**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)
**spoiler alert** Ok, here's the deal: I wish I could get amnesia and forget all about the first five books. Then I could write a short-but-great revi...more**spoiler alert** Ok, here's the deal: I wish I could get amnesia and forget all about the first five books. Then I could write a short-but-great review of this last one and really do it justice. But since I'm as mentally strong as ever, I have to write about the series as a whole. The worst thing about Alpha is that you have to read five other books using half your brain ( and wishing you were brain dead in the process) before getting to it. Without having gone through all that, Alpha is actually quite good! But by the time you get to it, you simply don't have the brains left to enjoy.
Faythe (and really, what kind of a stupid name is that?) is an annoying, selfish, spoiled little brat who only starts to show some admirable qualities (but not nearly enough) at the end of the series.It honestly didn't matter that the bad guys kept calling her bitch. What did matter is that I didn't have a better name for her myself.
For Marc I simply have no words. I always knew she would end up with him, that much was sadly predictable, but it made me sick all along. I really liked the guy, except for the small fact of his goods (and by goods I mean balls) beeing kept in a very small gold box and used as a fireplace decoration by his future wife. He is only allowed to open and peek on very special occasions. And come on!!! For six books I was tortured with the worst love triangle ever written ( and that's taking Twilight into account), then to have it resolved with less than two pages of stupid dialogue. There's nothing more I can say at this point except that I want a book with a super sexy, super strong vampire with no real competition. Now!
So to continue the tradition, I'm going to give this one a solid three star status. It would have been four, but I'm honestly too traumatized by Prey and Shift to do that. (less)
I don't know what kind of game Chloe Neill is playing. All I know is that she’s selling an unusually large chapter for the price of a novel. That’s ex...moreI don't know what kind of game Chloe Neill is playing. All I know is that she’s selling an unusually large chapter for the price of a novel. That’s exactly how Hexbound felt to me. Other than that, there’s really not much to tell. I had some problems with the way friendships were made in Firespell, and that continued in this book. Here's how it goes: Lily arrives to her new school, Scout approaches her, introduces herself and boldly announces that they are now best friends.
And God says: “It shall be done!”
I don’t know about you guys, but that’s how I made friends in preschool.
The best I can say about Hexbound is that I finished it. I made it through somehow. Admittedly, I laughed out loud a couple of times, but I was also rolling my eyes every time Jason changed into a werewolf. If Neill had a problem with nudity in a YA novel, why on earth has she decided to involve werewolves?!? Jason changes form every other minute, but there is no mention of clothes anywhere.
I’m still waiting for the next chapter. The first two books together were one half of a proper novel at best. So we just have to wait and see where all this is going. (less)
By now everyone knows I have a soft spot for vampires. Sorcerers are great, weres are amazing (well, unless they are wererats – that’s just gross), I...more By now everyone knows I have a soft spot for vampires. Sorcerers are great, weres are amazing (well, unless they are wererats – that’s just gross), I’m scared of faeries, but vampires I love - they are beautiful and deadly, my kind of monsters. Don’t ask me to explain, that’s between me and my therapist. So why Ilona Andrews chose to make them disgusting and mindless (with talons, no less) is beyond me. That’s between the author and HER therapist, I guess. I bet hers is much more expensive anyway.
The writing style is a bit bare. Normally I wouldn’t mind, but it caused confusion in some of the dialogues. Sometimes I had to re-read them a couple of times just to figure out who said what. It was frustrating.
What to say about Kate? My family moved a lot when I was little, so when I was about eight we had to move across the country. It was January, so naturally the snow was really deep and the truck with our things got stuck. I had to spend an entire week in our new house without my favorite dolls. So I took a balloon, drew a face on it, wrapped it up in a blanket, named it and played with it. That’s how I see Kate Daniels. She has a name, a face and everything else she needs to have on the outside, but on the inside there’s nothing but air. I hope I’ll understand her better in the future.
When she first met Curran, I couldn’t help but wonder what all the fuss is about. What the hell did this guy do to deserve a cheerleader? LOL. He was obnoxious! But then he jumped through magical fire to save Kate and I instantly warmed up to him. Great. Another fictional hunk to drool over will be great for my mental health. I’m weird enough as it is.
Oh, and I almost forgot my favorite quote:
He finished the bandage and was examining it critically. "You know these things are unreliable." His woice held just a touch of reproach. "Eleven out of twelve work fine. I'd say that's better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try." He blinked and laughed softly. "I never know what you'll say next." "I don't either."
4.5 stars. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have a winner! Ilona and Andrew have done it again.
I have a plan to save urban fantasy. I’m not a megalom...more4.5 stars. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have a winner! Ilona and Andrew have done it again.
I have a plan to save urban fantasy. I’m not a megalomaniac or anything, I just think that UF needs saving and I care enough to try. Therefore, I’ve developed a cunning plan: I’m going to buy four more copies of this book. The first I’ll send to Jeanine Frost because she was the first of my favorite UF authors to disappoint me this year. (view spoiler)[Hot wax? So not cool! (hide spoiler)] I’ll send the second book to Chloe Neill, though I’m afraid she may already be beyond all hope. The remaining two copies have to be sent to the queen bee herself, our very own Charlaine Harris. She needs to read one and swallow the other like a medicine. Hell, I might even go wild and send a fifth copy to Patricia Briggs, because let’s face it, River Marked really wasn’t all that!
