Still loving Charley and company. The only issue I had is that I felt like the story meandered a bit. I've noticed in previous books that there are seStill loving Charley and company. The only issue I had is that I felt like the story meandered a bit. I've noticed in previous books that there are several "climactic" moments throughout each novel, so sometimes it's hard to recall what storylines I'm still waiting to have wrapped up....more
Holly is a slightly neurotic surgeon with less-than-stellar social skills. I actually commiserate with her because when it came to dating, I wasn't onHolly is a slightly neurotic surgeon with less-than-stellar social skills. I actually commiserate with her because when it came to dating, I wasn't one to play around either. Before I started dating my husband, we had a long talk about where we saw the relationship going. We didn't want to waste our time. So I get Holly's thing for not wanting to put energy into what amounts to a fling. I think she could have handled it better, though...like, say, letting Nate know that before they started dating or at least before they ran off to Florida for the weekend. But whatever. I get her; it just doesn't make for great reading.
And what was with her going on and on about "feeling safe" with Nate? Jesus, girl, go take a self-defense class or something. I got tired of her relying on the men-folk (the detective, Nate, or Nate's bff) to keep her safe. Give me a story about a girl who can take care of herself anyday and I'll be happy!
I'm not inclined to try another of their novels. ...more
Here's the thing: I was sure Garrett died. Like, so very sure that when he showed up in this book, I thought Charley had lost it and thought he was stHere's the thing: I was sure Garrett died. Like, so very sure that when he showed up in this book, I thought Charley had lost it and thought he was still alive when she was really seeing his ghost. But, no, by God, he lives and breathes. WTF?
I went back and looked at other's reviews of book 3 and realized that I must have just missed some sentence that said, "jk, Garrett's not dead" because in about 20 reviews, only 1 person even mentioned that he died. And that review went on to say that it didn't make sense that he would come back when he had been declared dead. She was right; it makes no sense at all. Cookie was crying over Garrett at the end of the book. I'm pretty sure it was a day or more before Garrett's ghost came to visit Charley at her house. He should have died - and remained dead. Jones could have let him stick around as a ghost...I thought for sure he'd be Charley's guardian (not that I'm disappointed it was Artemis, it's just that Garrett would have made more sense).
In truth it's unfair of me to go on for so long about Garrett's non-demise. He only appeared twice in the book - though he did carry some important information to Charley one of those times, so there's that.
There was a lot of Reyes - finally - here. I still am not sure what to think of him. If the series weren't so entertaining, I'd be mad that Charley can't seem to defend herself and that Reyes is such an ass to her most of the time. But there is something in Charley that keeps me from disliking her for her helplessness...and some good in Reyes that keeps me from hating him. But I'm riding a thin line, so a wrong move by either in the next book could have me putting the series down for good.
Two more things: One, did I misunderstand what that Big Bad Demon said to Charley in the restaurant? I thought he said (view spoiler)[if Charley and Reyes "got together," all hell would break loose into heaven. Charley and Reyes "got together" and...nothing (hide spoiler)]. I must have missed something.
Two, I really enjoyed that Harper (view spoiler)[was dead the whole time and we didn't know it until the end. Sure, I was a little disappointed that Harper didn't get to become a teacher, but ultimately it showed a little creativity on Jones's part - and I like that (hide spoiler)]. I don't mind that the case didn't seem to further Charley much as a Seeker...she's a P.I., so not all her cases should pertain to her personally, right?
(view spoiler)[Prediction: I think Reyes is playing a long con on Charley. He is the son of the creator of all lies. You can't overcome genes like that. I hope he does overcome them, but my hopes aren't high. I've hidden this as a spoiler just in case I'm right. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm really enjoying Charley Davidson. At first I wasn't all that sure what to think of her, but she's growing on me. Jones' sense of humor is as well.I'm really enjoying Charley Davidson. At first I wasn't all that sure what to think of her, but she's growing on me. Jones' sense of humor is as well...there was at least one literal laugh-out-loud moment in the book.
The series is progressing and in a lot of ways, there wasn't much funny about the storyline. It's dark and getting darker. (view spoiler)[Garrett Swopes (hide spoiler)] dies. I knew it was coming, but I wasn't prepared for (view spoiler)[how hard Charley would take it - which directly affected how hard I took it (hide spoiler)].
I've already checked out the next book from the library and I'm off to get started on it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This has to be some of the most asinine writing I've read in a while.
Reason 1: Chase is a "man of few words." Ooorrrrr not. I don't know why someThis has to be some of the most asinine writing I've read in a while.
Reason 1: Chase is a "man of few words." Ooorrrrr not. I don't know why some authors think they can declare a character to be something and somehow that makes the character act that way. There was never a moment where I thought "Gee, this Chase guy is so taciturn." He talked a normal amount for a human being. He was almost overly ready to talk about his feelings and his desires. In fact, there was nothing he really held back about himself or his family, except that he was going to get a scoop about Sloane's story in the end.
