A common theme running through many books is that families can be hell and in Faith’s case that is more literal than metaphorical. Her father is the D...moreA common theme running through many books is that families can be hell and in Faith’s case that is more literal than metaphorical. Her father is the Devil, she is demoness with wings, tail and horns and she is currently dating an angel who lives across the hall. Unfortunately his ex-girlfriend has shown up wanting him back, while her ex-boyfriend has also arrived on the scene, without any memories of their relationship and falls for her again. Add in two family weddings and Faith’s patience starts to run low...
This is one of those books were the banter between the characters is fun, frivolous and laugh out loud amusing. It could almost be a chick-lit frothy read with demons and angels thrown in for decoration. Faith has the same relationship and family issues as any young woman – although gratefully she is confident in herself and her abilities. Her family are familiar to most people with an over-protective Dad, a hippy Mum, an older half-brother who’s a pain and a bitchy sister – but despite their sniping and banter – but despite their sniping and mockery with each other there is a strong core. And when someone attacks one of them, they pull together.
Outside of the relationships, there is some investigation into drug thievery at the hospital Faith works which doesn’t really go anywhere but ties up some loose ends from the first book, Luck of the Devil. Overall, this is a fast, fun read – light hearted and amusing so a perfect anecdote for the wet, miserable winter days! (less)
Oh, Sabina! You’ve come so far since we first encountered you as a vampire assassin for your grandmother in Red-Headed Stepchild. Discovering your mag...moreOh, Sabina! You’ve come so far since we first encountered you as a vampire assassin for your grandmother in Red-Headed Stepchild. Discovering your mage half and embracing friendship and family, fighting your destiny and forging unusual alliances with many creatures – it’s been a real rollercoaster ride. This is your final book and while I won’t giveaway the ending, let’s just say I was more than satisfied!
Sabina, Adam and Giguhl are hunting down Cain, the father of the vampire race who is determined to bring Lilith back to Earth, which would kill all the dark races – mage, vampire, fae and demon. Their mission is a very personal one and Sabina particularly wants revenge. She has that forceful spark that we fell for in the first place, but this time she has a team that she loves. And the fact that they share the mission and fight together is a major step for Sabina, demonstrating just how far she has come since the beginning. Adam and Sabina are brought closer together here having been tested in the past and the fact that Adam could ‘read’ Sabina so well was a great touch. While she may have grown, Sabina still has a temper and tends to speak first and think second. Giguhl still has a smart mouth and some of the best lines, while mage Adam is just a dreamy guy who completely accepts Sabina for who she is now. I want to be part of their group!
Once again the pace is fast paced with solid action mixed with emotional depth. New characters are introduced with plenty of cameos from old friends giving a great range of the dark races world. The stakes are much higher than they have ever been – and yet much more personal than ever before. There is a real sense of perspective with plenty of locations both in the real world and the underworld for our characters to explore.
This really is a series where each books has built on the previous one to develop this world without repeating anything and one I would recommend to all UF fans. I confess it took until the third book for me to completely love it, but now it is one of my favourites.
Unclean Spirits is the first in a new (to the UK) Urban Fantasy series which has a different take on the supernatural world. All vampires, werewolves...moreUnclean Spirits is the first in a new (to the UK) Urban Fantasy series which has a different take on the supernatural world. All vampires, werewolves and other creatures are caused by ‘riders’, demon spirits from another dimension who possess people. This was a nice twist on the typical UF set up. Jayné, our young heroine is a naive and slightly lost young woman who suddenly finds out that she has inherited her Uncle Eric estate – several million pounds, a number of properties around the world and a fight against evil.
Jayné is an easy character to like – she is young and struggles at first to accept these supernatural happenings and certainly in the first half of the book she tags along with others, leaving them to make the decisions. However, she soon starts to come into her own, taking charge and organising others. She isn’t afraid to question both others and herself and struggles with the blinkered upbringing. She lacks the snark that so many lead characters have and this makes for a refreshing and less defensive character. In addition, Jayné is surrounded by a large cast of colourful characters who spend a lot of time explaining the nature of the threat and helping her. I enjoyed the way they interact together as a proto-family, although Jayné still feels like she has yet to find herself – but as she is only in her early twenties that’s understandable!
There is a lot of potential with this series – a likeable heroine who isn’t afraid to make the first move, a solid cast of support characters, an intriguing mythology, exciting fight scenes and hints of ongoing mysteries. There are a lot of unanswered questions, not least of which is why this series is called The Black Sun’s Daughter! Jayné’s fighting skills, what the riders really want and who Jayne’s uncle really was, are hopefully areas that will be explained more in future books – all of which I am looking to picking up soon!
Recommended for fans of Jennifer Estep and Kelley Armstrong. 7.5 out of 10(less)
Succubus Blues, the first Georgina Kincaid book was the first Richelle Mead book I ever read and one of my favourite UF series. So it was with mixed f...moreSuccubus Blues, the first Georgina Kincaid book was the first Richelle Mead book I ever read and one of my favourite UF series. So it was with mixed feelings I picked up Succubus Revealed, the last book in the series as I was desperate to see if there was a happy ending for Georgina and Seth, but at the same time I didn’t want the journey to be over. I needn’t have worried as Richelle has produced the perfect final book. Georgina is being transferred to Las Vegas – a succubus’s dream gig, but it means that she has to leave Seth behind. This time the focus is on Georgina and Seth as they work at their relationship and realise that Hell has been playing a very deep game with them. I think this is the slimmest of the Succubus series, and one of the most character driven, but for anyone who has been following Seattle’s succubus there is much to savour. There are some great scenes with Seth’s family – particularly the nieces, which are very sweet without being saccharine and you finally get to see how much Georgina’s hellish friends care for her. Between Roman, Hugh and Carter, I can’t help by feel envious that she has such good friends! I gobbled up this book like it was a bar of my favourite chocolate – smooth writing, delicious plot and a yummy long lasting aftertaste. I actually cried at least twice while reading as events unfolded and yet I wouldn’t swap them for anything. This series is not the most action orientated Urban Fantasy series out there but it has one of the most satisfying story arcs while leaving each book a satisfactory stand alone story. All past events are linked into this book and I have to believe that Richelle has the series planned in advanced – either that or she has a marvellous method of tying everything together at the last minute! (less)
This was such a fun read! I was entertained from the minute I started reading with this cosy supernatural story. There is a great family dynamic betwe...moreThis was such a fun read! I was entertained from the minute I started reading with this cosy supernatural story. There is a great family dynamic between Faith and the rest of her family – including her sister and half brother. Not to mention her whacky mother and her father, Satan the devil. Plus there is her uncle and cousin... I loved the dysfunctional family element which made them all relatable and feel like a normal family. Some of the one-liners are hilarious and had me laughing out loud.
In addition to the family reunion from hell, there is an intriguing little mystery regarding Faith’s stalker as well as her burgeoning relationship with her mysterious neighbour which adds a lovely fission of romance. While the big finale seemed a little underwhelming, I did like that Faith was able to handle herself. One little niggling point was the sub-plot regarding the stolen meds from the hospital seemed to fizzle out and didn’t go anywhere, but I can’t really complain as I had such an enjoyable ride.
This is amusing from the start and a fast paced fun adventure. I’m hoping for a lot more adventures with the family from hell! More please!
Recommended for fans of Nina Harper and MaryJanice Davidson. 8 out of 10(less)