Ronda Rousey is a no-nonsense, straightforward author. She's not the most creative or has the best flair with words, but her personality reflects in hRonda Rousey is a no-nonsense, straightforward author. She's not the most creative or has the best flair with words, but her personality reflects in her story and every chapter is written with her voice in it. What I loved about the book was that it was extremely personal, it felt like Ronda's personality, it felt like Ronda was speaking straight to you.
Her story is one that will intrigue someone who doesn't even have any background knowledge in Judo or MMA. Moves and fights were detailed and well-explained; and Rousey's realness shines through her passion in her sport. The story was extremely inspirational, and it certainly changed my outlook on life for the better. ...more
A fast, entertaining read that was extremely relatable, and serves as a good awareness for abused women everywhere. Abuse is not just physical, but alA fast, entertaining read that was extremely relatable, and serves as a good awareness for abused women everywhere. Abuse is not just physical, but also emotional, and Steffans really showcased that in her story. ...more
It's difficult, being a huge Kate Daniels fan, to not compare and contrast the two books, since this is a new series by the authors. I do love the newIt's difficult, being a huge Kate Daniels fan, to not compare and contrast the two books, since this is a new series by the authors. I do love the new world they created, although I'm not that big of a fan of the bit military-based stories there are in the book. What I do praise Ilona Andrews for are their impeccable style of weaving modern day situations and traditional old school magic into a whole new genre.
Nevada is a sassy and hardworking girl who puts family at heart. A recurring theme I notice in the books are that the heroines always keep family close to them (in Kate's case, it's Julie), and are fiercely loyal with a splash of sass. Nevada is emotional, and is not afraid to admit when she's scared or doesn't want to die, and that's what I find the most charming about her. She's not afraid to be vulnerable. Mad Rogan is a character that will keep you guessing and twirling in your mind: is he bad, or is he good? Who is he? Mad Rogan has such a complex character that you can't wait to dwelve in and find out who he really is and what his intentions are.
Ilona Andrews' strength are the layers under their characters: who they are and what they stand for, and they never fail to deliver. ...more
Much praise has been said for Ilona Andrews' capabilities to weave such an intricate world that sucks the reader right in. This held true in the lastMuch praise has been said for Ilona Andrews' capabilities to weave such an intricate world that sucks the reader right in. This held true in the last book of the Edge series. Unfortunately, this pairing did not excite me as much as the other couples from the Edge series. I loved the powers of the 'healer', but I felt the abilities of the male characters tend to become repetitive.
There was a lot of action and swordplay (yay!) in this story, which also included our favorite kids Jack and George.
I do think it's time for the Edge series to come to an end, and hopefully pave the way for more creative goodness from Ilona Andrews. ...more
Sandy Williams is incredibly adept at developing chemistry between characters and forming love triangles. She had me supporting McKenzie and Aren fromSandy Williams is incredibly adept at developing chemistry between characters and forming love triangles. She had me supporting McKenzie and Aren from the start but also left a small space in my heart for Kyol. Although, I have to point out that Kyol was not very present throughout the entire story until perhaps the last chapter or two, in one scene that tore my heart apart. Williams' writing is also easy to read, follow, and enjoy without it being too overly-descriptive or long-winded.
I enjoyed the plot thoroughly and it was fast-paced with no down-time to get bored at all. I loved the that McKenzie and the Fae fissured in and out of worlds and countries within Earth to solve mysteries or go on rescues. Also, the politics in the Fae world created a very realistic view for the reader to imagine in their heads.
My problem is with McKenzie's abilities. Shadow-reading is not something, to me, that is very unique or helpful. Yes, McKenzie is able to tell where another Fae fissures to, but other than that, she is pretty much useless. I like her tenacity, willingness to be independent, and logical mind, but I wish for more depth regarding her powers. Not only that, but McKenzie can't fight, nor did she learn to.
I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy wholeheartedly, but The Shattered Dark left me a little disappointed in terms of character development. Nonetheless, I am extremely drawn in by the love triangle between McKenzie, Aren, and Kyol and I look forward to the third and last book! ...more
I have yet had a Kate Daniels book that disappointed me. It's going to be hard to find another series that can interest me the way Kate Daniels does.I have yet had a Kate Daniels book that disappointed me. It's going to be hard to find another series that can interest me the way Kate Daniels does. All I can say is, Ilona Andrews doesn't disappoint! ...more
When I first looked at the cover of My Life as A White Thrash Zombie, I was very turned off. I thought that it was a book meant for juveniles and theWhen I first looked at the cover of My Life as A White Thrash Zombie, I was very turned off. I thought that it was a book meant for juveniles and the image on the cover certainly differed from what I was used to in the Urban Fantasy world. However, seeing many authors and readers raving about this made me think twice and give it a chance. Boy, was I glad that I did!
