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!
On an unknown planet, Sergeant Marc Staille is on a mission to clear a valley of deadly mindless preda...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
On an unknown planet, Sergeant Marc Staille is on a mission to clear a valley of deadly mindless predators so a battalion can set up shop and strip the planet of a valuable resource. Unfortunately, Commander Hamm Orsonna, one of the predators, captures Marc before he can escape. Except, Marc’s not just overpowered by the Commander, he’s pretty much incapacitated by the shear amount of pheromones the Commander unintentionally uses on him. What neither of them expected was the bond those pheromones created between them and how that affects their loyalty to their own people. The Commander just wants Marc to stay, even if he does cause a lot of problems, but Marc is more confused than ever especially when he realizes he wasn’t killing some random predators but a strange, slightly civilized intelligent feline race.
I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. While I wouldn’t consider it technically romance, I loved the pheromones that shaped the bond between Marc and Hamm. I found it amusing but also sweet in how it could essentially cripple both men with desire, possessive and the need to protect. I loved that Hamm’s race, the furr, were so reliant on scents because of how they used their pheromones for attraction, fighting and dominance in their clan. However, while we get a feel for both men and their current situations, we actually don’t know them beyond the surface details.
The story is shaped around the humans invading Hamm’s world and how the furr must defend themselves against the humans. What it ultimately comes down to, however, is negotiations between the humans and the furr. This is one of those stories that take place in the span of a few hours and is heavy in clan politics and the almost hostile negotiations between the furr and the humans. It is an interesting world because the furr have feline characteristics like their thick manes, purring and roaring. I loved those parts, they always made me smile, because they were innocent yet dangerous. I also found Marc’s reactions to Hamm’s purring and roaring very entertaining.
With I really liked the story, I had a few issues with it. My biggest problem was a lack of detail on a lot of areas such as the world, Hamm’s clan, the culture and ultimately the relationship between Marc and Hamm. They form a strong bond but there’s no hint of intimate feelings from that bond so it was just based off Hamm’s pheromones without a deeper, mental connection between them. Aside from that, I found the ending very abrupt. We don’t actually know how anything is resolved or how the couple will live now. How Hamm was able to hold his position or even if he still has his position (I’m just assuming he does because it’s not mentioned otherwise). Also, what happened to Dehna, how is the clan coping with Marc, and a lot of other questions I have. Some parts of the epilogue also confused me. Mostly the reference to Marc healing from his wounds but what wounds and how he got them, I’m not quite sure so it left an impression that there were a few parts of the story missing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story but its biggest downfall is the lack of details necessary to really love it. The writing is great and engaging and I adored the elements and conflicts brought on by Hamm’s pheromones. The secondary characters are enjoyable, and even the ones you want to strangle, brought entertaining quarrels to the story. I’m hoping Ms. Etzweiler visits this world again (a story for Reccin would be awesome!) so that we can go deeper into this world and see more of what it has to offer.(less)
This was my first book by Missouri Dalton. While the story is relatively short, I enjoyed it enough to...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
This was my first book by Missouri Dalton. While the story is relatively short, I enjoyed it enough to consider reading more by her one day.
With that said, the first thing a reader needs to know is this is a very quick read. The blurb is also not quite accurate and tells pretty much everything you want to know about the story while it also misleads the reader a little bit. For one, Takashi doesn’t actually work for the yakuza he’s more indebted to them so he has to do as they say. He’s promised to be free of his debt with one last assassination job. Things don’t go as planned for him and he ends up almost dead facing off with a creature that in no way could be real, only to be saved by another mysterious creature. From there, Takashi runs into Daisuke an old friend and lover. Their time together is quick before they part ways which leads Takashi back to finish the job he couldn’t finish before.
The first thing that popped into my head when I started this story was whether or not it was part of a series. It kind of just started with an expectation the reader will understand what’s going on. I was confused by it, to say the least. Even with that, though, I was able to get into the story. It’s fast-paced, very fast-paced, and a shallow read. There isn’t much depth to the story so you only know the most surface of details. Any questions that you have while reading are not answered and only lead to more questions.
The story is rather interesting, however, it dips into the paranormal and talks of folklore creatures that are quite fascinating to read about. Given the fact Takashi is saved by one of those creatures made the story fun when Takashi brings it upon himself to repay the spirit that saved him. Another thing I liked about the book was that there’s no sex between the MCs, Takashi and Daisuke, they have a bit of chemistry but anything beyond that isn’t shown. There’s also a bit of suspense that leaves you with the hope some of your questions will be answered.
Unfortunately, the story ends with no explanation of what’s going to happen next. In fact, the story doesn’t have much to do with Daisuke but it ends with him in the last scene right when you think you’ll get answers about him only to end and leave you without getting those answers. It’s like there’s a cliffhanger because not everything is resolved least of which whatever is between Takashi and Daisuke. It left me a little peeved.
So, while I enjoyed the story, it didn’t quite satisfy the expectations I had from the blurb and only left me confused and with more questions than answers. Still, if you’re looking for something quick and sort of intense without much romance, this is definitely what you’re looking for.(less)
I can't help but think this one was so adorable and cute. There's something about this series that just makes you want to continue. For me, it's becau...moreI can't help but think this one was so adorable and cute. There's something about this series that just makes you want to continue. For me, it's because these big alpha males are brought to their knees by small little guys. I just love that sort of thing.
