**spoiler alert** I've said this before about Kenyon, but for me, reading her is definitely like coming home. There is a way she writes that is just s...more**spoiler alert** I've said this before about Kenyon, but for me, reading her is definitely like coming home. There is a way she writes that is just so familiar to me. That feeling didn't change with this book. I've been a huge fan of Kenyon's for years. I've read her Dark Hunter/Were Hunter books since there was only a handful of them published. I love that series with my entire heart, but I have to say that Kenyon really has found her niche with the League Series. You can obviously tell that science-fiction is a deep love for her. It's not that she doesn't write the other series with the same passion (although, the last few books in the DH series, I've begun to wonder), but she really shines with this genre.
I have to say that Kenyon really knows how to make her characters suffer. I mean, REALLY make them wish they had never been born. Darling saw no shortage of horrors in his lifetime. From the time he was a young lad up until his late 20's, he had been tortured, sodomized, beaten to near death, disfigured, stabbed, shot, mocked, humiliated, and everything else that is horrible in the world. By the middle of the book, you kind of just want to go, "Jesus Christ, there's more?" Every time you thought it got as bad as it is going to get, something else happened to Darling to make the last bad thing seem like it was just any other day. I'll be honest, it kind of got tedious after a while, but before it could be come too overwhelming, Kenyon finally puts a cap on the torture porn, and puts on track to getting Darling on the path to healing.
The love story between Zarya and Darling wasn't the best. I like it when it starts fresh, and we can see that love blossom. In this book, the love was already there, it just took severe damage because Z is probably the WORST Resistance Leader on all the planets, and just let her crew do whatever they liked. It was a clear case of letting her emotions rule her job. I kind of have an issue with that, because it seemed like if it had been the other way around, Darling would have been shown as the clear headed hero who didn't let past prejudices get in the way of doing what was right. I guess Kenyon had to have the snag in the love tapestry, I just wish that it wasn't the woman who screwed up ALL the time. Granted, Darling was pretty freaking intolerable after he killed his uncle and decided to take a Swan Dive off the deep end into the crazy pool, but for the most part, it was Z trying to make up for her gross insight. I really wished she had finally told Darling that she made a mistake, yes it did cost him a lot, but he did some crappy things as well. I guess he forgot about the time he indirectly had her sold into the sex market.
The book was rather brilliant in its subtle commentary on gay people. The derogatory terms were a bit much at times, and I wonder if Kenyon was doing that to be a little sensational, but nothing the "bad guys" said aren't anything that I'm sure homosexuals don't hear today. It's still a little saddening, though, that even in an alternative universe, homosexuality is still considered a 'sin' and an 'abomination'. Then again, if it wasn't, then Darling wouldn't have had half of his back story.
All is well, though, and eventually they make up and she gets pregnant (another thing I find redundant in Kenyon's verses), he becomes the Darling the Greatest Emperor To Have Ever Emperored and everyone lives happily ever after...with the League waiting in the shadows to strike. I'm interested to see where she goes with the next book, and if Kyr will finally meet his doom. I hope, above all hope, that is' Maris that finally takes him down.
I don't think I've loved a character as much as I loved Maris. I hope he's featured more in the other books, because he is amazing. A-MAH-ZING.(less)
I have been waiting for Paris' book for a long time. It didn't disappointment in the slightest. I read a lot of reviews about how the relationship bet...moreI have been waiting for Paris' book for a long time. It didn't disappointment in the slightest. I read a lot of reviews about how the relationship between Sienna and Paris seemed 'forced', but I actually really liked how natural they seemed together. It's a romance novel, folks. People don't fall in love and want to be married/mated/bonded to each other in a few weeks' time. I read romance novels to suspend belief and enjoy the...well...romance of it all. A few of Gena's couples seemed forced to me, but I think it's because I just never really cared for the females. Gena hasn't always done a very good job writing her female characters, so despite what Sienna was, I actually really liked her. She had her flaws, but so does everyone, but she was still a head strong female who didn't let the big tough 'hero' fight her battles for her. She held her own, and I think she fit Paris very well. I was surprised at the ending book, that Gena went there in that respect, but I'm interested to see where she goes from here. At least I hope she continues the series so that Torin, Kane, and Cameo can finally have their stories. The only person's background that I want finally answered is William's. I'm not particular if he has his own book, just that Gena finally reveals his true self. (I have a theory that he is the angels' One True Deity.)
