I am insanely in love with this series as a whole. I love how unrepentantly Alpha Dragos is. I love how when the Sentinels fall, they fall hard and fa...moreI am insanely in love with this series as a whole. I love how unrepentantly Alpha Dragos is. I love how when the Sentinels fall, they fall hard and fast. I love the machinations and how beautifully the world flows from one story to the next.
Not going to lie, my love affair only got stronger with this book.
Sooooo. Aryal. She's one of the Sentinels I've had a hard time getting a feel for. She's abrasive, hard around the edges, and she doesn't give up once she has her teeth in something. Yet, she stands behind Dragos as one of his chosen and the other Sentinels respect her and what she can do. Getting to see Aryal in all her Harpy-esque glory was fun. She enjoys the thrill of the fight. She's quick to lash out and she has her mad on at Quentin something fierce.
Watching her unbend enough to see he isn't all bad was fantastic.
Quentin... well, he has a few secrets. They're secrets that have been eating away at him and Aryal's pit bull tenacity at trying to figure out what he's hiding have put him on edge. Forcing the two of them to work together on their mission to Numenlaur looks like it'll be a long, painful trip.
Except it isn't. The more time they spend together, the more they come to respect the other's abilities. Frankly, their trip through Numenlaur uncovers the softer side of both of them. Although, to be fair, neither of them will ever be soft. And that's why they fit. They're both tough warriors who sometimes need another warrior to lean on when the times get rough.
See what I mean? My love affair is in full swing. I adored watching these two break down the walls of their thinking to find that the person in front of them is exactly the one they need.
I can't wait to see what Thea Harrison has in store for the other Sentinels. Can you tell?
Things you should know: I'm a sucker for new twists on old favorites and I love layered worlds. This book gives me both those things.
Frankly, Isra's s...moreThings you should know: I'm a sucker for new twists on old favorites and I love layered worlds. This book gives me both those things.
Frankly, Isra's story slayed me. As terrible and hard as Gem's life is, Isra's imprisonment and solitude got to me. That she was expected to sacrifice herself -- no matter the reason -- made me squirm. The lies she was told, the truths that were hidden from her... geez, everything about this poor girl hurt. Even when she becomes queen, she has no power.
And she's okay with that because it's expected and she's resigned to it.
If Gem hadn't poked her into standing up for herself and taking some of the power she was due as a queen, she would have remained ignorant. I just... FELT for her.
Speaking of Gem, I liked the guy. It took him a while to let go of his hangups but he did. Okay, it took him quite a while but can you blame him? Both he and Isra had a lot of growing to do before they could see each other with clear eyes and no guilt over caring for someone who was so different.
Can you tell I liked the book? I did. I liked it a lot. I liked the twists and the turns. I liked the plotting and scheming behind the scenes. I liked Isra and Gem.
Shapeshifting bad boys and the women who aren't afraid to go toe to toe with them. So.much.fun.
Like A Wolf With A Bone - Shelly Laurenston's shifters...moreShapeshifting bad boys and the women who aren't afraid to go toe to toe with them. So.much.fun.
Like A Wolf With A Bone - Shelly Laurenston's shifters are ridiculously sassy. And I kinda love that. For all that she's considered the quiet one of the family, Darla can hold her own against anyone. Even Eggie Smith -- big, bad, and feared by most everyone.
The family dynamics made me giggle -- the stoic brothers, the sisters who bake when angry, the over-protective vibe poor Darla has to put up with, Eggie's acceptance that everyone is afraid of him. Darla and Eggie's courtship (or whatever you'd call it when one kidnaps someone for their own good) was a hoot. Everyone in this book is just sassy. And fun. And I like them.
Wed Or Dead - Double crossing, betrayals, lies, lies about lies, and a marriage between two people who couldn't be more different. Why, yes, I did enjoy this one. HOW DID YOU KNOW?
More than the setup on this one, I loved how devious Gage was. He planned for every contingency and he was fully aware of what he was getting into before he set it all in motion. I like a wolf who knows what he wants and goes for it. And the sexy times? THUMBS UP!
