As I started reading this book, I looked around to see if a sequel had been published and was a bit surprised to see that, though it had be4.25 stars.
As I started reading this book, I looked around to see if a sequel had been published and was a bit surprised to see that, though it had been planned, the author announced that she wouldn’t be writing one. I was a bit worried as I kept reading and getting more into the book because I didn’t know if the publisher put the kibosh on the sequel or if Terrill went to the Robin McKinley school of Fuck What the Fans Want, but either way, I’m actually happy there isn’t a sequel because the book ended perfectly, in my opinion.
The premise of the book is interesting and one that I haven’t really seen before in a YA book (yes, Timepiece had time travel in it, but the objective of the characters in this book is unique). A prisoner in a secret military compound with only the disembodied voice of a boy in the next cell to keep her company (unless, of course, you count the enemies who routinely torture you company), Em finds a list in a drain with a number of things written on it, but it’s the last line, the only one that hasn’t been crossed out that nearly stops her heart.
Things begin very cryptically, the action begins in the present but sort of goes on like we already know what’s happening (we don’t) and have to piece things together by what proceeds to happen and through flashbacks, which eventually become part of the story.
I’ll admit that as I read it and the meaning of the note Em found becomes clear, it was a little heartbreaking because I really liked this person in the past, but the fact that they become so evil pretty much squashed any sympathy I had for them. I hated that one of the people I liked the most met an awful end, though I wasn’t sure if we’d ever find out why. (view spoiler)[It was Nate, and we did. (hide spoiler)]
The action in the book was really good, there’s a suspense component to it as we learn what Em and Finn already know, and the fact that they’re already involved takes away any insta-love problems that might arise, though as we travel back in time with them, and also through flashbacks, we see that there definitely was no insta-love here, at least not on Em’s part, and their relationship developed slowly and, despite the horrific conditions, very sweetly, from what we see of it.
Though I said any sympathy I had for a certain character went away once we find out how abhorrent they become, the author does a terrific job of testing that resolve as we see this character before, what a good person they were and see them interact with their friends, who mean the world to this person. Yet if I knew exactly what Em and Finn know, something we’re told at the end, I’m pretty sure my resolve to kill them would’ve been rock solid.
As I said, I’m fine with this book being a standalone, we don’t get enough of those, especially enough really good ones. I know why some readers are upset and wanted a sequel but (view spoiler)[ there was never any doubt in my mind that Em and Finn would end up together, even if they weren’t the same people they were in the beginning and didn’t have the same shared experiences as before that tied them together so strongly, deep down, they are still the same people (hide spoiler)]. If anything, Em and Finn’s story deserves a prequel, so we can find out more about their time on the run together, to see exactly how everything started and played out up to the beginning of this book.
With a great story and sympathetic, strong, resilient and likeable characters and an inventive plot (even though I did figure out how things would resolve themselves, I had no idea how it would affect certain characters), I highly recommend this book and look forward to other works by Cristin Terrill. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Jordan Woods is the captain of the football team and the best high school quarterback in Tennessee, which makes sense since Jordan comes fr3.75 stars.
Jordan Woods is the captain of the football team and the best high school quarterback in Tennessee, which makes sense since Jordan comes from football royalty, with a father who, at the age of 43, is still a successful and respected quarterback playing for the Titans and a brother, Mike, who plays college ball as a quarterback for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville There’s one other thing that really makes Jordan stand out as a player. She’s a girl. Jordan is definitely one of the guys, she doesn’t have any girlfriends, would rather hang out with the guys or study tape of opposing teams, and has never really dated because there’s no way she’d go out with anyone on the team and jeopardize her standing with them.
