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,...moreIn 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
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 singl...moreYou 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 ★★★★
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...moreDory'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!
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 some...moreOoh, 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!
This is the second book in the Elemental Assassin series. The first book got better even as I read it, after a slightly unsure start. Now it seems the...moreThis is the second book in the Elemental Assassin series. The first book got better even as I read it, after a slightly unsure start. Now it seems the series is only going to continue in the same vein, getting better and better with each novel.
Detective Donovan Caine is still on the scene, although perhaps trying to distance himself slightly, as he still clearly doesn't approve of Gin's job. It is, after all, against everything he stands for as a cop, to let someone go around killing people for money. Even if they are bad guys. I'm not sure this is something he will ever be able to get over. There are some things you just can't accept no matter how attracted to a person you may be. Everyone has their own moral code and they cannot, or will not, be tempted to deviate from it. Still, it makes for entertaining reading.
There is a new guy on the scene, however, who seems to be more than a little interested in Gin, too. I'm curious to know where this might lead to...
The story moved along at a better pace than the first book, I think. We get plenty more of Gin being her awesome, kick-ass self against various bad guys. And also taking on a new role after her "retirement" (yeah, right) as a sort of vigilante, Robin Hood-type figure. Only instead of robbing the rich to feed the poor, she's killing the bad guys to protect the good guys. I know, how sweet!
I love how tough Gin is. I love the fact that she doesn't wait around for anyone to come and rescue her. If they did, it would be a bonus, but she doesn't rely on that, or sit around waiting to be rescued. That would no doubt be a really quick way to get dead in her job.
I'm already on to book three - Venom. Loving this series now.!(less)
Another great story from Estep. I think this is the best one so far, although I did love book two...hmm, nope, this is my favourite! Mainly because of...moreAnother great story from Estep. I think this is the best one so far, although I did love book two...hmm, nope, this is my favourite! Mainly because of all the goings on in her love life :D
Gin attempts to take on a pretty formidable bad guy in this book. In going into it, she's pretty sure she's going to lose, but does that stop her from trying? Oh hells no! That's what I like about Gin - she's so fearless. She's also kind of wondering how on earth she went from being a feared and ruthless hired killer, to being everybody's favourite friendly neighbourhood assassin, working for any old sob story, but she's just sort of rolling with it. She does have a new, and much more personal, vendetta she's working on over the course of these books as well, which sounds very interesting thus far.
This is one of my three top favourites of the whole series. There's this one, which is Bowen and Mari's sto...moreBowen the Bitter and Mariketa the Awaited.
This is one of my three top favourites of the whole series. There's this one, which is Bowen and Mari's story, Cade's book and Malkolm's book, and they are all fabulous, but this one has always been the top prize in my eyes. I just love everything about it. It has the best setting, the best plot, the best and most sympathetic couple, and the absolute best surprise plot twist!
I was raised on action and adventure movies, due, no doubt, to being in an all-male household for a time. Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, Rambo, Croccodile Dundee, all those kind of films were always on and were mandatory viewing. So it seems I've kind of developed a bit of a soft spot for a jungle setting (which this book has, despite the contradictory title—there is a reason for that). And there's nothing quite like a hot and sweaty trek through lush greenery and bracing waterfalls with a panting Lykae at your back (who just happens to be a rugged and tormented Scotsman), combined with a feisty, curvy and beautiful heroine with a backbone of steel, and enough chemistry to set fire to the pages.
What's not to love?
Of course, it's not all smooth sailing. As usual—and this is a recurring theme for this series—although there is a natural mate connection going on, there's also a giant problem preventing things from progressing further. I'm reluctant to tell you anything about the plot in case I let something slip, but let's just say Bowen behaves like a total butthead at the beginning, and will have to spend quite a bit of time making up for it.
Kresley Cole does some of the best sex scenes in all of Paranormal Romance Land in my opinion, as well as outstanding dialogue. It's snappy, funny, clever, and second to none in my eyes. These books are just so much FUN! Even when the hero (or sometimes heroine) is being a total ass, I still love them. Because the thing that defines them and separates them from other PNR heroes, is that once that 'misunderstanding' is all cleared up, they become the sweetest, most protective and endearing mates you will ever read about. So just bask and enjoy.
I would recommend reading the series in order as certain elements overlap, but if you wanted to dive in here you could do that too as the romance has a solid conclusion.