I really liked this one! I never tried to enjoy a manga before, I know my sister loves a couple of them. I picked this up from the library by chance b...moreI really liked this one! I never tried to enjoy a manga before, I know my sister loves a couple of them. I picked this up from the library by chance because I needed a light read that wouldn't take much time to finish and found myself in the lovely world of manga :)(less)
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)
**spoiler alert** I think I might've said the previous book was a very emotional one and this one is right up there with it cause it was emotional, ma...more**spoiler alert** I think I might've said the previous book was a very emotional one and this one is right up there with it cause it was emotional, maybe on a different level. In the previous book Georgie saw how vulnerable mortals were and her concersn about Seth's mortality touched me. But this one..This one was the proof of their relationship's helplessness. Their situration's desperation, it really saddened me. And this time, both with Georgie's harsh attempt to send Seth away and Seth's proposal to Maddie, I can't say I blame them. There's just something terribly sad about these two that no matter how cliché it may sound I just want them to find a way. I was hoping for Gerogina's contract to have a loophole of some kind but that didn't work out. Even though we found out that there's nothing wrong with Georgina's contract in theory, I can't help but feel like this 'all mortals who knew her' clause has some meaning. And it's related to Seth. From the previous books I have this thought that's nagging me that Seth might be a reincarnation of Georgina's husband or something with the way they keep referring no matter what they both have a significant place in the other's life and all. I know it sounds out there but maybe the romantic in me wants it this way. And like Georgina, I can't get over that dream of hers. So sad, her life really. She's so strong and yet so vulnerable.
Aside from all this romantic aspect, I was extremely happy to see Roman back. I know he had sociopathic tendencies but I just couldn't help but love that guy and to be honest was looking forward to his return. And it seems like he'll stick around for a while. Happy news for me! And I was glad to see he was a better, nicer version of himself now, in addition to his sexiness and charm. He was good at interacting wiht Georgina and I hope he's a keeper in the series.
What surprised me in this book -or rather who- Dante. I kinda liked him before, you know, aside from the fact that he destroyed both his sister's and Erik's lives, but he was way too vulnerable and devoted in this book. The way he kept trying to attract Georgina's attention and as non-noble as his methods were, his intentions were good in his own way.
I gotta admit I missed that John Cusack look-alike :) Glad they rescued him, I think like the rest of the gang I'd prefer to have him around rather than having to read and get used to a new archdemon.
Tiny little detail that caught my attention was the repetetive use of the phrase 'inasmuch as' through the middle of the book. It was as if it was a newly found and very much liked phrase that Richelle Mead wanted to use as much as possible.
But really, other than all this, this was a really good installment to the series and it left the reader at just the right point where you start to wonder how it'll go on now for the main characters.(less)
**spoiler alert** I'm giving this book 5 stars because of all that it made me feel and think. Now, I know these books are not philosophical or anythin...more**spoiler alert** I'm giving this book 5 stars because of all that it made me feel and think. Now, I know these books are not philosophical or anything, they're just for the enjoyment of the reader but maybe I felt too emotional reading this book and some parts of it really pissed me off.
Georgina and Seth's relationship had a big hit in this book. Which I have to admit, was inevitable even though it saddened me. You can't have a relationship between a succubus and a human and not have a rocky road. It would actually even surprise me and feel unbelievable if they didn't go through this. I know a lot of people were mad at Seth for sleeping with Maddie, but I feel like I can't blame him. Although it was bad to see him have a relationship with someone who Georgina has to see everyday, I don't know, it was a long time coming and I have a distinct belief that Seth did what he did to push Georgina away harder. It sounds cruel and horrible for me to say this, but a part of me can't help but agree with his actions after we saw how upset Georgina was when he nearly got killed. Let me tell you, it's always harder on the one who gets left behind. And us readers have a free entry to her mind, and all that stuff with Andrew and other human friends she had in the past suggests how much she hurts when she loses them. So true what they said in the book, an eternal life means just more time to mourn. So that's my take on all the stuff about Seth/Gerogina/Maddie triangle.
The mystery in this book wasn't the focus, I think, the book was more based on emotions and struggles, or maybe I was too emotional reading it, though I have no idea why. But one interesting thing about the Nyx thing was the dream Georgina kept seeing. A part of me thinks it'd be too cliché to see later that it was, indeed, the future Nyx showed her, and Niphon really did screw up her contract, but a part of me kinda hopes there will be a way for Georgie to get out of this hell and have a life of her own in the end. I'm intrigued by all these dreams and wish she could've seen the dream guy, but I guess that would be asking for too much.
