Overall, Hunting was an intriguing story with a captivating plotline. I liked the adventure, the challenges, and the characters. However, there were a...moreOverall, Hunting was an intriguing story with a captivating plotline. I liked the adventure, the challenges, and the characters. However, there were a few things I felt detracted from the story. First, I felt the story was kind of bare bones with most of the conversation taking place in the body text rather than in actual dialogue. I think if the novel focused more on dialogue, it would have brought more interaction between the characters to life and I would have felt less like a third party watching from afar.
Second, there could have been a bit more focus on certain characters’ points of views. At the beginning, I really thought this was purely Jade’s story and that the POV would have focused around her. But later there was periods where the POVs were blended in the same chapter, leaving me confused about who I was following.
And finally, the history was a little confusing and the mythology a bit overly complicated. I loved the world S.M. Hineline was building, but the novel has a lot of detail, some of which might have gone a little too in depth. It actually left me left with more questions than answers. Two examples would be: If the first born vampire was to the goddess Bastet in Ancient Egypt (over 5,000 years ago), why did it appear as though the next one born, after 500 years, was during the Roman Empire or maybe a Celtic time period? And if vampires (pure-bloods at least) are born and can walk in the sunlight, why do they still need to sleep in coffins?
The best part of the novel is the characters. I like the different species (vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, and humans) all coming together on this mission. And Jade is awesome! I like her sarcastic attitude and attempts at humor. I only have one wish! I wish she would have some swoon moments with another character, like Mordecai. YUM! Oh, and to see Taurean’s bum kicked. That’s my other wish. LOL.
I can’t wait to read the second novel, Discovery! I got a sneak peek of an excerpt in the first novel, and interestingly enough, the POV appears to have shifted from third to first person. So I’m excited to see were the story leads next!
At first, I was very intrigued by Panic, especially in the initial chapters. They were thrilling and engaging. I loved the introduction of the differe...moreAt first, I was very intrigued by Panic, especially in the initial chapters. They were thrilling and engaging. I loved the introduction of the different characters. I even liked how Leopold proved himself an expert in the very first chapter, countering the doubt the police had over the homicide scene. Unfortunately, about half way through, the story lost my interest for several reasons.
The first reason was that Leopold had too much knowledge about… well… everything. It wasn’t that he was just an expert. He knew where all the right leads were, never hitting a dead end even once. He knew the right people to get him on the right track. He even knew when someone was dead without any real sign or evidence. It was like Leopold just always had the answer, making him an unbelievable character in my opinion. He should make some mistakes, follow some wrong leads, trust the wrong people… have some sort of flaw.
Second, everyone just went along with whatever Leopold did – especially Mary, who is an officer of NYPD. There should have been some resistance, some questioning of his methods since at times they were technically illegal. Mary should have challenged Leopold, put up some sort of fight, yet unlike the cop in the first chapter, she basically handed over the lead investigation to Leopold and stepped aside, letting him do whatever he pleased. Hardly anything like Kate in ABC’s Castle or even Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock Holmes.
Finally, this mystery, thriller had more physical struggles than mental, and as much as I love action, I felt it was a little overwhelming in this plot. Most of the time, it seemed like one fight after the next, causing it all to blur together. Not exactly my kind of action. And honestly, I would have preferred some more mental struggles, encrypted clues, or anything to challenge my mind as I read.
In all, if you are interested in pure action with a little mystery, then I would definitely recommend Panic as the perfect novel to read, but overall, this book just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Psychs has truly the most unique style I have read so far in a novel. It’s a mixture of a first-person account from Hassan’s point of view during a mo...morePsychs has truly the most unique style I have read so far in a novel. It’s a mixture of a first-person account from Hassan’s point of view during a modern timeline and an omnipresent third-person view of events that are occurring ten years into the future. At first, the style completely threw my head into a wild spin. I wasn’t exactly sure who I was supposed follow or where I was in the timeline. But as I settled into the plotline, I found it intriguing how everything was falling into place and the thrilling action fully captured my attention.
I enjoyed a lot of the characters, but out of all of them, Hassan and Elizabeth were my favorites. I especially loved it when they were together, which unfortunately seemed short lived. I liked how Elizabeth made Hassan feel and how she accepted who he was. A part of me even hopes, though I don’t expect it, maybe she and Hassan will meet once again in a later novel.
There was only one other thing I was disappointed in: the sparse character descriptions. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have noticed if it wasn’t for Adam – another character that actually sent shivers down my spine. When he had mentioned that Hassan had a face no one would forget, I realized I didn’t have a clear picture of what Adam was talking about. I had a default picture in my head, but I just started to wonder. Was there a scar? A certain feature? A reflection in his eyes?
In conclusion, Psychs is a wonderful thriller! Its action and suspense kept me glue to my seat, and I would definitely recommend it!