Here is another one of my favorites! Dae's determination to protect his family, no matter the cost. The cost is such that his scars are not only exter...moreHere is another one of my favorites! Dae's determination to protect his family, no matter the cost. The cost is such that his scars are not only external but internal. Your heart hurts for him as he struggles to hope and to believe in Coby. I found myself holding my breath rooting for Dae and Coby.(less)
Wow! What can I say? I really, REALLY love this book. I have never read a book with this theme before and I am SO glad this was my first. The characte...moreWow! What can I say? I really, REALLY love this book. I have never read a book with this theme before and I am SO glad this was my first. The characters are so beautifully drawn and real. I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other. I loved the contrasting cultures between the Terrans and the Alogonquan. I like the gentle nudge towards what we truly require to make us happy.
Tymber, the ending was perfect for me. I especially loved the Epilogue. "They care not what we call them as long as we do it with love." (Big Crocodile te...te...yeah those.)(less)
I cannot do period romances and their fru-fru clothing and society and so when I first looked at this cover I ignored it and went on.
After reading ot...moreI cannot do period romances and their fru-fru clothing and society and so when I first looked at this cover I ignored it and went on.
After reading other Langley works, all of which I liked, I kept coming back to this series. So I took the leap and was thrilled that this futuristic story had an intricate plot, warships (space), guns, computers and children who are born with both male parent DNA. Awesome. This is not something you can rush through. There is a lot of information but it is not technical or difficult. If you are looking for bunny activity, you have to read past the halfway point to get to the sex, but it is worth it. I ended up loving and rereading this series. I have been impatiently waiting for book three to be released.(less)
Daniel lives in a world that has been changed when some kind of virus broke out changing only men. The men who were affected by the virus and did not...moreDaniel lives in a world that has been changed when some kind of virus broke out changing only men. The men who were affected by the virus and did not die, grew claws and fangs and a brutal disposition. They destroyed and ravaged everything in their path, becoming something to fear and loath. After the collapse of civilization, the men who were resistant to the virus along with women and the surviving children lived in fortified homesteads. On a scavenging mission Daniel is caught by a pack of these beasts and expects to be killed and ate alive. Only...they don't.
What can I say? This story, which I thought was going to be a typical shifter romance, totally wigged me out. I was just as afraid of the beasts as Daniel was and if it had been me, I would have died trying to run for the hills. They weren't fluffy shifters screaming "my mate I love you!" They are everything that the term beast implies. And then just to mess with your head, they would do something kind and human. I struggled with whether or not I thought Daniel should stay or go.
I found this to be brutal and full of suspense. I cringed and held my breath. And maybe, just a little blood thirsty for revenge. When I finished, I turned right around and read it again. Boy, I hope that this is a series because I freaking loved it! (less)
This is my second read through this book. I still agree with my initial rating for the book. I loved the post-apocalyptic world with angels, The Power...moreThis is my second read through this book. I still agree with my initial rating for the book. I loved the post-apocalyptic world with angels, The Powers, the second unforeseen, and neomages. I have to say it has some of the best scenes when it came to casting magic that I have read. The scenes were well thought out and the foreignness was explained in such a way that I was able to follow along and understand the limitations. The use of religion and religious scripture; putting power into and behind the magic had to have taken a lot of time on the authors part which I appreciated and enjoyed. It was interesting to see how old technology like computers were still used, as old and irreplaceable as they were, and then to leave the house and take a horse out of town because there were no cars.
The writing style isn't going to be for everyone because it is purposely abrupt and stilted in places. Once I got used to it, I enjoyed the difference and found that it worked for the most part.
I think the only thing that truly bothers me about this book is it is never really explain why humans are prejudice against mages. It is just how things are and it's not really looked at. I hope that the reason is revealed as the "plot thickens" in the next two books. (less)
This is my favorite book in the series so far. There is so much going on and the gladiator ring was great. We find out more about Kate and Roland. Kat...moreThis is my favorite book in the series so far. There is so much going on and the gladiator ring was great. We find out more about Kate and Roland. Kate is not hiding any more.(less)
Fair, adorable Jacey has worked hard to convince everyone including himself that he was straight. But ever since Fynn and Aden came to town with the D...moreFair, adorable Jacey has worked hard to convince everyone including himself that he was straight. But ever since Fynn and Aden came to town with the Dingo pack Jacey has been going to extremes to distract himself.
Fynn and Aden are tired of waiting for their mate and they can no longer stand to watch Jacey hurt himself going out on these binges. They think that they have waited long enough and it is time to claim their mate.
I felt really bad for Jacey. His parents passed before he went to college and his best friend Oliver is now mated to the Dingo pack Alpha, Angus. Jacey doesn’t think he can be as brave as Oliver. He’s alone and convinced that Fynn and Angus just aren’t for him.
In 24 hours Jacey quickly acquired a list of “don’ts”. 1) Don’t tell your mates you drove drunk. 2) Don’t walk in at breakfast in yesterday’s clothes reeking of last night’s entertainment. 3) Don’t regale the breakfast table of your date’s well know nocturnal abilities. 4) If you don’t want to end up dunked in the water trough, don’t call your mate an “overcooked, testosterone-filled...” umh, yeah. Last but not least don’t antagonize the Alpha and his mate!
