Choose wisely when your time comes. Live—or die—without regret.
Mermaids are amazing, and it's hard to get enough of their legends. At least I haven'tChoose wisely when your time comes. Live—or die—without regret.
Mermaids are amazing, and it's hard to get enough of their legends. At least I haven't had my personal fill of them yet, they seem hard for me to find other than mere glimpses in stories. This is a short story - again, only a mere glimpse of a mermaid tale. The writing is haunting and lovely, the main character a weak man who lives to regret not taking a chance. The writer's pause between reflective thought and her subtlely in dialogue that says it all is skillful.
The mermaid is easy to fall in love with - subtle and sweet but clever. I do think the old hag's story would prove true and to love her is to meet your death, as so many other mermaid legends go, but that brings together the haunting charm of the mermaid tales and voyages in the epic, vast sea.
It's haunting, it's whimsical, it's mind-bending - perfect reading. The tone is almost gothic and works well to give me reading willies.
At the end of the story there are some questions I wondered though. (view spoiler)[ Why was it dangerous to say her name? Because it would bring the hag? Was the hag who she would become one day, as a result of age? (hide spoiler)]
Not every adult is immature enough to enjoy a middle school book, but this one sounded intriguing on Netgalley and had such high reviews here I had to Not every adult is immature enough to enjoy a middle school book, but this one sounded intriguing on Netgalley and had such high reviews here I had to try for it. Plus, I'm rather immature.
The 5 star rating reflects a children's book rating, so bear that in mind. For any age this is enjoyable, though, as the author has such a beautiful style of writing. It's like being sent back in time to English Gothic fiction but with a surreal, dreamy touch. Seriously, it's awesome. Her writing style is beautiful in its simple complexity, haunting with its theme.
Not a simple story for a child by any means - there are layers of sadness touching upon different circumstances and stages of grief. Someone who never knew her parents, a person who just lost their mother to death, a child who died and can't remember what it felt like to be alive.
Pram is a worthy heroine - imaginative, fun, compassionate - but not so to where it's simplified and cloying. Clarence is absolutely loveable and I can believe the sparks without the author having to paint the picture. Who couldn't love Felix? My anguish wondering about him was real when Pram herself worried.
The supernatural in the mix isn't normal for this kind of work but works perfectly to convey how death is an inevitable force that is simply seen here as the next stage. Attempts are tried to reconnect with lost ones but I'll leave out the spoiler whether that works or not.
If you have a child who wants to read, get them this. The imaginative world is craftily told in words that capture the mind as well as the story itself (and the possibility it opens) does.
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Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Quite simply, this book is the cake decorating book bomb. It's not that it goes into detailsReceived from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Quite simply, this book is the cake decorating book bomb. It's not that it goes into details for hundreds of cakes, but it teaches you, in-depth, all the techniques you need to know to let your imagination roam free so you can go beyond the included cake ideas. From buttercream tips to making different shapes, the caking tools and pan advice, fondant finishes and coloring frostings, dowels, layers, and fondant shapes, it's all there in the first two chapters.
The second part, Decorate like you mean it, is why anyone opens these books in the bookstores to browse - to see the cake designs, of course. Big colorful pictures with decoration direction. The author breaks it into different themes: Nature Inspired (love the bird and topiary cakepop tree); Graphic Designs, with stained glass techniques and different stacking effects; Floral Creations, where most of these cases are multiple layered and fancy fondant; Fabric, Ribbons, and Bows - The Pearl cake is stunning; Special Occasions with monograms and other nifty cake techniques including, yes, Zebra Stripes.
Finally, part three is recipes for various cakes, frostings, marshmallow fondant, etc. I want to try the Devil Food Cake. I buy store bought now and love the Duncan Hines version. If this could mimic it or beat it, I'd be happy, for it's my favorite sort of birthday cake to do. Plus then when someone compliments you, you don't have to say it's store bought mix with that embarrassed pause.
The key to cake decoration is practice, practice, and more practice. Tools and books help but practice makes perfect and patience is key. Still, you have to know where to start and what the techniques actually ARE to start your practicing, and this book is that right guide. It doesn't ignore the buttercreme piping techniques, it includes the fondant recipes and techniques, it has creative cakes for different occasions, the writing is fun and informative, and the publisher wasn't stingy with the large, detailed pictures for the finished products.
