Anya falls into an abandoned well one day and finds herself alone with a skeleton. Needless to say, she is terrified. Especially after the ghost of a...moreAnya falls into an abandoned well one day and finds herself alone with a skeleton. Needless to say, she is terrified. Especially after the ghost of a girl about her own age shows up. Anya is rescued fairly quickly and tries to put the whole experience behind her. But she's brought something back out into the daylight with her--the ghost. And Emily has no intention of going back into the darkness.
I was okay in high school. I really was. I had a group of awesome friends and we had a good time just doing our band geek thing. Still. I wouldn't want to be a teenager again. So books that bring those years so painfully to life just don't do much for me. And Anya's teenage years are painful to see.
She's a second-generation Russian (I'm 99% sure) immigrant. She's so ashamed of it. She hates being around her family and seeing the ways that they're different from other families. She hates being around a boy her age who has only recently left Russia and so has a heavy accent. She's ashamed of the food they eat and the clothes she wears and even her sturdy Russian body. She's got issues.
But Emily helps her to see exactly how ridiculous those feelings are. And not at all in the way that I expected. Emily just got freakier and freakier until she was downright scary by the end! She shows Anya exactly where her attitude could lead her and it is a dark, lonely, and psychotic place.
I truly liked the artwork and I wish I had liked the story more than I did. It's just that teen angst thing. If you are more forgiving of it than I am, pick this up. It is a creepy little book that will leave you thinking.(less)
****POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR SHIVER AND LINGER!!!****
Now that Grace is a wolf, Sam finds himself at loose ends. He and Cole are rattling around Beck's ho...more****POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR SHIVER AND LINGER!!!****
Now that Grace is a wolf, Sam finds himself at loose ends. He and Cole are rattling around Beck's house and generally irritating each other. Mr. Culpeper is still determined to do something about the local wolf problem. Cole is determined to find a cure. The wolves' lives are in the balance as this trilogy races to its conclusion.
I've waited entirely too long to write this review so it will be short and vague.
I still really, really like Cole and Isabel, which is weird because I think I would loathe them in real life. But when contrasted with Sam's passiveness, I'm drawn to their action and determination, even if does appear to be self-destructive. Sam? He's just too good. Like, if you kicked him, he would just look at you with big hurt eyes silently asking how you could do this to him as you drew your foot back to kick him again. Grow a spine, dude.
I don't think I was entirely caught up in the book until about halfway through. At first it felt like more of the same. Sam misses Grace and Beck. Isabel is angry. Mr. Culpeper is angry. Shelby is crazy. Cole seems to be angry. But Cole and Isabel are driving this book. When it became apparent what was going on, my interest definitely piqued. When I knew I was getting close to the big climax, I sat for a couple of hours in my dining room chair, hanging over my empty dinner plate, reading for the finish because I could not put the book down long enough to even put my plate away. When I finally finished, I was stiff from sitting in one position too long and I had to do some major scrubbing of the dishes. But it was worth it. My heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat as I hurriedly read to see what was going to happen to the wolves, not wanting to finish the trilogy but at the same time desperately needing to know what happened. I'm entirely satisfied with the ending and it was not anything that I saw coming.
If you've read this far into the series, I know you'll read Forever. Just know that I think you'll be happy with it as well.(less)
Scarlett March was horribly scarred when she defended her younger sister from a Fenris (werewolf) when they were both young. They lost their beloved g...moreScarlett March was horribly scarred when she defended her younger sister from a Fenris (werewolf) when they were both young. They lost their beloved grandmother in the same attack. With guidance from the local woodsman, Pa Reynolds, and with Silas Reynolds as a partner, the March sisters become deadly Fenris hunters. Now that the girls are in their older teens, something has the wolves out in masses. Scarlett, Rosie, and Silas decide they can do the most damage by moving to Atlanta, the center of all this wolfish activity, and hunting there. But what bait can they use? Feminine wiles just aren't working as well here for some reason.
