I really enjoyed this book. It's an intriguing idea along with interesting characters and fantastic dialogue. The premise is pretty unique and it takeI really enjoyed this book. It's an intriguing idea along with interesting characters and fantastic dialogue. The premise is pretty unique and it takes a rather dark turn near the end so the story is constantly keeping you guessing. I especially loved Arquette, the firey pirate with a stealy heart and battling an addiction threatening her sanity. I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can find out what's going on and how the story will end. If you have the time definitely give it a look, the writing style alone is worth the read. The characterizations and the descriptions for the scenes are breath taking and she does a great job bringing her world to life. ...more
I love short stacks like this, i Really do. It gives you an idea of who the author is and their writing style as well as their characters and plots. TI love short stacks like this, i Really do. It gives you an idea of who the author is and their writing style as well as their characters and plots. This was no different! All the authors were awesome and i knew a few of them which just let me enjoy a lil of their style again to refresh my taste for pleasure reading! The only critique I have is that these stories felt like little pieces of bigger worlds the authors have already created. The problem with this is that if you haven't read those story lines you are pretty lost and have to get a lot of contextual clues about the gravity of the plot and when characters appear (or die). It doesn't lose you completely but it is rather disconcerting.
Although it took me forever to read, it was really fun and interesting to jump between different kinds of detectives and story lines!...more
Currently Thinking I thought I wasn't going to like this book when I first started reading it. The main character was a little grating and the whole 'Currently Thinking I thought I wasn't going to like this book when I first started reading it. The main character was a little grating and the whole 'future person in the past making dated references that are not understood' thing gets on my nerves pretty quickly. Thankfully that didn't last too long and the story actually kicked into gear. A problem that I had with the writing was that there was no cursing. I don't need copious amounts of profanity in my books nor even a little. I don't mind books with no profanity. But don't draw attention to it. Don't make a point of avoiding it. Because when your characters say things like "no sirree Bob" and "By golly" It makes me not want to follow them. It doesn't build a character I want to be around. Again as the book goes on this gets better so it's not a huge issue, you just have to get over the initially hump of slang terms not in use anymore. There was a few issues I kept running into in the typo's department. It was semi distracting but not horrible. But it could have used another read through by the editor. One major thing is a character named Roderick of Kendal. Throughout the book they call him Roderick except for, like, and two entire chapters where they seem to forget his name and just call him Kendal. It could be that they're going for a more formal 'last name' thing based on the plot but it doesn't make sense and it's jarring and never explained. Little things like that I felt would have been fixed with more proofreading.
Good Points What I liked about this book was basically everything else! The characters had great chemistry and were written very well! I loved Baelin of Gosforth! He had honor and valor but wasn't two dimensional so you could feel for the guy. He wasn't a stick in the mud and he was super protective (which is always endearing). The dialogue between the characters is very well done and adds to them growing attached to each other (not just the main characters but supporting characters as well). I really liked how Jill started to act a little more in the era (and not so many 21st century jokes thank God) but she still had her spit fire in her. She still made rude comments and pointed things out bluntly. Her character didn't change completely and get lost in the story. The story line is very good too. I didn't feel like we were walking in circles forever (even though the characters kind of did). The plot did a good job of developing plot and characters pretty evenly.
Character-Of-Interest! Jill Donahue - Maiden of sacrifice sent back in time from current day America to old timey England. She's tough and bold and gets herself in lots of trouble often. But she's also kind and caring, which also gets her into trouble. Baelin of Gosforth - Valiant knight turned dragon. He's a strong man with demons who constantly fights for control of his own will with the dragon inside of him. He's a macabre character who has had more than a life time of struggles and pain. Roderick of Kendal - Sarcastic, bullheaded, silver tongued devil that loves the women and loves to hunt dragons. He's a knight as well vying for the affections of the sweet and strange Jill Donahue. Owen - the young page for Roderick of Kendal. He's wise beyond his years but still young and innocent. He harbors a great affection for Jill and wishes to see her happy and safe. The Dark Witch - A major player in the game for Baelin's life. She wants her some of that sweet dragon tail and is losing patience with the curse she's placed on him. she twisted and sinister and has a cruel sense of humor.
