When I began this book, I was really annoyed by it - the main character, Faythe, is a strong, independant woman who can kick ass...moreDynamic and exciting!
When I began this book, I was really annoyed by it - the main character, Faythe, is a strong, independant woman who can kick ass to save her own butt when needed but it was irritating to read how the people in her life were cornering her and trying to all but lock her up in a cage.
The more she tried to run away, the less freedom she had.
It irked me to no end.
But then things got really tangled and dangerous when Feythe got in real trouble and some of it was downright gruesome.
When I started the book I all but gave up on it (not because it was bad, but because the irritating factors were so strong that I was annoyed just to read about them), but by the end I was more than eager to get my hands on the next novel of the series.
As dynamic and exhilirating as Stray, and yet different in so many ways. These series are turning a bit crimi, and in a very good way. Faythe...moreLoved it!
As dynamic and exhilirating as Stray, and yet different in so many ways. These series are turning a bit crimi, and in a very good way. Faythe is still strong and pig-headed, Marc is still sexy and sweet, and the bad guys still make me ground my teeth in frustration.
I've become addicted to these books.
I haven't been so engrossed by a series since I read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and I was thristy for something that could capture me to that degree again. Rachel Vincent's Shifters did. Actually, Faythe and Rose have a great deal in common. I'd recommend Shifters to all Vampire Academy fans.
And so I'm off to read Pride (Shifters, #3) XD(less)
A more than adequate follow-up of Stray and Rogue.
This book has a different feel to the plot, though. Probably because the fighting goes on mainly in...moreA more than adequate follow-up of Stray and Rogue.
This book has a different feel to the plot, though. Probably because the fighting goes on mainly in the sneaky ways of politics and power plays. Everything turns into shades of gray, instead of the usual black-and-white / bad-versus-good way of things.
Yet, where Faythe goes, trouble follows, and she finds herself in more than a few face-offs. There was also the big fight at the end of the book, just like in the first two.
Faythe is starting to really grow in character in Pride and we see her in a new, more tender light - as the protector of a scared adolescent tabby. The tabby herself brings new sparks to the story.
With every book I finish I adore the series more and more.
I've really become addicted to Faythe's fate (no pun intended XD ).
Prey is probably by far the darkest, saddest book in the series.
The casualty rate rises as war approaches and Feythe makes several decisions which wou...morePrey is probably by far the darkest, saddest book in the series.
The casualty rate rises as war approaches and Feythe makes several decisions which would ultimately shift not only her own future, but also that of everyone around and against her. And most of the choices she makes have bad outcomes. Real bad. But, hey, she's still good old Faythe - ass-kicking, pig-headed, teenage-tabby-handling brave female. And she proves herself alpha material with the stand she takes after the death of one nead and dear to her heart.
What I hated most of all was the love triangle - not because it was badly done, but because it will tear all three hearts involved, no matter what happens next.
The plot is as tangled as ever, and this time - I did not guess all the bad guys before they revealed themselves for what they were. The politics and ethics clash is as desperate as ever, and the power-cravings of some alphas prove beyond justification.
The end of the story was a very good one - a definite cliffer, which is more a tangle of good and bad circumstances than just a good or bad consequence.
I left this book with a somewhat darker and heavier feeling for the series, but I am going onto Shift with the hope that things would get better, even though I know that Feythe not catching a break is a given.
One thing I adore about these series - every single book brings out a completely new and thrilling situation, all tangled up with the inter-volume plo...moreOne thing I adore about these series - every single book brings out a completely new and thrilling situation, all tangled up with the inter-volume plot. Shift presents an amazing new twist to the story.
Plot: The plot was as tangled as ever, which would mean - a crimi, tied up in thriller-like situations, casualties, severe body wounds, abductions, assaults and outright murder. The unexpected-development factor was lower, compared to those of the previous four books, but the novel was just as catching as them.
Characters: The old ones develop very authentically, and grow, especially Faythe and Jace. Our main heroine is even showing outright her alpha birthright and potential through words backed up by actions.
