The only reason, truthfully, that I'm giving this 2 stars instead of 1 was because I didn't hate MaryJanice Davidson's story. The other three storiesThe only reason, truthfully, that I'm giving this 2 stars instead of 1 was because I didn't hate MaryJanice Davidson's story. The other three stories I found to be boring and a challenge to get through.
I wouldn't recommend this anthology to anyone, unless you're a die-hard MaryJanice fan who wants to read her short story....more
Important: If you are planning to read this book, in my opinion it is very important to first read the four Aisling Grey books followed by the three SImportant: If you are planning to read this book, in my opinion it is very important to first read the four Aisling Grey books followed by the three Silver Dragons books. If you don't read these books, even though this book is listed as first in series, I believe you will be *Very* confused when reading this book. If you haven't read the background from those other two series, I feel like you won't get much enjoyment from this book as you will be left scratching your head a lot.
I enjoyed this book, and Katie MacAlister is one of my favorite authors. However, I did feel that there was a big flaw with this book. The scenes in the book would flip between dream-like-sequences and reality, from one time period to the next, without proper segue between them. Several times when reading this book I became confused and realized that the heroine had switched to a different scene. A couple of times it actually took me reading a couple paragraphs before I realized the switch had taken place. So, I really didn't like that.
However, as a big fan of the Aisling Grey series as well as the Silver Dragons series, I still really enjoyed the book to continue with the storyline of the wyverns and dragon septs....more
4.5/5 stars. *singing* Attttaccccccckkkk of the killer tomatoes! How can I resist starting this review without that lovely song? I can’t say I’ve ever4.5/5 stars. *singing* Attttaccccccckkkk of the killer tomatoes! How can I resist starting this review without that lovely song? I can’t say I’ve ever read a book with so much tomato-hate. Genetically mutated tomatoes have caused much havoc to the human world in the Rachel Morgan universe, and that sets up an interesting world where humans live with pixies, witches, vampires, and other creatures of the night.
After I finished the book, I read a lot of reviews on amazon where people strongly disliked the book. I, happily, am not going to be one of those people. I believe that I am going to grow to really enjoy this series. It features some of my favorite urban fantasy elements – strong female, snarky humor, characters that are enigmas where you can’t tell if they’re really good or bad, and good sexual tension. I also felt like it was an original storyline with the various things that happened to Rachel throughout the story. I certainly couldn’t have seen the mink/rat scenes coming! There was a fair amount of world-building that took place in the novel, but I didn’t feel overly intimated with learning character names and places the way I feel in some series. I do admit, however, that I re-read the first couple chapters after making it about 40 pages into the book to reacquaint myself with everything that had happened.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Ivy and Rachel in the book. It was interesting to try to determine whether Ivy had ulterior motives for quitting her job and moving in with Rachel. I wonder if I will learn more about that as I read future books in the series. I also really enjoyed the character of Trent. He was intriguing because he was a bit of a puzzle and Rachel had a love/hate thing going on with him during the novel. I like complicated characters in my books.
I listened to parts of this book in audiobook form and read sections of it on my free kindle download as well. The narrator on the audiobook had some strange voices for some of the characters, but I grew to really like them after a while. As an example: Jenks, the pixie, sounds a bit like a stereotypical 1920s gangster with a pixie edge. A little weird, but fun to listen to :) Ivy, Rachel’s vampire seducing roommate, had a very breathy/husky voice in the audiobook. At first I was a bit annoyed by that, but I grew to think that the voice fit her character’s personality fairly well.
So, you may wonder why I’m giving this book 4.5 stars instead of an outright 5? The answer for me lies in the action and sexual tension. I felt there could have been more of both in the story, but I definitely see hints of good action and sexual tension to come in the series. So, I am excited about that. ...more
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 booRe-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....more