***If you have not read the first book, there might be spoilers. Oh, and if in general you're not good at predicting books.****
Holy. Freaking. Book Go***If you have not read the first book, there might be spoilers. Oh, and if in general you're not good at predicting books.****
Holy. Freaking. Book Gods! Ahhhhhhhhh! Wow. Wow-wow. Wow! Excuse me while I take a shower, then poor my wine and light a smoke. Bookness, that was sooooooo good. Part of me always new that if there was an author who could make a freaking EPIC love triangle it would be Cole. Gosh, my body is still going crazy. Not to mention my mind. I . . . just . . . oh. *fans-self* Just bless you Cole. Bless you.
Now, I'll stop babbling. Well, hopefully.
Jack squeezed my hand and gazed down at me. “A, moi, Evangeline.” I promised him: “Always.” ― Jack & Evie
The power of Cole is amazing in The Arcana Chronicles. Just dumbfounds me. It might be a Young Adult, but the only thing that classifies it as Young Adult is the fact that the characters and Arcana players are in that age category. Everything else is all adult baby! The grit and horror of the world of the Arcana, the gore, deaths, dialogue, and mindsets. Oh, and the sex. Prrrrrrrr. What's better is that while I might be getting a bit tired of the “Cole Formula” with her Immortals After Dark series, everything in Arcana is great. Especially now that answers are trickling in. Hmmmm, what a world!
“The first priest I find, I'm goan to marry you. I'm all in, peekon.” ― Jackson
Cole has brought everything I love about her IAD series here, and made it—FREAKING AWESOME! The whole lies and misunderstandings between the lovers is so frustratingly perfect. Oh. My! Everything I wanted to happen between Jackson—the book world's most hottest Cajun—and Evie did. But of course everything gets thrown out of whack! Rooting for Jackson and waiting for Cole to make her move and introduce Death was sheer torture. Oh, and just like I knew she would Cole has made me fall at the feet of the amazing Death. While things about him fall into classic alpha man—a la Cole style. It amazes me how much I love both Jackson and Death. At this point I'm still firmly on team Jackson. Though between the two I'd tell Evie to walk and woman out, she's amazing. Empress don't need to simper!
“I desired you before, but I never loved you until this life.” ― Death
Because the problem is that the huge betrayal that Death is punishing Evie for. Kind of seemed really stupid. The fact is the past Empresses have been raised to be ruthless and only look out for number one. Each time she dies she's reborn again without the memories of her past lives and into the arms of waiting people wanting to make her ruthless and viscous. Why should she be accountable for those sins? Why should Evie even being thinking about her love in terms of “penance” for Death? That's messed up, even for a Cole book.
“Force?” Unmoved, he led me towards his bedroom. “I'm not forcing you to do anything. Just as you can't force me to save your lover's life. We each make sacrifices to get what we want.” ― Death
The betrayals from all sides of the love triangle of Death, Jackson, and Evie are there. Cole is queen of making dramatic and damaging drama between fated characters. What I love is that despite everything Evie holds on. What's better is that I can see all sides and as Evie states, “I was learning that nothing was black and white.” These are my favorite types of worlds and love stories. You know it people, I'm a gray area girl. It's so magical to feel this way about a love triangle. See people, this is what I've been blabbering about nonstop: the ultimate power of a good love triangle!
“My relationship with Jackson had felt fated. Whatever I had with Aric felt . . . endless.” ― Evie
So I've been going on and on about the romance. To be honest it's a huge factor here. What needs to be mentioned are the other characters and getting to know them. The black and white, to those fabulous gray areas. The bad guys are chilling in true Cole fashion, and the good guys aren't always white knights. The game of the Arcana is epic and I have a feeling that Mathew—AKA this series' Nyx—is playing to officially end the game. Oh, and I am so excited to see this play out. Amazing world with scary ass deaths lurking behind every turn. The battles and action, strategy and seduction! Mathew's repeated words of “taking out the bad cards”. This is just the start of the Arcana battle, with a “secret” Arcana and the possibility of more minor players. Loving both love interests and not feeling 100% about who will end up with Evie? Absolute perfection. Oh, and that cliffhanger! Ah! Thank goodness I waited for book three two come out before diving into the beautiful terror of Endless Knight.