Around the first five chapters of the story, I remember thinking to myself how different the story was from what I expected. The novel was humorous, rough around the edges and depicts very real situations; it caught my interest from the start and didn't let go until the end. Angel is given a second chance, albeit in an unconventional way and I can see how so many people out there who are able to relate to Angel and just need support and a small push.
Brains to zombies in this story is a bit like an energy drink, or coffee to the common man. When I watch zombie movies, the minute a zombie says "Braaaaiiiinnns...", I'm out of there. It's too cliche and second hand embarrassment to me. However, the author depicted a zombie's urge for brains brilliantly. It was more of a spin of how a vampire needs blood rather than an overused, no-brainer (*ahem*, excuse the pun) idea.
Towards the halfway mark of the book, I realized I became emotionally attached to Angel. Sure, the book was more on the blithe side than the contrary but the author had a certain way of making sure the reader sympathized with Angel, seeing how she gravitated away from her old lifestyle and relationships with others. It made me start to respect Angel as a character and I think Diana Rowland really succeeded in churning out a character that the reader is able to actually care for.
The author's writing style is assuredly one of the most undaunted and unpretentious ones I've read and it eases you into the story without losing the essence of the character's viewpoint. The characters also had their own idiosyncrasies, even Angel's dad had his own moments which can touch your heart. Angel's job was specific without being plain or boring and the story itself had no down moments where someone was thinking too much or there was too much description about the city or surroundings. Basically, there were no boring moments.
One thing I have to say is, I did not like Angel's love life. I cannot say much without revealing a spoiler, but let's just put it at: I do not think they have any chemistry together. That is basically all I have to complain about it.
The bottom line is, I could try really hard to find parts of the story to complain about but I enjoyed it so much that it is easy to overlook. My Life as a White Thrash Zombie is definitely a very exhilarating breath of fresh air that draws out a zombie's life in a completely new perspective....more
How Ilona Andrews' are able to bring their characters to life with such depth and complexity is beyond me. I was thoroughly enthralled throughout theHow Ilona Andrews' are able to bring their characters to life with such depth and complexity is beyond me. I was thoroughly enthralled throughout the story and Kate never gets boring. Heck, every single character in the book is intriguing and makes you want to keep flipping the page. There is never a dull moment and the fight scenes were detailed and spectacular, as if you were watching it happen in front of you.
It's no secret I am a huge fan/supporter of the Kate Daniels series, but the world-building is done so explicitly that every character is able to have its own spin-off. Without sounding too fan-girly or anything, with each book that comes out, I am marveled at how I am constantly able to finish the story in two sittings.
With that said, I am incredibly happy that there are three more books coming out! ...more
Imagine you were sitting in an alfresco cafe setting, the sun is warm and the ambiance is lively. Your perfect cup of coffee comes and it smells heaveImagine you were sitting in an alfresco cafe setting, the sun is warm and the ambiance is lively. Your perfect cup of coffee comes and it smells heavenly but after the first sip, you realize it's not what it seems. What's this you're feeling? That's right, frustration. It could have been good.
That's right. I was so frustrated out of my mind. The premise started out fine, it was nice seeing the female lead tend a bar and go head to head with angry patrons. Everything was nice and dandy until about half of the book.
Arcadia started off strong and independent with a mind of her own. Up till the point where Lon came along and basically solves the whole case for her. If Arcadia gets into trouble, Lon is there to save her. Arcadia needs answers? No problem, Lon has an abundant amount of contacts and resources she can use. The fact is, Lon basically spoon-feeds her throughout the whole book. Even without Lon, Arcadia seems to get answers too easily. The author was unable to convey the stress and urgency of the situation since Arcadia simply gets handed everything.
The mystery of the story wasn't the main focus, instead, the novel felt like it revolved around Arcadia and Lon's relationship, which is not a bad thing. What was bad is the ending of the book, which basically summarized all the answers into one chapter. Woo-hoo 'big reveal' wasn't so spectacular after all.