In the last book Alaska, With Love, we learned that Dakota was a wolf shifter. I was really excited to read this one because I simply adored Dakota. In this book, I found him so cute and funny. Sam was a good match for him. With his Native American and bad boy looks, he could keep Dakota safe when Dakota got into trouble. There's one thing that I find a lot of shifter books don't have and that's shifter playing so I was very happy that this book had it in abundance. Not only with Dakota playing with other wolves but also with Sam as a human, they were moments that always made me smile.
My issues are still the same as they were for the previous books. The editing doesn't get much better so it constantly brought me out of the story. There's also still way too much sex for my tastes and I still have trouble grasping how things were connected and played out. For instance, how did Taylor know where Dakota was? That's just one question out of dozens I still have.
All in all, a delightful read if you don't expect all the answers. I loved the characters and I loved the special moments that kept popping up. We meet so many new characters in this book that I just can't wait to read their stories.(less)
I won't deny that this is far from a perfect book. It has a lot of issues but I also won't deny that there's something that keeps you reading. Whether...moreI won't deny that this is far from a perfect book. It has a lot of issues but I also won't deny that there's something that keeps you reading. Whether it's the characters, the author's voice or simply because the story is just that addictive...
I adored Josh and Mark. I felt really bad for what Mark went through but I loved the fact that Josh was so protective of Mark even if it meant protecting him from Josh. More than anything I liked the fact that it expanded to Alaska and we got to experience more characters and also see the world the author is starting to build. One character I really loved was the wolf Dakota who was so cute and helpful. I just wanted to squeeze him!
My issues with the story are the same as they were for the previous book and that's because this series seriously lacks editing. I was constantly brought out of the flow of the book because of inconsistencies, grammar issues, lack of punctuations, etc. There was also too much sex for me again and in the end I kept wondering WHY Raoul put Mark through everything he put him through. It was something that really left me scratching my head and ultimately didn't make sense to me.
In the end, it's a cute little story. It's easy to read but I feel like readers should go into this series knowing that you might have trouble with the lack of editing and the fact that when you REALLY think about everything, it doesn't really make sense lol.(less)
I picked up this story because I noticed part of this series is contemporary romance while part of it is paranormal romance. I was intrigued by that a...moreI picked up this story because I noticed part of this series is contemporary romance while part of it is paranormal romance. I was intrigued by that aspect and wanted to see how the series could incorporate both contemp then pnr. I haven't gotten that far yet into the series but what I've read so far I've liked.
I enjoyed the characters a lot. Riley's enthusiasm towards the littlest things was both entertaining and endearing. I loved how Mateo, this big strong assassin, was so enamored with Riley he was willing to do anything for the man. The two together are adorable. There are a few extremely sweet moments in this story where all I could do was say, "Awww", they were just that cute.
The book has a few suspenseful parts that keep the reader engaged and a somewhat mystery that I didn't really see coming. I enjoyed the story although there was too much sex for me. I'd say half the book is full of smut. I also kept getting dragged from the story by the bad editing and head-hopping which was pretty bad to where we actually got both sides of a phone conversation when the speakers were on opposite sides of the country, within just a few paragraphs.
With that said, I did really like the story. I'm still intrigued on how it will transition from contemp to pnr and I look forward to reading more of this series and seeing the rest of the team get their HEAs. (less)
While I thought Ghost was a great book, this one turned out to be even better!
This story picks up where Ghost ends, although a few hours afte...more4.5 stars
While I thought Ghost was a great book, this one turned out to be even better!
This story picks up where Ghost ends, although a few hours after it, with us trying to figure out what Fen's answer to Malick's question was. There is so much more suspense in this story than in the previous one and we see the emotions flow more freely between all the characters. So many dangerous things happen within this story from injuries to sickness to ambushes to losses, it truly left me on the edge of my seat. Fen and Malick do things that I never thought they'd have the heart to do which made the story even more interesting.
While Fen isn't as cold and standoffish as he was before, he is still filled with hatred and anger. He needs to be in control and curses at everything that takes that control away from him. He still stands on that edge of insanity but multiple factors cause him to almost lose his mind completely. Malick is still arrogant and carefree but I believe he does show his emotions towards Fen more freely now. While we don't necessarily meet new people in this one, we do get to know Fen's family more as well as more of Malick's 'family'.
In all honesty, I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down once I started and devoured it just like I did the previous book. It's all just so detailed. It allows you to actually delve into the characters minds so deeply I thought I was truly connected to each character. I understood them. Most of the time. I ached for them. I mourned for their losses and their grief because I felt that close of a connection to all of them. I was able to understand and evaluate the chaos of all their thoughts but more specifically I was able to do that with Fen which I found truly awesome because of the edge of insanity he stands precariously on. The way his mind was told was strange and fascinating and I couldn't help but be intrigued.
I will say I was shocked by some of the things that happened within the story but mostly by the ending and what happened. I'm so curious whether these turn of events will truly help Fen and allow him to live a normal life or if it'll just make matters worse and finally push him off that ledge he stands on.
I still had a few problems with the book like I did with the first in the series. The various POV shifts between a lot of the characters, both main and secondary, grew a little tiresome because I always wanted more of Fen or Malick or a certain scene from their POV instead of someone else's. Also, there was still a slight problem with the run-on monologues which I tended to notice happened a lot with secondary characters.
All in all, definitely a great addition to this series. This is one of my favorite series now because the world and the characters are truly fascinating but more than that, the way Ms. Cummings writing captures and holds my attention so well is truly amazing. I can't wait to read more about Fen and Malick and see where the events that happened in this book take them. Definitely recommended!(less)
I thought this was a great addition to the Alpha & Omega series that happens a few years after Hunting Ground.
