I have to admit that when I saw the cover for THE GRENDEL AFFAIR I almost overlooked it as it "...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
I have to admit that when I saw the cover for THE GRENDEL AFFAIR I almost overlooked it as it "screamed" police procedural/sci-fi, which is a really hard sell for me. Luckily I then noticed the author quote from Ilona Andrews proclaiming it to be "urban fantasy at its best." Well then I knew I had to read the blurb and more than likely the book, as she's one of my favorite authors and is very up front about giving out very few book recommendations. After reading this book, I whole-heartedly agree that this is one heck of an urban fantasy read that frankly caught me off guard. Sure there still is the feel of the procedural aspect as it does revolve around an investigative service, but it's paranormal, not sci-fi and I have to admit I wish the cover had more of that look especially since it had a lighter and quirky feel due to the clumsy narrator that was incredibly endearing. You just wouldn't expect that kind of humorous read from such a cover, and I'm a big advocate for the cover matching the content.
Putting the cover issues aside, I really loved this book. Mac's character is awesome. She's so quirky and spunky, yet hopelessly clumsy. It was more than a little hilarious seeing her navigate through everything that was thrown at her, and her reactions had me laughing out loud. Trust me, considering some of the more gruesome aspects of this book, it's a true testament to Mac's character that she was able to keep things so light. The rest of the cast of characters were pretty stellar as well from Mac surly partner, Ian, to her Dragon-in-disguise boss, the werewolf Sasha, I could go on and on. Each one had their own unique personality that really shown through, making for the best kind of read.
THE GRENDEL AFFAIR hit all my must haves for a great book. (Well all except romance that is, but the rest of the book was more than entertaining to make up for the complete lack.) From laugh out loud humor, to great characters, to an edge of the seat plot, THE GRENDEL AFFAIR is simply not to be missed!(less)
One of the best things about this series is the rotation between the sisters as narrators. It's...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
One of the best things about this series is the rotation between the sisters as narrators. It's funny, but somehow each sister becomes my favorite whenever it's their turn to shine. When I first started reading this series I have to admit that Camille was by far my favorite, but by the second rotation of narrators (book six), both Delilah and Menolly had stole my heart as well. This time around things are really hard for Menolly. She's been dealing with the guilt from the bar fire plus all of the loss over in the Elven realm including their father. In true Menolly style, she bottles it up and it just eats at her. Problem is that now she has a wife, one who feels like Menolly is pushing her away because of how she's shut herself down to cope. But, that being said, she's trying to open up and share her emotions with others. There were several times throughout the book where someone would call her out on her actions and while her first instinct was to snarl back at them, she actually took a step back and really thought about what was being said. It showed a lot of growth and I loved seeing it. There's nothing better than getting to see a character grow over several books, and this series is incredibly great for that.
As much as I've enjoyed this series, I can't help feeling like it's stuck in a little bit of a rut. Don't get me wrong, each book is more than full of steam, action, and danger to keep me more than entertained. It's just that there doesn't feel to be a whole lot of forward momentum in the overall plot. Well, I guess that's not true as things are definitely heating up on the war front, even more so than in recent installments. I guess my issue is that there's so much going on that each book is starting to just bleed into the next one with little or even no resolution on a lot of what's going on. It's almost becoming too much at this point as more and more get stacked onto the sister's plates with no resolutions in sight. So rut probably wasn't the best word, as overwhelming seems to better explain my feelings. I'm just getting to the point where I feel like it's all being stretched too far, and the dangers are being lessened due to the sheer overwhelming amount of them. I'm really hoping some resolution comes in the next installment to hopefully narrow the range of threats down just a bit.
Despite my wishing for a bit of threat narrowing, Crimson Veil was a very enjoyable installment in the Otherworld series. Fans of the series will be more than pleased, and I can't wait to dive into Camille's installment next.(less)
Despite my frustrations with the pacing and overwhelming world building of the previous install...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Despite my frustrations with the pacing and overwhelming world building of the previous installment, I had high hopes for FALLING LIGHT. Unfortunately despite this being one of the most unique worlds I have read in a long time, it just wound up being a difficult read. That unique world wound up just making things rather cumbersome as it was difficult to navigate all the different aspects. It's one of those reads where you really have to pay attention in order to follow things, and unfortunately I just wasn't able to sink into things as I would have liked. Don't get me wrong, FALLING LIGHT was enjoyable in part, but I still felt mostly disjointed which just left me feeling disappointed. I prefer to read to escape rather than have to pay close attention to complicated world rules.
I think another reason why this one only wound up being only a mediocre read for me was the lack of passion in the romance. Getting back to the disjointed feeling, that could sum this relationship perfectly. In the first book there was a decent amount of steam, but I still didn't quite attach. So this time around I was definitely hoping for just a bit more now that they had been together for a while longer and supposedly had this soul deep connection. Unfortunately that just didn't pan out as they spent most of this book dealing with massive insecurities and a overall lack of communication, which just left me wanting more.
I feel really guilty rating a Thea Harrison novel only at a two considering just how much I love her other books, but while I was able to finish this book it definitely wasn't easy at times. In the end, I don't regret seeing the duo-logy through due to the uniqueness, but in the end, Thea's Elder Races series largely outshines this one.(less)
I absolutely adore Celia. The men in her life, not so much, but I'll get into that messy love f...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
I absolutely adore Celia. The men in her life, not so much, but I'll get into that messy love fest in a bit. Celia is so utterly strong, yet incredibly vulnerable, that you just can't help getting swept up into her emotions right along with her. And let me tell you, this book was a doozy when it came to rampant emotions! Between Celia, and her sisters if one thing wasn't going wrong another was, making for an incredible amount of heartbreak. But as much as it may pain me (and the characters) that's a sign of a truly fantastic book, when you are so swept up into things that the emotions become your own as well. I think a lot of this strong attachment has to do with the incredibly diverse, yet well fleshed out cast. Not one was two dimensional, not even Celia's teachers who couldn't even speak English. As far as her sisters go, I'm having a hard time deciding who my favorite it. They are all so amazingly unique, from Emme's timidness, to Shayna's spunk, and even to Taran's brashness that's all a front, I adore each one of them.
