Holy everlovin' crap balls, people. Ann Aguirre doesn't just give you a good story that maybe you'll like, she reaches into your chest and pulls out lHoly everlovin' crap balls, people. Ann Aguirre doesn't just give you a good story that maybe you'll like, she reaches into your chest and pulls out little bits of you as she puts her characters in excruciatingly difficult situations. I... kinda want to grow up to be like her some day.
Where to begin? Let's see...
Deuce, Fade, Stalker, and Tegan have to adjust to a whole new way of life in Salvation. While Tegan fits in quickly, Deuce and Stalker find themselves just a little left of center, while Fade draws farther away from them. I really love Deuce's outlook on life. She's disarmingly honest -- whether it's about breeding or her own feelings -- and she understands what it takes to survive in a world where Freaks are on the loose.
Given her upbringing, I thought her slow puzzling through her feelings for Fade was perfect. She's not sure what to make of her foster mother because she's never had someone who cared about her without her giving something for it. She understands Stalker better than most because she knows what it's like to be in his shoes. He's doing what he knows because it's what he's been taught. Deuce has come to realize that the Elders made her no better than him by feeding her lies and twisting the truth until it was unrecognizable.
And then there's Fade. Everything about that boy makes me want to weep. Unlike Deuce, he knows what a loving family should look like. He's put in a crappy situation in Salvation and he suffers for it. He feels very emotionally fragile to me and I LOVE how Deuce tries to reach out to him. I love a lot of things about their relationship, to be honest. It's messy and danger is constantly surrounding them, but the crazy makes it somehow sweeter.
Bad things happen on a lot of levels here and I was wound up from the first page. I still am and it's been several days since I finished the book. That's some good story telling!
Do you ever reach a point in a book where you start to, I don't know, seriously worry that you main character is going to self-destruct in a big way?Do you ever reach a point in a book where you start to, I don't know, seriously worry that you main character is going to self-destruct in a big way? And then you realize that you're only on the second of six books and you breathe a little easier. But things keep spiraling out of control and you just can't imagine how they're going to survive this without going batshit crazy? Yeah. That was me. Bad things happen. Bad things. And Sirantha is already a little unhinged so... I'm scared. Hold me.
Seriously, though, Sirantha can't catch a break. After fighting her way out of the crap storm that she was thrust into in the last book, she finds herself in a world of hurt. Physically, she's a mess. Emotionally, she's kind of... you know, I don't even know how to describe her emotional state. She gets some big shocks in this book and they take their toll on her. When Sirantha Jax is up, she's flying. When she's down, she's crawling through man-eating alien bug blood while trying to survive. It isn't pretty.
I think the thing that impresses me so much is how imaginative and *real* this universe feels. The bad aliens are nasty. It's business as usual in the political arena. The characters are flawed and wonderful. Speaking of which, the crew members that Sirantha flies with are outstanding. The new additions are appealing and the relationships she's built with the others is evolving as Sirantha, herself, grows.
Ann Aguirre is a master at drowning you in emotion and this book was no different. I'm worried for what diabolical schemes our Grimspace-addicted heroine will be forced into next. Based on the ending, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
I have to admit that I found this book stunning. Stunning and moody. I was hooked when Marta Acosta read an excerpt at a book signing and I am so pleaI have to admit that I found this book stunning. Stunning and moody. I was hooked when Marta Acosta read an excerpt at a book signing and I am so pleased that I decided to pick it up. This is the type of book that comes alive in your imagination. You can near the woods rustling around you. You can feel the wrongness of the perfect town that Jane finds herself in. You never quite know who to trust and it's brilliant and edgy and it makes you tense.
Jane is a driven, damaged girl. She's determined to make more of her life than what she starts out with. She teaches herself to care about school because she sees a good education as being the first step out of her neighborhood. She's interesting. I like the idea that she pushed herself to learn. She's careful and practical and part of her is terribly, terribly unhappy. Her desire to fit in and be loved leads her to accept things that she should have questioned. It made me want to shake her sometimes and tell her to look harder, look below the surface, see things the way they really are. Her journey was hard but it made her revelations about herself and the people in her life so satisfying when we got to the end.
I loved the supernatural aspects. I loved that Jane was quirky in an understated way. I even liked her over-the-top friend who liked to embellish French sayings. And I really, really liked how wonderfully random Jack was. His nicknames and odd theories about Jane made me smile. This is a dark, haunting world and it made me ridiculously happy.