Oh, I'm so torn on this rating. I couldn't put the book down. Even when the trio was in the library studying, trying to figure out how to beat the wolves to whatever it is they're looking for, there was still some drama going on between them that kept me entertained. Knocking it back is the fact that I knew exactly what was going to happen. I didn't know how it was going to play out, but once I found out what the wolves were searching for, I got it. There were tons of clues scattered throughout that just kept confirming what I thought. I could have overlooked that and still kept it at four stars, but the resolution felt a little--forced? That's probably the best word. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that the wolves' behavior made zero sense to me.
Scarlett was the strongest character in the story, but I just couldn't bring myself to like her. She was too focused and too intent on how her way of life was the only viable way. She accuses Rosie of being selfish, but she's completely blind to how she's being selfish by laying a huge guilt-trip on Rosie to keep her hunting. She says that she hunts the Fenris in order to protect the innocent, but really it's just about revenge and power for her. In a twisted way, it's become almost an addiction. She doesn't feel complete until she's out kicking some Fenris ass.
I liked Rosie a lot more because I could understand where she was coming from. She hunts out of a sense of obligation to her sister for saving her life. I get that. She's so lonely though. She adores Scarlett, but she's only sixteen. She wants to meet boys and dance and go to school like a normal girl. As Scarlett frequently points out though, once you come out of the cave of ignorance, there's no going back. Rosie wouldn’t do what she wanted to do, like taking fun classes at the community center, for fear of upsetting Scarlett. That started to get a little irritating, but in all honesty, I would probably have acted the same way. It's easy to get focused on the family drama and define Rosie by that, but then she hunts some Fenris down and reminds you that she's tough-as-nails when she wants to be also.
I'm being way harsher on this than I meant to be. Even though I didn't like Scarlett, she did feel real. We all know those super-intent people who focus on the job at the cost of everything else. Even though I guessed the basic storyline, I did enjoy reading the book and will get to any possible sequels eventually. If I hadn't been able to guess what was going on, this definitely would have been rated higher. I think most readers will like this a lot, so I do recommend it. Oh, and who can resist that cover? Love. It.(less)
Andrew Sharpai has his heart broken when he's engaged to be married to a Vegas showgirl. He moves away from the bright lights and goes to Pocatello, I...moreAndrew Sharpai has his heart broken when he's engaged to be married to a Vegas showgirl. He moves away from the bright lights and goes to Pocatello, Idaho. There, he meets Iris Winkle and her daughter, Lily. Rumor around town has it that Iris is a witch. With her horribly scarred face and her pentagram pendent, she doesn't do much to dispel the idea. Andrew is attracted to Iris though and finds himself in over his head when he starts to experience supernatural events.
Do you ever read a book and think, "This is trying to tell me something, but I'm either not in a place to learn it now, or it's something I've already learned and moved past?" That's me with this book. I really liked Peterson's first book, Thumb Flagging, and liked what he had to say about learning from everyone you meet. Unfortunately, I don't feel like I learned anything from Andrew Sharpai.
It could be the subject matter. Mention anything even slightly demonic and you have given me a big-time case of the heebie-jeebies. There wasn't enough going on to even give me nightmares, but I was a little worried when I realized where this was going. It is fairly tame stuff--the point isn't to scare the reader, I did get that much--but I didn't have any way of knowing that as I read.
I did like the three main characters. Poor Andrew just wants someone to love and he keeps getting hurt. He's such a good guy though. Iris has lived a hard life, but she's learned from her mistakes and is now trying to move on and do the best she can. Little Lily stole the show. She's so funny and wise beyond her years, but she's so desperately trying to look out for her mom and try to hold her little world together. Oh, and I have to mention Elijah Corbeau. Best name ever for a raven, and what a raven he is. He might have been my favorite character, strange as that sounds. His larger-than-life personality jumps off the page whenever he enters a scene.
My inner editor is making me mention that this could have used one more good edit. There were quite a few typos.
I think this could speak volumes to the right reader at the right time (perhaps someone who is more of a spiritual seeker than I am?). I was really just left with some good characters and a feeling that I missed something.
