Oh yeah!!!! And finally I can safely say that I found my next favourite urban fantasy series!!! On one hand I can't understand why I waited so long toOh yeah!!!! And finally I can safely say that I found my next favourite urban fantasy series!!! On one hand I can't understand why I waited so long to pick this series up and on the other I m glad I did cause now I don't have to wait to read all those books at once! And I was so desperate to find sth that good to read! This one is the best book in the series so far and sth tells me that the rest is just as good!!!...more
This series is slowly becoming one of my favorites!Book by book I just get sucked in an intricately woven world and I just can't have enough of Kate'sThis series is slowly becoming one of my favorites!Book by book I just get sucked in an intricately woven world and I just can't have enough of Kate's adventures....more
The second book of the series was wayyyy better than the first one and I'm starting to have the feeling that this series will slowly become one of myThe second book of the series was wayyyy better than the first one and I'm starting to have the feeling that this series will slowly become one of my favorites!Still had some issues with the pace of the plot at points but in overall it was a great story....more
How Beauty Loved the Beast is the much awaited conclusion to the very successful sci-fi series, Tales of The Underlight written by Jax Garren and letHow Beauty Loved the Beast is the much awaited conclusion to the very successful sci-fi series, Tales of The Underlight written by Jax Garren and let me tell you fans of the series won't be disappointed in the least. I know I wasn't! And how could I ever be when Garren's writing style and the way she portrays her heroes and their emotions is simply irresistible!
If you read my reviews of the previous two books in the series then you know how much I loved everything about Jax Garren's writing style and her story. So, there's no need for me to repeat myself by saying what an amazing author she is once more or how much I loved her main and secondary heroes of this story. Even if all the books in the series are rather short, Jax Garren's stories are character driven. Her main focus is her characters and their emotions and that is why I probably love so much this series. Jolie is so much more than a pretty dancer and Hauk is so much more than scars and muscles.
The final book in the series, wraps up the whole plot but here I have to note that there are more things to be said. Maybe most of the basic things were covered but I'm left feeling that there's just more to everything. I don't know if the author did that on purpose and she will return on the same universe with another set of characters later or things couldn't possibly wrap up better, but I sure hope that it was intentional. In my mind there are two characters who would make a perfect couple for a future story but that remains to be seen. After all, The Order of Ananke is far from defeated...
But while I really liked pretty much everything about How Beauty Loved the Beast, somehow, I was left unsatisfied too. Maybe part of that is because of the ending of the story and how I felt that there were more things to be said. Maybe it's because the whole thing wrapped up pretty quickly. And maybe it is because this final instalment in the series was more focused on Jolie's and Hauk's relationship rather than what happened with Underlight and the Order and their final battle. But probably, it's because of all the reasons mentioned above. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading about Jolie and Hauk, they are one of my favorite fictional couples but when so many other crucial things kept happening or were on the verge of happening, I just felt that it was wrong for the sole focus of the story to be their relationship. Maybe I'm wrong here, but that's what I was expecting from this final book. And while I did get a closure I still don't know how I feel about that. And the ending.... Well, after reading the author's note at the end I couldn't help but agreeing with her choice of ending but still, I found myself wanting the alternative... But, despite that, the whole ending is a matter of preference. Either one of them would fit the story, so that wasn't any real problem. Any problems I had were purely with the way things wrapped up with the Order rather than anything else.
All in all, How Beauty Loved the Beast is just as amazing as the rest books in this series even if I had some minor troubles with it. Despite what I said I really enjoyed reading it and I just can't wait to read anything else Jax Garren will write in the future. And even if I truly hope that she will return on the same universe again I really want to read something completely different and new too. Whatever the case, there's no way I'm gonna miss Garren's next story! ...more
When I picked up How Beauty Met the Beast, to be completely honest I didn't really know what to expect fro Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
When I picked up How Beauty Met the Beast, to be completely honest I didn't really know what to expect from it. The blurb was intriguing enough but I kind of have a bad history with retellings or stories based on fairy tales, so although I loved the blurb I was a bit sceptical towards it. And I'm glad to say that any doubt I might have that this book wasn't the right for me, vanished pretty fast, as soon as I started reading Jax Garren's story. Because let me tell you, it's one unbelievably amazing and great one!
From the very first chapters of How Beauty Met the Beast I just fell in love with everything about it. The characters, the writing style, the story, the setting, everything! It was simply fascinating! I didn't even mind that one seriously sexy scene came way too early in the story (in the second or third chapter if I remember correctly). And if you follow my reviews, you know that I usually have a problem with those awfully early sexy scenes, when I don't even have time to get to know the characters of a book and start caring for them. But nooooo, Jax Garren pulled of that scene despite the fact that we knew next to nothing about Jolie and Hauk. And for me to connect with a set of characters so soon in the narration is a rare occurrence...
The best part about How Beauty Met the Beast in my opinion are the characters and their development. It's a rather small story, not too long, but Garren has written a character oriented story, one that speaks through its characters and their actions rather than anything else. And for a book of such length that was an impressive achievement. Believe me when I say it, because I have read books twice the size of this one where the characters couldn't be more flat...
I really liked Jolie and the way she was portrayed, her reactions to situations couldn't be more believable and the kindness of her heart was just heart-warming. Hauk on the other side is simply incredible. He may be so scarred that his mere sight scares people but he's so smart and compassionate and sexy that in my mind he's the most beautiful person in the world. So, like I said, the characters in this title are its main advantage!
The story is fast paced, making it hard to put my ereader down but at the same time I was so enjoying myself while reading it, that I wished that it would take me longer to finish it. And I haven't felt that way for a book for a really long time now.
Surely, there are many things that are left unanswered by the end of the book and it's not completely clear how the world Jax Garren created really works but I guess that I'll get my answers in the next book which can't be released soon enough!
All in all, How Beauty Met the Beast is one spectacular debut novel I absolutely loved and can't wait to get its sequel on my hands. A must read!
It doesn't come as a big surprise that I absolutely loved Angel's Ink. Whoever is familiar with Jocelynn D Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
It doesn't come as a big surprise that I absolutely loved Angel's Ink. Whoever is familiar with Jocelynn Drake's work and her ability to create intricate and unique worlds knows exactly what I'm talking about and why I couldn't help but thoroughly enjoy Drake's newest release. She's simply one of those authors that just sweep you away into a magical journey you never want it to end.
