I was strangely drawn to this book; I love werewolves and have yet to read anything shelved under New Adult but the taboo Stud...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
I was strangely drawn to this book; I love werewolves and have yet to read anything shelved under New Adult but the taboo Student / Teacher relationship was definitely a concern. Curiosity eventually got the best of me and I just couldn’t resist anymore. And then, I simply could not look away. This novel did a train wreck number on my emotions; the logical side of me kept shaking her head saying no-no-no while as my wicked side was screaming YES-YES-YES! Alpha Girl blew my freaking mind!
The werewolf aspects of this story were awesome. I loved that Rose and Tom are drawn to each other because of how they smell. Their attraction is on such a primal level that it wasn’t as shocking when it eventually trumps everything. At first, I didn’t think of Rose as an alpha because she’s shy and quiet but as the story progresses her dominance really comes out, especially around Stone. Goldman also has to shift on every full moon and it’s not the typical type of transformation found in most werewolf books which I found refreshing. The ending promised even more furry goodness is to come in Lone Girl.
I liked the running countdown that Bloomfield has at the beginning of each chapter. It didn’t take me long to puzzle it out but once I did, it made me love this book even more. Kate’s writing flows nicely which makes Alpha Girl‘s 212 pages fly by way too fast. I’m typically not a fan of authors who throw a young main character’s parents under the bus but in this case I think it suited the story. I definitely had no qualms about hating them. Rose’s parents brainwashed her into believing that the W-word is a disease and also the cause of their divorce, not to mention that they lock her up in the basement during her “time of the month”.
Rose and Stone’s relationship made me hate myself for wanting to turn the page. I loved that she pursued him aggressively and that he put up a valiant effort to dissuade her. At times I thought that Tom was a real creep but at others I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. There are also glimpses of Fifty in their student / teacher relationship. Stone gives Goldman detention to re-claim his alpha role at school and she kowtows by calling him sir. Like I said, a train-wreck.
There’s way more to this book than either the blurb or my review can, in good conscience, share. The main plot revolves around so much more than just Kate and Stone’s forbidden love; the whole comes together in a beautiful yet utterly shocking way. Once you start reading Alpha Girl you will not be able to look away.
For me, The Wolves of Mercy Falls series started off as a so-so read. Linger was definitely better than Shiver, but Forever......moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
For me, The Wolves of Mercy Falls series started off as a so-so read. Linger was definitely better than Shiver, but Forever...? WOW! This book manages to be uplifting, heartbreaking and magical all at the same time. I've been on the fence about this series for the past two books but this third and final installment makes me wish for it to never end! If only all of the novels could have been like this! I have a feeling that this story is going to stay with me for a long while. I typically don't re-read books because honestly, who has the time? But I'm going to make an exception for Forever. It's so much more than just a werewolf book or just a YA tale of boy meets girl. I turned the last page only mere minutes ago and I'm already missing Sam and Grace. Isabelle and Cole too, fancy that!
I'm never going to get tired of Maggie Stiefvater's lyrical writing style. It is art in text format; it really is. I'm currently contemplating starting her Books of Faerie series just so I can have another dose of her beautifully written prose. Sam and Cole's song lyrics are packed full of emotion and meaning. I think Maggie should consider producing a Wolves of Mercy Falls album. I'd buy it and I know that I wouldn't be the only one! The combination of her writing style, the characters' lyrics and random bits of quoted poetry turn this book into a living, breathing entity. Regardless of whether you like or dislike Young Adult werewolf fiction, Maggie's writing will win you over and you'll grow to love the story. Don't believe me? Read an excerpt and see for yourself!
Sam and Grace's love transcends space and time. It's so innocent and new but somehow manages to be as meaningful and deep as some of the greatest romance stories of all time. There's no sex in this book, there's barely even any touching but the message that's portrayed is incredibly powerful. I could feel the love that they have for one another through the pages. Forever was the first time that Grace and Sam were wolves together and I loved every minute of it. Back to my earlier comment, their love even carries over to their canine selves when all other thoughts are lost. That's how powerful their connection is. Look at me trying to do the impossible: describe the relationship between Sam and Grace. Just read the book. You'll see.
I was surprised to find myself as wrapped up in Isabelle and Cole's weird relationship as I was in Sam and Grace's. Theirs is an entirely different kind of "love". I'd describe Roth's and Brisbane's as light while as this unwitting duo's is dark. The contrasts and similarities between the two couples evoked such powerful imagery and feelings; it's also one of the reasons why I loved this book so much. This opposite ends of the spectrum effect wasn't as present in the previous installments.
The ending is a real page turner. In fact, the entire book is. Unfortunately, due to real life getting in the way, I had to put the novel down a mere 20 odd pages away from the end. The finale to The Wolves of Mercy Falls series took my breath away. It's happy and sad, satisfying but heartbreaking; in short, it was everything I'd hoped for yet it left me craving more. I'd previously given another Young Adult book the number one spot for 2011's YA fiction but it's not too late to change my mind! And change my mind I am! Forever is in a class all of its own, it has no equal. I loved every word on every page. Goodbye to The Wolves of Mercy Falls, I'll miss you.(less)
13 to Life is a great series opener. The book starts off slow, gradually building the characters and background story. There's not a lot of action but that's not surprising considering there's already two more installments in this series. Shannon Delany builds a solid foundation and her skillful writing style masks the slower plot pace so that it becomes irrelevant. The storyline of this novel is much broader than I expected from a Young Adult read. The werewolves took longer than I would have liked to reveal themselves but then again, because there was such a build-up I feel compelled to read Secrets and Shadows immediately.
Jessie is an unusual character. She's the most selfless teenager that I've ever encountered. It probably has something to do with the tragic way in which she lost her mother. Her martyr-like attitude was frustrating at times but she's such a genuinely nice person that it's impossible to hold it against her. Sarah is Jessie's best friend and that in itself is incredibly messed up. I don't want to give up the reason but once you discover it for yourself you'll be dumbfounded. Guaranteed. I racked my brain trying to understand Jessie's reasons but couldn't so instead I settled for giving Sarah the evil eye through the pages. Then to top it off, Jessica pushes Pietr into her evil-BFF's arms even though she clearly has a thing for him. What an infuriating young lady!
Pietr is one strange dude and Jessie realizes this the moment she meets him. He may be an oddball but he's a charming one. Rusakova's childhood story is nothing like his crush' but they're united by similar tragic circumstances. There's a confrontation that occurs between him and a K9 drug sniffing dog that gave me goosebumps. Pietr's intensity in this scene is fierce! I loved it! I found that he complemented Jessie nicely, that is whenever she'd let him of course. I enjoyed the slow burn approach to the love intrigue side of this tale. There was no quick "I love you"'s. Both protagonists take the time to explore their feelings, it was a nice change of pace from typical love triangles. Pietr's family is also very interesting and complex. I liked Catherine most of all but Max was a close second. I can't wait to discover more about the Rusakova's in the second installment.
