Thorn Queen is definitely a pageturner. I opened the book at 10pm and finished hours later. I just couldn't put it down.
I think it is prerequisite, t...moreThorn Queen is definitely a pageturner. I opened the book at 10pm and finished hours later. I just couldn't put it down.
I think it is prerequisite, that you should read book 1 of the Dark Swan series, before reading this one. Though Richelle Mead provides adequate flashbacks for one to relate, the first book would help us understand Eugenie Markham better.
The book starts with Eugenie being queen of Thorn land. From book 1 she defeated Aeson, and managed to get his kingdom by infusing her spirit into the unclaimed land. (If a monarch dies, the land becomes unclaimed, and anyone with enough magic to sustain the land becomes the new leader, and the land bends to whatever the claimer's ideal is). Unfortunately for the subjects of Thorn land, Eugenie's ideal land is a desert in Arizona. It's absolutely hot and there a scarce amount of water sources and there's not enough food supply. Good thing is, like Arizona, Thorn Land is also rich in copper, which is major metal in the Otherworld.
The prophecy is still running amuck... The daughter of Storm King will bear a son, who will rule both the Otherworld and the human world. Eugenie is being plagued with suitors that made her want to bang her head on the wall. But there was a bigger problem. Some of her female subjects are gone missing. It happened to be that her subjects were being sold to human men. (Gentry, "aka fairies", want humans for their fertility. Humans would want gentry because they age slower and their chances of getting pregnant are very slim.) Eugenie wants to put a stop to this. She was so close, but was caught instead.
Oh Dorian. The things you do that make my heart melt.
I would love to tell you what happened but that would be spoiling the fun for you. But I can say, this is my favorite book in the series.
And as I said, Oh Dorian.
Wait, remember how I said this book was a pageturner? I just had to read the next book right after. I had to stick to just a couple of chapters since I do have to do something else than read. Oh the tragedy.
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I stil...more3.5 /5 stars
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I still dare you to try this book.
Wicked Nights is the beginning of a new series, The Angels of the Dark.
I adored Zacharel. He's an angel, and he's on the verge of falling from grace. I liked the entire idea of Zacharel leading a band of angels that are all on the verge of losing their wings. All of them are tortured souls. Zacharel is almost perceived as heartless. So when he goes soft on a human, his warriors are surprised.
Annabelle Miller has been locked up in a psychiatric ward. She was blamed on the slaying of her parents. And the fact that she sees demons, which in truth she does, only adds fuel to her being cuckoo.
Everything is not as it seems. There was a greater plan on things. The ending was a surprise.
At first, the book was pageturner. But, when I was nearing the end, the book became an eyeroller. There were plenty of eye rolling moments for me. The book just became too cheesy. And I don't like my popcorn too cheesy, because then it gets too salty and the cheese sticks to my hand.
The series holds much promise so I will sure be reading the next book.(less)
This was really close to being a five-star read, however, the endings of 2 out of the 2 books I read from Gena Showalter, was too worked out to have a...moreThis was really close to being a five-star read, however, the endings of 2 out of the 2 books I read from Gena Showalter, was too worked out to have a happy ending. Even for a paranormal romance.(less)
**spoiler alert** I have a love and hate relationship with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I hate to give this book two stars, since I thought I w...more**spoiler alert** I have a love and hate relationship with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I hate to give this book two stars, since I thought I was reformed and a die hard BDB fan, but this book just made me cringe too many times. This book reminded me why I didn't like Dark Lover (BDB, #1).
Why did this not work for me?
(1)Every wrong spelling and grammar I encountered (examples are leadyre, mine father, mhis, etc.), though I know it was intentional, it just made me wince. (2)Marissa's constant use of "Dear Virgin in the Fade!" Instead of saying "Jesus" or "Christ" which some people commonly use as an expression, use "Dear Virgin in the Fade". It's such a mouthful, that it breaks the momentum. (3)Constant exchanging of "I love you". They say it so often that the magic of the words were lost on me. (4)Butch almost not giving a care on his human family, though it was explained how he never fit in, I still don't get how he could just turn away from all of it. (5)Butch's turning was just too good to be true. For me, it was something forced on the plot. (6)Appearance of Lesser's conversation just made me want to skip pages, plus some part of the book makes you want to sympathize with the lessers, but the why of it, I obviously don't know. (6)I admit the brothers are hot men, being good looking, muscled gods AND romantic dudes, but at some parts, I felt that they wanted each other. It was too odd for me, probably because I wanted them for myself.
It hurts me to give this book two stars, but to give it three means I liked it, and I honestly didn't, so I'll settle with two stars, meaning "it was okay".(less)