In this one we see Anna and Charles try to work through the consequences of having the werewolves known to humans because Charles' job as the Marrok's enforcer becomes more prominent causing a bit of strain on their relationship. We also get a lovely mystery about multiple murders (of the magic kind) which drew me in from the start. It had me guessing who could be doing it all and I found it fascinating especially with the suspense thrown in.
I loved Anna and Charles. Anna is totally kick ass in this one (again) and she's gotten the hang of her powers so it's pretty awesome. She's much more confident in herself so there's no trace of the insecure wolf she used to be. Charles is even more closemouthed than he usually is. He goes through a lot and the fact the Marrok makes him do his job so much is taking its toll on Charles. :(
I adored the story but I did have a problem with it. I didn't much like how we got POVs from other people beside Anna and Charles. While I enjoyed them I did get a little frustrated because there seemed to be more from other people than from Anna and Charles and all I wanted was to go back to them. I think that's my only complaint.
I loved how we got more information about the mate bond between Anna and Charles and were able to see them actually as a couple who are (mostly) comfortable with each other. I got a kick out of Anna reconfirming her status with her mate and I liked that Anna is more comfortable with sex now because there was definitely a hot scene or two XP. And I never realized how snarky and how much black humor Charles had. He gave me a few chuckles especially since Anna was the only one who knew when he was joking.
The ending was a total shocker. One that I really had no idea was going to happen but will definitely shake up this series and the Mercy Thompson series. Definitely looking forward to the next book by Patricia Briggs!(less)
Wow, I got so caught up in this book I didn't want to put it down!
I've always been a fan of fantasies I could sink my teeth into and this one...more4.5 stars
Wow, I got so caught up in this book I didn't want to put it down!
I've always been a fan of fantasies I could sink my teeth into and this one is definitely one of those! I was drawn in from the start with Malick's cocky attitude and his desire for Fen then I got caught up in how cold Fen was and the world they live in, the job they do and the creatures they are. It was unbelievably fascinating.
I loved all these characters. Malick is so arrogant, loose and doesn't outwardly care about anything. He knows when to joke but he knows when to be serious. It's quite a contradiction but he plays it so well it was hard for me not to like him even though he's kind of a slut. Then there's Fen who has to be in complete control over everything or else the insanity that is part of his nature would take over. He's quiet, filled with hatred and anger. He doesn't appreciate being mocked because of his inability to be normal. Considering he's an Untouchable, someone who hears the Ancients voices in their head, and still sane, since Untouchables generally do not have a long life due to becoming insane, it's a miracle Fen is as sane as he is. He fascinated me so much! His past, his present and the possibility of his future had me captivated. His desires and his impulses made the story fun especially since Malick brought out so much in Fen (mostly anger) and allowed Fen the opportunity to reach his desires.
Honestly, I loved this book. I devoured it and didn't want to put it down. I was crushed with the ending but I loved the conflicts within the story. It's a slow going story, you have to learn so much to be able to understand everything and everyone and why it is all important but that is what amazed me with this book. The world is unique and interesting enough it sets itself apart from other fantasy stories and has a different take on psychics, telepaths and Gods in general. Really, the world is vast but extremely fascinating, IMO.
I loved the story but I did have a few problems with it. The flashbacks annoyed me occasionally and the fact we got other peoples POVs so often aggravated me. All I wanted was more of Fen and Malick and while we do get them from other people's POVs, I wanted more of 'their' parts. Their thoughts and assumptions and conclusions. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen as often as I'd have liked and if anything that is my biggest complaint. Occasionally it was too wordy. Run on monologues were a bit too excessive even for me who usually doesn't mind. I.e. explanations within explanations within explanations that weren't necessarily needed. At least not from what I could tell.
I'm both extremely upset and strangely glad by the ending. Upset because it's left on a cliffhanger (damn those cliffhangers!!! And such a massive one too!) but glad because if it had been concluded the 'proper way' the ending would have been way too rushed and not genuine or consistent with the rest of the story. Still, I'm frustrated with how it was left!! Grrrrrrr
In the end, I adored the story. I loved the characters, the world, their angst and their conflicts. I might have been frustrated a time or two but this is definitely a fantasy series I'm anxiously awaiting to continue. I can't wait to read the next book!(less)
While this story is slightly strange, I really enjoyed it. Everything that happens in this book caught my attention and didn't want to let go to the p...moreWhile this story is slightly strange, I really enjoyed it. Everything that happens in this book caught my attention and didn't want to let go to the point I just had to keep reading.
One of the things I enjoyed about this story was the way the relationship was handled. While some people won't like it, I rather enjoyed the fact that Cody gave Draven a run for his money. In the beginning, Draven had all the control over Cody, even though Cody didn't know it. Then years later when they meet again, Cody is the one with all the control and Draven is left groveling at his feet. Oh, how I love it when arrogant, obnoxious characters are metaphorically slapped across the face and told to sit and stay.
I liked the story itself because Draven is an assassin. I enjoyed the fact that Cody develops into a strong-willed man and I definitely liked the twist that happens at the end. Although it is a bit strange and I'm not totally sure of my exact feelings with how it turned out.
