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
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
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 was the story I started and couldn'tReread July 2013.
Still captivated by Dali and Jim.
Previous review of novella below.
This was the story I started and couldn't get into. I have no idea why or how because this time around I breezed through it. Jim has a death spell of some kind hovering over his head and Dali must help him figure it out and break it or else Jim, who she secretly loves, is going to die. I loved it. I loved the mythology, and I liked Dali and her family (her mom's hilarious). I really like how the voices are different. Dali's voice is different from Kate's is different from Andrea. It makes the whole series seem more authentic to me. Two things I noticed: JIM IS A BLACK MAN?!!!! However did I miss that? Did everyone else know it? The second thing is that Dali thinks Kate is gorgeous. I smiled because Kate thinks she is not beautiful. Without a doubt this was the best story in the anthology. By far....more
Dragos and Pia just work excellently for me as a couple. They are cheesy, funny, fabulous, and give me a lot of joke. Liam is one of the cutest magicDragos and Pia just work excellently for me as a couple. They are cheesy, funny, fabulous, and give me a lot of joke. Liam is one of the cutest magic babies I've had the pleasure of reading in a while and hope fervently to see he and his parents in more novellas in the future. ...more
Fearghus' dragon kin has really grown on me and I am interested in all their stories. It also helps that Ms. Aiken manages to create such3.5-4 stars
Fearghus' dragon kin has really grown on me and I am interested in all their stories. It also helps that Ms. Aiken manages to create such wonderful little vignettes (?) in her novellas.
This time we get to read Addolgar's love story. What struck me most here was that the crazy was a bit toned down, but no less hilarious. It was nice to see a dragon who was more than a warrior- first and foremost, Addolgar was Cheerful, hence his name. He have me many good laughs. Although if I knew someone like him in real life, (or any of the Cadwaladrs, really) I'm pretty sure I'd poison them or something, they can be so frustrating to deal with.
Braith.... I came to really like as the heroine. It was also nice to see a heroine whose family sees just as crazy as Addolgar's. Seeing the old gang as youngins - Ghleanna, Bercelak, Rhiannon- was also gold for me, I enjoyed it very much.
All in all, this novella grew on me. I liked it more the second time I read it than I did the first and am sure I will enjoy it more the third time I read it.
I am glad we have a new addition to the world of Dark Plains and Ailean and his crazy family....more
I put off reading Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series because I somehow had it in my head that I am not quite a fan of her writing style. I b3.5 stars.
I put off reading Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series because I somehow had it in my head that I am not quite a fan of her writing style. I bought the ebook upon a recommendation at Dear Author, and......
I am glad I did buy it. It does not quite hold a candle to more recent historical romances, but it is not bad at all, and I suspect that had I read it when it first came out, I would have thought it was wonderful. As it is, it is still quite a good read.
The heroine's name, however, is awful: Honoria Prudence Anstruther-Wetherby. Why?...more
I have loved all 5(?) of Patricia C. Wrede's books that I have read, so when this deal was posted on Dear Author, and when the commenters had such effI have loved all 5(?) of Patricia C. Wrede's books that I have read, so when this deal was posted on Dear Author, and when the commenters had such effusive praise for the book, I absolutely had to get it. It was well worth the getting.
Set in regency London, in a world where magic exists alongside the church and all the trappings of English society that we know of, the story unfolds in letters two cousins, Cecelia and Kate send to each other about their lives, since they are separated for the summer. In their correspondence, magic is discovered, nefarious plots are thwarted, and love is found.
It took a few chapters to warm up to the epistolary format and the characters, but once I did, I had a lovely time. The language is perfect for that time, and I could not help loving Cecy and Kate. Their characters, especially Cecy's remind me of Ms. Wrede's trademark no-nonsense, very practical, quite awesome heroines. And by heroines, I mean Cimorene, who is made of complete awesome :D.
In the afterword, Ms. Wrede and Ms. Stevermer say that they didn't discuss the plot with each other, which makes the seamlessness of the events in the letters even more remarkable.
I second the praise from the Dear Author coomenters. This book was great!...more
I got it because a friend liked a glowing review that landed on my timeline. It sounded like it would be as good as one ofI don't know what to think.
I got it because a friend liked a glowing review that landed on my timeline. It sounded like it would be as good as one of my all-time favorite HPs, also by Ms. Reid, so I bought it.
And I read it. I really don't know what to think. A far as angst goes, it was a very good, very angsty read, so if you're in the mood for that kind of an HP, go for it.
