OMG. This book is fantastic! I actually put it on hold as soon as it appeared at my local library, LOL. And just like the one before it, I enjoyed it...moreOMG. This book is fantastic! I actually put it on hold as soon as it appeared at my local library, LOL. And just like the one before it, I enjoyed it so much that I plan to pre-order the paperback edition as soon as it's available.
I was hooked from the very beginning. This is fast becoming one of my favourite series. It's just so original, and so well written that everything about this alien world becomes so vivid while reading it... I love it!
Meg has been in the Lakeside Courtyard for a while now and she's settled into her job as Human Liaison very well. She's also accepted and protected by the Others and has even helped set up a 'human pack' that everyone recognises. She's also managed to make Simon Wolfgard a lot more sympathetic towards humans--and that includes the police--than even he ever imagined he could be.
But when humans start targeting crows as well as Crows, everything changes. There are humans who are starting to forget their place and instead want to stand up to the Others. When that happens, whole villages and cities can be wiped out or asked to relocate. And Meg is having prophecies about what's going on around her. Serious things that will impact all of them, and lead back to the place she escaped.
Once again, the POV changes were excellent and help the reader see the many angles of the same story. This very dangerous world is made even harsher by the stupid actions of humans, who even in a world run by other beings still want to exert their greedy, selfish ways. I also enjoyed getting a glimpse into the institution where the other blood prophets are imprisoned and experience the horrible things done to these poor girls who are born with enough of a burden without adding slavery, rape and domination to the mix.
The addition of Intuits was also interesting, and I hope we get to find out even more. It's just so great to see these characters all develop and change their attitudes towards each other because of one brave girl who dared to take a stand. It just proves that without the bad apples, all kinds of creatures--big and small--can learn to get along.
I love these characters. I especially love the special bond Meg and Simon are developing towards each other. Something so strong that it scares the hell out of both of them.
Can't wait to read more of this awesome series!(less)
This is a book I've had my eye on for a while, and finally picked up a copy a few weeks ago during an insane Kobo sale.
Quinn is an ex-junkie, a liar,...moreThis is a book I've had my eye on for a while, and finally picked up a copy a few weeks ago during an insane Kobo sale.
Quinn is an ex-junkie, a liar, and two-kinds of monster. She was attacked by a werewolf and then bitten by a vampire. A scary, old vamp that turns Quinn into her pet and weapon. Did I mention that she's also a monster killer? No? Well, she is. And btw, adding previously withheld info is something Quinn continually does quite a bit.
After becoming a monster herself, she starts getting deeper and deeper into trouble. As well as losing total control and waking up all over the place with no memory of why. Well, she does find some answers in her puke. :P
Quinn is a very unreliable narrator. She's a total liar, and has lived a very hard life on the streets after she ran away from home. I usually have problems with unreliable narrators, but not this one. I really liked her and wanted her to come out okay at the end.
I really enjoyed this book! It's dark, gritty and totally raw. The kind of book that makes you want to take a shower after reading it. LMAO. But you know what? I loved every minute of it. And didn't even mind that it was kinda poking fun at other PNR & UF stories. ;)
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Quinn's next adventure.(less)
OMG. This book is fantastic! I borrowed it from the library and enjoyed it so much that I pre-ordered the paperback edition today. I must have a copy....moreOMG. This book is fantastic! I borrowed it from the library and enjoyed it so much that I pre-ordered the paperback edition today. I must have a copy. ;)
Meg Corbyn is a blood prophet, and she's on the run. Her ability to see visions of the future via precise cuts to her skin makes her a sought-after tool. But after escaping from the Controller, she seeks shelter in a Courtyard. A place where monsters live and humans are rarely invited.
The night she arrives, Simon Wolfgard makes her an offer she can't refuse: a job and shelter. She's desperate enough to accept and her arrival turns the Courtyard upside down.