Besides, there's just something addicting about cake decorating books......more
The best way to describe this YA novel is cute and quirky. Filled with fun dialogue between a girl who moves to a new town, a new school, and 3.5 stars
The best way to describe this YA novel is cute and quirky. Filled with fun dialogue between a girl who moves to a new town, a new school, and runs into an unusual teen boy who is always up to no good as he's trying to solve the town's crimes. There are other teens, all different personalities - the good guy next door; the stuck up rich girl no one likes; the nerdy, small for his age boy who's a genius; the mom who tries to reclaim her daughter's affections; the distant and controlling dad the main character wants to please; the annoying stepmother; the weird neighbors; the annoying school security guard. Well, we get the drift some of these characters are cliche, but you know what? It works, and it works well.
It's impossible to grow bored long as there's always something going on. These two don't sit still as they find their ways into trouble, get out with funny finesse, only to jump back into the fire all over again. The mystery isn't terribly strong but the book is a mixture of different genres - YA, humor, mystery, crime, a tiny bit of romance (possibly but not really). Overall it's a fun story, not a serious one. There's serious elements, of course, but it's all treated in a fun manner.
Tromly's debut novel is written well - she makes convincing dialogue stream from the character's mouths and there was some humor that was funny enough to make me snicker aloud. Even if the story has some trademark characters, the story is in no way average, and the way it plays out is unique enough to stand out be remembered as something special.
Why the 3 rating? I typically don't enjoy stories so quirky enough to give a higher rating, just a personal thing, but it's a great book for this type of humor genre, the author approaches it enthusiastically and the characters are easy to love.
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The focus of this series started being more on the sweet, emotional angle starting with the first book. The first delivered angst, drama, and emotiona The focus of this series started being more on the sweet, emotional angle starting with the first book. The first delivered angst, drama, and emotional train wrecks impossible to look away from. The second jumped in time and showed developed characters who did their growing off page, coming together for a slower paced, calmer time. The third continues a few months where the second left off, David still injured yet recovering, living with Murdo who is his caretaker for the time being. The two are reluctant to part as their love has continued to bloom, and there is still that issue with solving Elizabeth's crisis.
Both characters are likeable. David has that small smidge of being unsure, which just makes him endearing. Murdo always rocked in his confidence and assurance, so now that he reveals some insecurities and hesitations, it's even more potent. Elizabeth will always be a likeable character - I'm glad the author didn't drop her from the first book and continues to wrap up her story here too. Such a sad moment with the father, who not only has David grown close to, but I did as well. I do wish he could continue on in their lives.
As with the second book, steam is not too hot but the moments are sweet and awe-inducing instead. The heart does flutter with emotion in tune to writer's talent.
Overall it was a worthy ending to the trilogy. We get happy endings, emotional moments, a little bit of hotness, devotion that works and something we all wish for. This book doesn't dig into the lure of new relationships with their excitements and their controversies; instead it take a couple that has now established routine together, comfort levels, and the magic of being together for awhile and being comfortable in their lives with each other....more
'Provoked' opened the road and set the pace for this historical M/M couple - David is an unsure man who, while dedicated to his career, is convince3.5
'Provoked' opened the road and set the pace for this historical M/M couple - David is an unsure man who, while dedicated to his career, is convinced he'll probably end up alone forever. Still, he's come a long way since the first book. Years have passed, and he runs into wealthy, confident Murdo. Of course the relationship resumes again.
The relationship isn't the only focus of the book, however. There is Elizabeth and the boiling pot she's landed herself in since the last book. Sweet David tries to come to the rescue, and some of the moments with her and her father (who has become close to David) are some of the best parts of the book. It removes it being a romance or an erotica story and makes the characters feel more real, fleshed out, obtaining more of a drama piece with very real romance on the side.
While the couple's moments are sweet, they only push my erotic buttons once or twice. There's something sedate about them, I can't put my finger on it, but it works for a gratifying romance rather than a steamy one.
There's been character development, but unfortunately most of it was off page. I prefer no time gaps between series, but it fits into the author's timetable of how she wanted to set things up. Still, it makes me a little distant at the start and I have to work a little harder to get back into the "I care" mix.
Overall a good sequel worthy of the original, but not as many erotically enticing moments, the relationship grows sweeter but not urgent, and there's not quite that intensity of interest I held before....more
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First I need to point out this groovy cover - great right? Draws the eye, it's pin-up, pulp, Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
First I need to point out this groovy cover - great right? Draws the eye, it's pin-up, pulp, fun, and blood splattered.
It's hard to describe the plot well since it's too confusing for my simple brain; plus this is catered more for the British audience. I think they'll get the cultural identity conflicts and connections stronger than I can.
