I’m going to be completely honest here. Last year, I tried to read this one and just couldn’...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
I’m going to be completely honest here. Last year, I tried to read this one and just couldn’t get into it so I set it aside for when I was in the right mood. Then a few days ago, I found it on my kindle and thought, “Oh, a Derr book? Perfect!” and dived right into the story, so engrossed in it that I barely stopped to sleep.
Ms. Derr tells a tale where there are many types of creatures that inhabit the world: Paladins, Necromancers, Demons, Priests, Warlocks and Alchemists. In this world, paladins and priests fight often against demons and necromancers and a different part of the country enslaves alchemists because they’re so ‘dangerous’ they can’t be trusted without a master. The story is complicated and, honestly, goes into several different directions, with twists and turns, harsh moments and sweet moments, and even has a few anxious and funny parts. I don’t want to go into detail because it’s hard to cover everything. What I will say is that this world starts off with every creature being divided and hated or feared. As the story progresses, lies are uncovered, feelings are developed and by the end, powerful forces bond together to make something that revitalized not only the people but the world. This probably sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo but it was an AMAZING book and had so much depth and uniqueness that I couldn’t help but love it!
The novel really features only one main couple – Sorin and Koray – and how the two are opposites but have a connection they can’t break. As Sorin is the High Paladin, he’s been engrained to hate and kill necromancers, which is what Koray is. Where Sorin is light and warmth with a sunny smile, Koray is dark and cold, quick to give a sneer. Between them, there’s something deeper than just attraction but there are misunderstandings they can’t seem to work past and confusion that causes them some strain.
There are other characters that make a big impact on the story, though, such as Cerant & Neikirk and Brekk & Emel. While their stories aren’t as deep as Sorin and Koray, readers should be aware that there are multiple couples and POV switches throughout the book to accommodate their parts in the story. The novel takes the reader on a journey where the Goddess is guiding all these characters into saving her people. It was interesting to see how old history was uncovered and how it ended up linking all these people together.
I absolutely loved this story. It was fascinating, captivating and I honestly did not want it to end. Megan Derr has been a favorite author of mine for years now and that hasn’t changed at all. This story was just as great as her other stories I’ve read. If you’re a fantasy lover who likes some action and suspense with a dash of romance, give this one a try because I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.(less)
Wow, this book was just… amazing. From the beginning I was intrigued by the tale Ms...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
Wow, this book was just… amazing. From the beginning I was intrigued by the tale Ms. Derr was weaving but as the story progressed, I became more and more engrossed in the dangerous world that harbors so many varied but deadly creatures.
I can’t even begin to describe just what that world is so I will leave you to find out. What I will say is that this book contains a lot of different elements: a wish granted, a night of debauchery, hidden strengths and developing friendships and love. Not to mention there’s an evil-being right in the Legion’s mix, chaos reigning everywhere and so many loyal, faithful beings dying to stop such evilness with sacrifices and an ultimate bond that just might not be enough to save everyone. Now, if all that doesn’t intrigue you… well, I don’t know what will!
One of the reasons I enjoy fantasy is because of the worlds that are created. Ms. Derr is one of my favorite fantasy writers because even with how many books she’s written, they all still seem to be different and unique. This one is no different and is so elaborate that there are layers upon layers of how this world became and how it operates. For someone like me, it’s extremely captivating and I loved reading every single detail about the war that ravaged the countries and ultimately made it into what it is now.
At the same time, the characters were just as fascinating. At first, Raffé is a bitter but self-loathing individual who only sacrifices himself so that he and his family won’t be killed. After his Blooding, he takes to his position as a Prince of the Blood remarkably well. He was like the ugly duckling that became a beautiful swan. He changes so much over the course of the book that by the end, he is barely like his old self but he’s better now: aggressive, sure of himself, a warrior.
Cambord (which isn’t his real name but I don’t want to give that away) is first attracted to Raffé when he’s an ugly duckling but grows more enamored with the Princeling as the story goes on to the point that his obsessive, possessive behavior becomes dangerous to everyone. Honestly, I loved this because even though Cambord was dangerous, he was only deadly to those who threatened his Prince. I couldn’t get enough of it and the soul-deep bond they created and if I could change anything, I would just ask for a little more time that Raffé and Cambord had together.
My only issue with the story (and the reason I can’t give it 5 stars) is that there were so many different creatures, so many secondary characters, so much power I couldn’t keep it all straight. Whenever someone was brought it, I would think I understood their role in the Legion but then they’d do something that would make me think they weren’t the creature I thought they were supposed to be. It was a little overwhelming. Also, I still was confused on how the villain was able to open so many seals when he was leagues away from the sacrificial sites. Beyond that, there were a few inconsistencies throughout the text. For example, the mention that someone ‘stood abruptly’ when they were already standing or during one sex scene – ‘reaching around Raffé’ when Raffé was initially on his back with no mention of him turning over. It happened enough times for me to notice but not enough to dim my enjoyment – just worth a mention.
