Oooooh. This BOOK! For the record, I have not read Persuasion by Jane Austen, which–if I’m correct, and say so if I’m not–this book is a retelling of. I think that is important to note, because I suspect that my views may have been different if I had read it first. I don’t know how they would have been different–better or worse–but different, nonetheless. Anyway. I. LOVED. This. Book.
For Darkness Shows the Stars was one that instantly grabbed me, even though I had intended to read a different book that day–once I started, I couldn’t stop. When I went to bed before finishing it, I rolled around in bed, wondering what would happen. When I woke up in the morning, I was half-afraid to start again, because that’s how much this book pulled at my emotions (in a good way). This book just burrowed its way into my heart, and it was difficult to get it it out. If I had wanted to get it out, I mean. For the record, I didn’t.
Told from Elliot’s perspective and interspersed with letters between Elliot and Kai as children, we come to realize the sacrifices that Elliot has been forced to make in the past four years. And I just flat out adored Elliot. She’s the star (heh) of this book, and she is strong, capable, and caring, which is exactly what I love in a female heroine. And Kai broke my heart. But I get why they had to make the choices they did, and my heart ached for both of them. And that, my friends, is the sign of a good book. I was so wrapped up in their world and struggle that I didn’t want to go anywhere else.
On the world, briefly: I was fascinated by the Luddite/Post/Reduced relationships, and though there is a tiny part of me that would have wanted more explanation, the world was only important in how it acted upon Elliot and Kai. It was, in some ways, just another character in the book. I also appreciate how, though there are religious undertones, there isn’t any preaching–it’s all done for the effect of Elliot and Kai’s relationship. The world in which Elliot and Kai grew up doesn’t want to allow their relationship, and it is clear that its very nature attempts to keep the two apart. But when I finished, I had two simultaneous thoughts. One, I wanted MOAR. And the other I will not share lest it be spoiler-ish. It’s not, really. And it’s kinda related to the first bit. But whatever.(less)
I think I might have a thing for Bloodhounds. I find this world to be completely fascinating, and I might need another romp or two or three in it befo...moreI think I might have a thing for Bloodhounds. I find this world to be completely fascinating, and I might need another romp or two or three in it before I'm completely satisfied. I have a lot of questions (as I always do) and I feel teased with an appropriate number of answers, while still needing more information.
I like that this was a quick read, yet hit all the right buttons. It's probably safe to say that Moira Rogers is one of my new favorite authors.(less)
Deadly Cool feels like an updated and snarky Nancy Drew. Hartley was written in such a way that I had flashbacks to Evie in Paranormalcy. But it isn’t that Hartley and Evie are similar, it is that their personalities leap off the page at you. Hartley isn’t given to much angst, and she is extremely funny. She texts (and yes, in the shorthand common to teenagers these days), she’s hip and there are a lot of cultural references. She appears authentic for the time. I loved her. But then, I love most characters graced with a healthy dose of sarcasm and snark. They make me giggle in a way that is half-snort, half-bwahahaha.
I liked that Deadly Cool really is a mystery. You get murder, mayhem, and a lot of amateur sleuthing. Are some elements of the story predictable? Sure. But Hartley carries us through it. I was easily hooked and it took some very heavy eyelids before I could finally put the book down. And Hartley is not the only character who is well written: best friend Sam who censors herself, Hartley’s overprotective mom who also happens to be gluten-free and tofu-loving, and bad boy Chase who is very…enticing. Even if I wasn’t so fond of Hartley, I’d read the sequel to Deadly Cool just for a little more Chase.
I wasn’t overly excited about the text-speak, and I suspect this could be an aspect some people don’t like. But then again, Deadly Cool IS a young adult novel. Definitely cringe worthy for us old folk, but it has authenticity. Bottom line, Deadly Cool was a very fun read with mystery and just a hint of romance that has me dying for more. I instantly added Social Suicide to my wishlist after finishing Deadly Cool. Note: I was also really torn between rating this an 8 or 9. I ended up sticking with 8 because a few 9 books I’ve read lately touched me more than this one. It is likely that if I had come off a “not so good” reading streak, it would have rated a 9.(less)
With the economy the way it is currently, the Atlanta of 2018 is not really that difficult to believe (minus the paranormal aspect, of course). I enjoyed the world Jana Oliver created, with demons, demon trappers (and hunters), witches, and who knows what else. Riley may know a little about how to be a demon trapper, but she clearly has a lot left to learn, and we learn along side of her — at least what we get to learn in this book. There is still a lot left up in the air, especially with the way Demon Trapper’s Daughter ended. I would like to see a lot more demon trapping and what that all entails. Demon Trapper’s Daughter also felt pretty upper-YA to me. Even though Riley is 17, she interacts with a lot of adults.