The biggest thing that upset me was what happened with Vincent and Yasmine. Yes, even more so than the Georgie and Seth thing. I loved them so much that I wanted them to have a happy ending. Why does everyone have to leave making me feel so hollow? Roman did, I know Bastien's was a better departure but it still felt sad, and now these guys. Seriously, can't at least one -or two in this case- of the supporting characters have a happier ending? Why does everyone have to suffer? And the stuff they said about falling, Yasmine's change and the whole idea of selfishness for loving one person in particular more than others just annoyed me. I get the idea and all but it's still annoying. And the conversation Georgie had with Vincent after Yasmine's fall, when he came to return her key, I don't know, it bugged me. Maybe I'm a hopeless romantic but it freaking bugged me. The system really is fucked up.
All the other characters were wonderful as usual, I was happy to see more Carter and Hugh in this book, love those guys. And the new guy, Dante, I really liked him but his 'one mistake' had me confused about him. Still, I find myself not being able to hate him that much. Why I'm so generous for characters in this book I don't know. I feel like I can forgive anyone.
I do hope Georgie and Seth have their happy ending though. A lot of people don't get theirs. After all that I've read, I better see a happy ending.(less)
**spoiler alert** I really liked this book and I was so looking forward to it. But I'm deducting a star from this and reasons will follow in a minute....more**spoiler alert** I really liked this book and I was so looking forward to it. But I'm deducting a star from this and reasons will follow in a minute.
This one was about the charismatic Vampire Prince, and my long time crush, Damien, and Lycanthrope Princess and part-time Monk Syreena.
I loved both characters. Damien was already a given but I found I really liked Syreena as well. Her appearance to start with, is very different from everyone around her cause she's an anomaly, thanks to some incident she's suffered when she was young and almost died. Her differences though are exactly what makes her, well, her. She hasn't lived the life of an ordinary princess, she has been raised among Monks and she has skills of reasoning to go with her combat ones.
Damien, on the other hand, has been a Prince for a long time. He has a whole race that looks upon him but at the same time there are those who're after his crown who'd take any opportunity to take him down, any weak moment to pounce on him. So he lives secluded and as we progress we find that he's not used to having anyone else to consider himself with in his life. I've had the impression that Damien was this old, experienced vampire with an aura similar to Gideon's but he surprised me with some childish decisions here. Not that he lost any of his charm and appeal, mind you, but especially his plotting with Jasmine behind Syreena's back was not like him. Though he was also extremely charming, even more so that he was in any previous books, so he redeemed himself to this gal :)
I really did like their relationship. They were playful, they were logical, and they were hot. Cause, let's face it, one of them is a Lycanthrope and the other is a freaking vampire. So I guess the hotness is expected. One thing I couldn't get over was that I thought their storyline ended so abruptly. And I didn't get the fullfillment that they resolved everything about their relationship. They had an important, in my opinion, trust issue towards the end of the book about following Ruth to find out which vampire traitor was working with her, and I didn't think they should've gotten over the whole issue with such ease. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they worked things out but it was as if they talked it over, I turned the page and the book was over. The end didn't feel like the end, you know? I felt like something was missing there.
And then there was the Jasmine thing. I'm sorry but as much as I tried to understand her jelaousy and the way of the vampire society, I just couldn't click with that woman. A part of me kept waiting for the moment for Jasmine to turn on Damien and Syreena based solely on her extreme dislike for the Princess and great desire to see them apart. I just couldn't warm up that girl. And I thought she had way too much point of view in the book.
And oh dear, I missed Gideon! So so much. I would've expected to see him a lot in this book, at least as much as he was in Elijah and Siena's, since he was an old friend of Damien's. But my Gideon only appeared once with a tiny scene where he tended to Syreena?! And Legna too? We were informed by the end, and by a newly added Shadowdweller character, that she gave birth to her baby boy and that's all?? Needless to say this pair is my favourite, along with Elijah and Siena, but the lack of this couple was not something I liked.
Even though I still enjoyed the action, the storyline and the characters, I couldn't help but feel like Jacquelyn Frank got bored towards the end and decided, well, 'That's it. I'm moving to the next one.'(less)
**spoiler alert** I was compelled to give this 5 stars because of its success in gripping my attention back to this series alone after the awfully dis...more**spoiler alert** I was compelled to give this 5 stars because of its success in gripping my attention back to this series alone after the awfully disappointing of the first one.