In the end, when I finished the book, I couldn’t help but give a satisfied sigh. It was a great book that had me worried at times things wouldn’t work out but also giddy when certain events took place. I went through a wide range of emotions while reading Of Last Resort and honestly, that right there is what made this book so amazing. It’s not often that a story literally pulls so many emotions from me. If you’re a fantasy lover and you enjoy characters that evolve greatly with a lot of action and suspense, give this one a try because I doubt you’ll be disappointed with it.(less)
You know when you’ve just finished a great book and you sit there thinking, “How the hell am I supposed to review this?” Yeah, well, that’s exactly ho...moreYou know when you’ve just finished a great book and you sit there thinking, “How the hell am I supposed to review this?” Yeah, well, that’s exactly how I felt once I finished Throne of Glass.
To say I adored the story would be a gross understatement. I devoured this book within hours (as a slow reader that’s an amazing thing) and even bought the print editions of not just the first but the second book, Crown of Midnight, and the collection of short stories, The Assassin's Blade, right after I finished it.
Throne of Glass is about Celaena Sardothien, who earned the title of Adarlan’s Assassin, before she was caught and sentenced to slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier. Now a year after her sentencing, an unexpected offer comes her way in the form of Adarlan’s Crown Prince, who gives her the option of her freedom… for a price. All she has to do is defeat twenty-three other candidates for the role of King’s Champion. If she wins, three years of service is all that separates her from complete freedom.
The story is centered around Celaena’s fight for that freedom, the numerous tests she has to compete in to advance to the next round but most of all, Celaena’s just been thrust into a new and unfamiliar world where evil magic is being used to kill off her competitors. On top of that, she has the Captain of the Guard who hates her and doesn’t trust her and the Crown Prince who’s getting a little too close for everybody’s comfort. Will she claim the title of King’s Champion or will all her efforts be for nothing?
Honestly, there’s so much that happens I don’t want to spoiler any of it. Some people won’t like this book because of the simple fact it’s not strictly a romance. While I’m also hesitant to call it Young Adult (things get very gruesome at times), I will admit that there’s ‘hints’ of a romance brewing. Actually, there’s hints that a love triangle is already starting and while I normally don’t like love triangles, it worked very well in this story because the possible love interests are so different. One of them I believe suits Celaena better than the other but that’s just my opinion (and I’m also biased because I just adored Chaol ^_^). Also, readers should be aware that these characters are very young; Celaena is only eighteen, Dorian is nineteen and Chaol is twenty-two.
One thing I loved about this book, though, was the characters. While Celaena is the main voice, POV shifts to multiple people that are significant to the story. Some of them I liked more than others (a personal preference because I hated Kaltain) but all were what made the story the way it is. As characters, Celaena, Chaol and Dorian are all very well in-depth. Celaena, while an assassin, is a little rusty in her skills but she’s also emotionally damaged in more ways than one. She’s surly and flippant but makes it her goal to get a rise out of Chaol or Dorian if she can. She has a lot of layers that still haven’t been uncovered but I loved being able to see some of them being peeled back by Chaol and Dorian. Most of all, Celaena is a fragile, vulnerable young woman who needs protecting in some ways and Chaol and Dorian unintentionally give her that. Dorian is the classic charming prince although he’s one that is disgusted with his father, the King. He’s not quite a man but Celaena makes him want to become one. Chaol is an intriguing mix between a sad, lost man and a severe, all business captain. All three characters are very young and, honestly, still have a lot of maturing to do even though they’ve been forced to live through some harsh realities.
As a huge fan of fantasy, one of the things I look forward to the most is the new world I get to discover. With Throne of Glass, while we don’t get a full detailed description of this new place as a whole, I have no doubt we’ll get more of it as the series progresses and Celaena journeys to different countries. What there is of the world, is phenomenal. I loved that it was a mix of a historical setting and a fantasy one with a flair of magic but the brutality that has consumed the world since the King has been decimating countries was interesting to read about and also quite sad.
In the end, this was an amazing story. I loved experiencing the growth in all the characters, as well as, seeing the tests that Celaena has to go through, not to mention the secondary characters made things more interesting. The mystery surrounding the evil inside the castle was a blast to uncover and while I have questions about some of the things that happened during the book, I think I’ll get my answers as we learn more about Celaena and why she’s so important to everything.
I definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fantasy lover, who doesn’t mind the romance developing over several books because while there’s only a hint of it in Throne of Glass, I have a feeling it’s going to be an epic one by the time the series finishes!
This is probably one of my favorite m/m paranormal series so far. Given this is the last book in the series, it was the perfect ending to this already...moreThis is probably one of my favorite m/m paranormal series so far. Given this is the last book in the series, it was the perfect ending to this already great storyline.
I love that we finally got Liam and Cormac. They are both such fascinating characters that I was anxiously awaiting their story. At the start of this one, Cormac is a bit messed up still from the events in the last book, Body Magic. He's scared of hurting everyone especially Simon and the kids. Liam is both worried and upset over Cormac's disappearance because it's hurting his alpha-mate, Simon. Liam and Cormac together were so hot, I loved how great their chemistry was. They also worked so well together. When one of them was thinking of something and trying to convey it to everyone else, the other would pick up on the train of thought and be able to make sense of it. It was both amusing and so adorable.