This book was definitely of the light, fast variety. I liked the overall storyline and how Nate and Frankie fought against their attraction... well, hThis book was definitely of the light, fast variety. I liked the overall storyline and how Nate and Frankie fought against their attraction... well, how Frankie fought against it. Nate was all for it, for the most part. Anyway. I liked all that, but I did see the ending coming from a mile away and I'm notorious for not picking up subtle clues, so chances are you'll see it coming, too. Still, it was fun. Grandma and her engagement ring were both sad and a little funny (funny in the sense of an old lady in a fancy dress scaring the patrons of the B&B with her screwdriver wielding ways).
Personally, I prefer J.R. Ward's more densely written, emotionally devastating BDB books, but this was still fun. I like falling into a world so hard that landing is its own type of agony. It gives me an excuse for all the tears I shed over those sexy vampires.
This book was more in line with the writing style J.R. Ward uses in her Black Dagger books - a little darker and edgier than her other Jessica Bird boThis book was more in line with the writing style J.R. Ward uses in her Black Dagger books - a little darker and edgier than her other Jessica Bird books. I liked that edginess. It kept things moving and kept the sexual tension running high. I approve of high levels of sexual tension, by the way. In case you didn't know.
I always like exploring when a character is so much more than they seem on the surface. In this case, Grace seems like she has everything -- a fairytale marriage complete with a handsome titled Lord, wealth, and a thriving social life. In reality, her marriage is in shambles, she terribly lonely, and her life lately has revolved around her late father's business. She puts on a brave front for everyone but she's a woman teetering on the edge of collapse. Being on the hit list for someone who's targeting women in her social circle does not help with her stress levels.
Enter John Smith. Mr. Enigmatic doesn't make any bones about sticking around once the job's done. Yet... he's attracted to Grace in a way he hasn't been with another woman. But her life is still in danger and he has a job to do.
Honestly, I liked this book. It moved fast enough to keep me on my toes and yet the romance didn't feel rushed. *thumbs up*
I think this was my favorite book of the trilogy. I had issues with book 2 (of my own making - damn you, spoilers!), but this one took all the tensionI think this was my favorite book of the trilogy. I had issues with book 2 (of my own making - damn you, spoilers!), but this one took all the tension and build up and turned it into something dangerous and kickass. The resolution worked nicely and something that had been bugging me since book 2 was addressed and laid to rest.
I'm not going to go into a lot of detail here because ... well, did you read the part where I was spoiled for some big plot points in book 2? No? Well, I was. And it sucked. So, no spoilers here. Let's just say that I was pleased with the way things worked out and although there were times that I thought Frannie's actions weren't in the best interests of her friends, I can understand why she did the things she did.
Annnnd... that's pretty much all I can say about this without giving lots and lots of pertinent information away. So... This book was a solid entry into the series and it resolved things nicely. I genuinely liked how everything played out and I'm pleased to have finished the series on a high note.
I can hardly get my thoughts in order after this book. It is probably one of the most compelling books I've read in a while. Between the brutal horrorI can hardly get my thoughts in order after this book. It is probably one of the most compelling books I've read in a while. Between the brutal horror of what was done to the victims and the incredible characters that populated every piece of this novel, I am in awe of Karin Slaughter's storytelling abilities.
To start with... Will. For the love of small furry animals, SOMEBODY GIVE THAT MAN A HUG! AND A COOKIE! AND ANOTHER HUG! I adored him. I want more Will immediately. He's damaged and he makes some terrible choices in his personal life but he's a good man at heart. His upbringing colors his approach to the detective work he does in such an astounding way. He doesn't want to be "that cop" who's just as bad as the people he's investigating and the one time he snaps, it haunts him. He's methodical. He's kind. He *cares* about the world around him. His illiteracy makes him incredibly versatile in so many ways. He's managed to find ways around his inability to read and the more we got to see how his mind works, the more I wanted to see him triumph against all the odds thrown at him.
Faith. I didn't always like her. Not because of her bitchiness (which was pretty epic at times) but because of her bone deep denial about what was happening to her body. Dude. Suck it up. Go to the doctor. Get the facts. DEAL WITH IT. Part of me found her reaction to her medical issues entirely plausible and part of me wanted to shake her and chuck her head first into an exam room. Still, I liked her volatility against Will's placid approach to their job. She is an excellent foil for him as a partner.
Sara. I LOVED the chemistry she had with all the characters but especially Will. Since I kinda hate the direction his personal life is mired in, I think she is just what Will needs. Watching her come alive and *want* to help made her imminently likeable. Heck, I just liked Sara. She's got something that I'd like to see more of.
