Refreshing, interesting, entertaining. I've recently finished reading about a lawyer in an urban fantasy setting and now a nurse - it's nice to see so...moreRefreshing, interesting, entertaining. I've recently finished reading about a lawyer in an urban fantasy setting and now a nurse - it's nice to see some originality. I liked the heroine. There was one scene when I though she was way too stupid but other than that I appreciated that she didn't spend long whining, analyzing her feelings, being a damsel in distress etc. There was action, romance (and boy was it original. Zombie love interest - hard to make that work but I liked it) and nothing in the writing style itself that annoyed me. I liked all the characters, appreciated the worldbuilding- it's dark, not pretty and well though out, imho. I didn't even consider not finishing this book and I hope to read the next one. (less)
Um, the best part of it was the added first chapter of the full novel. So I guess skipping this and trying the novel itself might be a good idea. Perh...moreUm, the best part of it was the added first chapter of the full novel. So I guess skipping this and trying the novel itself might be a good idea. Perhaps later on returning to this for some background. This novella: a lot of exposition - but mostly not bad, a lot of action, not entirely believable (yet?) prophecy, some clunky dialogue here and there. But most of the characters are ok, the world might be interesting ('might' because if the books will only take place in this isolated compound it'll get boring realy fast). Would be nice if a character that is meant to be 500 yo felt more or less like he was that kind of ancient.. but i suppose that's rather rare for this genre, so, hmm, I guess, I'm getting used to that bit of inconsistency.(less)
At first I was hoping to find another good urban fantasy series to follow. Then my hopes diminished and I just kept on reading for completness's sake....moreAt first I was hoping to find another good urban fantasy series to follow. Then my hopes diminished and I just kept on reading for completness's sake. So my expectations for most of this book were not very high. It was, in a way, better than I expected then. The writing style kept me reading, the world building was intruiging enough too. The problem was the plot and the characters. I wavered between liking the heroine and being too annoyed at her. She is not the smartest, which is not necessairly bad, but at times was somewhat annoying. She jumps to conclusions and is not acting in a logical way at times - which ties with my beef concerning the plot. It's rushed. And not thought through, I guess. The mystery was not really foreshadowed much, the romance was rushed and the relationship that seemed to be promising (with Samson) was completely dropped (view spoiler)[ he even dies offpage! (hide spoiler)] - and that was a nicely teased element that goes completely nowhere. After the main mystery resolves the book goes on - the romance parts, and that felt a little tacked on, uneven, especially since I did not much care for the hero.["br"]>(less)
I'm not sure how I feel about this book, or rather the main character. She's strong and proactive but some things just didn't gel for me. For a profes...moreI'm not sure how I feel about this book, or rather the main character. She's strong and proactive but some things just didn't gel for me. For a professional she acted very unprofessionaly at times. i get that this different world could leave her feeling unsettled and not quite herself, but the narrative rather shows that she's being her usual self. She is judgemental and looking for conflict, for someone so well versed in psychology, especially of psychopaths, she should know a little better how to deal with people. On the other hand it's kind of nice to see her not treated as the girl, the vulnerable one - despite her actually being the most vulnerable one here, she's kind of acting all macho at times (the mouthing off etc), and despite it being unprofessional, seeing the main character allowed to have one night stands and being attracted to various people, without making it into a serious romance subplot.
The worldbuilding is intriguing and is one of the most comelling things about this book. The world so completely alien to what she's known. It mostly works, and the info is given in smaller bits and pieces so it's not too overwhelming. It helps that the plot starts fast right from the opening scene.
A great character in Charlie and nice bit of original worlbuilding in golems, very rarely seen in urban fantasy.(less)
2.5 I liked it less then the previous book in the series. The premise was a little harder to get into. I get that this is not to be taken seriously and...more2.5 I liked it less then the previous book in the series. The premise was a little harder to get into. I get that this is not to be taken seriously and a big point of this books is to have lots of sex scenes but Riley running around naked for the most of the book - and it making sense for the organization to enforce that and all, was kind of a stretch. I still rather like Riley (more so than Anita Blake, who other reviews seem to be comparing her to). And most of the side characters. Quinn still doesn't really do much for me though. But I'm not really much of a fan of vampires these days. And yet it's better written than some of the 'serious' books I've tried recently - it's quick, the wirting style is good, the action moves fast. The author does try very hard to justify all the sex which seems sometimes forced (lots of self covincing and explanations on Riley's part in monologue) but I can see why the series is so popular.(less)
It's the second book by this author I tried and it's just not for me. Not liking the writing style, or the characters. Hated the grandfather thing. Sk...moreIt's the second book by this author I tried and it's just not for me. Not liking the writing style, or the characters. Hated the grandfather thing. Skimmed a lot.(less)
As a PWP it might work, but it has ambitions to be more. And in that it fails for me, since the characters did nothing for me - and there were way too...moreAs a PWP it might work, but it has ambitions to be more. And in that it fails for me, since the characters did nothing for me - and there were way too many side characters (apparently from another series) for such a short story. The worldbuilding, the characterization, the almost plot - all meh.(less)
I can't say there is anything wrong with this book. I just hit the halfway point and stopped. The romance seemed mostly resolved/they got together and...moreI can't say there is anything wrong with this book. I just hit the halfway point and stopped. The romance seemed mostly resolved/they got together and were dealing fine. And there wasn't much to keep me interested (it is more romance than urban fantasy). I had other things to do/to read and never really went back to this. I might finish it at some point, since I did like the writing and the characters. So it's good overall but not terribly exciting read. 3.5.(less)
Feels very much like a first book in a series. Lots of exposition. It's not bad - no awful infodumps. The dialogue felt real and the characters sounde...moreFeels very much like a first book in a series. Lots of exposition. It's not bad - no awful infodumps. The dialogue felt real and the characters sounded ok. I mostly liked them all. At first the MC's attitude annoyed me - both towards her parents and towards the turn of events, but it changed, got toned down and I liked her in the end alright.
