If I'd read this when I was about 16 I would have beed head over heals in love with it!! Now at just over 30 I still like it much more than I thoughtIf I'd read this when I was about 16 I would have beed head over heals in love with it!! Now at just over 30 I still like it much more than I thought I would....more
Good mix of vampires and mystery, not too dark but with plenty of action to hold the interest. Sookie Stackhouse, waitress and telepath, is a great chGood mix of vampires and mystery, not too dark but with plenty of action to hold the interest. Sookie Stackhouse, waitress and telepath, is a great character who seems like she could be a real person, she lives in a convincing and welcoming world. Looking forward to the rest of the series. ...more
Anita Blake is an Animator and vampire executioner in a world where the supernatural creatures “came out of the coffin”I want to give this 4.5 stars!
Anita Blake is an Animator and vampire executioner in a world where the supernatural creatures “came out of the coffin” a couple of years ago and the whole community is still adjusting to everything. The world is very much our own with a bit of a twist. Vampires and other supernaturals seem to keep separate from ordinary people in Anita’s’ world, except for the very popular vampire bars!
Anita is known as “The executioner” to the vampires which gives a very good insight into the sort of kick ass and strong minded individual she is. Anita seems to be someone who will not give up and believes in what she is doing. When Anita’s “friend” Edward turns up we get a good contrast, here is someone who will go further than she is prepared to go, he has no boundaries. I have the feeling we will se Edward again in later books
Jean Claude is an interesting character, sexy and powerful he seems very much how a vampire in a story “should” be!! I look forward to more Jean Claude!
Guilty Pleasures is a great first book in the series, full of action, sexy vampires, some were rats, great characters and the promise of great things to come! There are plenty of plot twists to keep you interested until the last page. If you’re looking for a well paced action urban fantasy give it a go.
I enjoyed Guilty Pleasures and will continue with the series. I did not realise when I started to read the book it was first published in 1993! Good to see it stay so popular. I’ve read very mixed reviews of the later books in the series but I’ll see when I get there!
( Just one thing, please don’t tell me what happens in the later books or to make sure I stop at number x. I know they sort of change track later on but I avoid reviews like the plague as I want to make up my own mind!) ...more
Started out slow and I found it hard to get into. Once it got going it was great! I am told the rest of the series, especially from book 3, are even bStarted out slow and I found it hard to get into. Once it got going it was great! I am told the rest of the series, especially from book 3, are even better so I'll keep reading. (would have gien it 4 1/2 stars if I could)...more
Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf in the world. She was bitten and betrayed by her former fiancé Clay and is trying tI really enjoyed Bitten.
Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf in the world. She was bitten and betrayed by her former fiancé Clay and is trying to make a normal life for herself in Toronto with her human boyfriend.
Called back to the pack to help deal with a Mutts problem, Elena hopes everything will be done in a couple of days so she can return to her normal life. However, once at Stonehaven she finds herself immersed in the werewolf way of life, seeming to fall once again for Clay. Elena deals with everything thrown at her in the course of dealing with the Mutts who are killing humans.
Elena is a great character to read, she is strong and smart yet vulnerable in many ways. She engages with the pack well and is not afraid to admit her own faults. She clearly does not want to admit she enjoys life as a werewolf, at least when it’s just the pack.
I grew to really like Clay, he is a lovable bad boy who has eyes only for Elena. The pack leader, the ever calm Jeremy, is a great character but he has his own vulnerabilities. I liked the other pack members too, who all seemed a believable group who complimented each other very well.
The detail given on pack and werewolf behaviour was well woven into the story and seems to increase my enjoyment of the plot not detract from it. I found the general werewolf view of women as sex or dinner as quite difficult, but the Pack’s attitude towards Elena was clearly much more respectful and equal.
I really enjoyed Bitten and am looking forward to reading more of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series.
Grace Alexander is a sex therapist who has heard everything and nothing can shock her anymore. Yet she has not had a relationship herself for years siGrace Alexander is a sex therapist who has heard everything and nothing can shock her anymore. Yet she has not had a relationship herself for years since she was hurt by her first love in college. Grace is a likeable character who seemed to me to come across as very genuine and down to earth, happy enough on her own for now at least. Her best friend, Selena, however has other ideas about Grace’s love life.
