No time for a proper review because I want to start the third book :) I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I'm not sure if I said this in my rNo time for a proper review because I want to start the third book :) I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I'm not sure if I said this in my review of book 1, but what I love about this series is that the characters are so down to earth and real. Even though there is more angst in this book, it didn't feel out of place or thrown in for effect. (view spoiler)[ The accident was a little too convenient considering what the POST review decided, but I'm letting that slide (hide spoiler)]. Joe can be one stubborn SOB, but I love how his character is developing. This book shows even more layers to him and I can't wait to start book 3....more
This was disappointing after reading book 2. I thought the first half was a little too similar to book one. By now, we get that Daniel feels guilty ov This was disappointing after reading book 2. I thought the first half was a little too similar to book one. By now, we get that Daniel feels guilty over what happened to his father. It took too long to get to the resolution. (view spoiler)[ I also do not believe that Daniel wouldn't have figured out that the machine was the cause of his father's persistent memory. He's too good to have that slip by him, no matter how angry he was at himself. He may not have figured out why it happened, but he would have seen the damage to it. (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed the second half, but it was still repetitive. Unfortunately, I was bored with this one. ["br"]>...more
This was a bit of a letdown. The mystery was predictable and not as fun as the first one. There was some progression in Holmes coming to terms with hiThis was a bit of a letdown. The mystery was predictable and not as fun as the first one. There was some progression in Holmes coming to terms with his break-up with David and his own personal hang-ups, but not enough for my liking. He still comes off as too insecure and petulant. Plus, I'm not completely convinced with J.X.'s feelings for Holmes. (view spoiler)[ I can't see how he can love Holmes after everything he's done to him. I'm glad to see Holmes finally opening up to J.X. more, but it's hard for me to believe he's in love with Holmes, when all Holmes has been doing is keeping J.X. at arm's length the entire time. I was also happy to see J.X. finally set Holmes straight with his age complex. It was getting to be annoying. (hide spoiler)]
I'm not ready to say good-bye to Holmes and J.X. yet. I'm still holding out hope that Holmes will focus a little more on his relationship with J.X, but for now I need a break from these two. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I will grit my teeth through the next book because even though I can’t take the stupidity of the THIRDS anymore, I still like the side charac1.5 Stars
I will grit my teeth through the next book because even though I can’t take the stupidity of the THIRDS anymore, I still like the side characters. In regards to the whole Ash subplot, (view spoiler)[ of course he was undercover! Dex and Sloane want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but neither of them even mentions this. They just decide to discuss Ash’s treatment of Cael? Really? They push this to the side like it’ll eventually resolve itself. (hide spoiler)] Oh, the idiocy of it all.
Plus, I’m over Sloane and Dex. The whole “push/pull” thing Sloane has going on is boring me.
My star is for Ash and Cael, although (view spoiler)[ Ash’s excuse for not being with Cael felt a little forced and way too similar to some of Sloane’s issues. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
1. Saps - all of them! There were tears, and hand over the heart melodrama, and the most irritating of allThis was ok. Here's what didn't work for me:
1. Saps - all of them! There were tears, and hand over the heart melodrama, and the most irritating of all, (view spoiler)[ the constant reference to “my husband”. We were all waiting for their big day, but by the end I wanted to strangle both of them. We get it, they got married. Let’s move on! (hide spoiler)]
2. The mystery/crime – I liked the premise and I was interested in the beginning, but then it turned into one ridiculous and convoluted action scene after another. They were all the same. By 70%, I was bored and annoyed at every turn.
3. Practically every character from previous books was thrown in, whether they fit into the story or not.
Sadly, I was underwhelmed by A Taste for Poison. It was a nice wrap-up to all the lingering questions, but unfortunately everything was summed up too
Sadly, I was underwhelmed by A Taste for Poison. It was a nice wrap-up to all the lingering questions, but unfortunately everything was summed up too neatly for my taste. I missed the action and tension from the first two books. I missed the intrigue and the Scorpions in the thick of battle. Everything moved too quickly in this book, and being in Kendras' head was boring and repetitive. None of the major scenes were developed, so there was no time for me to latch onto what was happening. I was disappointed we didn't get to see more of (view spoiler)[ the Scorpions reaction to Runner's identity being revealed, Graukar's capture more fleshed out, Shadow as Death, and the Rebellion. (hide spoiler)] There wasn't enough build-up in the conflicts.
I was also disappointed in some of the side characters, namely Graukar. I was so intrigued by him in the last book, but nothing came of him. He was flat. He only served as Kendras' love interest and as the final catalyst for Kendras making up his mind about Adrastes. There was nothing dynamic about him and what bothers me the most is that there was every opportunity for both Graukar and Shadow to develop into amazing characters. The storyline was there for the taking, but alas, neither of the brothers were dynamic. Lasty, I was hoping to get more from Amrash. He makes an appearance, but it was more of the same. Nothing new was brought to the character.
Kendras grated on my nerves as well. I never minded him doubting his abilities or questioning himself as the Officer, but in this last book it irritated me. I really wanted him to be more forceful and standup to Adrastes with more authority. He did what he had to do and faced Adrastes, but it always felt like he had his head between his legs. And why did he take so long to deal with Blood? Geez. (view spoiler)[ It's one thing to gather enough evidence, but it's another to allow him to stay weeks when he was the one who caused Graukar's capture and would probably continue to feed Adrastes information. (hide spoiler)]
Even with all my problems with the book, it was nice to be back in the Scorpion world. I enjoyed the prophecy surrounding Kendras. That was an interesting touch. Of course it's always fun to have Widow and the other Scorpions around, but again I yearned for more from them.
To sum up, I got the answers to my questions, however it wasn't in the fashion I would have liked or have come to expect from Voinov, especially since I love his works! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more