The plot is excruciatingly boring, what little there appeared to be anyway... This book needs better editing as well. It reads like fanfiction and I r...moreThe plot is excruciatingly boring, what little there appeared to be anyway... This book needs better editing as well. It reads like fanfiction and I really don't need to hear how much so-and-so loves so-and-so on every page. I get it, Derek loves Sophia and vice versa. But is a reminder every 2 minutes necessary? The multiple POVs were extremely annoying in this respect too. Half a dozen POVs is annoying as it gets, but to top it off, practically everyone who gets a POV loves someone and you'd better believe we have to hear about it as if we're supposed to give a damn. The previous novels didn't feel nearly as bad. Maybe I'll come back for the final book, MAYBE, but I have no interest on the road to get there at this point. I'll likely just read a summary. (less)
This was my first time reading Sarah Fine’s work, and it was fine work! I thought the world building was particularly stellar. The Shadowlands (a purgatory-like environment for those who commit suicide) and its inhabitants were well-developed. Some creatures were downright scary and not always because of their appearance. The psychological mind games were disturbing at times because of how normal some of the creatures and villains initially behave.
I particularly liked our leading lady and lad, Lela and Malachi. Though she’s not perfect and is capable of making critical mistakes, I appreciate Lela’s values and her selflessness. Her checkered and tragic past explains a lot about why she is the way she is. Malachi’s character is more of a mystery for a while, but he is a warrior through and through. They have great chemistry together, but I found myself appreciating most of the relationships in this book, platonic or otherwise. There were intriguing twists and turns that made the novel really hard to put down. Though this is a young adult novel, most of the time it really didn’t feel that way. The novel deals with very sobering subject matters from drug use to suicide to genocide to child abuse to rape. Let’s not forget the violence either. But the characters have motivations for a better tomorrow and that’s reason enough for me to root for them. While that works for me as someone who typically prefers adult series to YA, it may not sit as well with other readers.
Whenever I pick up a book and feel like I’m believably transported to another world, the author has done their job. I am really looking forward to the sequel.
I didn’t start reading these novels until this year, but I’m certainly as enthusiastic as any long time fan when it comes to th...moreSydrian is the BEST!!
I didn’t start reading these novels until this year, but I’m certainly as enthusiastic as any long time fan when it comes to this series. The Fiery Heart will evoke pretty much every emotion you can think of. This book is probably my new favorite, though book 3 nips at its heels. Fans who have been waiting to finally see Sydrian (that’s an amalgamation of Sydney and Adrian’s names for those of you who don’t understand shipper speak) in its full glory should not be disappointed but you have to remember that you’re reading a Richelle Mead novel and it’s the middle of the series, so expect some angst and some growing pains and a cliffhanger that reaches Holy-Smokes-Batman levels. It at least makes it somewhat realistic.
I loved this novel to bits but I would have liked a little more development in the magic department. That’s not to say it was lacking; her abilities are extremely relevant to this storyline, but it didn’t feel quite as involved as with the previous books. I can understand that because this time the novel alternates between Adrian and Sydney’s POVs. The read was still surprisingly cohesive. Sometimes that becomes a challenge for an author but I think Mead still captured both of their personalities very well.
I didn’t really sense as much page time being given to the supporting characters either. There are some significant developments with them and their stories, but don’t expect much. This is clearly a Sydrian novel, made for Sydrian by Sydrian. Have I made it pretty clear that this novel is about Sydrian?
And since this is a Sydrian novel, let's get back to that topic, shall we? This book makes you realize how good they really are for one another, though quite often their situation feels so hopeless. It's a case of star-crossed lovers if I've ever read one. Though she tries to keep up her alchemist front, internally Sydney becomes more of a free spirit; this leads to behavior more reckless than you'd come to expect from her and it's very refreshing. Adrian also really steps up to the plate to be responsible when it comes to his own vices. They balance each other extremely well, their chemistry is through the roof, and I loved every minute of it.
