Vampire hunter Dee finds herself fighting a so called "born" vampire, a vampire that was always a vampire rather than being bitten. Less than ten pageVampire hunter Dee finds herself fighting a so called "born" vampire, a vampire that was always a vampire rather than being bitten. Less than ten pages in she's saved from a shot by Mr. Tall Mysterious and Hansom, Simon Chase. They fall in lust. The books fall into several rounds of the two of them running from/fighting the bad guys and having stubborn sexual tension/sex. There were a few painfully obvious plot twists that pushed the story along, the characters out side of Dee and Simon were fairly stock, and Simon seems a bit overly obsessed to be an actual love interest.
Problems aside, the book was a decent "turn off your brain" fun read. No real thoughts necessary, but if one starts to think too much about some of the character's behaviors (particularly Chase's) get rather squicky. He is obsessed with Dee, and the bits from his point of view have points where it just feels like Eden was trying to combine the "vampires can't love, only obsess" from Carmilla and the "I love you but I am dangerous and cannot tell you" from many other vampire romances. It constantly felt a bit like he was going to turn out to be one of the bad guys. His trickery at the start of the book also made him a rather good red herring for the real big bad.
I will probably read more books by this author, but chances are I'll look for them at the library or local used bookstores until I have a better feel for Eden's writing style. Not a must read, but still worth the time....more
If I didn't already know that I enjoy this author, I would have probably passed up Skin Tight in favor of something trashy at the grocery store check-If I didn't already know that I enjoy this author, I would have probably passed up Skin Tight in favor of something trashy at the grocery store check-out. Male lead has mysterious ability that stops him from finding love, dark and troubled past, and a driving need for revenge. Yes, Foster's back with a new name and the same task. Take down the Foundation and get revenge of some sort. Enter female lead Mia the sexy genius who managed to get herself all tied up at the end of the last book. There might be some tension here because guess what, Foster's power doesn't work on her. Shocking, right? The two find themselves falling in lust rather quickly and the story goes from there.
I had some issues with a few bits of the plot, and aside from Foster and Mia most of the characters were fairly stock. It followed the routine most romance novels do, and followed it well. That said if you liked Skin Game or romance thrillers, this is definitely worth reading....more
So, I picked this up originally be cause the book store I was shopping in did not have the one I wanted and I figured "hm fairy P.I. it has potential.So, I picked this up originally be cause the book store I was shopping in did not have the one I wanted and I figured "hm fairy P.I. it has potential." So I start reading, and it isn't like anything else I've read before. The mystery and the fantasy blend seamlessly rather than one feeling hastily tacked onto the other. Toby was a likable but unreliable narrator. Everything we hear is filtered through her past experiences with the places and people she interacts with. Characters ran the gambit from noble tricksters to street toughs to worried friends, and back again. It was a bit hard during the beginning to deal with some of Toby's personal problems, but this cleared once the action started and only raised it's head when it would hit her (and thus the reader)the hardest. The bad guy managed to stay a mystery until the very end. The ending was a bit of a tear jerker, but satisfying in a way that is hard to explain....more
This starts off like all the others. A crime is committed at some point in time, flash forward to something innocuous, a different crime is discoveredThis starts off like all the others. A crime is committed at some point in time, flash forward to something innocuous, a different crime is discovered, computers are involved somewhere. Here though the Monkeewrench crew does something I would have never expected, they trust an FBI agent. Some one kills a man in a wedding gown, the only witness is a drunken ex-Judge. Somehow this leads to the internet being evil.
