I'm doing a full-on series re-read here. Annnnnd... I'm already teary after just this book. Honestly, no one does tortured heroes quote like Sherrilyn...moreI'm doing a full-on series re-read here. Annnnnd... I'm already teary after just this book. Honestly, no one does tortured heroes quote like Sherrilyn Kenyon. She makes me ache for her heroes. ACHE. I want to hug them and give them cookies and tell them that everything will work out in the end because, MY GLOB, they get put through SO MUCH.
This book has always interested me because a lot of little things that lay the groundwork for the Dark-Hunter series are present, but this isn't technically a D-H book. And by that, I mean no Dark-Hunters are present in the flesh. Just some random gods. And one possible sighting of a D-H hero. Oh, and a future D-H mate or two. The thing is, it works. It works so well.
Julian's story is heartbreaking in the extreme. His mother's pride is something that we'll see again and again in the various gods (especially Artemis - grrrrr) and her inability to bend a little and meet him halfway causes so much of his pain. Grace's willingness to treat him like a person is his first real taste of unconditional acceptance. Their relationship is sexy and rough and OMG! Juuuuulllian!
Anyway. Definitely a great start to the D-H series. Poisonous rivalry, dastardly deeds, and a lot of hot touching... the cornerstone of these books!
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 chil...moreMerry'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.(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'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.
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 book...moreI 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.(less)
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,...moreThis 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 enjoye...moreIt'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 likable...moreA 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 that...moreOh, 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.
Guys, I love this series. I think the last time I read it was back in 2007, so it was long overdue for a re-read. This book effectively starts the sto...moreGuys, I love this series. I think the last time I read it was back in 2007, so it was long overdue for a re-read. This book effectively starts the story of Rachel Morgan, witch, ex-runner, bad-ass. After quitting her job with Inderland Security, Rachel finds herself with a price on her head; a death mark that has all the supernatural bounty hunters in the Cincinnati area gunning for her. Using her wits, her friends and a purse full of charms, Rachel has to find a way to remove the bounty and make her way independently. Did I mention that I love this series? Rachel is strong, sometimes hard headed and she handles the fall out from her bad decisions as coolly as ... something cool. A very fun start to a very fun series.(less)
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 dream...moreThere 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*
This is a series that had been on my radar for a while. I kept hearing about Curran’s awesomeness and it was recommended by several people whose opini...moreThis is a series that had been on my radar for a while. I kept hearing about Curran’s awesomeness and it was recommended by several people whose opinions I trust. So, I went into this book with some fairly high expectations. I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Kate’s world is dark and gritty and when things start happening they START HAPPENING. I really, really liked the idea behind the magical and technological blackouts. At this point I don’t know why these blackouts happen but the picture I have of two opposing forces pushing against one another gives me the shivers. Honestly, there’s so much room for wacky shenanigans that I’m itching to get my hands on the next few books.
One of the biggest things I’m curious about is Kate and her magical mystery past. Why is her blood so powerful? Who isher father? She has all these secrets and I want some answers. And then there’s Curran. The Beast Lord (Not to be confused with the Lion King- which I kept calling him in my head). I know he plays a big part in later books (or at least a part. I’m really just assuming it’s big. Oh, *snicker*, I made a size joke.) and I want to see how Kate integrates herself into his world.
Plenty of fun (and sexy) characters, creepy bad guys who are uber-creepy, and a world with oodles of potential. Yep, this book pushed all my buttons. In a good way.