I totally salute Kelley Armstrong's ability to introduce a love triangle (of sorts) that didn't make me cringe. Maya's friendship with Daniel coupled...moreI totally salute Kelley Armstrong's ability to introduce a love triangle (of sorts) that didn't make me cringe. Maya's friendship with Daniel coupled with her relationship with Rafe had moments of tenseness but I never wanted to pull my hair out in frustration over them. Honestly, I loved the friendship between Daniel and Maya a lot more than I liked the relationship between Rafe and Maya. The dynamics of a girl and a guy being best friends and having to deal with everyone *thinking* it was more worked for me. (Also, I wasn't the least bit unhappy about the ending, in case you were wondering.)
So... beyond the relationshippy stuff, we have two rival Cabals after the Phoenix kids and they have no one they can trust. Those kids have only themselves to rely on and they're quick to understand that sometimes survival of the group means sacrificing themselves. (I'm having a total Star Trek moment here. Spock would be so proud.)
TOTAL BONUS, we get to meet up with the Edison Group kids. I love the Darkest Powers series and I'm always thrilled when we get any mentions of those characters, no matter how small. Actually getting resolution to their predicament? AWESOME.
There was a lot I adored about this book. It tied up two series nicely. We got to revisit some old friends. Friendship and love were explored. I just... *tackle hugs all these books* I loved them all. ALL THE BOOKS! I just reread both series and now I'm craving another reread.
I'm having one of those "Why did I wait so long to continue this series???" moments here. Because I adore Kelley Armstrong's writing and now I want to...moreI'm having one of those "Why did I wait so long to continue this series???" moments here. Because I adore Kelley Armstrong's writing and now I want to reread everything she's ever written. After I finish this trilogy, that is.
Soooo... Maya and her friends. They uncover some painful truths about the town they've grown up in and the people they should be trusting. Finding out that they're all basically lab rats is jarring. Coming to terms with what that means for them individually is more than jarring. They adapt well, I must say. Considering they've all been dealing with odd things about themselves and this information helps put it all in perspective, that makes sense.
We have a little betrayal, a little kissing, and a little danger. Not knowing who they can trust -- are their parents in on what was done to them? -- leaves them in a sticky situation. I do love that they're getting hints about what happened to Chloe and her gang in Buffalo as Maya's crew race to stay one step ahead of the Cabal.
Things are rough. They've lost some, they're being hunted, they have no idea what to expect with the genetic tinkering that was done to them. And, OMG!, I so want to read the next book immediately. Maybe I'll do just that!
Oh.mah.gawd. *subsonic squeals* There was so much crunchy goodness that my brain is aching from it! First off, I'd like to applaud the amount of nudit...moreOh.mah.gawd. *subsonic squeals* There was so much crunchy goodness that my brain is aching from it! First off, I'd like to applaud the amount of nudity we were given (for both Atticus and Granuaile) AND that Oberon got to snark on the way their bits flopped when they ran. Man, I love that dog. Seriously. His meat-loving self is just ridiculously fantastic and engaging. I have a sneaking suspicion that it's Oberon's zest for sausages, poodles, and life that has kept Atticus grounded these past years. Plus, leg humping never gets old.
When last we left this dynamic trio, the Greek and Roman goddesses of the hunt were hot to get their hands on them for a little creative dismemberment. Atticus and crew truly are hunted from page 1. They run, they steal food, they run some more. Any hurts they are able to inflict on Artemis and Diana are healed with little effort on the goddesses parts, which makes fighting them VERY difficult. Meanwhile, shadowy figures are arranging events in the background to muck things up even more for the trio.
Things happen in this book. THINGS! People die! People live! LEGS GET HUMPED! And the shadowy conspiracy looks to have their hands (or claws or paws or WHATEVER!) in places that they shouldn't be.
Just in case you missed it, let me repeat: LEGS GET HUMPED!
I might have read Lothaire *right* before picking this book up. In fact, that book might be the reason I dove into this one with such gusto. I must ad...moreI might have read Lothaire *right* before picking this book up. In fact, that book might be the reason I dove into this one with such gusto. I must admit that the tangled web of the Lore is vastly entertaining and just the slightest bit addictive. Tiny bit. You'll hardly even notice the addiction. *looks around for next book to devour*
Right. So. Trehan is kinda awesome. He listens when his lady talks and he genuinely wants to get to know her. Plus, there's that whole blooding thing where he gets to, uhh, experience a physical reaction around her now. I do like when those vampires find their Brides and have to deal with the sudden onslaught of emotion and desire. It makes reading them so FUN!
