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
It seems like the even-numbered books in this series are written with more thought, attention to detail, and interest in the characters.
I thoroughlyIt seems like the even-numbered books in this series are written with more thought, attention to detail, and interest in the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved everyone (except for the Calypso storyline but whatever). All the characters I didn't like before, I enjoy now. Mr Riordan took time to flesh out the characters, color them in, make me invested in their quest and personal histories.
Jason. Frank. Hazel. Piper: I looked forward to their chapters and enjoyed their POV.
It goes without saying that Percy and Annabeth were my favorites. Looooooooved their chapters. And I love that their character grew by being forced to see things from monsters POV. I loved that they had to examine themselves about what they considered monsters.
Leo..... I liked Leo, but as stated above, his whole storyline with Calypso is meh to me (and kinda icky), so yeah.
Nico is an interesting character. I am glad Mr Riordan included him as gay character, but I don't know what to make of his unrequited love storyline. It is one thing to be gay and like someone but be afraid to share your feelings because of a homophobic society. There is also the issue of reciprocity. It's a whole nother thing to be gay and have unrequited love for someone else who is clearly only heterosexual. IMO that doesn't count as unrequited love because there is no possibility of them getting together......I dunno. Then there is the issue of reciprocity. One cannot force love, so while it's sad that ones love is unreturned, it is what it is. Unreturned love is very different from forbidden love. However it felt like the book was going for a "forbidden love" vibe, which is simply untrue. So while I am glad Mr Riordan breaks from heteronormativity, I am not too sure about the direction Nico's story has taken.
But all in all a STELLAR book! Far cry from books 1 and 3, and almost as excellent as book 2....more
**NB: The rating is only for Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken**
Throughout the Dragon Kin series, a recurring thread has been how much Ghleanna hated her fa**NB: The rating is only for Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken**
Throughout the Dragon Kin series, a recurring thread has been how much Ghleanna hated her father's past as 'Ailean the Whore.' His reputation fared well for their sons, she always said. People ascribed prowess to them, while expecting that his daughters must be whores.
Well, in Dragon on Top, Ghleanna, who had always thought she'd be alone as a result of these assumptions, gets to find her soul mate. And surprise, surprise, he's been staring her in the face all this while. Bram the Peacemaker, as he's known, is the truce maker for Rhiannon's court. He's nothing like the fierce warrior Ghleanna is. He's quite beta, actually, and has been in love with her for ages. I think everyone knew but her.
I loved it! Loved the contrast of these two! So far, this is the only pairing I've read in this series where the two partners weren't both 'dominant,' 'alpha' characters. I love the sense of calm and purpose that surrounded Bram; I loved the calm and rationality he brought into the mix of this crazy family.
I loved seeing Ghleanna realize her chance for love stood right in front of her, albeit in a different package than she expected. I loved seeing Ghleanna herself in action, maneuvering her way around Helena's court with a stratagem worthy of any politician.
And best of all, I loved the tenderness that underpinned the whole novella. From the obvious love Ghleanna's family have for her and each other, Bram's gentle love, the younger brothers' appearances, straight through to Ghleanna's realization that her father was so much more than his past. Awesome.
Definitely the best of the I-Team series so far. I really don't know why I put off reading it for so long, despite all the assurances from my friendsDefinitely the best of the I-Team series so far. I really don't know why I put off reading it for so long, despite all the assurances from my friends that I would love it. Go figure.
Shy, bookish, orphaned Sophie Alton lost her virginity to her high school secret crush one starry night at a school party(?) the first time he deigned to speak to her. The next day he was off to military school. They lost touch until twelve years later. By this time, Sophie is an investigative journalist who's covering/interested in the story of a drug-addicted young mother who suddenly vanished with her baby during a supervision. She gets an anonymous tip to that leads her to question a prison inmate, who happens to be Hunt, the high school secret crush/cherry picker and also the brother of the young lady who pulled the vanishing act. He uses her to orchestrate his jailbreak, and what follows is a race against time to find the sister before the bad guys can get to her, and also avoid the cops, to keep Hunt from being sent back to jail.
I loved Sophie!! I didn't like Tessa from book 2, but really liked Kara from book 1. Well Sophie has none of the annoying traits of Tessa and had all the good bits of Kara magnified. She was a good balance of all girly (hot pink vibrators), slightly silly (not wearing boots in winter because they didn't look good), sensible, and smart. Marc Hunter was....awesome. Move over Reece, I think I just found a new favorite I-Team guy! I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed myself with this one.
