This book started off feeling clunky. It’s full of futuristic teen speak, and has a selfish and entitled teenaged narrator. It was hard for me to getThis book started off feeling clunky. It’s full of futuristic teen speak, and has a selfish and entitled teenaged narrator. It was hard for me to get into, but once things started happening, it seemed smoother.
This is not a fluffy, happy ending style story. It’s actually quite dark. Not only when you consider Violet’s issues, and Titus’ reactions, but the entire societal set up with advertising and capitalist embedded in every second of life, and every inch of brain space, is quite unsettling. It’s easy to see how how current society could become the situation portrayed in the book, and it’s not a pleasant thought.
While the book was hard to get into, it was well worth reading. It’s not a light story, but one that really makes you think and consider the characters and the situations. It felt like the type of book that high school English classes might study, since there is so much in it....more
I find later-in-the-series book hard to review because I never know what to discuss. It’s not like the characters are all new, or I don’t know what kiI find later-in-the-series book hard to review because I never know what to discuss. It’s not like the characters are all new, or I don’t know what kind of story it will be. Harry is a familiar character now, and I know he’s going to get into a crazy and complicated situation where multiple bad guys are going to try to harm him and/or his friends.
That is certainly the case with this story. Although it’s not entirely new, the story itself is quite entertaining. I find this series has become a type of comfort read as I adore Harry and his shenanigans. It’s interesting to see him as a teacher, and as a warden in this book, which are two roles that seem unusual for him, but are ones that he apparently excels at.
There are a couple of other return characters that we learn more about, such as Johnny Marcone, Warden Carlos Ramirez and Lara Raith. I especially liked Ramirez, whose sarcastic humour matches Harry’s quite well.
Overall, this was a fun story, with a whole lot of vampires, bloodsucking and otherwise. It was comfortable and amusing, and as an audiobook, was a great experience. I’ve said several times that I could never switch to reading this series, it must be narrated to me because the narration is Harry to a tee, and is perfect....more
This book is all about adrenaline. It’s starts off with a bang which got my heart racing, and it didn’t stop until the end of the book. There is so muThis book is all about adrenaline. It’s starts off with a bang which got my heart racing, and it didn’t stop until the end of the book. There is so much action and excitement, it felt like I should read faster and faster in order to match the pace of the story.
Even with all this excitement, the characters and plot are well developed. I love all the various creatures that Owl interacts with. Her firm no supernatural rule really likes to slap her in the face, as her circle of friends and jobs keeps expanding into that territory. It’s interesting to see how Owl reacts and adapts as it feels realistic and believable. Her sometimes sketchy moral compass plays a part in this as it gives her character more depth. No one is all good or all evil, and this side of Owl really helps to prove that, which is so much better than having a cookie cutter heroine.
This installment of the series brought a lot of and adventure to the series, as well as more of the humour that permeated the first book. I loved seeing each new development, and there were some trails started for future development, particularly when it came to the World Quest video game and Owl’s entire relationship with Carpe. Both of these are things I’m excited to read more about.
Overall, I really loved this book, almost as much as the first, and I can’t wait for the third to be released. This entire series is a fun adventure, and I love every minute of it....more
This is an urban fantasy with a unique and original time travel twist. Peri is a drafter, which means she can rewrite time in smallYes, yes, and yes.
This is an urban fantasy with a unique and original time travel twist. Peri is a drafter, which means she can rewrite time in small chunks, but it costs her as she can’t handle having both timelines in her head. She relies on an anchor to help her sort out her memories and cement only the rewritten part into her head, which means she loses the original timeline. Bad side effect: she loses time from before the rewrite as well.
This premise takes a bit to comprehend, but once I understood it, the story was slightly easier to follow. I say slightly because there is so much corruption and wondering who is the bad guy, and who is the good guy pretending to be bad, and who is the bad guy pretending to be good. It’s seriously convoluted in the best possible way, making it almost impossible to guess what was coming next.
