The second story in the IAD Series focuses on the youngest Valkyrie: the half vampire, timid Emma. Emma has lead a sheltered life for 70 years, protecThe second story in the IAD Series focuses on the youngest Valkyrie: the half vampire, timid Emma. Emma has lead a sheltered life for 70 years, protected fiercely by her aunts at the Valkyrie manner. When she is alone (for the first time) in Paris, the Lykae King, Lachlain, takes her captive because he knows she is his destined mate.
The first half of the book moved slowly for me. I enjoyed getting to know Emma and Lachlain, but they both were a bit too stubborn. Although the journey was important, I felt it went on a bit too long. Lachlain treated Emma poorly, even taking advantage of her at points.
Once I got to the half-way point, the book moved and was full of action. I love when Lachlain makes a call to Emma’s Valkyrie aunts, and he goes all alpha and stands up for their relationship. He begins to treat Emma with kindness and we see get a worthy male. Yet, the fool continues to make some stupid mistakes... not telling her all of his secrets and trying to get her drunk. But he continues to keep his word to her and doesn’t force himself on her. I enjoyed learning more about the Lykae castle and Lachlain’s history.
I enjoyed reading the second intallment of the IAD Series and look forward to finding out what is going to happen with the looming Accession (paranormal smack-down) and the potential shift in power do to the events that happened in A Hunger Like No Other.
My Rating: 4 stars: Really enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)
My Rating: 2.5 stars: Finished it - take it or leave it(C) Originally posted at THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT
Our story begins with a prologue outliningMy Rating: 2.5 stars: Finished it - take it or leave it (C) Originally posted at THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT
Our story begins with a prologue outlining the history of vampires in the world - and that the greatest vampire, Nefri, created a veil to hide their race from humans. This put an end to bloodlust and created a docile, intellectual vampire race. However, there are some that do not agree with Nefri’s rule and have entered the human world to recover the Medallion which gives Nefri her power. The primary antagonist, Drake, is one such vampire, and he hunts down Amelia, keeper of one-third of the Medallion.
My Lord Immortality is set in roughly Regency England, and has a definite historical feel. Amelia and her mentally/emotionally handicapped brother, William, live mostly on their own after their parents decided they’d rather not have anything to do with William. Unfortunately, women are being brutally murdered near their home, and William appears to be at the center of the investigation due to his childlike ways and misunderstood manner. This is where our hero, Sebastian St.Ives, comes in as Amelia’s protector. He was sent from the veil by Nefri to protect Amelia and her piece of the Medallion.
Before getting further in my review, I feel it necessary to note that it wasn’t until after I started reading My Lord Immortality, that I discovered 1) the book is a reissue, 2) it is the third story in a trilogy and 3) this trilogy is the precursor to a much larger, fuller series by Ms. Ivy. Knowing this, and having read this story, I would not recommend anyone pick up this book on its own merits. Although I had no trouble following along, and the plot could be read as a stand alone, I never felt any real attachment to the characters or the overall story. I feel that I would have probably enjoyed this more if I’d started the series with the first book.
The mythology created by Ms. Ivy is interesting. I like the idea that vampires have denied themselves pleasure for so long - it creates almost virginal hero-types. Sebastian is a gentleman, but also has cravings and needs once he meets Amelia. He is conflicted over his duties and his desires. This makes for good romance character-building.
However, I felt that Amelia was portrayed overly naive and as a stereotypically faint-hearted female. Although I admire that she bucked society to care for William, she seemed to undo her own courageousness over and over. Here is a perfect example, directly from Amelia’s point-of-view, "But despite the frantic urge to help, she was bound by a paralyzing fear." And even as Sebastian and Amelia confess their feelings for each other, Amelia comes across too childlike.
In addition, the portrayal of William was too simplistic. He is eighteen, and although clearly mentally and/or emotionally handicapped, he is able to only speak in single and two word phrases. This alone seemed over-the-top. However, he also cannot follow directions,which of course leads to many problems.
Overall, I was not overly impressed with My Lord Immortality. It's not the author's ability to tell a compelling story, but rather that this story felt dated and simplistic. As the third book in a prequel trilogy, I feel it should not be read as an individual title.
Also, there are holes in the story. First, William was framed for murder, and the book never addresses how or even if his name is cleared. I felt this was a huge problem, and due to this, I dropped my rating from 3 to 2.5 stars. Second, I felt that the story neglected to adequately demonstrate the romance between Amelia and Sebastian. Although they profess their love to each other, I feel that the reader is more told than shown the pair falling in love. Finally, unless I missed it, we are never told how Amelia will live forever… the fact that she is human and he is a vampire isn't addressed to a satisfying manner.
With that all said, My Lord Immortality is easy to read, and the premise and mythology behind the tale is strong. As I stated earlier, I think I would have enjoyed this more if I'd started with the first book....more
**spoiler alert** I give this story 3.5 stars. Meljean Brook has created a fantastic world and wonderful mythology. The love story of Lilith and Hugh**spoiler alert** I give this story 3.5 stars. Meljean Brook has created a fantastic world and wonderful mythology. The love story of Lilith and Hugh is beautiful. The overall story of finding freedom for the pair is a fun ride and an interesting tale. At times the action is exciting and fast paced. The romance is hot!
