The story itself wasn't bad, it definitely falls into the category of erotic romance with wonderfully flawed characters and a decent plot, but I'm mos...moreThe story itself wasn't bad, it definitely falls into the category of erotic romance with wonderfully flawed characters and a decent plot, but I'm mostly writing this review because I think it needs to be said that if you're going to give a character a history especially one as important as Marine you should at least understand the basics of what it means to have been a Marine. First and most importantly it's a title, therefore it's disrespectful to the people who worked damn hard to earn that title to repeatedly not capitalize that title. Second of all I've never met a Marine who appreciated being referred to as a soldier. Yes I get that all military personnel are at their most basic soldiers, but people in the Army are the ones that mostly answer to that title. Marines are referred to as Marines. Being a Marine is more than just learning how to fight for your country it's a code of honor, a way of life. It's so much more than just being a soldier, if you're going to make a character in your novel a Marine you should both understand and respect that. Additionally the motto is not "Once a soldier, always a soldier." as it's written in this book It's Once a Marine, Always A Marine and it refers to a whole hell of a lot more than just being a soldier. It refers to a lifestyle, it refers to living your life with honor, courage and commitment beyond just your time in service. It's the inherit loyalty you learn in the Corps that stands behind the reason that even when you leave the Corps behind you're a part of it. On top of that the Marine Corps motto may be Semper Fidelis, but they don't teach Latin to Marines as a part of their training. If your character understands more in Latin than Always Faithful, it's because he learned it elsewhere. And finally base bunnies for the most part wouldn't know the difference between a medal and a chevron. Wives would know but unless they have military knowledge they wouldn't know until after they formed a relationship. The girls the author refers to so derisively for the most part are just turned on by the title of Marine and half of them can't tell a Captain from a Private. If you're going to have your character be something take the time to at least know the basics before throwing it into the book as something repeated gratingly and insultingly over and over again incorrectly. Ever member of every service has their own quirks, their own traditions and hang ups. The Marine Corps especially, most of them are cocky and conceited and proud and that have a RIGHT to be. They have the longest boot camp of any service, something that challenges not only the body, but the mind. And it's a title that's harder than hell to live up to in a time of peace, but during a time of war and conflict like we've had in the last decades it's got to be a hundred, no a million times more so. Respect that. The errors in the Marine Corps here are in my opinion insulting and disrespectful and are the main cause of my lower rating. For what it was meant to be it wasn't a bad story, but that part of it, well if it weren't such an interesting story I'd have probably thrown my ereader it made me that angry. (less)
The idea and plot behind this novel were great, it's a nice lighthearted read, however it really could have used a better editor and some serious copy...moreThe idea and plot behind this novel were great, it's a nice lighthearted read, however it really could have used a better editor and some serious copy editing. The dialog was unrealistic, stilted and just not believable speech for real people. There were more than a few typos in the kindle version of this novel which yeah I know I'm one to talk about typos, but I'm just an average person voicing her opinion free of charge, I'm not a writer who's charging you money to read her words. Since readers are paying for the words on those pages, the least I think that could be done would be making sure typos, and bad paragraphing are corrected before public consumption. Some of the sections didn't really flow right, meaning when you read you shouldn't have to stop and think what is the writer trying to say here, it shouldn't be words on a page, it should be a story in your mind and I found myself stopping to reread sections to try to grasp what the writer was trying to say more than once. However I can also say this book had me laughing out loud often and was as funny as promised. Some of the comedic scenes are a bit far fetched but when the protagonist find themselves super glued to each other it's hard not to laugh even if the scenario isn't all that realistic. There were parts of the books that weren't really necessary and made the plot drag a bit as well, which leads me back to a good story that really needed a proper editor to trim and correct where corrections were needed. Overall a good book, but not a great one.(less)
The title and appearance of this particular novel gives the appearance that it's something that it isn't. Lately I've been in the mood to read silly...more The title and appearance of this particular novel gives the appearance that it's something that it isn't. Lately I've been in the mood to read silly contemporary romances preferably leaning toward young adult genre so far removed from real life that their whole purpose is to make you smile. The young adult factor makes it more so because a teen protagonist feels things at a much more exaggerated spectrum than an adult protagonist would. There's nothing heavy about this sort of book and sometimes that's the perfect sort of book for escapism because it's just realistic enough to not feel like fiction but is the ultimate happily ever after. When looking for a book that's meant to be nothing but a mood upper such as this one finding one where a movie star falls for a normal girl fits the bill. In fact it fits the bill so well it doesn't get much sillier. So when I bought this book that's what I was looking for. The cover screams silly unrealistic romance. The thing is in a way it is, but really it isn't that at all. It wasn't what I was looking for at all but the first person narrative from Chloe's point of view had me hooked from the very first page.