I loved that this story picked up very close to the end of the last book because we got to see how everyone was handling what happened. This was definitely a suspenseful ride with some very shocking moments (Like I seriously can't believe you did one thing, Poppy!) to sweet and intense moments. I had a blast reading this one because we got to see everyone again AND finally get the missing pieces to the puzzle that had everything making much more sense. I had no idea I had questions leftover from the previous books until I read parts and went "OMG, that makes so much sense now!" More than that, I loved how everything played out, especially the end, because it had me hanging on the edge of my seat.
I will say that at first, it was hard for me to remember what had happened in the last story but as the book progressed, the more and more I was reminded of what happened, which I'm so thankful for. The only drawback of the story is that I wish there had been more Liam and Cormac together as a couple. In the beginning, we see their relationship start to blossom. That chemistry you could see in previous books bringing them together intimately. However, the farther into the story, the less we got of them together alone. There are a few moments interspersed where they are showing their feelings but not as much as I was hoping so towards the end, I didn't feel like they were definitely mates (like I felt towards Simon/Gray & Cade/Rocky). This was bittersweet because I loved that we got more of Simon and Gray but saddened that it took away from Liam and Cormac's relationship.
All in all, Soul Magic was a great ending to a fabulous series. As usual, Ms. Dennison's writing was amazing and the pacing was perfect for this story. I loved that everything is concluded and I'm definitely satisfied with finally getting a resolution to the overall conflict throughout the story arc. I loved this world and I'm hoping that maybe one day we'll get a spin-off or something (hint hint, wink wink) :D(less)
I really enjoyed this book. It's well written and the world is absolutely fascinating. I loved the characters even though they weren't as in depth as...moreI really enjoyed this book. It's well written and the world is absolutely fascinating. I loved the characters even though they weren't as in depth as I'd have wanted. The mystery is interesting and there's some suspense but because of the length, the mystery is over pretty quickly. This isn't really a romance but there's hints that the relationship between Henri and Micah will develop into something more. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel. (less)
I didn't enjoy this story as much as I had thought I would. It's very dense and rushed right from the start so we don't really get to know the charact...moreI didn't enjoy this story as much as I had thought I would. It's very dense and rushed right from the start so we don't really get to know the characters, the full situation or even explore the world especially since this involves an actual goddess. I was a little disappointed with that because the story started out interesting and then kind of fizzled out.
The characters don't really know each other because Justin spends half the time avoiding Peter then the other half being kidnapped so I didn't feel any type of connection between them. The story has so much deceit in it that it started to annoy me since a lot of it on Justin's part was very unnecessary. Then it ends on a cliffhanger which really sucked.
Overall, the story lacked any type of detail I really wanted which dampened my enjoyment of the story. The book still has a certain charm but it definitely wasn't one of Ms. Kell's best. I'll still continuing reading the series, though. (less)
This was one of those stories that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. It's unique in the sense of how the world is set up, the pacing and...more4.5 stars
This was one of those stories that grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. It's unique in the sense of how the world is set up, the pacing and the writing is amazing to where it keeps your attention while progressing the story at a good pace. The characters where interesting and intriguing while the plot had a few twists and turns.
I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this story. Mostly because I've been in such a funk lately that I can't seem to finish a book in one sitting anymore. With this book, however, I read it and didn't want to put it down. I didn't even want to pause to go to sleep or do all those menial chores I needed to get done. It was easy for me to connect with these characters, though, because Simon is just so loveable and I adored his obsession with plants. Gray is just the right amount of alpha where he's not overly dominate but he still gives off that power that's attractive. I honestly loved these boys and was sad when the story ended.
The secondary characters were funny and cute. I loved Gray's son, Garon, he was just so adorable. Cormac I was particularly interested in because he seemed so tame for a vampire. And I'm definitely intrigued by the other wolves in Gray's pack (especially Liam and Cade). I loved the way this book started and how it progressed. The mystery was good although I had a suspicion of who was doing it all but I still really enjoyed it because it brought Gray and Simon closer together. I loved how easily Simon was accepted into the pack and really liked how they treated him like he was someone special.
The only thing wrong was the story is it's a bit open-ended. I still have a few questions about it all and I really want to see how Gray and Simon deal with all that wasn't resolved in this story. Hopefully we'll get another book about them as well as getting ones for all those other secondary characters I enjoyed.
All in all, a fantastic story. It really captured my attention, the writing was solid, the plot interesting with unique attributes and the characters were especially lovable. I know this is definitely a book I can re-read and I'm anxiously awaiting any sequels to come. Recommended!(less)
The first thing I want to say is don't let the cover fool you, this is not a menage and in fact does not have much romance until the very end...more2.5 stars
The first thing I want to say is don't let the cover fool you, this is not a menage and in fact does not have much romance until the very end.
