This was a reread. I think I've read Magic Dreams at least five times now. For being only about 70 pages long this is a pretty well detailed story. Se...moreThis was a reread. I think I've read Magic Dreams at least five times now. For being only about 70 pages long this is a pretty well detailed story. Several shifters have turned up missing and everything about their disappearance screams magic is the cause. Since Dali is the only shifter who's well-versed in magic, Jim seeks out her help. Dali was a refreshing narrator primarily because she doesn't rely on her physical fighting skills. Instead, she's forced to use her intelligence and magic abilities which is a nice contrast to Kate and Andrea. Plus, I just love Jim and Dali's relationship and suspense plot is pretty awesome. I can't wait to read their book when it comes out in a couple of years.
This is set during Gunmetal Magic and basically tells us what Kate was up to while Andrea was dealing with her own drama. Kate and Curran witness the...moreThis is set during Gunmetal Magic and basically tells us what Kate was up to while Andrea was dealing with her own drama. Kate and Curran witness the death of a young navigator while eating dinner in a resturant. In order to prevent a young boy from facing a similar death, they become involved in the investigation.
This was a good short story but, suprisingly, it didn't hold my interest very well. While the mystery behind the necklace was interesting, I still found myself a little bored in places. However, I did enjoy seeing the different monsters (and the Vikings) and I loved the bickering between Jim and Kate. Can't wait to read the next Kate Daniels book.
Wow, I'm really glad that I didn't start the series with this one. Declan is the first of Andrews' heroes who just did not work for me. He had a littl...moreWow, I'm really glad that I didn't start the series with this one. Declan is the first of Andrews' heroes who just did not work for me. He had a little too much douche-baggery going on and never showed any real change in mentality from spoiled rich boy. This especially came out in his reactions towards Rose.
Rose has been targeted ever since she flashed white at her graduation ceremony. (Quick world summary: flashing is, essentially, an emission of magic from a person that can be controlled and used as a weapon. Different colors signify how much power a person has, with white being the strongest. There are also three different realities in this series: the Weird is a magical reality that runs parallel to the Broken, a non-magical reality, and the Edge is the place where the Broken and Weird overlap.) People who can flash white are extremely rare, so when Rose showed off her flash she unintentionally marked herself as a potential broodmare for Weird noblemen who want to strengthen their bloodlines. Living in the Edge, Rose is looked at as an easy victim, so she's been dodging kidnapping attempts for years. At the same time, she's also been raising her two younger brothers and working at a crappy job since her father abandoned them. So she really has no time to cater to Declan, the arrogant Weird nobleman, that shows up on her doorstep. Especially when she doesn't trust him and he practically oozes disdain towards Rose's life. The minute that Declan appears in Rose's life, he makes it clear that he doesn't approve of how she takes care of her brothers, considers her table manners atrocious, and believes she's ignorant. But someone is unleashing bloodthirsty creatures into the Edge and its soon clear that despite her dislike of Declan, Rose needs his help in eliminating the threat.
Honestly, I just didn't understand Rose's attraction to Declan. He was just too arrogant about everything and showed no change in his thinking throughout the book. Yes, Rose makes him eat crow a couple of times in the novel, but I just didn't feel that it changed anything about his way of thinking. Rose, however, was a great character. I loved how stubborn she was and that she refused to be cowed by anyone. Her two younger brothers, Georgie and Jack, were also interesting characters. Georgie is a necromancer who can't stand to see anything die, so he raises everything from the dead... including grandpa. Jack is a cat-shifter and so doesn't process things the way normal people do. He doesn't quite understand why he can't hunt birds in public or beat the crap out of someone who threatens his family. I loved both the kids and its interesting to see two young supernatural beings struggle with handling their powers or, in Jack's case, instincts. It'll be interesting to see if Andrews gives those two their own books in the future.
