So it looks like my thirst for Gareth and Adele shall remain insatiable! I already can't wait for the next book!
--------------------- Adele! Gareth! I missed you guys!
After finishing the first set of books I thought we were at the end of adventures for Gareth and Adele. While I understand when authors want to move on I thought there was more that could be explored in this world. So you can imagine how excited I was to learn that The Griffiths would be returning to the Vampire Empire world.
When I started reading it I did forget a few things that happened in prior books since it’s been a few years, but I wasn’t completely lost in what was happening. I do think if you’re new to this series that it would be to your benefit to start from the top. One book builds on the other. One improvement I noticed is that I was engaged from beginning to end. In the prior books they got off to a slower start for me and I didn’t really feel pulled in until later.
One great thing about this series is that it’s so imaginative and the world building remains excellent. You really feel like you’re escaping into their world of airships and flying vampires, etc. The action and adventure remains top notch. Adele and Gareth continue to make a great team with even better chemistry. They really are one of my favorite couples in the urban fantasy world. What’s even better is that even while they’re together they remain strong and interesting characters individually too. I liked that we were introduced to new characters but we saw familiar faces as well.
I do wonder what is up with this new trend in books that I’ve been reading where the protagonists age prematurely. In the past it’s usually the reverse issue when dealing with supernatural characters. I’m not totally sure what that accomplishes.
For the most part the plot was entertaining and moved along well. It accomplished what few books are able to do; it gave me book drop! I gave this a full 5 stars and though I haven’t read as many books this year, it is one of my favorites by a large margin. I’d love to re-read it at some point. As it stands now, my thirst for Gareth and Adele shall remain insatiable! I already can’t wait for the next book!
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One of the things I love most about this series are the countless one liners littered throughout any given book. Whenever I'm done I always find myself going back to collect my favorites so that I can include them in my review. This book is certainly no exception. In fact, I think it was better than the last book in that department. Here are my faves:
"This would make sense," Curran said, "if I had no eyes to read it or no brain to understand it. Did Raphael write this?"
“Curran, please don’t bite his head off.” “Why?” “Because it’s illegal. Technically you assaulted him first when you threw him across the lawn.” “I didn’t throw him very far.” I rolled my eyes. “I could’ve thrown him straight up and let him land on the pavement.” “That would also be illegal.”
“Does everybody think I am an asshole?” Curran asked. “Only people who know you or have met you.” He looked at me for a long second. “You were a zealous advocate of the Pack’s causes,” I said. “The Pack’s interests are often at odds with human interests. I still love you. Derek still thinks you’re the stuff.”
“Your horse is a donkey, your poodle is a giant wolf breed, and your boyfriend is whatever the hell he is. You have problems.”
Curran and horses didn’t get along. He thought they were unpredictable and untrustworthy, and they thought he was a werelion.
Quite a few of those are courtesy of Curran and it didn't really occur to me until I started going over them. There is definitely no shortage of screen time with everybody's favorite beast lord and he's one of the strongest characters of the book (not just physically of course). He's well-written, his relationship with Kate is well-written. I don't see any fan of this pair finishing this book unsatisfied with their dynamic. One aspect I did enjoy was that they got to be out for themselves this time. Normally it's all about the pack. And even in this book they don't completely cut ties. You don't go from being the alpha of alphas to nothing overnight. They are feeling the effects of this transition and some things will never change. But I did like at least getting a taste of what it's like for them to do their own thing for a little while.
The action overall was good though I must admit I am becoming less interested in the monsters. It's starting to feel like more of the same there, but it's still an entertaining ride. For me, this time around I was hoping we'd see more development with the Roland situation, but overall there wasn't very much. At this point I think that will really move the plot further along as we reach the end. I believe the series it supposed to wrap up in 10 books so we have 2 more to go. If it's heavy on the Roland subject to finish things out, I will definitely be a happy camper.
Fans of the series can't miss this one!
