This was a DNF for me. I might've stuck with it longer if the heroine hadn't known what she was, but when I found out that she definitely knew, I justThis was a DNF for me. I might've stuck with it longer if the heroine hadn't known what she was, but when I found out that she definitely knew, I just couldn't invest in her anymore. If she knew, how could she be so naive about what that entailed? Why didn't she understand what was happening with the hero?
Also, while I don't have an issue with d/s, I felt like it came very close to rape fantasy at times, and that is not my cup of tea. There were definitely times where I felt like the heroine wasn't consenting and the hero used his dominance and manly charms to 'convince' her otherwise.
Both those things coupled together led to a rare DNF and my first DNF Feehan book. I haven't picked up a Carpathian book in ages, but I was still reading the Leopard books, which makes the DNF especially disappointing. ...more
I was a little disappointed by this one. Maybe because I'd been looking forward to it so much, but it didn't meet my expectations. There's been such aI was a little disappointed by this one. Maybe because I'd been looking forward to it so much, but it didn't meet my expectations. There's been such a long build-up for Lanthe's and Thronos's story, I felt it should've been on par with Nalini Singh's Kiss of Snow. However, I felt it was more of a transition book.
Some important plot points happen that will impact the overall series arc, but as far as their relationship goes, Cole basically just added context. They were either (view spoiler)[ realizing they'd completely misunderstood the other person (hide spoiler)] or (view spoiler)[running for their lives (hide spoiler)]. The book also relies heavily on the reader having read Dark Desires After Dusk, Demon from the Dark, Lothaire, Shadow's Claim, and especiallyKiss of a Demon King. I'm a believer in reading a series in order, but I think needing to have read five books to understand one is a little nuts. It's like doing homework in order to pass a test. Plus Cole sets up this Big Bad that could throw a major wrench into Lanthe's relationship with Thronos, but it only worked for me because I didn't remember the character from one of those five books I mentioned. If you are particularly observant or have the books fresh in your mind, this plot point will be a non-starter.
Cole's strength is her world-building skills and so I hope we are done with books that cover the same event from a different perspective. I'm ready to move on now, please and thank you. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I love the relationship between Miki and Conall. He is head over heels for her and I love delightfully evil-genius-y heroines. I will never be an evilI love the relationship between Miki and Conall. He is head over heels for her and I love delightfully evil-genius-y heroines. I will never be an evil genius because I lack the math and science skills, as well as the spatial reasoning, but I can live vicariously through Miki. ...more
I've read the other books in the series, but I'm not sure if I've gotten around to reviewing them yet. I'm working from the top of the stack downwardsI've read the other books in the series, but I'm not sure if I've gotten around to reviewing them yet. I'm working from the top of the stack downwards. If you haven't read the first two books, don't read this one because it's nearly a direct continuation. The previous couples also make cameos.
I think My Lady Quicksilver did justice to the characters and the overall series plot, but these are books that I primarily read for the world-building. It's like The Iron Duke meets Her Sky Cowboy and I just find it fascinating. It's very socio-political and I can easily believe that this happened in an alternate dimension somewhere.
If you like steampunk, I really recommend this series. ...more
The re-read continues. This isn't my favorite as it's a little too repetitive for me. It also fires the warning shot that things are going to get muchThe re-read continues. This isn't my favorite as it's a little too repetitive for me. It also fires the warning shot that things are going to get much darker.
Don't even bother cracking this open if you haven't read, at least, the preceeding three books. I probably would've liked thisSnagged from Edelweiss.
Don't even bother cracking this open if you haven't read, at least, the preceeding three books. I probably would've liked this more if those three books were clearer in my mind, but I read a lot so a vague recollection is the best I could do. Aside from the dependence on past material, there was an element of reincarnation that I felt kinda pushed things over the top. I felt the book moved the series' plot along, but it didn't anything new. If you like the series, read The Vampire with The Dragon Tattoo; for everyone else, start with How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire. ...more
What I liked best about this book was how Brook and Sims wrote their novellas as more an introduction to their series rather than a continuation. So iWhat I liked best about this book was how Brook and Sims wrote their novellas as more an introduction to their series rather than a continuation. So if you never read the series before, you'd be able to enjoy the story and perhaps be intrigued enough to seek it out. If you had read the series, the novella was like a bonus. Crane's story was unique too (I said it before, I'll say it again- having 1984 be an 'historical' time period is freaky). It was less romance-y and paranormal-y than the others, but that's kind of Crane's style and her novella is a good introduction to her type of books.