Basically the collection (8 series joined together in one edition) jumps frequently between four different detectives in London over four time periods. Edmond Hillinghead in the 1890s, Karl Whiteman in the 1940s, Shahara Hasan in 2014, and Maplewood in 2050. Each detective finds a dead body, a weird symbol, and frequent lines said to them, "You are loved."
Edmond was my favorite with his bizarre secrets and even if the events in his time period were just as twisted as the others, it seemed somehow less flummoxing. Karl just comes across as an asshat who dresses the best. Shahara worked as a different, strong woman who didn't take crap from her co-workers but retained a sense of humor. I detested the annoying Maplewood - she and the other characters in 2050 irked me.
The unusual style of shifting these story lines took awhile to get used to. By the time I was used to it in the middle, it had worn thin on me by the end. And the end is not a big bang explosion, but a soft finale. With all the back and forth, I'm not sure if something better could have been creaked out by that point.
A saving technique would to have the flashbacks less frequent, sections of the story being in one time period instead of shifting all the time, with the end and it coming together. I realize since it was a serial published independently, that probably wasn't possible - but it would have made reading this compilation more enjoyable.
There's violence, but nothing gore-drenched. You get blood when it should be there. There's some mild sex silhouette scenes. Kudos dished out for the artwork, it totally worked. The story may have had one author, but he used four artists for the different time periods. I liked that concept. The future stands out as bright, blocky and manic with its uncomfortable intensity. I can almost feel the noir style seep through the pages in the subdued 1940s. 2014 displays a calmer but deeper, more convincing colorization. The 1890s were dark, broody, and rocked the bloody scenes.
Overall this wasn't a bad deal, but it wasn't something my brain likes wrapping around. I don't care for frequent shifts, and the confusion caused by this was too tiring to be enjoyable. The art is stunning, like the colorization differences among time periods, the storyline just failed to impress.
‘We’re all a product of our times’ would be a worthy adage caption for this book.
Bending steel has a long introduction breaking down the upcoming chap‘We’re all a product of our times’ would be a worthy adage caption for this book.
Bending steel has a long introduction breaking down the upcoming chapters. The point at the beginning with grabbed my attention was the catchphrase tune for the intro of Superman. "Faster than a speeding locomotive, can jump single skyscrapers. They were the techno advancements of that time specifically, but in a way, especially the skyscrapers, they were the restrictive obstacles for those who had to work in them."
The author points out this is not the story of any one hero in particular with their storyline, and I see what he means as I keep reading. It is a book about the times and authors influenced by those times. The crucial issues such as racism are discussed A LOT. The writer makes long reaching connections for influences and then dives off into other author’s stories, like Edgar Allan Poe and Lovecraft. After these authors there is much emphasis on Tarzan and how his strength and abilities combined with popularity were likely a huge influence on the minds of the creators years later.
These are interesting in themselves but some of it feels a little disjointed. It’s all to illustrate the larger point and to provide the tiny intricacies that were brewing in order to cultivate the seeds that would spark up Superman eventually, but if you’re casually reading it seems to lead in bizarre directions and, at times, loses interest with its boldness.
Around 35% in, the story starts dissecting actual Superman stories – in who he fights villain wise, not especially the origins of the alien himself. It was interesting that Superman failed to sell initially, that he was scrapped and reborn by the very men who made him, and when he appeared – he appeared not as a single comic book edition but buried with others sharing semi-common characteristics in a magazine. After it was realized people were scoping out the action comics specifically for Superman, that bolstered his appeal for DC Comics and made him the success he became.
I’m still not completely on par with all the racial relevance that the author kept highlighting, although of course that was present in the times and for the authors specifically considering their Jewish ties, but I bore great scrutiny when the author brings up the Depression-era influence. Superman’s direct, supremely powerful defiance in the face of wrongs in the times and protection of the innocent – even from government neglect – was strong and encouraging to readers in that time period. This is something I completely agree with the author on.
I give kudos to the book for opening my eyes to Superman and the times with the question of science’s opinion of itself to affect morality and modern world so well during that time period. I didn’t think of this before and a good non-fiction book teaches something, not only in the details but things never before even considered by the reader. The way it’s broken down and explained makes perfect sense.
"Far from being an extension of official authority and culture, Superman often worked at odds with authority figures in his fight against business, political, and urban corruption and in his mission to change social systems that either cause human suffering or systematically prevent hardworking Americans from engaging the nation’s promise of economic success.”