Personally, I loved this book. I think it's writing was far superior to her others, but I think it's because she made it bigger and allowed herself to actually expand on the story and not try to fit all this plot into 300 pages. I'm interested to see where she goes with her new angels series. I have a feeling that Kane's story will be intertwined with one of the angels', so perhaps we'll get his book through that. Only time will tell. (less)
**spoiler alert** I have so many feelings about this book, I don't know even know where to start. I have been waiting for Tohr's book since Lassiter b...more**spoiler alert** I have so many feelings about this book, I don't know even know where to start. I have been waiting for Tohr's book since Lassiter brought him back in Phury's book. I feel like Manny and Payne's book was a filler to introduce No'One/Autumn, because this book was written far better than that book. I also had no emotional attachment to Manny or Payne, so that book didn't really keep with me. Ward brings up back to the Brotherhood where the last brother (so far) has his story told. If Ward does anything right, it's that she writes heartache and angst with so much gumption, that she leaves my heart breaking in half every five seconds. Tohrment's book was no exception.
I think I have to say that I have a tie between Vishous and Tohr being my favorite Brothers. There is something about them both that drew me to them over the others. I don't really have a lot of feelings about Autumn. I'm just glad that Tohr finally found his peace and his happy ending. I think my favorite part in this book was during Wellsie's Fade Ceremony where all the Brothers were giving Tohr personal items to show that they were with him. The bond between all of them is so incredible tangible, that I swear you can feel it inside your chest. These Brothers just aren't there for each other. They love each other like honest to goodness brothers, and you know they would all die for each other. Mated or not, at the end of the day, these males have been through a lot of tragedy together, and they are as bonded to each other as they are to their mates. I love how throughout this entire series, Ward never lost sight of that. They all did some pretty screwed up stuff, but they never gave up on each other. I cried like a baby during that scene. It was just so beautifully written, and honestly, I liked it better than any Autumn and Tohr scene combined.
I also really love how we go back to John Matthew and Xhex, and how they are dealing with being mated. I love that Ward's couples aren't all happily ever after. Xhex is one of my favorite characters. I love how strong she is yet at the same time, she can just be as vulnerable as any other female. I loved that she wasn't going to sit around and let the Brotherhood dictate what she, as a female, could do. She doesn't need a man to do her fighting for her, and I love that she didn't back down just for the sake of her "marriage". In the end, both she and John had to work out their issues, and I'm glad it was resolved in a realistic manner.
BLAY AND QUHINN ARE FINALLY GOING TO GET THEIR OWN BOOK. I have watched them become the males that they are, and watched as they continued to fight the fact that they are in love with each other. Well, more of Quhinn fighting it, and Blay trying to fight his own feelings. The end of the book where they look at each other, really look at each other for the first time in months, my heart did a little dance. I'm excited to see how Ward is going to approach this. Homosexuality has always been prominent in Ward's books, and there's always been the homoerotic subtext to the relationship between the brothers. Look at Vishous and Butch. Homosexuality isn't a really popular subject in adult romance fiction, but I'm glad that Ward is going there. I just want these two to finally have their happy ending with each other. And Ward better as hell pair them together or I will rage and never pick up another book of hers.
If she gives Xcor a book of his own, I think I might be a bit peeved that she's wasting paper and ink on a character I care nothing about. I had to force myself not to flip through his chapters because I just could not care at all. And the fact that Layla is probably going to be his HEA just makes me want to vomit. We shall see, though. Maybe it will be a story about redemption, and hell, after Quhinn and Blay, she won't have any other Brothers to write about. I'd prefer Throe over Xcor, though.
One final thought: Ward never skimps on the sex. Thank you for that, lady. Thank you.(less)
**spoiler alert** I don't really have much to say about this book. It took me forever to get to reading it, because I was so tired of Faythe and her i...more**spoiler alert** I don't really have much to say about this book. It took me forever to get to reading it, because I was so tired of Faythe and her idiotic love triangle. I also spoiled myself on who she ended up choosing, and I just didn't want to read that. The book itself was good, I was happy that things were finally resolved and Colin Dean and Calvin Malone received their comeuppances. I was devastated when Faythe's father died, because he was one of my favorites. I have to give Vincent credit. She knows how to make you care about characters then snatch them from beneath your nose. I think she went to the Joss Whedon school of storytelling.