Departing Thoughts This book is worth reading. I may reread it again one day because the characters were really endearing (and I love good characters!). To be honest I have questions about the ending though despite how happy it made me-- (view spoiler)[Who was the old lady that sucked Jill into the past with the tapestry? Was she a good witch or something? How is Baelin going to deal with being in the future? That's a HUGE thing! How the hell did Baelin end up in the future? I would have taken any kind of B.S. answer because I wanted them to end up together but to have no answer at all feels a bit lazy to me. The book could have given me the power of love did it and I would have accepted it! Jill's family is gonna have a shit load of questions about her disappearance, how is she gonna deal with that while also bringing them this medieval crazy guy? (hide spoiler)]
Despite that (which I can ignore) This is a book worth reading.
Jill's addled mind tried to wrap itself around what she'd seen happen. She couldn't do it. it was all too unreal. So her frazzled brain grabbed onto the nearest thought it could, inappropriate and irrational though it was. "You perverted flying lizard. You saw me naked!"
Roderick and Baelin having a strained conversation in the beginning of their friendship "Is aught amiss?" Roderick asked, his keen gaze searching the trees for danger. "Nay, I thought I heard something, but it is naught." "Ah, good." Roderick untied his breeches and a yellow stream arched out to douse the dry leaves on the ground. "I do so hate to face battle with a full bladder." Baelin eyed the puddle of urine as it wound its way slowly past root and grass toward his boot. "Aye, 'tis an uncomfortable feeling." He stepped out of its way....more
Currently Thinking It was ok. It wasn't a phenomenal book and it wasn't an awful book. I had a lot of issues with the dialogue and the plot lines (it Currently Thinking It was ok. It wasn't a phenomenal book and it wasn't an awful book. I had a lot of issues with the dialogue and the plot lines (it felt really rushed and too much emphasis on the wrong stuff). The dialogue was repetitive and grinding at times. Most of the character development and plot is driven by talking about the same things over and over again. Such as, The main character continuing to ask the love interest why his company would look out for her reputation. It's brought up a couple times. Because he likes you and company's look out for their business partners?! Shit stop talking about it! The characters can be cliched but they aren't that bad to follow in the adventure. The conversations between the characters is sooo stunted and awkward. It feels unnatural. I also didn't like the climax. It really rushed and the way it all went down felt like a soap opera wit ha happy ending. It was really convenient and so was boring and i didn't feel it was necessary. (view spoiler)[ A doughnut? Really? (hide spoiler)]
Good Points I realize I popped into a series (which I thought might have been the case while reading and now am sure of) so for coming into a series the 4th book in the author did a pretty good job of keeping me in the loop of the slang terms and powers and what not. I, for the most part, understood what they were talking about with energy and talents and crystals with energy and from other clues got an idea for the setting. in that way the writing was well done because I never felt lost. I LOVED the dust bunnies. I loved Lorelei and everything having to do with her. she was my favorite character and the bunny's seemed to play a good subtle part (although sometimes Lorelei just felt convenient as well). I liked that the main character is conflicted in the beginning about love and life. It gave her depth and intrigue. It got really boring and annoying when she just started bitching at Rafe all the time but in the beginning it was actually well done.
Characters-Of-Interest Ella Morgan - Main character who is a Siren (one of the most dangerous talents ever but no one believes exists). She's strong and independent but longs for a love that can handle the truth of who she is. Rafe Coppersmith - Rugged love interest who is suffering from his own demons and only Ella can save him from the all consuming nightmares. He's pretty sexy but his thing gets old pretty quick when it doesn't seem to affect him when the plot starts moving. Lorelei - Dust bunny sidekick that knows what's up (almost better than the main character). By far my favorite because she always seems to be in a good mood and is more savvy than the other characters.
Departing Thoughts This wasn't a bad book but it was dull and at a certain point I was just reading it to finish it. I could tell where the plot was going (except for the weird climax which felt like it was only there to be a 'twist') so there wasn't much. I'm a bit disappointing that the romance was so underplayed and kind of poorly done. The scenes with sex were vague and confusing so as a romance I wouldn't read.
