This book is a good reminder for me as to why I like to read series in order. Jones did a fine job filling me in on the story and character3 1/2 Stars
This book is a good reminder for me as to why I like to read series in order. Jones did a fine job filling me in on the story and characters, but I would love to have started this series from the beginning. New elements were added to the overarching plot in this book, so it would have been nice to have known the established story better.
But this book reminded me a lot of Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series, though this series uses alien DNA to create the supersoldiers and I don't think the character's powers are quite as diverse as Feehan's. I think because it reminded me so much of the Ghostwalker series, I relied more on the characters for enjoyment of this book. And I did end up getting invested in the coming together of Lara and Damion. Lara held the most appeal for me. She truly believes she is doing something good against those people who hurt her family. But she is being manipulated and ends up running through a gamut of emotions as she deals with her unreliable memory. I think Jones did a great job portraying these emotions.
I was also left curious about the main couples in the previous two books and so ended up purchasing the first book in the series.
Plot was fine, but it was the characters that kept me reading.
Daisy is finally finished with the mourning period for her awful dead husband. Now she has the freedom to do what she wants. Unfortunately4 1/2 Stars
Daisy is finally finished with the mourning period for her awful dead husband. Now she has the freedom to do what she wants. Unfortunately on her first night of freedom she witnesses a werewolf attack and is able to save herself by hiding. Lycan, Ian Ranulf, comes upon the scene too late to stop the werewolf, but takes Daisy to his home to let her recover and clean up. He is very attracted to Daisy, and once it becomes clear that the werewolf is after Daisy, he becomes very protective.
Ian left his pack many years ago. Being alone has taken a toll. He has become jaded of late. Daisy becomes someone he can see settling down with. But her mortality is an issue. Daisy also has her own issues. Her husband really did a number on her and she does have some self worth doubts. She is trying to push past those negative feelings, but it does make her reluctant to get close to Ian.
This book had a very different feel to it than the first book in the series, Firelight. There was a lot more mystery to that book. We, and Miranda, had no idea what Archer was hiding behind his mask. In Moonglow, we know Ian is lycan from the beginning. Also, Daisy easily accepts the fact that there are lycan and werewolves because she grew up with a sister who has supernatural powers. Ian pretty much tells her right away what he is. It also didn't feel as dark to me. Ian's flirting and teasing is probably the main reason for this. He's just too adorable to be dark and broody.
I did enjoy this one just about as much as Firelight. I wish we could have explored Daisy's discovered power more. This book seemed to focus more on Ian's supernatural side. But overall, it was excellent and I relished getting back into Callihan's magical world.
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.