The thing that bugged me was the love triangle - it was just too much. Especially since it's not just the two guys she meets at camp, there's her ex too. I really hope that gets toned down in the next book.
What had me interested was the resolution of her parental conflict and just what she is. To be honest, there really isn't much more than that. The plot really picks up only near the end.
It's light, not badly written, has potential. I didn't feel terribly annoyed at anything while reading it, though I didn't feel any excitment either. (less)
It's so weird. I should love this book. It's original, mixes up a lot of different mythologies (which I love), has plenty of intersting characters, mo...moreIt's so weird. I should love this book. It's original, mixes up a lot of different mythologies (which I love), has plenty of intersting characters, most of them women, even. And yet, the more I read the more, sadly, annoyed I get. I told myself to just ignore it. I liked the first one and hoped I've finally found a book by a male author that I can read in relative peace - without having male blindness to privilage or sexism shoved into my face. I gave up on a lot of writers because I didn't want that in my mindless entartainment. And yes, Atticus is even more of a Gary stu in this one. Puts everyone in their place. He can easily thwart every baddie, all the guys like him and are best palls, or are jealous of him, all the women want him. OK, typical, I can even live with that. It's the 'all women are emotional, illogical, and need a lesson from him' that kind of annoyed me. Kat Kennedy's review puts it better.
I've just read the part after Morrigan's and Brigid's visits so I'm not done yet. Maybe it gets better...
ETA: 3.5. Finished and overly enjoyed the book. Less than the first one but enough to continue with the series. I hope it tests Atticus a little more (he's far too magically strong and he needs some serious challange). Less of the goddesses and more of the witches and Granuaile would be good too, as the former seem to rely on Atticus far too much (the amulet lessons) for goddesses, and the latter felt more fleshed out in the last chapters (though still Atticus was all reason and they- all emotion in the last scenes, but it did not annoy me quite like the scenes with the goddesses).
I still like the mixing of religions, the plots are interesting though in this one it felt like there were too many subplots, harder to keep track of the over all main plot, and this book didn't grab me the same way the first one did. I read it before sleeping so never too much at the same time and yet the first one didn't take me this long.
I am excited for more Norse myths in the next one.(less)
There's nothing really wrong with this book. but I'm halfway in and still wondering what is it that doesn't quite work for me. The pace? the character...moreThere's nothing really wrong with this book. but I'm halfway in and still wondering what is it that doesn't quite work for me. The pace? the characters? I guess it is not really slow and yet I have no urge to read this in one sitting, in fact, its going extremely slow and in small chunks. The basic idea of the plot is not bad and should keep me hooked - it doesn't. I was hoping having a scaredy heroine would be refreshing. But so far she's just mostly bland. Hm, I'm definitely over vampires so that's a minus for this book but there's other interesting (in theory) stuff here. Still... going slowly, and tempted to give up over and over. It just doesn't feel very intruiguing or fresh. ETA: finished. Skimmed the last parts. Not impressed. Definitely not reading the next one in the series. Especially since the end has hints of a love triangle. meh.(less)
This book uses the cliche romance idea that a bad boy just needs a good girl to straighten him up. Grace has a savior complex. Comes from being a past...moreThis book uses the cliche romance idea that a bad boy just needs a good girl to straighten him up. Grace has a savior complex. Comes from being a pastor's daughter, I guess. The whole family and the religious slant of the book seemed a little creepy to me. The plot is rather stretched thin (far too many boring scenes of high school life not really advancing the plot much; perhaps ment to help with characterization, but just overly dull) and there aren't really any interesting characters. The conflict, mystery, relationships - neither really interested me in this book.
The twist near the end kind of raises my rating a little. But it's still 2.5 at most, not a 3 and I won't be reading the next one.
[Also there are bits about wolves in this book, and they're just wrong. Wolves don't really have alpha, beta, omega kind of packs - their pack structure is based on family relations - the parent couple rules, that's all. At least in the wild. The fighting for dominance happens when you put unrelated wolves into one place - like zoos. I can buy the 'traditional' pack structure for werewolves - after all they're not real, but real wolves- well, Despain did not do the research (quick look at wikipedia: here- canine packs.](less)