The second novel in this series picks up where the first left off. [See my review of book #1 HERE]. There is never a dull moment in this story. I am c...moreThe second novel in this series picks up where the first left off. [See my review of book #1 HERE]. There is never a dull moment in this story. I am completely invested in Vivienne and Mikah. Rooting for them both to make it through all the trials and tribulations that keep coming their way.
I've known and know people like Vivienne and I have nothing but respect for those that do their best when life deals them a horrible hand.
I hope that the bad guy(s) get what's coming to them and I hope that we get a happily ever after (well as best one can in the situations presented in this series).
Would I recommend it to others? YES! The third one comes out at the end of this month and I can't wait to read it. I'm completely hooked.(less)
When we ended the first book, Willow and Alex were on the run and heading south toward Mexico thanks to Willow's precognitive dream. What Willow doesn...moreWhen we ended the first book, Willow and Alex were on the run and heading south toward Mexico thanks to Willow's precognitive dream. What Willow doesn't tell Alex is that she sees a boy in her dream that feels oddly familiar to her. Oh, and that she is attracted to.
This bit of news sets up one of the major side plot lines that drives the story: the love triangle. And, I will admit, this was one of the better ones. Often times with love triangles, one of the two love interests comes off a little, well, flat. Weatherly did not have that problem with Seb, the only other half-angel in the world besides Willow.
The angst between Willow, Seb and Alex was realistic and had me pulling my hair out in places at people's stupidity. That's when I felt fully invested in the characters. Even minor characters had a richness of development that I haven't seen in a while.
In addition to the well done character development, the pacing, main plot and other side plots kept me happily reading for several hours until I finished the 700+ page novel.
I cannot wait to read the final book in the trio. I personally am rooting for Willow x Seb, but that's just me.
Would I recommend it to others? That would be a big "YES!" I'm eagerly awaiting the library getting the newest one.(less)
Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
I was thrilled to find an author who wrote about one of my...moreDisclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
I was thrilled to find an author who wrote about one of my favorite sports: figure skating. I enjoyed this book a great deal. The handling of the characters, their various personalities, feelings and reactions combined with the very realistic portrayal of the figure skating world kept me firmly invested in the story and the characters.
I felt a little left out of the loop in some scenes when the married couple referenced events that I'm assuming happened in the earlier books in this series. That was not enough to turn me away from this nicely paced and well-written read.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes, I would.(less)
I want to start off with this review is my opinion and I'm allowed to have it. With that being said, I'll proceed with my review.
This is the book #22...moreI want to start off with this review is my opinion and I'm allowed to have it. With that being said, I'll proceed with my review.
This is the book #22 in the Anita Blake series and, for me, one of the better ones to come along in the last dozen she has put out in this series. Like many hardcore fans I was despairing and hoping all at once that LKH would bring Anita back to being the Anita at the beginning of the series that I fell in love with as a character. Sassy, strong, intelligent and able to hold her own in a male-dominated field.
Then, somewhere along the way (for me it was after Narcissus in Chains) that the plot and the heroine began to fall apart. Like many other reviewers have pointed out the books devolved into well...smut. It felt like every other page was Anita getting her freak on and the man count kept rising to the point where I got confused.
I'm all for angst and exploration as a writer but, to me, some things were overkill, repetitive and unnecessary. With, Affliction, I felt that LKH regained a small spark of what attracted me to the series in the first place: plot and action.
I think I've become immune to the two-dimensional behaviors of many of her characters. I've also become immune to Anita's inner whiny brat who bewails the complexity of the relationships (bed partners) she's managed to accumulate over the last ten novels.
Though I am so not a fan of zombies, having them running around behaving like zombies was a nice breath of fresh air. Having Anita be ruthless Anita was also refreshing.
I disagree a little with other reviews about her becoming "too girly" (Is there such a thing?). As a tomboy myself, I've had to learn that it's okay to get dressed up and be "soft". I do agree, however, that her clothing choice and personal choices while getting into and during a fight are on the unrealistic side. If you're going to fight bad guys, I don't think you go out in a mini skirt to do it.
There were so many other little things that I choose to overlook while reading the book but the biggest thing that stood out for me was the toning down (and I mean way down) of the sex. I think I counted 5 or 6 scenes total (sorry if I'm wrong on the count) that I happily bypassed so that I could keep reading the story with its *gasp* plot.
