Urban fantasy series book 3. Everything is building to a crescendo. I wasn't thrilled with what felt like Meg's regression. I liked most everything elUrban fantasy series book 3. Everything is building to a crescendo. I wasn't thrilled with what felt like Meg's regression. I liked most everything else. I would enjoy some more females in position of power to balance the mostly men but otherwise I'm thoroughly enjoying this series.
Can't wait for Number 4 to come out in March!...more
Now I realize how hard it must be for non Americans to read an American book with all of its slang and colloquialisms. This book was written by an AusNow I realize how hard it must be for non Americans to read an American book with all of its slang and colloquialisms. This book was written by an Australian author and set in Melbourne and thus sometimes I was only somewhat sure what the characters were saying or talking about.
I think people who love Sherlock Holmes, the show, will enjoy this for the most part. I know the original literary character but haven't read any books about him nor have I seen the shows based on him. I know there is a huge fan base for the show. I think the show's audience might have some potential cross over for this series. Since I'm am not familiar I think some of it was lost on me. However, I give the book points for something different.
I did nearly put it down towards the beginning but ultimately I was able to finish it. I'm glad I did even though I wasn't completely riveted. It was not the book's fault so much as not being a perfect match for my tastes. It did grab me enough that I might try the second book once it is published....more
This series is one of those that is hard to describe. It isn't my normal read and if I'd known more about it going in I'm not sure I would have pickedThis series is one of those that is hard to describe. It isn't my normal read and if I'd known more about it going in I'm not sure I would have picked it up. And yet, I'm really glad that I have. Each book is generally a bit slower paced than I usually read. I'm enjoying the pacing though. This book is a little faster than the first just because I already know most of the characters and world.
The books are also getter darker now with the background and what has been happening to the blood prophets comes out. It's actually extremely dark and another reason I probably wouldn't have read the books had I known. Luckily, we don't get much in detail. It just barely touched the line that would have been too much.
While this series is about "Others", creatures that have been done in various fashions in other books, the spin is a little different here. Where normally in books I've read with shifters, vampires and other creatures they're both human and other. There is a humaness that is at least just as much a part of them as whatever else they are. In this book the Others are clearly more other than human. Yet, as a reader they are still relatable enough to care about their world even when they're reeking havoc on the humans.
As for the humans, there are a lot of evil in the humans in this book. The author must take a fairly dim view of humanity. However, atrocities have happened under humans such as the Holocaust so I can't deny that humans have that kind of evil in them. It's very chilling. The dynamics between the different groups of humans and Others is very interesting to watch. While my favorite scenes tend to be about Meg and Simon there are many other characters that I'm growing attached to as well. I love all the different types of attachments, friendships and even wary tolerance that have been growing between various characters.
I wouldn't advise anyone to go in to this series looking for romance. In some ways, it is more romantic than what many people would categorize as romance just because it is being very carefully developed. It is subtle and a background development to everything else that is occurring. The relationship between Meg and Simon is at a snail's pace throughout the books beginning with the first book where dislike turns to wary tolerance before finally transforming to acceptance. Here you get friendship and confusion about their growing attachment for one another and how the fit into each other's lives. You get hints that there is the potential for more than friendship. The characters themselves don't even see it yet. The gentleness with which the path is being laid is what is romantic rather than there actually being a lot that you can put your finger on....more
If I tried to describe this book it would sound pretty conventional. After all, it is an Urban Fiction book with vampires, shape shifters elementals iIf I tried to describe this book it would sound pretty conventional. After all, it is an Urban Fiction book with vampires, shape shifters elementals interacting on edge with humans. It's not conventional though and I doubt I could capture in a review exactly why that is.
These "Others" are much less human to start with. They are sinister and think and behave differently. And yet, they also do have some things in common with humans. They have some things in common with their counter parts in typical fiction and yet again they don't. It's a weird blend that works. It takes old notions and some how presents it in a way that feels fresh. We even watch these others become more "human" which should feel completely standard and yet somehow manages not to be. All I can say is that you'd have to read it for yourself to see if it would feel the same for you.
This book is pretty slow moving and took a while for me to finish. Usually I like faster moving books but the world building and character building was necessary to set up this series. Actually, the slower pace fit with my need right now to put the book down when I was busy so it worked for me. I still had no problems picking it back up and learning more and it stayed on my mind when I couldn't read.
All in all, if you like Urban fiction, don't need any romance (though there are some mild undertones that a slow simmering one might eventually develop), and don't need a fast paced book then you might give this one a try. Now on to get my hands on the next in the series
I read this book to chase a heavier book. I wanted something that was a cute contemporary YA romance and saw this recommended somewhere as that. It fiI read this book to chase a heavier book. I wanted something that was a cute contemporary YA romance and saw this recommended somewhere as that. It fit the bill.