The bad guy does some truly horrendous things in this book and following the clues as the investigation team unravels the mystery was chilling. The reveal both surprised me and made perfect sense.
Bottom line: After just one book, I am irreversibly smitten with Will Trent. I want more of him. I want more time in his life. I want to see him toss the toxic Angie out like so much garbage. I want to see him have a decent shot at being happy. That's not too much to ask, is it?
Rolling into the final book in this series, I had some fears. That's right - FEARS! Books 1 & 2 left me a little frustrated at the lack of answersRolling into the final book in this series, I had some fears. That's right - FEARS! Books 1 & 2 left me a little frustrated at the lack of answers Sophie was getting from the people who should have been supporting her the most (her family, her teachers, the Council) and I was worried that this would carry over into this final installment. While there was one fairly big thing dropped on her that really should have come up AGES ago (but which was hinted at pretty heavily in the previous books, so it wasn't so much a surprise), most all the answers that Sophie needed were laid out for her when she needed them. That's right, my friends, there were a whole lot less secrets and a whole lot more booty-kickings this time around.
Down with the secrets, I say!
*ahem* Right. When last we left Sophie and crew, things looked bad. BAD. Things like fiery death and magical removals and potentially dead friends (hint: that means that book 2 ended on a cliffhanger. Just so we're clear.). Book 3 picked up with Sophie firmly entrenched in her usual snarky comebacks, dangerous misconceptions being corrected, and a glimmer of hope that someone other than her sassy self survived the fiery inferno from whence she escaped. (Oh, man, I've always wanted to use that phrase somewhere. This is AWESOME! And entirely accurate.)
Simply put, this was a fantastic ending to the series. Sophie and her allies have to learn to work together to win against the big, bad witches who are trying to drop a demon army on an unsuspecting populace and things don't always go smoothly. The core crew reunite at the most appropriate times. Steamy kisses are exchanged in the library with the lead pipe. No, wait. That was Colonel Mustard and it was the conservatory with the gun. No, wait. That's not right either. Suffice to say there was kissing. On multiple occasions. It was good.
Oh, yeah, and there were a few tear-jerker moments. Just sayin'.
Overall, I had fun with this series. It entertained me. It had bad things happening to good people and good people fighting back against it. It had kissing. ALL GOOD THINGS!
I have to preface this review by saying that I adore Neil Gaiman's writing. I've been a fan of his since a high school frReviewed for On a Book Bender
I have to preface this review by saying that I adore Neil Gaiman's writing. I've been a fan of his since a high school friend shoved a copy of Death: The High Cost of Living into my hands and I haven't found cause to regret it yet. So, if I get a little fangirly and start flailing or using really high pitched noises, you know why.
OMG! This book was fabulous and fantastic and imaginative and a little bloody and practically perfect in every way! Seriously. The idea of a boy who escapes a horrible death only to find a life among the dead makes my brain go into spasms of delight. Bod has a limited understanding of the world since those he associates with are removed from it, but he's quick and clever and he wants to learn. The graveyard ghosts do what they can to protect him and to educate him and he grows up to be brave and curious.
Bod's story is beautiful and strange. He learns his letters off the tombstones. His guardian is a dark man who straddles the world of the living and the dead. He is beloved of the ghosts and he is bound to the graveyard because to leave it might lead his family's killer back to him. But he's a boy and in order to blend in with the outside world - as he will have to do some day - he needs to go out into it.
For those who are willing to step into the odd world of an orphan boy raised by ghosts, this book will captivate you. It's dark and lovely and well worth the read.
Maya Banks is full of awesome. She creates these characters that make me smile. I'm coming into this series with book 4 and I still felt like I knew tMaya Banks is full of awesome. She creates these characters that make me smile. I'm coming into this series with book 4 and I still felt like I knew these people from page 1. They're just *cuddles them all* so lovely.
At heart, this is a book about family. The relationships might be a bit unconventional but they love each other like there's no tomorrow. It's sweet and beautiful. This book follows the Colter mama and her three husbands, the three Colter sons and their special lady, and the Colter daughter and her Dom husband. They're all loud and boisterous. They all adore one another. Mama Colter is thrilled to have all her children and their respective mates home for Christmas.
This book felt like a sweet epilogue to the entire series. While there is the potential for Max's sister's story to be told (there were some hints dropped about how she wanted the love and understanding that the others had), this story ended beautifully. Would I have enjoyed this more if I had read all the previous books? Probably. Did I love it anyway? Yes, indeed.
