I'm definately enjoying this series but I found myself torn with this installment. I was caught thinking often that we were getting a 'better view' ofI'm definately enjoying this series but I found myself torn with this installment. I was caught thinking often that we were getting a 'better view' of something (i.e., plot, character development, romantic progress, Jane's history), then conversely feeling that we could have used just one more tidbit. I'm glad that the majority of smaller issues in the previous book found resolution here. I was not pleased with the choice in romantic partners though, but realized that said choice was most likely not long for this earth (or Jane's bed, imo) so I won't stress about it. This book definately established the secondary and tertiary characters better/well so I felt that overall, this book had more to offer than the first. You also definately came away knowing more than you anticipated knowing about vampire culture. I am very interested in seeing the development of Angelina and little Evan (and their entire family/witch aspect) and what role they play in the future of the series.
This book was just a hoot! It wasn't the best written book as it was so packed with shmarmy-one-liners that at times it felt really contrived. RegardlThis book was just a hoot! It wasn't the best written book as it was so packed with shmarmy-one-liners that at times it felt really contrived. Regardless, I really enjoyed it. It was just funny and made me smile repeatedly. Sometimes you just need lighthearted on the menu and this book delivers. It was so over the top when it came to the 'supernat potential' of Aisling, that you can whip up a really good case of suspension of disbelief for the whole series. I'm thinking that I will never gush over the elegant and poetic writing of MacAlister, but I will definately keep reading her books. This book probably didn't deserve a full 4 stars, but it left me with a 4 star feeling when all was said and done. In the end, how the book makes you feel matters more than its literary value so I would recommend giving Aisling a try to see if she makes you smile too....more
I, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many auI, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many authors have this 'Ivy' aspect in a series and it almost, without fail, drags on too long. The "I'm not sure, but I'll keep teasing at the relationship, but won't commit, but I'll beat myself up over it, then I'll embrace it fully, then I'll mess it up, etc." thing makes me crazy! Male, female, vampire, witch, demon, or rainbow-striped zebra, the indecision over Ivy had gone on for about two books too many and I expelled one gigantic sigh of relief to see it go. Finally!
I love many of the aspects that others do. The development of Trent's character and allowing him to interact in a way that portrays him as a man with individuality was a long time in coming. He has been the 'elf drug-lord' for so many books that I was begining to despair. He was allowed to become more in this book. (At last!)
Seeing the characters outside of Cincy was also a treat. Kim herself had mentioned that she enjoyed writing about this and I can see why. A nice change, both in physical and emotional scenery.
A few people have mentioned in reviews that they felt this book moved too slow and lacked 'action'. It should be acknowledged that since the majority of 'action' in this series has centered around Rachel fighting demons, this book would inevitably have considerably less action than others. This is the book in which she comes to terms, whether forced, implied, or chosen, with her biology, and she obviously won't be fighting as many demons if she IS one. Bad form to beat up your uncle at the family reunion you know. :)
The shift in relationship with Trent is also a welcome aspect in my book as it seems a requirement for the resolution of the series. When all the 'unknowns' come to a head in the series, the chance for history to repeat itself with elves and demons waring again is high. Having a leader figure from each camp, Rachel and Trent, become one on the list of partners, lovers, friends, etc. seems a vital aspect to take the story in a different direction. (My take on future action...probably wrong but it makes me happy!)
Overall I was ridiculously pleased with this book. It was a definite 'turning of a corner' and I look forward to the new landscape we will see in book ten.
Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are great★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Some things, my friends, are worth the wait.
Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are great books. They rock like an 80's 'big-hair' band. They are the books that everyone wishes their book could be. They are the Six Million Dollar Man of books. They are the MacGyver of books that can build a repelling harness out of a hair scrunchie, 3 earrings, and the elastic from a pair of boxer briefs. God is jealous that he forgot to create these books.
You see where I am going with this I'm sure. They are worth a minute or two of your time.
Ghost Story was amazing and I am in a daze currently. A wonderful, floating, dreamlike, haze of satiety fed by the fantastic power of The Word of Butcher....more
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 been1/2 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....more
So I will give this one the full one star instead of just the half since this book had a shiny cover like Flirt AND it actually had characters other tSo I will give this one the full one star instead of just the half since this book had a shiny cover like Flirt AND it actually had characters other than AB in it. Wow, real promise there.
I would call the comments that I'm about to make 'spoilers'. The problem with that is that it implies there is something to be spoiled. Sorry. Too late. The author did that all on her own.
So, Anita Blake novels are about a woman who is a necromancer and vampire hunter. The series can be really violent as it is dark urban fantasy, so how many vamps did our hunter snuff out? Zer-ooooo! However, she did have sex with some so we can at least say there were vamps in the book.
Vamps killed: 0 Vamps that 'got a piece': 2-9 (depending on how many she took care of during the big orgy scene)
No vamps were 'hunted'? Oh, right. No worries since she's a necromancer too so that must be what this book focuses on. So if the book wasn't about vampire hunting, it must have had lots of necromancy in it, right?
Zombies raised: 0 *Fortunately AB did not have sex with any zombies. She did however have sex with a 17 yo boy. (Which of those is more repulsive? You decide.)
There seemed to be only three major points of conflict in the book. One was the ever-present threat of 'Marmie Noir'. The second was Anita needing to have sex with Haven or kill him. (These are the only options, really?)
