Beatrix Hathaway is the youngest sister from the Hathaway clan and she's more comfortable with animals than with people although she's not socially aw...moreBeatrix Hathaway is the youngest sister from the Hathaway clan and she's more comfortable with animals than with people although she's not socially awkward about it in the conventional sense.
Christopher Pehlan is a handsome second son who decided to buy his soldier commission because he'd get to wear a dashing suit and not do much work. And then England went to war and he came back a changed man, the only thing that helped get him through the day were letters from 'Prudence'. Except Beatrix was the one who wrote them all.
This was a cute story although the second half, while still good, didn't carry the same appeal for me as the first part of the story. I like that Christopher came back a little damaged and that while Beatrix soothed him she wasn't able to magically cure him of PTSD and ticks. (less)
I can honestly say this has been the 'deepest' book I've read in a few months, possibly a year or two. And even though it's a YA novel, I don't find t...moreI can honestly say this has been the 'deepest' book I've read in a few months, possibly a year or two. And even though it's a YA novel, I don't find that sad at all because this was beautifully written.
I love how things were woven throughout so that even though we're seeing it through the eyes of a child we can still come to our own conclusions without thinking she was dumb for not realising it herself.
I felt so bad for her but I didn't pity her, if that makes sense. It just feels like she kept getting these blows whenever she thought things were getting better and she had a reason to feel so unsure of herself at time.
One of the really great things about this was that none of the villains were truly 'bad' people except one. They never felt like caricatures, at least to me, and that was a nice touch throughout. (less)
This was an interesting short, we got to see the .1% of ghosts that doesn't go psychotic and we got to see Terrible and Chess together and happy and j...moreThis was an interesting short, we got to see the .1% of ghosts that doesn't go psychotic and we got to see Terrible and Chess together and happy and just in love. Sweet story overall. (less)
The version I'm reading is called Dark Warriors: A Darkland Anthology and starts with Ghost in my Heart (Darklands 6)- Where Beast warriors kidnap hum...moreThe version I'm reading is called Dark Warriors: A Darkland Anthology and starts with Ghost in my Heart (Darklands 6)- Where Beast warriors kidnap human females to give them girl children in the hopes of allowing their species to survive.
And then Beast Wars which is the one about Dey and Keg. I couldn't get into Beast Wars, I had a hard enough time suspending my belief for Ghost in my heart but Beast wars just pissed me off.
The writing is decent although I think it all could have been better if the information was more fleshed out and the world building fuller. My biggest issue with the first one was that the women didn't fight enough, at least not at first, and the portrayal of females in the book was either slut or 'good' girl and just grossed me out, the second story I just found the characters irritating and again there was a sort of condescending tone about it I wasn't feeling. (less)
I think this is my favourite of the series because even when there's someone to 'save' her, she still saves herself. I love the way we get to see how...moreI think this is my favourite of the series because even when there's someone to 'save' her, she still saves herself. I love the way we get to see how Roland has matured and I felt so bad for the Wintersmith even if he was mad.
I think what I liked about this is that in the first book she saved the day by acting before she thought, but in this one she causes harm and has to deal with the consequences and learns that playing 'hero' doesn't always feel very heroic. (less)
Honestly, when I started reading, I was sure that this was my least favourite book in the series, but now that I have reread it, I'm not sure why I th...moreHonestly, when I started reading, I was sure that this was my least favourite book in the series, but now that I have reread it, I'm not sure why I thought that, lol.
One of the things I love about this book is the way we know Tiffany does magic, we know she has strong magic, and yet, she solves a lot of her problems with her will and her mind.
I also love the gray of the 'bad' guys. They do bad things but a lot of the times it's because they aren't human and have never learned not to just take what they want.
A really good read and as always the Mac Feegles are wonderful. (less)
This book was a lot of fun and I love that while it was an urban fantasy and it was filled with creatures from myths they weren't 'supernatural' so mu...moreThis book was a lot of fun and I love that while it was an urban fantasy and it was filled with creatures from myths they weren't 'supernatural' so much as creatures that have evolved in a way that the rest of humanity wouldn't be able to deal with, lol.
My one complaint would be the romance. Just meeting with people in every day life who think they're religion is superior it's hard to stand them, no matter how attractive. Having someone who is into racial genocide just because a creature, regardless of it being sentient, is different meet with someone who is all for preserving them for ecological balance wouldn't be as reasonable as Dominic's and Verity's.
I expected a bit more violence between them just because their views are so different and since The Covenant wants her family dead, the fact that she spilled so much to the enemy ... it made her seem not so very bright even though everything else spoke to the contrary.
Otherwise the plot was solid and well done. I enjoyed Verity a lot and her personality really shines through. Not only that the background characters were also very well rounded which is a strength that Seanan has for her other urban fantasy series as well. No loners here, even if they seem alone they have friends/acquaintances with personalities of their own and you can imagine them having lives outside of Verity's world, lol
I really enjoyed the first and final book in this anthology. I couldn't get pulled into the middle two but I think it might have been my mind set at t...moreI really enjoyed the first and final book in this anthology. I couldn't get pulled into the middle two but I think it might have been my mind set at the time, and I'm really not feeling vampires/fated lovers at the moment.
Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione This is the first book in the anthology and it's a quick read and enjoyable. I liked that at first he thought she was plain and she thought he was something of a jerk. I felt like her moment about her brother went by really fast, especially when you consider he was the only family member she had left who loved her but since it's a short story I can forgive it.
I didn't feel lost at any point in time even though I did get the feeling that it was part of a larger series, it stood on its own really well.
Dragon on Top by G.A Aiken I love this author and I loved this short story. One thing I really enjoyed was that it didn't feel like a short story. I didn't feel like anything was rushed or was missing and I think even if I didn't follow this series I would've been able to read along with little confusion.
