I remember reading through Daughter of Smoke & Bone quite quickly and thinking to myself "This was a fun read.". There is nothing fun about this book as we are thrust into the middle of a bloody war where both sides are just plain slaughtering each other's civilians. And our protagonists Akiva and Karou/Madrigal are on opposite sides. We got some serious emotional roller coaster rides here.
(view spoiler)[I was so frustrated with Karou and her overbearing guilt in the first part of the story. Her guilt led her to do some pretty stupid things like agree to work for the guy who got her executed in the first place. I was all "GET OVER IT KAROU AND KILL THAT BASTARD" but nooo she was just all "This was my fault, I should continue working with Thiago."
And maaan, Akiva's side of the story wasn't so pretty either. That guy... seriously, all the bad decisions have to fall on him, don't they? For once, I'd like to see him comforted by the fact that he made the right choice. Every time he decides to do what he feels is right, he and his siblings just get into even deeper shit. Wrrryyyyyy?? (hide spoiler)]
So now you have Akiva and Karou right in the middle of the mess they didn't exactly start but kind of accelerated. While there was a lot of action, this is a transitional book meant to guide us from one phase of the story to another so I was left with this kind of unsatisfied feeling at the end.
TL;DRShit got real this time. Shit's gonna start next time.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It felt like an eternity waiting for this book to get into my hands (or to be more accurate, my Kindle). When it did, I zoomed through it in less than...moreIt felt like an eternity waiting for this book to get into my hands (or to be more accurate, my Kindle). When it did, I zoomed through it in less than 6 hours, and that wasn't the 'skim through to get it over with' read, it was the 'it is practically a movie in my mind' kind of read.
This is what I always loved about the Charley Davidson series-- it's so easy to read. WARNING: like the previous three books, it is soaked in cultural references. I got most and lost some but I've learnt not to get my panties in a twist when I didn't get it.
Our snarktastic Charley has changed since we last encountered her. As her bfff Cookie aptly put it, she's so strong and powerful that sometimes we forget that she's human too (as human as a celestial portal to heaven can be, I guess). She's got some issues after what she went through previously, and that's understandable. The pacing in the book might feel slow to some, but I felt that it was necessary for Charley to pick herself back up.
And then there's Reyes Farrow (literal) Son of Satan. Since being cleared of all charges, he's been more (physically) involved in Charley's life which I have absolutely no problem with *winkwink*. We get to learn more about him and more about Charley along the way too.
Charley is more to what she seems and, like her, I'd really really like to know what she's really capable of in this supposed war that's about to begin.
TLDR: Love the series. Love the book. Love love love Charley. I'd like to give my sofa a name too.(less)
Strong Heroines don't always equal smartass and kickass. Cry Wolf demonstrates this with Anna Latham. At the beginning, she's frightened and almost br...moreStrong Heroines don't always equal smartass and kickass. Cry Wolf demonstrates this with Anna Latham. At the beginning, she's frightened and almost broken due to the hell she'd been forced to endure during her first few years as a werewolf. After being rescued from her situation, she doesn't spend most of her time wallowing in misery. Instead, she makes do with what she currently has and tries to move on. It takes strength to do that. This book is as much about her romance with her mate Charles as it is about her journey to recovery and learning to be herself again.
The book starts right after Anna is removed from her old pack. The way it started confused me for a few pages because it delved right in the middle of everything. I had to check whether I was, in fact, reading the first book because there were so many names and terms that I immediately had to remember and know. It settles down to a good pace after a chapter or two, so it wasn't /that/ bad.
I like the world Patricia Briggs built and I especially found the dynamic between wolf and human to be interesting. (less)