I am huge fan of all things Mythology, so when I read the blurb for FATES, I was really excited...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
I am huge fan of all things Mythology, so when I read the blurb for FATES, I was really excited. Unfortunately that excitement fizzled pretty quickly as I started reading this book. From the very start things felt jumbled and rather all over the place and the characters had no real depth, but I'll get into them in a bit. There was very little explanation in the world building, leaving more than a little confused, which only got worse the longer I read. Once they reached the alternate (worlds? realms? I honestly have no clue...) I had pretty much given up on following the story and wound up just skimming. Honestly there were several times I asked myself why I was still reading the book. Sure there were elements there that interested me, and that's probably what kept me reading as I was waiting for something to come together. But unfortunately it never did.
Now getting to the characters. Perhaps it was because things kept jumping around, and there were no real explanations, but I wasn't able to connect with any of them. Corinthe is just well, odd. She's completely out of touch with the world, which would have been a whole lot more understandable if she had of just been booted out rather than ten years ago. It just seemed completely unrealistic and frustrating to be honest. Then you add in the love interest. I just didn't "get" him at all. The instalove baffled me. I mean while that kind of relationship progression isn't at the top of my favorites, it doesn't typically bother. However, in this case there just was nothing at all to support it. It was literally zero to one hundred in no time at all, and when you add in the wooden characters, it just did not work at all for me. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can overlook almost any flaw in a book as long as the romance is strong. But when that romance is weak, it just pulls everything else down for me, and that was the case here.
Looking back, I realize I probably should have DNF this book, but I really like to finish what I start, and there's always the chance a book will turn itself around. Unfortunately that just wasn't the case here. I'm sure others will enjoy this story more than I did, but for me it's a pass. (less)
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)
I had a really hard time getting behind Vivi's character. She just kept choosing to continually...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
I had a really hard time getting behind Vivi's character. She just kept choosing to continually blindly deny her heritage. It didn't matter what happened, nor how great her new found family was, she just stayed stubborn for no reason. Honestly, I just didn't get it. Maybe I just have an inaccurate view of a typical eighteen year old, but I just didn't buy the rebellion as it made her seem much younger. I guess I just prefer my characters to have a whole lot stronger of an inner core than she did.
While it may seem like a cop out, I can overcome most flaws in a book as long as the romance is great. Unfortunately this was another place where DARKEST FEAR was mostly a let down for me. While there was a fierce attraction, and the few interactions were steamy hot, it just didn't make any sense. In fact with each time they two were around each other, I only grew more and more confused. There was a whole lot of "I want you, but I can't" going on, but the "can't" was never explained. Sure, there were speculations, but they were just that. I'm pretty sure it's an over-arcing plot, but I just wasn't feeling it. I think even just a little more information would have gone a very long way, and would have made this book work a whole lot better in the long run.
DARKEST FEAR had an interesting premise, therefore giving it a lot of potential. Unfortunately that potential never seemed to go past that initial stage of interest as I kept waiting for things to take off. As I said, Vivi was so stuck on denying her heritage, that nothing seemed to move forward. Because of this, the book almost felt like it was split into two different things, the paranormal aspects and normal humdrum life, and they weren't quite jiving with one another. When you add it into the extremely rushed and strange ending, I just can't help but be left scratching my head about how I felt about this book. On one hand, it did keep my attention enough to finish it, but most of that time reading was spent frustrated. That being said, I may still give the second book a chance, as this could have been just a rocky start and more answers will be coming.(less)
I really adored Kitty's character. She's strong and fierce, and really learns to make the best...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
I really adored Kitty's character. She's strong and fierce, and really learns to make the best of a difficult situation. Sure, she's a bit naive at times, as well as a little selfish, but honestly when it boils down to it, it isn't really her fight, and the drive for survival is pretty darn strong. I loved seeing her progress over the story, and my heart broke for her several times as her world kept getting ripped out from under her. Yet, she keeps her backbone throughout the book, never once losing that drive. What was most admirable was that she didn't just jump on anyone's bandwagon, be it the head of the family who is determined to squash the rebellion, or that same rebellion who wanted her to continue the work of the woman she replaced. She doesn't just follow anyone blindly, and makes the decisions that were best for her and not others. Of course that may make her seem selfish when it comes to not just jumping on the rebellion bandwagon, but she's nothing but a pawn there. I can't wait to see this "pawn" turn into a queen in the upcoming books. She'll definitely give them a run for their money.