I really enjoyed this cute and fun addition of Shifting Perspectives. I liked getting a glimpse of Oliver and Angus again and hope that we get to meet more pack members in next addition to Shifting Perspectives! (less)
I really like this story. I really didn't want it to finished so quickly. I really wanted more. I would have like...moreOkay, its Lexi's week of dragons.....
I really like this story. I really didn't want it to finished so quickly. I really wanted more. I would have liked learn more on the dragon culture/society and hope that we will get more of that in this new series.(less)
**spoiler alert** I think that this book was supposed to push some buttons. BDSM can either be erotic or dangerous and this has elements of both. I di...more**spoiler alert** I think that this book was supposed to push some buttons. BDSM can either be erotic or dangerous and this has elements of both. I did not agree that being a sub for hire equaled a sort of prostitution. I know this point of view was used to cause stress between the characters, but it still irked me. To me, Michael had moments of callousness...lack of empathy...purposely cruel words in the beginning as he passed judgment because he didn't understand.
Don't get me wrong, I loved characters who are flawed. It makes them more real. (But I sometimes don't tolerate in characters that which I wouldn't tolerate in myself.) In the end I think it would have all been fine with me and I would have given it 4 stars. But then there is the whole Sam issue. Twice Sam takes advantage and manipulates Josh. The first time was not so bad and I could feel and understand Josh's confusion and distress. The second time was so much worse. Josh said "no" and no matter what is going on, everything should stop. Sex may not have been involved but it was still rape of a sort.
But this is the deal, Sam despite being Josh's employer and the one who is supposed to protect Josh from exactly what Sam turns around and does to Josh. Sam sets up Josh, hid his identity so that by the time that Josh figured out who it was, it was too late for Josh to leave because he was already trussed up. Josh told him no, to stop and Sam ignored him and then proceeded with the scene, leaving Josh to try to suck it up and get through it.
Josh blamed himself for what happened. Michael felt betrayed instead of reassuring Josh. The only thing that said afterwards is that Sam was a jerk. It also leaves the reader believing that in such a situation, the victim has no recourse but to accept it. Maybe it is the advocate in me, but I find all that reprehensible. None of that is okay. Even if this is how the author wanted to book to go, there should be information on where and how to get help if something like that happens in real life.
Maybe life experience has made me too sensitive and I am taking a harsher stance because of it. It just didn't sit well with me. Others have read it and have been fine with it.(less)
This is a romantic, almost poetic prose, story. I liked how it started out as a bard’s tale. Rhicer was such seducer with his silver tongue. I would h...moreThis is a romantic, almost poetic prose, story. I liked how it started out as a bard’s tale. Rhicer was such seducer with his silver tongue. I would have painted myself on him with just half of the seductive words that he whispered to woo Kanath. I enjoyed this so much that I devoured it in one sitting.(less)
The location, the culture, and the people were so well depicted in this book. Read it from beginning to end in one sitting and wished there was more w...moreThe location, the culture, and the people were so well depicted in this book. Read it from beginning to end in one sitting and wished there was more when I finished.(less)
Humanity is not alone in the universe. People were excited and welcomed the aliens call Himiko to earth. But as time went by humans became more wary o...moreHumanity is not alone in the universe. People were excited and welcomed the aliens call Himiko to earth. But as time went by humans became more wary of the Himiko with their pointed ears and their silence. They may look human but they are not and now humans are just realizing it. Himiko are “recruiting” people though most thought of it as harvesting or kidnapping because people they took disappeared, not to be heard from again. There were stories of people who got away, their humanity lost, sent to psychiatric wards.
With an opening as sinister as this, I expected something more dark than what it turned out to be. With the foreshadowing of the first chapter I couldn’t help but expect the boogie man to jump in the middle of the story and muck things up. There are hints of things that are lying under the surface but we really don’t get to see them in this first book.
Matt has been “recruited” by the Himiko. He is well known for having anger management problems and he doesn’t deal well with authority figures. He thinks that he is going to eventually be killed by the Himiko and prepares for the worst. It just goes to show what humans really know about the Himiko – Nothing. The Himiko have a purpose in mind for Matt but before he can even come to terms with what this means he meets Pietr, his mate and he finds himself bonded to a Himiko.
As a sci-fi fan there are a couple things I always notice in something like this that can make me hmph a bit. Aliens don’t speak English. It is not their mother tongue. In the book the aliens chose human names in order to blend more. Understood but we don’t get in to where they come from, why are they here, what was their name before. (You know questions any half way nosey human would ask) The way the Himiko think and their customs and culture should be different. I wouldn’t expect an alien to get who Ben and Jerry is, or to understand pop culture but they do. It was pointed out that humanity has been influenced by the aliens through people who were sensitive to them which would give similarities not carbon copies.
Despite my Sci-fi angst, I did enjoy the story. It didn’t feel finished which would be why this is only book one of the series. I look forward to see where this story is going to be taken (still thinking about those hints). (less)