Disclaimer: I suppose I should say right up front that if you have not read the 4 book series The Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter before you read this book it will be impossible for you to have the full enjoyment of this novel. Subsequently, be aware that all opinions in this review are from someone who HAS read that masterpiece of Paranormal Literature. I received this book as an ARC from the author unconditionally. Review: This novel for all practical purposes is a trilogy in one cover, it is divided into 3 “books” and each has a plot and a main thrust to it while all proceed towards a main theme which as with previous works is a masterful combination of action, romance and mystery.
Brigid Conner was rescued by vampires of Carwyn’s family years ago from a horrible situation and Carwyn has watched her grow up as part of his son Ione’s family, this novel covers a span of years from 1995 until summer of 2012 which probably accounts for its length. It steps over parts of the story from The Elemental Mysteries and creates concurrent stories that were happening during the time of that series and hence you feel like you are visiting with old friends while meeting new ones.
The “books” are pretty much divided along these lines and each covers a span of years. Book 1: Earth – Brigid’s early life as a human and events that happened during that time. Book 2: Fire – Becoming an Immortal and the required learning and a deepening romance. Book 3: The Seal – More action, romance and getting rid of personal demons and of course solving the actual mystery.
Each has the ability to pull you into the story and make you part of it, the writing is excellent, the story has humor, action, mystery and characters that you will love. The fact that Carwyn has been close to celibate for a thousand years does leave him a bit on the low end of the learning scale when it comes to women. The struggle with faith and service is a large part of this book also and adds depth to the novel and keeps it from being “just another vampire book”.
Brigid’s growth is amazing and is just one more reason this is an excellent book. I read a lot of PNR type novels and many times the biggest failing I see is heroines that never grow in knowledge or become super heroes overnight, this gives a much more realistic story (again, hence the length). Brigid’s growth from abused child to strong heroine is one of the best parts of this novel.
The mystery revolves around the drug Elixir which was at the crux of the previous novels; it is still being made by somebody and still killing humans and immortals alike. If I had any complaints it would be my usual complaint of needing more revenge (a personal demon of my own making) even though the ending was quite satisfying for all but the more blood thirsty among us (raises hand).
RATING:So without writing a book about the book I can say that once again it is a 5 Star effort, readers of Ms Hunter’s previous works will be thrilled and to say I highly recommend it would be redundant.
Since there are so many glowing reviews I won't bother to write a long winded version. I started this series on a whim because I liked the Castle TV show, I was more than surprised to find that these books were actually well written (ghost writer should get an award). I had read the first 2 books and they were very entertaining and worth the money but months later I could not tell you too much about the plot of either book. That usually means that they were in the category of "you remember it was a good book but not much else" which may be overly simplified but close enough to true. Then I started Heat Rises (Nikki Heat 3) and after taking me a chapter or two to get involved I was hooked and by the end I had been mad, glad, frustrated, overjoyed, sad, and completely entertained. This was a book I will remember, the writing was exceptional and the story kept knocking you back on your heels because every time you thought you knew who did what ...... you were wrong. I can only hope that the next book Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat, Book 4) will be as good, but this was a great piece of reading in any world even if you never watched Castle, for me it was 5 Star reading but I would still recommend starting from the beginning at Heat Wave (Nikki Heat). If you are a Prime Member and have a Kindle you can get book 1 for free via the Kindle Lending Library and I would recommend you do it :)
When you read as many books as I do sometimes you forget that there are writers out there that are talented beyond words. Nalani Singh seems to be one of those and this book Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter) is no exception. In a sea of novels that are entertaining and enjoyable (and a few that should not have not ever been published) you stumble into those few that go one step past excellence and actually draw you into the story in a more intimate manner, I can't exactly describe this but when you finish you are past the "That was great/excellent/etc" and are left with a feeling that is more akin to just "Wow". This was a book of intrigue cloaked around a romance as all the Guild hunter books have been but this one seems to actually come closer to one of what I consider one of the ultimate epic romance books I ever read which was book 1 of this series Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, Book 1) (him crashing with her is pretty much ultimate) even though it was done in a much more subdued manner. The basic plot was a murder mystery laid over a slow burn romance between Jason (Spymaster extraordinaire) and Mahiya a Princess in name only and Ms Singh weaves a story of violence, passion and romance in a manner that was exceptional. It is the little things that separate great stories from exceptional stories. The best example of this I can remember would be a few paragraphs that could have been left out of the book with little impact but added to the readers feeling of involvement and had to do with "Mahiya's Hill" (you have to read it to understand) something that did nothing for the plot but added to the readers understanding of the depth of the romance. Rather than get bogged down in an overly lengthy review let me say this was possibly THE best thing I have read since the Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter* and it took 4 books to elicit the same feeling I got from this one novel (NOTE: probably if you have not read the other books in this series the impact is less). Bottom Line: 5 Stars because I can't give it 6, it hit all the right spots, action, romance, mystery and memorable characters that will stay with you after the last page.