My only problems with the story is the heritage and history of being a drayner isn't exactly elaborated on so there's not much detail on the world or species itself. Which was sad because I'd have really liked to know the ins and outs of drayners. Also, it ended rather abruptly so the story kind of feels a bit open-ended.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. While I wouldn't consider this a traditional romance, the story was good enough for me not to want to stop reading. Cody and Draven's relationship ends a bit weird but I still liked it and I'm really looking forward to more of these two and seeing how their story progresses. (less)
It's taken me a few weeks to come to terms with what I wanted to write about this book and with all the reviews written already I'm sure I don't even...moreIt's taken me a few weeks to come to terms with what I wanted to write about this book and with all the reviews written already I'm sure I don't even need to write one so I'm going to be brief (mostly).
If you don't already know, you should read Warrior's Cross before reading Armed & Dangerous because Cam and Jules play a pretty big role in this book. If you don't read WC then you won't be able to grasp some of the trials within this story like how difficult it is for Jules to get frustrated and upset and show it. But let me tell you, Ty pisses Jules off something FIERCE! And it makes Jules so off balanced that I enjoyed this new side we never got to see before.
It's not hard for me to stay I loved this story. From the start I was ensnared and did not want to put this story down. There's suspense, a bit of mystery, definitely some sweet and touching moments with the usual dash of funny snark that had me laughing my ass off constantly. Honestly I don't ever see a time where I won't love a Ty and Zane book. I honestly don't.
The story takes place mostly on the road since Ty and Zane are tasked with a sort of recovery job. It made the story a bit different from the others because Ty and Zane are actually able to be themselves for a majority of the book. And let me tell you, them broadcasting their true selves and feelings? Freaking hot! I absolutely loved the fact they freely express what they feel now without shame or confusion or even hesitance. It's truly something remarkable because I've been with these boys from the start and seeing them finally blossoming into this type of relationship is just amazing to me.
In the end, another great addition to the Cut & Run series. I truly love the direction all these books have taken. I feel like they are each different in their own way. They are never boring to me and Ty and Zane's relationship continues to develop so strongly in each book that I'm satisfied with what they've overcome emotionally and always want to know what will happen next. I loved seeing Cam and Jules in this story because we even got to know them better than before. Anxiously awaiting Stars & Stripes and can't wait to see what happens next! Ms. Roux did an awesome job transitioning into the sole author in this series.
P.S. I totally want to buy some of Ty's shirts! They are freaking hilarious!(less)
I liked this one a lot. I enjoyed the overall story and the characters (mostly) but some parts really annoyed me so in the end I really liked...more3.5 stars
I liked this one a lot. I enjoyed the overall story and the characters (mostly) but some parts really annoyed me so in the end I really liked the story.
This book is mostly focused on Priest as opposed to Luke, though. I didn't like Priest in the beginning not because of who he is or what he does for a living (because I love assassins and messed up characters) but because of his way of handling Luke. It's nothing bad or harmful (view spoiler)[ he just had a tendency to not pay attention to Luke while they were having sex. Thinking of this and that, past lovers, pictures, anything but focusing on Luke which really pissed me off because what was the point of being there if you're not going to focus on your lover? I can understand why he'd do it (he didn't want Luke to become his weakness by letting his emotions for Luke grow) but thinking of past lovers while screwing a current one is one big no-no in my opinion. (hide spoiler)]
I loved Luke. At first I couldn't remember who he was but then I remembered he was Kenny's friend and that I really liked him. I liked his troubles and his problems. I liked that he desired Priest so much and that Priest desired him just as much. The only thing about Luke that annoyed me was his past relationship with Stretch. I have no idea who that is. He must have been mentioned in Kenny's book, Making the Grade, but since that was so many books ago I can't remember anything about it so all the references Luke made to being 'used' and such went right over my head because I had no idea what he was talking about :(
While I enjoyed this book a lot, I think it could have used more pages and more explanations on a few things. The ending felt too abrupt for me (especially since I wanted to see a certain someone actually being tortured) and my first thought when it did end was, 'Holy crap, did this end in the middle of a paragraph?' I enjoyed the conflict within the story and that was detailed enough for my liking but the events around the conflict are short and nondescript. I would have liked more conversations between Luke and Priest, about themselves, and basically just more 'them' time. As it is, both Priest and Luke are shallow characters, what we know of them is what we've essentially learned from past books and a little about their past from this one. It wasn't enough to satisfy my urge for more of who they are and who they were, though.
However, while there are some plot holes I really enjoyed the book. I loved the characters (in Priest's case, I grew to love him eventually), I liked the plot and the book was strangely captivating. I didn't want to stop reading it once I started even with some of the inconsistencies and questions I had. This happens with all the Cattle Valley books. As long as I love the characters and I have that strong desire to keep reading, I don't much care what else happens in the book. So, all I have to say is if you've liked the Cattle Valley series so far and have kept up with it, you'll like this one. I thought it was a nice read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I found this story quite fascinating. Although, it ended way too soon, IMO!
I loved the fact it's scifi with vampires and enemies to lovers. It was int...moreI found this story quite fascinating. Although, it ended way too soon, IMO!
I loved the fact it's scifi with vampires and enemies to lovers. It was interesting to see the play of emotions go through Liam with him having to kill his ex-lover (who he still loves but denies it) and then getting caught in a situation where he has to rethink everything. I really wished we got some of Daniel's POV because I think it would have been interesting to see his hatred for all things mods but being in love with a person who has more mods than probably anyone else.
I loved how, even though this is a short story, we were able to get a feel for the world AND know both Liam and Daniel beyond the surface. This story has both suspense and bloody action. It was intriguing to see Liam and Daniel reconnect after five years being apart.
I only wish the story had been longer! It ended without having anything resolved. Daniel's father is still out there plotting Daniel's demise and both Daniel and Liam are now in even more danger. While I enjoyed their reunion, I really wished it had solved some of the other conflicts regarding the situations they were forced into.
