A great introduction to the series. A quick and easy read. The modern language kind of tripped me up at some points, but on the other hand, the languaA great introduction to the series. A quick and easy read. The modern language kind of tripped me up at some points, but on the other hand, the language made sense and never pulled me completely out of the world. Definitely worth picking up. :)...more
Really more of a 2.5 star rating overall, but I'm rounding up.
This year is my year to try and clean out a serious backlog of TBRs. As a result, I haveReally more of a 2.5 star rating overall, but I'm rounding up.
This year is my year to try and clean out a serious backlog of TBRs. As a result, I have a feeling I will be constantly smacking into stylistic choices, particularly in my category reading, that have been phased out some seven or eight years later.
I feel that way a little with this two-author anthology. I am usually a fan of both Maureen Child and Caridad Piniero, but neither novella really worked for me this time.
Oddly, in opposition to many of the reviews I skimmed, I liked Christmas Cravings by Ms. Child better of the two. I believed the character motivations and bought into the chemistry between the hero and heroine. Sure, it's a little weird to dind a vampire in your barn, or to have hiding places built into your home, but stranger things have been proposed in fiction.
Fate Calls, by Ms. Piniero, was lacking that chemistry and believable motivation for me. I tend to stay away from stories that seem driven by sex. It's not that I might sex, but I do like to see it happening with a purpose or for a reason, and in this instance, I just didn't get that sense. I'm a fan of the Calls series as a whole, but don't think this installment was well-served in the shorter length....more
This is probably more like a 3.5 star review, but since I can't give half a star, I'll go with 4 in the author's favor.
I once again listened to this bThis is probably more like a 3.5 star review, but since I can't give half a star, I'll go with 4 in the author's favor.
I once again listened to this book on audio rather than reading it on the page myself, so that undoubtedly makes my experience with it a little different than others. I really enjoy the narration on this series so I count the audio a plus in this case, as with some other books I've heard.
So. Book 2 in the Jane Yellowrock series. I enjoyed this installment quite a lot but not quite as much as the first one. I still love the characters. I still love their interactions, for the most part. I actually found the plot of this book more interesting than the first, so kudos to Ms. Hunter for that.
But as the action went on, as more threats were delivered and as Jane's dealings with the New Orleans vampire scene deepened, I found myself a little bothered by just how often Jane got her butt handed to her and yet managed to survive every time. Not only that, but it extends to the people around her as well. Yes, I realize it's a supernatural society and part of the benefit of being -in- that society is emergency life-saving measures, but, applied too often and it begins to feel like no one's ever -really- at risk. They can push as hard as they want and someone will always drag them back from teetering on the edge of too far.
This book also introduces the dread UF trope of the love triangle. The heroine has her choice of two (and maybe three, really) hot guys. To Jane's credit, she made a decision. Of course, I think she made the wrong one, so we'll see if she sticks with it through the rest of the series. I have a bad habit of liking The Wrong Guy better, go fig. :)
Still, an enjoyable listen, and my issues are not enough to keep me from continuing the series....more
An entertaining read written in a style that manages to be both entertaining and informative. There's a lot of good information here, but I can't helpAn entertaining read written in a style that manages to be both entertaining and informative. There's a lot of good information here, but I can't help feel that it's mostly geared toward people who haven't found or don't have time to find the information for themselves. There are forums and groups online that will give you more or less the same information included in the book.
Having never listened to the podcast, I imagine that it would be very entertaining if this book is true to the author's voice on air, so to speak.
If you want a quick-read guide about what to do to try to kick off a decent indie career, this is the book for you....more
It's not because the plots are all that deep. I think, actually, that it's because they -aren't- that I like the storiesI really do love this series.
It's not because the plots are all that deep. I think, actually, that it's because they -aren't- that I like the stories being told. Not being buried in heavy, complicated plots lets the focus stay on the characters and that's what I read for in the end: characters I can learn to love.
I laughed out loud quite often, and not just at Oberon this time, though he does still get an unfair portion of the best lines, I think. If a book can make me laugh, I count it very good.
This book felt a little short to me, but I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe it was that I got caught up in what was going on and didn't really pay attention to passing time. Or, maybe it's actually shorter than Hounded. Either way, I'm not upset about it. Matter of fact, I wish there was more. I do have other books in the series to look forward to, so that makes it a little better. Still, I could have lingered in this story a little longer and been quite happy to do so.
American Specter is a book with a lot of potential, but is missing the last polish to make it shine.
The premise is an interesting one: Imagine that thAmerican Specter is a book with a lot of potential, but is missing the last polish to make it shine.
The premise is an interesting one: Imagine that there is a town where the spirits of the deceased and recently-dead are commonplace. Where they live and work along side your everyday, average human. Now imagine that, in this town, there is a series of murders and some of the clues hint that the murderer might be one of those very specters. What sort of motive would drive a ghost to kill someone else? What sort of secrets might be hiding in a town like that?
I was intrigued, and to be fair, Ms. Prioleau answers those questions, but I wanted more engagement, more emotion, and to be drawn deeper into the story, to be invited to invest in characters that never really deepened beyond surface impressions for me. ...more
I don't remember exactly who suggested this book to me, but thank you, whoever it was! This book grabbed me from the first page. I actually gave up myI don't remember exactly who suggested this book to me, but thank you, whoever it was! This book grabbed me from the first page. I actually gave up my reading rotation to read this book and only this book until I finished it.