(Oh, wow. I'm still shaking from my book high! Bless you Cole. Bless you.)
Sexual Content: Sex. Hmm-mm. Plenty of flirting, temptation, and dark themes. It reads like one of her IAD books. At this point you’ll know if you like Cole or not.
It's clear from my reviews that I have not been doing well with indie/self pub books for Urban Fantasy. That said I enjoyed the humor immensely in thiIt's clear from my reviews that I have not been doing well with indie/self pub books for Urban Fantasy. That said I enjoyed the humor immensely in this book, and the grammar was clean. Wow, what a nice little twist. Sadly it felt like non-stop jokes. Which is a sad coincidence as I was talking to some Goodreads friends about how of late Urban Fantasy authors seem to think snarky/witty jokes is the way to go. Completely leaving character development and world building in the background. Which also led to how snarky humor may not be witty, but simply rude.
Thankfully it comes off witty in Maggie For Hire. Sadly the writing is bare bones. When I read a book the words need to transport me into the world. Where all I can visualize is this world. Taste, smell, feel, and just be in a freaking book coma. Where I don't need to eat or sleep because the author is providing all my needs. Maggie was a stranger going into the book, and coming out of it. She has a great since of humor. Yeah. None of the other cast of characters stood out much. And no I didn't find the elf sexy. With poor writing. Or I should say it's “telling” writing. Don't tell me how hot and sexy this elf is, make me believe it through the writing.
Now the plot. Nothing special. Runs like an uninspired UF, with nothing new. In fact, there is so little new material here that this is how it goes: chasing, little mini fight, find some one, ask questions. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. By the end of the book I skimmed. GASP! Yeah, me the advocate of no skimming. Sorry, by the last 50% I know longer cared. And actually considered exercising my “Did Not Finish” powers. But I wanted to get the last few jokes in.
Come for the jokes, and stay for them. Because you're not going to get much else out of this. There are some amazing authors out there, especially in the UF genre, and I know what I want. Sadly Maggie For Hire may have some solid writing—especially compared to some of the shit ARCs lately—but it's not quite there yet. A bit more work with world building, characters, and not telling the story is needed. Right now the book is free on Amazon for Kindle, try it out don't be shy. I read this as a group read and there were many readers who enjoyed it and moved on the the next books. For me, I want more. Nay, I need more.
Sexual Content: Sexual jokes, a few. Clean, cleaner than most YA.
Wow! What a fun and fast read. Clamoring for dark and gritty paranormal reads is basically my thing. But even I need a nice fun read from time to timeWow! What a fun and fast read. Clamoring for dark and gritty paranormal reads is basically my thing. But even I need a nice fun read from time to time, with lot's of lightness to it. Which is exactly what Hex Hall is. Now to be fair, there are some dark elements here no doubt. Even some dark twists. Sadly if you read this genre “dark and gritty”, and “freaky scary” are some of the terms used fondly to describe a good read. So Hex Hall is like the cotton candy fix after being accustomed to the finest chocolates money can buy.
Hex Hall's plot is predictable. You can read it like an open book. (Yeah, I went there.) The dark twists were only surprising because they were a bit darker than the rest of the book, but not because readers can't see them coming. Hex Hall's real power to captivate readers comes from its quirky humor, and even quirkier characters. No really the cast of characters found in Hex Hall are awesome. Even the mean girls get some depth and when bad things start to happens you can feel for everyone. Even if they deserved it.
Warning! Total cliffhanger! And what a brave one at that. Things could get darker from here on out, but I don't think they will. In the end this Hex Hall is a fun read. Thankfully it's no Sabrina—some reviews were making comparisons—but as said before it's fun! The jokes are smart and the characters are very interesting. There's enough going on here that it isn't a fluff piece, but it is still a nice break from some of the darker reads that dominate—at least mine—TBR piles. So happy the rest of the series is already out as I will be moving on to the next book!
