Although it's recommended that you read Kissed by a Dark Prince (EM #1) before Claimed by a Demon King, I - however - had not (shame on me!)....more4.5 stars
Although it's recommended that you read Kissed by a Dark Prince (EM #1) before Claimed by a Demon King, I - however - had not (shame on me!). Yes, sometimes I felt confused/curious - which was completely my own fault - when the characters mentioned some early events happened in the previous book, but I didn't feel that my lack of reading 'Kissed by a Dark Prince' impacted my reading and enjoyment of 'Claimed by a Demon King' (other than I wanted to know more about Loren and Vail, so I'm going to read the first book ASAP).
Felicity's PNR books and me have a constant war, so to speak. Some of them really amazed me and became my favorites, some of them just didn't do it for Me. I always bitching about the lack of action, even though I know it's PNR not an UF (can't help it, sorry!!) and I kind of just jumped into the middle of this new series, not knowing exactly what to expect this time. I WAS IMMEDIATELY SUCKED IN! Truth to be told, It still has more lovemaking than fighting, but I really enjoyed it.
I don't know what I loved most: the characters/their relationships or the world building. Granted, I rolled my eyes at the heroine, Sable sometimes (she was a bit whiny), but she was okay most of the time. In fight? She is Badass!
Thorne, THE Demon King, on the other hand is soooooo freaking entertaining. He's possessive as hell - duh! -, but when he figures out he can't win the lady by acting as a caveman, his attempts to learn/understand human behavior, emotions and customs are sweet and usually really funny. He has more humanity than the other demons/creatures.
But Thorne isn't the only one who wants our girlfriend. Nope, here comes a love triangle! Well, sort of. Add Legolas err. I mean Bleu - a HOT elf warrior to that pile of hot mess and you got yourself a crazy entertaining ménage à trois. Okay, not really, these men are too stubborn and possessive to share anything, and Sable wants only Thorne. Which always leads to bloodshed. But they're sweet when trying to outdo the other.
Besides these three, we have a quite powerful line of side characters. Readers can meet Loren, Olivia and Vail again. An entire werewolf pack, and a vampire clan with a jackass, but fun leader, some human warriors, witches - good and evil -, even dragon shifters. Plus we meet some of the VET crew (Snow <3). I loved how all these different creatures got together to stop the big bad wolf -err Demon King. I loved their interactions, even their fights. We lose some of them along the way, and it hurts! So there is love, hate, friendship, alliance, betrayal, mystery and death. The world building is absolutely phenomenal!! The different realms, different races with their own unique features and abilities and hierarchy. Again I was mind-blown by Felicity's ability to describe so vividly and powerfully everything. Of course my favorite parts were the two fight scenes (including the childish fights between Thorne and Bleu :)), but I instantly felt the chemistry between the characters, so the romance was great, too.
Overall I think, this must be one of Felicity's best PNR books to date. There are a bunch of cliches, but honestly? I don't give a rat's ass about cliches. I enjoyed it, even loved it and it definitely become my favorite. The next book is gonna be Vail's, Loren's brother and I'm pretty sure he's gonna get into trouble with a certain witch. It should be fun!(less)
I am not a big zombie fiction fan. In fact this was my first book about zombies. I'm not going to lie, the cover got me first. The covers for this ser...moreI am not a big zombie fiction fan. In fact this was my first book about zombies. I'm not going to lie, the cover got me first. The covers for this series are just fucking mind blowing. Dan dos Santos is a brilliant artist, and I think even if they’re not represent Angel 100%; they totally fit for the books' tone.
Everything you have to know about the basic story is in the blurb. This is not a zombie horror. It's just like the usual good Urban Fantasy with vampires, only this time instead of the bloodsuckers, we get to meet the brain eaters. And even though it’s not horror, it's definitely not for the weakest stomach. There are gross crime scenes, autopsies and, of course many many brain chewing. Yummy! Eve though I said it's like the UF with vampires, it's something fresh - that is if the characters keep eating brains, anyway. It was interesting and kind of morbidly funny sometimes to see how these zombies function. It was nothing like Resident Evil or anything like that. These zombies blended in the way vampires do and try to live - sort of - a relatively normal life, at least, most of them. The story starts with a mystery which gets even bigger and more complicated as the story goes on, ending with a huge twist at the end of the book. I totally did not see that coming. For the most part it's a bit slow, not much happening other than we watch Angel cooping with her new "life". But she's a great character enough to keep me interested in her story. And the mysteries were nagging at me too.
