So, I literally devoured this book... which is so weird because the first one took me a few weeks to read (although I do blame a personal tragedy for...moreSo, I literally devoured this book... which is so weird because the first one took me a few weeks to read (although I do blame a personal tragedy for the lapse in my reading, not Drake). But yeah, the first one sparked my interest... this one has got me hooked.
Drake manages to keep up a heady mix of interesting plot twists and super-fun-to-read characters to boot. The book starts out with Mira and company arriving in Venice to meet with the Coven about the impending war/battles with the Naturi, but it doesn't stop there. Rollercoastering through Europe the group find themself in Mira's homeland of Crete near the end of the book. There are many character and plot developments, which I won't illuminate here for fear of spoiling your reading of what is a fascinating read... but there is still enough cliffhangers to keep your attention for subsequent books (I cannot wait to start "Dawnbreaker").
There's a few bits of the battle sequences that are confusing, or overlong... hence the removal of a star... but overall the story makes up for this flaw. And now... onto Dawnbreaker for me... and hopefully onto "Nightwalker" (the first of the series) for you. (less)
I wish it hadn't taken me three weeks to read this, nor that I went through a personal tragedy while reading it. I feel like both of those elements ma...moreI wish it hadn't taken me three weeks to read this, nor that I went through a personal tragedy while reading it. I feel like both of those elements made me lose some interest in the book. However, that said, I'll try to review it as if my head was really in it, instead of kinda in it.
Mira, a Nightwalker, is an anomoly among the vampires of the world. She has the ability to control fire as a tool and a weapon. In the first few pages of the book she meets Danaus, a human with abilities that Mira has never seen before. Realizing they have to kill one another they both get involved in an age long war against the Naturi, a race of ancient creatures reminiscent of Elves. The Naturi are responsible for a particularly traumatizing experience in Mira's past and she longs for retirbution, but she has to make a temporary alliance with Danaus in order to shore up her numbers against the Naturi who are threatening to take over the world.
A very interesting premise. Written well with characters that made me want to read it. A few of the battle scenes seemed overly long, but were well executed. I feel like my head wasn't in this, but like I said.. personal tragedy. I did, however, finish the book and bought the second book, "Dayhunter". So I do intend to read more. It's a great addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. (less)
Well, I'm not sure how Drake plans to finish this out. I know it's not done yet, but this felt like it was a bit of an end, like maybe, say, the end o...moreWell, I'm not sure how Drake plans to finish this out. I know it's not done yet, but this felt like it was a bit of an end, like maybe, say, the end of the first trilogy. I'm not sure. But still, whoa. I dug it. I was really glad that she left it open ended enough that there will have to be more books, because I wasn't sure how she was going to cram all those resolved plotlines into the last 70 pages or so, but yes. Very open for another book, in fact, downright cavernous for another book.
I could talk for another several paragraphs about all the things I liked (and the few things I didn't), but that would spoil alot for you (thus far) non-readers of this book. So, I'm not going there. Suffice it to say if you are interested read "Nightwalker". It is worth the read. (less)
It's been a while since I've read Jocelynn Drake and this book proves it. Pray for Dawn is a great story that suffered from a bit of catch-up from the...more It's been a while since I've read Jocelynn Drake and this book proves it. Pray for Dawn is a great story that suffered from a bit of catch-up from the last three books, which I read over a year ago. That and the fact that the POV suddenly shifts from Mira to Danaus can possibly account for the confusion, but I digress.
A daughter of a high-ranking senator is found dead, and Mira and Danaus have to find out why. Tied up in all of this is an age-old war between Mira's people, Danaus' past, and the Naturi. There's a lot going on here. But, when you're a badass Vampire, and Vampire Hunter, you can pretty much move mountains.
It took a while to warm up because, like I said, we are finally reading Danaus' perspective which is a bit... stoic. And cold. And meticulous. I mostly enjoyed the scenes with Mira. I miss her. A lot, even though she is present. I miss her mind and her wit. I want to get back to it. Danaus is just too robotic and martinet for me.
That said, I am very much looking forward to Wait for Dusk, which I have in my greedy little hands and am very ready to dive in to. As for Pray for Dawn 4 out of 5 stars. Not bad, but on to Mira. I hope.
I think I am starting to wane on the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake. Alas, five books in and I am losing interest. It's unfortunate and true, but...more I think I am starting to wane on the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake. Alas, five books in and I am losing interest. It's unfortunate and true, but I only seemed to glom onto the highest highlights into this book, Wait for Dusk. Well, it's mid-series. It's to be expected. But something happened in this book that I have been waiting for since the beginning and I only half paid attention when it occurred. Tragic. Truly.