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy for review.(less)
Grace Divine, the local pastor's daughter, walks into art class one day to find Daniel Kalbi checking out her latest project. Not too remarkable, righ...moreGrace Divine, the local pastor's daughter, walks into art class one day to find Daniel Kalbi checking out her latest project. Not too remarkable, right? Well, Daniel disappeared from her life several years earlier on a violent night that her family never talks about, and she's had no idea what happened to him. He seems to have changed. He's angrier, darker, and seems to be hopeless. Grace decides to make his life better however she can, then realizes she's in way over her head.
I can't give a reason for my rating. I just didn't love it, didn't hate it, so it landed in the forgettable middle. There's a twist, and I did like it, but that's about all I can say.
I did like the message that forgiveness helps the person doing the forgiving as much as the person being forgiven. Maybe even more. I have a looooooooooong fuse, but once I get upset with you, I'm done. I don't really forgive. So that part did hit home as something I need to work on personally.
I have realized that I really only read YA fantasy. I don't have a whole lot of patience for "real-life" high school drama. This felt a lot more like that kind of book than like a fantasy I would normally read. I know there are plenty of you who like those kinds of books, so you'll probably like this more than I did.
Oh, I almost forgot! One thing drove me crazy. It felt like every page or two there was a header proclaiming what time, day, or place the story had moved on to. This is not necessary. Write it in. And she does, so it looked like this:
"MORNING [....:] I rolled over and and looked at the clock: 6:00 a.m."
Or "INTO THE WOODS"
followed by Grace running into the woods. A merciless editor should have cut every one of those. It chopped the story up and got repetitive.
I guess what I'm trying to get to is that this was just pretty forgettable for me. I won't be looking for the next one unless I hear amazing things about it. Plenty of you will like it, so don't let me put you off.(less)
Calla Tor is the alpha of her teen Guardian (werewolf) pack. She knows the rules and she enforces them. So why does she break them multiple times in o...moreCalla Tor is the alpha of her teen Guardian (werewolf) pack. She knows the rules and she enforces them. So why does she break them multiple times in one day by saving a normal teenage boy and letting him see her shift? And why are her masters, the Keepers, so interested in this same guy?
Oh, I'm torn on rating this one! On the one hand, I tore through it, eagerly waiting to see what was going to happen with Calla, Shay, and Ren. On the other hand, I'm tired of teenage love triangles, and I'm really, really sick of cliffhangers.
I liked Calla as a protagonist, but I can't say that I bought her as an alpha personality. We're told that she's an alpha, but we only see her at a time when she's starting to question everything she knows about her life. That leaves her a little insecure. Maybe I'm just thinking that alpha=bitch (Hee hee! It should in a werewolf!), but she doesn't seem to have a whole lot of control over her pack. She's pretty clueless about what they get up to. Her younger brother knows more about their lives than she does. That's not the sign of a great leader.
Shay and Ren were great, but they were almost interchangeable to me. Calla lusted after them both, they both lusted after her, they both constantly challenged her, but I didn't see her offering a whole lot of challenge in return. They were both able to convince her to do what they wanted pretty easily. I liked them both, so I can't come out as Team Ren or Team Shay. I'm kind of left thinking that if she feels so similarly about both of them, neither of them should be the guy for her.
I got really tired of being confused about what was going on with the wolves, the Keepers, and the Searchers. We finally read about the hierarchy and history as Shay learns what's going on, which I guess is kind of the point, but that's over 100 pages into the book! I don't have a lot of patience for that kind of deliberate confusion. Meanwhile, there's some supernatural stuff going on, but mostly it's just kind of typical teen dynamics in their high school, and that's not really my thing. I avoid realistic YA for a reason.
And then there's the ending. Just when things start to click together, in a way that I had seen coming from pretty far away, and the real action starts to happen, the book just...stops. Just like that. There's no resolution to anything at all. I feel manipulated into picking up the next book, and I'm a little tired of it. I can't help but feel like this book could have been tightened up a lot (there's only so much of the jealousy/rivalry between Ren and Shay that I need to see) and some sort of conclusion could have been reached. But no.