There are several words to describe this story: Wow. Amazing. Intoxicating. Yeah, I absolutely adored this book. It hooked me in from the beginning and kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
It was well written, the POV changes were perfect, the characters felt so real, and the world building was unique. This is a very dangerous world where the Others pretty much call the shots and humans can be wiped out if they anger them. These are frightening, ancient beings who crave human meat and blood, and take on the guise of wolf, bear, coyote, crow, hawk, etc. The vampires were also very interesting.
I loved Meg. She's such a fantastic, innocent character who is so selfless her kindness often puts her in harm's way. But that's just who she is. Her interaction with the Others transforms their way of thinking, and her friendship with the young wolf Sam is so cute. Let's not forget about Simon, and how their initial awkwardness towards each other becomes so much more.
Okay, I'm not going to rate this because it's my first DNF book for 2014. And it pains me to say it for several reasons: I usually LOVE Holly Black's...moreOkay, I'm not going to rate this because it's my first DNF book for 2014. And it pains me to say it for several reasons: I usually LOVE Holly Black's books. Actually, I just finished DOLL BONES and absolutely adored it! And I'm a sucker for vampires, too.
But there's just something about this story...
It started out awesome, hooked me right in.
Tana wakes up to find everyone dead at the party she attended, but she doesn't remember what happened. That's a great hook, but when her douche of an ex enters the scene, as well as a vampire dude, I don't even know what happened to my attention span. All of a sudden I just didn't care as much, and little things bugged me. Then it turns into a road trip--which I also usually like--but there's just something really slow about this tale. Something that kept me away, for some reason. I had plenty of opportunities to read over the weekend, but instead found other things to do because... I don't know. I wanted to love this book. So much.
I read up to page 130, and they're still not in Coldtown. I'm done, because if I keep pushing myself to read it I'll just end up skimming. And I hate skimming books.
I'd heard really good things about this book, and they were all true!
Fortitude Scott's life is pretty shitty. He's got a degree that qualifies him for...moreI'd heard really good things about this book, and they were all true!
Fortitude Scott's life is pretty shitty. He's got a degree that qualifies him for nothing. His job is crap. His roommate refuses to pay rent. His girlfriend is a cheating bitch. And his family are all vampires. Well, he's kinda a vampire too. Although, not really.
When a foreign vampire visit their territory, Fort gets involved in a personal crusade to save innocent little girls from the vampiric predator. With the help of his bodyguard, Suzume--who happens to be a very tricky shape-shifter--he's willing to put himself on the line to make things right.
This is an amazing book. Not only a unique UF, but also a very different take on vampire mythology. The worldbuilding is solid, the story intriguing, and the characters are all very interesting. I also loved Fort's voice, and his interaction with Suzume. They make a great team. But what I liked even more was Fort's character growth. Excellent!
I absolutely loved everything about this book, and plan to order the second one ASAP.(less)
OMG. I love this series! I enjoyed the first two books so much I was really looking forward to reading the third. And it didn't disappoint.
Edie Spenc...moreOMG. I love this series! I enjoyed the first two books so much I was really looking forward to reading the third. And it didn't disappoint.
Edie Spence is a nurse and since she was shunned--for her own safety--from the supernatural community six months ago, her life has gone downhill. She lost her job at the County Hospital and has been working the night shift in a sleep apnea clinic. Everything gets worse when her mother tells her she's ill. :(
So when Edie applies for a job in a health clinic, she decides to devote herself to her new job. And starts to get to know the mysterious doctor, Hector. But instead of getting on with a new 'normal' life, she once again gets caught up with vampires and shapeshifters. And if she can find someone along the way to help her mother, all the better.
There were quite a few unexpected surprises in this book, as well as the return of Edie's zombie ex. I loved the Santa Muerte angle and all the Hispanic superstitions. Oh, and Olympio cracked me up. Such a smarty pants kid with so much courage. Edie and Olympio made a great team!