This book really made me realize I will have to revise my Goodreads shelves. For a "Young Adult" it was racier than some adult novels I've read. But I was also recently told that series like this where the characters are 18 and over are considered "New Adult." Of course the Goodreads Awards don't make that distinction... and honestly when I see "new adult" I think of a new novel in the adult category, like new Hollows, Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, etc. I'm also considering calling this "Mature YA" but I'm still deciding. I'm open to suggestions.
There are two novels left so I could understand why Mead didn't want to prolong the honeymoon period. She is an author that really makes her characters earn their HEAs and clearly this won't be an exception. I'm just hoping she can provide a satisfying ending to this series. It's no secret that her endings of series tend to polarize her readers so it does concern me a little bit. This is the first series where she has me by the balls and I'm totally at her mercy. But on the plus side, it's only 8 months until we get book 5! I'm ready for whatever, Ms. Mead! In the meantime, I'm gonna go re-read some of my fave passages from this one as they are MORE than enough to hold me over until next time!
After the cliffhanger of book 3 there was no way I couldn’t read this one right away. I whizzed through it too. This was easily the best book of the series. I was genuinely put through the emotional wringer and there were some truly surprising developments.
Origin, the title, denotes a new race we learn about in this book. Apparently Luxen and hybrids can procreate and they are the result, something great than its two parents. Good thing Katy and Daemon use protection, eh?
This novel was different from the others in that we get alternating POVs of Daemon and Katy. That was a nice workaround considering how long Katy’s held captive. As the book explores the heart of Daedalus I really found myself wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt. It really was as the synopsis said. Even the Arum’s existence and purpose isn’t quite as black and white anymore. But that was clearly a mistake as one particular scene was so horrific and left me so angry and appalled I just wanted them all to die horrible painful deaths. It was absolutely infuriating and I’m upset all over again simply writing about it now.
There were other surprising twists, particularly on Katy’s part with her abilities and how far she’ll let her anger carry her. Though I was completely fine with those developments. I’ll just say that he had it coming, though the actual timing of it was unexpected.
Daemon and Katy….let’s just say that the angst factor is amped up to a 9/10 for these two. The devotion was nice, but I could have done without one decidedly annoying decision on their part. It didn’t really add anything to the relationship and felt overly dramatic and somewhat out of character if anything. There’s a development with Dawson and Beth too, but I saw that one coming a mile away and it didn’t annoy me at all. (view spoiler)[the marriage thing was kind of annoying and I guessed Beth was pregnant the second they all reunited and we learned she was sleeping, and before that I figured she'd get pregnant at some point in this series. (hide spoiler)]
But aside from those things, this is easily the best book yet. Unputdownable.
While new characters are introduced the lives of others are put into jeopardy, further proving this threat is very real. There’s yet another cliffhanger as well, but this time it’s one I actually could get behind.
If my understanding is correct, the next book is the last book of the series. I’ve grown attached to the characters and will miss this world, but Armentrout has definitely proven herself to be a very capable author and if this book was this good, I think she has the goods to let this series go out with a bang.
I read Shadows (Lux #0.5) and Obsession this week, so now I’m all caught up and the reviews shall soon follow. This is the first series in a while where I’ve been motivated to catch up with all the books. Normally I might read a book or two of something and then move on to another series and come back to read more at a later time, but this has been good enough for me that I just can’t wait. I am definitely a fan of Jennifer Armentrout’s writing.
It didn’t take long for me to get to this one after finishing the second book. While I enjoyed it about as much as book two, it does com...moreCliffy Alert!
It didn’t take long for me to get to this one after finishing the second book. While I enjoyed it about as much as book two, it does come across as feeling like more of the same a few times with some notable exceptions. I enjoyed the heist angle, but that meant less awesome quotes about Katy’s book blogging.
