This is the first volume in the manga series that omitted/alerted a huge chunk from the book. I can understand why the manga would want to condense ce...moreThis is the first volume in the manga series that omitted/alerted a huge chunk from the book. I can understand why the manga would want to condense certain events for illustration and storytelling purposes, especially as there were far more exciting scenes to illustrate. I think they did a good job with incorporating the all details to have the story make sense. Really very lovely companion to the Soulless series, "Blameless". (less)
Loved it! This series gets better and better, the plots more intricate, the characters more open, complex, and three-dimensional, with more revealed a...moreLoved it! This series gets better and better, the plots more intricate, the characters more open, complex, and three-dimensional, with more revealed about their true natures, be it human or supernatural. I'm actually very sad that there is only one more book in this series, as I would honestly read at least twenty more books with these characters. (less)
**spoiler alert** Overall, a fun, highly entertaining and engrossing read. Did drag a bit after the little group made it to Scotland and Alexia tried...more**spoiler alert** Overall, a fun, highly entertaining and engrossing read. Did drag a bit after the little group made it to Scotland and Alexia tried to figure out what might be going on in the castle and who might be in charge of the "humanization weapon", but then the plot picked up right before it got too stale. Overall, a good read.
I was as much shocked by the twist ending as Alexia appeared to be, and as totally appalled at Conall's rejection and vicious name calling. What does it matter if he's a 200 year old "semi-dead" werewolf?—he married Alexia and stood have stuck by her side rather than accusing her of infidelity! Besides, so little is known about preternaturals that it doesn't mean Alexia's pregnancy can't happen.
So now I'm off to the next book to see what happens. I can't imagine not finishing out the series and not finding out what happens to Alexia, the unborn spawn, and Conall, should they ever reunite. Plus, there are unresolved things from the first two books that I hope will be resolved eventually. (For example, who took Alexia's notebook and tried to poison her? Why would the vampires want to be in possession or in control of a "humanization weapon", especially if it makes their kind as mortal and vulnerable to sudden death as the werewolves or ghosts? And will we ever find out any more about Alexia's mysterious father?)(less)
Ugh. So disappointed in this book/series! The first in the series was charming and fun, right up until the last few chapters where the witches went fr...moreUgh. So disappointed in this book/series! The first in the series was charming and fun, right up until the last few chapters where the witches went from being witches to freaking ancient goddesses from Asgard from 5,000 years ago.
This book didn't even try to be charming. It was pure drivel from the get go, juvenile and sloppy. I have to wonder where this author's editor is and who it is who is letting her getting away with such utter crap. I managed about 60-70 pages and then just threw up my hands. Unfortunately I paid full price for this at Barnes and Noble (because I *had* been excited to keep reading the series), but I just donated it to my local library because there was no way in hell I'm reading any more of this book or any more from Melissa de la Cruz. (less)
**spoiler alert** I rate this about 3.5 stars. Overall, I enjoyed reading this. It was a good suspense with a decent mystery attached, and even though...more**spoiler alert** I rate this about 3.5 stars. Overall, I enjoyed reading this. It was a good suspense with a decent mystery attached, and even though it was a book in a series, it almost read as a stand-alone, not making a ton of references to characters or situations from other books in the series, so it was almost straightforward and easy to follow in that respect.
After being hinted at constantly throughout the whole book, the lost memory/identity of the serial killer seemed close to being revealed at the last 150 or so pages, so I actually spent a good chunk of hours reading to finish the book because I just wanted know, finally, what had happened. I was shocked by the memory, not because it was overly graphic but just by the reveal itself—the entire plot seems centered around Jessie's return to Baron Hollow, so why would the reader expect any other memory than her own to be uncovered? But what I found even more shocking was what happened to Jessie. I wasn't expecting her to be murdered. And since I don't know all that much about this series, I can't say for sure if she was more of a minor character or if this was "her" series. (I guess it couldn't have been if she died.)
I think the author did a good job with throwing suspicion on one character for the majority of the book and then kept the reader guessing till practically the end of the identity of the serial killer. Still, I wish there would have been a bit more in the last few chapters, maybe about the victims, or even with what Emma might do now—for example, will she join Haven now, less to take Jessie's place and more just to develop her own presumed psychic abilities and to leave Baron Hollow's unpleasantness for good? I had hoped that the identity of the spirit wearing the outdated winter clothing would be revealed, or that we'd even see a little more of her, since apparently Hollis Templeton and Nathan Navarro could both see her. I also hoped Emma and Jessie would have been able to reconnect, but maybe, in a way, they did. It would have been nice also to learn a little more about Dan and his rose tattoo and why he was so twisted and evil (if there was a reason at all).
I also wished there had been a little more with Nellie, since she seemed like an interesting character, not the sort of throwaway that I initially thought of her, just being another casual lover to apparently-still-a-stud-well-into-his-adulthood Victor. It would have been nice to see her investigative journalistic skills in action, rather than just hearing about it much later that she talked to people or had info faxed to her.
Other than a sufficient lack of closure, I wasn't really fond of the author's choice of telling things too often rather than showing them. For a good example—Jessie's sudden death. We get that in one sentence from Emma's perspective, merely telling Nathan (and the audience) that Jessie is dead. Reading it, I had a lot of "WAIT, WHAT??" moments, even skipping ahead to confirm that Jessie was indeed dead. The only other thing that bothered me was the cliche of female victims, even strong women. Carol Preston, and later, Jessie Rayburn, were both women who seemed to know how to take care of themselves. Yet, they were overpowered easily and apparently psychologically tortured before being physically tortured, and then just offed. And then there was Nellie at the end, almost attacked and killed, but is rescued by Nathan. There were also references to Hollis, a petite, frail looking woman (also a SCU agent), confronting killers by herself, but without meaning to.
I don't know what it is with these types of series that always make women, and seemingly only women, out of to be victims, even the strongest women who are FBI agents or such. It's gross and sexist. Men are villains or heroes, but only women are victims.
Anyway, I think I may try another book in this series, just for the idea that is sort of unique—harnessing psychics to be private investigators and FBI agents for the "special" kinds of crimes that require a special kind of investigative style.