Closing Quote "Does it ever occur to you that all we ever do when we go out is run from bad guys?" Ella to Rafe "One of these days we'll do coffee. I swear it."...more
Current Thoughts This was a pretty good story and I liked a lot of the creepiness to it but it ended very quickly and left me with sooRead as Audiobook
Current Thoughts This was a pretty good story and I liked a lot of the creepiness to it but it ended very quickly and left me with sooo many questions unanswered. I guess that was the point of the book but dammit! I want to know so much more!...more
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil: 5 stars! I really liked the characters and plot. I had some issues with the way the world was laid out becauseUndead in the Garden of Good and Evil: 5 stars! I really liked the characters and plot. I had some issues with the way the world was laid out because it tried to do a lot of development with so little page space. but I kept up and it was a really good read.
The Claire Switch Project: ugh, 2 stars. it was sooo predictable. it was a bad rom/com all the way through. I kept hoping they would try to change up the plot but it didn't. the idea is cool but it didn't do anything new or interesting.
Chaotic: 4 stars. sexy and intriguing! I liked the development and the creatures in the world. the characters had really good chemistry and the female lead was useful rather than a damsel. a little quick with the sex stuff but it was good when it was there. Plus I love the author!
Dead Man Dating: 5 stars. I loved the main characters and the story was interesting. the sex was good and the plot kept moving and left you with just enough to feel satisfied and unsatisfied by the end. really good story to end the book on!...more
I liked this one but I did feel like the romance between Vigholf and Rhona was a little forced. like at first Rhona couldn't stand him then they kindI liked this one but I did feel like the romance between Vigholf and Rhona was a little forced. like at first Rhona couldn't stand him then they kind of just started getting along with no prior reason. I didn't like the horse thing. it was really cartoony and silly and kinda took me out of the plot. ALSO my favorite couple got no page time! WHERE WAS GWENVAEL AND DAGMARS CRAZY SEXCIPADES!?? I wanted a little time with them. Fearghus and Annwyl got some, Briec and Taliath got some! ugh... that was kind of my only issue. I really liked getting to know Vigholf and I liked that Rhona is so vastly different from the other female characters. I'm... not looking forward to the next one though... I didn't like Izzys and Ebhiers story to begin with and to have a whole book with them... alright let's do it!...more
This was a good one because it really focused on progressing the plot of this long running series. It was a little lighter on the romance aspect of itThis was a good one because it really focused on progressing the plot of this long running series. It was a little lighter on the romance aspect of it which I kinda have issue with but it did make up for it with how much character development was involved. I'd say it's worth the read. IT did give me a new perspective on how Keita can be and I loved Ragnar! Although by the end of the novel they had kinda moved away from that relationship and focused on everyone else ever in the series.
I am a bit concerned that we're getting to the point of too many characters under one roof. SO MANY NAMES!
AND, I want more Annwyl and Fearghus! Although I understand we gotta focus on the main characters per book but I miss them so bad!...more
I wasn't so into this at first but after a while I really started enjoying the story and Jake. He was sarcastic and (yeah) brooding but it kind of worI wasn't so into this at first but after a while I really started enjoying the story and Jake. He was sarcastic and (yeah) brooding but it kind of worked. He was world weary. It could get a little annoying but what saved it from just being a man sillilquoying the whole time was that he kept laughing at his own morbidity. The ending was actually pretty good and not many books can surprise me. I dunno if I'll read the rest of the series but I was pleasantly surprised by this book....more
I didn't like the cover, the story was alright and pretty funny, the characters were alright, the writing was alright. In all I started out really disI didn't like the cover, the story was alright and pretty funny, the characters were alright, the writing was alright. In all I started out really disliking the book then walking away indifferent. There were far too many typos in the book to make me feel like the author really cared to go through it twice. That bugged me. The story was borderline stereotypical and they could have fun with that and made it sort of entertaining at points. But in all it wasn't a great book....more