I just finished Blood and Betrayal (The Emperor's Edge Book 5) and other than the fact I have to wait until next year to move the story along it was amazing as expected. The whole Emperor's Edge series borders on the edge of fantastic, the characters are fleshed out and the stories are always full of things that make you think you know what is going to happen .... until something you never thought of happens. I could write paragraphs on the excellence of this series and this addition but others have said it well enough that my words are not needed to convey how good this whole series is, give yourself a gift and buy them all. This latest Blood & Betrayal just adds to an already addicting story.
Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down (Forged Bloodlines #1) was one of the better things I read in the last few months, it had the confused but competent heroine who is learning her place in her new life, a cast of characters that become more 3-D as it progresses and a great plot. The fact that this book is not one of the top sellers in PNR/UF just shows that marketing is everything since this is much better than many of the better selling authors have put out in years. The story of Anja is compelling, filled with just enough details to give it that requisite "real" feeling and characters you can emotionally bond to as the story progresses. I have already moved on to the 2nd book in the series Meet Me When the Sun Goes Down (Forged Bloodlines #2) and the story gets better. Highly recommended.
This WAS a good story, it did however follow a few easy plot starters like the "MINE" effect and the damsel in distress but by books end you are happy with it, wish it would go longer and find you have enjoyed this quick romp. Terese is a new vampire and on the run from the evil vampire that "turned" her, Apollo is exactly that, Apollo God of the Sun (not a match made in heaven for a vampire who become crispy critters in the sun). The story is fast, action is plentiful (as is the passion) and the ending is good. While the author was at it, she sets up at least 2 more books for the Ares God of War and Poseidon God of the Sea (or whatever). Great reading for a doctors office visit or anything where you might need to entertain yourself for a couple of hours or so, 3.5 stars and waiting for the next one.
The Wannabe Vampire (Michael Alexander/Kari Logan) - this was a surprise, it started out in a strange way and I thought it was going to be a waste of time but after a few chapters you get into the meat of the story and it turns out that it is much more complicated and deeper than first thought. The Wannabe Vampire (Michael Alexander/Kari Logan) (the title seems to indicate there may be more future books)
"Michael Alexander is not your typical vampire................... He has a house in a small coastal California city, a software development team in Mumbai, and a black Toyota Prius. He wants nothing more than to enjoy the pleasant life he's crafted for himself and the friendship of Kari, his new next door neighbor......................... Unfortunately, Michael also has a stalker. "
Michael is totally clueless about relationships and is pretty non-violent (unless pushed too hard) and Kari is a modern day independent woman (almost to the extreme) and they make a very unlikely pair and to be honest, I think they wanted to be friends more than anything else , of course her thinking he is gay for the first half of the book makes that more of a possibility :) The book has surprising twists and the character of Bruce (the "stalker") vacillates between idiot/moron/dangerous/pitiful and the ending of his story is a nice touch. I think this is probably a 4 Star read, maybe more since it tends to stick in your mind like most good books do. It is much more of a romance than anything else and just enough action to keep you hooked (since I read it all in about 5-6 hours of interrupted reading.). Try this on for size the next time you need something a bit different (as we all do) and this one will not disappoint you, I promise :)
The seemingly abandoned daughter of a rogue Akasha Mage and unknown father . . . Being a rogue Akasha Mage is no easy feat for Aribelle Delano. Neither is summoning Riaz, a djinni that makes her knees go weak in a way that would shame her ancestors.
A new threat of demons intent on killing Ari for nefarious purposes has her putting all her trust in Riaz, who swears to protect her in the face of evil. But she's been taught that fully trusting Riaz is unwise, and he's constantly looking for a way to break free of her control.
She has dreamed of the Sultan of Old Magic for years. . .
Ari must face the new demonic threat and handle the Sultan of Old Magic who dominates her mind…and eventually, her body and soul as well. Together, her and Riaz must find a way to stop the demons and their summoner, even if that means breaking the rules that have been in place between the Akasha and Djinn for millenniums.
