!Warning - if you haven't started this series, wait till august 2014 to do so, for they're dangerous for the peace of mind. Else you'd be facing the s...more!Warning - if you haven't started this series, wait till august 2014 to do so, for they're dangerous for the peace of mind. Else you'd be facing the same agonizingly sharp craving for the last one, and like me have to wait for it.
The books are really that good.
Dark, original, angsty and completely compelling.
This is one of the rare Regency-set series that has mostly a winter background, and it proves a delicious change to the pattern.
I loved Mara and Temple's book. It was just the right amount of angsty, just the right amount of scandalous. I thought Mara's character would steal the show and though it made quite a good try of it, I have to say that the kind-hearted giant beat her to the punch, strange as it might seem. The plot was, as seems to be the wonderful norm with Sarah MacLean, completely abnormal for a regency romance - unortodoxical in the way of the first two Scoundrels, and still original, making all three books surprisingly different for instalments in a single series. The trend of darkness continues, though the book was not without its laughs. And yes, Lavender was a darling, as were another couple of background characters. And I must say, I love the stance the Ladies of the Day take with the Ladies of the Night in this series - it is quite refreshing and honest.
No Duke Goes Unpunished kept me up, reading deep into the night without even realising it. Only to have me gaping at its parting shot at the end of the epilogue... and then guffawing with laughter.(less)
So very original. As always, Sarah MacLean's characters do the most impossible things in a very persuasively plausible way. I adore the spirit of utte...moreSo very original. As always, Sarah MacLean's characters do the most impossible things in a very persuasively plausible way. I adore the spirit of utter originality in her style, have never come across anything like it in other regency romances.
And while Scoundrels 1 was rather dark and serious, this one was fun. Amusing. Adorable even. One cannot help but smile at Pippa's antics. And still the book was in the wicked, brooding and angsty spirit of this series, which sounds as an oxymoronial statement after all the fun and adorableness mentioned above, but still somehow it is true.
I'm itching to get my hands on book 3, and Thank God, I only have to wait till Tuesday.(less)
Aaaah, I adore Sarah MacLean's style - she, along with Julia Quinn and Kate Noble, always grab me, submerge me into the period and the characters. Thi...moreAaaah, I adore Sarah MacLean's style - she, along with Julia Quinn and Kate Noble, always grab me, submerge me into the period and the characters. This is my holy trio of regency authors.
And I don't know why I feared A Rogue By Any Other Name. Having bought and loved The Season as it came out, and then bought and loved the Love by Numbers Trilogy (which I just revisited), I guess I was unsure about reading something by the same author that has a different feel to it, darker and more serious than funny and wicked. It is not unheard for me to love an author for a series and for that to jump to his other works and for them to chip away at my fangirling for him or her, and therefore to dim the glow of the good books. I guess that's why I always approach a new series by a fave author with a mix of excitement and trepidation.
But Sarah MacLean totally brought it, and I loved the first installment of the Scoundrels, so that makes me braver about following her works to the last one once again. It is fortuitous that Scoundrel 3 comes out next week, as I'm so onto Scoundrel 2 and would have it finished and dying for more in no time.(less)
Is it just me, or do Dimitri and Rose seem less mature here? Had the same problem reading the snippet of Chapter 1 of Book 1 through Dimka's POV. Seem...moreIs it just me, or do Dimitri and Rose seem less mature here? Had the same problem reading the snippet of Chapter 1 of Book 1 through Dimka's POV. Seemed totally blown out and implausible... I'm confused. I loved the VA books when I read them in 10th grade. Here's to hoping it's just the snippets bothering me.(less)
Read only Alphas:Origins by Ilona Andrews, and it was quite good. a whole, independent story and world. I only rate it 3 * cause I gave Silent Blade 4...moreRead only Alphas:Origins by Ilona Andrews, and it was quite good. a whole, independent story and world. I only rate it 3 * cause I gave Silent Blade 4. Goodreads, when are the point-something's, like 3.8 coming?!(less)
I wanted it for longer again!!! And though I chuckled like hell at the epilogue, I kept checking if there weren't words missing from the final chapter...moreI wanted it for longer again!!! And though I chuckled like hell at the epilogue, I kept checking if there weren't words missing from the final chapter =( Damn it all, I like this world! I want full books on it!(less)
Black is back, and he’s not kidding around. Nope. He may bark a lot, but he follows through with real bites.
