I don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her BlI don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her Black Jewels beings, I feel as though I'm inside and a part of the story. She truly has an amazing gift.
I'm not a particular fan of straight out fantasy (or urban fantasy) novels. I'm more of a Paranormal Romance kind of girl. But for some reason when I read anything by Anne Bishop my normal likes and dislikes go out the window. The lack of romance doesn't bother me at all. The way she develops the relationships between her characters whether they be romantic, platonic or familiar, it doesn't matter. She can draw out just about every emotion I am capable of. In the Others I continue to root for The Other beings. How truly sick and demented some of humankind has become. Their feelings of entitlement without any thought as to how their selfishness affects those around them is disturbing. The Earth Natives focus on the basics of survival of the fittest and humans, though extremely intelligent and cunning simply share this land with the rest of nature. If we don't learn to respect and appreciate it, it can turn on us at any minute.
My only disappointment is how long I'll have to wait for the next installment in this series. But on the flip side of that... it has to take some time to create these wonderful worlds she does! ...more
Once again I was fairly disappointed with Thea Harrison's newest addition to the Elder Races series. Given the bang off start this series had with DraOnce again I was fairly disappointed with Thea Harrison's newest addition to the Elder Races series. Given the bang off start this series had with Dragon Bound it makes me sad to get my hopes up so high for another home run, only to be slightly satisfied with a single (sorry for the baseball analogy. I don't even know where it came from).
Serpent's Kiss starts off with Rune on his way to fulfill the promise he made to Carling when she saved his friend Tiago's life. Carling, the most powerful vampyre in existence is ill. She is dying. As Carling and Rune set off to find a cure for her strange ailment they realize that Carling is Rune's mate.
I have to say what originally drew me to this series has been noticeably absent in the last two books. Dragos and Pia just had a spark, an appeal that drew me into their story, where as Rune and Carling? I couldn't even bring myself to really like them. Carling was an ages old vampire, she wore muumuus, had absolutely no sense of humor and to me she was just stuffy and never, even after she hooked up with Rune did she successfully remove the stick from her butt. Rune, Drago's First sentinel in earlier books was fun. Yes he was also ages old, but he moved with the times, adapting his language and mannerisms to modernize himself. All though there were several incidents in which Rune showed his old self, the words seemed forced and as though they just didn't fit anymore with his character. I just never could buy the chemistry between Rune and Carling. The Rune I grew to know and love in the earlier books was a guy you could have fun with. I had no desire to hang out with this Rune.
The saving grace I had in Serpent's Kiss was towards the end, the set up for the next book with the interaction between Grace (The Oracle) and Khalil. Their 3 pages of dialogue made me chuckle more than the entire book full of Carling and Rune. I felt in that little bit of page time like I did about Dragos and Pia. I'm definitely giving this series another shot with the next book just for the hope that the next could will have that same spark.
**spoiler alert** I guess I'm in the minority of my opinion of Storm's Heart. I gave it 3 stars only because I enjoyed the characters. The plot and te**spoiler alert** I guess I'm in the minority of my opinion of Storm's Heart. I gave it 3 stars only because I enjoyed the characters. The plot and telling of Naniane and Tiago's story really disappointed me.
After the evil Dark Fae king is killed, his niece Naniane (formally known as Tricks) has been announced to be the new Queen of the Dark Fae. Not all or the Dark Fae feel this is a good thing so an assassination attempt on Naniane's life brings Tiago forward to act as her body guard. Despite knowing one another for two centuries, being confined together one on one brings out feelings Tiago and Naniane have for each other that they refuse to deny. Tiago and Naniane fight to find out who is trying to kill her, while they fight the prejudice of the Fae against their queen having a Wyr mate.
I thought Naniane was a great heroine. She was spunky, strong willed but yet she wasn't perfect and showed a sweet vulnerability when she and Tiago were alone. Tiago was the classic "you're mine" kind of alpha male, giving everything to protect his mate. I'm a sucker for the ultimate alpha hero so I couldn't help but love him.
The writing... I had to force myself several times to actually finish Storm's Heart. The first half of the book just did not hold my interest and I found myself skimming several times. I just couldn't buy the way Tiago and Naniane fell for one another. They had known each other for 200 years, and though it is stated that they had only seen each other a couple dozen times in 2 centuries, what made the most recent encounter different? Why did they decide they wanted each other now? This wasn't sufficiently examined for me. Another area where I felt needed a lot more attention was Tiago's position and ultimate resignation as one of Dragos' sentinals. He just calls up the Wyr leader and says "Hi. I quit." And that's pretty much it. There was so much attention to detail in the description of the various settings. Almost two entire pages were dedicated to describing Urien's office decor. I felt a lot of the descriptive setting details which I could easily enough created in my imagination would have been better left out giving more page time to the build up of Tiago and Naniane's relationship.
I am completely a character driven reader. I don't want to be "told" what the characters feel or what is going on around them, I want to be "shown" with their dialogue and their actions. When books lean more towards plot descriptions and telling the tale vs showing I find I loose interest very quickly.
Overall I enjoy Ms. Harrison's characters. I want to find out what happens to them and I will continue reading this series. ...more
For what this book was, a light hearted, humorous romance I have no other options than to give How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf anything less than 5For what this book was, a light hearted, humorous romance I have no other options than to give How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf anything less than 5 stars. This book isn't deep or angsty or any other kind of emotional roller coaster but it delivered in spades a great heroine, a surly and gruff alpha male hero and belly rolling humor. I listened to the audio which I think was a special treat because I actually found myself laughing out loud in my car.
Molly Harper gave me exactly what I was looking for and I will definitely be reading the sequel How to Seduce a Naked Werewolf. ...more