Very good short story. Oddly enough, I think this is one of my favorite Bloodhound books. It was nice to break away from the familiar characters of thVery good short story. Oddly enough, I think this is one of my favorite Bloodhound books. It was nice to break away from the familiar characters of the full length stories and delve into a different area of the world Rogers had built. ...more
This book is an interesting combination of steam-punk, western, and paranormal romance. A little rocky in places due to world building, but overall aThis book is an interesting combination of steam-punk, western, and paranormal romance. A little rocky in places due to world building, but overall a pretty enjoyable read. I'll be looking forward to the next installment....more
I was pretty disappointed with this book. Izzy and Éibhear's story was probably one of the most anticipated books in the series, but it just did not lI was pretty disappointed with this book. Izzy and Éibhear's story was probably one of the most anticipated books in the series, but it just did not live up to expectations. Part of the problem is that this series has changed quite a bit since the first book. The first few novels were primarily focused only on two main characters but as the books progressed they started focusing on past and future characters as well. Pretty sure this is because Aiken is trying to turn the series more towards the fantasy genre and away from romance. However, despite enjoying fantasy books, this change is just not working for me. I'm pretty sure I've complained about this before in Last Dragon Standing but the constant shifts in character POVs and all the scenes with the kids (or I guess they're teenagers now) kind of bored/frustrated me. Additionally, I was just disappointed with how Izzy and Éibhear's relationship evolved here. After all the drama between them in previous books I guess I was just expecting something more than "Wanna have sex?" "Yup" "Okay cool".
I don't think I'll be continuing with this series....more
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. SeThis 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 theThis 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.
This is going to be a short review. I think I'm in the minority when I say that Singh's Guild Hunter series works a lot better for me than her Psy/ChaThis is going to be a short review. I think I'm in the minority when I say that Singh's Guild Hunter series works a lot better for me than her Psy/Changling one. Primarily, its because the Guild Hunter world, characters, and plot threads feel a lot smoother. I get the sense that Singh knows exactly where she wants to go with this series and despite how much I love the Psy/Changling series I just don't get the same vibe with it.
With that said, Archangel's Storm was probably my least favorite in the series even though I still really enjoyed it. I think its primarily because I wasn't expecting such a quiet relationship between Jason and Mahiya when all the other books had rather explosive main characters. However, this wasn't bad. After adjusting, I ended up really enjoying how the relationship developed between them. It worked well for the quiet and contemplative Jason.
My only nit-pick with the book was that the small scenes centered on Dimitri and Honor really threw me off balance. I enjoyed seeing them both develop a bit more, but I think those scenes would've worked better if they had been inserted as a short story at the end of the book or sold separately. This is mostly because I thought the snippets concerning them disrupted the suspenseful atmosphere of the plot with Jason and Mahiya too much.
All in all, an enjoyable addition to the series. I can't wait to read the next book, which will apparently go back to following Raphael and Elena. ...more
Why do I keep picking up Lora Leigh books? I've never given one of her stories a rating over a 2 and yet, at least once a year, I'll breakdown and buyWhy do I keep picking up Lora Leigh books? I've never given one of her stories a rating over a 2 and yet, at least once a year, I'll breakdown and buy one of her novels. This is mostly because her futuristic world featuring genetically altered humans (aka Breeds) is fascinating. I always go into her books hoping that this will be the one that I absolutely love, but that never happens. Mostly because the relationships featured in the series are pretty disturbing. I hate how little control the heroine has over her life and body the minute she comes into contact with the hero. But my biggest problem is how the line between consensual and forced sex are extremely blurred due to the "enzyme" the Breeds release that sends both parties into a sexual frenzy. Typically, neither the heroine nor hero want to have sex, but are compelled to due to the "enzyme", which leads to some pretty disturbing sex scenes. My other problem is that every single one of these books, that I've read, relies on the captive heroine trope. So, the stories come off as extremely formulaic.
In this one, Anya has been working with Del-Ray for years planning to bring down a company that's been experimenting on coyote breeds. When Anya first approached Del-Ray she only requested one thing from him, that her family (who works at the lab) not be harmed during the take-down. Del-Ray not only breaks this promise to her, but also kidnaps her and unintentionally claims her as his mate. What proceeds is a really disturbing first sex scene, followed by Del-Ray being a rather spectacular ass for the rest of the story.