I think the thing that sums up the absolute absurdity of this novel best is the last conflict issue. The last was that Asher was PO'd that he wasn't getting gay sex from JC.
Serously. Really. I mean it. That was a huge issue for many chapters of this book.
I'm not sure if I can express how truly pissed off I am at LKH. She is the world's biggest literary sell-out. She will put any piece of quality-free crap on a piece of paper and hand it over to her editors just to make a buck now. Pitiful.
This could have been 4 stars but I couldn't get past the revelation that occured with Jace and Clary at the end. I don't have some sort of squeami★ ★ ★ ½
This could have been 4 stars but I couldn't get past the revelation that occured with Jace and Clary at the end. I don't have some sort of squeamish issue with (view spoiler)[the incestual overtone in general. It would be prudish and immature and that isn't my motivation. I however, am adopted. My brother is adopted. Both my MIL and my FIL are adopted. The concept written of in this book makes individuals like me nervous. I can work consciously on not letting it bother me, as many would, but it still can wiggle its way into my mind on occasion and I just can't shake the queasy feeling it gives me. Urgh! (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and thought it was a great begining to a series. Although I thought the entire first half of the book suffered from YA-Fantasy-itis*, it managed to recover at the mid-point and really ended quite well. I felt that the internal issues for Jace in the final chapters in regard to the antagonist were written well and as realistically as any of us can imagine feeling in that situation.
BIG complaint here though. There is no way that two teenagers were going to be able to deal so easily with the emotional confusion that Jace and Clary obviously would have been dealing with in the final chapters. Two, strongly centered and emotionally confident, grown adults would have struggled longer with the final issue. Good grief!! That really got swept under the rug in a, "Oh, I guess I need to end the book now..." kind of way. Let's hope we see it finalized a bit better in the next book. If that was the last we will see of it, then this author is a major sell-out. You can't write a YA book with a central premise that is so emotionally complicated, and then resolve it it about 4 paragraphs. Jeesh! Without this issue (and minus my personal hang-up), this could have earned 4 1/2 stars as a YA book.
I will be reading the next, if only to find out how Clary and Jace deal with this new personal twist later.
*YA-Fantasy-itis: Tendency to hyper-focus on the minutia of the moment-to-moment action. Usually failing to give any real character development. To much casual banter and all internal monologue is action-based, or revolves around confusion over motivations of other characters. No real emotional speculation.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
1) Interesting ideas but little backstory. 2) A heroine I can enjoy, but who currently has zero depth. 3)★ ★ ½
My opinions on this one are few and short.
1) Interesting ideas but little backstory. 2) A heroine I can enjoy, but who currently has zero depth. 3) The plot had some strong elements but nothing was flushed out enough. 4) The magic and world were worthwhile, but I just didn't get enough info from this book.
Lots of promise...but for future books. This will be a good series if it follows through on all that it has laid out in the first book....more
Deep breath in....deep breath out...., that was soooo good!
Quick-cap: The first installment in the Mercy Thompson series introduces us to Mercedes★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Deep breath in....deep breath out...., that was soooo good!
Quick-cap: The first installment in the Mercy Thompson series introduces us to Mercedes, a coyote-shifter, mechanic living in the Tri-Cities, WA. Through an act of kindness to a newly fledged wolf-shifter teen, she is exposed to danger within the world of werewolves. Her past ties as a foster child in the pack lead by the Alpha of North America, and her current ties as the next-door neighbor of the Tri-Cities Alpha, make it inevitable that she is then swept into the clash/mystery that follows. Old romances and new potential ones are kindled without overpowering the story and making it feel like a romance novel. We are also given a bit of foreshadowing in regard to Mercy's 'power-level' in the food chain potentially being on the rise. Many new story paths were set up in this first book. A strong series opening overall.
Briggs does a wonderful job introducing us to the variety of characters in her world. This book deftly joins together the current plot with the introductions and 'flashbacks' needed to pull all the characters of Mercy's past into the present without endless backstory. We also get a quick but satisfying peek at the diverse group of paranormal peeps that she calls friend. No character felt completely contrived and although there were one or two that weren't visited as much as I would like, it didn't detract from the story. Her relationships with multiple areas of the 'paranormal' world give us glimpses of future turns for the main series plot-line.
The only element that kept me from awarding the fifth star was the weakness of Mercy's 'revelations'. For me, they never really felt like the character was having an "Ohhh!" moment, but instead as if they were thrown in as dialogue to keep the reader informed.
This book has received fabulous reviews from many sources whose opinion I value, and man...were they right. Well done Ms. Briggs! You have another fan to add to your list....more
Two stars was a real stretch for this book. A REAL stretch. I wanted to like this book as it had a great teaser description. The teaser was the best wTwo stars was a real stretch for this book. A REAL stretch. I wanted to like this book as it had a great teaser description. The teaser was the best writing IMO. This just screamed 'weak debut novel' but sadly, is not her debut at all.
Every aspect of this book felt contrived and forced. Very half-baked. It had an almost young adult feel to it. That of course is an injustice to young adult writers, but that was where my mind went. Shorter, more simplistic sentences and concepts that leapfrog from one to another made this book feel unpolished and choppy.
I gave this two stars because the idea behind this series has merit (it drew me in the first place), and because one of the most entertaining series I ever read started out fairly weak as well. The second star was basically the 'hope' star...here's hoping....more