I hate this woman! I fecking do!! But I also LOVE her so much!! Karen is the Shit as Dani would say...more4.5 stars!
Warning: MEGA crazy fan ramblings ahead!!
I hate this woman! I fecking do!! But I also LOVE her so much!! Karen is the Shit as Dani would say. But Dude! This is pure torture, ending the books the way she does is just 150% E-V-I-L!! I swear she's a fecking fae and enjoys torturing us, mere mortals.
But, if you ever had any doubts about Iced... Drop it, crash it, forget it! because Karen totally nailed it!
ICED. IS. A-FECKING-MAZING.
Take it from a fan who never liked Dani... until now!!
Oh, and NO, THIS IS NOT YA!! (Thank God Karen for that!)
For those who did not know, I avoid YA books. I can count on one hand how many YA books I liked. However, the trailer and the blurb made me...more4.5 stars.
For those who did not know, I avoid YA books. I can count on one hand how many YA books I liked. However, the trailer and the blurb made me so interested in the story, that not even that YA label could keep me away from it. Reading this interview with Sarah has only assured me further that the book will be good. And fortunately, it lived up to my expectations.
I wouldn't say this book is action packed, because the first half is mostly backstory, information, introduction to this world and unfortunetely even later only some (3 or 4) of the tests we get to actually "see". We only get a brief report on the other tests. It made me a bit sad, because I wanted to read more about those tests. I had to take a few breaks (5 min. long) while reading because of that (okay, maybe the 3 hours sleep I got didn't really help either). But you have to know that I terribly hate to read the descriptions, flashbacks, etc. ... unless they are properly written. And this was well written, so I still liked them.
I especially love that there were a few chapters from Chaol's and Dorian's POV. I always love those.
Anyway... I love the UK cover and thank God it's not the only reason why this book is worth the money. Outstanding start for a good series.
So.. Finally, I managed to read this book and it left me with mixed feelings. Like the first volume in the series did not make it on to my “favorite b...moreSo.. Finally, I managed to read this book and it left me with mixed feelings. Like the first volume in the series did not make it on to my “favorite books” list, neither did Bloodrose. Not like Wolfesbane did. However, this series will be always in my top 3 favorite YA series.
Frankly, I don't know what to say except, that Karin has done it again. When I finished Blood Law, the first book in the series I felt like I had been...moreFrankly, I don't know what to say except, that Karin has done it again. When I finished Blood Law, the first book in the series I felt like I had been in the book. I was stunned and felt dazed. Then slowly came to my senses and rushed to the computer to get the next book. When I saw it would not come out until next year, I felt like I've been punched in gut. After that KILLER cliffhanger how could I wait so long?? I was talking to my friends for days about how much I loved it, and how the waiting is killing me. Not often do I feel that way after reading a book. In fact, there were only two books that made feel that. But I feel it now.
From the first page to the last Bloodright is breathtakingly exciting, heartbreakingly sad or intensely romantic...Scorching hot. Put aside everything you are doing and go find a bookstore, because this compelling lycan trio is waiting for you.
Lord of the Abyss is part of the Royal House of Shadows series written by Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh.
It is a short series where each book is written by a different author, but there is a backstory that runs through all of the books. The stories are connected by four royal siblings and the kingdom of Elden.
My thoughts on Lord of the Abyss (Audiobook)
I've received the e-book from netgalley months ago, but I had no time (or the right mood) to read it. I'm suffering from reader's block right now. I can re-read my favorite books, but lately I find myself picking one book after another, reading a few pages and leaving them for a later date, or moving very slowly through them. Anyways, I checked my netgalley account and saw that I still have to write a review for LotA. So I found the perfect antidote to reader's block: AUDIOBOOKS!!
Isabelle Gordon did a FANTASTIC job reading it. I don't like female narrators but this woman ROCKS! Why is that important? Because not sure I would have liked the book as much as I like it now if I had to read it. As I mentioned below, this is book four in the series, but this was a first for me. So it can be read out of order, Nalini did a good job on explaining the backstory.
The gamer in me sees an awesome game story. The movie whore in me wants (and saw traces of the "Legend of the seeker") a movie or a tv show rigth now! The reader in me (ok I listened, but still) really enjoyed it.