I liked Arcadia's powers and the world building of Earthbound and Aethyric demons but one thing that bugged me was that an 'age gap' was an emphasis in this novel. Lon is in his early forties and has a mustache. That's right, a mustache. Let's make it a point in saying that even in YA novels, some female characters fall in love with supernaturals that are hundreds or thousands of years old so forgive me if I don't comprehend the big deal about Lon being in his forties.
Let's not forget that Lon also mentions knowing Arcadia could be more than a friend straight off the bat. That just completely threw me off. Here I was, thinking their relationship was built up with a decent pace and boom, he just burst my whole bubble.
A plus point is Bennett's writing. It was easy to breeze through without being too casual with a sense of contemporary eloquence. It wasn't dry and in fact, was rather entertaining.
Jupe was also a darling in the book. His energy bounces off the wall and it really transcended past any other character's. He is also mature and eager to help (or meddle) and just a sweet kid.
Overall, a book that I had high hopes for but unfortunately failed to deliver although if you are looking for a Paranormal Romance with pretty hot scenes, look to this. ...more
Galenorn has an amazing knack of getting the world she created stuck in the reader's head.
I read this for about two nights and for those two nights IGalenorn has an amazing knack of getting the world she created stuck in the reader's head.
I read this for about two nights and for those two nights I went to bed with dreams about this world and the characters. All characters were very, very present in the book and had a part to play. The story is intriguing, enthralling, and leaves you wanting more. It is a sure page-turner and there are absolutely no dull moments. The author injects surprise and story into every scene and chapter.
However, there are two things about the story that I didn't quite take to:
1) The dialogue and voices. There are so many characters, but a lot of the dialogue tended to be long winded and end up sounding like they are from the same voice. Most of it was okay, but nothing amazing.
2) What's up with the Part-Fae and Part-Were whatever? I'm tired of characters being half this and that. My opinion: Go big or go home. I would love to see the characters be a full-SOMETHING.
Also, a minor gripe of mine: Moon Spinners. Really? What kind of name is that? What is a moon spinner?
For what it's worth, I am a fan of the author's work. She is so talented and one really does become immersed in the world she has created. Night Seeker will sure to be on my pre-order list this summer! ...more
I admit, I had some expectations for this book. The prequel was nothing particularly spectacular but it had poteNot even Death can save this book now.
I admit, I had some expectations for this book. The prequel was nothing particularly spectacular but it had potential. However, Grave Dance subsequently ruined whatever interest I had that was invested into this story. I feel disappointed, because I really enjoy the premise, the world building and a few of the characters.
Alexis Craft. While there were redeeming qualities about her, she annoyed me to no end in this book. I thought that she was inevitably portrayed as daft and weak, which are two characteristics that I am unable to tolerate in any story, daft being the worst. During a scene where she rants her head off to Falin (rightfully so, too) and tells him to get out which he dutifully agrees to, she immediately says, "Wait, maybe we can meet for drinks or something if the situations change."
After that statement, the whole novel pretty much started going downhill. Alexis has no integrity and worse, Falin came back for awhile now and she still does not press him for answers whatsoever. I am floored by how absolutely terrible this love triangle is. There was zero chemistry between Alex and Falin. Alex and Death, I can understand since they knew each other a whole lifetime and all, but still, none of the male characters' personalities were properly explored or displayed. Death, who I semi-like, was only riding on the tail coats of his love for Alex and nothing more; and even Falin who only had tenacity to his nature in the first book, had lost it. My problem is, they had no range of characteristics, they only usually show one emotion.
The writing was overly descriptive and I have to say, I skimmed through a number of paragraphs. It failed to hold my interest and a good number of times I was thinking, 'So... many... words..'. The book was filled with boring sentences and descriptions that was not pertinent to the story nor could I care less for. There was also so many things happening at once that I struggled to keep the story straight It felt like a maze that had things popping up and distracting you all the time.
One of the pros of this story would have to be the brownies. I thought they were a very original addition, a strange and quirky personality and held their own albeit their involvement was miniscule. I loved the world of the Fae and their magic; the enchanted disks were very creative. Of course, the weaving of the grave essence and planeweaving is something that was carefully created in the story, too.
Unfortunately, the cons outweigh the pros and it leaves me frustrated because I did grow quite attached to the storyline after the first book. I give the author kudos for taking on such an ambitious story, but sadly the execution failed to deliver and in fact leaves the reader in a befuddled state of mind. I highly doubt that I will be picking up the third book in the series. ...more