Singh is really good at taking two characters you were kinda lukewarm about in previous books and getting you to fall in love with them dur4 1/2 Stars
Singh is really good at taking two characters you were kinda lukewarm about in previous books and getting you to fall in love with them during their story. I had liked Riaz in previous books but really didn't see the appeal of Adria. Probably because we mostly saw her in relation to her toxic relationship with her ex-husband. But I ended up really liking her - she's tough, but sensitive. She's afraid she will make the same mistakes she made in her previous relationship. It was just really great watching their relationship develop.
We also get to see Hawke and Sienna's relationship continue to develop and grow. It was actually really sweet. Hawke is trying not to be too demanding - too alpha - and works really hard at letting Sienna be who she is, even when that puts her in some very dangerous situations.
This book did not have a ton of action, but a lot of set up for the next book, I believe. It was just really great spending some time with the SnowDancer pack....more
I don't think it is a good sign when you like the "bad guy" more than the hero. I think the author wanted us to like Samael, the enemy of our hero andI don't think it is a good sign when you like the "bad guy" more than the hero. I think the author wanted us to like Samael, the enemy of our hero and his 3 companion archangels, or at least not find him reprehensible, but still like the heroes more. Samael ended up being my favorite character. Though, this doesn't mean I wanted our heroine, Ellie, to end up with Samael. Ellie was annoying with her constant italicized inner dialogue.
Uriel, Michael, Gabriel, and Azrael were archangels. The "Old Man", as they call the being who created them, decided to award them with perfect female companions. But the other archangels got jealous, and the archesses were sent to earth, for reasons I do not completely understand - to stop the fighting maybe? Anyway, Uriel, Michael, Gabriel, and Azrael decided to fall to earth in search of their archesses. Samael, one of the jealous archangels, followed them to earth. Thousands of years later they are still looking for their archesses. Uriel, currently, is a movie star. At a book signing for the book based on the movie he finally meets his archess, Eleanor, who works at that bookstore.
Eleanor has had special powers her whole life, most importantly the ability to heal, but does not know she is an archess. In fact, I am a bit confused by this. It is never explained in this book what exactly happened to the archesses since coming to earth. Ellie is only in her twenties; she has parents and an actual childhood. Though it is never stated, I am going to assume they were reincarnated somehow. That is the only thing I can think of that makes sense to me. Once Ellie finally believes she is an archess, she never questions what she has been doing the last thousand years, which I found strange.
So they meet and Uriel is completely taken with her, but Ellie is more cautious, and a bit scared of him. Their courtship is interrupted by Samael. He gets himself entangled in Ellie's life. He still wants an archess of his own, and is willing to take another's. He makes a deal with Uriel for equal time in wooing Ellie. Though honestly there is not a whole lot of wooing by either Uriel or Samael, and I swear she spends more time with Samael, besides Uriel and Ellie's time in Las Vegas and then at a bed and breakfast. And when she is with either, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of getting to know each other going on. Ellie pretty much stays scared of Uriel until he gives his coat to some teenage fan of his in an elevator and Ellie suddenly decides Uriel is awesome.
There is a subplot of another enemy trying to get their hands on Ellie for her powers. The little reveal towards the end of who they are was creative, though strangely and not all together dealt with.
I found Samael the most layered and enjoyable of the characters. The rest fall flat with me. The archangels did not feel thousands of years to me or otherworldly. Azreal is the darkest of the bunch. For some reason he was turned into a vampire when he landed to earth. Not sure why; this will probably be explained in his book, but then again, maybe not. And as I mentioned, Ellie was annoying. Max, their thousands of year old "Guardian", was never explained.
I don't need immediate reveals. I actually like it when plots and characters are slowly revealed. Heck I even don't mind cliffhangers. I just felt like not enough information was given in this book. It made both the plot and characters confusing.
The concept was neat - a race of people who can collect energy from people, the sun, etc. and use it for things like healing or as a weapon. And I likThe concept was neat - a race of people who can collect energy from people, the sun, etc. and use it for things like healing or as a weapon. And I liked the two main characters, Adam and Bobbie. I especially liked what Adam did with his life, having to grow up without anyone to explain his powers to him. William, the baddies' son, was interesting too, in a mysterious sort of way. Is he a good guy or a bad guy (I am leaning towards good)? I am interested to see where this series is heading. My biggest problem with the book was Salvatore, the man who ends up raising Adam. I know Pineiro wanted to make his character complex and not completely unsympathetic, but I found his actions just confusing. Also I was confused with one plot point involving Bobbie's family and stolen DNA. I do not know if I just missed the explanation or if it wasn't completely explained. Overall a unique start to a new series.
ARC provided by Netgalley.
**Edited to add - I looked more into this author and it looks like Pineiro wrote the Sin series, which features Bobbie's siblings. So the DNA is explained, just not in this book....more
Serena is a guardian angel. Julian is a demon. Serena meets Julian while trying to find her current assignee in Julian's night club. Of course as soonSerena is a guardian angel. Julian is a demon. Serena meets Julian while trying to find her current assignee in Julian's night club. Of course as soon as Julian spots Serena, he wants her . And Serena finds herself tempted.
The concept Chong presents us of angels and demons isn't completely unique. Serena, even in her mortal life, and now as an angel, is very good and innocent. Julian spends his time corrupting humans and making tons of money.
While I was entertained by the goodness of Serena and the evilness of some of Julian's fellow demons, I was not completely satisfied with Julian. We are told how evil he is, but we never really get to see it. We get a lot of seducing and threats from him - not completely moral, but not very evil either. I guess the author wanted us to see him as redeemable, but I more pitied him, which isn't an emotion I generally want to feel for my heroes.
The push and pull of their relationship was what kept me invested in this story. I wanted to know how they would get their happily ever after. I was satisfied with the conclusion.
The third book in the Royal House of Shadows follows the 2nd born of the siblings, Dayn. When his parents, the king and queen of Elden, are attacked bThe third book in the Royal House of Shadows follows the 2nd born of the siblings, Dayn. When his parents, the king and queen of Elden, are attacked by the Blood Sorcerer, they quickly pool their magic together to send their four children to different places and times to save them. Dayn is sent to another realm, the realm of the Wolfyn. He must wait 20 years for the person he is told will guide him back home to revenge his parents and save the kingdom.
Reda, a disgraced cop from the human realm, is that guide. She grew up on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, told by her mother, who died when she was young. She is transported to Dayn in the Wolfyn realm after a book she rediscovers reminds her of a spell her mother had taught her.
Dayn expects Reda to know what is going on and how to lead him back home. But Reda has no idea what is going on and for awhile thinks she is in a dream. After it becomes clear she is in fact not dreaming and after a little scuffle with the local Wolfyn pack they start making their way to a vortex gate that will return them to Elden.
This book takes place over 4 days, so the romance happens very quickly. So far, I think this was the steamiest of the three books. The sex scenes were hot! But I wasn't completely convinced of their relationship. Reda just had too many problems. Also, when a secret Dayn has been keeping is revealed, her reaction is not completely rational. Her transformation throughout the book is hard to believe.
The way Dayn is described in the description is misleading. It makes him out to be someone who uses women for sex to gain strength. This is not the case at all. He is actually quite sweet towards women. He thinks of himself as selfish, but really is not.
Also major spoiler in the title and description!! I wish they had not revealed that about Dayn. I would have liked to have been just as surprised as Rena when she found out.
Overall - entertaining and sexy, but Reda is a downer.