Iron Kissed started off as my least favourite in the series. I read about 80 pages until I stopped. Months went by before I picked it up again and rea...more Iron Kissed started off as my least favourite in the series. I read about 80 pages until I stopped. Months went by before I picked it up again and read through it some more. After about halfway through, I can confidently say this is my favourite Mercy Thompson book.
The main reason I quit reading was because of the fae. I didn't find the beginning to be interesting and it started to feel repetitive. Have Mercy go out and do this, have Mercy do that. Bundle that with the fae, and it just didn't mesh for me. I really had to drag myself through the first hundred pages. I don't know what it is about the fae in this series, but I just don't like reading about them. Maybe it's cause I'm more of a vampire/werewolf person?
After that, Briggs becomes super awesome and gives us loads of development and a slight setback. • We finally see Mercy become 'real'. Up until Iron Kissed, I felt her character was too perfect. Sure, she made mistakes, but with this book, I finally feel as though I know her. • We finally get development in the relationship front and issues get resolved (mostly). Being the third book, I'm glad Mercy finally made a choice. As much as I love a love triangle between these three (I have no hope for you Stefan, take your love elsewhere, k?), I am glad a decision was made. • We finally get Ben's past cleared up. Finally. I love him and his foul mouth.
This book is loads darker than the previous two. It has more violence, it has more blood, it's more emotional, especially when you get over halfway through. I would almost say the ending is not for everyone, that is, if you didn't have Bone Crossed to pick up next and see what happens next. I was very shocked at the ending, and of course I made assumptions. Don't be shocked at the ending and just pick up the next book. It will calm you. I promise.
Definitely have the next book available after reading Iron Kissed and if you're like me, and don't like the fae, just give it a chance and push through it, you won't be disappointed.(less)
Specials is by far the best in the series. I can't wrap my brain around how awesome it is...and that's saying a lot.
Tally gets another operation that...moreSpecials is by far the best in the series. I can't wrap my brain around how awesome it is...and that's saying a lot.
Tally gets another operation that she doesn't want and ends up a special Special. Dr. Cables group of specials, that is. Along with Shay, Fausto, and other Crims (all of which are now specials and are now called Cutters) they're out hunting Smokies, trying to stop the spread of the cure. At least, that's how it is up until their plan goes awry.
This time, Tally really confused me. She has so much going on, so many things conflicting, it was hard to decide if I liked the new Tally or hated her. She didn't have Zane to keep her grounded. She had only the Cutters to rely on. Even though she's a special, deep down, she's always Tally and I couldn't help but like her. Zane, my cool cat, isn't a special. I don't want to say too much, but he still has cognitive problems thanks to taking the wrong cure pill in Pretties. Zane doesn't have much face time in Specials and neither does David for that matter. That's truly the only problem I have with the Uglies series. Her love interests don't have enough time in all the books. I like David, I like Zane. Tally likes David, Tally likes Zane and vice versa. Do you see the problem? Tally has been cut up, manipulated, and she still can't get a decent kiss in with a love interest. Now that, my friends, is just criminal.
Once again Tally is tromping through the the wilderness and saving people and trying to 'rewire' herself. The girl can't catch a break no matter what she does. Tally's adventure this time is actually my favourite out of all three books. She has so much to get over and I feel so terribly sorry for her because of it. All throughout the book you can see the change that being a special has done to her as she's trying to cure Zane, find the New Smoke, it's all just breathtaking (and heartbreaking) at what she has to do.
There's a lot of stuff blowing up, people jumping off of buildings, causing trouble, and basically just trying to save the world from being brainless Pretties. You definitely won't be disappointed in Specials.(less)
If I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty and...moreIf I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty and join her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town. I'll admit, the names just sound silly. Uglies, Pretties, Littlies, New Pretty Town, Rusties, they remind me of something my four year old cousin would say. There's a lot of other slang that takes some getting used to, but don't let it put you off! Uglies is set in a society where everyone has an operation to become pretty by a certain age. Peris has already became pretty and Tally makes one last trip to see him before her operation in 3 months. Uglies and Pretties don't mix, so you can imagine she gets into some trouble which is just the start of her adventure.
I like Tally, she's not my favourite character ever, but she's not overly annoying. The only thing that bugs me is her obsession with being pretty. She goes on and on a few times about it, but she's been brainwashed to think anyone who hasn't been made pretty is automatically ugly. I guess I can forgive her for that, because she does, eventually, start to see the world differently.
I don't want to go into the story of Uglies, or what Tally gets herself into, but in a nutshell, she has to decide if becoming pretty is worth the price of betraying her friends. I like the adventures she has, I like the cast of characters, I like the setting, basically there's nothing about this book that I dislike. I am really surprised at how gender neutral Uglies is, I was not expecting that and you could say I got a little frustrated with the lack of romance. Westerfeld's writing more than made up for it though.