The book is only $2.99 and I think it's a solid buy for that price for these stories. Recommended. ...more
Not rating this because I don't remember enough to do my usual breakdown by stories. I do know that I liked Jaid Black's "Fatman & Robyn" (despiteNot rating this because I don't remember enough to do my usual breakdown by stories. I do know that I liked Jaid Black's "Fatman & Robyn" (despite the atrocious title) and Laurann Dohner's "Scarred and Kilt" (not connected to her New Species series, but I'm pretty sure I thought this didn't feel like yet another vampire story). ...more
I love love love Dana Marie Bell's books, but Mr. Red Riding Hoode is not one of her best. For starters, while the book is listed at 97 pages, it's evI love love love Dana Marie Bell's books, but Mr. Red Riding Hoode is not one of her best. For starters, while the book is listed at 97 pages, it's even less that that since there are excerpts for other books tacked onto the end. It's really short and not worth the $2.45 I paid for it (I pre-ordered it from Samhain). The website does say it's a novella, but I still expected upwards of 100 pages. Mr. Red Riding Hoode is more of a novelette as the word count probably hovers around the 19k mark.
Furthermore, you can't read this without having at least read Steel Beauty and Finding Forgiveness. Seriously, don't even bother, because the plot almost directly picks up from Finding and you need Steel for the world-building. There's very little introduction to the characters or to the society of the Pack. Relationship development always gets a bit of a short shrift in Bell's books as she relies on Fated Mate Syndrome, but even knowing that, I thought things moved very quickly between Steve and Chela. Aside from the initial 'We're werewolves' revelation, there was no conflict at all.
The book does have Bell's humor sprinkled throughout and there was one scene involving text messages that I loved. We also get some name-dropping of past characters from The Wallflower and Bare Necessities.
I have to say, overall, I'm rather disappointed. I know Bell struggles with health problems and I wonder if that played a part here. I feel like this is the literary equivalent of raw cookie dough: still tasty, but not a finished product. ...more
I remember being really creeped out by the next book in the series, River Marked, but I don't remember if it breaks the pattern that's been established. Guess I'll find out as the re-read continues!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
*pokes book* I don't know how I feel about this. It was better than Black Moon, but...*shrugs*
Hunter's Heart relied a lot on FSnagged from NetGalley.
*pokes book* I don't know how I feel about this. It was better than Black Moon, but...*shrugs*
Hunter's Heart relied a lot on Fated Mate Syndrome. I can be okay with FMS, especially since I love an uber-possessive alpha male hero, but I felt like that was the whole plot of the book. Okay, yes, there's a monster shifter rampaging through the countryside, but Tyler kept relating that back to the hero's and heroine's relationship. It was like eating a light, frothy, dessert. It's tasty, but you're left with a vague dissatisfaction, like 'That was it? It's over already?'
I know I seem a bit like Goldilocks right now, since I complained Black Moon was disjointed and didn't have enough relationship development and now I'm saying Hunter's Heart had too much relationship stuff. I think the world development in the first two books was so great, I keep waiting for that magic to come back. And I'm still mixing up this series, Alpha Pack, with Stephanie Tyler's Eternal Wolf Clan. Between the two, I think I prefer Alpha Pack as it's lighter than Eternal Wolf's 'EVERYONE SHALL SUFFER' mindset.
Anyways, the key here is how you already feel about the series. You could probably read this one as a stand-alone, but it may take you a bit to get up to speed. In any case, if you're an Alpha Pack fangirl, you'll probably like this. If you view Fated Mate Syndrome as a horrible storytelling device, skip it.
Also, if you know anything about genetic engineering, it's probably not best to consider certain aspects of Hunter's Heart too closely. ...more
You have to read this as erotica. Think Elizabeth Amber's Lords of Satyrs series, but not as kinky. If you read this as a paranSnagged from NetGalley.
You have to read this as erotica. Think Elizabeth Amber's Lords of Satyrs series, but not as kinky. If you read this as a paranormal or famous person romance, you are going to be disappointed. The world-building is decent, but the relationship development is nil, Fated Mates Syndrome at its most extreme. I did like the hero and his bandmates, but the heroine's transformation from downtrodden to kickass happened too quickly, literally occurring overnight.
