1/2 of a ★ (only because it had a shiny cover, so really the graphics department at her publishing house should get the credit)
This should not have bee...more1/2 of a ★ (only because it had a shiny cover, so really the graphics department at her publishing house should get the credit)
This should not have been sold as a full novel. It is a novella (I don't care how many pages it had!), centered alone on Anita. There are only short appearances in the first chapter from Micah, Jason, and Nathaniel...teaching her to flirt?. (Dark urban fantasy=learning to flirt??? WTH???) There is no advancement of the main sereis plotline, with the single exception that Anita brings home another pet in her new 'lion to call', Nicky. (Puh-leaze) There is one moderately good zombie raising scene like the Anita of old. If you have read any other AB book after book 12, you basically know everything already that happened in this 'story' because the exact same scenes have been written in previous books.
Years ago, I loved every word the LKH wrote and bought all her books the moment the book store opened on AB pub dates. Now, I am ashamed that I have recommended her to others. It actually embarrasses me. The thought that I can't keep from my mind is, "Does she not feel a moment of shame when she hands over books like this to her editor? Does she not regret where she has taken this series? (meaning, the toilet) Has she no loyalty AT ALL to her fans?!?
I used to go to her books signings, both for AB and for MG. Now I won't go (even though they are 20 minutes away) b/c I am afraid of what might come out of my mouth. It's like watching some musical prodigy child ditch their instrument to take that job at McDonalds. A truly tragic sell-out.(less)
Quick-cap: Caillen Dagan is a top notch smuggler. Desideria is both bodyguard to her Queen and a princess herself. On the very eve of meeting, a...more★ ★ ★
Quick-cap: Caillen Dagan is a top notch smuggler. Desideria is both bodyguard to her Queen and a princess herself. On the very eve of meeting, an assassination attempt on the monarchs of their respective lands is made. They are the suspects and there is now a price on their heads. As a team, they will travel to many different planets, become stranded on another, enlist the help of some unusual friends, and try to stay alive while they work to clear their names.
I can do this one really simple-like:
Good Points: Early romance was really good. Early story had lots of interest. There is tons of action and it holds your attention. The mystery the plot is centered on is really good. The resolution of the mystery is not what I expected. Instead it was way better. The ending (in regard to the action) was exceptional! The H/h got their HEA.
Bad Points: Really cheesy romance at the end. Very contrived feel to it. The change of heart for the monther is lame and I can't imagine a reality where this would occur.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit as it was action packed and the whodunnit really kept me guessing. However, the weakness of the ending romance killed my ability to give this more than 3 stars.(less)
I still have the same complaint of this book as I did with the first, but I am enjoying the series en...more★ ★ ★ ½
And as promised, the series has improved.
I still have the same complaint of this book as I did with the first, but I am enjoying the series enough that it almost overwhelms my distaste for the wretched use of dialogue. How can a woman spin out such great plotlines, yet be oblivious to how incredibly bad her 'slang' talk is? Every time she inserts that 'my brother' crap, I get a jerking flashback to, "My brutha' from anotha' mutha'." Argh!
OK, bitching aside though, I did really enjoy Mary and Rhage's story. Lord I was weepy for this one! Three wads of tissues worth. And I actually was sobbing for the part wher Rhage talks to the Scribe Virgin and makes his sacrifice. Bad 'Snoop-doggin' aside, I must have really been impacted. I'm just fickle I guess.
I'm definately continuing with the series. Strangely, Zsadist is my favorite so far, (I know many hate him), so I am tickled that his story is next. Whoot!
Has anyone actually heard anyone refer to boots as 'shitkickers' unless they were cowboy boots? Anyone? I grew up in a family of cowboys and in my world; cowboy boots='shitkickers', lug-soled boots='work boots' or '@SSkickers', and everything else falls intot he wide field of 'hiking boots'. I have no clue what she is talking about here. I do know that the BDB boys do NOT wear cowboy boots though, true? 'Ya feelin' me, my brothers? (hehe)(less)
This was better than I expected it to be. I enjoyed the premise, but I found the references to the vampire world distracting instad of being little 'j...moreThis was better than I expected it to be. I enjoyed the premise, but I found the references to the vampire world distracting instad of being little 'jewels' in the story. AND COME ON WOMAN! Can she let it go with the 'shitkickers' references? OK, rant aside, the overall storyline is interesting and this could be a fun series. I won't be rushing out to read the second, but when I get there, I will be interested to see if it follows through on its promises.(less)
Well, Zsadist was my fav from day one so I figured I would enjoy this installment in the series. I know me well. I loved Zsadist and Bella's story!
I a...moreWell, Zsadist was my fav from day one so I figured I would enjoy this installment in the series. I know me well. I loved Zsadist and Bella's story!