The only downside of this book for me was how long it took for the werewolves-side of the plot to kick in. The wolfish action lasts for about 50 pages and then culminates in a cliffhanger. That's just cruel of you Shannon Delany. Shame on you! This novel won't have you rapidly turning pages in anticipation of the next action-packed scene but it will have you hanging off of Delany's every word. She is a master storyteller and it shows on every page. I LOVED this book! 13 to Life is the start of something beautiful.(less)
I was happy to see that S.M. Reine didn’t adopt too many of the overdone werewolf clichés in Six Moon Summer. I love shifter b...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
I was happy to see that S.M. Reine didn’t adopt too many of the overdone werewolf clichés in Six Moon Summer. I love shifter books but after you’ve read as many as I have often times the plots begin to overlap. Although this novel is quite predictable and the writing style is a little more simplistic than what I normally prefer; Six Moon Summer got the job done where it counts. The story line is fresh, the main character is charming and as a whole, this Young Adult read wasn’t too “teen” for me.
The backbone of this book is solid. I enjoyed the mythology and how the story unfolded. I liked the fact that the majority of this novel takes place at summer camp. It was a nice change of scene from the usual high school backdrop. I think the location had a lot to do with making Six Moon Summer feel less teeny bopper-ish. I’m grateful for this tweak because honestly, I’ve had it up to here with teenage drama. The local legends of the mountain on which the camp is located were a neat addition to the plot. The books Riley uses for research and the ruins scattered through the area helped to add credibility to what was befalling Miss Gresham.
Riley is an interesting character and I really enjoyed getting inside her head. She does have a few childish moments but that was to be expected given her age. The one thing that really irked me though was how quickly she said “I love you” to Seth. They’d hung out a couple of times without ever going on a real date and all of a sudden she drops the L-bomb. Eeck! Other than that though I really felt for her; being a teenager is already not easy without adding extra stressors like family problems or, the most obvious one, turning into a werewolf. I also liked that her battles weren’t all life-or-death. Riley struggles with little things too such as remaining a vegetarian while slowing turning into a carnivore. These humorous bits helped to lighten up an otherwise rather dark book.
Aside from Riley, I didn’t connect with any of the other characters. I found them to be underdeveloped and two dimensional. There was a lack of descriptions and background stories for the remainder of the crew. They were kinda just there; tools to help the story progress. Even Seth, Riley’s love interest, left me feeling lukewarm. The predictability of the plot line and the antagonists were somewhat of a let down as well. Six Moon Summer is a nice leisurely read but it’s definitely not a page turner because I almost always knew exactly what was going to happen next.
The story wrapped-up pretty nicely at the end so I’m curious to see how S.M. Reine handles the next installment, All Hallows’ Moon. Although there is no real wow factor in this book; the story itself is original and the pacing is decent. Six Moon Summer is a great addition to the werewolf genre and I’ll definitely be checking out the next novel sooner rather than later.
I value my sleep and will only very rarely give-up my 8 hours of rest for a book. A sacrifice that I was more than happy to ma...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
I value my sleep and will only very rarely give-up my 8 hours of rest for a book. A sacrifice that I was more than happy to make for Pride's Run. The title might have you thinking "cats" but don't be fooled; this story is 100% werewolf! The main character's point of view is raw and primal. I didn't have any problems seeing the wolf in her, that's for sure! Be prepared to be swept off your feet by Cat Kalen's writing! You will not be able to put Pride's Run down until the end. I sure couldn't!
Pride's nitty gritty point of view is mesmerizing. I loved every second that I spent inside her head. For the first part of the book she's more animal than human. Kalen does an amazing job of conveying how wild this seventeen year old wolf really is. Pride's running on pure survival instincts. I felt like I was right there beside her through every step of her refusal to be broken by her master. What a horrible life to be born into! Yet, somehow, Pride never looses hope. Such an unbreakable spirit! In the second half of the novel she becomes more human than she's ever been. It's an enlightening yet immensely scary process. Thank goodness for Logan!
The plot line of this book is pretty straight forward. Pride and Logan are running for their lives while leaning to trust each other because if they want to survive, they will need each other's help. The alpha male totally throws Pride off of her game. I liked how intuitive Logan is. Even though he's big and strong he's also capable of being equally as gentle and kind. He quickly realizes how broken Pride is and, as a result, handles her like you would a china doll. Logan also rebels against the norm. I really enjoyed his blatant disregard of werewolf stereotypes. He throws tradition into the wind and instead, does whatever it takes. Good for him! Pride's no ordinary girl and it'll take an extraordinary boy to win her over. Luckily for her, Logan's up to the task.
The majority of this novel is all about the characters but the ending is a shocker and leaves room for Kalen to expand Pride's universe by tenfold. Pride's Run is perfect for readers who prefer the animal side of the characters in shifter fiction. I look forward to seeing where Kalen takes us in Pride Unleashed.
The first book in this series was a little too Sci Fi-ish for my tastes but this installment does a much better job of staying...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
The first book in this series was a little too Sci Fi-ish for my tastes but this installment does a much better job of staying on the paranormal side of the fence. Secret of the Wolf focuses on telling a good story rather than on explaining the intricacies of Garner's Warriors of the Rift universe. That being said, if you skip the first novel and dive right into this one you might end up feeling a little lost. Even though I didn't particularly enjoy Kiss of the Vampire, it's a necessary step in order to be able to fully grasp the details of Cynthia's world.
One of the things that I liked the most about this book is that the female protagonist is the one doing the chasing. In most Paranormal Romances it's the guy who's actively trying to get into the girl's pants but in this case it's the opposite which I found quite refreshing. Tori doesn't pull any punches either in her quest to score Dante. She plays dirty and I love that about her. MacMillan also manages to resist her charm for a lot longer than I expected which only added to the appeal of their romance. I hate it when characters give it up too easily!
I was a little disappointed by the lack of werewolf elements in this book. There are a number of tidbits scattered throughout the pages but not nearly enough to satisfy my furry standards. Mind you, I did enjoy Tori's occasional cravings for raw meat and how she felt the need to hide that side of her nature from her human counterparts. Secret of the Wolf's plot is more investigative in nature than preternatural which was surprising. So far the books in this series have been at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Here's hoping that they meet somewhere in the middle for the third installment.
The paranormal elements aside, I did enjoy the overall plot of this novel. It was fun following Garner's well laid out trail of breadcrumbs and the side-story is equally as intriguing. Admittedly, the culprit is rather obvious but the story unfolds in such a way that the characters' inability to see what's right in front of their noses actually makes sense. The chemistry between Tori and Dante is hot and watching their relationship ignite was pure joy. Unfortunately, there aren't as many romp scenes as I would have liked but this lack in no way takes away from the story.
Secret of the Wolf puts a new spin on the origins of preternaturals and breaks away from the stereotypical structure of most Paranormal Romance relationships. I enjoyed this book and will be adding Heart of the Demon to my 2013 wishlist.
I have to give props to E.J. and to her Spirit Guide series. This is the third time that she's delivered a high quality, strai...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
I have to give props to E.J. and to her Spirit Guide series. This is the third time that she's delivered a high quality, straightforward and entertaining read. Her success is no fluke! The momentum of this story is still holding strong and there's no sign of it wavering anytime in the near future especially with two other installments already in the works. As reluctant as I was at first to read a book titled She Smells The Dead; now I find myself eagerly anticipating Yuki's next adventure. I guess that just goes to show that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover... err... I mean title.