But let's take things from the start. The first thing I really loved about Angel's Ink and found really refreshing was the male POV. I kind of take for granted that the voice I will hear in my head telling the story will be female that I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this time I would hear a man telling me his story. I know the blurb clearly states the POV but believe it or not I haven't even read the blurb before picking up this title. It was a book written by Jocelynn Drake, I didn't need any other recommendations... So, the male POV was such a fresh take on the genre, at least for me. I know this one isn't the first story told in male POV, but I seem to just keep picking all those that are told from a female one.
Gage's voice was strong and sexy and reading about his growing feelings for Trixie and how their romance developed was hotter than what I could have ever imagined and sweet at the same time.
The world building is something new and intricate. In fact the world building is so complicated that I kind of struggled to understand how everything works. And to be honest, even now that I have finished reading Angel's Ink I still haven't understood how everything falls in place in this world. You have humans and almost every paranormal creature you can imagine (warlocks, fae, elves, werewolves, trolls), all living together in modern society. The details of the world are slowly given to the reader along with the narration but up to the end, it's not quite clear how everything works or connects in the story. At least I fell that way. At points, everything was just too much and the actual story was lost in the details of such an intricate world.
The character development is pretty good, although it's mainly focused on Gage. We only learn about him and little else about the rest of the characters. And that was the reason I felt a little bit tired sometime after I reached the middle of the book. I was a bit tired about Gage's endless list of problems and fires he needed to put out. He was constantly running from someone to save his life or he was in the middle of trying to fix someone else's life in cost of his own.
The romance between Gage and Trixie was sweet and sexy at the same time and I really enjoyed reading that part of the book. Plus, the ending just blew me away. Although from an aspect it felt a bit anticlimatic, some details revealed at the end of the book just made sure that I would be definitely reading the next installment in this series.
All in all, Angel's Ink is a fresh UF story that all lovers of the genre should try reading. It may be weak in some aspects but Jocelynn Drake makes sure that you'll have a great time while reading her stories, even if you have some minor problems....more
I just love anything Richelle Mead writes, so when I saw that she's starting a new adult series I was beyond excited! Well, I love everything about thI just love anything Richelle Mead writes, so when I saw that she's starting a new adult series I was beyond excited! Well, I love everything about that author, her writing style, the way she manages to communicate to her readers her characters' emotions and the intricate and complex worlds she builds. So yes, Gameboard of the Gods was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. Unfortunately, and it really pains me to say so, but this story isn't the right one for me.
The world building is way too complicated and for the best part of the book I felt completely lost, trying to figure out what happened, how exactly the world worked and where the heroes were standing. Yes, the world was interesting but when I have read about the half of the book and still I'm missing crucial parts of the plot, then I can't really appreciate the complexity.
Mae reminded me a lot of Rose from VA, it was almost like an adult version of hers, especially at the beginning and that was another thing that I didn't really like. And the romance fell completely flat for me. Justin on the other hand is yet another male character that the author usually writes, nothing new or fresh to him either. Well, except for the fact that he was hearing voices...
Gameboard of the Gods isn't a bad book, but somehow when I'm talking about a book written by Richelle Mead, my standards are pretty high, so yes, I kind of expected fireworks from this one, but I didn't get any. Maybe it's my own fault for having such high expectations but this book failed to impress me in almost every aspect of it. Except for originality. The world building is indeed fresh and unexpected.
Summoning the Night is the perfect sequel to Kindling the Moon! If you really liked the first book of the serie Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
Summoning the Night is the perfect sequel to Kindling the Moon! If you really liked the first book of the series, then you should definitely continue with this one. Every single thing that I loved about Bennett's writing style and her story in Kindling the Moon is present in the sequel as well!
The thing I loved the most about this book was the way Bennett expanded her storyline. She didn't just stick to the first book of the series but created a brand new story to unfold in Summoning the Night. We may have the same cast of heroes and the same rules apply to the universe, but Bennett delivers a fresh new story that you can't possibly put down for a minute. Arcadia develops as a character in this book and I really enjoyed to observe the way she slowly starts to trust people again after all those years of living in hide and how her relationship with both Lon and Jupe gets stronger.
I found the mystery in Summoning the Night somehow better delivered than that of Kindling the Moon. It was harder for me to get all the clues and the twists in the plot just made things even better. The villain here is seriously sick (in the way I really like!) and trying to piece together all the parts to find the bad guy was more than fun.
But once more, everything is overshadowed by a delicious teen named Jupe! Yeah, I know, I said it before, but Jupe is just amazing! I mean his voice is so fresh and full of humor that makes this series a true joy to read and make me wish that Jenn Bennett will seriously consider of writing a book about him once he gets a little older. Honestly, I can't get enough of that boy! I just love him!
All in all, Summoning the Night is just the perfect sequel to Kindling the Moon, and all fans of the first book should read this one ASAP. You won't regret it, believe me!...more
Stacia Kane needs no introductions... If you have ever read even one book of hers you know exactly what I Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Stacia Kane needs no introductions... If you have ever read even one book of hers you know exactly what I mean. If you haven't already, what are you waiting for???
Chasing Magic is just perfect. Just as good as every other book in the series, just as dark, just as violent, just as twisted but beautiful and lyrical at the same time. I know. Twisted and lyrical or beautiful can't be put together in a sentence, but Kane manages to do just that. I'm a huge fan of the Downside Ghosts series, no news here and I honestly believe that it would take some really bad stories for Kane to write for me to change my opinion on this series. And so far, each book is as good as the previous one if not better in some cases.
Chasing Magic has non stop action. From the first chapter until the last, there isn't a single chapter that leaves the reader to "rest", 400 pages plus and there isn't a single moment that the story just progresses without something crucial happening. Not even one. Don't ask me how Kane manages that, but she does.
Some really sick and twisted form of magic makes its appearance in Downside and once more, Chess finds herself in the middle of all this. But along with catching a bad guy, Chess has to deal with her growing feelings for Terrible, with how to make a relationship between them work and finally accept that she is worth something.
