Forget about everything you’ve heard about angelic Angels and step into Nalini Singh's world—where the only things angelicGenre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Forget about everything you’ve heard about angelic Angels and step into Nalini Singh's world—where the only things angelic about Angels are their appearances. Angels rule over the masses as all powerful beings since the beginning. Humans are nothing to them, simply toys in there immortal existence to play with and destroy. Angels can turn humans into Vampires to serve them for one century of servitude for immortal life and anything goes. In Singh's world the Angels might as well be the demons of Hell. Tempting, seductive, and something you'd willingly give your soul to—even knowing you won't be coming out on the other side whole again.
This is a dark and seductive world; rich in its complexity, but cutting in its bold taste of darkness. The world is terrifying at times, as Angels can causally claim the loss of a couple hundred lives as nothing in the grand scheme of things. Angels are untouched by time find themselves untouched by human emotions. What is the use of love when there is fear? What use is family when there is power? After seeing the harsh cruelty that Angels live in one can really appreciate the harsh joy of living a short—human—life.
Elena is a strong kick-vampire-booty heroine that is every UF reader’s dream slayer. She's got a clever mouth and an even cleverer blade. Raphael is the tortured immortal Archangel that just might be as evil as he is drop dead gorgeous. He can tear out hearts while unconsciously seeking out redemption for the kind of monster he's become. The two have a heated sexual tension throughout the book that reminisces some of early Anita Blake’s forbidden passion between Anita and Jean-Claude. In the end it might even surpass that legendary lust/romance because both Elena and Raphael take turns telling the story, heightening the emotions. There's only one love scene, but all the foreplay, tension, and downright lustiness had me feeling like I needed a cold shower to the end of the last page.
What I love about Angel's Blood the most has to be the cast of characters. The Guild Members that Elena works with are all so fleshed out that I was falling in love with them and could understand why she would choose them as her family. Ransom is a bad boy with commitment issues is and an absolute hoot. Sarah, a loving mother and wife, is the head of the Guild Hunters and is a force of woman you don't want to mess with. There’s a crazy pair of characters that I absolutely want more about: a grenade launching hunter and her annoying bayou Cajun prey. Hearing about their antics just put smile on my face. The vampires Dimitri and Venom exuded enough sex and lethal death to make me swoon for them every time they popped up onto the page. The evil villain was well done, his body count is spine shivering high and the manor of the deaths are enough to make anyone queasy reading them. It’s the terror that an Archangel can go to a point of such moral depravity that other beings that waste human life can actually look upon him with horror.
There are enough answers and mysteries solved to satisfy for this first romp into Singh's world, but plenty left in the dark to keep readers willing to sell their souls just to get the next book. The side of the book claims that it is Urban Fantasy Romance, and I can say that sums this read up nicely. It has all the grandeur of the finest UF, and all the hot edgy romance of some of the best PNR out there. There's still a lot of room for Elena and Raphael to grow, which is a good thing that the next book is still focused on the two. Pull on your big girl/boy pants and jump into a darkly seductive world of Angels and Vampires.
Sexual Content: Graphic sex scene and other explicit scenes. (Graphic gore of mutilated bodies as well, this is not for the easily squeamish.)
This book is whacked. Plane and simple, but trust me it's a good kind of whacked. ThOriginally posted at Book Whipsers.
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
This book is whacked. Plane and simple, but trust me it's a good kind of whacked. The kind that has fans as thick as the Harry Potter books—or dare I say even more then the Twilight Saga. There's nothing off limits in Clare’s Immortal Instruments series, and a reader can appreciate that.
Clary is our leading lady, who is soon to realize that vampires, werewolves, and faye are just the tip of the iceberg. She's plunged into the scary reality of monsters when her mother is kidnapped by the evil Valentine (much like the evil Lord Voldemort). Jace is the awesome man candy. Clare's writing proves that there can be more to the brooding male types. Jace has had a hard life and behind that rude mask he throws up, he's hurt and damaged. It's appreciated to get a male lead in a YA series that just doesn't stare and stalk people.