I was a bit nervous about how long the book would draw out Ben chasing the wrong girl. At first, while I liked his character I was also turned off by the fact that he wanted one date with Zoey just because she was the it girl at their school. She was beautiful in a way that drew in all the guys and by being seen with her it would prove something about himself in his mind. It made him seem shallow which he clearly was not. Once I understood it was more about the chip on his shoulder then it wasn't as bad even though I didn't ever love that aspect. Luckily, he and Paige figure out fairly quickly that they are drawn to each other. The issue comes in more in what to do about it since each isn't sure what the other is thinking or feeling.
I liked the evolution of their romance and their characters as individuals. I really liked the way the author handled the "hot" friend Zoey. She sets you up to underestimate her and once you get a bit of who she is you really like her too. It makes you wonder why Paige couldn't confide in her sooner. I like when I see positive female friendships portrayed in YA since it is an underrepresented phenomena. I like Paige even as I was rooting for her to loosen up. Despite what I mentioned earlier about my early frustration with Ben I really liked his character. I am always a fan of the geeky, subtly hot guy who gets better the longer you know him. He's smart, and mostly sweet but also not a pushover.
You are supposed to feel great irritation with Paige's parents, more specifically her mother. I did feel like she went pretty far off the rails and I wondered when the Dad would reign her back in. It took longer than expected so it was harder to let things go at the end for the reader than for Paige. Her Mom needs therapy. It's also hard to forgive someone who seemed so classist and biased based on income brackets though I don't think that was the real issue. I think the Mom was threatened by a boy that could have any influence over her daughter and make her lose further control of her.
I did love Ben's Mom. The ending of the story is cute. The story does develop three of the characters pretty well. I do think some of the issues raised could have been done at an even deeper level but I also think that might have cost the book some of its lightness that I was looking for. I'm glad that it didn't lose that lightness. Zoey has me interested in her story though I really don't like it when authors have an epilogue that is solely there to set up a companion story. I was already invested in Zoey as a character and wanting more so it was unnecessary to jump the MC's story to start another. As long as Zoey's story has a peek at Ben and Paige's HEA then I'll forgive the author....more
******* Before I get to my review I'd like to point out that my ratings go almost totally against the rest of Goodreads for this series. My favorite bo******* Before I get to my review I'd like to point out that my ratings go almost totally against the rest of Goodreads for this series. My favorite book was book 2 and that got the lowest GR ratings while the first was the shakiest and has the highest GR rating. Therefore, read other reviews to get a different take on the series. ******** Conclusion to Starbound series and book 3. These books, while all centering around different pairs really need to be read in order. I don't think you'd get all that you needed to by reading them independently. The first two could, theoretically, be read on their own if you are okay with an HFN for an individual couple and gaps in information but there is an overriding story that you must read all of them in order to complete and understand. However, this final book would not make sense as a stand alone in any way.
My favorite of this series is still the second book. I liked elements of this one but it's always a tough act for authors to pen a finale that wraps up all the tangents and also balances the story that is going on in the third book. This book does resolve all of the plot threads introduced throughout the series. The action bogs down somewhere about 2/3rds of the way through for quite a while before finally picking back up at the end. I did feel that it takes the emphasis off of the featured couple, however, and I didn't feel them as much as I was able to with the other two couples in their own books.
One of the problems is that around half way through all of the couples are brought into the present story and the overriding series' plots take center stage. While that is as it should be in a finale it was at the expense of Gideon and Sofia and I felt like their individual stories and that of them as a couple devolved a bit into cliche territory to the lack in their development and arcs. Also, Tarver and Lilac in particular almost usurp the story from this book's pair which I felt was somewhat of a mistake. I do think the initial couple had an important part to play but their feelings and angst, even felt more distantly through other people's eyes, took precedence over the characters on which we are supposed to be centered. That's awkward when I'm supposed to be most connected to Gideon and Sofia and I kind of lost interest in them right as the narrative did.
