It felt like we got a more concentrated focus on Eve's feelings and attachments to certain people than we usually do. I liked the change up of Eve alrIt felt like we got a more concentrated focus on Eve's feelings and attachments to certain people than we usually do. I liked the change up of Eve already knowing who the bad guy was. I read this book mostly because I wanted to see the Christmas gift exchanges that we missed in Holiday in Death. I would have liked to see it in the moment, but hearing about it after the fact was better than nothing. I loved the bits with McNab and Peabody and liked that we got to see a lot of Mira. I'm not a huge novella fan, but this was a nice little short. It whet my appetite for the next book. ...more
I really liked the way this book started out, with Eve and Roarke out for a normal night out. As the series progresses we are seeing more and more ofI really liked the way this book started out, with Eve and Roarke out for a normal night out. As the series progresses we are seeing more and more of them in a normal couple environment, and I love it. It can’t always be about work. ;) Of course, they have the bad luck to witness a murder in the middle of their date, but the intent was still there. Eve is slowly becoming more than just the job.
Once again Robb keeps things fresh and offers up a completely different murder case for Eve. This time it involves the theater, and as Eve discovers, it’s irritating to try to get a handle on a bunch of actors. They lie. A lot. The plot twists around and surprised me quite a few times, but the overall pacing of the story was a lot slower than I was used to. Certain things in the case hit a little too close to home for Eve, and she has to balance the case with her struggle to control her past demons.
I really liked that we got to see more of Trueheart. It’s nice that the side characters aren’t ever forgotten. We might not see them constantly, but they’ll pop back up eventually. Nadine finally gets an opportunity to step forward in the series, which is nice because we rarely see her since her job pits her against Eve when she’s on a case. McNab and Peabody continue their relationship and poor Eve is left to grumble about how uncomfortable she is with it. Charles comes back into play and, although I like him, I find myself really uncomfortable with the situation he has going with Peabody.
I loved that Eve started to take steps to treat Roarke to some romance instead of letting it continue to be so one sided. Of course, I also loved how suspicious said romance left him. Although Eve had quite a few abrasive moments that had me irritated with her, she’s continuing to soften toward Roarke and lean on him more and more. They had quite a few lovely moments in the book that had me sighing.
Though I liked the book, I still thought it was slow. I was interested in the plot, but it felt like it took forever for it all to unfold. Hopefully I’ll agree more with the pacing in the next book. ...more
First off, I have to thank the author for finally bringing all that sexual tension in between Peabody and McNab to a boil. And in such a dramatic way!First off, I have to thank the author for finally bringing all that sexual tension in between Peabody and McNab to a boil. And in such a dramatic way! The fact that Feeney witnessed it (and was disturbed by it) was simply icing on the cake for me. Such a hilarious scene. I simply loved them in this book. :D
We get introduced to a new character here. Zeke, Peabody's brother comes to town. I loved that we got a deeper look at Peabody and her family, but he was a little too childlike for me. I didn't mind it at first, but it eventually got on my nerves. Still, I'm all for more depth for the side characters. I've come to love the whole cast.
I really love that each plot in this series (so far) is so distinctly different. Here we have a terrorist organization that wants to make a difference and overthrow the current government system. They consider Eve a worthy opponent and gift her with all their transmissions. They're blowing up symbols of the rich elite, so naturally Roarke is a target. :)
I liked watching Eve deal with a different division of the police while trying to solve the mystery. It took us away from our usual stomping grounds and forced Eve to rely on some new people. I also liked how things wound around and connected Eve's cases together.
Eve and Roarke had a few marital disagreements in this book, which I liked. They're usually pretty perfect together, so it's nice when we see them struggle to work things out. Also, the drama of the end, combined with the way they connected in that moment, was wonderful.
Wow. Just wow. This is one of my favorite books in the series to date. It was, quite simply, fabulous.
Whether you've read one book in the series or eWow. Just wow. This is one of my favorite books in the series to date. It was, quite simply, fabulous.
Whether you've read one book in the series or eight, you know one simple fact. Eve is a cop. It's everything to her. Her role as a police officer is tangled up with her identity as a person. Her self worth, her purpose in life, is all tied into her job. In this book that is taken away and it breaks her. She is not the tough as nails cop that we have seen before. She gains a fragility and vulnerability that cracks her open for Roarke and the reader. We get a raw look at how she views herself and what being a cop means to her. It was as wonderful as it was devastating.
