What a great read! Witty heroine, great love interest -- and best of all, no love triangle between a vampire-girl-werewolf (that I know of? I still ha...moreWhat a great read! Witty heroine, great love interest -- and best of all, no love triangle between a vampire-girl-werewolf (that I know of? I still have to read the other books in the series.)
In the Parasol Protectorate universe, there are supernaturals and preternaturals. They are divided into soulless (preternatural) and soul-excess, such as vampires and werewolves (supernatural). Our heroine, Miss. Alexia Tarabotti, is a soulless Italian spinster. And what a delightful one at that.
There is also the Bureau of Unnatural Registry (BUR), which is a type of law enforcement of the supernatural/preternatural sect. Our heroine's main love interest, Lord Conall Maccon, is a werewolf, the fourth Earl of Woolsey, and a member of BUR.
The main mystery of the novel is the disappearance of rogue vampire and lone wolves, as well as the appearance of unregistered supernaturals springing up around the area. Although Alexia Tarabotti is a woman from a good family (one that has little love for her, for the matter -- mostly due to her Italian blood), she wants to be more helpful. After all, she is a spinster getting on in age. As such, we get to watch the mystery of the missing supernaturals unfold.
This is a wonderful novel, and even if you don't like steampunk (as I had never read one before), you will find yourself enjoying this book. (less)
After reading Alanna: The First Adventure and subsequent novels in the series, I was engrossed by Pierce's fantasy world "Tortall". I eagerly scooped...moreAfter reading Alanna: The First Adventure and subsequent novels in the series, I was engrossed by Pierce's fantasy world "Tortall". I eagerly scooped up The Immortals series, but didn't actually start it until the other day (as I've been busy with other readings and such). The thing I love most about this series is the introduction of "immortals", which are basically mythological beasts such as harpies (stormwings) and dragons and ogres. This concept added a vastly more exciting element to the Tortall world than the Alanna's series, although I loved that one just as much. I love strong female characters, and Pierce manages again and again to present one without making them seem too perfect or Mary-Sueish.(less)
Loved it. Sad its over. I'm reading Trickster's Queen now. I love how we get to see the familiar characters reappear in subsequent books. I'm glad the...moreLoved it. Sad its over. I'm reading Trickster's Queen now. I love how we get to see the familiar characters reappear in subsequent books. I'm glad the series ended the way it did, in any case. I really loved the introduction of the immortals, I loved the solid love interest (something Protector Of The Small: First Test ; Page ; Squire ; Lady Knight really missed out on), and I just generally liked Daine (even though I thought she was a bit overpowered, as was Numair). Regardless, Daine has been my favorite female protagonist in Pierce's Tortallan universe and I was sad to see her story come to an end so soon.(less)
Wow. This was good. Definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
The story is a historical-fantasy, set in a Russia where there is a lig...moreWow. This was good. Definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
The story is a historical-fantasy, set in a Russia where there is a light fae court, a dark fae court, vampire families, werewolves, and many other paraonormal creatures. Our heroine Katiya is a Russian duchess and a necromancer with the potential to be extremely powerful. Although her mother seeks to marry her off to the richest/noblest suitor, Katiya dreams of becoming a female physician in a time where such a thing is rare and mostly unheard of -- especially for a woman of her social status.
The story is amazing, and you really can appreciate the effort the author put in regarding the setting, the characters, and the politics going on as Katiya navigates around those who will use her to meet their own agenda and those who she can actually trust, with the latter being in the minority.
The two love interests, George and Danilo, are both great in their own ways. Danilo is great because he makes an awesome badguy. George is great because he has the whole knight-in-shining-armor role down pat.
Angelfall by Susan Ee is, simply put, an amazing book. Set in my home area of the bay area (Northern California), the world has fallen into a dystopia...moreAngelfall by Susan Ee is, simply put, an amazing book. Set in my home area of the bay area (Northern California), the world has fallen into a dystopia after the arrival of angels. Street gangs have taken over what remains of the land, claiming shopping markets and various other strategical locations as their own. Amongst the survivors are our heroine, Penryn Young, her wheelchair-bound younger sister Paige Young, and their insane mother who has an obsession with rotten eggs and wages a constant battle against unseen demons. As Penryn and her family move about the day in order to avoid what goes bump (or whoosh!) in the night, they stumbles across a fight between angels (a rather unfair one at that). Although she saves Raffe, the angel being beaten up, her sister is taken by one of the angels. Realizing her only means of finding her sister is Raffe (who is busy trying not to die after his wings are cut off), she nurses Raffe back to health and eventually forges an alliance with the angel. While she will get him back to the angels to possibly have his wings sewn on, he will help her infiltrate the angel's base in order to find her sister. The characters in this novel are all rememberable. You constantly find yourself wanting to know more about the story. The ending will leave you craving the sequel, and -- alas -- it is not yet out! This is definitely a book to pick up, especially at only 99c on the kindle. GET IT. (less)
Aly has become my new favorite character in Pierce's compilation of series. Prior to reading the Trickster's books, I had been most fond of Daine. Why...moreAly has become my new favorite character in Pierce's compilation of series. Prior to reading the Trickster's books, I had been most fond of Daine. Why is Aly such a great character? Because she's smart, doesn't rely too much on fighting but rather on manipulating events, is passionate about helping people, coolheaded, and her gift isn't entirely too overpowered as I found Daine's to be. Also, the life of a spy is so much better to read about than the life of a knight (sorry, Alanna, Kel!). While Nawat and Aly weren't my favorite couple (Numair and Daine, followed by George and Alanna remain my top), they weren't horrible. Honestly, I wasn't too big on the whole 'let me feed you bugs' thing, but Nawat began to grow on me by the end of the second book. As for the secondary characters, I really enjoyed those too. I feel they played a prominent role in the Trickster's series than they did in other books. Then again, they had to in order to set off a revolution! I was particularly fond of Dove; even though she wasn't able to attract people through beauty and charm, she could do so by being a normal human being. I had a feeling things would turn out the way they did. Overall, any fan of Pierce's Tortall (and other lands) series should pick these two books up. Once you get into it, you get into it. (less)