The book and the series in general fall more into the lines of romantic suspense or mystery with silly undertones than they do into your typical Cinderella romance. Tippetts presents a broken heroine that is the sort of broken where she doesn't truly realize she's broken. As it's a first person narrative we don't get insight into what the other person is thinking or feeling about her and in the beginning it's not even completely clear who the opposite side of this romantic pair will be. The protagonist is in her early twenties and if anything is the opposite of an emotionally exaggerated teen, her emotions are kind of stilted to the point she doesn't completely recognize them most of the time. She doesn't really understand people or their motives and she doesn't really understand herself either. If what Tippetts was shooting for was a romance the book should have ended when Chloe came to the conclusion that she was truly in love with Jason and then took the necessary steps to get him back. It should have ended with a kiss over ice cream where the two romantic leads declared their love for one another. However this scene while touching in an under done sort of way isn't anywhere near the end of the book. It's probably past the half way point but to be honest I wasn't really keeping track. I just remember that a whole bunch more stuff happens after that.
The book is sort of hard to categorize and pin down as one specific genre because it's not really about a plot, but rather about a character and her emotionally growth throughout the novel. While it's marketed as a love story, I wouldn't really call it that. While it has crime, a criminal and a victim (the protagonist herself) I'm not sure I'd really call it a mystery either. It's more about stepping into the shoes of someone who's learning to recognize emotions both in herself and others. The relationship between Chloe and her messed up mother is in my opinion equally important to the relationships between Chloe and Jason as well as Chloe and Matthew. The relationship between Chloe and Jason's niece Kyra as well as that between Jason himself and Kyra I think bear equal importance in this novel. I didn't turn the pages wondering who is Chloe going to end up with or who exactly slashed Chloe's tires and broke her windows. I turned the pages wondering hmm how is she going to react to this event or that one. I turned the pages wondering if Chloe was going to realize that she never let anyone in and if she was going to learn how to do that.
What makes the story worth reading is that it's different, it's not easily categorized and it reminds you of how broken people can be without realizing that that are. Chloe's character has gone through things that I can't even imagine but at the same time I found myself relating to her so easily. I can relate to not knowing how to react when people you aren't close to try to hug you with being uncomfortable with them in your personal space but not really knowing how to say that their offered comfort has actually only succeeded in making me more uncomfortable. I can relate to over analyzing every situation and wondering if I missed something. She's not easy with affection or good with people and the story is in my opinion about finding the path to that. The character is memorable, and the story with all it's many elements and character interactions is interesting. I guess what I'm trying to say here is what makes the story worth reading is that it's characters and plot lines are different however I feel it's worth pointing out that the story is somewhat marketed as something it's not. It's not a romantic comedy or a Cinderella story where a rich handsome movie star sweeps the girl off her feet. More than anything I think it's about a girl learning that life isn't black and white and how to fit people, real people into her life. (less)
First let me note I read a Kindle edition of this book, not the paperback but since I can't find that already on here and I'm too lazy to add that edi...moreFirst let me note I read a Kindle edition of this book, not the paperback but since I can't find that already on here and I'm too lazy to add that edition to the data base I figured I'd just make note of that in the review.