This book had a lot of potential. The world itself is interesting with everything that happened in it or could happen. The biggest problem with this story, however, was the delivery. It could not stand up to the world that was built or the concept it was aiming for. It, in fact, lacked so much detail I was confused so much in the beginning I considered not finishing the book. On top of that, the story was all over the place. I wasn't sure which direction it was going to go in and was flabbergasted more than once when I figured it out because the situation was complicated but then there was a very simple, convenient resolution to the problem.
As I said, I was confused a lot throughout this book because something would be introduced (such as the Bands of Binding or soul bound) but then no details were given on it until well into the story or not at all. It frustrated me because I was left with question after question that was never answered and by the time some of them were answered I just did not care at that point. There was a lot of things that happened like that. None of the witches powers were explained (such as phasing or psionic) so I had no idea what they meant until a good friend of mine (Bubbles) explained to me what they were (because he's a superhero nerd) and I was still confused because there was a lot of technical words for the powers and very vague explanations on only being able to have one Natural power but Mike being the exception. Really, I was just confused.
I wouldn't generally call this book a romance. There's a brief, very brief, meet of the two MCs about a third of the way in but then one MC, Rick, just disappears and leaves the other MC, Mike, for the rest of the book. It is not until the very end when they see each other again and by that point their romance was not believable at all because they barely saw each other or knew each other but yet they confess their love for one another. The only thing I would consider a romance in this story is Mike and his ex, Alec, because at least there was something given on them and their relationship. You actually saw them together and what they were like with one another. I, in fact, was rooting more for the ex than the future guy. I didn't get my wish, though (view spoiler)[because the ex DIED. It was extremely depressing, really. I was sad. And that was the only thing I was sad about in this story (hide spoiler)].
I couldn't relate with Mike at all. He had a very inconsistent attitude, nice and sweet one minute but a complete asshole and snappy the next. I never understood why he wanted to be bound or what exactly happened in his past for him to be wary of future relationships (view spoiler)[except that he was almost manipulated into ruling the world (hide spoiler)]. Like I said, there are no details. Mike, in my opinion, is a very shallow character. I felt as if the secondary characters had more depth than he did. Simply put, I did not like Mike.
I felt like there were a lot of holes within this story. A character would bring up someone's name (such as James) but then nothing else. Who is James? Why does it matter that his Natural power is cyrokinesis? That actually happened more than once which only fueled my confusion more.
With that said, I did find this book amusing. Mike had one endearing quality and that was how much of a klutz he was. He was graceful when it came to magic but anything that had to do with non-magic he would drop, trip or fall over. There was also this very interesting twist in the story that had to do with Alec. That grabbed my attention and held it for a little bit.
While the book frustrated me, I did like it and it was very easy to finish. It was a roller-coaster but it was still interesting in it's own right. I just wished there had been much, much more details. Certain things could have been cut out of the story because they had no relevance to the overall conclusion and only seemed as unneeded fillers. I felt as if the conflict with Alek, the bad guy, was an interesting one but again the delivery made it not as appealing. Then Alec (who is actually different from Alek) was the most interesting character but Mike obviously did not end up with him which lessened my enjoyment of the book even more.
Overall, I did like the book. The concept is interesting but again the delivery is lacking. The main characters were flat to me but the secondary characters were enjoyable. There was a cliffhanger, which I was not happy about, and when or if the sequel comes out, I will read it but I'm hoping it's much more detailed otherwise I'll probably be just as frustrated with the next one as with this one. With all of that said, please don't base the decision to read Witch Hunt solely on my review. Look at others and if you're still not sure give it a try because while I might have only liked it, someone else will love it and that might be you.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I found this story enjoyable for a lot of reasons. The main character, Ray, is such a moody werewolf that I found him highly amusing. He had...more3.5 stars
I found this story enjoyable for a lot of reasons. The main character, Ray, is such a moody werewolf that I found him highly amusing. He had a tendency to snap at everyone, including his mate, because he couldn't act on his feelings for his mate. This mate, Cal, was also entertaining because he's sort of a hyper fairy (with wings!) that gives off glitter and how awesome is that?! I liked the chemistry between Ray and Cal. How Ray denied their relationship because he thought Cal wouldn't be faithful and understand what a 'mate' was even though all Cal wanted was to be happy, which is very important to a fairy, and Ray makes him happy. They bickered and bantered and are complete opposites but their interactions were so fun.
Unfortunately, besides the characters, the story is a bit lacking in a lot of areas. For one, Ray had a habit of bringing up, or meeting, random people (Lex, Steve, etc.), and then not explaining who they were, which left me extremely confused and wanting to know what and how these strange people fit into the story. Also, the 'mystery' was a bit weak. I pretty much knew who the killer was from the beginning. More than anything, though, I grew annoyed with how Ray would bring up the first and only time Cal went to his house and then the author included the whole scene about that encounter, which is rather long, towards the end of the story. That dampened my enjoyment because I pretty much already knew what happened during that time and repeating it was really unnecessary, IMO.