I'm being, much, much harder on this than I really intend to be. It's definitely going to find a huge audience, and I probably will get to the sequels one day. I am curious about what's going on and which boy Calla chooses, but I just feel like there was a lot of potential in the storyline that wasn't quite met.(less)
Alex Van Helsing has heard it thousands of times before. Yes, his last name is really Van Helsing. No, not like that Van Helsing. No, he doesn't kill...moreAlex Van Helsing has heard it thousands of times before. Yes, his last name is really Van Helsing. No, not like that Van Helsing. No, he doesn't kill monsters. To paraphrase his father, that kind of thing doesn't happen. Except when it does.
What a fun, action-packed story! It begins with Alex running toward a scream in the woods and ends on a very brooding scene that feels like a pause. Which isn't to say that this book feels incomplete; for the first in the series, it stands very well on its own. I know more is coming, I have one or two questions, but I'm happy with the way things ended.
Alex is the most fully fleshed-out character and I liked him. He's had some trouble in the past and he's still having trouble in the present but he's doing his best. His whole world has just shifted but he's dealing with it.
The other characters were fun, but they weren't developed all that well. I am curious about Minhi, Mr. Sangster, and Sid. I hope I'll learn more about them in other books.
As an older reader, I appreciated the way the classics like Dracula and the background story to Frankenstein were worked in. For younger readers who might not have been exposed to these books yet, the necessary references were explained well and the unnecessary ones were just bonuses for those in the know. There wasn't really anything new added to the vampire myth, but it was still fun. Kids who haven't read quite so much will probably love this. There were some gadgets that I even thought were very cool, and I'm not into gadgets!
These vampires are not the seductive, tormented vampires that we've seen so much of lately. These guys are baddies through and through. There was nothing too graphic, but it is what it is, so parents of younger children might want to check it out first. I imagine all teens would be fine with it.
I had a lot of fun reading this one and I'll be looking forward to the next in the series. This is one of those hard-to-find books that would be good for teen boys, but the tougher girls will like it too.(less)
You have got to be kidding me. This is where it ends?
Beck has made some new wolves to care for the pack now that the older members are not shifting in...moreYou have got to be kidding me. This is where it ends?
Beck has made some new wolves to care for the pack now that the older members are not shifting into humans anymore. One of the new wolves is Cole St. Clair, a gorgeous rock star. It's not exactly easy for him to blend into the crowd, especially when his body just won't stay in the shape of a wolf. Sam feels that he has to watch Cole to make sure that he doesn't take the pack with him in one of his self-destructive moods.
And then there's Grace. Something's just not right. She's running a fever, she's got a headaches, she aches all over, but doctors can't find anything wrong with her.
Confession: I have been walking around with that "Linger" song by The Cranberries circling, maddeningly, through my head. It just dawned on me yesterday that it's because of this book. Doh.
Anyway. This hooked me. There is some teen angst in here, which generally irritates me, but these teens have issues to be genuinely angsty about. I would be more irritated if they were happy and perky.
Grace and Sam--hmm. I really am rooting for them, and I really do like reading about them as a couple, but neither really grabs me as an individual. Grace is the center of a lot of things, but it doesn't seem like she actually does a whole lot. I think I liked Sam slightly more in this book than I did in Shiver. He's not quite as Sensitive. In other words, he's starting to grow a spine.
I do love Cole and Isabel. I didn't really know that I still had a thing for rock stars, but apparently I do. Cole, even with his sarcasm, cockiness, and insensitivity, just captivated me. Probably because there is much more to him than that and he's good at hiding it. Not too good though, because he still gives peeks into what he's really thinking and feeling. Isabel is trying so hard not to care but she just can't help it. She's harsh, but she's the only one who is telling the hard truths that need to be told.
I have to admit that I was hoping for more of a showdown with Grace's parents. They have been asking for it for two books now, and just begging for it in this book, but they still don't see that they're horrible parents. I want someone to find a way to smack them across the faces with it.
