Me and Gin share the same last name (even though her's is a cover name) and when I learned about this I just had to give the series a shot. The firstMe and Gin share the same last name (even though her's is a cover name) and when I learned about this I just had to give the series a shot. The first was a little of a let down but this series is growing on me.
I hadn't ever cared for Detective Donovan Caine and Gin as a couple. Gin only seduced him, really, by throwing herself at him and her being an assassin (retired now) and him being a good cop (one of the only ones in Ashland) and all created problems he didn't want in a relationship. I don't think he ever had as strong of feelings as she did for him. Even though, I was shocked that (view spoiler)[ he would actually prefer her dead than being with her and dealing with the guilt of doing so (hide spoiler)]. I thought he was supposed to be a "good" cop. I think if she had shown who she really was and her real feelings for him to him, she might have had a chance with him. But, what are you going to do? She has to protect her cover and she can't just give that information out like that. She has to know that he's actually serious about her first.
Then Owen Grayson, guy #2, walks in left stage and offers another option. He actually seems to like the Gin Blanco he sees and wants to know more but I have a nagging feeling he's not going to like the "real" Gin Blanco as much as the cover. You know who he reminds me of? Gin. Yep, he's like the male version of her. He's definitely persistent and curious like her.
It seemed a bit much when Estep included an upgrade to Gin's powers as an elemental. It's still awesome however and I can't wait to see her use it more and integrate it into her fights.
Concerning Fletcher's file on Gin, I thought it was dumb that Gin didn't know what to do about it for the. Whole. Book. Yea, we don't know Fletcher's reasons for doing it but come on! You have a picture of your sister alive and well and you don't want to immediately search for her? She acts like that's not enough. That Fletcher should have written where the photo was taken or where she lives on the back of the photo. Even when she only has a name like "Violet Fox" to go on she still manages to find out everything on her with Finn's help.
Anyways, it was hinted we would see her searching for her sister for book #3, hopefully we will and it won't be sidelined once again.
One last note, it bothers me that Finn is shown as a sort of brother-figure but it turns out they were once more than that. They slept together once.
And...yum. All of the things Gin cooked up sounded great. I should've written them down. She puts all the ingredients and definitely puts the most emphasis I've seen on food in my books, which just make them that more mouth-watering.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
- Overly melodramatic. For example, at the end of every chapter or section there had to be an ending like "After all, he was talking to Lafleur." Dun- Overly melodramatic. For example, at the end of every chapter or section there had to be an ending like "After all, he was talking to Lafleur." Dun dun dun. Or "...let's just say that it didn't do wonders for my confidence to making it to Christmas without getting dead." Or she had tacky lines. "'Not if I kill you first,bitch,' I muttered. 'Not if I kill you first.'"
- Things were repeated constantly. It got to the point that I could tell where it was going and just skimmed over the paragraph. And it wasn't just things from the earlier books but things from this book that she's already told us.
- The buildup for the fight with LaFleur was so great that when it finally came down to it, it was a big let down.
- The plot was completely predictable. So the twists turned out to be like, "Really? Seriously." *shakes head in despair* I don't know if I was just unfairly comparing it to the other books I've been reading recently, which were pretty good but this really stood out among the other problems.
- We still haven't gotten to Mab yet. Argh. It was said in the end that the next book would have Mab as the main target, though. I mean I understand she's supposed to be the big bad guy you get at the end but it just feels like each time Gin goes on and on about how much she hates Mab and what Mab did to her family and these chances that she keeps turning down to kill her because she's so patient. She's the spider. She has to control her urge to just kill her because it's not the right time.
- The last book was so different that at points I was like, "What the hell is this book?" The last book's energy and steam was so much more stronger and eniticing. The antagonist was great and we had a major break in the series with Gin coming out and declaring war on Mab. Gin just found the perfect guy. There were problems that popped up out of nowhere to foil her plans. Actually, it seemed more like it deserved the name "Tangled Threads."
- I had thought Gin would be taking out someone like Jonah McAllister, the other top dog equal to Eliot Slater under Mab. You know, clearing out the rest of the trash before getting to Mab herself. But no, it's LaFleur, the new addition to the team, even though probably just as powerful.
In the end, it turned out to be a light, quicky snack of a read. Not really anything substantial but something to fill the time. The only good parts the book covered was an advancement in the relationship between Owen and Gin and Gin and Bria. Owen and Gin seem perfect for each other. Something's probably going to have to go wrong between them in the next book or it won't be interesting. Heh. In Tangled Threads there was the issue that Gin still thought he would leave her or that their relationship was moving to fast and Gin couldn't deal with the emotions she was having. How Gin and Bria's relationship changed to what it is now felt a bit wrong. I can't pinpoint it exactly. Then the ending was all flowers and sunshine. Anyways, I am glad that it was finally resolved.
