I will admit no one was more shocked then me by how much I loved Scarlet. The book is written in dialect which is usually the kiss of death for me, an...moreI will admit no one was more shocked then me by how much I loved Scarlet. The book is written in dialect which is usually the kiss of death for me, and I have no prior knowledge, except the Disney movie, of the Robin Hood mythos. So, color me surprised, when I couldn’t put Scarlet down. Understandably, I went in to Lady Thief with some trepidation. So many series suffer from second-book syndrome, where the first is amazing and the second merely fills a gap from the first to the third books. Luckily Lady Thief does not suffer from second-book syndrome and I ended up loving it just as much as the first!
At the end of Scarlet the sheriff had been murdered and who was going to be the new sheriff was still a mystery. Lady Thief begins with Prince John’s arrival to Nottingham and his decision to hold a tournament which will determine who the new Sheriff will be.
I love Scarlet. She is the entire reason I love this series so much. Scarlet isn’t playing at being a badass, she just is. The more I learned about her upbringing and history the more enamored I became with her story.
I also loved the relationship between her and Rob. In the first novel it was more then hinted at, and then at the end we are left with shreds of hope that these two can keep it together. In Lady Thief I fell in love with Scarlet and Rob all over again! They really are perfect for one another. I have high hopes that no matter what Scar and Rob face they can overcome it together and I have my fingers crossed for a happily ever after
Lord Gisbourne was someone I hated in the first book. He was a great villain. My one main complaint is that in Lady Thief it felt like he became a completely different person. In Scarlet, Gisbourne was all swords out, scarring faces, killing people. In this story he was a very different man. It was a strange change of events and almost…almost had me feeling bad for Gisbourne.
Overall, Lady Thief was a great sequel to Scarlet. And that ending left me desperate for the third book! I have a feeling it is going to be a long wait. (less)
Cracked started off really interesting. Meda is a female paranormal version of Dexter. She kills people and eats their souls, but she only eats the so...moreCracked started off really interesting. Meda is a female paranormal version of Dexter. She kills people and eats their souls, but she only eats the souls of people who are murderers. She does this to please her deceased mother who instilled these values in her. See? Very similar to Dexter, Meda even talks to her dead mother when she is feeling extra “killer-y”.
So what went wrong? Honestly, I’m not really sure. It wasn’t that I hated Meda. I thought she was an interesting and different kind of main character. I liked that her thoughts weren’t boy-centric, and that they occasionally went a little morbid.
So why did this book end up falling flat for me? I think it was the plot itself. There was a lot going on; Meda’s past and what she is, a battle between good and evil, a secret society/boarding school. Because there were so many things going on none of the individual elements of the story were really done well, everything was just kind of mediocre. I couldn’t find anything that really stood out and made me love, or care about, the story.
I also wasn’t very keen on the supporting characters. Jo was, I think, supposed to be sympathetic because of her injury and crush on Chi. But I just found her annoying. Chi had a complete hero-complex and, much like Superman (who’s my least favorite superhero), I found him boring. Chi even had his own sort of kryptonite, Jo. Then there was Uri, the token young kid tag-along.
Cracked also lacked a romance element to the story. At least not for Meda. Jo and Chi had their own situation that I won’t even begin to delve in to. While it was refreshing for a female protagonist to not be focused on a swoony boy, for me, the story felt like it was missing something.
Overall, Cracked had an interesting premise but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. There was nothing in the story that made me love it and so it became a middle of the road read.
**This is a review for an adult book (Fair warning YA Readers!)
I went in to The Professional with high expectations. I really enjoyed Cole’s Immortals...more**This is a review for an adult book (Fair warning YA Readers!)
I went in to The Professional with high expectations. I really enjoyed Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and love her YA Arcana Chronicles books. This was actually my first experience with a Cole story that didn’t have a supernatural element and I found the plot a little harder to believe because there wasn’t that aura of mystical surrounding it.
Natalie, the main character, has been searching for her biological parents for 6 years. She thinks she has hit another dead end and had her money stolen when Alexei Sevastyan (pronounced like Russian Sebastian) walks in to the bar she is at. After a whirlwind night Natalie is on a plane to Russia to meet her billionaire mafia father.
The romance in this book took a turn for the 50 Shades of Grey early on. Natalie is a virgin and Sevastyan warns Natalie that his passion for her is dark, deep, and his tastes aren’t something she will enjoy. The scenes between them were hot and Cole definitely added her signature steam to everything but I kind of felt like I had read this plot before.
Despite the feeling of familiarity Cole makes the story her own and I liked Natalie, she is smart and college educated. I even reluctantly liked Sevastyan despite his hot-cold-hot again feelings toward Natalie.
Overall, I enjoyed the first installment in The Professional serial. I’m interested to see what happens between Natalie and Sevastyan during the rest of the serial, and I want to know more about Natalie’s father and his business. This is definitely worth $1.99 and if you are a fan of Cole’s other works you will not be disappointed by The Professional.
Thanks Pocket Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced readers copy of this title