We’re introduced to a few new characters and re-acquainted with old ones and once again, we’re left wondering if their motivations will work in Team Daemon’s favor or not. I’ve not read the prequel novella with Dawson (though I will very soon; it’s free), but he is in full emo mode with a side of douche as well. I don’t hate the character or anything like that because it’s quite clear that he’s been through a lot, but for his sake you really want this heist to work out so that he can pep up. Dee is also not the same bubbly character. She really lets Katy have it, though I understand her point of view as well. It’s still hard and at times annoying to read.
My favorite side character at this point is Luc, a prodigy and mysterious night club owner with all the deets on how to bust into Daedalus. Something has to be special about him to have so much power and information under his thumb.
Daemon and Katy become even closer. Even with his usual arrogance and wit, he still balances it with being a good partner for Katy. I could have done without a couple of scenes here and there and more plot, but I do like the pair so I won’t complain about it too much.
The funniest part of the book to me was the intentional irony in this quote:
“I couldn’t run down the hall, letting people free. We didn’t plan for that and we only had a set amount of time. It sucked—sucked worse than people who pirated books, sucked more than waiting a year for the next book in a beloved series, and sucked more than a brutal cliffhanger ending. Leaving here, knowing we could possibly be leaving innocent people behind, would haunt me forever.”
And then what happens? Armentrout leaves this book on a cliffhanger! Lucky for me, I could jump right into Book 4.
"Don't forget. There are cooler things out there than fallen angels and dead guys. Just saying." He winked."
This quote is even funnier since she has a fallen angel series too now.
Onyx, the follow-up to Obsidian, is pretty awesome! I thought it was much better than the first book, amping up the story was well as amping up Katy's powers. I'm glad she gets an upgrade in the power category because she can be truly proactive instead of constantly playing damsel in distress. Granted, that still happens a lot but she is in over her head too much to have no defenses at all.
But as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. The stakes are higher for Katy's safety as well as her mom's and she needs to harness her new abilities. We meet a couple of new characters whose motives were pretty easy to guess early on, but their purpose completely changes the game. There were a few unexpected developments that prove no one is truly safe.
This is where the series went from okay to a true page turner, drawing me into the story and making me begin to really invest in the characters. Katy is so very amusing, especially when it comes to her blogging. She's so relatable and I find myself often highlighting quotes about her blogging experiences.
"I wrote a quick review for Monday and then a longer one for Tuesday. The longer one was because I couldn't stop gushing. I think I had a new book boyfriend and his name was Tod."
and another fave:
"It had insta-love, the bane of my existence Girl sees boy and falls in love. Immediately. Soul make, breath stealing, toes curling, love after one conversation. Boy pushes girl away for some paranormal reason or another. Girl still loves boy. Boy finally admits love."
Deamon's great too with his constant one liners and perpetual nicknames for a new guy in town who is clearly not his favorite person.
Of course their relationship is reaches a new level, though it's still executed in typical YA fashion with the constant back and forth, the interruptions to keep things from the point of no return, the high school level jealousy and drama, etc. I would definitely prefer if these novels weren't YA, but it offers enough for me to still want to continue with it.
These books are good enough to want to read them back to back without breaking to read something else. I unfortunately wasn't able to get to book 3 immediately after this one, but I had good excuses. After getting The Undead Pool (Hollows #12) ARC and World After (Penryn #2) ARC in my paws, they just couldn't be ignored. But I definitely read read Book 3 as soon as I was able and I'll have that review ready soon!
I really like this cover! I read the first novel, Shade of Vampire, not very long ago and I found it pretty entertaining if a...moreEven better than Book 1
I really like this cover! I read the first novel, Shade of Vampire, not very long ago and I found it pretty entertaining if a bit on the short side. A Shade of Blood however is a big improvement. A larger page count probably helped, but the world and characters have become more interesting and the story more complicated. I’m not completely sure where things can go from here.
Sometimes multiple POVs annoys me in certain books, but I think the story and characters greatly benefit from it here. I’m a fan of when we can really get into the heads out our villains so I was glad they were included as well. Sofia’s destiny becomes clearer and she embraces it which helps move the plot along instead of dragging out the inevitable.
