4.5/5 stars. This one made me laugh quite a bit. I loved the haiku. I loved the penguins. I will definitely read the next book in the series, though I...more4.5/5 stars. This one made me laugh quite a bit. I loved the haiku. I loved the penguins. I will definitely read the next book in the series, though I wonder where the book will go from where it left off...(less)
Note from re-read 2011: I decided to try the audiobook the second time around, despite hearing horrific things about the narration. When I first heard...moreNote from re-read 2011: I decided to try the audiobook the second time around, despite hearing horrific things about the narration. When I first heard her interpretation of Bones, I got the willies. Definitely not how the Spike-from-Buffy voice in my head. However, to be honest, the narration really grew on me. I ended up enjoying it so much that I will be listening to my re-read of the next book as well. I am sure that my admission to liking the narration will make some of my goodreads friends shudder, but HEY! At least I am honest. *grin*(less)
Re-read 2011: I cried again reading this book, even though I knew exactly what would happen. Funny thing, that :) Original Review 2009: I went into T...moreRe-read 2011: I cried again reading this book, even though I knew exactly what would happen. Funny thing, that :) Original Review 2009: I went into THE HOST thinking I was not going to enjoy it. As a 34 year old female computer scientist, I like science fiction television shows/movies, but I thought the book wouldn't be that good. I had a tough time getting through the first few chapters in the book. I thought the story was a bit too out-there for me, and a bit boring...
However, once the book settled in about 100 pages, I became engrossed by the story of this apocalyptic society of 20+ people living together. Stephenie Meyer's descriptive writing had me picturing every scene with vivid imagery. Her characters seemed more realistic because of their flaws - she didn't write people to be perfect like so many authors. I could feel the characters. I could picture the caves and smell the sulfur. The way Meyer was able to describe something as simple as a character's level of thirst, or sitting in solitude in the dark for hours without speaking or eating... It was gripping.
I could put myself into their situation and asked myself constantly what I would do if it were me. It wasn't so much a book about aliens and science fiction as it was an examination of humans and relationships. I routed for characters to learn from their mistakes. I saw hope in humanity reading this book.
I've read some reviews where people were frustrated with the author making characters to be misogynistic. I believe that is over-simplifying the complex situation that these characters were put into.
The book brought forth a lot of emotion from me. I sobbed during sections of the book because it was so moving and emotional - yet, I didn't feel depressed reading it. It was almost cleansing. I highly recommend this book (though there will always be people that don't like it). To me, it was very much worth reading. Just believe me that it will get better if you find the first few chapters a struggle to read. (less)
Re-Read 2011: I decided to re-read this book because I am going to continue the series and it has been a couple years since I originally gave this boo...moreRe-Read 2011: I decided to re-read this book because I am going to continue the series and it has been a couple years since I originally gave this book a try. I have to say that I think I liked the book better the second time around, or at least I felt less bothered by the third-person shifting point of view (though still not my favorite move by the author). I am adding a star since I enjoyed the book more.
Also, I loved the audiobook narrator. I believe it's the same woman who does the Rachel Morgan books :)
Original Review 2009: 3 stars. There was numerous laugh-out-loud moments when reading the phone-calls that occur on Kitty's radio show.
Despite the humor, I didn't love this book :( Whenever Kitty shifted into werewolf form, the author switched to a weird third person point-of-view that struck me as really odd. I didn't like it.(less)
4.5/5 stars. Maybe I was just in the right mood, but I thought that portions of this book were hilarious. I kept bursting into laughter out loud while...more4.5/5 stars. Maybe I was just in the right mood, but I thought that portions of this book were hilarious. I kept bursting into laughter out loud while reading and kept having to explain scenes to my husband to satisfy his curiousity. I look forward to reading more in the series. :)(less)
Re-read 2011: I re-read in anticipation of reading the final book in the series. Still a five star book to me. Original Review 2010: This was my firs...moreRe-read 2011: I re-read in anticipation of reading the final book in the series. Still a five star book to me. Original Review 2010: This was my first book by Karen Marie Moning, but it definitely will not be my last. I found this book to be a fabulous read, full of action and intrigue. The world building that took place I found to be interesting without being overdone. The pacing seemed to unfold things nicely without leaving me feeling confused about what was happening. The story kept me interested to the very end. I’ve heard that the books in this series are notorious for having cliff-hanger endings, so I have acquired the next three books that are out so I can read them in rapid succession one after the other.
