I have been waiting ages for this book, and it was well worth it. FoolisThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I have been waiting ages for this book, and it was well worth it. Foolish humans are still showing that they don't learn from their own history, and continue to chafe and push against the restrictions placed on them by the Others who rule the lands. Simon and the rest of the Others who run the Lakeside Courtyard may be the only thing that stands between the idiot humans and the truly terrifying Others who live in the wilderness areas, far beyond any human civilization.
As a lover of all things romance, I of course clung to every tiny hint that there may be something more between Simon and Meg, but it's not simply my romantic heart reading too much into things this time; even though we don't get anything as heavy-handed as them actually talking about their developing feelings, it's very obvious that Meg and Simon both have changed due to their unique relationship. Even though this is probably the slowest developing romance I have ever read, it's definitely there, and is just enough to keep the romance addict in me satisfied.
There is a very large cast of characters in this series, with even more new faces appearing in this installment, and so I have to say that I would not recommend that new readers try to pick this one up without having read the other two. While Ms. Bishop does a lovely job of refreshing our memories without hitting us over the head with it, the intricate relationships between all of the characters is something that readers need to have a basic understanding of before attempting to enjoy this one.
As with the other books in this series, I loved Ms. Bishop's skill at taking the mundane daily activities of her characters and turning each and every one of them into an insight into the individual players. There's a delicate balance between action and characterization in this series as a general rule, and Vision In Silver did an excellent job of moving the plot forward while still making every character feel like family.
I had a tiny issue with the somewhat cliffhanger of an ending, but overall, this was an excellent installment to what is already easily one of my favorite series of all time.
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The bottom line for me is very simple — I’m obsessed with this series already. From the characters and their powers, to the chemistry, to the world they live in, to the pulse-pounding action, and all the way through to the teaser ending that hints at the next book. While I won’t deny I was a bit growly at the fact that there was no actual love scene, that ended up being a minor complaint because my adoration for the rest of it was so overwhelming. In fact, I’ve already read it twice, and my long-time readers should know, that is not something I do often.
5/5 Stars, and I think I’ll go read it again while I stare forlornly at the calendar waiting for the sequel. ...more
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
Expected Release Date: January 6, 2013 Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc. Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://jcdanielsblog.com My Source for This Book: NetExpected 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.
Tensions between the Others and the humans have reached a boiling point, with a few major players desperatelyFull review appears on The Romanceaholic.
Tensions between the Others and the humans have reached a boiling point, with a few major players desperately trying to hold back the flood waters let fly by a few loose cannons, with the horror being the sheer numbers of innocents caught in the crossfire on both sides. The grand scale of the delicate politics in this series is perfectly balanced with the immediate effects on characters we have grown to know and love. Not only that, but some very poetic justice is served on several fronts.
Overall, I read it in one go, and while the romantic in me was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more progress between Simon and Meg on the romance side, this series is still one of my favorites in the recently published fantasy genre — and one that I will gladly spend my hard-earned money on again in the future....more
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.
Expected Release Date: July 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImpriThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.jessepetersen.net/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Monstrosity Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but would work well as a standalone Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment Favorite Tropes: Monsters! (Including a Cthulhu!), Unique Premise
This series is so much fun, that even though I tend to prefer traditional romance with steamy hot lovin’, I still couldn’t put this one down.
Light-hearted while still being full of action, betrayal, and drama, Monsters In Your Neighborhood had so much to love. We’re introduced to some new characters who really help round out the support group, including a rather unassuming Cthulhu and Dr. Frankenstein’s original assistant, Igor (who, thanks to modern medicine, no longer sports the hump thank-you-very-much).
I loved the Twitter angle, as well as the surprising twists in plot, and the horror of what is done to some of the monsters is perfect.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a fun, action-packed escape full of humor and action.
Expected Release Date: April 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImprThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.jessepetersen.net/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Monstrosity Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: No Smexin’ Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred (Heroine), Secret Identity
Though certainly not what I would call a traditional romance, this lighthearted tale of a group of misfit monsters was fresh and entertaining. Of course, I wish there’d been a little more focus on the romance, especially since there seemed to be a promising bit of chemistry between two of the characters, but even without any steam, I really enjoyed it.
A very lighthearted, easy read, and a series that I will definitely be keeping an eye on.
Expected Release Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://jeanienefrost.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Night Prince Series (Spinoff of Night Huntress Series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Groveling Hero
I’ve been anxiously awaiting more of Vlad and Leila’s tale ever since the final pages of the last book, Once Burned, and I was not disappointed.
While I do think that newcomers to the series should go back and read that tale before picking up this book, as they might be left scratching their heads at some of the behavior from both characters otherwise, Ms. Frost did a lovely job of recapping things without falling victim to the dreaded Info-Dump that many authors succumb to when writing sequels.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. With plenty of action, some surprising twists, and quite a bit of development both in Leila and Vlad’s relationship and in the series’ overall story arc, it was everything I’ve come to love about Jeaniene Frost.
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
I know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so glI know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so glad I decided to pick this one up.
I loved the world Mr. Somers hsa created, and his perfectly IMperfect characters, and I WILL be reading any sequels the moment I can get my greedy little hands on them.
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.
Ehhhh..... I'm usually a pretty big fan of Stacey Kennedy, but honestly, I just couldn't get into this one.
While I liked the concept behind Nexi's paEhhhh..... I'm usually a pretty big fan of Stacey Kennedy, but honestly, I just couldn't get into this one.
While I liked the concept behind Nexi's past and quest for revenge, as well as the idea behind the whole hybrid guardian/witch thing, Nexi herself was... well... rather obnoxious.