Even though I didn't have a good reaction to Tangled Threads, I'll continue on because, well I'm already in four books. I feel to attached to Gina and some of the other characters to not see where it goes....more
So, you can probably tell from the other reviews that a lot of people are upset, excited past the point of sanity or just plain pulling their hair outSo, you can probably tell from the other reviews that a lot of people are upset, excited past the point of sanity or just plain pulling their hair out from the ending of Pandemonium.
Me? Not so much.
I'm going to skip the summary here because there's probably plenty of other people who have talked about it enough and, frankly, I can't be trusted to write a good one, given the fact that I finished reading it a little more than two weeks ago.
The ending was a shocker, but then we, the readers, should've known. Oliver is proving herself a reputation of knowing how to write up to one. However, though I like a powerful ending, I would've rather she'd chosen a different one. I really hadn't wanted Delirium to become a love triangle. I have a love/hate relationship with them but I think if there were enough stories that actually gave themselves a chance without a love triangle, they could grow up to be a damn beautiful story.
I should point out that Pandemonium is told in a unique way switching back from past to present, telling what amounts to practically two different stories. One of what happens right after Lena escapes and one of what happens on Lena's first mission in the resistance. I actually liked how Oliver did it like that, I just wanted a more complete ending for the Lena of the past. She just ended up abrubtly changing into the "now" Lena.
Sadly, I was expecting a lot more from Pandemonium. It seemed pretty dull through most of it, even the mission was plain boring; half the time Lena was just stuck in a room with a boy, which was an obvious attempt to make them fall in love, if ever I've seen one, Oliver. It was bordering on forcing them to fall in love together. It's not like the guy had any chance. This is the first girl he's even barely seen, let alone talk to. What do you think his hormones are going to tell him? And, another thing, since he's never really interacted with a girl, I've got to say, some of things he said was a little awkward and it was a little difficult to like him after Alex kind of blew it out of the park in Delirium. However, he does grow on you a little. And he gives Lena a reason to care again. Which brings me back to another thing that slightly annoys me but that I see too often. Why is it always the guy? Why does she need to fall in love again to, in effect, erase all the pain, because that's what she's doing. Moving on to someone else. Why can't she be strong enough to do it on her own, without leaning on someone else?
As a side note, I have to point out that the roles are practically switched in Pandemonium with Lena taking the place of Alex in the situation. I would've liked something more original.
I wanted to see her use her skills, to make it one that list of kick-ass heroines that I know was in her but I don't believe she's made it yet. In time she will but I don't think we'll have a chance to see it, unfortunately. There's only one more book left, I believe. Not really enough time, unless if Oliver wants to disguise Lena as a kick-ass heroine, one of those ones that act in control all the time and act like they are but they aren't, not when it counts. Or, Oliver could possibly move a couple years in the future. lol. I highly doubt that.
I guess what I'm looking for is in the books that feature adult characters. That is not meant to be an insult in any way. Lena has gone through a lot and is wiser than her years but more experience in life is simply more experience. The adult heroines or heros always prove their abilities, prove they deserve the title, they make a difference, they figure out the answers, they don't need someone to literally show it to them. (Some stuff was super obvious and Lena took too long to discover the truth. She spent too much of her attention on her feelings and less on what was happening in real time.) And, as an added bonus, they don't worry so much about their hormones. :)
More and more, I've stopped reading young adult books. I think, other than a couple young adult dystopias here and there, I'm going to stop trying and just read the tragic ones, like How It Ends by Laura Weiss and Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. This is big. I mean I'm still technically a young adult. I guess some people just don't fit in categories.
I will say though that I like how gutsy Oliver is and she got me teary with Raven and Blue. I'm curious to see what she'll do in Requiem, maybe a teensy-bit scared too. Don't worry, the good kind.
I loved Delirium. It was a beautiful, thought-provoking, and down-to-the-core dystopia. And down-to-the-core at least in dystopia terms is always sad and heart-wrenching. Pandemonium wasn't as thought-provoking in the least. I believe it fell a little shorter. I'm looking for more than a story about love, I'm looking for a story about life. Who knows about Requiem, though, huh?
I don't know about anyone else but can I just point out that I liked the cover of Delirium better, as well. Heh. :D...more
You know what Dead Iron has got going for it? It's world and the lifestyle; the western but steampunk feel to it is awesome and I feel conveyed perfecYou know what Dead Iron has got going for it? It's world and the lifestyle; the western but steampunk feel to it is awesome and I feel conveyed perfectly.
