The setting is New Orleans - primarily the French Quarter and the bayou - partly during a hurricane. B...more This one was… not good. Terrible story execution.
The setting is New Orleans - primarily the French Quarter and the bayou - partly during a hurricane. But it might as well be set anywhere. There is no real sense of place and these are some pretty evocative settings. New Orleans is such a distinct city and yet the story does not convey the feel of it at all.
The hurricane is used like wallpaper. Details are given in order to give the MC's a chance to act heroically but the hurricane disappears in between those feats of derring-do. For example, Prophet and Tom return to his aunt's house and she meets them on the porch where they proceed to have a conversation. Uh, did you forget that there is a hurricane going on? Maybe you should take it inside? This scene does not convey the urgency I'd expect the characters to be feeling if they are going to have a discussion outside during a hurricane.
So then the MCs head two blocks over to the house of a friend of Tom's aunt, wading through calf high water. Which I find a little weird as even during Katrina, only a few streets in the Quarter experienced flooding and it was minor. But, whatever. They come across two young boys who are holding onto a sign in the middle of the road to keep from being carried away by the water. Uh huh. It's just after dawn and two 10 year old boys are out in the middle of a hurricane. Playing? In the middle of a hurricane? Who knows. It doesn't matter. It's just an excuse for the MCs to get their hero groove on.
And the MCs. I found there macho posturing entertaining in the first book of the series but now… eh, I'm tired of their schtick. Everything is so intense.
The mystery was hard to buy and not that interesting.
The sex is still pretty hot though. But there is a lot of it and after a while it too lost its charms.
A graphic novel prequel to Harrison’s popular Hollows series, this is the story of how Rachel and Ivy first meet, when after being busted down from homicide to street crime, vampire I.S. agent Ivy is partnered with newbie agent and witch Rachel. Sparks fly, heads butt and Ivy takes a bath with Kisten but there is not a lot of substance to this story and it is definitely not a stand alone. I suspect first time readers will find some of it incomprehensible. If you have read the Hollows series, you won’t find much new here. There is no real story. Someone is killing werewolves in order to use their blood for black magic. For what exactly, we don’t know. Who wants the blood? We never learn that either. There are some henchman types doing the bloodletting and killing but, oops, they get killed before anything can be learned from them. Nothing is solved at the end of the story. The art is ok, with several bulbous tit shots and a scene where Ivy and Rachel manage to jump the line at a club by acting all lesbionic. I suppose it’s titillating... if you’re a teenage fanboy but I would have preferred a story with more substance. Or at least some sort of resolution. Instead all we get is an oddly paced, slice of life that adds nothing to the series. At $25, it is not worth the price. I feel ripped off.(less)
This is a very silly book. While some of the silliness is intentional - the villains, known as "C**ts, are all lean, blond and slutty while the heroes...moreThis is a very silly book. While some of the silliness is intentional - the villains, known as "C**ts, are all lean, blond and slutty while the heroes, known as the Klatch, are brunette, voluptuous and "free minded." - much of it is just, well, kind of dumb.
The heroine has spent her life living in the shadow of her beautiful family who constantly tear her down for being fat and ugly. Shortly before her 24th birthday she discovers she is the long lost princess from another world who was stolen away by the C**ts when she was a baby. Unlike earth, in her home world the heroine is the epitome of beauty as well as being the most powerful one of her kind. I found her to be a big old bore. The hero is your standard romance cover beefcake type who's defining personality trait is his desire to sex it up with the heroine.
The plot is not terrible but the writing is amateurish at best and the characters are flat and one dimensional. There are many graphic sex scenes - M/F and F/F but they come off as gratuitous and not very sexy, IMO. I found myself skimming through them. Bad writing, shallow characters, and unexciting sex scenes kept me from being engaged by this book.(less)