Here's what I don't understand, though. Tagging it under a spoiler just in case...
(view spoiler)[ The second and third books have Kyol dominate the pages, but Aren is the love interest. Now, I understand why McKenzie finally gave up on Kyol, and her logic makes sense...but Aren was a bit of a jerk these past two books. He did things that she got mad at Kyol for doing, but she still turns around and forgives him.
I guess I wanted more development between her and Aren. I loved him in book 1, but these last two books made me believe Kyol was a better match for her in the end, despite his obvious flaws (which are the reasons McKenzie said she couldn't be with him). (hide spoiler)]
Fight scenes were awesome. Suspense had me up until the wee hours in the morning. I cried over one particular scene, and I totally thought I was going to cry over something else and not what I did cry over. I wish the ending had a bit more detail in regards to loose ends, but this book was, overall, a great conclusion to the trilogy.
Have my fingers crossed that there will be follow ups. I'm not ready to say goodbye to this world or these characters yet.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I don't usually resort to GIFs in my review, but I thought that this image would properly express my feelings (or just show you what my expression was...moreI don't usually resort to GIFs in my review, but I thought that this image would properly express my feelings (or just show you what my expression was like) upon finishing this book…
Wanted to like this. Hell, I finished the entire story, but there were frustrating bits and pieces that ultimately tainted my enjoyment.
First: Ruby. She was infuriating in most scenes with her rebellious personality. Frankly, I found it to be annoying when I reached the 50% mark. Up until then, I overlooked it and wrote it off as an attempt at being endearing. All I have to say is… if someone is risking his/her life to save you, have the decency to listen to instructions and/or commands that clearly have your best interests at heart. Never once were Cyn's intentions questioned, so I can't write her behavior off as self preservation (which I gladly would have done).
Second: Confrontations. They were anticlimactic. Such a buildup…then poof. A teensy little toot of a fart, like the ones my dog makes when he hops onto my bed. I still don't understand the motivations behind the latter half of the book's decisions.
Third: Ending. Too abrupt, no real closure. Left me feeling a bit cheated.
Pet peeve: Dialogue. It didn't feel realistic. Huge speeches by the end of the book. Very corny lines that made me cringe instead of gush and say, "D'aww!" (less)
Lots of awesome stories to read! Individual reviews and ratings below. Overall, I loved this anthology and I wish that most of the stories were longer...moreLots of awesome stories to read! Individual reviews and ratings below. Overall, I loved this anthology and I wish that most of the stories were longer. Still, I have no complaints about brevity affecting quality, which is a first with an anthology for me.
Rachel Caine, "Forked Tongues" -- 4/5 Caine was one of the first authors I read pre-blogging. While I found the Weather Warden series to be awesome, later books did have a tendency to get a bit repetitive (so I couldn't really binge on the latter half of the series). I wasn't sure what to expect when reading this piece. Interesting take on witches, that's for sure. Would I foam at the mouth to read more about this couple? No, but I would enjoy learning more about them in future stories. I'm sure that after learning more about them, I probably would foam at the mouth to read even more, heh.
Shannon K Butcher, "Stolen Goods" -- 3/5 This was an engaging read, but for some reason, I can't remember what the heck happened (it's been about a week or two since I read this one). Still, I would check out Butcher's series when I finally make a dent in my TBR.
Chris Marie Green, "The Girl with No Name" -- DNF Writing style wasn't for me.
Faith Hunter, "The Devil's Left Boot" -- 5/5 First reason I bought this anthology.
I'm biased. Have been a rabid fan of the JY series since Skinwalker first came out. Anything Jane-related is pretty much guaranteed to be kick ass, and this novella was no exception. I particularly enjoyed viewing Jane from another character's POV. We see her in such an intimate way--what with the series in her POV and all--so, she doesn't seem as brusque. But witnessing her from the eyes of another character who does not interact with our favorite heroine very often allowed me to learn about Jane all that much more.
Chloe Neill, "High Stakes" -- 4.5/5 Ever have an author on your TBR who you've been meaning to read, but just never had the chance to check out? Then you get excited because you find out he/she is in the anthology you bought, and now you can see if said author is worth the hype? Neill is worth the hype, and her books (currently lost in one of my TBR boxes) will be found ASAP.