Roarke takes a backseat through much of the beginning sections of the book, but as soon as Eve's world starts to crumble we got a heavy focus on them together. We've seen their love for each other before, but in this book it shines especially bright. With her world shaken, her feelings for Roarke are painfully open. She leans on him and he never falters. He's also not afraid to kick her in the ass when she needs it. The ups and downs in life will either make you or break you and this experience seems to have made their connection even stronger. I've always loved them together, but I think this experience has really solidified their relationship.
The case was pretty interesting. I liked seeing something focused on that is so common in today's world. It was interesting to see how organ transplants have changed in Eve's time and how society regards them. It was nice seeing all of Eve's core circle subtly tied into the plot, and it seems as though we might have a few more future characters. Maybe we'll see Louise Dimatto and Officer Troy Trueheart again?
I have always loved Eve's relationship with Feeney, but he impressed me anew here. The speech he gave her and his threats to kick her ass made me grin from ear to ear. It's wonderful to see the loyalty and love that Eve is surrounded by. I was also pleased to hear Feeney mention Jamie. I've been hoping we'd hear about him again.
Although I was happy with everything in the book, I was secretly hoping that Eve wouldn't accept her badge back right away. Procedure or no procedure, I was still pissed. She should have let them sweat and grovel. ...more
I have to say, the serial killer in this book was disturbing. He liked to dress as Santa and rape and kill his victims. There was a jolliness to the mI have to say, the serial killer in this book was disturbing. He liked to dress as Santa and rape and kill his victims. There was a jolliness to the murders, the way he staged them and the 12 Days of Christmas theme he was following, that absolutely creeped me out. I agreed with Peabody, the way he used a symbol of happiness and cheer to commit his crimes was perverted.
I really enjoy the way Robb easily weaves Eve's personal life in with her professional life in this series. That aspect was strong in this installment because it was Eve and Roarke's first Christmas together. Eve grumbles over Christmas as it is, but having so many new and important people in her life has her struggling to pick out the perfect gift for each of them. It's not just her, Mavis, and Feeney anymore. And finding the perfect gift for Roarke is even more difficult because what do you give that man that has everything? I liked all the bits we saw about this because it added an often needed softness to Eve's otherwise tough personality. Also, I thought it was adorable how Roarke got so into the holidays. He was determined to make up for the lack in both of their childhoods and make new holiday traditions and memories together.
I was really glad to see more of McNab in this book. I really enjoy his character and enjoy the tension between him and Peabody. Or "Shebody," as he calls her. They both gained a larger focus here because of their undercover operation. I hope we continue to see so much focus on them in the coming books. Watching Peabody veer dangerously close to whining when she found out he'd be working with them made me giggle. The way they bicker and hiss at each other provides a much appreciated lightness to such a grim investigation. I also thought it was funny that Roarke had to point out McNab's attraction to Peabody to Eve. Her stunned reaction was hilarious.
I enjoyed so much about this book--although I would have liked to have seen everyone's reactions to their Christmas gifts, and to see what Roarke got Eve--but I had some problems with Eve. I know some people find her hard and abrasive, but I don't usually have a problem with it. I like her, despite her occasional jerk moments. But she crossed the line in her behavior toward Peabody and acted like a complete b*tch. She lashed out in a completely inappropriate way and hurt and embarrassed Peabody's date. Peabody neatly put Eve in her place over the issue, yet somehow everything twisted and in the end Peabody apologized. What?!?! She wasn't wrong! Eve was completely out of line.
That part of the book really frustrated me and dimmed my enjoyment of the book. Everyone's aware of Eve's rough edges, but her willingness to eat crow and reluctantly apologize for wrong behavior makes up for that, so I was especially irritated that she was cast as "right" and Peabody as "wrong" even though it was clearly the other way around. Hopefully this will not become a trend in future books.
