I really enjoyed the Vampire Academy series and was looking forward to the spin-off to the book. However, I couldn't help but feel that the spin-off w...moreI really enjoyed the Vampire Academy series and was looking forward to the spin-off to the book. However, I couldn't help but feel that the spin-off was more of a reason to delve into Richelle Mead's beloved vampire world rather than truly explore the life of Sydney, an alchemist who is set to make sure vampires are never exposed to the human world.
From the get go, there are already mysteries and secrets introduced, which kept me guessing til the end of the book. However, the first half of the book starts off quite slowly, focusing a lot on Sydney and Jill's schooling dramas and Sydney as a teacher's pet. I even went to the lengths of thinking that Alchemists were boring - they can't fight, don't have powers, and they aren't vampires, or anything remotely supernatural.
There are just enough plot developments to keep you reading however - especially when you find out what Sydney can do with her Alchemist arsenal. From someone who starts out incredibly prejudice against vampires at the start, she does start to grow on you, although the prejudice never really goes away and is dangled so obviously in front of the reader that it started to get annoying after a while.
With these criticisms aside however, I did find the book quite enjoyable to read, especially as it really picked up in the second half of the book. It does get quite exciting as mysteries start to unfold, and Mead always has this way to surprise you towards the end by tying up loose ends in the book.
Well paced, great character development, set in an intriguing world, this is a series where I will be eagerly waiting for the next installment.
Vampires preying on librarians, what could be more funny! And it's written in a serious tone too! An interesting representation of Dracula, with enoug...moreVampires preying on librarians, what could be more funny! And it's written in a serious tone too! An interesting representation of Dracula, with enough suspense and mystery to keep you reading. At over 600 pages, it wasn't a quick read but I really enjoyed this book for it's unique premise and the concept still makes me laugh to this day.(less)
What an exciting, action-packed read! At first, Bones really put me off because he reminds me so much of Spike with the spiky, blonde tipped hair, chi...moreWhat an exciting, action-packed read! At first, Bones really put me off because he reminds me so much of Spike with the spiky, blonde tipped hair, chiselled jaw and English accent and his personality is a lot like him as well. It was a little repetitive at the start when Cat dresses up as a skank and goes and baits vampires like that but the finale totally blew me away. Will keep reading this series.
I never felt compelled to read this book seeing as the Twilight wave has dissipated for me, and Bree was a relatively unimportant character in Eclipse...moreI never felt compelled to read this book seeing as the Twilight wave has dissipated for me, and Bree was a relatively unimportant character in Eclipse. It just seemed like another way for Stephanie Meyer to milk the franchise further.
However upon picking up this novella at the library, it was a quick, satisfying read for me. It doesn't delve too deeply into character development or setting up the scene, just places you straight into Bree's vampiric life and brings you up to speed with what happened before we encountered her in Eclipse. It brings another dimension into the vampire hoard and how used the newborns were.
Probably unnecessary unless you absolutely love the Twilight series and want more.
Red Headed Stepchild is about a half mage, half vampire assassin called Sabina Kane. She's been sent into the enemy's base to infiltrate their secrets...moreRed Headed Stepchild is about a half mage, half vampire assassin called Sabina Kane. She's been sent into the enemy's base to infiltrate their secrets and perform an assasination that gets complicated, as she finds out more about the people and her own birth.
At the very start of the book, there was a part that revealed that every vampire is a red head. The ones with darker mahogany hair are older and more powerful, while the ones with lighter auburn hair are newborns. I found this reference to be interesting and a little comical, but it was unfortunate that it wasn't really followed through well for the rest of the book.
There's this hilarious demon called Gighul in the book. Later on, he gets stuck in the form of a hairless cat. He steals every scene that he's in, and he does provide a bit of comical relief for the entire book.
Unfortunately, Red Headed Stepchild failed to grab me with it's run-of-the-mill story. As I've mentioned in the Serious Overload of Series Buddy Read thread, the story failed to convey a depth of emotion even though the circumstances affecting Sabina were personal. I just found like I was reading a straight action story all the way through, and in the end I failed to care about the main character. For an assassin, I expected her to be more on her guard and less trusting of others, but that didn't seem to be the case.
The mythology covering Lilith and Cain in Adam and Eve's place was quite interesting, and the book does spend quite a lot on it's world building. It seems character development was sacrificed in its place however. A 3 stars read for me, but if I did pick up the sequels it would be to read about what becomes of Gighul.
Woah this was amazing! Much better than the first, which dragged with a slow introduction and conversations between Cat and Bones.
The second in the N...moreWoah this was amazing! Much better than the first, which dragged with a slow introduction and conversations between Cat and Bones.
The second in the Night Huntress series goes straight into the action, which was both exhilarating and fast-paced. Cat is a rare vampire/human half-breed and her job is to exterminate vampires who pose a threat to humans. She's the commander of a badass but lovable team of agents, training them to stand on their own against vampires. Four years have passed since she left Bones behind to join the cause.
I was glad to see that she would inevitably meet her beloved again. The chemistry between Cat and Bones is explosive, partly due to their forbidden relationship and the tensions with her mum's disapproval, and her job.
