I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I went into expecting something different- don't ask me what, just something different- and I was a li...moreI'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I went into expecting something different- don't ask me what, just something different- and I was a little surprised at how long it took the meat of the story to unfold.
That said, Libba Bray makes the world of Victorian England come alive. The corsets, the rigid upbringings, the expectation that a daughter was nothing more than a piece to move around the board. That was all done wonderfully. I think it was Gemma's early life in India and the freedom she experienced there (as limited as it was) that brought all that to life. Gemma feels just as trapped as the other girls, the difference being that she's tasted what's out there. Pippa, Felicity and Ann haven't.
I thought the feelings Gemma felt for Kartik rang true. She doesn't know what she wants, yet she knows she wants something. She doesn't know why she's drawn to this boy who threatens the very things she's learning to embrace about herself. Their unexpected kiss in the Gypsy camp was equal parts sweet and hot.
All in all, there was a lot I enjoyed about the book. Yet it still wasn't what I was expecting. I liked the idea behind the Realms and the Shadowlands and I'd like to see more about them, especially how they can be used. By the time Gemma and her friends are traveling to the Realms and unraveling the mystery behind the diary, I was beginning to get a little tired of their self-centered ways.
It's more than likely that I'll read the next two in the series because I'm one of those people who likes to know how things end. I guess if I take it as a glimpse at a slice of Victorian repression mixed in with some touches of magic and mayhem, I can go into it with a clearer idea of what I'm getting into.(less)
I've read the entire Dark Tower series and it always comes back to the first three books for me. I loved them the first time I read them and I love th...moreI've read the entire Dark Tower series and it always comes back to the first three books for me. I loved them the first time I read them and I love them to this day. Where the first book forces you into a fantastically realized universe where the world has moved on, this book expands Roland's quest epically and makes it so much more than simply the last gunslinger chasing a man in black across a dusty land.
Roland comes to realize some hard truths about himself. Maybe they're things he's always known and maybe not, but he sees the obsession in himself clearly. He sees what he's willing to sacrifice in order to reach his goal. And it's tragic and sad.
Physically, he falters badly in this book. His spirit is more than willing, but his body has been pushed past its endurance point and can't keep up. These physical issues also force him to confront new limitations in himself. A gunslinger who can't handle his guns is no gunslinger at all.
Eddie's and Odetta's journey is no less harrowing. Eddie must learn to deal with his addiction and Odetta has many ugly truths she has to learn about herself. Are they strong enough to join Roland on his quest and keep the worlds from falling apart? Not without Roland's guidance.
I really enjoy this series. Like, ridiculous amounts. Read it from the beginning and see why it's considered to be Stephen King's most ambitious work.
We're back with Elena as the narrator and I adore Elena. Adore her. Being the only female werewolf, Elena doesn't have any guidebook to follow when sh...moreWe're back with Elena as the narrator and I adore Elena. Adore her. Being the only female werewolf, Elena doesn't have any guidebook to follow when she and Clay decide to have kids. Tamping down her natural instinct to throw herself into the middle of all sorts of danger is only her first problem when a routine breaking and entering job for a fellow supernatural has unintended side effects. You know, the type where serial killing Zombies are terrorizing Toronto? Unraveling who and what has been unleashed becomes critical when it seems like Elena is being targeted by the Zombies. Jaime Vegas puts in another appearance (paving the way for her grand entrance in the next book as the narrator) and the Pack shows up to lend support and help fend off the rotting dead. Yeah, they had me at werewolves and Zombies.(less)
One of my other favorite werewolves (besides Elena and Clay and Nick and Derek and ... all the other guys), North American Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers,...moreOne of my other favorite werewolves (besides Elena and Clay and Nick and Derek and ... all the other guys), North American Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers, finally gets to cut loose when he travels to Hollywood to join Necromancer Jaime Vegas as she films a TV special. With Jaime as the narrator, the two of them help right some grievous wrongs and finally take the next step in the relationship they've been dancing around for the past four years.
One of the interesting things I've seen in Jaime's character is that she was originally portrayed as the ultimate party girl. She takes home guys she doesn't know, she can play the ditzy, air-headed celebrity with easy and yet she's smart enough to know when not to rush a relationship with Jeremy because he's not mentally ready for something long term. Kelley Armstrong did a great job juxtaposing those two sides of her. Jaime may not be the smartest or the fastest or the deadliest of the Supernaturals but she wields a power that can be terrifying if not tempered with her innate morality.(less)
Women of the Otherworld has long been one of my favorite urban fantasy series. It was one of the first books written in first person narrative that I...moreWomen of the Otherworld has long been one of my favorite urban fantasy series. It was one of the first books written in first person narrative that I actually enjoyed. In the years since I read book 1, I've developed a serious love affair with werewolves and demons -- no doubt, in part because of this series. Going into this reread, I'm a little nervous to see how it'll hold up as a whole. I mean, I've changed since I first picked it up. Will it still resonate with me?