I liked this book more than I thought I would, but a few things were just highly unlikely or downright stupid. I loved that Jordan was sarcastic and had no interest in dressing up or hanging out with the catty cheerleaders. And the fact that her best friend was a boy she’d hung out with since they were kids was really nice. Sam was really sweet and treated Jordan like a sister, I really loved their relationship, as well as the rapport she had with a number of the other players on the team. Her relationship with her father was more contentious, as, though he showed interest in how her brother and friends were doing with football, he never asked about how Jordan did or supported her decision to play. While he may not have done a very good job expressing his reasons for acting the way he did, it turns out, in some instances at least, father really did know best and did have Jordan’s best interests and safety in mind.
I hadn’t read anything about the book, so when Tyler Green came on the scene as a new guy in school, and on the football team (guess which position he plays), I knew he would be the love interest. He was hot and immediately caught Jordan’s attention, which was understandable. However, as I read more, I didn’t understand what, aside from his looks, Jordan would see in him. He seemed bossy, mean to the other players and though I know he went through a lot with his family (I thought it was weird we never got to see his mother, though), he was kind of an emotional, clingy, whiny baby. The further in I got, and the more I found out about him and got to see him interact with Jordan, the more I liked Sam for her, so I was really disappointed as Jordan’s relationship with Ty progressed.
Now for what I thought was unrealistic and kind of dumb. I don’t see any way that a girl would be able to be a highly successful QB in high school. Yes, she was huge, over 6 feet tall and fit, but at some point she would likely get creamed by the defense because her O-line can’t stop everyone all the time. But apparently, she never did. And to think that she could go on to play college ball is seriously unrealistic. Moving from high school football to college football is probably a lot like when you go from college ball to the NFL. A rude freaking awakening. I don’t watch college football (yawn), but the play has to be a lot faster and the hits a lot harder than high school and I don’t think a female would make it as a QB, even if they weight lift, they’re just not as muscular. I think a female kicker could definitely make it to college ball and see no reason why one couldn’t play in the NFL, but any other position? Nope, don’t buy it. Also, even though she’s dead-on accurate, at one point, she thinks how she could never throw as far as Ty did, I think it was about forty yards, which I’m pretty sure would disqualify her from playing anywhere other than a low ranking college, forget the NFL, as you need to be able to throw all the way down field when necessary.
What I also thought was stupid was the fact that (view spoiler)[Sam would actually push Jordan towards Ty, particularly since he knows she’s never been with anyone before and he liked her (hide spoiler)], though I know he said later that he regretted doing it, I thought it was unrealistic. And the fact that Jordan, who (view spoiler)[had never even kissed anyone before would screw someone she’d never gone out with and had known for what, a week or two, was really stupid. I understand that she didn’t realize she had feelings for Sam, but that was just too fast, they didn’t know each other at all, had zero connection and he was kind of creepy around her, on and off the field, in my opinion. It would have been much more realistic, though still stupid if it was anyone other than Sam, if she’d slept with one of the guys on the team (not JJ, though!), at least she had a history and friendship with them. (hide spoiler)]
And while I liked Jordan, I felt she was a bit immature at times and sometimes came off as a dumb jock. Which isn’t good if you’re a guy or a girl. But overall, she was funny, sarcastic and loyal to her friends. She even changed the way she saw some people when she realized she’d been too quick to judge someone and unfairly lump everyone together.
Overall, Catching Jordan was a cute story with likeable main characters and a good cast of supporting characters. I also liked that her relationship with her parents, particularly her father, wasn’t shoved to the background and that their relationship developed throughout the story. I know this is a series and at some point I can definitely see myself picking up the next installment at some point. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have to admit I was kind of disappointed with this book. I guess it’s because the first book I read by Hoover was Maybe Someday, which wa3.75 stars.
I have to admit I was kind of disappointed with this book. I guess it’s because the first book I read by Hoover was Maybe Someday, which was different from the sea of tortured NA books out there in that the circumstances, both personal and romantic, of one of the main characters was unique.
Here, I could see what was coming from a mile away, more than a mile actually, the flashing neon signs might have been in another galaxy, yet I could still see them clear as day.