Each page is dripping in snarky wit and my favorite kind of sarcastic commentary. It helps that most of the smart-alec talk comes from Jace,—yummy and witty is a lethal combination. The other members of the cast have their own sharp tongues to add to the memorable one liners. Speaking of the cast, if you want one that comes this diverse you can't ask for a better book.
Every character is so well done that each one finds a way into the readers heart, even if they turn out to be unsavory sorts. Your in for the inside jokes, subtle hints or actions is all you need to know that something profound has just happened. My heart was running rampant with fear, adrenaline, anger, hope, joy, and love. This is the one series that always makes my heart ache with emotion.
Even after many re-reads and all of the other books in between nothing comes close to the City of Bones. This book is a legend, and it has every right to be. With a non-stop plot that makes you stay up all night to finish the book—no matter how many times you've read it—this is one title you will not want to say no to. Some readers may not like the turn of events between Clary and Jace's relationship towards the end of the book, but it's good in a shocking way that only Cassandra Clare would dare. Who can say no to a good dare?
Sexual Content: Kisses and making out, light amounts of homosexual themes. And a dash of incest.
Rating: 5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession! ...more
Let's face it this is one big hit in the YA genre. Especially for the new venue of Angel books hitting the book shelves.Genre: Paranormal YA
Let's face it this is one big hit in the YA genre. Especially for the new venue of Angel books hitting the book shelves. With a cover like this and the fact that you can never go anywhere without seeing this book splattered on every blog and book site there is, expectations were high. Sadly for me, they deflated all over the place.
The plot was pretty average. The take on angels, fallen, not, and Nephiles was pretty original. However, this book tried so hard for 80 percent of the read to be mysteries that the plot went no where. When a masked attacker kept popping up I couldn't help but groan and go, "Really again, where the hell is the plot!!" Answers were not forth coming until the last 20 percent. Where everything was suddenly dumped. Sure the ending was good, it had a plot twist in there that I did not see coming right away. Sadly the fantastic ending was blown by trying to cram everything all at once. This had potential, but Fitzpatrick spent so much time trying to make it mysterious that all the plot development that should have been sprinkled throughout the book was just shoved in your face at the end.
Patch and Nora's relationship was one of the more believable ones I've read which isn't saying too much. Patch is a creepy stalker. Don't get me wrong at the beginning of this book I was ready to join the legions of Patch fans. After a while his creepy stalking dominated the pages. We get zero information about Patch until that last 20 percent I was talking about. If we could have been fed that information during the story Patch would have developed nicely. Because all of this important stuff was jammed into the ending a lot of the emotions and plot was lost.
Nora herself, was a very vague character. She felt so blank. Of course her father had died and she had one friend. It was like her only purpose was to be there for the reader to insert themselves in her place. Trust me you are going to be doing a lot of self insertion out of shear desperation to get some kind of character depth out of Nora. Which sadly means you're probably not going to be happy with some of Nora's choices or reactions. If my life is being threatened, I'm not going to act like a love sick crack head no matter what the songs say!
Bottom Line: The only thing this book really had going on was the sensational cover. The plot was average, and the good parts crammed into an ending that ruined the experience. Patch, the little hottie, was too much of a creepy stalker. Even the when juicy info is finally dished out it's too late to get the appropriate character build-up. Out of sheer curiosity I'll buy the next book when it comes out in paperback.
Young Adult books with Angel themes have not been my best friends lately. Whether because the plot is so predictable, the characters are soulless, theYoung Adult books with Angel themes have not been my best friends lately. Whether because the plot is so predictable, the characters are soulless, the worlds un-inventive, and many other flaws—most of them all in one read. So Unearthly was at the bottom of my reading list, and when I finally started it the start was a bit bumpy. Not only was it slow, but the author did something I hate when writing in first person too many Is and Mes. After the first, or so, pages I realized that the author had a new take on Angels and within a few chapters the bad first person eased up and I could sink into the book.
