As I've said in past reviews of this series, there is a fuck-ton of re-hashing of how badass everyone is, how close Nik and Cal are, and whole lot of...moreAs I've said in past reviews of this series, there is a fuck-ton of re-hashing of how badass everyone is, how close Nik and Cal are, and whole lot of the author telling not showing what is going on. It's book 8.. I think it's pretty obvious by now that Cal and Niko are Superman. Not superMEN .. but one entity. Basically I think all that baddassery couldn't have possibly fit into one character without making them lame i.e.: Superman. So, two people. But Superman sucks. Perfect people suck. Perfect people need to get tossed in a pool of chainsaws. That's why for the longest time I thought Niko sucked. He was to perfect. Boring. But then he has this meltdown and it was awesome. Finally someone pulled the right screw loose and his perfection mask came atumbling down. Here's hoping he stays that way.
Oh yeah, and Cal did some stuff, ate some food.. gated... you know.. Cal.
After the couple of shitty ass books I've read lately this was a real treat. I like Dani's POV. She has spunk. Similar to the character of "Tank Girl"...moreAfter the couple of shitty ass books I've read lately this was a real treat. I like Dani's POV. She has spunk. Similar to the character of "Tank Girl" she has a lust for life that I will always love and identify with. Mac was fun but Dani is dynamic. She is such a brat but I think with the life she's led, she has earned the right to be one.
To all those who are sickened and disturbed by the older men's "interest" in Dani the let me just say this... perhaps that is the author's intent, and is perhaps an effective and obviously potent plot device. When Christian lusts after Dani it is showing rather than telling that he is on the long dark road to evil-land. When you see Ryodan acting all Obi-Wan/Papa-Bear but you never get his POV, there might be more to him than what's implied. And when the obvious of-age love interest Dancer is doing everything perfectly, it may be he who has the most deceptive intentions.
It's interesting to me what people would call boring, I call important character building. And what they call disturbing, I call very fucking interesting. They don't bother to think "why? why does this disturb me?"
I gave this such a low rating cause the romance was wrapped up a little to quickly, in which they (Andrea and Raphael) were hate-lusting after each ot...moreI gave this such a low rating cause the romance was wrapped up a little to quickly, in which they (Andrea and Raphael) were hate-lusting after each other for most of the book and then suddenly poof they make up and all is well. It was just a little too easy I guess.
How many times does it need to be said before you totally believe that Cal and Nico are the tightest-of-the-tightest-wedgies..cannot-seperate-them-due...moreHow many times does it need to be said before you totally believe that Cal and Nico are the tightest-of-the-tightest-wedgies..cannot-seperate-them-due-to-their-black-hole-like-gravity-to-each-others-lives...hell, their-souls-must-be-super-glued-together-brothers in the universe?
I think maybe 2 more times before I think I may have it.
Overall the story was pretty good especially with (view spoiler)[ Nico's fathers double cross, I honestly didn't think that would happen..I know it was plain and fucking obvious as the sun in daytime and now that I look back I feel kinda dumb but whatever. (hide spoiler)]. BUt here and there the story seemingly went of topic and got me mixed around in what the hell I was reading. Usually that only happened when I read the trickster novels. I have ADHD.. sue me. Long drawn out internal dialogues about angsty shit or bromancing the hell out each other or Cal telling us he is the baddest baddy that ever badded.. tend to throw me off sometimes.
Trust me, I love Cal even though he has lost a bit of that razor sharp tartiness that he had in the first couple of books. I absolutely adore Robin's bullshit...all of it...even though monogamy has made him a tad boring. And Nico... well, he cusses more :D I guess he's improved.