Lucienne Diver, "The Parlor" -- 2.5/5 Not a favorite, but I managed to finish it. I thought the idea behind everything was interesting, but the narrative voice wasn't really the type I enjoy.
Christina Henry, "Red Isn't Really My Color" -- DNF I hate myself for not enjoying this series... But I just can't get into the writing style, which sucks, because the idea behind everything is pretty interesting. I went in hoping that I'd change my mind and enjoy this one, but sadly, I still can't get into it.
Rob Thurman, "Snakeskin" -- DNF Three pages and I gave up. The intro was too bland for me. Character's voice didn't hold my attention.
Kalayna Price, "Ruby Red" -- 5/5 Second reason I bought this anthology. I love the Alex Craft series, and was hoping that we'd get something with more Death and Alex. Sadly, no Death--BUT, this was still a great story filled with badassery. Kalayna reminded me why I love her writing and why, exactly, I'm such a rabid fan. Great characterization, lots of awesome magic, and it's relevant enough to a world I'm familiar with that I was filled with a sense of connection again. Ruby Red ended the anthology with a wham, bam, thank you ma'am that left me closing the paperback with a smile on my face.
Worth the money? To any UF fan, hell freaking yeah. To anyone who has been meaning to check out most of these authors, but don't want to buy each of their books? Definitely. To anyone who is tempted to try out UF? Of course, you'd be starting out with some of the best in the genre. These ladies prove exactly why they're bestsellers. (less)
I think we've established by now that I'll read anything and everything by KC. Who cares if it deviates from my typical genres? She kicked major butt...moreI think we've established by now that I'll read anything and everything by KC. Who cares if it deviates from my typical genres? She kicked major butt with this (though is it any surprise that she did?)
Very steamy. Very sexy. Very holy crap, why did it end where it ended?!
Not sure I can handle serials from my favorite authors. The wait for the next installment is going to suck. (less)
Wasn't too thrilled with all the summary stuff. Background info is cool, but I feel like that should be provided on a website as a free and fun featur...moreWasn't too thrilled with all the summary stuff. Background info is cool, but I feel like that should be provided on a website as a free and fun feature for fans.
Was ready to give this book a 2 star until I read Bruiser's two mini stories. Those were fun. Gave a great insight to his character and swayed me toward the pairing I'm rooting for. Though I think I've been leaning more toward this couple for a few books now, so....
Started hoping the rest of the the ebook would be similar in nature. Instead, there's this huge monster section of summary. Skipped it, and became a bit disgruntled/worried that the entire three fourths of this was going to be all summary and a waste of money. Dropped it down to 3 stars.
Finally got to a short-ish story that made me less disgruntled and happy I got this, if only to rekindle my excitement for the series again. Next book is coming out soon, which was a great reminder. Terrible fan, I am, for letting grad school distract me from JY goodness.(less)
Was really looking forward to reading this after seeing the summary. Overall, I was not disappointed with this purchase (coming from a girl with limit...moreWas really looking forward to reading this after seeing the summary. Overall, I was not disappointed with this purchase (coming from a girl with limited funds and who always received review books, that should mean something).
This was a great introduction to the world and characters. I'm excited for the first book in the series and am a bit upset that I have to wait until February to finally read it.
The ending was a bit of a disappointment. It felt too abrupt for my tastes, but this is a novella, so...
I also wanted Jas to be a bit less receptive early on. I'd imagine any teenage girl would be a bit bitter if the guy she fell in love with up and left for the years without a word.
Aside from those two complaints, I felt this book was pretty solid and was a great read. Well worth the cost. The excerpt of the first book was cruel in a good way. February can't get here fast enough.(less)
How do I say this nicely...? This book is not for me.
I hate reading romances where the hero and/or heroine are parents. Most books where that happens...moreHow do I say this nicely...? This book is not for me.
I hate reading romances where the hero and/or heroine are parents. Most books where that happens lack sexual tension and fun, and this book was no different. I had reservations going in about that, due to my preferences, but I was ready to ignore because the beginning didn't have that parent vibe that typically turns me away.
Good start. Terribly boring middle. No desire to read the last 25%. Why? Because the parents are back together. There was no sexual tension to make me root for the couple. The only tension was from distrust, and apparently, sixteen years of hard feelings were easy to drop in less than a week. Sex cures all, folks.
