Anna knows that I love her work.. and do yourself a favour and find out what I mean....
This book is set a little after the first book. It took me a lAnna knows that I love her work.. and do yourself a favour and find out what I mean....
This book is set a little after the first book. It took me a little while to work out just where I was at with the characters.. I think because there was a few months between me reading book one and book two it added to the confusion. (It's why i nearly always wait to read a series).
Yet again Anna shows a really great style for creating the pictures in our mind. Not just the characters but the settings.
Once I got through the first part and worked out who was who, this story flowed just as well as the first book. I really can't say enough about the writing style, I love it, it's visual, it's just a gentle river of words that brings all the necessary information without weighing it down with garbage. It doesn't flow to fast that you miss the little things that bring stories to life. Oh and not a plot hole to be seen, which is always impressive..
Our main characters really step up the pace here with the addition of a couple of others bought into the main role. Nobody is really added just to beef up the story, nobody seems to be left out - no matter how small the role is. They are all so well crafted.
So I just want to be clear - the author gains nothing from this and I have nothing to gain either (maybe a release date on book 3 wouldn't hurt!!) but I LOVE Anna's work and am looking forward to spending my money wisely in purchasing anything Anna writes.. :) So do yourself a favour and get started reading her and not my babbling..
Yup, loved this one.. Almost cried at the end..Maybe I got a bit teary.. who knows..
This series is of a very high calibre. I loved the lead's internaYup, loved this one.. Almost cried at the end..Maybe I got a bit teary.. who knows..
This series is of a very high calibre. I loved the lead's internal monologues, it was a great way to feel that you knew this guy, he was a part of you.
I just can't think of anything that struck me as being wrong with either the storyline or the characters. A very humorous walk through murder and intrigue.
I guess if I have to find something to whine about (and seriously it's so inconsequential I don't want anyone thinking it ruins the story!) There was one scene which for me sort of dragged a little bit. Never dull that's for sure, just went longer than I cared for, but then I didn't really have much fondness for the secondary character when I probably should have..
Thanks Scott for your creative brilliance, I'm now off to find something more by you.. :)...more
Well first off I'll say that I read this as a 'read to review'. I can be notoriously slow to read these if I'm not enjoying theHmmm where to start...
Well first off I'll say that I read this as a 'read to review'. I can be notoriously slow to read these if I'm not enjoying them. I started this book last night and finished it at work on my lunch break today.
I like this story. Old subject with a good twist on the standard story, I guess that's a good way to spin it. I REALLY enjoyed the characters. I loved the main character and there was some great interplay with the supporting cast..
So what am I holding back on?? I was put off a little by the story which was a (very) little jumpy in places. It wasn't that bad, just sort of jumped at odd times. I felt there might have been a couple of paragraphs that were missing. It is a great story without to many holes that it trips over (and those that I found were more like puddles - not the gaping holes that can be found in a first time authors book)
Character wise, I think the characters were all really well developed and started fleshing out really well by the end. I would like to see a bit more of one of them, but I suspect that we might see that one in the future - I hope).
Overall, I think it's worth getting on board with this author and his hook on the werewolf genre. I personally am looking forward to the next instalment in the series - Challenged.
ps - Kenneth get back to writing, I want to know what happens after this book ends....more
Story - no gaping holes, a little disjointed at the start and probably could have done with a bit more at the front.. Having said thEnjoyed this one.
Story - no gaping holes, a little disjointed at the start and probably could have done with a bit more at the front.. Having said that it filled in as we went into the story. I do love me a good mystery and I think best of all I can say that Scott has written a really good one I was second guessing all the way to the end and didn't really get close.
Characters - Great characters, funny if a little on the fluffy side but I have to say that I've been reading a bit to much lately where we delve into the characters more than the story and I've always said I like knowing the characters better. The main is good though and there is some good internal dialogue with him that makes you understand/picture him better. The secondary ones are well written to.
I'm looking forward to seeing more from this character and writer. Look forward to seeing where things go and how we get there. (It's part of a series.)
God I love Amy Lane's writing, and this book is up there at the top for me. It's what I read for.
I can not think of anything that spoilt this book asGod I love Amy Lane's writing, and this book is up there at the top for me. It's what I read for.
I can not think of anything that spoilt this book as far as plot holes or character problems go and if try to say much it will move into territory that I hate trying to write up.
So what I will say, if you want a story that's in depth with both character and plot. That could be about a real people, pick up this book, set aside some time and read. (trust me on the setting aside time you will want to continue reading.) At no point did this book cause me to think "Nah it can wait a few hours"... Thankfully it wasn't a school night when I started it.. :) ...more
Hmmm.. Well again I've gone with the three stars. I liked this. Really I did.
Pretty much some of the same complaints from the first book in the serieHmmm.. Well again I've gone with the three stars. I liked this. Really I did.
Pretty much some of the same complaints from the first book in the series.
I do think it could do much better with a revision of the two leads and their interaction.
I again emphasize the fact that there is some great concepts in the story to add to vampiric lore. (i.e. the stuff we take as common knowledge about vampires themselves.) Also I feel that there is an element of the stereo typical that could be removed and created in a much better way.
I'm writing this review a bit later than I normally would after finishing a book..
This was a good first read of an author for me.
I really enjoyed theI'm writing this review a bit later than I normally would after finishing a book..