She and Derek definitely have something special and it was nice to see the bond solidified. The wild card now is Blake. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy his character as he seemed like more of a tie to her past and a reason to introduce the ever so popular love triangle. But there appears to be more in store for him than that could significantly affect the remaining books.
So far all books in this series are available to borrow for free on Amazon Prime, so I’ve been enjoying them that way. I already borrowed book 3 for October and am pretty sure books 4 and 5 will round out the year for me.
I have an idea of where this series is going to go. But after reading this book, I have no idea how long Karen Chance plans to take to...moreTempted to Stop
I have an idea of where this series is going to go. But after reading this book, I have no idea how long Karen Chance plans to take to get us there. For a two year wait I felt like it should have had more impact for me than it did. But the two year wait could have also been to its detriment. Considering my super long to-be-read list, I’m not really one to go back and re-read books unless I find it exceptional. So because of that I found myself occasionally confused this time around. This one didn’t quite draw me in as easily compared to the others either.
It definitely keeps to Karen Chance’s usual style of non-stop action to the point of where your head spins and occasional humor, but something felt missing for me this time around. I know what else (or rather who else) was missing as well, Mircea. In the earlier books I wasn’t necessarily Team Pritkin or Team Mircea because I’m just not that much of a Cassie fan, but I feel like she’ll ultimately end up with Pritkin. And books like this where Mircea is literally nowhere to be seen only reinforce that idea and further raise my heckles when it comes to my annoyance with this supposed love-triangle. It’s a pathetic one at best. After reading the Dorina Basarab books, Mircea has easily become one of my favorite characters of the series and I feel like while we see fantastic development for him there, he really gets the shaft here and I find that frustrating.
And you know what else is frustrating? Cliffhangers. We’re left with another one. Apparently this was originally 800 pages and Chance practically had to cut the book in half to get it published. After reading it that didn’t surprise me at all. I’m at a place now where I much prefer the Dory books because I find it has all of the plusses and none of the drawbacks that irk me with the Cassie books. I just wish Chance was able to produce both series in one year instead of alternating them every year.
I’m at the point where I’m contemplating dropping the Cassie books and focusing solely on the Dory ones. Since this book was really only half the story, I may read the next one but if I don’t connect with that one either, I’ll be hanging it up…unless the 8th book is the last one.
Do the cover models remind anyone else of Eliza Dushku and an older more muscly Tyler Posey (from Teen Wolf)? I can't be the only one to think so. This is apparently a stock photo for another book I saw recently so make sure you grab the right one! I held off on reading this one until I was caught up with the Lux novels. I prefer adult novels to YA, so while I do manage to enjoy the Lux series quite a bit, I was definitely curious about the series potential at an adult level. Some things felt the same but it also felt very different in a good way. I would definitely read more Arum novels in the future. Take out a couple of sex scenes and tone down the content and it probably isn't much different from what you'd find in the Lux novels even with the darker tone.
Hunter was pretty entertaining and funny making it an enjoyable ride to learn more about the Arum. I was glad to get a lead male with a distinct personality from Daemon. There's always two sides to every story and I appreciated this exploration of their world. The chemistry and build up with Serena is about as good as it gets for a standalone.
We see a cameo of Daemon here and then it turns out Hunter makes a cameo in the 4th Lux novel (chapter 6 to be exact). While you don't have to read one to enjoy the other it does make things more fun and there are some relevant plot lines that tie into the main series! I liked the series overlap and appearance of Luc, my favorite side character of the series.
After I was finished I was left wanting more, so I think that means Armentrout did her job! This book does make me wonder if any readers are more Team Arum or Team Luxen. Anti-heroes are as popular as ever and the Arum have genuine substance now. I can't quite decide which team I'm on. Perhaps that means a few more books are in order, you know, so I that can properly decide ~_^.
