Obviously I had far too high expectations of this one since I really loved 'Aloha from Hell', but honestly I was a tiny bit disappointed. Maybe only e...moreObviously I had far too high expectations of this one since I really loved 'Aloha from Hell', but honestly I was a tiny bit disappointed. Maybe only every other novel in the series works for me. I liked the first and the third one, the second - not so much and I can't say I'm a huge fan of this one. Following this logic 'Kill City Blues' should be very much to my taste. Not that this one was particularly bad but I felt like it stayed more on the surface, nothing all that exciting really happened. It looked a bit like a build-up-to-something-else novel. I suppose the main thing would be in the next installment.
So, Stark is the new Lucifer and he hates it, big surprise .... There are several attempts to kill him, he travels back to L.A. Chaos rules over the City of Angels, nothing new again, a secret society of so-called dreamers, who are supposedly responsible for maintaining the balance in the lives of regular people by dreaming this into reality, is on the brink of destruction after its members are killed one by one. An ancient group of creatures called Godeaters, currently residing in a different dimension, makes an appearance. Stark gets to interact with a few ghosts, encounters some new weapons and might get a solution to his problem of being Lucifer and that just about sums it up. What I want to know is, where's that fruitcake of an angel Aelita? Just one scene with her here is not enough.
Nevertheless I think I'm going to give it 3.5 stars and I still believe that it only serves as a transition to the main event which may take place in the next book.(less)
*Warning: May contain spoilers!* This one was by far the best in the series. Unlike the other two books, there was not a single moment where I question...more*Warning: May contain spoilers!* This one was by far the best in the series. Unlike the other two books, there was not a single moment where I questioned my picking up the book. So here we go again with James Stark and a new chapter of his story. There isn't much 'stage' time for his sort-of sidekicks Kasabian, Vidocq and Candy, though. They are present predominantly till mid-novel and then they are only mentioned here and there, while the plot mainly focuses on Stark, who, by the way, gets sent to Hell ... again. The good news is, this time it's on his own volition. The reason? To save Alice, who it turns out is dragged there by his archnemesis Mason and his partner in crime the looney tunes angel Aelita. I actually missed her, I always burst out laughing trying to picture her screaming 'Abomination!' to Stark. Also here we get to meet all different types of deities and having read that Kadrey based his writing on researching mythology books, I believe he did check his facts on all of them, so, it means the reader gets educated a bit on mythological creatures. My favorite part should be when Lucifer's generals rebel against Mason and his intention to conquer Hell. The description of the armies was amazing, only if it were longer! And this time Kadrey outdid himself in gruesomeness - having Jack the Ripper skinned alive, sorry dead but not terminally, if that's the way to explain the term, and hanging from a hook, yikes! So, I won't go on and share more facts from the book in case you lose interest, just go and read it! All I'm going to say is that the end was quite promising and if Richard Kadrey puts a real effort into it, another mind-blowing read might come out!(less)
Just give us the damn half star already!!!!! Rating the book was kind of difficult, the real one would be 3.5 stars, I would've rounded it up to 4 sta...moreJust give us the damn half star already!!!!! Rating the book was kind of difficult, the real one would be 3.5 stars, I would've rounded it up to 4 stars but then decided it wouldn't be fair to other 4-star books that I liked more, then again it's not fair to this book either since it was way better than a lot of my 3-star books, but my hands are tied on this one, so 3 stars it is.
All in all it wasn't a bad story. Far from a masterpiece, more of a lightish supernatural read. It started off pretty nice and I was seriously considering giving it a higher rating, but at some point, I have no idea why, I sort of lost interest. At first I thought it might be because of the pnr-ish note to it, but my UGH moment lasted only for a tiny bit since the hint of a love story was a minute one, although I'm suspecting there would be a development in that department further on, which would be a major disappointment for me. Nothing really against that, but it seems that all fantasy/supernatural/urban fantasy/etc. books inevitably turn into a PNRs and it just gets too much at one point.
