Whoa. I literally just finished this book and ‘Whoa’ pretty much sums up how I feel about it. I don’t want to recap this bFrom Kindleliciousreads.com:
Whoa. I literally just finished this book and ‘Whoa’ pretty much sums up how I feel about it. I don’t want to recap this book. There are just so many twists and turns that there is no way I can discuss without giving something away. And I don’t want to give anything away! If you read the first two Downside books, you know what to expect, but Stacia Kane really upped the stakes this time. If the first two books were ‘dark urban fantasy’, this one teeters on horror. Some of the scenes were downright disturbing to the point where I had to force myself to keep reading. But it’s not mindless horror like the latest Saw movie, where people you barely know are butchered for cheap thrills. It’s horrific things happening to you have come to genuinely care about. People that are so incredibly damaged but still manage to do the right thing…even when they just keep getting beaten down. You barely make it out of a scene alive and suddenly you find yourself swooning over a huge, ugly hitman and a drug addict witch and praying that they can somehow find a slice of happiness in the Downside. To me, that’s why these books are so great. One minute I was reading with one eye open barely hanging on while a fire rages in a slaughterhouse, and the next minute Terrible drops Chess down a tunnel and has me in tears…AGAIN. I really cannot recall a series that evoked this much emotion. I would say Harry Potter is the closest thing, but there is absolutely no way to compare the two. Here is what I can say: this book has it all. Mystery, horror, fantasy, suspense (Oh the suspense!), and romance all flowing seamlessly. Some of the best, most though-provoking characters I have ever read. And the sex…wow. (Cause let’s be honest, we were all praying for some Chess and Terrible closure.) I want to discuss that tunnel scene so bad I can hardly stand it!! To say it was hot would just cheapen it. There were way too many emotions for ‘hot.’ Gut-wrenchingly satisfying is a much better description. So to conclude my mindless gushing I will say this: if you read the first two, then why the hell aren’t you reading this one yet? If you didn’t, then you need some Terrible in your life ASAP.
Okay. *Deep Breaths* I will not gush. I will write a decent review of this book. *Deep Breaths*
Unholy Magic picks up a fewFrom Kindleliciousreads.com:
Okay. *Deep Breaths* I will not gush. I will write a decent review of this book. *Deep Breaths*
Unholy Magic picks up a few months after its predecessor. We find that Chess is still pretty much just existing in a pill-induced haze, while still sleeping with Lex and being “friends” with Terrible. She gets roped into to working for two different cases, one for the Church and one for Bump, her drug dealer. The Church sends her to a TV celebrity’s house to invcestigate a haunting, while Bump wants her to investigate a string to dead hookers. In typical Chess fashion, both cases get her in serious trouble. Her lifestyle habits become a serious issue, she is caught in a very dangerous love triangle, and she continues to make bad choices. I don’t really want to say more about the plot because there are lots of twists and turns and I am trying to avoid spoilers.
What I can say, is this is hands down the best book I have read so far this year. Sometimes, overly dark and gritty books bother me, but these characters are just so fascinating, I cannot wait to learn more about them. Honestly, if I met Chess, Terrible or Lex in real life I would walk the other way. All 3 of them are essentially criminals, living in the bowels of society and yet, you just want something good to happen to them so badly it hurts. I found myself cheering on Terrible as he beat some money-owing druggie senseless: “Go Terrible, you break his leg! …did I just think that??” At one point, Chess is without her pills and I was all “Oh God! Someone get Chess her pills!! …wait what?” There were times I wanted to strangle Chess, but then I wanted to give her a big hug and tell her it would be okay. And Terrible! Oh, Terrible. We learn so much more about him in Unholy Magic, and if I didn’t think I would confuse the hell out of people, I would proudly sport a custom made “Team Terrible” shirt. I love him that much! But oh did he break my heart in this one. I want to quote him so badly but it would give it all away. He made me cry not once, but twice! Actually, the entire book was extremely emotional, I had a hard time sleeping when I finished. So…seriously…guys, girls, trannies, whatever, you NEED to read this series. It’s very dark (so much so that I don’t recommend eating while reading at some points), but so different, intriguing, gut-wrenching, thought-provking…okay I will stop. Just know that the 3rd book, City of Ghosts, comes out July 27th. Longest. Two Weeks. Ever.
I think what I am about to say will be considered blasphemous to some, and it pains me to say it, but I liked the last oneFrom Kindleliciousreads.com:
I think what I am about to say will be considered blasphemous to some, and it pains me to say it, but I liked the last one better. Maybe I was too excited about Gideon's story because he is my favorite, so nothing or no one would be good enough. Or maybe I have been reading too much PNR lately, so the whole "oh, i will let myself enjoy this one moment, because we can never be together again" thing is just old to me at this point. But I was expecting Scarlet to be a kick-ass chick. She is Nightmares for crying out loud! She can kill you in your sleep! Why the lack of confidence? Why are we still wondering if Gideon could ever really love her at 90%?? Ugh.
