I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to read this series. I've been thinking about it ever since I discovered Kate Daniels. I had even brought t...moreI'm not sure why it has taken me this long to read this series. I've been thinking about it ever since I discovered Kate Daniels. I had even brought the first book a few months ago and hadn't gotten around to it. And once again I wanted to hit myself for not reading this sooner.
Ilona Andrews is a literary genius. I'm convinced now that they can write nothing to disappoint me. However I think I do enjoy Kate Daniels more this book stands on its own. I knew only a few pages in I was hooked when I came across this line:
“Yes, I'm too mad to punish you right now. We'll talk about it when we get home. Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We're going to Wal-Mart.”
Although we learn afterwards the guns has nothing to do with actually going to Wal-Mart, but the statement makes you think that. And along with thousands of others sometimes I wished I had a gun in Wal-Mart. *sigh*
We potentially have two love interest for Rose, who I loved from the beginning. It's almost hard to hate a kick ass heroine, especially one with two younger brothers who she is responsible for. Initially I wanted Rose to give William a chance. I didn't particularly care for Declan, although I grew to love him as did Rose. I really did love the ending, and I couldn't help but smile/giggle about it for days.
From looking at the descriptions of the other books, I find it interesting that each book features different main characters like the paranormal romance series, yet there's no doubt that this is urban fantasy. At first I wasn't sure I would like that, but after reading this book and seeing that it focus more on the plot rather than romance I'm positive I'm going to love it. I can't wait till I can go buy the rest of the series and continue. (less)
Considering it's been about a month since I've read this, this review will be rather short.
It might of took eight books, but Merit and Ethan have fin...moreConsidering it's been about a month since I've read this, this review will be rather short.
It might of took eight books, but Merit and Ethan have finally some drama free relationship time. It was rather nice to see nothing interfering with their relationship for once. They even go to Merit's parent's house for a family dinner. Which was probably one of my favorite scenes in the books.
But Chicago's vampire scene has never been quiet since Merit has joined its ranked. There's an anti-vampire group striking out and rioting hitting vampire houses and their safe locations. I had a good feeling who was behind it but not why, since some of the attacks didn't really destroy anything.
We do see Merit and Mallory getting somewhat back on track. And even a tiny bit of the shapeshifters, which is never enough. There was a mention back to the vision of that child that we assumed is somehow Ethan and Merit. And even foreshadowing that there could and may be a way for Merit to turned back human. Which honestly I think at this point she wouldn't. And I couldn't see Ethan turning back to a human.
This was probably one of my favorite books in the series. We got a little bit of everything. Including a jaw dropping cliff hanger, that no doubts sets up the next book. You can tell the series is winding down, and although it makes me sad I can't wait to see how it all ends. (less)
I read this in the Hexed book, but I wasn't interested in the other stories so I just read this one.
In the main Kate Daniels books, it's obvious that...moreI read this in the Hexed book, but I wasn't interested in the other stories so I just read this one.
In the main Kate Daniels books, it's obvious that Jim and Dali are into each other. This short story tells us how they got together. And like the previous short story we learn an interesting fact about Kate that she doesn't even realize herself.
It's a cute story, and I've always loved Jim. Definitely worth a read. (less)
In during my re read I decided to read the short stories to go along with the series. At first I wasn't that interested, but after reading Andrea's fi...moreIn during my re read I decided to read the short stories to go along with the series. At first I wasn't that interested, but after reading Andrea's first book I really come to love her. Plus I know sometimes it gives little bit of information not in the main books.
This book takes place after Magic Strikes. Kate is out on medical leave, and Andrea has taken over for her at the Order. Andrea takes a shiftshaper call and to her surprised she ends up helping Raphael, whom she's has been trying to avoid for the last six months. But can you deny Raphael and their connection for much longer?
