Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The paranormal side (vampire society) was promising,...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on May 30th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The paranormal side (vampire society) was promising, and there were interesting lines drawn, but since this is part of a serial there couldn’t have been an overwhelming lot of worldbuilding done. What was done was interesting and promising. Characters: Angelica and Reyes were interesting, and at the cost of repeating myself, had potential. Sadly I didn’t respond at all to either of them, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them, and without any investment in either of the characters, there was little to fall for, sadly. Plot: The story is interesting, and I think I would have been very into it if my reaction to the characters would have been better. Of course as a part of a serial, it ends right when it gets interesting, but that’s part of appeal of the concept, I think – the tension buildup between installments, right? Writing: Third person narrative, past tense, his/her POV. Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb, and I really like the upfront, transparent trope.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad read as much as a strange non-event between me and both main characters. I can’t say what it was that didn’t click, there wasn’t anything I got a clear sense of disliking, which only made the overall effect all the more confusing. I wouldn’t want to read this particular serial because clearly I’m not responding to the characters, but I’d wanna try any of the other titles in the series because everything else – worldbuilding, plot, and writing showed great potential.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I can’t tell you how much I loved the Washington vibe...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on May 21st 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I can’t tell you how much I loved the Washington vibe and the whole Jarrett’s club, Holton Woods. Characters: Becca was great, spunky, smart, loyal even when conflicted, and very easy to like. I mean, considering the whole operation thing from some months before this story starts, it might be harder to like her maybe if you’re not into the full-force-under-cover thing. But I am, and I liked how she evolved due to it, so it was cool. I felt during this story she was maybe somewhat too easily swayed by Jarrett, but as I read I understood that the way she responds to him has a really good reason, which is she’s in love. Kind of spoilery maybe, but hey, not like you didn’t expect the heroine and hero of the story to fall for one another, right? :p Jarrett was awesome, alpha-like, trying for the merciless gig but utterly failing due to wove. He does put up a good fight though, for a while there. I liked how he didn’t just wave off the past with Becca, but struggled to make sense of what had happened and what was really going on between them. There’s also another couple’s story happening in this novel, which is Wade / Eli – and I loved that!! I’m all for diversity, as you guys know, but getting all kinds of romance under the same cover, lol, that’s kind of a new experience and one I really loved!! Okay, so Eli was kind of an ass, okay a big one I’ll admit, but I still cared about him because Wade did. I want their story to evolve into a happy ending, I so, so want that!! Maybe it does during the second novel in the series, I’m crossing my fingers real hard for that to happen. Plot: Outside of the romance, there was some suspense going on with CIA agents & some traitors, but I felt the romances were more focused on, and since we got two of them in one go, it makes sense too. Not complaining here, not at all, in fact this was just about the perfect romance / action balance for me! Hot one on one in both pairs, awesome chemistry (even if Eli is kind of asshollish all the way through). Writing: Third person narrative, past tense, POVs of our main and secondary couples characters. Loved all the different voices! Curb Appeal: Hawt cover, hooking blurb – and that’s only the beginning, there’s so much more goodness waiting inside that the blurb doesn’t even hint at!! Instant buy material for sure.
All in all, I super loved this novel and I’m looking forward to reading the next novel in the series, Only, coming out October 2014 – staring Sebastion, the awesome lawyer/mediator buddy who helps Jarrett out in MErcy, and Kyra who’s Wade’s sister (which is why I’m hoping more Wade and a resolution for his poor lil heart). And I do so terribly hope that the Wade / Eli situation is resolved somewhere, somehow, cause that asshole Eli broke my freakin’ heart in this novel. Anyway, totally recommended if you like intense romance with a side-dish of suspense and diversity!(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: A fun baseball world, filled with the tensions of the...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on May 9th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: A fun baseball world, filled with the tensions of the game players. I loved the Lakeland Village, Virginia setting the most, and Alec & Brand loved it too :D Characters: Alec and Brand were adorable in that angsty, delicious way I for one love characters to appear. I loved how their voices were different, their issues different yet still revolving around the same main points. The way they reacted seemed very authentic to me, and considering they were dealing with coming out and accepting themselves and their love, I felt their journeys were emotional roller coasters, intense, beautiful and painful all rolled in one. Their one on one was hot when it happened, not super focused on but hot for sure :D Plot: The story was great, intense emotions and great development in the characters. There’s no hardcore action since this is a romance, which I loved :D Writing: First person narrative, past tense, Alec and Brand’s POV. Awesomesauce emotions galore. Curb Appeal: Hawt cover, hooking blurb, total impulsive buy material.
