I love this series. The one downside is that I'm going through them so quickly, I'm having difficulty remembering where one book ends and the next picI love this series. The one downside is that I'm going through them so quickly, I'm having difficulty remembering where one book ends and the next picks up; they all flow so smoothly together. The characterization is still spot on, and I fully enjoy the ever expanding cast of characters. There's a great mix of humor and action, although sometimes it feels that the story gets too far sidetracked into Mike's speculations, neurosis, and memories. Even so, I'm happy to keep reading....more
I very much enjoyed the two stories that bookend the collection, because both are further tales from WWZ. The other two stories were fair to okay. I eI very much enjoyed the two stories that bookend the collection, because both are further tales from WWZ. The other two stories were fair to okay. I enjoyed the vampire tale more than the other one, which I didn't find engaging....more
I love this story, which surprises me somewhat because MacCalister tends to have a lighter, more comedic tone to her writing than what I normally enjoI love this story, which surprises me somewhat because MacCalister tends to have a lighter, more comedic tone to her writing than what I normally enjoy. This story just worked for me, though. I am not familiar with her Dark Ones series (wasn't even aware of it until after completing this story), and yet I was able to follow the characters, events, and overall rules of her mythical world without issue.
While I like both the hero and heroine, the supporting characters really made this a "can't-put-it-down" story for me. The somewhat-vegetarian zombie protest group is one of the funniest things I've read in a while, especially when members start falling off the wagon. I love the flaky spirit guide who speaks only in her own butchered version of Frenglish. Even the bratty child vampire is the perfect amount of smart-bratty to be completely endearing instead of off-putting. Like I said, I like both the hero and heroine, but I think I like them all the more because they're forced to find each other and make a romance plausible while both playing the straight-man to an uncontainable cast of comedic secondary characters.
MacAlister really knocked it out of the park with this tale. I loved it so much, I plan to try the rest of her Dark Ones series....more
Plain Fear: Forsaken is a slow, clunky read, which is ironic considering how much poetry is littered between the text. The clunkiness is due, in largePlain Fear: Forsaken is a slow, clunky read, which is ironic considering how much poetry is littered between the text. The clunkiness is due, in large part, to frequent repetition. These characters are all about the internal monologue, to the point where it is easy to forget what action is supposed to be taking place while the protagonists are lost in their own thoughts. Readers are not shown the characters' motivations, but instead told and told frequently. Hannah is sad. Roc is angry. Levi is faithful. And whenever one of them is on the page, they are thinking about their sadness, or their anger, or their faithfulness. The single emotional trait does more than define the characters, it makes them flat and unrelatable. I couldn't connect with any of them, and as such didn't really care if they overcame the obstacles before them. By the time I hit the book's halfway point, I hoped the vampires would slaughter everyone, just to liven things up a bit.
There are two separate storylines at work: Hannah's story and Roc's story. They do not combine well. Even during the climax when both story arcs converge, it doesn't quite ring true. But, Hannah's actions in the climax, as well as Akiva's, ring equally false. After reading over and over again of Hannah's love for Jacob and faltering faith, how is it she so quickly falls for Levi because of his devotion to God? Akiva stresses so often Hannah's choice is all that matters, so why is he willing to take it away from her? Why do the 3 protagonists, willing to fight and die to overcome the vampires, stand around talking while Josef bleeds out? Why is there no sense of urgency? His death feels manufactured. It causes no emotional fallout in this book, but is needed to set up the sequel. The divisiveness left a bad taste in my mouth.
The action is slow and stilted. Storylines that have the potential to be interesting are introduced and then never addressed (ex: grandma Ruth and the existence of ghosts/their purpose and Levi's "reinforcements"). Actions are discussed in past tense, very little true action happening on page.
I so wanted to love this novel. I was raised Mennonite in south central Pennsylvania. New Orleans is my favorite city, the place where my husband and I shared our first date and later returned to get married. My favorite genres are paranormal and YA. And here's Plain Fear: Forsaken, a paranormal YA that connects New Orleans to PA Amish country with vampire antagonists. Seriously? For real? It might was well be written for me, it contains so many elements I love or to which I have strong ties. The disappointment I feel in this story is almost personal in nature. ...more
Short story about vampires that plays on the vampire cliches to create something fresh and fun. I love the details of the vampire infested college towShort story about vampires that plays on the vampire cliches to create something fresh and fun. I love the details of the vampire infested college town and characterization of the protagonist and supporting characters. Great, quick read. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is the story I've been waiting for ever since book 3. Tohrment has had a long, difficult road to travel ever since losing Wells**spoiler alert** This is the story I've been waiting for ever since book 3. Tohrment has had a long, difficult road to travel ever since losing Wellsie to the enemy 7 long books ago, and watching him come full circle in Lover Reborn is therapeutic, in a way. Ward is not afraid to put her characters through hell, but the deeper they sink, the better their redemption. In this story, it's not just Tohr who's redeemed. His HEA is a group effort, pushing him, No'One, and Lassiter to the edge. They all have to change and learn to move on and let go in order to free Wellsie from the In Between and seize their own happiness.
I also liked the subplots in this story. I love John Matthew, so it was great seeing more of his relationship with Xhex and with Tohr. It's nice to see Blay and Qhuinn make *some* progress beyond whiny angst (Ward just announced today that the next BDB hardcover is Blay and Qhuinn's story, and it's about damn time!), and I loved the subplots involving Layla. Her interactions with Qhuinn, and her feelings towards Xcor and the BoB, are going to be fascinating to watch unfold.
After being somewhat disappointed with the previous installment of the series, Lover Reborn provided the Brotherhood fix I needed. Now the year-long wait for Qhuinn and Blay begins!...more
Such a sweet book. Not nearly as dark as the preceding two, lighter on the angst, but great nonetheless. Love Payne, love Manny. Vishous redeemed himsSuch a sweet book. Not nearly as dark as the preceding two, lighter on the angst, but great nonetheless. Love Payne, love Manny. Vishous redeemed himself to me, and I like the subplot involving Butch. ...more
A mix of steampunk, paranormal romance, and alternative history, with a great voice and captivating wit. The frequent POV changes took some getting usA mix of steampunk, paranormal romance, and alternative history, with a great voice and captivating wit. The frequent POV changes took some getting used to, but overall a delightful read....more