I was both looking forward to and apprehensive of reading this book. After reading Styxx I knew what a hot mess the "Evil Twin" side of the story coulI was both looking forward to and apprehensive of reading this book. After reading Styxx I knew what a hot mess the "Evil Twin" side of the story could do to a beloved character. But it seems like Kenyon totally learned from her mistakes with that tale and redeemed herself with this one. Unlike Styxx this story did not retell one we already know filled with revisionist history. I think it was easier since Nyk and Dagger spent the majority of their lives apart with the universe thinking Nyk was dead, and there was no time wasted revisiting their brief time at school together. There was also no time wasted with Dagger denying all the bad things he did, instead he fully owned up to them with clear reasonings and sincere apologies.
Born of Night established that the twins mother had been cracked out since Nyk's death, their parents unmarried, and Dagger raised by their psycho grandmother. So as Dagger's side of things were revealed they never felt exaggerated or like a lie. With his mother high and his father light years away of course he would've been chum for those sharks. And his parents easily turned their backs on him at the end of BON, so if they truly were loving and caring parents, even considering the heinous things they thought he had done you would think they would have stood up for him in some way. Like sending him to a mental institution instead of letting him disappear into the ether with a death warrant against him.
This story does fit into Kenyon's special genre of torture porn, but Dagger's abuse is not the focus of this story. While he suffered his share of beatings as a child and an adult, this story focuses on healing. While there is no mental professional to help Dagger he does have religion and a new found family to help heal his psychological scars, and some friends with super powers to help heal his physical ones. I also loved the ending. It's not a fairy tale wrap up with the love of a good woman healing all wounds, it's realistic. Dagger and Nyk will be ever healing, but their children will only know love and safety. While the brothers may never form a true bond, their children doing so makes complete sense....more
The most interesting things about this story were events that took place decades before. I have no idea why the author created such an interesting sucThe most interesting things about this story were events that took place decades before. I have no idea why the author created such an interesting such and rich backstory, then wrote such a formulaic novel. I would’ve much rather read about before Vampire coming out, them coming out, the creation of the virus, and creation of a new society. Instead we got the typical damsel in destress, trying to rule in a man’s world, who is rescued by a giant sexy warrior.
I never felt connected to Danika as a heroine, and since it was her story I knew she would be triumphant but I didn’t care. Mason was a character I found had an extremely interesting past but just snippets were mentioned. I’m not usually a fan of flashbacks, but with his past I would’ve loved to have read some. It was a quick read but not something I couldn’t put down....more
I liked the world that was built. I also liked the idea of different planes and the battle to keep one group from infiltrating the plane of the other.I liked the world that was built. I also liked the idea of different planes and the battle to keep one group from infiltrating the plane of the other. I liked Selene and Seraphine, the idea of her being a mix of two species and each of those getting their own personality, name, and physical characteristics was cool. Neeman I found kind of dull. Sure he is a sexy bad ass vampire enforcer, but his brooding was annoying and his personality was kind of dull. I didn’t really get what would make these two fall in love so fast considering the lack of trust and time spent between them. I will probably read the next book in the series, but this isn’t a series I will be eagerly anticipating a new book from....more
Going back to tell Talyn's story was so unnecessary. He's not even a character whose story was highly anticipated. In fact I had no idea he existed. AGoing back to tell Talyn's story was so unnecessary. He's not even a character whose story was highly anticipated. In fact I had no idea he existed. Although it was nice to read a story where the male lead wasn't horrifically abused by his parents, Kenyon still found a way to make his childhood one riddled with beatings. The jump back in time was silly. We already know what happened to Nykyrian. Seeing it from the other side was cool or whatever, and learning more about the Andarions was great, but all of that could've been saved for the next book. Honestly this should've been a novella, and left open ended. Talyn is only 20, and I guess Felicia is about that age too. They didn't need an HEA already. This book could totally be skipped over, because it really had no bearing on the overall series. It kind of felt like an excuse to delay moving the series forward, and a way to introduce a few teenage Andarions and unheard of Sentella that could carry their own books in the future....more
I didn't like the way the book started. I felt like I dropped into the middle of a story. I know there was a novella that featured Shimmer, but that iI didn't like the way the book started. I felt like I dropped into the middle of a story. I know there was a novella that featured Shimmer, but that is no excuse. Why would the author assume we read the novella "prequel" and not give a proper introduction to a entirely new group of characters. Especially since that novella was featuring Menolly, and not Shimmer. It wasn't even Shimmer's story so its not like it would be an overlap.
I also didn't like how quickly Alex's relationship ended and then he Shimmer were together. Since we didn't know the characters we saw him break up with one woman and get all possesive of another within the course of a week. I don't care if he said things ended a long time ago, he was only broken up for a few days. And while Alex said he didn't want Shimmer to feel pressured since he is her boss and in charge of her for the next five years, he later said other things that conflicted with that. Like how he will have to realize he can't control her. Why would it ever occur to him that he could control a grown dragon that's he's only known for 5 months? I also don't like his attitude toward Chai. They've been friends for a century and have always been platonic, but Alex is already acting jealous of him. Maybe Alex will develop into a better character. But so far he comes off as a jerk.