The way I feel about Chess is unique. She is probably the only character in literature that I have ever felt this way. I can't understand her, not understand her exactly - that's not the correct way to phrase it, but more I can't comprehend why she treats herself that way. She can only blame herself for the majority of bad things that happens to her, but I can't help but love her and care for her, like a messed up sibling that no matter how much he/she hurts you you still care for and want nothing but the best. I can't really compare it in any other way.
She keeps destroying things again and again, she acts in a way that she very well knows that will bring her trouble or hurt herself and the people she cares for but still she goes and does exactly the worst and then keep blaming herself over and over again. One might think that such a behavior might turn me off, but on the contrary. Because somehow, Chess has really grown on me, and everytime she does something wrong, all I want is to turn back time for her and make things right. I care for her, in a way that no author has made me care for a hero before. And that is the brilliance of Kane.
That, and her writing style. To be honest, I don't know how many times I have said it already, but Stacia Kane is one hell of a writer. She doesn't write about gorgeous people, beautiful places and things or easy relationships. She writes about people with beautiful hearts, about messed up but oh so real people and about everything that is beautiful in its essence despite appearances.
Her world is dark and shitty and its residents maybe junkies or whores or whatever but it's a real world. A world where people struggle to survive and overcome their nightmares in any way they can, right or wrong. A world that sucks the reader in and doesn't let him "emerge" any time soon. A world, I love reading about.
All in all, Chasing Magic is just as good as the rest books of the series, that in its entirety is a series all lovers of UF should read. Trust me!...more
Grave Witch is so great a book, that I can't help but wonder what was I thinking not picking up this serie Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Grave Witch is so great a book, that I can't help but wonder what was I thinking not picking up this series sooner. Why did I have to wait for almost all my book friends to read it and be amazed by it to be finally convinced, is beyond me.
Grave Witch is an amazing introduction to a series that just promises to get better. And I'm sure it will. Not because the first book wasn't good enough, but because I see that there's so much more that can be added to this story and make it even better. And Death's presence is among those things.
But let's take things from the start.
Kalayna Price does an incredible work with her world building. The way she practically takes her readers by the hand and shows them how her world functions rather than just tell them. At first I was a little bit lost, but as the story progressed everything fell into place. Because, Price, isn't explaining beforehand how things work in Nekros City, she just let the characters and the situations explain things when the right time comes. When it's needed. It was brilliant! And even though her world is intricate and complicated you don't feel lost, not for a single minute, or bored with unnecessary details.
The story is full of twists and action, there's not a single moment you are able to feel bored. Things are happening the whole time, details are added every now and then, so even when nothing happens, you get to know new and interesting things about the characters or the world. The writing style is straight to the point and efficient, humorous and enjoyable in overall.
Alex is a really interesting character and her ability to raise shades and communicate with the world of dead is described in an amazing way. The fact that she's left blind the more she uses her grave sight, just reminded me that everything comes with a cost, something that in many cases, authors choose to forget. Falin, the detective with the arrogant attitude who seems to be hiding things was a pure delight. I know most readers are fans of Death, but since I didn't get to see much of him in this novel, I'm sticking with Falin. Although Death, will just make things all the more interesting and that's why I expect that the next books in the series will be better. Because if Death managed to get my attention while appearing a handful of times, imagine what he can do later, when operating in full mode!
All in all, Grave Witch is an amazing first book, in a series that is a must for all UF lovers! Can't wait to get my hands on the next books :)...more
Jaye Wells returns and with a novel that completely took my breath away!I know I've said it many times already, but Sabina Kane is one of my favorite Jaye Wells returns and with a novel that completely took my breath away!I know I've said it many times already, but Sabina Kane is one of my favorite UF series and book by book, Wells' stories get me addicted more and more!
Silver-Tongued Devil picks up immediately after the events of the previous book and Sabina finds herself in a relationship with Adam, adjusting to a new life yet again, but now willingly and trying to help her sister Maisie to recover from the atrocities she survived on their grandmother's hands.
One thing is evident throughout the whole book: Jaye Wells has grown and matured as a writer and that is best portrayed in her characters. Maybe Wells was always such a mature writer but her characters hadn't grown up in the previous books, but one thing is for sure, in STD almost all - if not all, at least all the major ones - characters undergo some drastic changes.
Sabina is the one who matures the most. She has to take some difficult decisions and in this book she's at last in peace with her mage abilities.
Adam on the other hand is playing a larger role in this novel. And I don't mean that he just appears in more scenes, but we get to learn more about him, and although there were a couple of things I wasn't thrilled about him, in overall he started to act in a way that made me remember the alpha male of the first book in the series that made me drool all over him :)
I won't say more about the changes some of the other characters went through cause that would be spoilerish and believe me, one of the best attributes of this novel - well, apart from the humor! - are the spins in the main plotline.
A must read for all the fans of this series!...more
Jaye Wells doesn't disappoint once more with the third instalment in her Sabina Kane series. Honestly, this series is among my favorite UF series andJaye Wells doesn't disappoint once more with the third instalment in her Sabina Kane series. Honestly, this series is among my favorite UF series and book by book it just gets better. The first book in the series remains my favorite so far, but still, Wells' writing style is so good and addictive that I can't possibly put her books down as soon as I start reading them.
Green Eyed Demon, continues right after the events that unfolded in the previous book and Sabina along with Giguhl and Adam travel to New Orleans following Maisie who was kidnapped by her grandmother. The only thing that I didn't like in this book, was the fact that the first half was a bit slow, especially actionwise, when compared to the rest books in the series. But after a certain point, when things finally picked up, there was no way I could put the book down.
Again, the best characteristics of this book is the unique and intricate world building and the humorous tone of Wells' writing style. Giguhl is once more my favorite character and the addition of a couple more characters just made things even better. Among those new characters is Brooks, and I just have to say that I truly admire Wells, not only for her guts to create such a complex and "difficult" character as Brooks but also for the way she portrayed him. Wells isn't taking the easy road and that is evident not only with her choice of characters but with the way she develops her main heroine as well. Sabina in Green Eyed Demon is so much different than the assassin we met in the first book, she has grown and changed through all the things that happened to her and changer her life and perception of things.