Since I haven't read the first three books, I can't speak about them, but Lord of the Abyss was like a fairy-tale for adults. I don't know who/how they came up with the backstory of the series, but THANK YOU!
Most of the time we're in the Black Castle and Liliana trying to "help" the Guardian of the Abyss - I counted how my times we heard/read this - 48 times, it was a bit annoying, I understand, that he didn't remember and didn't want to remember his real name, but sometimes It was just too much - to remember the past, his family. Of course, he doesn't corporate very well and they running out of time if they want to save Elden and its people and defeat the Blood Sorcerer.
Magis is everywhere! There are various kind of magical creatures, Elden's people are touched by magic. You literally can see before your eyes how beautiful it was.
The sexual tension was... well we're talking about Nalini here! It was perfect and when they finally got to the sex scenes... I don't even...YOU HAVE TO READ/LISTEN THE BOOK!!
Action... there was a LOT of action scenes close to the end. Seriously, their journey to Elden was harder than Frodo's journey to Mount Doom. If you're tend to cry over dramatic scenes, then you'll need a few tissue.
I loved the characters.
Liliana isn't flawless at all! She doesn't look like a supermodell, not even close. But she is in some way better than average. I love flawed characters. She has a big heart and an awful past. I just wanted to kill his evil father over and over everytime when we found out how he brutalized her. But she's a strong woman. She has to be. Sometimes her humor cracked me up.
Micah a.k.a. the Guardian of the Abyss is the youngest of the Elden heirs. And he is their only hope. I love how his character changes through the entire book, but never changes completely. He's still the Dark Lord of the Black Castle, but he's also Micah. And when he teases...man! I think I will add him to "my top 10 book boyfriends" list.
Jissa is a brownie, a magical creature - kinda like pixies. Her character is sweet and loveable. She becomes a true friend of Liliana.
The Blood Sorcerer - Liliana's father - is a true villain. He is evil to his heart. A total psycho... but that makes a good enemy.
The final battle (excluding the road that led to it) seemed a little easy. But the dangerous road compensates it I guess.
I definitely will read the other books in the series!(less)
I don’t know why most of the author’s readers never mention this book. I keep seeing her Angel and Vampires books, but not this one. But I can tell, t...moreI don’t know why most of the author’s readers never mention this book. I keep seeing her Angel and Vampires books, but not this one. But I can tell, that Ascension is as good as her other books.
Okay, maybe I am a little biased against this, because my favorite para creatures are the demons for a while now. Although this book is about witches rather than demons, actually, our Heroine; Lealandra, is a powerful witch who begins to lose control over her own magic, as her Ascension is coming. Witches need their own Counter-Balance. Someone who can temper their magic. Here is the problem. She lost hers. Moreover, someone wants her dead. Lealandra leaves her coven to find her ex-lover and ask for help. The demon hunter, Taig who is also a half-demon. He let her go six years ago; he definitely will not make that mistake again, now that she is back. In a world, where usually witches and demons don’t get involved with the other race’s problem, now for some reason, the demons hunting her, and when theoretically her coven would be the best help for her, it seems, the only person who Lealandra can trust is her half-demon ex. Her Ascension mark clearly shows that Taig has a big role in her ascension. The question is what is his role and is he powerful enough to save Lealandra? It’s a race against time, a war against witches, demons and her own magic.
This action packed, magical romance story won’t give you rest. As most of Felicity’s books, Ascension begins in medias res. With a *cough* HOT *cough* scene between Taig and Lealandra. I did not have a tiny problem with this book! Nothing… Nada! There was action, romance, mystery, drama, loveable characters, funny quotes, good story, and two strong lead characters. My only question is what really happened with Taig’s parents???
I must post a few quotes from/about Taig, because I just love him and these were memorable for me…
“I guess that’s why you’re here. Loverboy just doesn’t cut it when it comes to handling demons. That pair of weaklings would have him inside out and back to front before he could lift a finger to cast whatever impotent half-assed spell he could muster.”
“If I’d decided not to let him take you, he wouldn’t have. He would’ve died a lot sooner.”
“There were at least twenty storeys on the building and it was wide. He figured it housed around seven hundred witches. That was six hundred and ninety nine more than he was comfortable with.”
And there’s a few more, but I let you find them. I highly recommend this book! (less)