From the beginning of book one to the very last page of Twice bitten, the Chicagoland vampires series has kept me awake and often very hungry because...moreFrom the beginning of book one to the very last page of Twice bitten, the Chicagoland vampires series has kept me awake and often very hungry because I just couldn't put the book down. Merit finally found her place and is a great Sentinel for the Cadogan house. Sure, Ethan pissed me off a couple of times, but all in all the book was fantastic. I have laughed, cried and jumped in my seat going trough the events side by side with Ethan and Merit. I highly reccomend this book. I've read a lot of UF in 2010 but this is one of the best so far.
For those of you who haven't read it yet... I oh so envy you, guys. I wish I could erase my memory and start over. (less)
**spoiler alert** I can't belive I gave 4 stars to one of SVM books, but I did. I've waited for so long to have a real relationship between Sookie and...more**spoiler alert** I can't belive I gave 4 stars to one of SVM books, but I did. I've waited for so long to have a real relationship between Sookie and Eric and then came this guy... Eric, but not quite Eric. I couldn't deal with his weakness, and that's where the book lost it's appeal for me.
But I'm doing this all wrong. The 10th book of the Souther Vampire Mysteries series starts with Amelia leaving and it broke my heart. I cried my eyes out when Dawson died, and her leaving didn't help at all. It was good, though. Just what I needed - a closure. But other than that... After a thousand years of existence, Eric is something no living male can be... perfect! I think there is no woman in this world who doesn't dream of someone like him: arogant, high-handed, strong, smart as hell, beautiful beyond measure, and oh so very protective. So seeing him all weak and indecisive really made my heart hurt. Sorry, I guess I've had enough of weak and flawed men in real life. :-D
But all in all, it was a decent book. SVM remains my all time favorite series. I just hope Dead reckoning will give me the Eric I'm used to. (less)
I had this book on my e-reader for months with no intention of reading it any time soon. The cover is so ugly that it’s no wonder I chose som...more3.5 stars
I had this book on my e-reader for months with no intention of reading it any time soon. The cover is so ugly that it’s no wonder I chose something else every time. Besides, I’m not usually a fan of the paranormal romance sub-genre. (Seriously, I’m not). I’m far more likely to choose an urban fantasy novel – not that they’re not sadly predictable, too. But in this case, I’m so glad I made an exception.
The PNR genre doesn’t leave much room for originality, but Nalini Singh succeeded in writing a novel while avoiding most of the PNR conventions: there was no Big Misunderstanding, no Big Separation. I kept waiting for Lucas and Sasha to start screaming at each other – but that never came. Plus, the secondary characters were really interesting, and worldbuilding was well thought out – it was in no way superficial – maybe because Singh knew she’ll be writing another 10 or so books in that same world. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as intelligent PNR. This is a perfect example.
I don’t think I’ll be reading the second book right away, though. I made that mistake with the Black Dagger Brotherhood – I read five books in a week, but then I had to stop because they all kind of melted together, and now I have no wish to continue. So to avoid that, I’m going to save this brain candy (LOL) for a time of great need. (less)
It's really hard for me to write a review because I had such mixed feelings throughout the series. I didn't even like the first book all that much unt...moreIt's really hard for me to write a review because I had such mixed feelings throughout the series. I didn't even like the first book all that much until I read the second one. So I recommend to anyone who is considering reading them to treat these two books as one. It's the only way to truly appreciate them. (less)
Now, see, this is what an urban fantasy book is supposed to look like. It has absolutely everything: vampires, mages, weres, mischief demons...more4.5 stars!
Now, see, this is what an urban fantasy book is supposed to look like. It has absolutely everything: vampires, mages, weres, mischief demons, fae transvestites, voodoo priestesses, kidnapped twin sisters, evil murderous grandmothers, epic battles and great love stories. Jaye Wells has come a long way since writing Red Headed Stepchild . Truth to be told, she’s spending an awful lot of time with Nicole Peeler lately. Maybe Peeler’s general awesomeness rubbed off on her somehow.
While Sabina Kane certainly isn’t Jane True, the person she’s become cannot leave anyone coldhearted. I think Wells finally realized that the MC had to actually feel something in order for someone to connect with her. Green Eyed Demon is all about revelations and personal growth. It kept me interested from the first to the last page. You all know how I feel about writing summaries, so I’ll just skip that part. This series is really worth reading, even if it means suffering through the first installment.
Garrett chose that moment to join the conversation. “I appreciate your forethought,” he said, his tone distant, as if his mind were elsewhere. “Not as...moreGarrett chose that moment to join the conversation. “I appreciate your forethought,” he said, his tone distant, as if his mind were elsewhere. “Not as much as your fore-parts, but still…” I twisted around in my seat to face him. “My fore-parts, as you so ineloquently put it, have names.” I pointed to my right breast. “This is Danger.” Then my left. “And this is Will Robinson. I would appreciate it if you addressed them accordingly.” After a long pause in which he took the time to blink several times, he asked, “You named your breasts?” I turned my back to him with a shrug. “I named my ovaries, too, but they don’t get out as much.”
Now, if that little quote didn’t convince you to read First Grave on the Right, nothing I write will, either.
There's a new generation of UF authors who are slowly but surely rising to the throne. The names that instantly come to mind are Nicole Peeler, Jaye Wells and now Darynda Jones. I think it’s a lot harder to succeed these days than it was for Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews, for example. It has become very difficult to find something new and exciting to read in the ocean of new UF novels. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve seen it all and a completely original story is now a distant dream. I guess there are two ways around that obstacle. The first is finding something never before used, which is (as I’ve already said) almost impossible. Nicole Peeler did it, sure, but she IS a college professor, and all professors are generally awesome. The second would be developing a great sense of humor (if you don’t already have one) and using it to distinguish yourself. That’s the path Darynda Jones chose, and she was extremely successful. The best way to start a book is with a laugh. Jones obviously knows this. By making the reader laugh on the very first page, the author achieves two important goals: he/she makes the MC instantly likeable and because of that, the reader keeps turning those pages.
I’ve read a couple of reviews comparing Jones to Janet Evanovich. Having just recently finished Wicked Appetite, I think that the only thing they have in common is that they are both hilarious. Although First Grave on the Right certainly is a fun read and Jones undoubtedly has a fantastic sense of humor, she does not have Evanovich’s courage to just let go: abandon all rules and reason along the way. But unlike Wicked Appetite, First Grave on the Right has a solid story that holds all the humor together.