Romance did not work for me at all. Did not seem realistic. Did not pull me in. Did not make me care whatsoever.
I'd rant about other things in this book, but I'd rather just start reading something that I will enjoy.(less)
Writing: horrendous. Character development: nonexistent. Mystery: what mystery? Sookie: TSTL x4. Eric: Hawt. Bill: Eh, geek...moreDon't even know where to start…
Writing: horrendous. Character development: nonexistent. Mystery: what mystery? Sookie: TSTL x4. Eric: Hawt. Bill: Eh, geeky scholar? Pam: Still adore her. Other characters: apathetic. Eric plot line: gimme more! Every other plot line: zzz.
Immortals/supernaturals should be badass. If you've been alive for hundreds of years, your level of badassery increases exponentially. It's just a fact, and one that should never be brought into question. These supernaturals? They're like lame humans who can punch a little harder and suck your blood. Nothing exciting, nothing exotic. They're a whole bunch of nothing. It's like, wahh, you're a human and I'm a shifter and I'm too weak to lift your injured carcass, so walk human, walk to the car! Stupid moments like that, that really make you question what the point of even having supernaturals in this universe is.
Sookie is turning more and more obnoxious with each book.
First, because she's whiney. "Oh no, I don't want to get involved in politics anymore!" Then STAY AWAY. Turn the shifters away. Ignore Eric, Pam, and Bill. Go fuck Sam and live in his trailer and isolate yourself from the world. It's not hard. She doesn't even make a real effort to keep out of the messes that track her down. I also think there's better ways to drag her--even unwillingly--into said messes, but you don't see that. Why? Because she just does what she's asked of, all while throwing a hissy fit. It makes no sense.
Second, she's so damn unfaithful it's sickening. Pick a guy and stick with him. Or don't pick a guy and screw around with everything that has a penis and is supernatural. Don't make out with every hottie that gets a boner for you while you're involved exclusively with someone, though. Seriously.
She pissed me off at the end of this book when Eric got his memories back. If she really cared about the "nice" Eric, then she should have done something when Eric got his memories back. There's always a way to make these sorts of things work out in books like this. He wanted her anyway. Instead, she closed herself off. Why? Because I guess the arrogant "have you yielded to me yet?" Eric was too intimidating, and her heart was on her sleeve or something. Please. Go sleep with the Viking already! Stupid.
I think Sookie wins the award for most useless protagonist ever. She's on the same level as Bella.
Not my preferred style of writing. There's no character development, no real emotion to be felt... The dialo...moreI honestly do not know wtf just happened.
Not my preferred style of writing. There's no character development, no real emotion to be felt... The dialogue feels fake and really awkward. Hell, half the time, most of the interactions felt beyond awkward. To be fair, some lines were hilarious though.
And I'll be completely honest. I only read this because I wanted to see how awesome Eric is. But Eric barely had any page time, much to my chagrin. I'm going to continue with the next three books and stop on the fourth. Don't think I can stomach anything beyond that in this series.
Wasn't my cup of tea. Characters were too emotional, and those emotions seemed random as opposed to something that complimented the scene and the mood...moreWasn't my cup of tea. Characters were too emotional, and those emotions seemed random as opposed to something that complimented the scene and the mood. People screamed when there was really no reason to...which i found to be jarring.
The hero annoyed me. First, he was too cryptic. Second, I don't know why he spoke like he was some modern human and not like the ancient deity he was. Not even a hint of being ancient in his speech when emotion overcame him. Third, he was a jerk. Not sexy. Not mysterious. Just a jerk.
Heroine was borderline TSTL at times. Couldn't get myself to like her either, though she could be more tolerable.
The time period was so over the place. It didn't feel like his parts were actually in the 40s. Needed more explanation earlier on.
By the 45% mark, the book dragged and I lost all interest.(less)
This was a fun read! It's not often that I enjoy the first book in a new UF series, mainly because it trends to drag because the first books are bogge...moreThis was a fun read! It's not often that I enjoy the first book in a new UF series, mainly because it trends to drag because the first books are bogged down with a new world and too much information to share.
The beginning was a strong start. Just enough mystery and uniqueness to keep me turning the pages. The "cop talk" was actually really enjoyable. Felt authentic and made me interested in the mystery....which is a first!