If you're looking for an erotica with a little plot and world-building, try Heavy Metal Heart. However, if you like intimacy with your erotica, keep looking. ...more
This is not going to be a novella for everyone. It's almost like an arranged marriage, as the heroine needs a mate to get a would-be rapist and usurpeThis is not going to be a novella for everyone. It's almost like an arranged marriage, as the heroine needs a mate to get a would-be rapist and usurper off her back. I liked it because I always enjoy books that break away from the norm and when characters do sensible things. Sims does rely a little heavily on the wolf mating thing to introduce the traditional romance elements into the narrative, but I think, overall, "Single White Female" is an example of a great paranormal novella. I also think it stands alone easily because it takes place largely outside of the world of the novels. It's only 0.99 so if you're looking for a quick paranormal read, I'd keep this in mind. ...more
Firstly, I must give Sims credit, I think this stands on its own fairly well. While Must Love Fangs is connected to the first two books in the series,Firstly, I must give Sims credit, I think this stands on its own fairly well. While Must Love Fangs is connected to the first two books in the series, I don't think you actually need to read them in order to 'get' Fangs.
Secondly, I liked that the heroine was somewhat atypical. She wasn't conventionally pretty, a badass, a genius, a honeypot, or extraordinary in anyway. She was just a woman who was dying and looking for a way out, while being fairly cranky all the time due to lack of sleep.
However, the heroine's disease is somewhat responsible for me being unsatisfied with the book. I was not aware, until I googled it right now, that fatal familial insomnia is a real disease that affects about a hundred people worldwide. I thought it was a made-up disease and I have been conditioned by paranormal romance to expect that if the heroine is suffering from a made-up disease, it is almost always her previously-unknown paranormal genetic code battling it out with her human half. So I really thought they were going to get around the whole transforming her thing because she was already part whatever. This did not happen because, as I said, it's a real disease that afflicts real people. I think I would have had an easier time with it if I'd known fatal familial insomnia was real going in.
The other problem that I had is that, while I think Sims did a great job of developing the relationship between the hero and heroine, we never get to see (view spoiler)[the moment when the hero realizes she's his mate. There were times when I would've loved to see what he was thinking. I felt it was contradictory, that he's telling her it's killing him to let her date these guys, but he understands she's trying to save her life, and then, towards the end, he's all 'You're my mate, I was never going to let the vampires have you.' Okaaayy. So tell me, why did I waste all that time feeling sorry for you? (hide spoiler)]
I keep reading Sims's books because I think the writing skills are there, but they just haven't hit the sweet spot for me yet. As always, I continue to live in hope. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Snagged from NetGalley (I am so behind on these reviews, it's embarassing).
I re-read Blood of the Maple prior to starting Throne of Oak and I was glaSnagged from NetGalley (I am so behind on these reviews, it's embarassing).
I re-read Blood of the Maple prior to starting Throne of Oak and I was glad I did. Oak picks up directly after Maple so it's best if the events are fresh in your mind.
I had a little bit of an issue with the relationship development since the relationship between Mina and Dragos really begins in Maple and by the time Oak opens, Dragos is a goner. As far as the actual plot goes, I agree with other reviewers that Oak's Big Bad bore a marked similarity to Maple's, but Dragos's family drama freshened it up for me.
Overall, I think the Maggie's Grove series is unique as far as paranormals go and definitely covers more than your standard vamps & shifters. I would recommend these books for vacation reads, something quick and easy that you can read by the pool or waiting on line. ...more
Not going to rate this one because of reasons, but Thea's novellas are sometimes an exercise in frustration, whereas the reader wants more and invariaNot going to rate this one because of reasons, but Thea's novellas are sometimes an exercise in frustration, whereas the reader wants more and invariably gets less. I wish she would have saved the heroine for a longer book as a more in-depth look at her magic would've been fascinating for me. However, I loved the fact that the hero was an owl shifter, as avian shifters are still on the rare side, and that he was also vision-impaired. (view spoiler)[The blindness doesn't exactly stick, as it's a magical curse, but it's always nice to have a physically flawed hero out and about. (hide spoiler)]
This novella ties in with Serpent's Kiss so if you haven't read that, don't read this. You should have also read Oracle's Moon as that's the book that introduces the heroine and Phaedra. However, The Wicked isn't connected to any of the other novellas, but I suspect it may be laying the groundwork for a future pairing between (view spoiler)[Phaedra and Julian (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm going to date myself again, but if you remember Disney's Afternoon's Gargoyles cartoon show and shipped Goliath/Elisa, StoSnagged from NetGalley.
