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
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?!
So you will really find zero objectivity with me when it comes to Dragos, Pia, and Liam Cuelebre. I love them. Love. LOVE! Everything about those charSo you will really find zero objectivity with me when it comes to Dragos, Pia, and Liam Cuelebre. I love them. Love. LOVE! Everything about those characters works for me.
I loved the growly and bad-tempered dragon and his scenes made me giggle, being fully aware that if some other character had behaved like that, I'd be spitting mad.
Pia and Dragos' struggles with his amnesia made for quite a tender and heartfelt narration - and I thought exploring the full ramifications of that would have made a terrific full-length novel. As it was, while I loved it, I did feel it was too short to fully explore the story and also to cost $2.99 pshh!
Graydon! He makes me smile and he was in the book, so that was the cherry on top. I will say however that I got a jolt of alarm when Pia was thinking that had Dragos died, Gray woulda made a great regent (all true) and a wonderful dad. I was like - "oh no you don't woman! Dragos is the only dad Peanut is ever gonna have" Lolz!
What didn't work as well for me was Liam's growth spurt at the end. Eh. I have been struggling with this aspect of Peanut's mythology/development and actually, I think some of the explanations some readers gave (in my "review" of Peanut Goes To School - offer a better scenario/explanation than this. But whatevs.
Love, love, loved it. But then I always do when it's Pia and Dragos....more
Am I the only one who does not see this as realistic- a six-month old who is the size of a 5-year old? I bought Liam being the size of a 6-month old wAm I the only one who does not see this as realistic- a six-month old who is the size of a 5-year old? I bought Liam being the size of a 6-month old when he was actually 3 months. It made sense as part of his precocious nature. But this jump- I just don't think it is feasible; it requires too great a suspension of disbelief. But we'll see how Ms. Harrison works it out....more
Welcome to another one of my long and meandering reviews. Here goes:
I haven't had the best of luck with this series- in fact, after the superb seriesWelcome to another one of my long and meandering reviews. Here goes:
I haven't had the best of luck with this series- in fact, after the superb series debut, all the others went bust (except mebbe book 5), and Ms. Harrison couldn't seem to recreate the magic she had with her initial characters. I have been swearing I am done with this series, but Dragos, Pia, Graydon, and now Liam, keep drawing me back.
So now for the thoughts:
Aryal: like BamaGal said when she was still on here, this book was going to be a sort of a quandary: Aryal's been written as such an unsympathetic character in previous books that to read her as she was wouldn't be very fun, but to make like she is a misunderstood soul who's really sweet on the inside would be a cop-out... And I agree.
After reading I will not say the Aryal we saw in this book was a cop-out, but I will also not say Ms. Harrison was faithful to the character she had previously created; it was somewhere intermediate.
Quentin: Eh. He was okay, I guess. I didn't take to him like I have some of the other characters, but he was....aight. Not the worst hero in this series- actually one of the better ones, come to think of it.
However, after finding out that it was he who outed Dragos and Pia to Urien in book 1, I wanted someone to tell Dragos because I wanted a smackdown!! But alas- no one cares about my wishes, so no one did.
Supporting cast: Dragos! Liam! Pia! Graydon! Oh, my heart sang whenever these people entered the plot. I loved their mini appearances, loved it!
Grym- we haven't seem much of this sentinel in previous books, but I really enjoyed what I saw of him in this book: his levelheadedness and his tenderness for Aryal.
The love: I do not know that I bought the love (or even the kink), but I will admit there was something there. Actually I think it mighta been more believable/awesome had Aryal mated with Grym. But oh wells.
The story: Eh. Because the main characters were 'eh', the plot was 'eh.' But even so, I was more interested than I have been for a while in this series.
While I wasn't that invested in our main characters, Ms Harrison did a fantastic job of interesting me in just about everyone else: Gray, Bayne, Constantine; Ferion, Linwe (even Beluviel, who only gets a throwaway sentence); Alexander, the new Pegasus sentinel, Eva, and of course, my Dragos, Pia, and Liam.
What also surprised me was the (platonic) tenderness and sensitivity shown all throughout the book. Aryal for Liam, Grym and Graydon for Aryal, Dragos for Aryal, Aryal for Dragos, Alexander for Quentin, Quentin for Linwe....all throughout, and it was heartwarming.