This was my first time reading a full length Larissa Ione novel. I believe I read a short story once upon a time but I can't remember wh...moreEntertaining!
This was my first time reading a full length Larissa Ione novel. I believe I read a short story once upon a time but I can't remember which one. I figured I'd rather start fresh with a new series to see if I enjoy her style, and after reading this novel I'd say I do! Though primarily a PNR, I thought it offered a satisfying dose of snark, comedy, and action. I liked the premise of vampires actually being the slaves this time around. At first glance it seems a bit ridiculous considering their place on the food chain, but humans have strength in numbers, resources and smarts and all of that plays a big part in this novel.
The love story between Riker and Nicole was satisfying enough. It felt like your standard fanfare in terms of progression for a standalone. Though I wasn't blown away by the book, I did appreciate the solid world building and the characters. It has potential to get better and better. I would consider reading the second book and I'd also considering giving her Lords of Deliverance series a try sometime down the line. It definitely won't be this year, but perhaps sometime in 2014. If you're in the mood for a lighter PNR, I'd recommend this one. It has dark themes at times, but it didn't really play on my angst strings very much.
I started this series thinking Keri Arthur was publishing a new one alongside the Dark Angels novels. I didn't know that they we...moreI was hoping for more
I started this series thinking Keri Arthur was publishing a new one alongside the Dark Angels novels. I didn't know that they were republishing her older works. It's very interesting to become familiar with an author's style and ability and compare it to something else. I noticed after a while that this had more of a pedestrian quality to it as opposed to the Dark Angels series. I've only read the first Riley Jenson novel but it did not feel quite on that level either. This is not to say that the story wasn't straightforward and enjoyable in some parts. I thought the mystery was good and it worked fine as a standalone story. But it's not my favorite effort by Arthur.
I didn't really become invested in the development of the protagonists or their relationship to one another over the course of the book. The most interesting aspects were the villains and the world building, but as I said, Arthur's definitely done better. This is the first of a trilogy, though to me if felt perfect as a standalone. I honestly doubt I will continue with this as I'm more likely to read her other books instead because I'm not yet caught up on either one.
After reading Jennifer Armentrout flex her YA skills with the Lux novels, I was ever so curious to check out her adult skills...moreMore Like Fangirl Rising
After reading Jennifer Armentrout flex her YA skills with the Lux novels, I was ever so curious to check out her adult skills with Unchained. I will be honest and say that any series set in Washington, DC like this one is will automatically make me a little biased. But I probably would have loved this book if it took place in Timbuktu (well, not really, but any urban setting would have worked). I have grown to enjoy the fallen angel subgenre almost as much as a vampire one and books like this are probably why.
After reading the novel I learned that this was actually an earlier novel by Armentrout and while I enjoyed it, finding the plot and characters satisfying enough, I wasn’t surprised. If there was one area I could criticize it would definitely be the world building aspect. We definitely hear about Washington, DC, but she does very little to actually show us the setting with good details. It’s only because I live here that the setting makes sense to me. She has since improved in that area with her Lux novels.
The characterizations are very good, especially when it comes to Julian, the fallen angel. I don’t doubt he’ll make the book boyfriend list for many readers. While I personally liked Lily, I think she would have to grow on other readers. She’s brash, overconfident and loves to dive head first into danger. But she’s Nephilim (a fallen angel/human hybrid), what do you expect? She’s also a bit of a rebel but for me that made her all the more fun. She’s good at what she does so she can back it up…for now.
While I would call this an urban fantasy, it definitely comes on strong with the romance too. The chemistry between Julian and Lily is totally scorching, but you’re never allowed to feel comfortable with their relationship because they are inherently on opposing sides. There’s just enough tension to keep things interesting the whole way through. I was honestly fearing a potential love triangle, so if you’re concerned about that, don’t be. There are definitely bigger fish to fry as to what can drive a wedge between the two.
