This book takes place in the future where bioterrorism and environmental disasters have depleted much of the plants, animals, and technology. Most couThis book takes place in the future where bioterrorism and environmental disasters have depleted much of the plants, animals, and technology. Most countries are in ruin and people are barely making ends meet. Thailand is doing a little better than other countries. They tightly control their borders and inspect every piece of food that grows in and enters the country. The viewpoint of the book is from five different people including Anderson Lake, a man from the United States who works from one of the big corporations responsible for the bioterrorism, and who is looking for new foodstuffs being developed in Thailand and Emiko, a Japanese made Windup Girl, who is genetically superior, but is hated and seen as unnatural. None of the characters are necessarily good or even sympathetic, but they are fascinating. The story starts out slow and doesn’t really pick up until after all the characters have been introduced. It does take a few chapters to get use to the language. The author does not explain things outright. But once I got past the language barrier and got to know the characters and their stories, I was hooked....more
Even though I enjoyed the previous books in this series, I had been putting off reading this one, because I thought I would get annoyed by Gideon, theEven though I enjoyed the previous books in this series, I had been putting off reading this one, because I thought I would get annoyed by Gideon, the keeper of the demon Lies, constantly having to say the opposite of what he means. But it wasn't too bad. I think it helped that I really liked his interactions with Scarlet. I liked Scarlet a lot. Well, except she got a little too self-sacrificey at the end.
The story progressed a bit. We learned more about Cronus and Rhea. Though after a revelation introduced in this book, I am confused as to why they are fighting against each other. We don't see the Hunters all too much, except some bits with Strider.
I liked the viewpoints from Amun; he has been such a mystery throughout the series. And the way he was left at the end of this book was startling. I look forward to how he recovers in the next book.
This first book in a new urban fantasy series was fabulous. It was dark and romantic, with complex characters and a unique plot. I am always excited wThis first book in a new urban fantasy series was fabulous. It was dark and romantic, with complex characters and a unique plot. I am always excited when I come across a book that takes a common trope, like vampires, and makes it intriguing and fresh.
Miranda is an empath; she can feel other’s emotions. She first discovers this while performing with her guitar. At first it is wonderful for her, but it starts to overwhelm her, and by the time we meet Miranda at the beginning of this book, she is getting weaker and weaker, and cannot control her powers. Luck is on her side when she comes across David Solomon, a vampire, and leader of the vampires in the southern states, in the grocery store. He recognizes her powers and is able to teach her how to control them. David is having his own problems with a group of vampires who do not like his law of not killing humans. They are leaving dead humans around Austin with their symbol written in blood.
Again, this is a pretty dark story. Miranda goes through a very graphic and terrible situation at the beginning of the book. But the strong characters and wonderful world building made this one heck of a story. ...more
I liked this one. Some of the dialogue was awkward or too silly, and the magic system was a little hard for me to imagine at times. But I liked the woI liked this one. Some of the dialogue was awkward or too silly, and the magic system was a little hard for me to imagine at times. But I liked the world building and the characters. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Kip. He is a clumsy, always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, overweight teenager, but I found him endearing and hope his character gets a chance to grow in this series. I also enjoyed Gavin's scheming and plotting character, and I wonder how he will handle the circumstances the author left him at the end of this book.
The plot surprised me in a few places, and I love being surprised, so another positive for me. As I said the magic system was a little hard to imagine at times, but I still thought it very creative and refreshing. So I am giving it a solid 4 stars and look forward to the next book in this series....more
I liked this one a lot! I have a soft spot for messed up lead characters, and Chess is pretty messed up. She is a lonely drug addict who lives in a soI liked this one a lot! I have a soft spot for messed up lead characters, and Chess is pretty messed up. She is a lonely drug addict who lives in a sort of post-apocalyptic world where she works for the Church as a Debunker. She debunks people's claims of ghosts, and if she can prove they lied about the haunting, she gets paid. If they really do have a ghost, she has to get rid of it, and the Church pays the haunted person for their troubles. Kane has created a fascinating world where the Church has taken over after thousands die from a ghost invasion. They are able to stop the ghosts and escort them to the City; a place where they can rest. The Church comes out with the Truth - there are no gods, just Truth.
So Chess relies on a drug lord named Bump to get her drugs. He corners her into checking out an abandoned airport for ghosts. He wants to use that airport to bring in drugs. And what she finds ends up being tangled up with the current case she is working on for the Church. Chess finds herself in a very dangerous situation. Along on the ride is Terrible, Bump's enforcer. He is making sure Chess gets the job done for his boss. Kane starts by giving us a brute of man, who is quiet and deadly, and someone Chess is a bit afraid of. And then he just grows and grows on you, and by the end Terrible is your man. Chess, you idiot, Terrible is awesome! Give the guy a chance.
Have you ever read a book late into the night and you force yourself to stop reading and go to sleep, but your brain wants to continue the story, andHave you ever read a book late into the night and you force yourself to stop reading and go to sleep, but your brain wants to continue the story, and does so in your dreams? That happened with this book.
And even though I had to create a cheat sheet with the characters and their wolves and couldn't keep certain words and their definitions straight, I was very much hooked.
And I learned about honor and devotion and brotherhood and love. What wouldn't a man do for his wolf?...more
Very much enjoyed the interactions between V and Jane and V and Butch. I liked both Manny and Payne, just wish there had been more. I guess their partVery much enjoyed the interactions between V and Jane and V and Butch. I liked both Manny and Payne, just wish there had been more. I guess their parts just did not feel dramatic enough for me. I am going to assume we will find out more about Veck, otherwise the parts with him were a waste of space. Also if Xcor and his group become the new villain I will be happy; the lessers were getting boring. It was nice not having chapters from the point of view of whichever lesser was in charge.
I was entertained but think more scenes with more Brothers is always good.
Edited to add that I saw on a comment on another person's review that Veck is the hero in the third book of Ward's Fallen Angels series coming out in September. Ah, well, kinda wish his parts had not been in this book. That space could have been used on fleshing out Manny and Payne's story....more