Now onto the romance. I have to admit that I'm honestly not sure what "team" I am at this point. Both men, Aric and Misha alternated between ticking me off and endearing themselves to me. Honestly if just one of them had of gotten out of their own way, things might have ended up a bit different. Granted I'll admit that I'm leaning towards Aric as there's that whole mate thing going on, and Celia really does love him, but honestly the man needs to grow a set. Or heck here's a solution to their problems, why doesn't the man just donate his little swimmers and they can "repopulate" that way. I mean seriously, I get their race is near extinction, but you would think that would disuage marriage at this point, and more encourage something a bit more causal. Don't get me wrong, I'm not encouraging forced child rearing on the lady weres, but it just strikes me as odd that their solution is to marry all the weres off. Anyway, I digress. As far as Misha, he's a mixed bag as well. He genuinely seems to care about Celia, but he has a really strange way of showing it. He wants to woo her, but never once does he even think about slowing down his womanizing ways. Then when you throw in the third dude (yep that's right, 3rd!) that comes around in this book, and the whole Destiny thing, I'm left thinking Celia might be better off becoming a nun at this point. I'm kidding. Well, mostly. I just think she deserves happiness and a man who will stand with her no matter the opposition.
This series has everything paranormal romance and urban fantasy lovers could possibly want. From Action, to danger, to steamy hot romances, to strong characters and bonds, plus a bit of mystery and politics, what's not to love? I'm only sorry it took me this long to find this series, although it did give me the chance to devour all three books in two days. But now all I want is more, and will be anxiously waiting until I can get my next Weird Girls fixed. Trust me, you won't want to miss this one. (less)
One of the best things about this series is that the characters are seriously flawed, but endea...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
One of the best things about this series is that the characters are seriously flawed, but endearing all the same. As much as I like Xandra, she still is pretty childish in her behavior, and honestly her characters seems much younger at times than the twenty-seven she is supposed to be. She's just a bit petulant and bucks all authority even when they are trying to help her just for sheer stubbornness it seems. However that same stubbornness does endear me to her a bit because in the same token, she doesn't allow anyone to steamroll her. Her power is a pretty hefty one, and she's had to deal with an incredible amount in a very short time, and is still trying to find her way. By not backing down, she isn't allowing a bad precedent to be set of keeping her out of things for her own good, which I do understand. I just think she needs to gain a bit more maturity and reasoning skills in her arguments. Declan's flaws on the other hand are not so obvious. So much of him remains a mystery, and while you can see the damage, it isn't so apparent with him. I'm really looking forward to seeing Xandra continue to crack his shell. As I'll admit at first all the mystery surrounding him was enticing, I'm more than eager to peel back the layers to get to the man beneath.
I had a bit of a hard time connecting to Xandra and Declan as a couple in the previous book, and while things started to get better in FLAMEBOUND, there is still a bit of a disconnect. Things have been just so incredibly rushed, and with all the obstacles and secrets in their path, I'm having a bit of trouble catching up. It's almost like they went from zero to one thousand in a matter of days. Sure there's the magical connection between them since they are Soulbound, and I'm a sucker for that kind of tie, but that kind of need they showed/talked about seemed just a bit off to me. As I said Xandra acts rather childish, and Declan is so closed off most the time, and seems to only express his care for her in his obsessiveness and anger at not being able to protect her from everything. Sure, it's obvious that he does care for Xandra, especially when he is ripped apart inside each time she gets hurt, but he's a bit too secretive with her for my tastes. He's also too quick to hide things from Xandra and makes decisions for her despite her protests. Don't get me wrong, I do feel something for them as a couple, I mean how could I not when you consider all their VERY steamy interludes, I think they have a lot more work to do before it's as strong as it should be outside of the bedroom.
FLAMEBOUND was an absolute roller coaster of emotions and action. It was incredibly intense, and it's honestly a wonder that I have fingernails left. The highs, although far and few between as this was a pretty dark book, left me soaring, while that darkness I spoke of was devastating. I'm incredibly impressed at Tessa Adam's ability to seamlessly create such a wide range. And the way it ended? Oh my goodness! I had predicted who the culprit was this time around, but that didn't soften the blow one bit. Even worse is that there's a pretty big cliffhanger, but despite my searching high and low, I cannot find anything about another installment coming. And it would be really unfortunate if there were none in the works as I really want to know what happens next. But in the meantime, I highly recommend FLAMEBOUND as it is perfect for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fans alike and will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.(less)
STONECAST is a rather tough nut for me to review as I feel overly disappointed. I had largely b...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
STONECAST is a rather tough nut for me to review as I feel overly disappointed. I had largely been anticipating this release as the first book in the series sucked me in with its uniqueness. I wanted to know more about this fascinating world, and to see what would happen next after the way things ended before. However, I had a suspicion when things opened up in this book six months later with no real progression that the almost too slow pace from the last book (as far as answers go) would be even worse. And I was right. In fact, things just seemed so all over the place that it was hard to follow anything, let alone try and navigate the complexity of the spellmason and alchemy aspects.
