The synopsis for this book was what pulled me in enough to give it a try. Who wouldn't want to read a book about a romance between a vampire and a zomThe synopsis for this book was what pulled me in enough to give it a try. Who wouldn't want to read a book about a romance between a vampire and a zombie? Sounds awesome!
Unfortunately it just didn't hold my interest at all and I kept kind of hoping it would be over soon. The main characters, Lorin and Lex, didn't have much personality beyond the first few chapters. I was hoping for more and I was disappointed.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the free review copy....more
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I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The worldbuilding reminded me of a cross between Garth Nix's Abhor*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley*
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The worldbuilding reminded me of a cross between Garth Nix's Abhorsen series (ringing the bells to keep demons at bay/banish them) and Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart (the world is overtaken and the resistance lives in underground tunnels while the rest of society carries on).
It was pretty good. I can definitely see myself reading the next book in the series when it comes out. I had a few issues with the characters because there were times when I just wanted to throttle them for being so stupid. At least Amaranth knew she had made some mistakes, which made it a little better.
I'd recommend it to fans of young or new adult and people who love urban fantasy and strong heroines. ...more
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I usually love everything that Keri Arthur writes, but this one was very disappointin*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley*
I usually love everything that Keri Arthur writes, but this one was very disappointing. I really didn't expect that. I expected to love it just as much as her other books. But this one fell very flat for me.
I didn't care about the characters at all, not even Gabriel who is the type of character I would normally love. I felt disconnected from both main characters and there wasn't any suspense for me because I didn't really care what happened to them. I didn't sense any personality whatsoever.
Nothing else was working for me, either. I thought the book was very wordy and the plot was thin.
I'll still read more from this author and hope it was a one-time miss. ...more
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This was a good book, a little slow in the beginning but it picked up at the half*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*
This was a good book, a little slow in the beginning but it picked up at the halfway point when the characters started to interact more. I especially loved the setting and the descriptions of New Orleans. I love any book that takes place in New Orleans and the author did a great job of setting the mood. It had a creepy, magical undertone to the book that made it great to read in the evenings when the hubby was asleep :).
My favorite character was actually the grandmother that Jayden was so embarrassed by. Of course, we all know by now that the creepy grandmothers are the ones with all of the answers.
I liked the book, especially the dark atmosphere, and I especially liked the piecing together of a mystery. I would definitely read something by this author in the future. ...more
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first. It started somewhat slow, and there was a part where I was afraid it was going to turn into tI wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first. It started somewhat slow, and there was a part where I was afraid it was going to turn into the YA, love-at-first-sight, we're fated to be together even though we're still in high school type thing. I was prepared to put the book away at that point. (view spoiler)[There is some of that, but it is a lot more subtle (hide spoiler)] I kept with it and was pleasantly surprised when I found myself hooked and truly caring what happened to the characters. What kept me coming back to the book was the very interesting concept of four separate souls inhabiting one boy's body. Well, five, if you count said boy. Of course he is considered schizophrenic, which just adds even more interest and tension to the story. The only bad thing I could say is that there was a lot going on in this book. A lot. Eventually it all came together, but at first it seemed like the author was just trying to dump as much stuff in the story as possible.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I received a copy of Charming from the publisher through Netgalley.
I ended up liking this book quite a bit. John Charming is a fun character whose naI received a copy of Charming from the publisher through Netgalley.
I ended up liking this book quite a bit. John Charming is a fun character whose narration reminds me a bit of Harry Dresden when Harry is having a good day. John is sarcastic, witty, and he has a playfulness that I really like in a character. His narration was what I enjoyed most about the book. He is also a pretty kick-ass character because of his Knight training and because he has an inner beastie just waiting to get out. If it walks, talks, and smells like a werewolf... The side characters were all fleshed out and had their own personalities and eccentricities. Molly was my favorite. She is a priest who uses Christmas music to relax and horror movies to conquer her fear of vampires. The worldbuilding was interesting and I could tell that there was a lot of thought put into it. The only thing I didn't love was that sometimes the author would add some history about a creature or how to kill it right in the middle of an action scene. There were a few scenes in particular that irritated me because of this. Still, it wasn't enough to make me too frustrated and the great things about the book outweighed this one bad one. I will definitely read the next book when it comes out. ...more
This series has my favorite female urban fantasy character. Diana Rowland does a great job developing Angel's character.
Angel Crawford has really comeThis series has my favorite female urban fantasy character. Diana Rowland does a great job developing Angel's character.
Angel Crawford has really come into her own in this book. I love how her character is maturing through each book. A lot of urban fantasy (a lot of fiction, actually) has a character who doesn't move much beyond the starting point, psychologically. But Angel is tired of being called a loser. She doesn't want to live in a house with a driveway paved in beer cans. She can't get high anymore because of her new zombie nature, which really solved a lot of her problems. But now she's looking toward the future and she wants to learn things and improve herself. She is sticking up for herself when someone puts her down, which is a huge improvement over the first book. And my favorite thing- she values herself enough that she can tell Marcus to back off when he tries to control her.
The plot was great and there were quite a few twists and turns along the way. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that this one stood up to all my expectations. I read through the night because I couldn't put it down. ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
I honestly had a difficult time reading this and I had to force myself to finishI received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
I honestly had a difficult time reading this and I had to force myself to finish it. The story was slow and tedious, and the writing style was not easy to get into. All that would have been ok and I would have at least come away from reading the book feeling indifferent about it and maybe rated it two stars if I was in a good mood. But what made me absolutely livid was the 'humor'. It was forced and about 90% of the jokes were in very, very poor taste. I lost count of all the fat jokes, gay jokes, homeless jokes. It was like being in high school all over again and watching the school bully pick on all of your classmates. It left me feeling very uncomfortable.
0/5 (because I don't actually have to give it a star) ...more
I've never before read a book with such a nice description of Hell. It was fascinating, really, with the creatures and the Ministries, and everythingI've never before read a book with such a nice description of Hell. It was fascinating, really, with the creatures and the Ministries, and everything a close parallel to Earth. Chen was a great character, but my favorite character was actually Zhu Irzh, the really quite loveable demon who is part of Hell's vice department.
The plot and action would really get moving, and then all of the sudden things would slack off for a chapter or two. After a while it was slightly frustrating to be stuck with Ma when I really wanted to know what was going on with Chen and Zhu Irzh. Still, everything else more than made up for it.