Overall, a very good story. I'm really looking forward to the sequel and, hopefully, getting some answers to all the questions I still have. (less)
I'm at a toss up on how to rate this. On one hand, I really liked the story. It had a grunge, harsh feel to it but on the other, I was uncomfortable w...moreI'm at a toss up on how to rate this. On one hand, I really liked the story. It had a grunge, harsh feel to it but on the other, I was uncomfortable with some of the scenes.
I've always loved Voinov's writing and combine that with this being a mafia story, one of my favorite themes, this book appealed to me a lot. It's a brutal world and Voinov's ability to capture that in such a short time is simply amazing. Already I love Silvio. He is just himself. He's dangerous and sex identified, IMO. Stefano is a little harder for me to like. I'm not really sure of my feelings about him.
The thing I have the most problem with now is Stefano's cheating on his wife, who he's deeply in love with. He hasn't *technically* cheated yet but it still *felt* like it to me. With my strange moods, it's hard for me to get past that. While the format of the book is unique (multiple short stories in one book), it was hard for me to connect the two stories together. It didn't feel like a smooth transition and left me confused when I finished Dark Soul and moved to Dark Secret. I was also uncomfortable with the scenes of Falchi and Silvio but I'm also not fond of sex outside the MCs. However, the part where Stefano has Silvio tied up was hot with a bit of gun play.
Overall, the plot is intriguing and the emotional struggle in Stefano is also interesting. I'm worried about the personal aspects and how they'll be dealt with but I can't deny that Voinov always seems to test my limits, in mostly a good way. (less)
This is one book that made me feel just about every emotion I could. It's been hard trying to write a justifiable review for it because I'm just not s...moreThis is one book that made me feel just about every emotion I could. It's been hard trying to write a justifiable review for it because I'm just not sure how to put into words how much I enjoyed it.
Moonlight and Tiger have not had the best of lives. Taken from their homes at such a young age and then brought up in a society where they're expected to do illegal and horrible things, killing high profiled individuals who are bad for their organization or seducing them to get information that will be their demise is what their lives have become. Bleak is the most accurate word. The only thing that keeps Moonlight and Tiger sane is each other. Their interactions every few months when they've done good is all they see of each other and the only times they can express their love without it being tainted by others. Unfortunately, they have to do some unmentionable acts to earn the privilege to see each other. Tiger, an Iron, is the best of the best when it comes to assassination and Moonlight, a Rose, is the best and most beautiful seducer. Unfortunately, the things Moonlight is doing and the lies he's been told about Tiger almost break him, causing him to become a shell of a man and almost useless. It's up to Tiger and Smoke to free Moonlight from the nonstop misery his life has become and almost at the price of their own.
These characters are something else. While you pity the things they have to do to stay alive and may even be disgusted at what they do, you can't help not being in love with them. The trials and tribulations they go through just to be able to see each other for a few days is heartbreaking to say the least. Moonlight is seductive, deceitful and can easily be defined as perfection. He's beyond beautiful and trained to be the perfect courtesan, spy and manipulator. He is the jewel of the Rose Tribe. He's both hated and loved by his organization and probably the most feared man for his abilities. He's vibrant and alive but only when it comes to being with Tiger. Tiger is fearless, ruthless and relentless. He's the pride of the Iron Tribe. He's a cold, cutthroat killer; the perfect assassin because he holds no emotions. Except for Moonlight. He's become the best because he knows when he pleases his superiors he gets to see Moonlight and all he and Moonlight want is to be free of their kidnappers and run away together somewhere quiet.
I, in all honesty, loved this book. I couldn't put it down once I started it. It's emotionally gut wrenching at times and sweet at others, suspenseful and left me hanging on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. There's just something about Moonlight and Tiger that buried themselves in my heart and wouldn't let go. Everything they go through just to be together is insane but more than that their love for one another is impenetrable. It withstands so much and even after it all their love never lessens. It's intense.
The plot revolves around what Moonlight and Tiger go through. The first half is about their training then moves into their growing feelings, how they become lovers and the manipulation the head master, Autumn, uses on them. The second half of the book is more suspenseful dealing with mostly Tiger's missions with spurts of Moonlight's orders and how he's handling knowing he's being manipulated while trying to put up with it without getting killed. Tie in the fact that Smoke, one of the guys they grew up training with, becomes a betrayer then an accomplice creates a rather action-packed but somewhat angsty book. The world that was created for this story is exceptional. The different terms for the different sectors of the organization are ones that give the book a depth and understanding that made reading it even more enjoyable and interesting.
I truly adored this story and I recommend it to all those who think they'd like something like this. I'd love to see more of these characters and how they are going to handle their new lives. (less)
THIS IS MY STORY! Hehe. Okay, not my story but it was written because I posted the Dear Author request! Lol.
I absolutely loved it and Jack and Allen....moreTHIS IS MY STORY! Hehe. Okay, not my story but it was written because I posted the Dear Author request! Lol.
I absolutely loved it and Jack and Allen. Allen's mom is a hoot. I hope Ms. Derr writes more about these two some day. I'd love to know how their relationship works out with Jack as Allen's new handler! :D
This is exactly the kind of story that I love to read about. A well developed world with new cultures and customs. A kickass heroine that put...more4.5 stars
This is exactly the kind of story that I love to read about. A well developed world with new cultures and customs. A kickass heroine that puts the fear of God in just about everyone. That handsome but charming hero that becomes a soft spot for the heroine. *sigh* Just about everything about this book was tailored to my tastes. To say I loved it wouldn’t even touch the surface on exactly how I felt.
