Finally, I had a chance to meet Kate. It was a long time coming too, friends couldn't recommend her enough, and I always welcome a chance to meet a ki...moreFinally, I had a chance to meet Kate. It was a long time coming too, friends couldn't recommend her enough, and I always welcome a chance to meet a kickass heroine.
I'm fairly new to the urban fantasy genre, but with the good choices I picked up lately, I think this is going to go among my favorites. Reading a different couple every book is fun and keeps me excited with expectations, but to have one person and go through their life with them, not knowing what new adventures await them is also quite fun. And it also keeps me on edge.
Since I had so many friends recommending this series to me, those who know it probably already read to the latest book, but if there are those out there who weren't familiar with these books, let me introduce Kate. She's a mercenary who cleans up after either magic goes haywire or people screw up. I liked Kate, not only is she a woman who can kick ass, she also has a softer side to her that doesn't even hide behind a tough exterior. From the very start I could clearly see she had her doubts and fears, her own weaknesses, everything that made her a human-so to speak-, but she was also clearly very talented and very powerful. She's not cocky too, which is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to strong women. More often than not I come across a heroine I want to slap rather than cheer on. Thankfully, Kate was not one of them, in fact, I cheered her on like a banshee.
Even though magic is not exactly my favorite plotline, I admit the magic in this book was interesting. It wasn't just witches and spells either, the world is filled with other creatures, shapeshifters, vampires, gods and so much more I'll probably see in the coming books.
While I write this review, I've already finished the first two books, so I have grounds to make a comparison. I admit, the first book was harder to follow, probably because it was a first in a series so the introduction into the world took a while for me to settle, but by the time I got to the second book, the writing just flew off the page and swirled around my mind, it was so much more easier to follow Kate's words. Not to mention I loved Kate even more in the second book, and I was glad that even though there's a big bad alpha involved in all, the story wasn't focused solely on their attraction. Seems like that is going to grow gradually, and hey, I might enjoy sexual tension as much as the next gal, but I still like the pace of their relationship for now. It's smooth, you know it's there, but it's also not clear. When it finally hits, it's probably going to be a hot one. And it's summer, how am I going to deal with that?
Well then, I should move on to the next one now. There's little time, and lots more to catch up on, and I'm hoping to see more Beast Lord and Kate interactions, and let's see what other crap is waiting around the corner for Kate-sorry Kate, but as an urban fantasy heroine, you know it'll be crappy! (less)
Come to my side, I have cookies. And bring some Lykae. And vampires. And demons. Thank you.
ps. No mates allowed.
--Lame moment over.--
Just in case anyone suspected this, I just wanna make it official here that IAD series owns me at the moment. It's been a while since I've been this obsessed over a new PNR series, well, new for me at least.
This awesome book tells the story of the powerful young witch Mari and the ever so strong and sexy Lykae Bowen -RAWR!.
You know it, I loved Mari. It's so wonderful that this series has the women in as much focus as the men, even more so. I love this about these books. Women are not just ornaments, or a way to make the book a PNR romance, but they're strong, they're kickass and they're definitely essential to the story. They have their own battles to fight and they do it so brilliantly. And Mari was no exception. She's a powerful witch, and even though she's probably one of the youngest females in this series, she's mature enough to handle a big bad wolf aaaaalll by herself.
And Bowen..*sigh* Bowen, Bowen, Bowen. He makes you look at the tale of Little Red Riding Hood in a whole different light doesn't he? The one where the girl is all grown up, in other words, 'me', and the big bad wolf is, well, still the big bad wolf, in other words, Bowen. And we say 'screw grandma!' and we kill and bury her, drink vodka and have lots of wild sex all night. You know, a fairy tale!
Anyway, I absolutely fell for the idea of this couple from the previous book, and I was so looking forward to reading it that I was also a bit worried if it'd live up to my expectations and sure enough, it didn't disappoint. The whole relationship between these two, the constant bickering, the power struggles, and the drama of the ghost of Bowen's past and Mari's future was brilliantly written.
This series gets better with every book and I cannot wait to move on to the next one!(less)
This book was a testament to that saying "actions speak louder than words". And for the most part of this book, they did.
There's just something comple...moreThis book was a testament to that saying "actions speak louder than words". And for the most part of this book, they did.
There's just something completely mesmerizing about a rough and tough male coming to care for someone. It's heart warming really, to read about a hardened soul to soften. And to see Malkom Slaine first scaring then caring for the fun loving witch Carrow was..beautiful. His past reminded me that of Zsadist's from Black Dagger Brotherhood. I felt the same kind of adoration and sadness for Malkom as I did for Z. Gone through the same sort of emotional rollercoaster in this book. But don't get me wrong, the two books are still so much different in essence. Just the men they talk of are similar in fate.
I loved the flow of emotions in this book. Especially from Malkom's point of view. He had so much to get over and so much changing to do. But as a reader I was able to read through every step of his feelings and resolve. Kresley Cole has showed her magic again.
And Carrow. Before this book I didn't know or remember much about Carrow and I admit I was a wee bit disappointed when I found out her book came before Regin's. But she, ever so quickly, made me love her completely as a heroine and there wasn't one thing she did that I ever disagreed with or annoyed me. She got everything right and even though her timing and circumstances were unfortunate, she came through in the end, thank goodness.
