This is my favourite book in this rather silly series so far.
I was surprised to find such a sweet love story between the near continual sex-scenes inThis is my favourite book in this rather silly series so far.
I was surprised to find such a sweet love story between the near continual sex-scenes in a Lorelei James cowboy book, but there it was. Complete with plenty of 'Awwww!' moments.
As I've mentioned before, one of the things that continually takes me by surprise in the Rough Riders series is the wonderful sense you get of the world the characters live. Sundance, Wyoming, comes alive. The dust, the heat, the smell of the barns and stables, the long, hard days these 'salt of the earth' types put in. And the sense of community amongst the characters is lovely.
The one thing that annoys and distracts me in these books is the utterly ridiculous names: Cord, Colby, Colt, Carter and Cameron, and I think I'm missing a brother. Then there's identical twins Kade and Kane. Then there's the sole sister, Keely, and Cord's son, Kylar (Ky, for short). Especially when we're talking about Cord and Colt, I can never make straight who's talking!
She look at her watch. "Wow. It's half-past I don't give a shit what you think, Cord McKay."...more
I read someone refer to this book as 'the best zombie movie I've ever read,' and I don't think they could be more right.
After the world's first televI read someone refer to this book as 'the best zombie movie I've ever read,' and I don't think they could be more right.
After the world's first televised séance goes horribly wrong, the dead start digging themselves out from their graves, and returning home. They're not just after sweet, juicy, brains (though they'd like some of them too, thanks very much); they're returning to their homes and the people they loved in life ('Honey, I'm home! BRAINS! OMNOMNOMNOM!'). Two college rivals, a young girl and her best friend, a Hanna Montana-esque pop star and an NY gang member fight to survive the zombie apocalypse and stop 'The Uprising'. Meanwhile, Phoenix Cormier fights to protect her father, even though stopping him may be the only way to stop the walking dead.
Returning to more 'traditional' zombie lore, Soulless' jombies are not virus infected, but actually the risen dead, digging themselves out from their graves. But they're not mindless; these zombies are clever, they're hungry, and they're not slow--they can run. Oh, and talk. Creepy, much?
Soulless is gripping and thrilling, and reading it at night in the dark? Not a good idea--though if you do, you may forego your cardio workout, so maybe it's a win-win....more
Huh. Surprisingly bittersweet in the end. After back-to-backing Moira Roger's Last Call series (they. are. so. gooooooood.) I've come to expect sweetHuh. Surprisingly bittersweet in the end. After back-to-backing Moira Roger's Last Call series (they. are. so. gooooooood.) I've come to expect sweet with my sexy, and a healthy serving of romance and happy endings.
The Mystic Valley books seem a little darker. No less hot, oh no, and the leads still have a strong fascination with... uh... 'toys'. This was a quick read -- shorter than any other MR novellas -- but no less compulsively readable or flesh out for it. In fact, this couple may have more backstory than any other couple I've encountered in this series, or Last Call yet. I liked it. Not more than others, but certainly not less. A fairly middle of the road Rogers, for me.
One Foot in the Grave was brilliant, better than Halfway to the Grave, in my opinion, but At Grave's End ramps it up even more. The third installmentOne Foot in the Grave was brilliant, better than Halfway to the Grave, in my opinion, but At Grave's End ramps it up even more. The third installment in the Night Huntress series is breathtaking. No, these books aren't intellectual, and don't require a lot of thought. What they is incredible well plotted and paced, and have a cast of very strong, utterly unforgettable characters.
Cat and Bones are settled into a relationship. Cat's told her mother to like it or leave it, and Bones now works by her side, after they've come to an agreement with her work. But Cat's job is getting harder, as she's now more recognisable, and someone from Bone's past is emerging with a vendetta.
Once again, the book is non-stop action, but we a see a lot less of that action between Cat and Bones in the bedroom. I'd read a few people lamenting the loss of this, but I can't say I did. Don't get me wrong--these scenes are one of the things I really do like about the series (I feel like a pervert!), but we see a deeper connection between Cat and Bones here, which I appreciated even more. The energy between the two is still crackling, and I appreciate it just as much. We're seeing a deeper emotional side to all the characters here.
About two thirds of the way through this book, something heartbreaking happens, and the reaction to it left me nearly in tears. The grief is palpable, and this is as well written as anything else I've encountered in the genre. There is a scene between one of our old favourites, and new (but famous) addition which I thought was perfect. It made my heart ache.
