I had such high hopes for Merripen! Winnifred was a lovely heroine, but they paled in comparison to Cam and Amelia. Though I did feel for Merripen I t...moreI had such high hopes for Merripen! Winnifred was a lovely heroine, but they paled in comparison to Cam and Amelia. Though I did feel for Merripen I thought the book would be a lot more intense. I think I just built it up too much in my head. Nevertheless, <3 loved seeing all the Hathaways again, they are a lovely bunch. And I felt so happy at Leo's return. Though still clearly affected by his past, it was so nice to see a healthier side of him. I did enjoy this one :)(less)
I go long periods of time before returning to Regency Romance, they're the type of historical romance that I've always read most.
I made a mistake wit...moreI go long periods of time before returning to Regency Romance, they're the type of historical romance that I've always read most.
I made a mistake with this book. I was stupid enough to start it at midnight thinking that it'd be my standard fare of Regency Romance.
I was wrong. I finished reading it at about 4.40am of the same morning. Now that should tell you something.
Amelia and Cam ♥
Romance people. Romance happens in this book of the most addictive and magical kind.
I don't know how many times I sighed over it and the smile I had on my face after I finished it. It's a book that leaves you feeling light inside and like you've got stars in your eyes. It also had enough in it to set it aside from the majority of Regency that I've read and it felt more real. It wasn't all about ball's at Almack's and Bath, or about a season out in society. No. This felt like it dealt with the more every day to day lives of people living in this period. Practical things, you know? Which just made me fall in love with the world in an entirely different way.
It was lovely and I couldn't stop until the book was done. Cam is a different type of Regency hero and I loved him. So refreshing and distant from usual Regency heroes. Kind of wanted him to come and steal me away at midnight too…
And Amelia. Such a strong woman, but someone who is taking on too much and not realising how close she is to crumbling under the pressure of it all.
They make a wonderful couple.
Read this one, it'll send you off to the rest of your day with a smile on your face.
After having read Masque of the Red Death and The Raven, I looked forward to this anthology and mix of shorts, poems and scenes but... Maybe it's just...moreAfter having read Masque of the Red Death and The Raven, I looked forward to this anthology and mix of shorts, poems and scenes but... Maybe it's just not for me, and I wasn't as captured by the imagery as I was with the titles mentioned above. Still, glad I read it.(less)
It took me a while to get into this book. I've always had a fascination for books dealing with witches or witchcraft as their subject and this ended u...moreIt took me a while to get into this book. I've always had a fascination for books dealing with witches or witchcraft as their subject and this ended up being no different.
The main character is Gabriel Blackstone, not a witch himself, but eventually, as a result of a request from an old friend, he ends up in the middle of a very addictive and disturbing relationship.
This is one of the things I thought was done very well, the way that Mostert showed us Gabriel getting more and more tangled up in what was going on, but unable to see it until it was too late. The two characters who held my attention the most were, probably unsurprisingly, Minnaloushe and Morrighan Monk.
Their relationship fascinated me, so tight knit and at the same time so distorted. The tension whenever Gabriel was in the presence of either one of them, or whenever they were all together, was palpable and I couldn't help flipping over to the next page to see what would happen next.
I'll say this—this isn't a happy story but it draws you in, if you give it the chance. It also has a fresher take on psychic abilities. It's not original, no, but the terminology, Gabriel's own abilities and the way it was presented in the story did have a new feel to it.
At times I felt the narrative went on a bit too much, felt almost as if it was trying too hard – but as I said previously, if you give this story the chance to draw you in, it will. It was an interesting read, and the Monke sisters will definitely stand out, they were just so compelling on the page.
I became a fan of Neil Gaiman when I fell completely in love with Neverwhere. It still remains one of my all time favourite books. So while I liked Th...moreI became a fan of Neil Gaiman when I fell completely in love with Neverwhere. It still remains one of my all time favourite books. So while I liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I wasn't in love with the same way I was with Neverwhere.