Selena has an unusual present for Grace’s birthday, an ancient book she claims holds sex slave Julian of Macedon who once he is called forth has to serve that woman for the next 30 days. The man pictured inside the book looks like a Greek God. Grace of course thinks this is ludicrous, yet jokingly calls Julian forth, never expecting him to appear naked in her house!
Julian of Macedon has spent forever in the book since he was last called but expects nothing different to every other time when Grace summons him. He gets a shock when she does not drag him off to the bedroom right away. Instead she wants to get to know him and feed him.
Julian’s character at first is very stereotypical, just what you imagine a sex slave would be. I liked how he developed and became an interesting and really quite deep character. The flash backs to when he was a General really bring him to life.
There is a lot of Greek mythology woven into this book but it is all explained clearly and it is assumed the reader has no prior knowledge. I like books where mythology is used and this did not let me down: the use of the various Gods works well, I was pleased to see they were not simply as they would have been two thousand years ago.
Grace would love to help Julian but there seems no hope. (Note might be a slight spoiler here) Cupid tells them the only way to break the curse is for a woman of Alexander to summon him and not consummate the relationship until the last day. Julian feels worse until Grace utters, “Julian, my name Grace Alexander”.
The cover of my edition (not the one shown, I couldn’t find it!) has an ancient heavy book with a picture of a stylised Greek God and a rose placed on it. Very different to the cover I’ve used and I think gives a very different impression of what the book will be about.
I really enjoyed Fantasy Lover and will definitely be reading more of Sherrilyn’s work. Although the Dark Hunters were not actually in this book I hope to go on and read the series, eventually there are so many, I enjoyed Sherrilyn’s style of writing and am sure I’ll like the Dark Hunters too. ...more
Mac Kayla “Mac” Lane had a comfortable life in her small town with her family and worrying about nothing more than her suntan or what to wear the nextMac Kayla “Mac” Lane had a comfortable life in her small town with her family and worrying about nothing more than her suntan or what to wear the next day. Her world changes forever when she receives a telephone call telling her that her sister has been killed in Ireland. Mac decides to travel to Ireland to find out who killed her sister, almost as soon as she arrives her troubles and danger start.
Mac stumbles upon Barrons Books and Baubles after wandering the dangerous deserted streets she later learns are the Dark Zone. Here she asks about the “Sinsar Dubh” which her sister told her she had to find. Although initially extremely unhelpful, understandably so we come to learn later, events conspire to force Mac back there where she begins to discover what it means to be a Sidhe-seer.
Mac grows as a character so much more than I expected her to from our introduction to her. She turns out to be smart, tough and able to look after herself (all be it with a lot of guidance from Barrons). I liked how she was able to be some much more than her “Barbie” type looks.
Jericho Barons is a difficult character to weigh up, he is very secretive and there is clearly much more to him than meets the eye. He is Mac’s main source of information and safety as well as the subject of attraction bubbling under the surface. Barrons is hot, mysterious, sexy and dark, in other words exactly what we like in an alpha male in urban fantasy. I’m looking forward to more Barrons in the rest of the series!
The Unseelie Fae are the stuff of your nightmares! The descriptions of them are hideous and I really never want to meet them. The Seelie Fae on the other hand are as attractive as can be, I won’t say any more as I’m trying to be spoiler free!
The world building in Darkfever is woven wonderfully into the story, an intriguing and exciting world has been created by Karen Marie Moning that will hook you in. The mythology of the world is seamlessly woven into the story.
If you like kick ass heroines and an alpha male who is mysterious, hot and more than a little difficult at times then Darkfever is probably for you! Thrown in the wonderful setting of Dublin and you can not go wrong in my opinion.
I really enjoyed Darkfever and will definitely continue to read the series. I am looking forward to reading Bloodfever (look out for a review sometime soon) and am going to try to pace myself so I’m ready to read Shadowfever when it’s released early next year! ...more