The sequel to Chloe and Jason's Fairy tale movie star with a crime victim story is presented in Nobody's Damsel, again the story blurs the genres because it's not just a who done it story with Chloe as some sort of detective and though most of our characters from the original story have returned we're seeing different aspects of them. Yes the plot stands out a little more in this novel, but Chloe isn't a detective she's a CSI lab person. One of my main things with this novel is that the timeline doesn't seem to quite mesh. She's been married to Jason for six months but has already managed to graduate grad school and they didn't have a super long engagement but she hadn't yet started grad school when he proposed. I was kind of under the impression that grad school took a little longer than that, though I could be wrong since I never actually finished college myself. It just seems that grad school would take a couple years at least so they should have either been married longer or been engaged longer or something in my opinion for the time line to seem right to me.
The story continues with a first person narrative told from Chloe's point of view though I'll admit by this point I'm kind of itching for some other points of views. Chloe doesn't completely understand what Jason is thinking or his reactions to things so as a reader I can't understand him or Kyra or many other characters in this story either. She's still emotionally stilted but she's grown considerably from the previous novel and continues to grow in this one as she starts to understand a bit where others are coming from. While I did find myself hoping to find the victim and see the mom survive and put the killer behind bars, it wasn't really about that. It was about Chloe seeing the other side of what happened to her. Chloe was a kidnapped and almost murdered as a child, and in the first novel you can see how she doesn't totally get why Jason's parents who were district attorneys during her case felt so protective of her or why Office Baca went above and beyond to look out for her. She didn't understand exactly why they felts such a personal connection to her when she didn't really know them. Now being on the other side of that she starts to understand what it's like to not know the victim but to spend sleepless nights worrying about her. She understands what it's like to sit in a hospital room and just feel a sort of horror that one person might do this to another which helps her sort of understand why she felt like she had to fix her mom after her attack instead of her mom stepping in to protect her.
As a secondary plot the media is making noises that Jason is cheating on her with former co-star Vicki and that they are on the verge of divorce. While this isn't true having paparazzi follow her around on a regular basis to see her reaction to the supposed cheating doesn't help her do her job any. Chloe is kind of torn between what she knows and what she sees so adding that on top of this case put in her in a major emotional turmoil. I kind of liked this one even better than the first because you see this character recognize that yes she's broken and yes she needs to change. Is she or her life perfect at the end of the story? No. But what makes this particular story worth reading in my opinion is that she finally seems to see what was so obvious to me as a reader in the first novel. It's hard for me to explain what this novel is and why it's worth reading because it blurs so many genres lines. My point over all though is that though you're not going to find your stereotypical mystery or romance or whatever it is you're looking for in this novel, you are going to find a story that's worth taking the time to read.(less)
Laugh out loud funny. While I admit that's not much of a review this book is so hilarious I was reading my husband quotes from it and cracking up ever...moreLaugh out loud funny. While I admit that's not much of a review this book is so hilarious I was reading my husband quotes from it and cracking up every time I attempted to say the words out loud. When a book has paragraphs such as
"I don’t know what I found more disturbing, that Seth was sitting around trying to figure out ways to make me fall for him, or that he was looking for advice from Hannibal Lecter."
there's no denying it's hilarious. It's got action romance and some unconventional protagonists as well, but the strongest point of the novel is it's humor. (less)
This isn't my typical choice of reading material, but something about the description drew me toward it. I can't say that I liked this novel but at th...moreThis isn't my typical choice of reading material, but something about the description drew me toward it. I can't say that I liked this novel but at the same time I'm not sure you're supposed to. What I can say is this novel was emotionally gripping, vividly described and so real that it left a sour taste in my mouth and reminded me of all the reasons I don't really like people in general. If you're an escapist reader, a person who reads to be taken from their life and who doesn't mind being put a little through the ringer as long as you close the novel with a smile, this isn't the book for you. If however you're looking for a book that will stick with you, and remind you of the disturbing aspects of humanity it is worth taking the time to experience Carey's journey.
The first person narrative told from fourteen year old Carey's point of view tells about the life of a kidnapped child who's lived in the woods without modern conveniences and who's only parental figure was a meth addict who didn't mind not only pimping out herself for a fix, but pimping out her child. She raised her much younger sister and done things most people can't even imagine just to survive. She's broken in a way so far beyond words only held together for the sake of a child who's more daughter to her than sister. It's confusing at points jumping between the present and the past without warning, but once you get used to the rhythm of Carey's voice you'd have to be inhuman not be affected by her story and her words. Her idea of a happy ending isn't what would typically be considered one it's good enough for the character we meet in this novel but you won't close this book and smile or gush about rainbows and puppy dogs. She's still broken when the story ends, just maybe a little less broken than when it begins because at least in some sense she's free. I think that's what bothered me the most about reading this is that when I finished the novel there still wasn't much to smile over, what would happen next was pretty open ended and after having mentally endured her story with her I wanted somehow to know that Carey would be alright and I didn't close the book really knowing that.