This installment was awesome. I'm loving this series and can't wait to read the next one. Good thing I've already pre-ordered it. ;)(less)
There was so much to like about this book, but let me start with the cover. Isn't it cool? I love it. Not only does it have Zoë right there, but if yo...moreThere was so much to like about this book, but let me start with the cover. Isn't it cool? I love it. Not only does it have Zoë right there, but if you look closely there are a bunch of supernatural surprises. Like I said, cool. ;)
Zoë Norris is a travel writer and has moved to New York City hoping to escape her previous job and disastrous relationship. She got involved with her boss, who conveniently forgot to mention he was married! Poor Zoë finds out the hard way. So here she is, in the city--which she loves--looking for work, when she finds an ad for the perfect job. She's excited and is eager to apply, but the owner doesn't even want to consider hiring her because he feels the job isn't right for her.
Still, she's determined and a fitting position might not come her way again, so she persists and eventually gets the job with Underground Publishing. Except, she's not going to be writing an average travel guide, she's actually writing one for the supernatural community. And that's how she discovers the existence of monsters--coterie--at a time of upheaval. When, not only does she have to adapt and learn as much as she can about them, but zombies are losing their brains and attacking the living. While others are determined to turn the city inside out and throw it into chaos.
Before she realises it, Zoë is doing a lot more fighting than writing. But when the biggest threat turns out to be someone from her past, she's got no choice but to face her own demons and hope it's enough to save the city.
The Shambling Guide to New York City is an excellent book! It was so much fun. As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. I couldn't wait to lose myself in this world of the supernatural and slowly peel back the layers at the same time as Zoë. The story is engrossing, the characters interesting, the dialogue clever, the worldbuilding awesome... it's a great addition to the urban fantasy genre, with a twist of humour that made me laugh out loud.
I also enjoyed reading the Guide Excerpts at the end of each chapter, I thought they added to the story's enjoyment. Yeah, I loved everything about this book. It's a keeper! I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.(less)
Well, this is it. I've just finished reading the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and it's left me... satisfied. :) I was really looking for...moreWell, this is it. I've just finished reading the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and it's left me... satisfied. :) I was really looking forward to reading it, but also sad about facing the end because it's one of my favourite series.
Either way, I couldn't wait to get stuck into it...
Sookie has been through a lot since the day she met the vampire Bill. She's had to deal with all sorts of vampire problems and politics, deal with human prejudice, got involved with werewolves, fairies, shifters, battled witches, and found out some pretty big secrets about her grandmother. But she's never lost herself along the way, remained strong and kept her dignity.
In her last adventure, she faces some pretty tough challenges. She's trying to get her life back on track after using the cluviel dor to save Sam's life and losing Eric in the process. Not that she really had him, since he'd been promised to a vampire Queen anyway.
She gets treated pretty badly by some, and several horrible characters from her past decide to return to Bon Temps to get revenge and cause her pain. She's betrayed, arrested, shot, ignored, dumped, stabbed, and mistreated, but there are also a lot of friends willing to stand beside her to try and figure out what's going on. I loved how things were finalised with everyone she's been personally involved with.
This is one excellent book. I enjoyed it from start to finish and was equal parts surprised, excited and sad as I read Sookie's story. She goes through some pretty bad things, but I was very happy with The End and how her friendships and past relationships turn out. After everything she's been through that she's able to stand on her own two feet is an awesome thing, and I loved that.
Dead Ever After is another awesome Sookie book, and a wonderful end to a series that I've enjoyed reading for many years. I'm going to miss Sookie, her friends, family, and the always fascinating--but sometimes terrifying--world she lives in. The final chapter really made me smile, and when I closed the book I was very content. For that, I have to thank Charlaine Harris.
This is another awesome addition to this series. No wonder it's already made it onto my Most Fave UF Series List. I loved it!
Christmas and the New Yea...moreThis is another awesome addition to this series. No wonder it's already made it onto my Most Fave UF Series List. I loved it!
Christmas and the New Year might be around the corner, but if Edie is going to make ends meet she has to keep working through the holidays. She's a nurse in the County Hospital’s Y4 wing, which is where they take care of supernatural creatures.
Except, now that she's been introduced into this world she keeps getting deeper into it. And when she witnesses an old man getting run over by a truck in front of the hospital and he turns out to be an alpha werewolf, she suddenly becomes involved in another messy situation and makes herself an easy target. Not only that, but she's also agreed to be Anna's Ambassador when the teenage vamp gets initiated into the Sanguine.
