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)
I actually liked the first book better. Don't get me wrong, this one was good, too (thus the four stars), but all in all, I warmed up to Wrath and Bet...moreI actually liked the first book better. Don't get me wrong, this one was good, too (thus the four stars), but all in all, I warmed up to Wrath and Beth a lot easier.
I kind of fell in love with Zsadist, though. Weird, I know. But I can't help it. I'm a sucker for really bad boys. (less)
**spoiler alert** This book was such a disappointment. It's sad, really. Admittedly, the last one wasn't much, either, but I didn't expect two crappy...more**spoiler alert** This book was such a disappointment. It's sad, really. Admittedly, the last one wasn't much, either, but I didn't expect two crappy ones in a row. I finished it this morning, and I don't even remember what it was about. Absolutely nothing interesting happened. Cat and Bones are running around trying to prevent a war, Mencheres is having loud sex (yuck), Vlad doesn't even have a girlfriend (I'm guessing that will be fixed in the next Night Huntress World book, that seems to be Frost's modus operandi) and Justina is joining Tate's crew. This series has been one of my favorites for so long that I feel like I just lost a friend. So where did it all go wrong? For me it was around the time Cat turned into a full vampire. She's suddenly a fucking Superman, absorbing powers from just about everyone - vampires, ghouls, who cares?! It all makes perfect sense. Doesn't it? She can now fly, even though young vampires normally can't even dream about it, she reads human minds, occasionally spits fire, AND she can control ghosts. Hundreds of them. So with this going on throughout the book, Don coming back as a ghost was a complete surprise. A shock even. Riiiight! I knew it before he even died.
Repeating the (in)famous chapter 32 wasn't much of a success either. I don't even want to go there, you'll see for yourselves soon enough. I have a question, though: was I supposed to yawn during this highly anticipated sex scene?
Oooh, I forgot the "your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home" line. What's up with THAT?! Bones lost about ten points with that one! You live for more than 200 years, and that's all you can come up with? It's just... so corny! AND pathetic.
All in all, it didn't deserve the three stars, but that's how I rated it. Call me sentimental, I don't care. It should have been two stars, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
We will call this one The Book of Faith because that’s exactly what it is. Despite the fact I honestly liked Miranda and David, my personal favorite w...moreWe will call this one The Book of Faith because that’s exactly what it is. Despite the fact I honestly liked Miranda and David, my personal favorite was definitely Faith. But most importantly, this book restored my faith in urban fantasy altogether. What’s so great about Faith, you wonder? When she first showed up and started (as his Second) talking David out of bringing Miranda to Haven, I thought: Theeeeere she goes – the typical Mexican-soap-opera-bitch that’s going to stand in their way the entire time. Not only was she the farthest thing from my oh-so-prejudiced initial assessment, but there was no Mexican-soap-opera-bitch at all! Honestly, there wasn’t. There were no love triangles of any kind! If you want to know how amazing Faith truly is, read the damned book! So why did I give Queen of Shadows only four stars? Well, first of all, the cover is flat out ugly. I am a cover snob, I’m not ashamed to admit. Have I not heard about this book before actually seeing it, I would never have read it. Second of all, I got a teeny tiny bit bored around the middle. Maybe it was just me.
I highly recommend this book to all you urban fantasy lovers out there (although it’s mostly paranormal romance if you ask me). Even without disrupting any of the UF conventions, Sylvan succeeded in making it quite fresh. (less)
**spoiler alert** O God, I just can't get enough of the Brothers and their magic. Butch certainly didn't dissapoint. I can't say that I'm a big fan of...more**spoiler alert** O God, I just can't get enough of the Brothers and their magic. Butch certainly didn't dissapoint. I can't say that I'm a big fan of Marissa's, but I guess I'm just jealous. :D I hope something good happens to V real soon 'cause I've got this huge ache in my chest when I think about the Brother. I've read 4 books in as many days and I say to myself I'll stop after every single one - but I just can't. It's like a damn mexican soap opera - you know you've got better things to do, but you just can't stop going. So, unless you're on extended holidays or something - don't even start reading. You'll end up doing nothing else. Btw, Butch is absolutely perfect - but Zsadist is still my man! :D(less)
This is a great example of how a perfectly good idea can be ruined with lousy writing. I chose Afterlight because I was in serious need of some vampi...more This is a great example of how a perfectly good idea can be ruined with lousy writing. I chose Afterlight because I was in serious need of some vampires, and because the main character is a tattoo artist. I adore tattoos (I have three myself) and I honestly thought it would be a fun read. I was SO wrong! Elle Jasper’s writing is a slow torture – the first 50 pages of her novel are completely useless, they serve no purpose at all. Riley is drinking tea, walking her dog, describing her driving skills and taking care of her little brother. After that things start happening faster and they even get interesting for a while. But not for long.
