I'm going to go on record here as saying that Highland romances are kinda a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm not enamoured of them to the point where I muI'm going to go on record here as saying that Highland romances are kinda a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm not enamoured of them to the point where I must have every single one that crosses my path but I tend to view them a fun, fluffy diversion from all that real-life stuff that crops up from time to time. I mean, there's something about a brawny guy that can ride a horse and swing a sword while nearly naked that makes my breath catch in my throat.
That said, there's a lot of backstory and history in this book that, while interesting, almost made me feel like I was back in school being forced to learn things. Egad! The horror! Not that I'm knocking historical accuracy, but I want it a little less in my face and more an organic part of the scenery. I will say that all the rebellion set a good back drop for Linet and Seathan's story but... fluffy diversion, guys. I wanted a fluffy diversion and I got a history lesson.
Now I feel really shallow. I mean, it's good to learn things. I should want to learn things. Yet sometimes I want nothing more than sweaty Scottish sex with a lot of thrusting and parrying. I'm talking about swordplay, guys. I swear! No, you're right. I wasn't.
In all, while this was a interesting story, I could have done with a little less history and a little more of that unresolved sexual tension. Wait. I didn't mean that. Any more sexual tension and those two would have combusted on the spot. I guess I'm saying that it was good, just a little deeper and more real than I was expecting.
So. Normal woman finds that she's destined for something more -- and, in fact, is genetically predisposed to being exactly opposite of what she is --So. Normal woman finds that she's destined for something more -- and, in fact, is genetically predisposed to being exactly opposite of what she is -- and wholly embraces her destiny. While there were times where I questioned Anna's easy acceptance of what was happening to her, I liked the overall happenings.
My biggest stumbling block is one that tends to sour books for me -- when secrets are kept from the main character "for their own good." Whether it's because the person keeping the secret believes they can't handle the truth or whether it's because they think the main character is safer not knowing, it tends to make me make a sour lemon face. In this case, I keep thinking Anna would have been better prepared for everything she ran into if people had simply told her the whys and hows of what her existence meant for the Nephilim.
I'm going to be honest, I don't know who's telling the truth once all's said and done. Anna's hearing two sides of a story and they both sound reasonable -- to an extent. Top all this with a betrayal that would have made me SEE RED and I'm confused as all get as to who should be trusted and who shouldn't be.
A fast read with some fun elements that left me eyeballing all the supporting characters suspiciously. Because that's what one does when one isn't sure who to trust.
Merry's conquests among her Aunt's guards begins to bring more and more of the forgotten magic to life within the sithen but she is still without chilMerry's conquests among her Aunt's guards begins to bring more and more of the forgotten magic to life within the sithen but she is still without child. As the clock on her cousin's imprisonment begins to run down, she has to cement her ties to her allies while avoiding the pitfalls of court politics. I liked this book, but I always get caught in the fact that Merry's time with Mistral is so short. While her Aunt allows Merry to take him to her bed she makes it clear that Mistral is her guard and will not be allowed to join Merry's men. It's just sad. To have so much offered with one hand and then snatched away with the other. Still, I like the book as a whole and enjoy the way Merry's relationships with some of the men is evolving into more than lust....more
The reread continues! One of the things I love most about this book is how explosively it expands the world. In book 1, we were shown werewolves. PeriThe reread continues! One of the things I love most about this book is how explosively it expands the world. In book 1, we were shown werewolves. Period. Book 2 gives us MULTITUDES of new supernaturals and this little, niggling feeling there's so much more we HAVEN'T been shown yet. That's a beautiful feeling!
I had honestly forgotten how ...well, annoying Paige is when we first meet her. She's not the biggest people person and she has a tendency to barrel into things. The events in this book force her to grow up in a lot of ways, which is a good thing because we'll be seeing plenty more of her. We also get introduced to Savannah, who we get to see grow up as the series progresses. Again, it's interesting to see her as a child again instead of the confident young woman she becomes later.