I listened to the book in audio format and loved the narrator's style just as much as usual. She really makes the book come alive--in all aspects. Of course, that talent can make the uncomfortable scenes even harder to read/listen. Eve's flashbacks were particularly upsetting, and listening to an excellent audiobook narrator do the voice of a rape victim describing the attack and her reaction is quite disturbing. I've ran into this before in the series, of course, since I've listened to most of it in audio, but I must have forgotten exactly how creepy it is to hear sexual abuse scenes. I'll have to try to keep that in mind for the rest of the books so I'm more braced for it. ...more
This is one of my favorite books in the series. I loved getting to delve into Roarke's past and I won't deny that I loved seeing Summerset on the hotThis is one of my favorite books in the series. I loved getting to delve into Roarke's past and I won't deny that I loved seeing Summerset on the hot seat. That man is not a favorite of mine.
This entry had an emotional intensity to it that I enjoyed. The cases tie closely in with the lives of Eve, Roarke, and Summerset, although Eve doesn't know it at first. I liked that the author brought up a past storyline and deepened it for the reader. There was a gore and grit to the storyline that isn't always present in the other books. It was quite an eye opener for Eve and the reader to learn Roarke's connection to the crimes and to imagine his past actions in detail. He is not a man you want to cross.
I loved the struggle Eve had between her loyalty to Roarke and her loyalty to the law. I imagine that was quite difficult for a woman so convinced of what's "right" and "wrong" that she tried to turn herself in for murder. It was nice to see that she actually values something more than her badge.
I really liked the new character McNab. He reminds me a lot of Mavis and he provides a fun freshness and abrasiveness that shakes up the current cast of characters a bit. If nothing else, sparks will fly between him and Peabody. :)
The only thing that frustrated me about this book was the way Roarke got away with keeping Eve in the dark for so long. I know he walks on water for a lot of people, but the lack of remorse frustrates me. Eve wouldn't be so suspicious of him if he didn't keep things from her. ...more
I've jumped back into this series after taking a little break. I didn't want to accidentally exhaust the series for myself. It was great getting backI've jumped back into this series after taking a little break. I didn't want to accidentally exhaust the series for myself. It was great getting back into Eve's world! I'm listening to this series in audiobook, because I've found that this narrator makes this world come alive for me. If you are interested in giving audiobooks a try or you're looking for a new audiobook, I recommend this series. The narrator rocks! Especially when she does Roarke's voice. Am I supposed to find a female imitating a man so alluring? How confusing! Lol.
I enjoyed the Wiccan/Satanist storyline. It reminded me a tad of Nora Roberts's book, Divine Evil, which I also enjoyed. I especially liked what we found out about the murder plot at the very end. I liked how the author twisted it a bit and managed to surprise me. I have to say, I didn't see the true reason coming. That's one of the things I love about this series. I may know who the villain is, but the fun is in watching Eve discover the reasons why. I enjoy watching her slowly compiling evidence and seeing the picture piece itself together.
I enjoyed the way Robb set up the case so that Eve would have to stand apart from Feeney on the case. I absolutely loved the emotional impact this case had on their friendship. It made me wince a bit at times, but a lot of stuff was brought out into the open that drew them together. And Roarke had an excellent opportunity to shine. I really loved Roarke and Feeney in this one.
But I can't forget about Peabody. I love her character. She is an excellent foil to Eve. She brings a softness and a more open well of compassion that Eve occasionally needs to balance out her out on the job. Such is the case here. Eve identifies too much with a suspect and ends up being harder on him/her when evidence leads her to believe that he/she is guilty. Eve was really harsh. She even slapped down Peabody after she disagreed with her. Now, I think Eve was in the right to chastise her, but I also think she was harsh. She could have put her in her place a nicer way. I was glad when they had that talk and they both admitted to being wrong.
I enjoyed this book and thought the plot was interesting. I especially loved the inclusion of Jamie. He was such fun. He was arrogant and cocky and walked around like he had a pair of brass ones. He made me think of Roarke as a child. :) The only reason I didn't give this book a higher grade was because Eve felt a little too cold in this one. I still enjoyed reading about her, but I didn't feel as much heart from her as I usually do.
"So how do you feel about using your...skills to access Frank's personal unit and logs?"
His mood lifted as he started the car, guiding it down to street level. "That depends, Lieutenant. Do I get a badge?"
Her lips twitched into a smirk. "No. But you get to have sex with a cop."
"Do I get to pick the cop?" He only smiled when she punched his arm. "I'd pick you. Probably."
*sigh* I found out Eve’s answer. How awesome for them both. I’m glad Robb skipped ahead in time again and took us closer to the big day. I loved watch*sigh* I found out Eve’s answer. How awesome for them both. I’m glad Robb skipped ahead in time again and took us closer to the big day. I loved watching Eve and Roarke’s nerves. Of course, neither of them was worried for the same reasons. Eve worried about making it work long term and Roarke worried about Eve going through with it. LOL.