I have to give Anya credit for showing some backbone. Once she's within the Breeds compound she takes Del-Ray to court for his actions and verbally wipes the floor with him. The court eventually rules in her favor, which wins Anya a reprieve from Del-Rey for half a year. However, the points Anya earned for that stunt quickly deteriorated once Del-Ray reappears in the story after his half-year mission/exile.
Del-Ray returns from his exile to find Anya has been running his compound extremely well and has gained the respect of almost everyone who works for her. After seeing everything Anya's done, Del-Ray is committed to undermining all her work. He demeans Anya, keeps her in the dark, and essentially just shits all over her. But its supposed to be okay because he's doing it for "her protection" which was such a flimsy and ridiculous excuse for him being a bastard that I got tired of reading about their shenanigans pretty quick. It didn't help that Anya constantly forgave Del-Ray at the drop of a dime and turned into a big ole martyr half-way through the story. All this led to Del-Ray never having to atone for his actions and my wishing that Anya would just take her friends' advice to hightail it on out of that toxic relationship.
Hopefully, I will not find myself being lured into picking up another book in this series....more
This was a little disappointing, especially since I had been looking forward to reading more about Ragnar after liking him in What a Dragon Should KnoThis was a little disappointing, especially since I had been looking forward to reading more about Ragnar after liking him in What a Dragon Should Know.
There's a war brewing and Keita, along with Ragnar, gets recruited to discover who is plotting to kill the dragon queen in order to take over the throne. My problem with this book was that it was just all over the place. Seriously, I started getting whiplash from the constant viewpoint changes. I swear that every past and future lead character had at least one section of the book seen from their eyes. This was distracting and really took away from Ragnar and Keita's story. As it was, their parts of the book didn't hold my interest. In part, this could be because the book was more like filler than an actually addition to the series. What really compounded this is how the ending felt like a place holder rather than a resolution to any of the obstacles presented throughout the story. Everything ends on a cliff-hanger which acts as a lead in for the next book's plot. But what really annoyed me about this is how it brushes off one of the main conflicts between Keita and Ragnar with a "well they're happy for now, lets move on." I felt like I had just slogged my way through almost 500 pages for... well... nothing. Almost nothing is resolved here and the characters' relationships all stand in the same place as when the book started. With, of course, the exception of Keita and Ragnar who are dating now... kind of... I guess.
So why, with all my bitching, is this getting an almost average rating from me? Because there were some things that I seriously did enjoy. In particular, I really got into the side plot involving Eibhear and Izzy. The drama going on between these two was pretty amusing and seriously held my attention. In fact, their portions of the story are what kept me reading. Izzy gets to make a fairly epic return that stuns nearly everyone in her family because of how much she's blossomed into a kick-ass warrior. But the part that really had me smiling like a loon is when
(view spoiler)[it's revealed that Izzy is sleeping with someone. I seriously adored this because Eibhear is a ginormous jack-ass concerning her, so I was thrilled to see that she isn't just sitting around mooning over him and missing out on other opportunities on the off-chance that he'll finally notice her. I also loved that her parting shot to Eibhear in the last book, about not waiting for him anymore, was made good on in this one. I was so relieved that Aiken isn't going to adhere to the "heroine must remain a virgin while waiting for her love interest to get a clue" trope. I especially hate this trope when the hero is allowed to go tom-catting around. So yeah, I was ecstatic that Izzy is not only getting her some, but enjoying it. (hide spoiler)]
All things considered, I'll probably only read the next book to see more drama between Izzy and Eibhear unfold, but I doubt that I'll continue to follow this series after I read their book (How to Drive a Dragon Crazy).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Since I've been enjoying Laurenston's shifter novels, I thought that I'd give her pseudonym G.A. Aiken another shot. I had read Dragon Actually awhileSince I've been enjoying Laurenston's shifter novels, I thought that I'd give her pseudonym G.A. Aiken another shot. I had read Dragon Actually awhile ago and thought it was okay but wasn't gung-ho about picking up other books in the series. This series is a more fantasy based reality than her shifter series. Dagmar Reinholdt lives in the tundra-like northern hemisphere and has acquired the nickname Beast due to her ruthlessness. Or at least that's what people from other hemispheres think. In actuality, it was a tongue-in-cheek nickname given to Dagmar by her family that just happened to stick. So when Gwenvael, a dragon shifter from the southern hemisphere, arrives on the Reinholdt doorstep to meet the Beast for negotiations he immediately falls into hysterical laughter at being confronted with a thin bespectacled woman in plain clothing. A reaction that Dagmar immediately sets out to make him regret.