Sexual Content: Making out and sexual humor. Overall pretty clean.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
My issue with Free Agent is a personal one. A lack of connection. And some slightly off world building. Because within reading the first page I knew tMy issue with Free Agent is a personal one. A lack of connection. And some slightly off world building. Because within reading the first page I knew the writing was solid and the world would be fun. To be honest it took a while to get into it because all of the terms and stuff are shoved in your face. At no time is the world explained. Once the terms and stuff kind of sunk in things went smoother. And I discovered some clever humor and fun pokes at fun fairy tales.
So it's safe to say any reader needs pay attention and wait 10 to 20 pages before things click. Nothing will ever truly be explained. Because at first I was so sure that the humans of this world knew that magic and fairy tales existed. Then all of a sudden at 44% there's a wolf chasing Melissa but—
“ . . . what the people on the sidewalk saw—probably convinced themselves it was a homeless man who hadn't shaved, or a rabid dog chasing two women.”
Next it would seem like people were well versed. Then the male love interest was rocked by the sudden truth of a world filled with magic. So at this point I'm going to say the majority of humans don't know . . . but. Ugh. That was another sticking point with me. I do not like to have to guess about any aspect of the Urban Fantasy world being presented. The author needs to make it clear up front. That's not being picky, it's simply good world building.
The final straw was that I could not connect with Melissa. Something about the writing was holding me at arm's length from her and I couldn't connect. UF mainly consists of loner leads. Yes, those types of leads can be hard to create connections for readers. However, it's been done enough and well enough that I expect more out of any book I'm reading. Not just in UF. This continued the whole book. Not only could I not connect to the lead, but I had no emotions to the love story. In fact there was so little connection with the writing that I could not believe love at first sight—or in three dates—in a fairy tale world. Nope. Not only that but all of the characters were hard to like and connecting to any of them was impossible. Instead, the majority of the characters made me greatly dislike them.
The problem was that no matter good the writing, it would tell me how I should feel with the character. It didn't weave a tale that I could connect to. Which is funny because I highlighted the heck out of this book because of the witty dialogue and hilarious fairy tale quotes. That's were I think the problem lies. Nelson was so good, and stuck, on giving hilarity and good lines that character development and connections were quickly glossed over. One scene where Melissa finds out a painful truth about her step-mom, that part of letting her get bartered away was because Melissa's father would never get over her mother while she was there . . . wasn't even addressed. Melissa was angry, but not over that. In fact, it just kind happened and was gone. So the whole plot of the evil queen emotionally ruining Melissa fell flat for me. Because this book couldn't stir my emotions.
It tired me. I went from thinking “this might be a 4 out of 5 read”. To a 4 and then 3 out of 5. I pushed through and determinedly decided I would not quit this book. Then with about 20% of the book left I thought “I wish this book was done!” It hit my 1 out of 5. Because I know longer wanted to read it, in fact I was wishing that it was over. I felt cheated out of my money.
Sad truth is that Free Agent one of my most anticipated books of 2014. Lots of other readers loved it. Too bad for me. It was annoying to keep wondering about the universe Nelson had created, but then it was just boring not being able to connect with the characters. Most of the time I didn't even like any of them. Yes, even the lead I found stupid, rude, and annoying. Worst was the overall plot was annoying. The only solid thing was the funny jokes about various fairy tales. In the end I think a number of readers will enjoy Free Agent. I simply needed more.
Sexual Content: Mild sexual humor, one or to mild dark themes. Honestly it's clean for the most part.
It ticks me off when a good series suddenly changes things up. Sadly this volume not only changes up the art style, but it takes all the character devIt ticks me off when a good series suddenly changes things up. Sadly this volume not only changes up the art style, but it takes all the character development and stomps on it, and basically flips readers the bird. Chase is basically back to being an idiot jock. Even more brainless then when he first came into the series, and really mouthy. Talk about slapping Gert fans in the face.
Overall the plot bored me. The resolution was sad and broke up the best thing about Runaways. Who knows if it will be revisited.
Now about the art style. Don't get me wrong it's nice and I've enjoyed other comics and things that use it. However, with the change many characters no longer look like themselves and the style is juvenile. Yes, I get this is a comic about juveniles. But that doesn't mean everything suddenly has to be child out. Runaways best feature was that despite it being about kids it brings in adult themes about right and wrong, death, and more. The old art style reflected that. It was beautiful and brought a gritty realism to the comics.
