I don’t read a lot of so called “young-adult” novels, mainly because I’m, well, a romance blogger, and by golly I like romance in the books that...moreMan.
I don’t read a lot of so called “young-adult” novels, mainly because I’m, well, a romance blogger, and by golly I like romance in the books that I read. When I saw this on Netgalley, though, something about it really appealed to me. Once I started reading, though, I was completely entranced. Not only were the characters extremely well written, but the entire concept simply blew me away.
I loved the fact that though the protagonist is a male, and a rather young one at that, his maturity and emotional realism that bled onto the pages. More than that though, I really appreciated the fact that there are several very strong female characters.
It was easy to care deeply for the characters, and many turns of events were genuinely shocking to read.
I was a little meh about the personifications of the Olympic gods, but in the end I think it was the right choice by the author, as it helped to show just how careless and cruel the leaders of this society could be.
In the end, I bloodydamn loved it, and can’t wait for the next installment.
I’ve long been a fan of forbidden romance, and though this had hints of a love triangle (which is not my usual fare), I thoroughly enjoyed the angst c...moreI’ve long been a fan of forbidden romance, and though this had hints of a love triangle (which is not my usual fare), I thoroughly enjoyed the angst caused by the fact that Aileen was a “fallen woman” and Blake was so determined to be proper and never cause a scandal due to his illegitimate status.
That’s not to mention the instant dislike/lust that they both found themselves in from the start, and the chemistry between them was delicious.
One thing that really stood out about this story for me was my discovery of just how much I dislike “time jumps”. You know, the ones where it’s “a week passed by…” type of thing? It led to far too much “telling” and not enough actually experiencing things through the eyes of the characters. While I understood the necessity of it, it still left a bad taste in my mouth.
That said, however, I enjoyed the unconventional (divorced) heroine, the forbidden romance, and the honorable-to-a-fault hero. The Aileen’s sister made me want to murder her on more than one occasion, and I can’t wait to read her story in the next installment of the series and see if another man does a better job of taming her.
There was another aspect of the story that I absolutely adored, though I fear that including it would be a spoiler, so I must only hint at it — the presence and storyline of Tara’s former love, Raury. I was very leery of reading it when the story began, but I was very pleased with the outcome.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read — one that surprised me on many levels, and I will be following this series as it continues.
Expected Release Date: January 6, 2013 Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc. Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://jcdanielsblog.com My Source for This Book: Net...moreExpected Release Date: January 6, 2013 Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc. Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://jcdanielsblog.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley (AND purchased on Amazon) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Colbana Files Series Best Read In Order: YES. Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Tattoos, Realistic Recovery Times, More than one male protagonist but no real love triangle
G-d I love this series. There aren't many times that I will purchase my own copy of the book after having received the Advanced Review Copy before the publishing date, but I gladly snagged a copy of this one from Amazon as soon as it was available, because I like to put my money where my mouth is, and this is a series I will support to the end.
First things first, I do think that it's important to read, at bare minimum, Night Blade before picking this book up. There is so much that happens in that book that shapes Kit's reality in this one that you'd be doing yourself a disservice in skipping it.
Once again, the author takes us on a hell of an emotional ride, but this time ending with a much more positive outlook than we ended on in Night Blade.
Don't get me wrong, readers looking for a "quick fix" of Kit's own personal issues stemming from the end of the previous book, or those expecting a lot of progression on the relationship between Kit and Damon may wish to wait until the next book is available, because Kit's problems are not ones that can be magically fixed by a few kind words and soft kisses. She has a long way to go until she's "all better". But I will tell you that I have rarely been as emotionally invested in a fictional character as I am with Kit, and the progress that she does make -- the victories as well as the losses that she experiences in this book, simply make my heart sing.
This is probably a little bit spoilery, so I'm marking it as such, but [spoiler]I loved Kit's tattoos. Not only the vivid imagery of the design itself, but the symbolism behind them and the physical and emotional ordeal of her getting magical ink. [/spoiler]
One of the best things about this book was probably the pacing. It was perfect, covering so much material but never feeling rushed, nor did the action and emotional roller coaster lag.
