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 in...moreIntel 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.
Like I had anticipated from the other reviews, there were a lot of POVs in this one, it seems even more so than the first.
The only way to explain woul...moreLike I had anticipated from the other reviews, there were a lot of POVs in this one, it seems even more so than the first.
The only way to explain would be to compare it to a movie. In a movie, they're always looking for the right angle to make it more dramatic, etc. They're never just stick the camera behind one person's back. And, this is what it appears Navarro was aiming for...just in a book, which doesn't work, at least not here, not now.
Another issue I had is that if you're going to be showing scenes from the POV of every victim/killer of the story then at least be consistent and show us the viewpoint of the Tate kid.
I really love the concept of the series and when book one introduced us to Brynna, I was absolutely fascinated with her and how she provided a fresh look to everthing normal in humans. Sadly, though, in Concrete Savior it feels Brynna gets even less page time than in the first.
I just wish Navarro would concentrate the book on the POV of Brynna, even Eran as well would be great.
However, as much as I would usually be so dissuaded by these trillion of POVs in a book, I can't possibly stop reading the series now. I'm just too proud of Brynna each time she receives a feather, even if I have to wade through a bunch of other people's stories to get to it.
There was also some hints as to the future of what Brynna's going to be fighting against and I can't wait...to see their asses handed to them. :D
Eran and Brynna feel pretty solid as a couple and the book showed little problems between the two of them, nothing unique. The only thing is Bheru is getting kind of left out in the cold and I can't help but feel sad for him. I mean he was the one more accepting of her "oddness" and now they're like tiptoeing around him. I hope we see him get included more in the next book.(less)
Made it 60% through before I just said, "Eh," and tossed it aside.
It was actually somewhat decent throughout, even though the plot was definitely lack...moreMade it 60% through before I just said, "Eh," and tossed it aside.
It was actually somewhat decent throughout, even though the plot was definitely lacking in a big way and there were scenes that seemed to be just thrown in for no good reason, which overall just rubs me the wrong way as reader. I like to feel like I'm in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing and not just driving around senseless, or at least has an editor who made due to put some extra care into it since this is a debut author.
I was even willing to look aside the fact that Edie was your regular old human when I usually go for kick-ass heroines (the more kick-ass the better). I was more on the fence when I figured out she was the type that has to resort to getting other (more experienced and skillful) people to save her ass for her, though I give her points for being brave and always doing the right thing.
I felt NIGHTSHIFTED had good potential. The writing, Edie, and Alexander's take on the supernatural all showed good signs. Going into it I had been really excited. I was asking myself why hadn't anyone thought of putting medical care (EMTs, doctors, nurses) and the supernatural together before?! There's practically been everything else. Then when I was stuck in one of my ruts with this book (since the plot failed to completely ensnare me) I looked at the reviews for NIGHTSHIFTED and…oh I caved…MOONSHIFTED, as well. From that I was able to conclude that Alexander hadn't gotten any better in the second book and her editor hadn't spared the book any more much-needed attention.
I'm a little glum about the whole thing, to say the least. I really don't see the point in finishing the book. I've got lots more of new authors to read and only so much time.(less)
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 before...moreWhat 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?! (less)
What I mean is that there are some disturbing parts to read that involve sexual interactions between family members and...moreThis book is not for everyone.
What I mean is that there are some disturbing parts to read that involve sexual interactions between family members and dealing with those feelings. Though this sort of thing fits well in this medieval time period, reading their thoughts and realizing that love can be seriously messed was very unnerving, to say the least. That love can survive through this pain, that you can love someone so much that it hurts, that all you can hope for is the release of death.
Kerr doesn't allow us the luxury of simply hating this person, instead she tries to make us understand this love, at least the way it is for these characters.
Now, what Kerr does with the book and the storyline is very interesting but I think ultimately fails. The world feels very rich, like you could read for months and still only have scraped the tip of the iceberg. However, it's very slow-paced since she insists on telling us the stories of their other lives and in the end I felt very little investment in the characters, even in the current versions of them where the true story lies. Perhaps if she had limited herself to their story alone the book would have kept my attention more adequately.