We see a new side to many of our favourite characters, and the humour inheritant in these books that I love so much is there, absolutely sparkling. There are two notable scenes that had me laughing out loud involving Bones and Justina, and another with Cat and a new addition to the cast: Vlad. Vlad is a LOT of fun.
The showdown in the end of this book had me holding my breath. It actually reminded me of the finale of one of my favourite vampire slayin' shows, now long-gone from TV (not the first time in this series have made me recall a show involving a certain slayer, and certain sexy british vampire). This final showdown, with everyone choosing to stand their ground, and choosing their death (a reference to one of Bone's long-dead friends from the first book).
If you've read the first 2 books in the series, this installment is an absolute must-read. I don't know how she's done it, but Frost is getting better and better....more
It's been a long time since I've so much as read a book, and I'm so glad I dove back in here.
As always, Jeaniene's prose is punchy and fun, her charaIt's been a long time since I've so much as read a book, and I'm so glad I dove back in here.
As always, Jeaniene's prose is punchy and fun, her characters familiar friends, and romantic chemistry electric (see what I did there, huh?).
Vlad and Leila make a great match, and I've enjoyed their journey immensely, though I have to admit I was surprised to learn it wasn't where we would be leaving them. Book four, ahoy! We don't see much character growth here, because, well, they're already great, well fleshed-out characters. We DO see their relationship grow, their love deepen, and Vlad finally shed the last layers of his emotional armour towards Leila. Which is sweet.
And you know what? I'm going to stop trying to pretend I can offer an intelligent, objective review on the subject of anything Frost offers. At the end of the day, I enjoy these books too damn much to care about their flaws, or even notice them. This book could have been a train wreck for all I know, but it was FUN. It offers, in perfectly balanced servings, everything I want from a 'forget myself' book (Action! Humour! Romance! Magic! Scorching chemistry!), as do all of Frost's, and that is precisely why I keep coming back for more.
Leigh Bardugo's shorts are almost too good. I'm beginning to seriously think she's holding out on us.
My dream: one day, when the Darkling and Alina haLeigh Bardugo's shorts are almost too good. I'm beginning to seriously think she's holding out on us.
My dream: one day, when the Darkling and Alina have long since had their happily ever after, and Mal has run off with a pretty, dark-haired thing and had a small army of babies, and spends his days happily buzzed from all that kvas, Leigh will sit down at her computer, and finally decide to put together her collection of fairytales. Which, of course, she's had sitting, typed up on her computer, for years but is holding back to torture us.
Because, you know, torture is kind of what she does. She's just like that....more
First, confession: my literary education has been sorely lacking. While I've always been an avid reader, my interests hDracula was my first 'classic'.
First, confession: my literary education has been sorely lacking. While I've always been an avid reader, my interests have erred towards fantasy and sci-fi. I never really read outside genre. During high-school, we read a good handful of Australian YA novels (Looking For Alibrandi could still make me cry!), but in my English class, we didn't study Shakespeare, the Brontes, Austen or Dickens. And it's been bothering me. I keep asking myself how I can rattle on about how much I love reading, love books, love literature, when I've really read so little.
So I set out to rectify it. I read Dracula. And it was hard. Before I get stuck in, let me disclaim: this is isn't really a 'review', so much as my journey into an as yet uncharted realm of my literary education.
Dracula is a great story, but it is not an easy read. It's a rewarding read: the story is complex and clever, dark, frightening, and disturbing. It plays on human fears and weaknesses and paranoias. Mortality, death, loss and spirituality (your mortal soul). The vampire is not a glamorous creature. He is shocking, cruel, vindictive and villainous. He is not a likeable character, yet, like Mina, one does develop a degree of pity for this unpleasant creature.
I feel richer for having read it, but it took work (3 months, while my Father-in-Law one-upped me by reading it in a day). Also: Stoker's descriptions of the Transylvannian landscape, and the infamous Castle Dracula, are exactly how you ever saw them shown in a movie. It's eerie, atmospheric and the pictures drawn with his words are so evocative. Renfield is a fantastic character--one of the most memorable and intriguing of the story (just had to throw that in!).
