I knew the moment that I finished this book that it would garner a lot of OMG-I-LOVED-IT reviews right alongside quite a few WHAT-THE-HELL-DID-I-JUST-READ ones. It definitely falls into the category of "love it or hate it", and quite honestly, when I look back objectively, I'm actually surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.
This has been a very difficult review to write, to be honest, because when I look back over the notes I took while I was reading, and when I add up the number of "negative" points to compare to the "positives", I actually should have hated this book. Instead, I quite literally stayed up the entire night reading it because as cliched as it sounds, I simply couldn't bring myself to put it down.
I think what I liked the most about this book isn't necessarily the book itself -- it's the world that Ms. Bishop has created, and the immense potential for this series. Don't get me wrong -- I liked the characters and the storyline that made up this book, though admittedly the day to day mundane narrative grated on my nerves at times, and Meg was so sweet it made my teeth hurt while reading it at times.
But what really grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go was the fascinating mythology surrounding not only the many forms of terra indigine, but of the cassandra sangue themselves. Perhaps I've just been reading the wrong things, but I've never read anything quite like it, and I am absolutely hooked.
The biggest drawbacks of this story for me (other than the price and the fact that I have to wait so long for the sequel) are the fact that there is so much heavy detail on the day to day goings on in Meg's life, and the fact that Meg is a pretty unremarkable character that for some miraculous reason brings out the protective instincts in pretty much everyone she meets.
Meg's innocence and naivete were taken to the extreme at times, and though it was explained well by the isolation she experienced in her very unconventional upbringing, there were times where she really needed to be shaken a few times.
However, even though there were things about Meg that I didn't particularly care for, what I really loved was the idea that a single, somewhat ordinary person, would have touched so many lives in small, almost unintentional ways, that so many of these incredibly powerful creatures would be on the verge of practically ending the human race were she to come to harm. It sounds ridiculous as I write that, and yet that was one of the things that I enjoyed the most as I read.
In the end, though, my final rating doesn't depend on the number of things I liked versus the faults I was able to find when looking back on it. Instead, what it boils down to is how I felt when I finished the final page, and as such, this one gets my highest rating, despite it's many flaws, and I for one am dying to get my hands on the sequel.
I loved the characters, the world, and the basic plot, but I was really disappointed in the unsatisfactory ending regarding the romance. My own fault,I loved the characters, the world, and the basic plot, but I was really disappointed in the unsatisfactory ending regarding the romance. My own fault, really, because I went into it expecting a Happily Ever After (or at least a Happily For Now) and got "I'm attracted to you, but let's be friends" (paraphrasing of course).
I'm still going to read the sequel, because as I said, I loved the characters and worldbuilding, but for this one, I'm stuck at around 3/5 Stars, with a full review to possibly follow. ...more
Expected Release Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Angry Robot Imprint: N/AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Angry Robot Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://terribleminds.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Miriam Black Series Best Read In Order: Would work well as a standalone Steam Level: Chaste Romanceaholic’s Pet Peeves: Forced Nudity, No Happily Ever After Romanceaholic’s Favorite Tropes: Tortured Heroine
Just as dark and gritty as the first book, Blackbirds, this book is certainly not my standard fare. There’s blood, violence, gore, foul language, an almost abnoxious heroine, a rather reluctant hero, weird (and gory) psychic visions, and most of all, no sex, romance, or any sort of Happily Ever After.
I was a big fan of the first book in the series, and this one was even better. I do think that it would stand well on its own so new readers shouldn’t worry about being left behind, though I do suggest reading the first book just because it was awesome.
Lawbreaking, violence, serious injury, vulgarity, deeply seated family issues, horrific visions, and life-changing decisions abound, and there’s no denying that there are few limits on what the author puts both the characters and the reader through.
Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvoThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://jeanienefrost.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 Night Prince Series, Spinoff of Night Huntress Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone, but suggest reading original series anyway. Steam Level: Steamy
I think my biggest problem going into this story was that I had approached it like the two titles in the Night Huntress World Spinoff Series — both of which were traditional “Paranormal Romance” with a very definite Happily Ever After feel to them. Instead, this new Night Prince spinoff follows in the tradition of the Night Huntress Series — that is, in being an Urban Fantasy series with the main couple’s relationship being stretched out over the course of the series. While I do think that Urban Fantasy romance tend to be a bit more satisfying in the long run than their Paranormal Romance counterparts, I also think that it’s very important to know which classification a book falls into before picking it up in order to avoid disappointment.
Despite my displeasure with the ending, I still devoured this tale. Vlad was just as delicious (and arrogant) as I’d imagined him, and Leila is easily a favorite heroine of mine now. While the forced nudity also sapped my enjoyment a bit, the plot was exciting, the love scenes were beautifully sexy, and the minor characters rounded out the story beautifully.
In the end, a very solid 4/5 Stars, and I’m greatly looking forward to future installments into the series....more