Give me a good speculative vampire mystery any day. Merit is a great character to enjoy on the page, along with her cast of friends. This series has gotten its hooks into me, and have loved every installment.
The drama was majorly ratcheted up in Hard Bitten, several long standing story arcs come to a head and leaves you with one hell of a cliff hanger. I haven’t been able to get my hands on the next book yet, so I am still in total suspense over the end of this book.
Better written then the Sookie novels, with great characters and an easy read with enough depth to find many relatables. PNR fans would find much to enjoy here, especially if you are a fan of Patricia Briggs or Linda Hamilton.
Audiobook: The same narrator that started the series continues it. I have gotten used to her voice, though she isn’t a solid fit for the material. Emotions get lost and character voices lack distinction. She doesn’t necessarily take anything away from the read, but not much is added to it.(less)
It must be the time of year. Fall is in the air, pumpkin flavored everything is in the stores, and paranormal romance is what I am in the mood for. The third Chicagoland filled that quota nicely.
The werewolves take center stage this time, with a major conference to discuss the pack’s future. Darth Sullivan, the arrogant ass hat vamp head, of Merit’s house has volunteered their services as protection for the alpha. Shockingly enough, nothing goes as planned!
There are a few major plot shifts in this story especially between Merit and Sullivan. Things finally come to (ahem) a head, and for better or worse, things have changed. Neill does wonders with those two characters regardless of whether they’re fighting, working together, or… stuff. There is plenty of chemistry to go around, and our girl Merit isn’t the shy type. Clearly Sullivan is going to have some competition. For an alpha vamp with loads of power, he has no problem allowing Merit to bring him down a notch or ten.
The series continues to be entertaining, and it’s even improving. I can’t say that for the narrator (blërg), but Neill’s stories keep me returning. They are strong enough to overcome the short falls of the reader. Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Length: 10 hours and 15 minutes(less)
Sometimes you feel like Ghiradelli chocolate, sometimes you feel like popcorn. Chicagoland Vampires, is the perfect popcorn series. Easy to get into, entertaining to follow, with plenty of intrigue and likable characters.
Merit, the newbie vamp and protector of a powerful house of vamps, now must head back to her previous life to solve the latest mystery. Having come from a powerful Chicago family with all the riches and drama, you know there is fun to be had. Add in a hot, arrogant ass of a master vamp, challenging Merit every step of the way and you have ridiculous fun to be had.
This review is going no where. Ha! I enjoyed the read, it wasn’t particularly memorable but it fit the mood perfectly and I will absolutely continue with the series.
The Audiobook: The downside of this, is the narrator. As previously stated in the first book’s review, the narrator is not a good fit for the story. The ‘voices’ are muddled, confusing and interchangeable making the characters blend together. Personality is lost and emotion is non existent. I don’t recommend this book on audio.
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Length: 11 hours and 44 minutes(less)
I am sitting here after having a ‘day.’ Fielding phone calls, starting a major new project, working between several clients and being in a constant state of mild panic. Here before you is what I am mentally capable of writing as a review.
The Guildhunter world, continues to grow (explode really), yet with Jason’s story you finally get to step out of it a bit, take on a whole new tangent, with its own tone and personality. New York has been left behind for India, no guild, no vamp hunting, no Raphael politics. Instead we have court intrigue, a princess seeking freedom from an eternity of guilt-ridden imprisonment and the murder of a an arch-angel’s consort.
The mysterious spy master, with a face full of tattoos is sent to investigate the murder of Neha’s consort. Neha is bat-shit crazy, to keep Jason in line she forces a blood oath to her niece Mahiya. There is much more to her than just another angel princess…thing. She is smart, has heart and unlike Neha, sane. She makes a good counter-point to Jason’s black hole of a soul.
Yes, of course they are attracted to each other, and yeah it gets all hot and yummy. All of that is to be expected from a Singh novel, and there is no disappointment there. Beautifully written and flowing like water, it’s hard to put this book down. This one isn’t quite so cut and dry here, however. There is reluctance, strife and major family drama to overcome with plenty of tattered plot lines left for another day.
