It is no secret that I’m a fan of this series. When I first noticed there would be a m/m story as we found out one of the Pack members found2.5 Stars
It is no secret that I’m a fan of this series. When I first noticed there would be a m/m story as we found out one of the Pack members found his mate in a human nurse at the compound, I was extremely giddy. Especially because he was rejecting the idea completely and I thought that would make for a good angsty story.
And then we get PHOENIX REBORN. Which was just too….. simple. The story, the characters, it just all felt like a waste of a good base for a book! I started off liking both of them, but quickly realized Nix was going to annoy the crap out of me. A lot of his issues come from the homophobia he had to deal with from his father. And I’m sorry, after he’s now turned into a big bad shifter, I can’t get behind his way of thinking. And after a while, Noah’s actions were also getting on my nerves. So basically I spent a lot of time while reading this book wanting to shake both characters!
The one thing I did like was the tie in to the phoenix aspect and how the author was able to work that in. But other than that, this book has left me a bit disappointed. I’m not sure if I can say the author was comfortable writing a male/male couple. The dynamics between them didn’t really work for me, and the sex got repetitive. As always though, this is a series I’ll continue reading, even though sadly this one missed the mark for me....more
I have no idea why I had forgotten about this series! I really enjoyed the first book, Omens (see review here), because it had a good mystery element
I have no idea why I had forgotten about this series! I really enjoyed the first book, Omens (see review here), because it had a good mystery element in it even if the paranormal was just a hint. This was bound to delve deeper into that, right?
VISIONS starts off with a bang! From the very beginning I’m drawn right back into the world of Cainsville, with it’s strange occurrences and strong female protagonist. And just that easy everything I liked about book one rushes me. I had no trouble picking up the tidbits of information and tying things to what happened in that book, even though it’s been a while since I read it.
Olivia Taylor-Jones is dealing with the aftermath of her true identity being revealed to the media. An identity she didn’t know about. Turned out she’s the daughter of notorious serial killers and she’s been working with lawyer Gabriel Walsh to try and help exonerate them of at least some of the deaths they were allegedly found guilty of.
In this book, Olivia keeps finding a dead woman dressed to look like her. A woman that everyone in town is looking for. And a death that may follow her parents MO. But just as quickly as she finds her, her body keeps disappearing. She will have to do her best to uncover the real murderer and find the explanation for her visions. Which slowly, as the book progresses, open up and finally explain the paranormal hidden in Cainsville.
We continue to explore the folklore and omens, and that is one aspect I loved that is heavily woven in the story! But Ms. Armstrong expands on that by bringing in some hell hounds and unveiling what sort of creatures lurk in Cainsville and how they’ve been meddling with the town. And maybe, just maybe, how those are tied to Olivia as well. Let’s just say that solving the mystery woman’s death is about more than finding a killer. It will give Olivia a better understanding of her past. But although VISIONS has a larger paranormal element than OMENS did, this is still not the main focus of this book. It reads more like a mystery still, but I do expect that to change after the revelations in this book and the new player in town.
As you can imagine, I’m already invested in a Olivia/Gabriel relationship, but we get a sexy bad boy biker addition to the mix in this book. Normally, I’m not a fan of several love interests, but I know in UF they sometimes are a needed evil. I can at least say for now that Ricky is FREAKING HOT! And Ms. Armstrong doesn’t hold back on bringing the sexual chemistry between Olivia and him. Harley scene, just saying. As much as I want Gabriel, yeah I was totally A-O-kay with the new developments in this book on that front.
My absolute favorite thing is Olivia! She’s just funny, smart and down to earth, and she can kick ass too. Definitely one of my favorite heroines in a while and I think she carries this story forward very well.
VISIONS is a fast-paced edge of your seat read. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. If you love a good mystery, then this is IT for you. Kelley Armstrong’s writing is flawless, the plots are interwoven effortlessly, and the characters have so many layers that you want to slowly peel away. I loved every word and can’t wait for more! I’m sort of happy I let it go for a while because now I already have book 3 ready to go without having to wait for it to release. But I expect this will now be a series I gobble up right away as soon as I get my hands on it.