One of the main flaws is that this book kept a great pace and gave us just enough details to stay captivated, but it still managed to feel like a slow read. The book enthralled my mind and I was eager to read, but then after a bit of time I got tired of the sluggishness. With that said, this book was wonderful.
Hands knows how to write characters. Many times before I felt like I was reading about soulless beings that are just going through actions in a book without any rhyme or reason, especially the main characters. Hands has a talent with words that not only made the characters of her books real, but they soon became beloved friends that readers can be totally invested in. Every plot turn and twist had me holding my breath waiting for the characters deliverance.
There is clearly a love triangle here, and before readers completely dismiss this book it has to be said that this is a WELL done love triangle. I’ll admit that I loathe love triangles in young adults and it’s because they’re never well done or realistic. When I find a good love triangle, now that’s where the true magic begins. Unearthly has plenty of that magic. Clara is a great leading lady to be an Angel she has self doubts that we can all relate to, but can shore up her courage and resolve when she needs too. The author understands that people just don’t boom fall in love, it has to grown. Tucker reminds me of Wade from Hart of Dixie, loud and rude to his crush, but so sweet and thoughtful and one of the most beloved people around. Christian is the aloof and mysterious type that Clara is destined to save as her Purpose and thinks that maybe he might be her soul mate. Things don’t go how Clara expects.
With this first book Hands creates a breathtaking new angle on Angels and their purposes on earth. With such remarkable characters and beautiful attention to details the writing will captivate readers and transport them into the beauty of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (As someone who’s spent quite a bit of their life in the area I know the author has done a wonderful job.) Slow it may be, but your heart will beat with adrenaline, love, pain, and heartache. Unearthly hints at the unending battle between good and evil and tantalizes readers with a taste of angelic mystery.
Sexual Content: Kissing and making out, there’s contemplation of going further. The dirty talk is pretty clean as well.
Angel and Demons are a lethal combination right now in the paranormal YA genre, one that I've had a really tough time getting into. If it isn't shalloAngel and Demons are a lethal combination right now in the paranormal YA genre, one that I've had a really tough time getting into. If it isn't shallow main characters, creepy stalker love interests who stare at their beloved, poor plot lines, or even down right crappy writing. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand is the first YA Angel book I've actually loved and I was craving another fix. Good thing Guardian was waiting for me!
It was a rough start with overly long sentences and the overly descriptive beginning. As soon as the mechanics and plots of Heaven and Hell kicked in I was hooked. Heaven and Hell both want Abby. The mystery is whether they want her dead or alive. Lucifer is the King of Hell and Satan is actually his diabolical wife. The two scheming and plotting was first rate—no poor plot here. Not only did I love the idea of Lucifer and Satan being separate beings, I loved that even Angels might not be all good. This book is witty, dark, slick and sexy—the perfect combination.
Abby is the poor soul caught up in the middle who's at the end of her rope. Her father remarried to a horrible woman with two demonic sons—not really demons—and then her father dies mysteriously, leaving her to the abuse of her new family. Not to mention the abuse of her entire school after a horrible breakup from her ex-boyfriend—who really is a demon. This is a chilly modern day Cinderella story of abuse. Abby is at the brink of suicide and Heaven finally intervenes sending Gabriel as her Guardian. Soon the demon who was sent to steal her soul and the Angel sent to save it find out that there is more to Abby, something her dad died to protect.
The love story here is well done, which is saying a lot fro me since I grew tired of love triangles a long time ago. Raph is the demon sent to steal Abby's soul after making him fall in love with her he breaks up with her in a way so cruel I actually blushed with embarrassment and anger for her. Even though that happened before the book starts the authors do a wonderful job building it into the story line, and amazingly enough making the readers fall in love with the tortured demon. Gabriel is the perfect counter to Raph. He's there for Abby and brings her back from the edge. There's a lot going on in the plot so the romance doesn't get as much page times as other novels would take, but the authors somehow pull it off. The romance is subtle and real enough that I can fall in love right along with Abby.