I also very much enjoyed the raw sexual tension/relationship thing Carrow and Malkom had going on. It wasn't love at first sight. They had to work hard at it, to dig through to find love. And this is exactly what I enjoy so much about these books, they don't see one another and fall in love in lightning speed. Sure there is lust but they have to work for the rest. And I mean really work. Which turns out great for this reader.
I also want to mention the little girl Ruby that Carrow had to care for. She was adorable, kudos to Kresley for writing such a cute little witch. And the sweet connection she and Malkom shared? It makes me melt when a man clicks with a kid. Total puddle mode.
I've been feeling the lack of a good m/m story for a while now, so this book was very much welcome....moreFind the review also over at Under The Covers blog
I've been feeling the lack of a good m/m story for a while now, so this book was very much welcome. It's a spin-off from the 'Partnership in Blood' series by the same author, and even though I am obsessed with reading a series in order, this didn't turn out to be as scary as I thought it would be. This was also my first time reading a book by Ariel Tachna and I can say that it won't certainly be the last.
Since this is a spin-off story, it takes place after the events in the main series, but not having read them -yet!- wasn't much of an obstacle. A powerful werewolf pack comes to the wizard/vampire pairings for help about their mating rituals, the couples are unable to have children and they're afraid the pack might be dying out because of that. The helping hand comes in the form of an enthusiastic, werewolf fanboy, newbie wizard named Marc, who's sent in to the pack to observe the ritual performed by the pack's shaman, a gorgeous black wolf named Adenet.
The book mainly is about the different relationships from the previous couples, as well as how Marc tries hard to make Adenet acknowledge their inevitable bond. Gotta say, I loved the sexuality in this book, my god it was hot! More than once I wished I had a vampire partner of my own to be wild with in the bedroom, or perhaps a werewolf to mate with in abandon, but let's just get back to the review. The characters were likable, especially Marc, and I enjoyed the dark way the vampires were handled here. I don't know, I've always been a fan of the darker side -they have cookies and all!- The plot wasn't hard to follow since the main thing is the relationships, but still I think it would help if one reads the previous books first, for the sake of connecting to the characters more.
My biggest problem, however, was the constant use of French words. The author has lived and worked in France so I can understand her choice of including the culture, since the story is set in France, and I could understand a few commonly known words here and there, but whole sentences in French, or words that may not be widely known to non-French readers is another story. Thankfully my sister helped me with this, but for those who don't have French speaking sisters, this might be a bit of a challenge, not to mention it disrupts the flow of the story.
Overall, I still liked the book, it was an interesting world where different races are made to mingle, and I'll definitely work on getting my hands on the other books. Who knows, it might also help improve my French!(less)
Since I don't have the next book in the series and so cannot continue with my marathon, I thought I might as well write a review for this one and prol...moreSince I don't have the next book in the series and so cannot continue with my marathon, I thought I might as well write a review for this one and prolong my pleasure. Ah, the mind keeps working!
It surprises me every time, how much can authors come up with using only their imagination. Kate Daniels series, with its characters, plot lines and world building, is a true gem, I gotta say. Having finished the third book, I'm sucked in the world of Kate more and more, and I find myself turning the pages with enthusiasm, wanting to find out what's expecting Kate and her posse. Yes, I call them her posse now, even though she's been a loner up until now, I guess even she can't deny that she's a loner no more.
I liked that although Kate works alone, she came together with shapeshifters for a common goal. Since I've been reading one after the other, I can't separate the facts of different books and so can't exactly remember who appeared when and where, but some of the characters that came together with Kate for this book's plot were known from the start. Some, we met during the previous book, and I liked every single one of them. From Kate's teenage werewolf sidekick-her words, not mine-, to the Beast Lord of Atlanta-Your High and Mightyness-, to Kate's long time occasional magic clean-up partner Jim, to her gun loving kickass new best friend Andrea, to Andrea's new werehyena shadow and very much lovable Raphael-hear me, hear me, Andrea-, to the good doctor Doolittle-whose name has me smile every time-, to the shapeshifter extraordinaire Saiman, to finally Kate's kid, Julie, every single one of them makes this book worth reading.
Even the bad guys glue you to the book. I wanted to know everything about them, and some, I wished we could've known even better. An intriguing bad guy is one of the keys of a good book, and Kate Daniels delivers every time.
The deadly games that the story revolved around were interesting. In an action filled book, who doesn't love a tournament where the victors are the only ones to survive?
The general plot is evolving, we're getting closer and closer to Kate and her greatest adversary, and I like the way her past is given to us little by little. Apart from her gaining more powers to finally be able to defeat her enemy, I believe the fact that she's making friends and allies is going to be a great plus for her. Perhaps one thing her father might've been wrong about, hmm?
Having finished this book, I don't have the next one at the ready, a fact that saddens me a great deal, one that I will not let happen again in the future. However, a girl's gotta read, so let's discover some other worlds and characters until I can meet up with Kate and her gang again. Unless, perhaps, I can summon them? Is the magic up these days? Maybe if I screw up some magic, Kate will appear to clean it up. With my luck, though, I'll probably summon a two-headed mindless dragon that'll crush me under its feet and then I'll have no hope to ever finish this series. Hmm, something to think about. (less)