But let's talk about Elena, shall we? She's settled into her life with the pack. She's happy. She has a family with Clay and Jeremy. She has a place within the social structure of the pack. Then she's kidnapped and she's back to relying on herself again. Honestly, it was hard to watch her force herself to go along with what her kidnappers wanted from her. You could feel her struggling against the desire to lash out and HURT these people constantly.
And the bad guys? CREEEEEEPY. I get the willies thinking of how they stopped seeing their subjects as thinking, breathing people and started seeing them as only experiments they could learn from.
I loved how far reaching the world building is in this book. I liked learning about the different supernaturals and how they fit together in the grand scheme of things. I just... like this whole series!
I ended up really liking this series. It was fast-paced, fun and it ended up being much bigger in scope than I would have thought after the first bookI ended up really liking this series. It was fast-paced, fun and it ended up being much bigger in scope than I would have thought after the first book. I'll admit that I'm a little disappointed that there isn't another book or two to tie up the loose ends that were left, but sometimes having all the questions answered destroys the mystery of the series. In this case, I can't stop thinking about the what ifs and maybes. That makes for some damn fine reading.
I will say that the ending isn't what I'd consider a traditional happy ending. Bad things happen and the Midnighters have to deal with the fallout. It's not pretty, but then life can throw those curveballs at you and you either have to learn how to duck and weave or get hit in the face.
Overall, I really liked the series. This book gives us a solid ending to this piece of the puzzle but leaves enough unanswered questions that you want to go a little farther, a little deeper. Check it out, it's an interesting take on some of the traditions that spring out of the distant past....more
This is one of those books that I'm not quite sure about. I liked parts of it a lot and then there were parts that I was iffy on. I am going to state,This is one of those books that I'm not quite sure about. I liked parts of it a lot and then there were parts that I was iffy on. I am going to state, very clearly, that this is absolutely a sci-fi book. And don't let Scott Westerfeld's name fool you into thinking it's YA. It's not. It's very firmly in the adult spectrum. There's sex. Lots of sex. Lots of marathon sex that push the boundaries of what the human body can take. No, it's not terribly graphic (I think everyone knows at this point that I have no problem with graphic sex in my books) but it's present in many forms. And positions. And not all the participants are human. Take that as you will.
So. What did I like? I liked the idea that an Artificial Intelligence would become the darlings of evolution with their ability to evolve in short spaces of time. I liked Darling's journey into self-awareness. I liked that he achieved sentience by loving someone. I liked Mira's ruthlessness. I liked that she was splintered and fractured and had no past.
What was I iffy on? It's been a while since I'd read a straight sci-fi book (aka: sci-fi with no sexy, spacefaring shapeshifters) and I had a hard time falling back into the more technical aspects of future-speak. Sometimes when things start getting all quantum and pedagogical my eyes would glaze over and I'd get distracted by shiny things. And, yes. I did have to look up "pedagogy" in the dictionary. Thanks for asking. (Pedagogy: The function or work of a teacher; teaching)
I also wasn't thrilled with the ending. It wasn't terrible, by any means, but it absolutely wasn't what I was expecting. Which isn't a bad thing except that I've been reading a lot of paranormal romances and urban fantasies and the endings tend to be a little more ... hmm, predictable, maybe? That's it- they tend to be a little more predictable as to how things are going to turn out. So I pretty much didn't see the ending coming and I was caught off guard.
Overall, it was unexpectedly (and sometimes clinically) sexual and keeping up with the technical talk kept me on my toes. Definitely more in the realm of old-school sci-fi than I've delved into recently. Mind you, that's not a bad thing, just something that's different. That said, this is one that will have to percolate a while before I know for sure whether I liked it or not.