All in all, Green Eyed Demon is a must read for the fans of the series and in general the Sabina Kane series is among my favorite UF series right now....more
Remember me, having some problems adjusting with the language of Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between? Well, th Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
Remember me, having some problems adjusting with the language of Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between? Well, those problems where non existent in The Renfield Syndrome. I enjoyed so much this novel that I am ever grateful to a certain friend for insisting me to pick up this series. Thank you!
I really don't know how to write this review without containing any spoilers, cause believe me, this book is full of surprises, full of twists and plainly full of awesomeness! I have a bit of a problem with time travelling books but I can certainly say, that any time travel in Renfield Syndrome didn't bother me at all. J.A. Saare, executed the plot in this book so perfectly and in such a manner, that there was no room for misunderstandings whatsoever. And believe me when I say that I usually avoid any books with time travelling, but Renfield Syndrome is a winner for the very first page.
As soon as I started reading this book, I had a feeling that the story would be devastating, you know that sweet feel of torment you get when you know that the story unfolded before you will make you sad or angry, but you just don't seem able to stop. I don't know how to explain myself correctly, but I just knew, that I wouldn't be happy with where the story was going but I just wasn't able to stop reading.
I won't say anything about what actually happens in Renfield Syndrome, not knowing anything just made me appreciate even more this book, all I'm going to say is that if you liked, even a little bit the first book in the series, you should definitely continue with this one. It's so much better than the first, the character development, the plot, everything makes so much more sense by the end of Renfield Syndrome.
And speaking about the end, surely, I'm still convinced that there are a couple of pages or chapters missing... It can't have ended this way! I'm dying to know what happens next!...more
The Mage in Black, begins immediately after the events that took place in the end of Red-Headed Stepchild and Sabina finds herself travelling with AdaThe Mage in Black, begins immediately after the events that took place in the end of Red-Headed Stepchild and Sabina finds herself travelling with Adam to New York to meet her twin sister. In New York, along with embracing her mage side, Sabina finds herself copying with all sorts of new problems, from adjusting to a whole set of new rules, to figure out where she stands in the upcoming war of the dark races.
I really enjoyed The Mage in Black, I literally couldn't put it down, and although in some departments it was better than Red Headed Stepchild, I'm afraid I didn't like it as much as the first book and for that, I have to blame on one hand the fact that Adam was for the better part of this novel away and on the other the fact that the action scenes were less. But that, doesn't mean I didn't like this book. I seriously loved it and I can't wait to pick the next book in the series!
Once more, among my favorite parts of the book, where those featuring Gigughl! What can I say? He's probably the funniest demon I have ever read! Scratch that. He's probably the funniest character I have even read! And the fact that in this book his role is more extended made me love him even more. Him and Jaye Wells for creating him in the first place! And it's not weird that in all of the most memorable scenes of this book he's participating!
I liked the further world building and the character development. I even liked the politics of the dark races even though I'm not usually a big fan of politics in my books. but I terribly missed Adam... But since he's bound to have a more active role in the next book, I can forgive him everything!
All in all, even though I didn't enjoy The Mage in Black as much as the first book in the series, I can certainly say that this series is one of the most entertaining UF series I have picked in a long time....more
I just loved,loved, loved The Red Headed Stepchild! Honestly, it was among the best urban fantasy books I picked in time and I just don't know what II just loved,loved, loved The Red Headed Stepchild! Honestly, it was among the best urban fantasy books I picked in time and I just don't know what I have been waiting for and haven't picked this series up sooner!
I just loved everything about this book! From the kick ass and smart heroine to the incredibly amusing demon-cat! The Red Headed Stepchild has just every single thing I want in a book. Fun and well developed characters, action packed scenes, humour and a romance that slowly builds up and promises to become that much better in the books to come.
I just love books about assassins and this one is no exception! Sabina is one amazing character, strong, independent and loyal even if that loyalty hearts her. Adam is plainly swoon-worthy and the romance between them is in exactly the right pace I want in my books. They don't fall head over heels for each other from the start of the story which in my book is always a good thing. It allows things to progress more slowly and that much better!
The world building is somewhat new, Wells adds some new elements in the already much used vampire mythos and I really liked those twists. The action scenes are well planned and even better delivered and I just loved how Sabina progresses as a character throughout the novel, from a total loner to a person who slowly starts opening up to the people or demon! surrounding her.
All in all, from the very first chapters of The Red Headed Stepchild, I just knew that I had in my hands a fabulous book, and by the end of it I just had found my next favourite series!The rest books of the series are already pre ordered and on their way home! A winner!...more
Before anything else,I need to state beforehand that in this review there will be some spoilers concerning the previous books in the series.So, if you Before anything else,I need to state beforehand that in this review there will be some spoilers concerning the previous books in the series.So, if you haven't still read,especially Hard Bitten, please proceed reading knowing that if you do,then you'll know how Hard Bitten ends.
Having said that, you can't imagine how I waited to get Drink Deep in my hands...Or, probably you can...After all, the ending of Hard Bitten had that effect I suppose to all its readers!And I'm more than glad to say, that it didn't disappoint me in the least!
Drink Deep, takes place two months since the events of the last book and soon after the story begins, all hell breaks loose in Chicago... The lake turns black, the sky is all wrong and all in all,many problems need fixing and everyone blames vampires and of course Cadogan house is in the middle of all that! I have to say, that all those problems and the heavy plot,worked in advantage for the story for me.That way, my mind was occupied the whole time and I managed to forget for a good part of the book my one crucial question: "Where's Ethan????????" Even if Ethan s absent,in the worst manner may I add as well, Neill manages to keep reminding him to us through Merit.She hasn't forgotten him and she isn't exactly ready to move on and I loved to see her copying with the aftereffects of Ethan's death.
And the aftereffects are major for everyone in this book.Merit isn't only trying to move on in her life,she has also to cope with the GP intrusion in her house.With which let me just say I was totally mad and frustrated...And not only with the GP but with characters I used to really love in previous books... Mallory was inexcussable in everything she did, and although I appreciate the turning of events, I can't help but be angry with her and the way she acted to Merit.Catcher falls into the same category I'm afraid.They both had their excuses, but that doesn't make me feel less angry toward them.Coming to think about it, I feel almost as frustrated as I felt while reading The 5th Harry Potter book.Not that much frustrated but quite enough...