I won’t go into much detail about it because this book has been out for a few years now and I’m sure there are loads of reviews that can give an in-depth description about the world and such. What I will say is that the author managed to create a unique setting with a variety of interesting characters where someone who is ‘Graced’ is anyone with a special power and two different eye colors.
One of which is Katsa, who I adored. She’s rough around the edges and very dangerous but below all that, she’s afraid of her own Grace. As the story progresses, and with the help of Po, she starts to understand that her Grace is not as simple as she’s always thought it to be. Po was another character I loved. He’s sweet, charming and pretty much the only one that can get through to Katsa. I loved him so much and if I could change anything, I’d add more Po scenes to the story LOL.
While I loved the book, though, I did have some issues. It was a little hard for me to get into the story because there is a lot of info dumping in the beginning. Once I got passed that, I was so captivated by the tale the author was weaving that I didn’t even notice how much time was passing. Unfortunately, around three-quarters of the way in, it started to drag a little with very long descriptions of mundane situations. Beyond that, I felt like the ending seemed too ‘uncertain’. With everything that happened and the feelings that were brought forth between Po and Katsa, I expected something more concrete to be settled between them. Not necessarily marriage since she’s against it but at least a better promise of together not a ‘maybe’ which is what it felt like.
In the end, this was a fascinating story telling the journey of a young assassin’s self-discovery. Of how she learns her place in the world and ends up finding love, friendship and family on the way there. It’s somewhat sweet, somewhat intense, and somewhat romantic. It had the perfect balance for a young adult fantasy book and while some of it is gruesome, the overall storytelling was definitely worth the read. I’m looking forward to reading more of these characters and this world especially since I know Bitterblue (one of the side characters) will be getting her own story.
Definitely recommended for those who like fantasy with a little love and a lot of intensity!
This was a... hard book to read. In some respects, I can see the appeal of it. It can be an entertaining and dark read depending on the reader. But if...moreThis was a... hard book to read. In some respects, I can see the appeal of it. It can be an entertaining and dark read depending on the reader. But if you have hang ups like I do? This story is just a struggle to get through.
For me, it dragged considerably. Even from the start it was hard for me to really get into the story. Right when I was starting to like it, though (probably about half way in), Michael's ex shows up. From there, the story went down hill again because Michael and John are just starting to move their relationship past friends and then all of a sudden, John barely exists to Michael. I was not amused or entertained.
More than that, I was confused half the time. I probably understood one out of every five words either of them spoke but the story was just a mess. It starts out as contemporary and then ends with a paranormal twist? With nothing to lead up to that? Almost as if the author decided to write the story one way then halfway through decided to up and change the whole genre without caring to go back and add some details to connect the dots. It was like everyone was normal then all a sudden, all these people had some type of ability that wasn't elaborated on. Just hints here and there that Michael *liked* fire or that John *liked* water (they could manipulate these elements). And then, Quin walks through a gun fight without getting hit?! Or how he survived getting hit by a grenade?! Seriously?! With no explanation how that was possible? On top of that, nothing is resolved in the end. The bad guys who were supposed to be dead? Just vanished and are apparently still alive. Even though Michael saw both of them die. So many loose ends that just made me even more annoyed than I already was. Added to the fact that I felt like John was an extremely weak person and didn't even make Michael grovel! Come on! I did like Quin but I seriously disliked John and Michael.
With that said, Harper Fox seems to love to bring in a guy's ex and shake things up. Personally hating that type of conflict, I think this will be my last story by her. I might have enjoyed the book a bit more if the ex hadn't been so thoroughly thrust (literally!) into Michael the story. No point to keep trying an author when they constantly (at least in all the ones I've read) write something I really hate. I do freely admit though that there was a time or two that my heart jumped in anticipation of what was to come in one of those gun fights but then I got disappointed in the almost anticlimactic resolution to those intense moments.(less)
At first I wrote this really long review detailing almost everything that happened and what I felt about it. When I was done it was more like a synops...moreAt first I wrote this really long review detailing almost everything that happened and what I felt about it. When I was done it was more like a synopsis and not a review so I deleted it. I asked myself why did I have to write it all out and it made me wonder but in the end it made reading this book and writing this review easier because as I wrote I got out all my issues. I ranted and I raved about my problems but then I gushed and I praised about what I loved.
The main thing that needs to be known is that the blurb is both very misleading and does not do the book justice. If you're looking for an amazing book set around an underground organization you will get it. However, if you're looking for a book with a focus on gay romance you will not. It's difficult for me to classify this as m/m at all because honestly the romance between Nikki and Nate was more of a behind the scenes romance that you barely saw while the m/f romance between Morgan and Julian took center stage.
The trials and errors of what Julian and Nikki did within the organization were both fascinating and horrifying. I enjoyed reading about what they did. I loved seeing them go through with their plans, seeing them get hurt and seeing them fight as only proud men can. The setting and the problems with the city and the organization is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a mobster book. I want to know about the crimes that happen, the people that are murdered and the innocents that are lost. I would give this book 10 stars if it had just been that because in all honesty it was an extremely captivating world. I was sucked in literally from the start because of it.
While I had a couple of problems with the book my main issue was how weak the m/m romance was. I was expecting a lot of it from the blurb but instead I felt like I got slapped in the face with an m/f relationship instead. In reality, this book turned out to be completely different than I expected but once I got past my shock of girlie bits I ended up loving the book (that of course didn't stop me from bitching about the m/f or from hating the stupid girl in it).