Around 40% in we have the introduction of other superheroes such as Batman, their creators backstories and histories, and who they are fighting against (on the surface), which we know to mean their fighting reaches a deeper sociological level. With Batman it is interesting that the reliance on earlier American Gothic trends comes into play when they were forming Batman.
The author pens his words well, although this an academic style nonfiction work. It’s one of those lengthy pieces that goes into such detail that it’s best to be read in smaller, drawn-out bursts. Not only well researched, but also plenty of psychological musings about the time periods and its influences. It’s worth it if you’re into Superheroes but is more of a book aimed to understanding the times that influenced them and why the appeal of them took off as well as they did. ...more
“Imaginative persons could probably find interesting things to do with handcuffs and a nightstick.”
Cozies are fun, but every genre needs variety to s “Imaginative persons could probably find interesting things to do with handcuffs and a nightstick.”
Cozies are fun, but every genre needs variety to stay interesting for the reader. The same old can get ... well, old after awhile. This book delivers that twist by having the main character be an unapologetic cat burglar who opens the book breaking into an apartment, enjoying it, and then getting caught up in a far worse crime.
It may be morally wrong, but the quirk works, especially since Bernie is fun. He has his criminal morals and decent values, despite his knack for theft, so remains likeable. Definitely not the typical doe-eyed cozy lead. The lead detective is as funny as Bernie himself.
Berney is a character not duplicated in many other cozies - I like the charm of them but this one brings a punch of fun, something different, a crossing of the moral lines, a little humor, first person POV.
I have to say this book has the funniest cozy body discovery I've read about - ever.
Mystery wise, it works since the MC gets clues, follows leads, gets misdirected and solves the mystery cleverly enough, stylish speech and all. This follows up with an end twist that I didn't see coming. And no, I didn't guess the culprit. Ms. Sherlock Holmes I am not. Looking back it makes sense but it's not something I noticed, so mystery kudos to the author.
If you enjoy fun but not obnoxiously sweet/sappy humor mysteries, you may like this one. I know Lawrence Block has a highly regarded reputation and these aren't considered his best. Still, enjoyed this intro to him here.
Definitely a series I'll continue reading. Appreciated the afterword from the author with the details of how he came up with the concept, funny how those ideas work. ...more
How to Be a Superhero is an excellent fangirl/fanboy concept - getting the own words behind the people who played superheroes we either grew up on or How to Be a Superhero is an excellent fangirl/fanboy concept - getting the own words behind the people who played superheroes we either grew up on or experience for the first time today. Batman, Superman, The Flash, and a host of other heroes are covered with in-depth chapter introductions, followed by interviews with the actors, some years old and others more recent. Accompanied by these interviews are pictures of the stars, over 70 to flesh out text.
The usual questions focus on the actor's feelings on initially being offered the role, what it was to be in the suit, how they were treated in the suit, what it did for their future career, and of course their personal thoughts on the superhero.
Adam West opens up the book, using a lot of humor and going in-depth with his answers, letting us know he still wears 'bat-jammies' every night, likely tongue in cheek (hopefully or not hopefully?)
Some of the other interviewees were just as funny, especially some lines such as Jackson Bostwick on playing Captain Marvel (that entire interview was one of the best):
On speaking of dating and ending the evenings: "However, toward the end of the evening I assure you, kinky or not, they would all be howling, "Shazam!" Just kidding!
The questions and answers pertaining to the costumes were interesting. Some felt like it changed the way they felt emotionally, while others like Nicholas Hammond described how uncomfortable the suit could be, especially with the heat, but points out how it was interesting that behind a mask you could really get into a role hidden and how that was an intriguing experience, how masks could be freeing.
Then you get some interviews like for John Newton as Superboy who goes deep, philosophical, and introspective on approaching life, personality, the character, and lots of details on the psychology of why superheroes appeal so much to us. He even includes a thought-provoking quote which inspired him, "On the last day of your life, Hell is meeting who you are and not who you could have been."
I've never been a big fan of certain heroes, like Captain America, but learned a lot about him through the book:
Matt Salinger goes on to say that "Superman was a superhero. I don't look at Captain America as a superhero because he wasn't super-human. He was extra-human." Most of the answers of the interviews were honest, insightful, and many of them surprising. As an example, Matt Salinger says Captain America hurt his career more than helped it.
