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)
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)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Although I am not a huge fan of dystopian fiction, the initial prem...moreDisclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Although I am not a huge fan of dystopian fiction, the initial premise of the story about living on cities at sea because you can't live on land and the possibility of genetic manipulation to help you be able to live in the water appealed to me.
But, from the beginning, this story failed to grab me. It wasn't that the dialogue was the problem (the dialect is Australian). It was everything else.
The continuity of the story, the flatness of the characters and the attempt at world building were a big jumble and only added to my confusion as I tried to follow the story. I do not like to be frustrated as a reader and the story frustrated me to no end.
I don't normally fail to finish a book, but in this case I couldn't force myself to read any more.(less)
At around 111 pages, Give Me Reason, packs a wallop that hits you hard and makes you think while delivering a powerful, compelling story. This is the...moreAt around 111 pages, Give Me Reason, packs a wallop that hits you hard and makes you think while delivering a powerful, compelling story. This is the first book in a planned series and I agree that it has gotten off to an excellent start.
The main character, Vivienne, is an emotionally scarred and abused young woman trying to make her way in the world. Not having the best past and having a complicated past and an uncertain future, Vivienne sucks you into her world told beautifully in the first-person.
While I'm not a fan of first-person writing, I had no complaints its use here. The secondary characters were just as rich as complex as Vivienne which made reading this book an absolute pleasure.
I'm not giving spoilers in this review because you really have to experience this novel for yourself.
Would I recommend this book? YES! It is worth the read. Would I read a sequel? Eagerly waiting for it.(less)
Disclaimer: I received this ebook copy for free and received no monetary compensation for this review.
The target audience for this novel is 9-12 years...moreDisclaimer: I received this ebook copy for free and received no monetary compensation for this review.
The target audience for this novel is 9-12 years old. I definitely feel that the main character, Isabelle, who is 12, behaves and acts like a child in that age range. (Trust me I have kids, so I know.)
I felt the flow of the story was a little rushed in places but no so much that a child would complain. I really think my favorite character is not the heroine of the story but her best friend.
There is plenty of humor and funny moments that liven up the book as well. Would I recommend it to others? Yes, I would.(less)