The one thing I hated about the book: the fact that Marc and Faythe were end game. Honestly, I would have been far happier if Faythe had just said no to both of them and insert her single woman Alpha status. Show the Prides that she didn't need a mate to run things. I really don't think that Vincent really did the whole "women issues" justice in this series when in the end, Faythe still marries the person that emotionally and mentally abused her throughout this entire series. I loathe Marc. I loathe everything he stands for, and he's an awful awful horrible boyfriend/mate. His jealousy and pettiness and possessiveness was never attractive, and I really hate the fact that Vincent made excuses for him and made it "okay" for Faythe to end up with him. I want romance, Rachel. Not real life abusive relationships, thanks.
I couldn't give this book four stars despite the fact that the actual plot was written very well. The ending was abrupt and there wasn't any wrap up. Dean and Calvin died, Jace takes over Calvin's pride, and Faythe is still not technically Alpha and she picked Marc. The rest is still up in the air, but I guess that's how it should be. If I had to read an epilogue that described how happy Faythe was with her oppressor boyfriend, I'd have thrown up. Needless to say, I don't think I'll be reading anything else by Vincent. Unless she stuck to straight up fiction and left the romance to other authors who actually do it better. (less)
The main reason I gave this book three stars is because Vincent spent more time trying to shove the love triangle between Faythe, Jace, and Marc down...moreThe main reason I gave this book three stars is because Vincent spent more time trying to shove the love triangle between Faythe, Jace, and Marc down our throats than spending time with the plot. The book felt a lot shorter than the rest of the books, but I think that's because it's pretty much the catalyst for the last book. I did like the introduction of the thunderbirds. It was interesting to see how other were-animals work, and I liked the very American Indian/Asian influence on the thunderbird culture. Honestly, I'd have loved to read about Kaci's time with the thunderbirds than reading about Faythe and Jace playing the back and forth game, and Jace and Marc deciding who has the bigger dick. I think I would have enjoyed the love triangle a lot more if I didn't loathe Marc with every fiber of my being. I don't think he got fleshed out as much as Jace did. I don't think he's grown as a character as Jace has throughout the series. Marc is still the entitled stray who feels that Faythe is his and doesn't give a fuck about anything else. I am so bored with this series, that it's going to take everything I have to finish the last book. I actually don't trust Vincent to do right by her characters by now, that I'm tempted to just read spoilers and be done with it.
Best part of this book for me? When Karen Sanders tells Counsilman Blackwell to pretty much shove his head up his ass. I love how she has become not only this 1950's housewife and mother, but a woman who has a backbone and will not be pandered to. She is what Faythe wishes she could be. I love all the other characters in this series more than I love the main character. And I want Greg Sanders as my dad, because he is such a badass character. I feel like everyone has gotten great character development, and Faythe and Marc kind of stay stagnant. Or maybe it's just Marc, and I can't stand Faythe by association. Either way, everyone else makes this series for me.
The one thing about this series that Vincent doesn't do very well is let things settle. We read that Brett Malone has evidence that will implicate Mr. My Balls Are Too Small So I Hate Everyone Malone, and not in but two pages, we find out he's been killed. Vincent couldn't have at least let us all believe that the Sanders and Co. have a standing chance? No, she has to throw salt onto a festering wound. Some things happened way too fast for my liking, and others just dragged on (i.e., the nonsense with the Unholy Duo and Jace). If anything, Vincent remains consistent in her writing. I consistently hate how she writes romance, and I consistently love how she writes action/fighting scenes. And I will consistently continue to bitch about Marc.(less)
**spoiler alert** I've reviewed all the other books, so it would only be prudent of me to review this one. I have to say that I liked this book much b...more**spoiler alert** I've reviewed all the other books, so it would only be prudent of me to review this one. I have to say that I liked this book much better than the other three. I don't know if it was because of the lack of Faythe/Marc, or what, but I felt that Vincent's writing really shines in 'Prey'. I know this series isn't classified as romance, but I found that when Vincent stepped away from the romance aspect of her books, they're much better. Yes, we have to deal with Faythe being 'Marc Marc Marc Marc Marc' for majority of the book, but I could get past that. I really thought it was interesting to see how far the other Prides would go to get control of the North American counsil. It wasn't too action packed, but there was plenty of action to go around. The dynamics between Prides has shifted considerably, and I like how although somethings are cleaned up, others become more complicated. Faythe, herself, shines in this book, and you can see her transform into the petulant little girl in the first book to would be Alpha. This is the Faythe that I want to stand behind and root for, so thank you, Vincent, for finally giving me that.