I especially loved the interview with Dean Cain because I'm a fan of everything Superman (the writer makes a note that Dean shone more brightly as Clark than Superman). He says season five didn't happen because Terry was pregnant and couldn't continue work (didn't know that.) He gushes about how much he liked Clark Kent as a character and that unlike so many other comic characters who come from a dark place, he comes from goodness, but that Clark Kent as the man was more interesting to him. He makes an intriguing note:
For me, Clark Kent was the real character and that's really who he is, and Superman is what he did.
(On the other hand Tim Daly says he sees Superman as a sad being from a distant, dead planet, and that Clark Kent is a sad guy who can't be himself, has unrequited love, and knows he can do more but can't. Interesting reading those two interviews back to back...)
Also was happy to see James Marsden since I'm a fan (although haven't seen his particular work with Cyclops)
I was ridiculously excited about Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor on Smallville since that's my favorite villain and I think he brought perfection to the role in Smallville. The writer opens up differences on Lex Luthor's history with Superman, to Smallville's ideas on it, wrapping up with the ending conversation between the two on the series finale and how much this helps propel and transform Clark into that final line to cross on who he is meant to be.
He notes that he didn't have as much hope for the show when he first heard about it because of the network and concept but wanted to go forward when he saw some of the script; he says he thinks Smallville is the first show that gave the network some credibility. He brings up the importance of having Lex be a credible, three-dimensional person who has vulnerability and kindness which slowly evolves and was against rushing the "evil" transformation to keep it interesting and convincing. I happen to agree with that and, considering how long the show went on, wish they had slowed it down as well.
I was also interested in his response on leaving the show:
"I didn't quit the show. The contract was for six years and I worked on it for seven years. That always bothered me. I've never quit anything in my life. I don't quit. Ever. After I did my seven years, I did an extra twenty-two episodes. I felt that I was too old now and that they could've wrapped up this story easily. It should have been wrapped up after six years - seven years tops. But for purposes of monetary gain, they decided to go year after year."
The book is a good one and must-get for superhero fans. I do wish more villains would have been included or some of the big names with movies, but I realize that's not always possible.
The book also wraps up with quotes and sources on such noticeables as Robert Downey Jr. and Christian Bale at the end.
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The first book in this series, Timber Pack Chronicles, may not have been perfect - but it was close on the erotica scale. I was seriously glued to tha The first book in this series, Timber Pack Chronicles, may not have been perfect - but it was close on the erotica scale. I was seriously glued to that book (the drama, the intensity, the buildup, then the...), so of course I had to read this sequel right after. In some ways this book shone and worked well, and in some areas it just wasn't as good, as intense, as the first book.
The length is shorter since the pack has been introduced and established. Now there's just a relationship to focus on, and a sweet one it is. I liked Jeb from the first one, but it was told in an outsider perspective and made him seem a little like a arrogant perv. In this one he's more likeable as we're in his head. The book opens where he's depressed and withdrawing; the scene where he walked off alone from the pack when they had transformed was especially sobering. Shrug this off and we get to the meet with Buzz, where they first locked contact. It was ridiculously sweet, I couldn't put the book down that moment even if someone tried to force me to.
A flaw with the sequel is Parker. I dug him in the first book but egads, when did he get so annoying? I get he's effeminate, but he overdoes the waterworks and is so weak in this book its a turn-off. Colton is still in badass alpha mode but even this got overbearing, especially with his impatience concerning Jeb's grief at the table. Also, why be so dickish to his father? I get the man pissed him off but surely you can get over it and move on now? The father has tried to get over this rift. Now that Colton has Parker and his pack he makes it clear he could care less whether he ever sees his father again. That's wrong on multiple levels, whether you take into consideration shifter hormones and politics or not.
It would be dull and make little sense to read about the exact same character types as the first book. The author doesn't do that here - clearly Buzz is less submissive than Parker, but he's still ideal for Jeb, who again is less dominating and alpha than Colton. They work, they really do, and it's sweet. The erotica scenes were less intense, but that tree scene excelled. The bedroom count was lower too - less pages and less opportunity for that, but it didn't need any more than it contained. I kind of skimmed on those scenes anyway. Again the dialogue was a little too much during intimate moments, must be a personal preference.
The parting of them and the thing keeping them apart was strong, but I'm glad the author didn't drag it out. Overall Enforcer is a shorter book and, while not as good as the original, it's still a worthy sequel to read if you enjoyed Timber Pack Chronicles as much as I did. Wish Colton had more paranormal erotica written.
I rate erotic and kids and blah, blah differently, so remember this is a four star rating for an erotic book, not a classic/drama or anything.