The climax and the way she solved the problem these characters keep on reliving was very disappointing. The battle scenes, where my true heart lies, was a letdown. DAGGERSPELL is not an epic fantasy on warriors or epic wars but on the battles within the court and the hearts of the nobles. It's more Romeo and Juliet for my tastes.(less)
I've decided (finally) that Kaldar and Audrey are my favorite couple of the Edge series.
I love William and Cerise as well, don't get me wrong, but the...moreI've decided (finally) that Kaldar and Audrey are my favorite couple of the Edge series.
I love William and Cerise as well, don't get me wrong, but the story of Kaldar and Audrey was perfect, their bantering and overall relationship even reminded me, at times, of Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniels Series. Those two are my all-time favorite.
Now, going into this I expected it to be "meh" or "okay" like the other two and I have to say that it was a better but...
I don't care for the setup of this series. We're given a guy and a girl, guy chases girl, girl pretends not to want him, blah blah,...then they get married! They get a house. Put some kids in the picture and happily ever after! There was George and Jack for On the Edge and Lark and Gaston for Bayou Moon. For Fate's Edge: Ling? Hehe. After Cerise and William are brought into the picture the family just grows bigger. The kids go back and forth between the houses. Just one big happily family. And now it's Kaldar's turn to have a happy ending.
The fighting and the villian's are okay but they seem sometimes like mustache-twirling-white-cat-petting-mwahahaing-villains.
Bayou Moon did at least have some decent action scenes in the end and I still didn't love it. Fate's Edge doesn't even try for action, not really.
So, why do I keep on reading them?
Because Ilona Andrews is one of favorite authors and the husband-wife writing team could probably make paper filing sound awesome. So, the Edge series still turns out better than half the other urban fantasy books out there. Probably more.
They know how to create a fucking awesome world and they know how to create meaningful characters that you can connect with and relate to withing the first few pages.
I love my action. I wuv the Dresden Files. And even though Fate's Edge doesn't even try for action-filled, it works out real nice.
Kaldar and Audrey are a couple of con artists, theives, swindlers, and actors and together they make music with their cons. If I was there I would mess the whole thing up because I'd be choking with laughter.
I love that Audrey stood firm against all Kaldar's wiles. She remains strong, resisting him to the very end. She is a wonderful actress after all. She can hide her emotions. I know, Cerise and Rose, held firm, as well, and didn't become mush over them but I just didn't feel the same confidence and restraint as I did with Audrey. Audrey really did a number on Kaldar, wrapping him around her finger and then pounding him down but I was with her all the way, no matter how much I love Kaldar. Kaldar out of the three men, even compared to William, was the last man you'd think would settle down and get married. He's no family man. Yea, he's devoted to his family to the end but he even admits at one point that marriage is like a sentencing, chaining yourself to one person, and that he wouldn't let himself be caught by one woman.
Kaldar and Audrey are, in some ways, opposites. Audrey is like sunshine and laughter while Kaldar is like the dark, stormy night with so many layers you can't tell which one is the real Kaldar. However, they fit together perfectly. Audrey understands Kaldar like none have before. In the end, she sees through and sees the real Kaldar. Kaldar just fell for her from the beginning. He got really suckered by her when they first met, ending with him tied to a chair with duck-tape over his mouth. Ha! *shakes head* Poor Kaldar. She teases him but she never falls for his bullshit as Gaston once puts it.