With her reunion with Bones, commanding a team she has both trained and befriended, and finding herself a target of an assassination attempt, this book is bursting with excitement and emotion. Definitely pulled on the heartstrings and left the emotions raw. So glad I continued to read this series!
Zombies. Vampires. Ghouls. A centuries old Egyptian vampire goddess. After completing the 3rd book in the Night Huntress series, it's evident that thi...moreZombies. Vampires. Ghouls. A centuries old Egyptian vampire goddess. After completing the 3rd book in the Night Huntress series, it's evident that this series goes from strength to strength. It's exhilarating, fast-paced, and pulls at the heart strings.
Cat continues to grow on me, her strength of character is strong but not unbreakable in her weaker moments. Her fierce love for Bones fuels her every moment, and Bones is such a charming, arrogant, witty fellow. The only thing that annoyed me was Tate, who thinks he has a chance with her but how dodgy can you get?
Jeaniene Frost weaves intricate storylines into each character with a greater complexity than I've seen other authors do, and that's what makes this series a must-read.
The 4th book in the exhilirating Night Huntress series took quite a different turn from the previous books. Cat is no longer commanding her team of sp...moreThe 4th book in the exhilirating Night Huntress series took quite a different turn from the previous books. Cat is no longer commanding her team of special agents, however, she's got another problem - an old lover from a past she never knew claims to be her real husband and will stop at nothing to steal her away.
That's a cause for concern for Cat and Bones, and the passionate couple are constantly at each other's throats in this book - literally. So much so, that I found it quite difficult getting past the first 60% of the book. In fact, the book is filled with so much angst, self-loathing, and regret that it was quite uncomfortable to read.
Thankfully, the supporting characters really step in to save the day. Mencheres, Vlad, Spade and newly found ghost Fabian are all intriguing characters who have a place in the Night Huntress universe. I look forward to the Night Huntress world spin-offs to read a little more about these characters.
The last quarter of the book definitely did redeem the whole book for me. It was filled with lots of sex & sizzle, ultimate action-packed duels and twists as expected from Jeaniene Frost. Frost is masterful in how she weaves a story together, always keeping you on the edge of the seat to find out what happens next.
Continuing on from the phenomenal Night Huntress series, This side of the grave starts off with a bang as Cat gets accustomed to her newfound powers a...moreContinuing on from the phenomenal Night Huntress series, This side of the grave starts off with a bang as Cat gets accustomed to her newfound powers and strange feeding habits as a vampire.
Bones and Cat have ironed out their issues from the last book and spend their time either being mushy with each other or getting hot and heavy. It's a welcome change from the angst and whining from the last book as there's a lot more happening here on the brink of an all out ghoul war with an evil ghoul ruler and a ghoul goddess representing queen of the Damned.
The side characters especially the ghost Fabian are a crucial focus on this book, and Vlad as well as Mecheres are as fascinating as ever.
The plot isn't as tight and fast moving as previous books, but a hilarious voodoo experience and emotional passing of someone who means a lot to Cats heavyweights in this book. It's def a stronger contender than the previous title filled with lots of action, wit, and love. Can't wait to move onto the next one.
Being an avid reader of the first 5 books, it's evident that the series is sadly beginning to lose momentum. It seemed like the author was clutching a...moreBeing an avid reader of the first 5 books, it's evident that the series is sadly beginning to lose momentum. It seemed like the author was clutching at straws with the plot to create a completely out-of-the-blue arch enemy that you somehow fail to care about.
What I have loved in all of the previous books, even when Cat and Bones were fighting, was the strong emotions causing through the main character, the fast-paced action, the great side-characters, the witty remarks, and of course the passion and bond between our favourite vampire couple. It seemed that One Grave at a Time lacked the essential elements that tied the series together, and I just felt like it was a complete stand alone that had bland characters barely reminiscent of the ones from the series.
Firstly, the book was incredibly slow and the whole thing revolves around an evil poltergeist called Kramer. When you weren't reading about his terrifying threats and hauntings, you were reading about an annoying ass of a Centre leader Madigan. So what I felt here was a constant annoyance at whatever character that Frost has felt compelled to include that just gristled at me. Honestly, the previous books had done without the characters just there to make you annoyed and there is absolutely no reason that this one needed to include TWO of these characters.
Secondly, because the entire plot was so focused on this Kramer poltergeist that Cat is so fixated on, it barely left time for anything else. Very limited interaction between other characters actually felt like they were there as a cardboard cut out. Cat and Bones spent most of their time fixated on Kramer. And where the heck was Vlad? Definitely a slight disappointment.
Also the whole Cat and Mouse plot has been done so many times before and I don't mind it when it's done well, but when the finale is so anti-climactic you wish you could have done other things, like read all 5 previous books again. During the showdown, I actually felt all of those unpleasant emotions that I had from reading A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, disturbing, wrong and just plain unpleasant.
All in all it's evident that I'm quite disappointed in this book, and hope that the last few books of the series will live up to the excellent standard that Frost has created for the first 5 books.