I like this series so far, but for me it took a little while to get into this particular story. It's been awhile since I've read the first book so I wI like this series so far, but for me it took a little while to get into this particular story. It's been awhile since I've read the first book so I was trying to remember how things went down in that one. I remember the big thing of Allie losing some of her memories which she's still dealing with the after effects of that in this the beginning and throughout this book. I would have thought this would have been a perfect tool to recap what happened in the first novel and not seem too repetative, but there really wasn't too much of a recap. But because of her memory loss she questions a lot of situations and people not knowing if she should trust anyone. Even though we the same characters pop up again from the first novel this one does deal a lot with the secrets that people are carrying and keeping from Allie whether good or bad.
It was little frustrating not knowing who was trustworthy because Allie doesn't know who to trust neither do we. But like Allie sometimes we have to go with our gut and trust that there are people that are being honest with her. Hopefully it all works out in the end.
The whole blood magic thing had interesting aspects to it, but I felt that some were not explained very well, and I wonder if this will be something continued throughout the rest of the series.
By the end I almost felt that Allie had taken on too much and that her life had some many directions to take I don't know where it will pick up in the next book. We are left with a little bit of a cliff hanger that will lead nicely into what to expect as a challenge for Allie in book 3.
For the most part this book felt, to me, like Allie trying to get back on her feet from her coma (and being unsuccessful at it). It starts off with her still mentally (if not physically) injured, and she doesn't fare much better throughout. I would like the next book to start off a little better. I do like this series and want to continue reading. Until Then!...more
So far, I believe that this is the best book in the series. The first one was good, but at the end when Allie loses her memories, she kind of has to sSo far, I believe that this is the best book in the series. The first one was good, but at the end when Allie loses her memories, she kind of has to start over and so do we in the second book. I felt like Magic in the Blood was a little foggy storyline wise as I assume everything was likewise foggy for Allie.
Magic in the Shadows literally picks up the exact moment that Magic in the Blood ends. At the end of the second book Allie is in her bathroom moticing how her father's soul is in her, and that is where we pick up.
I am impressed with Devon Monk's writing in that she takes a whole book (350 pages I think this one) and it only covers about a day and a half. But it doesn't drag on. One would think with that much coverage we would be getting very minute details about the day, but with all the trouble that occurs in Allie's life there is definitely enough action to make the books fast paced.
I liked that in this book we finally find out more information about Zayvion. In the last book I felt almost angry that he was blatantly keeping a bunch of information from Allie, but then he would turn around and comment about how much she really didn't know about magic. In this book, we really get to see Zay do magic, and he lets Allie in a little more in that regard.
We also get to learn more about the Authority. I just don't really trust the Authority. They seem to really be back and forth and their beliefs about what is good and what is bad. I think that there are people that are probably not what they seem, but I think that's the point. I think we, the readers, are supposed to feel that way about them. I am interested to learn more about their role with magic in the upcoming books.
I admire the world that Deovn Monk has created here. This isn't a typical UF book. The world is completely original and doesn't rely on the same characters (i.e. vampires, werewolves, etc.). Monk has done a wonderful job creating her own magical universe that coexists with the normal world that we live in so it makes everything more real and less fantastical, easier to relate to.I look forward to continuing the series and seeing where Monk will take her characters because as this novel sets up, there's more out there than we know....more
I liked this book well enough. I think it would have benefitted more if I would have been able to consecutively read this book, but I had other booksI liked this book well enough. I think it would have benefitted more if I would have been able to consecutively read this book, but I had other books released after I had started this book and I put a hold on finishing this book in order to read others. So unsurprisinly the story felt very disjointed. There were scenes written in such a way that I found it difficult to follow along as to where things were going.
Despite the disjointed feeling while reading this book. I really like the concept and I like Jaz. Her character is the type of female character I like to read about. Yes, she's had bad things happen to her, but she's self reliant and capable, and she doesn't let the bad things bring her down.
I like the building relationship between Vayl and Jaz. You can definitely tell that there's something there between these two characters besides a business relationship. I hope that there continues to be progress and they don't just stay in the same pattern. Although from what I've read on the series so far (to see if I would be interested in reading it in the first place) I believe they do progress.