"He hit her with his best smile. Her eyes widened. She took a deep breath. 'Oh no, not that seductive face. I'm overcome with the need to take off these awful clothes. What is happening? I do not understand. Oooh. Ahhh.' She touched her wrist to her forehead. 'Somebody help me. I'm being drenched with my own fluids.' Evil woman. 'See now, you shouldn't have done that,' Kaldar said. She gave him an innocent look. 'You've made yourself into a challenge. Now I'll have to seduce you out of principle.' 'You can try. Not that you'll get anywhere. If you were in love, that would be one thing, but we both know this is pride talking.' Audrey patted his forearm. 'It's all right. I won't tell anybody about your shameful failure. I'll keep it completely confidential.' She pretended to lock her lips and throw away the key. 'I'll remind you of this when you're collapsing on my sheets, all happy and out of breath.' He leaned closer. "I'm picturing it in my head. Mmm, you look lovely.' 'Whatever fantasies help you get through the day.' Audrey said. 'So kind of you.' 'I'm all about being charitable when it doesn't cost me anything.' Charity? For me? Before this was all over, either they would be lovers or they'd kill each other. Right now, he had no idea which it would be."
The side characters. Gaston. Jack. George. Ling, too. (We even get a little of Cerise and William. Yay!) I connected with each one of them, well, except for Helena, the blonde bitch, and the other Hounds. I felt sorry for Jack and his story, then I saw George's point of view and I understood and respected that. Gaston was even a little touching. I hadn't cared for him much in Bayou Moon and even though he seemed a little sidelined in Fate's Edge when George and Jack (the inexperienced ones, mind you) got to be in all the important plays, the scenes he were in saved him for me. George and Jack were really surprising, how good they were when put to the test. George knows fencing, he can flash pretty well, and his necromancy skills are valuable for scouting and communication. Jack can kick ass, has like photographic memory, can hunt and track, and when he's rending you better stand still and hope he doesn't see you in his rampage. George has perfect manners, wiser than his age and smart too. Jack is really more lynx than human, which makes for some hilarious scenes, as well as their sibling rivalry.
"The heavy eyelids snapped open. Jack froze. A huge gold-and-amber eye, as big as a dinner plater, stared at him. The dark pupil shrank, focusing. Jack stood very still. The colossal head turned, the scaled lip only three feet from Jack. The golden eyes gazed at him, wirling with fiery color. Jack breathed in tiny, shallow breaths. Dont blink. Don't blink... Two gusts of wind erutped from the wyvern's nostrils Jack jumped straight up, bounced off the ground into another jump, and scrambled up the nearest tree. In the clearing, Gaston bent over, guffawing like an idiot. 'It's not funny!'"
George is even called the Tragic Cursed Prince, or so. He can makes girls cry. Really look:
"'No honestly, it's horrible to be me. I'm rich, talented, and I make girls cry.' 'How do you make girls cry, exactly?' George turned to her. His blue eyes widened. His lovely face took on a forlorn, deeply troubled expression. He leaned forwar, and, in a theatrical whisper, said, 'My past is tragic. I wouldn't want to burden you with it. It's a pain I must suffer alone. In the rain. In silence.' She laughed. 'That was pretty good, actually.'"
Kind of want the next one to be on Jack and George. *whispers* Maybe over Lark?(less)
The fact that Bryn is only a human teenager has always been a problem with her being alpha of the Ceder Ridge pack but in Taken by Storm her skills ar...moreThe fact that Bryn is only a human teenager has always been a problem with her being alpha of the Ceder Ridge pack but in Taken by Storm her skills are tested to the absolute limit as a human and a Resilient and now she can't wait till the time comes when she isn't human anymore.
News comes to the Senate that a new rabid is on the loose and this time they suspect it's a female and within Bryn's and Callum's pack territory. Bryn's pack has to find the rabid before the rest of the Senate decide she's become too much of a risk and go searching themselves to take the rabid into their own pack but Bryn can't let that happen because she has a horrible suspicion that the rabid might just be our very own Maddy from Trial by Fire. Callum, the almighty alpha, unfortunately can't help because he's stalling the rest of the Senate for extra time. Clues keep on adding up against Maddy and the pressure rises when they discover a threat perhaps even greater than a rabid that just happens to have a taste for Bryn.