Mage's Bane is a passionate paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers.
Review: Mage’s Bane was a good book, let me make that clear. The characters were interesting, the story was good, and the beginning chapter and ending chapter was good. Those darn chapters in between are the ones we need to talk about….. The story basically revolves around Ari trying to: A.– Stay Alive! B.- Figure out who is trying to kill her and why?? C.– Sort through her long held feeling for Riaz and if he feels anything for her.
As simple as that sounds it obviously gets more complicated, demons (which in this world can only be summoned by a powerful mage or witch) keep trying to kill her, she is clueless as to why and as best as she can tell Riaz could care less emotionally but does a fair job of keeping her alive, but since she summoned him, he is pretty much forced to do her bidding. This is not the best start for a trusting relationship but it is a good twist to the usual PNR romances.
The problem I had with this book is a bit hard to put my finger on, as I said before the story has a great premise and characters but I must say I felt the writing was lacking in some minor way because while a lot of it was enthralling, a lot of it read like the newspaper (you found it interesting but no emotional involvement) and that is why I did not get as wrapped up in a story that should have held me awake at night. I can put my finger on one thing and that is the transitions from one person/place/thing to another and those were a bit jerky and slowed you down to figure out where you were and who was doing what.
While this book was originally planned to be a trilogy, sadly the author has said it will not be revisited but it does stand well as a single book. The ability to make the reader involved in the characters life would have been improved in a follow up I assume. This IS a great story, several twists and turns that should have grabbed me a lot more than they did but did manage to hold my attention and interest enough that I enjoyed it and it does have a satisfying ending. This is an estimated 108 pages (ebook) which is more of a novella length and the brevity may account for some of the missing emotional involvement of this reviewer.
A 3.5 Star reading experience for most people and recommended!
Well I am sad to say I have already read Vampire Games: A Samantha Moon Novel (Vampire for Hire) and it was great and too frekin short, I WANT MORE! These books always leave me wanting more and he takes his sweet time getting them out, supposed to be anther one at Christmas but I would not put money on it. Let me just say that it was as good or better than the others, it was another evolution in the life of Samantha (some good, some not as always) and it seemed like I opened it and it was over (well the fact that I got rid of the wife for 3 hours and had all that reading time may have helped). This is one of those things I wish I could start over like I never read them and read them all back to back. There is just something about these books that make them so unique. Sam gets a case to solve in addition to everything else in her life and Spinoza makes a guest appearance. Sam is without a doubt the most unique and "down-to-earth" vampire in fiction anywhere and she just keeps evolving which some dislike but I love her getting stronger and most confidant. As always it is 4+ stars, maybe 5 Stars but since I did not get enough I am unfulfilled once more Maybe if he were not writing about 5 series at a time I could get more of Vampire for Hire :)
Let me say that I enjoyed book 1 First Bitten (The Alexandra Jones series) and it laid the groundwork for what I hope would be an amazing series. Unfortunately, the first 50% of Original Sin (The Alexandra Jones Series #2) was pretty much going that way and THEN Alex loses her brain someplace and become the clone of thousands of women who stay with or are attracted to abusive men. Nathan gets a bit of polish from the author trying to make him into something he is NOT but Alex is just madly in love with him to the exclusion of all others (MUCH better others I might say) and so the book goes downhill from there and I probably scanned about 15-20% of the last half of the book. I have to say my personal feelings on this would have never had Nathan revisited in this series in anything but a minor role. I guess with that out of the way I have to decide if I want to continue this series when Alex is such a weak heroine and living a life filled with bad choices and irrational behavior. Original Sin (The Alexandra Jones Series #2) was a decently written sequel and other than the British slang that tainted the book a bit for me, the story could have been a 5 Star over the top reading experience but the author got lazy, the heroine got stupid and I can only hope that someplace down the line everybody gets a break. I am sure the author is not going to change much in her romance angle of this book which is sad because for all her efforts I still see Nathan as a jerk at best. Zeff would have been a better character for the book and will probably be demonized in the series to make Nathan look better and that does not appeal to me. If the next book comes out soon I will read it, if I have to wait for many months I may just give up and move on to better stories. 3 Stars for a good stories and sadness for what I feel it could have been.
