First of all, i have to say...Wow!...wow, an absolutely stunning debut novel. Seriously, the plot was well-developed, captivating, and...magical; The...moreFirst of all, i have to say...Wow!...wow, an absolutely stunning debut novel. Seriously, the plot was well-developed, captivating, and...magical; The adventures were suspenseful and action-packed, the pace set was fast at some, but it slows down at the more romantic scenes-not slow slow, but comfortable slow, VERY satisfatory slow, if you get what i mean:). The ending was perfectly sweet and really, really romantic, and i liked it a lot.
It started off with Pia running away from Dragos after stealing from his secret hoard. And as we all know, dragons like to keep mountains of jewels and whatnot and are extremely possessive of their possessions. She tried to run, and as the cliche saying goes, but she can't hide, so Dragos caught her(with funny intermediate scenes like when Dragos, a crazy ancient dragon, tried eating Twizzlers and drinking cherry coke Slurpee cause Pia bought it and almost immediately spat everything out and his second-in-command, the hot Rune, took the Twizzlers and smuggled them out of the room). They fell in love, but because of the big difference in personalities and all the other power players getting involved, they got on a rocky start and could only satisfy their burning needs for physical intimacies in spurts and bursts wherever they could fit into their impromptu schedules-like when they're running away from a horde of angry Goblin captors and had gained some ground, they washed off at a creek and had their first "joinings":). I have to admit that that first love making was realy mindblowingly hot, ahha ok now i sound pervy. When things toned down and it seemed like a happy ever after, Pia got kidnapped by Dragos' archenemy. But during her kidnap, she definitely showed what a tough girl she was. Yeah and the ending was, as i've said already, really, really sweet.
OK, where to start...Pia is a really cool heroine, all independence and all action. I liked the front part where she outsmarted and kicked her delusional, crazy ex-boyfriend's butt. She's pretty(light god-blonde hair and all), she's smart, fast, and really brave and independent. She fights her own battles, and she doesn't back down when her dominant lover gets all bossy and intimidating, instead, she understands that it wasn't really his fault since it was all honed instincts ingrained into him for millenia, so yeah, it's hard for him too. She is really friendly and charismatic to those who were suspiscious of her at first. Oh and she is so sarcastically funny, definitely my type. She's cool, and she definitely hits my top charts of favourite heroines.
Dragos is the usual dominant, I-always-get-what-i-want, powerful, strickingly handsome hero of the book. He really reminds me of Raphael in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series and almost all the men in Jory Strong's erotica/romantica novels, all starkly possessive and protective. He does live up to his ancient ancient name, but sometimes his actions and words are too modern for me to continue with the ancient concept. One example is his, and his almost-as-ancient sentinels', continual usage of very modern crude/coarse language. Their use of vulgar words are like, abundant and already instilled into their daily conversations, which is not supposed to be(for me anyway)as...aren't ancient people supposed to be all prim and proper and all "let down your long hair, O Fair Maiden"? But there are parts where he seemed really old, and he's so innocently sweet and charming when he straightfowardly admitted that he didn't understand the concept of love that the humans are obsessed about. He doesn't know it, but he loves Pia just fine:).
The peripheral characters like Quentin, Rune, Tricks, etc were fun enough. Tricks especially. Oh how i loved the part where Tricks and Pia got drunk and Tricks started to write ont he restaurant's tablecloth all the gossips and connections of the people in Culeubre Tower(who are also the employee), and Rune and Graydon successfully wrested it from her after she got a good bite out of Rune(she was drunk).
Harrison has a really screwed sense of humor, in a good way, haha, which is with the use of sarcasm, which is totally my brand of jokes. So i really loved and adored the book when it got all snide comments and witty remarks. But there is some gore in it which i kinda appreciated..."...not after he was gelded, not after he was eviscerated, not after he was blinded. I didn't think that the boy had that kind of loyalty in him. I thought he would give you up in the first ten minutes." Wow, royal treatment much?
The passion play was awesome. Haha, real horny and all and illustrated detailed-ly with care and precision:). Tho i am kinda...um skeptical? that they(meaning Pia and Dragos) could've fell in love and willingly put their faith and trust in each other when they have only met for what, 3 or 4 days tops? That's a little extreme, man...
I am feeling rather speculative now cause Harrison didn't close the loops and gaps that appeared in the book. For example, what did Pia's mom do to/for the Elves that made her into such a revered persona in their society? I mean, this will be the only book which would focus on Pia(sad....TT) so i don't think Harrison would patch it all up after this book. And also of all the mythical creatures ever created, she chose to make Pia turn into a *******? I mean seriously? That's just weird...haha
Anyway, a really good book and i would definitely recommend it. Her writing style is scarily similar to Nalni Singh's. So if you loved the Guid Hunter series or the Psy-Changeling series(like i do), i think you'll love this one too.(less)
To tell the truth, i havent finished this book yet..but it's getting really boring and pointless i can't even force myself to continue anymore. First...more To tell the truth, i havent finished this book yet..but it's getting really boring and pointless i can't even force myself to continue anymore. Firstly, the book is really uneventful, and im alrdy near the half mark. Secondly, i'm getting annoyed that the characters are constantly subjected by the author to have sex. I mean, why is it thrown around so casually throughout the book? EVERY SINGLE damn page has them doing something erotic..And two of them arent even in love, for freak's sake. Ugh, Trey is in love with Brin(gayness) and Brin is a (is he a monk?)monk devoted to the Goddess of Love and Sex, so he's pleasuring Anje like ever minute he can get her naked- once even after a hunt and they were riding back on horse, he stripped her and tied her hands behind her back..I mean,come on man.. Not that i don't enjoy this type of things(haha), but enough is enough.
Until around the midway of the book, i've only gotten a glimpse of the main plot of the book, which was to save Brin's people. Yep, that's about it for the book so far, the rest are all about their wondrously countless number of sex sessions they have, and still counting. Seriously this book was really pointless and meaningless, i kinda regretted picking it up. It's kind of like a worse version of Jory Strong's novels. Her books are, to put it crudely, are short, simple, and horny. Gift of the Goddess was just horny. Period. And after some time, the horny part wears off and you're left wondering,' why the hell am i reading this pointless pos?' Ugh ok im getting vulgar. Which means its time for me to stop degrading this book. Well it's my view..apparently it has received many 4 and 5 stars reviews, but oh well, not my type.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book is a complete knockout. Wow! Seriously, constant action and passion thru'out the entire book from the first page where Mir...more**spoiler alert** This book is a complete knockout. Wow! Seriously, constant action and passion thru'out the entire book from the first page where Mira was kidnapped(continued right where the previous book left off. "My left knee had been shattered and my right leg was broken. My internal organs were swimming in my own blood, bruised, punctured, and damaged. My jaw felt fractured and my eyes were nearly swollen shut." This is literally the first page, no kidding.), till the last few pages where Mira was decapitating and eradicating one really annoying pain-in-the-ass vamp/nightwalker("My fist punctured his breast plate and went straight to his heart...I screamed in pain and triumph as i wrapped my fingers around his shrivelled heart and slowly pulled it free of his chest."). Whoo! A knockout!