I probably mentioned this point in my earlier reviews of this series but it's worth reiterating. I adore E.J.'s no nonsense, straight-to-the-point writing style. Her direct approach ensures that there's zero confusion. Readers always know what's what and Stevens doesn't waste our time with useless details in an attempt to camouflage holes in the plot line. There are no gaps in the Spirit Guide series. I've never once felt lost or had to flip back to previous chapters to figure out what the heck is going on and for that I'm grateful. There's nothing I hate more than having to construct a flow chart while reading a book in order to be able to keep up with the convoluted story line. Keep it simple; that's my motto. I also like the fact that her novels are relatively short. Like most of you, my TBR pile is massive so I'm elated whenever I can burn through a story in mere hours. I never skim parts of E.J.'s books because there's no need. Every page is essential to the development of the plot line.
Forget about Yuki and Cal; I want to know what's up with Emma and Simon! The path of the main power couple is obvious. There's no real conflict between these love birds but the same can't be said of their sidekicks. There's a definite storm brewing between these two and I for one can't wait to see lighting! Did Emma almost say the L word or did I just imagine that part? It slipped out so quickly and was covered up even faster that it's hard to say for sure. E.J. gives us absolutely nothing in that area for the rest of this tale until a small glimpse at the end. Talk about MEAN! After all of the nice reviews I've written for this series. Hmph! I kid of course about that last bit but that's not to say that I'm any less frustrated with her blatant teasing!
The sense of urgency wasn't as prevalent in Legend of Witchtrot Road as its predecessors. The pace was still blisteringly fast but I just didn't feel like everything was on the line this time around. That's not a criticism. Obviously Yuki's world can't be threatening to end in every book, that would just be ridiculous! This story was more about her accepting her new found powers and using them to do good. The whole novel felt like a "smell mission". Cal's also adjusting to his new role as alpha nicely. He's a strong character with a lot of responsibility but he handles it all in stride. How very grown-up of him!
The ending wasn't what I expected. There was nothing really supernatural about it at all. Which struck me as a bit odd and somewhat disappointing. Wading through all of the mystery surrounding the Legend of Witchtrot Road only to discover that the answer is simple and 100% human. Also, other than the bit of intrigue surrounding Simon and Emma's possible relationship progression, the resolution didn't leave much of a segue to Brush With Death. But, who am I to question E.J. Stevens methods? She hasn't lead me astray yet so I'm just going to have to trust her and go with it. A great addition to the Spirit Guide series. Here's hoping for many more!
I can't believe it's taken me a full week to read this book! Darn work commitments getting in the way! I'm a big fan of Kelley Armstrong, especially h...moreI can't believe it's taken me a full week to read this book! Darn work commitments getting in the way! I'm a big fan of Kelley Armstrong, especially her books in this series that deal with werewolves. Clay Danvers made my Top Ten Fictional Crushes list. So of course I was happy that there was more!
This novel is divided up into 4 stories that delve deeper into the lives of a few of my favorite werewolf characters. The book begins with Infusion. It's short, only about a chapter, and to the point. It explains how Jeremy ends up the head of Stonehaven over his father, Malcolm.
The second tale: Savage, was a pleasure to read. Clay as an adult is a little socially inept but as a child he was down right primitive. I loved the way Kelley brings his troubled childhood to life. It was such a different point of view than is typical of werewolf literature. Most of the novels I've read have been about teenage or adult werewolves but Clay is a special case. It's hard to imagine what would happen to a child if they got bitten by a shapeshifter and were left to understand it all by themselves. Armstrong's point of view is unique and well-written.
Men of the Otherworld also gives us a glimpse of what Jeremy was like before he became alpha. In the regular series he's such a strong character but in this book he's young and vulnerable. We learn that his father was a poor role model and that he was far from being the next in line for pack leader. He earned the status that he achieved not by being the biggest or the strongest but by challenging the norms and forging his own path. He also had many friends that helped him along the way when he wanted to give up.
Ascension is as the title suggests: Jeremy's path to alpha. It's also the story of how Clayton becomes his second and how he earned his bad ass reputation. I flew through this story. I was already in love with the members of the American Pack so this book was like the icing on a cake for me. Not essential but oh so sweet!
I found that the chapter titles really added to this novel. They were comprised of one key word that summed up each chapter beautifully. Each name had my head buzzing with possible directions the story might take and made me eager to read on to find out.
Finally, Kitsunegari, a short tale that leaves the reader hanging and wanting more. A new supernatural is introduced with an interesting link to Jeremy. It left me contemplating what it all means but stuck without an answer! I guess that's what a great ending to a great book is supposed to do. But oh the torture!
The second tale, Savage, was my favorite out of the four tales. Kelley Armstrong's brilliant writing on how a young werewolf loses his humanity and survives in the wild on his own captured my heart and made me love Clay even more (if that's even possible!). Not to mention his struggle (although at first reluctant) to regain his humanity with Jeremy's help. I've also developed a better understanding of Jeremy thanks to this book and am now hard pressed to pick a favorite male werewolf when previously Clay was the clear winner.
Werewolf lovers rejoice! This book will make you fall in love all over again with this genre. Men of the Otherworld can be read on it's own without the rest of the series as it happens before the other books (except Kitsunegari). So you have no excuse not to read this book!(less)
I had a hard time giving this book a rating. I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel. The writing is beautiful and I immediately liked Sam as a c...moreI had a hard time giving this book a rating. I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel. The writing is beautiful and I immediately liked Sam as a character. At the half way mark though, the book started to drag. There were a few key story elements that hadn't been explained yet. So at this point I was asking myself why haven't these characters thought about this possibility yet? The answer to all of your problems is obvious! Move to California!
About 2/3 the way through the book we learn that they tried moving to a warmer climate but it was no use. After this eye opener the book picked up again and finished on a high note. After I finished the book I was left wondering if the ending made up for the earlier oversight. It did, kinda.
I really enjoyed learning more about Sam. He's responsible yet playful, sensitive yet courageous. He carries such a burden for someone so young, not to mention the horrible childhood he had. Sam definitely hasn't had it easy but he still is able to find a reason to smile. I also enjoyed reading his lyrics throughout the book. He has a thing for music and is constantly turning every day activities into songs. Cheesy but romantic.
This book progressed at a much slower pace than what I'm used to. But this book is categorized as YA so that makes sense. The love story side of the book was an interesting one. Grace falls in love with the wolf before the man. That's sweet and weird all at the same time.
The wolves of Mercy Falls are wolves in the winter and human in the summer. When the temperature drops below a certain degree they change. A different take on why werewolves shapeshift but ok I'll go with it. But the constant running from one heat source to the next like it's life or death became a little annoying after a while. A lot of their struggles seem like they could be solved by common sense. Then again, they're teenagers.
