I only read the section by Charlaine Harris, to be quite honest. I didn't really want to dig into other "vampire" authors until I've maybe read more o...moreI only read the section by Charlaine Harris, to be quite honest. I didn't really want to dig into other "vampire" authors until I've maybe read more of their stuff. And I was semi disappointed that each chapter was so short, I think less authors with longer short stories would have been more enjoyable.(less)
I originally picked this book up because I had Nancy Holzner as a teacher when I was in High School in Lenox, Massachusetts. She was a fantastic teach...moreI originally picked this book up because I had Nancy Holzner as a teacher when I was in High School in Lenox, Massachusetts. She was a fantastic teacher who allowed me to write a term paper on Contact by Carl Sagan, and also allowed our class to choose some of the books we would read in our curriculum that year (I, of course, being the tech nerd that I was, chose some short sci-fi stories by Alfred Bester). When I think back to what I learned in school, I think a lot of her class.
A friend of mine pointed out that she had written this urban fantasy novel and I was just blown away by how awesome that was. I just had gone through the entire Bobbie Faye series by Toni McGee Causey and of course, the Vampire staple that is Sookie Stackhouse. Seeing as Deadtown was right up my alley, I picked it up and started to read it on the Commuter Rail in Boston when I was visiting another one of Nancy Holzner's old students. It was bizarre, as the Commuter Rail and Boston landmarks were often mentioned in the novel.
Of course, the moment I picked the book up (about four days ago now), I wasn't really able to put it down. I loved the main character Victory and just couldn't get enough of paranormal area of Boston that Victory lived in.
The story was so rich with characters and their life stories. In the book, for almost every corner you turned and everywhere that you looked, there was something to see, someone to learn about and some detail to pick up.
I think I put off reading it because I knew it was a new series and I'd just die of anticipation, waiting for the next book to come out! And of course, I am about ready to explode and I only finished it the other day.(less)
When I first started to read this novel, after about 100 pages I was so annoyed and ready to swear off the entire series. But something kept me readin...moreWhen I first started to read this novel, after about 100 pages I was so annoyed and ready to swear off the entire series. But something kept me reading, I don't know what, because it felt like the first 200 pages were just a hastily written piece of poorly thought out fan fiction. But it did pick up in the last 100 pages and I can honestly say I have no f*cking clue where the heck Charlaine Harris is going with this series.
That bodes well for her though, because now I really really really want to know what is going to happen. I was so happy to see Alcide have a more considerable role in this novel, as well as Bill and Jason. I just hope that soon the pathetic flogging Harris has given to her character's emotions will stop.(less)
Loved it! And I was shocked that it received so many bad reviews! It was light, fun, cheesy, sappy, and dirty romance! With kilts! I mean, come on, wh...moreLoved it! And I was shocked that it received so many bad reviews! It was light, fun, cheesy, sappy, and dirty romance! With kilts! I mean, come on, what is better than an angsty Scot in a kilt?? An angsty dead Scot in a kilt! Maybe more: an angsty, lusty, dead Scot in a kilt guarding his bed!!
Come on people, you don't pick up a book like this and expect Les Miserables, you pick up a book like this and expect something like Devil in a Kilt.
I'm going to go into that corner over there and giggle some more now.(less)
My favorite in the series so far! While other books in this series felt slightly rushed or poorly planned, this one showed forethought and something l...moreMy favorite in the series so far! While other books in this series felt slightly rushed or poorly planned, this one showed forethought and something like kismet! I am really glad that our blighted hero, Hardwick, finally got the girl. I think his character in the last three books was cocky yet kind and definitely deserved center stage.
And I was relieved that it wasn't a glorified porn novel, as other books of this genre tend to be. I liked the boundaries that Mackay set for Hardwick and that she only toed the line a few times.(less)
It was a fun read! I was hooked for the first 200 pages or so, but then suddenly the storyline felt rushed and less imaginative. So I was slightly dis...moreIt was a fun read! I was hooked for the first 200 pages or so, but then suddenly the storyline felt rushed and less imaginative. So I was slightly disappointed with the ending, but did enjoy reading about Aidan and Kira.(less)
I really really enjoyed this sequel! Although I had forgotten some things from the first book, it was really easy to continue on with.
(view spoiler)[I...moreI really really enjoyed this sequel! Although I had forgotten some things from the first book, it was really easy to continue on with.
(view spoiler)[I really liked reading about Mab's small corner of Wales and seeing a lot more of Mab. I am pretty sure she's a heck of a lot older and famous than she lets on, in the grand scheme of things, but I'm sure we'll find out in the next book! I was sort of hoping that Pryce would not be as incredibly evil as he turned out to be, I actually liked him when he first showed up. Oh well, he sure did piss Kane off a lot, and angry, angsty Kane is a lot of fun to read! (hide spoiler)]
I definitely recommend this series, so go pick up Deadtown, people!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoyed this book! I didn’t fall in love with it like I have with past series, but overall it was entertaining. It had elements I prefer in novels,...moreI enjoyed this book! I didn’t fall in love with it like I have with past series, but overall it was entertaining. It had elements I prefer in novels, adventure, romance and a little bit of mystery or alluding to a greater storyline. I’m not sure I liked the female lead, Thalia, but I did really like Captain Huntley. He was a bit of a stereotype, but in a fun way that I enjoyed!
