2.5* All the summaries about characters, worldbuilding rules and events happened in the previous books made this reading slower, and a bit boring beacu2.5* All the summaries about characters, worldbuilding rules and events happened in the previous books made this reading slower, and a bit boring beacuse they were interspersed repeatedly along the narration, even in the middle of the main action scene - in so interrupting and dampening it. The overall plot had an already seen feeling, elements from previous installments just shuffled and mixed together here, with the alibi of some new side characters who were new names and faces but acted as previous villains. With Paige's issues that weren't even resolved, but only dismissed in the end. Mick and Janet's relationship shows no evolving, and there's no mention of their planned wedding (came out in the previous book)......more
I think Janet should have reacted earlier at Mick's behaviour, and I was expecting more mischief from Gabrielle, also, the magical beings in and arounI think Janet should have reacted earlier at Mick's behaviour, and I was expecting more mischief from Gabrielle, also, the magical beings in and around the hotel aren't growing a bit too numerous? Anyway, it was another thrilling journey, I like how Mick, for all his protectiveness, sort of ends as the damsel in distress, and I can't wait to read how a trickster God came to marry a bear Changer!...more
Not as thrilling as the first book, but still a good and pleasant reading. Mick's prolonged stonewalling informations was a bit irritating and I felt aNot as thrilling as the first book, but still a good and pleasant reading. Mick's prolonged stonewalling informations was a bit irritating and I felt as it muffled my involvement in the plot. Interesting introduction of new characters, and very good twist in the finale! I didn't expect that: I was so sure Miss Dragon Council was behind all the ruckus! I missed some funny comment by the Mirror on the "show" he enjoyed at the dragons' mansion, and I'm still trying to undersatnd how Nash and Mick knew where/how so quickly find the girls on their (not so successful) night in Las Vegas......more
Unfortunately, reading this book was not as exciting as the previous one. The story itself is not bad, has many original details, maybe I was expectinUnfortunately, reading this book was not as exciting as the previous one. The story itself is not bad, has many original details, maybe I was expecting something else, but it is as if it was fragmented. First of all, it's temporally set two years later than On the Edge and nothing is revealed about the time lapse, furthermore it's not exactly a sequel, but more a separate and unrelated story: we already met William and the worlduilding rules are the same but the main scene is located in a completely different geographical area and the characters that we learned to know and love in the previous installment are a mere quote for almost the entire book. They make an appearance in the final chapters, but at this point I would perhaps have preferred to know anything about them. William and Cerise romantic journey basically follows the same path of Rose&Declan's, with only some slight and unavoidable differences, and I really can't stand the hero or heroine routine of procrastinating and crying for him/herself (She/He left me/abandoned me/forgot about me/didn't come back for me): it's annoying and it was Cerise in this case, I found it a bit out of place considering how things went and what was said between her and William. The presence of too many secondary characters makes it difficult to keep track of everything that happens and where and when, so that the scenes' emotional impact is muffled; despite their monstrousity, the Hand creatures are very fascinating both for their features and abilities but they too are a lot and keeping note of who's playing, how to differentiate one from the other and how many of them survive in the end it's a blind guess! Not a single character has especially impressed me, except for little Lark whom is however surrounded by a black hole of information. About the plot development, if you consider them in relation of what happens I think some answers to doubts, questions and suspicions came too late, with the result that they were a sort of an obstacle, a distraction to the full immersion in the story: for example, how is it possible that Cerise (and the other ones who knows it) goes versus two life-threatening battles knowing there's a traitor in her family, right at her back?
Other questions remain unanswered, and since the next book will feature new characters again I do not understand where the series is going: all the characters will be reunited in the final book? I'm not completely comfortable with this thought...
I'll read Fate's Edge 'cause I remember some funny snippets, otherwise I would have placed it on my Maybe list....more
Sweet Enchantment (Dark Magick 0.5) by Anya Bast 2.5* I hope it's a fact related to this being a short story and thus it had to be concentrated: if youSweet Enchantment (Dark Magick 0.5) by Anya Bast 2.5* I hope it's a fact related to this being a short story and thus it had to be concentrated: if you don't consider names, references and some use of magic powers, the characters have nothing really marking them as Fae. More so if you look at the way they speak, act and what they wear... A bit too repetitive sex aside, the plot per se wasn't bad, but not so original, and as already said, lacked real magical/faery atmosphere. Let's see what's in the first book of the series...