This was a very fast paced, feels like an action movie read. It was exciting and thrilling, and I want to dive right back into another adventure....more
I usually love apocalypse books. There is something about the end of the world via natural disaster that excites and thrills me. Unfortunately, I didnI usually love apocalypse books. There is something about the end of the world via natural disaster that excites and thrills me. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book, mainly because it felt a little clunky.
It seemed to take a long time to explain exactly what happened to cause the world to drown. Yes, it’s briefly mentioned in the summary, but there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation in the actual story.
Also, how did that many boats come together? It just felt under explained, which left me doubting.
And what was Eva’s back story? She alluded to it several times like it was something big, but it was never really explained. Why bother with all the exciting hints then?
I was also doubtful of the disease and salt baths. How did the salt baths help? And why was there no mention of dry and cracked skin, which I’m positive would be a big issue if people were always washing with salt water. It just sounds like a realistic complication that wasn’t in the picture.
I don’t like to be left doubting during a story. I want explanations I can buy into and believe, within the confines of the story parameters. It can be really crazy, but if it’s explained well, that’s all I care about. Unfortunately, not much felt well explained in this book, which left me feeling wishy washy about the whole thing....more
Is this the end of the series? Was this a trilogy? Something about this book makes me think that, and I’m okay with it because almost everything feelsIs this the end of the series? Was this a trilogy? Something about this book makes me think that, and I’m okay with it because almost everything feels resolved. Not just resolved, but resolved in a satisfying way. I love when that happens because it so rarely seems to, but by the end of this book, I was feeling pleased.
It’s hard to say much about this book and its characters that I haven’t already said. I love the ever present humour, especially Kail’s “your mother” jokes, those never get old. I also love how we get to meet Kail’s mom, and learn Icy’s back story, both of which were not quite what I expected.
This is the type of book, and series, that is all about enjoyment, and I certainly enjoyed it. This is a light-hearted humour-filled fantasy adventure, and it’s so easy to read. I’d suggest it to anyone looking for a giggle, although the books definitely need to be read in order....more
While I really loved the first book in this series as it featured a null and a main heroine with no paranormal abilities, this second book was less grWhile I really loved the first book in this series as it featured a null and a main heroine with no paranormal abilities, this second book was less ground breaking. Charlie (the null) wasn’t really in this story, and Lex isn’t a plain-Jane human anymore. These changes put this book strictly into regular UF territory, and while it was exciting and fun, it’s wasn’t as original.
Lex has a lot on her plate this book, with vampires going missing, werewolves intruding into the territory, and a whole lot of issues with the witches. All this action means something is always happening or evolving, so there isn’t a dull moment in the book.
The only issue I had with this book, other than the lack of nulls, was the developing relationship between Lex and Quinn. Don’t get me wrong, I like Quinn, but a sexual relationship with a vampire just comes across as icky.
Overall, it was a good read, but not really unique. I was so excited about how the series started, so I hope the next book brings that back....more
Dude. This book is so funny. It’s like Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy but with music instead of the demolition of Earth.
Apparently the Earth isn’t far intDude. This book is so funny. It’s like Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy but with music instead of the demolition of Earth.
Apparently the Earth isn’t far into its evolution. Except for music. Earthlings make music that completely outdoes anything else in the galaxy. So much so that they restarted the galactic calendar based on when they started listening to it. And now the galaxy owes us because of our copyright laws. Like big time owes us, and they obviously aren’t happy about it.
So starts the book, and the hilarity of aliens and lawyers, and bad puns and a ton of music related jokes.
I seriously enjoyed this book, laughing at many parts and even snorting at others. It makes for a great light-hearted read for anyone interested in amusing science fiction....more
It’s always sad to say goodbye to a series, but I think I’m done. I was on the fence with the last book, and the constant repetition again in this booIt’s always sad to say goodbye to a series, but I think I’m done. I was on the fence with the last book, and the constant repetition again in this book has sealed the deal. It’s too bad as the plot is quite exciting, and I enjoy the characters, but I just can’t handle another retelling of Gin’s entire life story.