I really grew to love Andrea and Raphael in Gunmetal Magic and I was curious how they finally got together. Plus it reveals an interesting fact about Kate at the end. (less)
Literally just finished the book. FUCKING AMAZING! Tissues. You will need lots and lots of tissues. And a punching bag. This book will make you laugh,...moreLiterally just finished the book. FUCKING AMAZING! Tissues. You will need lots and lots of tissues. And a punching bag. This book will make you laugh, cry, scream. Plenty of holy shit moments.
Once I get my thoughts together, I will write a more detail review.
I love picking up a book that makes me emotional involved in it. You laugh and cry along with the characters. You want to slap them. And afterwards everything stand stills. You can't get over it. Magic Rises does exactly that. It's been a day, and I can't seem to move on. I find myself flipping through the book and re reading passages.
Kate and Curran head over to Europe to help protect a pregnant shapeshifter and help mediate between two shapeshifting clans. In return they are promised payment in a medicine that will help prevent children from going loup. It's an offer they can't resist even knowing going in it's a trap.
Jim appears in the beginning, but that's about it. He's greatly missed in the book, but in his place we get his sister, Kira. I hope this means we will see her more in future books. I really liked her.
It's not long in the book until we realized that a shapeshifter princess from another pack wants Curran. Or until the first holy shit moment happens, and Hugh shows up. He set up everything so he could lure Kate overseas. But the question is why isn't he trying to kill her or even giving her straight to Roland? Ilona Andrews is a genies. Take one of the evil villain and makes me like him. I really didn't want to like him, but dammit!
Everything you come to expect from a Kate Daniels book is present in the book. There's even a scene between Kate and Mahon that will make you smile. But beware, this book isn't all sunshine and unicorns. Just when you thought Kate and Curran has been through enough shit, think again. The book is very emotional draining for them. You will cry. You will want to scream. But hold on to hope. I promise it will be worth it.
There's even an almost death and then a death from the least likely person. Will shock you to the core.
The book is officially released on Tuesday. I urge you don't walk, but run to the bookstore.
A little over a year later, and I'm finally finish with the series. My first reaction? Thank God! As I mention in previous reviews I have a complicate...moreA little over a year later, and I'm finally finish with the series. My first reaction? Thank God! As I mention in previous reviews I have a complicated relationship with this series. I wasn't impressed with the first book, but I loved the second book. But the last half of this series? Disappointed. I should of stopped. Most of it I do have to say is for my dislike of Quinn, and Riley choosing to be with him.
Killing her soul mate has taken a toll on Riley, and her worst fear of becoming a cold murderer like her brother is coming true. She knows she needs to get out, but she doesn't have much options. It's either the Directorate or the military. But she can't shake the last thing Kye told her, that Blake wants revenge, and will come after her. Which is how she found herself kidnapped, and lost all her memories. Honesty? That was my favorite part of the book. And even kidnapped without her memories of who she is Riley finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Like we've established trouble finds Riley. Of course the murder investigation she finds herself in has connections to the case she was working on when she was kidnapped. Really the murders weren't that relevant to the story. Even after reading it, I couldn't remember the details of who it it and why.
Like everyone one of the previous books this book didn't have enough of Rhoan or Liander. Kade's death and absently was very much noted. While kidnapped there was a wolf that insisted was her brother, but she knew he wasn't. Even when he came clean he still swore he was her brother. At first I thought it was Rhoan undercovered. A moment later I knew it wasn't, but I just knew that he was some kind of sibling to her. And what do you know, I was right. Riley founds out that her mother had married, and this was her step brother. On top of that her and Rhoan has half siblings. I was sure we would see closure with their previous pack and more with their mother. We did have closure but not what I wanted to see. Barely anything with their mother. What I disappointment. I feel like the end of this series was Riley coming to terms with who she is and her past.