Angel's greatness comes from many things. First, there's her humor. She's not hysterically funny that makes you laugh at every page, but she has a good amount of sarcastic humor. Although she’s a bit slow putting the jigsaw pieces together sometimes, she’s undeniably clever too. Besides these, she’s an admirable strong character. Not necessarily kick-ass, although she does gets the hang of being a zombie – discovers the perks: superpower, super speed and super strength, all handy stuff – and saves the day. But her emotional strength and her willpower makes her a character anyone could relate to. She got a second chance and she’s not about to blow it. She grows as the story goes on and shows everyone, especially herself that she is not a loser and won’t let anyone tell differently or drag her down again.
There are plenty of side characters. Some more important,than the others. I probably wanted to punch half of them in the face most of the time (kmh… Nick), but there are really likable ones too, such as Angel’s boss, Marcus the good cop, or Derrel. And then there are some I can’t decide I hate them or love them…right Kang? He’s a funny SOB. Also not everyone is what/who you’d think.
As for the romance... it's a really really little subplot. I think it's going to get a bit bigger in the next book, but so far Angel's story is really an Urban Fantasy and not a paranormal romance.
It’s not necessary, but I love books with an important message. ‘My life as a white trash zombie’ sends probably one of the most important one. No one born to be a loser or a trash. It's all about our own choices. Don’t let anyone else defy who you are and what you're capable of. Don’t let yourself to be dragged down, anyone who tries to is not on your side. All you have to do is think through and will it. Want it, believe it, do it and shit like that. You know like Yoda said..: “I can’t believe it.” “That is why you fail.”(less)
Note: I received this as a free eARC through Netgalley
I’ve never read any of Susan’s book yet, so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing style,...moreNote: I received this as a free eARC through Netgalley
I’ve never read any of Susan’s book yet, so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing style, but what I hoped for was an enthralling, fast paced, compelling story with a strong, smart and dignified heroine, a crafty, so-much-more-than-simply-evil REAL villain and plenty of Mythological references.
What I actually got, fortunately, doesn’t alter much from those above. I got what I expected and I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to read this wonderful book, despite the issues I had. One of my eyes is smiling, while the other is crying over the fact that it's going to be a trilogy, because waiting for the next one is one of the worst kind of tortures, but I'm also happy because there's so much more to explore of this amazing world. I highly recommend the book to anyone who like the genre. Absolutely stunning storytelling!
Aaaaaand Cliffhanger alert! Yes, there is NO END yet, so I should start crating a survivor plan, because the waiting for the next book is already killing me, and this one isn't even out yet!! Oh Odin's hairy balls!
I'm a big fan of Accardo's writing. She's probably the only YA author I trust completely. I know and love her style, so I didn't even hesitat...more4.5 stars
I'm a big fan of Accardo's writing. She's probably the only YA author I trust completely. I know and love her style, so I didn't even hesitate to jump on her new YA series when I got the chance. And that is saying a lot considering I'm not a big fan of YA books.
What I love about Accardo's books is that her heroines are different than the ones you find in most of YA books. Her characters are always classy and sassy. They're entertaining, rebellious yes, but they're more mature, intelligent and original than the average YA characters. And Jessie is no exception. Now let's throw in a perfect ten kind of guy. Lukas Scott is hotter than the flames of hell, intelligent, snarky, perfect match for Jessie. But he's also kind of... old-fashioned. And he is knee deep into the mess around the Sins.
Darker Days is like when Veronica Mars meets Supernatural. It's a race against time, odds, and powerful creatures. Not just the Sins, but demons and witches. It's full of drama, humor, twists and turns, hundreds of years old, life changing secrets. From the moment Lukas steps into the Darkers's office and they agree to help him, their faith in each other is being tested.
The story itself is quite catching (duh! It's about the 7 Deadly Sins after all...). The strongest aspects of the book are the investigation parts, the tone and the character development. And they are truly great. It was fascinating and exciting to watch all the secrets and plans unfolding. I believed and felt the tone of certain situations like the need for revenge, confusion and desperation. Oh and I also liked the few various jobs Jessie has to solve. She is pretty badass. The weak parts were the conflicts and the Sins. I have to be honest, they were a bit disappointing even though I loved the book overall. I expected a bigger chaos, more bad things happening. I wanted to see more of the Sins and their works. Also the villain's motivation is kind of lost on me. It was more like a teen drama and I wouldn't really say that particular person is a great antagonist. However, the One who's pulling the strings of basically everyone was a surprise and a great one. I liked the ending and the idea behind Jessie's fate. I'd like to see what kind of trouble she'll find herself from now on.
Darker Days doesn't really end with a cliffhanger, and I have no clue what to expect from the sequel, but I can't wait to see it.
It's really hard to talk about this book without giving away anything important, so this won't be a long review where I go deep into the story.
Trembl...moreIt's really hard to talk about this book without giving away anything important, so this won't be a long review where I go deep into the story.