In a gist, Tate Collins moves to San Francisco to go to school to become a CNRA and moves in with her brother, Corbin, who’s a pilot. The first person she runs into is a very drunk Miles Archer, also a pilot and Corbin’s co-worker, friend and neighbor. Of course sparks fly after he sobers up and eventually, they enter into a sex only relationship because he tells her he’ll never be able to give her more.
Miles was a fucking sap in the flashbacks (I could’ve said something a little less kind, but I’ll refrain) and he, as well as the way the text was written, made me want to barf. I mean, seriously, the way he and Rachel fell for each other was so unrealistic. Attraction is fine, but they didn’t even know each other and hadn’t even gone on a date, though they planned one, before he was absolutely, 100% totally in love with her. And sorry, but after he knew what his father had in mind, he should’ve put the brakes on it. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with (view spoiler)[what happened between Miles and Rachel, they weren’t related and didn’t grow up together (hide spoiler)], but still. And after they (view spoiler)[banged each other in the shower sans condom (hide spoiler)], I knew what had happened six years earlier and figured it would end one of two ways (I was correct).
Also, as far as his father was concerned, I call bullshit. No way would he have put off telling Miles what he wanted to out of respect for his dead wife because he was only driving a wedge between him and his son by not having a conversation with him, which was just stupid.
As for Tate, she had her head so far up her ass with her, “I know I can make him love me if I have enough time,” and “why is he hurting me this way,” garbage which got really old after hearing it every other damn chapter. You agreed to just sex, even if you want more, he keeps saying it isn’t going to happen (though we all know by the end it will, I mean, we’re not reading these books hoping they’ll end in a hail of gunfire) stop fucking whining about it!!! She rarely stood up to him and showed him how it felt to be treated like he was someone she was just screwing, not even a friend, actually, I can only think of one time she did that, when she got dressed, walked out and said “See you tomorrow,” without turning around. And that wasn’t even really killing it, in my opinion.
And the whole thing with her “I don’t care if a homeless person is using the money I give them for drugs or alcohol, it’s an addiction,” philosophy was totally ridiculous. Really, you don’t care if someone uses the money you worked for to buy drugs?! First off, I’d love to know what percentage of people who beg for money are actually homeless, because I’m pretty sure the chick with the Coach shoes asking for change on the train has more money than I do. And if someone is homeless and freezing or appears to be an addict, call fucking homeless services!!!! She’s a nurse, she should know about options for someone living on the streets! I’m surprised she didn’t just go around asking people if they’d prefer a bong, a spoon and lighter or maybe a controlled substance from the hospital she works at instead of giving them cash. Don’t get me wrong what Miles did was very sweet and kind, but Tate acts like she’s a fucking saint for giving cash to panhandlers.
Now, it might sound like I didn’t like either of these characters, but I really did (though as I was typing the above, I was talking myself more and more into disliking Tate, so I figured I’d better stop). I liked that Miles was a nice, decent guy (and yeah, closed-off works for me as well, old Miles vomited out his feelings like he had emotional food poisoning) and was honest about what he wanted out of the relationship. Well, honest about what he wanted but obviously not honest with himself about what he really felt. I don’t buy that a guy in his prime is going to give up sex for that long, though. I understand closing himself off from his feelings and all that, but the physical stuff? Nope, don’t think that would ever happen, more than likely he’d just bang chicks he thought were hot but had no chance of liking one iota.
I liked Tate’s relationship with her brother and parents, who I really liked, especially her father. I particularly liked the friendship she struck up with Cap. Their scenes were cute and it was nice how he knew exactly what was going on without Tate saying a word at the beginning, so she ended up telling him everything and continued confiding in him. And I liked that Miles stuck to his guns and really didn’t give Tate any freaking cause for hope. I mean, he was nice to her and obviously liked her (though, again, we never got any sense of what, exactly, they liked about each other. Yeah, Ian and Corbin thought he was a good guy, she was committed to school and her job, but did either of them have any hobbies, read any books, like any movies or TV shows? Basically, did they have anything in common except that they liked screwing each other? I know she said her favorite times were when they talked, but I would’ve liked to have had a couple of chapters where we actually got to see that. We saw more of a real relationship develop between Tate and Cap!) and missed her, but that doesn’t equal love and he repeatedly told her, and anyone else who might ask, he wasn’t in love with her and wouldn’t be in the future.