I loved how the character of Barrons addressed Mac (the heroine) as “Ms. Lane”. It kept his character feeling polished and professional, a nice contrast to the young naïveté of Mac. I also loved how Barrons was a mystery throughout the book (even after the book ended). Just what is Barrons? Is he really human? Is he fae? Is he really good? Is he bad? I love a good mystery man in my books. hehehe.
If I had only one complaint, it would be the few pages of whining that Mac did mid-book when she came to understand her family history from her dad. (Don’t want to spoil the plot if you haven’t read it, so I will leave it as “family history”). It just seemed really silly to me to be so whiny about it. Then again, it didn’t last long and the action immediately picked back up. I suppose I could blame the whining on Mac being 22 years old. Sometimes I wish authors would let the characters be older, or at least more mature. Then again, part of the interest in this story was likely how you were left feeling as in-the-dark about the unfolding story as Mac. I think the first person point-of-view in this book actually helped with the plot in that respect and contributed well to the mystery of it all.
Enough babbling! I found the book to be a fun read, and I recommend it to fans of Urban Fantasy and those who like to read about things that go bump in the night. If you’re a hardcore horror fan, be aware that this book will not be scary, even with all the monsters and things found throughout. The scariest thing about it is probably just trying to pronounce the Irish/Gaelic words found in it correctly. Hehehehe. (less)
Re-read June 2011 --- I found myself more invested in the characters on re-read. I'm planning on continuing the series after this re-read.
Original Rev...moreRe-read June 2011 --- I found myself more invested in the characters on re-read. I'm planning on continuing the series after this re-read.
Original Review: Reading this was kind of like watching an action movie on basic cable -- it served its purpose and was moderately interesting, but it was kind of forgettable after finishing. That being said, it wasn’t a bad book. It kept my attention while reading it, I liked most of the characters, and the mystery was something that managed to pull a bit of curiosity from my overworked brain. I plan to continue the series, but I am not desperate to acquire the entire series in the next few hours the way I feel after finishing some other books. I am hoping that maybe as the world has been built in book one that the author can capture and hold my interest in the future books with a little more vigor. We’ll see…(less)
I knew it was going to be a different sort of book when the first couple pages talked about a haunted shoe. I can’t say that I have ever read a book w...moreI knew it was going to be a different sort of book when the first couple pages talked about a haunted shoe. I can’t say that I have ever read a book with haunted clothing before. One of the things I appreciate in the over-crowded world of urban fantasy is when an author makes an attempt to build a world with interesting and unique creatures. If the only thing you read about is vampires, that can be very boring. I liked Richelle Mead’s world building in this book with elementals, water spirits, gentry, creatures that cause immense depression, “pet” foxes, etc. Good stuff.
The charming character of Dorian was definitely an enigma. I loved how he both preyed on the heroine, Eugenie, and yet also tenderly cared for her. I appreciated that he had wisdom that some of the other characters, including Kiyo, didn’t seem to show. I think he was a very calculating character, thinking through things carefully with his brain instead of merely with his pants. I found it a little puzzling that Dorian was described to have both infinite patience and be subject to extreme bouts of boredom within a few pages of each other.
I suppose a lot of Dorian’s appeal to me also rested in the fish-out-of-water plotlines he provided. I loved him chewing on a milky way while drinking wine, poking at the plastic slinky because he didn’t know what it was, and being obsessed with credit cards. I loved him wanting Eugenie to take him to bars: “Take me to one of those places where human women wear revealing clothing and quickly lose their virtue through alcohol.”
Dorian really did have some of the best lines in the book. When asked about whether her magic had progressed enough, I loved his sarcastic reply to Eugenie: “You found the water. Now, you have to do something with it. Your enemies won’t be impressed when you inform them there’s a lake just over the hill.” While reading, I thought that Eugenie’s ability to sense water would certainly come in handy in the desert if she lost her camel, but I wasn’t sure what else it would be good for. Does Eugenie even have a camel? Hmmm… Another favorite line of mine, when Dorian was painting one of his armored warriors and was questioned why he painted a bow on the warrior: “It matches the chaise. I had to add it, otherwise you would have clashed.”
