This book spends a lot of time in the present; however, the audience is shown the story from Deliverance's POV and that of her daughter and granddaugh...moreThis book spends a lot of time in the present; however, the audience is shown the story from Deliverance's POV and that of her daughter and granddaughter. Even though a lot of time is spent on Connie and the modern world, the author does a wonderful job welding these timelines together. And, in some ways, show similar struggles in the characters. In some ways, you can see how Connie is struggling with her different roles in life and new information and Grace's struggles being pseudo mirror images of each other.
For me, it was obvious that this was the author's first book. There was a lot of intellectual dialog and syntax. That isn't an issue for me; however, the average reader might be put off by all of it. At a few points, I even found myself looking things up. That being said, having a background in history, I feel as though I had a little added advantage.
Along with the syntax, I feel as though the characters were a little under developed. We don't see Deliverance, Grace, and Pru as much as Connie; however, I felt much closer to them. And they were far more sympathetic. Connie was too much of a stuck-up, book-wormy grad student. She was too much of a stereotype, which is an automatic turnoff. The author could have worked hard to flesh out the love interest. Just stating that he had a septum piercing and looked as though he was in a grunge band didn't tell me too much about him. Also, the whole plot surrounding her advisor felt a little too rushed, farfetched, and completely underdeveloped. A little more character development and time spent around that storyline might have greatly helped it.
I found myself put off by the time period. The "modern" portion of the book took place in 1991. Usually that isn't an issue, but I found myself constantly needing a reminder that it was '91 and not more modern. Something about the style of writing didn't feel as though it was taking place over two decades ago, nor did she author expressly tell the audience that. For that reason, the flow of the book was drastically broken for me.
All of that being said, the author spent a lot of time describing the setting, which made it feel even more real. She also appeared to know her stuff about the witch trials and doctoral programs. In addition, she posited some thought provoking theories about the trials and why they may have gotten out of hand. It definitely had me thinking and looking at occurrences in a completely different way.
For a book primarily read on van runs, in the bathtub, and before bed, it really turned out to be quite good. Yes, I had issues with it. And, yes, it took awhile to dig through. However, it was entertaining, kept me engrossed, and made me think about things. (less)
Quite simply, this book is about slippage and where the "inscapes" and this world collide. It reminds me a great deal of Talisman, The Black House, an...moreQuite simply, this book is about slippage and where the "inscapes" and this world collide. It reminds me a great deal of Talisman, The Black House, and It by Hill's father. In some ways, it could be argued that this book kind of pays homage to the Master who came before him and lead him into this craft. And it could also be a form of It for this generation. While Hill is definitely his own writer, it feel many loud elements of his father in his work. It's almost as though he is taking on his personage.
In many respects, Manx is almost a re-imagining of Pennywise the Clown. He does something to the children in order to stay young, he makes them promises about living in a better place (Christmasland or an eternal circus), and they mention that the children "float" in this new, happy place. Further, meeting Vic McQueen as a child and then seeing her battle Charlie as an adult had serious echoes of the children in It. In some ways, both Maggie and Vic reminded me of Stuttering Bill. The reader will also see the pseudo fragmentation of the mind between the beliefs of children and trying to make sense of that as an adult. Also, using Wayne really helped to hammer that down. In addition, Hill also plays a little more with the concept of mental illness and the fragmentation of the mind in trying to make sense of all weird shit from childhood.
"The difference between childhood and adulthood . . . was the difference between imagination and resignation." (533)
I loved the casual mention of Craddock and his suit, the tip of the hat to his father's books on the map of the "inscapes", and the use of pop-culture and media. For me, Hill has always been able to draw me in with the pop-culture and media. What drew me to Heart-Shaped Box was just that. Also, the fact that Lou was a super nerd, read comic books, and went to conventions made me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. And this is not to mention the name of Vic's son!
It was s struggle to read this book. Knowing that my alarm clock would ring at 5:30 am, it was a fight to put this book down at night. However, everyday, it would be nestled into my purse and wait until I had a van run or a break. Everywhere I went, it came along. It got into my head like a damn drug.
This book was beautifully written! It took something beautiful and full of magic (Christmas) and turned it on it's head. Honestly, after reading this book, I'm not sure I will ever think about Christmas the same way. And I'm not looking forward to my head boss wandering around singing Christmas music . . .(less)
While visiting her father on Rikers Island, Eva Fox meets the son of a rival MC club, Deuce. Even though she was five-years-old, something about the t...moreWhile visiting her father on Rikers Island, Eva Fox meets the son of a rival MC club, Deuce. Even though she was five-years-old, something about the twenty-three-year-old caught her attention. It could have been the icy blue eyes, the blonde hair, or the fact that he appreciate her taste in music and Chucks. Whatever it was, Eva has been obsessing about him ever since. Finally, after several chance meetings throughout her childhood, she decides to give everything to him and take a chance on love. Unfortunately, everything seems to be against them from the start.