You know what, guys? NOBODY FRET! Me and the Pack are still rockin' the casbah. Or something. We're tight. We got it going on. I AM STILL IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES.
Yeah, so this reread shouldn't be any problem. None. Plus, I'm super excited to get caught upon the last few books. Even though I don't want it to end.
As for this book, Elena and Clay have their issues. Elena's stubborn refusal to give in to her werewolf side and her desire for a "normal" life were tough to read at times. Only with the Pack can she let her darker side out and the way she brutally smothers that dark side to try to fit in with ordinary humans... well, you could just imagine it wouldn't end well.
I do love the Pack. I love how Clay is just so... Clay. He knows his own worth and he's not worried about how he looks to the outside world. Jeremy. Strong, silent Jeremy. Oh, I adore him. And playboy Nick. And... and ALL OF IT.
With Eve Levine as narrator this time around, we're taken into the afterlife and meet a few angels, the Fates, a serial killing demi-demon and draw fa...moreWith Eve Levine as narrator this time around, we're taken into the afterlife and meet a few angels, the Fates, a serial killing demi-demon and draw favored necromancer Jaime Vegas back into the fold. You know, I like Eve. Portraying her as a black witch in the previous books had me thinking that she's just plain evil. She's not. She might have a flexible moral code and she might not care if people die by her hands but she doesn't actively seek to cause murder and mayhem. There are lines that she won't cross and she loves her daughter (Savannah from previous books) so much that she has a hard time letting her go after she's dead. Once again, Kelley Armstrong gives us a new set of Supernaturals to learn about, expanding this world by leaps and bounds.(less)
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. Peri...moreThe 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 am completely loving this series. It has seriously awesome titles. Seriously hot Alpha males. Seriously bad ass ladies. And I haven't even touched o...moreI am completely loving this series. It has seriously awesome titles. Seriously hot Alpha males. Seriously bad ass ladies. And I haven't even touched on the loads of simmering sexual tension which culminates in blistering, sheet-twisting, mind-blowing sex. Can you guys see why I'm liking these books?
One of the things that I ended up really digging is that the events in the first three books overlap one another, timeline wise. I always love seeing events from different perspectives- although in this case it wasn't different perspectives so much as Kaderin being told about her Valkyrie sisters' marriages after the fact. Which reminds me of how hurt Kaderin was that she wasn't invited to either wedding. I liked that when she was emotionless the very idea that she was unmoved by life never bothered her, but once she began regaining those emotions she didn't like the distance her emotionless state caused her and her sisters. It wasn't that they didn't accept her, because they definitely did. It was more that her lack of enjoyment in life, her lack of caring made them disinclined to include her in some of the things they did for kicks. I mean, who wants a wet blanket when you're out having fun?
Obviously, I liked Kaderin. I liked that she had to deal with this overload of emotion after so many years without. I loved her with Sebastian. Come to think of it, I just flat-out loved Sebastian. He's tormented by how he was turned against his will. Yet, he hasn't thrown in the towel yet and found a way to end his miserable existence. He's brilliant and once he finds his Bride he has focus for his life. I also thought it was great that he's not a total ladies man. He was a bumbling idiot around women... in an entirely endearing way, mind you. It was sweet and made his just that much sexier.
All in all, it was a fun-filled romp with the sexy supernatural beings of the Lore and a solid entry in the series. I love the intricacies of the world that's been built and the characters that fight and love their way through it. For the record, I liked this one enough that I started the next book before this one got cold.
I'm going to lay it all on the line here and announce that I really liked this book. What? No one's shocked by this? Yeah, me neither. Which is why I...moreI'm going to lay it all on the line here and announce that I really liked this book. What? No one's shocked by this? Yeah, me neither. Which is why I bought the first 6 books in this series without trying them on for size first. It could have turned into the type of reading fail that I lament for years to come but it didn't. Because, you know, the books are good. And sexy. And they have that whole forbidden romance angle going, which I love.
I think Emma's character impressed me the most. I had moments where I thought she was going to allow herself to be consumed by Lachlain's dominant personality and give him everything he wanted but suddenly she'd gather her courage and put her foot down and say NO. I liked that. She really grew into herself as the story progressed. I mean, there aren't many halflings who can take on the Lykaen King and get away with it. Well, that's what I'm guessing, at least.
As with The Warlord Wants Forever, the depth of the world Kresley Cole has created continues to astound. I love the different factions of supernatural beings and the mythology behind them.
Overall, it was a fun, sexy read with memorable characters and fast paced action.