Wow, I’m not quite sure where to start with what I want to say…. I love Kitty Norville. She’s always been a fresh change in a sea where the paranorma...more
Wow, I’m not quite sure where to start with what I want to say…. I love Kitty Norville. She’s always been a fresh change in a sea where the paranormal series blend together as they always have the same thing to say. The books in this series are always original in plot and there is usually an interconnected storyline or bad guy that drives them forward. That being said, I may just be done reading it.
I’ll try to explain why. Kitty lost the spark for me. In the past few books we haven’t gotten much in the way of changing of Kitty’s character. Yes, she’s the Alpha of her Pack. Yes, she’s learning to deal with the dangers she faces, but at the core she’s still a bit of a cynic and carries on the same way that she would’ve a few books back. I am not seeing the character growth.
Then there’s Cormac. I’ve seen his characters morph and change into this weird thing that now is really also a witch who lives in his body. I used to LOVE him. And I can’t find it in me to love him anymore.
As much as this story was still fresh and interesting, what with Kitty having to go to the Underworld and not knowing if she would make it out alive… I was sadly uninterested. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a good story. But I lost that love and spark. I feel like maybe it’s time to give this series a conclusion or a new twist.
There is something sort of magical about this series. I’m not sure if it’s the dark and gritty world, the fallen angels mixing with the humans, or ju...more
There is something sort of magical about this series. I’m not sure if it’s the dark and gritty world, the fallen angels mixing with the humans, or just the Rockabilly feel of the story. It perfectly blends two eras by having a fallen angel that is kind of stuck in the clothes and mentality of the 50s (he’s the original), and the human girl he’s dating in the present, who has embraced the Rockabilly lifestyle (the wannabe).
I love both of their characters. Griffin Shaw, the Centurion, is just tortured by so many things. He’s on earth looking for his killer (well, his and his wife’s killer) while also trying to solve cases assigned to him. In between all that he sometimes has to transport souls of the recently deceased to the Everlast. He has a lot on his plate and in this book, I think he showed he was having a hard time prioritizing.
Kit on the other hand is awesome! She always shows an air of happiness and a tough exterior. However we come to realize it’s not all roses underneath. She’s in love with Griffin but deep down is hurting to have to compete with his dead wife’s memory. She tries to be happy, and she tries to do the right thing, and what’s good. And sometimes, in that search of justice and righteousness, she finds herself in the center of trouble. Her vulnerability made me cry at times.
In this book, Kit tries saving Grif’s takes. And by trying to save the ones marked for death they discover a new drug circulating that needs to be stopped, and they also find a fallen angel who is out stealing souls before the Centurions can take them to the Everlast. Of course, once the fallen angel sees Kit, he zeroes in on her and makes it his mission to possess her.
The storyline was very interesting and the author does an amazing job at drawing out the world and the scenes, it just felt as if I was watching things happen. This was also an emotional book for Kit and her search of what makes her happy and how to deal with what’s bringing her down.
I’m looking forward to the ending of this trilogy in the next book and finding out ….Who killed Griffin Shaw?
If you want to try an urban fantasy that is new and fresh, with a touch of old charm, angels and mystery, then this is the series for you!
For now, this short story is only available on Sony eReader. If you don’t have a Sony eReader then you can s...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
For now, this short story is only available on Sony eReader. If you don’t have a Sony eReader then you can still get it by downloading the Sony eReader app here. You don’t need an account,when you download the app, the ebook is preloaded.
TROUBLE ON RESERVE claims to take place between A PERFECT BLOOD and EVER AFTER (which is why it’s labeled as 10.5) however please be warned that it really seems to take place either during or even AFTER EVER AFTER. Reference is made to things that happen in that book and unless you want to be spoiled (not much, but it’s there) then I would recommend reading this after you read the next upcoming book in January. I will keep my review spoiler free.
This story basically gives us a small glimpse into the interactions between Trent and Rachel. That’s all there is to this story. It’s their connection, them coming together, working together, and facing danger together. And maybe starting to show how they truly feel about one another, how much they care.
As this series is slowly coming to a close, we are seeing more and more a vulnerable side of Trent. And I just love that! He wants to be good but sometimes he’s forced to be bad. Like when he takes Rachel on a job without telling her what he was really doing there and all hell breaks loose, of course.
Rachel has grown a lot and matured, but it was also nice to see her so sure of herself and her ability to protect Trent. Not to mention the action. These two can always get into trouble.
I really don’t know how this would work as a standalone if you didn’t know anything about The Hollows world, but in general, this series is not one that I would ever recommend reading out of order. These books are jammed packed with information and so many things happen and change from one book to the next that I feel it would certainly but a dent in your full enjoyment.(less)
It is bittersweet to see this series come to an end. It seems as if it was yesterday that I attended NY Comic Con and listened to a panel where Krist...more
It is bittersweet to see this series come to an end. It seems as if it was yesterday that I attended NY Comic Con and listened to a panel where Kristen Painter talked about her experience with her first book and how she came up with her world. I hadn’t really heard of her but I fell in love with the cover and quite frankly I loved her personality. And that’s why I read it.
The House of Comarre is so unique and truly has it all. Action, intrigue and romance. We’ve been on this ride with Chrysabelle for a while and this is her final battle. In LAST BLOOD , Chrysabelle has to save Mal from his old self. He’s lost his feelings and his love for her and reverted to the predator he was before she came into his life.
While that happens, there’s a lot going on in the world around them. Tatiana is still causing havoc, but now she has her own issues to deal with. Creek has changes coming his way too and tough decisions to make. Doc and Fi also have to make a stand in their pack. LAST BLOOD ties things up with everyone. I especially loved to see Fi’s strength in this book.
But all that aside, it’s Chrysabelle front and center. I love the growth that her character has gone through. She’s stronger but has opened up. And now she’s ready to fight for that happiness she deserves. To protect the ones she loves. And Mal, well, just when I thought I would be upset with him, I’m still as enamored with him as ever. Their love is strong and has overcome many tests.