Overall I liked the book. I will be continuing the series. I have bought the second book for my Kindle and I guess we will see from there. Until Then!...more
I liked this book a lot. I think it's a start to a great new series I can't wait to read the other two books released so far. I think that Stacia KaneI liked this book a lot. I think it's a start to a great new series I can't wait to read the other two books released so far. I think that Stacia Kane did a wonderful job creating the world of Downside. It's a very dark and gritty place and somewhere that I wouldn't want to live, but it's interesting to read about. I also have to give her credit for the "street speak" she invented for Downside. At first I wasn't sure how I would like that some characters spoke in a different dialect, but I quickly got with the flow and could easily decipher what was being said.
Chess was an interesting character. I sort of liked her character, but there were things that I didn't like about her. I will say that Stacia Kane really created a great character that has so much potential to grow. I just hope Chess does grow throughout the series. I've never read a story before where the main character is a drug addict who does not apologize for what she does. She does acknowledge the fact that she could possibly die from her addictions and yuo can tell she is in some ways ashamed of it as well, but she has no inclination to stop. I hope this attitude progresses into one where she does feel the need to care about her life. I do find this a vrey interesting approach to take with a character and I like seeing what Kane plans for Chess.
Probably my favorite thing about this book is Terrible. His character is great and I loved every moment that he and Chess where together. I found myself reading very fast until they were in a scene together. I'm anxious to learn more about his past. There's definitely more to learn. He's really an interesting character, and it's been noted by others that Kane wrote him as kind of the anti-love interest. It's true. He's not your typical hero, and it really works with this series. And I like seeing the relationship between Terrible and Chess grow. I hope amongst all the bad things going on around them there will be some happiness.
I'm starting the second book right away and I imagine the third right after that. The fourth book is scheduled to come out March 2012. In a way I'm glad I waited this long to pick up this series because now I don't have to wait quite as long for the 4th book. Until Then!...more
This book has been on my TBR list for a while now. I thought that I would finally get around to reading it before the second book Two Weeks' Notice isThis book has been on my TBR list for a while now. I thought that I would finally get around to reading it before the second book Two Weeks' Notice is released in August.
Bryn was just hired on at a Funeral Home. She's at her first day on the job and to say the least it's a very traumatic first day for Bryn all ending with her uncovering what seems like illegal drug operations going on after hours. Bryn blacks out and wakes up sometime later only to discover she's be "revived". From here Bryn is thrown into a tangled mess with a pharmeceutical company that developed a drug to bring back the recently deceased.
I though that this was a good, new take on the zombie story. It doesn't get as gruesome as Bryn coveting brains for food, but there are definitely down sides to this version. Such as, every day Bryn must receive of shot of the drug otherwise her body will literally start to deteriorate yet her mind will remain sound and understand what is going on the whole time. What's worse is this process takes days to happen. Scary!
I liked the set-up that Rachel Caine gives us here. This book is the first in a series so obviously the introduction book, but she does a good job with the flow of the book to the point where we know where the second book will pick up and what storyline it will follow.
I don't think we've learned all there is to know about all the characters, and I think there are a few things from the past hinted at here by Caine that may pop up later in the series (however many books this series may be). I think it's a good start and I can't wait to continue reading it. Until Then!...more
It's been awhile since I've read the first book in the series, but I liked going back to this world Eileen Wilks has created. It starts not too long aIt's been awhile since I've read the first book in the series, but I liked going back to this world Eileen Wilks has created. It starts not too long after the first book left off and it deals with the repercussions of the events in the first book.
I like that Wilks has Lily and Rule working on their relationship rather than having both of them just fall deeply in love in the first book and that's it. It's nice to see them get to know one another better, and this book really solidifies their both wanting to work to be together despite their differences.
There was one thing that kind of bothered me though. The way the book was structured. It's set up in the beginning with one path in mind to find the staff and Harlowe who escaped at the end of Tempting Danger and then in the middle it changes paths completely and it flt very disjointed almost like we had to get used to a new book right away. There was no easing into it. The first part just ended abruptly and we are expected to change gears right away. I will admit the events the occured caused me to want to read as quickly as possible so I could get to the conclusion, but I would have rather had the original story drawn out better.