Bettina isn't your typical demon. Her halfling heritage makes her physically weaker than the demons she's set to rule. The attack that left her half-dead has left her with a few emotional and mental scars and it isn't until Trehan forces her to face them that she begins to heal. The way her guardians treat her was rough. While they obviously care for her, they're typical Loreans in the way they dig at her weaknesses and don't *see* her.
I had fun with this book. As usual, Kresley Cole's ability to weave the various story lines from past books into this one leaves me dumbfounded. I'm crazy in love with the way we get to see events unfold. Come to think of it, I'm just crazy in love with this entire series.
Holy everlovin' what just happened here? I'm not saying this wasn't a fantastic ending to this series BECAUSE IT WAS, but I'm feeling a little shell-s...moreHoly everlovin' what just happened here? I'm not saying this wasn't a fantastic ending to this series BECAUSE IT WAS, but I'm feeling a little shell-shocked and I might resort to keyboard smashing to get my point across. Shell-shocked keyboard smashing, not angry smashing. Just so we're clear.
This has seriously been a long, dangerous, crazy ride for Kaylee and her friends. They've dealt with more death than any normal high school kids should. They've been institutionalized, murdered, maligned, hunted, and threatened with unending torments every time a hellion gets close enough to hurl threats. Did I mention the murder part? Because that happened on more than one occasion.
Needless to say, Kaylee was going to have to come up with a great big, suitably nasty plan to outwit Avari and his greed. And she does. It's awful and perfect and terrible and it doesn't come easy. Hello, shell-shock!
One of the things I absolutely adored in this series (besides the OMG!WTF?BBQPIZZA! craziness of it all) was how the relationships between Kaylee and her various friends has progressed. Kaylee's found her love. It might not have been where she originally thought it would be but it shines so brightly that it transcends death. Emma got screwed in the living department but she has the support of her friends to help her through it. Sabine has zero social skills, yet she's straightforward and says exactly what she means and Kaylee comes to appreciate that about her. Nash and Tod... well, they both have their moments of awesome. And after some of the things Nash did in earlier books, I never thought I'd say that about him.
They're all family and I just want to give them big, squishy hugs because OMG!WTF?BBQPIZZA! Also, Tod might have kinda, sorta stolen my heart. Again. *thumbs up* to that!
Holy smokes. I need a few minutes to collect myself after the revelations at the end of this book. I'm just... *flails a bit* ... Wow.
Seriously, as if...moreHoly smokes. I need a few minutes to collect myself after the revelations at the end of this book. I'm just... *flails a bit* ... Wow.
Seriously, as if having notorious serial killers for parents wasn't enough, now Cady has to deal with her powers becoming unstable and her abilities ratcheting up a notch or two. The things that happen to poor Cady here aren't pretty. Fortunately, she had Lon and Jupe to keep her head in the game.
Which brings me around to one of my favorite things about this series... the family relationship the three of them are forging. Lon is silent and strong, Jupe is a loveable motormouth and Cady adores them both. On the flip side, they're both fiercely protective of her and they love her to pieces. Even though Lon has a bit of a hard time saying that particular L word.
Together, Cady and Lon and practically unstoppable. Or at least they would be if the threat of Cady's parents' legacy wasn't manifesting itself every time she drew on her Moonchild powers. Honestly, the whole *thing* that's happening to Cady is terrifying. She doesn't know what she is and so she has no frame of reference on what's going to happen to her physically next. Through all the fear and panic that she's experiencing, Lon is her rock. He's the one telling her that they'll figure it out. And I love that.
I'm hard pressed to find another urban fantasy series that hits me harder. There's so very much I adore about Cady's world that I'm sucked in as soon as I pick up any of the books. Whether they're out unraveling super-charged powers or spending quality time alone, these guys do it for me.
And, yeah, I want the next book, like, now. Because THAT ENDING!
Okay. Okay. *stops* *stares* Wow. That ending kinda knocked me for a loop. A good loop. The type where I want to pick up the next book immediately bec...moreOkay. Okay. *stops* *stares* Wow. That ending kinda knocked me for a loop. A good loop. The type where I want to pick up the next book immediately because OMG!WTF?BBQPIZZA! I'm not going to lie, it was a little intense.