My favorite chapters came close to the end, when we got to see a couple of POVs we hadn’t up to that point. These perspectives really allowed the reader to see a couple of characters in a different light, which was especially good for one of them because, to be honest, before this chapter, I totally fucking hated this person. And while they still weren’t my favorite, you got to see where they were coming from and how they felt then and now as well as how they changed and the regrets they had about what happened and how they behaved and how sorry they were for how it affected someone else (view spoiler)[talking about Rachel here (hide spoiler)]. I also looooooved how we learned about Miles’ relationship with another character. So touching and great!
Finally, could someone please, for the love of all that is holy and unholy, explain to me how a guy sucking on his fingers after having them in a chick became a thing authors think women want?! Because *full body shudder* no, just no! Sooooo nasty! Yes, a guy will come into contact with those fluids if he’s full service, but doing that particular move is not hot or attractive.
While I liked Ugly Love (oh, the cover will totally make sense once you’ve finished the book) and it was a quick read and one I had a hard time putting down, I didn’t think it was on par with Maybe Someday. This book was far more predictable and it felt like an after school special or Lifetime movie was attempting to manipulate my heartstrings, which generally has the opposite affect. So while I will definitely be checking out whatever Hoover writes next, I won’t be chomping at the bit for it. Also, though I’m kind of thinking she doesn’t have any plans to do so, I really wish the author would write stories about some of her secondary characters. I’d love more on Brennan from her previous book and also Ian and Corbin from this one!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Orphan Train tells the story of two different orphans in two different times, with both people coming together in 2011, though now one is a4.25 stars.
Orphan Train tells the story of two different orphans in two different times, with both people coming together in 2011, though now one is a ninety-one-year-old wealthy widow and the other is a seventeen-year-old girl doing community service so as to stay out of juvie. Vivian is the old woman and Molly is the goth teen who’s been in more foster homes than she cares to remember, but who now has a fairly stable place to live with Ralph and Dina. I say fairly because while she gets along well with Ralph, she often clashes with Dina, a staunch right-winger who tries to foist her beliefs on Molly, and Molly has just attempted to steal a beat up copy of Jane Eyre from the library, hence the need for community service.
Vivian and Molly are brought together by Molly’s boyfriend, Jack, whose mother, Terry, cleans for Vivian. It’s during Molly’s fifty hours of community service that she learns that not only can appearances be deceiving, but that she and Vivian have more in common, and that Vivian has had a much harder life than Molly, than the teen ever imagined.
Told in chapters alternating between 2011 and Vivian’s early life, beginning in 1929, we learn how the now elderly woman came to be an orphan and how her life unfolded to a certain point in her life. I really thought I’d be more interested in Molly’s story and was initially a bit disappointed when I realized that much of the book would focus on Vivan’s life. It didn’t take too long before I found myself getting annoyed when we were jolted back to the present, I became so engrossed in Vivian’s early life.
