"My name is John Loveheart and I was not born wicked."
What a whimsical, wicked little book! I've been sitting here for the last half hour trying to com"My name is John Loveheart and I was not born wicked."
What a whimsical, wicked little book! I've been sitting here for the last half hour trying to come up with a way to put into words how I feel about it, and still I've got nothing. The writing style was lyrical and it sucked me right in and I gobbled this book up in one sitting.
Some people have shelved this book as YA, but don't be put off if you don't care for the genre. I don't consider this YA at all. Some of the characters might be young, but they aren't YA characters. Mr. Loveheart is too twisted, too bloodthirsty. Mirror is too unapproachable. When you add in the blood and gore it becomes very much an adult book. There may be a pretty cover on the front and the writing style is beautiful, but the story is anything but. It is bloody and twisted. Oh well, to each his own. I don't really know where to shelve it either.
I don't often buy books because I have a budget and a very good library system, but this series has just made my autobuy list. ...more
This was another amazing book by Jordan L. Hawk. I'm really impressed with her writing. Most books of this genre focus on the romance and leave the plThis was another amazing book by Jordan L. Hawk. I'm really impressed with her writing. Most books of this genre focus on the romance and leave the plot full of holes or sometimes abandon it altogether. Restless Spirits was a perfect balance of romance and plot and Ms. Hawk obviously spent a lot of time thinking things through.
This was also a book about racism and discrimination. The characters weren't white-washed. There was a Native American man, an African American girl, and (view spoiler)[a transgendered woman (hide spoiler)] in a time period when people like them were thought to be of less worth than anyone else. And Jordan L. Hawk handled it perfectly. Bravo!
All of the characters were amazing. I loved Henry and Vincent and their relationship felt natural to me. Even the side characters were fleshed-out and they added a lot to the story. I just saw that this is meant to be a series and I'm looking forward to seeing more of these characters in the future.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is the kind of book that all other books should aspire to be*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is the kind of book that all other books should aspire to be. It is dark and gritty and full of emotional complexity. It is full of bad people who do terrible things and have terrible things done to them. It's about war and brutality, and how people can believe themselves to be good and righteous and yet do horrendous things because they believe in their 'goodness' so much that they can't look past it. It is, in a word, brilliant.
"The world's a hard fucking place…A little hard to get by with just please."
More than anything, The Winter Family is a book about humanity.
"People don't even really make this thing; it's this thing that makes people. It's as natural as a dream. It's meaner than me, Bill. And it's never going to die."
Augustus Winter, the leader of the Winter Family, is a brutal killer with a twisted sense of justice. He sees the world as it is, a bloody mess of hate and greed where men prey on the weak. Where 'good' men are allowed to get away with their crimes because they conform to the new laws of society. A society that is as corrupt and greedy as its people.
"But then what's justice? It's men forcing themselves on the world. You see? I couldn't break the rules and escape. For their rules to be real they have to spread over every inch of the earth. There can't ever be one free space."
The west is slowly becoming more developed, the Native Americans are being killed for their land or forced into reservations, and the wild places of the land are disappearing. The Winter Family is becoming a relic of the past.
"I got news for you. The war was civilization. That was it! You ain't fighting civilization, Winter! There's no civilization out here for you to fight. But it's coming. And it's a whole lot bigger and meaner than you, friend. And it's not going to have no use for you when it gets here."
There are no heroes, no pure souls. Just blood and death and shifting loyalties.
A solid five stars! I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind having a bloody good time. ...more
I don't even know what to say right now. This book was absolutely amazing and even more impressive since it's from a debut author. Cam was a great charI don't even know what to say right now. This book was absolutely amazing and even more impressive since it's from a debut author. Cam was a great character. I love sassy characters, especially in YA, and Cam was the queen of all sass. She has had a long battle with a serious disease and it has made her hard and cynical. What I loved is that Wendy Wunder didn't overdo her cynicism and Cam was still sweet to her family and -mostly- kind to others. Asher was a great character, too, and I think he was just what Cam needed in her life.
The story wasn't all dark. Cam's family was hilarious and I loved their interactions with each other. I would recommend it to anyone. Just be prepared to have tissues on hand!
What an awesome book! It was dark and gritty and hilarious. Prince Jalan is the type of antihero that makes all*I won this in the Goodreads giveaway*
What an awesome book! It was dark and gritty and hilarious. Prince Jalan is the type of antihero that makes all the other antiheroes look like altar boys. He is a charming coward who will lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, or screw his way out of any situation. He doesn't care what happens to anyone else unless their fate directly affects him. I loved him. I have a serious soft spot for characters like him. Mark Lawrence did such a good job writing his and Snorri's characters that they both felt very real to me.
I don't think that the audiobook could be narrated by anyone else other than Tim Reynolds. Listening to him was like listening to a storyteller while sitting in front of a crackling fire and sipping cocoa. His narration of each of the characters voices was spot-on.
I am absolutely impatient for the next book in the series. But in the meantime I have his Prince of Thorns series to read. I got my first glimpse of Jorg in this book. Poor Jalan. *snickers*...more
I am not usually someone who likes reading about lawyers and courtroom dramas. My years watching Law and Order was strictly for the investigation andI am not usually someone who likes reading about lawyers and courtroom dramas. My years watching Law and Order was strictly for the investigation and the hunky cops in uniform. I decided to read Open and Shut purely because of the fact that there is a dog character and the author is obviously an animal lover(I mean...27 dogs?! Holy cow). I was quickly hooked by the first few pages. Andy Carpenter is a sarcastic lawyer who often crosses the lines to make a point in the courtroom and he will do anything to save his clients. He bends the rules a lot. But beneath all that he is still a pretty nice guy who sometimes takes his payment in melons. You really have to love him. He's like My Cousin Vinny, only a much better lawyer.
I was intrigued by the plot and I couldn't put the book down. There is a lot of mystery, a lot of humor, and some pretty intense courtroom scenes that never get dry or boring. It was a perfect blend of everything. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more