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)
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)
There are most likely many people out there that would really enjoy this book and get into the crime scene info...I'm just not one of them apparently....moreThere are most likely many people out there that would really enjoy this book and get into the crime scene info...I'm just not one of them apparently. It was fairly well written and not too overly sugared up in the 'you are my destiny' aspect. I felt that many of the characters were underplayed in order to create more story later (streeeeetch), as opposed to letting the story unfold at a natural point. I did like the characters themselves though, especially The Dominion for some reason. She is kind of a wuss which normally is a big turn-off for me but I see her getting her groove on later and that appealed to me. My big issue with this story was the ending. (view spoiler)[Which just had way too much misery and absolutely no hope/love for the H/h. Took his wings, took his power, banished him to Earth, AND...AND??? took his memory of Alex? Sheesh! Someone hates their hero, eh? :) (hide spoiler)]
On the flip side, God is a woman which I can get behind. ;P
I read the blurb for the next book and I just can't get into it so I don't think I will continue on with this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Have you ever had the experience of reading a book where you flip back and forth between too much background and not enough background? This book was...moreHave you ever had the experience of reading a book where you flip back and forth between too much background and not enough background? This book was full of that issue so it was definitely not in my favorite books. If we could have evened these random moments of too much/too little out, it would have done extremely well. Or at least better, hhmmmm.
Writing style notwithstanding, I did like the story and the overall concept of how the fallen angels live currently, how they came to be, and who the 'bad guy' is was interesting. Also the transition to the next book was smoothly done and I look forward to the next installment as well.
Alli was pretty much a bimbo in all regards, so the author obviously did something right so that I came away liking the story and not wanting to rant about dim-witted female leads and how they all need to be burned off the page. Scumps to Ms. Douglas for that. Although others didn't like Raziel's character, I thought he was exactly as he should be given the circumstances. That doesn't make him great, but definitely right for the part. :)
Overall an enjoyable story but has some weak moments in the writing. I am looking forward to seeing if the writer can mature in the next installment and really 'wow' me.(less)
This is a great trilogy. A wonderful weave of post-apocolyptic fantasy and an original take on Christianity. I'm going to have to...moreWell, wow...just wow.
This is a great trilogy. A wonderful weave of post-apocolyptic fantasy and an original take on Christianity. I'm going to have to come back to this one to detail out my review. I'm a bit gobsmacked right now.
OK, feeling better, whew!
Quick-cap: Thron St. Croix has discovered that she is the 'omega mage' that has been foretold of for years. Her sister, Rose, was lost to the Darkness 4 years ago but Thorn believes her to be alive. After being outed as a mage in hiding, Thorn now has been accepted by the citizens of Mineral City, but her own kind have turned against her. In Mineral City, she has drawn to her an amazing circle of friends, made alliances with Seraphim, caught the attention of the High Host, bound the energy of a cherub to her bidding, and is the center of three different prophecies. She will need all her allies and newly acquired power though in the upcoming battle against the major Darkness that has been unleashed within the nearby mountains of the Trine.
What a detailed book/series this has been. Host, the final installment in the trilogy was as strong if not better than the works before it. Answering almost all questions posed in previous books, it takes you on a whirlwind ride of Thorn's battles and subsequent loss. This world is absolutely epic in its fine detail and depth of plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish the series could keep on going! Full five stars!(less)
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 squ...more★ ★ ★ 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"]>(less)
Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are...more★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.(less)