It's not a bad book, honest it's not. I'm just growing weary at this point. It's formula - Vampire lady, immortal "human" protector, Danaus, gorgeously atmospheric setting, fight with the Naturi. Rinse Repeat. Fine and good, but I just shotgunned through the most recent two books, and two in a row at this point I guess are not a good thing. Two in a row becomes pedantic and repetitive anymore.
In Wait for Dusk Mira has taken a seat on the Coven as an Elder. Very shortly after the Coven sends her to Budapest to remove a Naturi threat. Mira immediately enrages the local vampire populace by taking over as the Keeper of Budapest and Danaus has become fascinated with one of the Vampires' human pets. This dredges up bitter feelings of jealousy in Mira, who has recently named Danaus as her consort in Venice. And such, and such, etc. etc.
Like I said, it's not a bad book, I'm just running out of steam. Now that THE THING I have been waiting to happen has happened I'm not sure how much more I have in me to commit to these books. I'll give it one more for sure. Burn the Night comes out July 15, 2011. I have to at least give it one more book as a rule whenever I start to notice attention lapsing.
However, for now, I will give this a (tentative) 4 out of 5 stars. I'm sure it's just me.
I *heart* revenge dramas. Seriously, you don't understand. Like a big old fifty gallon barrel worth of heart. There's always something very compelling...more I *heart* revenge dramas. Seriously, you don't understand. Like a big old fifty gallon barrel worth of heart. There's always something very compelling about them. That being said, when I picked up Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep I was immediately sucked in.
Gin Blanco is thirty and works as an assassin. When she was thirteen years old an elemental killed her entire family, leaving her on the streets to fend for herself. Guilt riddled, scarred, and traumatized she barely survives until she meets Fletcher, owner of a local barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Fletcher sees a child in need and takes her in. He teaches her the family business, which has little to do with his secret sauce recipe and everything to do with killing people for pay.
Seventeen years later Gin Blanco is called the Spider, and she kills people. And someone has just killed her Father.
This book had me from the first line and didn't let go. It's terrifying. It's thrilling. It's heartfelt.
It's also hella sexy. Damn. I usually don't go in for such tension but this book is hot. Typically, I need a little plot with my porn to rationalize reading such cheesy sex scenes. The sex was not cheesy, or unnecessary. My rule of thumb - if there's a sex scene in the first hundred pages it's not the book for me. This adhered to the rule. Not that I am a prude, mind... far from it... I just don't like reading sex dialogue.
It's also a great cast of characters and (yay!) a great plot. Plot in spades! Plots abound! I can have my porn and eat it too.
The coven of moral and ethical standards has targeted Rachel Morgan as a black magic using witch, who may or may not be a demon as well. While dodging...moreThe coven of moral and ethical standards has targeted Rachel Morgan as a black magic using witch, who may or may not be a demon as well. While dodging attempts on her life Rachel's kessons with Al increase, though she still doesn't know how to jump a ley line. Meanwhile Pierce has been made flesh owing to a borrowed body, Ivy has started seeing someone knew, and Jenks is. more or less, the same. But all of the coven's harrassments stir up questions within Rachel about her own identity. Clearly she is not merely a witch...but a demon? Is that possible?
I feel fortunate to have read this early. It's a great read... particularly one part in the middle that would spoil the book for you were I to explain it. Suffice it to say... oh...my...god.... if you have been following (and loving) the Hollows series this is one of the best turning points for one of the best characters in the series. This book made me cry, it was that compelling. And the writing surrounding that plot point...brilliant, and sad.
So, an end to my gushing. A five stars to Ms. Harrison, and happy reading to all of you who will purchase this when it comes out next Tuesday. You will love it.
...and I just caught up on Kim Harrison! Whee!!!...Cue withdrawal....sigh. (less)
So, one night former bounty hunter Evangeline Stone wakes up naked on a morgue slab in someone else’s body…and then things get weird. Evy has three da...moreSo, one night former bounty hunter Evangeline Stone wakes up naked on a morgue slab in someone else’s body…and then things get weird. Evy has three days left to find out who killed her, why she resurrected, and…more importantly, bring them to justice. After three days she will die once again, this time no coming back.