Though Molly’s life was no where near as difficult as Vivian’s to this point, she has dealt with things kids and teens shouldn’t have to, and despite her failed attempt at theft, she remained a good person with morals and standards that she wouldn’t compromise for anyone now. I just don’t understand why, in many books, authors feel the need to make teens without families so lacking in self-respect, particularly when they’re younger. I mean, if some idiot really thinks she’s in love with someone when they’re high school-aged, that’s one thing, but doing it, especially for the first time at the age of sixteen for a free tattoo, particularly with someone who’s not only old enough to know better but someone who could be brought up on statutory rape charges, is ridiculous. Simply because she wasn’t that attached to it. Uh-huh. Yeah, sounds like a perfectly healthy, normal reason to have sex for the first time. Aside from her occasional stupidity, which obviously speaks to some issues she’s had from having a dead father and a shitty mother (unless I read something wrong or can’t do the math, her mother was fifteen, likely even fourteen, when she got knocked up. Charming), Molly was a very decent character who didn’t simply go along with the crowd and who didn’t really care what others thought, though she did care a lot about what Jack and especially Vivian’s opinions.
Vivian’s story is pretty heartbreaking in the beginning, and even after her life becomes more stable, she never really feels a close connection to anyone. Of course I had a pretty good idea where her story was heading and hated what I knew was to come. But it was nice to see how invested Molly was in Vivian and her life, both past and present, and the ending really was heartwarming. ...more
There are spoilers for the first book in this review.
Well, I was definitely taken aback when I started reading this book. I started flippin4.25 stars.
There are spoilers for the first book in this review.
Well, I was definitely taken aback when I started reading this book. I started flipping around to find a list of the books in order because I thought I must’ve bought the wrong one, but no, Dragonfly in Amber starts out in the 1950s? with Claire and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Brianna, taking a trip back to Scotland. After I picked my freaking jaw up off the floor and started reading, I got really into this part of the story, despite a small part of my brain still screaming “What the fuck?!”, and was a bit disappointed when we jumped back to the 1740s, though I knew it would eventually happen if we were to find out what went on to bring Claire back to the 20th century.
When we’re reunited with Claire and Jamie in 1744 France, Claire is pregnant with their first child, Jack Randall is presumed dead and Jamie’s still an outlaw wanted by the English. However, they’re now focused on making sure Prince Charles doesn’t manage to get the financial backing needed to attempt to return to Scotland and reclaim the throne he believes is his while not showing themselves to be traitors to the Jacobites. Of course all sorts of other things are going on with Jamie and Claire, including court intrigue, the introduction of a young boy in their lives and Claire being labeled as being more than just a simple healer, among other things, making for a fast, easy and quick read (if you have the time to sit and read it for a day or two straight, not just at lunch or during commutes), despite the length of the book. It also helps that the scene shifts back to Scotland (frankly, I was getting sick of the self-involved nitwits in Paris) and what appears to be the coming war between Scotland and England.
I really liked Roger Wakefield, the professor (and Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son) who helps Claire and her daughter, and who also learns about her secret, the one that Frank apparently didn’t believe when Claire returned home.
As much as I love these characters, especially Jamie, it seems at least one of them has to do something to make me say, “Are you fucking kidding me???!!!” at least once. Claire’s WTF moment came when she (view spoiler)[had to petition King Louis for Jamie’s freedom from the Bastille. Now, the usual payment is a bonkfest with the slob, but when Claire helps him determine who is guilty of practicing sorcery, either the Comte St. Germain or Monsieur Raymond, of course with the assistance of the latter, I thought services have been rendered, free Jamie. But no. The pig still expected Claire to put out, which SHE FUCKING DID!!!! If you can call the perfunctory probing by the little (literally) pig putting out. Seriously? I’d be like, dude, I will rain all sorts of supernatural hell down on you (since he thinks she’s La Dame Blanche) if you even think of touching me or not helping my husband. (hide spoiler)] I just thought it was ridiculous, gross and unnecessary. I would’ve also done everything in my power to bring about the French Revolution decades before it happened or something equally awful (like a scorching case of syphilis) and made sure the little fuck knew who to send the thank you note to.
As for the other characters, I loved seeing Jenny and Ian again. The relationship that they have with each other and with Jamie especially is fantastic. I really enjoy the interactions between the siblings and how Jamie and Ian act like not only best friends, but siblings as well. Murtagh continues to be a great, solid character and I liked the introduction of Fergus, though part of his backstory and time in Paris is tough to read about and what happened in Paris with Jamie is completely understandable (view spoiler)[Frank or no, I would’ve killed the bastard on the spot (hide spoiler)].