As stories go, this one was a teensy bit syrupy, with none of the over-the-top cheese from the previous books. Ms. Clare erred on the side of cute here. Me likey.
Hmm... I wonder if we're ever going to have an I-Team Peeps' Children Grew Up and Are Having the Hots for Each Other series, what with all the kids these people are popping about. T'will be fun. ...more
I LOVE my Curran (well, he's actually Kate's Curran, but we're not dealing with semantics here, hehe)!!
Hanging around in Curran's mind never fails toI LOVE my Curran (well, he's actually Kate's Curran, but we're not dealing with semantics here, hehe)!!
Hanging around in Curran's mind never fails to make me smile. I love how he thinks, how he sees himself, the way he analyzes the situation, how he sees Kate. I love everything about my Curran :D.
This scene was from Magic Strikes, the hot tub scene, and the events just preceding it. owing to the nature of the scene, Curran's POV was slightly cheesy, but still sweet. His interactions with Derek made me laugh out loud.
Again, thank you Gordon Andrews, for making my night!...more
From the first book I could tell Lord Wes1st read: mar 28, 2012 2nd read: feb 14, 2013
I really, really, really liked this one.
From the first book I could tell Lord Westcliff was a keeper, and I was not too happy he was going to be paired of with Lillian, as she wasn't shown to be the nicest kind of person in the first book.
she was shown in a much better light this time around, and I was glad to see that she and Lord Westcliff were perfectly suited :D. For two people who are so tactile, headstrong and feisty, their story was a very muted, very gentle one - straight from the first kiss at the beginning to the admissions of love in the end, and I loved every second of it. I totally enjoyed this love story.
I love, love, love, Lord Westcliff. He has a lot of the charm and nuance of your normal Kleypas hero, which was missing in the hero of the previous book. And she showed such poesy and tenderness, i loved it! I also think Ms. Kleypas did a great job of making Lillian much more likable while keeping her true to her character from the previous book. I was liking lord Sebastian St. Vincent too, with his his funny remarks, until he did what he did at the end to his [probably only] friend at that. It was a despicable thing to do. Now I am not sure I like him at all and am worried for the next book.
I liked seeing Daisy again, and the Bowmans' mother made me laugh,s he was so over-the-top. I am indifferent to Annabelle's presence. I don't think it added or took anything away,and she was rather a wet blanket in this one. It was a shame Evie didn't have much face time in this book, but her piece in the epilogue was epic. I enjoyed just about everything in this book and am excited to start my favorite wallflower's story next. And even though I have heard awesome stuff about Sebastian St. Vincent of the next book, for me Lord Westcliff will be a hard hero to beat, I think :). We'll see about that....more
This book is a romance novel but not in the 'traditional' sense of the word. It's about a gruff old man learning to open up his heart to the love thatThis book is a romance novel but not in the 'traditional' sense of the word. It's about a gruff old man learning to open up his heart to the love that his young granddaughter feels for him; it's about the fierce and abiding love a young girl feels for her grandfather and the mountainside on which he lives.
It was one of my favorite childhood stories, and still is. To be sure, it's rather idyllic, but that is how most children see the world, and the places and people they love, no?
What I don't remember from the abridged version read as a child was many of the religious passages/ connotations of the novel. It was a nice surprise, and I felt that Ms. Spyri weaved it well into her novel.
The prose like many of the classics, is flowery and embellished, and in this story, could be a bit tedious here and thee, but never for long.
All in all, it's a wonderful story about a little girl who's joie de vivre and love bled out into everyone around them and made their lives that much better.
Alpha and Omega - 5 stars This is my second read of this novel, the intro to Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series, and I am upgrading my rating to 5Alpha and Omega - 5 stars This is my second read of this novel, the intro to Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series, and I am upgrading my rating to 5 stars. I loved it! And I had more time to notice other things since I was already familiar with the storyline, and oh, the things I noticed! I LOVED Anna's first impression of Charles, and the descriptions she gave of him were KILLING ME SOFTLY!!! And Charles, being all studly on Anna made me giggle (and melt), LOL! You stud, you.