This was a good first read of an author for me.
I really enjoyed the writing style. The story moved along quite well and was always engaging. I found the first third of the book a bit chaotic, possible would have done better with more back story at the start than in bit's and pieces. Overall though it worked and whilst mildly distracting it wasn't disturbing.
Characters were really well formed. With good distribution of story lines to characters a couple of fluffy characters in there - not specifically a waste of space or to fill up the book... just there part of the story.. Not distracting at all (which is a nice change after a couple of books I've just read where even the mains were fluffy and under developed - any way I digress..)
So yes, I think this was a great story. Brandon this is my first book of yours that I've read, but I certainly won't shy away from other stories by you. I certainly liked the flow of your writing and also the world you've created really piqued my interest.
I can't describe why I haven't gone higher on the stars with this one.
I really think it's an interesting spin on the vampiric story map. The writingI can't describe why I haven't gone higher on the stars with this one.
I really think it's an interesting spin on the vampiric story map. The writing wasn't bad in any real way. Just that both the story and characters felt a little wooden (no puns intended!)No major character or story plot holes to speak of.
So what can I say to move this up into your reading list? Well like I said the story its self is a good addition to vampire lore. With the setting well it was reasonably well bought into being.
I've just realised that this story would have worked better with the location and some of the secondary characters having a story of their own to develop then this story would seem better suited to a chapter in the life of the location.
The second lead was not clearly represented either. I'm still feeling that I don't know him. I can see that the author would want that character to be a bit like that, but for my particular tastes, it didn't sit as well.
I really liked the 1st lead. I liked the way he thought and acted. :)
Some of the supporting characters were a little stereotypical, but not in a good way. Seemed to be added to try and emphasize a point that's been belaboured in vampire lore to much. Where as there are better ways to paint the dark side of vampires and to increase the tensions in the story.
Overall, I still think it's worth a read. It would certainly be a great addition to a series if it wasn't the first book in that series. And I loved the additions it makes to vampiric lore....more
So, another book that wouldn't normally get read, that was thoroughly enjoyable...
Why wouldn't I have normally read this.. Well traditionally it's hiSo, another book that wouldn't normally get read, that was thoroughly enjoyable...
Why wouldn't I have normally read this.. Well traditionally it's historical.. and I'm not grand on those (proven wrong a couple of times. It's based on a culture that whilst is interesting when I do see or hear something I wouldn't normally get wrapped up in it.
So what was the story like.. GREAT! The story is set in Japan in the distant past. There is great use of settings and historical content to bring the story into a believable place. At no time was I left thinking what a load of crap or that thre was a plot hole just there. Character use was abundent and never lost focus nor was it distracting to the overall story. Everyone was there for a purpose and that was to create a really good story.
Characters. EXCELLENT!!!!!!! Amazing, interesting, well developed... All words that you want to associate with a story. There are two main focus characters and both are really good examples of when a wrtier knows the characters. Secondary players abound in this story, and each and every one of them is there because they are needed for the story. Each one is there with a back story. No weird additions to the story with no explanation.
Quite frankly - If you want a story with a bit of a supernatural twist, some Japanese history/mythology and you want to finish it feeling like you have just read a damn fine story.. Then I'd recommend this. If your like me and tend to veer from history - don't!
Anna this is a great read and will certainly be on recommended reads lists from me for just about everyone!...more
Ok.. so the one other review wasn't as pretty as I'm gonna be..
I REALLY liked this story... was great to read a book that didn't go into specifics abOk.. so the one other review wasn't as pretty as I'm gonna be..
I REALLY liked this story... was great to read a book that didn't go into specifics about a couple coming together beyond fade to grey. Hence the YA recommend..
The stories are well paced.. a couple of little plot holes that can be easily explained - or are in a couple of times. The writing is great. There are some greatly entertaining turns of phrase that had me smiling and thinking "damn, I wish I could be that descriptive!"
There were a couple of times when reality took a complete dive out the window, and that's why the stars didn't hit 5..
Characters.. Well I really really like them.. there is some great use of the supporting roles.. which is one of my big things.. Running jokes in the stories.. bought on by the intermissions between stories. The intermissions also bring a time jump, explained away in the first page or two of each story.
I would recommend this to any teen early or older.. I would also happily reccomend this to anyone who wanted to read a story with gay characters that didn't turn into sexual escapade.. I found it refreshing and enchanting.. :)
So I sorta read this one with no real expectations and not really knowing what to read next.. Worked well.. I really enjoyed the two characters a lot.So I sorta read this one with no real expectations and not really knowing what to read next.. Worked well.. I really enjoyed the two characters a lot... They were both having internal monologues/thought process's that I know all to well.. So I made that connection..
The story.. well it was good.. didn't really focus on the careers of our characters, but it was part of the theme and used in a way that stopped this book from becoming corny.. (and it was close a couple of times!)
The theme.. I want to address this as the review I read is what made me pick this up. The theme is fighting.. not in the guns and hair pulling manner but the different types of fights people have in daily life... or in life in general! Frankly I really didn't expect a lot from this theme but it was enough to grab my attention.. and as you can see from the stars above - I think Serena REALLY did it well.. Not only did the characters have their little internal thoughts and monologues but they were the common theme that runs through my head on a daily basis..
So I tip my hate to you Serena, I look forward to the next book in the series!...more