Urban Fantasy junkies, this is it. The fabled book that is supposed to change your mind about this series. The book that drags the Kate Daniels series...moreUrban Fantasy junkies, this is it. The fabled book that is supposed to change your mind about this series. The book that drags the Kate Daniels series away from the average read it has been teetering towards and pulls it up out of the shadows.
For me it’s been the inability to get past Kate’s snark. Don’t get me wrong I love—love, love, love,worship—her wit and sharp tongue. Those snarky comebacks are one of the main reasons I would have read this series into the realm of one star reads. Andrew’s finally lets us into Kate’s head. What she’s running from, what she is, and her past. It was like I was meeting Kate for the first time. She’s truly one of the most wonderful bad ass woman leads out there. She’s hard and lethal, but she is a huge softy. She can kill the bad guys and right the wrongs without a worry of the price, but she can grieve over the “innocents” she doesn’t even know.
Curran and Kate are really starting to heat. To the point where they might have enough sexual tension on the page to outdo early Anita Blake books and The Night Huntress series. You’ll need a few cold showers by the time this book is done. Not only is the sexual tension good, but Curran’s real feelings for Kate become clearer and clearer. She’s not just someone he wants because she said no, he has an emotional interest.
Andrews has brought readers into the dark world of the Umpar—a cannibalistic rapist—to battles between two gods. Now we’re introduced to the world of the Midnight Games. Basically teams of people volunteer to be gladiators and make a living that way. The spectators are just as bloody as the olden times and they love a good show—meaning the more death and blood the better. It’s cold and cruel, hard believing that Kate grew up in such life. Too be quite honest the gladiator battles have to be some of the best action scenes written out there. Many times I found myself in a frenzied panic along with the characters.
Speaking of characters so much happens to them that it well makes up for the first two books. Kate gets a new friend, the were-hyena Andrea who is being wooed by a “sex god” from the local hyena clan. My favorite jaguar shifter is breaking the rules and almost defying Curran—and he gets a little silly. Then there’s poor Derek. The stuff that happens to him is heart breaking. At more than one point I had to get up leave the book behind and go on some really long runs to relieve the stress.
This book is hot. The action is on fire, the plot is burning with emotions and plot turns, Kate and Curran are sizzling with chemistry, and Curran is just smoking hot! This is the book that probably has some of the funniest moments, sexiest, and best one liners. The more Kate becomes a “real” person the more I like her. It’s a world that is well worth a visit. By the end of the book I was driven made by the cliffhanger between Kate and Curran. (As a hint I will say it has to do with a underwear served dinner.)
Sexual Content: Hot kisses, hot tub scene, and some nasty hints of rape from the villains.
This is a title that kept me going “Heck yes!” throughout the whole read. With “Oh, no she didn't!” Then at the end I was a little shocked that more o...moreThis is a title that kept me going “Heck yes!” throughout the whole read. With “Oh, no she didn't!” Then at the end I was a little shocked that more of my reading friends had yet to read this one! A lot have it on their TBR piles, yet no read. The few that read it are giving it glowing ratings and praise! Dying Bites is the perfect intro for The Bloodhound Files.
Jace ends up getting pulled over to an alternate world from our own earth. They don't have any one with job description is the “tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers.” They try to pull it off that they don't have such killers like we do in our world, but the truth comes out. What they don't have is too many humans, and they need a human view point to solve this. Vampires and werewolves are dominate and in the last world war it wasn't Hitler trying to purify the world from Jews, it was Vampires and Werewolves trying to turn the human populace. Soon after that Jace is faced with the chilling reality that humans face as the food source to vampires. Some try to protect them on reserves, and others just want to farm them. Humans are weak and at the bottom of the food chain literally.
Jace is investigating ritualistic killings being done by a human. The victims are vampires and werewolves. It soon becomes apparent that these aren't just random killings. Each murder site has power and in some way shows Jace horrors that occurred to the human race in this new world. The killer wants to wake up a god to make the world anew. It's beyond refreshing to see the moral conflict that Jace is going through. As she has to decide whether or not to take sides with the “monsters” or the humans. Because I certainly identified with the humans, and at times I could see where they were coming from. What's more is how the magic works in this world. Especially magic so powerful that guns and other such weapons are magically spelled out of everyone. Jace is the only one who can handle her gun and everyone else is still stuck using swords and arrows. Which makes you wonder who would have spelled that to happen, especially since modern weapons is what would even the odds for humans.