One of the strongest points of the previous installments was the cast of characters and their dynamics, which unfortunately just wasn't the same this time around, specifically the one between Lexi and Rory/Marshall/Stanis. By this trio not really being quite so prominent this time around, a lot of the awesome witty repartee seen before was lost. Instead, Caleb was brought in. And if you've read my review of ALCHEMYSTIC, you'll know that I was lamenting the last of romance just a bit. Now, I could kick myself for ever making that statement as I think the romance in STONECAST was one of the biggest derailing factors. This isn't a spoiler as it's revealed early on, but Caleb is Stanis's torturer, and while Lexi doesn't know this fact, it's nearly impossible for the reader to connect with him due to that knowledge. I'm honestly at a loss for what to say or think about this as I could not stand his character one bit, and that more than anything kept me rather disconnected from the book.
As I think back to my experience while reading STONECAST, I'm honestly not sure why I continued to push through the book. Perhaps it was due to the left over spark of affection for the characters and my desire to know how the story played out. But even as I kept waiting for things to turn around, they never did. I'm not quite sure how it happened, but this series seems to have completely derailed, which really is a shame as I saw so much potential in the first installment. That being said, I may still continue on with the series, especially if it winds up being a trilogy, but I'll more than likely read more than a few reviews first to gauge things going in.(less)
Cassandra was just a regular girl who just happened to be able to tell the future. Or at least...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Cassandra was just a regular girl who just happened to be able to tell the future. Or at least she thought she was ordinary until she finds that she's actually the reincarnated version of the original Cassandra of Troy and she's now stuck in the middle of a war between the gods. Turns up immortal does not mean eternal as the greek gods are starting to die, and each in their own horrific way. They've split into two factions, both fighting for survival, but one side seems to have lost all remnants of sanity and is killing off the other. Cassandra is said to hold the key to the war making her the most wanted person alive. She's in this war whether she wants to be or not, as when goddesses rage, mortals fall, and only she can stop it.
I had a really hard time getting into this book, and quite frankly I'm not sure that I ever really did, at least not to the extent that I would have liked. A lot of that had to do with the dual perspectives, which I'm generally not a fan of. I realize that they are a good way to show different sides of a story, but in this case, they just didn't seem to fit together very well, even if both were largely important in their own way. Each new chapter was jarring, with no real transition or obvious correlation at least for the first half the book that was. As things went on, the two story lines did start to line up a little better, but by that point it just was too late to really draw me in. I'm not sure what could have been done to fix this issue, but when you add it into my character disconnect that I'll talk about shortly, ANTIGODDESS just couldn't quite hold my attention.
As I said, I had a large character disconnect from the characters in ANTIGODDESS, especially since none of them seemed to be very well fleshed out. Perhaps that was due to the page having to be split between the two different perspectives/storylines, but I just got the feeling that there was something missing from them. Like that spark that draws you into a character be it good or bad just wasn't there for any of them. Come to think of it, a lot of the problem could stem from the fact that we were told a lot of things, but rarely shown them. For example, Cassandra and Aiden were supposed to have this really strong relationship/love and have never fought, but I did not feel any swooning at all when they were together as it all felt bland. And then when something actually did come between them, the reaction just was not intense enough in my opinion. I mean this was their first BIG fight/issue, and I just felt it didn't get the attention it deserved. So, when you are overall indifferent about the characters, it becomes very hard to care about what is happening in the story, and unfortunately that was the case here. In fact the only character element that really drew me in was with Athena and a certain other character, but even that just didn't develop quite enough to really satisfy me. I'm hoping that in that case, the groundwork was just being laid and it will play a larger part in the next book.
ANTIGODDESS was one of my most anticipated reads for the year. I absolutely LOVED Kendare's Anna books, and since this one surrounded Greek mythology, another favorite thing for me, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this. Unfortunately it just wound up being a mediocre read for me at best. Granted, my disappointment could largely stem from my overly high expectations, but I can't help feeling let down. That being said, I still see myself picking up the next book as I was hooked by the world and want to see what happens next, especially after that ending.(less)
Life is finally starting to look up for Anna Strong. She's defeated the competition and stopped...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Life is finally starting to look up for Anna Strong. She's defeated the competition and stopped the vamp council from going against her choice as the chosen one to preserve humanity. Now she's carving out a somewhat normal life for herself with Frey and his son. But that happiness comes to an abrupt halt when she learns of her mother's ailing health and a split faction of vampires in Europe. Once again she's torn between her old life and her role as the chosen one. As she learns to balance both lives, Anna comes to find what really matters in life and love.
BLOOD BOND had a very different feel to it than the rest of the series, in that it read more like a very long epilogue than an actual action packed installment. Sure there was some bits of conflict and action, but only in small doses that were largely eclipsed by the emotional aspects. But, even though it caught me off guard, and I kept waiting for the action to really start, I realize that this book was everything it needed to be. Over the previous eight books, Anna struggled with her loss of humanity and life as a vampire. This would have been difficult enough for a normal transition, but when you add in her chosen one status, she really had a lot on her plate. So, that is why I felt the emotional aspects of this book, and the way it more focused on her human side were both very important. After such a long running series it was very enjoyable to get to spend a good bit of time seeing the ending results rather than the typical short last chapter of resolution.
Along those lines of longer happiness and resolution, I have to admit that when I read the blurb for this book I wanted to let out an excited squeal. From the very start of this series, I had wanted Anna and Frey to be together. There is just something about the two of them that you knew they eventually had to circle back to one another despite all the many roadblocks in their path. There are some romances that are hot and steamy, and then there are some that are very sweet and soul reaching, and I have to say that I think these two fall in the latter. Don't get me wrong they were pretty hot together, but I just got the impression of forever when I thought of them. They just fit so well and complemented one another perfectly, the kind of happiness that everyone searches for, and Jeanne portrayed it very well.
