This book started off really good for me. It had a feel from the beginning as the world building in the Underworld movies, which I liked, so it had meThis book started off really good for me. It had a feel from the beginning as the world building in the Underworld movies, which I liked, so it had me intrigued. But my excitement soon fizzled out.
The main idea of the story is that there's two brothers who were to lead the Lycans. Rafael and Lucien. Rafael was supposed to be the leader but he left their people in the hands of Lucien and disappeared for many years. When he returns, he finds Lucien has taken a woman and intends to claim her as his mate. But Rafael can tell she's a hunter, and kills her... as she's having sex with his brother. They battle it out and almost kill each other. Rafael ends up leading his people and Lucien leaves, but holds on to the anger and wishes revenge.
Years later, now Rafael leading his people, he meets a woman who is destinted to play an important role in the war between the Lycans and the Hunters. They've waited too long for the Blood Moon. But Rafael also realizes that she is his mate, and he keeps her hostage in his home, so the Hunters can't get to her and use her against them in battle.
Their people live by the Blood Law, an eye-for-an-eye. Which is why Lucien now, by right, can kill his brothers mate. But Lucien wants to play with her a bit, not kill her right away. She ends up sharing blood Lucien first, which allows him to come to her without Rafael knowing.
Ummm.... OK, one point I have to put out there. I was kinda scared there might be some doggie-loving as I was reading. I really thought more than once I might have to put the book down if they went in that direction, but thank God nothing like that happened.
I think I had the most problems with the heroine and how her love for the hero developed, while he had her captive, and then how she was letting his brother have too many liberties. Be warned there's a huge cliffhanger at the end!!!! So I am interested to see where the story will go and will be picking up the next book when it comes out. ...more
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
This book was almost *just ok* for me. The story had a lot of potential, old witch hunter ghost, Kramer, looking to prey on his victims and take physiThis book was almost *just ok* for me. The story had a lot of potential, old witch hunter ghost, Kramer, looking to prey on his victims and take physical form on All Hollows Eve. I loved the play on Halloween in the story and a new character we meet, Tyler. I can almost say thank God for Tyler because he was my favorite part of this story. He's a gay medium and he has a thing for Bones and some of the funniest lines in this book.
They enlist the help of one of the women Kramer has killed who is now a ghost to end him, Elizabeth. The ghostly romance that develops between her and Fabian was so sweet! I want to see more of them too.
Here's my main complaint: NO VLAD! How can that be? I had Vlad withdrawals!!!! OK maybe this is not my only complaint with this book but its a big one. A lot of times I look forward to reading about him, counting on him to get the action going, the banter flowing, and when he's not there, well, it's a bit flat.
Cat & Bones relationship felt a bit more connected in this book, but Cat was not all too interesting. She's still unsure about her powers. And I didn't think she was as kick-ass as in her previous books.
I am looking forward to reading the next book and of course reading Vlad's new series....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
Yes, I'm a bit disappointed in this installment of the series. It was veeeerrrry slow up until about half way through. Nothing was really hap3.5 Stars
Yes, I'm a bit disappointed in this installment of the series. It was veeeerrrry slow up until about half way through. Nothing was really happening, I felt like the story was stalling and almost going around in circles for that long, which was a bit boring. Even though Sabina was with Adam.
We meet some fae characters when the setting of this book switches to New Orleans. This might've been one of the good points. I loved "Pussy-Willow" (Brooks). His, or is it her, character was entertaining, funny, and it definitely added to the storyline. And how cute was Gighul with him? Or is it her?
Anyway, what happened to Valva? Yeah, yeah, I know there's a short story coming out to answer that question. I was just hoping to see them together. (In case you didn't know, Violet Tendencies). I still love Gighul, he's one of my favorite characters, and there should've been even more of him!!!
Some things in the story were a bit unnecessary (like the midget orgy), and even though I find it funny when a book makes fun of "vampires that sparkle", maybe it's starting to get old and overused?
(view spoiler)[Finally Sabina and Adam have sex! And I wasn't happy about it. I'll explain. Before she did that, she should've come clean with the fact that she slept with Slade, I don't agree with what Gighul told her, and I feel that this will come back to haunt her in the next book if Slade shows up again. (hide spoiler)]
The book does get better towards the end and there's a bit more action, and more of the style of previous books which is why I still liked it, so I'll definetely keep reading this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more