Overall, a disappointment. Some of the stories involving minor characters (Bev & Todd, Bubba, Diantha) were okay, while the stories involving moreOverall, a disappointment. Some of the stories involving minor characters (Bev & Todd, Bubba, Diantha) were okay, while the stories involving more prominent characters suffered....more
Finally, finally! The series starts to make a turn for the better now that it focused on the politics of the world around Harry, and not just him. HarFinally, finally! The series starts to make a turn for the better now that it focused on the politics of the world around Harry, and not just him. Harry's still an idiot from time to time, but he at least is starting to learn that he needs to stop blaming himself for the choices (stupid or otherwise) that other people make. He lets Billy and the Werewolves (awesome band name alert!) help him. He actually TALKS to Murphy and she gets to kick ass in the way she deserves.
This book is a great step away from Harry Dresden, Single Lonely Wizard With No Friends Because I Think I Can Do Everything Alone, and a step toward integrating secondary characters the way they should be.
Unfortunately, I still know how perky the tits of every female character (expect Murphy) are, but you win some, you lose some. ...more
I'm really trusting everyone who says this gets better soon. I can see the elements that make this work, but so much of it frustrates me.
Harry, pleaseI'm really trusting everyone who says this gets better soon. I can see the elements that make this work, but so much of it frustrates me.
Harry, please stop talking about the breasts of every single woman you ever meet. I notice women's breasts too. I can't help it, I just do. I'm sure everyone does. But I don't wax fucking poetic about raised nipples when I do.
And how about that fridging, folks!
I don't mean to be so negative about this book. There were a few things I really liked - Michael, especially. And like I said, I can see the elements in place that I enjoy in my urban fantasy. Hopefully there's much more of the good stuff and less of the Man Boy Fantasy in the future....more
This is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, period. I love Atticus, I love Hearne's nerdy humor, and I love the weaving of various religions anThis is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, period. I love Atticus, I love Hearne's nerdy humor, and I love the weaving of various religions and myths into the world Hearne has created. I'm glad that Granuaile got her own POV chapters in Hunted, because she truly shines here. Owen, Atticus' archdruid, is entertaining, but not nearly a strong enough voice to counter Atticus and Granuaile, who have already had six books of character development already.
So, point by point.
The Plot Shattered takes off shortly after the events of Hunted, where Atticus and Granuaile fled for their lives across half of Europe. Figuring out exactly who sent killers after them and why is the mystery in this novel, and the reveal isn't disappointing. It makes sense when it happens, and the climax makes me wish this would eventually become a TV series, just to see it happen.
The plot itself seems to take up a small chunk of the novel, simply because so much of it focuses on Owen's integration into the world, and some of the craziness that happens with Granuaile. I actually liked that, simply because it meant a lot more character insight and growth for all three, which is always a good thing.
The rest of the world building keeps getting crazier and crazier, and I love it. Loki's got some serious shenanigans going on, and I can't wait to see how everything plays out.
Atticus (and Oberon!) With five and a half books of his own, it made sense for Atticus to sort of take a back seat in Shattered, and I'm incredibly okay with that because of what we got with Granuaile's chapters. Atticus is mostly caught up in teaching Owen about modern living, and there are some really nice bits involved. My favorite had to be him stopping Owen and giving him a quick lecture on how to approach women and their POVs when it comes to men. A very nice, refreshing take on a hero's view on women.
Oberon is Oberon, and that is always a good thing.
Owen I had no idea there would be Owen chapters, and was incredibly surprised when the first one popped up, but it made sense after a while. His voice was clearly different, and made for a nice counterpoint from Atticus. He had his hilarious moments, and a decnt amount of character development for a character who was introduced in the last pages of Hunted.
I appreciated Owen's chapters all the more when I realized his POV was incredibly important in his and Atticus' interactions (especially the one that truly mattered for Atticus, in the end).
Granuaile (and Orlaith!) I left Granuaile for last because her journey ended up being my favorite thing about Shattered. I find that a majority of novels that feature female characters written by male authors don't get the women quite right. I don't know why, I just know it feels off - but that wasn't the case with Granuaile. It felt like Hearne knew her inside and out, and that made for a fantastically well-rounded character. She has her triumphs and losses, her ups and downs, and she's just as interesting, intelligent, and capable as Atticus.
