These stars are mostly for Holden. I'm not seeing enough progression in Roan's story line. It's being dragged out and we barely get any answers or res...more These stars are mostly for Holden. I'm not seeing enough progression in Roan's story line. It's being dragged out and we barely get any answers or resolution to anything going on and when that happens all the flaws in Speed's writing are front and center and I can't ignore them :( (less)
There are many aspects that I love about Speed's writing. She has a way of developing strong and well developed characters and her descriptio...more3.5 Stars
There are many aspects that I love about Speed's writing. She has a way of developing strong and well developed characters and her descriptions pull you right into the story, but unfortunately, it’s not all good. She has a tendency to tell rather than show and merely summarizes large portions of the plot. This has always been an issue for me. I also think she has too many mysteries going on at once and tends to lose focus on any one given issue.
As far as character advancement and development, I enjoyed book 1 (Freefall) better than book 2 (Bloodletting). The mysteries not so much. There were a lot of holes and were rushed at the end. The mysteries in book 2 were fairly solid.
In book 1, we see Roan’s destructive behavior in the forefront. He uses his anger as a shield. It’s basically his go to emotion. It created a tense and volatile atmosphere. Roan is depressed and hates what is happening with the lion, along with almost everything else in his life. It’s heart-breaking to see him struggle with everything. I didn't get the same feel in book 2. I’m not a fan of splitting the books into two novellas or books. For me, even though not a lot of time passes, it breaks the flow and the feel of the story telling.
Book 2 brings an entire new set of issues for Roan and because I was in the same frame of mind from book 1, this was a letdown. I was expecting to see more of Roan’s self destructive behavior but the story shifts to Roan’s problem with headaches. I can see where the author is taking this but because of the change in story-lines, her writing seems clunky and doesn't always work for me.
I really enjoyed hearing more from Dylan and Holden. I love how Holden is becoming a prominent character. That’s really what saved book 2. Although I like Dylan and I think he is good for Roan, I hope he’s strong enough to handle the relationship.
One of my favorite parts was when (view spoiler)[ Dylan sketched the tattoo of Paris on Roan’s arm. At first I thought it was selfish of Roan to include Dylan in this but once Dylan was sketching I saw how much it brought them closer together. Dylan is so understanding and loving and it allowed Dylan to share a part of Paris with Roan. (hide spoiler)] It was a perfect moment.
Bloodlines was much better than the first one. It still had some of the same writing issues, but it was less irritating in this book. I'm sur...more4.5 stars
Bloodlines was much better than the first one. It still had some of the same writing issues, but it was less irritating in this book. I'm sure this was because Roan and Paris stole the show and now I'm able to ignore most of it. There seemed to be less parenthesis, however the long-ass descriptions still drove me nuts.
I was not expecting this type of heart-ache. You could feel the love between Roan and Paris on every page. Even though I was warned, I was still hoping for miracle. I haven't cried over a book a long time.
This was a very good start to the series. The book is made up of two novellas/stories. I gave Infected 3 stars and Prey 4 stars. This is a w...more 3.5 Stars!
This was a very good start to the series. The book is made up of two novellas/stories. I gave Infected 3 stars and Prey 4 stars. This is a world where people can get infected by a virus, which depending on the strain, will transform them into a certain type of cat species. Basically, it’s the paranormal version of AIDS. The stigma is there, the pain and isolation both physically and mentally, and a shortened life span. The world building is excellent. It’s fascinating and you get immersed immediately.
Roan is a virus child; he was born with the lion strain. He’s pessimistic, snarky, and sharp as a whip. His partner, both in life and work is the lovable and sexy Paris. They make a great team. Roan is a private investigator and Paris is his "Boy-Friday". You can feel how much these two love each other. That doesn't mean there are no secrets and communication issues. Of course there will be, they’re men! The romance takes a back seat to the stories. The plot/mysteries are the focus. Through the story, we find out more and more about both Roan and Paris as individuals and as a couple.
Having said this, I had several issues with the writing/editing. It got to the point where it affected my enjoyment. It was repetitive and at times the author was heavy handed with inner monologues. We understand that Roan is cynical and Paris is manipulative. We got it after the second time, no need to hear it 20 more times! This led to my biggest issue: the “telling” and not “showing”. It was annoying and got on my nerves. The last little bug that I have to complain about was the over usage of parentheses. Most of the time it was unnecessary. It was grating and many times pulled me out of the story. I noticed that most of the time it could have been worked into the story seamlessly.
I sincerely hope some of these issues are cleared up as the series progresses because despite its shortcomings, I love the world and Roan and Paris. They are great characters and I can’t wait to see how this unfolds. (less)