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)
What I liked: Kismet at the start, Midnight & Ronald's romance.
What I didn't like: How vampires had crazy powers like being able to teleport throu...moreWhat I liked: Kismet at the start, Midnight & Ronald's romance.
What I didn't like: How vampires had crazy powers like being able to teleport through time, space, dreams, etc; Kismet's sexual attraction jumping between Alan and Devereux; all the leather clad vampires; Kismet trying to understand that vampires do exist (it was acceptable at the start, but towards the end I wanted to throw my kindle across the room); Tom, Kismet's ex-lover; Bryce's creepiness; the fact that vampires could use magic; the fact that vampires could read minds; the fact that vampires were so stupidly overpowered/attractive they were unbelievable; the whole protection ritual thing Devereux set up with his dead mother Lady Amara...
Anyway, I thought it was entertaining at first. Then it started to go downhill. I guess I prefer YA novels for the sole fact there isn't sex, or at least not graphic sex, or at least sex isn't a main focus point.
I did think this book had a good premise. Kismet starts seeing a client who believes in vampires, and Kismet realizes there is a whole 'vampire-wannabe' subculture. She thinks it's her next book deal in the making, and so she takes on a client list. What she doesn't know is that vampires really do exist.
Now while this did start out interesting, Kismet was so far in De Nile I was surprised she managed to find her way to shore. Sure, it took vampires levitating (what the *@!%?) to make her realize it, but she eventually accepts vampires do exist.
As I mentioned, I really disliked how Hilburn portrayed the vampires in this universe. They're far too overpowered with unrealistic attributes. But I can console myself based on the fact that these, at least, did not sparkle.
Anyway, I don't know if I'll check out the second book. I might, but I really don't count on it.(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.
I'm in the process of reading this, my first attempt into the Big Bad World universe. I can't say I'm very impressed. I don't like following multiple...moreI'm in the process of reading this, my first attempt into the Big Bad World universe. I can't say I'm very impressed. I don't like following multiple romances as it takes away from the main plot, and there seems to be about four introduced so far and I'm not even 40% in (Kindles do not have page numbers). I'm hoping it improves, seeing as there are plenty of good reviews for this. Maybe it will. Maybe it won't. I will get around to finishing it eventually. Or I'll demote it to one star and put it on an abandoned shelf.
I see that a lot of people gave this book bad reviews, and while I agreed with several of the points these reviewers provided, I ultimately found myse...moreI see that a lot of people gave this book bad reviews, and while I agreed with several of the points these reviewers provided, I ultimately found myself enjoying this book.
The book opens with Kylie's life going downhill. Her parents are in the final stages of their divorce, and she's been left by the father she loves to live with her Ice Queen mother. Her grandmother died only shortly before, and her boyfriend Trey broke up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him. She's also in the process of losing her best friend, Sara, to the sex-party-drinking culture. When Kylie attends a party that is busted by the cops for having drugs, although she did not drink or partake in any drugs, her mother ships her off to a summer camp for troubled teens.
This camp for troubled teens, Shadow Falls, is really a camp for supernaturals -- witches, fairies, shapeshifters, and weres -- to not only learn how to live with other brands of supernatruals, but to also control their abilities in order to live in human society.
Kylie thinks she's been sent to the wrong place, but her shrink, a fairy, is certain she's pegged Kylie as a supernatural. Unfortunately, her ghost-seeing abilities disrupts with her brain waves, and no supernatural is capable of reading what she actually is or what she's thinking.
At Shadow Falls, Kylie becomes friends and roommates with Della, a vampire, and Miranda, a witch. Although the two are constantly fighting, the three eventually become inseparable. Along with her friendships, she also has two love interests: werewolf Lucas and part-fairy Derek. Whereas Derek is safe, Lucas is the bad-boy. Kylie had met Lucas before when they were children; he had been her neighbor, and she was convinced he had killed her cat.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was enjoyable in the sense that it didn't have much depth to it -- a quick read with cute boys and some teenage angst. Not a masterpiece, but worth reading to pass the time. In a nutshell, don't go in with expectations, and you might actually find yourself enjoying it.
Oh, and I still have no idea what Kylie is, but the book seemed to have ended on the note that the issue had been resolved? I was confused by this. I know she knows she's a supernatural, but I have no idea if the flavor of supernatural was mentioned. Hopefully this is addressed in the second book, which I plan on reading. Edit: I got my answer. She has no idea what she is still. :) (less)
Nightshifted presents an enjoyable and quick read. Edie was actually an alright heroine. I enjoyed reading about her character, and I was also fond of...moreNightshifted presents an enjoyable and quick read. Edie was actually an alright heroine. I enjoyed reading about her character, and I was also fond of the child vampire Anna. And of course, having a cute cat play a role in the story (and not be killed off) was nice. I did not think too highly of the love interests presented in this book, and the romance was not too well done either, but overall the book was good.(less)
I'm not usually one for standalone's, but this was definitely well done. Kick-butt heroine, nonstop action, and characters worth rooting for. I really...moreI'm not usually one for standalone's, but this was definitely well done. Kick-butt heroine, nonstop action, and characters worth rooting for. I really enjoyed the story, and wish it would have been a series, but I was content with the ending.(less)
The Unfailing Light was everything I hoped for and more! Katerina remains one of my favorite heroines. She's smart, but way ahead of her time. Her goa...moreThe Unfailing Light was everything I hoped for and more! Katerina remains one of my favorite heroines. She's smart, but way ahead of her time. Her goal is to become a doctor, although Russian medical schools do not admit women. Her plans to study abroad are foiled due to the threat of an old enemy, and she must return to her finishing school for an extra year to remain under the protection of the emperess' spell.
Although I enjoyed this book immensely, I was sad to see there wasn't much development of the romance between Katerina and George. Although I'm also relieved the story doesn't solely revolve around the couple, I still wish they had more scenes of them together.(less)