Between having to put up with her family visiting for the holidays, her brother getting caught up in a dangerous situation, several bizarre houseguests, Grandfather messing with one of these guests, Asher the shapeshifting 'friend', and a werewolf she might not be able to keep her hands off... her life gets more complicated every single day.
I love Edie. She might seem like a human being thrown into a shark pool, but she's always kind and willing to help. She's also stronger than she realises, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. I do feel bad about her not wanting to get involved with anyone after what happened with Ti. Oh, and the ending, didn't expect that!
The third book is on its way as I type this, so I can't wait to see what's next for Edie Spence. :)(less)
I really like this series, so I was looking forward to reading this book.
After what Lucas did to her, Secret wants nothing to do with him. She's also...moreI really like this series, so I was looking forward to reading this book.
After what Lucas did to her, Secret wants nothing to do with him. She's also keeping her distance from Desmond, though she misses him like crazy. Instead, she's looking for comfort in Holden.
So when Lucas (can't stand this guy) demands that she find his missing sister Kellen, or he'll send Desmond away, she agrees. After all, Kellen is her friend.
What follows is a trail of murders that lead to the beautiful but dangerous world of the Fairies. But everyone knows that dealing with these creatures is not easy. Things are never what they seem, and deals made with the fae are never straightforward.
Secret finds out the hard way when she bargains with their king. :/
I enjoyed this book because it's part of a great series and keeps expanding Secret's world. I do have to admit that because of a few things that happened, it's not one of my fave installments.
Still looking forward to reading the next one, though. :)(less)
I just finished this book and really enjoyed it! It's an UF with a new spin, where the Fangborn--werewolves, vampires, oracles--are very different to...moreI just finished this book and really enjoyed it! It's an UF with a new spin, where the Fangborn--werewolves, vampires, oracles--are very different to what we're used to. I liked that!
Zoe is an archaeologist who loses her mother. She's been running most of her life because her mother wanted them to stay a step ahead of Zoe's father's family. But shortly after her mother dies, Zoe gets caught up in something she has no idea about. And when her cousin is abducted, she has no choice but to use her skill and wit to find an artifact the kidnapper wants. She starts following clues to an ancient mystery. One that might actually be closer to her than she ever expected...
I had no idea this book would turn out to be such an international adventure. Zoe ends up going to London, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Greece and Turkey. Wow! It makes me tired just thinking about it, especially since there's a new threat at every turn. Sometimes it's hard to guess who's friend and who's foe. But when Zoe starts using her Beast side, instead of trying to suppress it like she's done most of her life, she slowly learns to use her gifts to her advantage.
This turned out to be a fun book with an interesting heroine, a large cast of characters, and an intriguing adventure dealing with a myth that I personally find fascinating--Pandora's Box. I also found the worldbuilding different, refreshing, and all the archaeology stuff was great too!
I'm looking forward to reading the next installment to see where Zoe ends up next.(less)
I love this kick-ass series! And this novella fit nicely. It's got vampires. Horrible, freaky, deformed vampires. And one of them is a freaking clown....moreI love this kick-ass series! And this novella fit nicely. It's got vampires. Horrible, freaky, deformed vampires. And one of them is a freaking clown. *shiver*
I love Deacon. He's not afraid to get caught up in any sort of mess if it means punishing the asshole bad guy. Also, Father Mulcahy is awesome. He's just how I like my priests--rough around the edges, gun-toting, ready to kick ass, and strong as hell.
I'm a fan of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, so when I found out this book had been released I was very interested in checking it out.
Claudia is just...moreI'm a fan of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, so when I found out this book had been released I was very interested in checking it out.
Claudia is just a child when Lestat turns her into a vampire. And even though he saved her life and she spends a great many happy years with both Lestat and Louis--her two fathers--she soon starts asking questions. She wonders about their kind and why they seem to be the only three in existence.