Eve’s team is expanded beyond the usual people—namely, Feeney. Eve pulls in Peabody, a cop she took a shine to in the last book, and finds herself stuck having to cooperate with a cop from another department. Although Eve has dealt with Roarke being involved in her two previous cases (that we’ve seen, I mean), she suddenly finds herself faced with Mavis’s involvement. We see a very stressed and vulnerable Eve here as she struggles to juggle doing her job with protecting her friend.
I loved getting to see more of Mavis here. She’s loud and flamboyant, but she loves Eve to pieces. It may be an unlikely pairing on the surface, but they have a very strong bond. I think Mavis being involved hurt Eve more than Roarke being involved in the past because Mavis is more easily bruised than he is. She thinks of Roarke as stronger and knows he can stand of his own. With Mavis, Eve is furious to find herself forced to hurt her and scare her as she does her job.
It was pretty awesome to finally have a clear picture of what led to Eve being found when she was a child. The flashbacks were disturbing and hard to read. Just as with the murders we’ve seen so far, Robb pulls no punches with the truth of Eve’s situation. We are faced with the grim and horrifying truth up close and personal. There is no way I could have remained unaffected. I’m glad she shared with Roarke, but I was ready to strangle her there for a while. I know what led her to say the things she did about their future together, but I felt that she needlessly (and thoughtlessly) wounded Roarke. I’m glad Dr. Mira was able to help them both through that situation.
Speaking of that situation, it showed me another side of Summerset. I have disliked him pretty consistently til now, but he finally softened me. How can I not thaw just a little bit after hearing about his past with Roarke and seeing the way he cared for Eve when she had a nightmare? He’s still a jerk, but now that I’ve seen his marshmallow heart I don’t think I can hate him.
There were quite a few amusing scenes in this book. Eve is forced out of her comfort zone to help cheer Mavis up and to prep for the big day. She’s stuck getting her hair cut, getting naked in front of multiple people for vanity’s sake, and is forced to endure someone rubbing crap on her boobs too. ;) I’m sure you know how well that went over. Mavis and her crew are hilarious simply by being them—over the top, wonderful them. But the part that I really loved was toward the end when Mira, Peabody, Nadine, and Mavis all got together with Eve and got drunk. Peabody in particular was amusing.
I found parts of this slower than the previous two. I loved all the personal stuff, but some of the case work felt a little tedious. That slight slowness is really the only thing that dropped the grade. I just had a hard time getting into parts of it. ...more
I first read Naked in Death last December and really enjoyed it. I ordered a ton of books in the series and vowed to glut myself, but someh*4.5 Stars*
I first read Naked in Death last December and really enjoyed it. I ordered a ton of books in the series and vowed to glut myself, but somehow found myself buried in other books and other commitments by the time they arrived. I put them to the side, promising to make time, but somehow never did. Recently, I had a road trip coming up and was trolling for an audiobook to pass the time. I heard Sophia raving about the Naked in Death audiobook and decided to give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did.
I enjoyed NID a lot, but I didn’t click with Roarke the way that most readers did. I was a little disappointed since everyone else raves about him. Imagine my surprise to find that listening to his voice through the narrator jump started that connection and I found the spark that I was missing. I was totally on the Roarke and Eve bandwagon by the time I finished and dove into this one as soon as I was able.
I liked that this book didn’t start off where the last one ended. Time jumped forward a couple months and that gave the author the opportunity to show Eve and Roarke more settled in their relationship. They hadn’t solved any of their issues, but they were past that nervous, newbie couple faze. That gave Robb the opportunity to really delve into their issues. Roarke had enough time to become dissatisfied with crumbs and start pushing for more, and Eve had enough time to come to start admitting to herself what Roarke meant to her. I really loved this deepening of their relationship. You can see them circling each other and really starting to open up and share the inner them. Sometimes it takes a push to get them there (*cough*Eve*cough*) but they both care enough to keep working at it.