LAST BLOOD was not blood pounding but more of a steady simmer. Once you’re hooked, you’re captured for the duration of the story. Every part, every change of POV, every character, every story. Even though I’m sad to see this series end, I’m happy that the author has done such an amazing job with the story. She’s given everyone the perfect ending and we are not left to wonder about anything. Job well done, this is how I like to see a series end!
If you are a Kim Harrison fan, you'll love this. If you are a Hollows fan, you'll love this. If you are a tr...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
If you are a Kim Harrison fan, you'll love this. If you are a Hollows fan, you'll love this. If you are a true Hollows fan, you've probably read a lot of these stories previously. But don't despair there is a little something extra that will make this all worth it. In my opinion, this might not be the best book if you haven't read the Hollows series, however. I think because the short stories cover a wide span of time and books, you'll be getting some spoilers while reading this.
Another thing that I loved was Kim Harrison's commentary at the beginning of each story. She gives a little background of how that story came to be or why she decided to do certain things with the series or characters. I truly enjoyed that.
The Bespelled - 4 Stars
We are going back in time to when Al first captured Ceri. Al was not a nice guy and this was the story to prove it for a while. He had no heart then and you can really see how much he's changed and evolved in 1,000 years. Enjoyable read all over again! First published in The Outlaw Demon Wails.
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel - 4 Stars
I always enjoy reading this story. This was back when I actually liked Pierce. So during the Solstice, and while Rachel is still a teenager, her brother Robbie dares her to summon their dad to ask him if she should join the IS. But Rachel ends up with Pierce instead and all the troubles that causes. First published in Holidays are Hell.
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil - 4 Stars
And Ivy/Kisten story. Right before Ivy goes to work as Rachel's partner. This story gives us a view of the vampire world and politics that come into play. Kisten is the Scion but at times he leans on Ivy's strength and support to get through. I loved reading Ivy's and Kisten's relationship and remembering. *sigh* First published in Dates from Hell.
Dirty Magic - 3.5 Stars
Mia is a banshee that shows up in Black Magic Sanction. I have to say that I personally don't have a fascination with banshees and this story was ok but I didn't connect in any major way. We are just in Mia's head, Mia who is in love and can't help but suck all the energy and life out of everyone and everything. First published in Hotter than Hell.
The Bridges of Eden Park - 4 Stars
Broke my heart to read this. That's all I'm going to say. First published in For a Few Demons More.
Ley Line Drifter - 3.5 Stars
This is a Jenks/Bis story. They are hired to investigate a mysterious presence in a statue at a park. I love Jenks and almost forgot how much I love Bis! Then there's Matalina, who I just love to read about. This was a fun story but I thought was a bit dragged out. First published in Unbound.
Million Dollar Baby - 4 Stars
Here's your new dose of Hollows. When Trent and Jenks go off on their rescue mission during Pale Demon and then come back with his baby, didn't you wonder what happened? I loved every second of this Trent/Jenks adventure. Plus it's written from Trent's POV and I am quickly becoming addicted to being in his head and understanding how he thinks.
Pet Shop Boys - 4.5 Stars
This is the beginning of the non-Hollows stories. This one should become a full length novel or even a series. A whole new look at vamps from Ms. Harrison.
Temson Estates - 3 Stars
I felt that this story was gearing up to go somewhere and then it stopped right in the middle of getting there. Dryads. Yeah, not exactly my thing.
Spider's Silk - 3.5 Stars
This was interesting, if a bit slow. I would've liked it to be a bit longer and know what happens next. She seems to have a fascination with dryads.
Grace - 3.5 Stars
Grace has special powers that can become dangerous. It was ok but I can't say I loved the ending. Maybe it needed to be developed more and could be a good story.
I have wanted to read a Jacqueline Carey book in what seems like forever. I've been attracted to and purchased quite a few of them, but never managed to set aside the time to read them. Then this book comes along with this beautiful and fun cover and I just caved and had to read it.
I think I'm in love. This book is not the dark and gritty urban fantasy I thought I would get by reading a Jacqueline Carey book and for me, in this story, it worked marvelous.
DARK CURRENTS is fun, it's spunky and it has a lot personality. It's unique and entertaining. Starting out with a heroine, Daisy, that I found very down to earth and relatable. At the same time she was a lot of fun and someone that you just want to hang out with. She can be badass when absolutely necessary, even though I think she has some growth to do in that department. She has a really cool profession. Her human job is as a paper pusher at the sheriff's office but because she's a supernatural she is starting to be more involved in investigations. Her supernatural job is as Hel's agent. And no, that's not a typo. Hel is a Goddess, not hell as in flames. She is in charge and in power of keeping the order in the human realm and inter-relations between humans and Hel who rules the supernaturals on earth.
Ms. Carey masterfully introduces us to the very unique supernatural world of this series and more importantly to what's going on in Pemkowet. For the amount of world building that took place in this book, not once did I feel like there was an info dump. Such a smooth and amazing job!
The story revolves around a murder mystery, which I always find interesting. The supernatural community in Pemkowet is shaken up, as well as the human sheriff's office, when a college boy is found dead, who presumably drowned. The police department has to find the killer before the supernatural connection is brought to the public's attention. A little bit of mystery and intrigue. A whole lot of normal in the midst of chaos.
I think that was my favorite part. This book has a lot of normal. Daisy is a normal girl, with normal issues. Except maybe one not so normal appendage, but I thought that was cute and funny. She also has a crush on a hot guy, Cody, and she is now put in a situation where she has to work with him to solve the murder. She has a best friend who likes Cody as well. But Jen is human and Cody is a shapeshifter. Then she meets the Master ghoul in town, Stefan, who is hotter than hell and very powerful. And there's a human who can see auras, Sinclair, thrown in the mix for good measure.
While solving a murder she still has to perform her job as Agent of Hel and normal early twenties girl. Wanting to hang out with her BFF, saving her BFF's brother, hanging out with a family of werewolves, and chasing a mermaid. You know, the usual.