The new additions to the story are fascinating and would definetely bear meaning in the end. I have a sneaky feeling that through all the trouble and nead-dead experiences Faythe has managed to find unexpected future allies in the faces of suspects and supposed foes - I'm sure that some of the strays and the thunderbirds would have major roles to play in the future war which seems to loom over Alpha.
Language: Love it, as always. The profanities reign, and that gives authenticity to the plot. After all, I would definetely swear at the SOB responcible for nearly choking, nearly raping me and cutting a diagonal down one side of my face, if I was Faythe.
Action: Ass-kicking guaranteed. The book's full of it, just like its predecessors. And there's always the face-off near the end, so typical for the series.
Romance: Okay, have to say it - hate Jace, love Marc. Nothing personal - it's just I hate love triangles and Jace is definetely the third wheel. He can be cool but he still irritates the hell out of me most times. Marc, on the other hand, has grown in my eyes even more with some of his reactions. And Faythe - she's an idiot for always putting off telling Marc about Jace.
Beginning: Nice - loved the way everyone has learned to respect Faythe's opinion, and loved the way Blackwell was put into the squirming positon of loner against everyone else.
Ending: A very promising one for a good finale of the series.
Series continuation: So, through the five books tangles and knots have accumulated, vengeance and justice is long overdue, and this book has settled a few more personal-Faythe-business and pride-business issues into the enormous bunch which needs to be taken care of in the final book, Alpha. It is more than good ground for an epic end.
All in all - I'm officially addicted to these books and I love them in a special way; the way I love only the few others which have really sparked a special, unique interest in me. (less)
Loved it! Hilarious, intriguing and realistically well-woven!
The world of thieves is a real buzz - especially when the characters in question are esse...moreLoved it! Hilarious, intriguing and realistically well-woven!
The world of thieves is a real buzz - especially when the characters in question are essentially a team of mischievous, energetic, IQ-blows-all-standarts teens; a group of young adults who are not just ready to face the world, but have grown up facing it, and so have developed a sense of disillusionment, some sarcastic tendencies, a love for danger and excitement, along with ties of friendship that turn them more into a self-sufficient family than anything else.
Heist Society was exceptionally well-written and I cannot imagine the amount of research the author had to have done in order to put so much facts and realism in the plot. The variety of characters was also amazing - each one shone with unique and somewhat quirky tendencies which make you smile, or shake your head, or laugh out loud. And though there is little actual romance, there is an amazing undercurrent to the relationship between Kat and Hale which, knowing Ally Carter's other great works (Gallagher Girls), will develop in the following books of the series and be that much better for it.
I loved this book, though I'm sure I'd have been even more impressed by it have I read it when I was fifteen or so - it is, after all, about a girl who's fifteen. Still, if you love YA books, you'd enjoy this read.
Now all that's left for me is to eagerly await the next chapters of the story of Katarina Bishop & Co, thieves extraordinaire =)(less)
For fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this would be a good read - the ass-kicking starts off from the first page, the body count rises r...moreDelicious!
For fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this would be a good read - the ass-kicking starts off from the first page, the body count rises right along the word count, and the webs of good guys, bad guys, and guys from the grey area get so tangled that you feel as if you're reading a detective story. And this is not a detective story (though there is a detective in it).
This is the story of a murderer. Or at least a small titbit of it. It is the story of a girl who has fought from childhood just to stay breathing and has hardened herself to pain of all sorts, but through her reasons for killing, her honest code fixing the people she went after and how they died gives us a peek into her true self.
Can't wait to read on into the series. I never thought I would sympathize with an assassin, but there it is - I wish this girl would get a break.
But she won't be the Spider if trouble didn't always find her. (less)
Much more up-close and personal with both Gin's past and future, and the action is better than ever. In this one our...moreMy fave book of the series so far!
Much more up-close and personal with both Gin's past and future, and the action is better than ever. In this one our stone-and-ice magic wielder has to choose, and choose fast, because against her stands an enemy just as trained and deadly as she is. One wrong move, one moment of hesitation, and Gin and all she loves get the honours of the electric chair... only without the chair, and in a much more gruesome way.