I'm going to date myself again, but if you remember Disney's Afternoon's Gargoyles cartoon show and shipped Goliath/Elisa, Stone Guardian is the book for you. Unlike the cartoon, though, Monsch's hero can take human form when things get, ah, adult.
I liked the premise, but there were a few typos. It reminds me of a cross between Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series and Shana Swedson's Enchanted, Inc.. Stone Guardian didn't exactly break any new ground, but it was a solid read and I'd read the sequel. ...more
This is an amazing debut. I am a SUCKER for world-building, and Christensen is brilliant at it. I got a very good sense of theSnagged from NetGalley.
This is an amazing debut. I am a SUCKER for world-building, and Christensen is brilliant at it. I got a very good sense of the world, the society, the people, everything, without feeling like a load of exposition was just dumped into my brain. Christensen lists Thea Harrison as one of her influences and I can definitely see it. Thea has the same way of creating a world that seems so vast and interconnected, while focusing on a single location.
However, the world-building in Never Deal with Dragons did overpower the romance and the supporting human characters a bit, but finding that balance can be taught, whereas I feel this kind of world-building is more of an innate talent.
I went to Christensen's website to see if there will be more books in the series (yes!) and she has two unfinished books listed. The plots sound amazing and while I know it's unlikely that they will ever reach publication, they make me anticipatory for what's to come. This is definitely an author I'll be keeping an eye out for. ...more
As soon as I was finished with this, I immediately went looking for Cold Blooded, only to discover that it's not out until October 2013 and that neithAs soon as I was finished with this, I immediately went looking for Cold Blooded, only to discover that it's not out until October 2013 and that neither NetGalley or Edelweiss had an e-arc. This made me sad.
Hot Blooded is a very Orbit-y type of title, a successor of sorts to Jennifer Rardin's Jaz series. It's also the National Treasure to the Indiana Jones of Kelley Armstrong's Bitten, i.e. an entertaining read without the more gritty overtones of the latter.
I don't see this being Carlson's breakout series (I predict a path along the lines of Nicole Peeler's Tempest series). However, the fact that Carlson can keep her books far, far away from cliche territory, a difficult thing to do these days in paranormal, makes me add her to my list of authors to keep an eye on. ...more
I keep going back and forth between giving this four stars or five because it was slow at some points and the mystery could have been handled a bit beI keep going back and forth between giving this four stars or five because it was slow at some points and the mystery could have been handled a bit better, but I am freaking giddy right now. It was a great read and well worth what I went through to get it.
I tried unsuccessfully to get an ARC, but then a miracle happened. Ms. Owens announced via her twitter that she'd have three author copies of Heart Fortune with her at the 2013 RWA Literacy signing. First come, first serve. Boys and girls, let me tell you, I was on that line two hours early and soon as the doors opened, I was off like a shot. I was the first one at her table and I barely refrained from shouting 'gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, please!' Ms. Owens was nice to the crazy fangirl and I got my much coveted copy of Heart Fortune.
So I already mentioned what I didn't like, what did I like? Zem. The BirdFam. He was awesome-sauce, although any vegetarians out there may want to proceed with caution. I would've liked a little more background on the native Celtan species, how they evolved, if they were always there, if the species were sentient prior to the colonists or if it was an evolutionary adaption to the colonists' arrival, but the editor part of me thinks it would've bogged down the narrative.
There was also more of a suspense element, which kept things interesting, although it was sort of resolved largely off-screen. Ms. Owens also takes us inside the Lugh's Spear in a couple of scenes that I found fascinating for their implications and somewhat terrifying because of what was actually happening.
Jace is a hero like Cratag, a commoner who really wanted nothing to do with these strange noble folks, but is also like Garrett in how he treated Glyssa. Glyssa has a backbone, which I liked, and an obvious reverence for the written word. Many of her character traits were familiar to me, and if she wasn't fictional, we could probably be friends. However, one thing that I didn't like is that (view spoiler)[we never see her giving Jace her HeartGift. We do learn what it is and he gives her his before they HeartBond, but I would've liked to seen it (hide spoiler)]. Ms. Owens shares deleted scenes at her blog on occasion, so fingers crossed that's one of them.
I'm definitely glad that I re-read Heart Search prior to Fortune, but I wish I'd re-read Heart Journey instead of Heart Secret as the latter didn't really come into play during Fortune. If you liked Search, you'll like Fortune.
I do wish I'd read Search before RWA because then I could've asked Ms. Owens if we've already met the family the Turquoise House has chosen for itself. And if we're going to get a full book for Vinni and Avellana. Lord, I love this series.