The ending was a bit of a letdown but I did enjoy Edward's crowing over who was the baddest. That part did get a chuckle out of me.
Would I recommend it to others? I would, but with a disclaimer. If you don't like erotic/BDSM elements, alternative lifestyles or you're squeamish about gore and violence, this entire series might not be for you.(less)
Over the last three months I've managed to read several books and found many of them lacking. I'm not sure if it's because I'm looking for different t...moreOver the last three months I've managed to read several books and found many of them lacking. I'm not sure if it's because I'm looking for different things when I'm reading or if maybe I need to switch genres. Regardless of the reasons, being bored or frustrated with a novel was not an issue with Dragon Unmasked.
From the moment I started this one, I was hooked. Blame my inner geek for loving the techie angle but it really worked for me. Blended magic and science was a neat concept and one that kept me reading to see what the author would dream up next.
The characters, at least for me, were not flat and I was invested in their emotions and reactions to each other. I found the relationship between the male/female leads to be believable and not forced.
All in all, this book was a pleasure to read.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes, I would. Apparently this book is part of a series, which I just found out. I don't know if you really need to read them in order or not, but I was able to follow this one without reading the first book.(less)
I've been reading quite a lot lately and giving everything from 2 stars to 4 stars for the books that have crossed my path. It's very hard for me to g...moreI've been reading quite a lot lately and giving everything from 2 stars to 4 stars for the books that have crossed my path. It's very hard for me to give out 5 stars because there's always something that is a deal breaker for me when I'm reading. I did not have that problem with Steelheart.
I want to point out before I get going on my review that this is a YA novel. I noticed that when I saw other reviews that many were complaining about the style of writing. Sanderson's style is consistent and similar to other YA writers and stories. I just wanted to throw that out there so that other potential readers understand this.
It was the super powered human angle that hooked me. I love comic books and superheroes. This story made me think of X-men and how you have mutants that either want to get along with humanity and use their powers for good or you have mutants who believe they are superior and don't mind running over and destroying humanity to achieve that dominance.
Now imagine that the latter type of mutant suddenly appeared on the scene. They are arrogant, powerful and have a decided lack of interest in getting along with anyone. What will you, a mere human be able to do?
The main character, David, is faced with that choice after watching one of those super powered beings (called Epics) kill someone he loves. David's obsession (I wouldn't call it tenacity because that's too tame a word to describe this young man's drive) with killing that Epic and getting revenge is the major plot driving the story.
The reader is also introduced to a group called The Reckoners who fight to liberate humanity from the Epics.
There is lots of action, adventure and a small romance. The dialogue in this novel is rather, unique, but not a deal breaker for me. I've known many a fellow nerd who was so socially awkward that every time we open our mouths to be witty or try to fit in, we insert our foot or don't make sense to the world at large.
I would recommend this book for guys and girls. It was a page turner til the end and I would reread it in a heartbeat.(less)
**spoiler alert** Disclaimer: I received this free uncorrected Ebook ARC copy of this novel via Innovative Online Tours as part of a blog tour.
There w...more**spoiler alert** Disclaimer: I received this free uncorrected Ebook ARC copy of this novel via Innovative Online Tours as part of a blog tour.
There will be spoilers so if you haven't read this book, and want to, don't read beyond this point of my review. Now, with all that being said, here is my review.
===================SPOILER ALERT BEYOND THIS POINT====================== When I first read the synopsis for this book I was intrigued. I've always been a huge fan of mythology, gods/goddesses, fairy tales and fables. I'm always on the look out for re-tellings of such types of stories so "Fire" caught my eye. I agreed to do a review and eagerly sat down to get started.
That's when my trouble with the book started. The book starts out nicely with Maya (our heroine) training at a dojo. From the get-go, Maya, came across to me as very whiny and unappreciative of a lot of things including her heritage, her parents and her friends. Whether this was intended by the author, I'm not sure, but that was just my perception of the character.
Speaking of characters, I have a complaint. They all fell flat for me. You know how your writing/English teacher would always fuss about making characters feel alive and/or relatable? I didn't feel that way. I got to the point where I didn't care one way or another about the characters.