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Loved this book! It's been a while since I've read something to pull me in like this one. Looking forward to the sequel though I sense a few complicatLoved this book! It's been a while since I've read something to pull me in like this one. Looking forward to the sequel though I sense a few complications coming up...
I would be afraid of book hangover if I didn't have The Geomancer ARC (Vampire Empire 4) to get through next! The only way to counter a new OTP is through reading new stuff about one of your current OTPs :P. ...more
After hearing glowing praises for this book I wasn’t quite sure what to do. There are plenty of instances where I don’t like book series that others tAfter hearing glowing praises for this book I wasn’t quite sure what to do. There are plenty of instances where I don’t like book series that others tend to rave about. But the premise sounded interesting so I decided to give this one a shot. I’m very glad I did! It was a refreshing read. I tried one book by this author before and couldn’t get into it so that probably didn’t help with my initial hesitation. But overall I would say that Radiance delivers on just about all cylinders. I respected how much world building Draven was able to pack into a relatively short book without making it feel like a complete info dump. Something like this is often twice as long and twice as confusing.
The characterization was well done. I’m not an easy sell when it comes to that kind of thing, but I immediately grew to care about both Brishen and Ildiko. They were likable and easy to root for. Draven also knows how to create characters we love to hate! Brishen’s mother is a piece of work, but you definitely can’t say that she doesn’t keep things interesting.
I probably would have given this a 5 out of 5 if not for a certain development toward the end. What happens sort of feels unnecessary to me and done mostly for shock value. Maybe if it happened in a sequel or had more build up I would feel differently.
I’m actually considering going back to read that first book from her that I didn’t finish. It might prove to be a pleasant surprise and pull me in this time around. Sometimes it’s not always that a book is bad. You just have to be in the right mood for it at the time.
Overall you can certainly count me in with the lot that thinks this is a great read and since it appears to be the start of a series, I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!...more
It was a pretty generic read. The only interesting part for me is that this takes place at the University of Maryland, College Park. That's my alma maIt was a pretty generic read. The only interesting part for me is that this takes place at the University of Maryland, College Park. That's my alma mater. Unfortunately the imagery is a bit lacking. I was hoping this would evoke a sense of nostalgia for me, but it's like the author reserved that more for describing food and pretty much anything else but the campus. The relationships and the obvious potential love triangle felt a bit forced and rushed. I think more time should have been spent building chemistry for one guy instead. But hey, it's a freebie and wasn't a long commitment. *shrugs*...more
I normally don't do police procedural novels, but this has a distinct feel for me and the characters are taking on their own personalities. Jaye WellsI normally don't do police procedural novels, but this has a distinct feel for me and the characters are taking on their own personalities. Jaye Wells really brings this world to life. Our protagonist has her fair share of struggles trying to refrain from the use of magic. Remember, it's a bit different how it works in this world. Magic is practically a metaphor for drug use, from requiring AA meetings to "cooking." As a Breaking Bad fan, that always amuses me. Kate is really feeling the effects of her decisions from the first book which reinforces how unique this brand of magic is. I like that the characters are somewhat realistic. They have their flaws and make bad and selfish decisions just like anyone else. I found them relatable and I actually am becoming invested in her relationships with those around her, including her brother and best friend. She's caught between a rock and a hard place.
I found it entertaining from beginning to end. I do get a hint of a love triangle brewing, so you might want to steer clear if that trope irks you to no end. I don't like them either and if it gets to be too much I will table this series until we have a definitive answer. But for now I'm enjoying the ride and the author's *ahem* vivid and morbid imagination. It's not for the faint of heart. Overall it was a more even book than the first one. The first novel started off strong and lost some steam toward the end, but this one is a bit more even and strong all throughout. I am looking forward to visiting this world again....more
"I throw back the cup of tea. It tastes like hot swamp water filtered through a baboon's ass."