I'm still upset she ended up with Quinn, and even that Kye was her soul mate. It really should of been Cole. Now that would of worked wonders. I think I mentioned it in the last review or not, but I get the message in this. There are times when a love is stronger than soul mates or even destiny, and dreams can change. But the author never gave it a fighting chance with Riley and her soul mate. Speaking of soul mates and family, not sure how I feel about Riley and Liander having kids. Yes it was said that the three of them would raise them, but it was never clear on who would be who. Would Riley be seen as their mom? Which I believe would be yes. But would both Liander and Rhoan been known as their dads? Or just Liander? I find the whole situation weird, but maybe in their werewolf culture not. But then again their pack would be unique, especially considering Riley married a vampire. Which is another thing. Quinn made it clear he wasn't interested in kids and didn't want to actively help raise them. How can you be with someone, no matter how much you love them, they didn't want the same things you do? Especially that wouldn't want to be actively interested in your own kids lives? I really did love the last line in the book, even though it was kind of weird. It gave the impression that Liander and Riley would be raising the kids. No mention of Rhoan.
"Those," he said with a grin that lit up his entire face, "are our babies. Riley Jensen, you and I are having twins."
. The series wasn't bad. Just not my thing. I still believe Quinn isn't the right person for Riley. And Riley getting out of the Directorate way too easily. I feel like there's loose strings left hanging. Like the drugs in her system. That I feel was a huge part of the series. And I feel cheated that we didn't see Rhoan finally settling down with Liander. I know there's a spin off series, and against my better judgement I've agree to at least read the first book, but I don't feel like these issues would be answered in there. (less)
As far as Riley is concern she could care less if she sees Kye Murphy ever again, even if he's her soul mate. And Kye feels the same way. Yet while sh...moreAs far as Riley is concern she could care less if she sees Kye Murphy ever again, even if he's her soul mate. And Kye feels the same way. Yet while she's investigating her new case Kye shows up again. And not only does he show up, but apparently he has had a small change of heart and can't stay away from Riley.
You start to feel bad for the girl. Seems like she can't catch a break from the gruesome cases. But having issues in her love life, she throws herself into work. Not to mention that Rhoan and his soul mate Liander has decided they want a child and form their own pack, and they want to use one of Riley's eggs so it'll be her child too. I don't know why she hesitated to give them an answer. All along all she says she wants is to find her soul mate and to have children. Yet she chooses to stay with Quinn, who will never be her soul mate and can't even understand the werewolf culture nor does he approve it; which I do have to say he has gotten better over time of trying to be understanding, and not only can he not give Riley children he wouldn't want children. Yes Riley might love him, but sometimes love isn't enough.
And as with previous books the small amount of Quinn in the one was way to much for me. And we barely got to see Kade, Rhoan, and Liander. The series would be so much better off seeing more of them, especially since this series started because Rhoan was missing.
The ending was surprising, I had suspected it along with Riley, but I was hopping it wasn't true. I had really liked Kye. Even though he did have Rhoan shot and threatened to kill everyone Riley cares about, I was really hoping for a turnaround. But he was never given a fighting chance from day one. And that pisses me off. Granted he turned out to be crazy at the end and was even I couldn't forgive him for his sins. There's two surprising deaths at the end. Ok maybe just one surprising death. The other one was kind of given. But the one that shocked me the most made me so mad! There's a part of me that is still extremely pissed off and even considered not even reading the last and final book. (less)
Urgg I'm so disappointed in this book. I feel like everything was a copout. Full review to come later.
ETA: Here's a full review: Still pis...moreRating: 2.5
Urgg I'm so disappointed in this book. I feel like everything was a copout. Full review to come later.
ETA: Here's a full review: Still pissed on who she ended up. Yes let's tell young girls it's ok to be with a douchebag.
The final installment in the Shadow Falls series picks up about two weeks after the last book. Kylie has left Shadow Falls and gone to the chameleon compound with her grandfather and great aunt. But it's not what she thought it would be.The chameleon are in constant fear that they will be discovered, and they keep the teens isolated from the world. No phone, internet or anything. Only when they mature, which means they are able to change their pattern at will, are they allow out in the world. Kylie has never felt more alone then she does hidden away. Her grandfather does allow her limited phone access. And of course like every book, this one starts off with a new ghost. This one insists that Kylie needs to kill him or she will be killed. It took her most of the book to figure out who is the he. Which the whole time I just wanted to slap her. I knew from the beginning who the ghost was referring to.
