Ever After is the 11th book in The Hallows/Rachel Morgan series. Throughout the series the reader watches Rachel struggle and grow in both her powers...moreEver After is the 11th book in The Hallows/Rachel Morgan series. Throughout the series the reader watches Rachel struggle and grow in both her powers and her maturity. However, this feels like the first time that Rachel has really come into her own, and making decisions while considering the consequences and potential impact on the people she cares about. Both Jenks and Ivy have limited roles in this novel, Ivy is very limited but it fits the plot and carries through from the last book “A Perfect Blood” in demonstrating how their relationship dynamic is changing. In some ways the change in the dynamic makes me a little sad but at the same time the continued maturity of Rachel and her changing relationship with Trent, Al, and Newt make up for the feeling of loss.
I don’t want to leave any spoilers in this review but I will say there is plenty of unexpected turmoil and betrayal. It’s rare that I ever go back and read a book but I am seriously considering re-reading the prior 2 books, Pale Demon and A Perfect Blood just to see if I missed anything. (less)
Cinder is loosely based on the story of Cinderella. There is the evil step mother, the step sisters, and a prince but don’t think for a moment that th...moreCinder is loosely based on the story of Cinderella. There is the evil step mother, the step sisters, and a prince but don’t think for a moment that this is like any other Cinderella story you’ve read before because then you would be missing out on something really interesting.
Cinder is well developed and interesting. As the reader I was quickly sucked into the story and found myself thinking of the characters as if they were real. It was easy to understand Cinder’s feelings of being an outcast and how she reacts in certain situations. Even the supporting characters are written in a manner that makes them interesting, including the ones that you end up disliking.
This was an excellent read and I was relieved to find out that the second book in the series “Scarlet” was released in early February. By the way Scarlet is based on Little Red Riding Hood and somehow get connected to Cinder. I can’t wait to see what happens next, I just hope the author writes quickly. (less)
I really enjoyed this book and the author had me sucked into the story almost immediately. We meet both Ashley Scott and Rafe at the most recent murde...moreI really enjoyed this book and the author had me sucked into the story almost immediately. We meet both Ashley Scott and Rafe at the most recent murder scene of a serial killer and I found myself intrigued by both Ashley and Rafe. I especially liked how the author, Lesley Davis, introduces the reader to Rafe. She, hobbles into the murder scene still recovering from injuries sustained in another police incident.
I did struggle in the 1st few paragraph’s trying to keep straight that we were seeing the murder scene through Ashley Scott’s eyes, but people on the scene were referring to her as “Jim”. As a result, I found myself re-reading the 1st few paragraphs because I thought I missed something. My advice, plug along it clears up quickly.
Definitely a fun murder mystery; well if murder can be fun. (less)
I have always been a sucker for fairytales and myths I consider myself doubly lucky that “The Dark Wife” is a retelling of the mythical story of Perse...moreI have always been a sucker for fairytales and myths I consider myself doubly lucky that “The Dark Wife” is a retelling of the mythical story of Persephone and Hades with a romantic twist. Certainly I could say that it was a lesbian twist but I think qualifying this story as a lesbian retelling would not do the story justice especially because I think anyone who enjoys myths and fairytales would also enjoy this story.
The story is told from Persephone’s perspective. Her life has been idyllic, until Zeus rapes and kills her lover. As if that is not horrific enough she quickly finds out that Zeus has set his sights on her. As Persephone contemplates all of this she says: “In a life of no choices, this one brash act could set me on a path toward the freedom I longed for more than anything else on – or above – the earth.” For me, this line summarizes the Persephone’s story. Can she “Rebel” and set her own course in life.