I am having a much harder time writing the review for this second installment in the Irin Chronicles, it is not because it was not amazingly good, it...moreI am having a much harder time writing the review for this second installment in the Irin Chronicles, it is not because it was not amazingly good, it is more because I hardly know where to start (or where to end)
We know at the end of The Scribe which was a novel of romance, danger and sacrifice that Ava was almost a broken person. In this novel we have a journey across Europe to find the Irina the females of the Irin race who have all but separated themselves from the world for their own safety.
I am not sure how much I should say about Malachi since much information would be a spoiler indeed. So I will kind of constrain myself to pretty much what the synopsis has said with the statement that Malachi spend almost all of the book searching for Ava to answer her call from the last book "return to me". Heady stuff indeed.
The most mind boggling thing about this book is trying to figure out Jaron, I still have no idea what he is doing, why he is doing it, is he on anyone's "side" and the last chapter just blows most things I might have thought apart and dumps a ton of more questions in my lap. Waiting for the next book is going to be pretty much as torturous as waiting for this one.
5 Stars if for no other reason it makes me think, it makes me guess what might happen in the future and then it inserts things that make me question every hypothesis I have created. The central point in this novel although it reads as an urban fantasy in most parts, it IS a romance at the heart of the story and without the great romantic story of Ava and Malachi this story would just be another mediocre novel in an ocean of mediocre novels.
Now I shall be depressed until the next novel in this series, I can't wait..(less)
So many of my favorite series seem to have a third book that stands above the rest and this is no exception, of the three books so far this one knocks...moreSo many of my favorite series seem to have a third book that stands above the rest and this is no exception, of the three books so far this one knocks my socks off as far as progress, action, romance, and a bit more info for the reader,
Zenobia and Ariq (the Kraken King) end up in a smuggler's den due to circumstance in the last book and as you might think there is danger everywhere.
Our heroine manages to find trouble as you might expect but things will happen that will leave you smiling and a good place for me to take a break before moving on with book #4 since I have other reviews to write :)
This novellas ends a story that started about a year ago with Ward of the Vampire (Ward of the Vampire Serial) and has been fed to us a few chapters a...moreThis novellas ends a story that started about a year ago with Ward of the Vampire (Ward of the Vampire Serial) and has been fed to us a few chapters at a time and was well worth the wait.
While I would be the first to admit this story did not go exactly the way I imagined it was a good ending regardless. We have had so many ups and downs in this story, scares and lusty interludes that I was not exactly sure how this would end but I am happy with it now.
This final chapters of the story of Morgan and Angelina are more directed to the romance that this story was always about, everything else being secondary and hinging on it, This is not urban fantasy with a bit of romance, this is a romance that happens to have vampires in it :)
Bottom Line: Great story, get them all. I loved it 5 Stars for originality and not falling into the trap of making it more than it was meant to be for once.(less)
I am giving this 5 Stars because I loved the story. This first installment just gives you the basics of a great story and several mysteries.
The heroin...moreI am giving this 5 Stars because I loved the story. This first installment just gives you the basics of a great story and several mysteries.
The heroine has many secrets and you the reader will only know a few of them, the Kraken King (one of his many titles) is more than a mayor of a town that kills a lot of the krakens.
There is the beginning touches of a good romance but this short story beginning only gives us the very basics, these stories being serialized and released about a week apart might prove to be a source of frustration because this has all the earmarks of a really exceptional story and romance.
I will have to see who I can beg/bribe/threaten to get the rest of these as soon as possible :)
NOTE: Maybe it was just me but the first few chapters brought up memories of Romancing The Stone but now that I have finished I think that was a misconception on my part since our heroine has a LOT of secrets.(less)
Well in this part several things will happen and I can't talk about most of them without spoiling too many things.
These have got to be two of the most...moreWell in this part several things will happen and I can't talk about most of them without spoiling too many things.