Aside from Declan, my only major issue is that the plot dragged a lot. Maybe its because I had already read the two novels in the series that come after this one, but I just couldn't get into the story surrounding the villain and the creatures he's unleashing. Since that was a major plot thread in the book, I was bored quite a bit. It also leads me to suggest that if you're looking to start this series, begin with Bayou Moon. I wasn't lost by starting with the second book in the series. I also thought that the hero and story in Bayou Moon were much more interesting than in this one. (less)
Kaldar Mar's book. I have a thing for thief heroes, so I really adored Kaldar. Kaldar is sent on a mission by the Edge's version of the FBI to retriev...moreKaldar Mar's book. I have a thing for thief heroes, so I really adored Kaldar. Kaldar is sent on a mission by the Edge's version of the FBI to retrieve a powerful magic weapon that was stolen. His search leads him to ex-conman Audrey Callahan, who he promptly blackmails/guilts into helping him on his mission. Lots of bloodshed, cons, and pickpocketing results from their partnership. My only problem with this book was the inclusion of the children, George and Jack. While they weren't annoying, I just got bored when POV would switch to them and whatever they were doing. I also would've liked more relationship development between Kaldar and Audrey as it seemed that Audrey's decision to be with Kaldar sprang up rather suddenly towards the end. Other than that this was a really fun romp. Can't wait to read the next in the series!(less)
I jumped to read this book after hearing so many people say that it's like the Stephanie Plum series with a supernatural twist. After inhaling this in...moreI jumped to read this book after hearing so many people say that it's like the Stephanie Plum series with a supernatural twist. After inhaling this in one sitting, I can say that I completely agree. Charlie Davidson is the grim-reaper, but not the stereotypical black cloak and scythe wielding reaper. Charlie looks like an average woman, unless you're dead. Then she's the bright shining light at the end of the tunnel. Dead people are naturally drawn to her, however some of them are a little resistant to going into the light. They have unfinished business to take care of and typically they want Charlie's help finishing it. When the ghosts of three lawyers show up wanting help, Charlie takes the case. Working with the reluctant police department, Charlie helps to track down the lawyers' murderers.
A really great first book to the series. Charlie is a funny heroine who fortunately doesn't come off as dumb. She does, however, have a knack for stepping into bad situations. I lost count of how many times Charlie got the stuffing knocked out of her. Her constantly getting her ass kicked began to wear on me near the end of the book. It also kind of made me immune to the violent situations she got into. This ruined the suspense of the climatic scene where Charlie is in danger. I ended up not being concerned for the character at all in that scene. My reaction was pretty much "meh, she'll bounce back." On the other hand, it was entertaining to watch the other character's react to Charlie's injuries. There was a pretty wide range of reactions to each new bruise and accident she had. The side-characters themselves were pretty fun. But the love interest Reyes really stole the show there. The mystery surrounding what he is was pretty fascinating. I'll def. be picking up the next book in the series.(less)
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as others in the series, but it was still a great addition. My main problem stemmed from the fact that...moreUnfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as others in the series, but it was still a great addition. My main problem stemmed from the fact that too much time had passed in Anna and Charles' world. In Hunting Ground Anna was still struggling with her place in Charles' life and with what happened in her previous pack. At the end of that novel, I felt like there was still a lot of emotional issues that Anna needed to overcome and looked forward to watching her as she slowly worked through them in future books. However, as Fair Game opens it seems like Anna has solved all those issues in her life. She's suddenly confident enough to not only face-off with Bram but argue with him even while he's in a rage. I was really thrown by this because its such a huge difference from her in the other novels. In Hunting Ground she couldn't even sit in a room with alpha wolves without trembling in fear. So I spent most of this novel trying to shake off the feeling that I somehow missed a short story or novel before this one that would explain Anna's new confidence.
Aside from this issue, I really enjoyed the story here. Charles is struggling with how much more brutal his role as Bram's axe-man is now that people know werewolves exist. Anna, noticing disturbing changes in Charles' state of mind, brings her concern to Bram who brushes her off in a rather harshly. Unfortunately, everyone seems to think that Anna is just bitching because she can't handle what Charles does anymore. After Bram finally recognizes that Charles' is struggling, he decides to send Charles and Anna out to help solve a spree of serial murders. Bram and Anna both hope that giving Charles this opportunity to help people rather than act as executioner will help him overcome whatever he's struggling with. I really loved the storyline in this one. Seeing Anna and Charles' relationship flipped from what it was in previous books, with Anna acting as the rock and Charles the emotionally unstable one, was really great. I loved the feeling of equality and balance this added to their relationship. The side-characters in this were also rather intriguing, especially in regards to the ending. Seriously, that ending was pretty bad-ass and I can't wait to see what Briggs does with fall-out from it in her future books. (less)
Love love loved this short story by Andrews. This is set in the Kate Daniel's world, but centered on the side ch...moreMagic Dreams by Ilona Andrews Rating: 5
Love love loved this short story by Andrews. This is set in the Kate Daniel's world, but centered on the side characters Dali and Jim. Dali is a really quirky character, she's a vegetarian white tiger shifter who can't stand the taste of blood. When Dali comes home one night she discovers Jim, jaguar shifter and chief of The Pack's security, asleep on her bedroom floor. Everything about Jim screams "mate" to her, but he seems to only notice her when she's done something wrong. So finding him napping in her bedroom means something is wrong. Soon Dali finds herself racing to figure out what is plaguing Jim before its too late.