Now, granted, it's got angels in it and I am a sucker for books with angels. That alone will not sell me on a book, though it does bias it heavily in my favor when it comes to picking something up. However, there has to be an engaging voice, a plot that grabs and holds my attention, and characters I invest in and genuinely want to see succeed. Angelfall has all of those for me.
I admire the fact that Penryn, the protagonist, never loses sight of her goal, even if she is a little distracted from it from time to time. I appreciate the fact that, despite the perfect setup for this to become a romance, it never quite gets there. Despite the "bad" angel potentially becoming the hunky hero, he still also retains the ability to be an imperfect jerk.
I will definitely buy the follow-up novel. I am all sorts of curious to see where this is going and how Penryn plans to continue with a second series of major changes in her life....more
I freely admit I am biased when it comes to this book. I mean, let's face it, I'm a sucker for gargoyles. It also makes me stupidly happy to see a PoCI freely admit I am biased when it comes to this book. I mean, let's face it, I'm a sucker for gargoyles. It also makes me stupidly happy to see a PoC (protagonist of color)!
And, I had read this book before it became a print novel, so returning to the characters and the story itself was kind of like sliding under a warm blanket. The book holds up well, not only to a second read, but to the passage of time.
If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this should already be on your shelf. If it isn't? Well. What are you waiting for? Dragons, selkie and gargoyles, oh my!...more
I actually drifted to a halt on this book a while ago, but as I'm looking at all the things I have and want to read next year (and let's not kid ourseI actually drifted to a halt on this book a while ago, but as I'm looking at all the things I have and want to read next year (and let's not kid ourselves, the next several) the fact that I've had little desire to pick it up again means that ultimately it just wasn't for me.
The book started out with great promise, honestly. I was drawn in and enjoyed the story and characters enough to read halfway through. Unfortunately, that's where the forward momentum ground to a halt for me. Yes, the romance is important, particularly in a romance novel, but it felt like the pacing and plot was sacrificed for the needed/expected romance to become the focus for a while. When there was a blend of plot and romance-building, I was all in.
Granted, I am reading this with a 2013 desire and the book was published in 2007. (That's how far behind I am.) That might have something to do with it. I'm not giving up on Ms. Vanak, just this particular book....more
Peer pressure. Peer pressure made me read this book (well, listen to it) and I'm glad for it!
I enjoyed the story and more, enjoyed the characters. ThePeer pressure. Peer pressure made me read this book (well, listen to it) and I'm glad for it!
I enjoyed the story and more, enjoyed the characters. The book seems pretty clearly to be the set-up for a series, which of course it is, but a lot of times that works against the book. Not so in this case. I am eager to return to New Orleans and see What Happens Next with many characters.
I think "reading" the book as an audiobook was probably a wise move, as I'm not sure how the sections written in Beast's voice would have come across on the page, to me. Even in audio, it took me a little bit to be comfortable with her, but I adapted.
And I'm glad that I have plenty more catching up to do.
It's difficult to say for certain whether I would have enjoyed this book quite as much on the page or in anAnother audiobook listen. Another success.
It's difficult to say for certain whether I would have enjoyed this book quite as much on the page or in an e-reader, but I did truly enjoy the narrator's voice. He made a good range of characters pretty clear, including women. Nicely done.
And the story itself was fantastic, if you don't mind swearing and irreverance in your fiction. If you're following -my- reviews? You probably don't. :)
Definitely adding the next in the series to my queue....more
Another book I listened to on audio, which may or may not have been a good thing.
Good points: I enjoyed the story itself, overall. Writing an assassinAnother book I listened to on audio, which may or may not have been a good thing.
Good points: I enjoyed the story itself, overall. Writing an assassin as your protagonist is tough, if you want her to be at all likeable, so I thought that was well done.
Not-so-good points: I found the sexual tension in the book a little forced and kind of oddly stuffed in there. It felt to me like someone said, 'you know what would make this book better...?' and lo, it was added. I liked the characters well enough. It was just that their attraction didn't seem at all natural. I was far more interested in who Finn might hook up with than with Gin herself.
I was also not particularly fond of the pacing of the narration. A story set in the South, yes, but I don't know many NCers who drawl thaaaat sloooowly.
To be fair, I'd probably give this a 3.5 stars. Overall, I enjoyed the read and have nothing particular negative to say about it. It was entertainingTo be fair, I'd probably give this a 3.5 stars. Overall, I enjoyed the read and have nothing particular negative to say about it. It was entertaining and kept my interest.
But I also don't really have anything to rave about. Am I curious about where there characters are going? A little. Enough to read further in the series? Eh, probably not. I was more interested in a character left behind than in the ones who were still on the page by the end of the book, and reading to figure out if and when he comes back is probably not going to be tempting enough for me.
Another to be fair: This is a Harlequin Teen book and I am no longer a teen, so I'm pretty sure I'm not the target demographic. Still, I don't regret the read in any way. ...more