That being said, I liked this book. It is beautifully written, Stiefvater definitely has a way with words. The sentences flowed so well it was like reading poetry. Also, Sam alone made the book a worthwhile read for me. The beginning and the end of the book were great, because of them I'll be moving on to Linger. I just hope that the middle will be better this time around. I'm reluctantly giving this book a 4 out of 5. (less)
Wild does a great job of modernizing werewolves while also addressing a difficult topic in today's society: addiction. Naomi Clark's shifters have a few unique characteristics that really make this book stand out in the genre. Although, at times I did find myself getting annoyed with Lizzie, the main protagonist. The ending left me feeling hopeful that the next installment will be one to watch out for.
I enjoyed the way that the werewolves are divided into two categories. The Kurtadam are werewolf royalty, born into the life and raised with the motto "Human first, werewolf second". While the Vargulf are made and because of that distinction the two groups don't mix. Something different happens to the Vargulf's victims when they get carried away and kill. It's a fun surprise that really takes this book to the next level. I particularly enjoyed the parts where Lizzie is internally battling with her wolf. Her emotions are so palpable and I felt like I had my own furry side. It gave me shivers!
I developed a love/hate relationship with Lizzie. Admittedly, her life hasn't been a walk in the park but I found it hard to feel sorry for her because most of her problems are a result of bad choices on her part. I found it impossible to sympathize with her because she dug the hole herself. At first I enjoyed the addiction aspect of the storyline; it presented me with a POV that I don't often come across in my reading. But, after a while I found that it took over and that the rest of the tale fell to the sidelines. I wanted to slap Lizzie for being so weak and unable to take care of herself. She keeps jumping from guy to guy as though she's incapable of being alone. That kind of weakness in women really irks me. Maybe I just don't understand where she's coming from.
I'm curious to see what Clark will do next in this trilogy. After the way that this book ended, I expect Lizzie to be on the straight and narrow in book 2. If that turns out to be the case, I'm anxious to read the next installment; if not, I might have to pass. I loved the werewolves in Wild but Lizzie's drug addiction was too all consuming in my opinion. Still a great read and the start of a promising trilogy.(less)
This is my second go at reading a book by Ashlyn Chase and I’ve come to the conclusion that her brand of humour just isn’t for...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
This is my second go at reading a book by Ashlyn Chase and I’ve come to the conclusion that her brand of humour just isn’t for me. Her flaky characters, unrealistic relationship progression and unfocused plot make me feel like I’m reading under the influence. Flirting Under A Full Moon is a light, girlie read that’s a good choice if you’re sitting by the pool sipping mojitos.
Brandee gets dragged into paranormal affairs after getting kidnapped while tailing Nick on an investigation into her cousin’s disappearance. These events lead me to believe that the main plot would revolve in some way, shape or form, around this case. And it does but very loosely. If you take a look at the blurb there’s no mention of Nick even being a P.I. After a while I couldn’t help but see the kidnapping as an excuse to bring them together. The detective work is shoddy at best and although there is a resolution to the investigation it seemed like it was only an afterthought. This book is about Nick learning to accept and deal with his werewolf mating instincts and Brandee getting over her abandonment issues. Sounds like your typical paranormal romance story line in my opinion but there was something missing in Chase’s delivery.
I’m a huge fan of werewolf lore, especially where true mates are concerned. I know this angle has been worked to exhaustion but I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it. Ashlyn Chase took something beautiful and twisted it to the point of being unrecognizable. Nick’s mating instinct is so all consuming that he foregoes his one-night-stand ways, develops an almost stalker-ish obsession with protecting Brandee and proposes to her within the span of a week. If I’d been in this girl’s shoes I would have filed a restraining order and run for the hills!
Brandee’s obviously not the brightest bulb in the box and this is probably the only reason why their relationship doesn’t crash and burn. But really, after seeing Nick turn into a wolf, how dumb do you have to be to believe a story as far fetched as this:
“… he said he was naked to crawl through a tight basement window—that he was about to grease up his body but dropped the baby oil in his rush to keep her safe.” –Page 35
She also has this annoying habit of putting her own personal twist on the saying “Oh my God!” by substituting the last word with something else like “pickled herring” or “boiled bunny”. And this is funny how? Overall I just found her character to be ditzy, ignorant and naïve. All this to day that Flirting Under A Full Moon just wasn’t my cup of tea.
After only a few chapters I found myself transfixed by Dani Harper’s new Dark Wolf series. The opening chapters are intense wi...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
After only a few chapters I found myself transfixed by Dani Harper’s new Dark Wolf series. The opening chapters are intense with Neva preparing to throw herself off a cliff rather than face becoming a werewolf at the next full moon. It was impossible to not be moved by her determination to sacrifice her life in order to save countless others. Aside from an incredibly brave heroine, First Bite also brings plenty of action, romance and wolfy goodness to the table. Harper’s Changelings are back for another round and if this first installment is anything to go by, you’re not going to want to miss take 2!
I love that Harper’s Changelings spend an equal amount of time in both of their forms; not all series shelved as “werewolf” deserve to be classified as such but this book most certainly does. The author wastes no time in enlightening readers on the rules of her world and I particularly enjoyed the distinctions between Changelings and werewolves. The two aren’t synonyms in this universe; in fact, the latter is actually kind of derogatory which I found interesting. The mystery of what happens to their clothes when they shift continues to entertain and watching the newly turned try to figure out the trick is always good for a laugh.
The story unfolds in such a way that it felt like a werewolves for dummies course in that Travis must instruct Neva on Changeling ways only for her to have to do the same later on for Baker. The second part was more a case of the blind leading the blind but that just made it all the more comical. The plot is nicely balanced which makes the budding romance feel as important as the looming battle against Neva’s evil twin. There’s also just the right amount of sex to help ensure that all of your senses are equally satisfied. I enjoyed the ticking-time-bomb-like suspense although I was disappointed by the anti-climatic final battle. Geneva’s attack strategy was also somewhat questionable.
Travis wasted no time in worming his way into my heart; it’s hard not to love a tortured hero with a soft spot for damsels in distress. His patience and willingness to teach Neva how to cope with her new reality also helped to earn him bonus points. The tables end up turning not too long after their first meeting though and I liked that Geneva was given the chance to return the favour and to prove her loyalty. I wish the mate aspect had taken a little longer to kick-in but once set in motion it was easy to get caught up in the two main characters’ strong emotional bond. The book ends on a high note with a good old fashioned romp that’s sure to make your toes curl with its heat.
First Bite is a must read for all werewolf addicts and the best book yet from Dani Harper.
Even though this is the 6th installment in the Granite Lake Wolves series, this book was my first trip into Vivian Arend’s wer...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
Even though this is the 6th installment in the Granite Lake Wolves series, this book was my first trip into Vivian Arend’s werewolf universe but, it most definitely will not be my last! I enjoyed the way that the main couple’s animal traits are worked into their personalities because it made for some incredibly quirky characters and also a few funny misunderstandings given that Tessa is a cat and Mark is a wolf. Great writing, a playful story and sizzling chemistry make Wolf Nip a must read for all paranormal romance lovers.