All in all, this was a great story and gripped me emotionally like whoa. I lost a tinsy bit of the enthusiasm along the way for some reason, a minor sort of disconnect with the story – maybe due to me reading this is 2 session instead of my usual one go. I fully recommend this read to anyone who’ into New Adult and m/m reading.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Nice steampunk world, loved the mechas theme. Character...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Apr 8th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Nice steampunk world, loved the mechas theme. Characters: Nessie and Joy were interesting characters, but I can’t say I was totally into either of them. I think I liked Joy better. Considering this is a short story there wasn’t any hardcore character building but I felt that characters were well drawn. Their chemistry was sweet, the kind of thing I don’t really respond to myself, but if you’re into that, this is a short story you should check out. Plot: The story had a rapid rhythm and a satisfying though maybe slightly over-optimistic ending (I mean, someone could have been crushed by the mechas for instance :D Yes, I’m a very, very evil reader, lol). Writing: Third person narrative, her and her POV, lol – Nessie & Joy. Curb Appeal: Awesomesauce cover, hooking blurb – a good option for my steampunk f/f cravings.
All in all, this was a nice short story and I loved the theme. I’m labeling it as YA since there’s some very fluffy, sweet chemistry going on and a kiss or two.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The Girl with the Windup Heart‘s wonderful world, and that of the Steampunk Chronicles was just as rich as I might have hoped. All the steampunk & paranormal elements were beautifully entwined and made for a captivating world I’d never want to stop exploring, from the Aether, to the fantastical beings living in London. Characters: Finley, Griffin, Jack, Mila, Emily and Sam, even Jasper and Cat gained a special place in my heart. They’ve all evolved and grown as character throughout the series, and I thought they showed it very well in this last novel. Their love and loyalty, unwavering and taken close to the point of wholehearted self-sacrifice was touching, humbling and inspiring. Since it’s the end of the series, I felt we got some special extra treats and got to know characters we haven’t yet, some that we hated from book #1 (Lord Felix *grrrr*) or that we thought about but never got to see (us or the novel’s characters either). I’m not spoiling it for you, but you’ll be in for some interesting surprises. All the romance stories got their happy endings, and I was thrilled that Jack got his ’cause he deserved one. I’ll admit he was always my favorite of the bunch, all brooding and naughty and delightfully strong and kind of manipulative…or should I say, persuasive? :D Much love! The Machinist was a worthy adversary, and I felt he played the role of the villain very well. The fact that at the end of the series he’s well and truly defeated feels right and is yet another example of those series ‘loose ends’ that get tied up in The Girl with the Windup Heart. Favorite Character: Jack and Mila xD Plot: The story was awesome, bringing beautiful closure to the series, to each of the stories that has some “pending” sort of status – which also means there was a lot of tension, emotions ran high and I was squirming and biting my nails pretty much all through. Loved it! Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, from a few important POVs (Finley, Griffin, Jack, Mila). As always, loved Kady Cross’s writing. Curb Appeal: Fab cover, hooking blurb, instant-buy author name – total impulsive buy material.