However, at times the story seemed a bit slow and overly wordy. I found there were several parts that I had to reread because the flow of action was choppy and/or hard to follow. I was able to read past it all, but I feel like I have missed out on the true meaning and/or actions of what happened in parts of the story.
WARNING - Spoilers...
My favorite part of the book came fairly early on when Hugh first sacrificed himself for the first time. The dialogue between Guardian Michael and demon Lilith was amazing. I could feel the anguish of Lilith, Hugh and Michael's concern. This clarity of emotion was also strong in Hugh's interactions with Lilith when he attempts to "set her free" by killing her and "falling."
Overall a good start to a promising series. I am looking foward to reading the next book....more
"Wild Hearts in Atlantis" by Alyssa Day. 3.5 stars. Great little short if you are reading the Poseidon Series. Quick pace and easy to read.
"Paradise""Wild Hearts in Atlantis" by Alyssa Day. 3.5 stars. Great little short if you are reading the Poseidon Series. Quick pace and easy to read.
"Paradise" by Meljean Brook. 3.5 stars. 3rd "story" in her Guardian series. Good piece to read after Demon Angel b/c it's a fairly straight forward and light tale. Main female, Selah, was from Demon Angel. Nice transition to next full-length novel. Enjoyed the outcome... "Animal Magnetism" by Maggie Shayne. 4 stars. Easy to read short shory. Loved the characters, enjoyed the romance. "Hunter Kiss" by Marjorie M. Liu. 3.5 stars. It took a bit for me to get into this story, but once I did it flowed nicely. I haven't researched, but I had the feeling that this story is part of a larger series. Not sure if I will search out and read them....more
I think Moon Called has been on my MUST READ TBR pile longer than any of the other books I own. I am finally reading the Mercy Thompson serieFINALLY!
I think Moon Called has been on my MUST READ TBR pile longer than any of the other books I own. I am finally reading the Mercy Thompson series via a hybrid mix of primarily audio with supplemental Kindle.
I really enjoyed the first book of the Mercy Thompson series. I felt that the author does a fabulous job developing her mythology and creating three dimensional characters through action rather than backstory and telling. The primary characters are each a bit flawed in one way or another, giving them realism set within the fantasy.
Mercy Thompson is a likable "walker" - a one-of-a-kind preternatural coyote "shifter." She works as a mechanic, scraping to get by. She's made friends with a few members of the local werewolf pack, including her neighbor, Adam - the pack alpha. She's also friends with a vampire - which is basically taboo - and a few other fae. When Adam is attacked in his home, and his human daughter kidnapped, Mercy gets caught in the middle trying to help her friends.
I love that although Mercy is a preternatural being, she is a lot like an average human. Other than her increased senses and speed (when in coyote form), she doesn't have any extraordinary powers such as fast healing or increased strength. She uses the skills she's learned and her intuition to get through life, and so far, she's doing alright.
The storyline was well developed and kept me guessing until near the end who was behind the kidnapping and why Adam was targeted. I found myself engrossed in the plot, but also the character introduction and interactions.
The narration by Lorelei King is excellent. I was blown away by her range of voices - each so unique. There are some voices she performs, especially male characters, that I could have sworn were actually voiced by another narrator. While I'll admit that at first Adam's voice bothered me, I did grow to like it by the conclusion of the book. The wide range of vocals creates a richer listening experience.
My rating for the book: A- Enjoyed a lot My rating for the audio: A- Enjoyed a lot
Kindle copy - purchased with own funds Audiobook - loan from the library ...more
The Sea Forest world is magical land that is completely covered in water, where massive trees grow up from the ocean floor to support an entire eco-syThe Sea Forest world is magical land that is completely covered in water, where massive trees grow up from the ocean floor to support an entire eco-system within their branches. There is no ground: only roots, branches, and channels. Dwellings are carved into these magnificent trees. In this world there are two classes of humans: the Royals and the Water-rats. The Royals control everything, including the sacred zabbaroot, which gives those with tolerance to its poison, special mental abilities.
Ms. Kennedy has created an amazing and original mythology. The planet is lush, full of beautiful flora and fauna, unique creatures, and fascinating abilities. Mahri and Korl share a sexy and passionate bond. Both have faults - he is ignorant at times and completely arrogant, she is equally as willful and refuses to trust Korl - yet they both are genuine and likable. He is persistent in his demands for her body, mind, heart and soul. But Mahri doesn’t trust the Royal with her heart--thinking he only wants to control her. However, her physical attraction for Korl is undeniable, and when she eventually gives into her desires the sparks fly! The emotional connection between Mahri and Korl - their personal struggles for freedom and equality and for love and trust - make this a book worth reading. I truly enjoyed this entertaining tale.
My Rating: 4 stars: Really enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)