Having only read the first book in this series "The Iron King", I was a bit worried that this, the fourth book, wouldn't make a lot of sense to me. FoHaving only read the first book in this series "The Iron King", I was a bit worried that this, the fourth book, wouldn't make a lot of sense to me. Fortunately that wasn't the case at all. Everything is explained really well and I think I could have quite easily enjoyed this book as a standalone.
Ash wants to be with Meghan, but unfortunately for him, the realm where she lives is deadly to him. The only way he can go to her is if he completes a quest to get a soul and become mortal. Ash is joined on his quest by a group of companions, includng Robyn Goodfellow, the Big Bad Wolf, Ariella and Grimalkin the talking cat. I thought that this made the story more interesting and the banter between the characters was amusing.
The story is packed full of action and adventure with some romance and sadness thrown in. I was hooked from start to finish and strongly reccommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale.
Touch of Power has a strong female lead character, Avry, who is captured for her healing powers by a group of men trying to save their Prince from theTouch of Power has a strong female lead character, Avry, who is captured for her healing powers by a group of men trying to save their Prince from the plague. Along the journey to save Prince Ryne, Avry must decide if the Prince is worth giving up her own life for or if there is another even worse fate awaiting her. She also begins to wonder how the plague really started and what the Healers' Guild were really doing.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very reminiscent of Poison Study, Maria's first book which I absolutely adored.Once again I enjoyed reading an adventure story set in a fantasy world. The characters were really interesting and I love the way that the background characters made the story even more interesting.
I feel like I would like to know more about Avry and her powers, I'm really looking forward to more from this series!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
The setting for this story was interesting, I don't know a lot about corporate finance and how businesses are sold, so it was a bit hard to understandThe setting for this story was interesting, I don't know a lot about corporate finance and how businesses are sold, so it was a bit hard to understand some of that side of things, but it was all kind of explained throughout the story as Rachel talked about her job to friends throughout the book.
The main character, Rachel, seemed quite realistic in that she has quite a few flaws, for example staying out late when she has work the next day, I can totally relate to that! But I didn't feel like I got to know her very well and when she makes decisions there was no explanation about why she made those decisions.
I also had trouble believing some of the unrealistic relationships in the story. For example, there's a nurse who is having an affair with at least three men at once, which I guess could happen, but it seemed a bit hard to believe for me.
Overall it's a fun read and I'd recommend it if you're looking for something a bit more intelligent than your average chick-lit.
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I struggled to get in to this book at first. I'm not sure why, I think it was quite hard for me to get my head around the post-apocalyptic setting ofI struggled to get in to this book at first. I'm not sure why, I think it was quite hard for me to get my head around the post-apocalyptic setting of the story. Once I sort of understood that aspect I really started to enjoy the story. I finished the book in two days because I simply couldn't put it down. Aria started of as a bit naive and slightly annoying to be honest, but she seemed to grow up a bit throughout the book and I enjoyed seeing her gradually learning about the outside world and coming to terms with what was happening in her own world. I liked the developing relationship between Aria and Perry although it didn't really make sense to me at first. I am looking forward to finding out what happens to them in the next book. Unfortunately I did feel that the ending of the book was a bit disappointing, it didn't really do the story justice, but hopefully things will be resolved in the next book. ...more
I've read and enjoyed this whole series of books, but I admit I was a bit disappointed with this, the final book in the series. The whole time I was rI've read and enjoyed this whole series of books, but I admit I was a bit disappointed with this, the final book in the series. The whole time I was reading the book questions kept popping up in my head: Who caused the attack? Why were they shooting their own men? Why was there a cover-up? Why were some chasers worse than others? What happened to the rest of the world? and I felt kind of short-changed when at the end of the series most, if not all, of these questions were still unanswered.
On the whole I would recommend this series, the tension builds up really well and I found myself getting sucked into the story and couldn't put the books down. But if you like all the loose ends to be tied up at the end of a series you might be disappointed by this one! ...more
I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series. The plot was interesting and I definitely want to know more aboI enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series. The plot was interesting and I definitely want to know more about the mysteries surrounding the blue bloods and silver bloods.
One thing that got on my nerves a bit with this book was the constant descriptions of expensive clothes, furniture, food, etc. Okay, they're rich, I get it, you don't have to rub it in my face every five seconds! Also I didn't really feel much of a connection to the characters. I kind of liked Schuyler and Oliver, but the other characters were a bit bland.
On a positive note, I did like the way that there was a historical connection between the vampires and the early American settlers. I also enjoyed the whole cover-up/conspiracy side of the story because I'm into things like that. ...more
Ok, but I could have quite easily stopped reading halfway through and wouldn't have been bothered about what happened. To be honest I found the storyOk, but I could have quite easily stopped reading halfway through and wouldn't have been bothered about what happened. To be honest I found the story boring, it just didn't hold my attention like I thought it would have done. I didn't care enpouogh about the characters and I found the whole backstory regarding the CIA, etc. very hard to believe. ...more
Dark Matter is written in the form of main character, Jack's journal and follows his journey from the first moment he meets his expedition companionsDark Matter is written in the form of main character, Jack's journal and follows his journey from the first moment he meets his expedition companions for a drink in London right through until just before he is rescued from the Arctic. After that point, Jack refuses to write in his journal but we get a narrative from inside his head instead, which brings more urgency in one of the more action filled parts of the story.
Over the course of his Arctic expedition Jack changes as a character. At the start of the novel, in London, he is a solitary person who is quite looking forward to the peace and stillness of the Arctic. But by the time he is truly alone in the Arctic wilderness he realises what it's like to have friends and he realises that he does need people after all.
I wasn't really sure about the 'ghost' that Jack was seeing. I couldn't work out if it was real or if it was his imagination playing tricks on him because he was alone in an endless night. But whatever it was, the author built up the tension really well and as I was reading I had a strong feeling that something bad was about to happen. It was the sort of feeling where I didn't want to turn the page because I was scared, but had to carry on because I was desperate to know what was coming next.
This is one of those books where although it seems like a straight-forward ghost story, there's definitely a psychological element too as Jack seems to slide into madness. A great book for anyone who enjoys a good scare now and then!