On a character front, I liked Riley. She is already pretty grown up considering her circumstances, but she tries to take on more than she can handle, making it seem like she has big shoes to adjust to. And I wasn’t overly fond of her boy choices. Because yes, as everyone knows, I am not a fan of love triangles, and it definitely felt like there was one here. It’s all about Beck, even though the way he speaks is so incredibly annoying. I am sure that the “ya” and “yer” used when Beck was speaking was a way to drive home the “Backwoods Boy” idea, but it grated on my nerves. If I wasn’t cheering for a Riley/Beck pairing (because really, it’s the only choice), I’d probably smack him. No one else spoke in such a manner, so it was a trifle confusing and out of place. There were more boys, but, eh. I’ll leave that up to you to figure out.
The ending leaves a lot of the plot left hanging in the air. It’s not the kind of cliffhanger that barrels into you like a freight train, but is instead the kind of cliffhanger that teases mercilessly of what has been left without closure. It didn’t leave me cursing, but I was not a fan either. There were also a few spots where we got the “thoughts” of the characters — direct thoughts, not “Riley thought…” — which I felt was out of place only because everything was narrated in third person. Overall, I did enjoy Demon Trapper’s Daughter and the demon trapper world, though there were a few minor flaws.(less)
As I mentioned in my post about my audiobook experience, the way I processed this book in audiobook format is different than if I had read it. But other than sometimes not tracking all of the characters, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book. I spent quite a bit of time with a huge grin on my face and occasionally snorting in laughter. All the humor in Hounded is present in Hexed as well (and with the audiobook, it is perhaps even better). Because I read this during the read-along of Hounded, I think it gave me an advantage to remembering what had happened and how it influenced the happenings of Hexed. There are bits and pieces of Hounded sprinkled into Hexed, but there is by no means an information dumping.
There is a lot of action in Hexed, with a lot of different threads. This is where listening to the audiobook put me at somewhat of a disadvantage, but I was able to track what was happening, even if it took me a few moments to remember and mentally sort it out. There are unresolved story arcs here that will (presumably) be addressed in the next book. I have a terrible habit of not reading the synopses of books until I’m writing the review after reading the book, so I’m just guessing here. Regardless. This is obviously a series book that resolves some plot threads, and leaves other hanging. I wanted to pick up the next in the series (Hammered) as soon as I finished Hexed, but not because there was a cliffhanger — Kevin Hearne simply writes enjoyable stories.
In Hexed, I think Atticus goes through some serious changes as a person (Druid?). Because he has spent so much of his life attempting to stay hidden, being able to live “freely” changes things. In a sense, Atticus is settling down and growing roots, and this means how he lives must change as well. He is still very adept at adapting to his environment, but he now has different worries. There are a few specific instances in Hexed that underscore these changes, and I am curious to see how Atticus continues to grow throughout the next few books in the series.
The characters in Hexed, and the series overall, continue to be delightful. Atticus may be the main character, but he shares the stage with a lovable cast of characters from Oberon to even the witches (the “good” ones, not the nasty ones mentioned in the synopsis). I was particularly amused by Atticus’s dealings with his goddesses. They are at once awe inspiring and like petulant little children who expect to always get their way. Oberon is his usual silly self.
Hexed does not suffer from the second book syndrome, and continues to deliver the same quality of story and humor that Hounded promised. The Iron Druid Chronicles series is not the typical urban fantasy read, but that is a big part of why it is as good as it is. If you’re looking for a lighthearted and humorous fantasy read, look no further than the Iron Druid Chronicles.
