Funnily enough, I didn't expect to enjoy this here book (or the entire series, really) as much as I did. I only bought the book because I tend to compFunnily enough, I didn't expect to enjoy this here book (or the entire series, really) as much as I did. I only bought the book because I tend to compulsively buy books by Ms. Singh. Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised.
I liked getting to know Fix and Molly, and I liked seeing the other members of their bands and the hints of their stories to come. I'm in for the ride :)....more
1. I am really glad Ilona Andrews is writing a new series. Fresh world, fresh events, fresh characters :).
2. This book made me happy.
3. I really enj1. I am really glad Ilona Andrews is writing a new series. Fresh world, fresh events, fresh characters :).
2. This book made me happy.
3. I really enjoyed Mad Rogan's character. He made me laugh so many times. Love that crazy man.
4. I liked Nevada's family too. And Nevada herself.
5. While I enjoyed the story immensely I didn't really get Kelly Waller's motivation.Mad Rogan wasn't even her brother. Like, he was her cousin. Get your damn validation from your parents, not his. I didn't understand so much hatred for your cousin, who's adored you when you were younger, for something he couldn't help (it wasn't his fault he was born magic and you weren't). I just didn't get it. Resentment, sure. But hatred to the point of, in her own words - "sacrificing my son"? Yeah I don't get it at all. But I'm not complaining. Excited to see what the Big Bad has in store for Nevada an Rogan next.
--------------- I am rather excited for Ilona Andrews to begin a new series. Truth be told - and I feel very disloyal saying this - i love their work, but I am quite tired of Kate Daniels and her world the longer the series goes on. Excited for a fresh voice, new world, new characters, new adventures....more
The premise filled me with some trepidation, but when we were introduced to the heroine, I was filled wStopped at 10%
Can't do it. Nope I just can't.
The premise filled me with some trepidation, but when we were introduced to the heroine, I was filled with so much disgust, repulsion, and sheer LOATHING that I can't do it.
If it was a male character that did this, there would be no redemption for him, ever! And yet to give this a pass because it is the heroine? Miss me with that nonsense.
What bothered me most was the lack of remorse. And no, being utterly desperate most certainly does NOT give one the right to ruin another's life to guarantee safety for oneself. And if one does that, issuing faux-pologies and not regretting at least the incomparable damage you've done is loathsome.
(Coming off recent real life examples of this crap right there, it doesn't get a pass because it is fiction).
This might be my first and very last book by this author, I can't take the foolishness.
2.5 stars for the possibilities the intriguing premise offered, which Ms. James unfortunately did not take advantage of.
My main problem with the stor2.5 stars for the possibilities the intriguing premise offered, which Ms. James unfortunately did not take advantage of.
My main problem with the story was the tokenism of our peripheral character - Lady Laetitia, who was not our heroine, but our hero's intended. So of course Ms. James spent way more time drawing up the hero/heroine's characters, convincing readers that these toe were meant for each other. In contrast to our vibrant heroine, Laetitia's dismal qualities only served to show is how unsuitable she was for the hero.
I was not amused. She was basically a prop, not much else, instead of a person, a character with feelings and hope and dreams, just like our hero/heroine.
And then when Ms. James focused on Laetitia finally, it was a disaster: some fake, silly, contrived, utterly insipid storyline about how dumb, unintelligent, dismal, shy Laetitia was a misunderstood genius who only appeared unintelligent because she was under the thumb of her controlling harpy of a mother an found herself in a society that didn't understand dyslexia. She understood medical intricacies immediately she met the kind-hearted, gentle doctor, and immediately began to think of medical inventions to improve his work. Utter nonsense.
Nope, nope, nope.
Frankly, I rather wished Laetitia and the hero had fallen in love - it appears it would have made a more interesting (and different) historical romance. But whatevs.
I was not amused by the hero's sometimes cutting and deliberately cruel words to the heroine, foInteresting enough story.
However a few major issues:
I was not amused by the hero's sometimes cutting and deliberately cruel words to the heroine, for no reason other than he was jealous of her former husband. I mean! How is that any excuse? Nonsense.
As for Temperance, sigh. She was an okay heroine. But her big secret, her deepest and most enduring shame, the one that makes her do penance by working at the orphanage, is that se slept with a man other than her husband.
Really?! Ms. Hoyt couldn't come up with any other story? Because lemme tell you- this one was as fake as heck! You live in the worst of the worst slums, where humanity is at is abject lowest day in day out. Prostitutes ply their trade in the streets in broad daylight and are dying daily of STIs; murders and thefts, maiming and beatings and muggings are common sights in St. Giles; children are being abandoned, turned out of homes because of too little money and too many mouths to feed; whoremongers and beggar syndicates and human traffickers vie daily to capture helpless young children and enforce them into a life of slavery; people work and are paid too little to live on; the most downtrodden, poorest of the poor, as well as the scum of the earth live among you. You see all these atrocities everyday, day in day out and you want me to believe you think adultery is an unforgivable sin by comparison?! Please, gthohwtbs! Gimme a break!
Yeah- so that completely ruined Temperance for me. I can't abide such foolishness. I mean, how?!