It's funny how over the series Bryn went from defying the werewolf system and hating the life to living it to the T, to living by the rules so closely that she and everyone she cares about could do if she doesn't. Werewolf politics is where most of the action inTaken by Storm lies in. And Bryn knows how to manuever through it luckily because she grew up in it so that makes sense but what doesn't make sense is that she even stands a chance of outmanuevering alphas who've waded through it a whole heck of a lot more.
I would've liked to see more on her being a pack leader and her with her pack but in Taken by Storm the rest of the pack were mostly distant figures. Bryn does make pack leader decisions, ones that would never be put upon a girl her age. These sorts of decisions and situations where she couldn't do anything so fast and so much that we've seen over the course of the three books great character development and change. And, now, we might have actually reached the point where the change is for the bad. Bryn will never be the same and I hope the series doesn't end here though I don't see a next book on Goodreads because I can see so much more happening. I want to finally see her as a wolf in her pack and a true alpha because I do think we can officially say she is one. She's become the hardened leader that she needs to be, especially with a pack full of rare werewolf females.(less)
Half of it was better than the first one for me, then the last half it just died.
I'd liked William better than Declan and I like that they gave him so...moreHalf of it was better than the first one for me, then the last half it just died.
I'd liked William better than Declan and I like that they gave him someone but it felt like the same thing over again just filling them in with different names and slightly different places. I actually stopped at like page 430 for a few days. There was only like 30 more pages. The ending was that bad that I could even stop. Usually, the ending is the best part in a book. Nope, not here. The action began to get skipped over and William and Cerise were beginning to get annoying with "she doesn't want me" or "I'm too proud."
This one I think centers more on William where the first one was centered on Rose and that's one thing I like about this series. The different view points. I like to see what everyone else is thinking about.
I thought it was pretty stupid how much William had to give in to the Mirror in the end. By then, though, I just wanted to finish the damn book.
Doesn't matter though, Ilona Andrews is like my second favorite author-duo. I'll still be reading the next book and anyways I have to know about Kaldar. His magic is pretty different. And more Jack and George. Another thing with the different view points is that I feel closer to the other characters. It's more even than with one POV.
Would be one star but like I said, the first half was pretty good, the world is pretty awesome, and still Ilona Andrews is always good with the romance and creating the complicated but burning love.(less)
Got this from my brother as a (little) late birthday present.
Let me just say first: thank GOD Harry isn't wearing a hat for once! Finally the artists...moreGot this from my brother as a (little) late birthday present.
Let me just say first: thank GOD Harry isn't wearing a hat for once! Finally the artists got him right! This and other little tidbits readers will recognize that show the artists took the time to know who and what they're drawing.
Read this in an hour or so. You can't really compare the story to that of the book series because this is a graphic novel but the classic Harry shines through at points and the plot is still strong in its pace and overall flow.
But the artwork is what makes this freaking awesome! There was plenty of oooo and ahhhh moments. If you love the book series like I do you'll have to read this sometime and especially this one because it's an exclusive new story that takes place before STORM FRONT.
There's Butcher's notes and extra artwork at the end and a bit from Butcher which all make it extra special.
One scene is my favorite and I thought was a good representation of Dresden and Murphy and the series. Murphy and Dresden are squatting over a dead body and a hand of the body is sticking up between them. The police tape "DO NOT CROSS" is behind them. Dresden says, "What's the working theory?" Murphy responds, "A gorilla did it."
Lol. Sounds like something Harry would say. And then the next slide shows Harry putting his hand to his face thinking about the "sheer idiocy" of the statement and I couldn't help thinking his theories or explanations usually sound just as crazy and people would say the same thing about him. And this is the *normal* explanation that everyone believes is plausible but of course he just thinks it's stupid not crazy.
I also like to secretly think that he's laughing under the hand too but trying to cover it up. :D
Now all he needs is a theme song so I can listen to it while reading it. Something that says he's your average Joe but still takes out the trash when it's needed.(less)