Despite the overly obvious names for the Demon and Angel love interests, there's nothing average about the love story being weaved here. If you're not into that sort of thing then the politics of Hell and Heaven will keep you captivated. There's murder, torture, and all kinds of dark and seedy things to keep a reader glued to the pages. The cast of characters are very memorable and not only did I find myself caring about the good guys, the bad guys captured my affections in a twisted way. This is the perfect book for fans of the Angel genre or those who haven't been able to quite get into it yet. Be prepared to stay up all night with this one!
Sexual Content: While there's nothing too graphic there's no doubt that sex—rough and cruel—is going on with the demons and maybe some adultery. It's pretty dark but readers shouldn't be nervous about it, or parents.
****Review copy received for an honest review.****
The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, book 1) by Jeaniene Frost
Part of me likes to believe that if I****Review copy received for an honest review.****
The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, book 1) by Jeaniene Frost
Part of me likes to believe that if I hadn't read The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz, or any of the other-world-with-demon books, I would have loved The Beautiful Ashes more. The reality is, it's just boring and quite honestly it does not bring more then two new things to the angel/demon genre. First was Frost's signature wit. The second thing is the mythology, while it's not 100% unique the bloodlines part is fun and I enjoyed Frost's interpretation and alternate view on all that biblical mythology. (And you'll want to have a certain Lady Gaga song handy.)
While I was excited that Ivy would be a different kind of lead for Frost, I soon realized that if Ivy was put in a line up with many other YA/NA characters out there I couldn't pick her out. Maybe if she cracked a joke, but other then that she doesn't stand out. Even with things I love such as bravery, loyalty, and perseverance to put her on my good side. Ivy isn't a bad character, and if anything it's nice to have a smart and strong lead. The genre needs them! What hurt my connection to Ivy is that there isn't much development and then at page 11 the male lead enters. He just happens to have broken in to her hotel and is waiting for Ivy, who just got attacked. She isn't worried, nope she instead thinks this:
I knew I should turn around, open the door and run, preferably while screaming. That was the only logical response, but I stood there, somehow unafraid of my intruder. Great. My survival instincts must've secretly made a suicide pact.
No Ivy dear. What you're survival instincts are suffering from is what I like to call the plague of storytelling: Instalove.
Even after being kidnapped by this stranger, AKA love interest Adrian, nothing. Stop it authors!!! Stop it. Love isn't easy and I don't want that in my books! Make it epic, passionate, and totally worth the wait. Not wham or you're being tugged by some magical connection, but you're love transcends that connection. That's telling and the easy way out. The fact is I know Frost can bring the heat!!!
Besides my eye rolling over the romance, and my resignation that I would not be joining the swooning I'm sure other readers will feel, I still had hope for the world. Yet, that didn't deliver despite the cool mythology. Everything was predictable and the demon realms have been done quite a few times, so if you're going to add to the genre blow me away! The plot was also predictable. Once the core of the mythology was introduced at page 32 and who Ivy is descent of it all becomes transparent. In the blink of an eye I knew who Adrian was descended from, and the drag out of that mystery was too much. (Which is lucky because jamming out to a certain Gaga song made my reading enjoyment spike!)
The plot of withholding information from the lead and then slowly revealing it didn't work, because if you're a reader of the genre you know the drill. Especially coming from the male lead who is “doing it to protect” Ivy’s fragile mind, and leads to her almost getting killed(s). So when the big twist, or the “betrayal”, came a long I didn't even bat an eye lid. In fact, the twist was given away within only a few pages of 32.
