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)
When I first started reading Frost Moon I was a little worried that I wouldn’t connect to the main character, Dakota. She is a tattooist with a death...moreWhen I first started reading Frost Moon I was a little worried that I wouldn’t connect to the main character, Dakota. She is a tattooist with a death hawk, she is bi-sexual and attracted to both men and women, as well as living on the edge of a world of magic. None of which is anything I know about. So the first few pages I was a little worried that this would mean I would be outside looking in. Luckily this didn’t last long. Despite appearing to be hard and unapproachable Dakota soon shows us some vulnerability and before the book is over, it becomes clear that it is all swagger and mouth. She is exposed to many beings of power and shady morals, which soon makes her realise how vulnerable she really is. For most of the second part of the book, she is the victim and needs protection from those stronger than her – which is much easier to connect with! In the end though, this is like a trifle – all the ingredients are there - heroine with a unique magical ability, world filled with supernatural creatures, heroine’s haunted past and wide selection of powerful friends. Vampire, Weres and those with magical abilities inhabit the shadows and the edge of the ‘normal’ world – so far, so Urban Fantasy. But the idea of Dakota’s tattoos being magical and having the ability to leave her skin – especially her dragon is different. And the world is much more risqué than most urban fantasy worlds – with plenty of sexual attraction and nudity.
Somehow though these regular UF ingredients aren’t quite in the order you expect them. The sponge is on top of the custard and the cream is under the jelly to stick to the trifle metaphor. Dakota is weaker than you first think and swings between swagger and vulnerability quickly. There are too many potential love interests that I don’t know who to root for. But saying all that, it still tasted good! I loved Cinnamon and Dakota’s tattoo abilities are seriously cool. In the end I guess it doesn’t matter about the order of the layers – as long as it still tastes good and Frost Moon does taste good. Looking forward to the next in the series! (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)