I love Takaya's work, and this may not be her greatest one, but I still found myself enjoying this last volume more than I did the first two, mostly bI love Takaya's work, and this may not be her greatest one, but I still found myself enjoying this last volume more than I did the first two, mostly because I felt like the real "meat" of the series was all concentrated in this third installment. The plot hit its climax and resolution, the mysterious characters were explained, and the loose ends were tied off. Overall, the series was decent, but I'm glad Takaya hit her stride in the last chapters and managed to deliver a good--possibly great--ending....more
I wanted to give this book a higher rating on account of the fact that I actually started to feel interested in one of the characters--not one that thI wanted to give this book a higher rating on account of the fact that I actually started to feel interested in one of the characters--not one that the novel was supposed to focus on, unfortunately--but I share a lot of the same reservations other reviewers have mentioned. In particular, the massive cast of characters distracts from Talon and Sunshine's story, and I felt some of the details weren't well explained or executed.
This is the third book in the Dark-Hunter series that I've read, and while I do feel the series has its strong points, it's already started to feel a little formulaic to me. The hero is always buff and muscular, is great at sex, has a tragic past, and will be described as "yummy" and/or "scrumptious" at least once during the course of the novel. The heroine will always be "normal" (except not really, because there always ends up being something intrinsically exceptional about her), and has a Big Jerk in her past that the hero will at one point either pummel or shame with his sexiness. Oh, and the "we want to/are meant to be together, but we can't!" card will always be played at one point in the novel.
However, in spite of the fact that there are annoying consistencies that link all of the heroes and heroines so far, they all have different personalities. Also, I feel like the series sets out to show the readers a sexy, romantic fantasy with an ideal man, and Kenyon accomplishes that extremely well while still including enough of the paranormal aspect to keep readers of primarily sci-fi/fantasy engaged. She's created an interesting world here where gods are very accessible--and occasionally annoyingly petty--and many things go bump in the night. And the immense casts of characters, while a bit of a hindrance in this book, serves a larger purpose in the context of the series. The reader knows that all these secondary characters have their own stories, and we want to know more about them. So, in a way, I feel as if including the large cast in this book was a good move even if it left loose ends.
Of course, I've only read these first three books, so some of my gripes about the lack of character variation might be addressed later. At any rate, I fully intend to continue with this series. There are already a few characters whose stories (and sexscapades) I rather look forward to reading about....more
I wish I could recommend this to a wide range of readers, but in the end, I think only Death Note fans interested in collecting everything related toI wish I could recommend this to a wide range of readers, but in the end, I think only Death Note fans interested in collecting everything related to the series will want to purchase this novel. (Physically, it's one good-looking book, but it's pretty expensive on account of the dust jacket, cover arts by Takeshi Obata, a color page inside, a 23-day countdown on every page...you get the picture.)
On the other hand, for those wanting to see a more "human" side to L, it might be worthwhile to borrow the novel and give it a read. The plot seen here is not the usual complex one characteristic to the series, but a rather straightforward action-adventure plot that focuses on the danger of a viral outbreak that could kill millions. Of course, it has its share of uber-brainy maneuvers--it's L, after all--but on the whole, don't expect a plot on the level of the source material. Overall, however, I did enjoy the novel and found parts of it quite touching....more
I checked this out from the library because I was looking for an interesting book on CD to listen to while I(Read via audio CDs, unabridged version.)
I checked this out from the library because I was looking for an interesting book on CD to listen to while I did other things. What I ended up with was a Victorian romance--the first non-paranormal romance I've ever read, honestly. Nothing against the book, really, but I'm just not a fan of the romance genre....more
(This has nothing to do with the book--which was quite good and probably my favorite so far--but every time I see the word molnija, I read it as "mole(This has nothing to do with the book--which was quite good and probably my favorite so far--but every time I see the word molnija, I read it as "mole ninja" in my head.)...more