I am always impressed with authors who make a point of developing side plots heavily while telling the main story. It keeps things fresh and helps keep the mind active. Ward does a wonderful job of this considering that although her books are considered by some to be UF, they follow the pattern of PNR. That formulaic aspect can bleed out the interest in books quickly if the pace isn't kept quick and diverse.
Ward did a fantastic job of telling the story of Zsadist's past. Referring to Zsadist as a completely disconnected person (the slave) made him seem even more of an object and put you deeper into the misery that was his life then.
With the exception of a few scenes where Bella was a tiny bit inept, I liked her character. (view spoiler)[It takes one tough girl to take rejection like that and keep coming back. (hide spoiler)] She dealt with his emotional scars and hangups extremely well. Compassionate and tough are a great heroine combo. :)
I had a moment of wanting to kick Butch in the teeth. (view spoiler)[He knows that Marissa has a brother and it never occured to him the the brother said no and not her? Dense! (hide spoiler)] I'll cut him some slack though as he is a bit manic for Marissa and it's making him do 'dumb guy stuff'. The development with V was unexpected and I am excited to see where that little gem heads.
I'm totally reved to read the next in the series. I get the sensation that I might have to just read the rest of the series this month. *sigh* On to Butch's story! Yahoo!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Oh what a neat twist this one had! What am I saying? What cool twists this one had. :)
For some reason, I was more horrified by V's childhood than most...moreOh what a neat twist this one had! What am I saying? What cool twists this one had. :)
For some reason, I was more horrified by V's childhood than most anything else that has been covered in the series to date. Maybe it was just the fact that he was a kid? Who knows? His dad=prick though. Gah!
I really liked Jane as she was just the kick @$$ girl you would think V would need. How she dealt with his 'extracurricular activities' was pretty classy as well.
The whole Butch/V thing was handled so very well that I was actually surprised. Having Butch reject him/hurt him would have just been one loss too many for V if you ask me. Butch is a good friend and proves it in this book.
Learning about V's lineage (view spoiler)[and finding out the the Scribe Virgin is his mother was the best! And he has a sister? Awesome! (hide spoiler)] I'm definately looking forward to seeing where that goes in the future. :)
The outcome with V and Jane was a bit strange and although it provided the HEA we needed, I'm not sure that I liked it.
Really good book overall. This BDB business is pretty good. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Venting and ranting to follow so entire review is a spoiler.(view spoiler)[ This was such a great, big, freaking disappointment! Dang it! The book was...moreVenting and ranting to follow so entire review is a spoiler.(view spoiler)[ This was such a great, big, freaking disappointment! Dang it! The book was really doing well in the long term plot department and Manny and Payne had potential. Potential that just didn't deliver. This book had that, "Oh, crap! I have a deadline! Quick, wrap this up and lets publish Envy", feel to it.
All this buildup for Xcor and crew to be the big bad...and then he goes 'noble' and lets Payne go. And then? Nada. Says he will kill the king, and then? Zip.
All this buildup with Manny giving off a bonding scent while human, loving the tiny taste of Payne's blood, etc. And then? Poof...wrap-up time. Oh, your half vampire, have a half-brother named Butch, and are a cousin of the King of the vamps. No biggie. I'll just go have sex real quick with Payne, take her virginity, and life is hunky dory. And Wraths' response? You suck human and can't stay...oh, wait. You are half vamp and my cousin. Hhhhmmmm. Interesting You can live in the green room with Payne. Catch you later! WTH????
All this super kick ass stuff about Payne being uber-warrior-girl and her big fight is two lame-O lessers and then she gets abducted. Right. Very 'image of indestructability'. Oh, wait! She beat up the guy car-jacking Manny. Go. Payne.
All this conflict with Blay and Qhuinn and not one conversation with JM? Was John even in this book? Oh well, he got Lover Mine so he must be done now, right?
Manny was 'off his game' for like 5 days and he gets fired? Puh-lease!
And here we have Payne with the ability to do basically anything with her 'daughter of the SV' power and the whole show consisted of melting some handcuffs. Oh, and she is doing something to Manny with her glowing. Of course no one has a clue and we are left hanging with no resolution at the end of the book, but at this point I'm not shocked at all.
The scenes with V and Butch were good, but for the love of all that is holy! could we find something else to obsess over? Wasn't this book supposed to be about Payne. Payne working through having been imprisoned by her freakin' mother for centuries. Instead we dealt with Xcor and V dealing with their 'daddy issues'. Gah!
And what was that tacked on crap with Veck at the end? It was such a shameless plug to get you to read The Fallen Angels books that I could weep for the shame of it. (hide spoiler)]
I have increasingly liked these books more, and more, and more. This one just pissed me off! It could have been great. It could have even been good. It was a train wreck. I felt very generous giving it two stars. I'm going to go pout now!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)