I had a few issues with book 1 - namely Jacinda's mom's decision to basically kill off the draki side of Jacinda without giving her any say in the matI had a few issues with book 1 - namely Jacinda's mom's decision to basically kill off the draki side of Jacinda without giving her any say in the matter. Book 2 sends Jacinda, Tamra and Mama back into the not-so-loving arms of their pride. This time around, I was making scowly faces at the idea that these girls would be forced into a mating if they didn't choose a draki male of their own. And their mom was like "You'll get over it. Just go with the flow." and I'm all o.O "You suck as a parent." Needless to say, Jacinda's mom is NOT one of my most favorite characters ever. I get that she was trying to protect Jacinda and Tamra the only way she knew how -- first by running and then by trying to fit back into the pride -- but MY GAWD! grow a freaking backbone and FIND ANOTHER WAY. That might just be the mama bear in me coming out, though.
Beyond all that tomfoolery, I really liked this book. I feel for Cassian. Jacinda has it tough because she loves a hunter and blah, blah, blah but Cassian is caught between loving a girl who doesn't love him back and his dictatorial father who is leading the pride on a platform of fear and hatred. I find Cassian to be oddly honorable in the middle of all this craziness. He steps in when Jacinda is about to be maimed, he finds ways around his father when things are at their worst. He *tries* to give Tamra a chance. And... I don't see how all this is going to end well for the poor guy.
On the other hand, I can't blame Jacinda for not being able to turn off her feelings for Will. She tries. She knows that nothing good can come from loving him. She goes through the motions of being a dutiful member of the pride... and she's dying a little inside because of it. I like her as a character. I can't find fault in her actions. She felt trapped, she did what she thought she needed to do. Sure, things didn't turn out well but she took a stand and she was going to deal with the consequences of her actions.
Bottom line: I hate Mama, kinda love Cassian, and do NOT see how anything these crazy kids are about to attempt can end well.
I liked this book but it took me a while to get into. I can't even pinpoint why it didn't grab me right away so it very easily could have been my statI liked this book but it took me a while to get into. I can't even pinpoint why it didn't grab me right away so it very easily could have been my state of mind or that I was having an off couple of days. I'm totally willing to shoulder the burden on this one. Totally.
Anyway. Once I got past my funk, I enjoyed Aiden and Leila. It did seem like there were a lot of half-truths and lies floating around between the two of them but if they're willing to forgive and forget, who am I to judge? I *really* enjoyed Aiden's Cloak Warrior buddies. They all seem like they're the type who would be a blast to hang out with. You know, if you like being in the middle of a bunch of warriors with little to no downtime. Which I do.
It was an intriguing overall premise, it just took me a while to get into. I liked that you never quite knew who to trust. Even once things began being revealed there was this little voice in my head saying "I don't know. Maybe they're working for the other side." Point to you, Tina Folsom, for making this story all twisty.
While this book didn't blow me away, it was fun and sexy. As it turns out, those are both things I like.
Hellllo, sexy shifters! I am a huge fan of insta-love when reading shapeshifter books. I just love when that mating instinct kicks in and the two partHellllo, sexy shifters! I am a huge fan of insta-love when reading shapeshifter books. I just love when that mating instinct kicks in and the two parties can't get enough of one another. But what happens when the two shifters in question are polar opposites? Like, what if one's a rough and ready pilot who's just as happy camping out in the wilderness as bunking down in a room with a cot and the other is a pampered, sheltered lady who's trying to spread her wings and find herself? Shenanigans, people. SHENANIGANS!
I loved that Shaun went out of his way to try to tone himself down for Gem. He *cough*attempts*cough* to cut down on the swearing. He tries to remember to pull out her chair and open doors for her. All in the name of trying to get her to fall in love with both him and the land so that she won't hightail it back to Georgia as soon as her research is complete.
Great pack dynamics (I kinda love Evan, I can't lie about that), enthusiastic bedroom antics, and two vastly different individuals trying to make things work made this a fun FUN book. Also, the cover is pretty RAWR!
The younger man, older woman storyline isn't one I normally go for but this one? It worked. They had the friend thing going for them first, which helpThe younger man, older woman storyline isn't one I normally go for but this one? It worked. They had the friend thing going for them first, which helped. They had the sexy, which helped (Rawr, did they have the sexy). They had the rambunctious family, the friend who didn't approve, and the desire to make a baby. All wins in my book.