With the ideas presented later in the story, it's almost eerie to think about something like that happening in the future. I definitely recommend this one to anyone.(less)
To start off: this is probably the funniest, most romantic book I've ever read. Well, maybe not most romantic, but it certainly does a good job.
I wasn...moreTo start off: this is probably the funniest, most romantic book I've ever read. Well, maybe not most romantic, but it certainly does a good job.
I wasn't really sure I wanted to read it. When I started, the writing just seemed weird or maybe I should say, the main character reminded me of a complete air-head and I was really turned off...until a few pages later and she got on the plane. While I had been 'meh' on Emma up that point, once she started blurting out her secrets on the plane, which had hit a patch of turbulence, I started to love her. Not because she was sharing her secrets, but because she was funny and she honestly thought she was going to die!
The stranger she's sharing her precious secrets with turns out to be her boss. The Boss with a capital B. Jack Harper is a mystery man and downright sexy. The things he does are hilarious. He has poor little Emma on her toes throughout the book and their reactions to one another are priceless. In my usual reading, I would rather have the main character end up with the other guy, but for this one, I was rooting for Jack the whole time. I was just waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen between the two if them and when it finally did, it was bliss. I actually squealed with joy. No really. I did. I squealed several times actually.
I can't say I loved the whole book though. Emma's parents and her cousin are sort of cliche. The cousin moves in, becomes the star of the family and then their actual child is left with the bits and pieces. But the cousin gets hers, so in the end that worked out. Emma's friends, however, are very annoying! I hated Jemima. She was a thoughtless person and was very self-centered. Nothing in this world could make me like her. The other friend, Lissy, is better, but at times she seems smart and then at others, I felt she was dumb-downed. She's a lawyer for crying out loud! Emma has her own flaws as well. She doesn't say what she likes or dislikes. With her boyfriend Connor, she's lying that she likes this or that, when in reality, she utterly hates it. Emma does this a lot and she has a bunch of people thinking she does or enjoys something when she really doesn't. It drove me nuts, but I can't completely blame her. I've done the same thing and still do on occasion.
I've read plenty of books that made me smile, but Can You Keep a Secret? took it to a whole new level. I was snorting, I was laughing, I was crying, I was angry, and most of all, I really connected with the book, I was a part of it and I didn't want it to end.(less)
If you're interested in reading this series (and why wouldn't you be?!), I strongly recommend reading the companion novella to Cry Wolf. It will save yo...moreIf you're interested in reading this series (and why wouldn't you be?!), I strongly recommend reading the companion novella to Cry Wolf. It will save you much time and confusion. Trust me.
There is so much to love about this book, so, so much. Every character is amazing- not as in 'perfect' but as in essential. Anna, our leading lady, is probably one of my favourite main characters. She's not only strong, she can be weak, but she's not without backbone. Anna has been through so much. She was changed against her will, brutalized, truly her life has been hell since she was changed and even then, she was never really beaten down.
You'd think the story would be about Anna falling in love with Charles, becoming his mate, etc. The description doesn't do the book justice. It's not just about that, but discovering the secrets that lay beneath certain members of the pack, of Anna learning what an Omega is, and of finding out just what exactly is hiding in the Cabinet Wilderness.
I love everything about Cry Wolf, with my favourite characters being Bran and Asil, I'm glad they get a lot of face time. I think Cry Wolf is a good example of getting over abuse, moving on, and becoming apart of something big. I definitely recommend this if you want something different to read.(less)
One thing I love about Linda Howard is that she writes murder and mysteries for people who don't like...well, murder and mysteries. She combines every...moreOne thing I love about Linda Howard is that she writes murder and mysteries for people who don't like...well, murder and mysteries. She combines everything into a package that's a perfect mix of sex (s'cuse me, romance), mystery, thriller, and dialogue that makes you laugh out loud. Linda Howard is an auto-buy on my list and Mr. Perfect is not an exception.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't read her books for the hunky male characters (who usually aren't buttholes, control freaks, Edward Cullen, etc) and the tension that is almost always guaranteed between the main couple, in this case: Jaine and Sam. I love Jaine and her smart mouth. She always has a comeback, and she is the leader when it comes to making you laugh or snort- note: do not drink while reading this book, you will spew it all over yourself. Add a sexy cop named Sam and you have chemistry that sizzles. I've lost count of how many times I laughed, grinned, fanned myself, and over all enjoyed myself because of these two characters and when they argued it was golden. - Just saying, Sam would be my Mr. Perfect, I really liked his character that well.
In Mrs. Howard's books, there's always the 'bad guy' that's after the main character. In Mr. Perfect, the bad guy is written in a way that makes you want to double check your locks and take precautions at night. You won't even guess who it is until after she's told you and they've killed several times- unless you have really awesome deductive skills. The hunt is always full of suspense, but never enough that you flat out feel terrified. I do feel a little let down that the confrontation scene wasn't bigger. I didn't feel the threat (as in OMG she's about to die!!) on Jaine's life during the scene, there was just something missing.