When I closed the book the things that filled my mind were thoughts how awful people can be to each other and the victims of the vices people can't get control over. I didn't smile or sigh I felt disturbed and wanted more for this character who can't seem to find it in her to want more for herself. As an admitted escapist reader I guess my reaction's sort of typical. Despite that however I won't deny that this novel is well written and emotionally compelling, the type of novel that will be batting itself around in my brain for years to come. If it were to have a sequel I would pick it up in hopes of finding Carey a little less broken, a little more whole again. It's not however the sort of book I'd pick up and read twice because I don't like putting down a novel and feeling like I went some place so much worse than my own reality to a place that makes me forget how to smile. I don't read for that, but for those that don't mind reading about that harshest depths of reality, this is a novel worth reading. (less)
If Grayson had taken this and the previous novel in the Fate series and created them as an original series then this book would have been seriously im...moreIf Grayson had taken this and the previous novel in the Fate series and created them as an original series then this book would have been seriously impressive however where as in the last novel she had nothing to connect it to the Fates series in this one she tried to force connections to the original Fates novels by contradicting truths she created in them which for me as a reader is an extreme turn off and seriously detracts from the novel in a major way. Alex Blackstone, mentioned as one of the Charming Princes in this novels was in his own novel not a prince at all but a Mage who in creating a spell to try to save his beloved's life ended up imprisoning her in a coma for a thousand years, but in this novel he's a prince from one of the kingdoms and Emma Lost AKA Sleeping Beauty who appears in the first trilogy of the Fate series is a princess when in her own stories she was an unwanted apprentice to a wicked female Mage. This book serves to do nothing but mutilate the histories of characters the author herself created and histories the author herself established. As someone who has read every novel in the Fates Series in order grouped together over a matter of days I can't help but feel betrayed as a reader when a writer changes her own story and the rules of the world she created. Wickedly Charming and Charming Blue, the 7th and 8th novels in this series are entirely different concepts and worlds to the first six novels. Had they been presented as a separate series they'd have been an enjoyable concept reminiscent of Once without the curses, but altering a pre-established fictional world to continue as a series that already had a satisfactory ending just to use the established series to increase sales does nothing for me but disappointment as a reader. It's NOT the name of the series that keeps people buying a writer's books it's the writer's originality and talent Grayson should have trusted her readers to pick up a different and original series by her rather than trying to lump them into an already established series where they don't belong. The book was also less a romance and more an Urban Fairy tale/Fantasy with Thriller like elements. The attraction between the two characters was there but not much in the way of a love story. If Grayson is going to keep mutilating her own work just to keep all her books part of the same series to increase sales, I for one won't be one of the ones purchasing them. (less)
This is less a review and more of a question. I'll say first that I definitely enjoyed the book, it's a romance, but not your typical romance in that...moreThis is less a review and more of a question. I'll say first that I definitely enjoyed the book, it's a romance, but not your typical romance in that it takes place over a logical amount of time rather than expecting readers to believe they found their true loves and fell head over heels for them in a matter of days. The story actually takes place over the course of more than a year and deals with realistic insecurities and misinterpretations that occur in most relationships that don't have overconfident participants who are willing to instantly say that yes they're interested and lay out exactly what they want from you. It accurately portrays that feeling where you're interested but you don't want to put yourself on the line and be rejected, where you hear every bad thing your ex said to you in your head and expect this new person to feel the same and where all your insecurities feel like glowing beacons that are the only thing the person facing you can see whether they actually see them or not. Yes it's woven with I guess you'd say Urban Fairy Tale elements but it's one of the most realistic romance novels I've ever read despite the magic and fairy tale character basis. But my question, the main reason I took the time to write this when I haven't really been writing review lately is how in the world is this book part of the Fates series. The books previously to this all include the Fates as characters and are about long lived Mages with a foray into Fairies in the second series trilogy. This book isn't about mages, the Fates or anything from that world. It's an entirely new world with I guess you'd say alternate dimension in which Fairy Tale Characters are real, much like the television show Once, but where we've gotten their fairy tales completely wrong. I liked the book and I liked this new world Grayson has created for us almost as much as I enjoy the six Fates novels I read previous to this but I picked up the novel expecting to see at least a couple of familiar characters and rules of the world that I was familiar with and this had none of that. To place it in this series I think is a major misrepresentation and I was kind of upset by that. (less)
Learn the details of The Kane Chronicles world in this interactive ebook featuring character profiles, Egy...more***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Learn the details of The Kane Chronicles world in this interactive ebook featuring character profiles, Egyptian History and Egyptian Mythology. Hear exclusive interviews with Carter and Sadie Kane and meet the many Kane Chronicles Characters up close and personal. Learn to read hieroglyphs show your knowledge of the Egyptian world and magic in interactive quizzes. All that and more awaits you in the Kane Chronicles Survival Guide.