Audiobook Specific: this was my first audiobook, so I don’t have much to compare it to. I did really enjoy Luke Daniels’ variations of the voices, though, and I am definitely looking forward to listening to Hammered on audiobook as well.(less)
Despite not being a zombie fan, I am most definitely a Rhiannon Frater fan. From the opening lines, Rhiannon Frater draws you in with chilling descriptions and a sense of foreboding that refuses to dissipate. Reading The First Days left me feeling on edge, waiting for the next catastrophic event to happen. I found the characters to be interesting — flawed, but honest and real, even if the characters occasionally got on my nerves.
In many ways, Jenni and Katie are complete opposites. And yet, the two of them have been thrown together — by chance and luck, no less — and form a strong bond. The adage that opposites attract works well for the relationship between Jenni and Katie. They both fulfill an important role in the other’s world. Eventually we meet more people who will become central to our characters: Jason, Travis, Juan, Ralph and Nerit, all of whom are vital to the story in some way.
I found myself putting the book down a lot, though I suspect the reason for this is has to do more with me than anything related to the book. The post-apocalyptic genre doesn’t quite appeal to me. If you do like this genre, or you like zombie horror stories, The First Days will a book you do not want to miss.(less)
As long as romances are well-written, I tend to get swept up in them. Good Girls Don’t did not fail me in that regard, especially with the emotional tension and issues between Luke and Tessa. But I did not like Tessa as much as I probably could have. Logically I can understand that her desire to keep her family together drove her to do what she did, but it felt wrong, like there was a lot of misunderstandings that could have been easily avoided if the truth had come out right away. I was a much bigger fan of Luke, who was one of those tortured and slightly damaged souls but who are really sweet and caring underneath it all.
Being the Good Girls Don’t is the first in a trilogy about the Donovan siblings, Victoria Dahl did a fabulous job of introducing us to Tessa’s brothers. I am definitely curious enough to continue with the series. Although Luke is a police detective and there was a break in at the brewery, that aspect of the plot took a back seat to the Donovan sibling drama, which was highly entertaining. Having a brother myself (younger though, not older) gave me something to relate to (I don’t think brother is as bad as Jamie, but that is definitely who I would compare him to).
Overall, Good Girls Don’t is a good solid romance with a few minor flaws.(less)
Atticus just got himself into a shit load of trouble.
His neatly ordered life continues to unravel in the third book of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Hammered is more of a continuation of promises Atticus made in Hexed. In some sense, Hammered is a much more unified story than Hexed; everything in Hammered leads up to a fight with Thor, and there are fewer problems pulling Atticus in different directions. This made the audiobook much easier to follow.
One thing that I really loved about Hammered was that we were able to learn more of Gunnar’s and Leif’s backgrounds and their stories about how they came to be a werewolf and vampire, respectively. Up until now, we have really only be exposed to Atticus’s story, and there has been little information about Lief and vampires (mostly as Leif has refused to answer Atticus’s questions thus far) as well as Gunnar and the rest of the pack. In some ways, Atticus takes a back seat in this story. He makes some very important decisions (whether they are wise or not remains to be seen), but for the most part, Gunnar and Leif drive this story forward. Well, Leif perhaps more so than Gunnar, but still.
There was one thing missing from Hammered: Oberon. He plays only a small role in the beginning and end. It was rather sad (especially since Oberon is beloved by many) but there is enough action and other interesting happenings to make it okay.
We also get to meet Jesus! JESUS! Jesus was pretty chill. There was also the introduction of a few other characters who also had something against Thor and who joined in the fight. Each of these characters got their own chapters with their own stories and loved what they added to the overall story.
There are A LOT of changes in Hammered. And a slight cliffhanger. Things, they are a-changing. I don’t exactly know how I feel about some of the changes. I know that something on that scale had to happen, but I don’t like it. I’m glad that Tricked is out, so I can find out.(less)
Where to start? I felt very disconnected from both Julian and Serena. I didn’t understand Julian. He was supposed to be a big bad demon, but he felt far too human. In fact, except for the last few pages, this entire novel could have been written without angels and demons and focused on another good versus evil duo, such as the law and criminals. I am not sure that it added much to the story, except at the very end, at which I was just ready to finish the book.