The evolution of Tessa and Mark’s relationship was surprisingly believable for the number of pages Arend used to accomplish the feat. I liked that Williams resisted Weaver’s crazy mating instincts in the early stages of their business partnership if only for the giggle worthy conversation that ensued as a result. Listening to a wolf trying to explain one of his baser instincts to a cat is like watching my fiancé attempting to order in French at the drive thru. No one is speaking the same language!
I thoroughly enjoyed Vivian’s writing style and I can’t help but feel a little foolish for not having picked up one of her books before now. I loved the corniness behind the cat/dog relationship and Arend’s sarcastic sense of humour fit this story’s tone perfectly. I didn’t make the connection between the title and the plot until after I finished the novel but even it contains a furry joke! The flirty verbal play between Tess and Mark was almost as sexy as their horizontal dances. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of either!
Wolf Nip is a light hearted tale that goes above and beyond the typical “opposites attract” rule by pairing the most unlikely of duos: cats and dogs!
This is the third installment in the Urban Arcana series. Admittedly, I haven't read the two books that came before this one a...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
This is the third installment in the Urban Arcana series. Admittedly, I haven't read the two books that came before this one and maybe if I had my review would be different. Although, it's predecessors did center around Fae and Witches which don't appeal to me nearly as much as werewolves. This novel was an okay read but I won't be exploring this series any further.
Before writing my review I read a few of the ones that came before mine to get a feel for what I missed by skipping over the first two books. Apparently many of the characters are present throughout this series and I missed out on quite a bit of their background stories. That being said, a good author should refresh their readers' minds in every new installment and help to bring cheaters like myself somewhat up to speed. From what I was able to piece together, I believe that Cindy Spencer Pape did a good job of accomplishing this. Overall, I think I had a pretty good feel for the characters but it's hard to know for sure without actually reading the whole Urban Arcana series.
I found that the multitude of supernaturals made this book somewhat convoluted. There's werewolves, wizards, demons and fae. I found it difficult to keep track of who was what and also of what the various races distinguishing traits were. This novel isn't very long and as a result, packs way too much information in too few pages. There's also two main plotlines in this story. Fee and Greg's evolving romantic relationship and a serial killer who's offing werewolves. I think Cindy tried to throw some action into a book that was meant to be primarily a Paranormal Romance. As a result, I found that the main couple's love story was rushed and because of this I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have. I liked Fee and Greg as characters but when their story jumps from them tentatively considering dating each other to being married and having twins it was a tough pill to swallow. I think that if Pape would have focused on just the love story this book would have been a more enjoyable read.
Another thing that irked me was how the term Underhill is used. It's basically the land of the Fae but it was turned into an expression and I'm not sure what the author's goal was in doing this. For me it was more of an annoyance than anything and I viewed it as a repeated grammatical error. This little detail probably won't bug most readers but it definitely rubbed me the wrong way.
I'd advise anyone interested in reading this book to start from the beginning of this series. Hopefully in doing so this will transform into a more enjoyable read but for me it's too little too late. Motor City Werewolf has some good qualities but most of them were lost on me. I guess that's what I get for being sucked in by a werewolf read without thoroughly researching it beforehand. (less)
All of Molly Harper's lovable characters are back for the second installment in her Naked Werewolf series. This book sticks to...moreReviewed by Rabid Reads
All of Molly Harper's lovable characters are back for the second installment in her Naked Werewolf series. This book sticks to the same cute, fun elements that I enjoyed so much in How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf but instead stars Maggie as the lead character. At first I was a little worried as to whether this was a good choice for the main protagonist; in the previous novel she provided some comic relief but overall Maggie was a confrontational, hard-headed b*$@#. Fortunately, her new role as alpha female has forced her to turn over a new leaf.
Being the alpha female really agrees with Maggie. She finally has an outlet into which she can pour all of her domineering qualities. Her responsibilities as pack leader are far-ranging and sometimes surprising. Maggie's duties don't just include ensuring that the wolves have a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. She also has to keep them busy through the long winter months to stop them from killing each other. So, add cruise director to her long list of obligations! Maggie's also under an enormous amount of pressure from her family to produce offspring of the werewolf variety. She seems to agree with their sentiments for the most part, that is until Nick Thatcher shows up.
Nick is a hunk but of a different variety. He's a scholarly Trekkie with an interest in werewolves. Sure, when you put it that way he sounds more like a huge dork than fictional boyfriend material but Nick somehow makes geek look sexy. Aside from the occasional Star Trek quote this handsome man is smooth and has a cavalier manner. He's the yin to Maggie's yang so to speak. They compliment each other very well. Nick just absorbs all of Graham's crazy energy and cools them both down.
Similar to the first novel, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf ends on a high note with an unexpected plot twist. I was so wrapped up in the love story that I almost completely forgot about the intrigue element. It gives this tale a little bit of extra oomph. I didn't think that this book was as funny as the first one but I still got quite a few giggles out of it. Although, I did enjoy the dynamics between the main couple more this time around. Another great girlie read with a paranormal side by Molly Harper.(less)
My favourite heroine is back at it and is once again biting off more than she can chew. To my delight she handles it all in tr...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
My favourite heroine is back at it and is once again biting off more than she can chew. To my delight she handles it all in true Secret McQueen fashion; by running her mouth and delivering some of the best one-liners of her Urban Fantasy career. There’s no shortage of action or romance in this book and more wow moments than I care to count.
Even after everything the werewolf king has done to her, Secret still has trouble refusing Lucas. What starts out as a simple search for a missing socialite quickly morphs into a fiasco of epic proportions. Secret’s biggest wish has unexpectedly come true but unfortunately for her she can’t even enjoy it thanks to the slew of baddies who are trying to rain on her parade. McQueen finds herself forced to rely on her men-du-jour for protection instead of her sword and needless to say, the role of victim does not suit her.
I loved Secret in this installment because for the first time in a long time she’s vulnerable. It was refreshing to see the big bad werewolf queen / vampire council leader / assassin sweat a little. Of course, instead of going into hiding because of her weakened state, McQueen’s backup defense is laying her trademark sarcasm on extra thick. I adore Sierra Dean’s sense of humour and Grave Secret is milk-out-your-nose funny.
Move over Lucas Rain and h-e-l-l-o Holden! Just when I thought nothing could sway me from team Desmond, the vampire steps up to the plate and takes a swing. Both men have so many amazing moments in this book that I now find myself loving them equally. I don’t envy the choice that Secret has to make; if it were up to me, I’d keep them both! She is a hybrid after all, so it makes sense that she needs a werewolf AND a vampire lover, right? I’m just saying.
Grave Secret will make you swoon, cry, rage, laugh and finally leave you with a big “oh shit” at the end.
Darkness & Light starts off with Jem married to this a$$hole named Peter. Her husband didn’t begin this story as a complet...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
Darkness & Light starts off with Jem married to this a$$hole named Peter. Her husband didn’t begin this story as a complete jerk but the speed at which he progressed from “there’s something off about this guy” to full-out “run for your life!” was staggering. I found it weird that it took 8 years for Peter’s crazy to surface in their marriage. Mind you, Jem seemed a little out there as well but in a wolf-like kind of way so I was ok with that. Her definition of what it means to be a wife was simple, instinctual almost in nature but in a human it still came across as a little odd. The werewolf fan in me understood that wife does equal food and sex provider in the wild but my feminist side had a hard time connecting with Jem because of her willingness to stay with and even defend her abusive husband.