Besides that, I can't wait to continue this series. I understand that the main focus leaves Rule and Lily and goes towards Cynna and Cullen in the next couple of books. At first I was a little weary of that scenario, but after being introduced to Cynna in this book and reading the repartee between the two of them, I'm anxious to see where their storyline goes. Until Then!...more
This book took be awhile to get through and I'm undecided on whether I should give it 3 or 4 stars. As of this moment I'm feeling it should be 3 (I reThis book took be awhile to get through and I'm undecided on whether I should give it 3 or 4 stars. As of this moment I'm feeling it should be 3 (I reserve the right to change that answer however).
The book starts off with Diana in the library at Oxford university studying texts about alchemy when she runs across an old manuscript. We discover that this manuscript is magically protected, and we also discover that Diana is a witch. For some reason he magic breaks the spell on the book and she can open and read it. Being finished with it, she promptly returns it to the library to re-shelve. Little does she know that this single event sets off the rest of the events for the book. By being able to open the book Diana draws the attention of other creatures. By creatures we are talking yes, witches, vampires, and daemons.
When I first started hearing about this book I thought it would be more historical fiction about the witch trials or something. Then when I started to read reviews I learned that this is in the popular paranormal fantasy category.
For me, this book was slow going. It took me nearly two weeks to get through the book, but I believe that's just the nature of the book. It's a strange thing because I found myself really taking my time with the book, yet the book seemed to go by quickly. I guess it flowed really well from one circumstance to another. I did feel like it started to get predictable and started to follow a pattern by the end and that started to get old for me. There were some instances as well throughout where I wasn't surprised because I felt like it was just the natural progression for the book to take the direction it did. On the other hand, the few instances where I was surprised were wonderful.
The relationship between Matthew and Diana was sweet. I like books about "star-crossed" lovers who are told they can't be together because of society. Society here being the congregation of witches, vampires, and daemons who set up "laws" for the different species to follow in order to stay hidden from the humans. I liked the meeting of two different people and their discovery of affection for one another although in this case it felt very rushed.
Even though I, overall, like Matthew and Diana's relationship I started to get irritated with his need to protect her from everything. I liked when she would assert herself and inform him that she didn't need as much protecting as he thought, but then she would get into a bad situation and decide maybe she did want his over-protection instead of growing from it.
I also didn't care for the "cloud of doom" that seems to be hanging over everything. There were so many secrets that Matthew keeps from Diana. She knows this too and still allows him to keep the secrets. I liked Diana's unwaivering loyalty and belief in Matthew, and I hope that her positivity about him and the situation are correct. I really want everything to work out for them, but when you have multiple people telling you to "watch yourself" around the person you love it can be a little disconcerting. Deborah Harkness is probably testing our resolve on the situation as well.
Like I said previoulsy this book is slow going, but it kept my attention the whole time. It's a lot of introduction and some of the history and science that we are presented with can be a little overwhelming at first. I enjoyed the worls created. I especially liked when Matthew and Diana went to stay with Diana's aunts in her childhood home. I lked that the home was sentient and would add rooms on for visitors to stay in and unearth long lost items from the floor boards. Probably my favorite section.
The books ends on a slight cliffhanger. Nothing too overly dramatic. Sort of like a pause before lift off (if that makes sense). I hope that the next book in the trilogy we get to see Diana coming more into her powers and becomes a truly stronger woman who can stand beside Matthew if needed instead of behind him in some circumstances. She starts to make good progress towards the end of this book, and I hope it continues. Until Then!...more
I thought this was a pretty good book in the Riley Jenson series. It ended the story arc of the genetic labratories which I was happy about because II thought this was a pretty good book in the Riley Jenson series. It ended the story arc of the genetic labratories which I was happy about because I thought that this story line was running it's course and needed to end soon. Honestly, this book / book's events went by really fast. It only was about a two maybe three day time period. I liked Quinn in this story (as in every story so far). I was a little upset with his actions early on but he redeemed himself, and I certainly liked his decision to "fight" for Riley to show her that maybe he's the soulmate she's been looking for. One of the only things that bothered me throughout the story was Riley's need to mouth off to everyone. She was never cautious with her thoughts just saying whatever came to her mind, which a couple times got her into even more trouble. I know it was the persona she was playing but she just kept speaking before thinking. I do look forward to continuing the series. I'm interested to see what new story arc will crop up now that the first one is basically finished....more
I find it's really difficult to be able to review this book. I am very interested in the world that Karen Chance has created, but there were some thinI find it's really difficult to be able to review this book. I am very interested in the world that Karen Chance has created, but there were some things I wish she would have done differently.