I love getting to see the ins and outs of Eve’s job. Watching her rise to the occasion is always interesting. She is like a bulldog once she sinks her teeth into a case. This one was particularly eventful. Her commander put her in charge because he knew she would remain impartial, even when he couldn’t, yet he let personal feelings get in the way and behaved like a civilian. The shifting politics and tension in friendships is one of the things that makes the relationships and interactions between characters feel so real in this series.
I spotted the killer very early on—yay me!—but that wasn’t a negative for me. I like watching it all unfold and watching Eve piece together the events and motive. I even liked watching her interrogate people. I never thought I was much for the boring procedural aspects, but when Eve does it, I enjoy it. The way she just keeps coming and coming and circling until she cracks the case is awesome. No wonder Roarke respects her so much. It was great getting more of Feeney (love him) and I enjoyed watching Eve’s unofficial family tighten its bonds.
The bit at the very end? Well, I had no choice but to dive straight into the next book. It’s not a cliffhanger, but it made it impossible for me to think of anything else. ;) ...more
I read the first two books in this series last year and didn’t plan to continue, despite already owning this book. I found the second book too differeI read the first two books in this series last year and didn’t plan to continue, despite already owning this book. I found the second book too different from Soulless in pacing and character development. Added to that, I was very unhappy with the hero’s behavior at the end of Changeless and couldn’t imagine being able to fall into his character again and enjoy their relationship. Too many burned bridges, you know? But all that changed recently.
Lately, I’ve been using audiobooks to pass the time while cleaning. I got the recommendation to try Soulless as an audiobook, so I did. It was FAB-U-LOUS. The narrator completely nailed Alexia and the humor of the book. I found myself falling in love with it all over again. I grabbed the audio version of Changeless, too, despite not being thrilled with it last time. It was a completely different experience hearing the story through that narrator. It was so much more enjoyable than before! I was still completely unhappy with the end, but my enjoyment of the books made me willing to finally pick up Blameless.
Unfortunately, I should have just gone with my first instinct and not read it. It’s quite possible that I might have enjoyed it more as an audiobook, since half of my enjoyment there stems from the narrator's delivery of the text, but I’m not willing to waste my time testing that theory. I couldn’t believe how much less I enjoyed Lord Maccon here. If I was happier with the ongoing storyline I would probably continue the series, but I’m not pleased at all, so I give up. The humor and fun characters still had me grinning, so I have definite plans to try out this author’s next series. I love her writing style here, it fits me to a T. It’s just the main storyline I have no interest in following.
My favorite part of the book was all the side characters. Alexia’s friends were just as fun as ever. Ivy is not nearly the ninny she was cast as in the last book, and Madame Lefoux was as intriguing as ever. It was great to see more of them. I absolutely adored seeing Professor Lyall given more depth this time around and was surprised, but pleased, by the developments with Lord Akeldama and Biffy. Because Lord Maccon spent almost all of the book drunk and pitiful, the POV’s we would have normally seen from him were given to Lyall. We got a peek inside his head and got to watch him struggle to clean up the mess that Conall left him. I really do love his character.
Alexia was entertaining, as always. I don’t think that I could ever manage to not enjoy her wit. I enjoyed watching her struggle to find any enjoyment in being pregnant in her situation and I totally understood her flip flopping feelings for her husband. It was only when you bring Conall into the situation that my mood dips. He crossed the line in a big way at the end of Changeless, but this book never even attempts to satisfy the reader with a good grovel. I found the situation hilarious—Lyall stuck trying to keep Conall off the sauce—but I didn’t enjoy Conall’s part of it. I found him absolutely pitiful. And not in a cute way.
He was drunk and wallowing in almost every scene we saw with him. Alexia and Conall spent only handful of pages together, and (view spoiler)[when it finally comes time for him to step up to the plate and make it up to his wife, he doesn’t have to. Alexia requires no persuasion to come back to him. He doesn’t have to do anything to make up for implying she was a whore, kicking her out, and leaving her to fend for herself while everyone and their brother tried to kill her. WTF??? To say it was unsatisfying is an understatement. (hide spoiler)]
Although I did like parts of this book, there was a big fat alpha werewolf shaped area that I disliked. One of the main reasons I loved Soulless so much was the delightful connection between Alexia and Conall. I just can’t continue without it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've known about this series for quite a while, and I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, but I hadn't really wanted to pic*Originally read 12/10/10 - 12/11/10*
I've known about this series for quite a while, and I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, but I hadn't really wanted to pick this series up. There's about a billion books out in the series. What if I ended up loving it? Then I have to commit myself to buying those billion books just to catch up! But after hearing such glowing things about this series from most of my Goodreads friends--especially about Roarke--I had to finally bight the bullet and get the first book.