This was my first time reading a Sandman Slim novel as well as anything by Richard Kadrey despite hearing this series and his name pop up from time to time. Yeah, I'm starting a little late in the game, but I'll take what I can get! Color me impressed! I really enjoyed this world and characters. Kadrey has quite the imagination when it comes to the powers and abilities of his supporting characters and his central character, James, as well. I started reading it feeling like there was plenty of back story given so I didn't really feel lost. However, as I read a bit more I do think there were things I would understand better had I read the other 5 books when it came to species, their abilities, and their interrelationships with other species and James. Even still, there is enough new material for me to follow along without much issue. They do reference the past a lot so it's nice to see another series that does a good job of building on itself. I was intrigued enough by the plot and enjoyed this story enough that I do plan to go back and read the others! Candy (James's demon girlfriend) is really cool. I like her personality a lot and can see how well it works with his character as well. The world-building is fantastic, thorough, and consistent. This particular book wasn't very dark for me but I hear that this series takes a bunch of very dark turns in the prequel novels, so color me intrigued.
I am coming off of reading the complete Dresden files earlier this year so a few elements made me think back to that series, but this series has plenty to stand apart on its own as well. I was engaged from beginning to the end. I feel like readers of The Dresden Files and Kate Daniels in particular would really like this one too. There are plenty of quotable passages, very funny ones.
So yes, overall I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the rest of the novels in this series. Looks like I have another marathon planned for 2015!
Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1) was my first foray into the writing of Larissa Ione. I was familiar with a few of her other established woBound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1) was my first foray into the writing of Larissa Ione. I was familiar with a few of her other established works (Demonica and Lords of Deliverance to be exact), but this series was attractive since I could start from the top and not get too behind. I enjoyed the first one more than I was expecting to so I was really looking forward to this one. Overall this was another entertaining entry, but I did miss some of the wit and humor found in the first one. This was more angsty for sure.
We learn more about Hunter's character as he takes center stage, but Ryker and Nicole are still integral characters to this plot. I wasn't totally sure how I was going to feel about the twin sister fiasco. It sounded too much like a text book soap opera storyline, but it wasn't so bad. It's still not my favorite way to go about things, but it didn't ruin the story. There was this one scene that totally reminded me of Beauty and the Beast and I found it thoroughly enjoyable (it's one of my top 3 Disney films if you didn't know that about me ~_^). I found some side characters a bit more interesting than the main couple, but the good thing about these books is that those characters will get central focus in future entries. Ione has certainly piqued my interest there. So with that said I am looking forward to the next one. I wish these were published twice a year instead of once. Overall the world is pretty interesting and there's still a lot more to explore when it comes to the the dynamics between humans and vampires.
I’m usually always up for a good angel series. I probably enjoy those second after vampire books. So the premise of this one was partDIVINITY Review
I’m usually always up for a good angel series. I probably enjoy those second after vampire books. So the premise of this one was particularly interesting. The world building itself has a fair amount of potential. I think some things could have been fleshed out a bit more because there were a few instances that felt like info-dumping to me. There were some issues that may be hard to swallow for some readers, especially a certain plot point relating to domestic abuse. That topic has been hot in the media as of late (ie: the Ray Rice situation), so I found myself particularly invested in that outcome. The author seemed to have quite a bit of knowledge about the situation so it played out realistically.
I wasn’t crazy about the romance aspect here. I actually think the book would have been fine without it. I just didn’t feel the chemistry between Julia and her boyfriend, and to be fair, when it comes to supernatural series I find that human book boyfriends are at a disadvantage by default (poor Nick from The Hollows never stood a chance for me honestly). That said, I think there are other potential on the horizon there for future installments. Overall, if you haven’t read a lot of angel novels then this will probably feel like a fresh read. While it wasn’t bad, for me it did lack a fresh factor, but I do think the next books could be promising. I would give a sequel a try because some of the characters were interesting and there are some interesting paths where this story can go.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review...more