As for the characters, I don't think I liked the heroine very much, and the hero.....pfft. But then I wonder if I am just being too hard on her and too lenient with him. I dunno.
If I didn't have hangups about not rating books, I'd leave this one unrated. I really don't know what to think. One thing is for sure, though. It is definitely not going in my top favorite HPs - by Michelle Reid or anyone else!!...more
I didn't enjoy this book very much. In fact, I skim-read so much that it should probably be put as a DNF and not a "read" book. Very, veMassive Yawn.
I didn't enjoy this book very much. In fact, I skim-read so much that it should probably be put as a DNF and not a "read" book. Very, very, flat main characters. Like I said somewhere, the 'villain' of the piece, the very English Lord William Wentworth, was so much more interesting than the main character, his love interest, his brothers (who will have future books) and their band of merry gentlemen put TOGETHER. That is not a very good thing.
Iain rubbed me wrong almost from the beginning. Soldiers follow orders for a reason. You do not deviate from those orders for a reason. Iain and his men are having a shoot-out with enemy 'Indians' on the American frontier (or is it French soldiers?) when he spies beautiful Anne, unconscious or something of the sort (goes to show how memorable the whole thing was for me). Noting how absolutely stunning this woman was, he decides to save her. And so he breaks formation with his guys. After some adventure and another battle and breaking formation yet again - because of a BEAUTIFUL woman - four of the men in Iain's battalion die (They are all supposedly noble Scots rangers who are fighting for the dastardly English for reasons...who cares?)
1. I never once got the impression Iain woulda done any of this if the woman wasn't pretty, because there was so much focus on how beautiful she was. That takes any honor, if there was some in the first place out of the whole thing for me. Strike 1.
2. Iain makes much of how he woulda done the same thing if he could have a do over, even though four of his men were dead. Fine. But I would expect more remorse for their death than a fleeting and very ephemeral sadness that they were dead and a defiant repetitions that you would repeat the same thing over again. These were supposedly your friends! Men of honor. people you knew, who you laughed with, who had your back in battles...Men who trust that you in turn will have their backs instead of getting them killed because you saw a beautiful woman and decided to play the hero. Some genuine and lasting grief would have been sorely welcome. Instead we get defiance and immediate fixation on girl's beauty. In the absence of remorse for dead friends that you got killed, 99, 999 strikes.
The only person worth mentioning is William Wentworth. he was at funny, sarcastic, perceptive, quite cold, ruthless...he had some depth to him. Not very much, but in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King. I very much want to know more about him, but since he has no book of his own, I am reduced to reading through the other brothers' books to get glimpses of him. Oh joy....more
I don't remember any other character who became so beloved so quickly as Peter Grant has. This time around, the mystery/casualty was of no interest/imI don't remember any other character who became so beloved so quickly as Peter Grant has. This time around, the mystery/casualty was of no interest/importance to me, but I read and enjoyed it because it was important to Peter, and so became relevant to me. ...more
....Aaaand we're back!!! When I reviewed book 1, The Lost Hero, I stated my dissatisfaction with theJust some rambly thoughts:
4.5 stars, rounded down
....Aaaand we're back!!! When I reviewed book 1, The Lost Hero, I stated my dissatisfaction with the plot, which I found dull and boring, and the characters, whom I found lackluster, wooden and just didn't identify with.
Well, Mr. Riordan didn't let me down in this installment.
The narration is back up to his usual inspired levels, and I attribute that in no small part to Percy Jackson. Mr. Riordan created a winner when he made up this boy's character. Everything about him embodies leadership, but it also embodies humility, self-depreciation, and just general.... awesomeness. He's come into his own. Having Percy lead this cast was infinitely more pleasurable than Jason's "leadership" in the previous book. Add Percy to the list of characters that I admire very much. Dude personifies everything that is good leadership and loyalty and friendship. I am deeply appreciative of this fictional character.
Also buoying the book up are the two other demigods who form 2/7ths of the "Seven," (way to state the obvious, LJ!) - Frank and Hazel. Loved them! I complained about the lack of growth of the characters from the previous book, but I can't say the same here. By the end Percy, Hazel, and Frank were different and better characters than they were at the beginning. Hazel went from slightly Mary Sue-ish to a girl who was able to stand down a giant. Frank transformed from a boy who was the joke of his regiment to someone who knew he had an indispensable role to fulfill.
I am not explaining it very well, but what I am trying to say is that by the end of the book, they were more comfortable in their skins, and they wore their roles and their fate much better, and I loved that transformation very much.
