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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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.
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I will be honest and admit that I didn't re-read the prequels prior to diving into this one. It's been a couple of years since I read Shadow of Night so my memory was fuzzy on certain details and as a result, toward the beginning of this book I felt a little lost. It didn't last for long though as Harkness weaves the story together very well incorporating important developments from the other novels into this one. It definitely feels like a third book so you don't want to start here.
If you've been waiting patiently for this one then it was worth the wait. It's a satisfying final act and at this point I'd say it's my favorite of the series because I want to read it again. Harkness is prolific, but the pace felt just right this time around whereas in the earlier novels it occasionally felt slow. Either that or I finally adjusted to her writing style. I was hanging onto every word and the suspense created just the right tension, especially toward the end. I couldn't put the book down. It struck an emotional chord with me which was a pleasant surprise. After about a third into the book I was completely invested in the outcome for Diana and Matthew as they had so much counting against them and their family. And it only compounds as the story goes on. Diana's growing powers, Matthews secrets, the plot twists, the villains, they were all very entertaining.
Aside from feeling lost after having not re-read the other books, my only other criticism is that I thought it was a little crowded character-wise. I could keep up with core supporting characters, but often enough I found myself mixing up the rest.
These books offer a mix of everything which is what makes them so fun. I came for the paranormal but I appreciate the amount of research that went into the historical aspects of the book, the strong writing, the humor, the horror, the drama, and the romance. The chemistry between Diana and Matthew is the best part of the book. By the end I felt like I went on a journey with the characters and that to me is a sign of a successful book. Though this is the end of the trilogy I think there is enough left to write another one and I wouldn't be surprised to see it down the line.
I knocked both volumes 5 and 6 out back to back so the storyline is a bit more blurred, but all in all there is necessary regression in the plot line.I knocked both volumes 5 and 6 out back to back so the storyline is a bit more blurred, but all in all there is necessary regression in the plot line. The series wraps up with volume 7 which has not yet been released, so final conflicts and adversaries are making big moves. The suspense is pretty good and while the plot is overall predictable, there are a few twists and turns here and there that keep the story interesting. Volume 6 definitely leaves you wanting to know how it ends, so you’ll want Volume 7 right away.
As I stated before, I read this manga series once upon a time when it was still in Japanese. I was surprised to see it show up as an ARC some years later. It’s definitely an easy read and the plot is pretty straightforward. It’s a really nice option if you’re in between reads. I like the artwork and if you’re into comics, manga and romance, I imagine this series would be right up your alley to check out. There’s brief nudity and sexual situations, but it doesn’t overtake the story or qualify as hentai in my opinion.
"I can't tell you how many jobs I've done without a hitch since the last time I saw you, Dresden. You walk through the door and everything goes to hell."
"That's embroidered on my towels, actually," I said.
""What you are telling me," she said, "is that you have never shared your life with another over the long term. The closest you have come to it is providing a home and affection for a being which is entirely your subject and in your control."
"Well, not at bath time..."
"I know you've been aching to have your hands on my staff," I said to Ascher, as Nicodemus examined the altar for himself. I held out my hand. "But I'd rather be the one fondling my tool. Wizards are weird like that."
PARKOUR! Because Harry Dresden says so.
Cold Days was easily one of the best entries of the Dresden series. It's probably my favorite. And it definitely left big shoes to fill for any book that would follow it. Well, Skin Game does it wonderfully. I was hanging on to every word. The tension between Harry and Nicodemus was beyond palpable and I kept waiting for the shoe to drop! And boy does it drop.
This book was really exciting, gripping, and a true nail biter. I wasn't sure where Butcher planned to go with this one putting Nicodemus front and center. Either we'd finish the book with a better understanding of the character (potentially liking him more) or we'd see Harry do away with him once and for all. He is definitely a character you love to hate.
The heist plot was great and we got to see more focus on potential future players in the series. I liked that everyone was out for themselves since it kept things unpredictable.
I did miss Thomas in this entry as well as Molly, but the story is still fantastic. We get a great deal of Murphy, Michael, and Butters to make up for it so that's good enough for me. There were some really great twists and turns and several characters get upgrades in power. One of my favorite aspects of any series are the strength of the relationships. Harry never has it easy, ever. You really feel for the guy. While Cold Days certainly had emotional moments, there are some pivotal developments here too that make his journey even more special to me.
I am a newer fan of these books having marathoned the entire series back to back this year. Admittedly a lot of the story blurs together for me so it's difficult to distinguish one book from the next (save for books like Changes and Cold Days). Of course that stops now since I'm all caught up with everyone else. But I will say that I am glad it happened with this book because it was a particularly satisfying read!
Harry juggles plenty of hats as it is, but I'm looking forward to how he handles just a few more in the next entry.
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