I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this u...more4 stars Adult Fanfiction Status: complete
I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this unholy book. Oh, Passhenette1, you need to find me if you read this review. You and I are soul mates in our perversions. I write some wicked shit, but I hold back what's really going on in my head. But I won't from now on, since I found a location to post what would be banned otherwise.
Once you get past the beginning of the book, the incest becomes not-so taboo because you're desensitized to it. I'm not one for gratuitous sex. *cough cough* So yeah, there was little else, and it was the most perverse sex on the planet, with little or no rules of morality <-- which is why I ate it with a big spoonful of sugar, and left my 'no gratuitous sex' qualm behind. Don't expect any females in the cast of characters. You start to wonder where the book is gonna go... more sex? Just end on a sex scene? Where could it possibly go? & then Quinton finally enters stage left and changes the whole motherfuckin' orgy on its head.
There is something wrong with me as to why I become weak-willed for the psycho in this tale. Quentin is like the unholy alliance of every single one of my lunatic, sadistic, abusive characters. So intriguing in their wrongness.
I. Am. Fucked. In. The. Head
Wow, what a ride. My ass feels sore, and all I did was sit on it as I read this ass-ripper of a tale. (less)
3 1/2 stars. Solid Urban Fantasy, hitting all the points: world building, paranormal creatures, warring factions, super-human abilities, and action &...more3 1/2 stars. Solid Urban Fantasy, hitting all the points: world building, paranormal creatures, warring factions, super-human abilities, and action & danger sequences. The usual sidekicks: hot alpha male, hot villain/could-be good guy, flighty new bff after years of never having a female friend (always annoying yet flirty, semi-dim), a surprising villain (usually female)that was thought to be on your team.
I'm unsure why, perhaps my mood, but the story didn't grip me and keep me interested. Maybe it was because the book hit all the points, making it cookie-cutter, insert character traits here, and predicable without bringing anything new to the genre. I love being surprised while I read, and that was missing for me.
I was able to put the book down, over and over, and it didn't matter if I finished the story or not. I didn't connect with the characters. Some essential spark was missing for me. I enjoy UF because romance is not front and center but slightly hiding in the background. While there were several characters that could become Sabina's future love interest, I felt no emotion, no chemistry at all.
I don't want this to be perceived as a negative review. My reading tastes are dictated by my mood. The Sabina Kane series hits all the points in the Urban Fantasy genre, the writing was solid, and the characters were authentic. The book just wasn't for me.
Will I continue on with the series: maybe- when I get a craving for more UF.
Would I read more from this author: I will read a few more books by Jaye Wells before I determine if the writing style is for me. so, yes.
I would recommend this series to readers of Urban Fantasy: Vamps and Mages and Demons, oh my!
By far my favorite part of the entire book, anything dealing with Sabina's pet demon- Mr. Giggles pulled my lips into a smile a few times, and even made me laugh out loud. (less)
Best of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful,...moreBest of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful, but not as agonizing as reading the ending of one of my favorite series. (less)
The series and the author has a lot of potential. I expect to see some serious growth in the next few books and I hope the author goes back and rewrit...moreThe series and the author has a lot of potential. I expect to see some serious growth in the next few books and I hope the author goes back and rewrites Hell's Knights for its betterment. I had a few issues with the book, which I will explain, and then I will give a short review.
Possessive use in placement of plural usage. Several instances of the plural of Harley Davidson(s)written as Harley Davidson's. This was an issue many times over, not just on the branding of motorcycles. This is a rookie mistake that I hope to see the author grow out of. A lot of misplaced words, misspelled words, the use of I instead of Me(this is something many do, believing I is the proper use even when it is not), and improper overuse of commas that I believe will be found on a re-edit. I'm not putting the author down by any means; I've been there. The more you write the more the rules of grammar and punctuation solidify in your mind and you use them without thought. Bella Jewel has a lot of potential as a story teller, and time will tell on her growth as her own editor. Whether you have an editor or not, it's the writer's responsibility to self-edit to grow in their craft. Another issue for me was about 1/3-1/2 way point where the character of Addison began to act out of character. Another rookie mistake that is easy to overcome.
Mix of a review and my thoughts. I may be reading but my mind is always in edit-mode; not to put down the novel but to improve the novel.
Hell's Knights starts out gritty, dark, and hopeless. The backstory was more so intriguing than the current time frame. Written in past and present sections, with the past more passages than actual scenes. More unsolicited advice: expand the past sections of the novel; it's the backbone of the storyline.