The middle dragged for me a bit, and is where I set the book down and was willing to leave it (excerpt that I'm stubborn and there was a reason I wanted to read this novel to begin with). The end was interesting; finally had more paranormal elements to enjoy! The ending was sad, and left a taste of melancholy on my tongue as I closed the book.
The issue: I felt a disconnect when it came to characterization. Not enough showing for me. I didn't feel the attraction between Zack and Emma fully, didn't feel the hint of love. Also didn't connect with Emma like I do with most UF heroines in series I've come to enjoy. She fell flat, kind of like she was this monotone note in a universe that has a lot of potential to suck readers in and be kick ass.
There is a disconnect. Hence why i said a slight melancholy regarding the ending. I'm still curious enough to pick up book two, whenever it comes out.
I'd suggest reading CURSED. New world, lots of potential. Give the entire book a shot, from front cover to back. Paranormal elements don't truly shine until the last fourth.(less)
YA my ass LOL. There was so much sexual tension in this book... If more YAs were this ballsy and edgy, I think I'd enjoy the genre again. Even with lo...moreYA my ass LOL. There was so much sexual tension in this book... If more YAs were this ballsy and edgy, I think I'd enjoy the genre again. Even with love triangles.
As for the one in this book, I'm torn between who I'm rooting for. From the start I adored Death in that..."tortured hero someone make him happy PLEASE" way. BUT, Jack has his own appeal. He's loyal, he's protective, he's suave in his Cajun ways.
What makes Death and Jack realistic is that they both have major character flaws coupled with their good/sexy qualities. You don't see that with 99% of YA boys. These two feel real and gritty, just like the world they now live in.
Death has a dated, possessive view about what is his and what he is owed. It's heartbreaking knowing what sort of life he's lived. It's also hard to balance both aspects of him and still adore him wholeheartedly.
Jack is an alcoholic, a liar, a mortal (which, come on, is kinda boring when you compare him to Death of all people lol), and he's mean and nasty at times too. But then you see how he feels for Evie and it's hard to remember his issues. Then you eventuality recall that he treated her like she was the devil...and then like a delicate piece of porcelain. It's hard to balance like and dislike.
And I hate that there's a love triangle, because I like both guys and don't want to see either hurt. Damn!
Creepy, heartbreaking, and kickass. The action scenes were amazing. The situations felt dangerous and are still vivid in my mind.
Part of me wishes there was more action. It's also the same part that wishes this book was 500 pages longer.
Beware the ending. Not a cliffhanger, but it will definitely leave you bemoaning the year's wait for book 3.(less)
I finished this last night and the book is still haunting me (in a good way) a full 24 hours later. I cannot stop thinking about certain scenes!
Yes, C...moreI finished this last night and the book is still haunting me (in a good way) a full 24 hours later. I cannot stop thinking about certain scenes!
Yes, Cassie still hasn't chosen Mircea or Pritkin.
Yes there is a cliffhanger.
Yes, the wait to see what happens next will be unbearable.
But you know what? This is the best Cassie Palmer book to date. It's hilarious at times. It made me cry at another point when Cassie was confronted by Pritkin. And don't even get me started on the Pritkin abuse.
I was always pro Mircea/Cassie. Call me a sucker for the suave vampire--even if I find the relationship to have a slight creep factor to it.
More importantly, I didn't see Pritkin's appeal...until now. God, I don't know what changed, maybe it was the few scenes where things happen, but I am crazy about him and Cassie now.
Whoever says this series needs to end is dead wrong. The books just need to come out more often. I can't go waiting for another two years!(less)
Five stars to Jeaniene Frost's piece. Much deserved! I'm disappointed it wasn't a full length book/series because it was so well written/imaginative/a...moreFive stars to Jeaniene Frost's piece. Much deserved! I'm disappointed it wasn't a full length book/series because it was so well written/imaginative/addictive. There's sexual tension up the wazoo, literally oozing off the pages from the very start. Convincing characters, excellent worldbuilding that isn't in your face and bogging the story down, and STEAMY sexy time scenes. Most importantly, however, is that I was convinced of this romance by the end and I fell in love right alongside the heroine.
Many, many years ago I tried reading the first Cat and Bones book, but Cat frustrated me by the end. I never bothered picking up the second in the series, but now I'm thinking I'm majorly missing out and need to remedy this immediately.(less)