The art style isn't my only gripe. The story was jumpy and didn't flow well in many spots. The art style is so jumbled up that some of the fighting scenes--heck even none fighting--seemed garbled and hard to follow. This is series 3/vol 3 and at this point I'll only be following just to see how things wrap up. To be honest if I would have known the series spiraled out this bad I probably would have never continued.
I fear for further entries to this once brilliant series. ...more
The grammar issues I had wondered about before . . . apparently it wasn't an update I had missed. Sure they aren’t as prolific in Night Blade, but theThe grammar issues I had wondered about before . . . apparently it wasn't an update I had missed. Sure they aren’t as prolific in Night Blade, but they are here. Frequently. Ah!!!! What the heck! Am I the only one noticing this? Because everyone else is leaving glowing reviews with no mention of any grammar issues. It's nothing too shocking. Just repeated words before and then after some words, a small misplaced, or an incorrect word. At least the repetitive phrases seemed to stop and Kit was only called stupid a few times so it wasn't unbearable.
While I wouldn't say that the last book borrowed from Kate Daniels, Night Blade definitely squashes any fear that the series can’t stand on its own. Even better is that the sketchy and jumpy writing of the first book is all but gone. Clearly Daniels has smoothed out a few kinks.
Even for a brief moment in the beginning of the book Damon seemed like a better character. Sure he was growling about Kit living her life doing the job that she was doing before he met her. Making me totally agree with Kit that she had been taking care of herself long before him, and she shouldn't have to change a thing. Then . . . boom. The Damon asshole that plagued the first book totally reared his ugly head and took a giant shit all over. Kit is doing hard things to save Damon. Yet, by Damon being secretive and going psycho to protect Kit—no, it was not romantic—he not only put his life on the line, but made Kit the center of a shit storm. One that Kit basically had to go the long way to figure out to save Damon’s life. And that long way was only more shit on top.
So everyone else understands the hints Kit gives them as she is magically bespelled by her Ex to not speak a word of what she's doing. To not even really think about it. Everyone, gets it. But when Kit finally has to address it with Damon and try and tell him what's going on the man—he. Ugh. He. Ahhhhhhhhh! It's basically their first real fight, he accuses her of not trusting him and he shows that he doesn't trust her. (Oh, and mainly because she can’t go back to his place right then.) Basically telling her it's over and running off like a freaking pubescent-whiny-teen. If they make up I'm gonna be so pissed off. Then when the whole world collapses down on Kit—come on who was the big bad last time that wanted her so much—and she's left open because she's so worried about Damon, he simply expects to snarl his way in and play hero.
Justin, the Ex who bespelled Kit and created the “mess”—was actually an amazing character. At this point I find him a much better love interest. Besides it's all Damon's fault and no one can convince me otherwise. Damon comes to rescue her I give him that. But that’s after he abandoned her and left her to the wolves. Justin is the hero in my eyes. As it ends up Kit doesn't want to see Damon. Not because he basically betrays her, but because all the horrible-horrible-horrible stuff that happens in this book has “broken” her. Thank the book gods that she didn't think those horrid words of how she's now “sullied” for him. Oh, it would be over if Kit did that. Over!
This book is insane. Damon is one of the worst male “heroes” I've ever read, and I have serious doubts as to whether Daniels can pull an Arthur and create a Quinn transformation. At times I was close to reaching that happy reading place. Then it would crash and I'd enter . . . that dark reading place that I just won't rant about. However, the power of the last 30-40ish pages can not be ignored. The horror and sudden strong power of the writing can not be ignored . (Even with the grammar issues. Really, am I the only one seeing this????! No way it's my Reader sabotaging the books.) Sadly I've already purchased the next book. Can't. Look. Away.
Sexual Content: Sex, rape, and not overly detailed. Plenty of sexual humor and horrid things. Like I said nothing is overly detailed.