The narration felt distant, and there seemed to be a heavy reliance on telling rather than showing. With writing, adjectives are not necessarily your friends. I came across noun phrases like: “glorious penis,” “penetrating beauty,” and “impressive manhood.” They are all great adjectives, but it threw me off in my reading. What is penetrating beauty? I’m not really sure. Because penetrating beauty does not tell me much, other than turn on the dirty side of my brain and make me giggle. The word choice detracted from the story rather than added to it.
I might have rated Where Demons Fear to Tread higher if a particular sex scene hadn’t derailed my enjoyment. It was a turning point for me, and not necessarily a good one. I don’t like the use of the word cock in books, because it tends to be a vulgar word. So unless there is a situation that calls for vulgarity, I don’t want to see it. And I especially don’t want to see the word cock used 10 times within a span of five pages. Since I have an ARC, I thought perhaps this was an aspect that might have been changed after the official release date, but after asking someone who had a finished copy, it seems unlikely.
I really wanted to like Where Demons Fear to Tread but in the end, I just didn’t.(less)
I’d never thought I’d see the day where there was too much emotion in a book. But perhaps that’s not true. Maybe it was more that there seemed to be more pain than necessary, and some of it was easy to see coming. I like books with emotions that rip you apart, but it happened too soon and dragged on for too long for me here. I used to read a lot of contemporary romance before I was in a relationship, because the stories were a fill-in significant other. In some ways, Sweet as Sin is too real, and it made me crave something less realistic.
But if you want to roll and tumble with your emotions, Sweet as Sin is the book to do it with. Both Livvy and John are incredibly fleshed out characters that are as broken as they are beautiful together. The narration was a little awkward at first, but once I got pulled into the story it didn’t matter or it got better — either way, it wasn’t important enough for my mind to take note of it.
Inez Kelley writes fantastic and steamy romance novels. While I liked Sweet as Sin, I think I liked Turn It Up more. Even so, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another book by her again.(less)
Divergent is narrated in present tense, which sets it apart from a lot of books, and throws the reader into the book; it is the tense of the Dauntless. This wasn’t just a story; it was a commentary on human nature and society, and therein lies the appeal and beauty of Divergent. It operates on a multitude of levels, and I love books like that.
I found the factions fascinating (Dauntless would so not be my faction; the heights would do me in) because where the general premise and idea of each faction is sound, in practice, it is flawed and creates the same problems — or worse — that the world experienced in the first place, which had presumably led to the creation of factions. Divergent asks questions like: what is bravery? What is selfishness? Is it possible to put one character trait above all others? Is there just ONE trait we are missing in this world? Would having the one trait make the world a better place? Buried deep within a story about a girl named Tris is a philosophical debate.
Having Divergent set in a setting that is familiar to our world made it easier to connect to, even though I have never personally been to Chicago (except the airport, which doesn’t really count). Because each faction is tied to a character trait that can be easily twisted, examples of which we can easily find in our daily lives, it was not difficult to find a place within Tris’s world; I know exactly what faction I would be in. I loved Tris who grew into her self throughout the initiation process, and I loved Four (oh, Four!) because he was one of those strong and silent types who is always there for you, even if it doesn’t always appear that way.
I went in with low expectations and ended up being blown away by Divergent. It’s YA, but it is decidedly absent of typical teenage angst. It is our world, but it is not. It goes beyond a story to speak to something deeper, greater.(less)
Zsadist was introduced to readers in the very first BDB book. The way he was presented in Dark Lover left me questioning how he could ever be redeemed. In Lover Eternal, Mary is able to see beyond the frightening image that he presents, and the more that we saw of him, the more we are able to see what lies beneath, too. Lover Eternal also sets up the background for Zsadist’s and Bella’s story.