I've re-read this story several times since I bought this book. For being only about 70 pages long this is a pretty well detailed story. Several shifters have turned up missing and everything about their disappearance screams magic is the cause. Since Dali is the only shifter who's well-versed in magic, Jim seeks out her help. Dali was a refreshing narrator primarily because she doesn't rely on her physical fighting skills. Instead, she's forced to use her intelligence and magic abilities which is a nice contrast to Kate. My only complaint is that this wasn't a full length novel, but I'm excited to see if the rumors about Jim and Dali getting their own book next year are true. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Ice Shards by Yasmine Galenorn Rating: 2
This one really wasn't my cup of tea. I ended up skimming a lot of it. I don't even remember much about the plot except that Iris was accused of murdering her ex-lover and was stripped of her powers. A few centuries later she goes on a quest to confront her ex-lover, so that she can marry her new lover. The world here was really vague to me. It had a couple of interesting elements, but I just couldn't bring myself to get attached to any of the characters. I probably won't be picking up any of Galenorn's novels in the future.
Double Hexed by Allyson James Rating: 3
This one is apart of James' Stormwalker series. Never read any of the books in this series, so this was a bit of an introduction. James' has a nice writing style, but the plot here was a little dull. It reminded me of the creative writing exercise where you trap a bunch of characters in a room and see how they react to each other. Its supposed to help you figure out relationship dynamics and such. In this story, James' traps her main characters in a hotel and puts them at each others throats. The heroine, Janet, struggles to figure out a way to break the curse detaining them amidst all the tension. I'll probably eventually pick up the first book in this series.
Blood Debt by Jeanne C. Stein Rating: 2
Another one that didn't really capture my attention. Again, I don't remember much of the plot in this one. Anna is a vampire/bounty hunter who was hired by some witches to kill someone. That kill has come back to bite her on the ass though. Anna accidentally broke sanctuary and is now facing trial for the crime. The trail was interesting, but the development of a relationship here seemed really rushed. Also, I couldn't really get a feel for any of the characters in the story. This may be because this story is a part of series. Stein's writing style was nice and the world seemed interesting. I might pick up the first book in the Anna Strong series eventually. (less)
I had forgotten how much I missed reading about the Kate Daniels world until I picked this one up. I just did not want this book to end, I loved cuddl...moreI had forgotten how much I missed reading about the Kate Daniels world until I picked this one up. I just did not want this book to end, I loved cuddling up with the familiar characters and the change of POV from Kate to Andrea was refreshing. Despite a few problems I had with pacing and a couple of large errors that really should've been caught by the editor (such as the fact that Raphael was said to ask a question in one scene when he wasn't even in said scene); I can't justify giving this book any lower than a 5 because I just enjoyed myself way to much while reading it. My only real complaint... not enough Jim. :P Can't wait to read the next Kate Daniels book.(less)
Second book in the Edge series. Yeah, I'm not reading this series in order at all. I started with this book, because the first one has kids in it. I d...moreSecond book in the Edge series. Yeah, I'm not reading this series in order at all. I started with this book, because the first one has kids in it. I don't like kids in books.
Cherise Mar's parents have gone missing, leaving her in charge of the family. In a race to get back to her family with some much needed paperwork, Cherise runs into the wolf shifter William. William is working undercover to track down a vicious killer called Spider. Spider is determined to wipe out every shifter in existence. William has been hired to find whatever Spider is searching for and turn it over to the Mirror. (Mirror is basically a magical CIA.) William and Cherise's paths intersect more than either first imagined as Spider has set his eyes on something that the Mar family owns.