When I finished reading the last page of this book I truly wanted more. I want to know who Daisy will end up giving a shot to be with her. I want to see her grow into her powers. But as much as I am dying for the next book, the ending of this one was a bit anticlimactic after the awesome build up throughout the book. This is why I can't give this book 5 stars. Other than that, this was a masterpiece and a keeper for sure!
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve found it difficult to enjoy some of the previous books in this series because of my fixation on what happened to Corma...more
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve found it difficult to enjoy some of the previous books in this series because of my fixation on what happened to Cormac and wanting and expecting his situation to be fixed. I have now, sort of, gotten over it. I’m not sure if it’s because of that fact, or the plot of this book in general, but KITTY ROCKS THE HOUSE goes back to what I originally liked about this series!
Basically we have a new vampire in town, and a new wolf. The vampire is…. a priest, and he’s looking to recruit Rick into their order. The new wolf wants to be part of the pack, or does he really? And in the meantime, they are all still waiting to deal with The Roman.
Kitty is not so much into her conspiracy theories this time around, and is also having to deal with the consequences of her lack of attention to her pack and to her family. She’s still learning to be alpha and sometimes she gets it right, sometimes she makes mistakes. But in this book I believe she solidifies her connection to the pack. I have to also admit that Ben steps up a bit as her mate and as a strong alpha when needed, even though he’s more beta than I like. But I’ve come to the conclusion that him being the way he is works perfect with Kitty, who is also not the take charge wolf either.
Cormac on the other hand was a big help and some of his old personaility came through just a bit. He does seem to be growing into his connection with Amelia and maybe this is something that can just help in the future.I am looking forward to seeing more of that and more of the old Cormac.
This was an extremely easy and fast read for me but had me gripped enough that I didn’t put it down until I finished.
I will come clean and admit that the only reason I read this book was for the cover. When I first saw it I t...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I will come clean and admit that the only reason I read this book was for the cover. When I first saw it I thought it was beautiful and I've always loved the fashion of the 50's so I thought it would be cool to read a book set in that time. Of course, I did not read the blurb and I dove head first into reading the book.
I'm not really sure exactly what I was expecting but it wasn't what I got and I was more than pleasantly surprised. This book has a classy feel to it with just a bit of edge. It's mystery and a touch of romance. Add in a good dose of paranormal. It reminded me at times of the "Fallen Angels" series by J.R. Ward even though they are nothing alike aside from the angels. It was more of an overall feeling of the book/world.
One of my favorite things was how the author managed to blend two completely different eras by simply making the characters fit a different time than what they were living. Our hero, Griffin Shaw, was a PI in the 50s. He was murdered and is now an angel. The heroine, Kit, lives the Rockabilly lifestyle. The clothes, the hairstyle, the makeup. She has a fascination for everything 1950s and breathes it. Now put these two in modern day Vegas and let the fun begin.
So basically Kit is a journalist and she's trying to uncover a prostitution ring in which some politicians and some very powerful people are involved in. Her leg work and research leads to the death of her very good friend Nicole. When Griff comes to help Nicole pass, as is his angely duty, he commits one offense. He is then punished and bound to earth for penance. Still an angel, and still with some powers. Kit and Griff start working together to solve the murder of her friend, uncover the prostitution ring and dig information on who killed Griff and his wife more than fifty years ago.
This was my first book by this author and I have to say the writing is superb! Definitely like watching a movie. Of course it might've helped as well that I listened to this on audio and the narration is amazing!
I feel like this book had it all. An edge of my seat plot, twists and turns, mystery, action, a great bad guy, and even though the romance was somewhat secondary, it still played a bit part in the story I still enjoyed every bit of that as well. From the immediate attraction between these two and through the struggles, especially Griff had, of why their relationship wouldn't work and that Griff was sure he still loved his dead wife.
I just have to say that I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! And as a good cover whore...again...I gotta have it if only for that alone.(less)
Just when it seems that every urban fantasy book out there is starting to seem like they are all the same,...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Just when it seems that every urban fantasy book out there is starting to seem like they are all the same, here comes a book with a fresh new world and story to shake things up. IN A FIX introduces us to Ciel Halligan. She has a special ability, she can adapt into someone else's aura, making her look by all intents and purposes as if she was that other person. She works on her own private office taking up the jobs that people don't want to do themselves.
This time around, she has to adapt into a beautiful woman's body and try to get her very hot boyfriend to propose. But things don't go as planned when Trey, the boyfriend, gets kidnapped while they were vacationing. To make matters worst, not only does she have to rescue him but she has to uncover what is it that these bad guys wanted with him in the first place.
To do that she calls in the backup, in the form of her aura adaptor buddies. Billy, her friend whom she's always seen as a cousin because they grew up together but are not really blood. Mark, the teenage crush who now runs the agency for aura adaptors that she couldn't seem to work for. With their help, or more like Ciel as the assistant, they embark in a wild adventure that takes them through crazy situations and even a pirate ship ran by mobsters.
Things are never what they seem in this book. The story was full action packed and very funny. Maybe the humor and the originality of this story were my favorite parts. Billy was probably my favorite, everything he did and said, his whole attitude and persona. Love him. I mean, he was walking around with the aura of Queen Elizabeth, wreaking havoc and spreading rumors while people thought they really did have royalty amongst them.
However the one thing that got to me at times was Ciel herself. She's very immature, and quite frankly not the most kickass girl to have watching your back. I think she needs more training. And then there's the fact that she was drooling over almost every guy around while claiming to have "feelings" for one. She was more than willing to jump at any and all opportunities for making out with whomever was available.
Here's to hoping we see her growing up as this series goes on. I am excited to see what's their next adventure!
"When you grow up with a bunch of guys and a propensity for eavesdropping, crudity is the deafult mode when sex is on your mind. It's a situational hazard. Still, I tried hard to stomp it down, along with other vestiges of my real identity - Ciel Halligan, Facilitator. Intrepid Fixer of Other People's Problems. (Yeah, I know. Goffy. What can I say? I read a lot of comic books as a child.)
The trouble with borrowing somebody else's aura is that you get their level of fitness along with it. Not that I'm one to talk. My favorite aerobic activity is reading steamy romantic thrillers. I figure an increased heart rate is an increased heart rate. Why quibble about methodology?