What I do believe could have saved this book was if it had read like a New Adult, and not Young Adult. Besides Ivy being of college age, there is nothing NA about this book. Nothing. Yes, I've come to expect that New Adult titles can have range from content level of Young Adult, to Adult, and even risqué matter such as erotica. For me I was hoping that Frost had chosen NA to bring the maturity of an adult title to the fun of the Young Adult genre, with a heavy dose of dark grit for the demon world. As said before some are going to find this pretty dark, however if you’re bread and butter is dark fantasy it’s like the kiddy pool.
In the end I think this is a promising start. The mythology is there, and I do want to see if the next book can step things up now that all of that the first book stuff is out of the way. Especially in the character development, there's hope for Ivy. But Adrian is just another male heart throb I'm just supposed to be swooning over. Still I believe many Frost fans will be happy with this, and Frost newbies. If you're a long time reader and good at predicting plots, and rely mainly on the characters to get you through, this might not hit the spot.
Sexual Content: Some mild talk of rape and torture, mild sexual content and plenty of humor.
Angel books and myself just don't seem to mix. After my disappointment of Hush, Hush many readers told me that I'd like Fallen so much more. I was detAngel books and myself just don't seem to mix. After my disappointment of Hush, Hush many readers told me that I'd like Fallen so much more. I was determined to read it if only for the fact that I had bought a copy when it first came out. With the first 20-30 pages I was hooked, I even went out and bought the next two books. The writing is beautiful and weaves a beautiful image of the creepy reform school Luce is sent to. It's like a prison for kids that the world just doesn't want to handle or have faith in. I was captivated by the setting, the landscape, and the idea behind the school. Then the "romance" kicked in.
Don't get me wrong I understood this was a romance going into it, so it wasn't like I was blinded sided by that. No, what I didn't like about the book when the romance stepped in was that the writing that I was entranced with could not convey, or build, the emotion. Dare I ask where any of the emotion was? Kate had to keep having Luce tell me how sweet and "wasn't that the most romantic thing ever", again and again. I hate books where the emotions are told, not felt in the writing. Luce as a leading lady was weak, but I could understand why she was that way from dealing with shadows that no one else could see. Especially, from the events leading up to her enrollment in the school. What I couldn't understands was how wishy-washy she was over Cam and Daniel. Cam is the third wheel chucked in to the love story to make-up a poorly done love triangle. Daniel is the soul mate. Even though Cam ended up being one evil creep I seriously liked him more. Readers are just supposed to fall in love with Daniel because there's a timeless bond of soul mates floating up in the air. All I felt was gypped. Just because they're "soul mates" does note give the author an excuse to ix-nay on the build up of the relationship. There should be a falling in love period, not an immediate jump to Luce becoming a crazy stalker.
Despite that I still enjoyed the story. Like I said the setting and slow build up kept me hooked. Though I'm pretty sure that most readers are going to find all of that (basically the first 80% of the book) really dull. Side characters fascinated me from the other fellow fallen angels, to Luce's new friend Penn. Kate isn't afraid to kill off characters so it adds to the suspense. Another fun bit is trying to figure out who the angels are, but who the good and bad fallen Angels are. Kate creates a believable feeling of terror—yes finally some emotion—as Luce finds out the hard way that people wear masks and you can't always judge who the good guys are at face value.
After finishing Fallen I promptly returned the other books I bought and will probably either borrow the rest or find some cheap ebook copies. This is the kind of book that you need to be swept up in the emotions, I feel a bit empty with Kate's emotionless writing. Especially since this series is all about the romance, the believability that these two characters are destined for each other. That their love is so strong that it will either destroy or save the world. Epic fail. Fallen barely gives the reader, and much to my annoyance Luce, any more details then what you could already could have guessed this book was about. Another bad sign was when I felt disappointed that the second book is obviously going to take place away from the school, I felt more attached to it then the growing story line. This is one of those "latest craze" series. So if you're looking for good Angel books I'd suggest Unearthly and Guardian. Both wonderful books that bring the emotion and a GOOD plot line.
Sexual Content: Lot's of kissing. Luce has some needy thoughts, but all in all this is a clean read.