I really enjoyed the storyline in this one. Dagmar was a fun and comically serious heroine who I loved watching constantly get the upper-hand due to people underestimating her. Gwenvael grew on me fairly quick, I vaguely remembered his character from Dragon Actually and the whole playboy persona didn't interest me much. However, his sense of humor and the growing affection he had for Dagmar won me over pretty fast. My only problem with the novel came from the location switch. When the main characters from the other novels were inserted into the plot it began to feel a little too fan-service/teaser for future novels. I would recommend this to fans of dragon-shifter novels, but I don't think I would recommend reading this series out of order. I skipped the second book in the series and was left mildly confused about a couple of things. ...more
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 retrievKaldar 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!...more
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 littlWow, 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. ...more
After being disappointed by the first book in Ilona Andrew’s Edge series (On the Edge), I went into Bayou Moon with some hesitation. Luckily, the thinAfter being disappointed by the first book in Ilona Andrew’s Edge series (On the Edge), I went into Bayou Moon with some hesitation. Luckily, the things that annoyed me in On the Edge (mostly the overbearing and overly powerful male protagonist) were not present here. In fact, it seems like the Andrews’ writing team have found their footing with this installment. Bayou Moon is rich in world building, includes some intriguing new characters, and has quickly become one of my favorite books.
Cherise Mar’s parents have gone missing, leaving her in charge of an extended family group and their estate. In a race to get back home with some much needed paperwork, Cherise runs into William, a wolf shifter. William has been hired to discover what a notorious killer is searching for and turn it over to an elite intelligence agency calling itself the Mirror. As luck would have it, what the killer is seeking has something to do with the Mar family. So, William and Cherise must work together to stop the killer from cutting a bloody path through the family to get what he wants.
I really loved the atmosphere of Bayou Moon. Andrews’ dedicated a lot of time to building the world of the Edge and the part we see throughout this story is reminiscent of hardcore Cajun country. It’s a very swampy, remote, and muddy setting that the characters are working with, which is one of the favorite types of atmospheres. The downside to this is that at times it slowed down the pacing of the story down at times as there were a lot of details that needed to be covered about the general set-up of the world and understanding the Mar family dynamics. At the center of all the action is William and Cherise who are trying to deal with holding off a killer and settling some bloody family feuds.
One reason why I always love to pick-up an Andrews book is because I know the heroine will be well-rounded and dynamic character. Cherise was not a disappointment on this front. She handles all the chaos thrown at her with as much sanity as she can but still has justifiable worries, mistakes, and breakdowns throughout the story to make her human. One of the things thrown in her path is William who is a wolf shifter. In this universe shifters are looked at as unstable and often prosecuted just for existing. So, William tries his best to hide what he is from those around him in fear of being hunted down. The way Andrews writes William is one of the highlights of the story for me. There’s something slightly off about his mannerisms and how he just can’t seem to completely grasp all the nuances of normal social interactions that makes him fascinating.
All in all, a really fantastic read and I can’t wait to pick-up Fate's Edge, the next installment in the series....more
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 thesIf 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"]>...more
Yeah, I read this mostly because the title reminded me of Labyrinth. Was the book like that movie? No... well except for tWhy did I read this? Well...
Yeah, I read this mostly because the title reminded me of Labyrinth. Was the book like that movie? No... well except for the part about the Goblin King granting wishes and abducting a woman. But that's about as far as the similarities go.