The world behind PAWN was really interesting. Like most dystopian type novels, the general public is led to believe that the control system is for their protection and best interest. This time around, the control lies in the form of a ruling family, their police force, and a series of tests that all citizens take at seventeen, which then decides what role they will have for the rest of their lives. Talk about pressure! One test to determine whether they are hungry and worked into an early grave, or have a more comfortable, longer life. And despite the fact that Kitty didn't see it, that test makes it nearly impossible to rise out of the rank you grew up in as your situation determines the amount of schooling you receive, which in turn directly relates to how well they perform on that test. And yet, the lower "castes" seem to see their numbers as fair and have no one to blame but themselves, which is horrifying. Of course, in true dystopian fashion, as the book progresses, more and more about the society and these tests are revealed as Kitty is thrown into the middle of the ruling family. Of course things aren't as equal as they seem and there are many more secrets, ones worse than she ever could imagine, making this world truly chilling, and a great read.
PAWN has to be one of the best books that I have ever read when it comes to twists and turns. Sure, there were flaws, namely in the romance department, which I hope gets beefed up a great deal in the next book, but as far as the twists, they were perfect. I honestly never knew what was coming next, and it kept me on the very edge of my seat. Seriously, if you are a fan of dystopian novels, and like a roller coaster read that is anything but predictable, then PAWN is the book for you.(less)
This series had a pretty rocky start for me, but after my enjoyment of the second installment,...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
This series had a pretty rocky start for me, but after my enjoyment of the second installment, I did have high hopes for this one, which unfortunately fell flat. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right mindset for this book, but I had a very hard time getting into it. It just was so incredibly dark, and while I remember the previous two books being dark, I just don't think they were as bad as this one in that aspect. Perhaps they were, but it just didn't seem to affect me as much. And typically darkness works okay in books for me, but I'll admit that it was really hard for me to muster through this book. In fact I actually wound up skimming off and on hoping for some sort of turn around or hope or anything, but it only got darker as the book went on.
From what I understand, there's only one more book left in the series, and I'm torn as to whether I will be continuing on. On one hand I want to see things through, especially after the ending of this book that made me wish I had of given up reading the book when it first started to not work so well for me. At least then I would have been spared that blow and heartache. But on the other hand, I'm just not sure my curiosity is quite strong enough to stand up to such darkness.
I won't be giving this one a rating as I think my own mood and my skimming could quite possibly give an unfairly low rating. Based on other ratings I've looked at, it looks like this book has largely been enjoyed, so I'd have to say that if you are a fan of the series, then it's definitely worth checking out, and don't let my difficulties scare you off. (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)
I've always found out-take novellas like this to be a bit bittesweet. On one hand it is really...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
I've always found out-take novellas like this to be a bit bittesweet. On one hand it is really great to have these little extras with characters I've grown to love, but then at the same time their short format makes me nostalgic for the original stories, or at least something a bit longer so I can spend more time with them. Of course, that's what re-reads are for. This story was the perfect interlude to tie me over until the next book espeically since I had just finished up a re-read of the series via audiobook. It shows a great interlude with Pia and Dragos, plus the little peanut, but also has a great storyline, making it so much more than just "wish fulfillment fluff." Seriously, if you enjoy the Elder Races world as much as I have, you'll not want to miss one!(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)
Jessica can't catch a break. She's only just returned from saving her mate from a vengeful godd...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Jessica can't catch a break. She's only just returned from saving her mate from a vengeful goddess and finds out her best friend, the niece of the most powerful witch in the country, is missing. Jessica has to save her friend and fast before she has to add yet another supernatural sect to her list of enemies. But it won't be that easy because there is a new threat looming, and this one may just make everything she has faced so far look like child's play. Things are bad when you have to turn to the Vamp Queen for help, but a girl has got to do what she's gotta do.
