though I wish it hadn't been that particular one, I like that the author isn't afraid to kill-off her characters.
If the improvements continue over the next books, I have hopes that there should be some good ones coming up. Fingers crossed. (less)
Yep... Still reading this series for reasons unknown.
The blurb on the back cover for this one was a tad misleading. The plot about drug lord Roberto d...moreYep... Still reading this series for reasons unknown.
The blurb on the back cover for this one was a tad misleading. The plot about drug lord Roberto devious scheme to keep the amnesiac Mona Lisa was brief, but I enjoyed the action scenes involving Mona Lisa and Dante's reunion and escape.
It didn't take much for Mona Lisa to ultimately recover her memory and the second half of the book culminated in a surprising development (view spoiler)[involving Mona Lisa leading the Monere's in revealing their presence to the human population (hide spoiler)].
This was a nice change from the previous books and does lead to a promising shift in the potential storylines for future books, but it doesn't bother me in the least that I will have to wait some time for the next instalment. In fact, it's kind of a relief.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I had absolutely no interest in reading this book. Dystopian fantasy is not my thang, so despite all the glittering reviews, I was never going to give...moreI had absolutely no interest in reading this book. Dystopian fantasy is not my thang, so despite all the glittering reviews, I was never going to give this one an opportunity. That is, until the price-drop to 99c. What the hell, I thought. I was in a reading slump anyway, so thought I may as well try a change of pace.
Woah, Nelly! This was awesome! Some of it will be the timing - it just worked for me with where my head was at the time - but the rest is just that it was a damn entertaining read. How good it is when you read a book thinking it won't be for you, and it turns out you end up loving it?
I wish I had internet connection when I finished this one, because I would have rhapsodised with joy. As it is, I will just say that this was not at all what I expected, and it knocked my socks off. So much better than I had dared to hope, and I can't remember the last time I have looked forward to a book as much as I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Where Curran POV #1 was a series of Curran's observations from each book, Curran POV #2 was a continuous story about what occurred immediately after h...moreWhere Curran POV #1 was a series of Curran's observations from each book, Curran POV #2 was a continuous story about what occurred immediately after he woke from his coma and found out about all the challenges Kate had faced from the pack.
I hope Gordon Andrews writes more of these - it's great to get Curran's POV.(less)
I really enjoyed reading Curran's POV. Loved these lines from when they first met in Unicorn Lane:
The scared hovered at the edge, the stupid died not
...moreI really enjoyed reading Curran's POV. Loved these lines from when they first met in Unicorn Lane:
The scared hovered at the edge, the stupid died not far from it. I was here to meet someone, and if she made it far enough to find me, I would know she was neither.
So not a mouse after all, but something more. This could be interesting. I'd let her dance in the dirt a bit more. She was find to watch. She crouched with her hand out. What the hell was she doing... "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty." Oh my God, she was retarded and I was going to kill Jim. She blinked and stared at me. She'd seen my eyes glow. I let go, shifting in the dark into my true form. If you want a Kitty, little girl, I'll give you one you'll never forget. I stepped into the moonlight. She froze. That's right. No sudden moves. I padded toward her slowly and circled her allowing her to take it all in. Do you like the Kitty now? I could smell her surprise and fear. Our gazes met. Her eyes went wide and then she fell on her ass. Heh. A bow would have been sufficient.
While this is a solid entry in the series, it didn't quite have the magic of the previous couple of books. I am hoping against hope that that's not be...moreWhile this is a solid entry in the series, it didn't quite have the magic of the previous couple of books. I am hoping against hope that that's not because Kate and Curran have finally gotten their relationship together.
I found myself thinking of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series when I was reading this one. And not in a good way. I loved the first few books of that series, but, now that Cat and Bones are together (as are Kate and Curran), the series has become a little episodic (as was this book). The writing is still good in both series, but I don't want to feel like I'm watching a TV series where each episode resolves a crime (or some such) with very little overarching plot. It's early days for this series, so my fingers are crossed.(less)
Review and rating only for Ilona Andrew's Magic Dreams and Allyson James' Double Hexed.
This is the first time I haven't read all the stories in an ant...moreReview and rating only for Ilona Andrew's Magic Dreams and Allyson James' Double Hexed.
This is the first time I haven't read all the stories in an anthology. I had the best of intentions, but Yasmine Galenorn's Ice Shards failed to catch my attention, and then I got completely derailed reading the Master of the Universe fanfic (otherwise known as Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker), and after that experience, I couldn't motivate myself to read Jeanne C. Stein's Blood Debt.
Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews
Loved this story featuring Jim and Dali. This is a must for fans of the series, and packs a huge punch for a short story. There was a full and complex plot. Loads of action and plenty of sweetness, topped off with Andrews' trademark brilliant last page.
Double Hexed - Allyson James
I haven't yet read James' Stormwalker series (although it has been on my TBR for a while), so I thought this short might give me a good idea of the style. I wasn't disappointed. While it was never hard to follow, it's clear that the world-building had been done before and there was a history with these characters, so I'm looking forward to catching up. This series just got bumped up.
