Yep, still excellent! With it's wit, warmth, great characters and a story that gets you hooked, instantly. Faeries, a chosen mortal, a fight between g...moreYep, still excellent! With it's wit, warmth, great characters and a story that gets you hooked, instantly. Faeries, a chosen mortal, a fight between good (of sort) and evil, a lot of Rock'n'Roll and one sexy, irresistible Phouka.
I love it!
b/w the book was written in the 80's. References, clothes, songs. A trip down memory lane :)
**spoiler alert** Enjoyed the book very much. It’s the prophecy that gets the story rolling and I liked that it was a new approach to the- prophecy/re...more**spoiler alert** Enjoyed the book very much. It’s the prophecy that gets the story rolling and I liked that it was a new approach to the- prophecy/reluctant hero who’s going to change the world, story. Eugenie is the mother of the hero to be (or the villain to be, depends on who you are) that makes her a prize or a corps, either way she’s screwed. Nice.
The submission/domination conflict – great take on relationships. I thought it was a fresh way to address the issue (bondages included) to have Eugenie wandering what it means for her to enjoy submission and how to deal with the power she’s discovering. It was very interesting and I would like to see the developments as she becomes more and more powerful.
As for Dorian vs. Kiyo. Kiyo is a fine hero, handsome, brave, sense of humor, saves the heroin and great sex too, so what’s not to like? That’s just it; we’ve seen heroes like him before, no surprise. But Dorian, that’s a different story, literally. Handsome and powerful, yes and great hair too but he’s not your typical hero not tortured/angry/looking for redemption/hiding a broken heart there for can’t commit hero. He’s eccentric and a show off with an everything is a joke facade and he’s willing to share in the name of love. I loved him! We saw glimpse of his inner feelings and I really want to see more.
I did feel at times, that Richelle Mead can do more for details. She creates a somewhat flat world, same goes for the characters. I would like to see more depth or layers to unfold. Maybe some analyzing a la Cassie? (: (less)
**spoiler alert** Addictive. Run and tell. Share. More. Words that come to mind trying to review this book. Grubbs your heart followed by your gut and...more**spoiler alert** Addictive. Run and tell. Share. More. Words that come to mind trying to review this book. Grubbs your heart followed by your gut and mind sounds good too.
This is without a doubt one of the best uf series out there.
I can go on and on raving about the brilliant world created by the Andrews, about the concept of magic vs. tec, about the way they make the story fly, the depth of the characters and the emotions they portrayer. Not to mention the beauty of the action scenes and the dry humor. But I just feel like repeating what was already been written so eloquently by others.
I didn’t really breathe from chapter 28 to the end; I was much too busy reading franticly. Once finished, I went back to reread these chapters, this time with oxygen (which is apparently essential to the human body and mind). During the second reading I marked several scenes and I want to share:
“Curran stepped into the tub. He was obviously in no hurry. It was like walking on high bridge; don’t look down. Definitely not below his waste…Oh my”.
Yes, that’s when I stop breathing. And then she freaks. Ilona Andrews knows how to frustrate us, no doubt about it. And yet, I was still smiling.
“I couldn’t let him die. I whipped about, slow as if underwater, and saw him looking back at me with gray eyes from a monster’s face. What do I do? How can I keep him alive? It will be okay, Curran mouthed, but I couldn’t hear him, all sound blocked by my panic".
A brief moment that conveys the depth of Kate’s feelings to Curran. Of course the scene that followed was magnificent, but that brief moment was just heart wrenching.
She cuts off Cesare’s head with her blood (brilliant!) contemplating her own death, the ooh so emotional scene in the cage “I just wished…I wished I had more time”
But then he comes and rescues her. He sees how bad she’s injured and “His half-form face jerked. He pressed me against his chest. Stay with me. Where would I … go, your Majesty?....I lay cradled in Curran’s arms as he run through the vimana…stay with me baby. I will. It was a dream or a nightmare, I could no longer decide. But somehow I stayed with him all the way, even as the vimana careened, even as we leapt out of it and saw it crash behind us into the green hills. I stayed with him all during the mad run through the jungle…”
Written in such a perfect way that I could actually feel the frantic run, the chaos around, the desperation.
“Aaahh. Home. My place, my smells, my familiar rug under my feet, my kitchen, my Curran in the kitchen chair… Wait a damn minute. “ Got to love the humor.
Now if I can only contain the anxiety attacks I’m having since I’ve read that Curran stood Kate up on their date, and I’m all set for May.
What can I say Alexia, I’ll do the bitch dance for you any day.
This book is just mmmmmm. A pure joy. I am, without a doubt, completely and utterly in...moreWhat can I say Alexia, I’ll do the bitch dance for you any day.
This book is just mmmmmm. A pure joy. I am, without a doubt, completely and utterly in love with Alexia. She is probably one of the smartest, loveliest, funniest, courageous heroine out there (can you tell I worship the woman?) The smart use of understatements made me want to huge Gail Carriger. And the way she wrote the love scenes, so hot so unexpectedly, made me want to call her and tell her I love you
I was always a huge fan of the Victorian era (as short as she was, Victoria that is) and I thought Gail Carriger did a magnificent job with the world building and all its particulars, parasols included.
Engaging story, wonderfully written relationship, and endearing secondary characters, make this book a delightful and unique read. Tea craving included.
p.s Since everybody kept saying don’t read the third book blurb, I had to read it, and now well, I’m spoiled. a. I AM spoiled. Ask my mom (not to mention my husband). b. Now I’m definitely waiting for Blameless release in order to read Changeless ;) (less)
It was lovely. True, not as edgy as Kate Daniels, but a great story with great characters. I didn’t mind the oh so perfect HE. Frankly, after all the...moreIt was lovely. True, not as edgy as Kate Daniels, but a great story with great characters. I didn’t mind the oh so perfect HE. Frankly, after all the unresolved sexual tension, which was inflicted upon me lately by my favorite series, thank god someone, finally, actually HAD SEX. Not just almost, we want to but can’t cause I really hate you but secretly love you. So yeah, it was a perfect ending and I deserved it!
Rose was a great heroine. I loved her imperfect character, she was vulnerable but it didn’t diminish her strength. Declan was the perfect snarky, arrogant, hiding a big heart, devastating prince charming.. And of course Jack and George !!
I bow to Ilona’s (and Gordon) writing and imagination.
p.s Double yey for a future William’s book! (less)
PNR can be fun, so can an erotic romance be. Contemporary, suspense and of course an historical one. I love them all. But there's nothing,...more3.5-4 stars
PNR can be fun, so can an erotic romance be. Contemporary, suspense and of course an historical one. I love them all. But there's nothing, nothing like a good UF, and this one was a pretty good one. I thought the world was interesting (not ground braking but interesting), characters I want to know more about and a very flawed even sad heroine which I didn't want to kill (trust me, after all the books I've been reading lately it's a major plus!). There were a lot of plot threads that just left hanging and I hope will be dealt with in later books. So all I can say is - more please... (less)