I read this one in a little over a day and I loved every single minute of it.(less)
Let me first say, I have not read the Dark Swan series, but since reading this issue, I'll definitely be checking it out now. That's how much I loved t...moreLet me first say, I have not read the Dark Swan series, but since reading this issue, I'll definitely be checking it out now. That's how much I loved these issues.
In all three issues they have gorgeous artwork. I love pretty things and I hate to say it, but usually that's the first thing I look for in a graphic novel. Sad, but true. I could tell by the cover that the insides were going to be pretty (let me insert other adjectives here: stunning, beautiful, dazzling, lovely, etc, etc...).
Eugenie looks sexy, without being overly sexual. It's nice to see a character who looks badass in a t-shirt and jeans and not spandex and black leather. (Don't get me wrong, love black leather and spandex, but there's a such thing as too much of a good thing, yeah?) I do think there were times when her facial expressions could have been cleaned up a bit and others when just a little more detail was needed.
Like I said, I've never read the novels, but I think the comic version does an excellent job at storytelling. I never got a moment where I felt lost or bored for that matter. It was also very easy to pick up the next issue and jump straight back into Eugenie's world.
My only qualm is at the very beginning of the first issue, I wasn't sure if I had skipped a few parts into the story or if the story actually started there. It was quite apparent after a few pages in that that was how the comic started off.
For issues 1-3 I give it five stars. Can I times infinity it? Yes? I'm very excited for issue 4 now!
This review is for all three issues (that are out now) of the Dark Swan Series.(less)
Fasten your seat belts, because Taken by Storm is going to throw you for a loop! Yes, that's my advice, definitely go in prepared for this one.
As you...moreFasten your seat belts, because Taken by Storm is going to throw you for a loop! Yes, that's my advice, definitely go in prepared for this one.
As you all should know, I'm a huge fan of Jennifer. I devoured the first two books of the Raised by Wolves series like I was starved. Taken by Storm delivers in so many ways that the other books didn't (for me that is). So, I'm telling you now, if you haven't read this series, or you've been putting it off- stop! Go read it, now. And just know that when you do and you're on the edge of your seat, remember I'm the one pushed you into reading awesomeness. You can thank me later.
Our Bryn grows up tremendously, she was already well on her way in Trial by Fire, but the weight pressing on her shoulders really turns her into a character you love. I can say, hands down, she's one of my favourite characters ever. She reminds me a little bit of Katniss at the end and if you read it, you'll know why. I still think Chase was just there for the say-so, he becomes a place in plot that was just meant to be Bryn's stepping stone. I just do not feel the connection there between them. My hunk Callum, though, I feel it everywhere. I'll have you know my favourite character gets plenty of face time. With a few semi-new characters, Taken by Storm becomes my favourite in the series.
I had complained in the previous reviews that tension would build and then ultimately get resolved in an anticlimactic way. Boy, I feel as though TbS was written just for me. Not only was the conflict built up as high as it could go, but it delivered. Honestly, delivered. I don't know how I read what I did, but I sat there open mouth reading the last half. Hats off to you, Ms. Jennifer Lynn Barnes. You have impressed me, shocked me, and overall, I love you. Thank you for doing the unthinkable.
The only thing that irked me was the ending. To some, it'll be ideal. It's very open ended, but the last scene was something I had been waiting on since the first book. I was disappointed it hadn't be elaborated on because when I went to touch the screen to change to the next page- it wouldn't. I thought my Nook was broken!
I'm not getting my hopes up for a fourth book, but Taken by Storm ends the series with a bang that will leave you sighing for days.(less)
I know Moon Called has been out for years now, but I only just discovered Patricia Briggs. My whole reaction to this book was, "Wow." I love everything...moreI know Moon Called has been out for years now, but I only just discovered Patricia Briggs. My whole reaction to this book was, "Wow." I love everything about Moon Called and I can't pick out a single thing I dislike.
Mercy is just the kind of character that's easy to like. I never got tired hearing her talk back or say something funny. She's an excellent heroine, and I really liked that she knew how to say, "No." or she simply went ahead and did what she thought was right. She's also a Walker. She can easily shift into the form of a coyote.
While she doesn't have super strength, she's doing pretty good for herself. She owns a garage and has Adam, the sexy werewolf neighbor (Can I get one too? ...A sexy neighbor, that is.) and a vampire friend named Stefan. Adam is the neighborhood pack leader and a hunky love interest- well, not exactly, but almost.
The werewolves are portrayed as hot tempered, but they're also given this quality that makes them human...or should I say more relatable than what you thought a werewolf would be. From what I've read of this book and her other book Cry Wolf, Patricia Briggs has a way with words and making characters appeal to you in a way that they become your friends. If they get hurt, you want to kill them yourself, if they cry, well, hey, you're bawling your eyes out too.
All in all, why hadn't I found out about Mercy Thompson sooner? Blood Bound is calling me to continue on this amazing series.(less)