I wish these books were around when I was a kid. It's fun as usual. I didn't see the twist coming. I like how it plays against stereotype. One thing t
I wish these books were around when I was a kid. It's fun as usual. I didn't see the twist coming. I like how it plays against stereotype. One thing though, I thought Leo was a tad grating with all his unrequited crushes. But that's nitpicking. ...more
Perfect ending to the series. The stakes were sky high, lots of action, lots of humor, lots of cute/moving scenes. I appreciated that there wasn't a bPerfect ending to the series. The stakes were sky high, lots of action, lots of humor, lots of cute/moving scenes. I appreciated that there wasn't a black and white morality underlying the series. It's really a great series for kids. ...more
After sleeping through Amun’s book and cringing my way through Strider’s I was glad to find my love for the series back! It came as a surprise b/c I wAfter sleeping through Amun’s book and cringing my way through Strider’s I was glad to find my love for the series back! It came as a surprise b/c I was never a big fan of Paris. His love for Sienna, his addiction… I used to find him a bit pathetic, but, oh, boy, did he grow on me! He was a total badass in this one.
The whole book was a fun ride, packed with action and humor. William grosses me out when it comes to Gilly, but he cracks me up & he provided many zingers.
Sienna was a good surprise. Sure, the author predictably throw a sob story about her to make us sympathetic at the beginning of the story, but by the end of the book I realized that I liked Sienna. She was an atypical heroine and I liked that. I liked her humor, and she was interesting. I braced myself for a bland heroine, but she had a strong personality and was very active. I closed the book thinking that her and Paris made perfect sense together. They had awesome chemistry. The end was a tad sappy, but they were too cute so it didn't bother me.
Plot-wise, I did not see a lot of things coming. I had some issues in the beginning, I thought some things were a bit too convenient here and there, but it picked up fast, and I raced through the rest of the book. The ending kind of blew my mind. Wow! It felt like a series finale, so many important things happened all a once. Oh, and the subplots were great too. Can't wait to read more about poor Kane.
Call me twisted but I’m rooting for Legion/Galen. The poor thing deserves happiness.
I wonder what will happen next, but I trust the author and her amazing creativity to provide me with many more hours of fun. ...more
The romance was a huge letdown. It was the book I looked the most forward to, since I was crazy about Strider, but it fellI only liked the subplots.
The romance was a huge letdown. It was the book I looked the most forward to, since I was crazy about Strider, but it fell totally flat. I felt like Strider was totally different from the Strider from the previous books. He was super cheesy and to my great surprise not as funny as usual. He’s the one I’m used to look to to crack me up, but this time he had me rolling my eyes and cringing at his cheesiness. My big stumbling block was the humor. If the type of humor in the books had been the brand I liked I would have enjoyed the story. The problem is that it felt like frat boy’s humor and it’s not my thing. Anyway, back to the romance. The way their relationship developped didn’t make sense to me. I disliked being told over and over by Strider how great Kaia was. I wanted to be shown how great she was. As it stands, I still don’t understand why these two are in love.
I liked Gwen okay, but a closer look at the Harpies made me really dislike them. I thought they were trashy and exhausting. I like strong heroines, but the Harpy are just hysterical. They are so over the top & cartoonish with their constant tantrums, violence & general childishness that I can’t take them seriously.
As for Kaia herself, I felt like her emotional arc had already been done with Gwen. Sure, she wasn’t as insecure as Gwen was, but I got the same vibe, same with the mommy issues. She had zero chemistry with Stri...more
Haidee and Amun were alright, but I'm starting to get tired of the formula. Not bad, but not good. Fortunately, the author's creativity keeps me readiHaidee and Amun were alright, but I'm starting to get tired of the formula. Not bad, but not good. Fortunately, the author's creativity keeps me reading. ...more
I read this a long time ago, so it won't be a detailed review. Gideon is awesome & so is Scarlett. Actually, I think Scarlett is my favourite heroI read this a long time ago, so it won't be a detailed review. Gideon is awesome & so is Scarlett. Actually, I think Scarlett is my favourite heroine of the series after Anya. I enjoyed all the plot twists. There were some really emotional moments, lots of action & all around fun. The romance was really strong. These two are a great couple.
I didn't like Aeros in this. I thought he was manipulative and using Amun for selfish reasons. I'm not excited at all by Amun's book. It's the first time I'm not looking forward to reading one of the book of this series. Amun sounds sweet but......more
This is not a bad book, but... I've never really liked Aeron -he always came across as sanctimonious. I didn't warm up to him here. He's loyal and proThis is not a bad book, but... I've never really liked Aeron -he always came across as sanctimonious. I didn't warm up to him here. He's loyal and protective of his friends & "daughter" yada, yada. Still. Don't like him. I liked his dick joke, though. One of the rare moment he wasn't uptight. Olivia was more likeable. She's strong and goes after what she wants, like most of the heroines of the series. She also has a healthy dose of humour. She's perfect on paper but she was a bit flat. I was not feeling the chemistry between her & Aeron. I still don't understand what she saw in him.