These have got to be two of the most insecure people I have ever read about in their romantic dealings, perhaps insecure is not the right word but they both question the others devotion and make decisions based upon what they "think" the other wants but it quickly devolves into something darker.
The romance is strong once again but I can tell you I want some revenge for other actions that happen and I am afraid I am not going to get it in the few pages of the last part (Part 8). Somebody gotta PAY!
Looks like Part 8 is going to be mostly non-stop action and over-the-top "I would die for you" type romance, hold on to your seats, it is gonna be a bumpy ride folks. (still get pi$$ed just thinking about what happened, I want payback!!)(less)
Well there is only so much I can write about this continuing story without injecting spoilers but this second part moves the story along nicely and so...moreWell there is only so much I can write about this continuing story without injecting spoilers but this second part moves the story along nicely and some unforeseen problem.
Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia for reasons that he does not allow himself to believe at times. They are a perfect couple as far as a opposites attract couple. The secrets they both are holding start to come out just a small bit but it muddies the water more than provides clarity plus the story takes a sudden turn towards the end of this part that sends us off the intended track a bit.
The romance is still not moving along as hoped but I am sure it will eventually but some misconceptions need to be cleared up and of course that constant threat of death always messes up a good romance :)
Still 5 Star addiction and so I will be grabbing Part 3 soon and continuing on in this addicting story. If you can't enjoy this you need to get counseling :)(less)
While not a huge fan of Nora Roberts I have to be impressed by the sheer volume of work she puts out, but most of it does not interest me. This trilog...moreWhile not a huge fan of Nora Roberts I have to be impressed by the sheer volume of work she puts out, but most of it does not interest me. This trilogy is what I would call a HUGE exception, it was entertaining, the story-line that some have thought predictable was captivating and I find it an epic example of what I hope to find when I read any book in this genre. This is the gold standard I use to measure other works against. The thing here is why? The main thing for me in any book is to be entertained, I do not want adjustments to my moral compass nor do I wish to involve myself in thinly veiled political barbs. I want to be entertained and happy when I finish or at least impressed (as opposed to depressed). This trio of novels has it all, epic nature, soaring romance, heroic efforts, armies on a battlefield. Yep, she threw in the kitchen sink here and I love it. If I could only recommend one series to anyone, this is it (and I read hundreds). If you cannot enjoy this work I am sorry for your soul since you can't be a very happy person .(less)
Possibly the best fantasy trilogy since Lord of the Rings (yes it was that good), obviously you need all 3 books to get the whole story and full enjoy...morePossibly the best fantasy trilogy since Lord of the Rings (yes it was that good), obviously you need all 3 books to get the whole story and full enjoyment. Later books have been written but fail to capture the greatness these first 3 have managed. NOTE: The TV rendition of these books is a pale shadow of the actual story. NOTE 2: It seems many people include the 4th book, Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea but since it was written almost 20 years later I am not sure I would.(less)
Wow, I am not sure what I can write about this part, the whole thing is a spoiler other than to say the romance takes a giant step forward.
I will say...moreWow, I am not sure what I can write about this part, the whole thing is a spoiler other than to say the romance takes a giant step forward.
I will say I don't really remember that many romantic scenes, they just don’t affect me that way (hey I am a guy) BUT I do remember two, the end of the first Guild Hunter novel by Nalini Singh and The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter and now I have one more, the end of Part 4 is one of the best I ever read.
The whole book is worth the price just to read the end of this part, trust me, don’t wait past the release date of Part 4 to get parts 1-4, the rest are great but this is one of those rare gems you will remember if you have a romantic bone in your body.
NOTE: Just so you understand I seldom ever read anything more than once unless there are years between readings, I have read the last few pages of this about 10 times, it just appeals to my romantic blood and exceeded anything I thought she might write.(less)
Well the first thing I should say about this final part is to remind readers (since I had to remind myself) that this is a romance at the heart of thi...moreWell the first thing I should say about this final part is to remind readers (since I had to remind myself) that this is a romance at the heart of this story and not a blood soaked tale of revenge (which is exactly what I wanted after Part 7) but it seems Ms Brook wanted to complete her story as it should be in spite of my desire for revenge.
