I enjoyed this debut UF a lot. It's action packed and Owl is an appealing character and the secondary characters are fascinating.Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I enjoyed this debut UF a lot. It's action packed and Owl is an appealing character and the secondary characters are fascinating.
Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of "impulsive" characters who rush in without thinking and never seem to learn from their mistakes. Owl is supposed to be very intelligent, yet she acts from the gut more than anything. Her friends call her on her behavior and she does acknowledge it, so I'm hopeful that the next novel will show some character growth.
I enjoyed the book enough that I'll definitely give the second one in the series a chance. I would recommend this to fans of UF. ...more
Very cute! Definitely not a book that you can read without having read the rest of the series, but I skipped a few and has no problems following alongVery cute! Definitely not a book that you can read without having read the rest of the series, but I skipped a few and has no problems following along. A fun read, in keeping with the rest of the series....more
This was so much fun! It's definitely not for newcomers to the series, however. If you haven't read any books in the series, do NOT start with this onThis was so much fun! It's definitely not for newcomers to the series, however. If you haven't read any books in the series, do NOT start with this one, as there are many recurring characters. Great addition to the series and I like how it smoothly transitions into the next generation....more
As much as I enjoyed this book, I think it might be my least favorite of the series, perhaps because expectations were too high? TRating: 3.5 out of 5
As much as I enjoyed this book, I think it might be my least favorite of the series, perhaps because expectations were too high? The romance between Izzy and Eibhear never felt fully developed to me, and the beginning was a little disjointed. There's a lot of jumping from setting to setting and changes of scenes with different characters. I'm fairly certain that if you're new to the series this is NOT the book for you.
That said, I loved Aiken's trademark snarky humor and catching up with all of the various characters from the other books. The action really picked up around the halfway point, and the last half of the book was much better than the first. I can't wait to read about the next generation.
If you're a fan of the series, you'll definitely enjoy this book. If you're new to it, start elsewhere!...more
This is such a cute and funny series! I like to read these books because they always make me laugh. I just wish they were longer - the font is so bigThis is such a cute and funny series! I like to read these books because they always make me laugh. I just wish they were longer - the font is so big that these books read really quickly. I'd live to see a bit more character development.
That said, this was a cute addition to the series and I'm interested in seeing how dragons play a role in future books....more
I really liked Ms. Ramer's novel Dead People (Haunted Hearts #1), so when I saw this was available for free earlier this week, I snatched it up. It'sI really liked Ms. Ramer's novel Dead People (Haunted Hearts #1), so when I saw this was available for free earlier this week, I snatched it up. It's well done, but for some reason I had a hard time getting into the story. I just never really felt the connection with Noah and Lila. ...more
Nadia Lee’s The Last Slayer is a fun novel in a new Urban Fantasy series that leans more towards the Fantasy side of UF. I had a hard time rating this book at first, because I really loved it, but I felt there were a few issues. That said, Ashera del Cid, the eponymous last slayer, is a likeable heroine with a mysterious past, and the world she inhabits will draw you in from the first page.
When the book begins, Ashera del Cid is a very homely demon hunter, killing succubi and incubi who attack humans in their dreams. Ashera was abandoned as a baby and was passed from foster home to foster home until she was rescued by Jack, her current boss and foster father. His daughter Valerie (who’s a real looker) is Ashera’s best friend, and from the beginning Ashera makes it clear that she’s the best demon hunter employed by Jack and has no regrets about not being as beautiful as Valerie.
Ashera’s life suddenly takes a turn for the worst on her birthday when she’s tricked by a succubus and “marked”, then attacked by wyrms. None of this makes sense to her, and when the dragonlord Ramiel appears and tells her that he’s sworn to protect her, she’s even more confused. Ramiel escorts Ashera to another dimension, and she has to learn to defend herself from other dragonlords while fighting a sizzling attraction to Ramiel as well.
There were so many things to love about this book. First, Ashera is a terrific new urban fantasy heroine, very kickass and extremely capable. She faces several formidable enemies, undergoes a dramatic transformation, and learns just enough about her past to drive a weaker woman nuts. Even though it’s mentioned early on in the novel that Ashera is ugly, I actually forgot until reminded later in the book, because I was so intrigued by her story.
Second, I absolutely loved the world building in The Last Slayer. It was creative and fascinating, and we learn just enough about the culture surrounding the dragons and the dragonlords that our interest is piqued without the information becoming overwhelming. My favorite has to be the little household wyrm, Toshi - very funny! I also like that we learn about this new world through Ashera’s experience. While this leaves us with a lot of questions at the end of the book, the story arc in this novel is resolved.
My main quibble is with the character of Ramiel. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is smoldering, but I was never fully convinced of Ramiel’s interest in Ashera. The two spend some time together, but there are some serious trust issues between them, mainly because Ramiel seems determined not to tell Ashera things she needs to know. Also, part of her transformation leads to Ashera’s questioning Ramiel’s interest in her, with good reason.
Overall, this was a great first book in the series! I had a hard time putting it down, and that’s always a big plus. I definitely recommend this one, especially if you’re a fan of fantasy.
I received this book for review from Carina Press through NetGalley....more
G.A. Aiken’s Last Dragon Standing is far and away one of my favorite shapeshifter books. G. A. Aiken is actually the pseudonym used by Shelly LaurenstG.A. Aiken’s Last Dragon Standing is far and away one of my favorite shapeshifter books. G. A. Aiken is actually the pseudonym used by Shelly Laurenston when writing her Dragon Kin series, and I love to read her books because they are so very, very funny. This particular novel features the beautiful and spoiled dragon princess Keita, and how the author can take a stunningly beautiful spoiled brat and make her so very appealing is proof of the author’s skill. Keita is unabashedly self-centered, but as the hero Ragnar learns, Keita’s narcissistic tendencies are exaggerated for effect. In fact, she uses her over the top personality and good looks to spy for her country and protect the throne, despite Keita’s complicated relationship with her mother, the dragon queen. Ragnar is a Lightning dragon from the north, while Keita is a Fire dragon from the south, but somehow they manage to get together despite Ragnar’s superiority complex and Keita’s fear of commitment. This novel is actually the fourth novel in Aiken’s Dragon Kin series, and several of the characters from previous novels make appearances. You don’t have to have read the others to follow along, but you’ll definitely enjoy this more if you’ve read the others first. The relationships between the dragon family members make this series a hoot, and I highly recommend it....more