This was a quick and fun read bringing the story back to Liam and Baba. I always love follow up nReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
This was a quick and fun read bringing the story back to Liam and Baba. I always love follow up novellas like this as they give glimpses into the couple's lives after the original happily ever after. There's just something so satisfying at seeing where characters you loved are now, and that really was the case here. I enjoyed seeing Liam, Baba, and little Babs interact and navigate their new lives as a family all the while juggling three impossible tasks from the Queen. Even better, the rest of the Baba Yagas play a role as well making this novella tie everything together even more.
Overall, a fun treat of a read in an enjoyable series that keeps me coming back for more....more
Before I get started into the real review I want to note a frustration. While I enjoyed OF FLAMEReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
Before I get started into the real review I want to note a frustration. While I enjoyed OF FLAME AND OF PROMISE, I did find it rather frustrating that it went backwards in the timeline of the series. It wasn't a prequel, but jumped back to all the relationship issues between Celia and Aric. In fact going back to all that drama was annoying as I was glad to be past that in the main series, and it kept me from enjoying this book as much as I could have. I feel like this would have been a stronger read if it had been released during its proper time in the series timeline. But to be fair I'm going to continue on with this review and rating as if the book was it's only entity rather than continue to hold this one issue against it.
This was a very short read so there wasn't a whole lot of space for action and series progressing events, but due to it being set in the "past" it didn't have to be. OF FLAME AND PROMISE was largely about Taran coming to terms with her feelings for Gemini and both the strengths and vulnerabilities that come with loving someone that much. It's a love story at the core and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It was really interesting to see the events in this series from Taran's point of view. She definitely has a much more fiery personality than Celia and her experiences were colored to match this. She's very passionate and goes from zero to sixty in two seconds flat. Normally this kind of personality grates on my nerves, but somehow in Taran, it works. Sure she's rather insecure and very quick to fly off the handle, but at the core she cares so deep despite how much it scares her, and I loved her for it
All in all OF FLAME AND PROMISE adds a new dimension to an already loved series, and I can't wait to see how the series continues to progress with Taran at the helm....more
Wow, just wow. This book is one heck of a ride.TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU digs further into dimReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
Wow, just wow. This book is one heck of a ride.TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU digs further into dimensional travel and all the complications and risks. There's so many ethical issues and risks they are taking, and this book really explores further into the implications of all that. I really enjoyed this deeper look and it kept me on the edge of my seat from the start until the very end. Not only are there big risks, but there's also emotional and personal aspects that get explore. The big question is whether we really all the same person a the core across the dimensions, or do our experiences shape us instead, making each version of us truly different? The ramifications of this question are really profound in this book, and it made for an incredible read.
I have to admit prior to starting I was just a bit hesitant. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to get as trilogies are tricky things. It seems you almost always either have the sophomoric slump in the second book or if the book manages to escape that normal trend then there's a doozy of a cliffhanger. And that latter is the case here. There's not even a hint of a slump here, as TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU is every bit as good as its predecessor, but the cliffhanger ending is insane. Not only are there massive game changing revelations in this book that would have made me desperate to get my hands on the next one, but the very ending events are nearly cruel when it comes to cliffhanger terms. I kept trying to get to the next page as I just couldn't believe it ended there. I'll be counting down the days until the next book releases.
TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU isn't just a must read, it's a drop everything you're doing, and run to the nearest bookstore to get your hands on it immediately read. Bravo!...more
In the Urban Fantasy genre, starting a new series is always somewhat of a challenge. There's alwaReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
In the Urban Fantasy genre, starting a new series is always somewhat of a challenge. There's always so much world building needed to set the stage for the story, which can really bog things down. Or sometimes the reverse can be true where not near enough is explained, which worse in my book. However, every so often a series opener comes along that just perfectly nails that balance. One where you can immerse yourself into the story with enough backstory and information to blend along with the action at the forefront to keep you fully hooked from the start. CITY OF LIGHT nails this balance in every way. The world behind this story is incredible, from the post apocalyptic feel after the war, to the variety of species and the prejudices that go with them. That and all the various dangers brought an interesting mix that kept me hooked.
Speaking of hooked, the characters were stellar in this one, particularly Tig. While she may be slightly reminiscent of Arthur's other heroines from other series, Tig is fully her own character. The similarities lie more in writing style than repetition, and that doesn't detract one bit, in fact it makes her shine a bit more as I found myself understanding her more quickly, and sinking in faster due to the same flow of Arthur's writing style. But getting back to Tig, she's incredibly strong, but despite or rather perhaps in spite of, some staggeringly horrific past events she's not hard. Far from it. She risks life and limb over and over in this book for those who would just as soon as see her dead. She truly is admirable.
All in all, CITY OF LIGHT proves Keri Arthur is truly a master at her craft. Plain and simple this series should be on every urban fantasy lover's list. I'll be counting down the days until the next book is released. Bravo!...more
I love this series, and all the characters, but Dragos/Pia/Liam hold a special place for me. So tReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
I love this series, and all the characters, but Dragos/Pia/Liam hold a special place for me. So this novella trilogy has been a real treat, and I especially enjoyed Liam's story rounding things out. His incredibly rapid growth made him a bit of an unknown, and this peek inside his head really opened things up. I mean abstractly while he showed to be very intelligent and extremely fast developmentally, both I and Pia/Dragos still saw him as only a child. But what else could you expect when you consider that technically he's less than a year old. This novella while incredibly short showed a turning point for Liam, and paved the way for full novel(s) from his perspective. After reading this and the previous two installments in this novella trilogy, I'm only more desperate for the next book in this fantastic series, a sure sign of a great read. A perfect bonus treat for fans of the series, LIAM TAKES MANHATTAN is not to be missed....more
It amazes me how fresh and interesting each of these books are considering how long this series hReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
It amazes me how fresh and interesting each of these books are considering how long this series has been running. Typically by this point, the twelfth book, I almost expect a bit of staleness, and yet with each new book, Eileen Wilks brings a whole new challenge and ball game. It's incredibly impressive and one of the reasons I really enjoy this series. Between knowing I'll get a fantastic plot and all the many previous books allowing for such rich and lengthy amount of character growth, and I don't even need to read the description. I'll read the next book sight unseen.