Tremble was top notch, adventurous, dramatic with a good amount of dark humour and sarcasm. The events in Tremble are definitely game changer. Readers better prepare for pulse-pounding action and stirring battle scenes, unexpected losses in many ways, shocking secret reveals and most of all.... to have their emotions rollercoastered (shhh, it's a word now!)! So many people to hate, and many more to mourn and to root for.
Kale has changed. And I extremely enjoyed it. It's fair to say that Tremble made me really love his character. And oh snap! His sort-of-new ability kicks ass hard!! Dez is still amazing and she's learning from her mistakes, and growing up but still keeping her sassy attitude that we all love. The minor characters were pushed back a little bit this time, but that's completely okay and I wouldn't list it as a negative. However, I'm mad about what happened with Alex (no spoiler here). I hope Jus will read this and will not kill me by saying goodbye to my favorite character and their hilarious brawlings with Kale!! Also, I want to see more Able & Aubrey, please (the bonus scene was awesome).
The book is not flawless and has it's upside downs, but frankly, I don't really care about those as long as Jus keeps giving us such a compelling, energetic story with this insane crew leading the way. I liked the series from the moment I read Touch, but Tremble took it to a whole new level and made me absolutely adore it. So here I am, desperately waiting for the next one.(less)
I can fairly say that I am one of the biggest fans of the series out there. And waiting for Genesis Queen was the worst kind of torture I had ever exp...moreI can fairly say that I am one of the biggest fans of the series out there. And waiting for Genesis Queen was the worst kind of torture I had ever experienced. Those who say lucky me probably never read these books. It was kind of a bittersweet moment, because even though this answers most of our questions, this is also the last installment of Madison, Micah and Nix's journey. And that's sad. So, after NINE months the wait is OVER, because on december 18th, the spectacular, amazing RTH crew will be back for the Epic showdown! The question is...will it live up the expectations?
OVERALL: I liked it, but it wasn't as good as I wanted from the big showdown. Not my favorite in the series, but the new information and the few heartbreaking moments would worth the reading even if this wouldn't be the end of Madison's journey. As it is, Genesis Queen is a MUST READ. And I still LOVE these characters and the whole series. And give me Zen's book NOW!!
Angel’s Flight was a positive experience for me on several points. First, it is a collection of short stories, so I got more for my money; even if the...moreAngel’s Flight was a positive experience for me on several points. First, it is a collection of short stories, so I got more for my money; even if the facts weren’t really important, they were interesting. Second, I absolutely loved three out of the four novellas. They brought characters for whom I didn’t care much before closer to my heart. Congratulations Nalini!
OVERALL: Her Demonic Angel is ONE OF THE BEST READS OF THE YEAR. The romance will melt your heart, the battle scenes will knock your socks...more4.5/5 stars
OVERALL: Her Demonic Angel is ONE OF THE BEST READS OF THE YEAR. The romance will melt your heart, the battle scenes will knock your socks off and the twist and turns will make you turning the pages as fast as you can. Stop what you're doing, pick up this book and let Veiron to take you to a hellish ride to this marvelous world full of danger, and suspense, demons and angels, good and evil. Heaven and Hell had never been so much alike.
I love Richelle's books and i'm a huge fan of the VA, but this story is really for the extreme Dimitri fan...more(I've only read Homecoming by Richelle Mead)
I love Richelle's books and i'm a huge fan of the VA, but this story is really for the extreme Dimitri fans. I'm sure they'll love it. It was a bit boring for me. Rose was still entertaining, though, and the subplot with a strigoi called Blood King hiding in caves on a mountain and killing humans who are idiot enough to go there and try to stake the vampire reminded me of the Yeti or the Grinch was quite interesting, but unfortunately it only took 2 or 3 pages to take him down and I wanted to know who was he and why was he there, especially since the big deal was that he was REALLY old. And that is why it's weird that they killed him easily enough.
Yes, I know this is a short story and all, but even the family reunion scenes were a bit boring. Hell, I think we need a new VA novel more than short stories like this!
I have to share this quote:
“Nothing like a little rock climbing,” I said cheerfully, hoisting my backpack over my shoulder. “This could almost be a vacation, if not for the, you know, potentially dying part.” Mark held up a hand to shield his eyes from the sun as he regarded Dimitri and me. “Something tells me you’re the kind of people whose vacations always end up that way.”(less)
Overall: I was afraid that the lack of Vlad in the first half of the book, and a possible love triangle will make me hate the book, but my fears prove...moreOverall: I was afraid that the lack of Vlad in the first half of the book, and a possible love triangle will make me hate the book, but my fears proved utterly invalid. It is really fast and enjoyable. It has a dark tone, but still entertaining. It’s filled with losses – in more than one way, secrets, and betrayals. A real Urban Fantasy with a massive storyline and strong characters.