I finished Demon Hunting In The Deep South and loved it, while it was not quite as hilarious as Demon Hunting In Dixie it may have been a better book as far as plot. I give both of them 4.5 Stars and the first book maybe higher since it caught me by surprise and had me almost rolling in the floor laughing. This book would have been better if we had more of the dog who I loved when referring to the vet as "the House of Pain" . The first book was a fun romp and this one was closer to a murder mystery/love story so it really was hard to compare except for the humor which I loved in both. These are books you need to get and save for when you really feel down, they will give you a lift and a laugh. The author is expanding her universe a bit and I can see setups for many future stories for the denizens of Hannah, Alabama but a few of us feel like we have an inside track on these books since things like a funeral banner that read "Say Hello To The Bear For Us" is immediately understood by people like me :) Highly recommended but you almost have to read the books in order to get full enjoyment. It also becomes apparent that Ms George is growing as a writer since this book taken on just the literary level (yes that is hard) shows a lot of growth as a writer, I can hardly wait for the next installment of the adventures of all the creatures in Hannah :)
Well for the other side of that "bad book" coin I got this one The Collector [The Overseers] to review and it turned out to be very good with a few notes. Once again you have the equivalent of "MINE" as the impetus of the romance in the too often used "I don't know why I love her" but at least this time it was given some time to mature and grow into something that even as PNR we can relate to for the story. The summary below kind of gives you adequate insight:
"After watching millions die, those human emotions are starting to take effect. Instead of collecting his next spirit from the car accident that is about to kill her, Kale saves her life. His punishment for ruining fate... is mortality.
Samantha hasn't been able to stop thinking about her beautiful hero. So when she stumbles across him, lying in a hospital bed with a small case of amnesia, she is more than happy to offer him her help. It's the least she can do to re-pay the man who saved her life.
Though Samantha soon learns that Kale isn't the guardian angel she thought he was, not to mention how far he has fallen to earn a place in her heart."
The story is simple and if I want to say anything bad about it the ebook price for about 100 pages is $5 which is horrid in comparison to other, better works and it is neither lendable nor loanable on Amazon so while I seldom include price in my rating, it is a consideration. You will enjoy the story, We have all the great things to make it good, huge sacrifice, life saving, bumbling lover, fallen angel, etc and it works . If you don't mind the price and want something around for a quick read when you are down or between books, this is a good choice. Hope I see more in this world, she does build a decent new unique world that should be fodder for future efforts. Bottom Line: For 100 pages it is 4+ Star reading and you are not frustrated at the end but you do want to know more if she revisits these characters. Good HEA.
Finished Knight of Swords and it is one of those books that I have to rate for my own enjoyment and which not be the same for others. This book had a new twist on vampires which I found enticing, it also had a good H & h and the story that went with it was great ...... for awhile. Then it became stupid (IMHO) the H & h had not spent more than 3-4 hours at most in each others company since one or both of them spent a lot of time apart, unconscious, etc BUT they are madly, madly in love (WTF?) so I guess all that undying love came from their DNA. I could still have lived with that BUT from about the 25% mark almost the rest of the book is spent with one or both of them in agony, pain, unconscious, tortured (literally) or some other kind of pain and separation. Let me reiterate, I ..... read ..... for ....... enjoyment!! I don't get any kicks out of tortured lovers especially when I get a bad semi-cliffhanger ending, to make it worse here is the summary of the next book (which I doubt I will buy) Ace of Swords
"Nathan Valancourt, the Knight of Swords and lead warrior of the ancient human hybrid Taleian Vampire race travels to a Scottish castle owned by Lycan leader, Marcus Duart. His task is to procure a cure for his beautiful Queen and only love Juliet who lies poisoned in a deep sleep. Unexpectedly, Nathan finds himself caught in a trap set by a powerful witch who seeks revenge upon the Taleian Queen and her people.
On being awakened by the assistance of a powerful Magician, Juliet finds the witch has taken Nathan for her own and transformed him into a demon, hell bent on his Queen's destruction. Stripped of her powers and throne by the witch, Juliet is forced to flee for her life and evade death at Nathan's hand." "A powerful story with another cliff-hanger at the end"
this book ALSO ends on a cliffhanger with no HEA???? WTF?? Somebody really has got to tell me why I would want to read this book? I left out several spoilers but let me say the H for all his goodness and power is freakin inept, most of the things he tries to prevent is a dismal failure.