There’s a lot of action and brutality and I honestly wasn’t always sure of the characters’ motivations which kept things from being too predictable. All in all there was never a dull moment for me, so even though this is an earlier work of Armentrout, it’s still plenty enjoyable and re-readable. I will absolutely be reading Book 2 and I’m crossing my fingers that it can release on time in 2014.
I held off on reading this series for a long time. I actually started it some time ago then stopped and then decided to resume it closer...moreCity of Bones
I held off on reading this series for a long time. I actually started it some time ago then stopped and then decided to resume it closer to the movie’s release. Ultimately I ended up watching the movie before finishing the book. There were times that the book read like fanfiction to me (and then I learned that’s because it actually was), but I’ve certainly read worse. While I thought the movie was pretty rushed, the book had the opposite effect for me and felt overly long, but that could be because I didn’t find the melodrama particularly interesting between the main three, especially Simon’s assured-to-be-unrequited feelings for Clary.
Jace. Jace. Jace. Well at least he has a personality? He comes off as pretty juvenile for me at times and I didn’t always find it funny, so for me he wasn’t as swoon-worthy as I’m sure he is for millions of others. The chemistry with Clary is pretty good until the twist that made my eyes roll. After that I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be interested in seeing it play out for multiple books throughout the series.
I enjoyed the magic, mythology and lore here, but it honestly wasn’t something that I can’t get anywhere else and better, so while I don’t think I’ll completely drop the series, I’m also in no rush to continue it anytime soon. I’m much more likely to read the The Infernal Devices Trilogy instead because there are only 3 of those and they’re complete.
Oh boy, what a ride! While this book wasn't as quotable with the usual hilarious quips that make me love this series so much, it i...moreThis SERIES Rises!
Oh boy, what a ride! While this book wasn't as quotable with the usual hilarious quips that make me love this series so much, it is definitely one of my favorite books of the series, if not my favorite. I usually love books when the characters go on road trips or end up out of their usual element. It usually gives a series a fresh perspective, revealing new aspects about my favorite characters and ultimately showing what they are made of when the going gets tough. Ilona Andrews really brought their A-game from start to finish. Kate and Curran, how can you not love them? As solid as they are, or at least as solid as we assume they are, their relationship and feelings for one another are put to the ultimate test.
I must say that bringing just about every essential character along for the quest set off my alarm bells early that nothing was going to be the same from here on out. I feared that not everybody would make it back or make it back in one piece. And they do take a hell of a beating in that department I'm sad to say. But I believe everything that happened happened for the sake of pushing the story forward to the best conclusion possible.
There were definitely frustrating moments making me feel for both characters as individuals as well. I will always be a Kate and Curran girl, but I thought they handled the chemistry between Kate and Hugh D'Ambry (her father's right hand) surprisingly well. I was genuinely looking forward to their scenes together and the outcomes weren't always predictable. I was really engrossed in the back story involving Kate's heritage and felt satisfied with what was revealed. It felt integral to the story and to what we can expect of the series here on out. So often I run into series where the overarching plot is merely peppered throughout the book instead of being the meat of it, making it very obvious that the author plans to drag the story out as much as possible. I am so happy that wasn't the case here, though I honestly haven't read a disappointing Kate Daniels book.
If we thought things were complicated before, this book proved to me that we haven't seen anything yet. I heard the series was going to end at 7, but then they decided to extend it to 10. At this point I think 10 books is definitely the sweet spot.
If you want a true page turner, this is one of the best you are going to find this year, guaranteed.
More like 2.5 stars because there is creativity there. All in all I thought the story was original and unique enough to stick out in my mind which is definitely a good thing considering the tons of books I read throughout the year. I see a lot of potential with the story, the world, and character development, especially in future novels. The beginning draws you in quite effectively. I do think the novel could use an additional round of editing to cut down on repetition and improve the flow of the story. It distracted me from the experience at times, but with tighter writing in the sequels (or even a revised version of this story) I could see it being a true standout. I also think a catchier titles could help draw more attention.