The plot in this book is shocking, chaotic, suspenseful, heart breaking and absolutely fucking crushing. Its funny at times and sweet at others then it'll be heart-clenchingly sad. I've cried at least twice during it and even now my chest hurts. Even when I thought things would start to settle, events are again set into motion (view spoiler)[Such as Julian being a complete dumbass and basically starting his own city which causes old enemies to return (hide spoiler)] that makes Julian and Nate unable to leave their old life behind but at the same time it cements Nate getting something he truly wants. Don't mistake me, however, this story does end happily (view spoiler)[ mostly (hide spoiler)].
One thing that needs to be said is this story is in no way easy. Something completely major and completely fucked up happens towards the middle and things turn crazy and havoc reigns and things just get worse because of it. The characters are all broken in one way or another and if they aren't at the beginning they are after the tragic event that happens. I fell in love with Nikki, Nate and Julian. They are all damaged but they all need each other. (view spoiler)[ If I could change anything I would allow Nikki to survive. The book was intense but I would have given anything for him to cheat death just one more time and see him and Nate get the HEA they truly deserve. And even though that didn't happen, I'm still happy with how the book turned out. Sure, I still have my hangups about it but I absolutely loved it anyway. (hide spoiler)]
The writing is good but at times it feels stunted and choppy. There are more than just a few editing mistakes and there are POV shifts almost constantly so at times the head-hopping gets a bit annoying. The flow of the story is easy to follow even though the beginning was a bit hard to get through but once you get used to the style, it's very easy to follow along.
All in all, would I recommend this book? Yes and no. The premise is the absolutely best thing about this story. The idea that an organization can literally rule a whole city is unrealistic but in this book it's completely believable and I'd recommend this book just for that because in the end, it's not all roses and daises. The organization does fall and we see that happen. Some people are turned off by m/f romances and all I can say is I am too. I probably wouldn't have read this if I'd known it's predominately m/f and while I would have missed out on an amazing book I wouldn't have been the wiser about it. I'm glad Nate got an HEA but in the end while he and Nikki are in the blurb, I still know barely anything about them besides a few facts I learned here and there from Julian or Morgan. They weren't the focus of the story even with how influential Nikki is to everyone. So if anything, let this be a warning that you'll be reading a het romance but also that this was bittersweet. It does not end well for almost everyone but it does have an HEA for those who do survive. It was both a painful read and a intense one but in the end I walk away with the pleasure of being able to have read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a really cute story about a guy who turns into a house cat only after he has sex for the first time and he just so happens to have it with th...moreThis was a really cute story about a guy who turns into a house cat only after he has sex for the first time and he just so happens to have it with the man who's going to kill him.
Noah and Gage are definitely up high on my list of cute couples. Gage being an assassin and Noah a house cat with OCD was just too adorable. The beginning cracked me up with Noah's almost robotic-like actions and his constant need to clean up before he forgets to do it. I picture his apartment to be like a sterilized psychiatric room, in the sense of cleanliness. Lol
I found the plot quite interesting with how Noah's mom has kept him hidden from his uncle and how getting rid of his virginity is what causes him to shift into a kitty and then ultimately brings about all the people trying to kill him. Of course, Gage was trying to kill him because he was a (kind of) witness to a job Gage was on.
All in all, a really cute story. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Assassin's Pride series and hopefully more about the cats. Recommended :D(less)
This book contains three short stories all revolving around the same world and all interconnecting through at least one character.
In Locke & Key,...moreThis book contains three short stories all revolving around the same world and all interconnecting through at least one character.
In Locke & Key, we are introduced to Locke and Key. Locke is a vampire hunter and Key is his working partner who's the brains of all Locke's hunts. They've worked together for five years and while there's a mutual attraction, Locke is hesitant to become lovers because of his instinct that says Key is hiding something. When Locke finally finds out what Key is hiding, it's enough to make Locke rethink the partnership they have. It takes Locke's brother Preston intervening to get Locke to realize how much of an asshole he is.
In Sharing, Preston has his hands full as a top hunter, making sure all the top vampires stay within the parameters of the rules. While having more than just a few top vampires to look after, his focus is mostly taken up with Allesandro and Trenton because of their childish actions of stealing the others humans. Allesandro and Trenton get jealous however when Richard, another top vampire, tries to make a meal out of Preston. Now, Trenton and Allesandro must learn to share if they ever hope of making Preston someone permanent in their lives.
In The Housekeeper, Trevor has been in love with Richard for almost as long as he's worked as Richard's housekeeper, although Richard barely sees him. While Richard is sulking from Preston's rejection, it brings the two closer together until an incident happens that pushes Richard back to his normal self and back to ignoring Trevor. It takes Trevor getting attacked by low level vampires and then quitting before Richard realizes everything that he's lost.
I really liked all three stories and loved the fact that they interlock. All the characters are very easy to like, even when they act like bastards. While there is no sex in this entire book, there is a bit of kissing and petting but the three stories are so short that you won't even miss the sex because the story drags you in anyway.
