"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 partiDIVINITY 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 was really looking forward to this book. Though I had a few issues with Origin (Lux 4) overall I thought it was the best book of the series and that we were gearing up for an amazing ending. Unfortunately, for me this one fell flat.
The book didn’t really have a cohesive feel to it for me. It just seemed like I was reading a checklist of which characters need to make an appearance to be relevant to the big ending.
I felt like she could have dedicated two books to the invasion and we would have had a much more interesting finished product. The Arum, a natural predator for the Luxen) would have been the quickest and easiest solution to the invasion, so I didn’t really find it believable how they were handled.
I was honestly a little sick of Daemon’s personality and his dynamic with Katy. He was an overprotective hot head about her. I couldn’t really buy the drama thrown their way, especially considering what happened in earlier books. Page time that could have been used exploring other plot points more were wasted on Daemon and Kat make out sessions. Nothing that happened evolved their relationship enough so every time it just felt like more of the same. It was all cliché and gag-worthy. And that’s a shame because I do like the pairing.
I would have liked to see more time focused on Dee. Her problem was resolved too easily to me. Beth and Dawson’s situation could have been developed a lot more. Archer was a nice addition, but again there wasn’t really enough of him. Luc was another missed opportunity and that really annoyed me because he is one of my favorite characters.
I was just not very emotionally invested in this story, even after the cheap shot we get at the end, which felt more, contrived than anything.
The book had a few interesting moments but I wasn’t hooked on this one like the past books. I do wonder about the author. Last year she was new to me and I was super excited about her writing, wanting to read all her books. But she has been publishing so many books recently that I feel like quantity is becoming more important than quality. Her works are all starting to feel formulaic.
You want a final book to feel like a *special* book, but this just felt like *another* book.