The plot was a bit slow at times and I was a little bit tired through the first half but the second was that much better that I soon forgot my reservations! And one last thing before I end this review...I really loved Jonah in this book!I certainly don't want him to end up with Merit but I can appreciate a perfectly good and hot character regardless!I just loved everything about him! And now,I'll have to wait for almost a year for the next book....And things just began to get interesting by the end of Drink Deep...
Ok, I'm in total loss of words to describe Hard Bitten... Up until the last two chapters of this book I was pretty much ecstatic about the 4th installment of The Chicagoland Vampires series and although I knew that something major was coming at the end of it,honestly,I couldn't even dream of imagining what.
But let's just take things from the start.Hard Bitten is fast paced,the story progresses rapidly,we get to know more about the elusive GP and what we learn about it,isn't flattering at all.For a council of all vampires to operate in such a way,hmmm, I was pissed at them to say the least. The story flows easily but somehow everything about the mystery in this book fell into place really easily.It was a bit anticlimatic but the ending,suffice it to say, came even more unexpectedly that way.
Before anything else,I just have to say that this won't be a proper review, or rather what I come to expect of myself as a proper review.I just can't do it...My mind is so focused on the ending that everything else just blurs.I do remember myself fully enjoying this book,reading the last chapters and expecting some closure to this story's mystery and then BOOM Chloe Neill goes and does the unexpected...I seriously thought of throwing my book of the window, but I resisted the urge.I was left with a grimace on my face for the next 5 or 10 minutes it took me to actually finish this book.And then?I was seriously pissed! And having said that,I don't think there's any need for me to continue expressing my feelings of frustration.
Hard Bitten is a freakingly good book,but without that ending!That ending just left me speechless and I seriously hope that Chloe Neill does have a really good reason for the way her story ended.That leaves Drink Deep to prove it. And a warning to anyone who is about to grab this book,just don't finish it while on bed right before you sleep.Just don't!...more
Remember me,having minor problems with the previous two books in the Chicagoland series?Well,after having read Twice Bitten;let me tell you,I'm ecstatic about this series!
Granted,I may have found the previous two books a bit slow and heavy on vampire politics analysis but Twice Bitten,is everything I expected this series to be from the beggining!And that is a fast paced,UF series,with just the right amount of romance to spice things up! From the moment I started reading Twice Bitten I just couldn't put it down.Shiftrs come into the picture and that means further complications but for once,reading about the politics of the situation couldn't bother me or bore me any less.I was sucked into Neill's world and I just didn't want to immerge from it any time soon.
I loved the way Merit's character develops from book to book.I love how Ethan behaves,even if that means that sometimes he's a total jerk...The tension between them is incredible!The way their relationship builts is among the best written I have encountered in a story!
Should I continue?Bottom line,I'm glad I decided to read the books in this series (well apart from the first one) back to back,cause certainly,Twice Bitten is incredible and having all the details fresh in my mind helped me understand the complicated world building a lot easier! Going to pick Hard Bitten right now!
I think I have been waiting for Iced to get published for what it seems like forever and althouReview originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I think I have been waiting for Iced to get published for what it seems like forever and although I was dying to get my hands on this book, I only realised how much I had truly missed Karen Marie Moning's world when I actually started reading this book. To be honest, there are no words that I can use to describe how much I love "living" in Moning's Dublin. Iced is plainly AWESOME!
This review won't follow my usual pattern where I get to discuss the writing style, or the character development or anything technical. No book written by Moning needs that from me. The writing style is perfect as usual and so are all the rest. Well, at least perfect for me. I can never find anything to bitch about while reading her books. To put it simple, Karen Marie Moning is one of the most brilliant authors currently and her stories are my obsession. Simple as that. So what I'll focus on in this review, will be just the story and my impression of it. Regarding everything else, consider them perfect :)
So, I have to admit that I was scarred like hell to start reading Iced. Fever series is like sacred to me, and this spin off series with Dani as the narrator, scarred me. I was afraid that Dani couldn't pull off being the center of the story for more than one reasons, first of them all, her age. Fever series is seriously hot, full of sexual tension and, well, sex, so reading a story being told from a 14 year old, no matter how different she is from other people her age, was a challenge on itself. Would there be any sex in it? Difficult considering how young Dani is. Would there be any form of romance? Difficult again. So, what would happen with one of the best attributes of this series, which is none other than the sexual tension? How on earth would Moning manage to pull it off? Well, somehow, she managed! Don't know how exactly that happened, but being so fecking brilliant an author like Moning is, she actually managed to write a story around a 14 year old, with hints of sexual tension, without offending the reader. She managed to maintain the whole atmosphere of the Fever series in a story with a really young heroine.
Before anything else, let me tell you that this story, isn't primarily targeted towards a YA audience. Even if the age of the heroine could permit that and even if there's not much sex in there, still it's not YA, not by a long shot. And if you haven't read the rest of the Fever books before, don't start with this one. You'll feel lost. There may be enough details to let the reader catch up with the story, but still, Moning's universe is so intricate and complicated that you'd feel lost. And either way, why miss the opportunity to read this series from the beginning? It's worth your time, believe me!
One other fear I had before starting Iced, was Dani herself. Granted, I was in the minority of people who didn't really dislike her and despite the fact that she killed Alina, I had a soft spot for her. I liked her sassy mouth and her bravado from the beginning, but still, I thought that it would be a challenge to accept her as a main player in the story. But yet again, Moning managed to write her in such a way, that at times, I even forgot all those things that irritated me on her on the previous books. Well, at times, I managed to forget her age and that speaks volumes...
And one of my last fears was how on earth I would read a Fever book where Barrons wouldn't be the main character and wouldn't dominate every single page of the story... Silly, I know, but Barrons IS the Fever series for me. Yeah, I know there are other amazing things about this series and I don't get to disregard them completely, but Barrons was the center of it all. For me at least. So how could I ever read a book where he wouldn't appear often? Impossible.
But, even if Barrons is absent in Iced, apart from a couple of scenes, Ryodan sure makes up for his "loss"! He may not be as hot and sexy as Barrons, but the potential is all there! And I'm pretty certain that by the time Dani is older and we will have the chance to fully appreciate him, Barrons will have some serious competition!