Thus begins a fast paced journey that finds Evy ransacking her new body’s apartment (one recently suicidal Chalice Frost), encountering Chalice’s roommate and best friend, Discovering who gave his soul for her, and more importantly why. This debut novel by Meding is original, poignant, action packed, and unlike anything I have read before. Meding gets huge points on that score alone. Some of the “Magic” system in this book bothered me, and I really can’t say why. I think spell casting sequences get over explained very easily. But still, this inventive storyline earns Meding a 4.5 stars from me. I can’t wait for the next one. (less)
I read most of Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep in one day. I really love this series, though numerous online reviews panned this addition in the Element...more I read most of Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep in one day. I really love this series, though numerous online reviews panned this addition in the Elemental Assassins books. Why no one liked it completely baffles me. I adored the premise of this book and I laughed the whole way through it. It's most entertaining.
Gin Blanco has retired from the Assassin business following the death of her foster-father, Fletcher Lane. She inherits his home, his business (a barbecue joint called the Pork Pit), and a nice chunk of change. Retirement at thirty years old is sweet, but Gin grows bored and craves excitement. Two incidents two days in a row at the Pork Pit find Gin in circumstances that she thrives in. First millionaire bad boy, Jake McAllister, decides to (try to) hold up the restaurant. Next, a mysterious young woman comes in asking for the Tin Man, Fletcher's old moniker when he was an Assassin. Both of these incidents lead to events that forces Gin out of her languid retirement (yay!) and introduce new people piecemeal into her band of family and friends.
This book is too much fun. I found it a very natural progression of the story from book one. Of course Gin would react to Fletcher's death by retiring. She's in mourning. This makes sense. Like I said earlier I have been reading reviews with many upset folks dismissing this particular book and I find them all absurd. I did not find this book boring. It's quite fun and does a lot to open up Gin's character as well as many of the others. I love Finn and the Dwarf sisters, Jo-Jo and Sophia. I love some of the newbies also. It's hard to pick a part in this book that I disliked. Maybe I'm just not a joiner?
I wonder if it boils down to the fact that there is less sex in this book? Granted, there was only one actual sex scene in book one. However, Gin's rampant bawdy imagination well made up for the lack. I blame her tamed down libido on the fact that lusty object-of-desire, Donovan Caine, doesn't make many appearances in this book. When he is there he makes them count, but overall he is very much not there. I think the feeling of calm that pervades the book only adds to the feeling of ennui, and that works within the confines of the story. Boring, no. Just complacent. Gin is not a woman to be complacent too long though. I view this book as the proverbial calm before the storm. Which makes me wonder what in God's name she is going to do next?
5 out of 5 stars. This is quickly becoming one of my favourite Urban Fantasy series.
I think I'm going through withdrawal. I loved the Elemental Assassins book by Jennifer Estep, and now they're all done! *whinge moan* At least until T...more I think I'm going through withdrawal. I loved the Elemental Assassins book by Jennifer Estep, and now they're all done! *whinge moan* At least until Tangled Threads comes out in April... of next year. Whinge.
Venom starts out with a bang, or at the very least a beating. Ashland "royalty" Mab Monroe and goons, Jonah McAllister and Elliot Slater, ambush Gin in a parking structure while she's flu riddled. That's playing dirty! Goon #1 believes Gin murdered his son, Jake, which she totally did, but she'll never let him know that. Fast forward and Goon #2 is terrorizing local Vamp nightclub owner Roslyn, and Gin knows he's going to hurt her, maybe even kill her. When a hit turns personal can Gin keep it together til the bitter end?
I'm sad to see these done. I could have read more and more. However, the three currently published have concluded and I have to deal. There's a lot of quirk to these books that I have come to appreciate; the characters, the food, the atmosphere. It's all wonderful!
One thing that annoys me, and this is more of a comment about the current state of all things VAMPIRES in the publishing world now, is this. Why are Vampires so damned... human? Seriously, why are they no longer badass creatures of the night? Roslyn is so weak in this book I consistently forget that she's a Vampire. She cannot stand up to Elliot herself, who, admittedly, is a giant. Literally. But, still? When (or more importantly why) did Vampires become so weak? I keep coming up against this; Vampires who stand in sun and not get burned, who eat human food, who don't necessarily need blood to live. Who, for all intents and purposes, are slightly better than everybody else? They are abnormally normal, as it were.
I blame Stephenie Meyer. Completely. Blasphemy, yes, but it stands. I (mostly) loved her books (repeat, mostly). I hate her impact on the more frightening literary characters ever conceived. It's downright shameful that this is what we are saddled with now in our Horror/Paranormal/Supernatural writing. I think this is why I'm currently rereading Dracula to remember why I love the mythos so desperately bad to begin with. I'm not getting what I want out of most other Vampire writing these days.
I'll stop whinging. However, even with that rant attached I have to give this a 5 of 5 stars. I loved it (with one exception, which I have less of a problem with Estep with and every problem with the publishing industry at large).