Dawson created a fascinating world in the Blud series. The characters are Interesting and you find yourself wanting to learn more. This story was onlyDawson created a fascinating world in the Blud series. The characters are Interesting and you find yourself wanting to learn more. This story was only brought down by the love triangle that wasn't. Dawson had done so much right with this story but that whole aspect of the love triangle felt forced and it made the heroine seem foolish. It reeked to much of twilights 'we were meant to be in a different life but since the vampires here I don't stand a chance.' I couldn't get behind it at all. That being said I still enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the next one. ...more
I really enjoy Carriger's witty writing style. This story is fun and unique. I enjoy the characters overall. But the last two books haven't lived up tI really enjoy Carriger's witty writing style. This story is fun and unique. I enjoy the characters overall. But the last two books haven't lived up to what I was expecting I suppose. I feel like it is one of those it must be me things. It just seemed that getting to the point of the story would take ages and patience just isn't my virtue. I like to get a little hint of something and feel that there is some real genuine progress. Also while I enjoy Carrigers wit I found the endless comments about Alexia's pregnant size seemed enless. What may be funny a few times starts to be annoying when overly repeated. All in all I'm sure most fans of the book will enjoy it and I'm glad I read it, but it just didn't have that something I needed to make it more than okay for me....more
Another great book in the Iron Seas series. While this story is set in the same world as the Iron Duke and features two of the secondary characters frAnother great book in the Iron Seas series. While this story is set in the same world as the Iron Duke and features two of the secondary characters from that story we don't really get to see the previous couple. If that is good or bad probably just depends on the reader. I enjoyed the separation from the other couple. I liked that I already knew what to expect from the world and still found myself learning more about it and it's characters. The romance is slow paced, but there is so much action and intrigue that I seem to just find myself lost in the story waiting to see what happens next.
I was completely intrigued by Archimides idea on wanting to fall in love with Yasmeen. I love that they were not instantly in love while they both fought not to be. Archimides started this story with every intent of falling in love with Yasmeen. I was worried I wasn't going to like him much after the besotted way he acted in The Iron Duke. But getting inside his head and seeing the developing friendship and romance with Yasmeen changed my opinion. It was original and fun to watch, well as fun as watching a man intentionally fall in love with a woman while risking their lives and avenging a wrong.
Yasmeen was also entertaining. She has a complicated history of her own and secrets of course. She is a woman in a man's world and she fights hard to be seen as just as tough. Every action she makes is thought out and with the purpose of keeping her reputation to prevent the men around her for ever taking her as just another woman and not to be taken seriously in a "man's role" Yasmeen has no intent on ever falling in love again, but doesn't fight the idea of falling in love with Archimides as is the usual story for romance, but just doesn't think she will ever do so again. She is a jaded and has a low opinion on romance as a whole.
While this book didn't quite rank as high as the first for me it was still a great book and I enjoyed ever minute. The Iron Duke came in at a solid four stars for me. If it wasn't for the confusing world building and the endless names I needed a note sheet to keep track of :) It would have been running close to five. Where as Heart of Steel is more like 3 1/2 to 4 stars....more
Brook has created a fascinating world. There is a lot of world building, but I think she did an amazing job of combining the story and the world buildBrook has created a fascinating world. There is a lot of world building, but I think she did an amazing job of combining the story and the world building. I often find myself bored with the world building in books with such complex and different worlds, but she always made her way to the story before it got to tedious. There is romance in this book, but there is so much more than that going on. Our lead characters Rhys and Mina are complicated and likable with rough edges. I love characters who are not to smooth and perfect. It is much more interesting when they have flaws and obstacles to overcome. I found a lot of the secondary characters to be very interesting and more complex than they first appear.
That being said I did find the ending a little abrupt for me. I liked the result, but I think it could have went I'm not sure if the right word is smoother. Maybe more flowing. My other trouble with the book was that there were a lot of characters in this book and a lot of ships. At times it was hard to keep up with who was who. And in a time of titled peers characters can be called more than one name depending on the speaker or the setting. Add that with ship names and remembering who captains which one it gets to be a little complex. But even with that I really liked this book....more
I felt a little disappointed in this third installment to the Parasol Protectorate. While I love the world Carriger has built and she has a way with wI felt a little disappointed in this third installment to the Parasol Protectorate. While I love the world Carriger has built and she has a way with witty dialogue the story seemed to honestly go nowhere. Not that I didn't enjoy the story at times. Early on I was expecting this trip to Italy to go somewhere. I was enjoying the interaction of our characters. The expected downfall of Alexia's reputation after her husband put her out. I didn't mind Lord Maccon's early state of pouting and drinking. But when he finally decides to believe Alexia is pregnant by him it is kinda flat. (view spoiler)[Then to find out his beta kept the fact that there was a price on her head from him he just takes it in stride, wastes some more time on catching up with his neglected alpha duties before he even bothers to go in search of her. Not that his alpha duties aren't important, but he isn't the soulless one and it seemed a little to unemotional for a werewolf supposedly lead more by emotions than logic. (hide spoiler)]Then the reunion what to say about that. It was just so anticlimactic and far to easy for my taste. In the end I just felt let down honestly. ...more
I am really enjoying this series. Alexia's world is very entertaining. As usual I love the interaction with Alexia and Conall. This one ends on a clifI am really enjoying this series. Alexia's world is very entertaining. As usual I love the interaction with Alexia and Conall. This one ends on a cliffhanger and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book....more
I completely enjoyed this book. It was a nice change to the idea of supernatural creatures being known and not just superstition. Carriger did an amazI completely enjoyed this book. It was a nice change to the idea of supernatural creatures being known and not just superstition. Carriger did an amazing job at combining so many genres into one book. This was a great first book and I look forward to seeing where this cast will lead us....more
I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked and couldn't put it down just as I was with the Mortal Instruments. Although I have to say I felt better abouI really enjoyed this book. I was hooked and couldn't put it down just as I was with the Mortal Instruments. Although I have to say I felt better about the end before reading the Epilogue. But I hate ending right in the middle of a conversation. I am not going to do well with waiting. ...more