There is so much going on behind this world between the witches, weres, vamps, demons, sorcerers, ghosts, strigoi, fae, gods, honestly I could go on and on. It may sound like a lot, and it is, but what sets this series apart from other is the way it is all seamlessly blended together to make a very in depth world with being too much either. Each element has it's own place and back-story that only ads to the overall story. I really liked the addition of the demon threat as it only ratcheted the intensity up another notch. Don't get me wrong, the vamps are a pretty hefty threat on their own, and definitely made this round interesting, but they want something from Jessica, so they could only take things so far without killing her and losing their chance. The Demons however seem to have no qualm about the condition she is in, and that made things a bit more intense. I can't wait until the next book to see where things lead with them, and well everyone else gunning for her as well.
I'm really enjoying seeing how Jessica's uniqueness and predilection to get herself into trouble keeps throwing a wrench into everything around her. Honestly, the poor girl could use a break and would love to be out of the middle of things, but she handles most things well and is always ready to make the touch choices, making her very admirable. I especially enjoy the way she handles Roarke. I'll admit that I had some worry about the two of them since they hadn't gotten any real time together and I had needed more than I was given to "feel" the relationship. I also had worried about his vast age and dominance eclipsing Jessica, making her start to defer to him, which wouldn't have been true to character. However, the events in COLD BLOODED laid my fears to rest, and boy does she give him a run for his money. The poor man is going to have an aneurysm from Jessica constantly putting herself in so much danger and him having to stay out of it. I could just picture the look on his face, and it make me crack up, and enjoy the read all the more.
This book was literally non stop action from beginning to end. I felt like I was on a roller coaster throughout the entire book barely able to catch my breath. It really is impressive how Amanda was able to keep the pacing so incredibly intense without going into unbelievable territory. Granted it ends in yet another cliffhanger, but that seems to be par for course in this series, so it's a matter of grinning and bearing at this point. I know I'll be counting down the days until the next installment is released. Fans of the series will not want to miss this!(less)
Hiding in plain sight amongst humans, Nerissa is the future Queen of her people. Problem is tha...moreReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Hiding in plain sight amongst humans, Nerissa is the future Queen of her people. Problem is that her father was murdered and his crown stolen, and his killer is just waiting for the day that she comes to age to take everything from her too. She decided to give up her place amongst her people long ago, much to the dismay of her guardians, but her hand is forced when she's challenged for her crown. Quickly her life turns from human things like field hockey to hard core training to give her a fighting chance. But she's got a distraction waiting in the wings in the form of the very human Lo, the one thing she can never have. Romance between humans and her kind are forbidden, but she's never much been one for the rules. Crown or safety, following her heart or the rules, Nerissa has a lot of hard choices on the path ahead of her.
I have a really hard time with selfish characters. There are a lot of flaws that I can over look, but selfishness, especially in those characters who act entitled, just completely turns me off. Nerissa was an extremely spoiled and selfish character who absolutely grated on my nerves. At one point in the book she does something unforgiveable and excuses her actions by saying that they gave her no choice. In all actuality, they were just following orders and protecting her. She had a choice alright, a choice not to act like an entitled brat. I honestly despised her so much that I had a very hard time getting through the first 50 pages, but luckily the rest of the story dragged me in enough to keep holding on. I'm glad I did because as the book went on, Nerissa started to grow and mature, and quite frankly get over herself. Don't get me wrong, her situation was pretty crappy, but honestly it didn't excuse her behavior, so I was really glad to see her start to wise up to her own actions, even if it was slow coming. By the end of the book I found her to be somewhat respectable, but she still has plenty of room to improve. It will be interesting to see after that ending and her new circumstances, how her behavior continues in the next installment, but only time will tell.
Getting onto the rest of the cast of characters. I absolutely adored all of them. From her faithful to the core best friend, Jenna, to her surly body guard, Speio, as well as his incredible parents, and even the love interest, Lo, who was full of secrets and mystery himself. Each and every single one was fully fleshed out to the point that they all seemed real. It's one of the biggest reasons aside from the unique mythology that I was so hooked by this book.
The world behind Waterfell was absolutely unique and incredible. There's several twists to the uniqueness that I would love to talk about her, but I can't because they aren't revealed until later in the book. But just let me suffice it to say that this isn't your ordinary mermaid book. It's that and so much more, you just can't compare it to anything else. The world building is rather impressive, and despite the complicated web that was weaved in the world building, it never once became overwhelming. When you combine that with the fantastic cast of characters, WATERFELL was one heck of a read, that I'm very glad I didn't let the selfish narrator turn me off from. I'll definitely be checking out the next installment.(less)