I love the constant thrill and the battles that Mira gets caught up in or starts thru'out the book(and, really, every page has at least half of it splashed with bloody battle scenes - other than that one very short but sweet, passionate and physical part involving Danaus and Mira:X Big spoiler!). Drake managed to keep me clutching onto the book because of her awesome way of illustrating those phenomenal, gruesome fights and skirmishes that is part and parcel of Drake's world of nightwalkers(and other less desirable creatures). Even tho the first 4 books had no romance in it whatsoever, there were little hints and touches of it that would nudge any romance lovers/fans to continue reading - Well, it certainly nudged me, all right(nudged me hardXP)
I love the fact that Mira continues to stay strong and independent(especially in this fight in the end where she enters the "battleground" all alone and managed it like a pimple - cool girl's power!). The problems that she faced, and the whole well of emotions that she feels and bottles up in herself is really overwhelming that it suffocates me as well, but she managed to pent and suck it all up. She is really powerful and is one kick-ass hot womanBD (i sound like a perv:/)
Danaus was rather...ambiguous about his feelins towards Mira initially- even tho it was all rather cleared up in the prequel where it was written in his POV, but well, i kinda pity Mira. His sort-of betrayal was really heart wrenching i wanted to plunge my hand in there and start slapping Danaus upside down to knock some sense into him. Mira's practically throwing herself at him already and yet he still holds onto his stupid doubts that(this is gonna sound REALLY cliche) they weren't meant to be together. L.A.M.E. hahaha
Anyway, Valerio and Stefan were both really prominent characters in this book in the series. Both were Ancients with skills and a bloodlust(and a bit of OCD- what with the need to fold and tuck away their expensive coats before a fight/massacre safely) that was strangely, winningly charming(if there's such a word:/). I've come to know them quite well:). Who knew the cool, calm Stefan had a close female-assistance? And i stress "close" and "female".:)
To sum it up, this is not your average love-triangle-ly vampire novel/series. There wasn't as much love and intimate physical activitie popping up everywhere as most vamp novels would have, and is definitely on for those action-seekers and thrill-seeking fans of the fantasy genre. I absolutely loved this one, the slow building passion between the characters, and this would be the only vamp novel i have read so far that i would recommend to my friends. I seriously cannot wait for the last and final instalment of this series, which is set to be released on June 28, 2011!! Cheers, Drake! For another gruesomely tastey novel:)(less)
Edit (5/30/13): Just reread KISS OF SNOW and I am wondering how in the world did I not fall in love with Hawke and Sienna in my first read. I mean, TH...moreEdit (5/30/13): Just reread KISS OF SNOW and I am wondering how in the world did I not fall in love with Hawke and Sienna in my first read. I mean, THEY'RE AWESOME and Hawke is, let me tell you, one perfect male specimen, right there. With the tortured past, alpha persona, protective nature and silver-gold(even though I imagine him as white)-pelt-hair-ice-blue-eyes (yeah, just had to add that) he has going on for him, and Sienna. She's such an amazing, courageous and beautiful young woman, smart too! I think, like Sascha, she'll make for a really good mate for an alpha, one that gained my respect quite early on in KoS.
The other couple that found their happy ever after (for now, at least) was Lara and Walker. Quite contrasting to the intense, steamy and fast-paced love story that was Hawke and Sienna's, theirs was a more subtle, sweet and tender romance that was as toe-curlingly heartwarming.
The plot and writing were just the right amount of complex and amazing; All that military strategizing and deducing and guessing-games...it really differentiates Singh's novels to other Urban Fantasies-PNRs out there that makes reading her books such a unique and refreshing experience, with equal amounts of the dark-gritty components as with the humor, camaraderie, sense of family and of course, there's her signature writing style of romance. Though there were times when the story scaled just a little too much to the romance than the thriller and the pace got just a teensy bit dull, but hey, who am I to complain? Anyhoo, I'm actually more of a Guild Hunter (if you don't know it yet, this is Singh's amazing other UF/PNR series) fan and not much of a Psy-Changeling fan that I've only read a few installments in this series, but I think KISS OF SNOW has officially amped up the hype for me with regards to the release of HEARTS OF OBSIDIAN this June 4th, just 6 more days away!! I wasn't planning to read it at first, but omg, KoS is just that good.
To sum up this re-review, KoS is as heartwarmingly tender as it is heartbreaking, as complex as it is fast-paced. I loved every heart-pounding moment of it and I'd recommend this series to any Were/UF-PNR/romance fan that doesn't mind a little supernatural and action thrown into the mix.
P.S. Please ignore my very horribly written review below written 2 years ago. (That was close to when I first started writing reviews and when I haven't started capitalizing my "I"s yet.) I'm only not erasing it for memory's sake, so don't read it! It's as spoilery as spoilers get. And I previously rated it between a 4 and 4.5, but that's just unacceptable so I'm gonna up it to a solid 5. :)
First Review: Strangely, this book did not quite live up to my expectations..I would give it a 4.5, but i wouldnt round it up because it fell short on my expectations.
Sienna and Hawke's story was interesting in its own way, but it didnt have that intense pull that great books have that would make me very much obligated to finish the book in one sitting..in fact, i took 3 for this one. Which is definitely unusual for a Nalini Singh's masterpiece.
**OK it's gonna turn really spoil-ery from here on out**
There were 2 love stories in this book, Hawke and Sienna's and Lara and Walker's. Hawke and Sienna's one was definitely wilder and rougher(big surprise-a good one at that), Lara and Walker's a little more hesitant and gentle(but not any less toe-curlingly sweet).
At first it was Hawke who pushed Sienna away, believing in his lonely destiny ever since his tragic mate-to-be died when he was 10. But Sienna managed to goad and bait Hawke into starting the relationship, with much help from Kit and other leopard and wolve friends, and of course her courage and bravery to stand up to someone so dominant. She made him see sense and went all the way to fight for their happiness(ok..cliche much..) But towards the end, it was Sienna who pulled away because of the exponential build up of X-power inside of her that could very well eradicate an entire continent off the map if she reaches this level called synergy. So to protect Hawke and everyone she loves, she ran away. But of course, with a fast-as-hell alpha wolf as her lover, she didnt get very far before Hawke, in wolf form, caught up with her. That was a really..exciting? scene. A really nerve-wrecking moment.
For Lara and Walker, it was Walker who was the obstinate one, apologising after they kissed rather passionately one day. Well, Lara made up her mind to move on and started dating other pack members when Walker got all jealous and started showing off his dominant side. That scene was cute. And so, in the end, because of the dual relationship, Singh didnt get to explore and elaborate the thing between them as much as i think most people would've wanted. But it was all still nice enough, the easing into the relationship a gentle read compared to the rough tanglings with most of her other pairings. haha to say the least.