“Gabriel discourages emotional attachments the way most of us discourage door-to-door salesmen. They’re inconvenient, intrusive, and liable to end up saddling you with something you never wanted in the first place, at a cost far higher than you wish to pay.”...more
Some of the things that stand out in my mind when I think of this book:
a) The storyline was full of action and intrigue. There's a bigger picture battle between basically good and evil but there's also a smaller scale conflict of what happened to the heroine as a teenager and how that is reflecting on her present. b) The world was amazing and unique, full of magic and angels that can disguise themselves and seem human. c) The hero is sexy as hell. Jack Bastian can light my fire anyday. d) He actually lights the heroines' fire. Her power is so cool. Among other things, like seeing the future with a touch, she controls fire. She can burn with a touch.
Those are the things I liked the most about this story. But then I also thought that there was at times a big info dump which could've been done, maybe, in a bit more concise fashion. For a reader like me, coming in n book 4 of the series, this was helpful so that I could understand the dynamics of this world, the different supernaturals, their powers and their conflicts. But even I felt that at times it was over-explained and analyzed and I can see how if you've been reading the series, maybe some of those things would get repetitive.
Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was that it rides a fine line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I actually had a hard time choosing how to classify it. In the end I'm going with paranormal romance because there is a couple, and although their love is not the focus of the story by any means, their attraction does play a role that I find gives it more romance than I would expect from a UF. Do I think that they are a good match? Probably not. I think she may be a little too damaged where she's at in her life to get her to fall in love and be able to stay in a relationship. And in keeping with a more UF theme, the hero and heroine are not neat little characters that can do no wrong. They do have depth and neither of them are perfect.
The heroine has to survive a lot in her past and has been living up to now in a way that is not entirely sane. She is capable of doing wrong, of using her power for personal gain. But she is also essentially good and wants to help people even at a high cost to herself and her happiness. So even though I can't say that Kaye Brand will ever be a favorite heroine of mine, I do like her strength to push through.
A little slow to start but once this book got going, I did enjoy the story and went full speed ahead and couldn't stop reading pretty much until I finished it. It was in essence a captivating and very unique story.
Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this read as much as I did. First of all the cover was deceiving to me inThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this read as much as I did. First of all the cover was deceiving to me in a way. This is an erotic, paranormal, historical romance story. Although I love the cover, I was not expecting that. I love when genres mix and this one was a combination we don't see too often because the paranormal aspect of the book was the fae and magic. Something I don't get to read enough about and when done right it always intrigues me.
Our heroine Alicia has been under a spell that keeps all her emotions at bay for years. She often thought of as cold and she doesn't even know why she can't feel. And then she is engaged to be married to Lord Edward Carstairs. One of London's most eligible bachelors. He chooses her because he thinks with her being such a cold and aloof woman he can still manage to fulfill his duty.
And his duty is to the supernatural world. Edward is a catalyst, he is the means by which sorcerers can draw power from the earth, he is also a loyal servant of the Crown.
Once they figure out what's been done to Alicia, Edward will help her free herself and feel at the same time finding out why this was done and what she is. Because Alicia is no ordinary human either.
In a strange way this book reminded me a bit of Charlotte Featherstone's LUST, just a bit.It was different, full of action and intrigue and it was very erotic. Enthralling! I just couldn't put it down. I had to read it at any available moment of the day.
I wish I would've known about Ms. Day's books before. There are some couples that make small appearances in this book who have had their books already. THE SEDUCTION OF MIRANDA PROSPER and THE SURRENDER OF LADY JAYNE. I will now go back and read them as I find this world fascinating!
I'm a fool. Edward closed his eyes and held Alicia close. I'm a weakling and a fool, and I will pay, but God help me, I will not give her up yet. Not yet. Not a minute before I must.