Now that I've finished it I don't know whether to cheer or comfort my wallet. I think I'm going to have to run to the bookstore and swoop up a bunch of the next books in the series so I can get my glom on.
I didn't connect with Roarke the way that most readers seem to, but I expect it comes with time. The relationship and attraction in this book develops pretty quickly--faster than I expected or wanted--but I can't say I expected any different seeing as this isn't actually a Romance series. Most of the focus was on the case with the romance as the side story. Luckily, I know there's plenty of time in this series for the author to develop their relationship.
It's no hardship for me to watch their relationship develop over the course of the books since I know that they are together and the author didn't throw any retarded love triangles in there. So I'm willing to be patient and won't complain about the lack of a lot of depth to the relationship and characters yet.
It was odd for me to read a book so similar, yet different, from Nora Roberts's usual style. The characterization, interactions, feel to the developing relationship, and writing felt the same, but the focus wasn't on the romance. I liked it. It's nice to find a new series by this author that I can glut myself on. I was a little nervous that her style would be completely different under the pseudonym, but it wasn't where it counted.
The details about all the little futuristic gizmos weren't really explained in depth. Everything was mentioned matter-of-factly like talking to someone already familiar with the technology and world. I think some will dislike that, but I honestly preferred it. I don't mind if authors want to explain, but a detailed explanation about how the spray that seals in oils and fingerprints works is not something I personally need to know. The way it was all presented worked for me.
The case (and Eve's background) really tugged at my heartstrings. I thought it was handled well by the author, but I still feel helplessly enraged to know stuff like that happens constantly.
I really enjoyed seeing our timeframe discussed and researched for the case. It was fun to see the differences between that time and this one and it provided a nice opportunity for me to see where their culture differed without huge infodumps.
I really can't believe how disappointing I found this book. I thought t*Originally read 9/13/10 - 9/15/10*
*This is actually a 2 1/2 star book for me*
I really can't believe how disappointing I found this book. I thought the first book, Soulless, was so fun and fresh! I'm quite amazed that this one tanked so spectacularly for me.
A lot of the things that drew me into the first book were missing here. I was actually pretty bored throughout most of it. It felt incredibly tedious and drawn out. Now, the voice is still the same - which is a huge plus for me. Alexia is a fabulous narrator and I find her thought process and commentary hysterical! But the book cannot hinge on her alone. That's really where this book failed - the side characters.
In the first book we got a lot of page time with characters that really made the book for me. Professor Lyall, Lord Akeldama, Ivy, and Lord Maccon. Ivy was seen in this book, but I'll get into that shortly... All these characters combined to make some really fabulous interaction. The dialogue and banter popped and the situations they found themselves in were so entertaining! The strength of the book didn't rest on Alexia alone. It was the whole cast that truly made it enjoyable.
We also got to get some really fun scenes from Lord Maccon and Professor Lyall. In this one we had one tiny scene from Conall's pov, and while we did get a couple from Professor Lyall's view he wasn't really contributing to Alexia's storyline. I just found it disappointing. Lord Maccon was a huge character in the last book. What happened?
I also felt that the first book was a romance. The relationship and the development of their interactions together were given a good chunk of attention. In this one Lord Maccon gets very little page time and actually only shows up for about 1/3 of the book. So it definitely didn't fall into the romance category for me. Their relationship is a big reason why I enjoyed the first so much. I was so looking forward to having even more page time with them together because of they got married. I never expected even less interaction!
So, on to the specifics of what irritated the crap out of me:
Why did Conall dodge out of every single conversation or scene with Alexia in the beginning? I was really starting to get angry. He would take off willy-nilly and Alexia wasn't even angry! She's his wife! They're supposed to be partners! I just can't believe that's what their relationship turned into! We only saw him when he had sex with her or flirted. Any conversation that involved actual information sharing or conversation was skipped. I was pissed!
I was also extremely irritated that everything could have been solved much earlier in the book if Conall had been more open with Alexia about the information he had learned in all the years he had been alive. He doesn't have to talk about everything he's ever encountered, but maybe it would have been nice to share information specific to her. It's not like she can go up to someone on the corner and ask about them! The Soulless are kind of rare. I just felt it was pretty thoughtless that he never even considered it.