I became disenchanted with the character of Kiyo as the book progressed. Originally, when his character was introduced, I was very attracted to the idea of him. However, as the author revealed more about his character and his past, he lost a lot of his glamour. I don’t dislike Kiyo, though, and I do think that having him around will keep intrigue with the love triangle in future books.
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I particularly enjoyed the submission banter and game between Dorian and Eugenie. Power was an underlying theme throughout their relationship and I thrived on it. Eugenie summed it up well by saying he was an enemy she had come to crave. Very interesting indeed. I loved how Dorian wouldn’t let Eugenie have her way in the end and made her tell him exactly what she wanted. The fact that Eugenie had to say PLEASE was very exhausting as a reader, yet very satisfying in the end. :) :) :) I am dying to know when Eugenie will bother to share her Dorian-sexcapades with Kiyo.
The most frustrating part of the entire novel for me was waiting for Eugenie to call the water to put out the fire surrounding Dorian. I wanted to grind my teeth waiting for her to actually use her noggin to realize she could use her magic to fix the situation. There was a lot of relief in her pulling the water out of her foe fairy king. *whew*
True, I will concede that the overall plot to this particular entry wasn’t *that* unique to other urban fantasy I’ve read (outcast female heir who doesn’t quite fit the fae world and everybody wants to bed or impregnate… Meredith Gentry… Mona Lisa… Fever series… etc.), but I really did like the book none-the-less because it was still able to remain its own entity apart from the others.(less)
I really should have known better, but I chose to try this book out anyway against my better judgement. The premise was what caught my attention. It c...moreI really should have known better, but I chose to try this book out anyway against my better judgement. The premise was what caught my attention. It certainly sounded like it would be interesting! However, in my personal experience, I am not enamored by Paranormal Romance novels for the most part the way I am by their Urban Fantasy counterparts. I think it stems from the sexual tension and build-up found in the romanctic aspects from an Urban Fantasy series, versus the quick in bed everything orgasmically blissful in paranomral romance. I find life to be complex, and I am frequently disappointed by the all-to-easy side of PNR.
Of course, none of that really describes what I found so disagreeable about this particular book. In addition to fulfilling my sentiments listed above, I found the dialogue in this book to be lacking. There were so many one-word sentences. At times, the author didn't even bother putting in a emotive verb in dialogue, just listing the characters name next to the quote. It was very bizarre. I didn't connect with either the hero or heroine.
I will say that though I am likely not to read the rest of this series, I am tempted to pick up a book about the promiscuous Paris. I mean, I am dying of curiousity how you can turn a promiscuous character into a hero in a paranormal romance. Hmmm...(less)
For some reason, I really disliked book 2 in this trilogy (The Royal Pain), but I enjoyed this one. Didn't laugh in book 2, but the humor returned for...moreFor some reason, I really disliked book 2 in this trilogy (The Royal Pain), but I enjoyed this one. Didn't laugh in book 2, but the humor returned for me with this potion of the story. I also liked the heroine better and appreciated more interaction with the royal family. In that respect, it was closer in feel to book 1, and I believe that is why I found the story to be funny again.(less)
This book was interesting, but it had potential to be much better -- if only it had been about 150 pages shorter and had lost the purple prose. At 530...moreThis book was interesting, but it had potential to be much better -- if only it had been about 150 pages shorter and had lost the purple prose. At 530 pages, the author tended to dwindle on and on in useless details instead of focusing on the fun parts of the book. The interesting parts were with the heroine playing her twin brother and living as a young man in Georgian England. Too bad the editors didn't help cut down some of the useless bits. Also, you could definitely tell this was an older style bodice ripper type of romance based on the sex scenes and flowery bits. I mean, come on... who honestly would use the words "LOVE MILK"? Oh well. :)
Someone may ask, why are you giving this book 3 stars if you found it to be so tedious to read at times? The answer is because I happen to love a good gender-bender storyline. That, and one of the characters dies from a legion of leeches. I kid you not. WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!(less)