I was pleasantly surprised with this story. Having read the previous one and thinking we were going to get aThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I was pleasantly surprised with this story. Having read the previous one and thinking we were going to get a bit more of the Underworld politics and relations with the fae, it came as a shock that the main characters for this story are a lone vampire assassin, Natalia, who is a pretty kick ass chick and has lived with a resentment towards werewolves because her own mate was one and the pack turned against her (many many moons ago). The hero? A sexy and open minded Alpha werewolf who likes to and is skilled at using rope ;)
She's in his territory hunting a rogue werewolf killer who is actually besting her at every chance he gets. She needs Cristian's help. Even though she hates to admit it.
Both the hero and heroine in this story were very likeable. No stupid moments, plenty of funny banter and who can resist an alpha that, even though he's going against pack logic, wants a vampire!
The story was also interesting with the werewolf killer . We only get to see the Queen of the Underworld and the mention of the fae towards the end so now I'm curious to see if that's the route we'll see in the next book.
I definitely recommend this series. They're not extremely long but they pack all the story you need, lots of hotness and humor, and all with great writing!
Blood Work is the first graphic novel in The Hollows series. I know people have mixed feelings about this asThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Blood Work is the first graphic novel in The Hollows series. I know people have mixed feelings about this as it can be frustrating to see your favorite characters not portrayed the way you envisioned them. But I'm usually excited to see them come to life one way or another so when I had the chance to get my hands on this at NY Comic Con I was extremely happy. It's been sitting on my desk now for a few weeks and imagine my surprise when I opened it yesterday to read it and I realized IT'S A SIGNED COPY!!!!! After my happy dance... here are my thoughts.
The story in Blood Work is a prequel to The Hollows Book 1 Dead Witch Walking. It basically tells the stoy of how Ivy and Rachel came to work together. This is also told from Ivy's perspective. Basically Ivy set up her previous boss to get blamed for a murder and got kicked out of the homicide division of the IS. She feels she's already at a low point in her life and then she gets assigned Rachel as a partner. What could be more denigrating for a vampire than having a witch for a partner. And it doesn't help that Rachel doesn't know how to dress and acts the part of a ditz. They stumbled upon a murdered were and even though they shouldn't be investigating this case, they manage to figure things out and give Ivy her first taste for the hunt.
As usual, I loved Rachel and Ivy, and I enjoyed being in Ivy's head, where in the books, I wasn't too crazy about her at the beginning. A bit of a touchy subject for me, Kisten is still dating Ivy in this story. I might've cried a little, but I can guarantee you that was something that must've gotten in my eye, not Kisten. Not at all.
At the end of the novel we have a quick glimpse of how the graphic novel came together. There's a long character description and profile that Ms. Harrison had given the artist, and also the initial sketches for the characters and the revisions they went through.
I loved Ivy. She was my favorite graphic representation. Almost exactly how I pictured her. She just has so much raw sexuality, like a vampire should. Her aura was also pretty good. Rachel on the other hand, at times I liked the graphic representation and at times I didn't. My main problem with how the character turned out was Kisten. Where's his sexy persona that a vampire should have? And that's NOT how I pictured him at all! Hmmmm I guess we can't have it all the way we want.
In the end, for a Hollows fan, I think this will be an enjoyable read. It was actually a pretty long graphic novel so I found it worth the money.
For someone who has never read the series... I'm not sure the novel does a good job at explaining the world enough, or if you might be a little lost if you pick this up. However, the general storyline is easy to follow, even if I'm thinking you're missing background info you will still enjoy it and understand it. It might actually be a good taste of what the series has to offer. Just keep in mind, the books are from Rachel's perspective, and she's very entertaining!...more
This was my first book by this author. I really started it without any expectations, and a little scared that I would be lost because I didn't read the first one. But it started off really interesting and definitely caught my attention.
Maybe this has something to do with Marcelo, because, well, he's hot and has that bad boy thing going on. Caring and sexy. He is sent to bring the Queen's sister, her human sister, to the Underworld.