Ethan's death? Totally took me by surprise, and I will admit that I sniffled heavily over that, especially the scene between Jace and Faythe in the guesthouse. Vincent does a really great job of describing the anguish of her characters, especially her male characters. Of course, I'm not entirely down with the whole contrived love triangle trope in novels, but I love Jace, so I'm rooting for him.
All in all, after struggling through this series, I feel Vincent finally found her groove, and I can't wait to see what happens next. However, if Papa Sanders dies in this series, I will never forgive Vincent and write this series off as a huge waste of time. (less)
I've come to the conclusion that if Vincent stayed away from the contrived romance between Marc and Faythe, I'd liked this series much better. However...moreI've come to the conclusion that if Vincent stayed away from the contrived romance between Marc and Faythe, I'd liked this series much better. However, I liked this book a lot, and I'm officially interested to see what happens in the next two books. I don't really care about Faythe and her 'first world rich girl woe is me' problems, but more interested to see what happens to Kaci and Faythe's dad, whom as grown on me A LOT over the series. In fact, I like everyone except Faythe and Marc. Oh, and of course, Calvin Malone. I did like Faythe in this book better than the last two, but I'm sure she'll continue to piss me off and/or make me roll my eyes. Here's to hoping that she continues on her path of maturity. (less)
**spoiler alert** I have never physically thrown a book in my entire life, but I did with this book. Between Faythe's angry 'womyn' issues and "I'm an...more**spoiler alert** I have never physically thrown a book in my entire life, but I did with this book. Between Faythe's angry 'womyn' issues and "I'm an equal, hear me roar" and the woman/slut shaming in this series, I couldn't stomach it anymore. I got up to the part where Marc asked Faythe to marry him, and at that point I was just done.
I read a lot of reviews about this book, and what I'm most appalled at are the readers blaming Faythe for the issues between her and Marc. Maybe it's because I don't believe in wearing a contrite symbol as a promise to something more. I don't believe that Faythe HAD to take Marc's ring. I don't understand why it's imperative for her to get married in the first place. She'd make an awful wife, and she knows this. What I don't get is why Marc doesn't. It's Faythe's fault that he stayed hung up on her for five years? It's her fault that he tried to win her over in the first book? They'd make a horrible couple with her free spirit ways and his BLATANT anger issues. They are a domestic incident waiting to happen. I understand that it's a different verse, and that werecats do things differently, but I've ready series dealing with shape shifters, and none of them angered me this badly.
And let me talk about Faythe as a character. I understand a lot of her issues. The double standard of her world would infuriate me as well (and it does as a reader). If perhaps Vincent didn't write her as an insufferable whiny brat, then I might be able to tolerate her better. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and I'm left rolling my eyes more often than not at Faythe's anger/selfishness.
I wanted to like this series. I like the other characters in this book. I think the plot is well-written, and I want to know what happens. I can't, however, get over the absolute ASININE drama between Marc and Faythe. This review was written with only 3/4 of the book finished, so I can't comment on the rest of it. As far as I'm concerned, I'm entirely done with this series. It was fun while it lasted, but Vincent can shove her misogynistic ways down someone else's throat. I'm not swallowing her bullshit anymore.
Edit to Add: I actually finished the book because I wanted to see what happened, and how it was all connected. I think I would actually like this series better if Vincent just left the romance out of it. Or you know, get rid of Marc altogether. Sorry Marc lovers, but I don't find jealous, insecure, violent men attractive. To each their own, though.
I gave it a higher mark because of the story, but this series still needs mass improvement for me.(less)
It took me a little while to warm up to Faythe and most of the characters in the book. I'm all for a strong-willed woman lead who doesn't let the male...moreIt took me a little while to warm up to Faythe and most of the characters in the book. I'm all for a strong-willed woman lead who doesn't let the males in her life run it, but there was something about Faythe that rubbed me the wrong way. I think a lot of it had to do with the way Vincent writes her version of werecats and their Prides. I'm not a big fan of male dominated verses, so it's hard for me to get into a world like that. The whole violence against women that was rampant in this book kind of kept me from enjoying it completely as well. Sexual assault, especially against underage girls, is a big trigger for me. It's not a plot device I can stomach well. I also didn't care for the fact that Faythe decided to try again with Marc even though he's jealous, temperamental, and violent. There is nothing sexy about a man who will beat someone up because he can't have you. NOTHING. I'm giving the rest of the series a chance, because my friend who recommended the series to me says it gets better. We shall see. (less)