Bottom Line: Good writing, some jumps in logic that might leave you with a "really?" look on your face, good story that is promptly mangled by the author IMHO since I like for books to have a happy overall feel, this one leaves you with depression and hoping for better things in the future but don't look good for that, maybe once the series is complete I might try again but for now, if I want depression and hopelessness I can read the news. 3 Stars for me at best, wake me up when the two star crossed lovers finally find each other 3+ books down the line, until then I am going to pretend I never read this.
This is one of those surprises I occasionally get when I read a book that I expected to be mundane or boring and find it to be enthralling and addictive. Destiny Bewitched by Leia Shaw was a thrill ride almost form page one, it starts with a bang and then becomes a struggle to free Samantha’s sister with the help of a less than enthusiastic support of a “demon” (a term he denies many times) named Geo. This book brings many similarities to one of my all time favorite books by a young Patricia Briggs called The Hob's Bargain so I may be a bit biased since I still have fond memories of that book long before I became addicted to PNR/UF. As many fantasy novels this one has an epic struggle and the unlikely pair become inseparable and about 50% through the book it starts getting a bit more erotic and steamy. Make no mistake, this is a romance with an action novel background and follows a theme I see a lot these days of “What would I sacrifice for the one I love” and the answer is always “anything’. Instead of me droning on with teasers and tidbits of the story, let me just say if you like impossible odds, red hot passion, a heartfelt romance and an ending you will remember, this is a great book. My only complaint now is that I already had dozens of books (well more like hundreds) to read and now I have to go get the other books in this series (Shadows of Destiny) since I need to read at least one of the preceding books and the sequel to this one is already setup at the end of this one. This is 4+ Star reading and one that will leave you feeling good at the end. Highly recommended …. could have easily rounded it up to 5 Stars
I just finished an all day reading of The Lady Is a Vamp: An Argeneau Novel and enjoyed it as much as any of the last several, probably more. She seem to be heading back to the old storylines which is what I always loved about the series anyway. I enjoyed the Rogue Hunter spinoff but the hooking up of various couples always has been her strength and she made each one seem a bit unique and this one was no exception. If you like the Argeneau series you are gonna love this one 4+ Stars for entertainment, yes they are light reading but totally enjoyable.
After finishing Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar) I had to sit back and kind of soak in what I had read. This is Paranormal Romance by genre but it was actually something a bit more as it tends towards trying to impart the author’s sense of morality to the reader in a very general sense. Let me be clear, if I feel an author has decided to get on their soapbox and tell me how to live/vote/make a “better” world in a book I read for entertainment, I usually follow that with a trip to the trashcan. I read this genre for entertainment not enlightenment, with that said this book did it subtly enough for me to overlook most of it and enjoy the story.
Christian is a recent arrival in the USA from Denmark; he is brilliant and shallow at the same time. His life, in addition to his academic prowess due to a photographic memory, has been a tale of women attracted to his good looks and cast aside due to his lack of ability to feel much on an emotional level due to facts that the book will provide. The book starts slowly, giving background and making you wonder if this book was accidentally placed in the wrong genre because it is pretty much story of a medical student going to live/work in Florida on the charity of others. Then things change after a near death experience followed closely by meeting the “crazy” people next door and finds them to be much more than anyone suspects (no I am not going to tell you, read the book). The title should give you enough hints but you should NOT expect the usual paranormal boy meets girl story, to quote some of my Alabama relatives “this ain’t it”. This starts down a road of romance combined with urban fantasy that you think you know where it is going and you will be wrong, I can safely say that this story kept surprising me in the directions it would take off in that you could not see coming. The story revolves around a myriad of things not the least of which are Christian trying to get a medical degree, not getting shipped back to Denmark, getting the girl (or not), trying to figure out why a wild animal saved him (yes that is a teaser), supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace, and in what could have been left out IMHO a bit of what I would describe as “the Meaning of Life mixed with World Peace). Fortunately that last bit was subdued enough for me to enjoy the story.
Readers should be aware that for the most part this novel is character driven rather than action packed (although there is enough of that to keep my interest) and the romance though heartfelt is somewhat low-key and rates probably closer to PG than R in that respect.
BOTTOM LINE: While a bit slower than I prefer it held my interest, the editing in the first 25% needed some help but whether it got better or I got wrapped up in the story and blew right through it I could not say (I think that is a good thing either way) . Christian embracing his gift a bit more would have helped the book, some better follow-through on a side story or two would have helped, I got the feeling the author was less interested in telling the story than her desire to enlighten me (no I DON’T like that). Finally, the ending was no ending at all, it was like she just stopped writing and I assume there will be more books in this series which will answer a few questions. The premise and characters in this story have a huge potential that was not realized in this first book, but which do get its hooks into you enough to make you want more, I shall look forward to the next book. Overall rating – 3.5/5 Stars – Maybe more if you are a starry eyed dreamer that is striving for “The Meaning of Life” but for those common folks like me who are selfish and just want a good story with a bit of action and romance, 3.5 is as good as it got.
