I have to appreciate when an author can take a character from the first book, who I found extremely unlikeable, and manipulate me into maybe, kinda, aI have to appreciate when an author can take a character from the first book, who I found extremely unlikeable, and manipulate me into maybe, kinda, actually caring about him. This is a great novella because it gives some important insight into Lucas's character. Hey, he's not evil; he's just got issues. Even though the story takes place with Lucas in Purgatory, it was still well-paced with some great action scenes. Also, it has some very significant developments for the series, so it cannot be skipped just because it's a novella. I even have a hunch about an element that was introduced but not yet fully explained, and I'm looking forward to seeing if I'm right! But I won't say what and give anything away....more
Another great installment. Many long series I've read seem to decline in writing quality, as though popularity means an author doesn't have to try asAnother great installment. Many long series I've read seem to decline in writing quality, as though popularity means an author doesn't have to try as hard. Kim Harrison just keeps getting better. And I love Rachel and Trent together, especially in light of where they started and how far they've come....more
Can you call a book a dramedy? That's what comes to mind for me with The Fourth Channel: a nice mixture of serious urban fantasy action and magic withCan you call a book a dramedy? That's what comes to mind for me with The Fourth Channel: a nice mixture of serious urban fantasy action and magic with laugh-out-loud antics. Most of the characters have some kind of quirk that gives them that added dimension and provides for some humorous interactions. And the talking knives are a riot! The other dimension of The Floor is really cool too, giving me a nice slice of a foreign, mysterious fantasy realm alongside a supernatural version of our own world. The story also wraps up nicely (no cliffhangers, thank goodness!), but there's plenty about the characters and the world for future exploration. I want to see more of Stubby!...more
The first time Lissa went to a bar to get drunk was the night her husband was taken off life support. It was also her last. Two vampires make a wagerThe first time Lissa went to a bar to get drunk was the night her husband was taken off life support. It was also her last. Two vampires make a wager on how many days it would take Lissa to turn. They never expected her to actually survive--female vampires are incredibly rare. But Lissa escapes, and now she's on the run from the vampires who want to cover up their crime, and trying to figure out how to be a vampire. As she remarks repeatedly, there isn't a manual for this sort of thing.
Lissa manages to get a job as night security for a wealthy businessman...who turns out to be a werewolf. Now she's stuck. The werewolves know what she is and could easily report her to the Vampire Council, which would sentence her to death for being a "rogue." Lissa's trying to do the best she can under the circumstances, but a vampire Assassin might be closer than she thinks.
I loved this book. Connie Suttle does a great job of endearing the reader to Lissa. I wanted to laugh with her, and cry with her. Though the beginning is a little jumpy with all the scene and character POV switches, once we settle with Lissa, the rhythm falls into place. We still get brief insights into the other characters, but they're short, and I felt it worked well.
This isn't your typical girl becomes vampire story. Lissa has no one to turn to for help. She's figuring everything out on her own. (I wonder if this part of the myth is true...yikes, yes!) Lissa also isn't your typical vampire; she still loves to cook, even though she can't eat any of it, and that trait becomes a centerpiece to a lot of scenes and developing relationships.
I enjoyed the plot and the directions it took, and I loved the ending. I'm definitely getting the second book!...more
This was a fun addition to the Otherworld series. The dilemma that Elena and Clay faced on what to tell their four-year-old children concerning werewoThis was a fun addition to the Otherworld series. The dilemma that Elena and Clay faced on what to tell their four-year-old children concerning werewolves was an interesting one. I wished there was more action to the story, though. The pacing between family time and investigating a man-eater was well done; I guess I just got spoiled from all the fights in previous books....more
Much better than the second book of the series. If you're a fan of the Mercy Thompson books, you'll probably need to read this one as the ending has qMuch better than the second book of the series. If you're a fan of the Mercy Thompson books, you'll probably need to read this one as the ending has quite an impact on the world as a whole and will likely affect future books....more
The Night Huntress series is one of my favorites. Cat's grown a lot over the books. This installment wasn't as exciting as previous ones. Though fightThe Night Huntress series is one of my favorites. Cat's grown a lot over the books. This installment wasn't as exciting as previous ones. Though fighting a ghost is certainly cause for action and excitement, I mean that it lacked the usual emotional punch. Cat and Bones were pretty mild together, and aside from taking on this ghost on principle, there wasn't really an emotional stake for the characters. Enjoyable read nonetheless....more
Werewolf murders seem a little formulaic, but Jim makes it interesting with several different types of werewolves. The bad guy isn't who you think itWerewolf murders seem a little formulaic, but Jim makes it interesting with several different types of werewolves. The bad guy isn't who you think it is, though I wouldn't say the true baddie comes as a complete surprise.