Everything is coming to a head, the Nippon forces are all around Krakentown, the evil Ghazan Bator has moved into his town and the future looks dim for any peace loving people.
The solution to this mess is neither easy nor is it without a bit of bloodshed but it is VERY creative and allows the story to continue to revolve around the romance which is what this story has always been about and the ending is very satisfying for everyone except my personal "revenge junkie" but even he is grudgingly happy with the story .
I feel there are more stories coming out of this world that I hope will be this good but to be honest I have a hard time imagining a more glorious adventure than this one and the height of the romance is something out of a Hollywood epic. Well done indeed Ms Brook :) The title for this part was spot on, Greatest Adventure exactly.(less)
I really did not expect very much from this novella since it was only around 100+ pages but the story was done well, no real details were left out, th...moreI really did not expect very much from this novella since it was only around 100+ pages but the story was done well, no real details were left out, the reader is kept involved at almost all time.
The problem in trying to review this is there is nothing I can really add that is not in the synopsis already. This is a story of love, hate and revenge only none of those emotions seem to play out the way you would expect (and I loved it).
This is a story you can finish in one night but unless you have read the first 3 books you will be lost for most of the story so do not start with this novella, go back and grab A Hint of Frost (book 1) and enjoy this riveting series which is a series of fantasy romances with a common overarching story to back it up.
5 Stars for such a great story in so few pages. Reading order below:
A Hint of Frost, Book One A Feast of Souls, Book Two A Cast of Shadows, An Araneae Nation Novella A Time of Dying, Book Three A Kiss of Venom, An Araneae Nation Novella A Breath of Winter, Book Four A Veil of Secrets, Book Five - Coming Soon!(less)
Finished Urban Shaman (The Walker Papers, Book 1) and it was GREAT but the first few chapters were so delightfully entertaining that the rest of the b...moreFinished Urban Shaman (The Walker Papers, Book 1) and it was GREAT but the first few chapters were so delightfully entertaining that the rest of the book kinda paled in comparison in a strange way. The story was pretty much the "girl with hidden powers that suddenly awake" thing we have all read before but with some twists to make it original enough but the banter was awesome and it made the book for me. There was hints of romance to come but for purposes this was straight up UF and PNR with almost no R at all :) I loved it and give it 4.5 Stars but I am a bit concerned since most reviews indicate the next 2 books are not as good but I am hooked on the story so I can add more books to my TBR stack (gee, I needed that SOOOOO much ) . Well I gotta figure out what to read next now but if anyone is having a problem, I recommend Urban Shaman and after the first 2-4 chapters you will see why, it was great.
Where do we start, the prologue gives us the history that the entire series will be based around and since it promises to bring down what amounts to a...moreWhere do we start, the prologue gives us the history that the entire series will be based around and since it promises to bring down what amounts to a Goddess that will be a tall order but that is more of a series ender rather than this story, but it gives us a bit of insight.
Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) is a Sensitive, basically she can feel people emotions and feelings to the extent she is almost a walking lie detector, and these skills have proven very effective in her job as an investigator for the Supernatural Investigation Bureau. Her boss Jack Tanner (A Daylight Vampire, the good guys) has feelings for her which are reciprocated by Blue but both pretty much keep their feelings to themselves for most of the book but this is a very on/off again thing with a heaping share of "I'm not worthy" thrown in for good measure, never fear, I think it will eventually work out ........ maybe.
This novel centers on finding the killer of a young boy and the search for why he had a very powerful item in his possession when he dies. The killer wants it back and is willing to torture and kill to get it, this puts Blue right in the crosshairs of the action and drives Jack a bit crazy trying to protect someone that does not want to be protected.
