The summer months are hot and bothersome. It's so much easier to hibernate inside with the air conditioning and a good book if one doesn't absolutelyThe summer months are hot and bothersome. It's so much easier to hibernate inside with the air conditioning and a good book if one doesn't absolutely have to venture outside. That's what I've been doing. And this summer I ended my love affair with Harper Blaine and the Grey. This was not a bad thing. I mean, not in the terms of the books. They were great. But, it's bad that there are no more. I am sad. I will miss it. And I hope that someday, Kat will return us to the Grey. Revenant goes out with a bang. The stakes are high, the lay of the land is very different, and the enemies are not necessarily of the ghostly/demonic/supernatural variety. There is camaraderie in unexpected places. A lot of personal growth. And danger. Excitement. Love. Loss. Choices. And a damaged Harper, once again. Poor woman cannot escape unscathed any more it seems. We are left hanging in some aspects, healed in others, and hopeful for the future. The changes in Harper and Quinton from book one to book nine are really astounding. But they are done naturally, gradually. To Kat Richardson, you've left me wanting more. I'm excited to see what you put forth next. And, if you happen to be keeping any kind of tally, mark another in the spot for "Hope for another Greywalker. Someday." You know, when you're ready. ...more
It had been a while, a long while, since I'd last ventured into the Grey with Harper Blaine. I felt this sudden need to delve into it again, last weekIt had been a while, a long while, since I'd last ventured into the Grey with Harper Blaine. I felt this sudden need to delve into it again, last week. So I broke down and ordered the book previous to this, Downpour, on my Kindle. And I inhaled every word of that book in no time. I just HAD to read another and so I ordered this one right as soon as I finished Downpour.
Without giving too much away in Seawitch, an old, long missing ship rolls into dock. There is no one on board. There are obvious signs of something sinister. And there are signs below the surface that only Harper can see as she ventures in with her Grey tuned eyes. But she's not alone this time, as Solis is also charged with investigating the ship with the hopes of finding out what happened to her crew so many years before. Together, they uncover the mysteries and layers, while learning more about each other in the process.
I was surprised by the revelations in regards to Solis. And pleased. I'm hoping to learn more with the next books. Harper has changed, grown, and been altered by her experiences. Not just in regards to interaction with the Grey, and the occasional deaths she's suffered, but also with the living people in her life. And, her growing relationship with Quinton is wonderful to experience. Not just for Harper's part in it, but to see how much Quinton has changed as well.
I can't wait to read Possession! Well, when I have a little more money in the book fund, that is. ...more
I read this at the recommendation of a friend who loves it. She loaned me her copy to read and so I dove in, even though I wasn't sure what to expect.I read this at the recommendation of a friend who loves it. She loaned me her copy to read and so I dove in, even though I wasn't sure what to expect. The story follows the life of Katie Mulholland. From her young years working as a scullery maid, to her final days having finally made her mark on the world. But in between there are lifetimes lived by this girl. Events unfold that leave their mark on her soul. Dark and horrible things and bright and warm moments. Without going into much detail, I have to say that I was quite surprised to find myself enjoying this book. The story was engrossing. One had to know what happened to her with each turn of the page. I felt myself disliking characters and the choices they made, and yet, coming to love others who first started out as questionable. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because there were just too many words. I'm not saying that it is too long, rather what I mean is, that the description, the thought process, the everyday life was described in such excruciating detail at times that I found myself pulled from the story. Too many words were used were a few would suffice. ...more
It was a very long wait for this book. And I was not disappointed.
The only issue with such a long time in between books is that one tends to forget eIt was a very long wait for this book. And I was not disappointed.
The only issue with such a long time in between books is that one tends to forget events, discussions, moments from the book that came before. However, the author, Karen Marie Moning, has included a guide of People, Places and Things in order to help us remember these things. Burned, is a follow-up to Iced, where we were in the world of Dani "Mega" O'Malley. People and places were becoming "Iced: Frozen so fast, so solidly, that even with her speed, Dani couldn't be in the vicinity of these scenes for very long. Assisted by Ryodan, and Christian, she uncovers the culprit and does what needs doing. In the end, we are left hanging. Wondering her fate, where her relationship with Mac stands, and what has become of Christian, now captive of the Crimson Hag.
When we begin Burned, we are taken back in time to a interaction between Mac and Jericho. Only this time, we are shown it through the eyes and mind of Jericho. This moment is one Mac no longer remembers as it truly happened, thanks to Barrons. It seems as if this memory is random, holding no bearing on the current story. It's not until later it becomes a problem, and causes trouble for all the players in the book.