It's been a while since I originally read this series and I decided to dive in from the beginning and see how it holds up. No lie, I thoroughly enjoyeIt's been a while since I originally read this series and I decided to dive in from the beginning and see how it holds up. No lie, I thoroughly enjoyed myself with book 1. Claire is a smaller, more fragile version of the person she'll become as events shape her down the line. It's really kinda awesome to see her as a smart, innocent girl who slowly blossoms into someone who stands up for the things (and the people) she believes in. I'm talking during the course of this book, here. She goes from the bullied freshman who's younger than everyone around her to someone who's willing to cross vampires to save the people who matter to her. I liked it. I liked revisiting Claire version 1.0. I loved seeing her use her brain and I love that her new housemates aren't intimidated by how smart she is.
So... book 1 introduces us to the good guys, the bad guys, the homicidal mean girl, the secrets, the half-truths, and the Founder. Vampire politics are mentioned in passing but we don't get to really get a feel for those until later books. There's just SO MUCH FUN going on here. And so much setup for the things that will come later. Honestly, one of the things I love about a reread is that I can see how the groundwork being laid in this book bears fruit in later books.
Overall, this is a fun first installment in a series that just gets better and better as more is revealed. There's death, danger, blood, betrayal, secrets, and some smokin' hot kisses. ALL THINGS I ENJOY! Onward to book 2!
A sassy little historical romance with a touch of intrigue and devious shenanigans thrown in for color. Both Harry and Cornelia were immensely likableA sassy little historical romance with a touch of intrigue and devious shenanigans thrown in for color. Both Harry and Cornelia were immensely likable and their interactions, from the first case of mistaken identity right on through their late night get-togethers, were fun and fiery.
It was nice to have our main lady love not only be a widow but have two children that she's deeply devoted to. She doesn't much care for the shallowness of the society ladies or the insipidness of the men. She loves her friends dearly and sticks by them through thick and thin. The fact that she's not a trembling virgin (which is really a nice change of pace, btw) means that she isn't afraid of Harry's man parts and doesn't mind going on some exploratory jaunts to learn what he likes.
A quick, light read that won't over-tax the brain.
Oh, this one was good. I remember when I first started this series and I kept thinking "Well, it's okay, but it's no Morganville Vampires." While thatOh, this one was good. I remember when I first started this series and I kept thinking "Well, it's okay, but it's no Morganville Vampires." While that still stands true (I have a deep soft spot for vampires and hunky guys named Shane), this series has grown on me far, far more than I expected it to.
I especially liked the lack of memories part of the storyline. I have a thing for amnesia (favorite Sookie Stackhouse book of all time? The one where Eric loses his memory. Delicious!) and I really liked that not only were Joanne's memories ripped from her, their loss was threatening her very existence. Watching her rebuild herself a piece at a time, in ways that she shouldn't have been able to, was interesting and gave insight into Joanne's past.
There was a lot I liked about this book. I liked that Joanne have to rediscover her feelings for David again. I liked that the essential core of her was still distinctly Joanne whether she had her memories or not. She still fights for the underdog. She's still unable to walk away when someone needs her. She still gets hot for a powerful car. She's still Joanne.
The stakes keep getting bigger and the different players we've been introduced to over the first five books are coming together as the series begins to gear up for the big showdown.
There were things I enjoyed about this book and things that didn't work quite as well for me. I thought Rachel's stubborn insistence that she as dreamThere were things I enjoyed about this book and things that didn't work quite as well for me. I thought Rachel's stubborn insistence that she as dreaming was hilarious. The fact that the Argeneaus didn't kill Pudge outright once he started trying to kill Etienne boggles me. For all their good natures, the moment someone tried to put the whammy on one of their own, it shocked me that they allowed it.
Plus, Pudge was annoying. Well, right up to the end when he just became amusing. Poor guy.
For me, this was an amusing, quick read. Etienne and Rachel had some hurdles to overcome in their relationship -- mostly because their relationship started with neither of them knowing much of anything about one another. Etienne probbbbbably needs to work on his communication a bit, but I can see why he wouldn't be the best with words since his entire family can just plop themselves down and read minds. Rachel was surprisingly accepting about the whole thing. Well, once she stopped thinking it was a dream, that is.
Fun, light hearted, and sometimes ridiculous. There are days when that's exactly what you need in a book. *nods*