**spoiler alert** I have to preface this with I LOVE Hailey Edwards' books. Love them. Hands down one of my favorite authors EVER.
This o**spoiler alert** I have to preface this with I LOVE Hailey Edwards' books. Love them. Hands down one of my favorite authors EVER.
This one didn't really do it for me. Mai has sadly never been my favorite character in the Black Dog series (Go #TeamShaw!) and there were just too many things I typically avoid in romance all going on at once. I'm not a fan of kidnappings, but I DO like when the kidnappee (is...is that a word?) gives their captor a huge run for their money. Mai... didn't. Not really, despite her initial escape attempt.
Now, I understand that there was a deeper reasoning behind it, but I really wanted to see her make him suffer rather than convert to his side as quickly as she did.
I love the idea of fated mates. It's TOTALLY my jam. Yet I felt cheated out of that in this book due to the amnesia thing and the flashbacks. Plus, I honestly wasn't feeling the romantic tension between the two.
Sure, her dad is an oppressive dick and I enjoyed that angsty bit of betrayal (especially the chubby kitsune thing lol), but in the end, this was, for me, by far the weakest entry into this series/world.
Even so, it wasn't all bad. There was humor and family, and pop culture references (hell-O Japanese Dean Winchester!) and of course, Thierry plays a nicely sized part.
There is absolutely no other way to describe this book than "So, SO Night Vale"
It's gloriously weird and funny and touching and weird and I was honestThere is absolutely no other way to describe this book than "So, SO Night Vale"
It's gloriously weird and funny and touching and weird and I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, despite being a fan of the podcast. Did I mention that it was weird? It was weird.
One of the most surprising and pleasing things about this book was the way they managed to tell a complex and touching family drama while still remaining loyal to the trademark weirdness that we know and love from the podcast.
I do not, however, recommend that anyone completely unfamiliar with WtNV pick this one up, because you will almost certainly be lost. More so than someone who IS familiar with the series. And you WILL be lost at times. Because it was weird.
(I do, however, highly recommend the podcast to anyone who is unfamiliar with the series and enjoys things that are weird just for the sake of being weird.)
5/5 and I sincerely hope there will be more books in the future. ...more
I snagged this one from my public library last week and was instantly in love.
The whole primal attraction thing, a librarian who is both incredibly bI snagged this one from my public library last week and was instantly in love.
The whole primal attraction thing, a librarian who is both incredibly badass while still having moments of normal human stupidity and hysterics, the sexual tension, the action and adventure, and the underlying plot of forces far greater than our protagonists -- I loved it all.
Except...why they no do the do? The tension was there in spades. The promise (or occasionally threat) of some incredibly hot Drakul-on-librarian action was present from the very start... and yet.. nothing.
I freely admit I was quite disappointed by the lack of smut, especially since the author was so fantastic at building sexual tension between the two.
It also appears that there is no sequel to this book, which is strange and disappointing, since it truly does feel like part of a series, even though it isn't.
**spoiler alert** It's been a long time since I "broke up" with this series -- they were out of my budget and there were too many things about the aut**spoiler alert** It's been a long time since I "broke up" with this series -- they were out of my budget and there were too many things about the author's writing style that I didn't care for in order for me to keep paying the asking price.
Then last week I discovered that not only had my library updated their e-book offerings, but that they had quite a few of this author's books available, so I decided to pick this one up and see what I'd been missing.
I did end up skipping several books in the series by getting this one, but I don't think I really missed anything of grave importance to the overall series story arc.
One thing I noticed early on that made me extremely happy was that the author's previous tendency to tell rather than show was missing from this book. I was thrilled, because that was one particular element of her writing style that put me off earlier in the series.
I was also happy because there was no kidnapping which is present in pretty much every story in the entire series IIRC, and that too had been something that annoyed me.
Unfortunately, that wasn't to last, because not only did things start to get extremely wordy again, but, you guessed it -- kidnapping.
Ah well, it wasn't terrible, and since I got it from the library, I didn't feel like I'd wasted money on it.