It's always hard to say goodbye to a much loved series, which is why I go into reading these books with a bit of trepidation. There always is that worry that things won't end up like you had hoped or that there will be loose ends left untied. I'm happy to say that isn't the case here, as BLOOD BOND ended things in a way that left me completely contented. Sure, there is room for more in the future, but if not, I still would be happy with the end result. Fans of the series will be more than pleased with this conclusion. It, and the rest of the previous installments have earned a solid place on my keeper shelf. (less)
After his last jaunt into Fairy, Ethan Chase wants absolutely nothing more to do with the fey....moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
After his last jaunt into Fairy, Ethan Chase wants absolutely nothing more to do with the fey. He just wants to spend his time with his new girlfriend, Kenzie and try and pretend the other world doesn't exist. But when his nephew, Prince of the Iron Realm, Keirran goes missing, he finds himself dragged back into the thick of things with the fey. Somehow it became up to him and Kenzie to stop Keirran from the unthinkable when it comes to his methods of saving his love. If they fail, Keirran could cause a war that won't only effect the fey realms, but spill over into the human one as well.
I could literally spend this entire review talking about how much I loathe Keirran. I wasn't his biggest fan in the previous installment, but in THE IRON TRAITOR he hit an all time low in my book. Sure his actions are supposed to be about sacrificing everything for love, but it sparked more of selfishness in my opinion. As much as I hate to say it, I feel like his parents, Ash and Megan set a really bad example for him. Their love was forbidden, but they found a way, so of course now Keirran won't let anything stand in his way. The big difference however was that Ash and Megan did not set out to ruin anyone else in their determination to be together. Sure, you could argue in the long run that they did hurt others as their being together allowed Keirran, the catalyst to be born into the world, but they didn't set out that way. Keirran several times throughout the book turns cold and forbidding. I honestly do not understand why any of them stuck with him, especially Annwyl. But I'll get into the rest of the characters later. I know I've read books with characters that are much worse than Keirran, but there is just something about him that infuriates me. Don't get me wrong, I love Julie's writing, but I'll be honest that there were a few times while reading this book that I had to force myself to continue on because I was so angry with him. But then again, that right there might actually be a testament to her skill at crafting a character that elicits such a strong response.
As far as the rest of the characters, Annwyl just struck me as weak, honestly when she only put up token complaints whenever Kierren was off doing something horrible in search of saving her. But I tried to mostly overlook that as I can't imagine what it would be like to be fading like she was. But then again, Kenzie wasn't doing so hot either, and who knows how much longer she will have herself, yet she doesn't allow or expect anyone else to save her. Speaking of Kenzie, I absolutely adore her. She's so strong and amazing, and I just love how she and Ethan are together. She softens him without making him into a wimp. And Ethan, while I adore him, well he needed a bit of softening. Sure, his life has been anything but easy, but he really needed someone to get his head out of his butt to show him being angry and standoffish to the world was not the solution, and Kenzie was that person. They definitely have a swoon worthy romance, only stepping this book up yet another notch.
From what I understand, this series is supposed to be a trilogy, but I'll be honest that I'm not really sure how everything could possibly be wrapped up in just one more book. Sure there was a little forward momentum with the prophecy surrounding Ethan and Kierren, but I still feel like there's a long way to go yet, especially with the way things ended in this book. Talk about a brutal cliffhanger! But I guess that just means that trilogy or not, the next book will be one heck of a ride. Once again, Julie Kagawa has pulled off one heck of an amazing book with THE IRON TRAITOR. Take my word for it, this book is one heck of a read that will suck you in right from the start and not let go.(less)
For the past two years Aryal has been investigating Quentin, becoming a constant thorn in his s...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
For the past two years Aryal has been investigating Quentin, becoming a constant thorn in his side. She knows he's dirty, she just can't prove it. So when he wins a position to be a fellow Sentinel for Dragos, the two keep clashing like firecrackers. So much so that they are banished from the city and sent out on a mission to the Elven lands and told to resolve their differences or they both were done. Both think the assignment will be torture but as they start working with one another they realize that underneath all that hatred, there's actually a fierce attraction as well. But can they move past all the resentment or will they kill one another first?
To say that I've been looking forward to this book would be an understatement. Enemies to lovers is my absolute favorite trope, and you honestly couldn't get much more enemies than Aryal and Quentin. There's just something to be said about the sparks that fly with the tension, both sexual and otherwise. And boy was that tension flying in KINKED. You never knew whether they were going to brawl or just start getting down and dirty right then and there, and I honestly loved it. Unfortunately about halfway through the book that delicious tension really started to wane, much to my disappointment. Actually the transition from their weird hate/sexual attraction to being in love was rather abrupt if you ask me. I mean they have these somewhat sort of dominance games going on, (which were HOT), and there was all this set up as they bargain and walked circles around each other. But then as soon as their feelings started to show, all of that dominance stuff went out the window, and left me feeling a bit disappointed. I just really loved the push and pull between them, and was pretty bummed to have that fizzle out. Don't get me wrong, I realized that their relationship had to grow, I just was sorry to see all that awesome tension fizzle so far down, and wished it would have continued throughout.
The plot behind KINKED was the perfect complement to the romance in my opinion. It was interesting and fast paced enough to keep me more than entertained, but it didn't overshadow the relationship between Aryal and Quentin. But even so, I loved how their journey started out as just an excuse to get the pair of them out of everyone's hair while also helping out the Elves who have been so devastated. Of course in true Thea Harrison style things do not stay so simple, and I really loved the path she took with things.