Now this is what I call a good romance! Here we have Gideon, the enigmatic Ancient healer of the demon race, and Legna, the kid sister of the King of the demon race and secret admirer of Gideon.
I already liked Gideon from the first book, perhaps even more so because of his hostility towards Isabella, the heroine of the first book who I absolutely hated. Gideon is the oldest surviving member of his race therefore he has great knowledge and is a well respected demon. It was already clear from the first book that he had a certain fascination towards Legna and this one only added to it. He's a cynical character, blunt and completely oblivious to any feelings of caring or loving another save for his patients. There's something extremely sexy about warming the stone-cold heart of a man who's been letting himself be haunted by mistakes of the past. And that is what Legna manages exactly.
Legna is a strong woman despite the overprotective efforts of her brother to shield her from the dangers of their ways of life. She's always been both fascinated and intimidated at the same time by the Ancient healer and yet being the Mind demon herself she doesn't let that get in the way of their relationship after discovering they're Imprinted, desitned to be each other's. I was so glad to see her not to turn out to be like her predecessor.
There were some great hot moments in this book, especially the constant struggle Gideon had with his feelings were amazing in my opinion. Again with the cold guy falling in love being sexy ;) Gideon and Legna were adorable together, at times not afraid to challenge each other but the love and respect they held for one another was tangible. And the part where they find out about Legna's pregnancy must be one of the most sweet moments of paranormal romance books that put a smile on my face.
I was glad to see some new characters introduced to the story, like Damien the Vampire Ancient and Siena the Lycanthrope. I'm actually looking forward to reading their stories.
One thing you'd guess that bothered me was to see Isabella. Sorry folks, I can't stand the woman. I see that she hasn't lost anything from her selfish and spoiled being. The only thing she worried over was her freaking wedding. If I was one of the bad guys I'd just step aside for a bit while she had her goddamn wedding just so she could shut up about it! And it irritated me that everyone constantly pointed out how great and how powerful she is and how she helped them a lot and blah blah blah. She didn't do any wonders if you ask me, other than her superhuman ability to annoy me to no end. Legna was way way waaaay better heroine and definitely much much more helpful through the books -yes, plural- and she's done enough favors to last her a lifetime and that is the lifetime of an immortal. First time ever I wasn't happy about a past character coming back for recent book.
Other than that, it was a great installment, one that managed to engage me back to the series. Good job Gideon and Legna!(less)
**spoiler alert** I have to admit it wasn't as good as the first one in the series, Succubus Blues. I thought the plot kind of moved slowly and I didn...more**spoiler alert** I have to admit it wasn't as good as the first one in the series, Succubus Blues. I thought the plot kind of moved slowly and I didn't see much of the witty Georgina as I expected. Seth, on the other hand, was the same sweet guy that he was. I was glad to see him stand his ground more firmly too in this book. He was sweet, but also possessive and a bit dark, more courageous which was hot. The *relationship* they developed was nice, even though they still couldn't have sex it was good that they found a loophole of a time limit to their kisses. Although I don't know if hat's good or bad cause the temptation should be much harder to resist.
We got a major new chacarter, Bastien, who is an incubus, a male equivalent to Georgina, and an old friend accomplice to her. Apparently they had a lot of conquests together in the past and Georgina taught everything he knows to him. He was a sexy character but thanks to my previous Roman crush a part of me just waited for something to be wrong with him since he appeared out of nowhere and Georgina pointed out on more than one occasion that there was something up with that. I was glad, though, in the end it just turned out he was here because he was in trouble and just needed a big hit. I felt sorry for him, and the romantic in me just wished what he felt for this Allessandra chick was more than just "because he could".
The sex between Georgina and Bastien was weird since Bastien shapeshifted to Seth. Clearly they were both to blame for what happened and I admired the way Seth handled that when he found out. The guy's really mature, gotta him credit just for that, I don't what I'd do if some other woman took my shape and had sex to my boyfriend. Although their situation is far from being anything normal so I guess it was ok. I was glad that Bastien and Georgina and Seth worked things out in the end and the book had a rather happy ending. Especially the way Georgie and Seth found a way to satisfy themselves and be around each other. It was fun to read Seth stripping in front of her, a bit shy, on the way to work himself off. And I kind of wish we had a better look on Seth's letter to Georgie about what he wanted to do to her ;)(less)
**spoiler alert** Ah, I can't believe it took me this long to finish this. But I'm glad I read this because it made me look at the series in a new lig...more**spoiler alert** Ah, I can't believe it took me this long to finish this. But I'm glad I read this because it made me look at the series in a new light.