The only negatives I could think of where the author’s annoying side explanations that happened every other paragraph in the beginning of the book. (Huntly got angry because with his military experience he was used to ABC, repeat. Thalia was frustrated because of her time in Mongolia she did ABC, repeat.) In addition to that, some of the descriptions were complete and utter cheese, especially during some of the more romancey or risque scenes. That’s a tossup though because sometimes I love cheese and sometimes my brain just wants to cry.
This novel would be straight up teen fic if it weren’t for the handful of steamy porn scenes. It is not a porn novel mind you, it’s more of an action action/adventure/romance novel.
I read the Kindle edition as well, since it was like $4 on Amazon at the time I was looking.
Oh, and I’ll definitely be looking into the next few books in the series. I didn’t actually feel an intense connection with the main characters, Thalia & Huntley, so I don’t think I’d mind if the next two novels aren’t about them.
I read this because Felicia Day gave it a glowing review, lastly I’ll say that I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as she did.(less)
It was not easy for me to get through this book! I just want to reiterate the fact that two stars means, "It was OK," because that's what I thought ab...moreIt was not easy for me to get through this book! I just want to reiterate the fact that two stars means, "It was OK," because that's what I thought about this book. I really liked Bennet's character in the first book, and through the beginning of this one. But my goodness, it was pretty much transformed into a porn novel where two characters thought about how much they loved each other every five minutes in every given situation, with a little action thrown in.
I got the point, they loved each other, they were horny and they did it, a lot. I got that!
Want me to say that again? If I did, you'd get a taste of what this book is like :P(less)
I really liked this book and am excited to have found this new series! I'm not really into vampire-culture...morePicking up the pace again with my reading :)
I really liked this book and am excited to have found this new series! I'm not really into vampire-culture, but I like how J.R. Ward has crafted her universe. I like the rules she's made, they seem to make more sense than the stereotypical all-over-the-place style of Charlaine Harris et al. Ward's Vampires are more of a species of humans, rather than humans that came under an unfortunate disease or virus.
At the beginning Wrath seemed like way too much (leather, guns, knives, long hair, leather, tall, gigantic muscles, wearing sunglasses at night), but he totally grew on me. I liked how Beth wasn't annoyingly-whiny or way too stubborn. The only negative things I have to say is (view spoiler)[Wrath went from tough-single-guy to totally pussy whipped in as little as a few days. I've had liked for him to have not changed so easily (hide spoiler)].["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Well, this was the best compilation of short stories that I have ever read. I can really say that I truly adored every single one.
Love Hurts by Jim Bu...moreWell, this was the best compilation of short stories that I have ever read. I can really say that I truly adored every single one.
Love Hurts by Jim Butcher This is a Dresden files story, and I really liked the way it was written. It was very clear and easy to follow, easy to get a mental image from descriptions. Maybe I'll read some Dresden FIles books now!
The Marrying Maid by Jo Beverly Cute, cute, cute! I love how it was historical fantasy! I could totally read this to girlfriends at a girly sleepover party. I am definitely going to pick up more books by this author.
Rooftops by Carrie Vaughn I really liked the premise of this story. It sort of hinted at a broader idea, but kind of failed to capture it. I also was not happy with the ending. But it was really well written and I think if the author had had maybe more pages, words and time available, it could have blossomed into a better story. It was still a fun story, based in a world of super heroes!
Hurt Me by MLN Hanover Loved it! I don't usually like ghost stories and things that are meant to be spooky, but I really liked how this one worked out. There was a lot of mystery behind everything at first, but as you go along, it starts to make more and more sense. I liked how it took my assumptions from the get-go and tossed them all away.
Demon Lover by Cecilia Holland It was pretty good. The premise was odd, and it really just had a life lesson at the end. It reminds me of the original story telling of Little Red Riding Hood. It's a wee bit gruesome in some areas, but cute in the end.
The Wayfarer's Advice by Melinda M Snodgrass Oh, I loved this one. I really liked the main male character and how things were sort of in his perspective. I liked the view on humankind and my heart just broke at the end. I am a sucker for a good happy ending, so I emo if there isn't one... and this story had so much promise! I am hoping that she picks it up again, because it was really intriguing!
Blue Boots by Robin Hobb Blue Boots sort of played on a teen girl's naiveté, and it was so well written. You sort of fall for it all right along with her. It was a really enjoyable story, and I'll always remember it for I was reading it while staring at a cute boy in the airport in Washington DC.
The THing About Cassandra by Neil Gaiman I wish he had put more thought into his story! I had very high expectations because I have loved everything by Neil Gaiman that I've read. I just think there were too many plot holes in this for it to make much sense and to make me go, oh no! That or he just did not elaborate enough. Bleargh.