I love that Bram the merciful wasn't intimidated by the fact that Ghleanna was a warrior woman and a fighter while he was a peacemaker and that him being interested in politics didn't make him seem soft or a coward.
They complimented each other really well and it was nice to see how they complimented each other and get why they would fall for each other, really good book. (less)
This is packaged as one book but it is actually a two in one. The first is Christmas Pride with Mace and Dez and the second is Shaw's Tale with Brenda...moreThis is packaged as one book but it is actually a two in one. The first is Christmas Pride with Mace and Dez and the second is Shaw's Tale with Brendan Shaw and Ronnie Lee Reed.
I had forgotten how much I love these characters and it was nice to reread it and enjoy it as much, if not more than my first read.
The females are strong willed and confident and I love that their men felt no need to undermine them or use the excuse of protecting them to do it.
I liked that the females were the ones suspicious about the relationships and were twitchy and that they enjoyed sex, and weren't of the virgin / practically virgin set and that even though one of them was trying to change her wild ways there was no shame in who she was or who she'd been.
both of the males are as alpha as male lions can get, lol, they're a bit obnoxious but they love their women so much and its just funny. And the sex was pretty hot all around,lol.
I really enjoyed this story, I loved the main characters and I loved how they interacted with each other. Strangely enough, I wasn't feeling the other...moreI really enjoyed this story, I loved the main characters and I loved how they interacted with each other. Strangely enough, I wasn't feeling the other story lines as much.
I knew going in that this wouldn't be a straight romance and I didn't mind that, but I just got turned off by the children and I have a strong dislike in my heart for that witch's daughter. The grown one. i didn't like her in her mother's story and I don't like her now. I don't know, maybe in her own story she'd be worth reading about but I doubt it.
I think my problem with this book was that it felt like a set up for future story lines more then a story for the main characters. She had two awesome characters but they didn't get that much shine because we kept seeing how awesome/dramatic other people's lives were.
I didn't mind the mad queen bit, or the gods, since that fit with the plot, but everything else just didn't work for me.
I still enjoyed the story though, I just know that by the third or fourth read through I'll start skipping sections. (less)
Originally I thought that I was holding off on reading this book because I thought it wouldn't be able to compare to the previous four. But now that I...moreOriginally I thought that I was holding off on reading this book because I thought it wouldn't be able to compare to the previous four. But now that I'm finished I think part of the reason I held off was so that it would be new and great for as long as possible, lol.
I did the same with the fourth book, although that one I bought opening week and then left to sit for about a month or two, waiting for the right moment to enjoy it.
I loved this book. I love the way she was true to herself even when it meant that she was hurt at the same time. I love her relationship with Vel and with March and the way she loves both of them so much and yet it's so different.
I also admire the fact that Ann didn't villanize either of them or make Vel's alien aspect a hindrance or make it seem as if March was abandoning Sirantha while showing how she felt like that at times. It was just amazing.
One of my favourite parts is the way things seemed to come full circle in this book and how she went back and dealt with things that had happened in earlier books.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I don't hate it like some of the other reviewers seem too but I don't love it either.
I liked the character's...moreI'm not sure how I feel about this book. I don't hate it like some of the other reviewers seem too but I don't love it either.
I liked the character's voice and her determination even if the way she went about doing certain things was crazy but at the same time it did feel like it was going to be episodic and I didn't love the character enough for that to excite me.
I honestly didn't find the blood and gore all that disturbing, I actually think those were some of the better parts of the book because the characters are crazy, the town is messed up and sanitizing it would've taken away from the creepy factor.
I did have a problem with the sex appeal/sex aspect.
Not because she had sex but because, like someone else mentioned, the murders were written in some detail and you hear about the boy sacrifice but then when it's her and Wyatt who are a couple we get a fade to black. I don't expect hardcore details but it seemed like a jolt and felt a bit out of place with the story.
And for the record I didn't mind all that much about her randomly sleeping around, despite how happy she claims to have been with her father I got the impression that she slept around because it gave her a sense of power and control and she didn't feel alone. Because despite what she said it didn't seem like she had any friends back home, any real ones and honestly despite what she told us about her appeal not once did it show through in the story.
She didn't really flirt with anyone and Wyatt only found her appealing because she didn't think he was a freak or disgusting. With the way other things were built up you'd think sex would've been the least of the issues. I think I wouldn't have minded it even if the sex had gone from her proving that she belonged somewhere to her actually having feelings for Wyatt but through out it seemed as if she was just using him.
And I have a thing about being told how sexy a character is but it's never shown. I think for most of the book we're shown how unappealing she is, from when she entered the school to her meeting her mother's partners and them all dismissing her even though she claims to have her mother's appeal and beauty.
At the same time, I do like Hanna. Yes, she might be crazy and yeah, she did some horrible things but I do respect her character for sticking to what she believed in, even if she was morally corrupt. And when you think about it, why wouldn't she be? I mean, she attempts to kill her aunt and then the same aunt wants to know if she's going back home with her for Christmas because even if they hate each other there's no reason to ruin Christmas.
And that's the philosophy she's been raised with her whole life (at least that what I'm assuming). I didn't find her relationship with her father creepy in a sexual way but that could be because I still considered him to be a figment of her imagination and as such she was influencing some of his thoughts/actions because that to her showed that she was wanted.
I also had a bigger issue with the group of 'protectors' then I did with Hanna and the fact that no one seemed to care that the Mayor was a power hungry b*tch. Even Wyatt's mother seemed less interested in hurting her for hurting her son but to get back at her mother.
So while I wasn't shocked or appalled by the book I wasn't amazed by it either. (less)