Sheesh, not even sure how to put it review into words. Admittedly, I was able to tear through the book rather quickly, but it wasn't that hard. The content and writing style was simplistic at best. Plus, having "fuck" every other word made it a breeze to read. And, at some level, I really wanted to know how it would end. Glutton for punishment, I suppose.
I hated all of the characters. Eva was a horrid heroine, especially when it came to Frankie. It was rather disconcerting that she was raised inside the clubhouse and saw all of the debauchery going on. Granted, knowing that her father was a single parent, I'm not sure how else he would have raised her. But I would have thought he would try to protect her from some of it.
Deuce was the typical bad boy that any girl would fall for. And, if I was in her place as a teenager, I probably would have fallen for him, too. That being said, with a young daughter, I was rather surprised at how he behaved concerning her. It was more than disgusting.
This book just felt like a series of events and mishaps thrown together. For me, it was felt was though I was watching afternoon television.
As a way to kill time, I suppose this book is okay. The author seems to know something about MCs, motorcycles, etc. Other than that, it's pretty boring, bland, and doesn't stand out. If you can find this book for free on Kindle, maybe give it a chance. If you have to pay for it, stay away. It's not worth it.(less)
Okay, to be honest, it was brain candy, but I enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it was up to par with the previous book, but it was definitely enjoyably and...moreOkay, to be honest, it was brain candy, but I enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it was up to par with the previous book, but it was definitely enjoyably and a distraction.
It was interesting to see an incubus, and the relationship he had previously had with Georgina. And I loved the history flashbacks that gave little tidbits and insight into her past.
The whole thing surrounding Doug, the band, Alec, and the drug ended way too easily. It makes me wonder whether it's going to come back into play. Also, Georgie giving the drug to someone at the end kind of upset me, because it completely went against what she was trying to do in the rest of the book.
Bastien, while interesting, seem was though it was just try to give something besides her non-physical relationship with Seth. And it was rather obvious what was going on with Dana from the start. Not sure why neither Georgie nor Bastien were able to pick up on that. However, the stuff surrounding Jody seemed a tad bit unbelievable and just thrown in for extra juice.
It will be interesting to see where this thing with Seth goes. Honestly, I'm not sure how long the author can continue drawing this one out before they either say "screw it" and get physical or it ends. As it stands, they are rather boring. And most of the stuff dealing with their relationship seems dull.
All in all, it was a mind numbing read and exactly what I needed. And, of course, I cannot wait to get my hands on the other books to see how everything turns out :) (less)
Georgina has been in a slump lately. She is only willing to feed on the less than savory characters when she needs a fix. And even that is rather grud...moreGeorgina has been in a slump lately. She is only willing to feed on the less than savory characters when she needs a fix. And even that is rather grudgingly. Unfortunately, because of her nature as a succubus, she refuses to date, get close to men, and tries to keep her male interactions to the local immortal population: demons, vampires, angels, etc. However, she doesn't expect to fall for her favorite author or get swept off of her feet by a dashing linguistics professor. Of course, since even kissing someone means sucking their life force, this really spells trouble for Georgie. And, if that isn't enough, some of the local immortals are being killed and beat up by some unknown assailant.
With all of this on her plate—and working at a local bookstore with tons of wonderful books to read—what is a girl to do?
I'm not really sure what I expected when I started this book. To be honest, it wasn't necessarily what I got. The author put an interesting spin on the succubi and their possible dilemmas. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Highlander and asking whether immortality was truly worth it.
It was rather interesting that the book wasn't full of torrid sex scenes. The title and main character would suggest otherwise. That being said, however, there were a few steamy scenes later in the book. To me, it seemed as though the author wanted to make the less a part of Georgina's story. Further, she really focused on character development and didn't race through the plot. It was a neat turn.
The little snippets of Georgina's past were really neat, and it was able to give a lot of depth to the character. I found myself desperately wanting to know more of what happened; however, it might completely ruin the story. The other characters were mostly sideliners and didn't have a large role. They might end up playing bigger parts later in the book.
The relationship between Jerome and Carter reminded me an awful lot of Crowley and Aziraphale. Granted, it was less comedic and reminded me of a longstanding bond/brotherhood, but the similarities were there nonetheless. It makes me wonder how the author is going to play with that one.