I have to say other than my frustration at the change of "style" in the romance, KINKED was almost perfect. I really loved every minute of it, and it only further cemented my love for this series. Honestly, the only thing that would make these even better would be if the wait between each new installment was less than a year. So, all in all, fans of the Elder Races will be more than pleased with this latest installment as it includes all of the elements that have built this series to be what it is. From romance to danger, action to smoking hot smexiness, KINKED is not to be missed!(less)
When the most powerful beings in the world start to fall from the sky, things are terribly wron...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
When the most powerful beings in the world start to fall from the sky, things are terribly wrong. What started out as a typical day in Manhattan, quickly turned deadly as thousands of Angels plummeted down. Guild Hunter Elena and her lover, the Archangel of New York, Raphael, know that they have to get to the bottom of this as fast as possible. They cannot afford to appear weak, but with their lines decimated and a dark force looming, war is an inevitability.
With each new book I read in this series, I only fall more in love with the world and the characters. I cannot express how excited I was when I saw that ARCHANGEL'S LEGION would return to Elena and Raphael. As much as I enjoyed reading the other characters' books, these two were my first love in the series. There is just something so raw and primal about the two of them together that I absolutely love. It's amazing to see how much they still clash despite needing each other so much. At this point, I do not think either could survive without the other one, as they seem to be completely interwoven together. But as I said, that doesn't keep them from clashing, especially as Raphael's predilection of making decisions without Elena, or overruling her even when she asks him not to. Of course Elena has her own trust issues plus an incredible amount of stubbornness as well, so she also has to constantly work on choosing her battles. All of this just makes things so electric between them. In fact there was more than one angry sex scene, and boy were they HOT, so passionate and raw, it just took my breath away. My all time favorite trope is enemies to lovers, as I love the build up and tension in these stories, so I'm one happy camper that despite them being together, their relationship hasn't lost one bit of that fire and spark that I love. I'm not sure who will be featured next in this series, but as always I'll be eagerly awaiting Raphael and Elena's return.
Some how, amazingly each new installment in this series, only brings high stakes. Honestly I'm in sheer awe at Nalini Singh's ability to outdo herself each and every time. You would just that at some point by now that things would have started to slow down or at least become old hat when it comes to the threats. Desensitized may be the best word to describe what I mean. But that couldn't be further from what has happened in this series. Each new threat to the characters that I have grown to love feels every bit as strong as the first one did. In fact, they may just be worse because each new book only gets me further invested into these characters. I have to admit that the early part of the book when the angels started falling from the sky was incredibly intense. And as for the rest of the book, suffice it to say that I have very little fingers left from the nerves. It was that intense, but oh so good as well, especially when you add in all the new twists and turns.
With a hot romance full of incredible tension, a stellar cast of characters that you can really get behind, intense action and a kick ass plot, I couldn't possibly rate ARCHANGEL'S LEGION any higher. This is series is on my keeper shelf, and definitely and auto buy. Trust me, run do not walk to your nearest bookstore to snatch this puppy up as it will give you a guaranteed solid block of entertainment that you won't want to miss. (less)
It is always so hard to say goodbye to a much loved series so I typically go into a a final boo...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
It is always so hard to say goodbye to a much loved series so I typically go into a a final book with much trepidation, and THE SHARPEST BLADE was no exception. That being said, I was largely happy with the way things turned out, minus the very rushed ending. I'm a big advocate for epilogues, and I definitely feel like this would have been one of the books that would have largely benefited from one. Don't get me wrong, I was very satisfied with the ending, and it was really what I had hoped for. It's just you are still on the edge of your seat until the very last few pages, and it left me feeling more wrung out than content as there wasn't really any time for the ending to sink in. I guess I'm just wishing there had of been more time to savor and enjoy things.
In my previous review I had stated that I was torn between the two men in McKenzie's life, but early on I realized that I was actually pretty decided that I wanted her to end up with Aren. Unfortunately as luck would have it, it also became apparent early on that things would not be so cut and dry with who she would end up with, in fact, it was left open until the very end. That being said, I realize that the choice couldn't have been easy without cheapening things due to the circumstances of the bond between her and Kyol, but it didn't make the frustration any easier for this reader. To make matters worse, I almost feel guilty for choosing Aren as Kyol felt everything clear as day through the bond. I mean it's bad enough to see someone you love wanting to be with someone else, but to actually feel it would be awful. However, the biggest reason that I felt Kyol was the wrong choice for her was, when push comes to shove, he will always choose duty over her. While honorable, that doesn't exactly mean the best thing for her. But putting that aside, it was really enjoyable to see it all play out, and as for who she winds up in the end, you'll just have to read to find out.
Fans of the series will be pleased with THE SHARPEST BLADE as it wraps up the trilogy nicely. And for those who haven't discovered this amazingly unique urban fantasy series yet, I say, well what are you waiting for. You'll want to snatch these right up. Trust me, you won't regret it.(less)
To say that I have been excited for Noah and Erin's book would be a rather large understatement...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
To say that I have been excited for Noah and Erin's book would be a rather large understatement. I've been dying to see this couple get their happy ever after. I just loved the tension between them in the previous installments, and I just knew things would be explosive between them once things finally boiled over. And explosive they were. The two of them were so combustible, it's a wonder the pages didn't burn up! There's just something to be said about all that build up and anticipation to make the story all the sweeter and well, hotter. Now don't get me wrong things aren't all steam in this book, and the road between them is anything but easy, in fact quite the opposite is true as the tension stayed pretty strong and heavy throughout the entire book. Nothing sucks me into a book more than sexual tension between characters, and these two had it in spades. Nothing came easy and it was an uphill battle of wills on both sides making for an absolutely delicious read.