Oh, and with the love and cupid angels running amok in the air, a war with a few members of the Psy Council was brewing. A big one. I love the fight, especially the one with the sonic explosion that caused the wolves' ears to bleed. wow..
My favourite part: the ending(tho i do like the war and coupling parts tooXP). The part where Hawke lay curled up in Sienna's lap in wolf form and them talking about their pasts, finally opening up to each other..my heart nearly broke..it was uber sweet and endearing.
The funniest part: After Sienna released lots and LOTS of accumulated energy into the web connecting SnowDancer's people and the lieutenants were having their meeting with their alpha pair. I quote:
[“I had sex,” Drew said with a grin. “Lots and lots and lots of sex.”
Indigo threw a balled-up piece of paper at him, but she was grinning. Catching the paper, he said, “Hey, no use in good energy going to waste.” ]
Yep, the book was witty, intense, erotic(never forget that one), and mindblowing(literally.there were alot of bombs in the war that ensued at the end). A definite good read. Maybe i will change the rating to 5...maybe..4.75? oh well:)(less)
"So he held this hunter whose midnight green eyes said she saw him, shadows and all, who touched him as (view spoiler)[Ingrede (hide spoiler)] used to...more"So he held this hunter whose midnight green eyes said she saw him, shadows and all, who touched him as (view spoiler)[Ingrede (hide spoiler)] used to do, who made him imagine an impossible truth, held her so close that she was a part of his very soul."
Usually I give every Guild Hunter novel an immediate and resounding 5 stars. I wasn't the biggest fan of Dmitri...and I still ain't one, but I'm starting to understand him more now. And respect. Wow, he gave his heart to this amazing village woman centuries ago, and even after her very tragic demise, his heart and soul still remained with her. Until now.
Enter Honor, a Guild Hunter who was very recently saved from some crazy vampire. Honor's sanity was on verge of cracking, and only after months of therapy and stuff, she just managed to walk out on her own. But she prefers locking herself up in the Guild library. That is, until a job at the Angel Tower required her expertise and Honor forced herself to meet up with Dmitri. From there, you can probably deduce the rest for yourself. As they spent more time together solving a series of murder cases in which Honor finds out how deadly--and sexy--Dmitri is and Dmitri finding out the side of Honor that made her a hunter in the first place, the courage and innate strength before her unfortunate abduction.
As always, Singh's delivery was AMAZING, and she knew just how to feed us little tidbits about Dmitri's past here and there, which was hard to piece together a complete picture until right at the very end when she gave a final piece and bam, everything just falls into place. And the gradual change in Honor and Dmitri in the end was really heartwarming. Quiiiiiite a typical wounded hero/heroine finding love and healing (that's why I docked off one star), but well, it's Nalini Singh, so naturally it is still in a league of its own.
A dark novel about an inspiring love that heals. A sort of spinoff to the main plot, so it is technically fine to skip this go directly to book 6 which is confirmed to be in Elena's and Raphael's POV where, I'm assuming, the main arc will continue but I have to admit it, now that I have read it, I do feel this bond to Dmitri (and Honor) now that wasn't there. I'll be noticing him more now. ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** As Linda Lael Miller said, this book is "luminously intelligent, beautifully written, a delightful blend of magic and mythos".
This...more**spoiler alert** As Linda Lael Miller said, this book is "luminously intelligent, beautifully written, a delightful blend of magic and mythos".
This book has ensnared me the moment i began with the prologue. Seriously this book is good. Cool classic english:D It can capture the attention of teenager like me and adults with a love for myths and legends, a little action and a mighty lot of love for romance; This book encompasses al my favourite features a book can have. For me, i like books that are set in fictitious worlds(tho this one's not fake...just..well..not here in the present world) with a little romance sprinkled in. If you're like me, you'll love this phenomenon of a book.
To me, Helen's beauty has sort of been the cause of her miseries in her gloriously eventful life. Her beauty and her regal lineage was the reason why her sister, Clytemnestra, and her friends ostrascized and excluded her; Her beauty was the cause of her being kidnapped by Theseus when she was only thirteen(i think..or 14?), which had led to her first heartbreak, and things like that. I can't really remember now that i've finished the book(cause this book is like cramped with so much info, i'm suffering from info-overload:/), but i distinctly had the impression that it caused her a lot of pain.
Anyway, Helen's like hadn't been a breeze at all even in childhood. Her father, King Tyndareus of Sparta, shunned her away because he felt betrayed by Queen Leda for having made love with Zeus when she didn't really have a choice. After which Leda hanged herself when Helen was only eight, and Leda was the only one that cared for her in earnest all her life, and now she was gone. She only had a friend because the rest of hte girls thought her a bastard child, and as i've said, she was kidnapped when she was 13/14, forced to leave Theseus when she was starting to fall in love with him, then forced into an arranged marriage to Menelaus of Mycenae.
I feel so wronged for Helen after reading this book. It gave me this whole new perspective of how the Trojan war had started, something like an alternative history. Many people believe and have thus despised Helen for causing the Trojan War to have ignited, but i don't agree. Helen was a victim of the Fates and the goddess Aphrodite, as much as her lover Paris Alexandros was, and as much as you and i. Helen's whole lofe was filled with so much sufferings and hate, yet all she ever wanted was to marry a man she loved and a happy marriage. Well, after meeting Paris, she finally experienced what true love was, but she couldn't marry him since she was already wife to Menelaus. But after much deliberations, she eloped with Paris. They were really and truly in love. However, stupid and barbaric people like King Agamemnon of Mycenae couldn't be satisfied with what wealth and power he already possessed and had set his eyes on Troy's Hellespont for years, so with the excuse(and i stress the word "EXCUSE") of the pride and honor of his brother, Menelaus, being sullied by Helen's infidelity, he launched an attack on Troy with the entire Aechaen archipelago(i have no idea what you call it actually) backing him up. So you see, it wasn't really Helen's fault. And anyway, way before Helen and Paris' meeting, the latter had this prophetic dream of Aphrodite saying that the most beautiful woman to have walked the earth would one day be his. Yes so i really advocate people to stop blaming Helen for what was not a deed done by her and was probably inevitable with or without her being the catalyst.
Anyhow, aside from all this depressing stuff, Amanda Elyot has just introduced to me a man that will forever be my ideal one- Prince Hector of Troy, beloved first son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba and heir to the Troyan throne. He is really one of the perfect-est man ever. Seriously, he's like the man for every woman. He is the Troyan's greatest and noblest warrior, he is the most devoted and loyal husband of Princess Andromache of Thebes(which is really, really rare as it is a customary practice for men then to have bedded many women), the best, most loving father i have ever heard and seen, the kindest friend and most caring and loving brother. He is perfect. Haha, for me anyway. Though my friends say it isn't right to fall in love with someone who is more than a hundred times older than me and dead, but i know he is very much alive(oh man this is cliche, but i'm gonna say it anyway) in my heart, and he has forever left his legacy in the Trojan War(being the bravest and kindest commander) and in the songs and poems of the bards:) And doesn't the saying goes, love transcends time or sth?haha. Usually in books, girls will like those male characters who are deep, quiet, brooding, reclusive, nice only to the girl he likes, those kind of stuff, well Hector is those fictitious characters come alive:)
Oh i am sort of amazed by how many ways Elyot can put across the word "sex". I can only remember 2 epic ones, one of them only vaguely because there were too many to track of. My favourite one was when Helen and Paris were in the bath right after Paris' and Menelaus' one-on-one combat nine years into the war:"...when i felt the greatest manifestation of his mortality pierce the soft flesh between my thighs...", and once:"...he worshipped my sex...". Cool, right(tho kinda disturbing)?