All in all, this was a great read and the well-done ending to a fabulous series, which I’ve enjoyed a great deal. If you’re into Young Adult stories with quirky and fun characters, proper action and awesome characters, dig in! I totally recommend the whole series, and have enjoyed it so very much!(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Jesus freaking Christ, okay? The worldbuilding was in...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Apr 23rd 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Jesus freaking Christ, okay? The worldbuilding was insanely awesome, with freakish Manti (I have insect issues, okay? :p ), a fabulous Manti world with human reservations, scarab AI ships, I mean, biopunk and the works! Characters: Asha was a mystery, I mean she finds herself in this weird situation, doesn’t have any idea how she got there. She just jumps into action and does whatever she can, there’s a resilience at the core of her character that, I imagine, would sprout out of being one survivor out of few. The more the story evolved, the better sense of her I got, and I loved that she was discovering along with me as a reader, pretty much. Very engaging. Pax was of course the sort-of-dark, charismatic alpha figure I tend to fall for. Of course I fell for him, I mean, he’s just too awesome to resist! You’ll almost surely feel the same way as I did after reading this baby, he’s intense, has a solid moral compass that he tries his best to use as guide in all situations. He’s this mix of very rational, almost scientifically pragmatic and super-hot, molten-lava-potential kind of combo and he’s delicious. Their chemistry was awesome, they had this constantly readjusting kind of relationship, lots of buildup and slow burn – once they really got together though, I loved the fact it felt like it was just the beginning of a complicated path, not the be-all-end-all kind of moment that would solve all of their problems. Loved, loved, loved that vibe. I also feel the need to mention I totally loved a couple of secondary characters too, and I’d be thrilled to find out somehow I’d get to read more about them too :D Yes, I am greedy, hear me roar xD Plot: The romance arc and the action were awesomely blended, lots of tension of all kinds that kept on building throughout the novel. The ending was satisfying, but I could also see a fabulous sequel happening (maybe featuring some of those characters I loved, lol!). Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. I loved their voices. Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb, awesome author name (you’ll love her work from page 1) – total impulsive buy material!
All in all, this was an awesome sci-fi romance read, with lots of action without going into insanity-mode, awesome character building and a fabulously freakish world to explore. If you’re into sci-fi romance, totally, totally give this biopunk a read! And if you haven’t already, give her first novel – Ghost Planet – a shot as well, I loved it too!(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: In the final installment of the serial, we...moreLoved it! Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on March 20th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: In the final installment of the serial, we get to see some more of the Santa Fe Opera and some awesome paranormal elements. Totally in love with the diversity of paranormal/fantasy going on in the world of this serial. Characters: Christine finally grows in a way that compels me to call her that instead of Christy. I loved to see her make sense of herself and the world(s) around her, and the blend of instincts and smart thinking make her a definite favorite for. I was glad to see other characters grow too, like her dad, and some of the Sanclaros too in fact. Of course, my favorite remains the Master, though he starred less than I’m used to in Jeffe Kennedy’s stories. Definitely awesome character though, and the chemistry between him and Christine was delicious all the way. Plot: Not only does the romance reach a happy ending (and I was fidgeting at one point there wondering if it would, but I trusted Jeffe Kennedy until the very last page and she delivered as she always does), but the mystery part of the story is also resolved. Honestly, I didn’t see it coming, I mean the murderer (won’t be named and spoil it for you guys) wasn’t who I thought it would be – cool! Writing: As with the rest of the parts, third person narrative from Christine’s POV. Since this is the end of the whole story, I’ll say I’ve deeply loved the imagery all through and the way Jeffe Kennedy built and kept the tension going from part to part was totally awesome. Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, instant buy author name – total impulsive buy material.
