I may be in the minority here, but this book, despite its intriguing premise, was a bit of a disappointment to me. It started off well and, for the moI may be in the minority here, but this book, despite its intriguing premise, was a bit of a disappointment to me. It started off well and, for the most part, the writing was quite good.
First of all, the "romance". This was by far the most frustrating part of the book for me. I did not like Colt at all, even with his all-too brief glimpses of humanity and vulnerability. It was as though the author was trying too hard to make him into a bad boy whom young women supposedly swoon helplessly over. He was far too cocky, arrogant, conceited and mercurial for my liking. The interactions and dialogue between him and Mia were almost laughable at times, and not in a good way.
Mia herself was an okay character for the most part, but there were definitely times when I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into her when she acted so childish, stupid, and impulsive. And, for a witch who supposedly possessed such awesome powers, we saw very little proof of that. It was extremely frustrating to me that the book focused more on the implausible and meh romance between Colt and Mia than on the witchy aspects.
And, where was Wendolynn through all of this? She was supposed to be teaching Mia and Dino all about their powers and helping them to control them and cope with them. But, again, there was very little evidence of her doing any such thing.
Dino's story line was actually more interesting than Mia's, but his obnoxious, cold, sullen attitude made him very unlikeable and unworthy of my sympathy.
All in all, this was a fairly enjoyable read, but not one that overly impressed me....more
For the most part, this was a pleasant, enjoyable read.
I really liked the setting of the horse country of Kentucky, and I think the author did an admiFor the most part, this was a pleasant, enjoyable read.
I really liked the setting of the horse country of Kentucky, and I think the author did an admirable job of depicting the southern antebellum charm of that area. The beekeeping aspects were fascinating as well, even though I don't think that would be a hobby or way of living for me. Josiah's unique house called the Butterfly sounded very intriguing and, with the author's vivid descriptions, I could picture it quite well.
Josiah herself had a strong personality and most of the time I liked her. But, there were a few moments when she seemed almost cruel and spiteful and then I didn't like her at all. Matt had to be my favourite character, I think (aside from Baby!). He was good-looking, charming and protective of Josiah. The relationship between him and Josiah was sweet and heartwarming.
Detective Onan was a class-A jerk, and I loved how Josiah stood up to him and refused to be intimidated by his aggressive, hostile attitude.
The mystery itself was pretty good, although a bit predictable in places. I definitely hated the ending, though! Very, very cliffhangy (is that a word?), and it left far too many questions unanswered for my satisfaction. The sudden dramatic appearance of Josiah's mysterious, unnamed daughter did add to the intrigue, however.
Will I read the next book in the series? I think so. I definitely would like to see those frustrating questions answered that were left dangling at the end of this one....more
Not quite as enjoyable as the first book, but still entertaining for the most part. It started off on a light-hearted note asActual Rating: 3.5 Stars
Not quite as enjoyable as the first book, but still entertaining for the most part. It started off on a light-hearted note as Tiff and Royal took on the case of a kidnapped cat, but then it became progressively darker and less humourous. There were some aspects of it that just plain frustrated me.
Tiff lives with two ghosts and talks to other undead, and Royal, her partner and love interest, is a Gelpha from another alternate universe. Yet, she stubbornly and adamantly refused to even entertain the thought that other supernatural beings could also exist. Why? Her unyielding attitude was very annoying.
Another frustrating issue was that there was no satisfactory explanation as to exactly what type of inhuman beings the Dark Cousins were, even at the end. Why keep it such a big, dark secret? All I know for sure is that Gia Sabato was one seriously creepy, terrifying creature! Daven did not inspire quite the same feeling of danger and dread. I loved how Tiff refused to be intimidated by Gia and stood up to her even though she risked getting pummeled within an inch of her life for doing so.
One very interesting theme in the book was the mysterious journal written by the young Elizabeth that was sent anonymously to Tiff's and Royal's agency. At first, it just seemed like an interesting but unconnected subplot, but eventually the separate threads were woven together into one intriguing story line.
I already have the third book in the series on my TBR shelf, so I'm looking forward to enjoying more of Tiff's adventures. Hopefully, there won't be the issues I experienced with this one.
I love fantasy books that feature dragons, so I was hoping this one would be awesome. Unfortunately, it fell a little short of awesome for me, even thI love fantasy books that feature dragons, so I was hoping this one would be awesome. Unfortunately, it fell a little short of awesome for me, even though the writing was good enough to keep me reading to the end.
It was non-stop action from the get-go, and while I do like a fast pace, this one seemed to zoom along at breakneck speed with hardly a chance to catch your breath. It was unrelentingly hopeless, bleak, depressing, violent, dark and gory. And, after a while, all the action scenes took on a similar, repetitive quality that almost made me want to skip over them.
Bayrin's character tried to instill some humour into the dire situations, but to me it just seemed forced and not very amusing. In fact, I found I couldn't connect very well with any of the characters--they were all kind of meh to me. Lyana was too vain, conceited and bullyish, Mori was too weak and weepy and victimish, Elethor was too meek and whiny and unkingish, and Solina was too cold, cruel and insaneish.
The premise of the book was interesting and intriguing, but it just didn't seem to come together as well as I had hoped it would. Will I read the next one in the series? Probably, but not any time soon....more
What a fun, delightful read this was! Even though I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, I really loved the Catmages in this story with their magWhat a fun, delightful read this was! Even though I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, I really loved the Catmages in this story with their magical ability to speak and their distinct personalities, traits and temperaments.
Andy and his friends were typical young children and acted their ages. I enjoyed the interactions between Andy, Mike and Becca, which reminded me a lot of the triad of Harry, Hermoine and Ron in the Harry Potter series. My two favourite cat characters were Goldeneyes, who started out to be rather unlikeable with her sullen, prickly attitude but who later redeemed herself, and Patches, who was an innocent, goofy, adorable little cat.
The book dealt with a number of very serious issues such as bullying, torture and murder, but also with friendship, loyalty and humour. The development of the special relationship between Andy and Goldeneyes was gradual and touching.
There was plenty of adventure and magic in this book, and I'm sure many young and adult readers alike would enjoy it....more
Dark, gritty, edgy....this was a compelling and suspenseful read with some surprising twists and turns.
Emilia Cruz was such an appealing character--stDark, gritty, edgy....this was a compelling and suspenseful read with some surprising twists and turns.
Emilia Cruz was such an appealing character--strong, tough, resilient and fiercely dedicated to her job despite working in a poisonous environment of blatant hostility, sexism, harassment, lies and political corruption. On top of that, she also had to deal with her emotionally fragile mother who, it seemed, was steadily declining into dementia.
Of all the male characters, I admired Rico the most. Even though he didn't really want Emilia in the police department as much as his fellow officers, he was the only one willing to take her on as a partner, and he seemed quite protective and respectful of her at times. I also had a soft spot for the gringo, Kurt Rucker, who was handsome, sexy and smart and captivated Emilia despite her best efforts to avoid the attraction.
Right from the start, the plot plunged the reader into the deep, dangerous waters of drugs, corruption, and violence and never let up in its intensity and suspense.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of the genre.