I was kinda shocked and really sad when Paris died(Big spoiler), especially the part where he was moaning for Oenone, who was his childhood lover, instead of Helen with his last gasps of life. Well, that was just plain tragic for Helen who was there.
Even tho Elyot said in her note that this story isn't real, i do believe that it really did happen. Well, there's the Trojan Horse if you want evidence, the prototype's in Troy now(i have no idea where's the real one). Like the Sky gods of Olympus, they will only exist if people believe in them. I do believe in that Hector, Helen, Paris, etc did roam this earth once and i do also believe that the Trojan War did happen, just like the Oddysey of Odyseus:)(less)
Perfect! Gosh this book was perfect! All the romance, action, suspense, mushy, sly/cunning/mischievous, conflict all balanced perfectly! I loved this...more Perfect! Gosh this book was perfect! All the romance, action, suspense, mushy, sly/cunning/mischievous, conflict all balanced perfectly! I loved this book!! I loved Sascha, i loved Lucas(WOOOOO), i loved the pack, and i loved the cubs!! I cant wait for Kiss of Snow to be released! which is one week from now!!!!!WOOOOO:)(less)
The rating is harsh, but i must say that the reading process was rather painful.
EXCESS inner commentating, a not-so-dominant Were lover, too much focu...moreThe rating is harsh, but i must say that the reading process was rather painful.
EXCESS inner commentating, a not-so-dominant Were lover, too much focus on one single thing- which was the case, and at places too unrealistic.
The fact that her lover, Saul, was passive and a by-stander when she kicked hellbreeds' butts was pissing enough. And with the seriously annoying, braggy inner commentating on Jill's part scrawled over more than half the pages was really pushing it. The final straw was the cases were all so gruesome and repetitive(continued from the first book) that i was immune to it even before i finished half the book. I initially was feeling a little sorry for the victims, but after the what, 10th case i just shut the book and was like ah heck..this is wasting my time. And chugged it aside. For weeks. I even renewed my library loan and couldn't finish it on time cause i was seriously getting bored of it. And weeks later, i sit here writing this review cause i was reluctant to even think about it before.
I'll give you the quick gloss over till the part i stopped(as much as i can remember anyway): She was tracking a hellbreed, or meeting one, and fought(with a lot of lame comments in her head again). Then went to Saul who was smoking cigar in the car. Jill gave him some commands(yes, SHE gave HIM commands and he didnt even show bristle with irritation or sth..ANYTHING.) and they drove off. No lovey dovey parts to soften the grim and emo world she lives in. She gets case after case after case from her police contact. After case. All of the bodies left along roadsides, all bloodied beyond recognition, but most of them miraculously having one fingerprint undamaged on that one finger pad for ID-ing. Well that's convenient. And i ended when things started to get interesting(just i minor spark of the brewing plot, but still boring to me)- the church was hiding something from their protector, which was her. She got pissed, almost hit the priest and left. Yep, i stopped there.
I liked Saintcrow's Strange Angels series, but this one fell REALLY flat in comparison. Tho her habit of excess inner commentating was omnipresent, the plot pretty much saved everything. But this...is just...sigh..
I dont know, i've got nothing nice to say so i'll just stop here. When i remember something then i'll update this review. If not, i'll end off with: I am NOT going to continue reading this series.Period.(less)
wow, after reading more than half of this book, i still cant remember the protagonist's name..wait let me refer to the book...(ok maybe it's because i...morewow, after reading more than half of this book, i still cant remember the protagonist's name..wait let me refer to the book...(ok maybe it's because i havent touched it in a few days but still..)
oh yes, Merinus is a journalist whose family of journalists are intent to save a man called Callan Lyons who was being hunted down by the Council, which is like a ruling government body(i think). Callan is an experiment of sorts, you see, of the Council's to merge the DNAs of an animal and human, and Callan ran away because he wanted to have a life where he could decide which underwear he wore. Merinus and her family, consisting of her father and what..7 brothers?, thinks that by letting the general masses know of the half-animals' existence, they can garner some support from them and effectively protect Callan and any of the surviving experiments from the nasty plans of the Council. Callan thinks its a stupid and naive idea and tells her to go f*ck herself(ok not direct quote). But he did quite soon after, cause apparently both their i dont what(genes? DNA? gamete types? cant remember)matched and so some chemical reaction's started occuring within them which they call the "mating frenzy", and so both of them cant seem to stop lusting over each other. I stopped where they FINALLY could stop having sex and get a grip, but just then the Council's people busted in and wanted to take Merinus away to do some experimenting on her after they've heard that Callan and her have successfully gone into the mating frenzy thing.
Well, this book has been just about one thing - sex. Yeah, violent ones. I didnt feel the connection between the two protagonists, the relationship wasnt well developed at all, and honestly at times i feel like there is so much hostility and tension between them, and a lot of times, Callan doesnt even respect Merinus. What kind of a joke is this? Sure he's not in his most stable of mental times what with the mating frenzy and all, but this just aint right.
Merinus is too stubborn and immature at times(dont get me wrong, i like headstrong and dominant females, but when it's overly so, then its a no-go for me), and Callan is also tipping onto the overly dominant side that they clash very often - which is where that tension came and builds from. And all this clashing, friction and not-very-nice feelings towards each other didnt even deter them from satiating their needs for each other like twice or thrice every day. And after those hard fucking sessions(and i stress on the 's' at the end of sessionSSS), they get back to their quarrelling. Maybe their need for each other are out of their hands, but i just think that the focus on the book is totally wrong and off-kilter that the effect rebounded and backlashed that it more than ticked me more often than not. And it made the reading process VERY laborious.
The SUPPOSED main plot of the book, which is about the bad ruling government body the Council re-capturing Callan and taking Merinus along with him for experimentation purposes, was only developed in the first few pages of the book and the last few tens or so pages, which is so insufficient for the real building of the climax. The content was dry and appallingly...tasteless? Y'know when a book is good, it's juicy? so just flip it around and get the antonym and you get tasteless:)
The book was uninteresting and it is clearly(for me at least)not worth your time. But if you just want a good, horny time and read,you can try this, even tho i know of a lot of eroticas that are better than this because the ones in this one are lacking in chemistry and left me feeling a little dirty instead of satisfied in the end.(less)
Yara was all set and ready to ascend the throne. Cyn has gathered and amassed an entire nation ready to r...moreIn a world where the female population ruled,
Yara was all set and ready to ascend the throne. Cyn has gathered and amassed an entire nation ready to rebel against the Grand Sister, the Matriach, and the Elite.