This time around the plot centers around Lily and Rule again, my favorite pair so I knew I was in for a treat. And the book delivered. Between all the crazy politics, Dragon happenings, a new and troublesome ability for Lily, seriously tricky situations for Rule, and a very interesting new character, MIND MAGIC had me hooked from the start. It's a lengthy book but I read it almost straight through into the wee hours of the morning just to find out what happened next. I know I'll be counting down the days until the next installment releases.
Seamlessly weaving fast paced action and strong characters in a fantastic blend of entertainment, MIND MAGIC is not to be missed....more
I'm a huge fan of the Elder Races series, and I have to admit while I love all the characters, DrReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
I'm a huge fan of the Elder Races series, and I have to admit while I love all the characters, Dragos, Pia, and Liam are by far my favorites. So these small outtake novellas are the perfect "fix" for me. I'm also always impressed at how much emotion and actual events Thea always manages to pack in these considering how short they are and this novella was no exception. It kept me hooked from the very first page, and even brought a tear felt moment by the end. Perfect for fans of the series who need a bit more Dragos and Pia in their lives like I do, DRAGOS GOES TO WASHINGTON is not to be missed. I'll be counting down the days until the two follow up novellas arrive, and of course the next full length coming soon. If you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for?...more
While the premise and the characters of AUTUMN THORNS intrigued me, the immense world building keReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
While the premise and the characters of AUTUMN THORNS intrigued me, the immense world building kept me from enjoying this book as much as I would like. I'm all for a complex and unique world, but in this case I felt things were a bit too on the "craft" side. I'm a big fan of the author, and follow her various networks, so I know that she is very immersed in the magical world, and beliefs, and that knowledge showed in this book. Unfortunately it showed so much that it made it incredibly hard to keep up for lamens like myself. There were so many different magical aspects, deities, and ritualistic methods portrayed in this book that my head was spinning. That being said, as I started to get a grasp on the rules of the world by the end, I do have high hopes for the rest of the series.
World building woes aside, I greatly enjoyed the characters in AUTUMN THORNS. Kerris is a no non-sense, kick butt heroine that you couldn't help loving from the start. She's thrust back into a town and duty she never wanted to return to, and yet she accepts it all with grace. Even better yet, when other powers that be, be they good or evil, attempt to bully her, she stands firm despite having no real idea what's she's doing. I really admired her for that. Add in a yummy hero who may have sparked a bit more of instalove than my tastes prefer at times, but seems to be everything Kerris needs, and I was sold.
All in all while the world building bogged the book down a bit for me, I see a great amount of potential for this series, and I'm eager to see where things lead. If you're a fan of urban fantasy with a spicy romance, then this one is definitely worth a look or two....more
I'm a huge fan of the Half-Moon hollows series. There's just something so comforting about them.Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
I'm a huge fan of the Half-Moon hollows series. There's just something so comforting about them. In fact this series is one of my favorites to listen to on audio for rereads. And with each new book, I always know I'll get a solid block of entertainment and hilarity that will have me laughing out loud. Fangs for the Memories is no exception. This one is a bit different from the rest of the series as it goes back a bit in time to the beginning of Dick and Andrea's relationship. I've always wanted to see more about how this rough, roguish, and slightly sheevy vampire could win over the polished Andrea's heart. Of course knowing everything we do now so much further in the series, Dick's no where as bad as he seemed. But this story takes place before all that and I really enjoyed the further insight. It only made me love Andrea and Dick even more. So, all in all this is a fun little treat for fans of the series that's not too be missed....more
What a completely unique and very interesting read! I have to admit I wasn't quite sure what I waReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession
What a completely unique and very interesting read! I have to admit I wasn't quite sure what I was going to get when I read the blurb as it sounded nothing like what the author had done before, or really my normal genre reading preferences. But I'm so glad I took the chance as once I started reading MENAGERIE, I simply couldn't put it down. It was dark and gritty and oh so horrifying. I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts about this book into words, rather than just feelings like horror, outrage, etc, but imaginative would probably be the best description. This book made me feel so much it truly was impressive, from the creepy, to the terrible, to the heart-warming AND heart-breaking moments, I was an utter wreck by the time I finished.
That being said, as much as I enjoyed MENAGERIE, there were a few things that kept me from giving it a full five stars. At times the violence was too much. It's not that I mind violence in books, quite the contrary, but I do prefer a bit more positive or hope to balance things out. Aside from Delilah's stellar strength, for most of the book I didn't feel any hope or goodness, and it was just a bit oppressive. I also wish the ending and the interesting side of a certain character that I won't mention to avoid spoilers, would have been developed a bit more. Both the ending and that character's "story" and the repercussions felt incredibly rushed, and I just wish those parts had been expanded more.
All in all, this book is a must read for any Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Thriller, and/or Suspense lover. From the moment you start this book you'll be on the edge of your seat biting your nails in anticipation for what's going to happen next....more