It gets harder and harder to review UF series, because I feel like I am just saying the same things over and over.
What I will say is, up to this pointIt gets harder and harder to review UF series, because I feel like I am just saying the same things over and over.
What I will say is, up to this point I wasn't sure what was wrong with me. Everyone, and I seriously mean everyone, goes on about how this is one of the best series out there. Well, previous to Death Masks, I didn't see it. It was enjoyable sure, good characters, nice plot, but I had read other UF series that ripped my guts out more. I think I just didn't connect to Harry the way I was supposed to. I thought there was something wrong with ME.
Until this book.
Guess what? I cried! Rarely do I cry in an Urban Fantasy series. Feel adrenaline, sure. Edge of my seat action, oh yeah. Not cried though. So, when one of these books does make me cry I take notice.
Death Masks was seriously good. So good I read it in 2 days. So good that I'm going to be moving onto the next book far faster than I anticipated....more
I haven't read this in years. My rating may change if I were to read it now. I just remember loving the premise of this book, I would read it over andI haven't read this in years. My rating may change if I were to read it now. I just remember loving the premise of this book, I would read it over and over again....more
Knowing that the general consensus was that the first book of this series wasn't so good, I feel pretty darn good about my odds going forward! I reallKnowing that the general consensus was that the first book of this series wasn't so good, I feel pretty darn good about my odds going forward! I really liked this book.
2 of the biggest complaints were that it starts off really confusing, almost as though you're dumped into the middle of the story, and that the first book was just one massive info dump about this new world. Both of these complaints are VERY accurate. It is really confusing, there was a lot that I didn't understand about this new world. And there were pages and pages of back information that I'll admit I found myself tuning out a bit for. This is why I'm only giving it 4 stars.
Except, for me, the characters and the dark gritty world that the lived in more then made up for those two problems. Kate was hilarious, and I love the fact that she wasn't gorgeous and all the guys wanted her. I loved that she was a tomboy with an attitude. I thought Curren was original, and while he was NOOOOOO Barrons, I can't wait to read more about him. Plus, this new dark grimy violent world they live in pulled me in. I loved the world building idea that Vampires are dead people who are being controlled by Necromancers. I love that the climb walls and are creepy, and get creepier the longer they're dead. Man, that's good stuff!
So all in all, I call this first book a hit. And again, remember, this was supposedly the worst book. Sounds like I'm in for a treat!...more
My friend has been hounding me to start this series... to be fair, I've been hounding her to start Eleanor & Park,'Ware the Man Who Fakes a Limp
My friend has been hounding me to start this series... to be fair, I've been hounding her to start Eleanor & Park, so it's only fair. And so, I finally did, lol. I was putting it off for a while because I heard that it was better to read other King's first as there's some crossover in this series and it makes more fun. I've said this before and I'll say it again, I'm a crossover fangirl. But the problem arose that I was putting this off to read more, but I wasn't reading more. Soooo, I bit the bullet and dived right in, throwing cares out the window.
It was odd.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it has to be said. It's an odd book. I get the sense that it's a very long prologue. It felt like a precursor to what's to come later, and so I'll read on to see. It did it's job and left me intrigued for more.
The moonlight on Jake's face reminded him again of a church saint, alabaster purity all unknown. He hugged the kid and put a dry kiss on his cheek, knowing that he loved him. Well, maybe that wasn't quite right. Maybe the truth was that he'd loved the kid from the first moment he'd seen him (as he had Susan Delgado), and was only now allowing himself to recognize the fact. For it WAS a fact. And it seemed that he could almost feel the laughter from the man in black, someplace far above them.
Classic John Green. Witty text that makes you feel more intelligent for reading it.
The only thing that could have made this better is if I was smarteClassic John Green. Witty text that makes you feel more intelligent for reading it.
The only thing that could have made this better is if I was smarter with math. I feel like my lack of math skills detracts from the really great part of this story. For instance, the Appendix unfortunately went right over my head.
BUT, you gotta love John Green because what did he do to make up for all that math? He gave us hilarious footnotes! Reading the footnotes was almost as fun as reading the book.
I've read better characters in his other books, so that would be my only slight critique of the book. I did like Colin. I think he was the best character in the book, which is good since he's the MC. Lindsay was funny, but she was also a little bland.
Where does this fall on the John Green scale? Better than WG/wg, not quite as good as Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars. (If only I had a graph!)...more
Don't be alarmed! A 3 star rating in a UF for the first book is pretty normal for me. I know that this has absolutely no bearing on the rest of the seDon't be alarmed! A 3 star rating in a UF for the first book is pretty normal for me. I know that this has absolutely no bearing on the rest of the series and fully expect that this rating will continue to rise with each subsequent book.
Mercy Thompson is a shifter, but a Native American type that shifts only into a Coyote. She was raised by werewolves, and grew up surrounded by a pack even if she wasn't one herself. It was a pretty interesting play on an Urban Fantasy and like nothing I've ever read before. I have a feeling that we're only scratching the surface with what Mercy's powers are. There were some hints dropped about her not being aware of her untapped power, so I'm buckling my imaginary seatbelt.
There is a triangle... Sam and Adam... both Alpha werewolves, but attractive as hell in their different ways. I think that I'm pulling more for Adam, but there were definite times when that flipped and I loved Samuel. At least for now it's a toss up for me. (Granted, NOT having a triangle would have been a bonus.)
The plot, well most of it was good. I admit that there were times in the middle of this first installment where I found myself skimming. There was so much information and hierarchy that was presented in terms of how the pack world worked, sometimes it was a little too much information and I would 'tune out'. This would be my only reason for my lower rating. Really it's a 3.5, because I sat for like five minutes clicking back and forth between 3 and 4 stars.
Good start, which I'm sure means everything will just get better and better. ...more