3.5 stars (probably would have been a higher rating had I read the previous books)(less)
My love affair with this series is showing no signs of faltering. I still can't believe it took me so long to pick up this series!
Having adored the way the last book ended with the promise of a naked dinner, I was so disappointed with the how this one began. I really felt for Kate (who remains one of my all-time favourite heroines). It was great to see such a realistic and human response from her.
I thought later in the piece that the author was going to do that thing that I hate in romances (particularly series), but she came good in a spectacular way! That's one of the things that I'm really appreciating in this series - the author doesn't string the reader along. There are no blatant, artificial, frustrating plot devices and the author is surprisingly generous in answering questions as they arise.
Another thing I've been appreciating in this series is the violent action, and while this had some seminal moments (go, Kate with the pack!) and there was a strong action storyline featuring a daunting villainess with a personal agenda, it was the relationships and characters in this one that I found to be its strength.
I loved seeing the Kate and Curran finally be open and honest with each other (even though the author gave me a good scare), I enjoyed seeing Andrea and Kate's friendship get some definition, and I even enjoyed Saiman's scheming.
As always, the author gave us a brilliant ending, this time creating changes to be anticipated in future books. I can't wait!(less)
The Britingens appeared briefly in one of the Sookie Stackhouse books, but this book bears next to no res...moreThe Britlingens Go to Hell - Charlaine Harris
The Britingens appeared briefly in one of the Sookie Stackhouse books, but this book bears next to no resemblance to that series. For those readers like me who must read series in order – and also seem compelled to read the novellas in anthologies – please trust me on this: You can give this one a miss.
This one started off OK (just ‘OK’), and the Britlingen bodyguards and the Collective had potential, but then they ended up taking a trip to Hell to protect a client and it went downhill in a major way. I was prepared to go with it to start with, but then we meet Lucifer (a gay, good looking blonde *eye-roll*) - and by the time we find out that Amelia Earhart (yes, the aviator) is one of the prisoners in the cells, well that was it for me. Completely random and just plain silly.
Finally got my first taste of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, and while this novella wasn’t without its problems – which may be attributable to the short story length and the fact that I haven’t read the first book in the series – I can definitely see the appeal.
Singh has created an intriguing world, and it’s possible, even probable, that I’m going to like this series better than her Psy/Changeling series, which is great news. I would have liked to see a little more character development in this one, and although that’s a big ask for a novella, I’ve seen it done well elsewhere. I don’t feel like I got to know Deacon at all, but not knowing if he was introduced in the first book in the series, that could be more my problem than the author’s.
The ending was also a little rushed, and again, that’s common in a novella, but it can be done. I was always planning to read this series, but this taste has really whetted my appetite.
Worth reading for fans of the series. Like the other Kate Daniels books, this one is written in first person narrative, but this time from Andrea’s POV. This is Andrea and Raphael’s story, and Kate barely makes an appearance (and even then, only by way of a phone conversation). I liked learning more about Raphael, and I imagine that it will be handy to have the context of the things that happened in this one for future Kate Daniels books.
My main complaint with this one was the closed-door bedroom scenes. We were made aware of the sexual tension between these two that had been building for some time, and then…. Fade to Black. I found that disappointing and for me, it let the story down.
We do, however, leave the story with a scene involving Kate where we learn something very interesting about Curran and his magic.
This was the standout story for me. I’ve only read one other installment in Meljean Brook’s Guardian series, and that was the prequel (#0.5) found in the Hot Spell anthology. Now I’ve leapt forward to this story, which is #5.5 in the series, but I didn’t feel at all lost. That said, this one didn’t stand out as being obviously related to the prequel I read. I’ll be interested to go back and read from book one and see how the series plays out.
I really enjoy Brook’s writing so far, and going back to my comments on Nalini Signh’s entry, this is an example where the author achieves great character development and a satisfying conclusion without the need for a defined HEA. Good stuff.
Wish I had the time and/or energy to review this book, because it really deserves it. Sadly, RL is giving me neither at the moment. I guess I...more4.5 stars
Wish I had the time and/or energy to review this book, because it really deserves it. Sadly, RL is giving me neither at the moment. I guess I'll have to leave it with: Loving this series and highly recommend it.(less)
I am absolutely loving this series. I was hooked right from the prequel (which I read in the On the Prowl anthology, having got it for one of...more4.5 stars
I am absolutely loving this series. I was hooked right from the prequel (which I read in the On the Prowl anthology, having got it for one of the other stories) and I haven't looked back.
I always hang back before starting a series until there are a few books released so I don't have that interminable wait between instalments, but I couldn't stop myself with this one. And while I have loved every minute, the wait until the next one (and the one after that, and the one after that) is going to be painful.
I think one of the reasons I'm loving this UF series is because we follow one couple throughout, and witness their developing relationship. It's like a long, drawn out PNR, or a cross between the two (think Cat and Bones, although the similarity ends there).
