Excellent installment in the Charley Davidson series. After Charley regains her memories and heads back home, things aren't quite the same. Charley seExcellent installment in the Charley Davidson series. After Charley regains her memories and heads back home, things aren't quite the same. Charley senses a distance from Reyes and starts to doubt their relationship. Also, Charley is keeping a huge secret from her hubby. LOTS of secrets. But Reyes has a secret of his own and it has the possibility to truly test Charley like she's never been tested before.
Darynda is super talented and has done it once again--provided an action packed story that kept me turning the pages until it was...sadly...over. She also did a superb job showing Reyes's vulnerable side that totally had me in tears. LOVED it! ...more
but that being said, I am finding myself missing a key ingredient. I need more Simon and Meg time. Time for them3.5 Stars
I really LOVE this series ---
but that being said, I am finding myself missing a key ingredient. I need more Simon and Meg time. Time for them to grow closer ... grow as a couple. There is so much focus on the world building, it makes for a slow read. I wasn't really invested with the story line until I had passed the half-way mark by several pages and then some. The pacing picks up at the last third of the book -- when tension is high and Nambia's creatures retaliate against the selfish humans known as Humans First and Last.
The writing is stellar. Anne Bishop has a true talent for crafting a well-told story. Her characters are interesting and familiar and I have grown quite attached to a few. I just wish that more time could be centered on the two characters that I keep hoping will get together (Simon and Meg).
Humans are fighting for more control. They have become greedy, vengeful, monsters who want to overthrow the Others and take control of the wild land.
There is a war coming.
And the Elders are waiting. So is Ocean and the Elementals.
The Sweet Bloods are able to see a changing world. Cities will be decimated. Blood will be spilled.
And the huge, underlying question waiting to be answered---how much human should the Others keep? Only Nambia knows the answer.
And it could completely change EVERYTHING.
And finally we have a sweet moment between Meg and Simon. Where Meg starts to realize the euphoria she gets from cutting could be found somewhere else...with SOMEONE else.
Just when I get a taste of sweetness shared between these two characters, the moment fades until it is gone.
Callie Brown is a necromancer who uses her gift to help the police when a body is discovered dead...and missing her3.5 Stars ARC provided by NetGalley
Callie Brown is a necromancer who uses her gift to help the police when a body is discovered dead...and missing her heart. There are no gaping chest wound on the victim. With her ability to see the dead's last few minutes, Callie discovers a mysterious and powerful stranger waiting for her. Someone who is very aware just exactly who and what Callie is.
Sergeant Duncan O'Connor isn't like a lot of humans who want nothing to do with high bloods. And he has had a growing attraction for the stunning necromancer, Callie Brown. When Duncan and Callie are in Valhalla, he makes his intentions known.
Born In Blood has a slow build-up as there are a lot of characters, and explanations given to this unique paranormal world. With all the back-story and little action in the beginning, the story lagged a bit for me. And I wasn't all that crazy for Duncan's he-man tactics in the beginning. But that doesn't deter from the fact that Ivy HAS created an interesting beginning to a new series...it just wasn't my cup of tea.
If you like a plethora of paranormal creatures packed in one story with interesting characters and don't mind a slower pace, Born In Blood is an adventure worth reading. ...more
I have been waiting anxiously for Mitch's story since reading Fever. He was a secondary character that leaped off the pages forMitch Foster. Finally.
I have been waiting anxiously for Mitch's story since reading Fever. He was a secondary character that leaped off the pages for me. He was snarky, a playboy who harbored dark secrets and had a secretive past. What more could a gal lust for, right?
On a side note, the Phoenix Rising series is an addictive read, heaped with suspense and action to keep you reading until the last page. It should be read in order to understand all the facets and players in this complex tale of military machinations and paranormal phenomenon.
Shatter starts out with Mitch locating a woman he thinks is involved with the explosion that left his friends exposed and --ultimately-- altered with strange paranormal abilities. The same woman, who seven years ago, shattered his heart and betrayed his trust.
Halina Beloi found herself entangled in a deadly game. And to protect the man she loved, she left and went into hiding. Now, Mitch is back in her life. But she isn't the same woman she was seven years ago. She's stronger and that fierceness has kicked Mitch on his butt. From the moment these two characters face off, the sexual tension is off the charts and their discord is highly entertaining. Mitch is such a strong character and with Halina, he has met his match.
Now Mitch and Halina must work together in order to find some much needed answers and help those involved in that calamitous explosion years ago. But the past can be a tricky bitch to get over, filled with its own emotional land mines. Watching Mitch and Halina maneuver through their hurtful past as they take on their virulent present makes for an invigorating and addictive read. ...more
I love it when you are sucked into a book--another world, basically--and you don't want to emerge from your kindle in order to go to be Holy Shitcakes!
I love it when you are sucked into a book--another world, basically--and you don't want to emerge from your kindle in order to go to bed. To eat. To feed your kids.
Kresly Cole has done it again. Her unique Arcana Chronicles kicks ass.
It's definitely a book to be read in order, as the world can be a tad confusing. There are so many layers, players, and twists and turns, you practically have to read it twice (Ahem, I plan on doing just that myself) so as to not miss any important details.
Endless Knight starts off where The Poison Princess leaves off--on a bloody battlefield. Jack has just witnessed Evie turn into the Empress and take another life. Creatures called Bagmen are gaining on Finn, Matthew, Evie, Selena and Jack. With time running out, the small group form an alliance, their solitary goal to kill Death.
Before he kills them.
Expect to sit on the edge of your seat during high-adrenaline action scenes, so tense you're afraid to blink your eyes, least you miss something.
Expect your toes to curl as Jack seduces me...er, the reader...with his sexy Cajun accent and expressions:
"Doan you dare talk like that, bebe." He gripped my nape, a move that was at once protective and possessive. "I'm not goan to let anything happen to you, no." "Mercy me, Evie." "Up you go, bebe." "I'm all in, peekon."
Expect to fall for Finn's charms, as his sense of humor takes away some of the building tension and provides some much needed comic relief:
"So three Bagmen and a slaver go into a bar..." "You guys humming my balls, right?" "Checking perimeters? Is that what the Louisiana kids are calling it these days? Hey, Lark, can I check your perimeter?"
And expect to confused as hell. I seriously thought I could never be swayed to feel sympathy for Death. But Cole has made me see Death in a totally different light. So who the hell do I root for now?
"I stroked your face, intending to end you. Yet you never fell ill. I can still remember how shockingly soft your skin was. How warm." He seemed to get lost in the memory. Voice gone hoarse, he said, "I shuddered to feel it against mine."
And expect a major cliffie, while totally freaking out because you have to wait another year until the next book in the Arcana Chronicles.
Kresley Cole, I loathe and love you at the same time. ...more