The intimate ties the heroine struggles with begin to unravel in one way or another. She has to deal with being the Mab-fighting "hero", but also with trusting others into her heart and believing they can love her, history and present baggage notwithstanding.
I can't wait for the showdown in the next book - it's going to be one deadly affair.(less)
Four stars for one reason alone - I love the plot of the TV series more than that of the book. But I'll definetely be onto the next book like... today...moreFour stars for one reason alone - I love the plot of the TV series more than that of the book. But I'll definetely be onto the next book like... today, actually XD
The first installment of the Nikki Heat series is dynamic and catching, realistic to the point of seeming based on real events and convoluted enough to keep the reader wondering who's the real bad guy to the very last chapter. I found the characters unique and intriguing, the settings - well-described, and the detective work quite up to the standarts of the TV Series Castle.
The thing that made me give it 4 stars was the relationship - as good as are things between Nikki Heat and Jamie Rook, the sparks between Richard Castle and Kate Beckett are on a whole other level.
So take note, Mr Castle, and when you write on be sure to include more of that in your next books ;)(less)
Hilarious, engrossing and dynamic. The second Nikki Heat novel takes the characters to a whole new level.
I loved it more than the first book, which wa...moreHilarious, engrossing and dynamic. The second Nikki Heat novel takes the characters to a whole new level.
I loved it more than the first book, which was unusual (with me and series it is usually the other way around). The crime is even more convoluted, the murder count has risen and this time both Heat and Rook get into a couple of really tight situations – like live-or-die tight.
The romance is also better, the banter even more sarcastic. Though Naked Heat is longer than Heat Wave, it somehow gives the impression of more action packed into fewer words, so it’s a real page-turner. The characters that cross the detectives’ investigation range from order-obsessive to power-cravers to crazed stars to torturing killers. There’s even a coyote in there! And every one of them brings a specific colour to the story. Plus, we learn an odd and funny little secret about journalist Jamie Rook.
So all in all, if you’re a fan of the TV series Castle, or enjoy a good crime-mystery-black-humour mix, then you should give this book a try. (less)
Exquisitely well-written blend of thriller, sci-fi, mystery and love.
I'm not the type that loves thrillers or horrors; if anything, I make my way arou...moreExquisitely well-written blend of thriller, sci-fi, mystery and love.
I'm not the type that loves thrillers or horrors; if anything, I make my way around such movies and books because I don't have the stomach for the grotesque and pulse-wrenching.
I did, however, find recently that I had a thirst for a thriller, but I wasn't sure which to pick up. A friend started in on this series, and though she scared me when she informed me they were of 32 books (and counting), I was intrigued by the tidbits of the plot she told me.
I expected a good mystery, expected good detective work, I even expected the hard-core detective Lieutenant. I did not expect to find myself in a perfectly-ditailed future (without the actual explanations on it for the reader's benefit); I did not expect Eve Dallas to be carrying the kind of baggage she was; I did not expect the secretive and charming, but also base and fiercely loyal multibillionaire; but mostly, I did not expect to enjoy it so much.
It was so very realistic - the crimes, the profiling, the search for the killer. The book immersed me to such lengths as to make the multiple crimes not so much revolting (though there was that, too) as anger-inspiring. I think I wanted Dallas to catch the killer as much as she did! And the pinch of passion that was defined by feelings and not just body instincts was a great pressure-releaver, unusual as it was (and charming for that).
I really want to see where these books go, and I'm definetely diving into the next as soon as I can.(less)
I'm just in the beginning of the In Death series, and I'm already so hooked up I can't really enjoy other books because I'm thinking of these! I hadn'...moreI'm just in the beginning of the In Death series, and I'm already so hooked up I can't really enjoy other books because I'm thinking of these! I hadn't had such a rush since I was all in for Karen Marie Moning's Fever and Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires books, and for a person who's reading all the time finding a series that gives you such a vibe is like finding the Holy Grail of reading.
