Umm, first I read this book, I borrowed from my friend, but yesterday I just know I win this! Yay, thanks to The Order of Smut Vixen blog! ^_^
Back anUmm, first I read this book, I borrowed from my friend, but yesterday I just know I win this! Yay, thanks to The Order of Smut Vixen blog! ^_^
Back and front to give it 4 or 5.. I decided 4,5 stars, but dammit GR don't have a half star system, so yes, 5 stars is good :P Edited : I give 4 stars, because I love the second, Storm's Heart,and that book is better than Dragon Bound
This one is my favorites read this year, even not my top 10 read (this usually for my 5++ stars book, where in case, there're so rare). I adore both characters,Pia Giovani and Dragos Cuelebre (first,I found Dragos last name, Cuelebre, kinda sexy, lol, and that I found Cuelebre is one of dragon myth, so that name suit him).. I'm surprised when I know the true form of Pia, as Wyr, and wondering what is her true name...
If only this book have more Dragos scene at the last part, when Pia abducted, he must be my nom-nom boyfriend.. Alas, he's not :P. But he is cute when he said "please" and learn his new feelings to Pia. The love scene is hot and me likey ;P
Would love to read more about Dragos's sentinel, like Rune or Graydon (my favorite chara so far, he act like big brother to Pia), and wondering if Aryal, the harpy, will one day become one of Pia's friend..
Someone remind me to buy the next installment, Storm's Heart, okay?...more
My... I feel bad that it's need almost 2 months to finish read Magic Slays :S. But, yeah, RL intervened, I'm enraptured by games I play (glare4 stars
My... I feel bad that it's need almost 2 months to finish read Magic Slays :S. But, yeah, RL intervened, I'm enraptured by games I play (glare to games) and somehow I enter reading slump phase :/. Oh, some little trivia, Magic Slays is a book that I won from Ilona Andrews long long loooong time before I read Kate Daniels books :P. That time I don't know what to do with the book and its again my series OCD to not read 1st book, so I decide to but Magic Bites. Sure I always said that Bites don't wowed me but make me interested enough to know more about Kate world and all change after I read Magic Strikes. The rest is history :)
Anyway, Kate rocks like usual and I like that her relationship with Curran is established now, slowly but sure and become solid day by day. I think that their time together somehow too short for my taste, but their scenes always memorable. I don't give Slays 5* because I think Kate is too much having angst. I see that the emotional baggage that Kate carry is larger and complicated compared to the previous books. Her complicated feeling about herself and her magic, her anxiety about her relationship with Curran that also bring Pack problem to her feet, also her problem with Julie, that indeed show Kate with her bravado is just human afterall. Of course she still witty, throw sarcasm and dry humor here and there.
I love that, again, Andrews bring so many myth in Kate's world. Now, it's time for Russian myth (which is Ilona's birthplace) to take a place and reader will get more insight to the People. Kate's nemesis (and her dad) Roland not appear but he mentioned often. Duo Andrews also put some meaningful opinion and I think its connected with our condition right now. They show that when people have so much rage, they need something to blame. And that rage will turn into hatred, make them fanatic and destroy everything that stand in their path. Boy, sounds familiar?
Kate Daniels series is still my favorite and I will read the next book asap. If I'm not distracted with my games and other books ofc :v
"...Rage is a powerful thing. People get upset over many things. Frustating jobs, small paychecks, bad hours. People want things; people feel deprived and powerless. All this give fuel to rage. The anger builds and builds and if there is no outlet for it, pretty soon it transforms the person. They walk around like a loaded gun, ready to go off if only they could find the right target. They want to hurt something. They need it."
He refiled his glass and topped mine off. "Humans tend to segregate the world: enemies on one side, friends on the other. Friends are people we know. Enemies are the Other. You can do just about anything to the Other. It doesn't matter if this Other is actually guilty of any crimes, because it's a matter of emotion, not logic. You see, angry people aren't interested in justice. They just want an excuse to vent their rage."
Dolittle sighed. "And once you become their Other, you're no longer a person. You're just an idea, an abstraction of everything that's wrong with their world. Give them the slightest excuse, and they will tear you down. And the easiest way for them to target you as this Other is to find something that's different about you. Color of your skin. The way you speak. The place you're from. Magic. It comes and goes in cycles, Kate. Each new generation pick their own Other. ...more
Chasing Fire might be not the best of Nora Roberts, but I still enjoy it. I love how Nora writing her heroines. All are though and in this one, the heChasing Fire might be not the best of Nora Roberts, but I still enjoy it. I love how Nora writing her heroines. All are though and in this one, the heroine's job as smoke jumper is unique. I never hear about smoke jumper before and assume they are just a usual firefighter. So, of course I need to check into Google (the answer for almost all of our questions) and know that they're used to fight the fire on the forest or mountain or remote area. Heh, I don't know the right term for this, lol!.