Really enjoyed this one. It takes a little while to get used to the world Andrews has built here though. From what I got, there's the Broken, which is essentially the "normal" world that we all live in. Then there's the Weird, which is almost completely magical. I don't think technology runs there, but I'm not completely sure about that. Then there's the place that rests in between the two called the Edge. The Edge is like a mashing of the Weird and Broken. The Weird isn't really in this book, its talked about a lot but none of the characters really spend much time there. Most of the story takes place in the Edge. I really loved the atmosphere here. It felt like hardcore Cajun country bayous. Very swampy, remote, and muddy. William's distaste for being fenced in by so much water was pretty great. Andrews always does a great job writing shifters in her stories. Its nice how she manages to thread their specific animal nature into their personalities. As for Cherise, she was pretty bad ass. Intelligent and bit a ruthless, she knew how to take care of herself and those relying on her. I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series.(less)
Book Five in the Kate Daniel's series. After the tension and suspense of Magic Bleeds this one is a step back to the slower paced books in the series...moreBook Five in the Kate Daniel's series. After the tension and suspense of Magic Bleeds this one is a step back to the slower paced books in the series like Magic Burns. Magic Slays opens with Kate bored out of her mind and feeling a little useless. Her old employer at the Order has gone out of his way to smash Kate's reputation in the community. With no one wanting to do business with her, Kate's new agency is slowly circling the drain. But things slowly start to pick up when the Red Guard commissions Kate to find a missing scientist and the machine he had been building. As it turns out, the machine the scientist had been building is practically a doomsday device. This felt a little like, for lack of a better word, a settling book. A lot of important aspects in the series changed during Magic Bleeds and this one felt like a story meant to let everyone adjust those new changes. Kate is now firmly entrenched in Pack politics, she's formed relationships that could prove disastrous if her father ever shows up, and she has a new job. There's also some minor changes surrounding Andrea and the fall out she's facing because the decisions she made in Magic Bleeds. All in all, this was an entertaining installment. But I'll admit some of it dragged for me. I also wish that we could've seen more of Jim in this book. I can't even remember if he appeared in this one, same with Doolittle. I'm interested to see where Andrews takes this series now that she has plans to give some of the side characters their own novels.(less)
Book three in the Kate Daniel's series. After gaining a ward in Magic Burns, Kate has really started to be more cautious. She now has someone dependin...moreBook three in the Kate Daniel's series. After gaining a ward in Magic Burns, Kate has really started to be more cautious. She now has someone depending on her and is building friendships with people who would be upset if she died doing something stupid. One of those friendships is with the shifter, Derek, who asks Kate to deliver a note to a young woman at the highly illegal Midnight Games. The Midnight Games are basically various to-the-death cage matches. Kate wants nothing to do with the Games, but one of the teams involved are participating for more than just the money and glory of winning. They have a vendetta against the shifter community and after Derek is brutally attacked, Kate and some other members of the Pack end up joining the Games. I'll give it to Andrews, she wasn't afraid to make the Games brutal or make her characters pull punches in this book. I think this one was the most violent of the books in the series so far... and I kind of loved it. This installment in the series was also great for giving a bit more background on Kate and Jim. It also introduced Dali, who is a pretty awesome character. Her and Doolittle ended up adding a nice balance to the characters who relied mostly on their physical fighting skills in this one. All in all, this was a pretty fantastic addition to the series.