If you are a Castle fan, you should definetely take these books up (from one Castle junky to another). Eve Dallas and Kate Beckett have a lot in common, especially in the strong-female-homicide-detective and fights-for-justice-not-closed-files departments. And Roarke is like Castle - rich, famous, but also full of secrets, an alfa male that makes your pulse skip even though all you do is read his name on paper (well, at least from a femare-reader's perspective, though I think the male audience would enjoy his strong, tough personality and deadly instincts).
What both infuriates and intrigues in these series is how the crimes always drill away at Eve's small and tight circle of friends. You kind of feel sorry for the girl, because she has to bear all the burdens of homicides and justice while struggling to keep the people she cherishes clear and out of the mess.
Though I always have a suspect or two, I'm never sure who's the culprit till the final showdown. In this book, for instance, I suspected the murderer when Eve first came across him/her, then disregarded it quickly. It was ingenious of J.D.Robb, how she managed to tangle all the strands together.
These books are a real thrill I cannot get enough of!(less)
Just as you think things can't get more personal when it comes to loved ones involved in the murder inves...moreThe In Death books are getting under my skin.
Just as you think things can't get more personal when it comes to loved ones involved in the murder investigations of Eve Dallas (what with what happened in book two) J.D.Robb goes and pulls the carpet under your feet with a terrifying new twist you'd have never expected.
First the book surprised me with how it began - it was focused onto Eve's personal life and romance, instead of the mystery. I loved every page of the beginning, it was a lovely surprise.
And then - wham! All the tables turned at the oddest of angles. Tension rises, shackles rattle and the body cound just keeps ticking up. And then to add to the whole personal/homicide mess, Eve had to go and suffer through flashbacks and the eventual return of some of the memory she lost in shock and fear when very young.
The crimes became tangled with friendship, marriage plans and memory turmoil, and then the author added illegal drugs and spoiled celebrities to stir up whole mix into something incredibly immercing and stirring.
I keep expecting the thrill of these books to wear off, keep thinking that there is no way the author could write thirty-something books with the same main characters and plot, and always pull something new and absorbing out of the proverbial hat, but so far J.D.Robb has not only achieved that, but done it so exquisitely that the first three books are weaved closely together while remaining unique and gripping individually.
So my next move would be to find time to get into book four - can't wait!(less)
If you'd seen and liked the movie Inception (2010, Leonardo Di Caprio), then you'd probably enjoy the different take on mind control and brain-wave "s...moreIf you'd seen and liked the movie Inception (2010, Leonardo Di Caprio), then you'd probably enjoy the different take on mind control and brain-wave "suggestions" that underlines the plot of this book.
Rapture in Death proved different from the first three novels forming the In Death series - in those I couldn't figure out the real culprit till the end, but in book four I had a pretty good idea who it was (not that I didn't have my doubts, the author is too good to leave me without those). The real mystery of the case was the how, and that made it original instead of boring.
I loved the complicity of biotech terminology messing with real-life situations. And the ethical qualms raised are so well-honed and justified by the events that you really get the shivers, just thinking what might happen in future years and how if things like the technology in the book come to be we might be reduced to mindless droids under the whims of those behind the controls.
I really savoured this installment, and not just because futurism, psychology and ethics fascinate me, but also because of the personal-relations streak in the plot. Eve and Roarke's connection gets more and more complex and enchanting with every next page, going from dark to tender to protective and dominant then back to fun, light, adorably sweet (without even a pinprick of fluff, mind you). And the support characters continue to amuse me.
I'm still waiting to be disappointed by uninventive or repetitive streaks in J.D.Robb's writing - and, at the rate that is not going, I'd have no choice but to remain a fanatic devotee to these books.(less)
Creepy and really different from the first four books.
It was surprising, how J.D.Robb gave us access to the murderer's POV without emitting his/her id...moreCreepy and really different from the first four books.
It was surprising, how J.D.Robb gave us access to the murderer's POV without emitting his/her identity - different, the culprit not being a mystery. Interesting. If there is one thing I could say about this author with certainty, it would be that she does not prescribe to the ununique and repetitive school of writing, not in any sense of the word.