Rowan Tripp is one of Missoula's smoke jumper and in the last season as a smoke jumper, her partner Jim Braynes killed when they're on mission. His death still haunt her dreams, but with the new season and new rookies, Rowan must get ready. She meet Gulliver Curry, one of the rookies, a sexy and overconfident Irishmen (is it new with Roberts's books? Nope) with feet as fast as his charming smile. They begin flirt to each other, despite Rowan's rules to not date her co-worker. Then, some nasty events happen. Rowan's childhood nemesis, Dolly accuse her for let Jim died. She is doing vandalism for her and the rest of the Zulies (Rowan's smoke jumper unit). One day, Rowan found Dolly burnt to dead. While she's most likely to be a suspect, Rowan realize that someone is targeting her and want her dead. Is it because of Jim's death or more than that? Rowan must be careful since maybe this time she will go into the flames. But not comeback to live and burn for forever.
Chasing Fire is full of Nora Roberts's cliche. A heroine with unusual job? Yep. A sexy Irish hero? Of course! A suspense? Most likely. And shower sex scenes? Yum! What I like from Chasing Fire is her writing style still as good as before. But then, I just read some of her books despite I devour all of J.D.Robb books. Her writing is vivid, beautiful (especially when she describe the fire in the forest) and easy to read. She is still maintain to put family themes in all her novels, include this one. We can see how close Rowan and her dad. And not just a family theme, but friendship as well. We can see from how solid Zulies team can be and how their time together can be funny and also heart-warming.
As for the characters, I just find the development of Rowan and Gull's characterization is interesting in the first but become a little dull near the end. But I like how they are become close, even no "love" words yet, their relationship seems natural. Rowan is though even have some bad temper and sometimes can be childish. Especially when she know her dad have date, maybe because in the past she have mummy issues. Rowan also confident with her sexuality and usually act as a man since she live in men world. But that don't mean she lost her feminine charm.
Gulliver aka Gull, most like another perfect hero that Nora created/ Almost perfect but I still love reading about him. Since he fallin in love with Rowan first and never shy to show his interest to her. Even I see him as beta hero, he's alpha to the core and definitely enjoy his job as a smoke jumper.
I don't know why many reviewers said they already know the culprit from the beginning. I just know it when I hit the middle of the book. I see the suspense is not good as her Robb's book. There's a secondary plot from Rowan's dad, Lucas Tripp with his ladylove Ella. I like how Nora write about 50-60 age's love life. LOL, I know for some people it's will gross when see characters with same age as their parents have sex. But, ehm, love know no boundaries and in this one, no age limit.
I would love to recommend this to any Roberts's fans and readers who like their heroine as though as nails and have unusual job. Also with suspense, family drama, friendship and well... if you have things for firefighter, maybe you'll like this one.
Note : Thanks for Riverina Romantics that give me this book from their giveaway!...more
First I never understand why some reader classified this book into Young Adult. I tell you, nothing YA in this booI won this from LITERAL ADDICTION :)
First I never understand why some reader classified this book into Young Adult. I tell you, nothing YA in this book! Nope, Nada, Zero, Zilch. The story is very adult (I don't know if this can be categorized NA, the heroine is 26 years old). Maybe it is because the cover that very YA-ish. But yes, definitely not YA.
Need a long time for me to enganged in this book. The letter is so small, make my eyes hurt and the pace is so slow. The idea about "muse" as paranormal creature here is good, and Ms Frost add vampire in the mix. What I love is the relationship between Merrick and Alissa, the main characters. OMG, when last time I read an alpha hero that is not asshole? Or alphahole? Merrick might be tall, dark and dangerous, but he respect Alissa. He didn't force her to accept him, instead he wait. Patiently. For five years since their first meeting and treat her letter (as a sign for their friendship) so carefully. Merrick sure can make me swooned and I agree that we need more hero like him.
Like I said, the pace is so slow, but the suspense and action are well written. The mystery keep hidden til the end, even I'm not satisfied with the ending. The sex scene is, wow! Top off the chart for sure, especially for Merrick, lol! That's one more reason why this book is not YA.
I will read the next Etherlin book, All That Falls. I think maybe there will be no more Etherlin books again, but I can hope....more
I'm not fans of Meljean Brook, and I admit so hard to understand her writing. Beside I kinda be hit and miss withOh, dang! My cover OCD strike again!
I'm not fans of Meljean Brook, and I admit so hard to understand her writing. Beside I kinda be hit and miss with steampunk romance. But, due of my OCD and Ms Brook said this one can be read stand alone, maybe I'll give this a try...more
After a few chapters, just not held my interest. The idea not bad, its unique and I like Atticus. But I have problem with the writing that somWin this.
After a few chapters, just not held my interest. The idea not bad, its unique and I like Atticus. But I have problem with the writing that sometimes make me frowned. Will continue this when I have time.....more
So, I got the e-copy from netgalley, but before I had chance to read it, I won the paperback copy from Book Lovers Inc!! This is the 2nd time I won atSo, I got the e-copy from netgalley, but before I had chance to read it, I won the paperback copy from Book Lovers Inc!! This is the 2nd time I won at BLI, so thanks guys! Will read after the book come :)...more