But I'll tell you what The Ocean… does do. It throws you back into your childhood, and the type of fear and clarity and trust that only children seem to have. Seeing everything from our narrator's young eyes makes it all seem so much bigger and scarier. So many times I felt anxious throughout the book, a sort of powerlessness that goes with being a child and not having a say, seeing the people you trust with your life change before your very eyes into something strange and foreign that you don't understand. It was very frightening. So well done, but that's not surprising.
Then there's the world, ordinary and wonderful at the same time, brought to life with a touch of magic, though it's never referred to as that. But maybe magic is the wrong word. It's wonder. I think that's what suits it best. It's mysterious, the ocean, and Lettie. It felt otherworldly and yet it had this earthiness to it, like old folk tales. Just part of every day and but with that touch of wonder.
Definitely felt transported into this different world. Lovely read.
It's been a while since I'd read a Nora Roberts, so when I went to WHSmith and it was a rainy day, I saw this, read the back and thought - yup, you're...moreIt's been a while since I'd read a Nora Roberts, so when I went to WHSmith and it was a rainy day, I saw this, read the back and thought - yup, you're coming home with me.
The beginning of the book had me hooked. I loved Liz/Abigail's character and the sinister turn that the night took from her. The crime was excellent and I couldn't wait to get to the rest. I parked my ass down and started doing some serious reading.
Unfortunately, I didn't maintain that feeling throughout the entire book. I know Nora Roberts is primarily a romance writer, I have no issue with that. I've read a lot of her books and loved them all, however, I found the start to the book misleading. There was a large chunk of the beginning of the novel dedicated to developing the crime part, and her situation as a result of it. So naturally I assumed this wouldn't be the end of it and would come back to bite her in the ass. I was pumped for it!
This didn't come to happen however. Ms Roberts focused entirely on the romance after that chapter of the book was done, and when the original crime actually came back on page, it was resolved almost off the page and that left me feeling disappointed. I have to admit that it also took me a bit of time to warm up to Abigail and Brooks as a couple. Though I liked Brooks and his family almost on sight, I found that I didn't really feel the same way about his romance with Abigail, I felt not chemistry, mainly because the start of their romance felt rushed to me.
It's a shame, the book had such a fantastic start. I'd say, take a chance on it, if you're a Nora Roberts fan you'll probably still enjoy this, if not, then you may like it a lot more than I did :)(less)
Old, classic romance with a happy ending. Sometimes I crave these because although predictable, they're warm and told just right and you find yourself...moreOld, classic romance with a happy ending. Sometimes I crave these because although predictable, they're warm and told just right and you find yourself enjoying the slow gentle romance just for what it is. Lovely.(less)
Frustratingly, I had to stop in my reading and was only able to pick this up again yesterday. And then I sat down with it and didn't get up again unti...moreFrustratingly, I had to stop in my reading and was only able to pick this up again yesterday. And then I sat down with it and didn't get up again until I finished it.
It's been a long time since I've read a YA book and I don't think I could've picked a better book to break that long spell with.
So, if you've read my reviews before you've probably heard me go on and on about world building and atmosphere. Those are two of my favourite things in a good book, because I need to feel fully immersed in it. The world building was fantastic and very important to how every thing ties in at the end (which I loved!).
I loved the grittiness of Kai's world, of the things that the citizens of Ninurta have become desensitized to, the awfulness of having a loved one just disappear and know that you'll probably never see them again and there's nothing you can do about it. A lot of heart breaking and difficult backgrounds to the heroes we're cheering on in Gates.
Kai is one of the most determined MC's I've seen. Strong and flawed, aware of her weaknesses but willing to push through them all to get to her loved ones. The bond between her and her brother is a lovely thing and their relationship is one of my favourite things in this book. You can believe that she would do anything, risk anything, for a bond as deep as theirs.
Avan. Avan. Be still my heart ♥ I adored him and I couldn't have hoped for a better counterpart for her. The two of them whenever together, just, I just wanted them to get there so badly!
I want to talk about the other characters too, like Mason! And the Black Rider who was not at all what I expected! Just such a good cast of characters!