And Mr. Culpepper! I know the dude's hurting, but what a selfish jerk. I want him to get a good kick in the pants from karma too.
Oh, and I love these covers. Gor-geous. I love that the book is printed in green ink as well.
It's hard to get into this more without giving away spoilers. Let's just say that this had me turning pages and I'll be reading Forever sooner rather than later. I have to know what happens next.(less)
Mercedes Thompson is a mechanic who just happens to walk in two worlds. There's the mundane world where she spends her time fixing VWs, and there's th...moreMercedes Thompson is a mechanic who just happens to walk in two worlds. There's the mundane world where she spends her time fixing VWs, and there's the supernatural world that she was born into. See, Mercy is a walker. She can shift into coyote form at will. She's not as physically strong as a werewolf, but she has other strengths to make up for it.
So when local vampire Stefan needs some unobtrusive help in sniffing out a new vampire in town who is poaching on his seethe's turf, he asks Mercy to shift and go with him. They both get more than they bargained for. This vampire is unknown, and so must be fairly young, but his strength is unimaginable. He is wreaking havoc in the Tri-cities, and it's going to take more than one vampire and a shifter to bring him down.
I like Mercy a lot. (And I loathe these covers. Loathe them, I tell you.) It would be very, very easy to fall in with the local werewolf pack and start to lose her independence. She has fought hard to gain that independence and she fights hard to keep it. It's just so hard to keep fighting when the werewolves are so damn sexy. I would purr if that were appropriate when talking about werewolves. Adam is hot and a great alpha. He doesn't just throw his weight around and beat on those who are submissive to him. He cares for them and tries to be is a true leader. Samuel is a little outside the local pack, for some very complicated reasons, but he is every bit as dominant as Adam is. And he's Mercy's roommate. And they have a history. *Arching of the eyebrow here.*
*Shakes head* Anyway. Enough about the guys. I was trying to write about Mercy.
I guess it could be due to the coyote part of her nature, but she is so damn loyal. She would do absolutely anything within her power for those she cares for. Heck, she would (and does) do anything for someone she doesn't even know. Her vendetta against this new vampire is as much about the nameless maid she sees him kill as it is about anything else.
Stefan is getting very interesting. Okay, he's a vampire who drives a Scooby-Doo van, so he's been interesting, but he's starting to show some surprising depth and emotions that I did not expect to find. Seeing his "menagerie" was revealing of his character as well. While other vampires keep unwilling victims bound and in inhuman conditions, Stefan keeps willing...let's call them roommates, in a very nice house and they can come and go as they please.
Okay--the bad guy. Turns out, he's a sorcerer vampire and that's where he gets his strength (not a spoiler--you find out around page 30). The sorcerer part comes from a demon. Ugh. Demons scare me to death. Don't ask me why. Needless to say, I got a little worried. My husband did too. If I'm not sleeping, ain't nobody sleeping. That's all I'm saying. But there weren't any demonic, spawn-of-Satan kind of parts. He could have just been a vampire with strong magic and it would have turned out the same way. Whew. I was relieved.
The storyline just rocketed along, revealing more about Mercy and company as it also revealed more about the baddie. It was perfect summer reading. Not too much brain power required but hard to put down.
Recommended for a fun page-turner. I'll be reading Iron Kissed, the next in the series. (less)
When Max's family moves to the beach to avoid being caught in the city during a war, they don't realize that worse trouble is going to find them.
First...moreWhen Max's family moves to the beach to avoid being caught in the city during a war, they don't realize that worse trouble is going to find them.
First of all, I think the name Roland should be retired from fiction forever. It is impossible for me to read it without seeing The Gunslinger. When the character is supposed to be a normal seventeen-year-old boy, you see the problem I had.
Anyway, I found it hard to pinpoint the age group of this book's audience. I didn't realize it wasn't for adults until I started reading it. The writing itself is easy enough for a middle-grade book. But there are a few things that happen that pushed it up into YA territory for me. I don't have kids though, so maybe I'm just naive about what kids read. If I'm not, I'm afraid this will struggle to find the right market.