As a follow-up to Gilded Destiny, which I enjoyed quite a bit, I must say that Jaded Touch was also well done. I feel like the Vesper species is a pretty unique addition to the world of urban fantasy. My favorite part of this novel would be the origins and development of their race. Though it’s a short read, a borderline novella, it offers very solid world-building and it pulls me in as effectively as any full length novel, leaving me wanting to know what comes next. The politics and dynamics between male and female Vespers adds just the right amount of tension while still keeping things unpredictable. I still have questions, but I feel as if more layers will be peeled back in the next installment.
The relationship of Jack and Three has me on the fence. Though the dynamic didn’t always work for me, they have a lot of chemistry. As their own characters I liked them quite a bit though. Scarred and tormented, Three has to march by the beat of her own drum due to her origins, so she’s constantly getting into trouble. But deep down she is a genuine person and she’s easy to root for.
Considering how the first book ended I actually was expecting this novel to be a continuation of that one. And considering how this one ended, there are even more possibilities for the next novel. I won’t be giving away spoilers here but I certainly wouldn’t mind a revisit to what could happen between either of those potential storylines.
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This was my first time delving into the Love at Stake novels, or at least I think so. What drew me to this book was mainly the title. I thought it’d be a parody of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novel. There was humor here and there, but this is first and foremost a paranormal romance, so the romance and drama take precedence. I may have read a short story from this series before because one aspect sounded familiar to me; it was the VANNA angle in particular though I can’t recall where I could have read it. VANNA is a life-size synthetic device designed to look like a human woman. There’s blood stored inside it to help curb a vampire’s desire to attack real living people. That provided a healthy dose of comic relief in this book. Though the story appears to be a standalone, there is an overarching plot that I feel has been developing since the earlier books. But even still I never felt lost.
The relationship between Dougal and Leah was decent but I didn’t connect to it very much. Both were a little too down on themselves most of the time. I also think the timing was wrong for me because I read this on the heels of another book where reincarnation was at the heart of the relationship. I wasn’t disappointed with the book, so I imagine fans of the series who have read it from the beginning should enjoy it. Though I doubt I will read all the earlier 13 novels, I might look into reading one of its stronger prequels to get a better feel for Kerrelyn Sparks’s writing at its best.
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Talk about an imagination! I wasn't totally sure of what to expect going into this one. I wasn't sure which book to choose for my monthly kindle prime freebie and time was running out. It was a debut, and it was originally a Kindle serial series. But all in all it turned out wonderfully.
Though I've read other novels with a circus theme, this one certainly comes off as unique. Mab is a really cool leader. There are a lot of questions but the story pulls you in so that you really want to read along to get them answered. She can be generous but she absolutely has an agenda, so it keeps things interesting.
I really enjoyed the evolving family dynamic. Romance fans who prefer the slow build should appreciate this one, though it's not agonizingly slow progress either. We are just scraping the surface for what the future will bring.
I think A. R. Kahler keeping his name ambiguous was a good thing. I know that some people prefer female authors in this genre, especially when it's written in a female's perspective. But A.R. handles it well and makes all gender appealing, especially the potential love interest. Upon reading his bio I learned that he actually was a part of a circus troupe. That's about the only way to explain why this book felt so authentic and legit (as far as the paranormal goes of course).
The next one is due out soon and I'm getting it, Prime or no Prime! It's currently at $3.99 on the Kindle, but the pre-order for book 2 is $1.99.
Quin Lennox found herself lucky last time, managing to escape the alternate world of Vamp City. But that world isn’t quite done with her. They need her powers to restore the magic of their world and free the vampires currently bound there. Vampire Arturo Mazza is sent to bring her back, and Quinn has learned her lesson than to trust him again after his betrayal. However this time Vamp City has some leverage, her brother. She has to return to save him, and Arturo’s all she’s got. Has he learned the error of his ways? Or is she setting herself up for disappointment once again.