Max and Tasha were deliciously sweet together. He's been lusting after her for years, she's determined to keep him at arm's length because he's her friend's younger cousin. Never mind the attraction, the sparks, the fact that he wants her as much as she wants him. She's set her mind on this course and she's determined not to waver from it.
Naturally, she ends up spilling her proverbial guts to Max after a few too many drinks and now he knows that she wants him like whoa. And he's just as determined as she is to get what he wants. Their push and pull was fun and sexy. Even when Tasha gave in and let max into her life, she still managed to hold herself apart from him and that drove him absolutely crazy. Their sexy shenanigans were fun fun fun as he set out to show her that wasn't like any of the previous men in her life.
Overall, this was a very fun book. Sure, watching Tasha's relationship with a friend deteriorate because the friend didn't approve of Max and Tasha together was uncomfortable. In a good way. I wanted to shake Lila and tell her to go deal with her own issues instead of bringing her friend down. However, getting to see Tasha build herself back up again and face her fears head on was pretty awesome.
I've read everything except book 7 in this series and I have to say that I find it ridiculously fun. These are the books you pick up when you're havinI've read everything except book 7 in this series and I have to say that I find it ridiculously fun. These are the books you pick up when you're having a so-so day and they end up making you smile. What's not to like here? You get a race of feline aliens who are so good at wooing the ladies that their entire planet was destroyed in a fit of jealousy. Did you read that last sentence? They're so good at boning that the ladies are never left unsatisfied. WIN!
Tarq's belief that he's less than everyone around him and is only good at making babies - and sexin' up the ladies to make the babies - because he can't read, was sad. He's learned to work around this disability - color coding his belongings, flirting with women so they'd help him - but it's shaped his life in so many ways. He truly believes that the only thing he's good for is stud duty. Even when he's in the wilderness surviving off the land and making bows out of tree branches to protect his group, he's humble. It made him so terribly sweet.
Lucy suffers from the same self-esteem issues as Tarq for entirely different reasons. She looks at him and can't imagine what he could ever see in plain-Jane Lucy. She's entirely resigned to loving him and then giving him up because she can't imagine anyone as beautiful and worldly as he is would want to settle down with someone like her. Between the two of them, their issues and lack of self-esteem cause more problems than anything.
While the resolution of Tarq and Lucy admitting their feelings for one another sort of popped up without much warning, I loved seeing Tarq blossom in his role as a leader in the wilds. While he was never truly comfortable with everyone relying on him, he did it very well. Lucy, also, came into her own once she escaped the stifling confines of her family. All in all, I'd have to say that this was a fun romp with one very sexy alien who likes to give his ladies pleasure like no other. I approve.
I'm rather torn on this book. I liked the idea behind it so so so much but I had a tough time with the MASSIVE cast of characters that began unravelinI'm rather torn on this book. I liked the idea behind it so so so much but I had a tough time with the MASSIVE cast of characters that began unraveling the diabolical plot to destroy humanity and the world. There were a freaking lot of different plot threads going on here. A freaking lot.
If I look past all the secondary characters and focus on the Deucalion side of the story... OMG! LOVE! I really do adore the guy. He's big and scary looking, yet he's a good guy at the core. He *delights* in the wonders of the world around him. He's brilliant and ruthless when he needs to be. I think this is a sign that I should backtrack and read the first books in the series.
The downside of picking up the last book in a series is that I really have NO idea if the climactic end battle lives up to what came before. For all I know, the previous books make this one look like a dying fish flopping around on the banks of a river. Or, possibly, this one blew all the others out of the water. I was pleased with it and there was enough going on here to make me intensely curious to know the entire story. I'm usually okay with stepping into a series midstream but this is one that I really wouldn't have minded experiencing in all its glory.
Since I am currently caught up on the Guild Hunter novels, I decided to dive into the short stories. I like these vampires and angels. They're just thSince I am currently caught up on the Guild Hunter novels, I decided to dive into the short stories. I like these vampires and angels. They're just the right amount of dark and deadly.
0.5 Angels' Pawn: The hunting/flirting between Ash and Janvier has been mentioned several times in the last few books. I *really* liked that we finally got to see some of that in action. They were combustible without ever getting naked. The hints to Ash's past made her very intriguing and I would love to see more with these two. I can only imagine how the two of them will set the sheets on fire when they finally give in to each other.
1.5 Angels' Judgment: I LOVED Sara and Deacon together. This is another pairing that we've seen in bits and pieces across the books and it just worked. Sara and Deacon are both strong. They're both willing to bend for the other. Deacon doesn't stifle Sara and that works for her.