The book opens with Cassie being found by the vampires she ran away from three years ago. From the opening scene the book starts off running. It's a different way to open a series I'll admit. Most authors start out a little slower, introducing the location and people, etc. Chance seems to throw the readers right into the middle of a conflict and we have to figure everything out from there. I can honestly say I didn't mind this, but because of the way Chance chose to start the book we then had to get our background information in Cassie's inner dialogue tangents. Often these tangents would come in the middle of a chase (or some other equally intense moment) and then when we got back to the present it would take a little bit of time to remember what was originally going on.
Then once the initial struggle is over we are taken to the supernatural headquarters so to speak. Here we get another historic info drop about all the vampires. Chance chose to use famous historical figures as vampires (Rasputin, Jack the Ripper, Marlowe, among others) so we needed to understand how their human existence coincides with their vampire existence. This brought on a lot of exposition from Cassie. I didn't really mind this information, it was kind of interesting, but honestly it did nothing to further the storyline along. In fact, Cassie is even left scratching her head about who / what she is and who / what wants her for whatever reason until I think 2 chapters to the end.
I'm not sure if Chance wrote the book this way so the reader could better understand how Cassie feels. Because I know as the reader I felt like I was being thrown around from one situation to the next with no break in between and that's basically how the story progresses. There's little to no downtime and when some downtime could possibly present itself Chance couldn't have that so she threw something else at us.
I just believe that all this information could have been fleshed out more throughout the entire story instead of keeping Cassie (and by extention the reader) in the dark for so long. It almost seems that what was supposed to be the true conflict of this particular entry into the series was second-place to that of setting up the series as a whole. This book just felt as though it was getting us ready for everything else that would be happening for the rest of the series.
It if because of that, that I think I will enjoy the secnd book a lot more than this one. Hopefully, we've already learned all the rudimentary knowledge that we need about this place and now we can focus more on the bigger picture conflict.
So as of right now I do intend to keep reading the series. Despite all of the information forced upon us in one sitting (so to speak) it was all very interesting and I look forward to see how it resolves. Until Then!...more
I wasn't ready to be done with the Cassie Palmer series when I finished Hunt the Moon. Unfortunately, for right now, that's the last book in that seriI wasn't ready to be done with the Cassie Palmer series when I finished Hunt the Moon. Unfortunately, for right now, that's the last book in that series. So I decided to finally start the Dorina series so I'll be caught up for Fury's Kiss in October.
Dorina is the 500 year old dhampire daughter of Mircea. They have quite a strained relationship to say the leat considering dhampires are considered a disgrace in the vampire world and are usually killed before they get too old. They are also prone to berserk rages in times of high stress.
Mircea calls upon Dorina to help capture uncle Dracula who escaped from his prison and tends to have one thing on his mind, killing his family. Dorina is not happy about this assignment, but Mircea has agreed to use the Senate to help her look for her missing roomate / friend Claire. With no other option Dorina agrees, however, instead of capture Dracula again she intends to kill him. Aiding her in her task is Louis-Cesare. We saw Louis-Cesare in the first Cassie book, but he will be a permanent fixtured in this series I believe.
