BDSM... I enjoyed it & it was free. Only complaint is the length 50 pages or so. Also the book ended right when you wished to read more, but thatBDSM... I enjoyed it & it was free. Only complaint is the length 50 pages or so. Also the book ended right when you wished to read more, but that is what the author planned & it was an excellent choice on her part since I was hooked enough to purchase the next in the series!...more
Full thrill ride. Enjoyed the witch trials angle of the story & the founding of our country. Very original & inventive. Hopefully will get othFull thrill ride. Enjoyed the witch trials angle of the story & the founding of our country. Very original & inventive. Hopefully will get others interested in the history that was presented in the book. Reminded me of the movie National Treasures & cache hunting.
Con: a few mistakes with storyline over the series. Favorite typo "Caitlin smiles and turns to Caitlin." She had a clone for a second! Why do authors subject us to instant love? Geesh! I know it's YA, but it gives us females a bad rep! But then again Sam is in instant luv with Samantha. Oh, he's a man, so maybe instant lust. Note to Author: let love grow & flow. This just felt forced. How about some friendship & trust? There was way too much of Caitlin worrying about Caleb & feelings, while he is aloof and uncaring. A kiss would b a nice surprise but ruined since C. thought it 2 paragraphs per page! Then he is all about protecting her humanity. Strange since she is already a killing bloodsucker!
I would have gave 5 ***** if there was less love crazed siblings & more true relationship growth. The typos were funny & gave me a laugh, unrealistic love felt over used & grated on my nerves! ...more
Short Story: Gin's pov. Back story of the Assassination of Detective Cliff Ingles, this was mentioned several times and was one of the things betweenShort Story: Gin's pov. Back story of the Assassination of Detective Cliff Ingles, this was mentioned several times and was one of the things between Gin & Donavon Caine in the books Spider's Bite and Web of Lies. ...more
Short story: Fletcher's pov on Gin's 1st assassination job. Some background on what info Fletcher had on Gin. Interesting story, great addition to theShort story: Fletcher's pov on Gin's 1st assassination job. Some background on what info Fletcher had on Gin. Interesting story, great addition to the main books....more
Genevieve Snow, Aka: Gin Blanco, the Spider Assassin is the truest BADASS All others claiming that title are jus My name is Gin, and I kill people.
Genevieve Snow, Aka: Gin Blanco, the Spider Assassin is the truest BADASS All others claiming that title are just pale imitations.
The elemental assassins series is one of the best urban fantasy series out there. Most series in this genre portray their protagonists slightly wishy-washy. I am going to kill this Bastard, but I am going to cry about it later. Gin makes no apologies. She does her job with the attitude of "it's either them or me." I revel in this, it makes one hell of a story. I would rather spend my time engrossed in an exciting action scene, not spend my time on remorseful internal dialog. I'm not your therapist. You are here to entertain, ME
I love the theme that most people would perceive as the bad guy, is in reality, the good guy. It basically shows us the other side of the story.
Can a killer be a good person? In Gin Blanco's case, yes!
My name is Gin, and I kill people .... for the greater good!...more
The main protagonists drew me in from the start. Sterling "Harvard" Chase has always had a place in A ring of finality... Perhaps a new beginning...
The main protagonists drew me in from the start. Sterling "Harvard" Chase has always had a place in my heart. He always strove to be the best with an arrogant attitude. I knew beneath the surface we would find a hero with a not good enough complex. From previous installments we knew he was battling bloodlust and on the verge of going rogue. I was surprised to learn that he had battled this, not only for the time we've known him, but since the death of his brother six years prior. Octavia "Tavia" was an unknown name in the midnight breed world. We saw a glimpse of her previously as Chase tried to snipe a politician at a fundraiser. Tavia was a perfect surprise. Her origins were ingenious on Lara Adrian's part. Adrian's series is highly original, but the direction she took with Tavia and her "sisters" was above and beyond. I enjoyed Tavia's attitude as well as her internal dialogue.
Side cast of Characters I removed a star because of the amount of point of view change ups . While I love being inside the minds of past loved characters this took away from the protagonists time to shine. I loved both Chase and Tavia, but we barely spent time with them causing an effect of disconnection between the reader and characters. This is hard for me, the pov is a delicate balance. Whereas we need to feel connected to the protagonists, we also need to connect to the rest of the cast to progress the main storyline premise. Darker After Midnight did not accomplish this, it felt slightly off balance.
A ring of finality
The ending of Darker After Midnight wrapped up a ten book storyline arc. Dragos' reign is decimated. All of the breed have been mated and most have young. This was tied up with a pretty red bow... Lara Adrian has not hinted that this is the final book, so I move forward with hope. I feel we have reached the end of this cast though. I feel she will breathe new life into the series...