All in all, I liked the story. The fact Ray was a werewolf denying himself a life with his mate gave the story a bit of twist that I really enjoyed since they kept circling around each other. I loved it when they finally got together even if I didn't exactly enjoy the other aspects of the story. Still an enjoyable read.(less)
I'm always skeptical starting a m/f book, whether YA or adult, because I'm afraid I'll hate the heroine since I'm not overly fond of females character...moreI'm always skeptical starting a m/f book, whether YA or adult, because I'm afraid I'll hate the heroine since I'm not overly fond of females characters.
With Clary, I ended up liking her, thankfully. It helps she's a ginger and I have a soft spot for gingers. But aside from that, she was a typical teenage girl. Bratty and snappish at times but still likable in how she's willing to risk her life to find her mom. Jace is entirely different in how he's pretty much closed himself off to being weakened by emotions such as love and caring, at least that's what he projects. He's probably one of the most arrogant characters I've ever read and he's only like 16 years old. I liked the fact that Clary shakes things up for Jace, though, she causes a lot of problems that lead to a lot of danger. I loved the secondary characters, too. Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Simon and Luke were all interesting and the parts they played in the book.
I'm not going to go into details about the plot but I will say this story has a lot of suspense. Because of the dilemma Clary is in and what she's learning she's put into a lot of dangerous situations that result in injuries for pretty much everyone but her. I loved the world she's just now becoming a part of. It was fascinating and intriguing whenever a new Downworlder would be told about or would show up. There are a few intense encounters that had me wanting to bite my nails and a few shocking moments when all I could do was stare in disbelief. I'm still in disbelief, actually, and desperately wanting to know if something is true or not.
While I enjoyed the book a lot, I still had some problems. The beginning was a bit slow for me. It didn't catch my attention right away but once I read for a while I got suckered in. Another thing was I thought Clary was more than a bit selfish. She didn't generally think about how her actions affected other people. Then there's the fact that whenever she put other people in danger, she never actually helped to save them, just kind of stood there and let things happen. The only time she fought was when she was actually being attacked. That irked me because people could have died and it seemed like she'd have just let it happen.
Anyway, I enjoyed the story very much. I love the world, the characters and the direction the story is going in. While this ends on a semi-cliffhanger, it is not so severe that you don't have questions answered. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series ASAP. (less)
I really, really loved this book. Jade has created another great world and one I can't wait to keep reading about!
I loved the fact Mykel and Lusaffar...moreI really, really loved this book. Jade has created another great world and one I can't wait to keep reading about!
I loved the fact Mykel and Lusaffar are polar opposites but yet they still found love in each other. Mykel being an Aenjel and Lusaffar being a Deamond is the biggest reason their attraction to each other is not a good thing. Aenjels and Deamonds have been enemies for centuries and having to co-habitat on The Nu Hayven is not the easiest, or maybe even the smartest, thing. I loved both Mykel and Lusaffar. Mykel is sweet but has a sharp tongue, he's slightly depressed that he had to leave his home and his parents but he's the leader of the Aenjels so he needs to put up a strong front. Lusaffar is dark and dangerous and also needs to appear as the strong leader. The two instantly hate each other but there's still attraction there and it was definitely fun watching them work through their differences and trying to make a relationship work. (view spoiler)[And can I just say how much I loved how Lusaffar reacted when Mykel was being held hostage and how he kept a tight hold on Mykel when everything was said and done because he thought others were going to hurt what was his? Just so cute and sexy! (hide spoiler)]
There was tons of suspense in this one which suited my mood quite well. Deamonds are known for their rages and their tempers and we got to experience those rages right from the beginning. Aenjels are a more gentle species but they are still strong and can hold up their own. There's a slight mystery behind the Nu Hayven project and who is trying to kill not only Mykel but the rest of the executive officers onboard the ship. You can just feel the sexual tension between Mykel and Lusaffar and it takes patience and trust for Mykel to deal with Lusaffar and it takes faith and hope for Lusaffar to deal with what happens to Mykel. I think the only thing I had a problem with was how short it was. I wanted more and more and more, not just more on Mykel and Lusaffar's relationship but also with all the characters that were introduced and how they handle and retaliate against their attackers.
I really loved this book and I can't wait to see what happens next in the Nu Hayven Chronicles. Definitely recommended! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I love, love, love this book. I don’t know about you but I haven’t read many BDSM books where the bigger, stronger, man is the submissive. The sex sce...moreI love, love, love this book. I don’t know about you but I haven’t read many BDSM books where the bigger, stronger, man is the submissive. The sex scenes were super hot, especially the epilogue, funny and sexy at the same time.
It was very easy for me to connect with both Jasper and Brutal. While Jasper was a light, free-spirited guy, Brutal was the exact opposite with his stern, dangerous vibe. Brutal’s fear of commitment and abandonment and closeted submissiveness are smoothed out by Jasper’s instinctual understanding of how to draw Brutal out of that closet and show him how good things could be when accepted. And, I loved how everything works out not just with Jasper and Brutal but with Brutal’s family as well. The action scene was a little short but just as intense as the sex scenes.