I did enjoy it overall, but the worthiness and cliche kidnapping dropped my final rating down quite a bit.
Though not my usual fare (as you can probably tell by my name, I'm more of a romance gal myself), I have found myself truly enjoying this series. I loThough not my usual fare (as you can probably tell by my name, I'm more of a romance gal myself), I have found myself truly enjoying this series. I love the mix of magic and modern technology and the eclectic cast of characters.
Of course, I'd be lying if I didn't say that the lack of romance bothered me, especially since there are the beginnings of a love triangle (and I'm having trouble choosing sides, which is a rare thing for me).
Overall, however, it's the unique world Ms. Hopkins has created, along with the first person point of view that has kept me glued to the pages.
While not my typical fare, this book was a blast. I've always been a sucker for alternative-history style books, and the London that Ms. Hopkins has cWhile not my typical fare, this book was a blast. I've always been a sucker for alternative-history style books, and the London that Ms. Hopkins has created is nothing short of fascinating.
With a wide cast of characters ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary, and just a hint of romance, this perfectly placed book drew me in and refused to let go.
The first-person point of view was an excellent choice, making it easy to slip into this intriguing world of magical aristocracy, commoners without access to magic, and half-bloods stuck somewhere in between. I adored the idea of a magical aristocracy on the verge of becoming obsolete due to scientific discoveries made by those without magic finally catching up with some of the things that previously were only available to an elite few.
More specifically, I fell hard for our heroine and her tea shop, her dog, her somewhat unruly boggart companion, and her (unbeknownst to her) talent for blocking other's magic.
The entire premise of a serial killer who controls your dreams and causes you real harm via the dreamscape is delightfully creepy, and seeing it in action kept me glued to the pages.
Overall, I loved it, and will be picking up the sequel as soon as I get another day off of work.
Silly and occasionally weird, this just so happened to be exactly what I was in the mood for when I picked it up.
This is, of course, part of a series,Silly and occasionally weird, this just so happened to be exactly what I was in the mood for when I picked it up.
This is, of course, part of a series, that surrounding familiar, didn't really ring a bell for me while reading. This, of course, means that luckily you can pick this book up as a standalone if you're unfamiliar with the original series itself.
There's action and intrigue and betrayal and romance and seriously, what is up with that Bed & Breakfast?? *shakes head*
This was a very lighthearted read, full of fun and just plain weirdness, while still allowing the focus to remain on our protagonists -- one of whom is a mysophobic rare books dealer with a bit of an unreservedly spotted history, and the other a roguishly charming vampire who may or may not be a bad guy.
I knew going into it that there was no "happy ending". Yes, dear reader, I committed that cardinal sin -- I sought outAhhh why do I do this to myself?
I knew going into it that there was no "happy ending". Yes, dear reader, I committed that cardinal sin -- I sought out spoilers before I would pick this one up.
While this book was raw and real and beautiful and bittersweet, I knew beforehand that I wouldn't LOVE it, and I was right.. self fulfilling prophecy? Perhaps. Either way, I have to admit that I did connect with the characters, and the ending hurt. Oh how it hurt.
Honestly, I think I'll stick to traditional romance with its Happily Ever Afters (no matter how "unrealistic" some may find them) and save myself from bawling my eyes out at the end of a book.
I must start with a confession: I read this book immediately after reading the final book in the original series, and then picked up the sequel and reI must start with a confession: I read this book immediately after reading the final book in the original series, and then picked up the sequel and read that before coming here to talk about it.
Unfortunately that means I can't give as in depth a review as I might like, because I'm afraid that I would get the details of this books mixed up slightly with one of the others.
That's said, however, I adore this universe, and indeed, everything this author writes, so it's pretty safe for me to tell you how much I loved it.
I was a little unsure when I picked it up if I would like Cam as much as I loved Thierry (and Shaw! Go #TeamShaw!), but I needn't have worried.
