This is the fourth book in the Mona Lisa series by Sunny and in this latest installment Mona Lisa finds herself in NetherHell - a realm for the dammed...moreThis is the fourth book in the Mona Lisa series by Sunny and in this latest installment Mona Lisa finds herself in NetherHell - a realm for the dammed. Souls so far beyond saving for the evil they have committed that they cannot find a place in even hell. Though this is not my favourite of the series so far I can honestly say I enjoyed it despite it's neat little ending. Though I suspect that it is merely a starting point for another chapter in the series which I shall be looking forward to reading.
I found the prospect of NetherHell an interesting and fresh focus point and Halcyon's and Gryphons's POV an interesting turn, I'm hoping to see maybe more of this in the future. If not, I hope we see how the events here shape her future relationship with both men. I was hoping to see more of how Mona Lisa is integrating herself into life as Queen of Louisiana - we get a glimpse of the vast wealth she commands in the last pages, but I'd like to see something a little more in depth.
I'm starting to wonder though, when Mona Lisa will start seeing some true happiness in her life that isn't stolen away at an opportune moment?
All in all I really enjoyed this book, got stuck in a few sections, but it also had be intrigued enough to keep me going. I hope this isn't the last we've heard of the goings on in NetherHell and that we discover more of the new races Sunny has introduced us to here in this installment.(less)
So four years ago our heroine Cat chose to leave her love behind in order to join a top secret government group to fight those things that go bump in...moreSo four years ago our heroine Cat chose to leave her love behind in order to join a top secret government group to fight those things that go bump in the night. If only to protect Bones from being killed by those very people. So now she's ass-kicking her way through the underground world of vamps and is head of her own unit when her next mission brings her back to a familiar face from her past who leads her back to Bones.
What I LOVED about this book was that as a reader you are never bogged down by back story. My biggest bugbear is when you have to go through three pages of back story on the previous book and characters history before the story gets moving and by that point it's a hard slog to get back into the book once it's been introduced. Jeaniene filled us in on the details of Cat past history those four years ago and the events leading up to her departure from Bones with such fluidity it didn't pause the book to bring us up to speed. Though I would say you wouldn't need to read the previous book to feel familiar with the Night Huntress world and it's inhabitants - I would encourage you to do so because it was such a great book and a starting point that you'd be sorry if you didn't.
There were plenty of twists and a very satisfying ending. I very much looking forward to seeing where the poignant final twist in Bones' and Cat's relationship leads them from here into the next book.
And speaking of relationships... wow. I must say the internet wasn't lying about that infamous chapter thirty-two *ahem*, with that little observation out of the way - let's move on...
Well, lets say I can't wait to read the next book in the series. So much in fact that I went straight out after work yesterday and bought the next two in the series before I'd even finished this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of this series and had there not been a short supply of the remaining books I would have devoured this and the following months ago! But better late than never. Frost has managed to weave a dynamic collective of characters from the vamps to the ghouls and even the humans. This was(less)
First, before I start, I feel I should explain my three star rating. I did enjoy this book, to the point where at key moments I dropped...moreMy thoughts...
First, before I start, I feel I should explain my three star rating. I did enjoy this book, to the point where at key moments I dropped it while I clapped in celebration and that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to give it a four stars, but there were times were I felt the novel lost it's pacing a little and I had to go back and re-read a page to understand which direction it was heading in.
Plus in the back of my head I couldn't help but compare it to the first Night Huntress novel (4/5). Which many may think is unfair. But I feel that they are both on the same level as they are both introductory novels to the Night Huntress world - hence my three star rating here.
Does it mean I enjoyed it any less? Hell no, I enjoyed it thoroughly!
And secondly? Sorry Bones, but Spade is serious competition! I think you need to watch your back. I think chapter 32 has some competition in the form of a very fluster inducing shower scene...
*ahem* what was I doing? Oh, on to the review...
So, Cat's best friend Denise has shunned the world of the supernatural and removed herself from any reminders of it's existence in the wake of the death of her husband. Despite her efforts it seems that Denise cannot escape the pull of the underworld. Past actions of a distant relative have come around to haunt Denise and with the life of her family at stake she has no hope but to turn back to the very people she swore she'd never turn to again.
Not wanting to involve her best friend, half vampire Cat and her undead lover Bones, she turns to Spade. A dark and mysterious master vampire.
Without spoiling the book for those who are looking to read soon, I won't go too far into details. I was surprised at the direction Frost took in bringing back certain characters and felt that they would overwhelm the main characters, Spade and Denise, but Frost did an excellent job in keeping them as supporting characters and allowing their introduction to support the movement of the plot line.
This is a great introduction to the Night Huntress series and would recommend this to any fans of the Night Huntress series. Do you need to read the other books? No. Will you understand many of the character relationships? A little, if I hadn't read the other four books I would have sat there wondering who these characters were and what their relationship is to Denise & Spade. Frost does give an inkling to their history, enough to allow the story line to make sense. But if you find that you're far too curious for your own good (like me) then it might be worth investing in the previous books - but honestly it's not really necessary.
I'm looking forward to Frost's next spin off from the Night Huntress world, focusing on uber master vamp Mencheres, which is due out this summer!(less)