Alice is told about a book in a locked case that Nightmare doesn't want her to read. Intent on finding out why, she recruits various people to open itAlice is told about a book in a locked case that Nightmare doesn't want her to read. Intent on finding out why, she recruits various people to open it for her. This trilogy isn't shaping-up to be my favorite spin-off of the Alice books. However, I do find Nightmare an interesting character. I'm curious enough that I'll read the last book in the series, which is due out in March....more
Cruel Beauty is the first book in a new fairytale retelling series by Rosamond Hodge.
Before she was born, Nyx’s father made a deal with the Gentle LoCruel Beauty is the first book in a new fairytale retelling series by Rosamond Hodge.
Before she was born, Nyx’s father made a deal with the Gentle Lord that on her seventeenth birthday she would marry him. Long ago, the Gentle Lord (aka Ignifex) cursed their village to be separate from the rest of the world and let his demons run rampant. The only way to break the curse is to kill him. So, for all her life Nyx has been training to one day murder her husband. When the day finally arrives, she finds that life as his wife is not exactly what she has expected. It is both more horrifying and better than she had been raised to expect. Now Nyx must balance her conflicting feelings about her husband with her sense of loyalty towards the village.
Cruel Beauty mixes elements from Beauty and the Beast with Blue Beard to create a really dynamic story. Hodge has a dark and lyrical writing style that really helped build-up the slightly skewed atmosphere of the book. I also loved her characterization of Nyx. She was not a perfect flower who gladly took-up the mantle as her village’s savior. It’s something that Nyx is clearly, and understandably, bitter about. Her bitterness offered a nice balance to her deep sense of loyalty to those around her. Her demeanor also made it more understandable that both her and Ignifex would enjoy each other’s company.
My only complaint about the book was the direction it took towards the end with the curse. I had hoped for a more complicated ending rather than the typical Beauty and the Beast final result.
All in all, a great read that I would recommend to fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles or Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series. ...more
Sayre has spent months watching as her life mate, Cain, takes one woman after another to bed and ignoring their connection. In a last ditch effort, shSayre has spent months watching as her life mate, Cain, takes one woman after another to bed and ignoring their connection. In a last ditch effort, she gives Cain an ultimatum. One she never expected him to just walk away from. Now five years later, Cain is back because Sayre is in danger.
This was painful to slug through. Cain annoyed me to death. He refused to tell Sayre anything and went out of his way to keep her in the dark. She's supposedly this extremely powerful witch, but everyone treats her like spun glass. Additionally, I hate the entitlement mentality that is a re-occuring theme with a lot of "fate mate" stories. Cain has been gone for years but expects Sayre to be waiting for him when he breezes back into town. (view spoiler)[He also throws a hissy-fit when Sayre implies that she's slept with other men, despite him having openly had sex with other women for months in front of Sayre before he left. (hide spoiler)] All in all, I couldn't get into the story or characters here. I don't think I'll be picking-up another book in the Bloodrunner series.["br"]>["br"]>...more
Witches of Bourbon Street is a new (to me) series I stumbled across while surfing Amazon. Jade Calhoun is a reluctant witch with empathetic powers. AfWitches of Bourbon Street is a new (to me) series I stumbled across while surfing Amazon. Jade Calhoun is a reluctant witch with empathetic powers. After coming across three possessed paintings the people in her life start acting oddly. As things turn to chaos, she must work with the local coven to fix things. I really enjoyed Chase's take on empathetic powers and how they could be seen as a burden. However, the characters didn't really draw me in. I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series or not....more
Defining Destiny was a huge surprise for me. I was not expecting to enjoy the story as much as I did. In the Defining Destiny universe, everyone has oDefining Destiny was a huge surprise for me. I was not expecting to enjoy the story as much as I did. In the Defining Destiny universe, everyone has one true soul mate. However, sometimes who destiny chooses isn't the right person for you. This is the case with Lucy Moore and her soul mate, Devin. I really enjoyed how Chase played with the soul mate idea and how people changing can impact their relationships. There are expectations that you stay with your soul mate no matter what and I loved watching the heroine struggle past the different expectations. All in all, a great start to the series. I look forward to reading Accepting Fate, which is the next book in the series....more