All in all, I felt this serial was a great read and I totally recommend it if you’re into paranormal / fantasy elements and awesomely hot romance. There’s some super-awesome imagery going on in this story as a whole and this is a definite must read if you’re into creative, original romance stories. Trust Jeffe Kennedy to make your toes curl and butterflies flutter in your tummy and keep you biting your lips. Master of the Opera is an awesome read, and now you can get it all and read it one go, so I say go for it!(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Same awesome setting of Harlem slash Upper East Side, the world of the rich although not so famous, crime & revenge. Characters: Bell (or Adoncia/Doncia) evolved nicely in this part of the story, coming to terms with her feelings and letting go a bit of the anger & revenge obsessive tune. Don’t get me wrong, I liked that tune, but without it being broken with some genuine human feeling in the present day, I feel the character would have turned from interesting to somewhat unbelievable. As it is, Doncia finally came to terms with her own humanity, in a way. I enjoyed that. We also find out more about Lander, and get a good picture about him and where he’s coming from. Without spoiling it, of course, I can say that the two of them together make perfect sense and indeed seem like a match made in vengeful heaven. The one on one between them was again insanely hot and their chemistry as going stronger and stronger with each part of the story. We can only imagine how hot it’s gonna go in the next part of the story (there will be one, read lower). Plot: While some of the romantic tension was solved in this third part of the serial, the actual story wasn’t. That’s because there’s another novel coming out sometime in the future that will pick things up from where the serial leaves them. Frustrating, but not enough to make me give up on these characters. Writing: First person narrative from Adoncia/Bell’s POV, present tense. I loved the sense of tension and angst her voice gave me, and for me at least it wasn’t about the present which I often find irritating in fact – it was all about the MC. Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb, wanna-buy author name. I do feel there should be some clue as to the fact this is not the story, some sense that this third part isn’t the end. I get profits and all, but I still feel there should be a sense of fair-play about it.
At first I freaked out when I reached the end, because it didn’t feel like an end to the story at all. But after stalking the author’s blog, I found out that while Deceptive Innocence does indeed finish here, there’s a full length novel coming out – DANGEROUS ALLIANCE – that takes the story on from where this serial ends. While I find it evil to leave us hanging like that, I am happy that the story doesn’t just stop here. I for sure wanna read that novel, whenever it’s supposed to come out, but since I don’t know anything about that I have a feeling I won’t read it anytime soon – might miss when it comes out.
I will add that as a practice, this takes the breaking of one story into serial to a whole new level of breaking a story into a serial and a later novel. I don’t like it, and I wouldn’t buy the serial if I’d know the story doesn’t end with it but goes on in a whole new other novel (to be broken into bits too, or to come out all at once? Remains to be seen…). I recommend getting this closer to the date when the end of the story comes out, if you wanna read it. It’s a good, exciting story (so far, at least), but this milking it to the extreme works against it for sure, as far as I’m concerned.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The contemporary Pittsburgh setting wasn’t too present...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Apr 3rd 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The contemporary Pittsburgh setting wasn’t too present, but I loved the way Devon described it in a line and it made it a very vivid setting atmosphere-wise. Characters: There was a lot of awesome character-building happening in this novel. Devon, Jordan, and even Billy were very interesting characters – and, I felt, very well built. There was enough history there, well told as the story developed, and enough action to keep it all thrilling. I particularly found Billy’s voice to be interesting, Robin Summers did a fabulous job at building his character. It was all there, the intense psycho vibe, the charisma, the twisted, distorted sense of reality and the intensity of his understanding of the world. Almost in mirror, Devon felt authentic and had my full attention & emotional involvement. Also, much love for Max. Favorite Character: can’t pick just one, I liked too many, lol! Plot: The thriller and romantic arc were masterfully entwined, keeping tensions high and fully engaging me. I loved both arcs, and felt they were beautifully developed. Writing: Third person narrative, multiple POVs. It’s what made me call this an old-school yummy, there’s a certain traditional air about this thriller/romance and I loved the multiple perspectives. Curb Appeal: Great cover, hooking blurb – total impulsive buy material for my FxF moods.