OK, I know why I didn't see, or honestly want, the tragic loss of Gert to happen because I always thought she was the token girl and that she was therOK, I know why I didn't see, or honestly want, the tragic loss of Gert to happen because I always thought she was the token girl and that she was there to eventually die. Which is sad because she actually ended being a really great character. However, despite that I was hoping that Chase would get offed Gert's death and the affect it's having on Chase is awesome. It's going into dark and scary places and that . . . I love. With "vol 2 issue 23's" ending I was scared witless. Totally witless!
Volume 7 brings up some dark things about Chase's parents and how he coped with things. Glad the "big guys" have officially been laid to rest with Alex, hopefully. That ending . . . and you know comics. Plus, what the gang comes home to!
That being said clearly I loved this volume and I'm really digging Karolina and Xavins. It's a cute coupling that I want to watch bloom. ...more
Wow, this could have been one hell of a story with a wallop! Instead it's made me leery of a switch-up of names on the cover. Whedon . . . I fear it.Wow, this could have been one hell of a story with a wallop! Instead it's made me leery of a switch-up of names on the cover. Whedon . . . I fear it. No really there were so many things I love, time travel, tragic romance, dark themes, and woman's rights but the flow of this story was horrid. The jumpiest story telling I've seen in Runaways, which is a shame because this series hasn't let me down yet.
Oh, and why so man "things" for everything. "Things" is not a word to replace other words . . .
However, I love what the story was even if it didn't reach the full potential it deserved. ...more
The first bit felt off with Moly getting her own adventure, but after that things are great! Oh, and the Runaway that dies? Smooth move. They were dupThe first bit felt off with Moly getting her own adventure, but after that things are great! Oh, and the Runaway that dies? Smooth move. They were duping readers from the start. Bravo. Though, I'm really sad about it because I loved the character and I really-really-really wanted to see more grown up versions of said character.
Clearly things are changing and the evil "Victorious" option is teasing me!...more
A nice setup volume to this new arc! It's great a kid from the "ultimate evil of the universe" joins the group, and The Pride may not be dead yet. GooA nice setup volume to this new arc! It's great a kid from the "ultimate evil of the universe" joins the group, and The Pride may not be dead yet. Goodies! ...more
This one went deep . . . . poor Dagger. However, I felt like it split in half and kind of left me in the lurch. The story with Karoline should have, aThis one went deep . . . . poor Dagger. However, I felt like it split in half and kind of left me in the lurch. The story with Karoline should have, at the very least, been brought up or visited as the next story came in. Or it could be that I wanted more of the intersteller stuff that was hinted at the start but sadly denied to me. And I'm a litte nervous it will never truly be expanded on.
And with some of the big character depth reveals I'm pretty sure I know who's going to day next in the Runaways. It seems glaringly obvious. Heavy handed with the hints much?
Ahhhhh! So good. Keri Arthur taught me one thing about hating the male love interests. When the new man shows up, or the despised male lead finally tuAhhhhh! So good. Keri Arthur taught me one thing about hating the male love interests. When the new man shows up, or the despised male lead finally turns around, things can get really good. Ah, so good. Owen Grayson. Amazing. Amazing.
Now I'm not going to go on and on like my last review, because to be far Venom is not a romance. But Gin is coming into her own. she’s realized finding her path is realizing the type of people she needs in her life. She's tough and though she's said she knows who she is and will have no regrets about what she's done. She still fears what others will think, in the back of her mind where she doesn't want to admit it. For me that makes her more real, and human. We've all picked the wrong man—person. Made justifications for them, why we are the bad guy and don't deserve them.
It was wonderful watching Gin come to see Owen Grayson. Because the man is sexy! OK, sexy isn't a reason. The Detective Caine was sexy, but he was a total evil asshole. Owen is protective, and alpha, and he does what needs to be done to protect his family. He's worked hard to get where he is, and knows the world isn't black and white. There are gray areas and sometimes terrible things need to be done. The funny thing is even though Owen has done some bad things in the past, he has more compassion and heart than Caine. Argh! There's just no words to describe how much I loved Owen and Gin together. It was a real treat getting to know him, and . . . just read it!!!