This book had a plot that was basically completely separate from the previous books, and it was refreshing. It was also great to see Donovan Caine make a reappearance, even if he is still an obnoxious jerk.
Gin’s continued path in philanthropy based assassination is both unusual and amusing. It does open the possibilities for plot direction, and makes her a likable character as she continues to help people and add to her roster of friends.
Overall, while I like the plots and characters of this series, I just can’t stand the constant repetition. Every book seems to include an entire recap of everything that has happened before, in excruciating detail. That’s just not needed for such a long series, and I’m saying good bye to the series for now....more
This was a very action packed story that offered an entirely new paranormal creature. Actually two new creatures, the Crovirs and the Bastians, who arThis was a very action packed story that offered an entirely new paranormal creature. Actually two new creatures, the Crovirs and the Bastians, who are immortal races that are hiding in plain sight. Similar to humans, but also very different.
I loved the depth and background given to both races. There is a whole history woven into the story, with details doled out in easy to digest chunks. Everything flows together well and creates a detailed story with truly unique characters.
The plot of the story was very action packed and exciting. There was always something happening or something developing, and the intensity only seemed to build as the story went on. This is one of those stories that you want to devour faster and faster as the momentum grows.
I listened to the audiobook version, and it was a great adventure. The voice fit Lucas well, and the energy matched the story. The narration complimented the story well, and was an enjoyable experience.
Overall, this was a thrilling paranormal story that offered a lot of action. It was exciting and fast paced and felt like a movie. I loved meeting an entirely new race, and can’t wait to see/hear/read what happens next....more
This was a fun paranormal story with lots of action packed into every page. There are ghosts, a family curse, an unsolved murder, and time travel. SoThis was a fun paranormal story with lots of action packed into every page. There are ghosts, a family curse, an unsolved murder, and time travel. So much stuff, but it never felt tangled or rushed.
The plot was the highlight of the story, but the characters were fun too. I liked the focus on Kat and Evan. They were a good contrast, and I loved the hints at something between them. It struck just the right balance between sweet and teenaged awkward.
There were a few developments right near the end that I didn’t care as much about, but overall, the story was fun and exciting. It made for an entertaining weekend read....more
I’m so conflicted. There were elements that I both really loved, and really disliked about this book.
I love Jules’ family. The focus of the book wasn’I’m so conflicted. There were elements that I both really loved, and really disliked about this book.
I love Jules’ family. The focus of the book wasn’t on them, but that was one of the beautiful things. Jules and her siblings are super tight, with great relationships with each other. Her twin brother is gay, and is open about it. I love that this is just part of the background of the story. This happens so rarely in books, so it is definitely something to celebrate.
Also worth celebrating is the inclusion on mental health issues in the form of her dad’s hoarding. It’s not the focus of the book, it’s just part of her life. It lends a depth to the story and characters that made reading it very interesting.
On the other side, there was a ton of repetition that bordered on annoying. Yes, the repetition of the vision was important to the story, but did every word have to be repeated every time? Also, was Jules’ obsession with Sawyer needed in so much detail? It went way beyond a standard crush, and dangerously into creepy stalker territory. Toning the intensity down a little bit would have gone a long way to making Jules a more likeable character.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, and especially the audiobook production. The voice fit the story and Jules’ personality well, and everything flowed very smoothly. Going the audiobook route was definitely a positive experience, and even if I didn’t like everything about the story, there was enough that I did like that I’m excited to see what happens in book two....more
This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad aThis book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise.
This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is something you work for and create. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth the effort.
When I describe this as a romance, I don’t just mean the romance in a sexual relationship. The relationship and bond that Alex and Maddie start to form is a different type of romance, and it’s one that is even more powerful and satisfying than the ones that the women form with the men in the story. Of course, those were also good, and it feels almost wrong to love Grey so much since he’s only a teen, but he’s such a sweetheart.
This was a very uplifting story, and it made me feel good reading it. It was something I really needed, and I’m so happy to have read it....more