But werewolves are after Erin, so instead of just a quick pick-up and drop-off mission, he ends up protecting her until he can get her to her family safe.
Erin on the other hand was a bit annoying. I was very happy to see that she realized that she WAS the "Too-Stupid-To-Live" heroine in the story! But I get it, she's had a traumatic past. She was abused, and that always is a touchy subject to deal with in novels.
But to my surprise, when Erin turns 21, which just happens to be while they're running from the wolves, she changes. Turns out she's fae. Yes, pointy ears and everything. And her fae people also want her to come be with them. So she has a tough decision to make. Where does she want to be? And with whom?...more
It’s been a long time. Too long without Mercy and Adam. But Ms. Briggs is back with another great book. FROST BURNED shows the reason why I love Patr
It’s been a long time. Too long without Mercy and Adam. But Ms. Briggs is back with another great book. FROST BURNED shows the reason why I love Patricia Briggs. Because her world and her words have the ability to suck you in and make you live her stories.
One thing this book is NOT is boring. From the very beginning, Mercy is both entertaining and getting in trouble. From accidents while shopping the Black Friday sales to teaming up with Ben and Stefan (among others) to rescue Adam and the rest of the Pack who were kidnapped by a not yet known group. The only clue that Mercy is left with is her connection to Adam through the mate-bond and Ben in wolf form, who escaped.
There fae are living away from human society and the human authorities are not all 100% happy with supernaturals. More than one would like to bring down the mighty Adam Hauptman and his pack. FROST BURNED is never at a stand still and it shakes up the Pack and the Tri-Cities. Even and steady, Ms. Briggs managed to create a story that is both a classic Mercy Thompson novel and maybe one of the best in the series!
I think I’ve wanted to see Mercy kick ass again and this is finally where I see that she’s comfortable in her own skin. Even though she’s not as strong as a werewolf, Mercy is not scared to go face the bad guys and fight for her Pack and family. And she is now accepted.
We also get a few chapters from Adam’s POV and, to me, that was such a treat. Adam is truly a rugged gentleman amongst urban fantasy heroes. He doesn’t have to overdo his alphaness. He just is. And in this book, his claws come out too and we see his more predatory side. Both Adam and Mercy show that they are willing to do anything, give up anything, for the sake of the Pack. That can be scary at times.
As Mercy and friends search for the Pack, there are many developments. We get a surprise visit from a face better known in the Alpha & Omega pages. And more than one bad guy comes to the surface. This story is full of twists and turns, it’s emotional but also funny. Unexpected alliances are made. Unexpected enemies arise. The love between Mercy and Adam is reinforced for the reader by showing yet another layer to their connection. FROST BURNED is everything I was expecting and then some.
“I don’t need to swallow you whole, I don’t need to be in your head at all times. I just need to know you’re there.”
“You didn’t think I was going to die of old age, did you?”
“Do they always flirt with biblical quotes?” “They can flirt with the periodic table or a restaurant menu. We’ve learned to live with it. Get a room, you guys.”
Coyote never loses, Coyote told me. Because I change the rules of the games my enemies play.
Every year seems like the wait gets longer for these books. After the massive success of Pale Demon (at leasThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Every year seems like the wait gets longer for these books. After the massive success of Pale Demon (at least with me) I couldn't wait to get my paws on this baby. I was literally giddy when it was released and made sure to clear my schedule to read it. But then after I started it, that enthusiasm seemed to fade a bit. Why? Not that it was bad but the first half of the book was very slow and didn't have any of the elements that I've come to love.
Don't get me wrong, I actually like Rachel. But a Hollows book without either Trent or Al, and a good amount of Jenks is just not as entertaining. As much as I want to like just Rachel. She starts off without her powers because she is still wearing the charm Trent gave her. So this actually makes her quite useless. She is called in to assist in an investigation where a human group is trying to exterminate the supernatural population by kidnapping (and killing) people that are carriers for the Rosewood syndrome.