"So I've seen your raspberries. Who cares? What's a little fruit between friends?"
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.
I have a fascination with this series. It’s fresh, unique, packed with action, keeps you on your toes and yes, it’s a little sexy as well. It’s the p...more
I have a fascination with this series. It’s fresh, unique, packed with action, keeps you on your toes and yes, it’s a little sexy as well. It’s the perfect combination and if you are not reading it, you’re missing out!
OATH BOUND is finally bringing some conclusion to a long awaited battle. Even though Jake Tower is dead, that doesn’t mean the Tower Syndicate has collapsed. Our favorite band of good guys is working to break the bindings of Tower employees and bring the Syndicate down, but in the process Kenley gets kidnapped.
In the meantime, Sera Brandt, the girl in the yellow scarf, comes to the Syndicate. Unknown to everyone, Jake Tower had a daughter who has stayed away from the Syndicate until her family is brutally killed. Now she’s looking for revenge and who better to help her with that than the Syndicate. So she makes use of the Tower name that she never thought she would associate with. But turns out Jake has left all his bindings to his oldest offspring. Could that be her? Could she now have total control over the Syndicate? And there will be a few people that wouldn’t want to let that happen.
Enter Kris Daniels to the rescue. While he storms into Julia Towers’ office looking for his kidnapped sister, he ends up saving Sera. And so they start a process of working together but not really trusting each other. A process of lies because she could never tell him she’s the daughter of the man he despised for so long.
This was a great book with a great story, even if I still have to say I loved book two best in the series. Sera managed to be kick ass in her own way, even when she didn’t know much about herself and her abilities. She was fierce enough to learn on the fly while working to achieve her own goals, as well as some team work.
As far as the world….all hell broke loose and yes the Tower Syndicate collapsed. And it wasn’t easy or immediate. Ms. Vincent did a great job at making it believable in a world where bindings and special abilities can tip the scales in the wrong direction easily. The good guys fought, and fought well.
As a couple, Kris and Sera were perfect for each other. They both have issues and some deep, dark secrets. Because as the story unfolds you see how damaged they both truly are and the potential for healing there is in them being together.
Although Kris and Sera won’t be my favorite couple, OATH BOUND is definitely not the be missed. A fast paced urban fantasy with a dash of romance that just makes this book hover the line between genres. I have to admit when the author mentioned this was the end….I gasped. How can this be? The Tower Syndicate might have fallen but there’s more work to be done! But unless she changes her mind in the near future, this will be it for this series. I’ll miss it!
You should know that I love Kelley Armstrong and I love this series. I've been actually sad j...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
You should know that I love Kelley Armstrong and I love this series. I've been actually sad just thinking the last book is coming out in about a month. So when I saw that this was coming out I actually got really excited. And then I looked at what the stories were about and I had one those moments where that bright smile falters a bit. You'll see why in my individual story review.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this novella. It actually has two very short stories and then quite a big preview of THIRTEEN, which I didn't read because I want to enjoy the book fully when it comes out. But I was a bit disappointed that the preview was really pretty much half of this ebook.
STALKED (Women of the Otherworld # 7.3)
This story was originally published in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (anthology) which I never read. Basically Clay and Elena had their twins and were basically living as a married couple without being actually married. So when they decide to make it official and then they go on their honeymoon, they thought they wanted what normal couples got in their honeymoon. Except normal is boring for them. And Elena finds herself being stalked by a mutt, but it's Clay who notices right away. I loved the fact that this story was from Clay's POV. I can still say Clay and Elena are my favorite couple in this series and it's always enjoyable to read about them, but Clay's mind is such a treat to be in. Having not read the anthology this was originally published in, I actually enjoyed this story as new to me.
OFF-DUTY ANGEL (Women of the Otherworld # 12.5)
Here's the reason why my smile faltered. Eve *might* be my least favorite character in the series. I've never developed any attachment to her, probably because she is technically out of the picture already when the series pretty much gets going and then comes back. Needless to say I was disappointed that the brand new story we were getting was Eve's. But it was kind of fun. She's been bored out of her mind with mindless research work until her DH gives her an assignment. This takes her on a quest, jumping through different planes, and she actually made this story entertaining to the point that I liked her. A lot of action and the story was very focused on Eve and hardly on Eve/Kristoff.
This has got to be my favorite book in this series! It was the perfect blend between all the dark, gritty c...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This has got to be my favorite book in this series! It was the perfect blend between all the dark, gritty characters and storyline, action, suspense, love, loss and betrayal. Truly a whirlwind of things that happened and that have been set up for the final episode in this series.
Chrysabelle is dealing with the repercussions of visiting the Aurelian, of having her signum redone using the Ring of Sorrows, which is now a part of her, and having Mal's bad blood flowing through her veins. It definitely made for a change in her character. But she's still feisty and fighting for herself this time. Her mission is now to find her brother. Nothing more, nothing less.
Mal was so amazing in this book. His love for Chrysabelle showed through at all times, he's got new powers to flaunt, new possibilities to maybe get rid of his curse, and whole lot of good humor. He was playful and sexy and....fangy! Yes, there's a bite involved. He gave me a small scare for just a bit and then Ms. Painter decided to torture us and there's an unexpected turn of events at the end.
There were a lot of other storylines taking up quality space time which I found were great to move the story along. I enjoyed the fact that we were not so focused on Tatiana and the different Houses this time around because there are new bad guys in town to watch out for. And to be found in the most unlikely of places. No I won't tell you who or what, but they kept the story very interesting.
There are also some new developments with the characters we already love and care about, Fi and Doc have a lot going on. Creek as well.
Overall, I think the author did a wonderful job with this book to keep things moving along, keep me interested even through the changes of POV and stories, and it all worked well. But I have to give it to her that she's finally given us more of Chrysabelle and Mal as a couple. They are so perfect for each other! And now after that ending, I'm just so anxious to get the next book ASAP!!!