There is the usual Magozzi moping and worrying about how Grace feels about him. Harley is boisterous and unexpectedly cultured. Annie is a flirt. But then other characters start to get development. Roadrunner in something other than Lycra. Grace looking within herself rather than for snipers next door. It was surprising, but felt natural, as if the characters were growing up a bit. The ending surprised me, and makes me wonder what they're going to do for the next book....more
So, you've had a rough couple of weeks. You've died, been reborn, died again. Your boyfriend isn't human, and he's eating your energy bit by bit. ThisSo, you've had a rough couple of weeks. You've died, been reborn, died again. Your boyfriend isn't human, and he's eating your energy bit by bit. This is were we find Joanne Baldwin, ex weather warden, current morning weather girl, heroine of the series. With David becoming an ifrit, a cruddy job, a recently divorced sister visiting, and ex bosses who want to strip away her powers there's bound to be trouble of epic proportions. The book was a bit of a downer. I eventually wanted to pop Jo in the back of the head when she bemoaned her inability to interact with David, this got worse with the introduction of Hot British Guy who proceeded to hook up with her sister. Her habit of getting dragged into problems that should be way out of her depth could get annoying if it weren't done so well. Her trading the nameless earth warden's dijin to Hot British Guy bothers me a bit, especially considering what happens afterward and that her relationship with David. The end was just satisfying enough to make me want to buy the next one ASAP. It gets a three out of five for being a solid novel and carrying the story well but for being a bit of a downer and for turning Jo into more of a whiner than usual....more
I've been meaning to read this since it came out in paperback, the first chapter was in the paperback editions of the last three books in the series.I've been meaning to read this since it came out in paperback, the first chapter was in the paperback editions of the last three books in the series. So, was it worth the wait? In short, yes. Maggie O'Dell is more believable than many other female leads, she's irritable and temperamental. She uses her background in medicine, not to solve the case, but to try to figure out what is wrong with her and as a side effect drives herself up the wall repeatedly. The characters are carefully built up. They are familiar but still able to surprise the reader, and it was nice to see some of the more minor getting more development. The monkeys from the first chapter serve as a satisfying Chekhov's gun and a decent way to pull the ending together....more
I think I said earlier that I found this book to be rather dry, but the prose was solid which saves it from being a three star review. It was tough toI think I said earlier that I found this book to be rather dry, but the prose was solid which saves it from being a three star review. It was tough to really care about Case. He came across as an idiot, getting a new pancreas to keep drugs from working right then almost immediately going out and trying to find something that would work on him. He is distant even though we are listening to his thoughts, and seems more wrapped up in either sex or his computer for most of the book and that gets old pretty fast for me. Molly was entertaining for the most part, at least in part because she had this great aura of danger about her. She felt way under utilized in that she had both razor sharp reflexes and literal razors in her hands, but she only got to use them a couple of times and was otherwise either asleep or injured. Other characters seemed to be used mostly to force Case's hand or to move the story along.
The past played a big part in this book. Case's past in particular, Armitage's nearing the end. This dropped tidbits of character history into the mix, but managed to not give much of anything away until the very end.
I have a few major complaints with Neuromancer. Sense/net confused me a bit, the details were many but not very clear, kind of like trying to learn a new language by using a math program. The use of various out side groups to push the story along made it hard to keep track of all of the minor characters. And some of the less minor minor characters acted out of character quite a bit. Plus Case's seeming lack of intelligence just set me off, he's a hacker but he doesn't seem to actually know much of anything. He makes really dumb choices through out the book, which again got annoying.
That said, the prose is good. Very solid, no words misused or ineffective grammar. It was old enough that some of the word use is a little awkward for me, but when looked up they make sense. It was also old enough that some of the ideas used are, by now, reality which is cool....more
**spoiler alert** I finally managed to find a copy of this yesterday after looking since I finished the last one. It was a rather interesting read, a**spoiler alert** I finally managed to find a copy of this yesterday after looking since I finished the last one. It was a rather interesting read, a solid continuation of the story. I did start reading with a few expectations though. I was expecting that Jo would once again do something completely stupid for the right reason. She did. I expected that either she or David would need to be rescued from something. They both did. I expected Rahel to stay dead (?), though this would have made me sad. She did not, the way that she was brought back made me laugh. I was not expecting all the exposition on Jo's personal history or that the warden leadership would turn out to be as big a jerks as the end lead me to believe. The part where Jo got to walk out tells me maybe.
There are a few issues I have with the book. Jonathan, for example, cannot seem to make up his mind as to whether he wants to help Jo and David, or kill her and lock him up until he gets over it. He threatens her, gets tossed around a bit, attacked and partly eaten, lets the main characters win, and then leaves his best friend behind knowing that he could save his existence. The reveal for the bad guy seemed a little trite, but was pulled off well enough to be completely awesome. The Ma'at are hard to like. Including Lewis, who seems to have either a messiah complex or just doesn't realize that he is as faliable and human as any of the other wardens. These problems will probably be covered in later books, but at the moment they bother me.
In one way or another, all of the characters except maybe Marion are painfully stupid. In Kevin, this is a defining character trait. In Jo it's more of a driving force, she knows that at some point she's going to get herself perma-killed, it hasn't happened yet though so she's gonna go save the world. David is a bit dense, a bit controlling, and sweetly well meaning all at the same time. His idiocy comes from trying to use common sense with Joanne and then using underhanded tricks to try to protect her. The subterfuge used to try and make all the various deus ex machina seem less so, and the utter ridiculousness of some of the methods used to get things done made me want to slap about half of the entire cast starting with the more powerful beings present and moving down the row.
That said, the story and its telling really work. Caine takes a less that overpowered main character, makes her a fashionable smart ass, makes her know when she's being an idiot, and proceeds to make her learn how to cope either through experience or with semi serious injuries. Rahel's revival gives the reader hope for David while also bringing back one of the more likable djinn, the change in appearance giving possible hint to a change in story importance and making her new different-ness more obvious. Marion becoming less of a scary surgeon of doom and more of an understanding comrade was unexpected but goes a long way towards making her understandable as a character. The mix of flash backs and forwards was a little jarring and caused Jo to seem (understandably) very much the broken bird this time around. Over all, I give the book four out of five. Not because it is the best thing I've read, but because it moved the story along and provided me with a solid day's worth of entertainment....more