The mystery of the "whodunit" is pretty good but you can get a pretty good idea of the culprit about halfway through, a goodly portion of the book (as most Book #1 in a series are) is dedicated to world building and a bit of the characters history which feeds into the story very well. A big background into the overarching storyline is the racist type movement against the "Gifted" which was a bit overdone in the first few chapters but evened out and fit into the story right nicely although the "religious fanatic" moniker has been overused and a more secular sect would have been just as effective and a bit more original IMHO.
The secondary cast was excellent and I hope will be fleshed out a bit more as the series progresses, good mix of characters. The one that steals the show though is a wolf (Varg) who seems to appear from nowhere, decides he is Blue's guardian and proceeds to do just that on several occasions, there are a lot of questions about him since he seems to understand language and displays a few not so normal wolf powers. I am sure we will see more of him in future books.
The plot was done well even interspersed with the history and world building, the ending was great and entices the reader to continue without the use of any cliffhanger (I hate cliffhangers).
Bottom Line: Excellent novel, alpha male hero/strong heroine, good reading, no scanning, loved the wolf, loved the characters almost as much, sex was in line with the story and not overdone even though mentally chaotic, violence is about as graphic what you should expect after reading about the first death (not overdone and not whitewashed in any manner). Highly recommended and will be continuing with the series, great new world. 4.5 Stars round to 5 for Amazon/Goodreads. (less)
There are several layers to this novel, all of them are thoughtful and well written.
The romance between Rachael and Mason is touch and go through most...moreThere are several layers to this novel, all of them are thoughtful and well written.
The romance between Rachael and Mason is touch and go through most of the book until you are ready to slap them to see if they are awake. It is obvious they care for each other deeply but are a bit slow about coming to that conclusion on their own for various reasons logical and idiotic.
The murder mystery they are going to work on is exceptional and tinged with a good dose of paranormal which livens things up a bit, add in a armature sleuth like Rachael and things tend to get chaotic quickly.
The mystery revolves around girls that are being kidnapped and held for sale to the highest bidder, the depth of the organization in this criminal enterprise is what the big question is in addition to where the girls are before they get sold off and lost forever.
This is a first class mystery with top shelf writing and characters you feel like you know, very enjoyable reading and highly recommended.(less)
I have to admit, I was not excited about reading this for a few reasons. It was science fiction which I enjoy but thought I was not in the mood for a...moreI have to admit, I was not excited about reading this for a few reasons. It was science fiction which I enjoy but thought I was not in the mood for a "end of the world" scenario, it was aliens posing as angels (did not sound like anything fun or interesting), and of course there is passion with the poor human. All of which said "BORING" to my mind, I could NOT have been more wrong.
The action starts on page one and does not let up for awhile, the heroine is more entertaining than I ever imagined and the hero who is a bit conflicted (something else I generally hate) comes across as a real person who is interesting.
The plot is more complex than you will get from reading the synopsis (way more), the world building is good so you understand why things are being done pretty well and the romance becomes a intrinsic part of the plot and the ending.
Gregori and Adelita were perfect characters to play off of each other and the apocalyptic plot since they kept the story from getting too dark.
If I have any real complaints it would be that while the main plot was resolved well, there were some threads of things left hanging without being addressed or answered, I assume these will be answered in a future sequel but there is no real story left and this can be considered a stand alone with no trouble for most readers.
Bottom Line: Get this book, I tend to enjoy PNR/UF mostly but this was an amazing diversion and one of the better books of any genre I have read in months. 4.5 Stars rounded to 5.(less)
This was a long awaited treat for me since I read Grace Draven’s Master of Crows about 3 years ago in paperback then bought it again in Kindle format....moreThis was a long awaited treat for me since I read Grace Draven’s Master of Crows about 3 years ago in paperback then bought it again in Kindle format. It has been in my All Time Top 5 ever since and I kept waiting for more since most authors drop new books every few months or so. This took a bit longer and it was worth the wait.