It doesn't take Burnett to find where their hidden lair is located. Mario has been spotted in town and a fellow camper has been attacked, and Burnett is pretty sure Mario was behind it. As Burnett points out he found the compound, it's only a matter of time before Mario finds her. And back to Shadow Falls Kylie goes.
You have to feel sorry for Kylie. A psychopath is after her, she has a ghost that claims that it's a big possibility she will be killed, issues with parents and even grandparents, plus she still has boy trouble. This book kind of annoyed me, or at least I found Della annoying. I'm not even sure why. I feel like the book lacked Miranda. She just wasn't in it as much as Della. I love both girls, but I find Miranda a lot more interesting. Burnett and Holiday were amazing as always. Now a spin off series or even a short story with them would be fantastic. There's even a little twist in the story concerning these two, a very happy ending.
Kylie finally gets to meet her father's adoptive grandparents, and her mom is not too happy. Speaking of her mom, we learn who exactly is her boyfriend. I knew from the first moment that he was evil and after Kylie.
I'm sure you heard of saving the best for last? Well in this case I'm saving the worst for last. I loved the last book because it seemed that Kylie would end up picking Derek. This whole book to me felt like a cop out where Lucas was concerned. Even though he had pledged his soul to another girl and promise to marry her, he has to sign a contract afterwards to make it official. And guess who didn't do it?! What the hell was the point in having Kylie witness all of that?! I'm sorry not signing some paper doesn't and shouldn't change the fact that you pledge YOUR SOUL to another girl. Oh he gave up everything for Kylie? This is coming a little too late. The whole series he has put his pack before Kylie, and then in the last book he just gives up everything for her? Not buying it. Not to mention they kept bringing up when Derek slept with his ex and "cheated" on Kylie. Umm excuse me, Kylie and Derek were NOT together. And Kylie even said they weren't together when it happened so it wasn't cheating. And now all of a sudden in this book it's changed to cheating on her?! Really?! It was like Hunter twisted everything so it would be ok for her to end with Lucas. Honestly I lost respect.
Ok rant over. Besides a huge amount of Lucas in the book, the book was really good. Just what you come to expect from a book in the series. And everyone gets their "happy ending". Which I don't agree with the choices. Well everyone but Della who is being stubborn. But I guess the ending sets up nicely for the spin off about Della. Which honestly I won't be reading.
In all I couldn't get past Kylie's choices and how details gets twisted around. I'm really disappointed in the book and feels like everything was a cop out.(less)
I have a complicated relationship with this series. I wasn't impressed with the first book, but with each book after that I started to really like the...moreI have a complicated relationship with this series. I wasn't impressed with the first book, but with each book after that I started to really like the series. Now I'm back to the series being blah. I think Quinn is an ass, and stand him. And Riley must be dumb to jump right back into bed and a relationship with him without questioning anything.
While working a new case, Riley runs into bounty hunter Kye Murphy, who was serving as a body guard to her old pack when she was working a case for them. Riley becomes annoy when he keeps popping up at her crime scenes and repeatedly threaten to have him arrested. Which in lie my first annoyance with this book. After the hundredth time threatening to have him arrested I just want to tell her to STFU. If she wanted to have him arrested she would of done it the second time he showed up. But at the same time there's an attraction that neither one of them can deny, no matter how much they don't want it.
I just want to know is Riley the only guardian that actually works on cases? And why does Riley always gets the worst ones? This book had way too much Quinn in it for my taste, and not enough of Rhoan and Liander or even Kade. I was disappointed that Quinn was her only lover in this book. She has said before that her nature needs more than one lover. And I don't buy this she has two souls so she has more than one soul mate bs. Rhoan is the same thing she is, and he doesn't have more than one soul mate. Riley is more wolf than vampire while Rhoan is vice versa, so if anyone would have two soul mates it would be him and not Riley.