Sad, Intense, Short and Poignant -Excellent Short Story, July 28, 2012 By Douglas C. Meeks
This review is from: Long Ride Home: A Cambio Springs Short Story (Kindle Edition) Well what can you say about a short story like this? When it is Elizabeth Hunter it can compact a ton of emotion and unsaid things. This was an almost perfect example of how to reach your reader emotionally and leave them wanting more. This sets up the beginnings for a new series by Ms Hunter and I expect it will be as exceptional as everything else she has written so far. Jena Crowe has lost her husband and is going back to the hometown where they grew up, her husbands ghost accompanies her on the ride and in the process you get years of history in a few pages. Nicely done and now my only complaint is that she has not written the first novel in the series yet. 5 Stars for what it is, a very short story whose purpose is to enthrall you for a new series and make you feel part of the story, well done once more.
NOTE : This rating ONLY applies if you have read the novellas since without them you might not even like the book, with them I feel it is 5 Stars.
I finished the Throne of Glass novel today and it was for me the 5 Star novel I had always assumed it would be BUT I read all of the below novellas:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord The Assassin and the Desert The Assassin and the Underworld The Assassin and the Empire
without the background, knowledge and the world building contained in these novellas your enjoyment of this novel is sure to be muted at best. I expected nothing less than a 5 Star reading experience and was not disappointed with the level of writing in the above novellas and in this novel. People that have not read the 4 novellas really should not review or even read this book because even though it was not marketed that way I can see that you don't have a feel for who the characters are or why they act the way they do because their history and the world building is in those novellas. They should not have put the book out for review (or for reading IMHO) for anyone that has not read them IMHO. The better method would have been to incorporate them in some fashion but too late now. NOTE: Let me stick one thing in the middle of this review, I hate the love triangle, it might be resolved at some point but I thought it really sucked (now back to our review). SO, what I am writing really applies to the whole story up until now, Celaena has been through every conceivable emotion and had heartbreaking losses and betrayals, she IS the best assassin in the world and should be living the high life but is living more like a pauper in most of these stories and with the novel it gets better and worse at the same time. She must fight to become the King’s Champion for a King she hates but holds her life in his hands and such is the crux of the story. While the 2-3 Star reviews have not made me any less enthusiastic about this series, it has made me aware that without the novellas you really don't have a clue as to what got the "assassin" to this point in her life (or why she may still be a bit naive). While I was completely engrossed by this book it HAS made me aware that the marketing for this novel was severely lacking, several reviews have been less than complimentary and the major cause was the lack of information in the novel that was included in the novellas. It becomes obvious to me that the novel as a standalone book was lacking since I found the novellas to be 5 Star reading (well maybe not the first one The Assassin and the Pirate Lord) but they do all the world building AND give you tons of history and insight into who Celaena really was/is. I can't believe she wrote all these 5 Star novellas and then wrote a 3 Star novel but as I see it, that is about all most people can get out of this novel if they have not read the others, it makes this 3 Star standalone novel into a 5 Star work in a series I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment (assuming there will be another installment). I can overlook a lot of things but at the end if I have been entertained by a good story then I consider it a good book (possibly with flaws but very good never the less) and this story was exceptional if you read it all and not just this novel.
Anyone who has been reading these excellent novellas knew this was not going to be a happy reading experience. the teaser for the novel Throne of Glass was included in the back of the last novella and those of us (like me) who stupidly read it already knew there was going to be a bad ending here, what we did NOT know was how bad it was going to be. Our plucky Assassin we have traveled through 4 novellas with now has hit bottom, she is in desperate straights and has lost pretty much everyone she ever cared about. This novella is required reading before the novel so you will know how she arrived in the situation the novel starts with and how horribly she was betrayed, I expect the blood will flow freely in the Throne of Glass novel, these novellas have all been excellent and we now know what to expect and anything less than revenge and excellent writing would be a disappointment, read all the novellas and then get the book, you will not be disappointed.
I finished Sins of the Father (good name but so unoriginal and overused it makes it damn hard to search for it) and while it was a big improvement over book 1 it still has several problems the least of which is still a ton of verbiage, I lost count of how many times her "jaw dropped" and in what can usually make a book DOA for me, she got into politics.