Here’s what I found seriously annoying (among other things): - for some reason, Ms. Jasper adores the words ‘urban decay’. Everythig is urban decayed, even the pants on Phin. After the third time, it becomes ridiculous. I’m sorry, lady, but I honestly have no idea what urban decayed pants are supposed to look like. - The male protagonist’s name is Eligius Dupré (Eli). Apparently the author was so proud she came up with such a great name that she used it in full on every single page. Ok, you like the name, we get it. But there’s no need to put it in every other sentence, is there? - Describing unnecessary actions almost drove me crazy. “I pulled the Jeep over, killed the engine, threw it into first gear, and set the emergency brake, than just sat for a moment as I took in the area.” See what I mean?!
What I DID like is the music on Riley’s playlist. Same albums can be found on my iPod: Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds to Mars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric and so on.
To conclude, if you’re not a hardcore UF and PR fan, don’t bother reading Afterlight. The story is not that bad, but Jasper’s writing is awful.
First of all, please allow me to get this off my chest: Why on earth would a self-respecting vampire want to be called Disco?! It’s just ridiculous. I...moreFirst of all, please allow me to get this off my chest: Why on earth would a self-respecting vampire want to be called Disco?! It’s just ridiculous. I guess the author wanted to be original and Disco is original, that’s for sure, as in: no-one-would-ever-be-crazy-enough-to-do-it.
I have become like the ancient Fae in Fever: I read so much UF books, the only thing I judge them by is whether they amuse me or not. This particular book only mildly amused me. It was a good story, but very sloppy writing. It’s just my luck to pick two such books in a row.
I liked the story well enough, and because of that I was reluctant to write about all the inconsistencies I noticed. I don’t understand how things like that can happen: they are not some small errors than can just slip by all the controls and proofreading. They are MAJOR mistakes obvious to anyone who bothers to think while reading.
There were also too many grammatical errors. The sad thing is even I noticed them, and my English is terrible. It really ruined the novel for me, and it’s too bad, because the story had great potential.
Admittedly, it is not very original: Rihannon is a necromancer, and Gabriel (I refuse to call him Disco) is a vampire, and she’s helping him find the person behind the killings of his bloodsucking friends. Guilty Pleasures all over again. Then we have vampire blood sold as a very expensive drug on the streets. Been there, done that, have 10 Sookie Stackhouse novels to prove it.
So decide for yourselves: do you want to read a story you know all too well? I obviously did, and it was fun from time to time, but that’s all I can say. It didn’t change my life and it didn’t blow my mind. It only made me smile a couple of times. (less)
I chose Soulless from my never-ending TBR list because I wanted a light, undemanding read, but instead I found a great story with bright, intelligent...moreI chose Soulless from my never-ending TBR list because I wanted a light, undemanding read, but instead I found a great story with bright, intelligent humor and quite an unusual heroine. While it most certainly won’t enter the canon of literature, I think it will provide a solid entertainment to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance. In her family, Alexia sticks out like a sore thumb. She’s 25, half-Italian, with dark skin and a large nose – all highly undesirable traits in a future wife. But when she finds herself in the middle of a paranormal mystery along with the Alpha werewolf Lord Maccon, she quickly discovers her life is about to change for the better.
