What I liked: I really liked getting a peek at Nalini Singh's Psy/Changling world, if only because I'm hoping it will help hold me over until the next...moreWhat I liked: I really liked getting a peek at Nalini Singh's Psy/Changling world, if only because I'm hoping it will help hold me over until the next full length novel in the series in November. Whisper of Sin was like a visit with an old friend. It felt comfortable. For the most part, I bought this book because I wanted to see how Meljean Brook handled steampunk in Here there Be Monsters. I admit. I was skeptical, but I was wrong. The whole world is detailed but still accessible in a way I didn't think was possible at this length. More impressively, the focus was still clearly on the couple not the world-building. I finished the novella and flipped back to the beginning to start again. There's no higher compliment I can pay to a book.
What I didn't like: Anthologies like this give me an opportunity to try out new-to-me authors. I thought the Angela Knight and Virginia Kantra entries were certainly solid, but I don't think I'll be rushing to place these two authors into heavy rotation. Nothing inherently wrong with either story, just not my particular cup of tea.(less)
**spoiler alert** The forensic accountant with a secret to hide meets up with the man that betrayed her one year ago. Can they move past her hurt and...more**spoiler alert** The forensic accountant with a secret to hide meets up with the man that betrayed her one year ago. Can they move past her hurt and his personal vendetta to find love?
What I liked: 1. First, I love that Ava Gray never apologizes for the lives her characters are living. Soren kills people. Granted, they are generally people who one can argue deserve killing, but this is not a book full of shiny, idealistic marines. The books feel grittier than your run of the mill romance, and I really enjoyed that. 2. Soren's "power" is fascinating to me. The idea that people see him the way they want to see him, or how they expect to see him, and the ramifications this has for him are so interesting. 3. Let's be real: Ms. Gray can write a smexy scene. Better yet, she can write one that is both hot and moves the character development forward. Nothing disappointing here!
What I didn't like: 1. The villian, Dr. (?) Rowan, was one step short of Dr. Evil for me. I can even buy that he's a psychopath bent on torturing humans, but that his ultimate goal is to create a super race? Or sell his new super heroes? Or just run away with his pet experiment? I'm still not really sure, and it all seemed just this side of over the line for me. 2. Likewise, the world building around Soren's gift was a little crunchy for me. I love the premise that people see only what they expect to see and how that might impact the person with the gift, but I'm still not entirely sure how this caused his family to believe he was dead. If anything, wouldn't a mother be hopeful when hope seems lost? I'm not sure.
Even with these few nitpicks, I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more from Ava Gray.(less)
What I liked: Over the life of this series, Nalini Singh has continued to strike the perfect balance between the couple that are the subject of each bo...moreWhat I liked: Over the life of this series, Nalini Singh has continued to strike the perfect balance between the couple that are the subject of each book and the story arch for the series as a whole. I leave each book feeling satisfied with the HEA and full of new information about the world she's created. This is very, very rare in my experience. As for this book in particular, I was worried about how Max would hold his ground as a human and therefore weaker than Sophia. I was pleased with how this was handled. I am DYING to find out what happens next.
What I didn't like: Honestly? Not much. I really enjoyed this read.(less)
Lora Leigh books are like potato chips. They're delicious even though you know you shouldn't be enjoying them THIS MUCH. I can't help it. Periodically...moreLora Leigh books are like potato chips. They're delicious even though you know you shouldn't be enjoying them THIS MUCH. I can't help it. Periodically I go on a binge, and here I am. Binging again. (less)
Wow did I love this book. I won't go into plot, but these are my favorite parts: 1. Elena's development. Elena went from being the best hunter to the w...moreWow did I love this book. I won't go into plot, but these are my favorite parts: 1. Elena's development. Elena went from being the best hunter to the weakest angel. She needs to do a lot of adjusting in a compressed period of time, and I loved watching her grow and change.
2. Raphael. I think this is the very first depiction I've seen of immortal characters that rings absolutely true for me. After thousands of years, how could anyone relate to humans with only a few year's worth of experience? Conversely, with so much time is there really a sense of urgency to live a huge life? I am fascinated by the way Nalini Singh has turned the classic "immortal alpha hero" on its head.
3. Elena and Raphael. Sometimes when a series follows the same couple over several books, creating new believable conflict becomes a problem. This is not the case in this series. Elena's now an angel, so they can be together, right? Not so fast. She's weak, and she's a weakness for Raphael. She's an independent person, but in this new world she must depend on Raphael for knowledge and protection. I loved watching them find their way as a couple.
As the book ends, Elena and Raphael are headed for New York. Will she continue hunting? How will she relate to her family and friends who will eventually die? What will the rest of Raphael's organization think when they discover he's made Elena an angel? I can't wait to find out.(less)
Wow. I'm continually amazed by how smart these books are. The first two books were smart but sometimes unclear. That problem is completely corrected....moreWow. I'm continually amazed by how smart these books are. The first two books were smart but sometimes unclear. That problem is completely corrected. The world building is full and complete, but it doesn't compete with Jake and Alice for attention. This is clearly their story. Mostly though, it's just a great story. I'm dying to know what's going to happen next. I started Demon Bound immediately. (less)
I read the first two books of this series, and I really, really wanted to love them. I think Meljean is a class act, funny, interesting, and I really...moreI read the first two books of this series, and I really, really wanted to love them. I think Meljean is a class act, funny, interesting, and I really wanted to love her books. I'd have to say that I liked those books, but I didn't have a sense of urgency about reading this book. The TBR pile is large, and I kept pushing this book back in favor of other reads I was more excited about. Then I read Meljean's blog entry about trying Demon Night if you couldn't get into the earlier books in the series. I took her up on it, and I'm glad that I did.
This is a great book. In previous books, I sometimes felt as though the book was smarter than I was, like I was constantly missing something. I reread sections of those books more than any other books in recent memory. Constant rereading took me out of the story and diminished the effect of world building and characters that I could see were interesting if I could just stay invested in them. This book solves that problem without dumbing down the plot, the world, or the characters. This is still a smart chick's romance, but the head scratching is gone. Like Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook has written a book that centers firmly on the central couple while still developing the world and moving the larger story arc forward. I finished this book, hit the kindle store for the next one, and started reading it immediately. In my house, that's that highest praise a book can receive.(less)