Although Lestat introduces her to an exciting lavish world of blood and endless killing, she soon starts to crave more. Louis helps her weary mind by spending real quality time with her and loving her. But it's still not enough. And soon she starts to argue with Lestat, because her main problem stems from one thing--she continues to age in experience but her body is stuck.
Claudia soon realises she's trapped inside a child's body with many limits, and that frustrates her to the point of committing the ultimate vampire crime. Having no other choice, she convinces Louis to escape to Europe to begin the search for other vampires. But what Claudia finds becomes her undoing...
She might come across as a whiny, bitchy vampire trapped inside a girl's body and is as cruel as Lestat, but I still felt sorry for her. Lestat saves her from mortal death but no one can save her from immortal death. She sets her own fate, and has no choice but to accept the dire consequences of her actions.
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story is a gorgeous graphic novel. The illustrations are stunning, and the tale told in a lovely format. The book itself is hardback and it's absolutely beautiful. While the story is one that I'm already familiar with, it was still interesting to see things through Claudia's eyes.
If you're an Anne Rice fan, this book is an excellent addition to your collection. I'm delighted to have my very own copy.(less)
OMG! This is the first book in the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series and it's awesome fun. I had a blast reading it.
Being dead hasn't stopped PI Dan Chamb...moreOMG! This is the first book in the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series and it's awesome fun. I had a blast reading it.
Being dead hasn't stopped PI Dan Chambeaux from carrying on with his life. Sure, being a zombie means he has to take extra care of himself and really wants to solve who killed him, but there are bills to pay and Chambeaux & Deyer has a full caseload--including a messy divorce, two witch sisters who want compensation from a publisher for a 'spelling error', a mummy who wants to be free from the museum, and a vampire being threatened by a fanatical group.
Yeah, life in the Unnatural Quarter can get pretty messy, but Dan's an awesome detective. And along with his human business partner, his poltergeist girlfriend, and cop BHF (Best Human Friend) he's bound to get answers. Plus a lot of trouble, too!
I loved the tone of this book. It was funny, but still filled with dangerous situations. The characters are so likeable, and outlandish. I loved this book. A lot.
But the best thing about it is just how much fun it is. It's so much fun!
This week I received Kitty's 12th book, so I wanted to catch up with her. And of course, this is one of my fave UF series. :)
Kitty, Ben, and Cormac he...moreThis week I received Kitty's 12th book, so I wanted to catch up with her. And of course, this is one of my fave UF series. :)
Kitty, Ben, and Cormac head to London so that Kitty can speak at the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies. But wherever she goes, so does trouble. It starts with something simple and harmless--Luis, the attractive Brazilian were-jaguar flirting with her--but ends with plenty of struggles, and more of a glimpse into just how dark and serious the Long Game is.
She also meets a few more allies: Ned, the Master vampire of London, and Caleb, the werewolf alpha of the British Isles. It was so cool to meet these two and I found them fascinating. I hope they pop back into the series. Cormac's ghostly passenger, Amelia, also gets a chance to go back home and meets some of her ancestors. I really want to read more about how Cormac was possessed by this ghost. Oh, and what about those creepy faeries? Yikes.
I really enjoyed this book! It's another interesting instalment that puts Kitty into the middle of the stirring war and even puts her credibility on the line. I can't wait to see where it leads... (less)
Firstly, I just want to say that I love this cover. All of the covers in this series are awesome, but this one is totally kick-ass. Love it!
Secret is...moreFirstly, I just want to say that I love this cover. All of the covers in this series are awesome, but this one is totally kick-ass. Love it!
Secret is about to marry a werewolf king. Even if her heart really isn't as convinced as her sense of duty to the pack, and she's not enjoying the planning process. Especially since someone is trying to kill her, and haunting dreams keep hounding her.
When her uncle demands Lucas and her visit the south to get his blessing, things go from bad to worse... because her uncle has an ulterior motive. One that reveals a few shocking family secrets and puts Secret's life in danger. But what's new about that, right? ;)
This is another awesome book in an excellent series. One that changes Secret's life in many weird, wonderful, and heartbreaking ways. Wow. I felt so bad for her, and disliked Lucas even more than before!