While the battle only takes place during the last third of the book, it all moves quickly and was portrayed well. Despite some initial successes by the Highlanders, the war was brutal and didn’t disappoint in showing the realities of battle, especially back then. However, in the back of my mind I kept thinking, “What the hell happened and how did Claire get back?!” and how the hell did (view spoiler)[Jamie end up dying at Culloden (hide spoiler)], something we find out about early on and is a total pisser, while we’re with Claire in the 20th century. It seems like Claire should have known enough to keep certain things from happening, so finding out how everything went down made me want to jump to the end of the book many times, though I refrained from doing so and was very glad I didn’t because I was richly rewarded at the end. Thank goodness I had already ordered the next book in the series, which I’ve already begun reading.
Though Jamie and Claire do things that are sometimes too stupid to be believed, most of what takes place in the books seem very realistic (yeah, you could say some stuff isn’t plausible, but historic figures become historic for a reason!) and is never really dull. For as long as these suckers are, they move very quickly and never fail to hold my attention. I’m looking forward to continuing with Claire and Jamie’s story in Voyager. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
No way. No. Fucking. Way. I don’t care how much Claire was used to being in less than civilized conditions, having been dragged all over th4.25 stars.
No way. No. Fucking. Way. I don’t care how much Claire was used to being in less than civilized conditions, having been dragged all over the world by her Uncle Lamb, an archaeologist, I don’t know how you could choose to live the rest of your life without movies, TV (if they didn’t have it then, they soon would), current books, music, pants, antibiotics, toothpaste and in an attempt to keep this list shorter, last but definitely not least, electricity and running water. I don’t care how hot Jamie is, it wouldn’t be happening. Try to find a way to drag him back with you, but staying in 1744 would most not be an option I’d even consider for a second.
I’m not going to do a huge rehash of the story, but Claire Randall and her husband, Frank, have taken a vacation to Scotland to reconnect after having been separated for years by World War II, as they haven’t spent too much time together since they were married shortly before the outbreak of war. While visiting the stones of Craigh na Dun by herself, Claire touches the stones and is transported back to 1743. One thing leads to another and she ends up under the protection of the clan Mackenzie. Protection also meaning observation because they’re not sure she isn’t an English spy. However, she proves to be a useful healer and is quickly put to work at Castle Leoch, where these member of the clan reside.
At times I felt things got a bit dramatic and mushy, but these passages weren’t long and are easily overlooked. And if you love mushy, you won’t have a problem with this at all. And a couple of things seemed highly unlikely. First, I’m not sure you could successfully rouse someone from a fever the way Claire attempted, unless, of course, it was not only the fever keeping you down but more the lack of desire to live. Though if you’re going to go about it, I suppose the way she chose would have the highest success rate. Secondly, if I had been Jamie, I would’ve totally (view spoiler)[broken my word to Randall and not only not let him touch me, but I would’ve killed him. And I’m was more than a little pissed at Claire for not trying to take him out herself. For all of the times that she’s strong and acts tough, there are just as many times where she plays the weak woman who just can’t do anything. And the coup de grâce, Jamie putting his fucking arms around Randall??!! Seriously, dude?! I don’t give a shit what issues the guy has, or how messed up he is, if he just degraded me in every fucking way possible, the only thing I’d be putting around him would be my hands around his neck (feel free to start singing Three Simple Words by Finch if you know the lyrics)! (hide spoiler)].
One of the great things about the present day being set in 1945 is that, even though this book was written over twenty years ago, it’s not at all dated, it actually reads like it could have been written this year, which was a nice surprise, I still thought something might not hold up after so many years, but luckily, my fears were unfounded.