There arI rate erotic and kids and blah, blah differently, so remember this is a four star rating for an erotic book, not a classic/drama or anything.
There are books out there where you just cinch with the characters. You fall head over heels with their flaws, their quirks, the way their personalities mesh together. That was the case for me here. I loved alpha Colton with his growls, protective night runs to Parker's window, cute over-eagerness to mark and claim with bracelet accidents, spilled sodas on shirts, all kinds of creative ways to subtly mark Parker until he actually can. The overabundance of marking everything was funny, but it worked considering he's a lycan, and I loved every minute of it. Then you enter submissive Parker who's picked on at school but awesome in personality, looking up with his big doe eyes at the dominant Colton, and everything's just an exhilarating, heady mix from there. Handclaps and paw shakes all around.
If you took away 10 sex scenes from this book, you wouldn't even notice them missing if you re-read, and if you were reading for the first time and it was missing these same scenes, you'd still think to yourself that, Damn. This book has a LOT of sex scenes. Because once they finally come together after giggly exciting buildup, its almost nonstop from there. Too much actually. After awhile it loses its effectiveness.
BUT the buildup to this was a lot of fun - with Parker not knowing who they were, the different dating and obsessive buildup, the sweetness of the relationship - they were the winning parts of this novel. There's a minor plot in there somewhere, kind of, but it's drowned out. The first part of this book was my favorite and I've already re-read key parts after the book has been finished. The second part has more of a key with pack buildup and structure, but the first half still stole the show.
They seriously talk too much during, and that just makes me cringe more than anything. The dialogue during their almost constant bedroom play was painful to me, but otherwise - big kudos points, especially the shower/locker encounter, the first kiss in the car, and I loved the neck claiming.
The other characters work too - the two tagalong friends/pack members, the distant parents, quirky best friend, all worked to make this book the fun enjoyment it was. Seriously couldn't put it down.
I'm usually not a fan of pack hierarchy, but I do love mated pairs quite a bit, so it worked here deliciously well. I'm always into the whole top/bottom thing too so the author wrote this pairing convincingly.
Not just steam, there's heart, and that always works.
I missed Diana Rowland's writing - she puts genuinely laugh-out-loud funny lines in the middle of top-notch, nail biting action scenes. She does the u I missed Diana Rowland's writing - she puts genuinely laugh-out-loud funny lines in the middle of top-notch, nail biting action scenes. She does the unusual twist of taking a character you once liked and making you despise them the next book (or vice versa). This isn't a perfect book, but it's close to five star rating.
I dig Kara - she's great to friends, loyal, fair, doesn't pick on people for their differences, has a fun sense of humor and realistic self-esteem. On the negative side, she gets too cocky in the face of an enemy and irritates me with taking too much joy fawning when she gets the power - brings my opinion of her down. I didn't like a change in this book with her powers either, hope she returns to normal next book. To me that was a huge part of the main character - and since it's first person POV, if she can't do it anymore, *I* can't experience the uniqueness anymore either.
Surprising betrayal about a family member, but at least I never cared much about that person anyway. Mzatal blended into the background, barely there, and I'm over that. Really I thought the scene where he and Kara decided what he must do for the sake of saving the worlds was the worst written scene in the book - rang false, making them both seem one dimensional.
Rowland likes to get one attached to a potential relationship bubble and then pop it with a sudden jab of a freakishly sharp and huge needle the next book over. Since I go a year between reading these, I can emotionally disconnect a little but I can't imagine reading these books and getting that slap in the face book-back to book-back. You may need a swipe or two of shipping anesthesia.
But toss the previous demon lord intrigues aside, they're old news, I adored Pellini. He tugged on my heartstrings with his awkwardness, loyalty, and just....cute, unassuming charm. I never jumped on the other demon lord bandwagon anyway (it was oddly clinical), although I'm not saying that's over, for it certainly isn't for Kara. Not saying it's over in the books but my loyalties are stirred and shaken.
Ryan is sadly rarely around. Zack may end up less unlikeable than he actually was. There's a twist in the end, could go all sorts of directions.
As always lots of twist and turns - old things twisted to make surprises, new things popping up to bring forth further complication. The book progresses the story but I can see parts that were a little bit filler as well, for there's little progression in the main story arc. We instead get subtle bumps to existing players.
That said, Rowland's writing style is such fun that her words addict me. Kara's internal monologue is cleverly amusing. Some plot regression flaws aside, loved revisiting Kara's world and can't wait to revisit it again. ...more