This review only contains spoilers if you haven't read The Wicked We Have Done.
Our Broken Sky tells the story of Val, who's in the Compass Room toget...moreThis review only contains spoilers if you haven't read The Wicked We Have Done.
Our Broken Sky tells the story of Val, who's in the Compass Room together with Evalynn, the protagonist of The Wicked We Have Done. We see Val together with her family, in the Compass room, and a glimpse of her beyond.
Val is one of the most interesting characters in The Wicked We Have Done. She has this really tough exterior, which makes you wonder what's beneath. She has murdered the three guys that raped her twin sister, and has spent years in prison before she's convicted to the Compass Room. It's nice to see the story from her point of view, and to spend some time in her head.
Our Broken Sky feels more like a collection of short stories rather than a novella. Novellas are incredibly hard to do well, and this one falls short of the format. It's at this weird, uncomfortable pace, and skips over exactly those scenes I was most looking forward to. For example, the murder of the rapists falls outside of the scope of this book. So does her time in prison. The novella flashes through events at an incredible speed, because if it doesn't, it would evolve into a full length book.
I would recommend Our Broken Sky for fans of the Chaos Theory series that are interested in Val. Or in some lesbian lovin, because this novella has plenty of that too. If you're new to the series, don't start here. Almost everything that happens in The Wicked We Have Done is described in this novella in a few pages.(less)
Instead of doing one of my (admittedly) rigidly structured reviews for the BDB books, I'm just going to ramble a bit about them.
My first encounter wit...moreInstead of doing one of my (admittedly) rigidly structured reviews for the BDB books, I'm just going to ramble a bit about them.
My first encounter with the BDB books was through Goodreads. I'm a member of a lot of paranormal romance and urban fantasy groups, and the BDB books are often recommended for paranormal readers. I'm usually more of an urban fantasy reader, but I thought I'd try out those books I heard so many people raving about. This was in June 2011.
In quick succession, I read the first three BDB books. I'd recently graduated from high school (damn, I'm getting old), and summer was my time to read. I devoured them. I can still remember how I read the third book, Lover Awakened, in front of our tent in Italy. But as it always does, summer came to an end, and so did my free reading time. During the first months of university I barely had time to read, and I forgot about those leather-clad brothers.
Fast-forward three years. The box set of the first six BDB books has been on my wishlist for years, and on my birthday this year I finally got it. Almost exactly three years after I first read the books, I'm rereading them. I totally forgot why I enjoyed these books - was it just my teenage self fascinated with hot vampire loving, or was it more? After rereading Dark Lover, I find out: I still love these books just as much - and I have no idea why.
They're not my usual genre. I do enjoy vampire stories, but I'm definitely not very much into romance. Most romance books bore my to death (sorry) and I just can't make myself to care about their push and pulling around. Neither am I much into macho stuff. All of which the BDB books do have: they're lovey dovey stories with guys exhaling testosterone built like body builders. They call their women "females" and once they have their eyes on you, you will be "theirs". They listen to hard core rap and casually talk about killing humans. None of which would qualify them in any way as "my type".
Feminism aside, there are plenty of problems with the world. It has often been called classist, elitist, and I personally would like to add that the vampire - human relationship is also kind of racist. Humans are to be used, and killed when they're in the way. Plenty of people have wrote about these issues in better ways than I ever could, so I'm not going further into that here.
There are two factors that can explain my enjoyment of Dark Lover. First of all, all male alpha-ness and killing aside, the core of these books is super cute romance. All brothers are big wussies underneath all that aggression, and all they want is to find their mate. They're often very contradictory in their ways of seducing said mate, but in the end they're big teddy-bears. They're always there for their loved ones. The second factor is that they're such a close group of friends. I love all the banter between the brothers and moments of bonding. I really appreciate that Ward manages to keep them into character, yet lets them talk about their feelings in a non-weepy way. It's done in a very realistic way that I can imagine guys actually talk like.
Although Wrath isn't my favourite character, Beth totally makes this story for me. She knows when to let Wrath do his vamp protectiveness thing, but she also knows when to say no. It helps that she's also a very nice person, and she fits perfectly within the Brotherhood. I'm really looking forward to see more glimpses of her in books to come.(less)
Kat is the offspring of a thieving family, and she's one of the best and youngest thieves in the world. She has decided to step out of the f...more3.5 Stars
Kat is the offspring of a thieving family, and she's one of the best and youngest thieves in the world. She has decided to step out of the family business and have a sort of regular life, until her father gets suspected of a crime he didn't commit.
Heist Society is like Ocean's Eleven in book form. It doesn't make any logic sense, but it's just so damn cool. Don't we all sometimes wish we had such awesome thieving skills? That we climb through air vents and act all Mission Impossible? Heist Society uses that fascination and provides some good old wish-fulfilling fun.
Ms Carter has an easy and straight to the point writing style. The strength of the book is the plot that runs like well-oiled clockwork. There are no scenes that could have been cut out, or moments that bring the speed down. Days till deadline steadily tick away, heightening excitement. It's so easy to read this book in just one sitting because you really feel like you're moving towards something.
The thieving family provides the usual comic relief and internal struggles. Kat especially struggles with the older generation (her uncle and father), and feels torn between being with her family and having a normal life. There is also some romantic tension going on with billionaire-gone-thief Hale.
My only problem with Heist Society was that the story wasn't memorable for me. Even minutes after finishing, the story started to fade. There was no lasting impression of it at all, even though I really enjoyed myself while reading it. Heist Society is perfect for an afternoon of fun, but I'm not yet fully convinced to love the characters. Maybe the next book, Uncommon Criminals will remedy that.(less)