Even though this is a shorter novel, be sure to a lot a decent amount of time to reading the Interactive Ebook version of this book. If the cute bits of information weren’t interesting enough. Most pictures include animation when touched and touching certain spots in the novel will bring sound and voice clips to life as you make your way through this short informational book. Touching section titles shows the names rewritten in hieroglyphs which I’m sure will delight young Kane Chronicles fans. One page if you touch the page just right snakes crawl across your screen as you read. The enhanced editions special effects will certainly appeal to young readers. While I thought this was cute though it didn’t offer much in the way of appeal for an adult reader. While the actual novels in this series are well written enough to attract a wider audience The Survival Guide targets only the younger readers. If you’re under the impression that this book includes series associated short stories or anything really necessary to the regular book series I think you’ll find yourself very disappointed. While the interviews with Sadie and Carter are adorable and being able to read about Egyptian gods and some of their myths as well as the country’s history is interesting, the book isn’t really necessary or beneficial to the series. What series information is included in this novel is mostly already revealed in the actual novels and in some places it actually contradicts that main series books. For example in this book Bes is the God of Children while in the main series books he’s the God of Gnomes. The book related information offered in the survival guide only offers information that’s been provided already in the first two books of the series, it does not include anything revealed in The Serpent’s Shadow with the exception of a short except from Chapter 13 which you can hear read to you in Sadie’s voice if you so choose.
Since the most offered character wise is character profiles I can’t really talk about characterization though I will note that most character profiles include on touch animated illustrations so children can see how the character is intended to look. Some character illustrations are actually a bit of a surprise, for example Anubis look very little like I pictured him in my head when I was reading the series novels, in this book he looks almost oriental in nationality and he doesn’t much resemble the bad boy Sadie always describes. The benefits of this book are not so much in the enhancement of the series because honestly I don’t see how it does do that, but in the educational value for children who are fans of the series. Parents can use their children’s Kane Chronicles worship to get them to learn about moments in world history related to Egypt as well as Egyptian myth and various other Kane Chronicles related topics. The book includes illustrations, photographs, maps and sound effects to make the learning experience enjoyable to children.
Overall I'd recommend this book to parents who have children that are fans of the Kane Chronicles series because the way the book makes learning fun is always a benefit to parents seeking to better educate their children. I would not however really recommend this book to adult fans of the series. (less)
Before I begin this review with either I’ll note this book is much more than just the novella Into the Dre...more ***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Before I begin this review with either I’ll note this book is much more than just the novella Into the Dreaming. The book includes deleted scenes, numerous letters to readers from the author, unwritten book proposals and the original beginning of another work. Oddly I’d describe it as reminiscent of a writer’s blog in hardcover format. Though I’m grateful to finally have chance to get the last part of the highlanders series in hardcover and complete my Moning collection it was kind of odd to read a blog in book format and my review will probably reflect that since I’ve never reviewed a blog before. I know this is published as a book, but read it and I’m certain you’ll see the similarities between this novel and a well maintained authors blog.