Dani is still running. She's avoiding Ryodan, avoiding Mac, avoiding herself really. She's messed up, not sure what she believes any longer. Because as far as she knows, she killed Mac's sister, Mac hates her, and this breaks her heart. Christian is the only thing on her mind when she literally runs into Mac. They share some words; things are misunderstood, and Dani runs again. Right into the room of mirrors. She finally comes to the conclusion that she can escape to the White Mansion. She's been eager to explore it anyway. Second Silver on the right, she thinks as she dives through. Only to have Mac, hot on her tail yell for her to stop, that they'd been rearranged. But it's too late. She's not gone through the Silver to take her to the White Mansion but rather, the Silver to take her to the Hall of All Days. Dani is gone. Mac now has this on her conscience as she struggles with her own internal demon. The copy of the book that is within her whispers to her to open it and learn the things she needs and desires. Her bond with Jericho is tested. An uneasy accord is made between enemies as a means to an end. A journey is begun to rescue Christian, as his Uncle portends he is vital to the future of the world. There is discovery, betrayal, loss, and growth. Changes, both big and small, make their marks on the characters. And Mac takes her turn in running away from things and in doing so, learns of more betrayal and love as well. In the end, this can of worms is now a bucket. And I turn the last page expecting more only to find that once again, it abruptly ends and I'm left unsatisfied, but in a good way. ...more
Blown away once more by King. I can't review this without going into too much detail. It's difficult to do so. It starts with a little boy and his famiBlown away once more by King. I can't review this without going into too much detail. It's difficult to do so. It starts with a little boy and his family, and a new addition to their town. The boy is playing in the yard as a shadow falls over him, and that shadow haunts him for the remainder of his life. His "old fifth business". It's difficult to know where the story is going to go, in a good way. Because the reveal is only slightly hinted at. Tiny glimpses are provided and it's only near the end that we see the full picture. And it's terrifying. King took religion, with all its twisted ideals, and created a horrifying reality out of them.
"She waits on the other side. Above the broken city. Above the paper sky." "Something happened. Something most surely did."...more
One day, a few moons ago, I asked my Facebook friends, if anyone could suggest a new book for me to read. Now, I've got a ton of books on my 'to be reaOne day, a few moons ago, I asked my Facebook friends, if anyone could suggest a new book for me to read. Now, I've got a ton of books on my 'to be read' pile. However, I wasn't in the mood for any of them. One friend spoke up and suggested this book by an author I'd not heard of. She happened to be a friend of hers so I thought, why not? That book was Wild Card by Jamie Wyman. I sucked that book up in no time. I was hooked right from the start. Immediately afterward, I began querying about the follow-up. I wanted more. Sadly, the second book was in jeopardy. So, the author began a Kickstarter to fund the cost of having the second book published. I jumped at the opportunity to help fund it. And I followed each and every update like crumbs to a starving mouse. Until, last week, I finally got my hands on the finished product. From beautiful cover image, to being plunged right into the story from the very first line, I was engrossed. I read as much as I could, little bits at a time to start with. (I work retail and it was BLACK FRIDAY week. Ugh.) And finally, yesterday I was able to really sit down and immerse myself in it. And immersed is what I was. The story is fun, the characters are people you love to root for, or love to see have the crap kicked out of them, which is also a good thing. The story is cohesive and the reveals are done so well that I didn't have them guessed already. I love that the main character, Cat, isn't already an expert. I like floundering and learning, and being awed and broken right along with her. The supporting cast is interesting and entertaining enough that they support without overshadowing, and the setting lends itself very well to the story line. The pace was fast, go, go, go right out of the gate. And, I love that there aren't cliched Hollywood endings where the boy gets the girl and everyone lives happily ever after.
And to answer the authors question at the end; Hell yeah I wanna go again! ...more
This time the coming war and the Spirit Seals take a back seat to an old and very dangerous threat. An ancient dragon is coming for Raven Mother. He fThis time the coming war and the Spirit Seals take a back seat to an old and very dangerous threat. An ancient dragon is coming for Raven Mother. He feels she is in part, to blame for his long imprisonment. Camille is sent into the land of the Elder Fae to find, The Merlin. Only the last true Merlin has a chance at stopping the threat that approaches. She's allowed to take 3 people with her, and forced to go with a few others that at best, she doesn't trust. Along the way there is development with Camille, in regards to her role as a priestess, and Morio's role also changes and grows as well, though we are left in the dark in regards to him. I enjoyed the story. Yasmine Galenorn is a wonderful spinner of these worlds. But I was left feeling a bit deflated with how easily the ancient dragon was defeated. It was over so fast, and the role The Merlin played in it was a bit too simple. However, I love that the author isn't afraid to pull punches with her characters, as we lose someone close, someone not so close, and another runs off to be assumed lost. How and will he pop up later? Where? This mystery leaves your mind thinking long after the last page is read. One of Camille's husbands, Trillian, leaves to find his brother, missing in Otherworld after the chaos of the sentient storm. As the group travels through the land of the Elder Fae, we are made privy to some more of this strange places machinations. Camille is swept up in the duties of her role, off on the hunt. Only this time, the hunt is real and she sweeps into a battle to scoop up the souls of soldiers. However she is destined to do a difficult thing when someone she loves is to be brought into the hunt by her. Meanwhile, she does not disappoint on her steamy love scenes, her character building, and her ability to pull you out of your own world, and into that of the supernatural. There are threads that are pulled in this novel, only to be left dangling. There were characters that were mostly dressing for this book, and others brought forth into the light. It's such a wild world of people, and creatures, if you don't pay attention you might find yourself overwhelmed. ...more