This is one of my favorite anthologies till date, as it contains 3 of my very favorite authors.
Alphas: Origins, by Ilona Andrews - 5 stars I loved thi...moreThis is one of my favorite anthologies till date, as it contains 3 of my very favorite authors.
Alphas: Origins, by Ilona Andrews - 5 stars I loved this one. Skill and versatility from two authors I adore. The writing is so different from the typical Ilona Andrews voice and I am excited. I am excited for a new series (fingers crossed), hopefully starring Lucas and Karina.
Nocturne, by Sharon Shinn - 5 stars My favorite. Sharon Shinn writes with elegance and an understated beauty that drags you unawares into her stories. My favorite parts of the story was the legacy Rachel and Gabriel left Samaria, and any mentions of them made me smile.
Angel's Wolf, by Nalini Singh - 4 stars Enjoyable story.
Ascension, by Meljean Brook - 2 stars Now I am not familiar with Meljean's Guardians series, so it could be why i had such a problem getting into it. It was my least favorite story, and the one I thought was least well-written. I didn't enjoy either the hero or heroine, and while I felt their lust, i felt nothing else for them. (less)
The entire time I was reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about limericks. That's what this book is - a limerick: something absurd and fanc...more4.5 stars
The entire time I was reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about limericks. That's what this book is - a limerick: something absurd and fanciful, which is created masterfully and results in a work that is utterly delightful. Right from the get-go, I thoroughly enjoyed wading through the story.
The book is essentially about Alexia, a soulless person in a London filled with soul-full beings. Normal humans have the requisite amount of soul, while supernaturals (vampires, werewolves, etc) have an overabundance of soul. Of course, since this is a romantic fantasy, it is also about Alexia finding love with the local werewolf Alpha, Lord Maccon.
Lord Maccon, Professor Lyall and Alexia were a joy to read about, and consistently kept me laughing. Some of the side characters are also interesting, namely the flamboyant Lord Akeldama and Alexia's friend Ivy.
By far the best thing about this book is the writing. Absurd fun! It is definitely well worth a read. (less)
The hero was unnecessarily mean and horrible, just because he could be. the heroine was...not much better either. Iseult wasn't a complete mouse, but...moreThe hero was unnecessarily mean and horrible, just because he could be. the heroine was...not much better either. Iseult wasn't a complete mouse, but she didn't have much of a spine, either.
I didn't enjoy the characters or the story. Besides i didn't buy the love (or the lust) between them. If i was in lust with someone who said such horrible things at the slightest provocation, I'd fall right back out of lust with them quicker than you could say Jack Daniels.
plus, it just didn't add up. there was nothing there. and all the talk of the dead wife also did not fit well into the story. it's as if the author was trying to drum up sympathy for the hero or something. but from what she tells us, the dead wife was just as great as Iseult, so why couldn't he love her but loved iseult? i just didn't get it.
And anyway, the hero was just mean. too mean. nothing enjoyable about this one. (less)
**spoiler alert** I hope this doesn't come across as too ranty, but I am a slightly more than a a bit disgruntled.
See, the highlander historical roma...more**spoiler alert** I hope this doesn't come across as too ranty, but I am a slightly more than a a bit disgruntled.
See, the highlander historical romance genre is over-saturated. The landscape is choking with stories and heroes and heroines, some trite, some cliche, most of them entirely TSTL, and very few truly original and enjoyable treasures hidden among the dross.
Um... I did feel that this book ended up being part of the dross, even though so many loved it. It was not a bad book, but like I said, in an over-saturated field, an 'ok' book really isn't what you want. I also had so many problems with the characterization.
Mairin, the heroine of the story, comes in when the soon of Ewan, the hero, gets lost for being stupid. Now...this is the Scottish highlands at a time when clans were warring, and it was dangerous to be caught out. I would expect that people guarded their children close, especially clans that didn't have the money to pay for a ransom, if a person was caught. And I fail to understand how I'm expected to believe children can be so stupid. Children are smart, especially in dangerous times. They know what is going too far. So I didn't get how any not-dimwitted child would have done what Crispen did, and consequently, brought our hero and heroine together. Strike one.
Mairin was also a dimwit, IMO. I mean, it was a common occurrence in those days to hang up bloodstained sheets to prove a bedding, no? And when a group of warriors intent upon kidnapping you and forcing you to marry another man is bearing down on the wedding, it is beyond obvious to me that the damn bedding had better be done in haste. No? But it seems Mairin thought that people bearing down notwithstanding, she deserved hours and hours of lovemaking. Go figure. Strike two. Another strike against her was that stupid habit of blurting any and everything and not realizing it. You would think one would notice the first two times you said something awkward and realized everyone heard you. Whatever.
The final strike against this book were scenes that were very, very, reminiscent of some scenes in a Julie Garwood book I'd read - I think it was The Bride. I don't mind derivative works, but like others have said, it seemed like a blatant rip-off, and that's not very good. Strike three.
The book was a not-badly-written book, but it wasn't a very good book either. I am pretty sure I won't continue with the remaining two. But dammit, I have had those books for so long in the waiting queue at my library!(less)
This is the third novel in the Elder Races series and Rune's story, with the Vampyre Queen Carling as his love interest.
I do think this is a much bet...moreThis is the third novel in the Elder Races series and Rune's story, with the Vampyre Queen Carling as his love interest.
I do think this is a much better book than the travesty that was Storm's Heart, but it is nowhere near as good as Dragon Bound. It was okay.
Hands down the best thing about the book was the heroine, Carling. I liked exploring her backstory and her motivations for her actions. She was also a strong, likable character. I did not like Carling from the previous books, but I am surprised to find myself in love with her in this novel. She rocks!