The Bella in Lover Eternal is remarkably different than the Bella in Lover Awakened and with good reason. What she went through with her “tormentors,” as the summary terms it, was necessary, I believe, to truly make her the best match for Zsadist. Not just because it made Zsadist stand up and take notice, but because it also gave Bella insight into Zsadist she probably didn’t have before. We also come to learn a lot more about Zsadist and his past, which is just plain tragic and awful. Z’s time as a blood slave scarred him, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. His story was agonizing to read, and yet it was almost impossible to stop because it seemed important to know that he could have a happy ending. And by impossible to stop, I do mean that I sacrificed sleep to stay up and read, and the only reason I stopped before I finished the book was because I had to get up and drive somewhere the next morning.
What I both love and hate about this series is the epic character building of not just the main characters, but the side characters as well. I love it because of how the stories intertwine, and how we come to know and love the characters before they ever get their own books, which makes each book that much more anticipated. But sometimes the time spent on characters other than the main characters frustrates me because I just want to read their story! Sometimes it’s a struggle not to skip ahead.(less)
Beg for Mercy just pulled me in. I started this in the evening and lost track of all time. At about halfway in, I went to find out more about the second book (and spoiled myself for this book, boo) because I was THAT IN LOVE with it. I don’t know that the characters were all that memorable, but I loved Megan’s determination to save her brother, and I loved Cole’s slow spiral into realizing how much he truly cared for Megan. I love when the men fall and fall hard. Oh hey, that’s a pun. I like it.
Oh, this book. I love when an author crafts a crazy madman (redundant? sure. whatever. it’s my review, leave me alone) who chills you with his insanity. Not insanity like “that person is clearly fucked up,” but the kind of insanity that masquerades as sanity. Insanity you can cover up and disguise as sanity is so much scarier. That said, I think I would have liked to have gone a little bit longer not knowing who the madman was (yes, I spoiled myself, but I was already heading in that direction), just because I want to experience the shock right along with the main characters. It’s THAT PERSON?! (Yes. Yes, it is.) It’s revealed before the main character finds out, so… not quite as fun.
I think the only complaint I had was that some of the plot slowed in the second half of the book and I was actually able to set the book down (and, you know, go to bed). But otherwise, Beg for Mercy was the perfect balance of romance and suspense (and yes, mystery) with just enough extra that we can see room for more books. And since this is the beginning of a trilogy, it all worked perfectly. I will definitely be searching out the next book in this series.(less)
A few months ago, I read the first chapter of Dark Lover for free on my computer and was totally lost. When I began reading on my Kindle, I noticed that the “first page” was at 3%. I am curious by nature, so I had to investigate. It is fortunate that I did, because there was a glossary of terms that were ever so useful for keeping up with the story. It made my early confusion disappear, and increased my enjoyment.
One aspect of the Dark Lover that I liked — even as it frustrated me at times — was that this was not just a story about Wrath and Beth, although their story is central to the book, but that some side characters played a role that served to enrich the plot. Being that Dark Lover is the beginning of the series, there was the necessary world building, but I was never once lost, and always completely enthralled with the story. If date night with the boyfriend hadn’t intruded on my reading time, I would have easily finished Dark Lover in a day. Beth’s entry into the vampire world and its subsequent effect on Wrath has set the stage for what I can only assume based on its popularity and the strength the first book is a strong series. I am already interested in the stories of the brothers introduced in Dark Lover.
If I had any complaint about Dark Lover – and I’m not sure that I do — would be that the romance moved particularly fast. Even then, it seemed to fit; Beth’s transformation and sexual awakening coincided in a way that felt natural and instinctive. Wrath, of course, is helpless against the draw of his leading lady, as all good tough alpha males are. I could do without the repeated lovey words, but I have a feeling that’s me. For me, actions speak louder than words, and there is certainly no shortage of that in Dark Lover.(less)
Perhaps that I had been warned it might take time before I got into the book better prepared me than if I hadn’t known. It did take a bit before I settled into the story, but the aforementioned knowledge and a nasty case of cramps (TMI? sorry; reading keeps my mind off the pain) kept me pushing forward. Also, I was slightly weirded out by the names at the very beginning because Kyle has a sister-in-law named Meghann and a brother named Luke. And I’ve got a friend whose son — who is 4 — is named Ethan. Coincidences are fun, no? Maybe it is for this reason many fictional characters have such unique names. Anyway. The Iron King was the first book (I think) I’ve read set in the fae world and about them as well. Other books have features fae characters, either as enemies or very uneasy and untrustworthy allies, so this was an interesting change of pace.