All in all, this was a great read. I fully recommend it if you’re looking for a more traditionally awesome thriller with a FxF romantic theme.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Awesome contemporary London setting, complete with...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on March 15th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Awesome contemporary London setting, complete with a couple of “touristy” walks around the city. Characters:The MC, Tabby, was a fun high-school girl and I found her fun. I didn’t connect emotionally with her, but then again I often find I don’t connect emotionally with characters that age. I don’t think I did when I was that age, which might be the heart of the problem for me. But she was fun, a bit confused, a bit crush-centered – authentic, if you ask me. I liked her, I wanted her issues to be solved and for her to get a happy ending, but I can’t say I was gutted or sitting at the edge of my seat until we got there. The Eden/Amy thing was interesting, a less metaphoric evolution from a first crush to a new love. I especially liked the way each character was in a different point of the coming out process, either accepting in their own hearts that they were gay, or coming to terms with it, or trying to hide it from other for fear of becoming ‘different’.Tabby was the bravest of the triangle, and I respected her a lot for it. I found I felt the same for Eden by the end, but it sure was a bumpy road there. I loved the diversity inside the diversity, if you will, and I applaud that. Favorite Character: Libby (one of Tabby’s friends) :D Plot: Unfortunately (for me) a lot of the story revolved around coming out, crushes and high-school life – that last there isn’t a terribly interesting topic for me. If you’re a lot into high-school drama though, this will be a fab read. Writing: First person narrative, Tabby’s POV. Curb Appeal: Nice cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for one of my LGBTQ reading moods.
For me, this was more of a 3.5 butterflies read, but close enough to a 4. All in all, I found this read fun and I enjoyed it. I didn’t experience a rush, if you will, I wasn’t twitchy with excitement but I enjoyed it. Then again, this was a sweet (angist-ish in places) teen romance, a kind of scenario I’m not much interested in by large. Despite that, I enjoyed the read and I recommend it if you’re a lover and supporter of diversity.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Contemporary Santa Fe meets the awesome fantasy wor...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on March 11th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Contemporary Santa Fe meets the awesome fantasy world I’ve been dying to explore. I want more, more, more! Characters: Christy and the Master finally get to what we’ve all been waiting for. While their one on one is super hot (trademark Jeffe Kennedy fireworks), it’s the emotional/spiritual vibe that really struck me here. Their relationship evolves and puts everything else in better perspective. I feel Christy evolved a lot in this part of the serial, like she got her bearings and has a better sense of where she wants to go, where she belongs, and how she might get there. The Master is totally yummy, but then again I always tend to feel that way about Jeffe Kennedy’s alphalicious characters. Plot: While the romantic arc brought us quivering fans some measure of resolve – as much as an ongoing story could – the mystery part of the story is just reaching its peak, in my opinion. I’m itching to find out all there is about the two families involved and what dark secrets they’re hiding. Writing: As usual, third person narrative from Christy’s POV. This time, the jewel of the read was the fantasy realms and the incredible atmosphere Jeffe Kennedy built for the first (and, might I hope, not the last, lol!!) consummation of the smexual tension – epic imagery! Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb, epic author name = impulsive buy material!
All in all, I uber-loved this part of the story and I’m DYING to know what happens next and how the story will end. All the possibilities, all the juicy fabulousness I foresee Jeffe Kennedy delivering next – I’m twitchy with excitement.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Upper East/West Side world of the rich and screwed up...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 25th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Upper East/West Side world of the rich and screwed up returns, with a dash of shady business and some serious kickass action. Characters: I loved Bell’s evolution from Part 1. As her relationship with Lander evolves, I feel we get to see a few more glimpses of the real woman. Plus we get to meet new characters that reveal more about her character, but too much, lol. She’s shrouded in mystery, which is – I’ll admit openly – a large part of the appeal for me. I’m loving Lander all the more, as you might have expected. He’s totally alpha, beautifully broken yet functional in that ruthless way that makes me swoon. I’m dying to see how their relationship goes in the third part, because these guys are like surreal hotness together – and that’s putting it mildly. Plot: While the story moves forward on the romance tangent, the mystery surrounding Bell’s mom and the people involved in the story way back when (and also now) only thickens. And this part ends on a cliffy, of course, because that’s part of the fun with serials. Writing: First person narrative from Bell’s POV, as before. Still taken with her voice, and totally into the whole vein of mystery. Curb Appeal: Great cover, hooking blurb – and stellar author name equal compulsive buy material, for the win.