I've read 'A Hunger Like No Other' and I had a few complaints about the hero's attitude and faith in fate. The way he thought he had a right over his 'one and only' and all. Anyway, reading this book I can say that I think I better understand how things work in this world.
Nikolai Wroth used to be a human and while he lay dying in battle he was given a second chance to live as a vampire. He has no beating heart, he doesn't breathe, he's not alive but not dead either. That is, until Myst comes along. It is said that he'll know 'the one' when his heart starts beating for her and surprise surprise, his heart comes back to life like a thunder with Myst. Gotta admit, I love it when the guys hear their heartbeats for the first time and think the earth is falling apart, it's so..adorable :) Weird? Maybe, but I loved to read that moment.
I really liked Wroth. He's a pretty Alpha male and he thinks it's his right to claim his Bride. But Myst is no ordinary woman, she's a free spirit, she doesn't bind herself to one man let alone a vampire! So she gives him a taste and leaves him stiff and aching for her. Gotta say, the guy suffered. Yeah. So he tracks her down and intends to punish her for all his sleepless nights. And when he realizes he's got the one means to her total obediance, it's fun fun fun. Except it isn't of course because Wroth realizes he also wants her heart. Myst wants her freedom. Wroth is afraid that if he'll let go she'll never come back. Myst suspects the same and yet she finds herself drawn to him. Myst realizes he's the one man, her 'the one', when he opens up his arms and she runs to them because that's how her kind knows their true love. A touch of misunderstanding, angry sex, a moment of clarity and a sacrifice and voila! They're together forever :)
Did you feel the pace? It was pretty good for a short intro into a series, I really enjoyed it. I'm glad I had a chance to read this before reading too far into the series, somehow it made the whole 'we're meant to be together' thing better for me.(less)
**spoiler alert** Yet another wonderful book from the Demonica series. This one tells the story of Wraith, the bad boy of the demon brothers, the trea...more**spoiler alert** Yet another wonderful book from the Demonica series. This one tells the story of Wraith, the bad boy of the demon brothers, the treasure hunter for the hospital, the unmated Seminus demon with a whole lot of baggage, and Serena, the virgin human woman who's charmed by the angels and in possession of a very important piece of jewellery that is save-the-world material.
Wraith, as well known to everyone, is a bad boy. He's been tortured ever since he can remember by the vampires so he resents them and is usually out for a non-declared death wish. Or so we thought. And so did he.
I loved Wraith from the first moment he appeared in the books but my love for him intensified after Shade's book when we got to see his vulnerable side, the one who loved his brothers. But in this one we got to see the side who fell in love. The one who'd made him go against anything and anyone for that 'one' woman. Even his brothers. And even though his choice might've bothered me if it was someone else, I completely supported in his case.
Throughout the book Wraith was first torn between his own survival and the one of the woman he started to have feelings for, and later on torn again, this time between his love for his brothers and the one for the woman he fell for and wanted more than anyone else. So all through the book I felt bad, heartbroken for him. He was faced with some really tough choices that were not fair that left him in a position he didn't deserve to be in at all. I was more than relieved when it all worked out for him and that he was able to be happy and found his own family in Serena and the baby who came at the right time :)
Speaking of, Serena was truly a lovely woman. She was a friend for Wraith first of all, the flirty friendship they had was adorable. Again, all through the book I felt sorry for her knowing that giving herself up to Wraith meant her death. I was pretty glad to read the smooth way of her accepting the truth about Wraith. Larissa Ione has written that quite believable, I could see her battling with herself, her feelings for him on one side and the truth about him that she's grown up to know as evil on the other.
So, so glad to see Kynan and Gem patch things up. I wished they'd somehow end up together and reading that was great. Although I had a hard time going through the part where Kynan died and all but thankfully Lore came into the picture.
Which brings me to this fact: If not for anything else, I would've totally loved Lore solely for bringing Kynan back to life. If I didn't already like him. Just for that fact alone I would've definitely loved him. He's the mystery for now, and I can't wait for his story, to know more about his past and how he'll come to find his HEA and a way out of his apparent disturbing relation to this other demon who holds his leash.