When Cyn "kidnaps" Yara, she was forced to see the ugly side of her beloved Azra; Being sold to the flesh traders and all that. And when it was time to choose sides, she chose him, and conveniently for the greater good of Azra.
Yara's journey towards the great realization that not every part of Azra was ruled as justly and orderly as she was taught in Training was fraught with a lot of doubts, but there was the humor bits that leveled the seriousness. All those snark comments from the cold Yara was funny in a serious way, haha, if that even makes sense. She is a good fighter, and she lives up to her regal bloodline of Yarine the Just(if i remember her name correctly..which i dont think i did..oh well). But under all that, she is rather naive and soft(in a good way), which made her rely on Cyn a lot in the outside world(universe in this case) and ultimately falling in love with him in the end.
Cyn is a headstrong, INCREDIBLY witty, protective, selfless, heartwarming, loving, brainy man. He is awesome. He leads the rebellion like a true leader, he talks like a charmer, he loves so swoon-worthy-ly, and yeah the list goes on.
The Grand Sister(or the Grand Bitch, as Cyn calls her), was plenty wicked. I mean, this is one of those books where they portray the real ugliness of the baddies of humankind with less reservations. And her ending was WOO! COOL! READ THAT PART!! She had more than what..20 knives thrown into her!
The ending was kind of weird..but still very satisfactory. It ended without the war that seemed so inevitable. The final fight was wicked, i totally loved it. It lasted long enough for my violent side to be sated enough:)
Overall: The fighting bits were vivid, suspenseful and i totally fell in love with both of them when they fought. The lovey dovey part wasn't overly mushy and excessive.
The thing about Sci-fi is, once you've read one of them, you've probably already read them all. Not to say t...moreOriginally posted on A Bookalicious Story.
The thing about Sci-fi is, once you've read one of them, you've probably already read them all. Not to say that I don't like them, it's just that it gets old. But Granger is a fantastic author, for that I do commend her.
I've actually took 5 months to read this book. I got bored in the middle portion and chucked it aside for 4.5 months, so I can't give an accurate synopsis, and I think the one above pretty much summarises the whole thing. Cyani's an Elite officer for the cold, established planet of Azra, and she is on a mission on this other planet. Over there, her scout (Vicca, the mini fox - or something else that's small) and her discovered a tortured and chained Byralen. The Elite was formed to uphold justice, and being a true blue Elite, she frees him and tries to sneak him off the planet.
Byralens are a race who cannot survive long without their mates - something to do with their hormones and stuff? I don't know, it wasn't explained, but it seemed like a sort of sexual stimulation that they'd die without. Lol. Anyway, so Cyani's secret mission? To get Soren, said captured Byralen, back to his home planet fast for him to find a mate. Or somewhere along those lines. All I can remember is that she has to get him home, fast, but he doesn't have a mate at home yet, so I don't know why Cyani's gotta rush him home. Along the way multiple problems arise; For one, the current matriach of Azra wants Soren for her own psychotic reason, so she has to steer clear of the Elites (problem 1). Two, there's the problem of transport, no ship = trapped on some godforsaken planet. Three, Cyani's starting to fall for Soren, but when she gets Soren back, her mission's complete and she has to return to Azra. It's her duty, but can she leave Soren for good when the time comes for them to say goodbye?
Lol, ok, that was pretty obvious, but oh well. I'm not a big fan of the ferrying by space ships from planet to planet. I don't know why, but the setting just doesn't appeal to me. And the challenges faced by the protagonists are not what I'd consider original, so I gave it a meager 3 stars. But, I did enjoy the ending and the constant action and a sorta suspense hanging around in the periphery. Just when I thought it will be a happy ending already, something happens and I would be so shocked and curious I'd tear thru the pages to read what happens. And I was already at the last few pages!
I loved the whole cast. Cyani, who was brave, sweet, and just so lovable; Soren who was protective and so romantic. Even Cyani's brother who appeared around the three-quarters mark. He is such an enigma, in a good way. He is super smart, super badass, and super infuriating! He could fight better than anyone, he could be so sarcastic (and witty), but he does care about Cyani's welfare and happiness. I know he's going to find his happiness in the next book, BEYOND THE SHADOWS, because I'm reading this series/duology backwards. Haha, the second book's synopsis appealed more, so I went ahead with it first.
But anyway, the entire cast in BEYOND THE RAIN was superb, and I rooted for them all the way. The plot was cool, but as I've said, is still a very typical sci-fi one. So if you're a fan of Sci-fi-plus-a-little-heartwrenching-romance (lol, I realised that "little" and "heartwrenching" are contradictory, but really, Granger only focused on the romance at the end, but it was very well done, and very, very heartwarming), you might want to try this one out.(less)
This book was a pure whine-fest. The plot was horrendously predictable, and the heroine is a major whiner, and a B with an ITCH. Seriously, what the h...moreThis book was a pure whine-fest. The plot was horrendously predictable, and the heroine is a major whiner, and a B with an ITCH. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with her? She's like those anorexic, cheerleader whiner-babies that is totally unsatisfied with her life. And don't get me started on the male protagonist. He was an emotional wreck when he saw her, all "i should kill you but i cant cause i get all tingly with this insta-love shit that i still dont want to acknowledge is love thing". Dont get me wrong, im more than fine with insta-loves(what's not to love and all right?), but you've got to build and elaborate it, not just go straight into the face sucking. And so it was downright draggy and uneventful that i stopped reading quite soon after i picked the book up.
Here's how far i got: Darius shed any and all emotions he might have had way back ago after seeing his family get killed and having had his first kill(who was a totally innocent person who just so happen to have stumbled upon the entrance to Atlantis). Grace is a starved, lost girl in the Amazon jungle with a rifle in hand, and who has no qualms using it whatsoever(really? yeah because you go around shooting guys in their asses everyday in your very unfulfilling life like you just did earlier in the book right? totally understandable). She isnt happy with her life(have i said that already?), and is out being an adrenaline junkie when her tour guide, of sorts, bolted on her, taking with him all her supplies including food and the makeshift shelter. She stumbles upon this whole bunch of human-like apes which is a rip off of the funny baboon scene in Tarzan, and all of a sudden, this weird dragon necklace that her brother gave her started glowing and tugging her to this cave. She wandered further into the cave and got transported to Atlantis where she meets Darius at the cave entrance/exit. Both of them gets these lusty feelings INSTANTLY and omg..Yeah and so Darius managed to bring her to his private chambers in his palace(yes he is the king of the palace) and they knocked it off with lots of french kissing.