My biggest beef with this book was the killer's true identity. For me, when the audience first meets them, it was obvious to me. At some level, I'm not really sure why Georgina didn't figure it out before. However, the twist involving the killer was a bit too farfetched for me, so that one kind of blindsided me.
All in all, this was an enjoyable read. If you're looking for a good, light urban fantasy, this one should definitely be on the list! (less)
Three years after his wife's death, Walt Longmire is look forward to possible retirement. However, if you ask Vik, his transplant from Philly, he real...moreThree years after his wife's death, Walt Longmire is look forward to possible retirement. However, if you ask Vik, his transplant from Philly, he really hasn't been present the last three years. Whether for good or ill, that all changes when the body of Cody Pritchard is found on BLM land by sheep herders. After the body had been munched by the animals, shit and pissed on by the sheep, and exposed to the elements, it seemed rather hard to rule it as anything but a hunting accident. However, after close inspection, they discover Cody was shot with a Sharps Buffalo Rifle, which is a collectible antique. In addition, an eagle feather was left on the body. Since Cody was part of a group of boys that raped a Cheyenne girl, Walt wonders whether this murder traces back to the reservation and the girl's relatives.
Walt is in a race against time to find the perp and save the remaining boys from the same fate. However, even though he is a good sheriff, he struggles with the fact that the boys got off with hardly a slap on the wrist. And there isn't a person in town, including his best friend, who wouldn't have wanted the boys dead.
This was a very interesting start to the series. I wasn't expecting it the tackle such a huge issue as the rape of a girl with fetal alcohol syndrome. Further, the hatred of the boys in the town and on the Rez was another big issue to deal with. Honestly, the author did a good job in handling it.
Walt is a really good, down-to-earth character. For me, he really seemed like an "every man" in a lot of ways. He has been the sheriff of a small town for a long time, dealing with the death of his wife, and his daughter lives across the country. Even though he went to school in California and served in Vietnam, he is still a small town man. And, to be honest, that is what I like about him. The author did a wonderful job of capturing the Wyoming native/cowboy. It was obvious he knew his stuff and was very familiar with the lifestyle out here.
Aside from Walt, Henry practically made the book. Their relationship, friendly bantering, and Henry's diction had me continue reading. He is marvelously hilarious! Plus, it takes a saint to be able to put up with Walt the way he does. I cannot wait to see more of this character.
The storyline was definitely engaging, and it took me by surprise when we finally find out the identity of the perp. That being said, I felt it was too loose a fit for who it turns out to be. Without giving anything away, it is really hard to discuss. Also, even though the spiritual elements were interesting in relation to the Sharps Buffalo Rifle, it seemed to come out of the blue and rather extraneous while Walt is trying to save George and Henry. I found myself skipping large sections of text because it just drug on. Plus, it felt as though Walt was tripping on some heavy narcotics. And, because it's my biggest pet peeve, there were editing issues. It didn't distract from the book, but another round of editing would have helped.
After listening to Craig Johnson speak and watching Longmire, I am very curious to see how the series progresses. It is wonderful to read a book about the state I grew up in and will always love as my home! He is able to really capture the beauty, magic, and lifestyle of Wyo., and that is refreshing. (less)
Because of her connection to the art world of Santa Fe, Kiki's friend decides to introduce her to the newest resident, subculture artist Ethan Tierney...moreBecause of her connection to the art world of Santa Fe, Kiki's friend decides to introduce her to the newest resident, subculture artist Ethan Tierney. However, what Kiki's friend didn't disclose initially was Ethan's interest in redheads, and his desire to paint them (and dominate them) whenever he can. Even though she has kinky desires, Kiki never imagines that she will become the subject of Ethan's desire. In addition, she never expects to become the desire of a century old ghost.
Through Kiki and Ethan's discovery of each other, they embark on an old mystery of two lost lovers and seek to find a way to reunite them.
I'm not really sure what I expected out of this book. However, it did not disappoint! I loved how the character development between the ghosts and the main characters seemed to go hand-in-hand. Even though the audience is not shown too much of Javier and Nicole, they are mirrored in Kiki and Ethan. Something about that connection made the book more interesting and deep.
The supernatural element added a whole different dimension to the book. While the new lovers were trying to work out the kinks of their D/s relationship, the letters and the mystery really drew them together. Also, I liked the pseudo-creepy feel it gave the book. Even though the ghosts were not seeking to harm the couple, it just lent a spine-tingling feel to the mood. Further, as weird as it sounds, the ghosts also served as a pseudo-background and setting.
I felt that this book was a pretty nice introduction into the lifestyle. First of all, it didn't throw huge things at the reader. Further, it seemed to be rather gentle it the portrayal. Instead of seeming like some kinky, taboo, and sexual depraved past-time, the author was able to show a different side of BDSM.