This book would have been stellar for the romance alone, but when you add in the intense plot, it just took things right over the edge. The case Erin and Noah have been sent to solve is a doozy and one that hits way too close to home making it all the more personal. Nothing is quite as it seems, and the twists and turns kept me guessing the entire time. I just loved how Erin's mysterious past as well as some of Noah's got interwoven into the story, only enriching things even further. There were several times where my emotions got the better of me as I was so swept up into the story. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, this book has it in spades.
Avenger's Heat and the rest of the series are simply must read books for any paranormal romance fan. These books will sweep you right off your feet as you fall in love with the amazing cast of characters as they navigate both love and danger making for very entertaining reads. Simply put, this book is not to be missed!(less)
I adore Merit and Ethan together, and in WILD THINGS they were stronger than ever. I love how t...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
I adore Merit and Ethan together, and in WILD THINGS they were stronger than ever. I love how they are finding their way with one another and able to talk things through and come out stronger. Poor Merit carried a pretty heavy burden for a lot of this book, and when she finally got the courage to reveal things to Ethan, my heart about melted at his response. It's pretty obvious how dedicated he is, and considering the very rocky start the two had, I'm so happy to see that change. That being said, I have to admit that I just don't get Merit panicking whenever she thinks Ethan is about to propose. It's happened a couple of times now, and each time she freaks out and thinks it's too soon, we hardly know each other, etc etc. Which quite frankly baffles me to no end. I mean the woman knows that Ethan is it for her. She's even gone through the pain of losing him when he was dead for a time. So why in the world does the idea of marriage frighten her? I'll just have to chalk that one up to something I'll never understand.
It was really great to spend so much time with the shifters in WILD THINGS. I love Jeff and Gabriel. Of course things don't exactly go smoothly with their time with the shifters, but that's par for course with Chicagoland and makes things all the more interesting. Also, speaking of Gabriel? Oh my goodness! The prophecy? Yep, it's everything I was hoping for, and just that reveal more than made the entire book, especially Ethan's reaction. That being said, despite the reveal of what the green eyes meant, things are still pretty vague as to how things will actually happen. I seriously cannot wait until the next book to see where things lead with this!
It never ceases to amaze me how these books can have so much jammed into them, but never once feel overwhelming. This time around there were several plots going on at once, not to mention a few overall arcing series plots, plus a whole lot of emotion and character to development to boot. All I can say is bravo to you Chloe! Fans of the series will not want to miss this great installment in the Chicagoland Vampires series. An absolute treat not to be missed.(less)
Magic no longer packs much of a punch, more of a whimper at this point. At least that is for mo...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Magic no longer packs much of a punch, more of a whimper at this point. At least that is for most people, but not Breakers, like Shame and Terric. When the goverment starts targeting them and others like them, the pair has to decide whether to stand up and fight or go into hiding. But since the two have never backed down before, the choice isn't too hard. Only this time, they may have finally bitten off more than they can chew.
Oh Shame, let me count the ways that I adore you. Seriously, he's so deliciously broken, and think's he's a hopeless case. He tries to push everyone away, but they, like the reader can see underneath the front he puts on to the man he is inside. It really is incredible that he is so good at the core when you consider just how much death magic is coursing through him. Your heart cannot help breaking for him as you watch him struggle to control and contain his power, knowing that one day, he will finally snap and lose the control he has worked so hard at. It's largely the reason he's pushed Terric away. Boy is that a complicated relationship, and honestly I'm not really sure what I'm rooting for at this point. The two truly need one another and can be great, but I just don't think Shame has it in him to give Terric what he needs. He's not gay, and no matter what Terric means to him (even if he doesn't show it), I just don't see that kind of relationship working. That being said, once Shame decides to hopefully get his head out of his arse as it were, I think the two of them could support one another as brothers and all the closeness that comes with that. Perhaps only time will tell though.
While this is the same world as the Allie books, it was really interesting to see how much things have changed now that magic isn't so readily available to be used. At least to everyone who isn't Breakers of course, soul complemented pairs who can "break" magic and mold it to their whim. The plot line of these Breakers being targeted to use was really intense, and honestly I'm surprised it took as long as it did for this to happen. Three years is a long time for people used to having the power of magic to go without it. Of course, in true Devon fashion, there's a whole lot more going on than just that, making for one heck of an intense read.
I'll admit that sometimes spin offs can be a bit hit or miss for me, so I was really happy that HELL BENT was all hit, well that is minus the shocker towards the end of the book. I get why Devon did it, but man did it cut my legs out from under me. It will definitely make the next book interesting, and therefore I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Even if you haven't read the Allie Beckstrom novels, HELL BENT is a must read. From fantastic characters to an intense plot with magic gone awry, this one is not to be missed!(less)
Despite narrowly escaping the Farm that held twins Lily and Mel they still aren't free yet. In...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Despite narrowly escaping the Farm that held twins Lily and Mel they still aren't free yet. In fact Mel is simply chained in another way as she is now a vampire, and struggling to come to terms with that. Meanwhile Lily is still with Carter and McKenna as they travel to the resistance's base camp. But what they find there isn't the salvation that they hoped for as nothing is quite as it seems. They'll have to decide whether to stay or to cut their losses, but when the dangers outside are as great as the ones inside, how do you choose?