I loved just about everything of this book. The parts where Jasper chased after Brutal and then realized it was a waste of time and how Brutal still came back even though he didn’t have to, and his evasiveness of saying the 'L' word, was very sweet. I think everyone will enjoy this book; it’ll put a smile on your face and even if you don’t like it, you’ll most likely enjoy the epilogue just for how creative Jasper gets with Brutal on his birthday. ;-)
One thing I love about this series is the world building. At times it's confusing and a bit overwhelming but to me, who's a fantasy lover, it's amazin...moreOne thing I love about this series is the world building. At times it's confusing and a bit overwhelming but to me, who's a fantasy lover, it's amazing. Some things aren't quite as explained as I'd like them to be but I'm still in love with the world.
This one takes place roughly a year after Dreamlands and shows Keno and Samo as a couple in love. It's easy to see the love, desire and trust between the two and how much living in the Dreamlands is good for Keno. Keno is like a whole new man, he's healthy, confident (at least when he's dressed like Sakura) and lives a life where he doesn't feel fear every single day. He's still his cute and adorable self but much better now. Samo has grown, too. He's much more likable now since he's happy he has his Keno back.
I loved the story, I really did. It was great seeing Keno and Samo again. There were, however, some things I had a problem with. While the beginning was interesting, it dragged for a little while, would pick up again, and then drag for a bit only for the story to pick up again. I think that had more to do with certain POVs than it did with the story.
Speaking of POVs, I felt the story didn't revolve around Keno and Samo anymore. Sure, they were still in it and we still got their POVs but the story seemed more about Tama (who's a woman) and Mason than anyone else. So at times I felt like I was reading a m/f romance instead of a m/m romance and while I like Tama and Mason just fine, I really wanted this to be more about Keno and Samo and figuring out how their relationship would work with Keno's family and the trouble of the war. Instead, I got a lot of Tama's and Mason's thoughts and the overabundance of sexual tension between them plus a lot of flirting. I didn't really like it. Yes, the war and the conflict was an interesting one but I think it would have been more interesting seeing it from Keno and Samo's POVs than from Tama and Mason's. That's just my opinion.
Aside from feeling like the MCs were Tama and Mason, I was a bit disappointed when it came to a few scenes. I wanted them to be explained and shown because it would have helped understanding who Keno is and what powers he holds but those scenes were just glossed over. (view spoiler)[For example, Tama stated Keno was the one who saved them from drowning and brought them to the village where Mason, Wolf and McGann were but how did he do it? When they escaped the village, there was this whole fuss about how the barrier would be extremely difficult to pass through and how they needed a shaman to cross. Multiple characters started how hard it is to cross but then Tama gets this idea how to cross, which I think involved Keno, but then the whole thing is glossed over so (1) you have no idea how they crossed and (2) you have no idea how it involved Keno or his magic. It was disappointing. I wanted a book about Keno and Samo to see Keno grow into his powers but instead I got a whole shit load of Tama and Mason flirting instead. Yeah, she needed to get her kuni back but we could have easily known everything about that from either Keno or Samo's POV by having other characters explain things to them if they didn't already know it. (hide spoiler)]. Then there's the ending that just leaves me with more questions about Keno and his powers.
Overall, while I did enjoy the story, it wasn't as good as the first in the series. I don't much mind the alternating first person but I mind it when it's no longer about the 'supposed' main characters and pushes me believe the blurb is a bit misleading. With that said, I do recommend this book only because I do love the series, just this one was not my favorite and I'm desperately hoping the next book in the series is actually about Keno and Samo and exploring Keno's powers.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
One of the reasons I love J.C. Owen’s books so much is because she writes about all the stuff I love to read about: Master/slave relationships that tu...moreOne of the reasons I love J.C. Owen’s books so much is because she writes about all the stuff I love to read about: Master/slave relationships that turn into more, forced slavery, fantasy stories, mates and royalty with just a dash of cruelty/abuse and a happy ending.
The Emperor’s Wolf has all of those and coupled with the way J.C. can drag you into the story made this an instant must read to me. Add into it a possessive, cruel alpha that has a soft side and I just fell in love with this book.
FYI, there’s a prologue offered on J.C.'s site for free. It was cut from the book but if you’re thinking about reading The Emperor’s Wolf, I suggest you read the prologue first. It’ll give you a better understanding of what happened before Jaden was forced into slavery.
I loved this book. There were a few editing misses where character names were mixed up but overall, I couldn’t put it down. It had action and not so m...moreI loved this book. There were a few editing misses where character names were mixed up but overall, I couldn’t put it down. It had action and not so much sex that you think you’re reading a porno. We also get a little glimpse into Toby and Blaine’s soon-to-be relationship and learn some more about Lachlan.
One of the many reasons I love Stephani Hecht is because she puts previous book characters in with the new ones, which makes me enjoy the books even more since we get to view our favorite characters as minor characters.