The letters from Nicole had me tearing through this book and unable to put it down! It was interesting how they showed the BDSM lifestyle at the turn of the century.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Of all of the erotica and BDSM-type books I have read, this might be one of my favorites! (less)
Gabriel’s Rapture picks up right where the previous book left off: sex. After wandering around Italy, going to the lecture, Julia being hit on by anot...moreGabriel’s Rapture picks up right where the previous book left off: sex. After wandering around Italy, going to the lecture, Julia being hit on by another professor, more sex in different positions, and so on, the couple finally returns to the states. Honestly, aside from the “everything that could go wrong does” scenario, nothing really happens in the book. Seeking to get revenge over her perceived slight in the first book, Gabriel’s other Dante PhD brings charges against Gabriel and Julia, Gabriel’s old flame returns to win him back, Julia is briefly threatened by an old friend, and the couple are forced into separation.
Ug, this book was predictable. The sex was boring and too overdone. It felt as though I was reading a dime store romance; however, those are usually better written. My biggest beef was with Gabriel’s lecture and his portrayal of courtly love. For someone who is a Dante specialist, it was completely astounding that such filth would leave his mouth. I found myself just as distressed as the rest of his audience during the lecture. And, yes, I would have gotten up and walked out. In addition, the whole comment about the Spartans was WRONG! The boys were told, by their mothers, to come home with their shields or ON them (ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς). The shields were so large that the men would have to drop them in order to run away. Therefore, if they came home without them, they were cowards. The bodies of the fallen were carried home ON the shields. Hence the statement: come home with your shield or ON it. In addition, if you’re going to talk about the real Battle of Thermopylae, please use the real event. If you must use a movie, The 300 Spartans is far more accurate than 300.
There was absolutely no character development in the characters. Also, there were no real secondary characters. Granted, people such as Paul are returning, but they couldn’t even be classified as supporting cast.
As with the characters, the setting is just about as lackluster. The author goes into detail while in Italy; however, everything in the states is just meh. I couldn’t decide if the author felt it would be a waste of time to describe the setting to us or if she just lost interest.
The only thing I can give the book is the fast pace. Furthermore, it kept me reading. While I was upset by some of the university proceedings around the relationship, I was very curious to know what happened, the ruling, and so on. With that, the pages did keep turning. In addition, all of the medieval art references and the quotes from medieval texts were lovely and made my heart soar. However, I’m not sure if that’s enough to save the book.
Will I read the next book? Yes. Why? It might be simply because I am a glutton for punishment, I want to get pissed off, or I’m just too damn curious. That being said, unless you like the Fifty Shades books, don’t read this series. If you like medieval lit, culture, and art, stay away from these books! (less)
Finally home after a summer-long stint in a juvenile mental institution, Evangeline "Evie" is looking forward to starting school and returning to a no...moreFinally home after a summer-long stint in a juvenile mental institution, Evangeline "Evie" is looking forward to starting school and returning to a normal life. She is eager to put the nightmares and weird hallucinations behind her, with the help of doctors, therapy, and medication. However, just even everything seems to be starting to return to normal, her nightmares come back, strange visions haunt her in the middle of class, and the newest student, Jackson Deveaux, has caught her attention.
While still trying to determine what is true and keep her head down, the unthinkable happens: the sun's rays blast the earth, killing most of the population, plant life, and evaporating the water sources. And that's when Evie realizes that her hallucinations were really premonitions of this horrible apocalyptic event and a coming battle.
In an effort to find the information locked in her brain after being institutionalized, Evie goes on a cross-country trek to find her grandmother. Along with the help of Jackson and three other people, Evie will encounter some strange things that will shake the bedrock of what she's always known.
When I started this book, I wasn't even sure what to expect. Aside from the apocalypse theme, some of the other elements took me by surprise. Granted, after reading a the review that brought this book to my attention, I fully expected the tarot element; however, it goes way beyond that. I felt that Cole did a good job trying to imagine what it would truly be like if the tarot did start coming to life, or was, in fact, already here. In addition, she did a good job thinking about the impact that type of sun damage would have on the Earth and how people would react without law.
In general, I liked Evie okay. She seemed to react to her circumstances the way a normal girl would have. Even though she was fairly pampered, to me, that didn't really get in the way of her functioning. However, that could be due in part of her mother's role. That being said, I did find her rather dense and a little too vapid. Also, it seemed as though Cole was trying to hard to make her an approachable stereotype—popular, pretty, but not overly conceited.