I stopped there. Cause it was filled in between with SOO much inner whining and draggy parts that i literally rolled my eyes(and i dont do that often cause i have a manly rep to protect ok..)and closed the book and was like, ah f*ck..this is a hell of a disappointment(sorry for the language. I think long term reading Hellion's reviews and the f word is flowing out of me like nobody's business). Because i had such high expections for this book which had an effing lot of plot potential. And i say effing lot cause apparently im a sucker for cool, reclusive, high-flying/status guys who fall for that one special, mortal girl with spirit. And Showalter is a rather renowned author with a hell lot of books to decorate her biography(ok awkward phrasing, but you get what i mean).
The female protagonist, Grace Carlyle, isnt endearing, at all. She's really like a crazy, wild and unappreciative brat who keeps getting into trouble and looking for hot sex(yes it was explicitly stated), and i dont get the lovey dovey chemistry that should be there(and this love or lust at first sight is hardly an acceptable excuse), like in Firelight by Sophie Jordan, that one i loved, and craved for more, but this one is just pushing it.
The male protagonist was ok...........weird, cool, but not ideal(maybe my impression was sullen-ed from all those repetitive "should i?but i shouldnt..Should i?but i shouldnt..SHOULD I?" oh god just effing make a freaking decision. My first impression of him wasnt bad tho..it just went down a steady steep decline as i progressed further into the book. but just freaking MOVE ON, dude. i should too..sigh.) There werent many side characters other than Darius' underlings. But they didnt really shine all that much..And especially with their rebellious, disrespectful attitude, it totally destroyed Darius' image as a commanding and well-respected king.
To sum it all up and tho i cant help repeating myself: Whiny. Draggy. Uneventful. Disliked female protagonist. Unendearing male protagonist(maybe just a little huh, not so unendearing). Not much plot building. Not much chemistry in the relationship. Appallingly predictable plot. Bad book. Did not even reach a quarter of the book. Painful reading process. And i repeat PAINFUL.(less)
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Can I just say that the cover is smoking! By gods, just look at it! Smoking, I t...moreThis review was originally posted on abookaliciousstory.blogspot.com .
Can I just say that the cover is smoking! By gods, just look at it! Smoking, I tell 'ya. What's more, it has a story to match it. And even more, it has an entire to-die-for cast. Hey, what more can a girl ask for?
Well, let's see. Mairin Stuart is the bastard child of the previous King of Scotland's, and to prevent his child from being looked upon as an outcast and to secure her future, he bequeathed her a dowry that would make any man pee in his pants - Neamh Álainn. Lol, it'll probably make no sense to you, but it is land and supplies, times as many zeroes as you can ever imagine. At least that was what I gathered.. Anyway.
Because of this, Mairin is wary of any suitors and has been in hiding at this abbey in the lowlands since (if my memory doesn't fail me) the age of eleven. Everyday she prays that the infamously bloodthirsty and scheming Laird Duncan Cameron do not find her, and that she would one day meet a man that would love and cherish her, her and not the dowry that was her birthright. That man has to be strong and capable to protect her and their children from any who has set their sights on Neamh Álainn.
So, that's where our dear male protagonist comes into the story. Ewan McCabe, Laird of the McCabe clan in the highlands. After much adversities, Mairin somehow came under the care and protection of Ewan. But all is not well in the McCabe clan, and after Ewan hears of her true identity, he sets forth to wed her.
However, there's more to this novel than fancy romances and sexy highlanders (and boy, are they a sight to behold), much deception and betrayals come into play. For one, war is nigh with Cameron, and the McCabe clan still has much to do to restore and repair from the attack they suffered from Cameron eight years ago where their numbers and home were nearly entirely decimated. For two, Cameron is hell bent on taking Neamh Álainn as his own, and to do that is to consummate a marriage with and impregnate Mairin. And the acting King of Scotland is not on the McCabe's side..
Ms Banks, I'm sorry that my summary does not do your book any justice, but at least I'd tried!
But man, this book is good!
Mairin is a headstrong and independent woman, confident, disobedient (you should see how Ewan reacts whenever she disobeys his direct command. Hee-larious), compassionate, loyal, innocent, sweet, yeah and whatever. When she became mistress of the McCabe clan, she wanted to fulfil her duties as mistress, but she causes chaos wherever she goes! And it was real amusing how Ewan "bellows" (Mairin complains that Ewan likes to bellow overly much. LOL, in his face no less!) at her and has to do some damage control. But it isn't her fault, she's lived in an abbey for the most part of her childhood! But sometimes, her obstinacy and over-confidence sometimes irks me. But other than that, she's absolutely adorable and a perfect heroine.
Ewan. HAH, Ewan Ewan Ewan. You are a darling! He was such a hulking and terrifying man that Mairin kept backing up when they first met. He fights like a freaking warrior god, looks like a freaking underwear model with a photoshop-ed body, and has a freaking alpha possessive attitude when it comes to Mairin that I swear to whoever's listening, is worth a whole swoon-tastic day! Oh man, I want it to forever stay in his and Mairin's POV. They are just too sweet together. (You should see their coition scenes. Wow.)
The pace was fast, and towards the end, it was supersonic! It was so eventful, so amazingly filled with plot twists and turns, I could hardly stop to (I would say take a breath, but since I'm reading) rest my eyes! Every page was much more intriguing and suspenseful than the last, and when it started building up to the climax, my palms literally had cold sweat forming. Seriously engrossing and captivating.
This is my very first Maya Banks and highlander novel, and I'm sad to see how very much I was missing out on. I would definitely try out more of this genre, but I have to say that I am still a YA devotee.:D (But the book is seriously good, seriously. You have GOT to try it.)
When I first saw the excerpt of In Bed with a Highlander on Nalini Singh's blog, I was immediately enraptured and enthralled. And now, I think it is safe to say that Banks surely is one of those talented writers that can ensnare you with her writing. Two thumbs up!(less)
It all started out in Dare Macintosh's POV. Dare was out saving this girl from being sold to flesh traders(again), but this time was to save a good bu...moreIt all started out in Dare Macintosh's POV. Dare was out saving this girl from being sold to flesh traders(again), but this time was to save a good bud's sister, plus this time, he had to take up responsibilty for one captive who was more than a little unique, and hot(curvy's actually a much better word). Anyway, after having herself nursed back to health both physically and mentally(with lots of help from Dare), Molly hired Dare(who's some sort of a philanthropic mercenary) to help her find who her captors were and why did they take her since every evidence points toward someone specifically wanting her to be kidnapped. So the main story going on is about them uncovering the mastermind. Along the way, both Dare and Molly started being attracted to each other, slowly but steadily; Dare to her courage and honest character, Molly to his undeniable manliness, alpha attitude and unrivalled honor(ooh hubba hubba).