The mythos of the Gemini was fascinating and honestly a little horrifying at first, and I LOVED the fact that not only was our Cam a nomad with a tortured past, but that she was so similar to the wargs while still being completely different.
Now all I have to do is be patient until July when the third book of the series comes out. *looks plaintively at the calendar* *sighs*
G-d I've missed this author's books. I only have myself to blame, of course.. I've actually had this book (and every other book she writes) on preordeG-d I've missed this author's books. I only have myself to blame, of course.. I've actually had this book (and every other book she writes) on preorder as soon as I saw it on Amazon, but despite having had this on my Kindle since it released, I somehow managed to not read it.
I won't do a full review because I read the last four books set in this universe back to back, and honestly, I'm not 100% sure what happened in this book vs the other books, save for the fact that there was a LOT of progress made on the relationship front between our heroine and her tasty warg hero.
I will, however, say that Hailey Edwards is one of my all time favorite authors EVER, which, considering how much I have read, is certainly saying something.
I loved the Black Dog series with a passion, and while this is a spin-off, I don't feel that you'd be horribly lost if you skipped that series and started here. (Though, seriously, read them ALL because they're excellent).
The next book comes out on my birthday, so if you need me, I'll be sitting here staring forlornly at the calendar.
**spoiler alert** I'll be completely honest -- in general, I find this author's books to be, well, distasteful. I know I know that's not a popular opi**spoiler alert** I'll be completely honest -- in general, I find this author's books to be, well, distasteful. I know I know that's not a popular opinion, but almost all of her books just didn't do it for me.
I was poking through my local library's e-book catalogue the other day, however, and this popped up in my suggested books list. I figured, eh, I'd give it a go.
I'm so glad that I did.
This was and excellent read -- lighthearted and yet tackling some pretty serious issues.
I LOVED that our hero was blind (and was not miraculously healed by the end! Ahh you've no idea how happy that made me!) and our heroine, while not conforming to conventional standards of beauty (very slim, not curvy, small breasts, hips, and bum, etc), was considered beautiful and desirable by our hero (who of course has to go by touch, and touch he does.. mmmph). She didn't turn out to be some curvy little thing that simply didn't know how to dress or other nonsense that we often find in other books, and I think I loved her all the much more for it.
There's no villain, not huge Big Misunderstanding, and yet there was still just the right amount of angst to add tension without making you want to bash one of the protagonists over the head with your kindle.
Both protagonists had a lot of growth throughout the story, not just as a couple, but as individual, which I liked as well.
I admit I'm a bit hesitant to read more in the series, because while I thoroughly enjoyed this one, my history with this author is somewhat spotty, and for now, I think I'd like to just enjoy how good this particular story was.
I honestly don't remember where the heck I got this book, but boy howdy was I hooked. If there's such a thing as Death By UST, this book would be guilI honestly don't remember where the heck I got this book, but boy howdy was I hooked. If there's such a thing as Death By UST, this book would be guilty. I enjoyed the premise, the characters, and of course the INSANELY hot sexual tension.
I ended up buying the next two books immediately because I was hooked. A solid 4/5...more
To be fair, I bought this on release date, after devouring the first two, so I noticed foibles a lot more than I may have had I read other booksMeh.
To be fair, I bought this on release date, after devouring the first two, so I noticed foibles a lot more than I may have had I read other books in between.
In this edition, our heroine's heart stops so often as an emotional reaction that I was waiting for someone to give her CPR. Add to that the fact that she STILL bites her lip so much that I'd be surprised if her bottom lip and tongue aren't permanently maimed and I ended up more annoyed with this book than I was with the precious ones.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the worldbuilding and getting more of our heroine's history and so forth, but seriously, does EVERYONE have to be raped in this series????
Luckily the rape in this one was a lot less graphic than in the last book, but it still broke my heart and disgusted me enough that I may actually not pick up the next one, which sucks, because I LOVE the two protagonists and the worldbuilding.
I wouldn't recommend this as a standalone, but if you've already read the first two, I'd still suggest reading this one if for nothing else than the progress made in Miriam and Quinten's relationship.