But Ryodan isn't the only possible romantic interest for Dani, although I both hope and believe that he will be the main one. There's also Dancer and Christian. And although I really loved Dancer, I'm afraid I can't say the same about Christian. And not because I didn't like him as a character both in his good and bad times, but because I found it too hard to believe how quickly he fell for Dani. I mean he just loves her and I can't see why! Or to phrase it better, I can see why he is interested in her but not how or when he felt that she's the one for him. It's just too convenient. You have a 14 year old who's really messed up and three seriously sexy guys are ready to die for her. It's just too much. And although I can see why Dancer cares for her and why Ryodan has his eyes set on her, Christian's interest is just too much.
Anyway, I can probably discuss about Iced forever, but the bottom line is that this is one hell of a book, an incredible story written in a way only Moning can do it. Fans of this series will absolutely love it and I'm no exception. I just can't wait for the next one! ...more
Kindling the Moon is a very interesting and really promising debut Urban Fantasy title. I don't know why I was Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
Kindling the Moon is a very interesting and really promising debut Urban Fantasy title. I don't know why I was really surprised by how good this books really is. After all, all the reviews of it are good and I had it recommended to me by some people whose taste I quite trust.
Jenn Bennett's voice is strong and clear and her writing style humorous, even and easy flowing. So as you can guess, as soon as I started reading this book, I just couldn't possibly put it down. The plot was full of twists, mystery and action and there wasn't even a single moment when I felt bored by reading Kindling the Moon. Granted, some of the twists in the end, were a bit predictable after a certain point in the story, but still, that fact didn't spoil things for me. After all, the plot was so full of action that any predictability went a bit unnoticed.
The world Bennett created is unique and intricate and unlike anything I have read to this point. Magic and demons are set in a fresh world where all the rules are different from what you come to expect. We have Earthbounds, the children of demons and human, savages (think something like Muggles) magicians and demons. And you have a very unique and powerful heroine, who doesn't even know how powerful she really is and how her unlikely conception has influenced her life in many aspects.
The characters are well developed and interesting. I really loved Arcadia, how strong, smart and brave she is and how willing to do whatever it takes for those she cares. Lon, reminded me a bit of Johny Depp in his description, and that by itself, was enough reason to make me love him and then some more. But apart from his looks, he is caring and his sarcastic tone made me really laugh. But my favorite character in this book was by far Jupe, Lon's son. I have to admit that at first, I didn't know what to think about my alpha male in a story being a parent. You see, I haven't read many books, if any at all, where my heroes are parents, so in the beginning I was a bit uncertain. But Jupe is such a great character, that all my reservations evaporated in the blink of an eye! He is such a cute and adorable kid, and his presence really added in the whole story. His perspective of things was interesting and entertaining and the way he talks and perceives things was among my favorite parts of the book.
All in all, Kindling the Moon, is a fresh Urban Fantasy title, from an author who seems very promising. I can't wait for the next book to get published!...more
I really enjoyed Friday Night Bites!Although it has been quite sometime since I read the first book of the Chicagoland Vampires series and I was a bit afraid that I would find it hard to remember the storyline and get into this book,I didn't encounter a problem whatsoever.
As I said,it's been sometime since I read Some Girls Bite,more than a year to be precise,and since in the meantime I read many other books,it was only logical to assume that I had forgotten everything about the storyline.Surely,some of the basics I did remember but only that.But as soon as I picked up Friday Night Bites everything came to mind so easily,it was like I read the previous book only a month before and not a year.Chloe Neill does a fantastic job of reacquainting her readers with her story,without boring details and without slowing her actual storytelling.It was perfect for me!
The universe Neill has created is intricate,full of vampire politics and action and her characters are well developed and substantial.I love Merit and her way of dealing things and the romantic element with Ethan is fantastic!There so much sexual tension between them that I can't wait to see how things will progress for them!
The only thing that tired me a bit,was the first half of the book,were things were progressing a bit slowly,and all those mentions in politics.I understand that vampire politics play a huge part in the world building but still,I found myself once more a bit tired of them.I'll get used to them though!
No need to say,I go straight from book 2 in this series to the next,Twice Bitten!I just can't wait!...more
I don't know how many times i've said this word in the past days,but God,i loved Faefever.Once i picked this book up,i just couldn't put it down,and i'm guessing that i will have the same feeling no matter how many times i'll read those books!Karen Marie Moning once again delivers a book full of suspence,mystery and sexual tension!Just perfect!
In Faefever everything changes!This book stands as a bridge between a normal world and a world consumed by darkness,standing on the edges of a dystopian novel.It's a bridge between the Mac we got to know in Darkfever and a Mac that will completely change.I don't think that Faefever is the 3rd book in this series by accident.It's right in the middle of the story with a first half closer to what we knew from the previous books and the second,slowly introducing the reader to a different and darker world.
Once again,Mac's personality develops,a development i'm not sure will stop until the story is finished.Along with her world that darkens,she herself starts acting and thinking in a completely different way than in the first book.Still,she struggles to keep what she can from her old self,but the story needs a different approach from her towards things and she adjusts perfectly. One thing i loved in Faefever is that we are introduced to a couple new characters.We meet more closely with Christian,the enigmatic Scott that seems to be holding a special part in the story and Dani,the young sidhe seer with the really bad mouth but adorable all the same!I don't know how Dani will evolve and what her place in the story will be by the end,but i really thing that it's a character that really needs a book about herself in some point!It's a really interesting character despite how young she is and i really enjoy reading about her. We also get to know more about inspector Jayne,another character i really enjoy reading about.I like that he too,doesn't care how a job will be done,as long as it gets done!
All in all,Faefever,is yet another astonishing book in the Fever series and yet again,the ending is a major cliffhanger.Seriously,the endings in those books become worse (in terms of suspenfull endings) as the time passes.But i still love them,and love the way i am totally sucked into this dark world!...more
Touched by an Alien is among the most difficult books I have ever read to make up my mind about it.I usually either like or don't a book and even when a rating is difficult I kind of always now whether I like a novel or not.But with Touched by an Alien I really can't say exactly...