There was a whole lot going on with this book with the switch back and forth between Mel and Lily. Granted in the previous book these perspective switches happened as well, but Mel's sections were much shorter. This time around she played a much more prominent role front and center, and honestly I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that, simply due to the fact that her autism is now cured. Sure, it was very interesting seeing her grow and start to come to terms with the changes in herself, but honestly a lot of what I really liked about this series was the dynamic between Mel and Lily, which is now gone. I will say that I do like the way it was handled with Mel lamenting the loss of her music, but I'm still a bit unsure about it. Perhaps it stems from the fact that I don't think she needed to be cured, but in the end I guess that doesn't really matter, and I'm mostly happy with the way it was handled, even if it went against my personal preference.
I'm still in awe at how intense this book was, from the romance to the constant threat of the ticks, plus the overall arcing issue of the vampires and politics, and survival. I could go on and on. As I said previously there was a whole lot going on in THE LAIR. Luckily it never quite slipped from a lot into too much. But that being said, it was a very intense ride, and opened up a lot of door and possibilities. It's times like these where reviewing can be very hard as you can't get into any specifics without spoiling things. So I'll just have to suffice with saying this book is definitely worth reading for the fast pace alone, and that's not even getting into the fabulous cast of characters, who almost steal the show themselves. Again there's a whole lot going on since there is so many of them, but each one is fully three dimensional, and more than make the book.
This book has left me tied in knots from all the twists and turns, and I like the characters have no idea who to trust with everything so up in the air. But that's what keeps things interesting and me sucked completely into this series. Of course the cliffhanger ending only further cemented my interest in the series, much to my dismay as they drive me nuts. I'll definitely be counting down until the next book in the series releases.(less)
It's funny, I don't typically read reviews before I write my own as I prefer to write down all...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
It's funny, I don't typically read reviews before I write my own as I prefer to write down all of my own opinions first so as not to be influenced by others. However with the strong issues in this book, I wanted to see how others received it, especially due to the sexual preferences. I have to admit I was incredibly surprised to see just how many people commented on how much they couldn't stand Quinn rather than any issue with Nick's issue. Honestly, my heart broke every bit as much for her as Nick, maybe even more so. Sure she's rather prickly and impossible to deal with at times with her aggressiveness, but can you blame her when all she has been shown is how "worthless" she is? So much so that when someone does genuinely care for her, she both doesn't know how to react and doesn't trust it. Her sense self worth is next to nothing and she pushes everyone away, at least until a certain character sees past her walls and doesn't leg her push. It was amazing to see her slowly start to turn around, but it was and still will be a rocky road as her life situation isn't something you just easily overcome.
Getting back to Nick, his problem, while safer, was every bit as much of an issue as Quinn's, just for very different reasons. The Merrick brothers have had to rely on each other for everything as their very lives depend on it, so it's no wonder Nick is so terrified of revealing himself and potentially losing his family in the process. But even if you put the sexual preferences aside, Nick is still pretty darn messed up. He's lived for his family and their wants and needs even more than Michael has, and lord knows Michael has sacrificed a whole lot for his brothers. Nick's problem is that he never allows himself to think about what HE wants, instead always acting the perfect brother and friend, taking care of everyone else's needs. It's no wonder he was wound so tight under the pressure, and while Gabriel is known as the powder keg, Nick's actually more of a ticking nuclear time bomb. Something had to give, and as I said, my heart just kept breaking over and over for him.
SECRET dealt with some incredibly difficult issues that took up most of the focus, putting the elemental stuff mostly on the sideline. As a result, it gave this book a much different feeling than the rest of the series. On one hand I'm torn as I prefer to avoid issue books, nothing against them, they just aren't my first pick as I read for the little escape. And let's face it, when you have an issue like the ones in this book, well it doesn't exactly make for the best escape. However, that being said, it was one heck of a read as the issues and everything were so poignant that I couldn't help be sucked in. My heart broke more and more with each page that I read. I have to commend Brigid Kemmerer for writing such a powerful book, and if it helps even just one person make it through a situation anything like these, well all the better. Whether you are a fan of the series, are a teenager who is, or knows someone who is going through a hard time or even an adult who can appreciate the message behind this book, SECRET is simply a must read.(less)
Even though Maddy is no longer an Agent of Death, her life hasn't gotten any less complicated....moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Even though Maddy is no longer an Agent of Death, her life hasn't gotten any less complicated. In fact, it's her old agency that is the current thorn in her side, and when they send the Retrievers after her, she's forced to escape via a portal Nathanial opens for her. Problem is that portal opens to a world and before long it's apparent she's jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. Everything from the vegetation to the fae inhabitants seem to after her in the decidedly hostile world. But little does she realize that everything is not as it seems, and the world she is on may not be so isolated from her problems back home after all.
BLACK HEART had a very different feel to it than the previous ones in the series due to the fact that Maddy was on her own for most of the book. Typically I'm not a fan of these kind of setting/character changes in a series, but I think this time around it really worked. We got to see Maddy on her own and making her own decisions without the others weighing in. She's been very reluctant and dragging her feet due to her situation. Don't get me wrong, she steps up to do what needs to be done, but she's still somewhat apt to "hide" behind the others as she didn't ask to be thrown into the middle of things. This time around for most of the book she had no one to lean on for support for herself. It was good to see her making decisions solely on her own, which will in turn help her greatly in the future I think as she should have more confidence after this. Perhaps I'm reading too much into things but I think despite the tricky situations, the events of this book were a good learning experience for her, and will really help her character growth.
Just like in the previous books, in BLACK HEART, Maddy is forced to tap further into her darker side to protect herself, her unborn child and the ones closer to her. In my review of the previous book I had largely expressed frustration at how most of her friends seemed to turn their back on her for her choices. Honestly she's been forced into the game and treated as a pawn and all of her actions have been as a direct result of a threat. Luckily however, that lack of support did seem to ease up a bit and hopefully take a turn for the better. Of course only time will tell as we will see if they bail again after the next terrible thing she has to do. Which based on the schemes going on from all the "bigger" players, won't be long. Speaking of those schemes, my goodness were they a tangled weave in this book. By the end I simply had to shake my head impressively at the machinations, they were that twisted and tangled.