OK, enough about that I loved getting to meet Gin's sister as well. Like Gin, Bria is a force to be reckoned with. All of the interactions between the two are amazing and it's building this burning anticipation for them to REALLY meet. Bria is filling Caine's shoes in Ashland as the straight and narrow cop. Which worried me at first, but Bria is not the female version of Caine. No . . .I . . . I love her too!
Which brings me to the most shocking words: I love all of the characters so much. From dark Sophia and light and wonderful Jojo, to Finn the smooth operator, O-W-E-N, Bria, and well there's so many. It's wonderful to be in love with so many characters like this! To see how they all work together and interact. To fear that they might die . . . because Elemental Assassin is that kind of series. Oh, and I enjoy the evilness and wickedness of the villains. Things aren’t wrapped up fast with them, these are epic villains.
Gin has finally decided what she wants to do with her retirement, and finding her way there is quite the journey. Once more is that even though Fletcher is dead Estep shows readers and Gin who the man really was. As the plot unfolds and the mysteries come to light readers will find an even richer story than the previous books. Estep has out done herself and it's safe to say the Elemental Assassins universe is perfection for me. Everything comes with consequences and the characters' lives go on and develop. Again I have to mention how they all interact with each other and how it drives the plot.
Isn't it amazing to be rooting for killers. Hoping that Gin will get her revenge. Venom is filled with monsters, and only those who have danced with the monsters—and at times become monsters themselves—can truly be heroes in Ashland. Venom is a rush and as Gin takes those first few steps at setting up her revenge game fans can’t help put foam at the mouth for more.
Sexual Content: Oh, it’s here. Plenty of sexual humor (Finn!), dark sexual themes, and so on. It’s very gritty at times. The book follows a serial rapist/killer. Nothing too over the top, but it’s dark.
“My sword arm is mighty. I will not falter. I will not fail. My aim is true. My heart is strong.” - Kit Colbana
Wow! Blade Song hit sooooooo many good
“My sword arm is mighty. I will not falter. I will not fail. My aim is true. My heart is strong.” - Kit Colbana
Wow! Blade Song hit sooooooo many good spots. There were a few minor things that did liken it to the Kate Daniels books. Male cat shifter leads. Two smartass leads with some serious family issues, and damage. Yet, it's nothing like Jennifer Armentrout's Half-Blood series to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy. No. The Colbana Files stands on it's own two feet. I couldn't get enough of it! The mystery, the world (I'll get to that), the romance, and more! Ah! I loved it! Kit Colbana is awesome, she's hardened and strong. But she's definitely a damaged and vulnerable soul, which makes for an interesting read.
However! There are some huge flaws here. Ones that I can not over look. First up, something so basic that it pisses me off the most. The grammar. I'm not sure if it's because I have a old copy or what, but the writing didn't flow. Either the sentence wasn't thought out enough, or a word was simply left out. Or “it” was before the word and after it, even though “it” didn't need to be there. (And it wasn't just “it”. It was “of”, “the”, and more!) So many basic grammar mistakes that I could not believe that an experienced author had them in her book. Honestly I'm not sure if that in later issues the grammar errors were updated, but I hope so. (Maybe if I connect my Kindle to the wi/fi and let it reload the book I might get a grammar updated issue?)
Second, some world building issues. First off it is never addressed if witches, shifters, vampires, and such were always out of the closet or if it was a “revelation”. It was cool that Daniels came up with NH, Non-Humans, as a term but never bothered to fill out the world. So I just assumed the spooks were always out. Most importantly is how Kit qualifies as a half-blood/breed? No really she's a Aneira, AKA Amazon, with a Aneira mother and a human father. It's never addressed some of the legends of how Aneira breed to get more woman warriors. So I kept wondering if there are Aneira men that are never mentioned? Are they a naughty secret they keep in haram houses? Or is the Aneira reproduction process asexual? But Kit's mom decided to have a kid the hard way?
Some might argue that I'm being picky about he world building. Sure. Sad thing is I can forgive bad grammar before I can forgive laziness in world building. (Or maybe forgetfulness?) World building is a huge job. Getting the mythology for an Urban Fantasy, or any Fantasy kind of book, isn't easy. Coming up with it and figuring out how everything applies is tough. But just because it's fantasy doesn't mean it should be forgotten, skipped, or simply never thought of.