She's done it again! I started reading this thinking "Is it possible that she wrote such an amazing and engaging world or did I just imagine that while reading the first book?" Well, I can honestly say now that if I wasn't so scared of Sang, I would want to visit and stay there for a while. At the very least, I would want to read about it for as long as I could.
This short story was just enough of a teaser into the world of Blud and Sang, enough to keep us craving more and to make the wait for book two more bearable. I find it amazing that the author was able to tell the story of a character that was not a main concern before, Mr. Murdoch, and sucking me into the story from the very beginning.
Not only is Mr. Murdoch so very smart because he makes all the awesome clockworks, but the recluse that doesn't want anyone to see him or know who he really is is actually a passionate man. When Madam Morpho joins the carnival with her butterfly circus, Mr. Murdoch is assigned with making a stage for the butterflies. Because, see, butterflies are now extint in Sang so these are rare sightings.
While working together, the two fugitives happen to fall in love. Or in lust at the very least. The connection between Madam Morpho and Mr. Murdoch was instant and believable. The slow build up of their relationship, as slow as a short story allows, was also perfect. And we even got some smexy in for good measure. Perfect!
All the magic of the Blud series continues to flow through the pages of THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO. Yes I'm addicted, I want to know more, I want to see more. I want to know all about the different species and about this world because it's so different and unique. The author is such a talented storyteller that I can't help but to be captivated. That or completely scared of the bludbadgers. Eeeeekkkkkkk Is it April yet??
I've said it before and I'll say it again...READ THIS SERIES!!!
At the end of EVENTIDE I was quite excited about the fact that there would be a change of scenery for the series and the crew was going to Edinburgh, joining another team and hunting a different set of baddies.
Then BLACK FALLEN rolls around and at the beginning I thought it was all interesting, going to see new places and learning new things. Except that the learning curve got stuck there for a while. It felt like about half the book was an exercise in getting situated in Edinburgh, training with their new team, and Riley touching all the new people she met and getting flashbacks of their lives, which was a cool way of getting to know the, I might add. But just a little bit was discussed about the Black Fallen.
“The Black Fallen are angels engulfed in the darkest of magic. They’re obsessed, powerful, and completely undetectable. They’ve zero conscience. They move among humans as one of them, and only another fallen one can recognize them straight away. They’re from an ancient realm of holy and unholy, if you believe in that sort of thing. And they’ll not stop until they have what they desire.”
Although the Black Fallen were scary and I thought a great storyline to follow, I would’ve liked to see more of the battles with them throughout the book and, like I said before, a little less of all the training.
Then there’s Riley. I love her and she kicks ass, but sometimes she just pisses me off. For example, how many books will it take for her to learn to talk about the weird things that happen to her? Hasn’t she seen time and time again that she could’ve avoided a lot of trouble if she had said something to Eli sooner? But I digress. And speaking of Eli, I could’ve used a little more Eli sexy time. Just saying.
The haunted house storyline added a bit of creepy to the story that I liked and I think it worked well in the setting. But I admit…I missed Savannah, Georgia. I missed the tattoo parlor, I missed Nyx…I missed the whole gang that was left behind. As much as I thought I was ready for a change I don’t like that they weren’t there and I think the setting being in GA has been so much a part of this series it was like taking a character out as well.
However the last say…30% of this book was really good. Things started clicking into place and speeding up, we got action and answers, and I really like where the author went with the Black Fallen storyline. Although that might’ve been an easy way to resolve the issue being that she made them almost invincible.
But BE WARNED… There is a major twist towards the end of this book… I gasp, I didn’t quite cry but I might’ve screamed “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”…. Twice. I do trust that the author has set that up to make it a great storyline for the next book.
BLACK FALLEN is another good addition to the Dark Ink Chronicles series, sexy vamps, bad angels, a very powerful heroine and a goth and gritty story.
What can you expect from GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS? Well Richelle Mead has done it again! She has an amazing ability for creating beautifully complex wor...more
What can you expect from GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS? Well Richelle Mead has done it again! She has an amazing ability for creating beautifully complex worlds, usually full of supernatural creatures. GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS is so different! A sort of post-apocalyptic world with a touch of supernatural elements. A game of Gods, religion and politics. All wrapped up in such well crafted writing!
In this world, churches are not allowed to exist unless they are approved by the state. Churches who pray to “Gods” are to be immediately shut down and the priests put in jail. And that may be because sometimes Gods can be tricky. People have been ravaged by a virus and some are genetically altered. They are all ranked by their ability to reproduce.
Mae Koskinen is a Praetorian, an elite soldier. She’s tough, she has super speed and strength. She’s also shut down her emotions, her way of battling her inner demons. She is sent to bring out of exile one Justin March. Justin used to be a religious investigator for the state in RUNA but he was getting a bit too close to the truth of the Gods and was quickly sent away. Justin has his own inner demons, which he prefers drowning in alcohol. Now, with Justin back in RUNA and working with Mae, they discover deeper and darker things about their world, the Gods and themselves.
While coming back to RUNA, Justin negotiates to bring back the daughter of his friend from exile, Tessa. Tessa has never been to RUNA and now has to discover how to adapt in search of a better life. This brings me to the different POVs. You get to read this book from Justin, Mae and Tessa’s POV. I think this was very clever in Mead’s part because Tessa’s perspective is the perfect complement to learn more about the world they are entering. I can’t wait to read more about her!
Mae and Justin do have good chemistry although I don’t think they are anywhere close to being able to be together. They do grow a lot individually throughout this book. Even though at times I wanted things to work out differently so they could be together, I also understand the point of having them wait and deal with their own issues. They are both damaged characters and they need to heal some of those wounds or they could do more harm than good to each other.
Ms. Mead gives us a fresh and unique twist to adult urban fantasy focusing on mythology, set in a dystopian-style world and throwing in some genetic manipulation. The world is complex, the characters full of depth and the trademark action and mystery packed storyline that Mead always delivers is what has me looking forward to where this series can go from here.