I'm going to go back to Hunted and re-read just her chapters in that one and Shattered because I love her a ridiculous amount now.
Orlaith was a really pleasant surprise addition, and it makes absolute sense that Granuaile got her own hound. She's wonderfully sweet, a great counterpart to Oberon's humor.
Romance I'm adding this here because while the romance in the novels has always been understated, I absolutely loved the little bits of it that were mentioned. It's the little things that both Atticus and Granuaile say and do that remind me that they've known each other for over a decade, that they've been in love with each other for that long, that they're together and best friends in a very comfortable, lived-in way. Their romance feels real, and I love that there is not a single second of romantic drama between them.
Overall Shattered is a fantastic addition to the series, and the perfect blend of action, contemplation, and humor. Hearne hits the right beats at the right times, and while Owen's POV chapters left a bit to be desired, everything came together wonderfully in the end. This is, arguably, Granuaile's book. She absolutely shines.
AND NOW BEGINS THE AGONIZING WAIT FOR BOOK 8.
SO MANY THOUGHTS.
And I didn't think it was possible to love Granuaile even more, but it happened.
Full review to come.
A. CANNOT WAIT.
B. This is one of the few times I would happily imagine the cover model as Atticus instead of Richard Madden.
I'm enjoying this world as a whole, but the actual plot in this one (and the past two) was so damn predictable - from who the bad guy was to the pathI'm enjoying this world as a whole, but the actual plot in this one (and the past two) was so damn predictable - from who the bad guy was to the path the romance took. The only thing I didn't predict was (view spoiler)[that Merit got away from the Red Guard with a simple no. (I'm sure they come into play later in the series.) I so thought Ethan was going to find out she was approached and take it as a huge betrayal and THAT would have broken them up. Not Ethan being a dumb urban fantasy alpha vampire male. (hide spoiler)]
I have the fourth one in paperback so I'll be reading it soon. This series is kind of perfect for mindless popcorn reading when I need it, but I wish there was a little more meat to it.["br"]>["br"]>...more
It doesn't take reading too many of the same cookie cutter paranormal romance or urban fantasy novels to tire of tMore reviews at The Best Books Ever!
It doesn't take reading too many of the same cookie cutter paranormal romance or urban fantasy novels to tire of the genre and start looking for something new. Three Parts Dead delivered on that from the moment I saw the cover - badass colored main character! - and I was in once I read the summary. It all sounded so mysterious and had just enough of a fantasy tinge to keep things interesting.
Much like any fantasy novel set in a made up world, Three Parts Dead throws you in the deep end and trusts that you will not only float, but swim as well. That trust in the reader's intelligence is one of the things I enjoy most about novels like this, even though there were times my brain would reject everything because there was SO MUCH to try to piece together into a world that makes sense.
The world in Three Parts Dead is pretty damn neat, though.
Tara, our main character, is not just a badass magic (or craft, as it's called here) wielder and detective, but she's easy to get to know and sympathize with as we get glimpses into what makes her tick. There were times I felt she was a little too awesome, but that's not even a real complaint. I was just as intrigued by Abelard, the priest of the dead god who is tasked to help her. Abelard goes from a lowly priest to someone who has to confront the death of his god, and deal with all the craziness that comes with Tara and her craft. Poor guy.
The secondary characters, such as Tara's boss, Abelard's friend who is a body for the all encompassing quasi-deity called Justice, and a delightful vampire, all make for a well-rounded cast. It felt like they were all main characters whenever the narrative focused on them, which made for a really great reading experience.
The action and pacing move pretty damn fast, making for an intense read that I couldn't put down. I began to resent having to sleep, guys. How dare my body deny me precious time better spent in Tara's world? Hmph.
Though the second novel in this series doesn't deal with the same characters, I'm so impressed by Max Gladstone's writing that I'll be grabbing it as soon as it hits shelves. ...more
A fun romp through the urban fantasy genre, with various bits of mythology thrown in here and there. Very obviously written for a male audience, thougA fun romp through the urban fantasy genre, with various bits of mythology thrown in here and there. Very obviously written for a male audience, though that didn't detract from the overall fun of the book....more
I love new takes on the paranormal genre, and The Rook scratched that itch like no other recently. We folloOriginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.