The one thing that made me pause was the editing in a few spots -- namely when talking about the blade called Death. His introduction had a few moments that felt a bit redundant, though on the re-read I can see how it was important to impress certain characteristics of his upon the reader. I did double check to make sure this hadn't been changed in my Amazon copy before mentioning it, as my original notes come from reading a more loosely edited copy, and the part in question is identical. A minor issue, to be sure, but it was still something that jumped out at me enough to have made it into my notes.
I would also like to take a second to mention how much I love Justin. I admit that I didn't care for him when he was first introduced into the series, mainly because I feared for the appearance of a love triangle, but I'm very happy to say that he's completely exceeded all expectations I had for him. He's not only a true friend to Kit when she so desperately needs one, but he's an intriguing character as well. We get more information about his past as well as his abilities, and I have to say, I'm liking the progression that his character has made.
There are quite a few other gems that I'm avoiding mentioning in my review because I think they're too much of a spoiler, but know that the characters you love in this series all play large parts. Some will break your heart, and others will help to heal them, and no, I won't ruin things by telling you what to expect on those fronts.
On top of that are a few little dropped hints here and there, about both Kit's aneira roots as well as her future in a world where Jude still exists, that I hope I'm reading right, because if so they're going to be some incredible additions to future books.
This book had me cringing, gasping, crying, and cheering -- not always in that order. I was very pleased that this book left us with a more hopeful note than the last one, and though I'm already dying to get my hands on the next book, I didn't feel as though the ending were a true cliff-hanger, as the ending of Night Blade was.
Overall, I of course loved it. Recommended for fans of emotionally damaged heroines learning to live again, of kick-ass Urban Fantasy action, and of really fun twists on old mythology.
Eh, I'm not big on romantica. Still, not a bad story, and I can't deny some of the love scenes were hot. Not sure I'm comfortable with the heroine's s...moreEh, I'm not big on romantica. Still, not a bad story, and I can't deny some of the love scenes were hot. Not sure I'm comfortable with the heroine's situation, or the fact that she and the hero jumped right to the smexin so soon in the story, but hey, different strokes for different folks.
I'm very very torn about something concerning this novel, and as I write, and re-write, and re-re-write my review, I realize that I'm having trouble e...moreI'm very very torn about something concerning this novel, and as I write, and re-write, and re-re-write my review, I realize that I'm having trouble expressing my concern without wording it in a way that could be very inflammatory if taken out of context.
I enjoyed this book.
There was one particular (and somewhat major) issue that pulled my final rating down a full star, but when it is all said and done, I enjoyed this book, and that's what ratings are all about.
Therefore, 4/5 Stars, and I will revisit and amend this review as I'm better able to gather my thoughts.
I hate to be vague in a review, but unfortunately I'm not comfortable mentioning in a public review one major thing about this book that brought my final rating down a full star.
That said, however, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the fated-to-be mated vibe, as well as the push and pull between Thea and Brand, as neither of them wanted the other as a partner in the beginning.
The Crystal City was wonderful, with some truly terrifying scenes, and I especially enjoyed the maze with all of the mind tricks that were played on both Brand and Thea.
As a HUGE fan of Melanie Card's Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series, I was pleasantly surprised by the dynamics between the two protagonists, and I admit, I was happy that there was some naughty times, even though they were fade-to-black.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I ended up staying up far to late so that I could read it in one sitting, simply because I couldn't wait to see what was next.(less)
As most of my readers know, I’m not big on estranged relationships in my...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
As most of my readers know, I’m not big on estranged relationships in my romance. However, this one is a little different from all the rest for two main reasons. First, they were happy together before the estrangement — even in love, which is not something we often find in an estranged-lovers romance. Second, their estrangement resulted from a betrayal that was not their own, though both were led to believe that the other was at fault.
Though I was a little unsure of my feelings about the “secret child” between Victor and Isabel, and though I saw the… er… complication that would arise because of her chapters and chapters before it happened, that didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of the novel.
While the suspense was one thing that kept me drawn into the story, what really appealed to me was the skill with which the author wove a believable and enjoyable romance out of some of the most implausible situations. The heartache, the bitterness, and the gradual rebuilding of love and affection between them was beautiful, and the chemistry sizzled, especially when it (understandably) took a while for the physical side of the relationship to move forward.
Overall, a very enjoyable read, recommended for fans of second chances, big misunderstandings, and delicious chemistry.