However, the rest of it? *shrug* It has multiple POVs and a lot of the times that is a major reason why I don't like the book. It's like the author is trying to create suspense by switching over to another perspective right in this critical moment for this one character but instead it takes me out of the mood of the book. It makes me like stop in my tracks and think about what this character was doing last so that I'm not lost. It can get confusing real fast. :D
One advantage of multiple POVs is that all these characters you can potentially connect with and love. All of them will have really good stories on their own. And for Dead Iron, I did like them all pretty equally but throughout the book the plot stayed pretty mediocre.
It took me a while to read this and in between I even started reading other books so that just goes to say how much I was even interested in this book.
In the end, I would say don't read it if you want to be entertained but if you want to get inspired by the world and gadgets (there really is gadgets galore here and major descriptions on them) then go for it....more
NOTE: The world of Master of None is one where no one believes in the supernatural, even Donatti, and the only supernatural that we know of is the djiNOTE: The world of Master of None is one where no one believes in the supernatural, even Donatti, and the only supernatural that we know of is the djinn.
Gavyn Donatti is your average thief, maybe not that great of a thief but that's only because he's never been on good terms with Lady Luck and everyone he's ever met he's left on bad terms, like if-I-see-you-again-I'll-kill-you kind of terms.
Then, a djinn (or genie in American) who goes by Ian appears out of nowhere and saves Donatti's ass from getting shot by Trevor's thugs. Trevor is simply a killer with a lot of resources. He does what he wants, when he wants to and the police can't touch him because at least half are under his payroll.
As Ian slowly, and I mean reluctantly, learns to trust Donatti and not hate his guts, Ian explains to Donatti the world of djinn and Donatti begins to understand that Trevor is more than your average scary bad guy; he may be into dealings with the Morai, the banished snake clan of djinn. Donatti agrees to help Ian battle Trevor and the Morai he's working with first simply to get Ian out of his hair and maybe just a little because they seem to want Donatti as well. Soon though it becomes more than Donatti's life on the line, it's his ex-girlfriend Jazz and her son's life as well.
The closest Donatti ever got to a serious relationship was with Jazz. The only reason he left her is because he didn't want to ruin her life with his and his bad luck. New information comes to light and being around Jazz once again changes everything for Donatti. He discovers that there is a person in the world he wouldn't mind killing (see Donatti has never taken a life) and, on the other end, something he would give his life for. He was never a bad person to begin with but everyone seemed to see him as a screw-up and a jerk. By the second half of the book, everyone respects him enough that the pokes are less hating and more teasing.
Master of None was a nice read. There was so much development in the book throughout, not just character development. Donatti was always deep down the guy he is in the end. The ending was refreshing and I look forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Connor Grey used to be this hotshot druid investigator, working for the Guild, who only cared about climbing up the ladder but now, ever since he lostConnor Grey used to be this hotshot druid investigator, working for the Guild, who only cared about climbing up the ladder but now, ever since he lost almost all of his powers in a run-in-gone-wrong with a radical environmentalist elf, he's a consultant to the Boston P.D. and he's been dumped by the Guild and all his so-called friends, except for two: Briallen, the druid that taught him everything, and Stinkwort (he only goes by Joe), a flit (imagine a pixie).
Detective Murdock, a pure human, is Grey's partner and brings Grey in on a new case. One where the victims are all fairy prostitutes and each murder has been occuring on a Tuesday, earning the serial killer the name, The Tuesday Killer, by the newspapers.
So, it's your typical urban fantasy plot with the omg-shock about halfway through that this is no regular case and it's more like a save-the-world kind of deal. And, unfortunately, I really felt the typical-ness of it. It never felt like action that jumps out of the pages or twists or surprises that make you gasp with shock. For me, it was actually pretty slow.
Now, I think I have an answer for this: Grey wasn't cool. I so badly wanted to see some awesome druid abilities. This is the first time I've actually read about a druid and I was expecting a bit-and-a-lot more. My idea of a druid practically revolves around the druids from World of Warcraft, the MMORPG (Massively-Multiplayer-O-something-Role-Playing-Game) that I played much of my life, it seems. Now, I know that might be a big stretch for what a druid really is but I wanted to see something, damn it.
At the verrrrry end we get to see him use a couple of the abilities he'd lost. I'm hoping we get to see much more of that in Unquiet Dreams.
Unshapely Things was more about Grey becoming the person he wants to be. The one who just waits for lightning to strike and for him to magically get his powers back or the one who goes out looking for the lightning. Also, it was about him changing from the hotshot attitude of being better than everyone else to one more caring. He understands now what kind of people exist on top now that he's been reduced to the bottom leagues.
The Connor Grey Series definitely has potential and I'm not ready to give up on it yet so we'll see which way it ends up going....more
Love, Love, Love. Finally, this series is turning up. From the beginning I've wanted Rachel and Trent to get together and now it looks like they finalLove, Love, Love. Finally, this series is turning up. From the beginning I've wanted Rachel and Trent to get together and now it looks like they finally will!