Not realizing this wasn't an adult book, I was disappointed when I didn't find Ruiz Zafón's gorgeous prose inside. I just adore his writing.
The story itself was suspenseful and engaging. I was curious what was going on almost from the beginning and found myself reading more and more just to try to get to the bottom of things. I think kids who aren't too afraid of things that go bump in the night will enjoy it.
As an adult reader, there were a few things that happened that I just didn't buy. I don't know any seventeen-year-old boy who is going to willingly start hanging out with a thirteen-year-old. Not without seeing his sister first. :-) I don't think the kids would have been left alone like they were. And I had problems with the storyline surrounding Roland.
As always, hats off to Lucia Graves for an excellent translation.
I had problems with the book. So what? I'm definitely not the target audience. I think kids reading it will probably mostly accept it for the spooky story it is and enjoy it. (less)
You'll find Harry Dresden in the Yellow Pages under Wizard. That's right--he's a wizard for hire. Everybody has bills to pay, right? His bread-and-but...moreYou'll find Harry Dresden in the Yellow Pages under Wizard. That's right--he's a wizard for hire. Everybody has bills to pay, right? His bread-and-butter comes from the Special Investigations section of the Chicago PD, led by Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy's none too happy with Dresden at the moment, so funds are running dangerously low. Then a spate of murders crop up and they have to call Dresden in.
Bodies that look like they've been ripped apart by wild animals, paw prints that are entirely too big to be from a wolf (and besides, what would a wolf be doing in Chicago?) and full moon nights. It doesn't take a wizard PI to figure this one out.
I have to admit that this book spooked me a little. Not too bad, but I wasn't expecting to be spooked at all. There are, I believe four different kinds of werewolves running around Chicago, each scarier than the last. And holy cow. The worst is just--man. He's a monster. So after finding myself out on the porch in the dark, knowing that there was no one in the house behind me, I scuttled back in as soon as I thought about werewolves. And my ears perked up at every little sound the rest of the night. Didn't stop me from reading though, because I just had to know how things turned out.
That confession out of the way, I just love Dresden and Murphy. Dresden is such a good guy. He would be too good if he wasn't a smartass to offset it. He's fighting his own private war with the dark. He's not asking for recognition, he just takes enough money to get by. He knows that true evil is out there, but he hasn't lost his absolute faith in goodness and light either. It's so easy to get that knocked out of you, but he's hanging on to it. And cute little Murphy is so tough! I just love her. She sees things that most people can't even imagine, she knows they're real, but she rolls with it and takes care of business. She's just awesome.
Despite the obvious assumption, I really didn't have any idea who was doing what. That's a good thing. I hate reading just to see if I guessed right.
The action is non-stop once it gets started, and it gets started fairly early. I was exhausted. Seriously. I don't know how many days this book covered, but Harry doesn't sleep, well, at all. Okay, maybe just a teeny tiny bit, but no more than that. I'm getting tired and sore just thinking about it.
I have to say that after watching the short-lived series on Netflix (and thoroughly enjoying it), I missed Bob! I don't remember how large his role was in the first book, but he barely gets a couple of pages here.
This was a strong follow-up to Storm Front. I'll definitely be continuing the series.(less)
Kitty Norville is a late-night DJ who stumbles upon a popular idea for a talk show--"The Midnight Hour" in which she and her listeners discuss any and...moreKitty Norville is a late-night DJ who stumbles upon a popular idea for a talk show--"The Midnight Hour" in which she and her listeners discuss any and all thing supernatural. And the girl knows what she's talking about. She's a werewolf. Unfortunately, her new-found success brings her some unwanted attention. Her Alpha and the master of the local vampire family want her off the air. Someone hires a werewolf hunter to take her out. And Kitty has just found out that there's a rogue wolf in town making everyone else look bad.
This was good. It was. My issues with it were purely my own and don't even necessarily make sense. I admit it.