There's a part of me that liked Dorina's book better than Cassie's. First of all, I find that Cassie's books always start off running and there's very little down time. From the first page readers are thrown right in the middle of an ongoing conflict and then we have to back up a little to fgure out what's going on. Here Karen Chance starts off with a little background information before throwing us into the search for Dracula. Sometimes in the Cassie books the time-traveling can cause confusion (although this lessens the more you read into the books, when you get used to it). With Dorina, Karen Chance cleverly gives us stories from the past with a different kind of time travel, not physically, but in dreams. I think that makes it a little easier to comprehend right off the bat.
Karen Chance also does a great job with the building tension between Dorina and Louis-Cesare. There was a slow build from the beginning and while things between them certainly heat up, I think it'll be a couple of books before they are completely together.
I also really liked Mircea. In the Cassie Palmer books I don't mind him. I prefer Pritkin (but that's for other reviews). In Cassie's world he just seems so controlling and a little closed off to her at times because he's trying so hard to protect her. Here, we see him in a different light and while I don't know if it will change my perception of him in the other series, I certainly like his character here. He's a father. We don't look at him as a lover, here he's very paternal. They have a strained relationship, but subtly his actions speak that maybe their relationship has been distorted. That maybe it's not really how Dorina perceives it at all. I hope they can build upon their relationship in books to come and we can see him be more caring towards her and she to him.
Over all, is nothing else the Dorina series just expands upon the world created in the Cassie Palmer series. But it really can stand on its own. I look forward to reading Death's Mistress. Until Then!...more
I'll admit that so far I've only read Nalini Singh and Ilona Abdrews' stories. But this is one of the rare anthologies where I really do want to readI'll admit that so far I've only read Nalini Singh and Ilona Abdrews' stories. But this is one of the rare anthologies where I really do want to read all of the authors. I have never read anything by Sharon Shinn but I have a bunch of her books on my TBR pile, and I've only read a few shorts by Meljean Brook and I look forward to reading more for her. For now, this review will be only for the first two stories.
Nalini Singh's story "Angel's Wolf" takes place in her Guild Hunters world. It's a nice little short story about the vampire Noel and the angel Nimra. Noel we've seen before in "Archangel's Kiss" (please forgive me if I'm wrong on that one) he was the vampire that was found badly beaten and tortured. This is the first time we've seen Nimra, the angel who is in charge of Louisiana. Noel is sent into Nimra's court, as he originally thinks, because after the tramatizing events of his beating, he is no longer able to do his job to Raphael's standards. We learn that this is not the case at all and we get to see Noel coming back to life as it were in Nimra's court. Of course it is Nimra and Noel that form the attraction in this short story. I thought that Singh did a wonderful job to tell a full story with a plot conflict and resolution in this limited amount. When I first started reading this series, I liked the focus being on Raphael and Elena. I wasn't sure about switching characters. But reading other short stories in her Guild Hunter world I realized that I do, in fact, enjoy learning about this group that Singh has introduced us to. So far, she's kept the world confined to characters surrounding Raphael and Elena (someone else in the Guild with Elena, one of Raphael's seven, and so forth). So we, in a way, continue to learn about Raphael and Elena based on the company they keep so to speak. I also think this approach keeps the series fresh, yet there's still this center point (Raphael and Elena). On that note, however, I really thought that this story did well not to alienate any new readers. There was enough background information given so people who are not familiar with the Guild Hunters series would still understand everything going on. I say this because I know that a lot of times I won't easily want to read a short story in an anthology if it is part of a larger series that I haven't read because I would feel uninvested in what's going on. Not understanding the characters. But this story doesn't suffer from that. You can read this story and like it and be done or on the off chance it might just make you want to go back and read the rest of the series. Either way it is one to enjoy.
The other story that I've read in this anthology is Ilona Andrews's "Alpha: Origins". I love pretty much everything by this author. They are one of, if not the, top authors that I read. Known for their Kate Daniels and The Edge series, Alphas is brand new. At first, I wasn't sure how they were going to encorporate the Angels theme into this story, but it all worked out. I liked the world building with this one. It was a little comlicated at first to understand what was going on, but this is intentional because we are going through the story at the same time at Karina. We are no more informed on what has happened to Karina than she is. Once everything is revealed and we understand the world it's very creative and plausible. This story really felt like the beginning for me. I really hope the the authors continue this into a series of more short stories or even a full length novel. I am very interested to see where Lucas and Karina are headed. The romance is light, but building. It's another of those things that feels like it's progressing and I want to read more. Since this book is a new story and not a part of any other series new readers should be comfortable reading it. If you haven't read anything by Ilona Andrews in the past, this is as good a place as any to start.