I love new takes on the paranormal genre, and The Rook scratched that itch like no other recently. We follow the adventures of Myfanwy Thomas, a woman who wakes up with amnesia and has no clue about her previous life except for letters left by herself to herself. Going along with Myfanwy as she relearns her entire life, which includes working for a huge secret organization called the Chequy that deals with many paranormal forces in Britain. It’s such a rich, deep world we learn about, and I wish there were so much more to read. Nearly 500 pages wasn’t enooooough!
Myfanwy was a fantastic protagonist. I loved following her as she learned about the mousy, shy woman she used to be and as she grows into an outgoing woman who actually uses her own paranormal powers. She investigates her own amnesia (someone’s a traitor!) as well as working a high-stress job despite forgetting all about it and she is SO. GREAT. That’s basically all I can say about The Rook without dissolving into a giant pile of fangirl. IT’S SO GREAT....more
I wasn’t entirely sure I knew what I was picking up when I requested this arc on NetGalley, but I’m really glad I did. Though I couldn’t bring myselfI wasn’t entirely sure I knew what I was picking up when I requested this arc on NetGalley, but I’m really glad I did. Though I couldn’t bring myself to give it a full four stars, this is a very high three stars simply on the premise alone.
We meet our two heroes in this by the split POV chapters. There’s Filius, the prince of the city and son to the goddess of the city, and Beth, graffiti artist and tomboy trying to escape her life. Both characters are actually quite charming and easy to like. Filius (aka Urchin) is a boy trying to figure out how to become a man and live up to his absent mother’s name as he roams the streets of his city. Beth is a lost girl acting out and finding solace in her graffiti art. When they meet under extraordinary circumstances (you know the sort, that serendipitous right place and right time moment), they just click. Though yes, there is a budding romance, it’s mostly how Beth and Filius grow up and together that makes it work.
Among their exploits in trying to defeat Reach, the god of urban decay, are a menagerie of seriously interesting ideas. Street lamps that come to life. Mirrored images of people. Priests cursed into living their entire lives encased as statues. Filius’s adviser creates herself out of garbage. The ideas Tom Pollock came up with in creating the extraordinary inhabitants of the city are really fantastic. Even when the book lagged in places, I found myself so charmed by his ideas that I was compelled to keep reading to see what happened to all these wonderful characters.
There’s a ton of action. A ton of talking, plotting, and getting people to fight a war. Usually I’m totally okay with this, but at times it seemed like that got in the way of the journey the characters were taking. They eventually get to where they need to be, but a few things could have been pared down a little.
Also, for those who would care: there is violence. It’s not extremely graphic and usually that doesn’t bother me, but some of it is graphic enough that it made me wince as I read. These poor kids, man.
All in all, I enjoyed The City’s Son. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for something original in YA, on the (pretty literal) urban fantasy aspect alone....more
So, in a world where magic and technology are at odds, where either technology works or magic works, but never (or very rarely) both, enter Kate DanieSo, in a world where magic and technology are at odds, where either technology works or magic works, but never (or very rarely) both, enter Kate Daniels, badass mercenary and magic worker.
I'm really intrigued by the world building, but also a bit frustrated and curious at the same time. How does the switch between magic and tech work? Magic is integrated into the world and accepted, obviously, but what about other supernatural creatures? We only ever see one human come into contact with a supe, and his reaction is not enough to understand what the dynamics are. I'M JUST SO CURIOUS, I WANT TO KNOW.
Oh yeah, and there's Kate. Badass, sarcastic, keeps going even when she's hurt, etc etc, Strong Female Character.
She's cool, but I want to know more about the world. On to book two....more
Let’s see. Take one Buffy-like main character who loves free running, studying the paranormal and competitiOriginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.
Let’s see. Take one Buffy-like main character who loves free running, studying the paranormal and competitive dancing. Add a broody male character who is at odds with our girl. Stir in a world full of info on all sorts of paranormal beings. Insert a pinch of humor, a dash of religious mice, and top it all off with a hot-and-cold romance, and you have Discount Armageddon.
While it was light and fun and I want a home filled with mice that worship me and mine for anything at all, there wasn’t much new to the novel; I expected a lot more and only got pretty decent paranormal romance fare.
Back to Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series for me....more