Patricia Briggs writes like Sharon Shinn: with a very quiet, understated elegance that engulfs you and immerses you in the story without you realising...morePatricia Briggs writes like Sharon Shinn: with a very quiet, understated elegance that engulfs you and immerses you in the story without you realising it. Very subtly she manages to make you care about all her characters (well, all of the ones that matter, anyway) and make you invested in both the story and their HEA.
I will admit to being underwhelmed by MOON CALLED, but boy am I glad I continued. This was such a good book! The suspense and intrigue built up soooooo slowly, and ended in a roaring crescendo.
And her characters are some of the best in urban fantasy. Mercy is fantabulous; and so is Adam; and Samuel; and Bran; and Stefan: and Zee; and even Ben, yes even that annoying werewolf.
Besides, who doesn't love a good werewolf story? Exactly.
So if you are looking for well-fleshed out, interesting, and awesome characters, a great plot, and four especially hot werewolves (Bran, Charles, Samuel, and Adam) then this is your book. And of course, a fantabulous female lead. (less)
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 char...moreSo 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. (less)
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 magic...moreDragos 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. (less)
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 friends...moreDefinitely 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. (less)
I love the animated version of Coraline (I watched it long before I had any idea that the book existed)
Well anyway, I just got aro...moreI love Neil Gaiman.
I love the animated version of Coraline (I watched it long before I had any idea that the book existed)
Well anyway, I just got around to reading it and it was fantastic, as expected.
Neil Gaiman's descriptions are gold. As I was reading it, I had the distinct feeling that this was Coraline's book, ie. that a small girl was telling her story, not an adult telling a young girl's story. It's wonderful, just like I knew it would be.
In (Gaiman's) own words, his book tells the story of Coraline, who was small for her age and who would find herself in the darkest danger. By the time it was over, she would find what lay behind mirrors, have a close call with a bad hand, and come face-to-face wither her other mother; she'd rescue her true parents from a fate worse than death and triumph against overwhelming odds.
He also says it's the weirdest book he's written and the book he's most proud of. I say he's right.
Gaiman said he wrote a book that children would experience as an adventure and that that gave asults nightmares. He is right. It does give me the creeps (both the book and the movie). I loved it and highly recommend it!(less)
Who else can take a horror story and write it so that it children can read it, and still retain everything...moreWhat Neil Gaiman does, he does fabulously.
Who else can take a horror story and write it so that it children can read it, and still retain everything that makes it creepy? Who else can write a book that is so whimsical and yet has moments of stark reality?
I loved the time I spent with Nobody Owens and the people of the graveyard.
And who else can write awesome fantasy and still manage to incorporate so many life lessons seamlessly into the fabric of the story?
"It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
Funnily enough, this was never o...more"It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
Funnily enough, this was never one of the classics I read an abridged version of as a child. Every once awhile, I pull out my copy to reread.
I can definitely see why Pride and Prejudice is a classic. Jane and Mr. Darcy's story is simply sublime.
As I have stated somewhere, I don't have the easiest time with the prose, finding it at times difficult and meandering, and flowery, but underneath it all is a riveting and masterful story. I have read and loved many retellings - both modern and set in the historical time period - but in rereading, I find myself captivated anew by the original. None of them hold a candle to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
The conflict, the characters, their growth, the story - Jane Austen sure knows how to write those final chapters, I tell ya! I have read this a thousand times before and STILL stayed up until two am so I could finish the last 25% of the book.
And some of the sentiments expressed simply cannot be done justice to. "It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." How beautiful is that? How sublime is that? I don't think many declarations of love I have read in romance novels (and I do read a whole bunch of them!!!) can quite compare in conveying the feelings of overwhelming love as these simple words do.
This book has a very special spot on my keeper shelf. It's one of the very first fantasies I read that I remember so very vividly. I love it to bits....moreThis book has a very special spot on my keeper shelf. It's one of the very first fantasies I read that I remember so very vividly. I love it to bits. Truly, madly, deeply.
I will forever remain grateful to Simone for giving me this book. I know we love several books and several authors, but once every long while you read something that "gives you life", to use a slang term. For me Sharon Shinn is one of those authors. I remember so well when I read Archangel - 2002. It was like coming home.
Sharon Shinn writes like a dream. When I first read it, I couldn't get over how beautiful the writing was; even before I could focus on the characters and the story, I was entranced by her writing. I still can't get over how beautiful the writing is. The book took my breath away.
Rachel and Gabriel are some (two?) of my all-time favorite hero and heroine in all of created fiction. They have stayed with me from when I first read them 10 years ago and I have never forgotten them. I reread the book with a friend and Rachel and Gabriel are playing around in my mind a few days later. Definitely two of the most memorable characters I've come across.
Gabriel especially is awesome! It is also a testament to Shinn's writing skills that she manages to make you root for a hero that is so prim and proper, so uptight(as opposed to dangerous/alpha/dashing/gallant/suave). I love how not-perfect he is.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is Hannah's description of Gabriel to Rachel, who by then, didn't know anything about Gabriel:
... he takes most things seriously. He can be difficult. He can be very sure of himself, so other people's opinions do not always matter to him. He thinks it's a very easy matter to separate right from wrong, good from bad, so subtleties often elude him. He is not patient. But he is - he is never less than committed to making things right. Everything he does is with the goal of bringing goodness to the world. I can't explain what I mean. There is no evil in him. That is a rare thing to say about anyone, even an angel.
How awesome is that? This quote describes Gabriel so perfectly! A man (well, he's actually an angel) with real flaws, not ersatz/minor/nobles ones, flaws which color his decisions and his interactions. But who, when you strip everything away, is a truly good man, the kind of man you want to have your back, the kind of man you want to run your country, the kind of person you want to be at the heart of it.