I admit it--I love vampire fiction (yeah, yeah, I mean Ed and Bells, Eric, Cat and Bones and Louis and Lestat), but I think given the take we have on vampires in modern fiction, this is the most wonderfully unique and dark tale I've read in the 'genre'. If you like books with pasty-white boys with sharp teeth, you must read this novel....more
I thoroughly enjoyed Some Girls Bite. I was immediately sucked in by Merit's friendly, chatty voice, and the book has a lot of things going for it. II thoroughly enjoyed Some Girls Bite. I was immediately sucked in by Merit's friendly, chatty voice, and the book has a lot of things going for it. I was expecting the usual UF/PNR book, but Some Girls Bite reads like chic-lit with vampires. It's a lot of fun.
Interestingly enough, the book didn't seem super-tightly plotted... more like the author started off with an idea (girl becomes vampire), and decided what was happening as she went along. There's a murder-mystery happening in the background, but the book is really about Merit's transition to vampiredom, and her journey to to come to terms with her stolen humanity.
What the book *does* have is stellar characters, and fantastic, snappy dialogue. I especially appreciated Merit's BFF, Mallory(view spoiler)[, a nascent sorcerer. She's trying to come to terms with the change to her life, too (hide spoiler)]. It's the relationship, giggling, and in-jokes between these two that I adored (more than the relationship between Merit and her potential love interest(s)!
On an aside: I have a slight objection to this being labelled 'Paranormal Romance'. I expect relationship resolution in a romance, and you'll be left unsatisfied if you want anything aside from chemistry and suspense. The romance is obviously a subplot that will play out across this series.
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Excitement! Action! Gorgeous boys and obscure prophesies! Add to that a kickass heroine, and Sarah Alderson’s Fated has it all.
Seventeen year old EviExcitement! Action! Gorgeous boys and obscure prophesies! Add to that a kickass heroine, and Sarah Alderson’s Fated has it all.
Seventeen year old Evie Tremain is a waitress in a backwater diner, and she’s just trying to make it through the day... so she can make it through the week, the month, the end of school, and get the hell out of the town she grew up in. The town that has grown way, way too small. Meanwhile, Lucas—half human, half Unhuman Shadow Warrior—knows nothing but revenge. Hunters killed his family... and Evie Tremain is his next target.
Evie doesn’t know she’s a Hunter, the last in the line of hundreds of generations of demon slayers. She doesn’t know the life she wants to escape from could never last, even if she wanted it to. But when she’s attacked in the alley behind the diner by a girl with green skin and a boy with a tail, Evie’s plunged into a world she never knew existed and embroiled in a millennia-old war... the outcome of which rests firmly on her shoulders. Now Evie’s training to kill Unhumans—beings from another dimension... and she has to deal with the new boarder at her house... a beautiful boy named Lucas.
Evie! Evie! Evie Let’s Her Hair Down... After Losing An EAR: Training to be a kickass hunter is tough. After her father’s death, a year ago, Evie became numb, an icy, crystalline shell enveloping her heart. She didn’t think anything could hurt her anymore. Months later, her best friend is killed. The pain and the betrayals stack up and now she’s just angry. It’s this anger, coupled with the fact that she’s so jaded, that makes Evie so fun to read. She’s never without a smartass retort, and her anger drives her. She takes nothing lying down, and she’s tough. Watching her come into her own, and discover her own strength—both the physical and inner kinds--is a journey I'm so glad to have witnessed.. One of the things I loved most about Evie—and Lucas—is that they ask questions: Of themselves, of each other, of the people around them. And they ask the right questions. I love smart heroes.
I don’t know if anyone’s a Buffy fan, but I got serious Buffy vibes from Fated. Which I LOVED. From Evie’s cheerleading history and smart-mouthed sass, to her reluctant acceptance of a destiny thrust upon her and a world filled with monsters she has to fight, I loved this side of Fated. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Chosen One. Meet Evie Tremain. She even has a stake.
Fated is an emotionally intense journey for Evie, and I felt her pain throughout it. When the icy numbness she’d shed begins to creep back in, I felt her emptiness. She has to make tough choices, but when she finally makes her own choices I was so damn proud of her.