What could’ve been better? The pacing of the story. I have to admit that parts of this book read very slow and drag, but after the humps they pick right back up. This is not a simple world and the good thing is there is no info dump, however readers can get a bit lost at times trying to keep up with some of the information. By the end of the story, though, you should be up to speed and hopefully well prepared for the next book!
When I first started reading this series I thought it was going to be a trilogy, so I was pleasantly surpris...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
When I first started reading this series I thought it was going to be a trilogy, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out before I started this book that it would continue. The thing that keeps drawing me to this series is the sophisticated world. There is still so much that can be done with this characters and so much more than can happen!
This book starts off pretty much as soon as the last one ended. Chrysabelle is still recovering from her injuries, her life was saved thanks to Mal, and again she's not talking to either him or Creed. A bit selfish maybe if you ask me. Chrysabelle was a bit more withdrawn in this book and in some ways things that happened in this book felt more like a setup for the rest of the story. She's now looking for her brother. One that she didn't know existed before. To accomplish this she must get back to see the Aurelian to get a name. But she can't go back with our her signum.
She makes the decision to melt the famous Ring to use the gold for her signum. Good or bad decision? We will soon find out! But you will never believe where she had stashed the ring for safekeeping!
We get to travel to yet another city in Painter's world. This time is the ever popular New Orleans. I actually loved her twist on the city as it now belongs to the fae and vamps are persona non grata in the city. In order to get her ring back, Chrysabelle, Mal and Mortalis must help the fae in New Orleans solve a few issues. While back on the home front Creed, Doc and Fi are dealing with well.... a lot going on back home. Samhain is here and the creatures are out.
Mal and Chrysabelle's relationship was cemented a bit more in this book, which pushes aside the love triangle we started to see in the previous book. I'm happy about this. They both love each other, and Mal's feelings run deep. I'd love for them to be able to explore their feelings in the nest book.
I'm excited to see what's to come out, even though I'm still not sold on this as a favorite series of mine, it's unique, intriguing and interesting!(less)
I want to mention a couple of things before I start getting into the story of this book. I read the revised version that Ms. Briggs re-released in 2011, not the original version of the book. This book is really more fantasy than urban fantasy, so it's good to make the distinction with readers. Now here's what I thought of Masques.
The first thing that I loved was the intro that Ms. Briggs did telling the reader a bit of the story of how she came to work on this book again and re-release it. It does seem like a project that was dear to her heart, as it was her first real book published, and the old issues had become a bit of a treasure to find. For us new Briggs fans it was a nice visit into a completely different world than what I'm used to reading by this author.
I'm not really big on fantasy books but this one had an element of connection that worked really well. Who? Aralorn and Wolf. She's a mercenary and she happens to rescue Wolf from certain death. From that point on they've been emotionally attached and he will go with her and cross her path when she needs him most.
Aralorn is also a shapeshifter and works as a spy as well as a mercenary. She is assigned with spying on a sorcerer. Amidst the spying and the inevitable war, Alanorn and Wolf learn more about each other. I loved their banter and their easy companionship. They felt effortless together.
I did feel the writing was a bit choppy and the scenes changed a bit abruptly at times, but it didn't take away from enjoying the story. I am looking forward to Wolfsbane.(less)
I don't know if I'm a little biased here or not, but I admit I've loved this series from the beginning. Granted, I've had my ups and downs with it because I wasn't always a fan of what Rachel was doing or how she was acting. But she was always real and something about her carries this series forward always with growth.
A few books back, PALE DEMON blew my socks off and became my new favorite in the series. Especially after we had a few of not 100% awesome books in the series and I was starting to loose the excitement. The previous book, A PERFECT BLOOD, was not my favorite but still was amazing. Then here comes EVER AFTER. *gasp* *shock* *faint* EVER AFTER is the best Hollows book E.V.E.R.!! 5++++ Stars!
I'm not even exaggerating! This is the best book in the series so far because Rachel is very comfortable in her own skin. She kicks ass, she shows her emotions and she takes care of business. I don't want to get into the details of what she has to do in this book to save the demons and the Ever After, but lets just say that Rachel was top bitch on all counts.
Then there's Trent. I have to recommend that you read the bonus story in A PERFECT BLOOD, written from Trent's POV. I found that reading this story affected how I saw things that Trent did and said during EVER AFTER. You can read the short story online by clicking here and then select the first Teaser Chapter link on the left. That being said.... I feel in love with Trent all over again. Yes, he caught my eye in DEAD WITCH WALKING because I have a thing for bad boys, but in EVER AFTER he is real. We get a never before seen glimpse at who he is really is, how he really acts, what he truly likes. And I think that the full on Trent effect did wonderful things to the butterflies in my stomach. The elf is amazing! And there is a lot of him.
For Trent and Rachel lovers...well, let me just say I was more than happy. I can't contain my excitement on this one. I think I had a grin for big chunks of this book because of how happy I was with where the developments were going. I love how well they work together, I think they make an amazing team. I'm excited to see them working together more in the future. Hopefully the team work will also bring them together. It worked well in this one.
The actual story in EVER AFTER is action packed and full of emotion. WOW! There will be tears, gasps, hearts beating fast and maybe even sobs. So much happens, so much goes wrong. An exciting ride all the way along because you don't really see any of it coming. Just when I thought for sure things would start looking up, they got worst. To the point that I wasn't sure there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
But Rachel and Trent's relationship wasn't the only one that we saw, even though it was the most predominant one in EVER AFTER. Rachel and Al had some pretty awesome moments, although I got the feeling that a good friendship was forming instead of any chemistry going on. Seeing a bit of Al's past and finding out, finally, why the demons hate the elves was pretty awesome. Al is always a focal point of this series and even when he's not part of the book as much, like in this one, he's still key to anything that goes on. Love him!
Then we have our lovable sidekicks. I am a huge Jenks fan, and I was beyond happy to see that he was starting to move on with his life. So much has changed for him throughout the series. Having a female by his side that fuzzes over him and takes care of him, it warmed my heart. And even dealing with his son and the hard choices he had to make. Jenks is THE man!
