This is one of those situations where a three star rating seems like an insult? I mean, for me, three stars usually means something in the spectrum beThis is one of those situations where a three star rating seems like an insult? I mean, for me, three stars usually means something in the spectrum between "I liked it a whole lot but thought it had pretty serious problems," and "My personal feelings were kind of meh but I thought it was pretty well done regardless". Neither of which are a bad thing, but I really enjoyed this, and it was solidly written, and I feel like that warrants more than a 3, but I usually reserve 4s for books I find particularly memorable in some way, and this ... wasn't? I mean, that's not a failing! It's sexy and fun light entertainment! That is what it set out to be! It's like watching a paranormal crime show, only with gay sex! And it did that very well!
Ugh, this is why a numeric rating system falls short. I'm just gonna go ahead and give it a 4.
ASIDE from my digression about my personal rating method that no one really cares about, if you like paranormal romance, this one's worth trying, and (as of writing this review) it's free for Kindle on Amazon. (Unfortunately it also hooked me into buying the first half of the series, so there's that, ahaha ... ha...)
I will say that if you have an aversion to angsty bratty types, Caleb may drive you mad? I kind of wanted to shake him? Like a lot? And often? But it wasn't enough to make me dislike him. ...more
This one's 3 1/2 rounded up to 4, I think - I enjoyed it immensely and it was even funnier than the first one, but it had some serious structural probThis one's 3 1/2 rounded up to 4, I think - I enjoyed it immensely and it was even funnier than the first one, but it had some serious structural problems. There was just too much going on all at once, it got to be a chaotic soup, especially towards the end - there was no climax so much as a series of small climaxes (heh), which were kind of robbed of any oomph.
I really recommend these if you like paranormal romance, though, especially if you're frustrated by the general lack of decent GLBT paranormal romance. They're very genre conscious and heavily laced with satire, but they make fun of the requisite tropes oh-so-lovingly and with much glee, and without forgetting to make you care about the story and characters for themselves as well.
Oh, and did I mention that there is an Edward clone. Because there is. An Edward clone. His name is Patrick. The heroine PUNCHES him in the FACE. (It's so satisfying.)
I may update with some choice quotes later....more
For most of this book I was hovering around maybe a 3.5 rating. The prose is lyrical, and the stories are brilliantly off-kilter, but for several I haFor most of this book I was hovering around maybe a 3.5 rating. The prose is lyrical, and the stories are brilliantly off-kilter, but for several I had that, "Well what exactly was the point here? Why exactly did it end there?" feeling that always leaves me dissatisfied. Also, a couple of them seriously CRUSHED MY SOUL, which, while admittedly a testament to the effectiveness of the story, is not a feeling I usually like to be left with, and so would negatively impact my personal rating.
But. But! Then I read Augusta Prima. It was one of those lightning bolt moments that leaves you with a cold wind inside. Stories like this are why I read (and especially why I read the weird) - stories that leave you with that eerie sense that you're not sure what you just saw, but you're pretty sure it was somehow a glimpse of some core truth of the universe. You guys, I just really, really liked this story, okay.
Even if it weren't for that story, I'd probably be looking to add more of Karin Tidbeck's stuff to my list - while most of the stories didn't quite hit home for me, I did still really enjoy reading them, and they have a way of making you want more. But after Augusta Prima, I'm really looking forward to it....more