I’ll admit that I started reading this book because I began watching the Starz series and was surprised how closely the first episode or two mirrored the book. I was glad when small things started happening that weren’t in the book, just to shake it up and keep it interesting. Truth be told, I sometimes have to put the freaking subtitles on when some people are talking because damned if I can understand what they’re saying, so having read the book, I can figure out what they’re saying (charmer or Beaton being an example) and even follow the plot much better than I would have if I hadn’t read the book, though I think either way you’d be fine watching the series.
While, judging from the first book, at least, this is ostensibly a story about a romance between Claire and Jamie, there’s a whole lot more going on here than romance and sex, it’s by no means a bodice ripper. There’s a ton of history, machinations within the clans, a whole lot of evil in the form of Black Jack Randall and, despite the occasional foray into sap, good writing that is easy to get lost in. Whether you watch the Starz series or not, I can easily say I recommend picking up a copy of Outlander if you want to read an engrossing historical novel (I refuse to call it a romance!). ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I don’t think I loved this as much as the majority of people did, but I still thought it was a good, quick read with an engaging main character and veI don’t think I loved this as much as the majority of people did, but I still thought it was a good, quick read with an engaging main character and very good secondary characters.
Though the Ghostbusters were referenced a number of times throughout the book, I couldn’t help think of Sam and Dean from Supernatural, because that’s who Cas reminded me of, and Gideon was Bobby. I did find it very amusing that Cas frequently made a comment about the other students and him not getting together ala Scooby and the gang or other equally funny paranormal sleuths.
Cas, whose name is actually Theseus Cassio Lowood (not exactly a name a teenage boy is thrilled to be saddled with), was the perfect male lead. Not drop-dead gorgeous and built like a brick shithouse, but good-looking, well enough built with enough charismatic mystery that chicks love him while the guys, at least the popular guys who like the girls that are drawn to him, don’t. Cas had just the right amount of humor, sarcasm and pathos and it was nice to see him go from leading such a nomadic, solitary, though not necessarily unhappy life, with his mother, and continually plotting how he would avenge his father, to opening up to others and finding friends.
Said friends were the best secondary characters, in my opinion. I also like Cas’ mom. She doesn’t just sit around doing nothing, but is helpful when it comes down to fighting the big bad evil being. And Morfran just kept reminding me of the grandfather from The Lost Boys, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For me, Cas’ connection to Anna was the weakest part of the story. She was a terrific ghost and the explanation for what caused her to be the way she was was well done, I just don’t know why Cas was so connected to her, especially in the beginning when he knew she’d been ripping people to pieces for decades. Also, if she can’t feel pain (view spoiler)[why would she care about kissing Cas and being with him because if she can’t feel getting whacked upside the head with a baseball bat, how is she going to feel anything else? (hide spoiler)]. I’m assuming, since it looks like her on the cover of the sequel, that she’s in that one as well, but I just think that things were just a little rushed feelings-wise, even though I believe the events in the book took place over a couple of months. Plus, these relationships between ghosts and humans never seem to end well (there’s really only one way they can end in a replica of HEA, such as in the Ghost and the Goth series, and I totally hate that way [I guess there is another way, if the main character dies, but that’s even worse]. Though I haven’t finished the Hollow series, so I guess I’ll have to see if Verday’s figured out something different to do), but I liked this story and characters, especially Cas, enough that I’m willing to continue to see where this series takes things, I just hope Blake has some wonderful ending cooking in her brain.
I’m not sure if the revelation about (view spoiler)[voodoo (hide spoiler)] was meant to explain the actions of Cas’ mom and Gideon when he discovered something at the site of his father’s murder, but it didn’t do it well enough for me if that’s supposed to be the end of it, it just seems like there’s something more going on there. And I’m not sure if I missed it or what, but I don’t know if it was explained how (view spoiler)[Obeah got entangled with the athame (hide spoiler)].
