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)
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)
4.5/5 stars. Liked the sequel even more than the first one. Look forward to reading the third book when it's published. I always appreciate a good lov...more4.5/5 stars. Liked the sequel even more than the first one. Look forward to reading the third book when it's published. I always appreciate a good love triangle ;)(less)
Part of me wants to give the book 5 stars, afterall it is one of my favorite series, but I am frustrated with the heroine. I hate to dock a book a sta...morePart of me wants to give the book 5 stars, afterall it is one of my favorite series, but I am frustrated with the heroine. I hate to dock a book a star because I'm mad at the characters, but I can't help myself.
Alas, my love for Dorian as a character continues due to his depth and cunning. And, as usual, my annoyance at Kio as a character continues to run rampant as well.
I did find myself engrossed in the story. I always get frustrated when Eugenie returns to Arizona... I must prefer her in the Fae World. Another reason I'm not quite ready to give the book 5 stars is I would have enjoyed reading more about the battles and backstory that was just kind of glossed over.
I definitely will keep reading the series. It's still one of my favorites and I am very much enjoying it ;)(less)
I am split down the middle on this one. I'd give 2 stars to the Argeneau (Lynsay Sands) story. I'd give 4 stars to the Cat & Bones (Jeaniene Frost...moreI am split down the middle on this one. I'd give 2 stars to the Argeneau (Lynsay Sands) story. I'd give 4 stars to the Cat & Bones (Jeaniene Frost) story. I'm glad to say I read it because it was quite an interesting piece in the Night Huntress series.
So, I'm splitting the difference and giving the book 3 stars.(less)