I knew exactly who the killers were once Ben told her that two women own the strip club and couldn't get more information on them. Once Riley starts digging into records and saying oh these must be coincidences, how stupid can you be?! After the first coincidence she should of been very suspicious. And what was with her saying my vampire every page? I get telling strangers I need to get home to my vampire, but beyond that? It's like she wanted everyone to know that she has a vampire. Usually I love Riley. But in this book I just wanted to come through the pages and bitch slap some sense into her.
And luck would have it she finally finds her soul mate, and it's none other than Kye. Which Riley is very upset over claiming she doesn't even like him. She doesn't even know him to make that conclusion. Not to mention both were very flirty and playful during the whole book. All because he's a bounty hunter? He does the same thing she does, except she works for the government and he's pretty much a gun for hire.
From the end of the previous book I could tell what direction the series is going into. And honestly I didn't want to read this book or finish the series. I'm thankful there's only two more books left.(less)
Hunter's fourth book in her Shadow Falls series like the last one, picks up right where th...moreThe Review is along with others is posted at The Book Twins
Hunter's fourth book in her Shadow Falls series like the last one, picks up right where the previous left off. And with a new book, Kylie has a new ghost problem. Only this time it's the ghost of Holiday who definitely isn't dead. Not wanting to scare Holiday she lets everyone pretend the face the ghost is using is from someone from back home.
Trying to figure out who the ghost really is, isn't easy. But with the help of Derek they realized that Holiday has or well had a twin sister, Hannah. Not to mention they are sure that Holiday doesn't know her sister is dead. Plus Hannah keeps on insisting that Holiday is endangered and Kylie can save her. The person wanting to kill Holiday ends up being kind of a surprise. Wasn't my first guess, even though at one point I did figure it out. But what I didn't like was why it was never explained why he wanted to murder her. And we even learn and get to meet Holiday's ex fiancee, and learn why Holiday has trust issues. And even though the book started off with Holiday and Burnett having a heated makeout secession, neither one is brave enough to admit their feelings. But the ending shows them both making a huge step forward and finally getting together.
Even though Kylie finally finds out what type of supernatural she is, her identity crisis doesn't stop there. It doesn't help that nobody has heard of a supernatural chameleon before. And here is one of my issues, nobody believes her but she repeats over and over throughout the book that's what her father told her and she believes him. One time is enough. It doesn't need to be repeated over and over. It doesn't stop when her brain pattern changes several time over the book. First it takes form of a witch, then vampire and finally a werewolf. Plus she gets the main powers of whatever species she "is" at the time. She meets up with her grandfather and great aunt. And they confirm that they are chameleons, and they can take form of any supernatural pattern, having a bit of every species in their DNA. Her grandfather insists that she isn't safe at the camp, and her only chance at survival is coming to live with them, to be with her own kind. Kylie refuses to leave the camp. She knows she belongs there. But after a betrayal, she realizes that she needs to go live with them for a little bit.
And then as always is her boys trouble. A fair warning, if you are a huge fan of Lucas and easily offended, you may want to stop reading. Lucas is a douche. And he has proved this big time in this book. Now along with last book, there were moments when Lucas did make me swoon, and damn it Lucas I don't like me. Not nice to make me swoon. Lucas won't be around Kylie in public, because of his pack. He claims that by the end of the month, he'll be on the council and they can be together in public. That he can start making changes. Yet he doesn't share what he needs to do with Kylie. But he doesn't even try to understand Kylie and what she needs to do. Even though the book seems that Kylie isn't in love with Derek, her heart belongs solely to Lucas, I beg to differ. I think Kylie is scared to admit her true feelings for Derek. Not to mention that the ghost tells Kylie she should choose Derek, for most of the book Miranda and Della are anti Lucas, and when she tells Sara that she has chosen one of them she immediately thinks it's Derek. Plus Miranda tells Kylie that she hardly ever talks about Lucas, but she used to talk about Derek all the time. I won't go in details to what happens, but Lucas does the ultimate betrayal. Kylie has to find out from Fredericka, whom is under the impression that Kylie knows and understands. I knew from the beginning Lucas would break her heart. He's an ass. And Kylie deserves so much better. I've mentioned in previous reviews that I don't buy the whole he fell instantly in love with her and has been waiting for 11 years. They were 6 and 7 years old. And it was revealed in this book that he had climbed in her window one night and kissed her. WTF?! These are kids we are talking about. This is beyond creepy. Lucas just needs to GTFO like NOW. It's shown in this book that he will always put the pack above her. Derek has been there for her time and time again. And he's more understanding than Lucas is about her.
