Excellent read if you're looking for a short and engaging paranormal romance.
Ria is the only half-human in a large pack of werewolves, which places he...moreExcellent read if you're looking for a short and engaging paranormal romance.
Ria is the only half-human in a large pack of werewolves, which places her at the bottom of the totem pole. Drake is the pack alpha who has loved her for years but held himself back. Now that he's ready to start courting her, he's finding it hard to get her to take him seriously.
There's a lot going on here, which keeps the pacing pretty fast. Combining Ria and Drake's personal issues, a side character causing problems for Ria, and other wolves attacking pack members, this is not a read that drags. I enjoyed all the different plot threads, however I wasn't prepared for the abrupt ending. I would almost call it a cliff-hanger but I hesitate to do that as I felt most of the main elements introduced in "Full Circle" had been resolved, including Ria and Drake's story. (I tend to associate cliff-hangers with not feeling satisfied at the end of a story, which was not the case here.) So while I enjoyed Ria and Drake, I'm kind of hoping that the next book in the series will expose us to a different couple and provide a little more insight into the world Thomas has chosen to center these stories in.
All in all, I enjoyed the different dynamics between the cast and thought that Ria and Drake were both very well drawn characters who were trying their best to deal with their own (and each other's) anxieties. I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.
Ebook provided by Netgalley and the publisher/author in exchange for a honest review.(less)
X-Men: X-Termination brings together 3 different X-men series (Astonishing X-men, Age of Apocalypse, and X-treme X-men). If you haven't been following...moreX-Men: X-Termination brings together 3 different X-men series (Astonishing X-men, Age of Apocalypse, and X-treme X-men). If you haven't been following at least X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 1 you're going to be pretty lost since the majority of the story focuses on previous plot points from that series. I picked this one up to finish out the X-Treme X-Men, Vol. 1: Xavier Must Die! series without having read Age of Apocalypse (AoA), so I was confused over several points. (Such as AoA Jean Grey not having mutant powers anymore, AoA Nightcrawler's vengeance mission, AoA's Beast being evil, and the AoA team's dislike of Scott Summers.)
At it's heart, this story revolves around the AoA Nightcrawler's mission of redemption after having been obsessed with revenging his wife's death without considering the consequences his actions have on anyone else. It's also a story arc for AoA Jean Grey who gets tasked with a mission to save the multi-verse. So, if you're reading this as a wrap-up to the X-treme X-men story, like I was, you're going to be extremely disappointed. Those story arcs and characters get shoved into the background or efficiently dispatched to make way for AoA to take over.
Separating this from X-treme X-men, X-termination was an okay story. Nightcrawler is one of my favorite characters and AoA Kurt had a lot of page time here, so I did enjoy that aspect. I also enjoyed his character arc, but I wish I had been following his story prior to reading this volume since X-termination is the wrap-up to a larger plot. Outside of that though, I was too lost to enjoy a lot of what was going on. I didn't understand the dynamics of the AoA team and I wasn't a fan of the main "villains" here since they were just mindless consumers of power.
All in all, a very disappointing ending for X-Treme X-men which had shown so much promise in its first volume. I would recommend this only if you've been following all of the series that come together here.(less)