Once the action starts this was just as enjoyable as The Hunger Games - but the action doesn't start until we've spent seemingly forever listening to...moreOnce the action starts this was just as enjoyable as The Hunger Games - but the action doesn't start until we've spent seemingly forever listening to Kitness create drama and have the author play 'which boy is right for the heroine'?
I had a ARC of The Hunger Games before it was released and between then to now I'd avoided the other two books, because I guessed that the author would spend time exploring the love triangle. This is where it loses a star, because how are readers meant to care about Gale? He is little more then a name that is sometimes mentioned and the little bit we do see he comes of as a selfish jerk; basically he is angry because Katniss couldn't read his mind. He`s had years to tell her how he felt, but waited until Peeta announced his feelings, and now Gale would happily stomp over Peeta to get what he wants.
Also; Katniss comes of selfish at times too and there are a few times when she doesn't think before she acts of evens opens her mouth, and this makes her a bit unlikeable a.s it shows that she has failed to learn from past experiences, even though she knows what the stakes are.
I'm not overjoyed at the thought that I may be reading the otherwise enjoyable series, just to see a unlikable jerk waltz off into the sunset with Katniss in the end over the only wholly likable character. It's escapism; the selfish pricks win in real-life, so I want the nice guy to win for once - even a imaginary one...(less)
There's something for most fantasy lovers here; sidhe, witches, vampires, werewolves... and a bit more. This is mixed with action, drama an...more4.5/5 stars
There's something for most fantasy lovers here; sidhe, witches, vampires, werewolves... and a bit more. This is mixed with action, drama and romance - which starts of as purely erotic...
The only reason I haven't given DARK SURRENDER the full five stars is just because, as the book reads like the start of one, the first book in a series have to introduce all of the main players, so things sometimes eel crowded and rushed. Particularly with the werewolf pack.(less)
I'm struggling to think of how to describe THE WOODCUTTER; it is a fantastical, unguessable read. The Woodcutter [kind of a protector in The Magical W...moreI'm struggling to think of how to describe THE WOODCUTTER; it is a fantastical, unguessable read. The Woodcutter [kind of a protector in The Magical Woods] discovers the dead body of a girl wearing glass slippers and tries to find her family to inform them - and to discover the killer.
From that point on, things really start to become wild; more murders, more cameos from fairytale characters, messed up fairytales, a Viking God with a missing Hellhound and the magical world mixing with the human one. Who is distorting the world and why?
It's up to The Woodcutter to put everything back together again...
THE WOODCUTTER is part, fantasy and part mystery, with a dash of adventure thrown in. The part I loved most about this mash-up is that the reader has no idea what is going to happen from one page to the next, so everything is a genuine surprise. It's been a while since a book has kept me on my toes - so to speak.
Another highlight for me was guessing all of the different fairytales and myths, as they show up. I doubt that I caught them all...
As much as I enjoyed the story, I have to remove a star due to the very short chapters. They did effect the flow of the story and were a bit annoying. It's a bit like how a car sputters when you turn the engine on; it comes to life, stills, then restarts itself.(less)
I got the first book in The Fairwick Chronicles series for free from Amazon Vine and loved it, so I made sure to buy WATER WITCH; the second book in t...moreI got the first book in The Fairwick Chronicles series for free from Amazon Vine and loved it, so I made sure to buy WATER WITCH; the second book in the series. Like the previous book [succubus], all of the different elements that go into WATER WITCH are written in different styles. One minute we're reading Disneyish tales of true love, then bam! Hot succubus sex. Not only does the author's writing style change, but she also mixes mythical beings together with creatures of her own making. For example; we start with udines, but then are introduced to zombie beavers [my new favourite thing ever]. The way that the author keeps mixing different elements together keeps everything exciting and fresh; you never see what is coming next...
Cassie is a refreshing change from all of the gun-toting, wise cracking, 'sassy' heroines that are constantly thrust upon us in this types of book. Sure; she's in the middle of a otherworldly drama, but she uses her intelligence to research answers, rather then conveniently develop some mystical power and she can't do any Buffy style roundhouse kicking, yet she is still kicks ass.
WATER WTCH is told from Callie's POV, but we still feel involved with the secondary characters, in fact Callie's co-workers are more involved this time around, plus we get to see more of their own personal relationships too, instead of focusing solely on Callie.
I did thoroughly enjoy WATER WITCH, but, to be honest, I did prefer the pacing in the first book in the series [Succubus]. In WATER WITCH the outcome of a possible love triangle between some characters, and the secret identity of someone did seem obvious to me, so I found that the pace was slowed down partway as I waited for the characters to catch up to where I already was. Maybe I've just read too many fantasy books, so recognize the cliches before they are fully formed? After initially being lead to believe that this would be an ongoing series, it has now started being listed as a trilogy. This is a shame, as despite a few pacing issues, the author's storytelling abilities and characters are wonderfully unique. (less)
I can't think of anything to put into a useful right now, apart from "wow". I enjoyed the heck out of The Emperor's Edge - to the point of sitting up...moreI can't think of anything to put into a useful right now, apart from "wow". I enjoyed the heck out of The Emperor's Edge - to the point of sitting up in bed into the small hours, as 'just one more chapter' lead to me reading half a dozen more.
This book combines fantasy, steampunk, adventure, thriller, comedy and drama, together with light hints of romance. Best of all, this book is free on Kindle.
I need to buy the rest of the series ASAP...(less)