Ok, let's get to what makes this book good: the plot twists & the secondary characters. If this book had been a film, I'd have been glued to the screen. There were so many things I didn't see coming! The plot got more layered & complex. I love all the new revelations & the introduction of new characters. The author uses her cast deftly & keep the plotlines of all her characters moving along nicely in each book. I want to jump to the next book of the series as soon as I've finished reading one. I have high hopes for Gideon. He's been amazing thus far, and the surprise at the end of the book... Have to read his book NOW!
I have to mention Strider, too. OMG! He's fantastic! I LOVE him. Can't wait for his book and reading more about the Stridey Monster. LOL
Talking about secondary characters (view spoiler)[ William/Gilly makes me uncomfortable. They're not together. William doesn't want to be with her *now* but... I hope it won't go that way.
There was something between Legion/Galen, right? I have a feeling he was falling for her. Whoa. That's interesting. I hope this is developed further.
Sienna coming back as Wrath's Keeper I don't look forward to. But it could be interesting. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Loved Sabin/Gwen. He's not that likeable at first but he's loyal, determined, focused. A great leader. He really won me over. Gwen was fantastic. I liLoved Sabin/Gwen. He's not that likeable at first but he's loyal, determined, focused. A great leader. He really won me over. Gwen was fantastic. I liked the Harpies. They really are interesting creatures. I loved Gwen's dynamic with Sabin. She's a powerful creature but she starts the story fighting her nature, afraid of herself. He helps her coming into her own and encourages her to be as fierce as she's supposed to be.
I've warmed up to Aeron. I love how protective he is toward Legion. I also loved seeing him helping Paris. I'm sad for Paris but I hate seeing him pining for that evil chick. Hope he'll find someone new b/c he's pathetic at this point.
I was squeeing over Torin/Cameo in the last book but it seems that it was premature? Pity :-/
The quest hasn't really progressed in this book but there are new revelations. The Hunters are more evil than I thought- Gideon broke my heart. Galen sounds like a great opponent. ...more
Reyes, keeper of Pain was surprisingly...sweet? Yep, what a sweet, compassionate man. Danika is a strong, proactive heroine who's been hardened by herReyes, keeper of Pain was surprisingly...sweet? Yep, what a sweet, compassionate man. Danika is a strong, proactive heroine who's been hardened by her traumatic experiences but Reyes was the perfect man for her, the one who could melt her heart and offer her a safe haven. It seems that the theme of loyalty runs through the series and it's omnipresent here. Once again there are hard choices to make. Friendship or Love? Family or Love? Justice or Freedom from pain? Those are the choices Danika, Reyes, Aeron and Paris face. Speaking of Paris, he really breaks my heart here but I'm also very wary of where this story will lead him. I really, *really*, hope the author will not give him the HEA she seems to hint at.
I liked how all the different threads merged by the end of the book. Showalter intertwines the romance and the adventure perfectly. The plot thickens and I enjoyed all the twists. I thought I had guessed Danika's secret but, boy, was I wrong! Showalter added layers of complexity and the series' story arc gets more and more exciting. The epilogue was a tad cheesy and there's a baby talk convo that's a bit schmaltzy too but it's only a couple of pages in an otherwise awesome book.
I liked the first book of the series a lot but this one shot straight into best story ever territory. First, there's the heroine, Anya.Anya, my love!
I liked the first book of the series a lot but this one shot straight into best story ever territory. First, there's the heroine, Anya. What a gem! She's a trickster figure and she stole my heart right from the start and she hasn't let go of it for one moment. She's so fun, strong and resourceful. Her story moved me a lot. She could have easily been irritating but she's written so delightfully and she has such a moving story and a great heart that she's one of my favourite character now, and not just favourite *female* character, favourite character full stop. Lucien was a big surprise to me because I didn't pay attention to him in the first book but he's such a strong romantic lead. He's very sexy and perfect for Anya. The tension between them and their banter were incredible.
The story was fast paced and I enjoyed the exotic locations. The quest has begun in earnest and we have a better picture of what's at stake here and who the villains are. The writing was more polished than in the first book and everything was seamless.
Paris and Reyes have side plots that I enjoyed. It gave great insights into their personality and internal struggles. Showalter likes to have her characters making hard choices and facing seemingly impossible to solve conflicts. This book will probably remain my fav of the series but I'm very excited about the other books and all the adventures I've yet to read! ...more
Such a promising beginning! The book suffers a bit from first-book-in-a-series syndrome but it's fun, sexy and action packed. I LOVE mythology so it'sSuch a promising beginning! The book suffers a bit from first-book-in-a-series syndrome but it's fun, sexy and action packed. I LOVE mythology so it's definitely a plus. I liked that Ashlyn had a supernatural power and a cool one at that. She wasn't passive and was a bit kooky. Her and Maddox were rather cute together. I would rate it 4 stars but I'm sure the other books will be better so I have to be stingy. ...more