Third. Repetitive . There were a lot of phrases and repetitive bits. Damn, was one. Also, every one who met Kit kept calling her a silly little girl. Now I know I'd take offense if anyone ever said that to me. Especially people you have to work with. However, after reading the term used so much I might just go ape shit crazy on anyone that ever uses those words to describe me. “Silly little girl!” Ugh. Or fool. “You're either brave or a fool.” Just. Stop.
Lastly, another repetitive thing. Kit passes out a lot, and has some “freak out” moments. Don't get me wrong I like my damaged character, so if there are some things in your past that wig you out because of they're just that scary, I'm for it. But Kit couldn't deal most of the time. Having blackout moments when she'd wig out, even violently attacking people in her fear. It felt like she should have died years ago, especially in her line of work. She couldn't seem to deal with anything on her own. Damon is great and it was “bonding time”, but I wanted to see Kit be all “bad memory this is how I deal with it”! Plus, it took a lot away from the important freak outs. So instead of going “shit girl that's awful I feel you”, it was more like “oh, another freak out. Great.”
In the end I'm honestly eager to read the next book. The mystery was chilling and I want to see some more blood shed by the villain(s) presented in this book. More! Also, Damon went from annoying as hell asshole to one that's sexy. He still annoys me. Despite how a feel about rushing the romance, especially in an Urban Fantasy, Daniels' does a good job here. The world has potential, and if those few glitches are fixed all will be fine. The characters presented here are awesome and I want to get to know them—though it stings that one of my favorites already died. The witches of this world are pretty cool and I'd like to get to know them more. Overall the Colbana Files is a series I want more of and have high hopes that it will pick up. After all there isn't a single Amazon lead that I've enjoyed this much.
Sexual Content: Sexual humor, some dark themes, sex, and general adult content.
It may have started off slow, but it is clear that Andrews has hit another home run with this whole new Urban Fantasy verse. Love it! Just imagine a wIt may have started off slow, but it is clear that Andrews has hit another home run with this whole new Urban Fantasy verse. Love it! Just imagine a world where in 1863 Osiris serum is “discovered” awakening latent magical abilities in humans. Society is changed forever. Houses are formed by powerful families built around magic. They enter into marriage contracts for a different kind of breeding. (Mail order brides take on a whole new meaning!) To make powerful magic users in their houses. It actually feels like a lot of mafia families, the ones with the most power and money ruling their areas. Being able to laud it over normal people, lesser magic users, and even the police.
Nevada is a cool lead. She's a PI who normally does mundane things like finding out if a spouse is cheating, insurance fraud, and fairly dangerous jobs. Sometimes things get heated, but Nevada prefers it quiet. She runs her business, Baylor Investigative Agency, trying to make money to keep her mortgage on her business from being collected by a powerful House—one with in the investigation business. Her family life is a nice addition, and a somewhat rare thing with Andrew books. Usually it's about the lead finding a new family after horrible things leave them without family.
The warehouse Nevada's PI business is run out of is also her grandmother's armored vehicle mechanic shop, and is the home for to Baylor family is a pretty cool setting in the book. Especially when dealing with the whole Baylor family. They're an awesome bunch and I enjoyed hanging with them so much. In fact, I would have loved more page time with them.
Houston becomes an amazing playground in which Burn For Me plays out. Doing much for Houston what the Kate Daniel's books did for Atlanta. Nevada is believably pulled into a dangerous case where an immature Prime needs to be brought in to his house. Nevada could lose everything going up against a magic user with that much power, and in her world that's the point as she's expendable. Of course this twist of events soon pulls her together with a different Prime. The most scariest Prime: Mad Rogan.