One of the best parts of this book was Alexia discovering her sexuality. She grew up with a healthy dose of curiosity AND her father’s enormous library so she isn’t completely in the dark, but some things still manage to surprise her – like kissing with tongue and certain parts of Lord Maccon's anatomy - particularly their size. Knowing she will forever remain a spinster – what with her nose and her preternatural Italian father – she decides to make the most of Lord Maccon’s sudden interest in her. The way in which their relationship grows is believable, heartwarming and at times hilarious.
I just have to add that I seriously dislike the term steampunk. I think it’s stupid and unnecessary. There, I had to get that off my chest.
2.5 starts. Plotwise it wasn't even worth two stars, but somehow I found myself enjoying it from time to time. It was like one of those B-horror movie...more2.5 starts. Plotwise it wasn't even worth two stars, but somehow I found myself enjoying it from time to time. It was like one of those B-horror movies: they are incredibly stupid and you know it, but you still can't stop watching.
I have very little patience for PNR lately. Nightshade is paranormal romance disguised as urban fantasy and that in itself kind of pisses me off. The problem is, even the romance is unconvincing. Some parts were completely unbelievable. I know believability is not one of the genre's strong points, but there are lines you just can't cross. Jill gets kidnapped by Declan (hey, it's PNR, his reasons don't really matter), and here's how she describes him: His face didn't have an ounce of humanity to it. Around the black eye patch, scar tissue branched out like a spiderweb up over his forehead and down his left cheek, all the way to his neck. He was as scary-looking as he was ugly.
Yet half a day later, she's completely in love with him. Another half a day later, he stands and watches while a vampire feeds from her and almost rapes her. A few hours after that, she sleeps with him. Did I mention he only has one eye?! :D Ok, maybe we're a little tired of gorgeous vampires/faeries/werewhatevers, but Rowen went to the extreme here: Declan is a dhampir. (view spoiler)[You're thinking Dimitri?!? Think again! (hide spoiler)] He heals like a vampire, but everything leaves scars. His face looks like a medieval battlefield. He lost an eye in a fight so he wears and eye patch. He injects himself wiith a serum that helps him suppress his vampire urges AND turns him into a killing machine without emotions. He's cold, ugly and very rude. What's not to like?
The world building really isn't worth mentioning. I'll just spare you the details. I know some of my friends really liked this book, and I can respect that, but it definitely wasn't for me. I have no intention of reading the next one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was drawn to the first book of the Drake Chronicles because of its shiny cover and the intriguing title. Whenever I choose a book based on those two...moreI was drawn to the first book of the Drake Chronicles because of its shiny cover and the intriguing title. Whenever I choose a book based on those two things alone, I end up disappointed. However, My Love Lies Bleeding won me over with its amusing characters, fast pacing, hilarious moments and not a single love triangle in sight. It was a highly entertaining, feel-good story that surprised me and made me laugh and I instantly became a huge fan of the series.
Drake Chronicles revolve around a royal vampire family and their human friends. Every book focuses on a different Drake brother and is told from multiple POVs. These books are essentially young adult paranormal romances, but unlike so many PNRs, they have great plots, lots of action, a large number of well-built secondary characters and an abundance of delightful, accessible humor.
Bleeding Hearts is the fourth book of the series and it focuses on Connor Drake and Lucy’s cousin Christabel who came to live with Lucy and her parents when her mother went into rehab. Ever since Helena Drake became the queen, the family has been under constant attack from their political enemies, and of course, the blue-skinned and vicious Hel-Blar vampires. In addition, Solange is still struggling with the fact that she’s becoming a different kind of vampire, one that has never been seen before and she’s allowing herself to be influenced by some morally impaired royals as a result. Lucy keeps being pushed away for her own protection, but she fights back every single time with Nicholas as her ally. I’d missed Lucy horribly in the last two books and it was great to see things through her eyes once again. Nothing is quite the same without her stubbornness and sense of humor. Connor is not my favorite Drake, but he’s not far behind either, and after a while, even Christabel became likeable, despite her infatuation with Mr. Darcy.
I had every intention of giving this book four stars, but when I reached the last page and saw that it ends with a cliffhanger, I took one star off my rating.