Harry's an interesting character to try to get attached to. He has a sense of chivalry and hero complex, but often has moments of being kind of a wimp. I don't hate that about him because I think it's realistic for a protagonist to have moments of weakness (even a guy), but I guess I'm just used to reading about men like Bones from the Night Huntress series. I enjoyed the book, and I will keep going with the series because I've heard it gets much better a few books in....more
Most people think having superhero parents would be awesome, but not Celia West. She's the daughter of two of the best superhero vigilantes in CommercMost people think having superhero parents would be awesome, but not Celia West. She's the daughter of two of the best superhero vigilantes in Commerce City, Captain Olympus and Spark, yet Celia has no powers of her own. Instead of joining the "family business," Celia is every villain's favorite hostage. Enter Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder.
Celia has done everything she can to distance herself from the shadows of her parents, putting herself through college and becoming a forensic accountant. But her parents' archenemy, The Destructor, is now on trial and Celia will be sucked back into the world of superheros and villains. When she's called to testify, Celia's darkest secret will be revealed, for in her teen rebellion against parents she could never live up to, Celia joined The Destructor. Will that one childish act destroy the life she's tried to make for herself?
In the midst of it all, crime sprees are plaguing the city, and everyone believes The Destructor is active from behind his cell door, preparing for something big, but Celia suspects someone else. With everyone against her, will she, the mundane mortal, be able to solve the mystery and save the city?
I really enjoyed this book. I've also been on a Marvel movie kick, so was already in a superhero mindset. The characters and world is reminiscent of The Incredibles with caped crusaders, except there's nothing special about the protagonist. Because of this, the story is not non-stop super battles, though Celia does get kidnapped a few times--hazard of her life. She's more the quiet, investigative type, tracking down paper trails and leads to discover what exactly is behind the conspiracy of crime sprees.
Interspersed throughout are flashbacks of Celia's life growing up as the daughter of two superheroes. These were paced nicely and offered good insight into the character without appearing too chunky or distracting. As much as it's a superhero/mystery story, it's also about a young woman trying to find her own identity outside of what others expect of her. And when she's finally ready to start accepting it, she opens herself up to a sweet romance (for those of you hoping for that angle). ;-)...more
Cat Crawfield has survived a lot over the past several years, but now a zealot ghoul is using her unique existence as a half-vampire turned full vampiCat Crawfield has survived a lot over the past several years, but now a zealot ghoul is using her unique existence as a half-vampire turned full vampire as fuel to incite a war between vampires and ghouls. She and her master vampire husband, Bones, will have to put a stop to it before it comes to all out war--or Cat's execution. Their one potential ally, however, is just as dangerous, if not more so. Marie, the ghoul-queen of New Orleans, possesses a power that even vampires should fear, and an alliance with her may have more consequences than any of them could have foreseen.
Ms. Frost is still going strong with her Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones are a little mellowed out in this installment, compared to previous knock-down relationship spats, but I found it a nice change of pace. Besides, Cat's got a lot of other stuff going on right now, and I'll just say that it made sense for Bones to be a little more sensitive to her.
What else can I say? I love the characters, the storytelling, and even five books in, Frost is still delivering some nice plot twists....more
The sixth and final installment of the Georgina Kincaid series.
As a succubus, Georgina works for Hell, stealing souls by seducing men. That doesn't maThe sixth and final installment of the Georgina Kincaid series.
As a succubus, Georgina works for Hell, stealing souls by seducing men. That doesn't make having a romantic relationship with mortal Seth Mortensen easy. They've had a lot of issues to work through, but just when it seems they might finally be able to have a life together, Georgina gets a surprise transfer--to Las Vegas. That's a sweet gig for a succubus. Too sweet, in fact. Why does Hell want her away from Seattle, or more importantly, away from Seth?
Good thing Georgina's immortal friends are willing to help her out, but the truth might be more than she can handle. Can Georgina really go up against Hell and win in order to have the life she's always wanted?
The succubus books in the past have been filled with a mystery that Georgina just can't keep herself from trying to solve. It gets her into a lot of trouble. This time, though, Georgina didn't do much investigating. Her friends did. She spent most of the book wondering what was up and dealing with emotional issues. Even when the big secret was revealed, Georgina wallowed and waited.
Since this is the final installment of the series, you expect a big showdown with Hell at the end. Without giving anything away, I will say that it was less than exciting, especially compared to previous books that had battles and supernatural power-throwing. There wasn't any of that. Granted, I don't know how the ending could have been done differently; all I know is the book wasn't as exciting and adventurous as the previous five. Aside from finally revealing all the mysteries (which were easy to guess based on previous installments), not much happened.
