This gets no stars-NONE-ZERO-ZIP-ZILTCH-NADA!!!!!!
20 books......TWENTY!!!! (view spoiler)[And that is the ending tThis gets no stars-NONE-ZERO-ZIP-ZILTCH-NADA!!!!!!
20 books......TWENTY!!!! (view spoiler)[And that is the ending to the major series conflict? Three paragraphs to kill off the biggest badass of all the paranormal world? Thousands of years of all the other scary beasties fearing you, and you are taken out in like 2 mintues by a power that Anita has had since book...which one was it? Eight? And Jean-Claude wasn't even there! Or Richard. Or Micah. Or even Edward...OR...OR.....OROROROROROROR! Nope, she had Nicky. Oh, Nicky the bride. Nicky the biggest wimp in her man-arsenal! That is who she had at her side to throw down with Mommie Dearest. (hide spoiler)]
I am so pissed I could scream! How many years of my life did I spent looking forward to these books? Then how many more years did I agonize over reading them, knowing they were crap, but desperately wanting them to improve?
This was such undigestable crap that I can't even express my contempt for it. It actually made me physically nauseous. I want to cry or rage or just sink into the inevitable despair over what this once fine series has become.
I once asked if this woman had any pride left in her craft at all. I know the answer now.
This probably deserved more credit than I am willing to give, but I just can't get into anthologies. Writing a short story is a true talent and tho★ ★ ½
This probably deserved more credit than I am willing to give, but I just can't get into anthologies. Writing a short story is a true talent and those writers who are capable of creating large and diverse UF/paranormal worlds and then converting them into an entire series of stories are rarely the same people who are also gifted with short story genius.
With that said, some of these stories were very pleasant to to the point of being a quality piece of work. Most rated in the meh to fine range for me but other people would undoubtedly enjoy them more. I have the overwhelming desire to rank Jim Butcher's work as one of the best in the book, but I realize I would be giving that endorsement based more on my preferences for his work overall, than on actual strength of this specific work. His was one of the better ones, but his wife, Shannon Butcher, as well as P.N. Elrod and Rachel Caine put out better examples in this collection.
If you enjoy enthologies, you will most likely find that this is a wonderful set of 'samples' for these authors. If not and you are like me, you will at least get a taste for some other authors and it will help you sort out your myriad TBR choices....more
This book was really good and I enjoyed it greatly! Well written and smokin' hot, I felt this was a well executed story. There was a good balance betwThis book was really good and I enjoyed it greatly! Well written and smokin' hot, I felt this was a well executed story. There was a good balance between the plot and the romance aspect so you weren't bored at any point. I only had one complaint and it was small. I felt that Talaith was a bit odd when it came to giving herself over to love. Grow a spine girl! Briec was a bit dense for being 264, but hey, men age differently than women, right? :D...more
Finally! The one element that I truly wanted to have at and be done with was the idiotic @$$clown behavior of Samuel Faa. It was a monsterous reli★ ★ ★ ½
Finally! The one element that I truly wanted to have at and be done with was the idiotic @$$clown behavior of Samuel Faa. It was a monsterous relief to see resolution to he and Isabelle's antagoistic (and mysterious) relationship/past.
OK, (breathe a sigh of relief), on we go...
In many ways, this was one of the stronger books of the series. It was given plenty of buildup in previous books, the aspects/disasters that put them in close quarters were interesting unto themselves, and you were allowed to learn more (quite a bit) about the main characters in this book. Getting to know the main characters well is not always guaranteed sadly, so it bears mentioning. Like all books in this series, the ending has a forced 'quick, quick...wrap this up with bunnies and roses!' feel to it but it is tolerably brief.
Isabelle is a great character. Even though she is a Chosen One that is not in possesion of an offensive (attack) gift, she can still kick a little arse with the best of them. It was a pleasure to finally get to see Samuel concerned about something besides himself and to learn what had made him such a tedius jerk. (The placement of his gift mark was really creepy but I liked it. The imagery of someone rifling through my head like a junk drawer stuck with me.)
This book really earned 3 1/2 stars more for the seamless-ish weave of storytelling from the previous story to this one and (I feel it coming) to the next. I was left wondering many things about Charisma and Aleksandr for the upcoming stories and they weren't so obvious that they were screaming at me...more like a soft elbow nudge to the ribs. :)
This book falls solidly into PNR and not UF as do the others in the series. They are of course, totally character driven stories and will appeal to anyone who likes X-Men team building as opposed to Lone Ranger heroism. If you enjoy PNR/UF by Shannon K Butcher or Adrian Phoenix, you would enjoy this series....more
Oh-ho-ho....me likey this book! This was a fun ride and I definately enjoyed the beings that Jewel created. The mage/demon structure was truly interesOh-ho-ho....me likey this book! This was a fun ride and I definately enjoyed the beings that Jewel created. The mage/demon structure was truly interesting and the 'inpediment' that the heroine suffered from made it actually easier to understand the magic system (strangely enough). Very good on the 'uber-alpha-male-hero' scale as well. Lots of sexy man business here for those who like the my oath to protect you aspect. Even though the heroine, Carson, is suffering from an ailment, for lack of a better term, she is a seriously smart heroine. No freaking out, no hysterical moments. It isn't like she has no fear, but she is a rational being and in PNR, you have to appreciate that. I will definately read the next in the series. There are lots of super-hotties in this book who must go off and save their own DIDs!...more