So not to continue with my rant here, good general idea, it might not have been the right moment for me, it might not have been the right book for me, but then again 3.5 stars is far from a bad rating after all and it's not like I'm throwing it to the you-are-disgrace-to-all-books pile.(less)
I have generously rounded up my rating to 4 stars. This book has been a real rollercoaster ride. there were parts that I found exhaustingly boring and...moreI have generously rounded up my rating to 4 stars. This book has been a real rollercoaster ride. there were parts that I found exhaustingly boring and I suppose they served more like a filler material. But there were these amazing 5-star-worthy parts that kept me reading. Initially I thought it was going to be the average young-adult novel. Well, maybe not exactly THE average one, but more like a relatively good one. That was my assumption until the first gruesomely portrayed murder took place and I was like 'Whoa!'. So, my expectations changed and save for the aforementioned annoying parts it has been mostly as I saw it developing. Supernaturally-wise it was tastefully executed without going into the usually exploited cliches and it had the right dose of paranormal romance without it venturing into the territory of mushiness. Overall a nice, darkish read.(less)
This is one of the bad boys in the paranormal genre - it's grim and gritty, it's violent with crass language and basically with no hint of romance, w...more This is one of the bad boys in the paranormal genre - it's grim and gritty, it's violent with crass language and basically with no hint of romance, which seems to dominate the supernatural and urban fantasy books nowadays. It's summed up in - Life sucks and then you die. Meet James Stark, a badass and a so-so magician, who was one day dragged to Hell and dropped in the arena to fight all types of monsters for the amusement of Hellions and serving Azazel, one of Lucifer's generals, who sometimes gave him additional assignments. He wasn't expected to survive but now he's back from Hell, walking over the dead bodies of a couple of infernal generals, to seek revenge for the death of his girlfriend Alice. Throughout the story the reader meets demons, fallen angels, Neo Nazis, Lolita wannabes, angels, anti-angels and a plethora of various supernatural beings, not to forget a talking head. And one also gets some information on Stark's, already a.k.a. Sandman Slim, origin that even he is surprised to discover. There were times when I got a bit bored but as a whole it was pretty captivating as it was some sort of a breath of fresh air and very different from what I had read before. And if what I hear is right and this is the weakest one in the series, the follow-up should be great. I'm keeping my hopes up.(less)
I guess I had far too high expectations of this book which apparently weren't fulfilled. It was probably because of the high rating and the numerous p...moreI guess I had far too high expectations of this book which apparently weren't fulfilled. It was probably because of the high rating and the numerous praises it has received from a lot of readers. The idea about the angels being the bad guys as a whole was pretty good and I may say it started rather strongly in the beginning but somewhere toward the middle of it with the unfolding romance between Willow and Alex it became unbearably mushy. In fact, it went straight down in the dumps, I can't even describe how incredibly bad it was, a cheap soap opera has nothing on it. It seemed like it was written for absolutely mindless people, the simplicity of it killed any romantic feelings that it tried to incite. The basic idea of the plot was kind of original and not as widely-spread, at least in my opinion, although I don't have that much of experience with paranormal books, thus my view on it might not be the most reliable criterion on judging a book. (less)
I have no words for this book that would not sound cheesy, all I can say is that it's a damn good one! Now, with the amount of paranormal books that l...moreI have no words for this book that would not sound cheesy, all I can say is that it's a damn good one! Now, with the amount of paranormal books that look like they've come straight out of an assembly line, one gets a bit wary of every new novel that comes out. Well, that was not the case. The idea of the story is quite captivating and original. I like it that the main characters do not end up being the whining sissies as in many of the books. And although there have been too many books about emos and tortured souls, the author somehow has managed to spin it in a non-annoying way. While Isobel does start like the epitome of the air-headed cheerleader, who's a bit annoying at times, by the end of the book she evolves into being likable. I absolutely adored the constant references to E. A. Poe, who plays quite the central part in the book. And forget about all the Edward Cullens and Jacob Blacks, because Varen Nethers is the real deal! :) Can't wait for the next book! (less)
Scott Westerfeld is really starting to grow on me. This is my fourth book of his and I've been enjoying all of them. Well, I'm not that excited that I...moreScott Westerfeld is really starting to grow on me. This is my fourth book of his and I've been enjoying all of them. Well, I'm not that excited that I would do a repeat on any of them but they kept me entertained. 'Midnighters' is about a group of teenagers - Rex,Melissa, Dess and Jonathan, born at midnight who are able to be conscious and experience the so-called 25th hour of the day supposedly created by the darklings that only come out during that one hour when everything and everyone else is frozen in time. Enter Jessica Day - the newcomer in Bixby, OK, who doesn't even know she's a midnighter until explained by the others, who are desperate to find out the nature of her special talent and unravel the mystery behind the darklings' constant desire to kill her. There is adventure, there is action and there is a hint of a romance, but not taking a central part in the plot at least for now, which is fine by me since right now I'm leaning more towards having a good story rather than some lovey-dovey stuff.
What I like about Scott Westerfeld is that in each of his series (the ones I have read) - Peeps, Uglies and Midnighters, he has come up with a different and original idea and I admire him for managing to avoid repetitiveness. Well, off to the other novels with the hope that they won't disappoint. (less)
It took me a while to get down to reading that book. Mostly because everyone is so crazy about it and I usually try to avoid books that everyone is ra...moreIt took me a while to get down to reading that book. Mostly because everyone is so crazy about it and I usually try to avoid books that everyone is raving about and tend to go for the underdogs. But then one day I just thought I could give it a try and it was a rather interesting story, I would've probably devoured it in no time had RL not interfered. It's an easy and light read, I can't really talk about the flaws in it because as I have seen most of the criticism towards it is about it being a Harry Potter spin-off and since I haven't read a single Harry Potter book cannot judge it in regard to that. To me it was a good diversion from my more serious reads and I really liked the mixed paranormal fauna :P I used to be vampires exclusively but lately I've been leaning more towards having a plethora of different creatures and in that the book definitely delivered it. It also appealed to me that the romantic part was just an undertone and not a central part of the plot, I'm not in the right mood right now to deal with mushy stuff. Some parts were rather predictable so the big reveal towards the end wasn't all that surprising but as I said it was an easy read so I had no expectation of it to present any convoluted schemes and a mind-shattering story development. It was good enough and I am definitely going for the other parts of the series. (less)