1-Seramela's sister started me gritting my teeth from the get go. So sick of the sainted martyr schtick. Lost all interest or rdnf for the following--
1-Seramela's sister started me gritting my teeth from the get go. So sick of the sainted martyr schtick. Lost all interest or respect for Seramela by the end of chapter one. This wasn't an emergency this was same old same old reinforced martyr bs. Not interested. 2-So not interested in teenage brat and vampires. Sick to death of vampires. 3-Cheesy pat 'well i'm a 19th century kinda guy' blergh. where's a wooden stake? Well, there went any interest of hero being interesting.
I love the world building. But would love to see characters as inventive as the world building rather than your standard 80s harlequin virgin--the spinster virgin who has been a good martyr and had no life for taking care of everyone--with snakes on her head. ~sighs~ was looking forward to this one since have enjoyed the novellas so much, and the last one actually had a good twist solid characters.
Think I'm done with this series. ~sighs~ Love the world building so so much. But yeah. Didn't get past chapter two on a novella in over a week when I can read a novella in an hour. Done....more
I loved Claudia. *Finally* a kick ass heroine that isn't Buffy-style split personality slightly unhinged worrying about her damned shoes or designer sI loved Claudia. *Finally* a kick ass heroine that isn't Buffy-style split personality slightly unhinged worrying about her damned shoes or designer skirt. She's a soldier, a competent, rational, has her shit together and can kick ass with a cool head soldier. Luis is younger, actually acts it in a couple places, a bit jaded and more than a bit cocky in his personal life by the hints given, but a good Agent, and is just all around a great hero. They fit together great, there's no extreme suspension of disbelief like in many books that the pairing is going to work despite the time spent setting up the seemingly absolute incompatible and insurmountable differences between the pairing. Their ending was a little abrupt, this could have gone maybe 5-10 pages longer on a little smoother ending, but even with that didn't detract from the likability of these two characters.
I liked the connection to True Colors and am hoping for the story of the goth Medusa since the novellas seem to be turning into the adventures of the Tarot deck though, a little warily since this series is very very hit or miss with me and kind of wincing at the return to Pia and Dragos with Lord's Fall and the over all arc that is threading more and more through. Interested in seeing more of Dragos, his character arc was interesting almost as interesting as the initial world building, 'growing up' in a way. A bit wary of Dragos and Pia turning into a soap opera of almost-split up, Pia needs rescued from latest death threat every fourth book and the (seeming/possible) set up at the baby being the major world changing event half-dragon/half unicorn... (still kinda wondering how a Wolf/Chameleon kid would turn out, how the mix of wyr type works out if parents are different types of Wyr.--yeah, the world building has me hooked even if the romances are extremely hit or miss for me.)
Pirate the dog was absolutely hilarious but when the most the story has going for it is a talking purse dog... Lizzie was unengaging and all potentialPirate the dog was absolutely hilarious but when the most the story has going for it is a talking purse dog... Lizzie was unengaging and all potential Grandma Gertie had was lost at the cartoonish red skulls and roadkill surprise for supper...more
3.5 stars nudged down for lack of half stars. B-minus read even with the first person POV chapters of Sasha's (I tend to avoid 1st person. I hate it)3.5 stars nudged down for lack of half stars. B-minus read even with the first person POV chapters of Sasha's (I tend to avoid 1st person. I hate it) Steady just-quick enough pace, fun, light-hearted, deftly kept light-hearted where it could have been shadowed much darker. Easy to pick up the threads of the mysteries and politics, some might argue too easy, but is not left that the character seems foolish for not putting all the pieces til the end. Heroine might enjoy the view but has her priorities straight and kicks ass. So does her mother in her own ways. Magic & political climate world building nice, sensible and a well done sort of simplistic. Fun light romp which was what I was in the mood for.
Biggest drawbacks are cliffhanger ending and "oh god,here we go, another series". ...more