Amazing, amazing, amazing! That’s pretty much all I can say about this book. I especially love that there’s some Slavic mythology thrown into the mix.
Kate aka bunnycakes and her sugar woogums, His Furriness (hey, her words, not mine) are in a world of trouble… again! A secret society known as the Lighthouse Keepers hired a crazy scientist. He's building a device that can wipe out all magic within a four-mile radius. Life without magic isn’t easy for most of our characters, but the much bigger problem is that the device also kills every single magical person. That means the Pack, the People, witches, mages and just about everybody else. It’s basically an atomic bomb for the magical community. In addition to that, the Beast Lord and his Consort (who hates to be called Mate) have other problems: Kate finds out the truth about her mother, which brings out a series of very difficult questions regarding her relationship with Curran, Andrea’s retired and not at all herself, a very important person gets mortally wounded, the boudas are creating more trouble than they’re worth and there’s even a pregnant Alpha in the Keep.
Favorite quote: I could've fallen for someone steady. Dependable. Well-grounded. But nooo, I had to lose my head over this idiot.
After all that, the only thing left to say is: Go read this book. Now! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Ok, ok, we've read it all before! You want your heroine to be able to control the weather? Try Ill Wind and the rest of the Weather Warden series. The...moreOk, ok, we've read it all before! You want your heroine to be able to control the weather? Try Ill Wind and the rest of the Weather Warden series. The worldbuilding is so much better there. Want a mysterious boyfriend of unknown species? Try the Fever series. At least there you won’t be able to guess what Barrons is after about a hundred pages. Want a murderous parent with way too much power? You’ll have more fun reading Magic Bites and the rest of the series, Vicki Pettersson’s Zodiac series or Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane series. You want shapeshifters? Oh, come on, I don’t even have to tell you that one! You want something new and unusual? Try reading Nicole Peeler’s Jane True series because you definitely won’t find it here.
Now, with all that out in the open, let’s find something I did like, something that will make Stormwalker worth reading. The writing was very very good. I liked the dynamic and language use. There were some very interesting characters and some (but not many) hilarious moments. This is not a book that will stand out and become one of your favorites. You’ll definitely have fun reading it, but I’m guessing you won’t remember half of it after a week. If you are in love with Urban Fantasy, you don’t want to skip this one. It’s only the first installment, and let’s face it, many of these series need a second, and sometimes a third chance. Just remember Magic Bites and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Also, if you are like me and you already know all the books I mentioned above by heart, you have to read Stormwalker simply because there's nothing left to read. :)
So, to conclude, 3.5 stars is my real rating. I WILL read Firewalker soon. I really hope I’ll like it more than I liked Stormwalker. (less)
This is undoubtedly the worst YA novel I've read this year. I suffered through about 50% of the audiobook, i.e. 6 long, excruciating hours, waiting fo...moreThis is undoubtedly the worst YA novel I've read this year. I suffered through about 50% of the audiobook, i.e. 6 long, excruciating hours, waiting for it to start making sense, but it never did. Eventually I became too annoyed to continue.
Cremer rarely bothered to explain her world, but even when she did, the Keepers and Guardians made no sense to me. ‘Sink or swim’ is how I would describe her worldbuilding, at least in the first 40% or so - the story just goes on and you either get it or not. Not. I still don’t understand why these Guardians, werewolves, warriors, whatever you want to call them, would answer to a group of witches, allowing themselves to be controlled in such a horrible way. They can’t be dominant, Alpha, and submissive at the same time.
I love my shapeshifter books as long as they don’t break one simple rule: the author needs to explain clothes right away or I’m done. I don’t care what the explanation is: the clothes can magically appear, they can be hidden somewhere or people can just walk around naked, but I need to know. For the longest time in Nightshade, Calla kept changing forms in public without any mention of clothes. It was explained eventually, but by then I was too angry to even care.
You know how sometimes it seems, especially in books with a really strong plot (view spoiler)[think The Hunger Games(hide spoiler)], that the love triangle was thrown in afterwards, probably to satisfy the publisher’s demand? Well, in this case, I’m betting there was an editor somewhere along the line who said: “Wait just a second, Ms. Cremer. This book needs an actual plot! It can’t ALL be just Calla going from Ren to Shay and back.” And so she was forced to add this plot she probably deemed unnecessary and even damaging to her beautiful love triangle drama.
The love triangle was painful to endure. Calla is a terrible, selfish character with double standards, Shay is mostly just pathetic and Ren is blind to it all. Of course, if I had to choose, I’d choose Ren in a second because he has that sexy name going for him and he occasionally shows some backbone, which is more than I can say for either Calla or Shay.
As Lora pointed out in her comment, the ratings are all over the place. It’s quite possible that some of you will find this story interesting and enjoyable. Many of my friends did. But if you don’t like love triangles, stay far, far away from this series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)