This book is a great start to the series and I cannot wait to meet Kai and co. again soon :)
A sweet Regency read, but there was too much repetition in the book, conflict feeling a little forced when it came to resolving their feelings for eac...moreA sweet Regency read, but there was too much repetition in the book, conflict feeling a little forced when it came to resolving their feelings for each other, mainly because they both clearly felt for each other. But it was a light story and enjoyable.(less)
Felt like a light Regency read and picked this book and another one. It was enjoyable but won't take it's place in my Regency favourites. Still entert...moreFelt like a light Regency read and picked this book and another one. It was enjoyable but won't take it's place in my Regency favourites. Still entertaining though and I enjoyed the tension between the two main characters.(less)
First of all, the world building remains excellent, I'm still absolutely in love with this harsh worl...moreI've been waiting for this for quite a long time!
First of all, the world building remains excellent, I'm still absolutely in love with this harsh world Altenburg has created and the more I found out about it, the more fascinated I am by it. It's not a pretty world, especially when it comes to women.
Now, the formula of the book was similar to the previous one, in that the two mains are both travelling together and both with a mistrust of each other, although here, Raven is a lot more trusting.
(view spoiler)[I think, perhaps, my issue with this was Raven's reliance on men. I understand that this is a world in which women are basically the possessions of men and I can understand that she'd feel safer with Creed. But, it felt like she could never stand on her own. She made decisions, yes, but it never seemed to enter her mind that she might strike out on her own, there was either Creed or Blade, and if one left her then she was clinging to the hope that the other one would stay with her.
I don't think anyone would want to be alone in this world, especially a woman. But Raven is a demon spawn, and yes, there will be prejudice and not to mention her power crazy, woman hating stepfather who is stalking her like mad - but she could make a stand on her own. She could've thought of banding together with Roam even on her own even - I guess what I'm trying to say is that, the dependency on men bothered me a lot, especially when compared to Airie. I mean, Raven managed to escape being burned in front of the whole town and evade their search party, she's an intelligent and very brave woman. I just hoped for a bit more...
As with Blade, well. I enjoyed Blade's character, but from what I saw of him in the previous book, I had expected him to be a bit more intense.
Another thing is that the book began to drag for me and I found myself starting to skim read. My favourite bits were actually ones where Creed was in them and it's left me looking forward to his book.
Don't get me wrong, this was still an enjoyable book. Like I said, the world building continues to drag me in. I loved learning more about the boundaries and seeing the harsh coldness of the immortals, just brilliant. Also love the unfolding story of the demon spawn and their fate in the world. Can't wait to read more of that. But this book didn't get me the same way that The Demon's Daughter did. (hide spoiler)]
So, still looking forward to the next installment, want to see Creed and hopefully Roam too!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A lot of readers have been mentioning that they were disappointed by the lack of new stories, that the stories published in this anthology have alread...moreA lot of readers have been mentioning that they were disappointed by the lack of new stories, that the stories published in this anthology have already been published elsewhere. I'm a reader who hasn't been fortunate to have found these stories earlier on and elsewhere, I found them in this anthology and I have to say that I was very pleased with the diversity of the stories found.
Not all of the shorts were to my taste, surprisingly some of these from writers I know and like. Others that I did enjoy were from authors I wasn't aware of or ones that I had previously read before and not found to my taste.
It just goes to show that you should probably give authors more of a chance to impress by reading one or more pieces of their work.
The short stories vary from outright paranormal cities to contemporary. As promised by the title of the anthology, even the contemporary stories aren't clear cut, always that sense of the weird about them. I found that one of the short stories that worked as a great definition for the title of the anthology was The Adakian Eagle by Bradley Denton. It was one I was unsure of at the start but ended up changing my mind about, completely, by the end of it. Definitely a sense of the weird, but gripping just the same.
Ilsa J. Blick's The Key was the short story which had my favourite main character of the lot, and where I felt that the character was most complimented by the narrative style. Very enjoyable too and I loved the mythology. It ticked all the right boxes for me. Another that stood out was Cryptic Coloration by Elizabeth Bear that was right up my alley.
Those weren't, by any means, the only good stories in this anthology, merely the ones that ended up being my favourites. I'll be looking in on new authors found here and trying out their novel length works too because there's some really good and intriguing writing here.