Rachel is finally accepting who she really is and I really believe she's grown a lot over the span of the books. She's no longer the little witchy witch that she was before, now she's a demon. ^_^
The little moments of her with Trent were kind of sweet. Her being continually saved by him and the growth of their relationship.
Rachel has earned herself a bodyguard, a nice-looking one but it looks like she won't be going there so that's good. I liked to see him come to respect her over the book. And seeing them fight together was hilarious.
Winona was a lovely shock. I was cheering her on the whole time. She was no regular wimpy and broken down captive who just wants to go back to her normal life.
Ivy. Okay, whatever. I never fully liked her. I don't care what she does as long as it doesn't affect Rachel much.
A pixy and a faerie? Is it possible? Let's hope so. Jenks and Belle could be great together. Little people with such big feelings. :)
I can't wait for the next one. Can't wait for her and Trent to get together. :D
And, damn that last scene was funny, though fully preventable. I'm just so curious about where Harrison is meaning to go by that. Al is so mischievious, I love him. :]...more
The action started right off the bat and continued thereafter, the world of faeries and the war raging was exciting and intriguing, and the powers werThe action started right off the bat and continued thereafter, the world of faeries and the war raging was exciting and intriguing, and the powers were interesting.
Well, the main character, the plot, and the two love interests ruined the book for me.
McKenzie: the MC The main character was given the most suckiest ability I've ever heard. A "glorified typographer" who also has the Sight. Not kiddding. Of course, she's just a human and in this world that's as good as it gets for a human. She's perhaps the best at what she does but it seriously sucks. Too make up for it she could have the training with a sword or hand-to-hand combat, but no, she can barely stand the sight of blood. AND she's been assisting Kyol in this war for 10 years! She's always pretended she's been watching a movie. God, I want to slap her and open her eyes. She practically has to be babied by both Kyol and Aren. I would've asked a lot more questions and demanded to know more about the people I was helping to kill but she chose to remain ignorant and was punished for it. Though, maybe, I shouldn't expect much from her. She is rather resourceful, loyal, willing to put her life on the line, and doesn't give up easily.
The Plot ...was boring, it was so predictable. She tries again and again to get away but of course you know Aren is going to be around that corner to catch her or whoever. The one time she (view spoiler)[grabs the gun (hide spoiler)], I'm like "hell, yea, now we're getting somewhere!" But, it's just depressing. For one, (view spoiler)[she has the safety on (hide spoiler)] and everyone thinks so little of her as a threat that they aren't afraid of what she might do with it. I was rooting for Kyol through the book (view spoiler)[ but you know from the get-go that Aren's going to be the one she chooses (hide spoiler)]. The only surprising and actually decently-played plot development on Williams' part was (view spoiler)[when Kelia died (hide spoiler)]. You see McKenzie going back and forth in her brain for Kyol and Aren and it quickly gets tiring. And, then it seems in the end that neither are the "good" guy and fighting the "good" fight.
Aren and Kyol: The Love Interests First of all, you have to understand that when a faerie and human touch some electric charge passes through them that's like little tingles of heat that continually get more intense...like what the hell! --was my first response. How is her emotions not supposed to be manipulated here?
From the first moment we meet Aren, I despise him. The smug bastard. He thinks McKenzie's amusing and cute with her fiesty-ness and stubbornness. He's excited by the thought of taming her and claiming her as his. he purposely touches her here and then to mess with her mind. Even though we're only given a few moments with Kyol for most of the book; from just those few sentences I liked him more. Yea, Kyol's also a jerk for pulling her along for ten years with touches here and there and playing with her emotions but he did truly love her. (view spoiler)[It seems like such wasted potential between them; it could've been, but never was and now it's too late. If Aren wasn't in the picture, they could've finally been together. (hide spoiler)] Up until the very last page, it seemed to me that Aren didn't truly care for her that way. He was more fascinated by her and attracted to her like she was to him; that's all. Also up until the last page, do we actually see that McKenzie even feels something real for him.
The Cover ...is of course very misleading. Maybe she's as hot as they make the girl on the cover look, whatever but she most definitely does not even know the right end of a sword, let alone carry one on her back. She fights once with a sword, maybe twice with a dagger, and I'm actually surprised she managed to kill a man, or faerie, in particular. One with extra speed and strength; obviously no match for her. The only way she survives the book is because of Kyol and Aren.
Overall ...I was really disatisfied with the book. I had been really pumped for it and ready to get sucked into a new series but...no luck. It even got a blurb by Seanan McGuire, the author of the only faerie series (October Daye Series) I happen to enjoy (other than the Dresden Files, which has some books centered on the faerie world). I've always been wary when starting a series or book on faeries because they've dissappointed me too often so I make sure to read the reviews and summary before I give it a chance.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more