To be honest when he came into the story it lost steam for me. Only because every male lead/interest introduced into an Andrews' story tend to be cut from the same cloth. Soon after getting to know him it's clear that like those other alpha males Rogan stands out. He's the coldest one I've read from the pair and very calculating. Like Nevada I wonder if he's a psychopath. The Scourge. The Huracan. A man who professes that he went into the army because he was promised he could kill people and not have any consequences. Yeah, he is the scariest of them for sure. Even with some hints that he has some warm fuzzies, if not normal warm fuzzies. But Nevada and Rogan have some sparks! Even if it is the same setup as other romances. Alpha male states the lead female will beg for him and come crawling! Lead states he's bad and she will resist at all costs! However, with an ending line like this:
“He wanted Nevada Baylor. He wanted her more than he had wanted anyone in a long, long time, and he would get her. She just didn't realize it yet.”
How could readers not melt for this romance!
There are a lot of aspects that have become standard for an Andrews verse. However, there are aspects readers have come to love. Just like with those other series there's plenty of new factors to make them, and the Hidden Legacy series, stand apart. Sure I would have liked if the romance aspects where not quite so in my face. Taking maybe one more, even two, books to really build up steam. The magic is awesome here and I look forward to finding about Nevada's human lie detector skills. The Baylor clan is amazing, with the best book grandma ever! They're definitely something I'm looking forward to most in the next book. This is a promising start and I look forward to lusting after another series from this amazing writing duo!
Sexual Content: Hot scenes and some . . . dry humping. Sadly no full on sex scenes. Sex talk, sexual humor/banter, hints of darker things.
Up front. Talon is a title I have been beyond eager to get my hands on. Normally I don't to “pre-reviews” let alone ones with gifs. But I did, my CookUp front. Talon is a title I have been beyond eager to get my hands on. Normally I don't to “pre-reviews” let alone ones with gifs. But I did, my Cookie Monster burning his cookie/meth on his spoon mouthing “come on, come on” is exactly how I felt about a new Julie Kagawa book. I was jonesing for this book hard! Kagawa took fairies and rocked it! She took vampires tossed them into a futuristic dystopain causing my mind to: BOOM!
So imagine my surprise when I wasn't won over. The romance was handled well, and it was pretty intelligent for a love triangle even if all the pieces had to be shoved together in the first book. Though I was annoyed by the insta-attraction between Ember and Riley. Because their dragons have an instinct for each other. It was just more romance than I had expected. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the romance, swooned and liked that both Ember and Garret told the story. Giving me sooooo many swoon moments. Then Riley came in to tell his parts towards the end, letting readers no the triangle is not going to be set in stone. Fabulous job.
What detracted from Talon was that the world wasn't fully developed, and some of it was too contrived. Kagawa can deliver on amazing worlds, and that was what I was most excited about. How she would weave a world of dragons. Don't get me wrong I gave Firelight a pretty high rating, but I knew going in it was all about romance and very little world building up front. Dear Kagawa has forced me to raise my standards where she is concerned.
The world outside of Ember and Garret's star-crossed romance felt . . . choppy and lacking at best. The brainwashing aspects of Talon weren't explored enough. Dante and Ember as twins felt hallow. Plus, that mentioned brainwashing is supposed to really kick into affect when Ember gets her “training” and eventual placement in the Talon organization. (Her placement was sadly obvious, but beyond laughable. No she couldn't.) St. George, the dragon slayer organization, had so much potential and some world building could have been used! Nothing beyond that beautiful romance was fleshed out. Which soon brought down my enjoyment of the romance and it took me more then two days to devour a Kagawa book! What?
In the end I expected more from Kagawa. My anticipation of the amazing world she would build out weighed my interest in the romance. Too many missed opportunities! Which is what ended up dampening my enjoyment of Talon. Though that cliffhanger really was amazing. And as a side note I was surprised how many grammar errors there were. Hmmmm. Talon is a lot better then a number of YA titles out there. However, Kagawa set the bar. I have expectations now. I'll keep my faith alive for the next book.
Sexual Content: Making out, kissing, sexual humor, and such. Overall pretty clean.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
This is probably the most boring issue yet, which sucks because the last one was A-mazing! The part with Medusa was dull, and . . . didn't click. TheThis is probably the most boring issue yet, which sucks because the last one was A-mazing! The part with Medusa was dull, and . . . didn't click. The issue didn't seem to blend well with the rest of the story until the end. Which sucks because I hate it when a story is going smoothly and suddenly I'm kicked out of the story waiting for things to blend again. ...more