Meghan struck me as naive and somewhat annoying at the beginning of The Iron King. A couple times I had to roll my eyes at what she got into. It was probably necessary for the story to move forward, but it still made me roll my eyes. Once Puck, Ash, Meghan and Grim all got together on their adventure, I started getting pulled into the story. I really enjoyed the four of these characters together, and the relationship (or lack thereof?) between Puck and Ash promise to make the next books in this series good ones.
I’m trying to decide whether the end would be considered a cliffhanger or not. To me, it’s a logical conclusion of the story while at the same time indicating that Meghan’s story isn’t over yet. And when you consider that The Iron King is the beginning of the series, it’s obvious Meghan’s story is far from being complete. And I will definitely pick up the next books, especially since they are supposed to get better from here. But I don’t feel forced to do this, like I did with other series that will remain nameless. *cough*feverseries*cough*(less)
Yelena’s life sucks. She has been condemned to death — whether by execution now or poisoning later, it doesn’t matter. The final result is the same. Reading Poison Study makes us wonder how this story could manage not to break our hearts. Death awaits Yelena as surely as she lives and breathes. How can there possibly be any sort of acceptable ending? And as if being food taster and risking death every day isn’t enough, mystery and other threats begin building with every new day.
Valek was an incredibly intriguing character, and even though I was not always sure what he was up to, I knew I liked him. I have a thing for enigmatic men who possess the skills to kill you but choose to…do other things with you instead. There was really no way to stop me from liking him. And I felt the draw between Valek and Yelena, though like Yelena, it was difficult to decipher Valek’s true feelings. Although the romance is not the main focus of the plot and is rather light, it still provides an integral thread to the story, and without it, I would not have enjoyed Poison Study as much as I did. And let me not forget the rest of the supporting characters — they were well-written as well.
While reading, I rocketed between being shocked the story was moving so quickly, thinking the story couldn’t possibly work out to my satisfaction with the amount remaining, and wishing there were more to read. If not for life getting in the way of my reading, I would have easily devoured Poison Study in a single day; it captured my attention right from the opening lines. Poison Study is the kind of book you remember long after you have finished reading it. And yes, in case you were wondering, Poison Study did manage to end to my satisfaction.
There is so much more I could say about this book, but it would give too much away, and I’d rather you just read Poison Study for yourself.(less)
Vampire Academy was the type of first-book-in-the-series to whet your appetite for the rest of the series. I felt like Vampire Academy told me everything and nothing. Reading Vampire Academy was like peeling back the layers of an onion, slowing revealing the world in which it is set, and all the secrets that follow with gaining that knowledge. And while we’ve gotten deeper within the world, we certainly have not reached the inner core.
I really enjoyed the friendship between Rose and Lissa, partly because it was so strong, and partly because for as much as they are connected, they also seem distanced; Lissa is as much of a friend to Rose as she is a responsibility and it is interesting how this line is blurred and crossed repeatedly. We were thrown head first into the story, having to make frequent trips back to the past to explain the present. I got lost a couple times, but for the most part this device worked well. Back to the onion layer thing, if you will.
Finishing Vampire Academy felt like looking at the tip of an iceberg. I know there is something big beyond this book, but I can’t see it; but what I have seen is enough. There is a lot we still don’t know, and I’m left with the feeling that the academy is only a very small part of the bigger vampire world, and that the politics going on will come out to play in future books.(less)
Despite being a YA novel with 16 year old characters, the fact that Lenah was 500 years old makes me feel uncomfortable with the designation. Lenah is far from being a teenager, and her narration and knowledge separates her from the rest of her classmates, and, at points, me as well.
I nearly put Infinite Days down at the beginning. There is being thrown into the middle of the story, and then there is being shoved underneath a fast moving story. I felt lost and could not connect with Lenah. I logically understood Lenah’s attraction to Justin, but I didn’t feel it. It was almost too cliche for me.
My favorite characters were Rhode and Tony. I don’t know that I’ve ever not connected with either of the main characters before. I think this disconnection pulled my rating down. It was interesting, however, to see vampire portrayed as they were, especially with Lenah having been one.