Is it next August yet? ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I read this book when it first came out in 2011, but I wanted to re-read it before I started Throne of Oak. This was one of my favorite books in 2011.I read this book when it first came out in 2011, but I wanted to re-read it before I started Throne of Oak. This was one of my favorite books in 2011. Reading it now, I admit I can see some weak spots, but I love it anyway! Here was my 2011 review:
This book totally tickles my fancy. It's about a vampire who's cursed by a witch that he can only drink the blood of plants. His best friend's a ghost and he ends up moving to a town of supernaturals where he falls in love with a dryad. It's like Bunnicula crossed with Halloweentown. I don't know why Bell hasn't crossed over into mainstream yet, but she has major, major potential....more
I am going to be very honest here, one star is simply because I liked this so much better than Heart of Danger. The paranormalSnagged from Edelweiss.
I am going to be very honest here, one star is simply because I liked this so much better than Heart of Danger. The paranormal element was woven into the book more subtly and I didn't feel like I was continually hammered over the head with 'hey, this is the futuurrrreeee' (although I can't deny there were some heavy references to it). I also have a weakness for alpha males turned desperate basket cases. Nick was delightfully he-man over Elle and positively dumbfounded when she didn't immediately swoon at his feet. Granted, Elle's self-control doesn't last long, but Nick remains a puddle of mush where she's concerned.
I'm still unsure how I feel about the direction the series's overall arc has taken. Heart of Danger sets up a specific Big Bad and, about halfway through I Dream of Danger, the Big Bad takes an abrupt right turn into an entirely different genre. Book three, still untitled I guess, is going to be more (view spoiler)[horror-ish than military suspense since things took a zombie-y twist in I Dream(hide spoiler)].
What it boils down to, I think, is how much you already enjoy Rice's writing. This series isn't going to win her any new readers (again, Christine Feehan's GhostWalker series is better), but it still has the Rice characters that we know & love and I think it's worth reading to watch Nick go nuts over Elle.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Picked this up during the All Romance Ebooks Ellora's Cave rebate sale because I really wanted Moon and it wasn't up yet.
This was all right. The worlPicked this up during the All Romance Ebooks Ellora's Cave rebate sale because I really wanted Moon and it wasn't up yet.
This was all right. The world-building wasn't great and while Jasmine could have been a really complex, emotionally interesting, character, she was basically could have been any female. I'd also consider this more of a novella than a full-fledged story. The blurb says that Mine to Chase is loosely linked to the novella "Scarred and Kilt" in the anthology Something Wicked This Way Comes Volume 2. The hero of "Scarred" makes a cameo appearance in Mine, but you don't have to read one to get the other and I preferred "Scarred" over Mine. The heroine, Matty, was much more interesting than Jasmine....more
While I'm a couple of books behind in Feehan's Carpathian books because they've all started to blend together, this felt fresh in comparison. I do wisWhile I'm a couple of books behind in Feehan's Carpathian books because they've all started to blend together, this felt fresh in comparison. I do wish I'd re-read Savage Nature prior to reading Leopard's Prey. I didn't realize that they were published two years apart, I was just like 'WERE-LEOPARDS!' *glomp* and that was that. I retained enough memory of the Leopard People series to be okay, but if you have a chance, I'd recommend having Savage Nature fresh in your mind. The previous four aren't really needed to get this one.
This one was tricksy. There's a serial killer plot and a stalker plot. (view spoiler)[The Big Bad isn't the same for both plots (hide spoiler)] and I sorta knew that, but with a wealth of suspects, (view spoiler)[figuring out who did what wasn't easy. I eventually twigged onto the identity of the serial killer, but I wasn't sure up until the actual grand reveal. (hide spoiler)] The hero is excellent, a definite stand-out, but I would've liked the heroine to be a bit more of an individual. She's not a doormat, but she's definitely reactive, her actions determined by external forces rather than personal choices.
This was good, but this would be a buy only if you like the series; otherwise, library it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really liked this book because while it has a slight resemblance to Armstrong's Bitten, it is very different. I was afraid the author was going to mI really liked this book because while it has a slight resemblance to Armstrong's Bitten, it is very different. I was afraid the author was going to make her randomly promiscuous, but everything was handled very smartly. There really weren't any plot holes and everything made sense within the context of the world the author created. I rec this to anyone who likes Chloe O'Neill or Jennifer Rardin's Jaz Parks series and I will definitely be reading the second book when I can get my hands on it. ...more