I also think the ending was a little heavy handed and too pat. It felt like the lessons we are supposed to learn were handed to me on a silver platter and highlighted on top of that. I suppose I like more subtlety, which I thought the series had done a good job with previously.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad book. I think it was just too big a task to both do the featured couple justice while also wrapping up the series. All in all though it was a pretty good ending to the series....more
Genre: Contemporary M/M romance, New Adult Standalone/series: Stands alone but since it is labeled as Eastshore Tigers #1 I'd say this must be the starGenre: Contemporary M/M romance, New Adult Standalone/series: Stands alone but since it is labeled as Eastshore Tigers #1 I'd say this must be the start of a companion series. Cliffhanger?:(view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Cursing?: Yes, a fair amount of cursing for those sensitive Descriptive Sex?: Yes Descriptive Sex Between H/h With OW/OM?: No Contains Cheating?: No Overall Chemistry: builds, I liked that it started with a friendship connection Overall Couple's Rootablity: Good HEA/HFN/etc Ending:(view spoiler)[HEA (hide spoiler)] 1st/2nd/3rd Person: 1rst person present tense Character(s)POV Spoken: Dual
Any Triggers/Warnings: Not really
Overall Rating: 4 Would You Read More Books By This Author: yes Safety Gang approved? yes but I did want to note one thing (view spoiler)[ Derek thinks he has no chance with Jason since he believes he is straight. He has started to develop more than just an attraction to him but doesn't want to screw up their friendship so he goes to an app to find a hook up to take his mind off Jason. It goes to the point of meeting the guy at a club and some mild handsy flirting by the guy to him when Jason storms off and it stops it from going further. Nothing else happens. As a matter of fact once Derek finds out that he might have a shot with Jason he has absolutely no interest in anyone else. He really wasn't interested in anyone before hand but felt like he needed to push himself to move on so as not to mess up his friendship. I totally got that. The casual hook up vibe wasn't my favorite just because I'm not into the whole hook up scene in my romances but it wasn't a big deal. (hide spoiler)]
Review: ARC provided for honest review
I picked this up while taking a much needed break from a heavier book. I was hoping for a cute romance that had a good connection and not just lust. This fit the bill as it was easy to become invested and a quick light read. I liked that the MC's developed a friendship first.
I have to confess that for a bit towards the beginning I was really worried that Jason's character was going to employ the gay-for-you trope. I don't care for that trope. Luckily it turned out to be Jason admitting to his bisexual nature and more about him not understanding and also suppressing it previously. That works just fine for me. Luckily this is pretty angst free because I wasn't looking for an overly heavy book about somebody wrestling for very long about their true identity.
As mentioned, overall this was light on the angst which I appreciated. There were some brief moments where lack of communication and running away from past issues reared their heads and caused me some frustration. At different times I grew frustrated with both MC's since those two devices are not my favorite as well as another used later (view spoiler)[ when an injury brings back two characters. I prefer they find their way back to each other on their own but it wasn't overwhelming here since I believed in time they would have on their own. (hide spoiler)] I will say that these moments where I was frustrated with one of the characters never lasted very long which was nice. Sometimes books try to draw out the issues too long but that wasn't the case here.
I liked the way football was incorporated. It didn't overtake the story but added to it, though if you don't like sports in your romances then it is a very definite presence. I personally like sports romances best in the YA world when it involves females but I liked it's presence in this novel. I think it worked well to bring these two young men together.
I will also note that there were some mild typos and editing issues. Since I received an ARC I am sure these will be fixed prior to final publication. Even with them they weren't overly distracting.
I label this New Adult both because it takes place in the college world and also because I think the sex to plot ratio is most comparable to what you find in NA. There are more sex scenes than in a traditional romance but not enough to be considered erotic romance in my mind. Luckily the book isn't overly angsty or dark as has become standard in much of NA.
I don't read a ton of M/M romance so I can't compare this book to the norm for this type. I typically feel like love is love though and I do like to read romances and I think it compares pretty well to that. I give this a 4 because it was a quick, easy read that filled the bill for what I was looking for. The star removed has to do only with some personal nitpicks that I mentioned earlier. I am a very picky person about romances and so I can be pretty hard on them. I didn't factor the mild editing issues due to the fact that I haven't read the final copy.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is NOT a review but a reminder to me if I look up this book again why I don't think it would work for me. It might work perfectly for you so thisThis is NOT a review but a reminder to me if I look up this book again why I don't think it would work for me. It might work perfectly for you so this is not to indicate for other readers one way or another.
Looks like the first book sets you up on a "ship" to rock it in the second book with a love triangle. Also, the one it looks like you're eventually supposed to root for is the second guy but you don't realize that for a while setting you up to root for the wrong guy. I don't like love triangles nor the way it sounds like it's handled here because it feels manipulative. Not my thing....more
Some people will love this and some people will hate this. It's a very atmospheric story. It is meandering but it does set a tone. Overall it is verySome people will love this and some people will hate this. It's a very atmospheric story. It is meandering but it does set a tone. Overall it is very melancholy yet at times oddly hopeful. Mostly though it takes a dim view of humanity. I don't know that I'll ever figure out whether or not I liked it but it is very different. I did have to make myself keep plodding on somewhere around 3/4's of the way through. It was just very heavy and oppressive and I was finally worn down....more