Louvaen has been both mother and sister to Cinnia since her younger sister was a child, now Gavin has appeared and her sister seems to have fallen for the handsome young man. Being the self appointed guardian of her sister’s honor she is not likely to be fooled by his charm but things happen to change that, not the least of which is meeting the lad’s father Ballard who has been cursed.
This is an original story which uses the basic framework of the Beauty and The Beast fairy tale to convey an amazing story of love, devotion, obsession and magic. You have a pair of tragic heroes, a pair of damsels in distress, an old curse, an evil villain and a few thorns. The story is riveting and the main characters and most of the secondary characters are fully written and deeply part of the story.
So we have to try to break the curse, keep their father out of jail and the hands of the evil villain, keep an eye on her sister’s honor and find a way to live happily ever after. Quite a tall order and it may not happen at all, this is no fairy tale, it is filled with hatred and evil still having power. The touch of "love conquers all" is still a great read even if well worn a bit .
At the core of all of this is a slow story of romance and growing devotion that will be the key to most everything so if you are looking for somebody to jump into bed or passionate embraces in the first 25% of the book, sorry this is a slow moving deeply detailed romance which you will remember long after you turn the last page. This is why we read these type books, this is an exceptional story told by an talented writer and you will hate to see this book end. Trust me. 5 Star materiel all the way and it will probably be one to read over and over in years to come.(less)
Since I have read the previous two novels in this series I could not wait to read this one, it did not disappoint.
There seems to be no real "couple" f...moreSince I have read the previous two novels in this series I could not wait to read this one, it did not disappoint.
There seems to be no real "couple" for this book as with the previous novels (although they usually had more than 1 couple) this was more of a moving forward with the story and adding a few more wrinkles that you can see coming and all of it looks to be exciting to say the least.
While Lance and Tshering took a decent part of the main plot it was not the overwhelming point, we revisit most of the usual characters from the other books and throw in a couple of new things (I cannot wait to see who/what Michael is hooking up with)
The action is woven in with romance and intrigue expertly and the multifaceted plot never leaves you with boring sections that must be scanned. I always love that you never get left with a cliffhanger but always left with a few unanswered questions for hooking you into the future novels.
While not overwhelming popular (yet) these are 5 Star reading, perhaps a few editing mistakes along the way but nothing I would bother to mention other than one TSTL situation that I guess could not be avoided to make the plot work.
Bottom Line: This is a 5 Star novel in a series that improves with each installment, highly recommended for PNR and UF enthusiasts. This is one of those rare series that has greatly exceeded my expectations.(less)
This is a very multilayered plot and I loved it. Characters that you will like but a couple could have stood to have been fleshed out a wee bit more.
T...moreThis is a very multilayered plot and I loved it. Characters that you will like but a couple could have stood to have been fleshed out a wee bit more.
The synopsis is woefully inadequate to describe this book, it is filled with action, intrigue, drama but surprisingly almost no romance (at least not yet, this is book 1).
The villains are delightfully evil, the crimes are horrific and you get pulled into the motivation to find and stop this paranormal killer before things get even worse.
Oddly, even though the vampire Sorren is the big hunk of a hero, his actual participation in this novel is limited a bit, the larger part of this story revolves around Cassidy and her partner Teag. Obviously, when the "big guns" are required Sorren is there along with a couple of other interesting characters pulled in along the way.
So we have haunted objects creating havoc, we have a long thought dead evil sorcerer, throw in a demon and some minions and a good time is to be had by all.
The other thing is that Carrie and Teag both grow in understanding and power by the end of the novel, authors tend to keep their characters as clueless as they started in many books, I like to see normal development.
I am giving this 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 for Amazon/Goodreads) even though I thought our plucky heroine veered very close to TSTL territory a couple of times. Great reading and can't wait for more (same as with her Ascending Kingdoms fantasy, I need more books Gail Martin!) (less)