I was looking for a read that would trap me, hold me hostage in the storyline, and not let me go until the end, and Hell's Knights did that for me. I also immediately wanted to read the next in the series. But since it was 3 a.m. I decided to get some rest so I could spend the day reading with a clear, non-zombiefied mind.
Bella Jewel didn't wimp out like other authors usually do. Scenes were brutal, vivid, and I felt pained reading them.
I'm an endearment hater, but even I was charmed by Cade's Sugar and even his constant bombardment ofshut the fuck up. Why? Because only Cade used the words- he owned them. Except around the 30% mark where Babe was used and I almost threw my paperwhite. That lazy replacement word is on my shitlist. Not sure why we had 6 Babes instead of sugar, and one from Addison said in a snide, 'knock that shit out' manner(thank goodness). That is something a good edit/rewrite would pick up.
The story pacing was a nice speed; not too fast or too slow. The description was adequate, this coming from someone who doesn't need every action, piece of clothing, and space described in great detail, so I thoroughly appreciated the lack.
One more, or two, piece(s)of unsolicited advice: Addison running off, acting naive and bullheaded, is completely out of character judging by her past. She is street smart. Addison knows Hell is coming for her. She wouldn't pull that bratty princess bullshit. That needs resolved. It makes Addison look mentally challenge and is one of the biggest beefs by all readers; making women look like irresponsible, irrational, hormonal idiots that don't use the brain in their pretty heads. The epilogue also needed expanded as well with the sex scene at odds with the scene itself. It felt... out of place.
I know this review sounds negative, pushy, and insulting. Actually, that is as far from the truth as possible. I give Bella Jewel mad props, and I see a huge potential in the writer and the series. With a little bit of work this could be a 5+ star read, and I loved the premise, the characters, and the series enough to want to see it succeed, not just in sales but in the story and editing as well. (less)
As a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especially...moreAs a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especially one that isn't littered with curse words. First, I will say a few words about our protagonists. I wanted to lodge Deuce's sac somewhere in the vicinity of his throat. Eva was in need of a thorough bitch-slapping to gain some self-respect- repeatedly with a closed fist. *Hands Deuce & Eva some self-respect* Other than the main characters being a trainwreck and the overuse of BABY & BITCH *shudders in revulsion* I was highly entertained, smirking, sometimes ignited while blushing at Deuce's nasty talk, and laughing at a good portion of the dialogue. The book started perfectly, grabbing my ass in its rough fingers and not letting go. The initial encounters, both platonic and sexual were outstanding. It did wane a bit from the mid-point until the end where the characters were simultaneously acting in&out of character- confusing the f outta me. It was like, Why? How is this driving the story forward? Why do I as a reader have to figure out Deuce's motivations when I'm in his head during his narration? Why is he acting and reacting differently that his thought pattern? I would've liked to hear Deuce's fears instead of guessing that it was the case; I hope it was the case, anyway. Because if not, he was pretty irredeemable otherwise. But I forgave that because I had to know what was coming next even if it was predestined to end a specific way. While I was highly amused at the various ways the word F*ck was utilized, *truly, I was a dirty sailor in a past life* the feminist was clawing, screaming, dying to dig its way out of my throat and throw my beloved Kindle across the room. Yeah, I'm mighty big on respect for a woman, both from men and towards oneself. HUGE trigger for me, that. I understand the dynamic of their world and that women aren't respected as equals. I said I understood it... I didn't say I have to f'n like it, now did I? Second: I pretty much read the book in one sitting and immediately purchased UnBeautifully. Annoyingly frustrating or not, the characters engrossed me, and I loved the storyline for the most part. Curious to see where this series evolves, and do plan on reading the rest of Sheehan's work... just lay off the babies, will ya, PLEASE? I can't swallow that shit. Just can't. Drives me f'n batshit cray-cray. 'k, baby? (less)
my true feelings. Don't hate on me for stating my opinion. The first third was filler. It took too long to set up the premise of the book. It dragged...moremy true feelings. Don't hate on me for stating my opinion. The first third was filler. It took too long to set up the premise of the book. It dragged in pacing & over-description, causing me to become bored. I almost stopped reading out of frustration . The beginning is to hook you into the story & Ever After failed in that regard. By the mid-point it was finally exciting. It wasn't until the last quarter that I was engrossed.
