It's no secret that I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong. I love how her urban fantasy stories are more focused on the plot than on the sexual adventures of...moreIt's no secret that I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong. I love how her urban fantasy stories are more focused on the plot than on the sexual adventures of her characters (although there's always a bit of sex in there somewhere) and Visions is no different.
I read Omens only a couple of weeks ago so didn't have a long wait for Visions to be released - and thank god for that because Omens left me hanging and desperate for more.
Visions picks up where Omens left off and you're thrown straight into the story with Olivia, Gabriel and the multitude of supporting characters. Kelley is one of those authors who can juggle a huge cast of characters with ease, there's no confusion and double-checking on who's who.
I was glued to Visions from the first page. I love Olivia's voice - her intelligence and wit shining through, as well as her insecurities. I also thoroughly enjoy the way you'll get the occasional chapter from a different character's perspective, which adds depth to things. Gabriel is a definite favourite and we find out more about his history in Visions - some of which Olivia isn't privy to. And Ricky... oh Ricky.... I see Jax from Sons of Anarchy in my head when I read Ricky (is that a bad thing?).
Nothing in the story feels forced, and Kelley does her research in the various fae history and superstitions - something that has always interested me anyway.
As always, the end of the book leaves me desperate for the next. And the end of Visions is such a poignant one, I really can't wait for the next.
I like the Dark Hunter books. While they're not the best written material in the Urban Fantasy genre, there's something appealing about them. With tha...moreI like the Dark Hunter books. While they're not the best written material in the Urban Fantasy genre, there's something appealing about them. With that said, Sherrilyn does occasionally drop the ball and goes from an enjoyable distraction to that's two hours of my life I'm not getting back.
Unfortunately Son of No One belongs to the latter category.
I've discovered that when Kenyon deviates from the Dark Hunter world that we've come to enjoy - with Ash and his motley band of dark hunters doing their thing, while finding their one true love - and focuses on characters that, while have a small link to the Dark Hunter group, are really not a huge part the writing lacks substance and the characters devolve into absurdity.
I can let go of reality with the best of them when i'm reading a fantasy book and with the dark hunters it's a requirement, but usually they're a fun romp with some seriously laugh out loud quips and one liners but, of late - especially with the Time Untime Aztec based books (I believe there were two or three) Kenyon forgot what made her books enjoyable. She redeemed herself with Seth's book after the Aztec debacle and I was hoping to see that trend continue with Son of No One.... no such luck.
While there are elements of the fun to be had with the Dark Hunter novels, for the most part it reads like it was thrown together because she needed to get a book out but there's no real point to it. The characters are flat, Josette is completely irritating and the speed with which she falls in love with Cade is beyond stupid.
I bought the book this morning (date of release) and finished it in around 2 hours - which is pretty bad going for a Dark Hunter book.. usually takes at least a full day of savouring the fun and violence. Cade shows promise, but just doesn't quite get there and there are hints to a further convoluted plot that, usually would have my ears perked, just makes me think meh. It feels forced and bland and that makes me sad.
As a book within the dark hunter series, of course if you're a fan you'll want to read it, but don't expect anything like the earlier books or even close to Ash's and Styxx's novels. I'm beginning to think she's peaked and it's time to cut her losses.
I haven't read this book for a few years now, but I do remember how lush the writing was. The descriptions, the story itself, the characters - draw yo...moreI haven't read this book for a few years now, but I do remember how lush the writing was. The descriptions, the story itself, the characters - draw you into a story that is very loosely based upon the historical exploits of William Adams, but doesn't pretend to be fact.
Clavell creates a world that is spellbinding, fascinating and keeps you hanging on with baited breath with every page turn.
I'm not usually a big fan of short stories - I always find that by the time the story has got going, you're at the final page and everything is rushed...moreI'm not usually a big fan of short stories - I always find that by the time the story has got going, you're at the final page and everything is rushed to completion,so I was genuinely surprised by An Insurrection. From the opening paragraph you're thrown headlong into a war and A S Washington manages to introduce you to the characters with a quick pace that doesn't leave you feeling inundated with information but building an awareness of the people in the story with some very slick story telling.
Like with any short story, it was over too soon, but not in a way that I felt the story had lost something. In fact, by the final sentences you felt that the story being told was complete and not just cut short, but with enough left to hint at another story.
Long live the King - can't wait to read the next short (I'd like to see a full novel :D)
I picked this up while it was cheap on kindle the other day because I couldn't decide what I wanted to read from my TBR pile.
I liked the concept of th...moreI picked this up while it was cheap on kindle the other day because I couldn't decide what I wanted to read from my TBR pile.
I liked the concept of the story being played out - there's been a war between vampires and humans, which vampires won and they are now the ruling lords of the land (we don't know what land or even if it's set on earth). But, I don't think there was enough detail as how the war started, why humanity lost, why the vampires won etc.
The main female lead (Arianna) is portrayed as being fairly strong, yet every decision she makes seems to deny that portrayal - she comes across as pretty weak and shallow.
The main male vampire lead (Braith) has potential, but again stays fairly shallow, without either character really investigating the reason why she affects him the way she does (it's hard to describe this without spoilers).
The scene where Braith does finally feed from Arianna reads very awkwardly - talk of breaking cartilage was a bit on the weird side. Also, finding out she is 17, while he is a few hundred (we think) years old . . . .I just find it highly unlikely that any vampire that old would be seriously interested in a girl so young.
The ending felt a little rushed and Braith's 180 change in his attitude just didn't ring true for me.
I can't say that I hated the book, and I'll probably pick up the others in the series, but definitely a set of books that I won't miss if I forget about them.