I’m really interested to see where this series goes. I just hope it doesn’t devolve into one big romantic (view spoiler)[quest to get Anna back (hide spoiler)], leaving all of the ghost hunting in the dust. Looking forward to starting Girl of Nightmares immediately. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. I’d been wanting to read Royal Street since it came out but never got around to picking them up. In4.25 stars.
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. I’d been wanting to read Royal Street since it came out but never got around to picking them up. In the past month I’ve grabbed and read all three so quickly that I didn’t really have time to write reviews for the first two but there will be spoilers for the first two books in this review.
Drusilla Jaco, otherwise known as DJ or sometimes Dru, is a practicing Green Congress wizard who also happens to have elven blood in her through both of her parents’ bloodlines, hence the wooden stick she can use to amp up her magic, an elven relic courtesy of her father, Gerry (whose death I’m still pissed about. He had the potential to be a great character but turned out to be the clichéd bad guy who thought he was a good guy), that chose DJ to wield it. The last book surprised me in that three years took place between the events of the first book and the sequel. With the third in the series, only weeks have passed since the events that took place in it. This time, it seems an historical undead serial killer is on the loose and it’s up to DJ and her partner and shapeshifter, Alex Warin, to find and stop him. Of course, a huge complication arises, one that may not only affect her ability to solve this case, but also her entire life. To make matters even more difficult, DJ’s best female friend, Eugenie, has quickly become involved with a mysterious man who, though he seems nice on the outside, obviously knows more about DJ than he’s letting on and is definitely hiding something about himself, something that could also change DJ’s life forever.
As for the secondary characters, I’m so happy that Ken is finally clued into what’s going on. Though he has more of a storyline here, it’s still not huge, but his interactions with everyone should increase since he’s let in on the not-so-little secret everyone’s hiding and they should have easier and more access to cases, now that Ken’s on board. Someone else finds out about the supernatural world the hard way, but I like this turn of events as well and think it will make for more interesting storylines down the road.
Though I know the reasons for Jake pulling a disappearing act for basically the whole book, I didn’t like his absence. Though at the beginning of the series there was a will-they-or-won’t-they aspect to their relationship, I never got the feeling that he was ever really in the running for DJ’s affections, as it seemed pretty clear that Alex, Jake’s cousin, was going to be the love interest here, at least the first one.
I never knew who I wanted DJ to get together with, she had a number of options with Alex, Jake, Jean and even Rene was an outside possibility, but I always sort of leaned toward Jake, despite the fact that the last book made it pretty clear this wouldn’t be happening anytime soon. I know this series is about DJ and I don’t necessarily want spin-offs, but I’d love it if one of the future books would focus largely on Jake, as he’s an interesting character with a number of issues to deal with and, dammit, he deserves a good love interest! I’d also love something focusing on Rene, as he’s also a terrific character and I don’t want DJ becoming the whore of New Orleans and hooking up with all of these guys just to get more of a storyline for them. That’s not to say I don’t like Alex, I do, he’s a great character and partner for DJ, but there’s just some spark missing for me. I’m not going to throw my fists to the sky and scream “NOOOOO” at the top of my lungs if they end up together, but I think it’ll kill an amazing friendship.Despite my wavering feelings of who I wanted DJ to end up with, I think the person who would be best suited with her is Rand. His storyline really ratcheted the action and plot more than a notch and had introduced a number of interesting plotlines down the road. I don’t know why, but DJ and Rand together are terrific, they actually have the spark I feel is missing in the other relationship, I just don’t know what sort of chance he has what with things with Alex heating up the way they do.
I really enjoy this series. This book had a ton of action and surprises coupled with a great storyline and a growing cast of characters that continue to be interesting. With such a diverse group of pretes and with the borders down, there are a ton of stories to be mined by Johnson and so far she’s done a great job of mixing things up. I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to get a bigger story involving the vampires relatively soon, particularly because we’re introduced to the vampire regent this time around. ...more