And of course I loved the three references to Samuel. He wasn't there in the book, but his father and brother's perceptions are so telling. From them I caught a glimpse of the 'lighthearted person who "had joy in abundance"' (in spite of his past) and had taken the time to teach Mercy to be joyful too. I saw him how he should be instead of the sad person he is now, bowed under the weight of so much pain. And my heart broke all over again.
Bran must have some amazing genes to have created the offspring that he has! Patty sure knows how to write those Cornick men!
Inhuman - 2.5 stars Eileen Wilks tells a story set in the World of the Lupi, about a hellhound and a telepath caught in the search for a killer. It's not too hard to follow, but there were quite a few references to things and events I can surmise happened in the previous book (this novella is #1.5). I was a bit impatient with the heroine: if i tell you there's a killer who can assume anyone's shape and then later I tell you that people who saw the killer say they saw you - wouldn't you be able to put two and two together? It was a good enough read, but the first half was much better than the second. It also felt rather soapbox-y to me, making me want to steer clear. Overall not a bad novella, but it doesn't inspire me to go looking for more books in this series.
Buying Trouble - 5 stars This one is labeled Dorina Basarab #1.1 I haven't started the Dorina Books, and have only read the first of the Cassie Palmer books. In the one I read, I was really confused and not too impressed with Ms. Chance. Well, now I am super impressed. But for a moment there I had no idea what was going on. The main character was introduced and I went 'Claire who? LOL!' It's the same world, I guess, but this one was so much more fun than Cassie's book. There's a motley crew of paranormal beings featured - everything from trolls and fey to werewolves and dragons and a 'null'. and let me tell you, I have never read any male described as having "creamy buttocks," LOL! the story was full of surprises I didn't see coming; and laughs too. Wholly original and so much fun. Oh yes, the story is about the adventures of a Fey and a Null.
Mona Lisa Betweening - 2 stars As far as I can tell, this one was about a shifter queen running around having sex with the men in her court under the full moon - rather reminiscent of Anita Blake. No thanks....more
I don't have too much to say, except that I enjoyed this novel enormously. The humor, the characters, the plot...everything blended perfectly, just liI don't have too much to say, except that I enjoyed this novel enormously. The humor, the characters, the plot...everything blended perfectly, just like good wine, I guess. Teehee....more
Loved this one and it remains one of my favorite harlequin presents till date. Stavros and Tessa were great fun to read about, and neither of them oveLoved this one and it remains one of my favorite harlequin presents till date. Stavros and Tessa were great fun to read about, and neither of them overbearing or TSTL. ...more
I am one of those who thoroughly loved this book. One of the reasons I think I didn't mind the hero's behavior at all was that Loretta Chase did a verI am one of those who thoroughly loved this book. One of the reasons I think I didn't mind the hero's behavior at all was that Loretta Chase did a very good job of painting a sympathetic pcture - showing us his background, and what would cause him to behave the way he did. Jessica, the heroine, was also simply marvelous. I liked it. A lot. ...more
Silver Shark is a novella and the second in the Kinsmen novella series. If it is not too obvious by now, I love Ilona Andrews' work. It is always wellSilver Shark is a novella and the second in the Kinsmen novella series. If it is not too obvious by now, I love Ilona Andrews' work. It is always well thought out and even if I don't like a story, I can't dispute the quality of their output.
I am really happy to say I enjoyed Silver Shark very much. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is that like Silent Blade, the first Kinsmen novella, I did not particularly like the heroine. Even given her extenuating circumsances, I felt she did not act with honor at all times,and that the hero was a better/more honorable person. That's just my one pet peeve. Great novella!...more
Magic Graves is an anthology that features an already-published work each from Ilona Anrews and Jeaniene Frost. Both stories are excellent.
A QuestionMagic Graves is an anthology that features an already-published work each from Ilona Anrews and Jeaniene Frost. Both stories are excellent.
A Questionable Client - 5 stars
This features a prequel to the Kate Daniels series; it is the story of how Kate met Saiman. I liked the younger Kate, and I liked the mythology in the novel. Saiman is still Saiman, as amoral as ever. It was a fun treat to look inside their first meeting.
One for the Money - 5 stars
This novella features Cat and Bones on bodyguard/whodunit detail, and it was a good read. Be warned though, this novella is like #3.5 in the Night Huntress series, so for someone like me, who'd read only the first book, there are MAJOR spoilers in there. I was quite sad to be so spoiled. Oh well, serves me right, I guess. But it's also great.