But Rachel, as a carrier AND officially a demon, is the perfect target for HAPA. They are trying to make demons to use their blood, Rachel is already one. Of course, the fact that she can't tap into her powers leads her to being captured and used. And this is where she sees the light! And this is where it all gets better.
A few things I absolutely loved about this book.
Jenks. I love that little pixie, I wish I could take him home with me and have him following me around! He's still always there for Rachel, calls her on her shit, and would risk anything for her and the mission. That aside from having some really funny one-liners, especially all his new and improved Tinkerbell comments!
Trent. Ohhh please Ms Harrison put me out of my misery! This book was oooooooozing Trent/Rachel chemistry. They are so perfect for each other. I have been on that bandwagon from book one when Trent turned Rachel into a rat and put her in a cage. Yes, call me crazy, but I knew then that I wanted these two together. And it's all coming together finally. But I don't know if I can handle one more book of all this chemistry and sexual tension and innuendos without some action. I should've counted how many times Rachel thought about their kiss in this book. Nevertheless, we see a side of Trent that I can't wait to see more of. Businessman aside, he's just as adventurous as Rachel!
Kisten. Even though he's obviously not in the book he was brought up so many times I could actually start tearing up!
Al. I missed him so much in this book. He barely makes an appearance, but my favorite part has to be when he's changing his appearance to act silly for the girls. Who would've thought Al could actually be cute around kids!
The group dynamic is changing. Rachel is more and more comfortable with the fact that she's a demon, she does curses, she does black magic. It is powerful, and it's her responsibility to protect that power. I am anxious to see where the next book takes us. However, I do hope there is an end to this series in sight. Even though I love it, I don't want this all to get dragged along. *sigh* Now another year-long wait ahead of us!
“Some nasty bitch of a woman from the coven of moral and ethical standards tried to fry Rache" the pixy said apparently proud of it. "I pixed the Tink-blasted dildo, and Rache's black-arts boyfriend blew her right out the front door. Bam!”
“Oh, I'm sorry. Did I interrupt some sort of dominance foreplay?”
"Tink loves a duck. What have you been doing? Sitting on your thumb and spinning?"
It is with great sadness that I write this review. Richelle Mead has beeen and, the events in this book aside, still is one of my favorite authors. I have seen her end two wonderful series now and she has done so masterfully. When I picked up Shadow Heir I was under the impression that this was the last Dark Swan novel, so I was expecting nothing less from her.
I was already going in with bitterness about certain things. #1 Kiyo - Throughout the series Ms. Mead has managed to get me to actually hate the Kitsune with a passion *pulls out her Kiyo voodoo doll and stabs his head repeatedly* and I was prepared to only hate him more in this book, there was no going back for me on that. Well, I wasn't disappointed on that! He's still a slimy piece of crap, a rat bastard, and it's infuriating to see Eugenie having to work with him when all I want is for her to stand up to him and get some retribution for all he's done to her. That didn't happen. Until the end, he still sticks it to her and she just stands there with her mouth open in shock. Oh by the way, I am writing this as a spoiler free review so maybe some of the things I say may sound a bit weird, you'll understand when you read the book.
Bitterness# 2 - Eugenie. Yes I went in already feeling sort of hate for the heroine. This has been slowly developing throughout the series and well, she didn't get any better in this book. She sits around moping and doing the whole woe-is-me routine. Get a grip, stop being so selfish and so stupid! Stop listening to the dumb Kitsune and start appreciating the REAL man you have by your side!! If not, I'll help Volusian kill you myself! *which I felt like doing repeatedly throughout this book*.
Now onto a better review of this book.
I wish the whole first 50% of this book would've been written in two chapters! Seriously I considered putting this as one of my few ever DNF books. Why? It is tediously boring, nothing happens, there's hardly any supernatural activity, nothing! Eugenie goes on fishing dates and I felt like I was reading a depressing women's fiction book instead of an urban fantasy.