I enjoyed the way that the chapters were divided into “Light” and “Dark”; the first being Jem’s real life and the second being her werewolf dreams. The blurb gives you a pretty good idea of what this all means. Jem’s dreaming about her past lives and eventually (as was bound to happen) they collide when she meets Sean. I also really liked Belfield’s werewolf prophecy; it’s complex, unique and I quickly found myself getting sucked in by her Holloway Pack universe. J.R’s beautiful, descriptive writing style definitely played a huge role in my overall enjoyment of this novel as well. My only complaint is that more fat could have been trimmed from this story because it ran a little unnecessarily long.
Jem continued to rub me the wrong way right up until the very end, even after she’d accepted her new reality. Her naivety only seemed to escalate after all that unpleasantness with Peter. For one, she confronts her husband alone after he’s clearly demonstrated that he intends to do her harm. And two, Sean’s pack vehemently warns Jem that she’s in danger because of her heritage and that she needs to be extra cautious. So, what does she do? Wanders off into the woods alone and gets kidnapped. Her stupidity was the driving force behind this story’s plot and I have no patience for dumb heroines. Thank goodness for Sean and his sexy alpha maleness! I love me some good werewolf man candy that this guy had me drooling all over my eReader in no time. He’s never far from Jem’s side so at least you get plenty of good to accompany her bad.
Overall, I had mixed feelings about this book; I loved Belfield’s writing and her werewolves are top notch, especially Sean, but I couldn’t stand her lead female character, Jem. I am going to continue reading this series because I want to know more about the Holloway Pack and the werewolf prophecy, hopefully Jem gets a bit wiser with each new installment or at the very least, Sean forgoes wearing a shirt… and pants.
After finishing Howling at the Moon, the first installment of this series, I was eagerly anticipating reading On the Prowl. Karen MacInerney did not d...moreAfter finishing Howling at the Moon, the first installment of this series, I was eagerly anticipating reading On the Prowl. Karen MacInerney did not disappoint! I was immediately immersed in this second Tale of an Urban Werewolf. This novel took me all of 24 hours to read. My boyfriend's absence may have had something to do with that but, great writing and an awesome story were definitely strong contributing factors as well.
Sophie Garou is back and is as entertaining as ever. One of the main attractions in this series for me is the contrast between her human life and her animal one. She's just made partner at a high powered auditor firm and is expecting a proposal from her boyfriend Heath. Of course, that is until her second nature gets in the way. Sophie has been flying under the werewolf radar all of her life but in this book her secret is exposed and she's faced with werewolves galore. Not her idea of an ideal situation!
Miss Garou's constant battle against unruly hair growth was as hilarious as in the first book. I particularly enjoyed a bathroom stall conversation between her and Lourdes, a new werewolf. They're comparing hair removal horror stories with different techniques likes Nair, waxing, shaving, etc. The challenges of being a modern day female werewolf! This talk reminded me of the banter I hear in public washrooms but with a supernatural twist. I like the way MacInerney gives the characters dilemmas that are similar to every day life. It makes them all the more relatable. When Sophie pulled out her back-up razor for her friend I couldn't help but giggle.
I wish I had Sophie's problems with men! She may me a magnet for trouble but she's also one for swoon worthy men. A third handsome male is added to her plate in the form of Mark, her biggest new client. He's rich, gorgeous, chivalrous but there's more to him than meets the eye. Way more! The book doesn't entirely explain what's up with him; I'm hoping the final installment will. Mark sort of overshadows the two other men. Heath, her boyfriend fades into the background but Tom is as delicious as ever. Between Mark and Tom I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite!
Garou finally meets the local pack leaders and is sent on a reconnaissance mission for them. This fashionista isn't quite cut out for stealthy spying! Naturally, she blows her cover and find herself running from her enemies and her main concern seems to be her shoes. In her situation, shoes would not have been high on my priority list while running for my life. Then again, I wouldn't have went on such a mission wearing $500 high heeled shoes. But that's just me!
The ending of this book is a whirlwind of action. Secrets are revealed, questions are answered but like any good book in a series there are a few mysteries left unsolved. After finishing this book, there was never any doubt in my mind that I was going to read Leader of the Pack but it's always nice to get a little more incentive. I'm sad to say that there's only three books in this series. Right now I'm wishing that there were more but before I start whining I'll wait and see what the conclusion holds.(less)
Keeping Secret delivers the story that I'd expected from the previous installment. McQueen's finally growing into her new role...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
Keeping Secret delivers the story that I'd expected from the previous installment. McQueen's finally growing into her new roles, the love triangle gets a much needed shakedown and this is the wolf-iest book yet. The story is no less action-y than its predecessors but there is a notable shift from assassin drama to powerful supernatural leader dilemmas which is exactly what I wanted to see happen. Prepare yourselves for the new and improved Secret McQueen!
The last three books have all focused on Secret's vampire half while as this story brings her furrier side to the forefront. Finally! The moment I've been waiting for! There are significant differences between the two species and Sierra uses them to her advantage in this installment. The undead are all about "me, me, me" while as wolves are all about the pack. As protector and future Queen, Secret must adapt and learn to put the needs of others before her own and that personal sacrifices are a daily fact of life. Her character goes through some pretty significant changes in Keeping Secret and by the end I was actually proud of how far our little assassin has come.
I didn't think that it was possible for me to detest Lucas any more than I already do but lo and behold, I was wrong. The werewolf king gives douchebag a whole new meaning in this book. He just expects Secret to fall in line and happily go along with whatever hair-brained idea he dreams up. Fans of this series know that our girl is no shrinking violet but apparently Lucas thinks otherwise. Fool! If it were up to McQueen they would get married Vegas-style but because she's trying to be a good Queen she bites her tongue and lets Lucas plan the wedding. That was her first of many mistakes. However, leave it to Lucas to make the dumbest, most obvious faux pas of all time. Secret's reaction is priceless and a re-read worthy moment.
Sierra's writing is gripping no doubt about it; from her killer one-liners at the end of each chapter, to her trademark snark and jaw dropping cliff hangers. She drives her series forward like no other author I've ever read. It's like a freight train, there's no stopping it. Her books are hard to put down and Dean forever leaves readers wanting more.
Keeping Secret is balls-to-the-walls, oh-la-la, no holds barred, pure epicness. I want the next book now, now, now! *stomps feet* Best. Installment. Yet.
A Werewolf in the North Woods is a cute, flirty read with paranormal undertones but the bulk of the story line focuses on lovi...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
A Werewolf in the North Woods is a cute, flirty read with paranormal undertones but the bulk of the story line focuses on lovin'. The Bigfoot intrigue was a fun added bonus and offered an interesting twist on an old myth. It's not essential to have read A Werewolf in Manhattan prior to tackling the second novel. The main characters of this series are brothers but other than that each story is independent of the other. A great read if you're looking for a few giggles and some R-rated action. For something that comes off as Chick-Lit, there's a surprising amount of family values and monogamy worked into the plot. All around, A Werewolf in the North Woods is a straight-forward, feel-good book. A great way to break things up if your typical reads are on the darker side.