All in all, I felt this part developed the plot & characters nicely, and left me hanging there at the end, lol – but that’s okay, it’s part of the fun. If you haven’t picked this up to read yet, I say do so. Maybe wait until the third part is out, so you won’t feel frustrated while you wait lol. But still, definitely read this baby. (less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I’m thrilled out of my mind about this installment in...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 19th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I’m thrilled out of my mind about this installment in the serial, but even more so about the next one. As you might have seen from my Genre OCD-ness, in this one we get to see a glimpse of a fantasy world that I CANNOT wait to explore! Aside that, the brilliance of the Santa Fe setting with the Opera in particular still made my heart throb. Characters: I will admit I found Christy somewhat less likable than in previous parts of the story, but to her credit this is the make or break point (I think) in her and the Master’s chemistry. It makes sense that she’d be confused, hesitant, indecisive – her behavior makes sense to me in the circumstances. Then again, she did end up doing what I wanted her to :D So all is good. I loved Hally, I always love it each time she shows up because she has this cool, spiritual vibe while being wicked fun at the same time – love the combination. Characters I’ve previously found annoying got even more so now, and can I just say I hope they get a rash in parts they can’t scratch? :) If you’ve been reading this serial, you know for sure who it is I’m talking about *coughRomancough*. Plot: Aside the growing mystery vine, a fantasy tangent made a teasing entrance and I’m dying to follow all these leads to the end of the story. Writing: Awesome third person narrative, Christy’s POV. The more the Master shows and his world, the more I fall in love with Jeffe Kennedy’s atmosphere-building and relationship-building. Curb Appeal: Great cover, hooking blurb, instant buy author name = epic win.
All in all, I felt this was a great addition to the serial and that it ended with a huge teaser (for me), making me want to REALLY want to read the next one like right now. But then again I feel that way after reading anything by Jeffe Kennedy, so no surprise there.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The awesome Sante Fe Opera House returns with its mys...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 11th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The awesome Sante Fe Opera House returns with its mystery and charm. Characters: We get to see more of Christy and the Master (at last! xD), and I’m very excited about the next installment of the story particularly because I’m sure we’ll get more and more of then from now on :D I liked their chemistry, it’s off the charts, and of course I love the mystery of the Master character. We also got to know Roman a bit more, and I can safely say he made it off my favs list for this serial because…well, you’ll understand when you’ll read this (or when you read it, if you did already). Plot: The plot thickens as another murder takes place. I’m totally hooked on this story, and can’t wait to find out what’s what and who’s who. A lot of intrigue going on so far. Writing: The usual awesomesauce third person narrative from Christy’s POV, and of course this installment also ends with a terribly teasing cliffy. Gah! I long to know who’s the killer :D My mystery geek side is getting a total kick out of this serial, lemme tell you. Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb, instant buy author name – total compulsive buy material.
All in all, this yet another fab part of the Master of the Opera story and I can’t wait for the next one! *puts on ninja ARC stalker superpower ring*(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The awesome mix of paranormal (vampires, hunters) mixe...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 5th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The awesome mix of paranormal (vampires, hunters) mixes yet again with European settings to deliver a great story. Characters: Maggie was east to love. She was fun, resourceful, passionate and compassionate. Konrad, however, was a tougher ‘sell’, though I did end up liking him in the end. Did I love him though? Not quite, though he had the bad boy vibe for sure. But he was also close-minded there for a good portion of the novel, and though I get the why and the how makes sense, I have a deeply rooted dislike for his kind of thinking. So it was tougher for me to like him on his own, but the romance slowly developing between them was utterly delicious. The slow burn kind, lots of conflict and tension – yummy. Plot: I loved the story, particularly since it involves the rest of the couples in the series so far. I admit my favorite is Saloman, the guy is just so kick-ass there’s no way you won’t love him and Elizabeth, but Maggie and Konrad’s story was really good too. Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. I loved their different voices. Curb Appeal: Great cover, hooking blurb – totally impulsive buy material for my vampire romance reading moods.