But that (view spoiler)[ Mama Boggle scene with her dead babies, really made me wanna cry..poor crazy alligator-monster-thing :( (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** This series is so fucking hilarious sometimes that I want to cry. It's so fucking terrible that I can't help but be interested again...more**spoiler alert** This series is so fucking hilarious sometimes that I want to cry. It's so fucking terrible that I can't help but be interested again. You know that whole train-wreck expression...yeah doesn't even come close to how retarded this series has become.. this is more like blowing up the moon and then being mesmerized at the after effects of meteor showers and cosmic doom. Here are some of the crazy things that just stood the hell out, drove me nuts or need to mentioned:
*Edward's eyes are the deadliest-winter-cold-blue-ice-chipped shiver shiver eyes in the whole damn world. Yes Edward is scary. I understood that the first time it was mentioned (in book one? I don't remember) but the repetition of this fact every time Anita and Ed talk just makes me wonder if LKH was looking to hit a certain word count. He also seems to be one of the only people in the world who can talk her down, push her aside, step in front, or some other dominance laced activity, without her going ape-shit and defensive about trying to get her down or being a jealous hater.
*I'm also wondering where all the "I'm there for you always/ soulmate" is going.. or was that addressed in some book way back. I can't remember anymore. It's such a tease and yeah it'd be pretty interesting if she ever got it on with him..sometimes I think past plot lines never seem to go anywhere..Kinda like if Anita is ever gonna get her 4th mark or not, if they'll encounter obsidian butterfly again, or where Jean-Claude's (or any other harem member for that matter) balls went.
*The damn verbal dick-swinging is a treat yet again. I swear every time she goes out of town there has to be someone. That same someone. Some evil bitch lady or some super toughie guy...doesn't matter all the same character.. kinda like a Red Shirt in Star Trek. You know they're there and they're just waiting to be ass-reamed by Anita or one of her many beards. And it always must be that they want to fuck Anita or her Menz. It differs from book to book, some will have 3 dick-swinging contests while another will have 2 but then 5 orgy scenes. I wanna say this one was similar to Skin Trade but that had and blackout orgy and one brotherly sex scene while Hit List had 1 measly sex scene and like five swinging beef scenes. Bullet was just all wangst, homosex, and orgy-havin (which I like more than the dick-swinging oddly enough)
*The flow of the story is all over the damn place.. again. It stops and starts..goes off on a tangent here, runs to the next scene here, bitching here, sexxxxxxx here, wanngggstt here, Olaf being awesome, wangsting, Edward's cold-winter-ice-blue eyes here... Death of super powerful Mommie foo-foo.. now back to married life with my harem...dawwwwwwwww. No wait.. OLAF IS A WERELION. AHAHAHHAHHAHAHHA. That was the best part I think. I love Olaf. He might be my favorite character. I hope he eats Anita.
*Oh yeah, I really hate this rainbow tiger brigade..it's probably one of the most retarded plot points since the ardeur happened. Which sometimes I still don't get even after 10 or so books of it. I hope it's over and done with now that Mama-Foo-Foo is gone.
And if you're wondering if I'm gonna put this series down I say this: HELLS NAH! This is series is so messed up its actually made its self enjoyable by sheer ludicrous-ness. I must see this shit-storm to the end!! (less)
Is it okay that I liked the Kane bits the most? That's me always loving the side stories.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Mina and Joey's angsty-ass roma...moreIs it okay that I liked the Kane bits the most? That's me always loving the side stories.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Mina and Joey's angsty-ass romance..from the tidbits in Shadowglass to the last chapters of this book, but I think a little less angst-butter might've spread a little bit better than spoonfuls of angst-butter. Sorry for the stupid analogy but less is more some times dammit!! Just a little.
This makes me sad cause I used to love this series..but there is only so many times you can shit on a character and not have any kind of resolution be...moreThis makes me sad cause I used to love this series..but there is only so many times you can shit on a character and not have any kind of resolution before you just kinda get tired of it. Yes, beat your character down, drag him through the mud.. but fucking resolve something, anything.. and not just some side character's tiny forgettable subplot from whenever ago.
This series has hit what I call: "7 books? End This Now" point a bit early.(less)