First, I personally didn't care too much for the narration by Marguerite Gavin. It was very consciously cadenced and very staccato, even when that style didn't feel appropriate for what she was reading. It just felt like she was trying too hard. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stick with this at first, but I did and it bothered me less as time went on.
Now for the big thing, and the thing that makes the least sense. I didn't like the pack dynamics. My head knows that a pack of werewolves would interact in exactly this manner. There would be an alpha and his female, and they would punish and reward as they chose. Strength would be a big factor in status. There would be power struggles. My heart just doesn't like reading about any man slamming a woman around and then having sex with her as a reward. I just can't get past it. That part definitely improved as Kitty grew more confident, and that was one of the points of the book, but it really did push my buttons.
That stuff out of the way, I did mostly manage to get caught up in the story. I would find myself speeding a little faster in my car when there was a fight scene or a confrontation. I wanted to know who the rogue was and what the pack was going to do about him. I wanted to know what was going on with Cormac (because there has got to be a juicy back story there). I honestly wanted to see Kitty kick some ass. There were some people--beings?--that were just begging for it. And what is up with the creepy faith healer?
I thought Vaughn did a really good job in exploring what would happen if supernaturals ever did "come out of the closet," so to speak. Would our laws apply to them? How would you give a vamp life in prison? Would it be murder to kill one? She grounded the whole idea pretty firmly in reality by including the NIH and CDC and classifying these conditions as diseases. I found myself actually pondering some of these questions!
Despite an ending that I was very unhappy about, I'm not sure if I'll continue the series. I've added it to my wishlist on my library's small audio website, so I might get to it someday, but I'm in no rush.
If you're less squeamish than I am about what I can only (unfairly) call violence toward women, and you do like paranormals, I think you'll like this one.(less)
Alexia Maccon, née Tarrabotti, is awakened one morning by her husband bellowing out orders and questions. He doesn't take time to answer her questions...moreAlexia Maccon, née Tarrabotti, is awakened one morning by her husband bellowing out orders and questions. He doesn't take time to answer her questions, but of course she finds out what's going on later. Something or someone has found a way to completely negate whatever magic makes supernatural beings, well--supernatural. This has London in an uproar. When the phenomenon seems to be traveling north to Scotland, Lord Maccon sets out in that direction too. He wants to investigate further, plus he needs to check in with his old pack. Alexia just can't be left behind, so one dirigible ride later, she joins him up there to find the pack in disarray.
Another fun entry into The Parasol Protectorate! I swear I smiled and giggled the whole way through. Alexia is just as hardheaded and Lord Maccon is just as Alpha. Yum-mmmeeeee. *Waggling eyebrows lasciviously* Alexia is settling into her role as the Woolsey pack's Alpha female with ease. It's a role she was practically made for. There's one confrontation with a member of the pack who has just returned from India that left me laughing. She handled him as only Alexia can. She manages to get herself into even more trouble this time around, believe it or not.
A strange French inventor, Madame Lefoux, makes an appearance too. We're never quite sure what her role is in everything, but she had me hopelessly intrigued. She is to Alexia as Q is to Bond. Talk about a tricked-out parasol! She hooks Alexia up! MacGyver would be jealous of this thing! She's wonderfully eccentric and I couldn't help but love her even as I wondered about her loyalties.
Ivy Hisselpenny and Alexia's sister Felicity have a much-larger role in this book, and all I have to say about that is, "Poor Tunstell. He didn't stand a chance." Ivy's hats are even more garish, Felicity is even bitchier, but their catty spats with each other and Alexia are priceless.
I had an idea what was going on with the mystery and wondered why no one even thought to consider it until the end.
Speaking of the ending...
That's really what knocked this back a star. It's a cliffhanger, it came out of the blue, (Well, sort of. I knew part of what was going on), and it relied heavily on miscommunication. I know miscommunication happens but it irritates the heck out of me when a whole new plot turns on it.
Still, highly recommended for fans of this kind of funny, character-driven, supernatural mystery. I'm anxiously awaiting Blameless. Darn cliffhangers.(less)