Molly: She, was kinda unnatural. I dont know...She was too calm and collected after Dare saved her from 9 torturous days of captivity, and that itself already is unthinkable and would've caused most people their sanity. I mean 9 days? Come on man, at least give us some hysteria, but no, she was plenty lucid and polite. Not the normal politeness, but the 18th century formal pleasantries infused with the many "if you might, could you...". Ok...weird. I even thought that she had some special ancestor's blood in her that could explain it. And when they finally got down and dirty, she was a little demanding and alpha-like in some ways. Yeah in bed. I mean, why? I get some peeps of the female race likes to be the dominant one, but one who's small and had gone thru an adversity so trying is just not normal. I mean if you're that confident now, how ginormous was your ego before the incident? Correct me if my logic is wrong, but i really think that it was plenty unnatural. To sugarcoat her personality is to say that it is unique, but to put it plainly, it is weird. Oh but i have to give her credit for being really smart; it was very cool how she could amaze Dare(and me) with her observant and logical self, it's just plain awesome, and that's why i do like her:)
Dare: Wow. Awesome kickass attitude. Plenty alpha dominance and protectiveness. Hot male flesh and hot bod(just look at the book cover..It's totally swoon-worthy!). Honorable. Master of combat. Perfect. Ideal. MINE(joking.........he's molly's..sigh. But i do think they're a good match).
Supporting characters, mainly Chris(gay and butler for Dare) and Dare's girls(bitches - as in real female dogs. 2 of em), were cute and they really added humor to every scene that they graced. Chris was a real charmer. He was plenty sarcastic and downright hilarious, which made me smile and burst out laughing more than once. Tai and Sargie, passive and impassive, both kept vouching for Dare and Molly's attention and were very obedient. They were adorable:)
For the romance part, i must say i am very satisfied. Foster took it slow and developed their feelings really well. She waited it out nice and slowly, and it worked out damn fine. I ached for them, felt for them, and were really happy for them at the end, albeit a little heartbroken that the journey ended there. They're relationship is really one to go down in history. It was funny, it was toe-curlingly sweet, and the best part was, they really respected and loved each other so much.
Another plus point is that Foster doesnt drag things to fill up the word count. She makes the story run smoothly and never in the whole process of reading was it uneventful. Some people would almost definitely think the ending too rushed, but when i thought about it, any other way would just be boring and would ultimately killed another one of the four stars im giving it. I loved it. I loved the constant heart-pumping action and grueling challenges that plagued the protagonists, the wicked cool logic of some parts, and the great twist in the end that really wrapped everything up nicely in a million dollar bow(haha im not making sense again, am i?).
All in all, a truly suspenseful thriller cum romance novel, and definitely worthy of a five stars rating.(It's just some parts that i thought was a little off for me, so i took one star away:/)
PS. What kind of a name is Molly? She sounds like some ancient barbie doll with a poofy, afro style hairdo, not the brave, intelligent woman she is.(less)
It is the year 1793, and the war between the revolutionaries and the very sadly outnumbered counter-revolutionaries rages on.
Françoise Despres has bee...moreIt is the year 1793, and the war between the revolutionaries and the very sadly outnumbered counter-revolutionaries rages on.
Françoise Despres has been thru one tragedy after another in quick succession. First, it was the death of her parents(who were minor noblemen) under the hands of street scums who are against aristocrats when she was four. She and her two elder brothers were adopted by her uncle who was a priest living in a church. Then came the deaths of her uncle and brothers by some pro-revolutionary mob, of which comprised of non-God-fearing men who stripped down the church of its possessions,at the same time tearing down the only place Françoise had called home in a long time. Yep, that was the last straw. When Renee, one of the most venerated soldiers in the counter-revolutionary army, rushed into the church and saved her terrified little ass. That was when she entered the counter-revolutionary army folds and became one o their top master spies.
Colonel Sebestian de Brézé is one of the most accomplished, bravest, and most compassionate soldier in the French revolution army(not to mention handsome, tall, skilled, and very sexy. yum, haha). Due to some "upstairs" political reason, his general, General Hoche, sent him around the country to round up insurgents and spies.
Sebestian corners Françoise in the misty forests of the Vendée one day, and there starts our protagonists' journey towards learning each other, accepting each other, and ultimately to fall for one another(badly).
Their love story wasnt a smooth one, oh no, it was terribly fraught with perils, both mortal and on the emotional level. For one, both of them are on the opposite sides of the war, and it was Sebestian's duty to bring Françoise to justice. They had to be wary of each other, constantly trying to see thru the other's lies.
When people found out about their feelings for each other, there came the betrayals and hardship for both our protagonists. So yep, there's the main problem to solve in the book laid out for you: how can these two headstrong enemies become a couple with both sides of the war hammering down on them, thinking both of them disloyal to each side of the cause?
The synopsis and book cover are deinitely winners. The beginning was captivating. But the ending was....disappointing.
Brown started the book by describing the dense Vendean forests where first our protagonists met. You've gotta admit, it was enchanting. I loved it. The chase was very original. Haha, no words to describe it. Françoise tried vaulting over a river but hit her head on a brach so Sebestian had to jump in to save her. Yes, the enemy saved her. That alone says a lot on our dear male protagonist already. He is utterly endearing and adorable. And it tells of a daring heroine who is definitely more than just a pretty little nobleman's daughter in frills and laces.
The brutality of the plots and schemes and the complexity of the political games makes the whole story even more believable. Françoise's people betrayed her to the revolutionaries, thinking her loyalty has already wavered after being seen with a "revolutionary scum" and that being neutralized now would be the best plan. She got captured and severely brutalized(she lost her vision in one of her eyes..yeah, that's how bad it got). It's good that Brown didnt hold anything back, cause it would just get impractical and all. Not only did the betrayal card play on Françoise, Sebestian was also betrayed by General Hoche, his long revered and respected idol. Ok, that was a big spoiler...wasnt it?
The romance part of it all started out nice and slowly. I really liked it that she didnt rush things thru, taking her time to fully develop the character's feelings for each other amidst the tumultous times. They were so sweet together. Oh man, such darlings! The way Brown set this relatonship in the beautiful French(the language of love, ma cheries!)-what do you call them..counties?-counties, creates an image in my head so beautiful that i just want to sink in and soak up all the love! haha, ok back to the story. It's also good that Brown didnt dwell too much on the sex part in the book(they only had it once), which contrasts to all those other books that make sex a vital role in relationships(i wonder why). It makes their love all the more sweet and romantic:)
I've said that Brown dragged out the romance nice and steadily right? It got real intense when they finally admitted their feelings for each other(that's where they made love..whoo.that was reeeaaal hot), but Brown just HAD to make the ending anti-climatical. It was like, building up the sexual tension..build..build...build, EXPLODE!! Then, ok im satisfied, bye bye. What, in the name of mine, is that? why why why why why?? When they got together, i literally sighed in happiness for them! Then came the Sebestian's departure for the next war. WHAT?! yeah that's the end. This reminds me of Odysseus. He had to go to this war which lasted for 10 years unwillingly, then had to sail thru hell another 10 years to return home. At least he had a happy ending. WHAT IS THIS?!?! I demand an enovella to explain what happened later!!:(( I hate separations, especially if it's at the end. It makes me so sad!! And i could really feel my heart constrict when Sebestian rode off to war. sigh..