All in all, this was a great addition to the series and a fun read. It was more of 4.5 butterflies read in spots because of my personal lack of love for Konrad, but I always found him interesting so on the overall, he was a great character to read about. If you’re into fangy romance, lol, do give this series a try – it’s totally worth your time.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I loved the blend of paranormal elements – vampires,...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Jan 30th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I loved the blend of paranormal elements – vampires, magic, hunters – and the settings of the novel, especially the Angel Club. Characters: Angyalka was one of the characters I remember since I read the first novel in this series – Blood Guilt, like a year and a half ago. Something about her and her club stuck with me, and I was thrilled to read about her again. She’s the perfect blend of powerful, kickass, vulnerable and charismatic. I was thrilled with the changes she went through during Blood of Angels and she deserved to get her happy for now, if not happily ever after. Istvan was that perfect blend of brawn and brain, with the silent, brooding, intense vibe I get really thrilled about. I loved that he had some issues of his own to deal with, so in a way this a romance between recovering warriors. They helped each other out and made perfect sense together. Their chemistry was awesome and the slow burn type of romance felt right, with all their reluctance since just a novel ago (lol) they were standing on different sides of battle lines and now they find themselves on the same one, pretty much. Plot: The story had a rapid rhythm with enough action and tension to keep on the edge of my seat, but without becoming too agitated. Writing:Third person narrative, Angyalka and Istvan’s POV. Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb – good impulsive buy candidate, especially considering I’ve read Marie Treanor’s work before and loved it.
All in all, this was an awesome read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t go fangirl mode on it, but then again it is start of January and you know how that is, lol. I’m saying I might not be in the fangirling mood, but I had a blast reading this novel. If you’re into vampires, romance and some PNR power-struggle, read this :D(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The world of the Nightwalkers returns with yet more fa...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Jan 9th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The world of the Nightwalkers returns with yet more fascinating beings, Night Angels in particular, while featuring our favorite pharaohs. Characters: Leo was an interesting and heartbreaking character. What he went through at the hands of Chatha was horrifying but he managed to function really well considering. I liked that he wasn’t perfect, that he had predictable feelings toward beings he saw as potentially like his torturer. In fact, I found his approach to be more reasonable than we encounter in PNR, and I thought it made him all the more authentic. I can’t say I fell in love with him for some reason, though he was strong and well built and undoubtedly charming. Faith was lovely and I really loved her at times, but I can’t say I fell in love with her either. I was fully invested in their quest and romance, but it didn’t go that extra mile from awesome to super-amazing like the first novel in this series did for me. They had the kind of almost-love/almost-hate type of chemistry and their one on one was hot, and I liked them as a couple. Plot: The story was very interesting, this time the main man not being a pharaoh but a man. I liked the quest part of the story, the romance felt good though perhaps slightly less slow burn than some of us might like. There was a good alert rhythm that kept me fully engaged and excited. Writing: Lovely third person narrative, mostly his and her POV (Leo and Faith). I loved the flow of the narrative and the authenticity of dialogue, it’s perhaps my second favorite part about Jacquelyn Frank’s work (first being the worldbuilding, yes I am a geek :p ) Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, instant buy author name – total impulse buy material.
All in all, this was a good read, slightly different than the first two in the series as far as characters/type of romance go – I’m a fan of diversity, so in my opinion it was great. I recommend reading this, or reading the series beginning with book #1 – Forbidden – if you’re looking for awesome, original worldbuilding and great writing.(less)