I fully intend to finish this anthology with Sharon Shinn and Meljean Brook. I will add reviews os their stories later. Until Then!...more
This book was very frustrating to get through, but at the end it became very satisfying. A good portion of the book was spent with Eli and Lana both bThis book was very frustrating to get through, but at the end it became very satisfying. A good portion of the book was spent with Eli and Lana both brooding over their feelings for one another and the repurcussions of what could happen if they explored those feelings. I was nervous that they (especially Lana) wouldn't admit that they loved each other. I was really happy when Eli finally took the initiative to go for what he wanted and give it a try. I was glad that he knew Lana well enough to understand how she would react, but still not back down. That's when he really became an interesting character.
Oddly enough, even though Lana and Eli's lack of taking action was at times irritating, I could see where both of them were coming from with their apprehensions. Lana was scared by her past living in a boarding house with her sister, a father who didn't care for them, and many random undesirable tenants coming in and out of their lives. This made Lana scared of changing things with Eli because she had such constant change in her adolescence she thought she would lose Eli in the long run. In turn, Eli was untrusting of Lana to a certain extent because she had put him through so much throughout the years. I could understand / sympathize with where they were both coming from in this regard.
I didn't really understand the brief reappearance of Ron. He was so adamant about not taking responsibility and letting Lana know that he wanted nothing to do with her or the baby, that his apprearance seemed random. I mean the few times that we saw him he never seemed the honorable type. I was preparing to find out some ulterior motive in regards to his change of heart. I found it strange that Lana didn't seem so aprehensive about his return. Although she was so pregnant by then she probably didn't have the strength to be aprehensive. I was really worried that she would take Ron up on his offer of marriage thereby putting her into the situation her parents created for her and Karin when they were young. I guess that's why Eli's actions in this instance (although frustrating) were understandable because I was having them myself.
The one thing about Eli's actions after Ron returned was that at that moment he gave up. All of his confidence and determination to finally make himself and Lana face their feelings was gone. He was at the end of his rope which I can understand after everything that he and Lana have been through, but to not even call her and talk to her rationally about it was the worst. I almost felt their opportunity with each other being lost by the pages, and for a while I was worried that they really wouldn't end up together or we would cut to ten more years later when they would finally figure out they could be together. Their "reunion" of sorts was quick and to the point, but all Lana needed to know was that Eli still loved her and (to paraphrase) with that "we can get through anything". So it was short, sweet, but to the point.
Karin, who's other voice we get to hear in this story, was a very irritating character. She got lost in her own determination to have a baby. And while I believe it was obvious to the reader that her actions were slowly ruining her relationships in life apparently she didn't stop to think about her actions at all. I just kept wanting her to tell her husband what she was doing and why. Even though things for them were tense by not talking to him it was just making things worse. In regards to Lana I was completely angry with the way she handled giving her sister advice. Instead of really listening to her sister and consoling her, she manipulated her in order to get her own way. She told her anything that would get her the baby. And her advice concerning Eli was equally as irritating. Everyone else around Lana and Eli could tell that they had more than friendship feelings for each other, and her sister tells her to back off and let Eli try to be happy. It didn't seem that she knew her sister at all where her feelings were concerned instead of urging her to be honest with Eli. I did like the fact that Eli could see her manipulation when Lana was in the hospital being that no one else seemed to be able to see it. I did feel bad everything that ends of happening to her because of her actions, but even after she's apologized I still felt wary towards her, as though she would never truly change, but I guess that's where she has to work on herself.
Overall, while frustating to read at times, making it through to the end was worth it. I've not read a story where the love developes during a pregnancy before so I thought that was an interesting road to take. It may be interesting to go back and re-read this story again knowing the outcome and focus more on the characters' actions instead of the relationships. ...more