First whole book to read on my new Kindle...moreBlack is back, and he’s not kidding around. Nope. He may bark a lot, but he follows through with real bites.
First whole book to read on my new Kindle and I gobbled it up in a couple of days (hey, the weather's fine, friends are home and I couldn't not go out). I was so into it I literally slept cuddled up with Daemon (you have a dirty mind - I fell asleep as I was swiping away pages, but a girl can insinuate, wishful thinking and all that).
What can I say, I so totally loved it. The book lived up to all expectations and jumped above. As much as I adore the previous instalments (there's little more sexy than the Kat and Daemon snarkytalk that dominated book 1), I couldn't give them the full set of stars because there were always those funny moments that felt just kind of... slightly forced, implausible considering the types of characters and their circumstances. A couple of times I thought something else would have been more ‘to the point’ so to speak, but there are no such harsh implausibilities in Origin which finally gave me the green light on the full constellation.
Getting really down and dirty into the story, don't fret, gals - there's a load of over six feet hotness going on, and our fave crazy couple is mostly sharing the lime light - they aren't separated for all that long. The sweetness/snarkiness/partnership going on between Kat and Daemon is out of this world, literally and metaphorically, and you wouldn’t believe the stuff they’d pull for and on each other. As for Daedalus, well, the things that you'll learn will disgust you (big, tasty brownie points to Miss Armentrout for villainous imaginatively. Yep, I really said that.). I loved the concept of the Origin – it was equal parts creepy and awe-inspiring, and totally not what I expected (spoiler alert, if you think it’s what will call the other Luxen to Earth as I did, I have to pat you too on the back, oh you misguided little thing). There’s a lot of mind-boggling truths and lies flying around at an amazing frequency, but the ass-kicking does not relent to the mind-boggles. The climactic action toward the end will have you singing “Viva, Las Vegas”, or maybe “Burn, baby, burn”.
Disclaimer: laughs, gasps, scoffs and swears are bound to permeate your thoughts and may even be expelled from your lips. It’s quite possible your teeth might fall out under the influence of so, SO many lovey-dovey scenes, even as hot as they are.
And I thought Opal ended on a hell of a cliffy... I mean, WTF, and that's not counting all the conflicting stuff right before the last page. To makes things even more interesting, at the beginning Daemon swears to burn down the world to get Kat back, and he quite managed to do so; at the end of Origin he swears again, and I’m telling you, that boy will end the series with an even bigger bang (can’t quite imagine how, but he will). Oh boy.
Soooooooooo… (big, watery, pleading eyes) when can I get the next one? (less)
I love the Bridgertons, and this is definetely an addict's best fix. I've read most of the epilogues before, but the ones for book 1 (The Duke and I,...moreI love the Bridgertons, and this is definetely an addict's best fix. I've read most of the epilogues before, but the ones for book 1 (The Duke and I, Daphne and Simon) and book 8 (On the Way to the Wedding, Lucy and Gregory), which were new additions, and I quite loved them.
What I've really been itching for was Violet in Bloom - the bonus story about our favourite dowager viscountess. I found it sweet, and especially enjoyed the childhood connection. The bonus it held was a sort of an epilogue to the Bridgertons as a whole towards its end, but I would have loved to have had more to bite into of how Edmund and Violet proceeded to meet and fall in love. But I guess with it being a novella and all JQ had to limit it.
Still, much like Gregory's twins making a perfect 9 in spite of the perfect 8, Happily Ever After makes a perfect 9th addition to the 8 Bridgertons' saga (especially if we count Violet as part of the crew). Rather good symmetry there, don't you think?(less)