This book, nay, this entire series, has been such a roller coaster thus far, and I for one love it.
I take notes as I read so that when it comes time tThis book, nay, this entire series, has been such a roller coaster thus far, and I for one love it.
I take notes as I read so that when it comes time to write these reviews, I’ll (hopefully) be able to form somewhat coherent sentences. Yet, when I glance over my notes for this installment, I find that it’s mostly filled with expletives, excited exclamation points, quite a bit of angry underlining, and, well, even more colorful expletives. That, in turn, pretty much sums up my feelings in reading this book.
I will attempt to distill my wildly flailing emotions over this story into something readable, while still refraining from giving away too much in the way of actual storyline.
Here we go.
We open the story to find Cherry still dried out from her laudanum addiction thanks to her guardian turned tutor turned friend, Lord Ashmore. Unfortunately for her, this means she’s still not quite at her physical peak, nor does she have the opium to give her the false courage and bravado she’s relied on since she began her reckless career as a Collector.
Hawke is still help prisoner at the Menagerie, but the real question remains as always — is he a prisoner of the Veil because they truly have control over him, or because he chooses to remain under their thumb for reasons that are his own?
Cherry has a lot of amends to make — Communion, Zylphia, the younger Lord Compton, and even her old servants may have been marked by the Veil for her previous antics, and it is yet unknown as to which ones may prove to be allies and which ones may have decided that their own hides are more valuable than whatever previous loyalty they may have felt towards Cherry.
We very quickly find a familiar and terrifying face from Cherry’s past has become a major player in the Menagerie, and the Veil itself has expanded its territory with the help of the Ferrymen. Not only that, but their horrifying experiments on the people under their rule have created a new breed of fighter to do their dirty work.
With Cherry’s fall from grace both from society and from her position as Collector, she finds herself in a sort of a no man’s land, unable to move as freely as she used to, with none of the easy welcome she’s accustomed to either above or below London’s fog.
Hawke’s horrifying behavior the last time we saw him left Cherry hurt and confused, and, stubborn as ever, she’s still continuing to refuse to heed the warnings from coming from practically everyone involved with the situation, nor has she yet taken to heart Ashmore’s lessons on learning to walk before you run in regards to her newfound knowledge of alchemy.
I find that that’s all I can really say without giving away spoilers. Everything else that I had angrily underlined or followed by multiple exclamation points gave away a major plot point. I will say, however, that this was one hell of a ride, full of action, adventure, and emotional turmoil, and the very last thing in my notebook was yet another very colorful expletive, followed by several exclamation points. Infer from that what you will.
A very solid 5/5 Stars and I cannot WAIT to get my greedy little hands on the next (and I think final?) installment....more
I almost fell over myself when I saw this one on Netgalley, because I love Shona Husk's writing, and was a big fan of Dark Vow.. I'd no idea there wasI almost fell over myself when I saw this one on Netgalley, because I love Shona Husk's writing, and was a big fan of Dark Vow.. I'd no idea there was even a sequel in the works, so I knew immediately that I had to read this one.
Quite dark, with some very heavy issues at hand, it was just as good as the first, if not better. I loved Haidyn *dreamy sigh*
Man this one was a WILD ride. I loved loved LOVED the world-building, and there's no denying that it was steamy, but there were a few things that madeMan this one was a WILD ride. I loved loved LOVED the world-building, and there's no denying that it was steamy, but there were a few things that made me want to punch the characters in the face (or at least throw the book against the wall).
Plus, the hero's name is "Heyerdar", which I kept pronouncing as "Hurrderr" in my head, which made it hard for me to take him serious as the big bad alpha that he is :P
And even with those things I HATED, it's still a solid 4/5. Very well done. Full review to follow. ...more
Expected Release Date: September 3, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 3, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: marifee.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No (For Now) Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste
With sweet chemistry, likable characters, and a new twist on the “superhero” phenomenon, this novella was so much fun that I read it in one sitting.
I loved the idea that the delineation between hero and villain being several shades of gray rather than black and white, and how there’s a middle ground between “normal” and “super” as far as abilities go. Burke and Gina were delightful, and Static was an absolute joy.
Recommended for fans of great chemistry, fun capers, and sweet romance.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlequinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.jamie-craig.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
During World War I, demonic looking creatures appeared on Earth. Fighting them back through the rift they had entered through, a group of soldiers disappeared along with the creatures. Now, a hundred years later, a new rift has opened in Antarctica, and small secret group of elite soldiers is charged with keeping these creatures from invading Earth.
Captain Charlie Weller is one of these elite soldiers, and thrives on the challenge of fighting these massive creatures while still protecting her teammates. After felling one of the monsters, she is stunned to see a man crawl out of the rift onto the ice, half dead. Taking him back to base, she helps a teammate warm him back up and then is amazed when he introduces himself as Lysander Davies, a descendant of one of the missing soldiers who had gone missing during the first world war. Lysander's claims that not only is he from a place called Ilyria, the world on the other side of the rift, but that the giant monsters Charlie's team has been battling are actually gentle, sentient beings who have been captured by an enemy called the Yellow Cross.
Skeptical, her team is both amazed and thrilled when they discover that Lysander is telling the truth, and the possibility begins to form of using these creatures to help battle the real enemy to protect the people of earth.
It soon becomes obvious, however, that the only way to close the rift is to send Lysander back to Ilyria, but even knowing that their time together will soon come to an end, Charlie cannot help but give into the feelings growing so rapidly between them.
As I was preparing my review, I was very pleased to realize that Jamie Craig also wrote a m/m sci-fi favorite of mine, Outcast Mine. This book has the same easy, fast-paced style as well as the same delicious intensity and forbidden elements to the romance that I'd come to love from them.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Being that it was sci-fi based, it is easier to suspend your disbelief at times, especially in regards to alien creatures and technology, which I think made it easier to swallow some of the details. The open ending makes me hopeful that there will be a sequel, as well as possibly another romance from Charlie's team.