I did finish the book, but I'm really glad I didn't spend any money on it. I'm always receptive to a change in the program when it comes to supernaturI did finish the book, but I'm really glad I didn't spend any money on it. I'm always receptive to a change in the program when it comes to supernatural mythos, but a lot of the attempts to explain this one (why the wolves are changed by cold weather, why it won't help to move to Tahiti, etc.)fall flat for me. More importantly, I did not like Grace. Sam has been a wolf for ten years, so how come he has so much more humanity than she does? Her parents are more into themselves than their daughter and she seems to have some disdain for both of her supposed best friends. At one point she says that she's a loner by choice but Olivia is just a geek who can't make friends. Not those exact words, but pretty close. She's a junior in high school when the story starts, sneering at her friends for being boy-crazy while she's never liked anyone on two legs. At least Sam has his father-figure Beck and the rest of his wolf pack that he cares about. To me, if a person only has feelings for her romantic love interest, it seems like only a reflected love of herself.
Speaking of Sam, I felt like he was the only truly likeable character in the bunch. At first I was put off by his softness; I'm used to strong, masculine werewolf characters. Yet I decided it was okay to have a shy werewolf. The parts with the lyrics were still pretty embarrassing; he's in the middle of having sex and trying to think up a lyric about it? No. Just, no.
I don't see myself continuing with the series. I'd have to be desperate for something to read....more
I can't remember what I didn't like about this book, but I do know I couldn't finish it and even tried to exchange it for something else(stupid B&NI can't remember what I didn't like about this book, but I do know I couldn't finish it and even tried to exchange it for something else(stupid B&N wouldn't let me). Hence the 1 star....more
I couldn't really get into this book, but that could be a personal problem. I was a huge Anita Blake fan for her first 7 or 8 books, so all I could seI couldn't really get into this book, but that could be a personal problem. I was a huge Anita Blake fan for her first 7 or 8 books, so all I could see here was an extremely weak echo of her character. As if Kate is a younger sibling trying desperately to fill her famous older sister's big shoes--and failing miserably. The world building was also a bit flimsy for me; the explanation for everything is magic, magic, magic. Without any differentiation between, say, whatever Kate does with her Slayer, and what makes technology fail ("the magic went up" meant little to me), the word just became irritating.
If I was sleep-reading for most of it, I woke up for the last 2 chapters or so, which were actually pretty good. That's why I figure maybe someone who never had Anita-fever might enjoy Kate Daniels more than I could. I doubt I'll go forward with this series; for me, it feels like the equivalent of Anita Blake fan-fiction. It just makes me miss the real thing all the more....more
I never finished this book, although I kept trying since I actually paid for it. I picked it up because there is a legitimately interesting premise heI never finished this book, although I kept trying since I actually paid for it. I picked it up because there is a legitimately interesting premise here. Unfortunately, the entire book seems to consist of explanation of the world, mostly through flashbacks. The initial mystery (Oh no somebody stole a piece of a building!) seemed boring, and by the time I found out what made it interesting, I was turned off by the heroine's lack of empathy. Wren's crush on her partner, Sergei, piqued my interest at first, until I found out he already secretly returned it and their mutual consternation (what are these weird new feelings I have for her/him? Gosh, does she/he know I like her/him?) started to feel very high-school. Plus the lack of action gets to be pretty ridiculous; at one point the reader is left with Sergei cowering under a table while Wren runs off to face an attacker. We rejoin her when the fight is over and the bad guy is already gone. I think I put the book down for at least a few weeks after that. ...more