I was also creeped out by the sex scene's. Alex is a vampire, and in this world vampires are the reanimated dead. Every day when they go to "sleep" they die again. Even though they consume blood it does not warm their bodies and they always remain ice cold. But Shimmer kept referring to Alex's coldness as if it was sexy, but to me it reminded me that she is basically having sex with a corpse.
I did like the mystery and the way it was resolved. I love Ralph, Chai, and Bette. I can't wait to see more from them. I liked the sub characters Patrick and Tonya. And I am very interested in Shimmer's past. I wonder why the Wing Liege has such a soft spot for her. And I can't wait to find out who her parents and siblings are, so I will be continuing with this series....more
I'm glad Kate says early on in this book that she is not a good investigator, but that she annoys people until they reveal the truth. Because a few paI'm glad Kate says early on in this book that she is not a good investigator, but that she annoys people until they reveal the truth. Because a few pages in the book I figured out a key piece to the mystery that for some reason seemed to elude Kate and Curran. But that's ok, because it was still a fun ride. It was fast paced, full of action, and sassy quips.
I like her Dad. I know he's a bad guy, but the more we see of him the less evil lurking in the shadows he becomes and the more multidimensional. I also loved that we learned a bit more about Kate's mom and her parents relationship. Kate initially painted her mother as this amazing woman who simply wanted a child and sacrificed herself for the love of her baby. Then we learned that she magicked Voron into turning against Kate's father and gave him the singular purpose of raising Kate to be a deadly killer. Now I'm starting to think its even more complicated. Her Mom was a Knight of the Order, I think her mission was to bare a child and train them to grow up and destroy Kate's father. I do think her mother may have loved her father and Kate, and she may have changed her mind about somethings after she was pregnant. I think Kate was supposed to be raised within the Order but her mom tossed out that idea before she died. I wonder if the Order is really as autonomous as it paints itself. It just seems weird to me how quickly a organization to fight big magic appeared. Who really founded and is running the Order? I bet its more about bringing down Kate's dad, then helping man kind.
I also loved the world building. Once again myth and legends coincide with the real world. I loved how genetics and science were the explanation for a seemingly random magical occurrence. I hope we see more science/magic combo explanations as the series goes on. I can't wait for the next book....more
I'd give this book 2.5 stars if it was an option. I was really disappointed because I love this series, but this book fell into the typical nonsense tI'd give this book 2.5 stars if it was an option. I was really disappointed because I love this series, but this book fell into the typical nonsense traps you find in many UF series. I really didn't like DJ in this book and Eugenie's surprise pregnancy annoyed me. Eugenie said they always used protection and the Elf birthrate is really low, so why was no one questioning the odd turn of events. Also Rand is a jerk, but he is the child's father and the only person who they knew to ask about Elf gestation. So why Eugenie spent the entire book running from him made no sense. Why not placate him throughout the pregnancy to make sure a healthy child was born? And then at the end the implication was the Eugenie was crushing on another prete guy. Like really? She is already knocked up by one guy who was just using her to get close to DJ. She's a regular human with no political pull, odds are this new guy would use her too. Why not chill out on the man candy and focus on figuring out how to raise a magical baby when you just found out magic is real.
DJ spent most of the book bashing Alex. Supposedly he's to black and white and doesn't know how to operate in the grey area's she thrives in. All I could think was what a load of crap. DJ wasn't grey, she was doing things she knew was wrong because it meant helping Jeanne Lafitte. The man is a pirate, and he is a thief and murderer by trade. I'm not saying Alex was always right, but being the one who follow rules that were put in place for a reason doesn't make him a moron. And it was because he usually does the "right" thing that saved DJ's butt more than once, because he didn't have to spend time lying and hiding from the authorities like others.
The ending did leave me hopeful. DJ seemed to realize she doesn't nearly have things and people as figured out as she thought she did. So hopefully in the next book she gets her mojo back. I also hope in the next book Hurricane Katrina isn't mentioned every 5th page (its the fourth book, we get it already). It was a bit of a cliffhanger, but it was okay to me because most of the issues in this story were resolved so in the next book a major change in DJ's life and new villains will fill the pages. ...more
I really liked the first book, the second book was ok, and this one was blah. I never liked Willow, however I was a huge fan of Phoebe, Tal, and DavidI really liked the first book, the second book was ok, and this one was blah. I never liked Willow, however I was a huge fan of Phoebe, Tal, and David. Phoebe was barely featured in this book, and didn't get her own storyline. I was really disappointed by that. Tal and David were in the book a lot, but they were mostly just there to alternate between saving Willow, fighting over Willow, and confessing their undying love. Willow was her usual annoying whiney self, and spent way to much of this book crying. The end was a little to convenient, and I really don't see how everyone lived happily ever after. I find it very hard to believe that word never got out about Willow's ability and Vampires the world over aren't hunting her down to turn them into daywalkers. There were simply to many opportunistic bad guys in this series for me to buy that no one told someone outside of Allcot and Asher's circles for profit. (view spoiler)[I really found David becoming human to be the dumbest thing in the book. Beau Jr could only do minor healing magic, bringing someone back from the dead should've killed him or at least come very close to it. Him being just fine after wielding such crazy magic made no sense. Also David and Carrie was stupid. Just because there were two single characters "left over" doesn't mean they needed to hook up. David was all about Willow, so I really am not buying him macking on her sister in law. (hide spoiler)]...more