Once there's something that starts happening, it is not to follow the storyline that we were dealing with from the beginning but a completely randomly thrown in storyline that takes over the rest of the book and really doesn't do anything to close the series, this was more like another adventure of Eugenie, the moron Queen! So I thought, perhaps, this could've been resolved faster so we would've seen something more in respect to an ending to the series.
Volusian - this storyline does deal in a small way with Volusian. I have to say I love the little guy! He is my favorite character in this series, apart from the all-perfect Dorian. We learn about his past, Eugenie has to go to his homeland and she couldn't accomplish what she needs without his help. So he gets closure and I really liked that part!
Dorian - I can't tell you enough how much Eugenie doesn't deserve this man. First of all, with Dorian what you see is what you get. You know he's sneaky and that he wants also what's in his best interest, but in this book he put Eugenie above anything and everything. My heart breaks thinking of the fact that for the most part, she only uses him when it's convenient and this didn't change.
What wouldn't I do for you? *tear*
And I think this pretty much brings me to the ending. OK, let me back up for the last 15%. Everything you thought, was wrong, everything that we believed should've been one way was another. In the last 15% of this book seems like all the loose ends that should've been tied throughout the series started rapidly weaving together. That's all I can say about that without giving stuff away. Just shock after shock.
Now for the actual ending. What.The.Hell.Was.That????? How can Ms. Mead end a series like that? Actually, it doesn't surprise me just because I've known all along that Eugenie is a selfish bitch! So we couldn't really expect more from her right? But I don't see how that can be an ending. No I cannot. Sorry. Very disappointing.
So why the 2.5 feathers if this is still very well written? 50% of the book was too slow, then from 60% on it was just ok. Too many issues where left unanswered. And you cannot end a series with those last few pages without expecting the reader to want to ring Eugenie's stupid neck! It is with great sadness I write this....more
First off let me give you a warning: if you haven't read Hard Bitten (book 4) then you might want to skip myThis review was posted at Under The Covers
First off let me give you a warning: if you haven't read Hard Bitten (book 4) then you might want to skip my review until you've gotten to that point in the series. I can't fully state my complains about certain things in this book without giving away a major spoiler for the previous book.
So after a very traumatic ending for most of us readers, yes a lot of tears were shed, and a long wait to find out what happens next to see how Ms. Neill will solve this dilemma, I couldn't have been more excited to get my hands on Drink Deep two weeks early.
This book has a very end-of-the-world feel. The lakes and rivers are turning black, the sky is turning red and the city of Chicago is freaking out and blaming the vampires!
Merit is still grieving after the death of Ethan, but she's been assigned to finding out what's causing these phenomena and to fix them before the humans will cause bigger problems for the vampires. Cadogan House is still under investigation by the council and their new rules are causing havok with the house vampires. And we get to meet a lot more supernatural creatures!
This is also a book of BIG CHANGES. The dynamics of the series as we know it will change in my opinion. So many things were turned upside down and inside out! Most of them had interesting twists and effects and I'm excited to see where they will lead.
But I'll tell you what my biggest issue with this book is. Merit is grieving Ethan's death, yes. It's only been two months since he died. How is it that now that she's got Jonah as a partner, trying to solve the impending end of the world, she actually starts to maybe-sorta feel something like attraction for him or flirting? She sees that he's interested! She should've put her foot down and stop that right away. I was not a fan of that. Like Catcher says, respect his memory. And this has me scared for what's to come, on a personal level.
And does Ethan come back? Wouldn't you like to know! You have to read to find out, I'm not giving anything away!
The other issue I had was the pace of the book, it felt a bit slow at the beginning, and it really got good towards the end, so much that it had me glued to the pages (and up until late in the morning).
I did cry, again, as I've started to expect towards the end of these books. But this time, it was not in the way I expected. I was utterly shocked with how things turned out in the end, and I can't help but be sad for all involved.
At least we don't get much of a cliffhanger ending. Just a bit. So I am anxiously awaiting the release of Biting Cold to embark on a new journey with Merit. Just remember, things are not what they seem, and people are not who you think!...more