Into The Dreaming
Jane Sillee has dreamed of the same dark Highlander her entire life. He was her guardian angel in dreams as a child and as she became a woman he was so much more to her. He was her one true love, he was her lover – he was a figment of her imagination. The reoccurring dreams since childhood convinced her to pursue a career as a novelist sure that if she could just write his story he’d be out of her head. But after numerous rejection letters it seems his story will neither get told nor will he leave her dreams. Until that is she receives a packages containing a tapestry of him and wakes up to find herself in the 15th century in a rundown castle with him. What should have been a dream come true becomes more like a nightmare. Her dream lover doesn’t even know his own name or his own race let alone have any memory of her. When a mysterious voice tells her she has but one cycle of the moon to make him remember his life and his love for her or lose him to darkness forever the situation becomes more tenuous than ever. Can she remind Aedan MacKinnon of who is he is before he becomes the Unseelie King’s Vengeance forever?
So my first thought is this doesn’t really fit with the Highlander series. One the queen doesn’t even have an actual name and wasn’t there some sort of information in the Fever series which tells readers there’s been more than one Seelie Queen? So if that’s the case is this even Aiobheal we’re reading about? It’s listed as a part of the Highlander series, but really it seems more connected to the Fever series because none of the Highlander series characters are a part of this story. Well Aiobheal might be, but we don’t really know that for sure. The story establishes the two courts of the Fae but again in the Fever series little is even mentioned of the Unseelie Court, it’s the Fever series that delves into that part of the mythology of Moning’s world. This story focuses a lot more on the Unseelie rather than the Seelie. Adam Black, my favorite former fae isn’t even in the story. At least if he was there I might be able to see the connection. But nope he’s not there and no druids either. My second thought is Jane Sillee? Umm I get where she created this character as a kind of shout out to her sister, but the last name is seriously distracting. And I think in some ways that pulled me out of the story. The close third person narrative was interesting though and it was fairly fast paced. I think my major issue with it beyond what’s listed above is that it’s the bare bones of what looks like an interesting novel. There’s so many ideas here and since it’s a novella which was originally written for an anthology we as readers never get the chance to delve into them. There’s not enough detail and I guess it’s like it’s too much happening for a novella length story. Because of the length we don’t get to really go into or understand a lot of what’s going on here. As a novel where we actually got to see Aedan and Jane in The Dreaming as well as Aedan’s life in his Unseelie prison – now that would have been stellar. The story is good, but you can see where it could have been great if the time and space had been granted to expand upon the idea and that leaves me as a reader quite disappointed. Additionally a lot of the focus of the novella was on sex even though it doesn’t really have a lot of detailed sex scenes, it’s like Jane’s convinced that sex with Aedan will remind him of his love for her and because of what we as readers are told about Jane’s dreams and the Queens meddling we’re just to accept that they are soulmates and are truly in love, not lust. The story did offer some hilarious scenes like for example when Aedan thinks his erection is some kind of rash because he can’t remember what it means to be a man or even that he is a man. But reading this story I can’t help but feel cheated because it leaves me wanting for so much more.
Moning’s characterization in the novel was decent but not what I would call up to par with her usual works. None of the fae characters are even given names. They have personalities but the King is almost a stereotypical villain rather than a distinctive character and the Queen really doesn’t have much to her either. All the villagers in the 15th century blend and none is really distinctive. Jane is in many ways quite naïve and we aren’t really offered a chance to see her grow as a character. She’s not given much in the way of character depth. The one truly interesting character is Aedan and while we’re given tantalizing glimpses of what he was, is and will become it’s just enough to leave you wanting more.
Overall it’s a good story, I did like it, and would recommend it but I don’t really see it as part of the Highlander series. Also having it finished it I don’t feel all that fulfilled, but rather left wanting for that greater novel and story I could see not really being told. For me that’s frustrating and I feel a little cheated, but still I think it’s an enjoyable story that fans of Moning will like.
The rest of this novel I think would either be best on a blog or in some sort of memoir on writing. Moning writes letters to the reader where she discusses her career, how it began and changed. She discusses writing to a market and writing as a business. And while I found the letters interesting I didn’t really feel they fit with a fictional novel.