Much more enjoyable than Dmitri’s story (though he cameos throughout), Jason had a personality and past I wanted to deeply delve into. He isn’t the alphas-alpha, he just is, and simply must be accepted. Mahiya was easy to get behind, an interesting character herself, she sets off a series of events that will have over reaching effects over the rest of the series. I am very much looking forward to the rest of the series. Gorgeous as always.(less)
Oh, how the bloom is off the rose. Yeah, yea, it’s all still really good stuff, there is just one teeny, tiny problem. There is no more tension! Anna and Charles established themselves so quickly and are so sure in their mating (which in the real world – if there were werewolves – would be great, but this is fiction dammit), that there is no excitement anymore. It’s all cutesy and easy and no fun. Give me some challenge!
Outside of the rather boring relationship, the story was fabulous. Full of mystery, twists and turns and paranormalcy that only Briggs can do! In the face of the upcoming reveal, the packs are meeting up to air their grievances, except some take this opportunity to pay back some old grudges. One problem, Charles and Anna are totally in the way. Good times.
The Point: Lots of love to this amazing paranormal mystery, there just isn’t much between the main couple.(less)
"You know people underestimate the value of a good ramble." - Buffy
WARNING: Fan girl attack.
The second Dark Horse announced this book, I knew I needed it on my shelf. Yes, of course, I have every cover for every comic in this entire series. At one point I was mercilessly in the clutches of Ebay hunting down various retail variants and additional first run copies. That shite is addicting. Thankfully unlike some comic companies *cough* IDW *cough* they usually only had two covers an issue. Since I fully expect my collection to gain mass amounts of collectible value over the next few years, I wouldn’t dare break a spine. So thank you, Dark Horse, for giving me a hardcover version to enjoy without risking my NM comics.
I lucked out last weekend and was able to grab this gorgeous book at Denver Comic Con, where I was able to have Georges Jeanty (one of the rockstar artists) sign it for me. Which means this is now a collectible. Dammit.
Yeah, that didn’t stop me. This book is gorgeous. Containing the first ten issues of Season 8 as well as several extras, I couldn’t help but read the whole frackin’ thing in one sitting. Georges Jeanty has such a filmic eye. I’ve actually picked up camera tricks from his panels. He is able to show the passage of time, killer emotions and depict tone like few artists can. The sketchbooks in the back, along with commentary from Jeanty, was a fantastic peek into the creative process.
Brian K. Vaughan (along with Joss), did a fantastic job taking the Buffyverse and running with it. Seeing the scoobies – in any form – again, rocked my world. But this wasn’t just a fun little epilogue. The story arcs blew my mind; like we never left Sunnydale (except we did, technically), everyone still has their issues and are still growing and moving forward. The mastery of the series lives on! In some ways it was the next logical step for the Buffy story. No longer confined to budgets, actor contracts and timetables, the universe was able to open up. Monsters became monsters, and the world got a lot bigger.
Anyone who is a fan of the series is shamefully missing out, if they haven’t picked up the comics yet. The characters are just as mythic, the stories as humorous/poignant/Whedon-eque as ever, and for frack sakes, it’s Buffy!
It was like reading a book about me! Okay, not really, we share a name and it was a bit weird hearing Lucius say my name in his eastern european accent. It did keep me paying attention though!
Jessica was instantly likable, even with the high school (blërg) backdrop, it took nothing to get me hooked in. Lucius’s grand entrance into Jessica’s life announcing that not only is she a vampire princess but his betrothed, led to fantastic love/hate/sarcastic banter between the two of them and I my expectations for this book went through the roof!
There was no insta-crush going on and Jessica’s logical reluctance of accepting the supernatural was legit. This was a new sort of story and the first half blew me away. Then things went terribly, terribly wrong.
The story came to a screeching halt and suddenly had no idea where it was going. We end up in this weird drawn out purgatory where Lucius continually broods, does some weird things and Jessica is chasing after him. All ending in a cross the world trip turning the book into more of a, well… yeah no clue.
The character shift made no sense, and the set up for the last third of the book wasn’t clear enough, that it became very jarring. There was too much floundering and while it more often is abused, we needed a bit more exposition.
The first third of this book definitely deserves a solid four. It was incredibly entertaining, but it just totally ran out of steam. The characters were endearing enough that I will likely continue the series, hoping for redemption!
The Audiobook: Hands down Katherine Kellgren is one of the best narrators I have listened too. She is an actress (or at least reads like one). Nails every emotion, speaks with the speed demanded by the story and gave great character to Jessica and Lucius. There is a solid chance that without her stellar work I may not have made it through the book. Absolutely phenomenal.
Length: 10 hours and 47 minutes Narrator: Katherine Kellgren(less)