NOTE TO AUTHORS: We do NOT want to read about what party/liberal/conservative/ you like/dislike and may trash your book for that reason alone. We don't want pages upon pages of what music you like, we don't like to read about vampires that sparkle nor do we care to read about vampires that drive a Prius (or any other force fed concerns of yours, environmental or otherwise). We the reading public wishes to be entertained above all else, if we wish to be enlightened we will NOT be reading PNR/UF to get that enlightenment, write this down. WE WANT ENTERTAINMENT AND ESCAPISM!
The story picked up and as obvious, the first 2 books in this series could have been combined to make one really good novel without the entire useless dribble you have to get through. At least we have a plot finally (YAY) we can understand and now cue the werewolves. I will probably buy the next book but it is far from certain, the political comment was a onetime occurrence and I can overlook it one time. We do get an actual ending and not a cliffhanger as last time (an improvement) and left with enough questions to make the next book seem attractive BUT I am really hoping it does not go the way of Anita Blake and her male harem and it keeps looking like she wants to go that way, we shall see (in all fairness I should mention she only has sex with one person). The best writers can take a mythological theme (like vampires) and make it seem real, unfortunately we have at least a couple of scenes in this book where I could not suspend my belief system enough to buy into what she was selling but I shall keep trying. The overarching story (now that I know what it is) is somewhat compelling and interesting so if nothing is pressing I will get the next one and see where it goes. Skye herself is still not the best thing about these books, far from it but the secondary characters were fleshed out a bit more and became real people. At the end of the book I have to say I enjoyed this one, where at the end of Blood of the Son (Book #1 in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series) I was NOT happy.
Bottom Line: I give this book 3.5 Stars for improvement and actually getting a bit of a hook into my interest in seeing one more book. I will hold off on a final recommendation until the next book and see how things get resolved. This has the potential to be a great series, so far it has not reached its potential but the next book will be the deal maker/breaker. Stay tuned .......
I finished All That Bleeds (A Novel of the Etherlin) today and it was an astoundingly good novel. The main characters were fleshed out pretty well although she left the secondary characters a bit more 2 dimensional. The story was great but the basic theme of "bad boy falls in love with princess" type plot was done well. It has vampires and muses (with the ability to enhance people to more creativity and perhaps to command them a bit like hypnotic trance). Merrick was a wonderfully developed and complex character who answers to none and the muse Alissa made a complex couple and an engrossing romance while under the threat/mystery of who is trying to kill/kidnap her. All in all enough action for the UF fans and enough romance for the PNR types, one of the better mixtures, I have to give it a solid 4 stars maybe a bit more, did I mention he has a Fallen Angel for his best friend, nice touch there, I think we will see more of him. I will be buying the sequel.
(NOTE: I don't summarize books, any book page on Amazon/Goodreads/B&N, etc already has one, long reviews are not a requirement)
Let me review and please educate me on why there are so many 5 Star reviews?
1. Pages upon pages of what she wears, what she drinks, random pages of thought process that do nothing to move a plot along . 2. Pages upon pages of wonder WTH the plot is??? 3. Pages of nothing based on a nonexistent secret because character A won't tell character B what she is mad about (from the book of poor writing, re: Butch/Marissa from BDB) 4. Finally things start to happen in the last 5% of the book and she leaves you with a cliffhanger.
that is what you people consider 5 Star reading? I have some recommendations for you that will rock your world if that is true.
I can say that there seems to be a story under all the mountains of verbiage, it is very unclear but enough to peak my interest. The unreality of her reactions to finding out vampires are real is underwhelming and totally unbelievable is outweighed by the overwhelming desire to see one of said vampires beat the living s### out of her ex-boyfriend.
Bottom Line: 3 Star book, interesting characters, almost invisible plot, unbelievable heroine, pages of waiting for that "big thing" to happen that never really does BUT it peaked my interest enough that if she actually publishes according to schedule I will buy the next book to see if a clear plot develops since I have invested time into reading this book. It has the potential to actually BE a good series if the writing and the action both pick up.