Overall, the book is pretty amazing. And the next one can't come out fast enough. I need to know who Kylie finally chooses, which I'm pretty sure it will be Derek.(less)
The third book picks up exactly where the second book left off. The PI has finally gotten in touch with Daniel's adoptive parents. And they have come...moreThe third book picks up exactly where the second book left off. The PI has finally gotten in touch with Daniel's adoptive parents. And they have come to the camp to meet Kylie. But the meeting doesn't last long before Holiday makes them leave. Derek had found the P.I. attacked in his office, and after some investigation, the couples weren't the real Brightens. Confused on why humans would pose as them, Perry was sent out to tail them but they completely vanished in thin air. The only issue I had with this, was I could tell something wasn't right to begin with. The P.I. wouldn't of told the Brightens where Kylie was. Maybe give them her number, but he was looking for them not the other way around.
Then we have the ghost issue. This one doesn't seem to know anything, including who she is. Not to mention she doesn't even have a brain pattern! Not to mention the creepy message she keeps telling Kylie. And of course it takes the whole book to figure it out. I kind of find it strange that every ghost that comes to her has some personal tie to Kylie. The first two was understandable. But this one? Don't get me wrong I loved how it worked out. But it seemed way to easy.
To address the boy issues. Just because she has chosen Lucas doesn't mean anything. Deep down Kylie still feel something for Derek. I think a lot of her choice had to do that Kylie found out that while out on assignment, Derek ran into his ex and ended up sleeping together. Not to mention her brought her back to Shadow Falls with him. Even so, I believe Kylie made the wrong choice. I have no doubt that Lucas cares for her. But he's too overprotective. Not to mention he doesn't understand her the way Derek does, especially when it comes to ghosts. Lucas even had a few lines that made my heart melt. But he's too damn insistent that he's hoping Kylie is a were. Wouldn't that make life so easy, since his pack won't allow him to be with someone that isn't were. But the question is can he put his and Kylie's relationship over his pack's needs and wants? I'm pretty sure the answer is no.
The secondary characters are amazing. I love Burnette so much. And I'm so glad him and Holiday FINALLY got together. It was about time. And Perry. I love Perry so much. And the scene with him meeting Miranda's date was hilarious.
We can't forget the main plot. Red and Mario are still at large and are still attempting to get Kylie. She even has some kind of evil shifter protecting her from dangers. I honestly felt bad for Red at the end. He gave his life so Kyle could live.
And Kylie finally finds out what she really is. Which I so called it last book. She's a chameleon, which wasn't fully explained. But I'm guessing that's why her different gifts are from different species, and why her brain pattern changes so much, and even reverting back to a human pattern.
I'm really loving this series. And as much as I hate love triangles, I like how this one is approach. You can't be 100% sure who Kylie will end up with. Take notes other YA authors. This is how a real triangle is done.(less)
I'm not sure why it took me so long to read the second book in this breath taking series. The story picks up not long after the first one had left off...moreI'm not sure why it took me so long to read the second book in this breath taking series. The story picks up not long after the first one had left off. Kylie has finally realized that she is a supernatural and even discover who her biological father is. Too bad that he had died before she was born. Not only does Kylie have identity issues, she still has boy issues. You would think her choice would be easier to make since Lucas had ran off with another girl. But he's still sending her letters and she can't completely forget about him.