But another little guy that usually is more a sideline character for me, but I just LOVED in this book, was Bis. Bis put on his big boy pants and got the job done! And we get to meet his dad, and his dad is so proud of him. That whole storyline was perfect to fill in the details I needed to make Bis a must read character.
I can't tell you much more without giving you any spoilers. And I don't want to give you any. Except that I do have to complain about one thing... when is Nick going to die???? I am waiting with baited breath for his final hours. He deserves a slow painful death. Even though I thought I couldn't get to hate him more than I already did, after reading EVER AFTER, I want to reach across the pages and murder him myself. Evil, sneaky, slimy, piece of ......
Yes, this was a bit fangirlish, but I can't really say anything different after the awesomeness that was reading it. This book was amazing from beginning to end. I loved EVERYTHING about it! And after having read the ARC, I've already pre-ordered the audiobook, as well as a signed hardcover copy. Yes! It was that good!
"As long as Felix was here, Trent would be the epitome of Teflon - knowing nothing, seeing nothing, accomplishing nothing - boring, boring, boring. He was also ticked. I could tell by the faint rim of red on his ears. "I hope you and Rachel had a pleasant dinner."
"I should have called Ivy."
"That's dumber than Tink's dildo!"
"Down, I think," he whispered, and making a sharp nod, he turned away.
I thought of Al in his dream, looking nothing like this, more like an elegant bat. Broken? Perhaps, but I had put his butterfly back together with my blood. "I never liked the movie Titanic," I said, and he grunted, his gaze sharpening on me. "They both could have gotten on that damn door."
"I want..." he said, then hesitated, taking a breath of air and lifting his chin. "I want one pure thing in my life," he said loudly, his voice ringing in the red-tinted air. "I want one thing I can point to and say, 'That is good, and it's a part of me."
Well the first thing that made me want to read this book was the cover. Yeah I admit it. The second thing? I...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Well the first thing that made me want to read this book was the cover. Yeah I admit it. The second thing? ILONA ANDREWS! Quite frankly, anthologies can be a good place to find new authors to read or just a collection of stories that are hard to develop because they are so short. As you can see by the number of authors in this anthology, yes, the stories were short. But some managed to convey enough of the story where I didn't feel anything was missing.
RETRIBUTION CLAUSE BY ILONA ANDREWS - 4 STARS This story is set in the Kate Daniels world although there is no Kate or any of the characters we know. It was actually interesting to see a different setting than Atlanta as this story takes place in Philadelphia. It also features Saiman's frost giant cousin Adam. Adam is an insurance adjuster and as such, he will have to enforce the retribution clause in the policy of a client. What does that mean? Him and his partner Siroun have to go and kill whoever killed her. Adam and Siroun are great characters, they work well together and there's a definite attraction as well. The story was very interesting and kept me hooked! Another great one by Ilona Andrews.
BIGFOOT ON CAMPUS BY JIM BUTCHER - 4 STARS I am probably one of the few people that haven't read the Dresden Files. I've always wondered about the series but didn't get to it yet. And this small taste of Jim Butcher's writing style and of Harry Dresden himself, well...completely wetted my appetite! I loved this story, I loved Harry, and I loved Jim's storytelling. I was sucked in from the beginning. Harry is hired by Bigfoot to go protect his son, who is away at college. Catch is Bigfoot has never officially met his son, and his son doesn't know his heritage, nor the danger he is currently in. Awesome story!
HOLLY'S BALM BY RACHEL CAINE - 3.5 STARS Having not read any stories by Rachel Caine that this would be even somewhat related to, I had no background for it but it was still a pretty enjoyable story standalone. Holly is a resurrection witch, and yes that means she can resurrect the dead. Her powers are used in police investigations sometimes to ask the victims about their death. She also has an undead (resurrected) boyfriend who, for some reason, hasn't gone away. Some magic is keeping him alive again and with her. Holly is now called in to investigate a crime that resembles one she had already investigated. Turns out the killer found a witch to resurrect his old victims and live his killings all over again, and now Holly has to figure out who is helping him and how to stop them.
SNOW JOB BY CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS - 2 STARS Snow is a rock star. Snow goes missing somehow. Delilah is a paranormal investigator and now has to find a way to rescue Snow, even though she didn't have a good relationship with him. I was overwhelmed with this story. Not having read anything by this author or in this series, I was lost and a lot of information was thrown in. Maybe just not my thing.
OUTSIDE THE BOX BY P.N. ELROD - 2 STARS Maybe this was just not my thing but I didn't enjoy this story. It's the first I read from this author (at least that I can remember). The story is about a witch that works as a to register newly risen vampires. This one vampire she's dealing with now is just more than she bargained for.
HOW DO YOU FEEL BY SIMON R. GREEN - 3 STARS I've read other Simon R. Green short stories in anthologies and I think I've come to the realization that his writing is not so much my preference style. However this story was entertaining, although a bit dark. It's about Dead Boy. He's been dead for a long time and just kind of existed all that time, not feeling anything and missing it, never thinking about the mugging that took his life. Until someone comes up to him and tells him his death wasn't an accident and Dead Boy is looking for revenge.
THERE WILL BE DEMONS BY LORI HANDELAND - 3 STARS Dhampirs, skinwalkers, fairies and fallen angels... Oh my! This was a bit unremarkable but not bad. I did have a hard time finding it interesting at the beginning, but basically Summer is a fairy and along with Jimmy and Sawyer they work for a demon killing organization and will go on a mission together. There's something about soulmates but it wasn't too clear to me, maybe I just had to read the series to understand it more.
CHERRY KISSES BY ERICA HAYES - 2 STARS Going to hell takes on a whole new meaning when you actually have to go to hell to recover an amulet. I really didn't connect with this story.
THE ARCANE ART OF MISDIRECTION BY CARRIE VAUGHN - 4 STARS Yes, this is part of the Kitty Norville series. Is Kitty in it? No. Much in the same way as the Ilona Andrews story, this is set in the world but there's no active participation from the main series characters. Although we did see Odysseus Grant and the story is set in Vegas, which we visited in one of Kitty's books. Probably would be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the series.
Did I mention already how much I love the covers for this series? Yes? They are awesome!