A New Beginning? Many threads have been left hanging. Are there more out there like Octavia, her living half-sisters ? Did all the HUNTERS fall when the mass cell phone call activated the ultra-violet collars? How will the BREED fair in the United Nations? What new issues will arise? What of Nathan, Kellen, and lil Maia; the 13&14 year old breed males forming a friendship to become warriors and their tiny seer Breedmate? This has great potential, along with all the new Breed Males born of the Order. Can Tavia have both sexes, or, as her breedmate sisters, is she destined to only have males? I have a feeling at least one of her twins will be female. What of the Ancient's warning and guesses about a second set of immortals fathering the females, while the Breed father the males?
Our new beginning: I believe that we will see a new Order, a stronger Order, Born from the current cast of characters. And this will be our new story...
I am left with a bitter sweet feeling at the end of Darker After Midnight, an emptiness... I guess I will have to take a new journey with another series to fill the void.
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After waiting an entire year for the next installment of the Hall For Heaven's Sake, Give Rachel a Shotgun!
A Perfect Blood~Kim Harrison 3 1/2 Stars
After waiting an entire year for the next installment of the Hallows series I have finished and left unsatisfied. I feel bad to state that I was giving one of my favorite series such a low rating. I will state the reasons behind my thoughts. Please beware that spoilers may be included in this review.
Rachel I love Rache. At the finale of Pale Demon Trent has fitted Rachel with a bracelet to cut her off from the Demon realm. On to a Perfect Blood, Rachel still has the bracelet in place except it is no longer a help but a hindrance. She is a woman with no protection. What annoyed me by this is the internal dialogue that is repeated about whether or not Rachel should remove the charmed bracelet. Sometimes the thoughts are just a few short paragraphs apart. Another issue is how the side characters treat Rachel as if she is mentally and physically handicapped. But in their defense and Rachel's I believe it is Harrison who has the affliction. The reader endures 300 pages as Rachel doubts herself as others do, is depressed, lonely, and lost. She eventually finds her way in the very end of the book with the thought of every NO should be YES . Happy that there was that very small amount of growth in an entire novel.
This book was primarily filler. I noticed that descriptions abound in this installment. Way over the top. I actually wanted to skim and had to hold myself back. Just the simple fact that I knew every hand movement, every shift in the character's seat, every outfit Ivy wore, how everyone smelled. I will say that I enjoyed it and read it like a fiend. But the storyline was weak. The plot was filled with giant sized holes. Many loose ends were tied up as others from this very book were left hanging. The hangings were not for the sake of the next installment. It is as if they just simply were forgotten or not explained. Inconsistent use of powers that were ridiculous.
Bad Guys The bad guys in a Perfect Blood were human, yet it took 400+ pages to show them who was boss. We had a human run agency, the interlander agency filled with vamps, a Demon, an Elf, a Pixy, an eons old dead vampire, and an unnamed agency and still it was difficult to take out one male human? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! And of course the knights in shining armor didn't appear until the last moment. There were so many scenes written as two or three baddies escaped legions of good guys. Yes, I know that the human agency was on their side and helped out. But come on! There were always at least another 20 people who weren't in on the conspiracy. Two humans escaping 20 supernatural beings and military trained humans. Um, when Trent and Jenks saved Rachel and her newly made creature from the observatory why didn't they finish off the baddie. He was practically dead by the hooven creature. Oh, I know, that would have finished off the book. Usually there are a few interactions between the storyline nemesis with one climatic showdown. This book had four or more showdowns that read just like the previous one. I started to not care what happened during the scenes, they were so similar and repetitive.
Inconsistent Power Usage In the beginning Rachel is without powers, cut off by the charmed bracelet. She does have the abilities to use her charms as she did in the beginning of the series, so how did she forget to use them? She ran around as a victim with a bodyguard doing stupid shit. Throughout the middle section of the book after Rachel can tap a line she only relies on all the witch abilities she should have used in the beginning of the book. The whole point of taking off the bracelet was so she could use her Demon abilities to protect herself. It wasn't until the very end of the book that she uses her magic, albeit shoddily. Trent is more powerful than a Demon in this book and more skilled. Hmm... when did that happen? Oh and somehow all of those human baddies use magic even though they are not witches. That's new, after ten books we change the rules. Those humans were stronger than the demon and the elf... or perhaps a shot gun to the chest? Yeah, that would have freaking worked! The only baddie killed during a raid is by a dead vamp piloting a living vampire who was in blood lust from combat excitement. No gun, no magic, but an out of control vamp get the job done. Way to go Nina!