The reason I gave this one four instead of my usual for the In Death books 5 stars is that I'm not sure I want to come back to it again - it was too dark, too sinister, and the plot didn't intrigue me as much as the others - didn't absorb my curious side. I loved the occult factor, but something (and I can't quite figure out what, mind you) was just a bit off. So the stars are personal-interests-based only, nothing else.
The character arch was just superb - I loved the developing of the old crowd, and the new addition in the face of Jamie was a really good touch, which would, I'm sure, develop splendidly in the next books.(less)
I'd missed J.D.Robb for the week or so I hadn't read a book from her In Death Series.
This one was very promising, as it involved Roarke's past, and th...moreI'd missed J.D.Robb for the week or so I hadn't read a book from her In Death Series.
This one was very promising, as it involved Roarke's past, and the possibility of delving into it and learning more about the fascinating man behind the multibillionaire's facade was such a hooker up. I couldn't wait to bite in!
And the book was really good - don't focus on my giving it four stars; the only reason for that is that, thinking back to the first three books, I have the feeling I didn't just love reading them, I was completely and irrationally engrossed by them (maybe it was because they were such a novelty to my reading list - I hadn't been a thriller-girl before this series).
It turned out that not only Roarke was on the line in this one, but also everybody around him. I very much enjoyed the realistical upheaval in Eve and Roarke's relationship - after all, it's the passionate marriages that range from all-out fights to caresses at the sickbed that really last. And the new character, Ian McNab, is a fascinating new addition to the team of constant heroes and heroines. It would be fun, reading about him in the future.
The killer did actually fool me, too, this time. It wasn't until Dallas began unraveling the mystery that I actually figured it out.
So, exciting, dynamic, mysterious, dark but also sarcastic, humourous and charming - this is a must-read for all J.D.Robb fans.(less)
Though I gave a couple of the previous books in this series four stars I'm giving this one a full-out fiv...moreThis is what I call a not so marry Christmas.
Though I gave a couple of the previous books in this series four stars I'm giving this one a full-out five because it chilled me to the bone while touching my emotional side with its depth in tenderness and understanding.
I love reading about Eve Dallas and Roarke and all their allies. I love everything that comes with the Christmas spirit. Put the two together and you get a great combo.
The book was really creepy in its mystery, had a real bad twist on the holiday mania, but the psyche of the characters was as compelling as it could be. I'm amazed by the way J.D.Robb delves deep into the human subconscious, in the causes, the actions and reactions, the emotions and thoughts. Her style is original, thrilling and realistic to the point of frightening bluntness when it comes to twisting sacred things by the doings of her villains.
But when she writes about human tenderness and compassion, about relationships and love, she's just as thorough and potent in those words. She bring up issues and caresses to such heights as to make you feel a part of the story, wishing you can have something as real as the love between Eve and Roarke, the friendship of Dallas and Peabody, the maternal care of Mira, the combustible passion of Mavis. Even the love / hate relationship between Delia and McNab captivates and brings not only smiles, but laughs.
The story told through the books from the In Death series is one of pain, darkness, torture, and all the deep dark waters of a twisted mind, but also one of humour, love, courage, and those little caring moments that seem to last a lifetime, and yet are never long enough.(less)
Reading Holiday in Death left me a bit dissatisfied - I hadn't had enough of the story by the time I'd consumed the last word from the last page. I wa...moreReading Holiday in Death left me a bit dissatisfied - I hadn't had enough of the story by the time I'd consumed the last word from the last page. I was yearning for more. This little novella solved my problem... and then some.
Midnight in Death was just as good on its own as all the rest of the novels in the series; the fact that its word count was smaller did nothing to hinder the amazing plot it held inside. The novella was the best companion for the seventh book from the In Death, giving us more of a look into the first Christmas for the new family of Eve and Roarke, while still holding a new mind-blowing mystery that was not just dynamic and thrilling, but also better than some of those from the previous books in the series.
If you're an In Death lover, and you'd read the books up to number seven, then don't miss this little novella - it will satisfy your need for a thrill and your hunger for the amazing emotional grids of the J.D.Robb plots.(less)