Now onto the book. Chrysabelle has stayed away from Malkom since coming back to Paradise City and the events at Corvinestri. This annoyed me a bit. She had made a promise to him to go the Aurelian to try and break his curse but with everything that happened she can't go back to Corvinestri. Does she realize what he did for her? So she just sends him blood with Doc in the meantime.
And then there's Doc. He's devastated over the death of Fiona but turns out she's not really all the way dead again. Wow this girl has gone through so many stages of death I can't begin to describe it. So he's looking for a way to bring her back to life.
While all this is going on Tatiana comes to Paradise City now with her new abilities she can sort of shapeshift into anyone she wants and she uses that ability to her advantage to try and find Chrysabelle and the Ring of Sorrows.
And that Ring has brought yet another player into the mix. Creek is a human vampire slayer for the Kubai Mata. Everyone seems to think this group is a fairytale. I actually really liked Creek as a character but of course, this wouldn't be a good UF series if you don't introduce a good ol' love triangle, right?
Yep! You got it. Creek wants Chrysabelle. Even though his job is to protect Chrysabelle and get the Ring of Sorrows back to the Kubai Mata. And even though now Malkom wants to stake his claim on her, which by the way I thought was really cute! The bickering and arguing between Malkom and Creek was entertaining but what I don't get is how these two very obviously possessive alpha males are ok with Chrysabelle saying that she basically wants both of them. How is that going to work? I'm extremely curious to see this part of the story unfold in the next book.
And then there's Tatiana. Truly a great villain, she's evil, most of the time things go her way and it's kind of disturbing to read her point of view. She has no care to destroy people's lives of those around her or just whoever gets in her way. I can't wait for her to get her own.
And for the grand finale, well not quite the ending, but what Chrysabelle did at the end was wrong even though was the only thing she could do. It was a bit of a betrayal. The actual ending was a bit anticlimactic but I guess that's because the next book released very close to this one so it's almost like continuing the story. (less)
Sometimes when you don't have expectations you are pleasantly surprised. Isn't that always a treat? This bo...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Sometimes when you don't have expectations you are pleasantly surprised. Isn't that always a treat? This book is very unique and the world building is amazing! It didn't suffer from first-book-in-series syndrome, which is already a great thing in itself.
So the shaede can basically melt into the shadows at night, perfect talent to have for an assassin, and a talent that Darian has used for a long time to her benefit in her career. She can pretty much kill anyone but when her, would you call him boss?, Tyler gives her an assignment everything she's believed up to now will be questioned.
See she's hired to kill another shaede. Up until now she thought she was the only one of her kind because that's what her maker wanted her to believe. But as it turns out there's a lot more than just that she didn't know and it's time for her to play her role in the supernatural world.
I know for some people Darian was not the most likeable heroine but I actually liked her! Poor girl had gone through quite a rough childhood and marriage before Azriel finds her and turns her into a shaede. For years all she knew was him and then he disappears. And she's had to live with the knowledge that the man she loved was dead and that she was truly alone in the world with no one of her kind around. So I felt her pain. I thought she had the right amount of kick ass mixed in with vulnerability. And to me she didn't come across as cocky, which is hard to manage just right.
Then there's Tyler. Intriguing and sexy. She's always thought he was her boss, her human boss. But there's so much more to him and its time for him to show her they can be good together. If it takes another shaede coming in and trying to swoop on his girl for him to come out of the supernatural closet, then that's fine with me. I really liked Tyler, sneaky as he was. And speaking of sneaky people, I actually liked the Shaede King, Xander, as well. What a collection of great characters!
So as this story is basically in a big part Darian discovering the truth about the supernatural world while battling a big baddie I thought it was a great setup for the series while still delivering a very interesting story. I really can't wait to see where things will go from here!(less)
The thing I have come to realize about why I love Rachel Vincent's writing is that she can create wonderful,...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
The thing I have come to realize about why I love Rachel Vincent's writing is that she can create wonderful, elaborate worlds that are very descriptive and manage to suck you right into the story. For the few hours you read one of her books it feels as if you are being transported there.
When I read BLOOD BOUND, the first book in this series, it was as very few books I've read before. A totally unique concept, characters that I came to care about quickly and a plot that grip me from the first page. I was left wondering where the story would go, and also wondering about the change in POV to another "couple", which is not usual in a UF series.
SHADOW BOUND definitely didn't disappoint! I have to admit that this book caught my attention from the beginning and it was totally un.put.downable! What a ride!!
The first thing I have to mention about this book is that for urban fantasy book, this felt like it straddled that line between a UF and a paranormal romance. Even though there wasn't a lot of actual romancing happening, the sexual tension and attraction between Kori and Ian was constant. Sparks flying anytime they were together.
The syndicates work a lot like the mafia, just that they are a bit magical or gifted. Kori, a shadow walker, had helped in the battle against her syndicate boss, Jake Tower, at the end of BLOOD BOUND. She has paid dearly for that. Reduced to a broken, damaged female, who is hanging on by a thread and with the only motivation of protecting her sister, she is assigned one task.
To bring in a new recruit, Ian Holt, to the Tower syndicate. But Ian has his own agenda and he's just playing Tower. His goal.... to kill Kori's sister. And the plot thickens!
So let me tell you about Kori. I loved her character. Her devotion to her sister from the moment and reason why she became involved with the syndicate, to her loyalty as much as possible to her friends, the way she rebelled against Tower if she was able. For her to still be standing and fighting tooth and nail after what she had to go through and be able to deal with feeling loved at probably the worst and best moment in her life at the same time. She opened up, she trusted.
Ian was also amazing! Loved his ability or power. He was perfectly matched for Kori because he has the same love and loyalty as she does. He is taking the ultimate risk for his family, and then for love. He was playful but also determined. And once he was determined he went for what he wanted and made it happen. No matter the ugly and high cost.
This book had a bit of everything, bad guys doing bad things, good guys doing bad things, and also some good in between for good measure. Again... I can't wait for the next in this series!!! For sure my favorite Rachel Vincent series yet!(less)