I’m eager to see what happens in the next book since Nolan wasn’t actually cured which left a huge cliffhanger. Don’t you just hate those? However, a little spoiler at the end of the book lets us know what we can look forward to in the next one. I, for one, am hoping it comes out soon because I want to know what happens! Lol
This was a good book. It’s not a deep book so the characters aren’t developed as a lot of people like them to be but I didn’t mind that.
The book star...moreThis was a good book. It’s not a deep book so the characters aren’t developed as a lot of people like them to be but I didn’t mind that.
The book starts with Julian in a position where a cheating ex confronts him at a celebration dinner and is saved by a friend, Ryan, who’s also a client. It goes onto Ryan and Julian eventually hooking up and starting to date. Ending with Julian getting a surprise when he’s attacked in his own home by demons and learns Ryan is what’s called a Warder. They protect humans from dangerous creatures and Julian is his Hearth, a person Warders emotionally invest in. Without Hearths’ Warders will die and unfortunately there aren’t many of them out there. But Julian is one and he’s Ryan’s. When Ryan explains this, Julian takes it pretty well. Accepting what he’s told and eventually asking to kind of experience it by watching as Ryan fights the demons.
I would have rated this 5 stars and the only reason why I didn’t was because I felt the relationship between Julian and Ryan wasn’t developed as much as it could have been and I thought the ending was rushed. There’s definitely action, romance and paranormal elements in this book but I would have liked to see more of the aftereffects of Julian and Ryan after Julian learns the truth. As it was, once he learns it and sees Ryan fight the bad guys, we don’t get much else.
Forewarning, some people might not like this book because they may think it’s unbelievably impossible for any of this to happen but that’s the point. It’s fiction, and on top of that, fantasy, so there are no rules. When reading this book, you have to keep that in mind because whether the blurb makes it seem like it or not, this is a contemporary fantasy, not just a contemporary, but it’s still an enjoyable read and you’ll get a few laughs from it, too.(less)
It's taken me a while to review this book not just because I haven't had the time but because I wasn't exactly sure what to say. For anyone wondering,...moreIt's taken me a while to review this book not just because I haven't had the time but because I wasn't exactly sure what to say. For anyone wondering, yes, this book delves into a lot of 'taboo' areas, or what some people might call taboo.
I feel this book needs a warning of some type for all those innocents out there so here's that warning: Strong BDSM with major emphasis on the SM, blood play, master/slave with an open relationship, multiple fistings with double jointed hands, cruelty and abuse, and an ending that is pretty unsatisfying. And not surprisingly, almost all that you can basically learn from my tags.
The premise of the story is quite fascinating and the world Sir brings Wishbone into was intriguing, if a bit confusing at times. The relationship between Sir and Wishbone is unusual. I honestly loved the characters and the quasi-relationship they had. What I loved most was how intense they are together. It was really something special and even though some of what they did together made me uncomfortable and squirm, it never once made me want to mark this book as a DNF.
With that said, the only things I had a problem with was the open relationship and how much sex there was. I felt, at times, the story was going nowhere except for what was in the bedroom and that just made me feel like some of the numerous smexing was pointless. I could have dealt with the open relationship and overlooked it because I can understand why it had to be the way it had to be. I didn't think it needed to be apart of the story but it wasn't that much of a problem after I thought it through. What I could not forgive was the ending. Not the cliffhangerish feel to it but the way it actually ended, the last scene written. (view spoiler)[Sir telling Wishbone that he essentially could never live up to what Sir expected to make Sir truly submissive. To me, that was just a horrible blow to the face. Sir is saying Wishbone will never live up to the standards necessary for him to be good enough for Sir? So he goes to another master to submit? What the fuck? After that, I felt like the feelings and words exchanged between the two were nothing except hollow. I couldn't relate what was happening with Sir and Wishbone before, how much progress they made together and the explosion they created with each other, with the statement that Wishbone would never be strong enough for Sir to submit fully to. I couldn't accept that and it ruined my ultimate enjoyment of the story. To say I was pissed and disappointed is an understatement. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I did like the story even though the ending dimmed my enjoyment. The book made me uncomfortable in more ways than one but I like having my boundaries pushed when it comes to books. The plot was fascinating and while I did not like some things I enjoyed most of it so I am looking forward to reading the sequel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** Prisoner takes place in three different locations and is told by at least seven different people. Also, let me forewarn you, unless...more**spoiler alert** Prisoner takes place in three different locations and is told by at least seven different people. Also, let me forewarn you, unless you read this in pdf (or paperback or maybe kindle), you’re going to get confused with some parts. The reason I say this is because when I converted mine, it took out words in italics, breaks between pov changes, stuff like that. Another thing you should know, Prisoner is most definitely not a traditional romance. Yes, Dieter and Beraht end up together in the end but in no way do you even get a hint of a romance between them until a few chapters toward the end of the story. But that just gives this book more of an appeal to me.
A lot of stuff happens in Prisoner and could be a little overwhelming to some because you get detailed descriptions on three different cultures. I happen to absolutely love this book, and have read it three times, for a couple of reasons.