The person that didn't rock, much to my surprise, was Rune. I have loved him through Dragon Bound and Storm's Heart, but that love stopped in Serpent's Kiss. He did not seem funny to me, and all his "cool-talk/witty repartees" missed the mark for me: I found them hollow, unfunny, and sometimes quite disrespectful. Simply put, I didn't like the person Rune was in this book, and I found myself liking him less and less as the book progressed; I did not like the person he became in the end at all.
I was also very disappointed that he did not share the fact of his changing the past with Dragos and the Gryphons, or the fact that he'd mated with Carling (until he couldn't hide it later). His excuse was that he didn't trust them. That doesn't wash with me. You would think you could trust people who had been your friends and comrades in arms for centuries. Especially as they could feel the effects of his changing the past. But apparently Rune's definition of friendship and mine are different.
Another thing that bothered me was the Rift between Dragos and Rune at the end. It just didn't make sense in the grand scheme of things, and I'd have expected Rune to be less of an ass. You don't hide essential info from your closest friends and yet expect them to act as if they knew the entire picture. Needless to say I didn't think he deserved the friendship of the other wyr, much less Dragos' friendship. Dragos did not do anything wrong and acted very fairly, given what little he knew and given that he had the interests of the entire wyr race to consider. Sigh. Rune was so much less than he appeared to be in the other books. Womp.
One final thing that didn't work for me was the love. I loved Carling, and I could see her relationship blossom with Rune. It just did nothing for me - I could see the love but could not feel it. I went into this book worried that Rune would be stuck with Carling, but now I am kinda sad that Carling is stuck with Rune.
Needless to say, I am not too keen on continuing the series after this one. I'll just read Dragon Bound to regain my happy memories and quit while I'm ahead. But I am glad I read this book. If nothing at all, it wiped the bad taste of Storm's Heart from my mouth. (less)
The dialogue was witty and fun for a few pages, but after that, it just became cheesy and overwrought. Their so-called l...moreNot my favorite Olivia Gates.
The dialogue was witty and fun for a few pages, but after that, it just became cheesy and overwrought. Their so-called love came out of nowhere; I didn't believe it for one second. but Ms Gates has me interested in the older brother's story. I might get the next one in series and see. (less)
This book is not without its problems, but it is AWESOME! The hero and heroine are probably one of the top five in HP H/h I've had the pleasure of read...moreThis book is not without its problems, but it is AWESOME! The hero and heroine are probably one of the top five in HP H/h I've had the pleasure of reading. For one thing, they are THINKING, SENSIBLE people. Loved it. Then again, I am not surprised. Ms. West writes great heroes and heroines. Keeper. (less)
In the past couple of days I have been rereading the series. I must say that I am enjoying them even more this time around.
I love Percy Jackson and think he epitomizes everything heroic while managing not to be a Gary Stu, but for me, the star of the book was Tyson. This baby cyclops, with his many crying episodes, and childlike mind, managed to teach everyone a thing or two. All of my favorite quotes are from an observation Tyson made, or something he did. The joy and wisdom he brought with him, childlike as it was, just shone through every page. If I had a kid, I'd love them to be as happy and as wise as Tyson was.
I did cringe a bit at certain dialogue in the story, but even cringeworthy dialogue does not take away from the fact that the book was a sheer joy to read and introduces us to characters old and new that I care tremendously about.
1. I loved Percy Jackson from the moment I finally convinced myself to pick up the first book, but I must say my...moreUpdated Review:
Imma make this quick:
1. I loved Percy Jackson from the moment I finally convinced myself to pick up the first book, but I must say my respect, admiration and appreciation for him has grown tremendously as the series has grown. I can't overstate enough how much I admire him. This is a boy who has made everyone around just by existing. And again, I marvel at how he does that without being too perfect, or wooden as a character.
2. I am glad for how Mr. Riordan closed this series. I loved the shades of grey and the unraveling of characters' motivations as the final battle drew nearer.
3. Perhaps my only problem with the series is that this time around I am noticing that the villains tended to be caricatures, and the minions of evil tended not to be the sharpest tools in the shed, but even so, that is still a very small complaint to what I consider an excellent, excellent plot and world-building.
4. This is ridiculously cheesy, but I do feel privileged to have come on this journey with Percy and his friends. I am reading the other series by Mr. Riordan currently, and I must say that none of them match up to this series, especially in characterization. Mr. Riordan struck major gold with these characters.
5. Okay let me stop now before I say something even more ridiculously cheesy and embarrass myself unforgivably on the internets.
---------------------------------------------------- The Last Olympian is the final book in the Percy Jackson series, and what a finale it is!
The books has grown as Percy has grown, and as the war has come closer. the tone of this book is much darker than the others.
But it is still amazing. I was again hooked from start to finish.
Excellent, excellent end to an excellent series. (less)
I shied away from reading this one for a while because the cover was so reminiscent of Harry Potter, and I didn't want to read a knock-off. But it kep...moreI shied away from reading this one for a while because the cover was so reminiscent of Harry Potter, and I didn't want to read a knock-off. But it kept gnawing at me until I picked it up, and from the get-go, I was hooked.
I was hooked even though I didn't initially like how juvenile the book was - I am not 12 years old dammit (ignoring the fact that it was MEANT for young people).
I was hooked even though the dialogue made me shake my head in some places.
By the end, I was bought, hook, line and sinker.
Rick Riordan has truly created a world where Greek mythology comes to life, in a modern, fun way that still preserves the integrity of the ancient stories. And by the end, I had come to enjoy the dialogue.
Percy is a perfect underdog, and I enjoyed reading his perspective, Chiron is awesome!
Dare I say I was even more wowed at the end of this book, than I was at the end of the first Harry Potter?
This book is a winner (and one of the ones I'm gonna make my kids read)