Jan 15, 2014 A Little Night Magic by Allyson James 3*...more
2.5* Non c'è molto approfondimento e alcuni aspetti nelle interelazioni restano un po' nebulosi, ma nel complesso ambientazione e personaggi mi sono pi2.5* Non c'è molto approfondimento e alcuni aspetti nelle interelazioni restano un po' nebulosi, ma nel complesso ambientazione e personaggi mi sono piaciuti abbastanza, e la trama era sufficientemente intrigante anche se nessun elemento spiccava di originalità o innovazione nel genere; questo fino al momento (view spoiler)[della conversione di Marcus (hide spoiler)], poi tutto sembra andare a rotoli, scadendo nella banalità e nell'eccesso: troppo buonismo (view spoiler)[(nonostante la morte inutile e poco credibile di Steven: come abbia fatto a non scansarsi in tempo non si sa...) (hide spoiler)], Mackenzie che diventa improvvisamente molto sicura di sè e intraprendente, sia magicamente sia sentimentalmente (view spoiler)[(siete inseguiti dall'essere più potente al mondo e vi fermate più di una notte a fare sesso fino allo sfinimento in un motel?!) (hide spoiler)], risoluzione con uccisione del gran cattivone troppo semplice e veloce rispetto a tutta la tensione costruita attorno alla sua presunta imbattibilità.["br"]>...more
4.5 * Brilliant, witty, intriguing, well-managed and quite original: I can't believe I waited so long to read it! Characters' personal growth and interp4.5 * Brilliant, witty, intriguing, well-managed and quite original: I can't believe I waited so long to read it! Characters' personal growth and interpersonal developments follow a right path at the right pace, actors, plot and setting are well orchestrated and allow the reader to feel: from the exhilaration in detecting a reference/quote/homage to someone/something the reader knows or love (Sesshomaru-sama! ♥ He's my favorite male character in InuYasha), to the irritation towards the everpresent arrogant assholes, to being moved for George's choice, to being anxious to know what happens in the next page, to the satisfaction in reaching the last dot printed on the paper. There were a couple of passages in which I had to reread the previous lines 'cause I had the feeling I had jumped some words and I felt a little confused in the passages set in the thick of the Woods - I was not sure who was there and who was not, and how the safe house was built - otherwise the story is clear and pleasant to follow, engaging, credible and real in regard of elements belonging to the human sphere, and all the characters have their own particular characteristics distinguishing them from all their possible role-colleagues in other stories. I'm not head over heels with the two main characters (for now!) while I'm already completely lost for the children, grandmother's precious, Elsie and her bears memorable, and I'm sure I'll miss grandfather Cletus!
I think I'll come to prefer this world to Kate's one......more
Read all night long, I finshed this morning at 05.29, it was compelling to turn the page and continue, it was a long time since I felt like this for aRead all night long, I finshed this morning at 05.29, it was compelling to turn the page and continue, it was a long time since I felt like this for a book. There's so much happening: between history and mythology and fantasy overlapping each other and sourrounding you; a lot of informations, action, tension and emotional suspense, you don't have an instant to draw a breath of relief or relax for just a second. It's a constant rollercoaster, from the first to the last word. All those fightings following each other, maybe there was a bit too much, even for Kate...
I hope to go into a more detailed review when I come back from vacation....more
2.5/3* Come storia non è male, ho apprezzato la relativa normalità e credibilità di tutti personaggi e dello sviluppo dei loro rapporti interpersonali2.5/3* Come storia non è male, ho apprezzato la relativa normalità e credibilità di tutti personaggi e dello sviluppo dei loro rapporti interpersonali, nessuno però ha suscitato un interesse particolare o conquistato forti simpatie. Non mancano le battute e gli scambi ironici, le situazioni divertenti, ma nel complesso la narrazione è un po' lenta e confusionaria, soprattutto all'inizio, caricata di informazioni sul background familiare di Mo, e nella parte centrale dove la consequenzialità temporale diventa una specie di optional; i ragazzi dispersi e Oscar vengono dimenticati per poi ricomparire vagamente e tornare ad essere dimenticati, mentre la soluzione all'enigma che aleggia sul paese di Grundy e dintorni è palese dalla prima comparsa del personaggio che poi si rivelerà essere colpevole, assieme alle sue motivazioni e coinvolgimenti passati. Prevedibile anche l'identità del rimpiazzo amoroso per Alan, ma passa solo come nota di colore, così come l'arrivo della coppia dell'orrore. Forse un po' troppi i riferimenti a personaggi, serie, gruppi musicali e varie figure della realtà ed immaginario collettivo americani.
Irritantissimo il dover aspettare così tanto per scoprire il vero nome di Mo, non so quanto ho sbuffato perchè non veniva pronunciato da nessuno, pur sapndolo tutti!...more
3.5* Nice reading! Good plot, wowen with a pleasant storytelling and a good pace, action, romance and drama well balanced, and a very interesting world3.5* Nice reading! Good plot, wowen with a pleasant storytelling and a good pace, action, romance and drama well balanced, and a very interesting worldbuilding and cast of characters. Both main and secondary ones have something unique and compelling - you want and need to know more about them - and they sound coherent with what we're told about their backgrounds, from the beginning to the end of the book: something I really appreciated!...more
I knew I would fall in love with Hawke more than I already was! This book and its characters jump directly in my top5 list. Can't wait for my phisicalI knew I would fall in love with Hawke more than I already was! This book and its characters jump directly in my top5 list. Can't wait for my phisical copy to arrive (hurry, bookdepository!)...more
Vista l'ambientazione e la scelta di trattare di personaggi così particolari mi aspettavo molto di più: le descrizioni paesaggistiche sono praticamentVista l'ambientazione e la scelta di trattare di personaggi così particolari mi aspettavo molto di più: le descrizioni paesaggistiche sono praticamente assenti ed i dettagli sulle caratteristiche razziali scarsi; nonostante diverse, e difficili da non notare, somigliaze con altre scrittrici (leggi J.R. Ward e la sua BDB), si tratta comunque di una lettura piacevole per quasi tutta la sua interezza, salvo poi cadere sul finale che mi risulta un po' troppo affrettato, semplicistico, e, se vogliamo, anche buonistico! Vedremo col secondo, che non sono però così ansiosa di leggere, se questo le è servito da rodaggio e gli elementi che piacciono a me vengono sviluppati meglio. ...more