Nina/Felix We are introduced to a living Vampire, Nina, at all places, the DMV. And somehow a Master Dead Vampire who is the head of the IS knows Rachel is at the DMV and he pilots the living Vampire Nina who he has never met. That plot hole just swallowed my ass. I am not sure why this was even introduced to the story. We never learn the true identity of the dead vampire during the entire novel and Nina is inconsequential. Actually after the countless scenes this duo?/single? dominates they just drop off the face of the book for the last quarter. And we hear a minor foot note about Ivy helping Nina at the very end of book.*BTW, what exactly was Ivy helping with? It never said.* I think the dead vampire was so that we could hear more about Kisten. There were countless references of our lost lover throughout the story making me wonder if it were foreshadowing for future books. The dead vampire was pretty much worthless in the field, especially for someone who heads an agency and is old enough to take over a living being. Nina was placed in the book for Ivy, especially since two of her threesome took off to parts unknown to join an unknown unnamed agency. The several hundred year old dead vampire was still too weak to control a 2o year old living vampire. Yet much younger dead vampires do this with no issue. Sorry, I just stumbled over another plot hole, my bad.
Tied up loose Ends Kisten's pool table gets a makeover finally. And the gang plays a round of pool. Um, okay. That's great! My point, yet another Kisten reference. There were at least 50 references. See what I mean about foreshadowing? As sweet as the scene was, playing pool and talking up the were repairman as they were annoyed by the naughty Pixies is just complete filler.
It has been four, maybe five books since David made Rachel his Alpha. We never really hear from David... EVER! Actually, I don't know anything about him, at all! But Rachel get's her tattoo showing affiliation to his pack as the alpha. Great, it's about time. Let's tie the end right up. It was still filler. Actually the entire storyline of David has never evolved into anything, disappointing actually.
You can feel Harrison edging to the end of the Hollows series. Jenks is paired off with the wingless Faery, which is sweet. Ivy was acting happy with her threesome until Nina hit the scene and the twosome left her high and dry. Ivy appeared to have come to terms with Rachel not loving her in a lover sort of way. Mean while Rachel is jealous of everybody and having sexy internal dialogue about Ivy *that's how I know what Ivy's wearing or shifting on her seat or smelling especially delicious.*
I was confused about Big Al's reaction to finding out Rachel was still alive. He cut Trent's fingers off and sold Pierce to another Demon when he thought Rachel was dead. But, Al is all sunshine and rainbows! I love Al, but it felt like Harrison was just phoning it in as she wrote this book.
I adored the babies. I was confused about the family situation. Is Ceri with Trent or Quen? Trent calls both children his as does Ceri. What about Quen? Doesn't he get to have ownership over his own daughter? That was strange. I loved the babies reactions to Al. After all, he is very loveable!
One particular part annoyed me. Jenks said they didn't tell Rachel about the run until they left in case she wasn't invited. And if she wasn't invited he was going to lock her in the bathroom. NOT COOL! She had just escaped a bathroom the night before after being held by the indestructible human male. RIDICULOUS! Let's give the girl a moment to come to terms with being abducted and watching her blood change people into monsters. No? Ya wanna torture her some more by locking her in the bathroom again? Okay, let's do that, Jenks.
TRENT Trent was the solid foundation of the novel that saved it from getting 3 or perhaps 2 stars from me. He was written beautifully, complete character development. His growth was amazing and I now feel as if I know him. I also loved the new partnership between Trent and Rachel. Their quiet awkwardness is sweet. It was slightly overdrawn in this book. I felt as if every meeting between the pair was written to fill a similar format. They meet, they fight, they smile at each other, they make excuses to touch, the leave awkwardly and REPEAT! They have a strong foundation for a lasting relationship and I look forward to seeing where it leads. Hell, I know where it is going to lead. I would have loved at least a peck on the cheek as payment for reading the book! That man sure does smell good!
I did devour the book. I read for 8 hours straight and put it down. But I found it hard to pick back up again. The hiatus allowed me to really think about the content and become disappointed. That is the perfect word for it, I was disappointed. I was also entertained. I loved seeing all of the gang. I loved watching Rachel grow after she got her head out of her ass and stopped listening to all of those around her. I loved Trent. I, however, missed the strong plot that Harrison is know for. I am disappointed and feel short changed. I know we are approaching the end of the Hollows. I think that should mean we are given extraordinary books, not mediocre ones.
I have a year to get over it. Next year's installment better meet some standards!
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One of my favorites from the series! Enjoyed the hell outta good but thinks she's evil Sabine & the total undoing of Rydstrom's control. Awesome bOne of my favorites from the series! Enjoyed the hell outta good but thinks she's evil Sabine & the total undoing of Rydstrom's control. Awesome book!...more