After her letter the book offers a denied proposal for an unpublished story called Ghost of a Chance which connects to the first novel in the Highlander series – Beyond The Highland Mist. The male lead was Hawk’s brother Adrian. Reading this was a lot like reading story notes which was a little odd to see in a novel. To be honest I don’t remember Hawk’s brother at all from the first series novel. Granted it’s been a while since I’ve read it but I do remember quite a few of the characters in the story so if he was there, he definitely wasn’t a memorable character. However the storyline of this proposal did actually interest me. I’m not sure if I like the idea of bring Valkeries into the mix and blending Norse mythology into what has been a dominantly Celtic series. However if Adrian was cursed instead by the fae with the Feth Fiada like Adam or some sort of twist to that and she offered some of the fae regulars I’d definitely be reading it. The story has a lot of potential and it seems almost a tease for Moning to tell us about it, but not write it.
Next in this odd novel is a deleted scene from Kiss of the Highlander. I’ve read and reread Kiss of the Highlander more than any other of Moning’s novels. That was the book that made me a fan and with the purchase of this book I now have a hardcover copy of every novel Moning has released. However after having read those scenes my thought were kind of Thank God for good editing. The story would have been seriously lacking without Daegus as an actual character. Granted he’s there in those scenes as a name living at another keep, but he’s not actually there. Gwen’s characterization in those scenes doesn’t really fit with how she behaved in the book and the scene in the dining hall really paints a bad impression of the type of man Drustan is. Had those scenes been included I think it might have changed my opinion of the novel so I’m glad they weren’t a part of the finished piece.
And no we’re not done with all this book contains. We’re offered more letters from the writer which actually had typos where she states that Kiss of the Highlander was released last year instead of over ten years ago. Followed by the original version of Dark Highlander, which I actually found quite interesting. Yes, I’m glad she changed Daegus and rewrote the story, but I like how in this version we see more of Gwen and Daegus and would have liked to have seen more of that transfer into the second version. Daegus however was a bland character in this version. He came across as weak and lacking instead of the badass he is in her published version. So I’m glad she rewrote Daegus, but honestly in some ways I liked Elisabeth better than Chloe. Some things about her were off putting but some of her character traits were appealing and I think Moning saw that as well because parts of Elisabeth, her better traits, and the more interesting parts of her history show up in other heroines in the Highlander series. Her lifestyle is almost the same as Jessi from Spell of the Highlander with the exception of major and college. Some of her personality traits can be found in both Jessi and Gabby from The Immortal Highlander. Elisabeth had potential as a character and I liked how Moning took the best parts of her and put them into other future series heroines.
From here Moning moves to an excerpt from Dark Fever followed by random pages from her upcoming Graphic novel Fever Moon. The pages offered at the end were kind of like random drawing that to me didn’t make sense, however I’ve had Fever Moon on preorder for a while so I guess I’ll see when it’s released. Hopefully it graphic novel format with the whole thing there it will offer an interesting story, however to be honest I’m not really getting my hopes up because I’m really not one for graphic novels and as much as I’d love to stand on a soap box and tell you how frustrating it is when part of a novel series is a graphic novel this really isn’t the place for that.
Overall the book was okay, it’s one worth buying to complete the collection and offers some interesting tidbits, but like I mentioned above it’s like reading a blog from an author where a bunch of random tidbits are thrown together to gain reader attention and increase sales for various works. Considering this is the only way to get the short story in hardcover I’d recommend it because I collect hardcover, however just based on content I wouldn’t really call this one a must buy.(less)
Kat is a sixteen year old unknown supernatural being raised by a vampire. She’s been on the run for a long...more***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Kat is a sixteen year old unknown supernatural being raised by a vampire. She’s been on the run for a long time, but when hunters arrive for Marguerite she’s more than happy to pick up and run again. If it means staying with Marguerite it’s worth it. Only when these hunters catch up to them they know her name, her real name the one she had before she met Marguerite and they’re not after Marguerite, they’re after her. Will she be able to escape them or will the return her to the Edison Group Lab she ran away from with Marguerite in the first place?