If you're looking to start the series but don't want to start with the first book, I would say that you could probably begin with this one and be okay.(less)
Book four in the Kate Daniel's series. A disease carrier is walking around Atlanta picking off supernaturals. The first victim is a shapeshifter who w...moreBook four in the Kate Daniel's series. A disease carrier is walking around Atlanta picking off supernaturals. The first victim is a shapeshifter who was attacked for no reason at a bar. The second is the leader of the Mercenary Guild and all signs at the scene point to the next potential victim being Curran. After being stood-up by Curran for their naked dinner, Kate is not happy to be pulled into working with him after successfully having avoided him for the past few weeks. However, as the shit starts to hit the fan Kate finds that she doesn't really have any choice in the matter. This was, by far, the best installment in the series. There's a lot of tension happening in the book. Kate and Curran are pissed off with each other, Kate is still waiting for the other shoe to drop due to her actions at the end of Magic Strikes, and things at the Order have really started to turn ugly. Because of all this, a lot of things are forced to change in the series here. Kate finally has to make a decision about where she's wanting her life to go. Either she can go against everything she was taught growing up and keep building relationships with people or she can turn her back on it all by leaving Atlanta and returning to a solitary life style. Her struggle with the decision and what she eventually ends up doing made for some pretty awesome reading. I can't wait to see where Andrews takes the series next.(less)
This is the second book in the Kate Daniels series. Kate has grown a bit since the first book. She's not as self-destructive or is at least she's tryi...moreThis is the second book in the Kate Daniels series. Kate has grown a bit since the first book. She's not as self-destructive or is at least she's trying not to be. Kate has taken on a lot of work for the Order, but is still moonlighting a little for the Mercenary Guild. When the story opens, she's helping Jim out with a guy who is setting things on fire with a salamander. In the middle of the job, Jim gets a call from the Pack and hightails it out of there. Turns out that the Pack was robbed and they hire Kate to help track down the thief. The thief, Bram, has some nifty teleportation skills that keep things pretty amusing. It was fun watching Curran and Jim lose their shit whenever Bram would pop in and out of the room. But other than Bram's hijinks and the introduction of some important characters to the series (i.e. Andrea, Julie, and Raphael) , this book was a little "meh" for me. I still loved it, but I felt like it dragged in a couple of places. (less)
The Brittingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris~ Didn't read this installment in the book. I've tried to read Harris in the past but could never really...moreThe Brittingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris~ Didn't read this installment in the book. I've tried to read Harris in the past but could never really get into her. So I decided to skip this one.
Angels' Judgment by Nalini Singh~ 4/5 This is a short prequel story to Singh's Guild Hunter series. It features Sara Haziz right before she decides to accept the Guild Hunter director job. Its basically a "how they met" story about how Sara and her husband, Deacon, got together. I pretty much loved this story.
Sara and Deacon are assigned the job of finding out who is behind a spurt of vampire slayings in the area. Signs point towards it being a hunter who has gone rogue. However, things begin to get complicated when one of the archangels decides to test the potential new guild director.
Like most of the things I've read from Singh, this was pretty fabulous. However, places felt a little rushed. Singh had several good plot threads going that could've easily carried a book length story. Great installment for fans of the series.
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews~ 3/5 This story is the one I bought the book for. I've been wanting to get into Andrew's Kate Daniels series but I wanted to do a trail run first. So I decided to start with this short story which is set in the same world.
Andrea Nash works for the Knights of Merciful Aid and has been taking care of things while Kate recovers from an injury. After receiving a call about an enormous dog terrorizing a shifter, Andrea heads out to investigate. What she finds is Raphael, a hyena shifter, being chased by a three headed dog the size of a house. The Cerberus is there because someone stole the body of a person who worshiped Hades. Now Andrea and Raphael have to find out who, why, and how to get rid of the giant dog.
I was pretty pleased with this. The setting and characters were interesting. I enjoyed the dystopian-ish tone of the story. It was also nice to see that Andrews has crafted a world with strong female characters. The only reason why I'm giving it a 3 is because it lagged in some areas for me, but I'll definitely be checking out Magic Bites.
Blind Spot by Meljean Brook~ 3.5/5 I've only read one book so far in Brook's Guardians series, so I was excited to read a short story set in the same world. One thing I have to say about Brook is that she has a pretty dense writing style. She packs a lot of depth into her stories and I love that.
Blind Spot features Maggie "Winters" Wren as she tries to track down Colin's, her employer, kidnapped niece. First, however, she has to retrieve Geoff, Colin's nephew. Geoff is blind, but has the ability to see through other people's eyes. He had been using his talent in an attempt to find his sister until he was attacked and chained to a heat register. After being rescued by Maggie, Geoff makes a deal that has them working together to find his sister.