Okay, I got that out, now I can sorta discuss the book. Well, not really. Not without giving out major spoilers anyway. Basically, the book picks right back up from the last one with Gideon discovering Scarlet was his wife, Aeron trying to figure out how to save Legion from Hell, and the Titan Rhea still unleashing her Hunters on the Lords. Aeron asks Amun and William to asist him in the rescue mission, so we get to learn a lot more about both of them. And I gotta say, I really liked the little hint we got about William. We also get to see the beginnings of Strider's potential HEA, which I am very curious to see how that one will get pulled together, because the chick is NASTY. Obviously, we learn the most about Scarlet and Gideon, and aside from Scarlet annoying the crap out of me, her back story was great. I won't reveal anything, but I will say those Titans are some dirty hookers. At this point, I have read almost every type of villain, and I would have to put these crazy bitches at the top of the list. Man, my heart was breaking for Gideon and Scarlet. Anyway, despite the PNR formula grating on me a little here, the book was great like all the others. I was a little disappointed by Scarlet's whining because my blue-haired hottie deserves better, but the plot still rocked. And Torin has some great one-liners...actually I think he has replaced Gideon as my favorite, though I have no idea how he will ever get his HEA. Keep an eye out for another Immortals After Dark shout out during one of Torin's scenes. Those always make me happy.
Rating: 8 (though the lack of blue hair on this cover really sucks!!) ...more
This was a pretty short read, so I will just do a quick review. If you have read all of Katie Macalister’s dragon books upFrom Kindleliciousreads.com:
This was a pretty short read, so I will just do a quick review. If you have read all of Katie Macalister’s dragon books up until now, you will love this addition. We finally get to see what big bad Baltic is all about. If you haven’t, you will be pretty lost. I even had to go back to the previous books to make sure I had the plot correct. The most important thing to know is that Baltic and Ysolde were both killed a long time ago, and have been reincarnated to find each other again and serve some sort of purpose that we have not learned about yet. I thought this book was much better than the two silver dragon books, just much more entertaining…and to be honest, Gabriel just gets on my nerves. I loved the dynamic of Baltic and Ysolde/Tully. There was this one scene where they were looking back at their previous selves in bed and Ysolde started umm…comparing and contrasting old vs. new Baltic. I didn’t think I would ever stop laughing. And Ysolde’s son Brom was hilarious, especially when paired with my favorite demon dog Jim. Jim was at his best in this one, actually, everyone was pretty funny in this one. Baltic cracked me up more than once:
Ysolde: “You think so? Well maybe your precious Aisling just needs to watch out, because I’m not some pushover, you know. I’m a mage, and mated to the baddest ass in the dragon world.”
Brom looked speculatively at Baltic. “That’s you?”
Baltic: “Yes. If you were my son, as you should have been, you, too, would have a badass.”
My only complaint about this book was the ending. I know it’s setting us up for future books in the series, but it was very unsatisfying. There were also a few plot elements that were left unresolved, but hopefully we will get to those in the next one. I am also hoping to see more of sexy Italian blue dragon, Bastian.
I feel like the blurb above does a good job of summarizing the plot, and since I am trying really hard not to reveal spoilers forSpoiler Free Review:
I feel like the blurb above does a good job of summarizing the plot, and since I am trying really hard not to reveal spoilers for this book, I will not elaborate any more. Instead, we will briefly give the history of Kindlelicious and The Lords of the Underworld. It all started with Kresley Cole and a little Valkyrie named Nix. I had just finished reading the Immortals after Dark (IAD) series, and I read somewhere in cyberland that Kresley and Gena would be doing an IAD-Lords crossover with Nix. After my happy dance (I have major IAD withdrawal issues), I hurried to buy the Lords series. Sadly, I was underwhelmed. I liked the books, don’t get me wrong, but after coming off IAD, nothing was really working for me. But I kept going, because I needed to see my Nixie (which was sorta disappointing but I digress). Luckily, it wasn’t long before Anya and William came along and rocked my world. Then you throw in some crazy harpy sisters, and suddenly I love this series. Now, if you read my blog or tweets, you know I am obsessed with angels (Blame Nalini Singh), so I was really excited about hottie Aeron and angel Olivia and revisiting those harpies and minor Gods. So without spoiling anything, let me tell you all this book has going on: lots of William, lots of angely goodness (Olivia, Lysander, Galen and Aeron), lots of Gideon including a BIG plot twist I did not see coming, and major plot developments involving the war with the Hunters and Galen. I apologize for how vague I am being, but there was so much set up for future books, that I feel like talking about anything will give something away. That being said, here are my vague thoughts about the book: I loved the Olivia and Aeron story, Olivia is HILAIROUS, but doesn’t mean to be. I wanted to jump through my Kindle and bitch-slap Legion. I also have some choice words for Lysander and his fine self. I am slightly uncomfortable with where William’s story is headed, but I am sure Gena will work it out. I am SUPER excited to read more about Gideon, but I admit deciphering his sentences gives me a slight headache. I am excited there are going to be 2 Lady…Lady Lords (?)…chicks possessed by demon other than Cameo, because she bores me. And I really want to see what will happen with Galen and his…hook-up in the future. Okay, this might be the worst review ever, so just know, this book was awesome. It was funny, sexy, infuriating and exciting all at the same time. AND it is officially the first Kindlelicious 10!!
Favorite quote: "But I offered you a place in my bed," William whined to the Harpy.
"You suck at Guitar Hero, therefore I figure you're bad with your hands. Besides, someone we all know and love has staked prior claim on you. ..."Therefore I picked Paris to keep me warm the other night. And I can't wait to give Bianka the down-and-dirty details."