I gave this story a three star because I guess there’s nothing really wrong to it, it just doesn’t offer much of a story arc. Mostly what the story is, is a chase scene where Edison Group people chase Kat and Marguerite around shooting at them. I mean it does offer the discovery of what Kat is at the end of the story, but other than that there’s really not much to this story and I don’t honestly see the value of it for the series. It also contradicts some of the other things mentioned in the original series like werewolves being a part of Edison Group, since no werewolves actually worked for them in the original series that kind of bothered me. It’s a fast paced, first person story from Kat’s point of view but there’s really not much to it and I don’t really see how it does anything for the series. It’s kind of action intermingled with Kat’s internal monolog of her background and would have served nicely as the first chapter of a novel but as a standalone story, even a short one it fall very short.
Most of the characters in this story are nameless background characters. The only semi developed characters are Kat and Marguerite. Considering space they’re decently developed but over all I wouldn’t call them well developed. They’re interesting characters that I’d love to know more about but there’s not enough story here to offer that more I’m looking for.
Overall I guess it’s not a bad story, but then again with such a small story arc I can’t really call it a good one either. I don’t know if I’d recommend it to readers, but then again if they have the extra time they might enjoy the five minute read. I guess the decision about whether this is worth reading it really up to you as a reader. (less)
Maya Delaney is preparing for her first start of the school year without her best friend Serena. This was...more***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Maya Delaney is preparing for her first start of the school year without her best friend Serena. This was always Serena’s favorite day of school and Maya’s not sure she can handle it without her. Will the new guy at their tiny school make her day?
So this is more a scene than a story, it’s a first person narrative from Maya’s point of view that occurs before the events of The Gathering. My first issue is that it seems like Serena’s been gone longer in this story than she had been in the novel even though the story occurs before the novel. Additionally in The Gathering Nicole WAS Hayley’s clique so how did she gain another one when Nicole is with Maya? The second is that we already know Maya’s point of view and since nothing happens other than Maya reliving her grief about Serena and experiencing some old not relevant to the series memories, nothing happens in this scene really. The story doesn’t add to the series or offer anything new in character development for any of the character. All I can say is they mostly behave like they did in the book but nothing new is develop and no new insights are offered.
Overall I don’t see how this story is worth reading because it doesn’t benefit the series in any way shape or form.(less)
Rafe’s been invited to the birthday part of the one girl who truly interests him in the little town he now...more***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Rafe’s been invited to the birthday part of the one girl who truly interests him in the little town he now calls home – Maya Delaney. But did she invite him because she wanted him there or just to be nice? And does it really matter since no matter what he wants, he needs to find the other skinwalker and save Annie. Is Maya the skinwalker and if so does he really want her to be?
So the story is like eight pages long on my nook hence what can I really say about it? My first thought is I reread the Gathering before reading this and The Calling because I like to remember what was going on before I move to the next book in a series and when you’ve got a year between series releases you don’t remember details. Because I did this, this story just doesn’t match up with The Gathering. In this version of events Rafe doesn’t know before Maya’s party whether or not she’s the skinwalker and neither does Annie. But in the scene in the gallery Annie already seemed certain Maya was like her before the party and Rafe tells her that he knew when she started seeing all the cougars so how could he not know before the party? What I can say for the story is that the short, close third person narrative offers a whole new insight into his character. While his actions in other series novels make him appear less than appropriate for Maya, this look into his mind, what he’s thinking and feeling somehow makes him more honorable I guess. Rafe doesn’t have too many sweet moments so far in the series but his thoughts, the way he thinks of Maya in this story actually has him coming across as a sweet boy with a harsh life. It makes Rafe more appealing as a character and that’s what makes this story worth reading. There isn’t a lot of plot or action in this story, it’s more the retelling of a scene from another character’s eyes than it is a story. I’d like to have seen a little more action and length to this story because I feel Armstrong had a really good idea here but didn’t expand upon it enough.
Rafe actually manages to gain some character development in this story despite its length. This story adds a lot of depth to the character we’ve already met. The other characters aren't really developed but they do behave in keeping with their previous characterization which I liked.
Overall if you’re a fan of the series I would recommend reading this story even though there isn’t a lot to it.(less)