I got a kick out of the fact that Bigfoot is alive and well in this story. Not only that, but Roark is actually trying to re-locate them to a safer habitat in order to protect them from prying eyes. They have a few funny characteristics that I couldn't help but chuckle over. For starters, they smell absolutely horrible! This little tidbit obviously made it easier for a werewolf to track them. There are a few Bigfoot nuts in this tale. One in particular believes everything that he's ever heard about the creature. At first his neon outfit, harmonica serenades and home-made gadgets seemed a little far fetched. Later on, I thought about all of the people who wear aluminum on their heads and then his character didn't seem that out there.
I enjoyed how Vicki Lewis Thompson focused on a were's heightened sense of smell. Most authors seem to overlook it which is surprising considering it's one of the distinguishing traits of canines. The main reason for Roark's initial attraction to Abby was her enticing smell. I'm not talking about perfume but rather her "natural" scent. The duo goes hiking through the wilderness in search of Bigfoot and Winchell comments on her unpleasant sweaty state. Wallace shocks her by admitting that the more ripe she smells the higher his attraction is to her. That's a new one! I don't know of any men who prefer their women to be stinky! I really appreciated Thompson's attention to detail and the way that she uses a few werewolf quirks to her advantage. Plus it was good for a laugh!
The characters and world aren't overly detailed but I hadn't expected them to be either. I got exactly what I wanted out of this novel: sex and werewolves! Earlier I mentioned that there is a surprising amount of moral fiber in this read. Abby and Roark's relationship started off as a physical one but it quickly became apparent that it was more than that. I liked that they took their growing feelings seriously and that the nookie only occurred between the two main characters. I'm not a huge fan of overly promiscuous heroines. I admire Winchell's dedication to her grandfather and her willingness to back him up even if the old man's claims bordered on ridiculous. That's how family members should treat each other; with respect and affection.
A Werewolf in the North Woods offers a girlie perspective on the furrier side of paranormal fiction. I had a smile on my face the entire time. Well, except when I was reading the naughtier parts that is. Then I was trying to hide my physical responses to the content from prying eyes. Reading at work during my lunch hour can be awkward at times! I'm hoping for many more installments in the Wild About You series. Wolves, smexy men and sizzling hot bootie calls are an explosive combination that I'll never be able to get enough of!
The first book in Lisa Kessler’s Moon series is quick to please with its elaborate werewolf lore, dual points of view and flas...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
The first book in Lisa Kessler’s Moon series is quick to please with its elaborate werewolf lore, dual points of view and flash fire romance but it also isn’t without its faults. There are a few holes in the mythology that were difficult to miss and the insta-love between the main characters was a little to instant for my tastes. That being said, the ending left me with enough unanswered questions to make my reading of Hunter’s Moon a forgone conclusion.
I enjoyed Kessler’s writing style; each chapter alternates between Adam and Lana which made for a nice mix of both male and female points of view. For the most part I liked the urgency of this book’s tone and the plot line is relatively fast paced although there are a couple of long, unnecessarily drawn out scenes that caused the story to stagger at times. The author does an excellent job of developing the secondary characters and of setting-up the romance that will be featured in the next installment. There’s a whole pack of wolves to choose from so I’m definitely expecting that there will be plenty more where Moonlight came from!
The werewolf mythology is rich and well-crafted; I especially enjoyed the male twin aspect and the way that the author worked it into the story line. Most of the same rules seem to apply to the jaguar shifters as well aside from the obvious cat / dog differences. I wish that the characters had spent a little more time in their animal forms; other than in the opening and closing chapters, I don’t think any of them really shifted. That’s a waste of this book’s main paranormal element in my opinion. There’s also one aspect of the lore that really nagged at me. When readers first meet Lana it’s a few days before the full moon and we find out that a) she doesn’t know she’s a jaguar and b) she has been shifting for years but blacks out every time. Later on, the author puts a lot of emphasis on the futility of resisting the pull of a full moon. But then in the last chapters, Adam (who’s not only an alpha but has known he’s a werewolf all his life) is unable to resist the call yet Lana (a total newbie) remains unaffected. Do you see what I’m getting at? It just doesn’t add up.
Both of the main characters earned my stamp of approval early on. Adam is an up-and-coming pack leader with a good head on his shoulders and Lana has done well for herself all things considered. The former quickly jumps on the “mate” bandwagon despite his player status while as the latter needs a bit more convincing; her trust and abandonment issues definitely play a huge part in that. Overall, the sex scenes are explicitly detailed and the romance is enjoyable just so long as you’re willing to overlook the insta-love that’s so common in werewolf Paranormal Romances.
Aside from a few minor bumps, Moonlight is a great starting point for a series that can only get better from here.(less)
This book starts off slowly but by the end it absolutely howls with excellence! Caged is very much plot driven and when paired...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
This book starts off slowly but by the end it absolutely howls with excellence! Caged is very much plot driven and when paired with Ruby’s outstanding voice this story quickly becomes next to impossible to put down. Natusch’s descriptions are spellbinding without putting even the smallest damper on the endless action. This novel is hilariously funny, well edited and even introduces a new breed of werewolves. Talk about bang for your buck! Caged has many pros and very little cons; what’s even more surprising is that this is Amber’s indie debut.
The story starts off rather slow and I found myself re-reading the blurb to figure out if I accidentally agreed to review a *gasps* non-paranormal book. However, once the story started to reveal itself I quickly realized that the beginning wasn’t slow at all. Amber was actually putting the building blocks in place for a killer story. Knowing what I know now, the opening chapters of this tale make a whole lot more sense. The plot line comes full circle beautifully and no stone is left unturned. I loved watching everything come together seamlessly. You definitely have to stick this one out until the end in order to be able to fully appreciate the depth of this story.
Ruby’s voice is very compelling from the get-go and becomes even more so as the book progresses. I found her way of dealing with the new found truth that is her life very realistic. I also thoroughly enjoyed the sarcastic way in which she keeps “score” when faced with challenging situations. One of my favorite parts of this story happens when Ruby escapes from the compound and is confronted by her foes in a clearing. She adopts a fierce attitude of “I might be going down but I am going to take as many of you with me as possible”.
At first, the bad guys are cleverly disguised as allies and I found this approach both original and intriguing. I can usually pick out the enemies pretty early on in a book so I really enjoyed the fact that Amber challenges her readers with her out of the box way of thinking. I couldn’t figure out whom to trust which made the book even more addictive because I didn’t want to stop reading! The mystery surrounding Sean was a lot of fun to unravel as well. He’s definitely not who he appears to be and the cliff hanger ending only further adds to the enigma.
Caged is a Trojan horse in disguise; it might be an indie publication but rest assured, you’re in for a wild ride. With a riveting narrative and a story line that just doesn’t quit; this book is a must read for any and all paranormal fiction junkies.