Great short story. Geoff was an interesting character and I enjoyed his ability. However, Maggie really stole the show for me in this one. She reminded me of Jeeves from P.G. Wodehouse's novels if he had been a trained assassin. Pretty kick-ass if you ask me. Can't wait to read more from this series(less)
Wonderful start to a series! The tone of this book reminded me of a cross between the early Anita Blake series(the first book is: Guilty Pleasures) an...moreWonderful start to a series! The tone of this book reminded me of a cross between the early Anita Blake series(the first book is: Guilty Pleasures) and Patricia Briggs' Alpha & Omega series (Cry Wolf).
Someone is trying to frame Rule Turner and homicide cop Lily Yu is the lead detective on the case. Things complicate the case when Lily finds out she's Turner's chosen mate. Wilks takes does an interesting take on the fate mate trope. Turner and Lily do not automatically fall in love in fact Lily tends to feel trapped by the mate bond. Especially since there's a lot about it that she doesn't understand. So like in Briggs' series, there's a lot of trust to be built and the romance is very slow burning.
I also enjoyed the grittiness of the world that Wilks has built in this series. Like in Hamilton's series the supernatural community is integrated within the human world. But there's a lot of conflict and prejudice between the two. This book takes place at a cross roads where its no longer legal to brand shifters or shoot them on sight, but there's still not many laws that protect them and people still largely fear anything not human. Its an interesting set-up for the novels and I can't wait to continue reading about Lily and Rule in the rest of the series.(less)
This is the third book in the World of the Lupi series. The further I get into this series, the more I would recommend reading this series in order. I...moreThis is the third book in the World of the Lupi series. The further I get into this series, the more I would recommend reading this series in order. In this one, Rule and Lily are still trying to deal with what happened in Mortal Danger. Lily is coping fairly well, but Rule is slowly losing his shit. Honestly, Rule annoyed me in this one. He's struggling with what happened in hell and is still hiding stupid crap from Lily. He should've learned his lesson from the past two books, but apparently it hasn't sank in. Its annoying to see Lily growing as a character and learning to trust Rule more, while he's stagnating. He still doesn't trust Lily with some information and doesn't tell her certain things because he wants to protect her. Seriously, I really wish we'd see Rule relying and trusting Lily more. This particular novel also centers a lot on Cynna and Cullen. I'm not too big on those two though. Their side of the story sort of bored me. I'm also getting annoyed with Rule's son, Toby.(less)
If you're looking to get into this series, I would recommend starting with the first book Tempting Danger. There's a lot of continuing threads to thes...moreIf you're looking to get into this series, I would recommend starting with the first book Tempting Danger. There's a lot of continuing threads to these books that wouldn't make as much sense if you started elsewhere in the series. With that said...
After the first book in the series, I was extremely disappointed with this installment. The book started off great, it picked up the story not long after the first book ended. Lily and Rule are slowly adjusting to the bond and they're still looking for the staff that disappeared in the first novel. The search for the staff and the mystery surrounding what attacked Lily was pretty enjoyable. But I lost interest when Lily and Rule got trapped in hell. Unfortunately, them in hell is the majority of the novel. I also wasn't too keen on the (view spoiler)[splitting of Lily's soul into two different hers and was glad when that finally ended. (hide spoiler)]
I'm disappointed that this series took such a quick nose dive for me. Hopefully book three will be better. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Rating is only for the Kelley Armstrong and Marjorie M. Liu stories.
Kelley Armstrong's story is set in her Women of the Otherworld series and follows...moreRating is only for the Kelley Armstrong and Marjorie M. Liu stories.
Kelley Armstrong's story is set in her Women of the Otherworld series and follows werewolves Elena and Clay on their honeymoon. Its extremely short, only about 35 pages. It was fun to read about Clay and Elena again. My only problem is that in a few places I was confused about a few references. I've only read up to book 5 in the series and this is set between book 7 and 8. So I would recommend reading the entire series up to that point before delving into this one.