Romeo: Fated is told in dual narrative: Evie’s and Lucas’s. While we definitely see more of Evie (who I loved), I loved being in Lucas’ head. Equally as broken and tortured as Evie, Lucas turns up to assassinate Evie... but finds he can’t. He’s drawn to her instantly, and finds himself torn between his oath to The Brotherhood—the Hunter-killing organisation he belongs to—vengeance for his parent’s deaths, and protecting this strange, fierce girl. There’s a Romeo & Juliet vibe going on with this pair, which I loved. The two are drawn to one another by forces almost outside of their control. And Lucas? *sighs* Another swoon-worthy male lead. Fierce, gorgeous, tortured... we watch him grow into himself, choose his own path and discover something worth living—really living—and dying for again.
Cloaks and Daggers... and Tails: I love the world Alderson’s created in Fated. The history of conflict, the six other realms, the acid-skinned Mixen demons and razor-tailed Scorpios. The whole history of the Hunters. While we get only sketchy details—the conflict is mainly centred on Evie and Lucas in the here and now—we get teasing glimpses into a far larger world. There’s a large cast of secondary characters for a 300-page book, but they’re fascinating. They add layers and depth to the world, and repeatedly surprised me by revealing sides and agendas I didn’t know were there. Not everyone is what they seem.
The Verdict: Smart, fast-paced and relentlessly entertaining, Fated delivered everything I want from a book and more. From the sharp, witty dialogue and kickass action, to the bone-melting romance and long awaited kiss, Fated never failed to keep me enthralled. I fell in love along with Evie and Lucas, and, while there’s nothing certain at this point in time, I’m hoping for a sequel. Sarah Alderson provides a satisfying conclusion to Fated, but with a prophecy to fulfil, destinies to claim, and foes left undefeated, Fated holds all the keys to a fantastic series. ...more
I had a pretty good idea of what to expect coming into Magic Bites: typical urban fantasy in a slightly different version of our own world; tough heroI had a pretty good idea of what to expect coming into Magic Bites: typical urban fantasy in a slightly different version of our own world; tough heroine; sexy alpha male to add a romantic twist. I was wrong--and kind of right--but Magic Bites is something different.
Now, normally I'd write up my own summary of the book, but I'm just not sure how to manage. Magic Bites is complex and dark and, at times, confusing, if not deliberately cryptic. The book left me with a myriad of unanswered questions.
I think the key thing here, is that Magic Bites is urban fantasy. Have you read any of those books with swords and monsters and dragons, and worlds so foreign and vast you can only just begin to wrap your mind around them? For me, Magic Bites was this, in a modern, urban environment. The creatures that inhabit this place are different, and so are the humans. The paranormal beings that inhabit this world are darker, more complex, and complicated than what I've come to expect from this genre. The world's familiar, sure, but so very unlike our own. I had recurring impressions of a low-tech version of Blade Runner (or Marissa Meyer's Cinder) where instead of technology, magic has taken hold, and become the world's driving force. Instead of androids, we have shifters and other creatures we can't quite understand. The magic here is like... real magic, somehow. Dark, twisty, dangerous and sinister. Not evil, but a perversion of the current order--a sentient force stretching out with infinite limbs in all directions, a beast gnawing away at the world we currently live in and recognise. Imagine if technology stopped working--cars, phones, televisions--and was replaced by an equally powerful medium, somehow wild, and not completely harnassable, that could not ever be entirely understood; one that was slowly taking over and changing the way we live.
In the middle of this world is Kate Daniels. An enigma. Equally as mysterious, strange, and well realised as the world she exists in, Kate's a freelance mercenary. Need someone found, killed, or captured? She's your lady... but she's not just any lady. And I really don't know much more than that. The authors are playing their cards pretty close to their chest. Here's what I do know: the girl is a trained warrior. She's tough--really, really tough--and hard as nails. She has a problem with authority. And she's hiding something huge. In Magic Bites we learn she has very powerful magic running through her veins, one that she'll do anything to keep hidden, but we're not told what it is, why it's so important to hide that she must burn anything that holds a trace of her blood, or where it came from. We're given tantalising hints and elusive clues, but this doesn't mean it's unsatisfying.
Kate has a cast of fascinating, compelling men in her life, but she's not a flirt, and no, they're not all falling at her feet. In fact, let me say right here and now: Magic Bites is not a romance. In fact, there's little-to-no romance in it. There is definitely a very faint spark of something that could grow into a romance, but it's barely hinted at.
Magic Bites is, well, kind of incredible. I've never encountered an urban fantasy so dense and complex, and in such a detailed, real world. It's gritty, it's strange, and it's utterly compelling. So basically? Despite an alarmingly ugly cover, Magic Bites is awesome....more