Where it did shine was Trent & Rachel. This saved it from a 3 star rating for me. Their relationship is elegant & real. Reminiscent of classic novels where one touch spoke a thousand unsaid words. The connection,bond, resonates with the reader.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but was slightly angry. With the end of the Hollows series near, I wanted more... more bite, action, interaction. Less talk of the mundane. Laundry lists of every day life- clothing, kitchen, jenk's pixie dust, the meat on your sandwich. I don't need to know your arm moves when you walk, because that is how we all walk. We never did find out what her outfit was that was mentioned 50 times before the final showdown. The first three chapters was just that & nothing more. I, seriously, almost put the book down because of this issue. & what a pity, because I would've missed out on the last half of the book & that isn't MY fault, but Harrison's.(less)
Poison Princess ROCKED! Dark, twisted, fast-paced read. It is a paranormal dystopian fiction half-breed. Inventive, thrilling, and amazing chemistry,...morePoison Princess ROCKED! Dark, twisted, fast-paced read. It is a paranormal dystopian fiction half-breed. Inventive, thrilling, and amazing chemistry, and Kresley Cole doesn't wimp out. It was so brutal that I wouldn't let anyone under sixteen read it no matter their maturity. I wanted to post quotes from the book countless times. The ending made Death feel proud, but it made me feel proud for Kresley Cole. I cannot wait for the next in this new series. & I want to know more about Death!!!
I always worry when my favorite authors in the adult paranormal romance genre venture out to the YA genre. Some are good, some are mediocre, some are disasters. I think that Cole wrote Poison Princess BETTER than the IAD series & I'm in love with those Otherworlders!
***fangirling like an idiot. I have to start another book just to get this one from my thoughts. It was THAT good!! Tied for 1st place with Blood Red Road for the best book of 2012- IMO! (less)
Waiting on my pre-ordered hardcover, rereading, taking notes, and writing an extensive review. I have thoughts, lots of thoughts. Confused, massively...moreWaiting on my pre-ordered hardcover, rereading, taking notes, and writing an extensive review. I have thoughts, lots of thoughts. Confused, massively confused. (less)
After a slow start, which I was worried that I couldn't get into Grave Mercy. As soon as the main heroine arrived at court, I was hooked. Awesome book...moreAfter a slow start, which I was worried that I couldn't get into Grave Mercy. As soon as the main heroine arrived at court, I was hooked. Awesome book! I can't wait to see where this leads. The houses of Rule confused me for the longest time. I had a hard time keeping who is whom straight. Very complex. Eventually I was able to get a grasp on the information. I loved the main heroine- strong woman!(less)
This short story is about how the rivalry between Mab and the Spider's mother started. I enjoyed the look back t...moreLoved it! A glimpse inside Mab's head.
This short story is about how the rivalry between Mab and the Spider's mother started. I enjoyed the look back to the ladies fighting as children during a tea party. Later you experience the tragic events that turned the child Genvieve into Gin Blanco the Spider Assassin through the enemy's point of view.
Gin and Mab give the term Bad-Ass, strength. These ladies don't wait to defend themselves, they kill you before the thought even enters your mind.
Magic gifts is a free novella from the writing duo Ilona Andrews. The story is in Kate Daniels point of view. It is funny, wacky, and a bit haphazard....moreMagic gifts is a free novella from the writing duo Ilona Andrews. The story is in Kate Daniels point of view. It is funny, wacky, and a bit haphazard. While I loved a lot of the dialog, the storyline its self was extremely weak.
My favorite parts involved anything with Ghastek *I would love to know more about him!* I also loved The Dude The fight scene between his Furriness and Dagfinn was entertaining as hell.
I love Ilona Andrews take on Vampires. A Master of the Dead piloting one is a mix of disgust, humor, and sick fascination. It's like watching a car wreck, you just can't look away.
The storyline was a 2 star for me. But between the innovation of the writers and the tickle my funnybone factor, I gave it 4 stars overall.
Cover & Title This is a new thing for me. Usually I ignore the cover and title wanting the meat of the storyline. But, after some very heinous ones I now rate that as well. A title grabs your attention while a cover catches your eye. Between these two items you either gain a new reader or lose a potential one. This being a free novella it doesn't really apply, but I will give a rate anyway. This is a badass cover. It's Awesome! Title, how more appropriate can you get. Every book in this series has had the word Magic in it. & this being a Gift from our lovely writers, we have the title Magic Gifts! Perfection. My point being, that the title and cover were extremely appropriate for this book. So why the hell when you have to purchase a book do Author's give us shit covers and titles? Hmmm? Thanks, diatribe complete!
Dear Ilona Andrews,
MORE GHASTEK, PLEASE!!!
& Thank you for the gift of Magic Gifts. I highly appreciate it!