First, I love the fantasy aspect of the book (fantasy junkie, that's me!). You have the different world vibe with a magical feeling to it, with completely different cultures and I love that. This book also pushes every button I have when it comes to m/m. It has a little cruelty/abuse, a hostage/revenge situation, Stockholm syndrome, an opposites attract theme, some action, no smexing, and best of all an HEA. *sigh*
Now, I say cruelty/abuse lightly because it’s not as if Dieter beats Beraht at every chance, only when Beraht won’t shut up and pisses Dieter off too much but the bickering between the two is kind of cute and while the abuse may last the whole story, it’s sporadic, so it in no way dominates the book.
What I liked most about the story, though, was the little oddities like the Salharan obsession with names. They have a saying they live by: ‘Names are power. Power of life. Power of death. Do not give a name lightly. Do not take a name lightly. Do not share a name lightly. Do not speak a name lightly.’ To me, this gives the story more of uniqueness to it because of those little details. I also liked the Krian obsession with swords. They name their swords after the ones they love because they know they will die and when they do, they’ll die with the person they love beside them.
To me, it’s unbelievable cute because Dieter was the most infamous person in Kria and people feared him but he didn’t have a name for his sword. Until one day, when he’s training some Illussors and they ask him what the name of his sword is, he says ‘bright’. Beraht means ‘bright’ in Krian. Awwwww, isn’t that sweet?. Hehe.
So, to make a long story short. This is an awesome book. I’m hoping there’s a sequel, if not of Beraht and Dieter then set in the same world (which I think there is one). Some people might not like it for many reasons but my suggestion is to just try it. I loved it, some other people have loved it and you never know, you might love it, too. :-P
I thought this book was very well developed. I loved how even though Samojirou didn’t have to, he still acted like a gentleman and allowed Keno to get...moreI thought this book was very well developed. I loved how even though Samojirou didn’t have to, he still acted like a gentleman and allowed Keno to get used to him instead of just taking what he wanted from Keno. He allowed Keno to make his own decisions on whether they would be intimate and always understood when Keno said ‘no’. I especially liked the fact that there wasn’t much sex; no penetration at all but I thought it worked well with who Keno was. I thought Mason was rather funny with his sarcasm and dark humor and I’m interested to see what happens in the sequel with all these avatars showing up.
At first, I was a little confused because you learn everything upfront but then the more I read, the more I understood and soon I was sucked into it, zipping through the pages quickly. I’m not all that good with weird names so I had to shorten everyone’s name. Samojirou became Samo, Tamazusa became Tama and so on. After I did that, the story flowed better for me.
This was a very delightful read and I’m looking forward to sink my teeth into the sequel Back to the Dream, which came out a few days ago.
This book wasn't anything like I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be so dark that I might have even felt a little dirty after r...more4.5 stars
This book wasn't anything like I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be so dark that I might have even felt a little dirty after reading it but it surprisingly wasn't. Lol.
I will say that I don't consider this BDSM. Not even light BDSM (view spoiler)[Since the parts that are most likely considered BDSM from the publisher are more of a punishment for disobedience or making a mistake as a slave and not as a sub, I can't classify it as that (hide spoiler)] and it's not even really a romance but it does have a HEA, kinda. Although, the slave does fall in love with his Master, the Master only shows a fondness for the slave but he's still a cruel Master when all is said and done.
I liked Tam. He's a cute, good, little slave, at least most of the time. All he's ever wanted since he's become a slave is to belong to one strong man he can please and call Master. Then Master Mage Lucan shows up and Tam is quick to do everything Lucan wants. Lucan is a cruel man, though, being a necromancer, and a lot of people fear him because of his Master Mage reputation and status. Lucan instantly takes a liking to Tam and in the process Tam falls for the feared mage.
I really liked the plot. It was interesting learning about the world. How there is magic and guildhouses and chapterhouses. It's definitely a fantasy with a little mix of historical in it. I especially liked how Lucan was asked to find out why a sudden occurrence of attacks and thefts have happened. In the process, Lucan uses Tam to help him. Tam goes from a slave boy to a sacrifice to a slave boy to a rescuer all in a few days. (view spoiler)[Then it all ends happily when Lucan buys Tam from his Mistress and Tam gets his wish (hide spoiler)]
The only thing I had a problem with, which is probably really stupid considering Lucan never made any promises to Tam, was how Lucan would take pleasure from basically anyone. If he was taking a bath, he'd take one of the bath girls, etc. Now, we don't actually see any of this since the book is in first person and from Tam's pov but Tam talks about how no doubt Lucan is with one of the other slaves. Then there is a scene where Tam checks on Lucan while he's sleeping and there's a girl curled up next to him. I just didn't like it. I could have lived without those little remarks from Tam and that one scene.
All in all, I really liked the book. I'm definitely going to read the rest of the series and I hope one day we learn more about Tam and Lucan. However, even though this isn't a dark read, I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone that has a problem with whippings or if you like your characters to be strictly monogamous (in the sense that you don't even like it when there's remarks about unfaithfulness, however indirectly made, even between masters and slaves. Does that make sense?) But for everyone else, definitely recommended. [image error]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)