That said, I had some of the same issues with this book that I had with book 1. Namely, it felt like the lot of adults that were supposed to be guiding Sophie conveniently kept NOT telling her the things she needed to know. Nick and Daisy's presence springs to mind. And her father... their whole relationship was just odd. As far as I know, demons can't suck up knowledge out of thin air, yet he's not telling her the information she needs in order for her to protect herself and/or help him. I'm making my stern, frowny face. Can you tell?
However, despite all that, like book 1, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sophie is growing into herself. She's not comfortable with her powers yet (which, considering NO ONE is giving her the information she needs to GET comfortable, I can understand) and she has these wild, uncontrollable lusty feelings for someone who's supposed to be her sworn enemy. She's confused! Who can she trust? Does she go with her gut and trust Archer when he says he wants to help or does she do the thing that everyone's haranguing her to do and turn him in? Do you see? IT'S A VERY CONFUSING TIME!
Throw in some betrayal and backstabbing and you have shenanigans of EPIC proportions.
Honestly, the betrayal was well done. To be so powerless against people who should be protecting you is creepy as all get. Sophie's trying to find her place in this world and every steps she takes seems to throw more obstacles in her way. BIG obstacles.
I kinda love that.
And yes, I will be starting book 3 pretty much now. Because OMG!WTF?BBQPIZZA!
Holy unrepentant serial killers, Batman! If you thought book 1 was creeptastic, this book is going to knock your socks off. And maybe remove your inte...moreHoly unrepentant serial killers, Batman! If you thought book 1 was creeptastic, this book is going to knock your socks off. And maybe remove your intestines. And your eyeballs. *shivers*
Book 1 ended with Jazz feeling like he was starting to fit in - that he'd found his calling with the skills Billy had given him as he was growing up. Book 2 finds Jazz not quite there yet. He doesn't trust himself enough to believe that he's not going to go bad and end up snapping and killing those around him. His mantra of People Matter is still running through his head. He feels guilt over Billy's escape and now he's having dreams that rattle him to his core.
Guys, as dark as book 1 was, this book ups the ante. The murders that Jazz steps in to help on are brutal. The things that he sees, the way he processes information, his understanding of a killer's mind ... it's chilling. Jazz is this wonderfully complex character who just draws you in with his fears and his analytical mind. His ability to manipulate is creepy. His fear that there's a trigger buried somewhere in his psyche... with the way that Billy planned ahead, it could SO EASILY be true.
Things are revealed this time around that look HUGE. Connie and Howie are more than just supporting players, they're finding things out. They understand Jazz better than he thinks they do. They know that there are times when the only thing holding him together is the fact that they're there to support him. (And also, Howie's pickup lines are made of PURE AWESOME!)
AND THE ENDING! I'm going to be DYING (not literally, although I'm sure Billy could arrange that) until book 3 comes out! SO MANY THINGS! I've got my fangirl flail on for this series and I want to wallow in all the Jazz and crew that I can possibly wallow in.
I freely admit to being a sucker for a broken hero (most of you who've been around my blog for a while are nodding in agreement -- I can FEEL it!). Ko...moreI freely admit to being a sucker for a broken hero (most of you who've been around my blog for a while are nodding in agreement -- I can FEEL it!). Koldo is wicked broken. Not just in body -- seriously, what was done to him as a child was awful, horrible, and heartbreaking -- but also emotionally. He believes he's not good enough for Nicola. He sees himself as tainted and unclean.
And yet... he still manages to hold himself to such high standards. He doesn't drink because he fears he'll lose control and let his dark side slip its leash. He doesn't lie. He's stoic and has a hard time asking for help, but he fights whenever he's called upon.
I loved his reactions to Nicola and his slow realization that she meant something to him. Nicola's reaction to Koldo was equally fun to watch unfurl. Her medical issues have kept her sheltered, in a way. She doesn't really date. Her whole life revolves around her sister and how close to death the two of them have been time and time again. Her feelings for Koldo hit her hard and she goes with it.
I'm really torn about Koldo's mom. I'm not going to say much except... at what point do the reasons behind something stop mattering? Actions speak and she did some things that I'm not convinced are redeemable regardless of why she did them.
Meanwhile, I'm excited about the other angels and how they're going to work through their issues. Those guys are pretty messed up and I can't imagine anything they have to deal with it going to be easy.