The unforgettable character that is Ruby is back for a second round in Haunted. Words can't express how happy I am to have giv...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
The unforgettable character that is Ruby is back for a second round in Haunted. Words can't express how happy I am to have given indie author Amber Lynn Natusch's werewolf series a chance. This second installment picks-up right where Caged left off and thank goodness for that. The suspense has been killing me! This book's approach and plot is quite different from the first novel mind you and not quite as all-consuming either. The focus is less on werewolves and more on another breed of preternaturals which is a tad disappointing for a fur lover like myself but the high level of intrigue sucked me in all the same.
Haunted's plot revolves around the side characters more so than Ruby herself. I found this a little odd and unfortunate because the heroine is made of awesome. That point aside, I love Cooper and was happy that he got to play a larger role in this installment. Too bad that he's turned into a sociopath! He has his reasons mind you, which are explained later on. I thought that his transformation showed flexibility and cunning on Natusch's part. It's not easy to cast a beloved character in a different light but Amber does it with skill and finesse. Peyta is also a welcome addition to the mix and I found her views both stimulating and at times, comical. Her youth definitely helped to lighten the mood on multiple occasions and force her guardians to modify their behaviour. A pretty significant change occurs in her life and I'm impatient to find out the rest of her story.
Fortunately for me, I read books 1 and 2 practically back-to-back. I have a feeling that I would have been a little lost if I hadn't. I've noticed that this mistake is fairly common among indie authors; they forget to include the all important recap. This element isn't essential to make a good book but it is nice to have. Another small downside is the fact that this novel was longer than it needed to be. The action hits its boiling point, the big reveal is made and yet, the story just keeps on going. I like that Natusch felt the need to wrap up loose ends and to fill readers in as to how her characters are dealing with the aftermath but I think this could have been done in two chapters instead of ten. I expected the book to wrap-up shortly after the conflict resolution and found myself struggling with the drawn-out ending.
Okay, now what the heck is up with Sean!? I understand that things are "complicated" and that he's trying his best to manage his current situation but I just want to smack him! There's so much mystery surrounding his character that I'm having a hard time making up my mind as to whether I like him or not. He obviously cares a great deal for Ruby and Caged's cliff hanger ending left me at the edge of my seat where he is concerned but there aren't really any new developments. I wish I had more to go on. The story seems to be leaning towards an eventual happily every after between Sean and Ruby but without more information I have to take Cooper's side. I'm dying to know more about the PC brotherhood but until I do... Team Cooper it is!
Amber Lynn Natusch has done it again! Haunted delivers on all fronts and has a what-the-hell ending that'll leave you begging for more.
After a three book break, the Women of the Otherworld series returns to my best-loved narrator, Elena Michaels. In this instal...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
After a three book break, the Women of the Otherworld series returns to my best-loved narrator, Elena Michaels. In this installment my favourite preternaturals (werewolves) go head-to-dead against my ultimate bad guys (zombies) and all out awesomeness ensues. There's some interesting role reversals going on in this story, Jamie steps up to the plate and proves that necromancers are not to be trifled with and Jack the Ripper is really a sorcerer! Okay, that last one's a lie but it sounded good!
Clay and Elena never disappoint and Broken is a prime example of that. Michaels is knocked up and bored; a dangerous combination! To help fill the void she begs Jeremy to allow the pack to complete one, seemingly easy, mission to help break up the monotony of her pregnancy. Ha! Can you say catastrophe waiting to happen? In this installment, my favourite werewolf couple undergoes a bit of a role reversal. They're both strong, pig headed characters who find themselves in a weakened state; Elena because of her pregnancy and Clay because of a zombie attack. I enjoyed watching them adapt to their changing circumstances; forced to rely on others and their smarts instead of only their brute strength. The whole ordeal also felt like a pre-parenthood test.
What starts off as an easy snatch & grab job quickly morphs into the Apocalypse. Yeah... leave it to Elena and Clay to turn a simple situation into the end of the world! I liked the domino effect behind this story's plot; one little screw up and all hell breaks loose. Every time you start to feel like things are wrapping up, the lens zooms out and you realize that there's an even bigger problem. Also, the fact that there are hundreds of pages left to read kinda blows the "fake" conclusion's cover. I'm curious as to how much of the Jack The Ripper storyline is fact vs. fiction. Armstrong doesn't go into vivid detail but there are a few interesting aspects that I wouldn't mind looking into, namely the From Hell letter. I thought she did a good job of incorporating period problems (syphilis, cholera, etc) into modern day society.
I enjoy this series' side characters almost as much as the main ones. Jamie Vegas is amazing and is next up as a narrator in this series. At first glance she comes across as a ditzy celeb but under her showbiz exterior hides a true friend and she's always able to put a positive spin on a doomed situation. Jeremy, the pack alpha, is a complex and fascinating character. I can never get enough of him! He's the polar opposite of Clay but still incredibly sexy in his own way. Readers also get little snippets of half-demon, Xavier Reese, and Zoe the vampire. The latter isn't your typical undead; she's rather wimpy and has the hots for Elena which I found quite comical at times.
Broken isn't my favourite installment in the Women of the Otherworld series but I enjoy Kelley Armstrong's storytelling and characters so much that it's still a 5/5 for me. I'm re-reading this entire series so that in itself speaks volumes to me.
Firelight may have knocked my socks off but Moonglow positively swept me away! You don’t just read this book but actually live...moreReviewed by: Rabid Reads
Firelight may have knocked my socks off but Moonglow positively swept me away! You don’t just read this book but actually live it thanks to Kristen Callihan’s vivid descriptions, limitless world-building and irresistible characters. Once you enter her Darkest London universe you’ll never want to leave! Moira Quirk’s narration took some getting used to but once I got into the groove I was just as mesmerized by her voice as I was by Callihan’s superb writing.
This book requires your complete intention in order to be able to fully grasp the brilliance of it so don’t start it unless you’re prepared to commit! Darkest London is not just a locale but rather a living, breathing entity; so much so that it felt like a third (albeit welcome) wheel in Ian and Daisy’s adventures. I couldn’t help but marvel at the number of threads that Callihan introduces and then masterfully weaves into this story. Everything has a purpose regardless of how insignificant it may seem and all of them will come into play again before the end.
Daisy’s character is an interesting combination of warmth and steel; I loved her sunny disposition just as much as her immovable will. She’s an empowered woman in a city were social conventions reign supreme and I enjoyed watching her assert her newfound freedom. Kristen does a nice job of redeeming Ian’s character after his less than stellar actions in the previous book. His back-story is heartbreaking and helped to explain his earlier behaviour which went a long way in earning this reader’s forgiveness. The sex is steamy, erotic and memorable, especially the carriage scene!
The werewolf plot line kept me engaged with its politics, history and the intricacies of its subgroups. I also really enjoyed the way in which the author revealed the link between her books; it goes beyond the three sisters and came as quite the surprise! Moira Quirk’s English and brogue accents are well done but difficult to understand at first, especially when paired with the Victorian vocabulary. At times I regretted not having read this book because seeing the words instead of hearing them would have helped. However, once I got over that hurdle it was smooth sailing and I adored her narration.
The ending is unexpected and wonderfully crafted with just the right amount of build-up for the next installment. Moonglow is the perfect book to get lost in!