If you're looking for something cute, short and sweet, this is definitely something you should pick up. Recommended. [image error](less)
I don't normally read non-romance books but I absolutely loved Flight of the Sparrows. It was fast-paced but still interesting enough to keep you with...moreI don't normally read non-romance books but I absolutely loved Flight of the Sparrows. It was fast-paced but still interesting enough to keep you with it. There was one part where I was absolutely lost on. It had to do with how long Burke new about Quill and how long Quill has been with him. The whole scene actually didn't make sense because it goes to say he knew for two months Quill was his son and that Quill's been with him for a few weeks but then about two scenes later, Burke was telling his butler he just found out about Quill and that Quill's only been there for a few days. I read the ebook version, so that could have changed in the print version but that little mix up still didn't dampen my enjoyment of the book.
It was funny, exciting and you'll fall in love with Quill, Burke and Burke's team just from the bantering that constantly happens between them. I love Laura Baumbach, she has to be one of my favorite authors because no matter if there's editing misses or a confusing time-line, she still has a way of drawing you into the story. Recommended. (less)
I enjoyed this book, a little too much sex for me, but it was a good read to pass the time waiting for work to end. I liked how even though Julian gre...moreI enjoyed this book, a little too much sex for me, but it was a good read to pass the time waiting for work to end. I liked how even though Julian grew up surrounded by vampires, he still had a hobby of playing the guitar, which is laughable to other vampires. I just had two problems: If the queen was so old and powerful, how did she die so easily? I mean, wouldn’t you think she’d be able to sense someone coming up behind her? Maybe it’s just me but I thought the fighting seen was over way too fast. I also had a problem with the sex, mostly how Julian was a virgin but had the minimalist of stretching and didn’t feel any pain from being banged by Sebastian. Of course, Julian can heal quite quickly but I still felt spit, blood, and one finger stretching has got to lead to at least some pain! *grimaces* All in all, I liked Christie’s writing and I’ll definitely be reading the sequel. Did I mention I don’t like cliff-hangers? Yeah, good, so be speedy on that sequel, Christie! Please? Lol
I absolutely loved this one. I got caught up in all the suspense and mystery and the suspicion from both char...moreWow! What a ride! And a long one at that!
I absolutely loved this one. I got caught up in all the suspense and mystery and the suspicion from both characters in the beginning of their relationship.
Because this book is so long, it's obvious a lot happens during the novel. One of those things is seeing the multiply layers both Quinton Mann and Mark Vincent have. I found it fascinating the way they were portrayed from outsiders and secondary characters but then how they were so different with each other and then again when they both learned to trust each other unconditionally pealed back another layer to see who Mark and Quinn where deep down. They went from the Ice Man and the Sociopath to these two people who learned they have it in themselves to love someone so much it hurts to even think of something bad happening to the other. I fell in love with it because it was just so sweet how they changed and the way they handled one another *dreamy sigh* They may have started off as enemies but I have no doubt a lot of people wish in real life they had the type of love Quinn and Mark have. :-/
Like I said, there's a boat load of suspense and mystery. So much so it'd be hard to even mention it all because I'd most likely forget some of it. Let's just say there's everything from killing to meeting the family and everything in between in this one. Very, very entertaining.
Even though I did love it, I had a few problems with it. Like most readers, the repetitive scenes were a tad annoying and somewhat hard to get through in the beginning but during the second half of the book they weren't so bad because they didn't explain every little thing twice over like in the start of the book. Also, there was just a bit too much sex for my liking. It was hot as hell and I enjoyed it immensely! But, that still didn't stop me from thinking, "What? Again? Sheesh! You horny old dogs!" Lol
One thing I was disappointed wasn't addressed, though, was what people in the CIA and WBIS would have thought of if they found out Quinn and Mark were together? I would have liked to see how Quinn and Mark handled their employers finding out about their almost two year affair. Alas, no one knew besides Matheson and Mark handled that but we didn't actually see it so my thirst wasn't quenched on that topic. :-(
With that said, I wholeheartedly recommend this free read. It was a great book and even though it was long, it left me wanting more of Quinn and Mark and of the secondary characters as well...... And, um, would it be too much to ask for an HEA for Smitty and one for Max, too?! I'm looking forward to reading Matheson's and Theo's, though! :D(less)
I really liked this one. It was sweet the way Zack and Noah loved each other at such a young age and still loved each other even after 3 year...more4.5 stars
I really liked this one. It was sweet the way Zack and Noah loved each other at such a young age and still loved each other even after 3 years of being separated all because Noah was trying to protect Zack from the danger associated with being with a Harper.
I loved Zack. The story is solely in his POV (first person) so we get a good idea about all the emotions and thoughts he had. I especially liked the way Zack's reaction to Noah being a vampire wasn't easily accepted. He freaked out and didn't believe Noah. He needed Noah to prove it to him but only after he ran from Noah. Of course, Noah was hurt but it was just so sweet how he tried to keep Zack from learning about all the supernatural stuff years ago only to be in basically the same spot when they reunited. I was kind of prepared to hate Noah because of him hurting Zack when they were young but it wasn't possible for me to not like him especially after learning he did it all because of his love for Zack. He's considerate, sweet and kind. He always has Zack's well-being in his mind first and I really liked that.
It was nice seeing Noah and Zack reconnect at the place where Noah broke it off and I liked the whole friends to lovers theme. I was hooked on the story. We not only see their relationship start anew but we see them have to deal rogue vampires that killed Noah's parents, whether or not Zack should be a vampire and having to deal with Noah's family's biased opinion on vampires. I really loved it.
As much as I loved the book, it started to drag slightly towards the end. Not enough to roll my eyes and wish it would end already or to even ruin my enjoyment of it but enough for me to notice.
All in all, this was a great book. I'm looking forward to the sequel, Hunter's Moon and seeing PC get a happy ending. Definitely recommended. :D(less)