4.5 Angel's Wolf: I really enjoyed seeing Noel come back into his own after the horrific attack he suffered in the Refuge. Nimra is one of the rare angels who acts like a mortal and treats her court with kindness. Her power has the potential to be awful but she's not consumed by it. To be honest, the draw in this one was Noel. I liked him.
4.75 Angels' Dance: Jessamy and Galen. Probably my favorite of the bunch because we not only got a fabulous romance but we got to see many of Raphael's key players before the events in the novels. Galen's courting of Jessamy is sweet and oddly romantic considering his usual bluntness. Her sadness and her resignation over her defect made Jessamy such a lonely, lonely character. Until Galen swooped in and mucked up her solitary existence, that is.
Final thoughts: Short stories are honestly hit or miss with me. I do tend to like ones set in worlds I'm familiar with and this set was no exception. I loved seeing so many familiar faces and I LOVE the cover.
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You know when you're reading a book and you know it's supposed to be tongue in cheek and you try really hard to take it in that vein but it doesn't quite happen and you're staring in this kind of stupified trance through large portions of said book? Yeah, that happened to me. - pauses - I *know* that it's a allegory about high school and the lengths we'll go to the fit in and be liked but... I didn't like the main character until the very end and that was very distracting.
Let's start there, shall we? Margot was not a nice person. She's mean. She treats her best friend terribly when Sybil is nothing but supportive (in a vacant, not-quite-there way) of all of Margot's weirdness. Dude, I get that high school is cutthroat and vicious but Margot's sole aim is be the "It-Girl" of Salesian High and she acts - in the beginning of the book - pretty much exactly like the girls she loves to hate. The things she said to Sybil were downright hurtful and I kept wondering why Sybil was bothering to put up with it. Then there's the unobtainable jock that Margot is determined to have. Uhhh... okay. She really knows nothing about him, she doesn't even know if he knows her name before he gets zombified, and yet she's willing to risk her humanity to have him as her "boyfriend" once he is a zombie. I'm shaking my head over this, can you tell?
Meanwhile, there's another boy. This one isn't popular but he likes Margot. Do you guys want to know what I was thinking as I read that? WHY??? WHY DO YOU LIKE HER??? She's a terrible person who cuts down her best friend constantly and has very few redeeming characteristics. Part of me wanted Baron (Heee... I love that name) to end up with Margot because that's what he wanted and part of me was screaming at him to run in the other direction because Margot was not good enough for him. *le sigh*
I think my problem here was twofold. First off, I didn't like Margot until she realized the error of her ways and starting thinking of other people but herself. Secondly, the idea behind why they thought they could get away with pretending that the zombies were just normal kids was silly bordering on ridiculous. Really, I get that this book is poking fun at high school and the hoops that we'll jump through to be top dog but... it wasn't for me.
Holy smokes. Thanatos is just... awesome, isn't he? All growly and ragey when his death-rage comes over him and then such a sweetheart when it comes tHoly smokes. Thanatos is just... awesome, isn't he? All growly and ragey when his death-rage comes over him and then such a sweetheart when it comes to his kiddo. Once he got over the betrayal he felt at what Regan had done -- or maybe once he understood why she had done it and why it was eating her up inside -- he added her to the list of people he could be sweet with. Aww.
And Regan... Oh, man. She's just a big bundle of messed up, isn't she? She's trying to make sure she's indispensable to the Aegis, she's going along with all their plans because she doesn't know what else to do and then -BLAM!- Thanatos pops in and throws her for a loop.
I have to take a look at Pestilence for a second. I just... the things he did were awful and terrible and he's not a good guy but buried somewhere under all the bad is the Reseph that Than, Limos, and Ares remember. Those three have had to make a terrible choice from the beginning and it's eaten at all of them at one point or another. Pestilence's power has been growing and growing and there's not much that can stop him.
How many times can you try to save a guy before it becomes a lost cause? Although, to be fair, when a fallen angel has the power to become a pure angel again, I guess anything is possible.
Big things in the overall arc happens in this installment. Betrayals, chest crushing carnage, evisceration and other bloody goodness. I loooooove that all the badness is mixed in with the little moments that make life worth living. I love that the choices come with consequences (REAVER!) and sometimes the good guys have very bad things happen to them.
And, as it turns out, sometimes the bad guys aren't really bad and the good guys aren't to be trusted. *thumbs up*