Marjorie M. Liu's story was alright, but again way too short to get a really good plot going. This one is quite a few years before the time period of her Dirk and Steele series but is set in the same world. It follows Lucy Steele's story and if you've read The Wild Road then you'll recognize the woods and cabin. It was a fun short story, but I'll admit I didn't get as into it as I usually do anything she writes. I would recommend this for hardcore fans of the series.(less)
Not as good as Gil's All Fright Diner but still pretty amusing. Think Ghostbusters crossed with the television show Angel and you're relatively close...moreNot as good as Gil's All Fright Diner but still pretty amusing. Think Ghostbusters crossed with the television show Angel and you're relatively close to what the characters and plot of this story resemble.(less)
Brigg's Alpha and Omega series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The slowly evolving relationship between Anna and Charles is just so touching....moreBrigg's Alpha and Omega series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The slowly evolving relationship between Anna and Charles is just so touching. Anna, the heroine, was heavily abused by her previous pack. Even after being rescued by the merrick and his son, Charles, she's extremely leery around other werewolves. This includes Charles, who is her mate. Charles, for his part, is trying his best to make Anna comfortable and earn her trust. However, a spurt of recent attacks near their home forces them into an investigation and hunt.
I adore that the romantic relationship in this story doesn't hinge on a love triangle and instead focuses on Charles and Anna dealing with their own demons. The mystery surrounding the attacks and action of the two of them hunting the perpetrator through the snowy woods is just awesome. If you like Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series you'll love this one.(less)
Honor had been held captive by vampires for months before she was saved. Her captivity has left some serious scars on both her body and mind. Because...moreHonor had been held captive by vampires for months before she was saved. Her captivity has left some serious scars on both her body and mind. Because of this she feels nowhere near ready to go out into the world, let alone work together with vampires to uncover a killer. Unfortunately, she is given little choice in the matter when the Tower calls demanding an expert who can identify some odd markings. Soon, Honor finds herself facing Dmitri, one of the oldest and most dangerous vampires in New York.
Well known for being brutal and cold hearted, Dmitri is a far cry from the man he used to be. Lately though, Dmitri has been finding it harder to bury the painful memories from his past. This doesn’t get easier when Honor shows up in his office. Her scars and behavior, remind Dmitri too much of what happened to his wife and family. However, never having been someone who could tolerate women and children brutalized, Dmitri takes over Honor’s case. Soon, both of them are working together to track down Honor’s abductors as well as discover who’s behind a rash of murders.
Now this is how an anti-hero book should be. Dmitri has always verged along the lines of being an antagonist in the series. In the first book, he seems fairly intent to kill Elena until the arch-angel Raphael nixes that. But even after that, his main role in the books seem be threatening to kill Elena if she shows any weaknesses. With this in mind, I wasn’t too thrilled to see him get his own book. I was worried that having him as the lead would destroy his character by making him suddenly all sunshine and bunnies or make him out to be such a huge ass that you just don’t understand why someone would fall for him. Luckily, I never felt that in this story. This book stays incredibly true to Dmitri's character, while at the same time making you want to see him get some happiness. Throughout the book, you feel like, in the other novels, you had only been seeing one side of the coin and I really enjoyed seeing the flip side.
The other reason why I was hesitant about reading this addition to the series is because reincarnation stories are not my bag. However, I really liked the way Singh did it in this book. She took a subtle approach to it that you don’t see too often. Throughout the story, you just kind of slowly assumed what Honor was. This was a huge relief, as it never forced a section of the plot to be about Honor trying to prove anything to Dmitri. That would’ve completely undermined the rest of the plot, which essentially centers on both characters slowly healing and coming to terms with past events in their lives.
And holy shit those events were horrendous. Singh really tortures both Dmitri and Honor in this book. What happened to Dmitri alone would make any of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s tortured heroes look like they had just been tickled by kittens. Luckily though, Singh never goes overboard with the details. What happened to both of the characters is revealed slowly, which made it much more palatable to read about than having it come up all at once.
All in all, this was a wonderful addition to the series. And I can’t wait for the next book which is going to be Jason’s.(less)
A redneck vampire, a beer bellied werewolf, and zombie cows. How could a zombie apocalypse novel get any better than that? Martinez has knack for writ...moreA redneck vampire, a beer bellied werewolf, and zombie cows. How could a zombie apocalypse novel get any better than that? Martinez has knack for writing the absurd in an amusing way. The plot of the book revolves around the werewolf and vampire trying to stop a teenager and her evil magic eight-ball from destroying the world.
All in all, this is a fun book that fans of cheesy 1950s horror drive-in movies and mystery science theater 3000 will enjoy. (less)