Intel dogs? Yea! I muuuuust have one. A Text language? Oh hell no. Completely horrifying in that it could be possible.
Who doesn't love Chaplin, the inIntel dogs? Yea! I muuuuust have one. A Text language? Oh hell no. Completely horrifying in that it could be possible.
Who doesn't love Chaplin, the intelligent dog who has his own language with his barks and other noises?
Who else is horrified at the idea of the way we text on our phones, on Twitter, on chat rooms becoming a language that becomes commonly spoken?
Unfortunately, Chaplin wasn't able to carry the book for me. I need movement in the story and action at least by the halfway point of the book! I also didn't particularly care for the pages thrown in of random people's POV, though I do enjoy when the POV is split between the protagonist and love interest.
What first got me interested in this series was the fact that Charlie is a single mother. Yeah, I guess that did it, because I hadn't seen that beforeWhat first got me interested in this series was the fact that Charlie is a single mother. Yeah, I guess that did it, because I hadn't seen that before in UF and I thought that give a whole different take to it, maybe make it so that there's no normal love interest.
Now the love interests have been completely un-normal but that's not all the series has to offer and actually I think Gay made the romance pretty whacked.
If you haven't already read The Better Part of Darkness then here's what you need to know:
1. There's the Charbydon which are basically demons from hell,
2. The Elysians which are about the opposite, and
3. Some other in-between races, like goblins, nymphs, sirens, and so on (but you really shouldn't be listening to me because I don't know the correct terminology at all). \(>.<)/
4. Charlie has some Charbydon, Elysian, and human in her genes. She has access to the powers of...all three? or two? *shrug*
5. She's an ITF (don't ask me what it stands for) agent and her partner is a male siren who has to wear a voice-mod because if you heard his real voice you might just fall to your knees before him and offer up your first-born.
Charlie and Hank face a new threat in The Darkest Edge of Dawn with Llyran, the Level-Ten Criminal who escaped in book one and of course Grigori Tennin, the leader of the Charbydon of Atlanta, had to make an appearance as well. The criminally-insane Llyran is chocked full of power and hungry for more, even willing to revive a mysterious old being to suck the power out of it. While Charlie and Hank can't let that happen, they most definitely can't let the truth about the old being come out because it would threaten the fragile relations and cause a war between the races.
What made the climax in The Better Part of Darkness so great is that all of Charlie's friends, new and old, come out to fight the fight. And I was kind of dissappointed that in The Darkest Edge of Dawn everyone in the gang but Hank and Charlie barely make an appearance or are kept in the sidelines. In the end, Grigori Tennin and the Druid King of the nymphs come out to play in a battle that would've been awesome (and would've allowed it to pass) if it had it in much, much more detail. Honestly, the climax felt pretty awkward and makes me humph.
It would've gotten at least a three star from me but for the fact that there were a lot of little things adding up that I thought could be better and for the fact of the big messup I personally thought: how Hank and Charlie started to become interested in each other in that way. Now, from the start I wanted and suspected Hank and Charlie would get together but Gay did it in a way that made me saying, "What?! No, no, and nooooo." I can kind of see what Gay was going for there and maybe she did achieve what she was looking for, but, in my mind, if you want to see the correct way of doing it read the Kate Daniels Series (pure awsomeness, except perhaps the last one wasn't as good as the rest). Hopefully, in the third book their relationship will have worked itself out to the point that I can just forget these moments and erase them from my mind.
So, can't stop now even if I did want to, which I don't, because there a few underlying storylines that I just have to see through, like what Charlie will become, what Emma will grow up to be, what might happen with Rex and Charlie (a little voice inside my head says we can look for something there possibly), Bryn's ash addiction, and when will Bryn and Aaron finally get together?! ...more