Add to that the fact that I really didn't like the concept of soul sisters (and wanted to beat Haven senseless about, oh, 98% of the time she was on the page), Kayden was had more mood swings than a thirteen year old girl, and the chemistry that was supposed to be sizzling between the Kayden and Nexi fizzled more than sizzled for me, and I couldn't go on.
Recommended for fans of more lighthearted, quirky, urban fantasy.
Expected Release Date: July 16, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarinaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 16, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: natashahoar.wordpress.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Lost Souls Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Chaste
I think my biggest problem with this book, as with the book before it, is that it's simply too short. The thing is, however, it's not that the story felt incomplete, or rushed, or anything negative like that. Instead, I consider it a sincere compliment to the author -- I'm so invested in Rachel and Kit and Janus and the rest of the players that I'm dying for more as soon as I'm done.
Romance fans do need to understand going in that there is no romance, not even a hint. This is an Urban Fantasy series, not a Paranormal Romance, and while I personally am holding out some hope that Rachel will get a HEA (with Janus if I have my way!), I'm not reading this series for any "romance" and neither should you be.
Instead, I enjoyed this story for the masterful storytelling, thrilling action, and a deep and abiding love of the world Ms. Hoar has created.
When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bitThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bit of a problem — how on earth was I going to rein in my inner Fangirl long enough to put together coherent sentences on just how fantastic this book was? I’m still not certain that I am able to do it justice, but suffice it to say, I loved this book. It easily ranks right up there with my adoration of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and yes, even Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, and I will tell you that is no small feat at all.
With not only intriguing characters but fascinating world-building, new twists on old mythologies as well as original creations, and an exciting mystery behind the disappearance of many non-human children, the story never felt rushed, even though it was full of action and multi-faceted characters that made it easy to become fully immersed in Kit’s world.
Recommended for fans of strong heroines with a horrifying past, of alpha heroes with hidden depths, and of fresh new twists on old mythologies.
An impossibly solid 5/5 Stars. *As of 7/10, I've read this three times. If anyone wonders why I'm "behind" on my 2012 reading challenge, this is why lol (and yes, it's still 5/5)
-- A Slightly Off-Topic Rant (10.19.2012)
I've noticed quite a few reviews where people were upset that Kit wasn't a Kate Daniels clone. Kit isn't Kate, despite the similarity in names and their penchants for sharp pointy things. Kit is, well, Kit. She has a completely different past, a different skill set, different magic, and lives in a completely different world with its own set of rules.
I can't speak for anyone else, but when I first read this and went around the internet gushing to anyone who would listen about how this was the best Urban Fantasy I'd read since the Kate Daniels series, it wasn't because I thought that Kit and Kate were so similar, it's because I recognized in Kit the same vulnerability, stubbornness, and potential that I saw in Kate in her first book.
If you look back at Kate in her first novel, she was a lot younger and lacked a lot of the experience and maturity that has developed her character into the awesome power that she is. Kit's also like that in some ways -- she's not superwoman, she doesn't always make the right choices, she occasionally acts impulsively, and she's got her own personal demons to battle just like anyone else. And I for one can't get enough of her.
So please don't go into this expecting a heroine just like Kate Daniels, or you're probably going to be disappointed. And please, don't be put off by the reviews expressing disappointment that Kit turned out not to be Kate... Instead, go into this book with an open mind, and I think you'll find that Kit is a character that you're going to want to follow through many books to come.
Gah I wish I had time to actually review books that I read for my own personal pleasure rather than for the review queue, but I could spend all nightGah I wish I had time to actually review books that I read for my own personal pleasure rather than for the review queue, but I could spend all night trying to craft the perfect way to sum up my feelings for this series and still fail.
I'm so, so torn on this series as a whole, and most especially on this book.
As a general rule, I don't like love triangles, and I don't like infidelity, no matter the justification for it.
I can't really say more without giving spoilers, but while I LOVE the way Ms. Crane unashamedly toys with the reader's emotions and loyalties, in the end that's the exact reason I can't claim to love this series and indeed this book as much as it probably deserved.
At this very moment in time, this one is a 3.5/5 Star for me. I enjoyed it, but I was left rather depressed by the ending of the trilogy rather than happy at the resolution.
Definitely read the series in order, and do yourself a favor and avoid spoilery reviews -- despite my discomfort withe some of the turns the plot has taken over the course of the three stories, I will say that the twists are what made the series. ...more
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://www.karinacooper.com My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, St. Croix Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
I stayed up until past three in the morning, even knowing I had to get up at seven, in order to finish this book, because I couldn’t stand the thought of putting it down. With intricate plotlines and multifaceted characters combined with lots of action, magic, sex, mystery, drama and danger, this is a series to get excited about.
The only thing really holding me back from a higher final rating is the fact that there were so many plot lines left unfinished at the end. Perhaps I’m spoiled because I tend to only pick up Urban Fantasy after there are three or four books already published, and so I’ve never really had to wait for hanging threads to be picked back up, but I found myself disappointed when I reached the last page.
A very solid 4/5 Stars, and I will be reading the sequel when it comes out....more
I probably should have read this one before I read Sacrificial Magic, but I actually didn't realize it existed until*happy sigh* I adore this series.
I probably should have read this one before I read Sacrificial Magic, but I actually didn't realize it existed until yesterday.
It was wonderful to see Chess, well, happy. She's still waiting for the other shoe to fall in her relationship with Terrible, but at this point in the story she's still just silencing her fears with a Cept or two here and there rather than really letting her anxiety get to her.
With an interesting case to investigate (one with a surprising yet fitting ending), and a delightful amount of Terrible goodness, this was a very solid 4.5/5 Stars. ...more