Whether you've read them or not, these make a neat little collection, nice to settle down with now and then, or for an afternoon, with some nice snacks and huddled under your duvet on a snowy day (it actually was snowing when I was reading them and it did feel quite nice lol).
Ahh that cover certainly catches the eye, am I right?
I have to admit that I have grown weary of romance. Maybe I sort of indulged myself too much? Too...moreAhh that cover certainly catches the eye, am I right?
I have to admit that I have grown weary of romance. Maybe I sort of indulged myself too much? Too much of a good thing they say. I took a long break from the romance for a long time. It didn't help that the first book I picked up after my long break, did not impress.
Luckily, this is not that book.
Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of too many different POV's in one book. It can get messy and often I think half of the POV's can be done without. Yes this story is told from a few different POV's but I think the author kept me from being put off simply by her ability to story tell.
It was very easy to fall into the world Altenburg created, the way it was drawn out for the reader, it had such a lovely touch that I was just happy to go along for the ride. The setting, also not what I expected, something resembling more the backdrop of a western, complete with the heat and deserts. It felt new and exciting to me, as did the awfulness of Freetown. The author managed to invoke such an oppressive feeling, it made me feel claustrophobic, like there was nowhere left to go.
The history of the world too, was enchanting and bittersweet, matching the premise that lead to our two main characters.
See how I mentioned the POV thing? The story telling wasn't the only thing that kept it from bothering me. The two main characters more than did their fair share at keeping me entranced and not only them, but also the antagonists. No one in this book was black and white, wholly good or bad—although one of them was downright rotten, and not who you'd think it would be either.
Airie is our leading lady. What I liked about her was the core of strength in her and her quiet dignity. She has a temper that gets out of control sometimes, something that goes a bit too far because of her heritage. She is not to be taken lightly or underestimated, and her love for her mother broke my heart because I could only imagine what she was going through, watching as the only person she cared about became frail, weaker as time went by, knowing that soon she wouldn't have her anymore. I love that for those she cared for, she was capable of ruthlessness, and that she didn't shy away from the darker part of her nature despite the way it left her conflicted. There was no whining from Airie. She knew what she had to do, and she would tilt her chin back, head held high and do it. It's something I admired greatly admire in my favourite heroines.
Then there's Hunter, the Demon Slayer who doesn't let anyone in, but is all rough edges from having grown up and seen tragedies that influenced his way of life. He's capable of cold-heartedness and when he sees reality, he just accepts it for what it is. Reality. He faces the ugliness of the world he lives in head on and in part, this is of course, what makes him such a great match for Airie. They complement each other well.
They're matched equally; their skill sets seem to cancel each other out, leaving a nice balance so that there's no upper hand of power over one another, which is a nice change for me. In this case, Hunter is very well aware that Airie can take him out, can be a serious threat to him if he isn't careful. But he is still a character worn by the world, more knowing about the people that live outside the world of the mountains. It was great to see how the two of them interacted and grew to care for one another.
Also. Chemistry! I loved the chemistry, especially in the first stages of their relationship. It was fantastic because beneath the wanting, there was a true distaste for one another and what they each represented. I was rooting for them both all the way. Hunter's friends were wonderful, and of course little Scratch! I loved Scratch!
I have to say though, that my favourite character was the Demon Lord. So tragic. Yes, he was a demon and not exactly a good being (implied by the fact that he's a demon…) but out of all the characters, I felt he was the character with the most layers, the most inner and outer conflict. This didn't in any way distract from the main characters and their struggles and goals, but I found myself looking forward to his POV, to learn more about him. He's one of those characters that sticks, one of the characters that makes you think 'what if', and what if's for me are always haunting.
The Demon's Daughter is fast a paced read with solid and memorable characters. The tale of how things came to be, alone, makes this book worth reading and the characters just brought it all to life. My one negative comment would be, once again, on the many POV's. I felt that Desire's POV was unnecessary, that her introduction and our insight into her during the Prologue was enough. But, again, that wasn't a deal breaker for me.
I look forward to the next book in the series and plan to keep an eye out for it, I hope we bump into these characters again in the future :)