Even better is how certain things changed in this alternate reality. From wars to musicians. The way that vampires and werewolves changed some of the basic things in life. Such as full body suits to avoid the sun for vampires, and how a werewolves smell can be admissible in court.
So it's clear that I adored this world. Even better is that I adored the cast of characters introduced, it was great being presented with vampires and werewolves that showed humanity. Then the heinous ones that made you want to bear arms with the the human extremists (AKA Free Human Resistance). My favorite character actually ended up being Jace's Golem sidekick. The mythology behind Golem's is awesome, since they're the weapon advancement since modern weaponry as we know it doesn’t exist. The Golem is witty funny, and at times the most human thing in Dying Bites. Which brings to question what really makes a human, well, human?
This is told in first person so readers can sink straight into Jace's mind. It's refreshing to see such a strong woman faced with the reality that in this world she's fresh meat. I look forward to her duking it out with the bad guy, discovering more of this world, some of the romances kindling up, and of course time with my favorite Golem. The Bloodhound Files is definitely a Urban Fantasy that everyone should add to their collection. After reading the first book I made sure I owned all following books. That good, my bookworms. That good.
Sexual Content: Jace has sex, and she’s not conflicted! Yes. Sexual humor and some darker themes.
Black's exorcist series has been my guilty pleasure read for a quite a while. The Devil's Due is another solid entry into a world where demon...moreThoughts:
Black's exorcist series has been my guilty pleasure read for a quite a while. The Devil's Due is another solid entry into a world where demon's are among us and some humans willingly allow themselves to be possessed. It's hard to beat the crazy fabulous ending from the previous book, The Devil You Know, but Black comes close to it.
The constant battle of Morgan—our loud mouthed exorcist—and Lugh—the yummy demon king--has been the highlight of reading this series. This time around Lugh and Morgan are trying to find some middle ground, because Lugh possessing her and there's no way he's leaving. Of course this search for middle ground doesn't mean there's really any peace, so look forward to some more head butting sass. The struggle for Morgan to allow herself to let Lugh take control of her is really amusing, and in the end it may cause her more harm then frazzled nerves.
A mother hires Morgan to figure out why her son was possessed legally by all illegal means necessary, and perhaps get Morgan to illegally exorcise it. Soon Morgan finds herself not only trying to save an unwilling demon host, but diving deeper into the mystery of the human experimentation. Soon she finds another demon run experiment had more success then the one Morgan was spawned from. Leading to a very creepy and chilling conclusion.
One thing I loved about this installment is that not only does Morgan realize that she trusts Brian, and loves him enough to work things out. She also accepts that she's placed Brian on a pedestal and that he's human and will make grave decisions that may not be morally right. The relationship with the sadistic Adam takes a different turn. Sure they still hate each other, Adam tries at every turn to make Morgan uncomfortable and blush, but there's real progress. Morgan even gives Adam a sympathy hug, as the two understand each other just a tad more.
Black shows demon's at times can be human, Adam's love for his unpossessed boyfriend Dominic over powers his demon nature to obey his King, Lugh. Then at other times Black brings home how alien demon's really are, there ability to justify all actions for the need of there cause. Unable to understand why morals should stop them from achieving what they want.
The final paragraphs from The Devil's Due are some of my favorite, but I'll just leave the final two to sum things up.
The fate of the entire human race rests on the ability of this council of angry, antagonistic misfits to work together, to be honest with one another, and to watch each others backs. I have two words for you.
This is a hardcore entry into the fantastic world of Morgan Kingsley, for any reader's who've had doubts about the series this should lay them to rest. These characters are growing, not just in the book, but on me. For those of you who have yet to try this series out, do it's one of the few demon/exorcist series out there and it does the UF genre proud.
This one is not as heavy on the male on male action as previous books, in fact I don't think there's much besides a few sweet kisses and dirty talk. However some readers may not like it. There are some other graphic sex scenes, but mainly between Morgan and her boyfriend.
Rating: 5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession.(less)