As a person who has studied adjustment to a new culture (turning from a vampire back into a human must certainly be a big culture shock), this aspect of the book held my attention. How Lenah struggles with being different from everyone is fascinating, but she removes herself from her emotions (because they are so new to her?). I was enthralled with this story, but it was from a distance, as an observer. I warred with myself over whether this adjustment was believable: adjustment to a new century and high school and being a human has to be extremely hard; but then, as a 500 year old vampire, I would also assume that the ability to change and adapt has to be a strong one. Is that ability strong enough to overcome the difficulty of adjustment? I’m not really sure.(less)
Dragons! I heart dragons. Shadow of the Vampire was definitely character driven. The connection and attraction between Declan and Alexia was pretty darn all-consuming, and overshadowed (heh) some negative things I could say like, there wasn’t a lot of world building or I never fully got a handle of the surroundings of the characters or everything happened so fast. But in the end, I focused on Declan and Alexia and that’s all you need to do.
Tara was definitely right: there was not a cliffhanger. But you can also tell that there are more books to be had, which is okay. I don’t mind when books wrap up the main story line but leave a few threads open for future books. And although it doesn’t appear that Shadow of the Vampire is part of a series (i.e., it doesn’t have a series label anywhere that I could find), it does appear that there are other books out there that feature characters that appeared in this book.
Even though Shadow of the Vampire wasn’t the “funny and light” read I originally had been searching for, it delivered on action (as well as quite of bit of “action”) and romance. It was a fast read; I finished it in a day.(less)
I liked it, but it was short. And not just short as in the equivalent of 165 pages, but short as in the story was over at 80% on my Kindle. Of course, being more of a novella also explains why the story felt rushed and that everything happened really fast. It was, as I said, a nice break from the previous books I read, but I do believe that Forsaken by Shadow would have been better as a full length novel, with more space to flesh out the characters and their story, which was pigeonholed into a few events that we’re aware of. I wanted to know more.
There is a lot of potential in Forsaken by Shadow and it provides a glimpse into a new world, but doesn’t give us much world building. Which wouldn’t have been bad necessarily, except I wanted to know more about how their powers worked. Perhaps if I had known this was supposed to be shorter (or that it would end at 80%), I would have liked it more. Or maybe I’m just being overly cranky and critical. One never knows.
Ultimately, Forsaken by Shadow is a good, quick read that provides a good escape.(less)
Evie is what sold me so quickly on Paranormalcy. Her personality is so strong that it jumps off the page and grabs you. I was halfway through reading page 2 when I posted that update to Goodreads. It happened right here:
“Tasers are a one-size-fits-all paranormal butt-kicking option. Mine’s pink with rhinestones. Tasey and I have had a lot of good times together.”
And I was in love. Normally, I am not so easy. But then, Evie is anything but normal. She is bleeping fantastic. Her innocence — in more ways than one — is tangible, and her desire to be normal is overwhelming. She is most definitely a teenager, but rather than annoying in her teenage throes, she is bright and cheery, if occasionally insecure and unsure of her place in the world. That, or I’m turning into a total YA fan (again, all Tara’s fault) and it doesn’t bother me. Stranger things have happened.
Evie’s characterization of Raquel’s sighs was hilarious, and only partly because it reminded me of my mother, who once rated an associate on her sighing on a scale of 1 to 5. And of course, Lish and her bleep bleep bleeping were awesome. You know, the kind of awesome that you want to copy in your own life. So if you see bleeps around here, you’ll know why. I loved the rest of the characters as well. Lend will lead to a video blog, which I may or may not post tomorrow depending on how cool I feel about doing it.
The plot, while I was able to guess some of what was going on, was still enjoyable. The story ends nicely, yet still leaves enough hanging that I instantly put Supernaturally onto my wishlist. Paranormal creatures in Evie’s world have glamours that conceal their true identity. Evie is the only one who can see through those glamours. I don’t know that I have seen glamours done in such a way before, and liked the idea. The pacing was fantastic, and I zipped right through the book in two days. I would have read it in one, but I started the book too late in the day and I’m a cranky old woman who needs her sleep.(less)