I also really like her take on werewolves and the world she has created. I understand this is set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series, so I'm looking forward to that one, too (I know, I probably should have read that one first, but I couldn't help it (see above!)).
Anna and Charles are also pretty unique characters - Anna is coming to terms with the abuse she suffered since being changed against her will, and Charles buries his emotions and keeps himself apart from others so he can more easily fulfil his role as his father's enforcer. They are newly mated and trying to develop their relationship in the midst of all their emotional baggage.
My only niggling complaint here, and it's going to sound ridiculous, is that Anna always seems to have to don her metaphorical cape and save the day. Yay girl power and all that, but I hope Charles gets to follow through in the next one.(less)
Now I can totally see why this series is a favourite for so many readers. This instalment was fantastic. I was completely caught up in the st...more4.5 stars
Now I can totally see why this series is a favourite for so many readers. This instalment was fantastic. I was completely caught up in the story and it really engaged my emotions on so many levels - there were tears, there were smiles, and there were actual laughs. Out loud.
I wasn't overly impressed with the first book in the series, but that has all changed with this one. This is definitely a series that (so far) gets better with each book. It makes me really excited to see where the next one is going to go. If they keep improving at this rate, I'm going to run out of stars!
I was a fan of Kate from the first book, and that hasn't changed. She's my kind of heroine - tough but real and with one foot often in her mouth - and there isn't anything I think I would change about her. Curran, though, didn't endear himself to me in the first book, and that has definitely changed. I'm loving how the relationship between Kate and Curran is developing, and when he (view spoiler)[came to rescue Kate in the flying palace full of rakshasas (hide spoiler)] in all his snarling, brutal glory.... Be still my heart! *swoon*
I love the action in these books - it's gritty and gory, and this book took it to a whole new level. Loved it. We got to learn more about the characters and the author finally revealed some of Kate's secrets which allows the reader to make sense of what we already knew but didn't understand. It also paves the way for some intriguing developments that are sure to come.
So far each book as left me with a smile on my face - Andrews' writes the best last pages ever. I can't wait to get to the next one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Having read the first novella in this series in the On the Prowl anthology, I rushed straight out and got this book. It goes to show that sometimes it...moreHaving read the first novella in this series in the On the Prowl anthology, I rushed straight out and got this book. It goes to show that sometimes it's worth reading all the stories in an anthology because you just never know if there's a hidden gem. I got On the Prowl just for the Sunny story - and although that one was pretty much a disappointment, Alpha & Omega made it all worthwhile.
If you haven't started this series, you really must read the Alpha & Omega short story first, or you'll be feeling like you've been dropped into the middle of this one with something definitely missing. The author doesn't really give you the backstory so you'll be left a little lost to start with. Plus, Alpha & Omega is a great story in its own right.
I must confess, I haven't read the Mercy Thompson series yet, and had planned to do so before starting this one, but Alpha & Omega just left me wanting more, and this one has kept up the trend. I'm sure I'll get to the Mercy series at some stage, but I have no desire to put this one aside yet.
I enjoy Briggs' writing and am finding the world she has created and her characterisations wonderful so far. Charles is definitely a different kind of werewolf, with his Native American heritage and his quiet, mannered menace. I'm a sucker for a tortured hero, and I've found with Anna that it also works in reverse. Apparently I'm partial to a tortured heroine, too. Who would've thought?
I'm not sure how this compares to the Mercy series, but if that one's as good as this one is shaping up to be, then I'm in for a treat.(less)
Meh. Very lacklustre to follow-up to the events of the previous book. I was pretty sure the author wouldn't be able to resolve things to my satisfacti...moreMeh. Very lacklustre to follow-up to the events of the previous book. I was pretty sure the author wouldn't be able to resolve things to my satisfaction, and I was right. What was worse, we had to wade through a whole book of filler to even get to that part, and then the plot of this one - including the captain obvious perpetrator of said plot - was left unresolved until (presumably) the next book. I repeat: meh.
This book was my sole reason for starting the Chicagoland Vampires series. Here I was, hanging out on Goodreads with no interest in reading this serie...moreThis book was my sole reason for starting the Chicagoland Vampires series. Here I was, hanging out on Goodreads with no interest in reading this series, when Wham! This one is released and there are updates galore: Shock. Horror. Anger. Dismay. Hmmmm - sounds like my kind of book!
Well, while I still can't necessarily say I'm a fan of the series, the pay-off with this book was worth it. Even though I knew something big was going to happen, even though I spent the whole book waiting for "it", I was still totally and utterly floored. Holy cow that was...... it was so...... I still have no words.
I absolutely love that the author could shock me so completely and leave me totally stunned, staring at the page in disbelief. Especially given I'm not a big fan and I was half expecting it. Good stuff. That said, this may well spell the end of the series for me. I can't see any possible way of the author resolving this to my satisfaction.
Sure, it's fantasy, any anything can happen, but that doesn't mean I'll swallow some lame and convenient "fix". Hopefully Neill has another surprise in store, but it will need to be a good one.(less)