In this book we see her manifest some additional powers. During the vampire ceremony she discovers to her horror that she likes the taste of blood, plus she has incredible speed. But the fun for Kylie doesn't stop there. Over night her hair, feet, and boobs have grown significantly. Which that part would fit in with being a werewolf, plus she's been moody around the full moon cycle. But either one doesn't explain anything. Her body temperature is the same so she can't be a vampire. For being a werewolf, her gift as being a ghost whisper and her new one, dreamscaping, aren't known as were gifts. Plus the fact that she's never turned which weres do at a young age.
Kylie doesn't have time to think too much on what she is. Another ghost has shown up and tells her that someone she loves will die and she has the power to save her. Kylie has never clue where to start. Along with identity and ghost issues, there's been an uninvited vampire at the camp. Plus Kylie gets the feeling of someone following her.
And now her boy troubles. Last book I wasn't completely sure who I wanted to see her with, even though I was leaning towards Team Derek. I'm now proud to announce that I'm fully on Team Derek. I found Lucas very annoying. And all that mystery and bad boy vibe he had in last book has vanished. I understand she feels a connection towards him, but I feel like a pushing fated vibe from him. They were neighbors when they were what 6-7 years old? Yet Lucas knew at that age she's the one for him? And he told her he's been waiting 11 years to be with her? He didn't live next to her for long, and how did he know he would see her again? Or that she was a supernatural at that age? Even told her he would watch her though her bedroom window and hope to see her change into a were. Creepy. Now Derek on the other hand, he's perfect for Kylie. At one point I wanted to lock both of them in a closet. But Kylie's not sure her true feelings for either boy and Derek refuses to wait forever for her.
I couldn't put this book down. My only issue is I feel like the writing was a little immature in the beginning. Everyone made a big deal out of kissing. Almost like it's sex. Kissing is just kissing. You can kiss someone and not have it mean something. I had to recheck the ages of the characters. From that you would thought they were 14-15 and not 17-18. I'm very anxious to find out what Kylie really is, I'm starting to think she is some sort of a mix of supernatural species.(less)
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Riley has been down in the dumps ever since Kellen dumped her. And for once s...moreReview of this book along with other reviews visit my blog The Book Twins
Riley has been down in the dumps ever since Kellen dumped her. And for once she has decided she's not going to date or even have sex except for the moon heat. I was disappointed by this. I enjoyed reading about her crazy adventures, since they've been tone down since the first book. At one point I just wanted to yell at Riley and tell her get over it. Especially once she realized there was no way he's her soul mate. Just get out there and have fun, you're only young once. And with the job she has, her life is put on the line everyday.
But Riley doesn't have much time to dwell on her romantic issues. She's thrown into two cases in this book. There's seems to be a cat shifter running around killing. But turns out to be an old supernatural creature that made a cat able to turn into different people after eating them, and killing those who she believes had wrong her master. Through this storyline Riley had ran back into Quinn. Why couldn't he stay gone a little bit longer? I hated the way he tried to change and control Riley. Yes we have been told over and over Riley has an unbelievable strong connection to him. But Riley still believes her wolf soul mate is out there, and when she meets him where would that leave Quinn? During the time apart Riley wasn't the only one missing the other. Apparently Quinn was hurting too. But my problem with their reunion is that she just falls right back into his arms without even seeing if or how he has changed.
The second case deals with what seems like an invisible vampire. Riley sure does have her work cut out for her. But it's been killing classmates of it from the year he was murder. And who happens to be one of those classmates? Liander. And when he is hurt badly and kidnapped things don't look good and Rhoan goes off. Which was completely heartbreaking. I think if Liander actually died I would stop reading the series. These two are my favorites. And half the time I think I keep reading the books for them.
Of course Dia and her daughter makes an appearance. And she asks Riley that since she is half vampire and half wolf she has two souls. So what makes her think she only has one soul mate? The only problem with this logic is Rhoan is also half vampire half wolf and he has found his wolf soul mate. And it was mentioned I believe in the first book that Rhoan has more vampire traits than wolf, and Riley more wolf than vampire. So that doesn't make sense to me at all. Just excuses to have Riley with a control freak who wants to change her.