Centuries ago, Roan, a king, was cursed by a Druid who believed that he had sold out to Rome. The curse banished Roan and all his men to the Shadowlands where their souls would slowly wither until they turned into goblins. Only Roan and his brother, Dai, have managed to survive the curse to present day but each feels that their days are numbered.
In the "Fixed Realm" aka: modern day reality, Eliza is trapped, by blackmail, in an engagement with a sociopath. After getting drunk off her ass at her birthday party she remembers an old fairytale her mother used to tell her about the Goblin King and calls him. Roan answers the call and promptly decides to kidnap Eliza. A lot of back and forth between the Shadowlands and the Fixed Realm ensue.
It was so refreshing to see mythology outside of vampires, werewolves, and fae used in a paranormal romance. Husk was not afraid to make her goblins ugly and terrifying looking. The mythology Husk uses about the Shadowlands as well as the goblins was interesting and I'll be excited to see where she takes this as the series progresses.
Roan and Dai were pretty great characters. However, Dai definitely stole the show for me. The only big problem I had was that Eliza fell a little flat for me. She had the potential to be really interesting and to eventually grow as a character and get herself out of the shitty relationship she was in but instead (view spoiler)[Roan ended up fixing it for her. (hide spoiler)] She was also too reactionary throughout the novel. Events happened to her and all around her but she never took initiative to do anything by herself under her own motivation. Something would happen and she would just sort of go with the flow.
I have to say that I went into this novel with rather low expectations and am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series which is going to be Dai's story.
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. BecauseHonor 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....more
I really really did not like this book. I went into this novel pretty damn excited since I had read a short story by Sharon Shinn and loved it. She haI really really did not like this book. I went into this novel pretty damn excited since I had read a short story by Sharon Shinn and loved it. She has a very lovely writing style and the world she had built was intriguing. Both of which were pretty true for this book, however its the elements she's inserted into this book's plot that I absolutely detested. This review gets a little rant-y, so you've been warned.
Shinn's Samaria series is set in an alternate reality where angels and humans co-exist. Everyone across the realm is ruled by one Archangel who is divinely chosen every 20 years. Before said angel can become archangel he must first find his angela, which is basically his predestined mate. This happens via the archangel-to-be consulting the oracle and the oracle basically giving him a name and address. Unfortunately, for future archangel Gabriel his angela is Rachel, a farmer's daughter who is currently MIA. Thus, Gabriel begins a tedious search for his would-be wife only to discover that Rachel has been a slave for five years. His reaction to finding out that Rachel is someone who had been forced into slavery? Annoyance that his angela is even lower on the social totem pole than he originally thought. This is quickly followed by embarrassment that his peers will know what his wife was.
Seriously. Gabriel is a dick-head. He doesn't get any better as the book progresses either. His character is over-bearing, contradicting, and just all around unlikable. Everyone tells Rachel to give him a chance and that he's a nice guy, but honestly you never really see that in the story. Its like he's constantly thinking/spouting things because its the "correct" answer but his actions consistently contradict his words. However, despite my instant dislike of Gabriel, I was prepared to see him redeemed to the reader. But then page 57 happened....
Up until this point in the story Rachel had made it pretty clear to Gabriel that she has a severe phobia of heights. So, upon arriving at an angel stronghold, she practically begs him to let her find an alternative method of getting to the top that doesn't consist of being flown up there by him. So what does Gabriel do? He flings her over his shoulder and zooms on up to the very top, then is embarrassed when she cries and has a panic attack. His reaction to the panic attack is this:
"He had never seen anyone in the grip of hysteria before, but instinct and anger supplied him with the antidote. Transferring both her wrists to one of his hands, he slapped her full across the face."
...... I'm sorry that shit is not acceptable. First off, hitting someone is never the antidote. I don't give a shit if Rachel was writhing around on the floor as if possessed by a demon and vomiting pea soup, there is no excuse for hitting her. Also, smacking her under the justification of snapping her out of a fit, but mostly because you're angry and embarrassed of her, is so very very wrong. What made this scene even more disturbing is what happens afterwards... which is nothing. Nothing. Gabriel just freakin' smacked a woman in front of witnesses and what is everyone's reaction? Anger, outrage, fear, hurt, sympathy? Nope. Nothing. Everyone just basically moves on as if he had just offered her tea. Rachel's reaction to being hit? Just a confirmation that, yep, he hit her and then she moves on. Does Gabriel express any sort of personal conflict, remorse, or regret over hitting her? Nope. He apologizes but its made pretty damn clear he isn't sorry at all and says it almost like some sort of politeness reflex so he can walk away from her.