Ok, now the ending. It was abrupt and awkward. Brown rushed thru it and left a lot of things unexplained. For example, she didnt mention how Françoise saved Sebestian's brother from capture; she didnt explain how the war ended; she didnt explain how General Hoche(good guy turned bad) and his partner-in-crime Robbespierre got into jail. It just kind of pops out on you and suddenly the The End's just there in the next page.
This is a fact-based novel. It seemed that many things listed and all really did happen in history, but it never got boring like it does in history lessons.
Overall comments: An intriguing plot. Witty, thrilling, captivating and non-stop action. The scenic descriptions was beautiful, the entirety of it was heartbreaking(did i phrase things right?sounds weird..but oh well). It was altogether really eventful, but the excitement and all dwindled down slowly. Still, i liked it, but because of the loopholes and unsatisfactory ending, i gave it a 3.5. If Brown could've encompassed a wider and more wholesome plot, i would've gladly gave it a 5.(less)
As always, Nalini Singh comes back to tease us with more unconditional love and hot sex scenes! Oh man, this...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
As always, Nalini Singh comes back to tease us with more unconditional love and hot sex scenes! Oh man, this is so wrong on so many levels for someone my age, but sigh. I have always loved Singh's writing, and it was no different in LORD OF THE ABYSS.
Liliana is the ugly daughter of the infamous, powerful and ruthless Blood Sorcerer, the one who murdered the previous King and Queen of Elden who were peaceful, just people, the one who caused 4 children to be orphaned. The Queen, using the last of her life's force, scattered her children to the corners of the realm where the Blood Sorcerer would not be able to find them. The youngest of the 4, Micah, who was but a babe of 5 years, ended up in the lower floors of the Abyss's castle, and a few years later took the helm as Lord of the Black Castle, and Guardian of the Abyss.
The Castle held within it the gateway to the Abyss, where the servants of evil were banished after death to suffer eternal torment at the hands of the basilisks and the serpents. Technically, our equivalent of hell, and Micah was its Guardian, the one who would hunt those shadowed beings of evil and thrust them into the Abyss. And that was where Liliana was headed. To find the Lord of the Black Castle, the youngest heir of Elden, and a crucial member to save Elden from the evil clutches of her father.
Liliana's plan? To infiltrate the castle, get to Micah, and help him remember a past that he cannot recall, and get him to Elden by the midnight in a few days time to defeat her infallible father. Her job's tough enough as it is, and the longer she stays at the castle, the harder it gets. As the more time she gets to spend with Micah who doesn't only see her flawed exterior, but to the true woman inside, the more he gets under her skin, and gradually to her heart. But how can she allow this to happen, when the only way she can kill her father is through a killing spell which would require a sacrifice - her.
I thought that the collaboration between four authors idea - Gena Showalter with book one, Lord of the Vampires, Jill Monroe with book two, Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows, #2), Jessica Andersen with book three, Lord of the Wolfyn, and Nalini Singh with book four, LORD OF THE ABYSS - for this series was ingenious, really. But I've started out with Singh's masterpiece first, since I am a die-hard fan of ANY and every of her books. Yep, she is that good, no matter how many times my sister says otherwise. (Curse you, sista! Lol, kidding. I'm above that.)
LORD OF THE ABYSS started out with a brisk pace, throwing Liliana right into the midst of the throne room in the Black Castle. So the suspense and thrill level has always been on the up high. And from there, it never got boring.
I was a little miffed that the heroine was ugly, deformed, and just very flawed on the outside. Yes, yes, I am one of those who loves her heroine pretty and badass. What can I say? Cliches are cliches for a reason. Micah's reaction to her was very lukewarm too initially, which was only natural. I wouldn't put it past many authors nowadays in the PNR-UF line to make an instantaneous and revolting connection between the protagonists. So again, I applaud Singh for her pragmatism which ultimately made the book more believable. But as the story progressed, and Micah and Liliana got to know each other better, the romance that developed was so sweet! The way Micah behaved around Liliana made her forget about her imperfections... Made me forget her imperfections. He made her feel hot and beautiful. All that and both personas' basal characters held firm. Bravo, Nalini. Bravo.
Liliana, though flawed and with a low self-esteem, had a heart so pure and compassionate. I loved her, and Micah (who wouldn't?). They were just too cute together, especially since Micah's never been around courting couples and as such, he is, in a way, very child-like when it comes to wooing Liliana. He's very honest about his feelings, very straightfoward and explicit in showing what he wants. He loves to tease Liliana as well, oh those parts I like! Example:
“I beg you don’t forget that, or I might forget which is the salt and which the chili.”
Ignoring her threat, he waved her forward. “Pour me more chocolate—” the order of an emperor to his con-cubine “—then you may go and bathe.”
She really wanted to smash the teapot over his head, but she poured the luscious liquid into his cup, watched his eyes glaze over for an instant as his mind tried to drag him into the past. It was the truth she’d told. She hadn’t ensorcelled either the cinnamon or the chocolate—but some sensual memories were strong enough to act as spells on their own. “Now, may I go?”
“My lord,” he said, licking out his tongue to capture a drop of chocolate on his lip.
Her entire body hummed. “What?”
“You forgot to add ‘my lord.’”
She grit her teeth and put down the teapot with extreme care. “May I go, my lord? ”
He took a sip of his chocolate, paused for a second.
Ahahaha, I love you, Micah. All the taunting and teasing...They are really so adorable together. There is a lot of affection between them that made reading it such a joy. The sexual tension's a killer too. It got so intense that I cracked my finger bones unknowingly while clenching my fist too tight. Oh, and one more thing about him - he REALLY knows how to make a woman blush. That is all.
The plot's a little fantasy-like with the usual Paranormal Romance touch. But I daresay it bordered on being an Erotica. There were quite a number of explicit sex scenes in here! Not that I'm complaining, but it did slow down the plot. Upped the sexiness, but debilitated the action.
All in all, I did like this book. A lot. I loved the action, the romance, the suspense, the characters... Everything! People said that there wasn't that feel of finality in LORD OF THE ABYSS, and they blame it on having different authors write each book in the series, but I thought it was there, just not talked about too in-depthly. The three siblings were mentioned and given minor roles in the final chapters of book four, so I guess it still constitutes as a wrap-up. The epilogue's mainly about Liliana and Micah, which is fine by me since I haven't read the first three books yet. Think I'll try book one to three soon!
*Egalley courtesy of Netgalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.*(less)
*4.5 stars* One of the best Urban Fantasies I have ever read. I loved everything about UNCHAINED - the cast of characters, even the traitor, the humor...more*4.5 stars* One of the best Urban Fantasies I have ever read. I loved everything about UNCHAINED - the cast of characters, even the traitor, the humor (no one can really pass off snark like J. Lynn, huh. Though Lily is uncannily like Alex from Lynn's YA series, Covenant, in this aspect), the betrayals, the action, the romance... The romance incited all kinds of fuzzy a romance-junky could ever want - toe-curling, heartwarming, panties-combusting, and a very well-done heartbreaking scene that had my heart squeezing when there was trouble for Lily and Julian.
A one-sitting favorite! Recommended, recommended, recommended!