Still, when you enjoy a series up to this point, you have to know how it ends. And it is satisfying on the personal, romantic front....more
This is the second spin-off of the Night Huntress series.
Kira Graceling is a private investigator who believes in doing the right thing. When she hearThis is the second spin-off of the Night Huntress series.
Kira Graceling is a private investigator who believes in doing the right thing. When she hears someone being attacked by a group of thugs, she doesn't just keep walking, though she should have because she suddenly finds herself in the world of vampires and monsters.
Mencheres is an ancient Master vampire who's grown weary of the world, until Kira--a fearless, beautiful human--risks her life to save him. To keep her in his world would be dangerous, but he can't stop thinking about her. In the meantime, another powerful vampire who has been planning vengeance against Mencheres for the past several thousand years is readying to strike his final blow, and Kira will be caught in the middle.
I love Jeaniene Frost's books, and this was no exception. I loved the characters. Kira is an amazing, strong heroine with all too human vulnerabilities: a sister who's dying from a terrible disease, a deadbeat brother, and a backstory with an ex-husband/dirty cop. Despite all she's had to face and continues to when she discovers vampires are real, Kira remains centered and brave.
Mencheres is also much more grounded and calm than Bones. Cat and Bones are good with their violent spats, but it was a nice change of pace to have a sweeter romance develop with these two characters. But don't worry, Frost's hallmark of gritty violence and sex are still a big part of this book....more
This is book 4 of the Night Huntress series following Cat, a half-vampire, and her vampire lover, Bones. After quitting the secret military operationThis is book 4 of the Night Huntress series following Cat, a half-vampire, and her vampire lover, Bones. After quitting the secret military operation that hunts rogue vampires, Cat is thinking of a romantic getaway with Bones. Their vacation is interrupted, however, when Cat starts having dreams of another vampire. Gregor seems vaguely familiar to Cat, though she swears she’s never met him. Gregor is older and more powerful than Bones, and claims that Cat rightfully belongs to him.
It becomes a game of hiding Cat from Gregor’s clutches while rumors of war brew. Cat will discover that she actually does know this vampire, but her memories of him have been erased. The revelation that comes after she remembers will throw her world, and her relationship with Bones, upside down.
I was surprised when after only 130 pages in, Cat ends up in Gregor’s clutches where she regains her lost memories. I thought for sure such a confrontation was better built up to over a longer period. I wish it had been. The bulk of the story after her escape is Cat and Bones having “marital problems.” Bones ticked me off so much, I wanted Cat to leave him and find a new love interest. It may just be my own visceral reaction to that type of drama based on personal experience, but I hated that good chunk of the book. I thought for sure the rest of the series would be ruined for me.
Thankfully, though I don’t know why, when Cat and Bones finally reconcile (of course they do), I managed to get over my anger and enjoy the end of the book as though the middle hadn’t happened. If I thought the events in the last book would leave their mark on Cat, this one blows the roof off. Nothing will ever be the same for Cat again....more
October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, half-Fae, half-human, a knight for the Duke of Shadowed Hills. She is skilled in blood magic, able to relive theOctober “Toby” Daye is a changeling, half-Fae, half-human, a knight for the Duke of Shadowed Hills. She is skilled in blood magic, able to relive the last moments of those who have died by ingesting their blood. Now, Duke Sylvester asks Toby to go to Fremont, CA to check on his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he hasn’t heard from in several weeks. The County of Tamed Lightning is a buffer region between two duchies, and Toby has to be careful with the politics.
Along with Quentin, a foster who is sent to watch and learn from Toby, Toby enters the tech company run by January that produces fantasy computer games. They find the business almost completely abandoned except for a handful of key people–who are being murdered. Toby soon discovers that they are cut off from the other domains and she’ll have to solve the murders before every last one of them ends up dead.
I like this character. She’s tough, yet wounded by her past. She spent the past 14 years cursed as a fish after her last mission for Sylvester. Yet, she always responds to duty. Unfortunately, the development of this mystery was practically stagnant. There were no clues. Toby walks around and around looking for clues that don’t exist. There’s no progression of revelations to entice the reader.
Also, the people working for that company were rather stupid. They’re getting picked off one by one, yet every time Toby tells them to stay together and not go off alone, that’s precisely what each one of them does. This happens three times. How is the reader supposed to believe that these people are grief-stricken and terrified if they continue to act business as usual?
I had my suspicions who the murderer was from the first hundred pages, and two hundred pages later, I was proven right. That was a let-down. I like being surprised. While I hadn’t figured out every piece of the mystery, particularly the motive, it seemed obvious to me from the beginning who was behind it, and yet the main character didn’t even have that thought until the last fifty pages.
But if you like suspense that keeps you hanging until the very end, give this a try....more