I finished Dark Descendant and I can see where people had a hard time rating this book. The story is compelling and the crux is that she is a descendant of the goddess Artemis. The problem is the reaction of the heroine to a lot of the things people do to her, she is forgiving to the points of TSTL (to stupid to live) and her behavior is not consistent. In spite of these distractions I think I did enjoy the book but given that much of my enjoyment of actions books fall into the "good guys get revenge" mindset I was disappointed. Justice was served but it subtly smacked of political correctness/abhorrence to violence in some ways and left me a bit unfulfilled at the end. For me this was a 3.5/4 Star read, great setting, great story, less than optimum execution of a potentially 5 Star story. Maybe I will give the 2nd book Deadly Descendant a try and see if it gets better. Remember this is a review from a male and you females might not be as needful of revenge (yea, right), if there is anything that I dislike in a UF book it is the main character spending a large amount of time getting beat up or whining, this was edging into that territory.
Finished Keeping Secret and it was as awesome as all of them have been, this one started a bit slower (or maybe my mood was not right) but it got rolling and never stopped until the end. This is definitely the series that Anita Blake could have been, she is tough, skilled and still soft enough to make you like the character. this is a top series for those who love UF, it is PNR in characters but UF in action. 4.5 Stars easy ranking for the series, maybe higher, depends on your enjoyment of action. Next book should be off the scales from the ending of this one.
NOTE: Read the summary on this page and you will get the basics of the story.
While this was an amazing addition to the Alex Craft series it did not quite live up to the other 2 in the series (this is more like the other two wer...moreWhile this was an amazing addition to the Alex Craft series it did not quite live up to the other 2 in the series (this is more like the other two were 10/10 and this one was like 8/10) which still makes it better than 80% of the books out there. The thing that I guess left me a bit unfulfilled in this action packed novel is the fact that you keep wanting her to be able to "get even" with the Winter Queen and you don't get that lovely revenge you really , really want :) Readers of the series will still love this book and the mystery and edge of your seat intensity will leave you with that elusive WOW factor these books always provide. Bottom Line: No spoilers here but when you finish you will still be "damn that was good!" but slightly unfulfilled you have to wait for the next book to HOPEFULLY see her get even with the Queen, but she has so many things to do (people to save, world in danger level stuff) you don't even think about it until you are done. 5 Stars rounded up from 4.5 (less)
I did a marathon reading of Even White Trash Zombies get the Blues and was surprised to find it was exceptional. Obviously, the zombie bit might be a turnoff for some folks but this is an awesome UF novel and I loved it. Angel is trying to get her life turned around since she is now a zombie (My Life as A White Trash Zombie) and gets involved in some high level murder and mystery. Ms Rowland has done an amazing job of making this series into a well written, addicting story. 4.5 Stars and if you don't read it you have missed one of the best endings I have read in months.
This is really a review for the series and not any one of the books - I have now finished all 5 books of the Max Starr series and I am stuck for how to rate them. I read them all back to back so to me it was like 1 really long story with a great if somewhat surprising ending. While it did eventually kind of live up to its title description of "erotic paranormal romance mystery" it was such a great story to me that the "erotic" part did not seem to clash as it does for me in many books. This is a great story and the fact is that none of the books in itself was that outstanding but the series as a whole was phreaking amazing. I think all I can say is that if you think you would like a story about a woman who witnessed her husband killed (who stayed around as a ghost to help her recover) and has to solve about 5 murders or more, is a emotional cripple at the start of this AND is a psychic. This is the story :) It does become highly sensual but not in the "Anita does Everybody" type, most of it is mental.. The mystery is not solved until the last book and the author has you guessing the whole time and at some point you suspect everybody, she does get a semi-hero cop that she has a relationship with through the books that will stretch your belief that a guy would put up with as much trouble as she is :) I highly recommend the series as a whole, not for the easily offended but a very good read
Well I finished Firewalker (Stormwalker, Book 2) and really enjoyed it, the series improved in this book by the addition of some characters and the injection of a personality into the sheriff (who you kinda hated in book 1). The H needed the h a bit more and the writing was a bit better also, the main h character evolved a bit more and while her temper helped in a couple of situations it also led to a couple TSTL type situations which I found a bit out of character but over all this was a solid 4 Star (maybe a bit more) and I am liking it. It is still much more UF than PNR and in a couple chapters the sexual situations almost had a feel of "ok, time for the sex scene because its been too long" when it would have been just as good without it (these scenes are more than PG but a long way from Larissa Ione/Demonica level :) Bottom Line, good book, good story building from the last book and then they throw in a teaser in the last chapter that you know is gonna be show up in the future. Recommended UF type reading you will enjoy. As with most series, book 1 is weakest and it gets better as you go along.