Also, what happened to Ivy? She was funny and a bit ditzy in the first book, but she turned outright stupid in this book. It really casts Alexia in a bad light to be best friends with someone that dumb. She wasn't just a little dumb either. She was like I-just-got-ran-over-by-a-car-because-I-wanted-to-see-if-it-would-hurt dumb. She seemed completely different from her character in the first book. Maybe it would have been easier to ignore if she hadn't had such a huge part in the book. But she was everywhere. *shudder*
I liked getting to meet Madame Lefoux. I had fun trying to figure out what was going on with her sexuality. It seemed blatant, but then I kept getting stray comments throwing me off the trail and making me think that something else entirely was going on. Alas my original supposition was correct. I don't know whether I'm disappointed or not... ;)
The plot point involving Alexia felt a bit like I was being beaten over the head with "clues." The first time I saw a comment about it I knew what was going on. I didn't need it shoved in my face constantly. The same goes for the identity of the villain.
Once we found out some new information about Alexia's interaction with her father, I really had the uncomfortable feeling I knew where that storyline was going. Thankfully it didn't, but I'm not positive it won't come up in the next book.
I really didn't suspect what would cause the cliffhanger that I've heard so much about, but I was pretty angry. It didn't whet my appetite for the third book though. It actually just made me disgusted with the whole experience. If I hadn't bought the third book in advance that would have been the end of my association with this series. Now I just have to decide if I'll get my money's worth and read the book or if I'll pass it on without even trying it.
That end...how can the author bring up that jacked up situation and have it all go to hell only FOUR PAGES from the end. It made me really pissed off at the author. It felt like blatant manipulation. I do NOT enjoy being jerked around to ensure I'll buy the next book. I really wish I hadn't bought that third book...
Even if the author "fixes" the situation in the next book, I'm never going to feel the same about it. I'll always have doubt and a faint disgust for it. I wish I would have quit at book one so I could have been left with that warm happy feeling with no taint.
This book was, quite simply, delightful! I finished it with a big smile on my face and giggled almost continually whi*Originally read 7/4/10 - 7/5/10*
This book was, quite simply, delightful! I finished it with a big smile on my face and giggled almost continually while reading it. My husband finally banished me to the bedroom because I was irritating him while he watched a movie.
The world that Gail Carriger created was so much fun and so interesting. I loved seeing a familiar government amid the new and exciting facets of it. I loved the set up of the supernatural creatures and the singular abilities of the preternatural. Who would have thought that having no soul would be so useful around vampires and werewolves? But my favorite part of the book had to be the interaction between Alexia and Lord Maccon. Hilarious!
Alexia inherited more than her Italian ancestry from her father, she also inherited her soulless state. Alexia is firmly on the shelf and not really bothered by the fact. She goes her own way and ignores her mother whenever she gets too overbearing. Alexia is quite unlike any other woman of her acquaintance. She's witty, opinionated, and pragmatic, but can also be quite fierce. I love how prim she can be about some things, but quite forward in others. Also, her absolute horror about her friend's ugly hats was hilarious.
I really loved how Alexia's soulless state was emphasized. She can dress well, but she never can achieve that extra pop. Her choices always reflect a lack of soul. I thought that was a rather clever point to bring up. I also liked that the soul wasn't necessarily a religious thing. Multiple people had too much soul, although few had as little as Alexia.
Alexia's friendship with the foppish Lord Akeldama was great! He was such an interesting character. His mincing around and speaking with great drama always got a smile from me. I also loved his devoted, little harem. Three cheers to the author for creating characters that I love to pieces! One part that was so sweet was when Alexia went to wake him up to keep her promise. I had a total Awwww! moment.
Lord Maccon was so gruff and sweet. He was the perfect balance to Alexia. I loved when he was ranting about her ignoring him. He kept talking about how it was "her turn" because he made the last move. It was very cute watching him have to be reminded that Alexia is not a werewolf so she doesn't understand what game he's playing.
The sexual tension and eventual culmination of said tension was very well done. It was delicious when they finally kissed.
I can't wait to try the next book! This is definitely a series to pay attention to.
*Updated: I listened to this in audiobook for my reread and absolutely adored it. The narrator was fabulous and really made the story come alive.*...more