The first book was one of my favorite reads last year, so the sooner I could get my hands one, the better. Palmer’s morbid imagination really makes this series a standout to me, though I think certain dynamics of the first book didn’t sit well with everyone. For this novel I think it has more mass appeal, but I had a gripe or two. I guess the pace of the book was a bit of a problem for me. They spend quite a bit of time talking about the final adversary and yet we don’t even see that stand-off in this book. Cliffhanger enthusiasts should love it, but I can’t say the same for those of you who don’t. I just wish it would have wrapped up the novel in a more serial fashion because towards the end I was anticipating a conflict I didn’t get. The book just kind of ended and that was that.
I do like her efforts to redeem Arturo. I mean, sometimes the graphic and horrific things he endured got a little hard to stomach, but he had a lot of ground to make up and I think he did that. Tish was okay. I never really had a problem with her, though her over protectiveness of her brother, while noble, got a little annoying after a while. The chemistry between Tish and Arturo was s still immensely strong which certainly adds to their appeal.
I liked the history and backstory about the vampires and other supernaturals that live in Washington, VC, learning of their gradual deterioration into what they have become and why. It was thought-provoking and I was often conflicted about the best course of action to fix everything.
At this point I am sort of wondering if Palmer plans to make this a trilogy or if it’s an ongoing series. If it’s a trilogy it certainly feels like a middle book. I feel as if all the issues presented can certainly be resolved in one more.
*ARC provided by the publisher. *Review also posted to Amazon. (less)
I seriously haven't read this series in years and only picked this up because of Jean-Claude. Was there absolutely no movement in their relationship t...moreI seriously haven't read this series in years and only picked this up because of Jean-Claude. Was there absolutely no movement in their relationship this whole time? Because the dynamics and background story provided nothing new at all. Though not the worst I've read, the writing could have been tighter. She repeats words too much. Still not my fave scene of them, and I prefer when it's just the two of them (Anita and JC that is). It seems like the only way I can read about them is when Asher's in the picture. (less)
Calli, a tattoo artist, lost her memory some time ago believing she was in a terrible car accident that left her scarred. The memories start to return when Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper comes into her life to save her from a dangerous situation. As it turns out, this stranger may not be a stranger at all and as things heat up between them, his brutal master is honing in with plans that put Nycholas, Calli, and her family at risk.
I wasn’t totally sure what to expect when I took a chance on this one, but it surely exceeded my expectations. Novellas tend to be more miss than hit for me when it comes to a brand new story and new characters, but Sarina did an excellent job with the world building, character development, and the suspense. I’ve seen less in full novels which really speaks to her talents and skills. The Vespers, while attractive, can also be super creepy. I found their species quite refreshing in the urban fantasy genre. They really stand out to me in times when vampires and other supernaturals have become a dime a dozen.
The story is not for the faint of heart, but if you like series that are on the darker side, then I definitely recommend giving this one a try. Considering how the novella ended, I am assuming this is the start of a whole new series. If it is, I can’t wait to read it in its full on glory.
*ARC provided by the author. *Review also posted to Amazon. (less)
3 stars. The writing and world-building wer solid and the story moved along at a reasonable pace. I have taken a liking to the angel angle of the para...more3 stars. The writing and world-building wer solid and the story moved along at a reasonable pace. I have taken a liking to the angel angle of the paranormal genre as of late, so the premise stood out to me. However, as I read it I didn't connect with the characters as well as I would have liked. I wasn't quite sure if this was targeted towards young adults or adults. Based on the cover (which looks cool) I was expecting something grittier. It depicts more chemistry between the hero and heroine than I felt while reading the actual story. Needless to say, it fell a bit flat for me there. The second half was significantly more interesting and it clearly sets things up for an ongoing series. It has a lot of potential.
To be fair. I read this directly after finishing a series of books that became a top 5 all-time favorite of mine, so after a book high like that it's very likely that I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to really embrace this story as much.