In this first story of the Cassandra Palmer series we meet our heroine, Cassie, a clairvoyant who is on the run from her former vampire "master" Tony,In this first story of the Cassandra Palmer series we meet our heroine, Cassie, a clairvoyant who is on the run from her former vampire "master" Tony, whom she ran away from and has been hiding from for years. Her escape leads her into the hands of the Vampire council whose members believe Cassie is set to become the next Pythia (a powerful seeress/prophetess and the protector of the timeline) and offers her protection (with a price- these are vamps after all). Cassie is reluctant (to say the least) to accept the idea of this new role, but it seems she may not have much choice.
Mircea is a bit of a mystery. There is undoubtedly buckets of sexual tension going on between them, but you are left wondering exactly what Mircea's motives are. Is it simply to get her to stay with him so that he controls the Pythia? Is it because he is her master (he sired Tony so he is ultimately her master as he is Tony's master) and therefore feels it is his right to have her? Or is he just genuinely attracted to her? This is something Cassie finds herself wondering over the coming books in the series.
You will hate John Pritkin in this book and expect (or possibly hope) to never see him again, but be warned, you don't get rid of JP that easily!
As with all Karen chance's novels it is funny, faced paced, action packed and sexy as hell. A great book and a great series.
This is my favourite series of all time. I love it, love it, love it and can't recommend it enough ...more
You know what's weird? Considering how many reviews I've written—especially this year after I set it as my New Year's Resolution to review every singlYou know what's weird? Considering how many reviews I've written—especially this year after I set it as my New Year's Resolution to review every single book I read—what's weird is that most of my all-time favourite books don't even have a review at all because I read them waaaay before I discovered the joys of reviewing or having a virtual Goodreads bookshelf to keep a record of my books and ratings. So my favourites, like this one, just got slapped with an automatic 5-star rating based on hazy memories of awesomeness, and that was that.
So, it's a bit sad that I am, then, to find that after my recent re-read of this book, 3 years and around 600 books after my first go, I find I can't in all honesty still give it 5 stars, so I've dropped it down to 4. I still really enjoyed it, don't get me wrong. But I'd be blind not to see that, although I love Chance's writing for its fast pacing and action-filled plots, a lot of it can be too chaotic and confusing with too much going on from too many directions and not enough exposition. For much of the book I was just waiting and hoping that any minute now I'd be told why Dory was doing what she was doing, or going where she was going, and who the heck are those people firing stuff at her now and why are they doing it?
I imagine it all makes perfect sense in Karen Chance's head, but it doesn't always translate perfectly to her audience. It's kind of a double-edged sword, though, because the confusion is a side effect of having such intricate, complex, multi-layered, thought-provoking and detailed plots. She literally fits more plotting, world-building and characterisation into one page than some authors manage in three chapters (or whole books in the worst cases). But unless you're paying absolute, 100% focused attention (which admittedly I probably wasn't this time as I did the re-read as an audiobook) then you'll blink and miss something vital and be all "What the hell just happened?"
But that's enough negativity!
This is my favourite urban fantasy 'world' after all, (although I do prefer the main Cassandra Palmer series over this, the spin-off). So let's get on to what I still loved—The world, the setting, the magic, Dory, the real historical characters, Louis Cesare, the complex and strained relationships, Stinky, the sexual tension, the funny dialogue, Radu, the hot vamps, the hot smexy times, Dory's house that won't let her redecorate or move anything, the intelligent writing, Louis Cesare in a towel.
That's quite a lot still to love, eh?
Dory is a great main character. She has a bit of a bad attitude due to being a misfit and held in contempt by almost all supernatural factions AND humans, and she suffers rage episodes and has a dry, sarcastic sense of humour.
Louis Cesare on the other hand is cool, suave, laconic, honourable and protective. They make a great fighting team, as long as Louis Cesare can keep up, and I look forward to re-visiting them in the next book, which I believe, if memory serves, is slightly less hectic than this one.
Recommended to read after books 1&2 of the Cassandra Palmer series. Click here for the series timeline. 4 Stars ★★★★...more
Dory's back and heads are gonna roll! Or, you know, get carried around in a really smelly gym bag but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it!
I'Dory's back and heads are gonna roll! Or, you know, get carried around in a really smelly gym bag but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it!
I'm still enjoying my revisit of this series although I do regret deciding to get the audio versions this time. I just don't like the narrator so I think that's lessening my enjoyment, but it was the only way to fit the re-reads into this month's schedule.
In this one there's a lot more humour and wacky shenanigans going on than in the first--mostly coming from Ray, a sneaky and shameless level five master vampire and club owner, who Dorina accidentally decapitates at the beginning of the book.
What do you mean there's no such thing as accidentally decapitating someone? There so is.
There's also a great deal of progress in the inter-character relationships right across the board; from Dory and Louis Cesare to Dory and her father and even with Radu to a certain extent (Although I think LC is still sulking a bit). I also loved the scenes with Stinky! Bless him.
I am now all caught up and looking forward to Fury's Kiss for some new content. I can't wait!