And Rachel....is another story all together. Sometimes you want to smack her, but girl has so much spunk and spirit, especially after what she's been through, that you can't help but root for her. i love her for the sheer indomitableness of that spirit she's got.
Just seeing these two characters fall in love was amazing. I don't know how else to say it. This is the type of book you can't keep to yourself. I gave the borrowed book to all my other friends after I read it, and THEY ended up giving it to their friends too, because they couldn't stop gushing over it (needless to say, I had to buy Simone another copy of her book). It's definitely in my top 10 all-time favorite love stories.
The writing, is so evocative. So descriptive. So awesome. So captivating. Sure the book has it's problems but who cares about that when the worldbuilding and the story is such a treat?!
Another of my favorite quotes from this book is the very last line, said by Rachel to Gabriel: (view spoiler)["You. I would have waited forever for you" (hide spoiler)]
(about damn time too, woman!)
The secondary characters were all fun: my favorites were Josiah, Ariel and Naomi. Oh of course, and Nathan and Magdalena and Obadiah.
I read this book so many years ago, with all its flaws, and I have loved it since then. Awesome, awesome writing. THIS is the stuff of writers' dreams. Reading this book was being sucked into a world of pure stupendous writing and breathtaking worldbuilding. To this day her writing has stuck with me. I don't think any of the other works in this quintet of books was as well-written.
THIS book to me is the gold standard of Sharon Shinn's writing. Most of her other books can't quite match this one in awesomeness and fabulosity, even though many of them are pretty fantastic themselves. Since then I have come across other authors that are especially gifted at description and storytelling, but Sharon Shinn was one of my first, and I won't ever forget it. And her skill is just awesome.
Needless to say she is an autobuy author for me.
PS: I tend to think that this is one of those books where if you dislike it the problem is you, not the author, LOL! Obviously I am not very objective when it comes to Sharon Shinn and/or Archangel, lol:D.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(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)
This was the story I started and couldn't...moreReread 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.(less)
I found much to love in this here story upon second reread. Also, unlike my first time, I read These Old Shades before tackling...moreReread: May 20th 2014.
I found much to love in this here story upon second reread. Also, unlike my first time, I read These Old Shades before tackling this book, and it helped me understand the characters and lent additional depth to the narration.
Being that I utterly loved These Old Shades, I was immensely pleased to see the characters again, especially the Duke and Leonie, and read the story of their son.
I could wax on and on, but the end of all this is that I had a rollicking good time, which I did not at all expect.(less)
When I saw that Anna Campbell had a new historical romance out I absolutely knew I had to request it. I was not wrong, not in the least. The book is w...moreWhen I saw that Anna Campbell had a new historical romance out I absolutely knew I had to request it. I was not wrong, not in the least. The book is written very much in the Tradition of Claiming the Courtesan and Untouched. In fact, as soon as I figured that out, I could pretty much tell where the story was going and just about how it was going to unfold. I was also right about all that. Even so, what kept me tethered to the story were the same things that kept me very invested in those two other stories: the writing. Ms. Campbell does some beautiful writing. How can the following passage not draw a smile:
"You're just playing with me." "Most definitely, tesoro. But your dilemma is your own fault. You're so irresistible." "Command your willpower, Mr. Merrick. Defeat this weakness." "I try, dear lady, I try." "I'll bite you," she said savagely "I'll bite you too before I am done."
From beautiful descriptions to heartbreaking tenderness, Ms. Campbell does it very well, and this book has it in spades. I loved the dialogue, when I was not smiling at some funny exchange - or the occasionally cheesy Romancelandia line - I was all caught up in the descriptions, or catching my throat at the haunting tenderness of it all - and mind you, I knew exactly what was going to happen. But I am not complaining about her formula, bot just because it works for me, but also because each set of characters to creates to play out the drama are wonderful.
I loved Sidonie and Jonas. Loved them. I loved that as much as possible, Sidonie tried to remain true to herself - and she never once tried to lie to herself. She wouldn't give herself to him when she did not want to or feel like she could afford to; but the moment she decided she wanted him, that was it. No prevaricating, no waiting for him to make another move, etc.
Another thing I loved about her was her perceptiveness. She could see through Jonas to the quick. Smart and beautiful and true. I started a bit when she referred to Jonas as a wanton in her private thoughts, and then decided I loved it very much! I never hear guys described as wanton in HRs, although the girls are always the virgins and they are the ones with oodles and oodles of debauching experience.
I also enjoyed Jonas' character very much. The vulnerability about him, and the fact that like Sidonie, he did not try to lie to himself. I'd wax more poetic, but my hands are getting tired of typing. :/
Finally, I also very much liked how true love did not make everything run smooth. Even after the admission of love, there were Sidonie's hopes and dreams and plans to consider, and Jonas' hang-ups to stand obstacle. I loved that they did not just vanish, and that the couple had to attempt to work through them.
I wasn't sure what rating to go with after I was done, but in the end, I settled on five, I had a roaring good time reading it, and will definitely revisit it. What more can you want? This makes me 3 for 3 with Ms. Campbell!
*ARC provided through NetGalley, honest review, no money, etc - alla that jazz.*(less)
I really loved this book. I liked seeing how the grandfather's walk with God and the circumstances of their lives affected the son and how the son's w...moreI really loved this book. I liked seeing how the grandfather's walk with God and the circumstances of their lives affected the son and how the son's walk with God and circumstances of his life affected the grandson. Everyday people just walking with God through this world. I loved reading it. And I'll never forget the lesson I'm taking from this book (and from their lives):
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.