I'm sorry, but this condoning of violence against women is just so fucking wrong. It condones violence through the normalization of a woman being slapped "for her own good" and that such violence has no bigger of an impact than someone sneezing. This scene happens and is quickly brushed off without displaying any of the emotional, psychological, and physical impacts it has on Rachel, the people who witnessed it, or even Gabriel. At this point I'll admit I completely gave up on enjoying the novel. However, for whatever reason, I was still determined to finish it.
I continued with the book, constantly annoyed with the imbalance of power between Rachel and Gabriel. All the power rests in Gabriel's hands and he's not afraid to make it clear to Rachel that he hold the power, but this wasn't the only thing that annoyed me. Rachel was treated by all the characters as a hysterical potential disaster to the point where it became the main part of her character. People are constantly telling her she's over-reacting, physically restraining her because of said over-reactions, and generally just patronizing the hell out of her. And when she's not being patronized, Rachel is being kidnapped or assaulted.
After one such kidnapping, Rachel determines that the only way to save Gabriel and (basically) the world is to jump off a cliff. It was at this point that I thought wait... I've read something like this before:
This conclusion immediately lead me to start picturing Gabriel like this:
Its sad that I was actually able to find a picture of Edward Cullen as an angel. Anyway, in summary, I hated this book. The heroine was annoying and treated like she was completely incompetent for 99% of the book. The hero was an abuser and tyrant. Who, with very little lead-up, did a 180 and turned into a "nice" guy at the very end. The romance wasn't believable as Rachel and Gabriel's page time was primarily separate from each other and moments when they did spend time together were mostly off-page where the reader was basically told, "In the following two weeks Gabriel and Rachel spent oodles of time together". And lastly, the villain and conniving woman were cartoonishly evil and dealt with in a rather absurd and anti-climatic manner.
However, in Shinn's defense I did enjoy her writing voice and the world she has built here is pretty interesting. But I won't be picking up another book in this series....more
A good sequel to Soulless. However this one didn't engage me as much the first book. There were parts were the story seemed to drag a bit. Also, I hatA good sequel to Soulless. However this one didn't engage me as much the first book. There were parts were the story seemed to drag a bit. Also, I hate cliff hangers and this book has one hell of an ending. I also didn't like the lack of communication that Alexia and Woolsey have in this book. It seemed like every couple of pages Alexia was chastising her husband because he failed to tell her something about either his past or their present situation. Despite this, these books are turning out to be a lot of fun. I can't wait to read the rest of the series....more
This is my first steam-punk novel and I have to say its a wonderful introduction to the genre.
The heroine, Alexia, is a no nonsense woman who isn't aThis is my first steam-punk novel and I have to say its a wonderful introduction to the genre.
The heroine, Alexia, is a no nonsense woman who isn't afraid to use her umbrella on unsuspecting vampires. In the paranormal community she's considered soulless. A creature who can negate a werewolf's or vampire's powers with a touch of her hand. When she accidentally kills an impertinent vampire at a party she unwittingly becomes wrapped up in a series of strange events. Before the party she had been a spinster who had rarely popped up on anyone's radar. Now she's getting invitations from vampire queens, creepy men are trying to abduct her, and Lord Maccon, the local werewolf alpha and BUR investigator, is getting a little handsy. She's fully prepared to get to the bottom of all of this though. After all, this is the most excitement she's had in a long while.
I would be hard pressed to chose a favorite character in this book, because it seems like every one that popped up was wonderful. I loved the subtle homages to P.G. Wodehouse and the Amelia Peabody series that popped up. I also find that I can't say much about this book, because I only really want to gush. I also don't want to spoil anything. All I'll say is that if you like your fantasy books with romance, mystery, humor, and an original setting then you need to pick this up....more