Okay, a good start of a new series. There were a couple of things that didn't quite play for me, but they are minor and I think, as with the other EstOkay, a good start of a new series. There were a couple of things that didn't quite play for me, but they are minor and I think, as with the other Estep books, the further we go into the series, the better the storytelling and the plotlines will get.
Awesome novella. Almost felt like a complete story. And I have to say, I had some affinity for Ian after book 4, but now I really want a Night HuntresAwesome novella. Almost felt like a complete story. And I have to say, I had some affinity for Ian after book 4, but now I really want a Night Huntress World book about him. Thank God Miss Frost has some thoughts on the matter....more
Like a re-incarnation of Dark Witch, with some differences, though considering the publishing dates it's more the other way around. Still, quite lovelLike a re-incarnation of Dark Witch, with some differences, though considering the publishing dates it's more the other way around. Still, quite lovely =)...more
A very nice start to a new series. Fast-pased and adventure-saturated. It wasn't perfect, but it was fresh and interesting and I enjoyed it enough toA very nice start to a new series. Fast-pased and adventure-saturated. It wasn't perfect, but it was fresh and interesting and I enjoyed it enough to gobble it up in a single day. We'll see where it'll all take us....more
Argh! The high was so high, but the aftermath takes me so low!
This withdrawal will kill me by the time book 2 comes out. Honestly, I had a hard timeArgh! The high was so high, but the aftermath takes me so low!
This withdrawal will kill me by the time book 2 comes out. Honestly, I had a hard time obsessing over the release of Burn for Me, I've been constantly checking the book on Goodreads (as if that would make it available for reading) and activery thinking "When will is be out already?" and "October must come quickly", and seriously, who wishes sunny, sultry August away?
Mental, that's what my state is when it comes to books by this author team. Really, someone should have me committed.
My instability aside, I'm very happy to report that Book 1 of the Hidden Legacy Trilogy lived up to my expectations (and I'd built them higher than an amplified Fire Prime's pillar) and still managed to surprise me. And what is more remarkable, though I can put it side by side with their Kate Daniels books, they are not the same. The characters, the worldbuilding, the kickassery, the quip free-for-alls are some of the awesome things Ilona Andrews books share but they do not sprout in a cookie-cutter fashion. Both the worldbuilding and the character arcs have their own allure and their independent inner glow.
For those who love Kate and Curran I'd say you'd be enamoured with Nevada and Rogan. Nevada is very flesh-and-blood, she is someone regular-Jane and regular-John can immediately relate to and yet admire - Neva has a certain deep-set badassery she shows through actions but that isn't tied up with her confidence; she's a moral touchstone who doesn't saddle a saintly high-horse, she is very aware of and content with her glass-half-full (when it looks almost empty to others) luck in life. Rogan, on the other hand, has a complete disregard for human life that would turn most heroes from an intriguing gray to a pitch black, especially when in contact with his more-or-less-unwilling-partner female lead. He is overly confident, and as Nevada says, has the attitude of "If I want something it is mine willingly, and if not, I can buy it or failing that - just take it.". Yet he still manages to get you to like and root for him, because his actions are right (if the motivation for them is not). And besides, there's the fact that he's very intelligent, very powerful, with a very intricate and intriguing backstory, and most of all - together, Nevada and Rogan burn through the pages, be it with snark, or tension, or sheer sexual hotness. You can immediately feel why they are good together and why they would be even better in the future, it's the old addage of opposites mix explosively but to an awesome effect - they would balance each other out and make one hell of a power couple. (Speaking of power, very nicely done with both their stories there.)
Having poured out my little characters crush, it must be said that the rest of the book is nowhere near overshadowed by their awesomeness. The worldbuilding is fascinating (I've been in love with the idea of the House system ever since I read Silver Shark and Of Swine and Roses ), the cast of supporting heroes and heroines is hilarious, adorable, infuriating, captivating, and then there is Grandma Frida. Good one, Ilona Andrews, thank you! for her. The storyline was as bumpy as its cast, veering and twisting without taking any long stretches or over-the-top turns; it held my nails between my teeth and my manicure in constant danger, all the way to the very end. Knowing that this was book 1 of 3 didn't help any - till the last chapter I wasn't sure where the authors would drop us off with a "See you later", whether it would be before or after some of the main conflict had been resolved and the battle with the main baddie taken place. Every chapter took me someplace new and catchy and I loved it.
Bottom line, I laughed and snorted, I cheered and jeered, I bit nails and I fell in love. And really, what more can you want from a story?...more
Bought from Shakespeare & Co, Kilomètre zéro, Paris France
I've always been intrigued by Edgar Allan Poe's works, but I really fell in love with hiBought from Shakespeare & Co, Kilomètre zéro, Paris France
I've always been intrigued by Edgar Allan Poe's works, but I really fell in love with his cipherous writings as a Bulgarian Erasmus student in Paris, France taking a course from an American guest lecturer (A lot of exchange right there :D ). We studied in depth The Cask of Amontillado, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter, we analyzed the labyrinthian symbolism, his play with time and emotions, with dread and mystery, as well as the underlying messages which may lead us to suppose the author is playing with his readers. And then there is the fact that his Dupin may be considered as the first representation of a detective. Such short works, but so full of contradictions. I was utterly fascinated.
I bought this collection of his short stories with the wish to experience more of his thrilling writings. I was truly intrigued by The Fall of the House of Usher, by The Black Cat and The Masque of the Red Death, The Oval Portrait and The Tell-Tale Heart. Those are stories worth the time and attention of anyone who enjoys the mysterious and symbolic.
It's a good thing the French recognized the dark genius behind Poe's writing and brought him the acclaim he deserves. There is nothing quite like trying to match your wits against his and feeling as if he's laughing at you from beyond the grave. It makes the gears in the brain turn and churn. For me, that is an amazing thing and in my opinion he is an author every reader should experience at least once in his or her life....more
Wonderfully written, rings a lot to me like Rachel Vincent's Stray (which I read before). Probably read it when in the wrong mood and that got it theWonderfully written, rings a lot to me like Rachel Vincent's Stray (which I read before). Probably read it when in the wrong mood and that got it the 4 stars, but it's definetely a book worth reading. The 13-episode TV series on it is not too shabby, either - actually, it's a surprisingly good adaptation....more