I don't think anyone does pack structure and the dominance hierarchy of werewolves quite like Briggs. The subtleties in behaviour and body language shI don't think anyone does pack structure and the dominance hierarchy of werewolves quite like Briggs. The subtleties in behaviour and body language she showcases are so incredibly well written and the depth of her research on wolf behaviour so evident, even from the very first page.
I've just re-read this, the first full-length novel in the Alpha and Omega series, and have upped my rating from 3 stars to 4. I think at the time of my original reading it paled in the shadow of the main Mercy Thompson series that I'd just finished. I found it lacking the humour and wit that I'd so recently fallen in love with in Briggs' writing. But now, having re-read it a good two or three years later, I have to once again applaud Briggs' writing of these supernatural creatures. Both in their animal natures, and their very human ones.
Anna is an almost broken character when we first meet her, having suffered terribly at the abusive hands of her former "pack mates". This back story all takes place in a novella, Alpha and Omega, and in that short story is also where Anna and Charles (Bran's son and Samuel's brother from the Mercy series) meet for the first time and realise their wolves have mated.
Now, this is something that I feel should have been handled better because if anyone wasn't aware of the novella, and that it's essential to read it first, their enjoyment of this book is really going to suffer. I really am not a fan of series' starting with a novella unless the story is optional. In my opinion, if you are going to start with a short story it should just be a teaser, an example of writing style for people that actually like buying anthologies. Not a necessary read in terms of plot and character development. Me, personally, I can't be doing with anthos so I am a bit disappointed that something so vital as your main couple meeting, was covered in such a way.
Anyway, they meet, and their wolves mate. This is the exact opposite of how the mating bond is supposed to work. It's meant to be that the human side chooses a partner, and the wolf then decides to accept, or not. Doing it this way around means the pair to have to deal with an instant bond with a complete stranger. Add into that Anna's recent abuse, and Charles' "I am an island" mentality, and you've got the recipe for some great scenes.
Charles is a gentle giant of a wolf where Anna is concerned, which I found incredibly endearing. Considering he is also the Marrock's enforcer/executioner, the fact that she brings out this gentler side of him, and his child-like excitement over the newness of it all, is just too cute. He delights in little things such as making her walk with a bounce in her step. Making people happy is not normally part of his day to day life, given his job. I really think they were perfectly suited characters and Charles is probably the only one who could have helped her overcome her past demons in such short a time. He was so patient with her, even when his own inner wolf was screaming at him to make her his.
The plot after this point wasn't the strongest I've ever read from Briggs, but it was interesting enough and lay a great foundation for Anna and Charles to spend some quality time together, getting to know one another and exploring their new bond.
Overall, I still prefer the Mercy series, but I would urge anyone that hasn't already to give this spin-off a try too. Even if just for the incredible insights you will get into Bran's character!!!!
Overall I preferred the plot for this book over that of book one, Cry Wolf. It had more interesting ancillary characters, more subplots weaved throughOverall I preferred the plot for this book over that of book one, Cry Wolf. It had more interesting ancillary characters, more subplots weaved throughout and a really good whodunnit mystery for the main storyline.
I also enjoyed seeing the slow but sure progress Anna is making from the girl who was too frightened to be around anyone but Charles- and even that only when he was calm- to someone that's....actually kind of a badass!
Charles continues to be the epitome of the supportive mate. His characterization is quite subtle, but effective. At least where I am concerned. I think I may possibly be a teensy bit in love with him. Whoopsies!
We're not talking Adam Hauptman levels of awesomeness quite yet, but to be fair, this is only book two in this spin-off series, so he has time to catch up;)
I can't wait to read Fair Game which comes out in just two days. I'm all refreshed, ready and raring to go. Bring it on!
Ooh, ooh, ooh finally one of my favourite series to review! I read non stop throughout the year, roughly a new book every two days, but there are someOoh, ooh, ooh finally one of my favourite series to review! I read non stop throughout the year, roughly a new book every two days, but there are some series that I follow and look forward to above all others and the Cat and Bones - Night Huntress World novels are one of them.
I was hovering over 4 stars, mainly because I thought the book ended rather abruptly and I wouldn't have minded if it were another 20 pages longer. Then I thought it seems a bit mean to mark it down under the reasoning of " I didn't want it to end" so 5 stars it is!
I laughed out loud quite a few times in the reading of this book. I'd forgotten how funny Cat and Bones are. There were a few "Awww" moments too. Now that Cat and Bones have worked out some of their main issues in Destined for an Early Grave, they are in a much, much better place. And in fact, they are now past their over protectiveness stage enough to notice it happening in others. Namely Mencheres and Kira, and Spade and Denise who we met in the spin offs ,as they are in much earlier stages of their own relationships.We see both of those other couples in this book as well as quite a few other blasts from the past which is nice.
There is a sad bit, and I did cry like a baby at one point. There are also some scenes that had me grinning like the village loon, and a great Twilight reference one-liner from Bones!
Oh! and Vlad.. I LOVE that guy! "Nummy, nummy" ...more