Even though this is the sixth installment, the Black Wings series is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, each new installment promises a solid block of entertainment, and BLACK HEART was no exception. Fans of the series will be more than pleased with this roller coaster of a ride!(less)
Sometimes when it comes to this series and writing reviews, I feel a bit like a broken record a...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Sometimes when it comes to this series and writing reviews, I feel a bit like a broken record as how many different ways can you express absolutely loving a book? But here I am again writing a review about a book in this series that I loved and could quite honestly turn right around and read again. Seriously it was that good. Not only is there an incredible amount of character growth, and considering the size of the cast, that's more than impressive, but there's also one heck of a main plot and side ones as well to boot. In fact, this is a game changer book, a rather major one in fact. Considering there's only one more installment left in this series, I'm almost baffled at the turn of events. Do I love the new directions? Absolutely, and a lot of them I have to admit I was hoping for, but there were many twists that I didn't see coming at all, which only made the read even better, and rather impressive to still be able to surprise me 12 books in. But that being said, the shake up will make things more than interesting, and probably rather jammed pack in the final installment as there's going to be a lot to resolve. But then again, I wouldn't expect anything less than a stellar bang from this series. Now, only to wait the year plus till it releases...
Now I realize that I've been very very vague in this review, but honestly there isn't much to talk about without spoiling, and trust me, you won't want anything spoiled. Thi especially when it comes to the many different character dynamics that you are dying to know about. (*Coughs* Rachel & Trent). So while I apologize that I haven't given away any juicy details, you'll thank me when you get your hands on the book and get to read it completely fresh and untainted.
So to sum things up, THE UNDEAD POOL is a must read, and Kim Harrison should be on any Urban Fantasy fan's auto buy list. If you haven't read this series, well then you don't know what you are missing, and if you have, prepare to be amazed yet again at Harrison's skills in crafting a captivatingly excellent story. Bravo Ms. Harrison. Bravo.(less)
After finishing Up From the Grave, my first thought was absolute contentment. The second though...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
After finishing Up From the Grave, my first thought was absolute contentment. The second thought was how in the world am I going to review this book? It was just absolutely everything I could have possibly hoped for in the series ender. While I am more than a little sad to be saying goodbye to my all time favorite character couple, I'm very happy with how things ended up. I have to admit that since this series had these two awesome characters together throughout the entire series, I wasn't really sure what kind of "Happy Ending" there would be that would feel any more finished than we've already seen. Plus of course, Cat and Bones could never lead a simple life, so again, I just didn't know where that finished feeling would come from. While I won't spoil things, I have to say that I'm incredibly impressed with how things turned out. I never could have predicted the outcome, but that made it all the more enjoyable.
The twists and turns in this book were so incredible there were times I felt like I was getting whiplash from being yanked back and forth. There was one action by a character that just floored me. I mean I understand why this person did what they did, but oh my goodness, you cannot imagine my shock and heart-wrenching incredulity at what was happening. Of course now that I'm a bit separated from that event, I realize that despite the shocking nature of it, it was very true to the characters, and honestly that is one of the most impressive things about this series. There has been absolute consistency in how the characters react to things, be they good or bad. Sure there's been plenty of character growth, I mean just look at Cat now vs the start of the series. But when it comes down to it at their core they're still the same people with the same flaws and strengths, and I just really appreciated how true Jeaniene stayed to them. She really held no punches throughout this entire series, but I have to say that UP FROM THE GRAVE might just take the knockout.
I really hope that I have done this absolutely fabulous book and series the justice it deserves in this book. I honestly think this may be the hardest one I've had to say goodbye to, and that's saying something as I've finished a lot of pretty darn good series. Every Cat and Bones lover MUST read this book. There's just no getting around it. From emotions, to danger, to love, to betrayal, loyalty and heartache, this book is an insane roller coaster from start to finish. You'll want to carve out a solid block of time to read this one as once you start, you will not be able to put it down. Run, do not walk to your nearest bookstore and snatch this puppy up. Trust me you'll be glad that you did.
There's always a moment of hesitation and worry before I start a series ending book. There's ju...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
There's always a moment of hesitation and worry before I start a series ending book. There's just this fear that it will let me down. You have all these books prior to that ending that I've loved, and it's a real let down when the ending just doesn't match up. However in this case, I'm very happy to say that KILLER FROST more than lived up to my expectations. Not only was the final battle as intense as all of the previous ones in the build up over the series, but it also went above and beyond. Loki is this hugely "big bad" and I'm glad it wasn't too easy. While I won't say how things turned out, I will say that I was completely satisfied with all of it.
Even though this is the final book, Gwen and Logan's relationship is still very up and down. It's funny how that roller coaster of ups and downs really bothered me in the first few installments, actually wound up really working for me in the latter ones. It just fits who they are, and while they greatly care about one another, they had and still have a lot of growing up to do, and that's naturally going to involve some growing pains between the two of them as well. This time around there were some pretty strong miscommunications that caused some problems, but not as bad as they could have been which shows how much the pair has grown. Granted I was worried at a couple of points that things would devolve as they had in the past, but that worry was unnecessary, and I was happy for it.
While the ending is bittersweet as saying goodbye to these much loved characters is rather hard, the ending of KILLER FROST is more than satisfying and gives the series a great sense of completion. This is an absolute must read for fans of the series. Trust me you won't want to miss Gwen's final showdown!(less)