So with a sigh of resignation, i will be coming back, just cos I wanna know what happens to these ppl, dammit.
In conclusion: not a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, but not an excellent entry either. The whole was less than the sum of its parts, but not by much....more
Ilona Andrews is synonymous with excellent, so I don't know what more to say.
I will say, though, that this is the first time I haven't like a hero ofIlona Andrews is synonymous with excellent, so I don't know what more to say.
I will say, though, that this is the first time I haven't like a hero of theirs. Or perhaps it's better to say I didn't quite warm up to the hero, Sean. I found him a bit to mean and a tad too cruel for my liking. His snark wasn't funny - just annoying, and I thought he was kind of a bully. We'll see if that opinion changes in the next installments. But for now, yeah, Sean is the reason this is rated 4 instead of 5 stars. Still fantastic reading. ...more
This is one of the best historical romances I have read in a whole- over 2 years, I believe.
I wasn't going to give this baby here 5 stars, but it madThis is one of the best historical romances I have read in a whole- over 2 years, I believe.
I wasn't going to give this baby here 5 stars, but it made me teary in certain places, and just for that, it deserves full accolades.
I really enjoyed the story, which overflowed with tenderness.
The protagonists were a delight.
Coming off twitter and several conversations delineating how men are socialized to be these hard, unfeeling creatures, to not show emotion and to regard nurturing, empathy, and child are as effeminate, inferior qualities, women's qualities; and thinking about how much more strictly these norms must've held for men in years past ( yes I know this is a run-on sentence, but work with me here), I adored how Ms. Hoyt flipped the script with our hero.
Winter Makepeace embodies the stern, cold, impossibly self-controlled paragon of masculinity society so loves. But he is also, and it is plain for all to see - not hidden somewhere where only those closest to him can observe - he is as well nurturing, and has of his own volition dedicated his life to raise the kids in his orphanage. The care and worry and obvious love he has for his job and the kids under his care is evident in every page.
And of course, it also helps that Winter is our 'ghost of St. Giles' - a caped crusader who goes about vigilante style, righting the wrongs done to the poor, oppressed inhabitants of the dangerous slums of St. Giles.
It helps even more that due to his swashbuckling activities, Winter is a good male specimen - having lean muscles in all the right places.
It helps tremendously that Winter had a job and was a commoner, not nobility (As I read more about the aristocracy I am more appalled by them: how can anyone NOT be expected to work, because he/she happens to be gentry/nobility? Mind boggles).
I loved that Ms. Hoyt took time to explore a character who is so completely different from society's expectations and who was so secure in being such an anomaly.
As well I loved the heroine, who also bucked the trend. Here was a woman who was not nurturing in the least when we first met her. Of course there was a reason for that - barrenness. And for a time when bearing children must have been so important to a woman's identity, we get precious few stories about women who want to but cannot bear children. The emotion of Isabel's story was very moving for me.
And oh yes, I liked that Isabel was self-assured and knew what she wanted and would not apologise for living life on her own terms.
These two were people I really enjoyed meeting. I was entranced by their love story, which was so exquisitely tender, and by its resolution. I will say that while the ending a rather pat - it was still very believable for this couple, and managed to provide and excellent solution for the children issue while not taking away the sting of Isabel's barrenness.
There were a few flaws, but who cares about what the book got wrong/coulda done better after all this goodness?
Love, social justice, unusual characters which are unusual in an unusual way (not the standard for a romance novel at all); simple and tender story.
What more could you ask for?
But this book is a jewel. Really, really liked it....more
This series for me would have been fabulous if only it could get out of its way.
The books are so short they feel like novellas,Not quite four stars.
This series for me would have been fabulous if only it could get out of its way.
The books are so short they feel like novellas, but the stories they contain are too expansive to be contained by novellas.
Also the smex: yes, yes, yes, I get this is supposed to be erotic romance, but the smex took up too much space, dammit. With these books being so short, spending time on sexual gymnastics took away valuable space that coulda been used to expand the world or deepen characters. Womp.
Good enough series, but I was looking for so much more. ...more