From the moment he rode into the picture, I really liked Jackson. Yes, he is rather rough around the edges and a Byronic archetype, but he embodies every boy I loved as a teenager. Even though I am an adult now, it's still hard to escape those nostalgic feelings. Also, given his past, I felt he had a lot more depth than we are shown in the book. The Cole's dialect writing for the Cajun kids—Jackson in particular—was wonderful and added a different element to the story. Plus, I love me some good dialect ;)
It was neat to see Evie struggle with her role in the tarot and the coming battle. I liked seeing that internal struggle with what she wanted to be and what she had to be. However, her powers kept reminding me of Poison Ivy. Nonetheless, it was rather spiffy.
With the things she will have to do later on, the next books will definitely be tense and pose different issues. It makes me wonder if that's why the other characters weren't as fleshed out. Also, with how it ended, I really wonder how Evie will handle her changing role.
Normally, I don't like the typical YA romance with vapid heroines: however, this one really caught my attention. I love the whole aspect of the tarot coming to life, this ancient battle, and the apocalypse. Yes, there were a lot of things in the book that were extremely predictable, but it kept me on the edge of my seat. And, yes, I can see how the pre-apocalypse section of the book could be considered boring or useless. All of that being said, I really, really enjoyed this book! The imagery was beautiful, and I like the story. Now I am eagerly waiting to read the next book in the series! Kresley, please release it sooner than October! (less)
After the horrible fiasco of Pale Demon, Rachel has now become a day-walking demon. With that, however, she has lost her citizenship/status as a livin...moreAfter the horrible fiasco of Pale Demon, Rachel has now become a day-walking demon. With that, however, she has lost her citizenship/status as a living creature. She cannot get a driver's license, register her car, vote, etc. Unfortunately, she does not have all of the perks of being a demon either: no crossing the lines, no accessing the line energy, and she cannot do witch charms. All of this is because of the silver charmed bracelet Trent made her. While it protects her from the demons and the collective—they are convinced she is dead—she also loses all of her demon powers. When a human hate group enters the picture and starts mutilating and killing witches, Rachel is SOL without her demon and witch magic. However, because the humans are trying to make demons, she feels it is her responsibility to get involved and stop the killings before they go any further. What she doesn't expect is the depth of the conspiracy behind the hate group, her inevitable feelings concerning demon magic, and the budding attraction to Trent.
From the first page until the last, this was a wonderful book! Even though it appears as though only a few years time has past since the first book, Rachel has really grown as a character. She is still rather impulsive and quick to action without thought. However, I feel as though her actions are more firmly rooted in experience and maturity. In addition, with her changing feelings toward the demonic side of her and her acceptance of being a demon, I feel that her moral and ethical quandaries will only continue that growth. She is also starting to see that not everything is black and white.
Since Rachel was not willing to enter into a relationship with Ivy, I felt as though Harrison has been moving her to more of the periphery. Granted, I didn't want to see the two get together; however, it is sad to see her becoming part of the shadows. However, aside from taking her all the way into dead vampire, I'm not sure where a storyline following Ivy could go at this point. Rachel also commented that she felt Jenks and Ivy drifting away without her. While I can understand and see that they are moving on in their lives, my heart really hurt. I have come to see the three of them as a pseudo Three Musketeers. The books would not be the same without their crazy antics.
It is nice to see that Jenks is learning to survive without Matalina. She was a huge stabilizing force in his life, and it was really touch-and-go there for awhile. It makes me curious what will happen with Belle. Honestly, I don't see anything romantic happening, but her caring for him and his children is quite comical.
In the beginning, I always hated Trent. And, I hate to admit it, he has grown on me over the last few books. Whether I like it or not, there is a method to his madness. In addition, even from the get-go, I have always felt a sort of sexual tension between him and Rachel. Throughout the course of this book, I held my breath and hoped they would figure it out. And, when I read the bonus chapter, I started bouncing around saying, "I knew it!" It gives me much hope!
The story was rather disturbing, but well played out. In some ways, I would have liked to know a little more about Chris and Jennifer. Also, I couldn't fully understand how they would be able to wipe out all of the Interlanders. I felt was though Harrison didn't fully explain that. It was also neat to finally see piece of the demons' true nature.
And, of course, Al :) The books would not be complete without him. The time spent in Trent's garden made me smile and laugh. He is a great character, and I will always love to see more of him.
All in all, this was a fun book! Now I want to run out to the store and buy the next in the series. To hell with the fact that I have been buying them in paperback since the first book. I need to know what happens and see whether Rachel and Trent finally put their heads out of their asses! Had family not come into town to visit, this book would have been finished in a matter of days. It is a page-turner!(less)