I prayed The Son of Neptune would not disappoint me, and it didn't. I am very very excited for The Mark of Athena, which is a far cry from my reaction after meeting Jason and his bunch.
Frankly, this was sub-par and not at all worthy of Rick Riordan and the characters he's created (By that I mean Percy and Annabeth, notAfter Reading:
Frankly, this was sub-par and not at all worthy of Rick Riordan and the characters he's created (By that I mean Percy and Annabeth, not the new people. The others' creation was sub-par to begin with).
What we have here is some very shoddy work. Too many cooks spoil the broth and the many narrators made for a choppy and boring story. The characters were very flat. Mr. Riordan has managed to create a singularly annoying character in Coach Hedge. Piper and Leo are not far behind. Jason the cardboard cutout is just hanging there. Even Percy and Annabeth have become unidimensional characters filled with lots of angst and unnecessary emo.
Flat, uninspired, slipshod, bad. I could go on and on with more synonyms but you catch my drift. So unworthy of Mr. Riordan's legacy. It's hardly believable that he wrote this.
I am very sad to say this book is not worth the time, money, or effort it takes to acquire and read it. Here's a fervent hope that book 4 would be better, because the bar for this series has just been set at a new low.
-------------------------------- Our dudes are supposed to be a team, but from the absolutely stunning cover, it seems Percy and Jason are fighting. Bites fingernails. But oh well, in that case.... Crush him to bits, Percy!!! ...more
Why the hell is this $12.99 on kindle? ---------------------------------------
The Actual Review 4.5 stars, rounded down.
O_O!!!! If I hadn't been spoilWhy the hell is this $12.99 on kindle? ---------------------------------------
The Actual Review 4.5 stars, rounded down.
O_O!!!! If I hadn't been spoiled silly before reading this book, I would have been pissed beyond belief at the ending. I would have emailed amazon to demand the extortionate price I paid for the kindle version back! I didn't appreciate it one single bit.
We're back in Merit's Chicago, where every single vampire or shifter male is ridiculously handsome and the women are supermodel gorgeous, and where just about every one of these immensely gorgeous males who are not attached fancy Merit or are on their way to fancying her, grudgingly or non-grudgingly as the case may be. Something is causing vampires to go crazy, Merit's house and Master are being implicated, and so as ever-faithful Sentinel of Cadogan House, she has to get to the bottom of the issue before everything goes to hell in a handbasket.
The plotting of this series is slower than many of the series I love, but it is a 'meaty slow', not a 'filler' slow, so that is good. Everywhere that Merit goes, we get to see her in action and we get to find a little piece of the puzzle: sometimes the puzzle is the mystery, and others it is Merit herself, with her hopes, dreams, fears, thoughts. Although her thoughts make me want to smack her sometimes. But yeah, awesome narrative. On to the interesting bits: the characters!
Ethan: For me, he has really grown as a character, and I am deeply appreciative of the man Chloe Neill has created. He is handsome, powerful, alpha, etc, but he is also a man who can make astoundingly stupid decisions. He is a man who knows how to grovel properly (handy thing for someone who can be so stupid sometimes), and he is a man who has come to understand what love is. At least, his definition of love appeals to me much more than a lot of the emo love going on in the genre. It is sober, reflective, and runs just as deep. And I love, love, his old fashioned sense of honor.
All the other men: Are rat bastids, for all their beautifulness. Well, Gabe we don't know anything about, Catcher is an idiot because he likes that Mallory girl, and Morgan and Tate you could smell were douchebags the moment they stepped on screen. I'll take Ethan, thank you very much. Jonah (is that his name? The RG partner guy?, I don't like. He is snooty).
Merit: has stagnated for me a bit. I still like her and enjoy her company, but I am losing the sense of growth that came when I contrasted the Merit from the first book with the one from the second book.
Since I have forgotten what else I was going to write, let's just skip over to the conclusion.
But for the ending this would have been five stars, I think. That was just a no-no. Based on the spoilers I was fed (New_User, I am looking at you), I am curious as to how Ms. Neill manages to resolve this whole situation. I am not sure it can be done, so I am curious. NU, if it is not satisfactory, I am coming after you! You are the one who started me on this path!!
It's a really good thing I have book sis her next to me waiting to be read. ...more
Hart Mackenzie's heroine did him justice. They were two wonderful people, and theirs was a beautiful, tender love story. I enjoyed it very much. My faHart Mackenzie's heroine did him justice. They were two wonderful people, and theirs was a beautiful, tender love story. I enjoyed it very much. My favorite Mackenzie, my favorite heroine, and my favorite story of this series....more