Overall I loved this book. Now if there was no Quinn in the book it would be perfect.
With Cadogan house breaking away from the GP by choice.So naturally there would be chaos around the house. Making sure everything is set. But ever sin...moreWith Cadogan house breaking away from the GP by choice.So naturally there would be chaos around the house. Making sure everything is set. But ever since Merit has become a vampire, when has anything been easy? When the GP shows up a few days early, Ethan knows they are up to something, and he wants to know exactly what it is. In the middle of everything vampires are being killed, rogue and house vamps. And in fear of the GP the other houses aren't very cooperative, even if their own are being stalked. And of course Lacey is invited to help with the transition.
I haven't been disappointed with one of Neill's books yet. And this one doesn't disappoint. There are characters I wished were in the book more. I need more Merit and Mallory scenes. I want to see these two get back on track, and it seems they are headed in that directions; you can tell it's going to be a long road. We did see a little bit of Catcher though, but not enough. We get the information that him and Mallory are talking and working through everything, but I wished we get to see that first hand.
And then we have the shifters, which I absolutely love them, especially Gabriel. If you remember a few books back, Gabriel had a vision of the future of a little boy with Ethan's eyes. We get a mentioned in this book, but not enough. And I for one need to see Gabriel more often and I need more information about this little boy. I absolutely love Merit joining their poker game.
And of course we have Jonah and the RG. Merit if officially inducted into the RG, but her luck Lacey sees her with Jonah. This is one of the points in the book when I wanted to slap Merit. After Lacey confronts Jonah, Merit assumes she knows that she joined the RG. Which I have no clue how Merit concluded that. All Lacey saw was them two in a parking lot, I knew Lacey had assumed she was having an affair with him. And then there's the matter of the RG stealing the Cadogen's egg to force them to physically leave the house. I had a good feeling it was in the house, especially after her conversation with Gabriel. Just took Merit longer to figure out.
Usually I'm good at figuring things out before they were reveal. But the person who was killing vamps? I didn't see it coming until the last second. But who he was working for? Knew that from the first moment.
The book is pretty much a filler, but it's a very enjoyable one. I know most people don't like filler books, but you can tell that the events books need to happen for the series to continue. We have that humor that we all are accustomed to. And no shortage of the mentioned of food. Which I advise don't read any of the books in this series if you're hungry.(less)
**spoiler alert** Just like I imagine everyone else I was completely devastated at the end of "Hard Bitten". I just couldn't believe it went there. An...more**spoiler alert** Just like I imagine everyone else I was completely devastated at the end of "Hard Bitten". I just couldn't believe it went there. And even though I had faith in Chloe I had no clue how she was going to fix this. I was glad that I just got in the series and didn't have to wait in between books. I couldn't even get past the first two pages without crying my eyes out at the mention of Ethan.
I do have to admit the first half the book was on the boring side and felt like a filler. Things didn't seem to improve or even get interesting till the last few chapters.
And of course it wouldn't be a Chicagoland book without Merit having to solve a mystery that's threatening or even blaming vampires. This time the lake has turned black and the sky has turned red. The humans want to blame the vampires, and while Merit tries to find who is responsible everywhere she looks sups are pointing their fingers at everyone else.
And not only during this time is Merit grieving for Ethan she is also having some strange dreams about him. Along with all this, Frank, the receiver the GP has appointed, is tearing down the house bit by bit. He had imposed new rules, including no one can gather with more than 10 in a group, got rid of all junk food in the house, and even rationed their blood. He even decided to put the guards including Merit, though some tests and had force her to step down from her position.
The ending is what made the book. The one responsible for trying to destroy the city was very unexpected. It almost kind out of no where.
Ethan does come back and as much as I loved that he does. I felt like it was a little too simple. But overall I would say you won't be disappointed in the book.