Reading Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch was like a roller coaster of emotions.At least for me.I felt my mind change about it from page to page and I ended up liking or being annoyed with the heroes in the blink of an eye.Talking about undecisive... When I started reading this book I was beyond excited!I had in my hands a totally different book written in a really refreshing way,full of humor and comic references,and a plot that wasn't close to anything I have read up to now.After a bit,I ended up finding annoying the contant humorous references.I kind of felt that that kind of humor degrated a bit the situations and made them seem somehow less serious. I mean at first I found charming the way Martini was behaving,but after a bit that kind of behavior gave me a spoiled child's vibe. And, following the same pattern, were my emotions throughout the whole book about pretty much everything and everyone.
The main heroine was charming at first.The kick ass type of heroine I enjoy in an urban fantasy book!Smart,witty,beautiful and with an uncanny sense of right and wrong and duty.When at first she kills a beast with only a Mont Blanc I found it odd and for that, the points went in favor of the author...The problems start showing when she used a hair spray to defend herself against the worst monsters of them all...Then,and when she started noticing things and coming to conclusions and solutions about facts that a whole race of super intelligent alien beings haven't noticed in decades.Ok!I got it!Katherine is really smart.But so much smartness tends to pass a bit unbelievable and a whole lot convenient...And to put it mildly,I just can't buy it!
For me to start a book loving it and super excited to end up bored and hoping to end sooner than later is not a common situation.For about the 2/3 of this book I was ok with it and I mostly liked it despite the bits I mentioned.But somewhere after this point things got completely downhill...I wanted it to magically end so I was not forced to continue reading it.And by the end I didn't care much if things improved a bit.My interest was completely lost.
Touched by an Alien is surely an unusual novel.One that had all the potential to be mindblowing in my opinion.But I think that the writer in her attempts to succeed that, she overdid it.This series has actually quite a big fanbase,and to be honest,it did had some good parts in it.It just didn't work all that well for me. If I'll continue with the next book?I honestly can't say.I really do know though that I'm not all that eager to do it right away!...more
Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin left me with mixed feelings somehow.I know i wasn't all crazy about this book,but i can't either say that i didn't like it at all.I found myself somewhere in between but with a definite feeling that i expected something more of this book.
The beggining is just amazing.I loved the world,i loved Jaz and i was drawn to Vayl.The writing style was good,the pacing even and until the last page i wasn't bored for a minute.I just kept reading,if not anxious to see how things ended,at least curious.But,i thought that this book,though very good executed indeed,lacked a certain spark especially after the first half. The world Rardin created was fantastic.Full of spies and missions plus the paranormal element to spice things up!I fell in love with this world immediately and to be honest at points i was a bit reminded of the tv show Alias...I know,the resemblances weren't really there,but in my mind,the way Jaz and Vayl lived just reminded me of that show!Apart from the world,Jaz herself is an amazing character.Independent,smart and born to be a leader.A strong heroine and among the best heroines created in the urban fantasy genre. Vayl on the other hand,has definitely potential...I didn't "see" much of him in the first book of the series,at least not much in order to regard him as the super sexy alpha male,but the material to become exactly that kind of hero is there.Unlike Cole...I just couldn't connect with him whatsoever and to be honest i can't even regard him as a potential opponent to Vayl,for that all-so-famous triangle to form.I just couldn't see him as a potential lover and that is maybe because of the way he responded to Jaz after just a spontaneous kiss.You kiss someone you barely know for a total of 5 minutes and the next time you meet him you actually believe that something is going on between you?In my world that's not sexy,but quite lame...
Anyway,as i said the first half of the book was really good,but after that, things just got downhill a bit.Rardin spent half of her book to built a mysterious atmosphere around both Jaz's and Vayl's past only to just give rush explanations on the other half.The major turn downs was firstly the way Jaz just sucks up major things concerning herself not demanding explanations even after the book finished and secondly how Jaz talks for the first time about things of her past.I really don't want to say more for fear of spoilers,but if you'll read the book,you'll know exactly what i mean.After those two incidents i just lost half the fun.And although as i said,it's not that i didn't like this book,somehow i feel that it could have delivered much more...Because everything is already in there!
To wrap it up,although the first installment in the Jaz Parks series didn't leave me exactly astonished as i honestly expected,it's not a bad book whatsoever and a series that seems really interesting.So,i will read the next book,and hope that the things that put me off in this one,will be absent in the next!...more
Needless to say,i became a huge fan of Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane.If you have read my previous reviews of the other 2 books in the series i'm guessing you understood how much i liked them! City of Ghosts,is as good as the previous books and if i may say even better!
Downside Ghosts series is among those series that just gets better by each book and each one of them manages to grab the reader's attention and suck him even deeper into an amazing world!I find it hard to write this review cause i think that i have already said everything in my previous reviews...The plot is amazing and the world where the story unfolds is getting even crueller, book by book, but still beautiful in it's own ways!I think that for a world where no religion exists,this book's characters are really religious,but believing in themselves and their own power rather than somewhere else.
I just loved the way the relationship between Chess and Terrible builds up.It's among the most believable couples i've encountered in books,with a relationhip not full of roses or any other sweetness,something that surely fits with the whole setting of this story.Nothing here is easy or beautiful,but still,you get to love every aspect of this world!Every character here isn't sketched perfectly but his darker emotions are vividly displayed!And i just loved that!That's how real people are,not just perfect,conscious and righteous the whole time!And maybe that's why i enjoyed every single page of this book,scratch that,of every book in this series!
The plot again follows the same steps,as in the previous books,but here we get to learn more on everything!More on the characters' life,more on the world,on the politics and the way everything works,plus more on the Lamaru,the really bad guys!All in all,a more than decent book and definitely the best series i started this year!I'm guessing my Christmas came earlier,when i decided to pich this series!...more
What can I say about Stacia Kane, that hasn't already been said or that will do justice to her work! This author is plainly brilliant and with Sacrificial Magic she just proves that once more! Sacrificial Magic was among my most anticipated titles for this year, and now that I read it, I can positively say that I wasn't disappointed in the least.
