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)
The trouble you have as a reader when reading an established series with an established couple you kinda have the formula pretty much su...moreMy Thoughts...
The trouble you have as a reader when reading an established series with an established couple you kinda have the formula pretty much sussed out. The couple will start off together basking in the books previous HEA. Then someone will come along and threaten to rock the boat. The couple will endure strains on their relationship threatening to pull them apart only for them to realise their love for one another pulling them together to defeat the great evil in the last pages. Wrapping up with your HEA, or at least until the next book in the series.
So why, you say, should you read on? Because, it's all about how they get there in the end.
Frost has managed to keep things fresh with the fourth installment of the Night Huntress series. How she has managed to play Bone's & Cat's relationship through these books is by keeping the couple on their toes. They still haven't resolved many of the underlying issues of their relationship. They are sill at loggerheads over most things and both are still wary of the others intentions and pasts. In doing this Frost still has plenty of material to allow the characters to grow which she certainly does in Destined For An Early Grave.
Cat and Bones should be enjoying themselves. She's left her uncles government agency and are on a well deserved break in Paris when Cat starts having tormented dreams of being chased by a mysterious vampire named Gregor. A vampire who believes Cat is his and won't stop at nothing to get her back.
Trouble is, Cat has no recollection of this.
It was so strange to finish this book and think back on the journey Cat & Bones have been through over these four books so far in the series. I find it hard to believe that this Cat is the same Cat from the first book. Naive young Cat has certainly come a long way. It will be interesting to see how Frost plays out Cat's emerging new persona in later books. There's no definite date for their release, so I really hope her publishers give the green light for more books. Until then we have Frost's first foray into the Night Huntress series in 'First Drop of Crimson' (I'm giving it away, keep an eye out!) to tide us over until then!
All in all I really enjoyed this book, a little bit of a bumpy start. It took me a while to really get into it - but it's worthy all over for it's four star rating!(less)
**spoiler alert** I heart the Demonica series so much! It's one of the first paranormal series' that I got into. I discovered it by accident online la...more**spoiler alert** I heart the Demonica series so much! It's one of the first paranormal series' that I got into. I discovered it by accident online late one night and promptly ordered the first novel, Pleasure Unbound. After that I quickly devoured the next two in the series one after the other.
Lore is an assassin in the demon underworld and has been hired to kill, yet again, a member of his newly found family. Driving him to complete this kill is the weight of his sisters life in his hands should he fall short of his contract. What he doesn't count on is Idess, an angel in waiting who has been called on to protect his latest mark.
It took me a moment of two to get my head back into the world of the Demonica novels. For some reason, not all the time - but some of the time, I get this series mixed up with the Black Dagger Brotherhood (don't ask me how, they're completely different - can you imagine Rhage and co setting up a hospital for other vamps? lol) - but once things started moving I found it impossible to put this book down.
I must admit I did get a little fed up at the back and forth attacks and did feel it halted the story a little. But Larissa pulled the rug out from under me when she revealed who the big evils were in this book. I didn't see it coming one bit and actually had to put the book down in disbelief. I honestly didn't see it coming!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend this to any one! Though I suggest reading from the start of the series with Pleasure Unbound - you cannot ignore the other brothers, especially Eidolon! Larissa has crafted a fantastic world in these four novels, and throwing in a demon inhabited hospital (think Grey's Anatomy crossed with a bit of Buffy lol) - pure genius!
I'm really looking forward to the next book, Sin Undone. Which tells the story of the brother's sister - the only female sem demon. I hope this won't be the end of the Demonica series and Larissa carries it on, because anything related to this series I'd gladly devour!(less)
I make no show of hiding my love for Kelley Armstrong’s novels, especially her Women of The Otherworld Series. She could publish a book of her shoppin...moreI make no show of hiding my love for Kelley Armstrong’s novels, especially her Women of The Otherworld Series. She could publish a book of her shopping lists and I think I’d happily buy it and devour it as quickly as I did this one.
There are seven stories in total:
Rebirth – Aaron and Cassandra Bewitched – Eve and Kristof Birthright – Logan Beginnings – Clay and Elena Ghosts – Jeremy Expectations – Lucas Wedding Bell Hell – Paige and Lucas The Case of El Chupacabra – Lucas and Sean
While I’d love to discuss each and every one of these stories, I chose two that stood out to me above the rest.
First is Bewitched, which is focused on Eve and Kristof and how they first met. I actually surprised myself in choosing this one, as it wasn’t long ago that I wasn’t a huge fan of Eve. But the half demon witch has come to grow on me. I’ve always wondered how she ended up with Kristof; the pair almost seems to be polar opposites with the commonality of getting what they want, and knowing how to do it well.
What starts as a business proposition turns into a romance on a slow burn that explodes in a straight up love affair for the pair. Though when you’re dating the son of a cabal leader and you’re a witch that dabbles in the dark arts its never going to be easy.
The second story that stood out is definitely Beginnings, the story of how Clay and Elena fell in love before things changed very drastically for the pair.
Though Elena is the character that started the Otherworld series, they’re not quite my favourite couplings. But I’ve always been curious as to how these two met. Clay sometimes comes across as unemotional as a spanner sometimes, not that it’s a fault, it’s how he is. Clay sees things in black and white, straight down the middle and emotions play no part in his decisions.
To see him fall for Elena and the longing to have a mate was heartwrenching at points for me. It was the same of Elena, knowing what she thought and felt for Clay and knowing where it would lead was sometimes hard to read. She completely trusted this person who took that trust in a moment of panic and broke it.
I should also mention my love for Lucas. He’s the focus of three of the short stories and it was nice to see a little more from his prospective and learn a little more about him. I would write more, but this review would then be far too long with me lamenting my love for Lucas!
If you’re a fan of Kelley Armstrong’s books then this makes a nice addition to the series, filling in a few blank spaces of history that have been referenced to but not divulged. If you’re new to Kelley’s work, I would imagine a lot of this might not make much sense, though is still an enjoyable read. I should warn though, if you’re planning on reading this before any of the other books, it does contain quite a few spoilers.
Tales Of The Otherworld is an excellent addition to the every growing Women of The Otherworld series and would totally recommend it to any fan of the series and Kelley’s work. (less)