8/10: Excellent read, well written, fell right into the fictional world created.
Second time around and just as good as the first go-through. I don't r...more8/10: Excellent read, well written, fell right into the fictional world created.
Second time around and just as good as the first go-through. I don't read a lot of books more than once, just those that really are a cut above the rest. This book/series falls into that category, along with classics such as Casssie Palmer by Karen Chance, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Well done, Karen Marie Moning!
Originally read: Jan 28-30th 2012. Re-read: Oct/Nov 2013
Oh relief! Finally a book worthy of reviewing. I've had a few low scoring reads recently, but this one I am glad to score highly on the NBRS.
An interesting world created by Moning, including many nasty Fey characters and a nice murder mystery to solve, not to mention a little sexual tension so expertly woven you have trouble spotting it in places. But, it's there.
The cover would have you believe there is a heck of a lot more romance and seduction going on in this story, but no, it's mainly a hard ride through an increasingly dark and slowly spreading evil world, one in which our female protagonist is thrown into without a single clue. She's a little shallow, but there is a back bone there and we begin to see a bit more of it as the story unfolds and she is dragged ever more deeply into this new reality.
The main male lead is strong, intelligent, condescending, and arrogant, but of course, drop dead gorgeous and mysterious as hell. I'm waiting for the Light Fey to do something nice, at the moment all of the Fey seem really bad and have no redeeming characters. Here's hoping Barrons will actually have some competition for MacKayla's affections.
The language is mainly free flowing, the world well created, and the tone bordering dark, but with hints of humour along the way. You get to like Mac and even though Barrons is a little scary around the edges, you're rooting for him too.
I'm looking forward to the next in the series. So, what score to give this one?
Well, it was good enough to make it to my Top Reads Bookshelf, so that's a recommendation in itself. This one gets an 8/10: "Excellent read, well written, fell right into the fictional world created" on the NBRS.(less)
This book was a surprise, unfortunately being the first Kristen Ashley book I failed to complete. I have loved the Rock Chick Series to date. Every si...moreThis book was a surprise, unfortunately being the first Kristen Ashley book I failed to complete. I have loved the Rock Chick Series to date. Every single one, but for some reason, although liking Mace, I just didn't feel connected to this one.
Reading is a personal thing, this book didn't personally pull me in, unlike the majority of Ashley's fantastic romance novels. I have kept it on my To Reads Bookshelf in the hopes that I can come back to it and tried to a couple of times now, but no go. Time to move on and place it in my Read pile.
I will say this, I intend to read the next in the series, skipping this one for obvious reasons. I have not given up on Kristen Ashley. In my mind she is one of the most captivating, easy-to-read, addictive authors out there and I have no hesitation recommending her books to anyone who loves romance with a little edge.
I have to score this book though, according to my NBRS. So, unfortunately it falls down the scale and only receives a 1/10: " Couldn't get past the first few chapters, blah!"
But please don't take my word, just because this one was not for me, it may be for you. There is something for everyone in KA's books.(less)