Reason 2: Sloane has a "real dad" that she's never met. I'm guessing that Phillips never interviewed someone who actually has been adopted or has met their birth parents. Because as an adopted child from a good family who has met her birth parents, I can offer some insight. Sloane is from a loving and kind family. She's never had any reason to feel ostracized by them nor was she treated differently than the biological children. An adopted adult would never call her birth parents her "real parents" more than once. Do you know why? Because an adult raised by a loving family would know that the "real" parents are the ones who were there for her every day of her life - the ones who wiped her nose, fixed her dinner, bought her new school clothes, listened when her first heartbreak happened. Those are the REAL parents. So for Sloane to continually call Sam her "real" dad the whole book is unrealistic.
I want to be clear that it would be perfectly fine for Sloane to be upset with her adoptive parents. Mad, even. But she acknowledges more than once that she still loves her parents, so it's just insulting her for to continually insist her "real" dad is Sam.
Reason 3: Sloane is the most insightful person ever. She knows Chase for all of - what, a week? - and suddenly she has perfect awareness of his feelings and what his motives are. She even knows better than Chase himself. I don't think so. And after two conversations with Sam she somehow understands all of Sam's personality and decisions. Again, no. Just no.
I think there are probably other issues I have with the book, but I've covered the three most obviously ridiculous. The first two books were bad enough, but after this, I won't be reading a Phillips book again....more
I like that Charley and (view spoiler)[her sister reconnect at the end. It's good that she has at least one family member she can count on since her dI like that Charley and (view spoiler)[her sister reconnect at the end. It's good that she has at least one family member she can count on since her dad turned out to be kind of awful (hide spoiler)]. I'm hoping the series continues to grow on me....more
All I can say is Zapata is the master of the slow build. Somehow she manages to make a friendship platonic but interesting, moving into something moreAll I can say is Zapata is the master of the slow build. Somehow she manages to make a friendship platonic but interesting, moving into something more all the while - a feat that not many romance novelists pull off. There wasn't a moment where I thought why don't they just get on with it. No, on the contrary, I enjoyed every minute of Aiden and Vanessa's blooming romance.
Don't pick this up if you're looking for loads of sex. Zapata waits until it means something, so by the time she gets there, you don't need much. Don't start this book if you're into "insta-love." There's none of that nonsense. And don't read this if you're into lots of action. Zapata keeps the story moving, but she does so with a lot of humorous and meaningful dialogue.
Overall, I can't wait to read more from Zapata. This is probably the best new book I've read so far this year....more
I bought this book because I had a free one coming to me. I needed a filler and this looked somewhat interesting. At first, I found it kind of annoyinI bought this book because I had a free one coming to me. I needed a filler and this looked somewhat interesting. At first, I found it kind of annoying. I was trying to take it too seriously, so I missed jokes and thought the author was just a bit lackluster. I just wanted to stop reading. Then I read a blurb about the second book that called it "hilarious" and suddenly I realized that the author was actually trying to be funny. Once I readjusted my expectations, the jokes became clearer (if not better) and I enjoyed everything much more. I'm looking forward to exploring this series a bit more....more
As much as I wanted to love this spin-off of the Night Huntress series, I just didn't care for it. Spade is, frankly, annoying. I wouldn't have predicAs much as I wanted to love this spin-off of the Night Huntress series, I just didn't care for it. Spade is, frankly, annoying. I wouldn't have predicted that, since I really liked him when he made appearances in Night Huntress novels, but his need to protect Denise is just ridiculous, especially considering all that happens to her in this novel. And since he doesn't chill at all throughout the novel, his behavior just seems suffocating....more
I actually got a chance to read this story through twice back-to-back. I'm glad I did because it gave me the chance to really make connections and undI actually got a chance to read this story through twice back-to-back. I'm glad I did because it gave me the chance to really make connections and understand the book as a whole. So Magnus is supposed to be a troublemaker and a delinquent, but we're mainly told this by Magnus himself. The reality is that he's a good kid who's had to make some tough decisions to survive. He continues to have a hard time throughout the novel and continues to make tough decisions to survive his new identity. It's funny...though this series is based on a similar premise to Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus (demigods exist and have to do work for the gods), it has a completely different feel to me. It's more fantastical (maybe because much of it doesn't take place on Earth) and harder to relate to (the gods of Asgard aren't as familiar as the gods of Olympus). I'm looking forward to where the series will go and how it might tie in with the Percy Jackson world in the future....more
This was probably the most ridiculous book I've read this year. The plot was quite absurd and the characters pretty unbelievable. I felt mostly annoyaThis was probably the most ridiculous book I've read this year. The plot was quite absurd and the characters pretty unbelievable. I felt mostly annoyance at Maisa and something between pity and puzzlement at Sam....more