And how I could ever be disappointed with something Kane writes? Her dark world is a place I would dread to live in while at the same time it fascinates me beyond words. Chess, is the kind of character I can't relate to, that I blame for many of the bad things that happen to her and at the same time my heart breaks for every bad thing that breaks her heart. I don't remember the last time that I invested so much in a fictional character. I mean, Kane has created her characters in such a way that you live through them, that you care about them, even if you don't agree with their decisions or their life choices.
Sacrificial Magic sucks you right into Kane's world and even when you reach its last page, you just don't want it to end. Chess, once again finds herself in the middle of a weird case that connects directly to the two drug lords of Downside. We get to see how her relationship with Terrible evolves after the things that happened in the end of City of Ghosts, and let me say that I loved every single minute of it! I loved how they struggled through things, how Chess's insecurities played a huge role in how things progressed between them. There were times that I felt so sad about Chess, I can't even describe it and times where I just wished that everything would magically get better, just so she could be content.
Terrible...., well Terrible is amazing once more! Really, I can say over and over again how in love with him I am, but I'm afraid I would tire you. Let's just say that he's so incredible and so worthy of all the female readers' love! The character that really surprised me in Sacrificial Magic though is Lex's sister. I don't know why I was so surprised with it, but from the moment she made her appearance I really loved her. I won't elaborate the reasons I liked her so much (it will be a bit spoilerish) but she really intrigued me.
All in all, Stacia Kane, delivers once more a book full of angst, passion and darkness that promises to satisfy every fan of this series. Trust me!...more
I'm becoming seriously addicted with this series...I started reading slowly,but after a couple chapters i just couldn't put this book down...It was fast paced,sexy and even heartbreaking at points!
More or less,Unholy Magic follows the same pattern and plotline of Unholy Ghosts.We follow Chess's adventures,while she's yet again on the chase of some seriously bad magic and ghosts and along with that thrill ride you get to know more and more about her,the people surrounding her and the world where the story unfolds. This time i didn't encounter the same language problem i had with the first book of the series.I don't think that happened because of any change in the writing style,i just got used to it and didn't have a problem getting into the story immediately.And what a story it was...!I don't know if it's just me and the fact i got into the story immediately this time,but the story of Unholy MAgic seemed to me somehow more tight than the one of the first book.It still has the same even pace but the difference was that now i understood exactly the world building and how the bad guys worked.Again,i'll note that it maybe just be me and nothing actually different in the writing style.Believe me,knowing from the beggining what's going on and not trying to translate the dialogues is a huge advantage!
Anyway,again in this book i was a bit troubled by Chess's drug addiction,which is shown in more extent in this installment,but again i found myself caring deeply for her and what happened to her.I mean,on the one hand i couldn't connect with her and the actions she was more or less forced to take because of her addiction but on the other i could really feel her and sympathise with her.I could actually feel her frustration and how imprisoned she felt at times and for that exact reasons i really wanted for every bad thing that happened to her to get fixed right that second,only for her to feel better.I knew she just met the coincequences of her very actions but that didn't make me feel bad for her nonetheless. Terrible on the other hand is... just an amazing guy.I have to admit,my all time fictional crush is Bones,but i'm afraid to say so,he's starting to have some serious competition...!Who could have imagined that a seemingly impenetrable and tough guy could actually be so sensitive and thoughtfull!I just loved him and his fightings with Chess were amazing.Through those fightings you could get glimpses of his character and the way he thought about things and i really enjoyed those parts,well mostly!My other part was just occupied feeling Chess's desperation during those fights...
There's really not much i can say about this book,if you have read the first one don't expect many differences here.Same easy writing style,strong plot and amazing set of characters.So,if you liked the first book in the series,this will get you addicted further to this amazing,dark,cruel but wonderful world!Honest;y,Downside Ghosts is the best Urban Fantasy series i read in 2010.Don't miss it!...more
OMG!Storm Born was really good and interesting!Thorn Queen... is that much better!I really don't know how Richelle Mead manages but her writing gets better and better the whole time!To be honest,i didn't expect the sequel of Storm Born to be better and some reviews i read where a bit disheartening but i was quite pleasantly surprised!I enjoyed every single page of this book and especially after a certain point i just couldn't put it down!
I liked all of the characters' evolution.We got to learn much more about Kiyo's character,who in the first book of the series was the impersonation of male sexual attraction.Well,in this book we get to know a bit more about his character and motives and to be honest,i wasn't that thrilled of his character!I didn't like how he treated Eugenie at bed and much like he treated her in the bedroom he also treated her outside of it.I somehow got the feeling that he was a bit intimadated by Eugenie's power plus he just wanted to have the upper hand in everything,he just did it in not that obvious a way.More or less i was a bit troubled with Kiyo in this book and by the end of it i was mad at him!
Eugenie on the other hand is yet again torn in this book.Torn between two men and two worlds each one of them are representing a different part of her soul.She loves Kiyo but she's attracted to Dorian as well.She feels human,but the same sense of responsibility that feels towards protecting humans grom gentry,she also feels towards her people,no matter how much she resents herself for that.In overall,Eugenie is among the most well built and consistent characters i have ever come across in books and i just really love her!
Dorian,is pretty mush the same wonderful Dorian of the first book,and although again his appearances aren't very long i just love him!Haven't i already told i'm team Dorian?He still has his own motives about everything he does but he somehow feels a little bit more trouthfull than Kiyo.I just hope he doesn't turn to be a completely selfless bastard,cause that will be a major let down!
The story is amazing!Quick paced and with some breathtaking descriptions!The parts where Mead describes Otherworld are really like coming out of another era!Her world building was obvious from the first book,but here many parts of the story unfold at Otherworld,thus giving us the chance to meet this world in more details!And i just loved the way Mead combined our modern world with the one where electricity doesn't even exist as a concept!It was wonderful!
One more thing i want to add is that i also liked the way Richelle Mead is treating her heroes...She's not afraid to make them live through terrible incidents and get out even stronger as characters.She did it with Rose in Vampire Academy and she did it yet again with Eugenie.I'm not gonna say more cause it will be a huge spoiler but once i reached that part of the book i was left speechless!
After finishing Thorn Queen,all i can think is that i really need to read the next book in the series,but i have to wait unfortunatelly!At least Vampire Academy will soon be in my hands,so,that counts for something!...more