The romance in the novel felt forced, unnatural and, a tiny bit unbelievable. I've heard, and known people that have love/hate relationships, but the attempt in this book fell flat and was stilted. And, when the author tried to introduce a love triangle, I cringed. My tolerance for any romance in the novel went out the door at that point.
I've talked about things that didn't work for me so let me take a moment and talk about what I thought were good ideas.
1) The Hindu gods/goddesses. I've not studied much of their mythology so learning about that particular pantheon of deities kept me reading to see where the plot was going.
2) The Hand of Kali/reincarnation concept. I liked the idea of Kali having a human avatar and one that had special abilities.
Which leads me to #3.
3) Pyrokinetic ability. I'm a sucker for anyone with X-men/mutant type/sci-fi style powers with pyrokinesis (ability to manipulate/control fire) being one of my favorites.
I hate not finishing books so I kept chugging along and it took me two months to finally finish this novel. There were so many moments when the book could have rose to the occasion...and didn't. I also think that there were too many half-started ideas that didn't get completed which bogged the story down.
I wanted this book to succeed and give me a chance to say it was worth the long time it took to read it, but the overall reading experience left me feeling unfulfilled, confused and a little bored.
Would I recommend this book? The answer is maybe. If a person is really into mythology and likes a bit of fantasy or paranormal romance and would like something different, then I would tell them to give this one a try. Would I read a sequel? I'm not sure.(less)
I think my reading preferences are narrowing toward shifter novels because my own shifter characters have been yammering at me to start work on their...moreI think my reading preferences are narrowing toward shifter novels because my own shifter characters have been yammering at me to start work on their novel.
Anyhow, I digress. I will do my best to keep this review spoiler free. Now, with that being said, let's chat, shall we?
It was the title that got me to pick this one up. I figured that if there was mates to be claimed it would be a very knock down, drag out fight for the male fighting for the female.
I won't tell you what happened in that regard, but, by the time I got to the end of this book, I was pleasantly surprised with the mix of shifters, Fae, magic and technology that I'm going to check out more in this shifters' series.
The romance and the heat index was off the chart, but I expected no less for shifters. I liked the main leads and their backstories which made them both completely relatable. Especially to someone who has to hide some of who they are to be able to fit in with everyone else.
I would recommend this book to others. Now, time to go find the next book and read it.(less)
Ok, I'm on a Dirk & Steele kick this month and that's okay. Though this book is in this series, the main characters are NOT members of the Dirk &...moreOk, I'm on a Dirk & Steele kick this month and that's okay. Though this book is in this series, the main characters are NOT members of the Dirk & Steele agency though their are some familiar Dirk & Steele operatives appearing throughout the book.
I won't say more because I hate spoilers and this book had so much going on that spoiling the plot would be easy to do.
If you like the Dirk & Steele series then I would recommend this book to you.(less)
This is another Dirk & Steele novel and I loved this one because I FINALLY get Eddie's backstory. What can I say but I love firestarters (blame th...moreThis is another Dirk & Steele novel and I loved this one because I FINALLY get Eddie's backstory. What can I say but I love firestarters (blame that one on Stephen King).
The story is dark and in some spots caught me by surprise, which is a good thing. I didn't feel bored or lost with the plot, so the book is able to stand on its own without the reader having had to read other Dirk & Steele novels.(less)
Now that I've finally gotten time to read again, reading this book was a great way to kick-off my month-long reading journey.
I found out, after readin...moreNow that I've finally gotten time to read again, reading this book was a great way to kick-off my month-long reading journey.
I found out, after reading this book that it's actually the second one in the series but that didn't hamper the reading of the book.
I enjoyed both Giles and Cecily for their complexity and often raw emotionally charged moments. The action was well-paced and the storyline compelling. I'm looking forward to pick up the other novels in this series.(less)
Okay, not back to the Anita Blake I fell in love with but...a tad bit better. Had more plot and action as opposed to sex, sex, sex, random dialogue mo...moreOkay, not back to the Anita Blake I fell in love with but...a tad bit better. Had more plot and action as opposed to sex, sex, sex, random dialogue moment, sex, sex, action!
So I will stay on the Laurell K Hamilton bandwagon and keep my eyes peeled for the next one.(less)