I liked the characters, even when I thought the heroine, Jaylin, was being too stubborn in her views of mating and the afterlife. I thought it kind of...moreI liked the characters, even when I thought the heroine, Jaylin, was being too stubborn in her views of mating and the afterlife. I thought it kind of strange that a psychologist would see the one extreme side to mating. She refused to fully look at the real life positive examples of mating right in front of her. But at the same time, even in her ignorance, she does have the happiness of whoever she would mate with in mind. She hates the idea of someone suffering after her death. As a half shifter she has the option of mating with a shifter and after her death, going to their version of heaven, Anavrin or marrying a human and going to heaven. She's set on marrying a human. A human, unlike a shifter as she sees it, could find happiness again if she were to die before him.
But then she meets Aidan O’Connell, a shifter who contacts her to help his friend deal his mating problems. As soon as Aidan sees Jayin, he is set on making her his mate. Jaylin fights his pursuit tooth and nail.
As someone else mentioned in her review, the change of words - Fewshon, Wydowed, etc. - reminded me too much of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And the drama towards the end was perpetrated by an object, the Splycer, that I didn't really understand. But I did like the characters enough to be invested in their romance. I had to see how Aidan would get through to Jaylin in the first 3/4 of the book and how Jaylin would get through to Aidan the last 1/4 of the book.
I love this series so so much. It just keeps getting better and better. I loved the fact that this one took place away from Atlanta. I loved the mytho...moreI love this series so so much. It just keeps getting better and better. I loved the fact that this one took place away from Atlanta. I loved the mythology, the politics,and the new characters introduced. There was Kate and Curran drama, but I felt like it pushed the relationship forward. Hugh is a fascinating character. I look forward to seeing more of him. This book also made me a million times more anxious for the Kate and Roland meet up. It's going to be epic.(less)
This first book in a urban fantasy/alternative history series is fabulous. I loved that the supernaturals in this book are extremely dangerous and far...moreThis first book in a urban fantasy/alternative history series is fabulous. I loved that the supernaturals in this book are extremely dangerous and far from human. They're called Others and do very much act other. They see humans as prey and do eat humans. This is not a world where the others are in hiding or are out and known but are under human rule. The Others rule in this world and humans must make sure they don't piss the Others off or they will get killed and/or eaten.
Our main character is Meg Corbyn. She's not Other, but she's not plain old human either. She's a blood prophet. She sees the future when her skin is cut enough to bleed and scar. At the beginning of the book she is on the run from those who have held her captive her whole life and have sold her prophecies for a price. She comes upon a town with a job opportunity with the Others. It's a place she can hide and survive. Lakeside Courtyard is run by Simon Wolfgard. He's confused by her because she's human, but doesn't smell like prey.
I like Meg. She's extremely innocent having really never experienced anything. I loved watching her grow and learn and solve problems. Even reading about her doing mundane day to day things was fascinating. I loved her interactions with the Others, especially with Simon. I can't wait to see what their relationship develops into.
Loved the first book in this series and was very excited to read the second. I was not disappointed. It was just as wonderfully character driven as th...moreLoved the first book in this series and was very excited to read the second. I was not disappointed. It was just as wonderfully character driven as the first book. Lief is a dragon shifter who now finds himself the leader of his people, the Drekar. He is more happy with his inventions and is odd compared to other dragon shifters. His brother's blood slaves were also passed on to Lief, including Grace. Grace has been working hard towards her freedom. She took whatever job Lief's brother, Sven, gave her, no matter how dangerous.
Grace assumes Lief is just like his brother - arrogant, violent, and demanding. It takes her awhile to see past his extremely good looks to see he is not like his brother, mostly. He's still a dragon shifter, so can get very possessive and violent when angered. He frustrates Grace when he refuses to give her dangerous jobs to keep her safe. Those are the jobs that pay well. He'd get rid of her blood slave status if he could just figure out how. Both have to look past pre-conceived ideas of the other in order for their attraction to turn into a relationship. I enjoyed Grace's toughness and determination. As for Lief, how could I not like a charming, gorgeous, nerd that can shift into a dragon? I liked the balance Lief had between his dragon side and nerdy inventor side. But he does have to learn how to be a leader when he would rather just be working in his laboratory.
We also see the politics of this post-apocalyptic Seattle as the Drekar, the Kivati (other shapeshifters), and the humans try to work together to make a better Seattle. The negotiations are a bit maddening as the shifter races hate each other and the humans don't trust any of the shifters. Add to that mix a vengeful, violent demigod and you have a very complicated situation for everybody.
This is really gritty, well written story. I think both romance and urban fantasy fans would enjoy this series.
Oh geez, I really really enjoyed this book. I loved the mythology and the very non-black and white characters. This is a paranormal romance with a def...moreOh geez, I really really enjoyed this book. I loved the mythology and the very non-black and white characters. This is a paranormal romance with a definite urban fantasy feel. It takes place in a dark Seattle where the feud between the Kivati and the Drekar, both powerful races of shapeshifters, ever rages. Kayla has come to Seattle to find out what happened to her sister. She doesn't believe the story that her sister died of a drug overdose. On her mission to find out the truth, she is approached by Hart, a wolf shifter, who is looking for a necklace he believes Kayla's sister stole from his boss.
The book is a bit dark and focuses a little more on the story than the romance, but not enough for me to feel like the romance was lacking in any way. The side characters were just as fascinating as the main couple. Brady gave just enough of a tease into these characters' lives to make me really really look forward to reading their books, especially Corbette and Lucia's. They have the most complicated relationship. How will they finally come together? Apparently I will have to wait until February of 2014 when Hearts of Chaos is published to find out. That makes me a little sad.