After the Blood by Marjorie M Liu This was probably the scariest in the compilation and it's one of my favorites. I loved the relationship between the main characters and I really like how well thought out this was. You could tell the author knew exactly what kind of twist she wanted to achieve and she did a beautiful job getting there. Really really enjoyed this one and I hope she decides to write more, because I would love to know what else happens in the future of this story!
You, and You Alone by Jacqueline Carey This story follows Anafiel and Rolande in the Kushiel series, it basically tells their story about their relationship. I have never read Kushiel, but I really did enjoy this short story. It was really well written and I really liked the dynamic between the two men.
His Wolf by Lisa Tuttle The one started out great, and it seemed like a really fun idea for a romantic novel. But then all of a sudden I felt like the author thought she was required to go through in a random plot twist to achieve a preconceived end, which changed the shape of the entire story. I also thought the ending was bleak, and therefor disappointing, since I really loved the way it started. I wish she had just ran with it, instead of suddenly taking a turn that was totally out of the blue and went against the flow of the beginning of the story.
Courting Trouble by Linnea Sinclair I really enjoyed this story, even though it seemed to get too technical for me at times. And saying that personally, as a professional techie, is saying a lot! But I did like the random chance encounter between two people who had a history, slowly discovering why they parted and witnessing them being reunited. I love those plots! And I really liked the ending! I would read on if there was more to come after this :)
The Demon Dancer by Mary Jo Putney This one was a bit strange for me, as what is revealed in the end is something I have a hard time imagining. It was really well written and captured me as much as every other story in the book, but I just wasn't into the main couple and their dynamic. I'd be interested in reading on though, because I am still insanely curious on how they'd work out!
Under/Above the Water by Tanith Lee While I was reading this story, I was on the bus to work and a friend came and sat down next to me. I completely did not even notice he was there, until I got up to get off at my stop, and he said hello! I was so embarassed, but happy that everything people have said about Tanith Lee is true! I love love loved this story, it was definitely one of my favorites from the book.
Kaskia by Peter S Beagle From such an acclaimed and loved author, I had high expectations and was excited when I got to his story. I was let down, a lot, I expected a romance of some kind and really did not get that. It honestly didn't really fit in with the idea of the compilation and I think I was the least happy with this one. It was still written well! And an interesting tale, but I guess I expected more from Peter S Beagle.
Man in the Mirror by Yasmine Galenorn I loved the idea of this story and just loved how it started out. Old haunted houses have always peaked my interest, and the story behind this particular one was very interesting. I think I got too into that at one point, because the story took a turn into a very strange direction that I was not expecting. I did not like the ending one bit, it was so bleak and I still feel really bad for the main female character. I like my happy endings, okay!
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon What I was waiting for!! I got this book for this author, and I saved her story for last! But it was great! I won't lie, I was disappointed when I found out it wasn't about Jamie or Claire, but I manned up and was a good Outlander fan. The story was definitely one of my favorites in the compilation and it was great to get this back story on Roger's father and mother. I pretty much balled my eyes out for like half of it, because I knew the eventual outcome (as most fans would). I loooove what was revealed though, and I want to go hug Roger and tell him it'll be okay! ;_;(less)
A really fun novel! I really loved how extremely vivid Frank was, I could just see, smell & hear him, with his slight New York accent, his funky 8...moreA really fun novel! I really loved how extremely vivid Frank was, I could just see, smell & hear him, with his slight New York accent, his funky 80's mohawk ,the too-tight Metallica shirt and the faint aroma of motor oil.
The author did a really great job of conveying just how drawn apart but desperate the situation was for Cam. Usually when I read a synopses like this (there were lots of themes similar in Songs of Love & Death), I figure that there will be a heart breaking decision for a character like Cam that could really tear the reader apart. This book flowed so naturally, and I was right with Cam, every step of the way, regardless of how twisted some of the scenes may have seemed.
I could also really see this book as a play, if it was going to transition into any other kind of medium. Even as a musical, it would be so neat!
Another great novel! It makes me really happy that this author can continue in a series with a) the same main characters and b) still dazzle me with h...moreAnother great novel! It makes me really happy that this author can continue in a series with a) the same main characters and b) still dazzle me with her writing genius.
After finishing the third book, I felt incredibly depressed, as I am sure a lot of fans felt right along with me. I'm not sure I agree any more with the standings in book four, like in book three, BUT the author did an amazing job of soothing my own feelings about everything. It's strange to feel those sort of crazy ups and downs with Georgina, but I'm also excited to read on because there are so many little things I can't wait to find out!
And as crazy as he is, I'm totally excited Roman pops back in! I missed him, and enjoyed his character, and I'm amused that the author made some concessions for him. Oh! The other great thing about this book: If you read the Sookie Stackhouse series, you'll recall an awful novel where Eric loses his memory and this is used as a plot device so Sookie and Eric can have lots and lots of nasty sex. Something similar happened in this book, to allow Georgina to sleep with a mortal, without taking his life energy, but the difference here was... This did not screen awful, contrived fan fiction! That made me very very happy.
After finishing the third book this morning and then reading this one in one sitting... I think I might take a book break and come back to book five later!(less)