Step aside Rose, there's a new kickass heroine emerging proving brawn doesn't always trump brains.
Sydney cannot have imagined that the cushy posh postStep aside Rose, there's a new kickass heroine emerging proving brawn doesn't always trump brains.
Sydney cannot have imagined that the cushy posh post of Palm Springs could have entailed so much work. After an epic battle with the forces of evil she finds her duties downgraded to the mother henning of a misfit crew of vampire court exiles including one beautifully damaged playboy Moroi, one disgraced guardian, one princess in hiding, and a clueless country dhampi. Add on a research team of restored Strigoi, a stalker-like pushy fashion designer threatening her princess protection program, and it's a wonder that Syd has time for homework.
All of her extraordinary extracurricular activities aside Sage has no social life whatsoever. But that's about to change. Good thing Sage is a multi-tasker, because all hell breaks loose while hearts are broken as romance heats up like a bunsen burner and Sydney Sage proves even the most mundane aspects of life, like dating can be bazaar.
Unfortunately the little bit of normalcy and safety Sage and her friends gained after uncovering Keith's side business and Lee's betrayal is about to end as a new threat arises and the ramblings of a senile old vampire seem to hold more truth than paranoid fiction.
Sydney will be tested to her limits as she finds herself on the edge of a dangerous balance between her beliefs and the truths and understanding she's beginning to gain. But when it comes down to a choice of dedication versus desire, will it be her resolve or heart that gets shattered.
There are not enough stars in the night sky to rate this book, it was that good. Richelle Mead just keeps getting better. Mead's planning and forethought really come together in this installment solidly connecting all the threads like dots from Bloodlines to the VA series. The perfect puzzle pieces adds so much depth to an already enthralling story line that you don't want it to end. Mead also keeps her world fresh by introducing new and interesting groups like a sect of human vampire hunters.
Romance is front and center in The Golden Lily as Sydney gets a boyfriend and the attention of Adrian. It's a classic star-crossed lovers theme that will make many readers swoon even more for Mr. Ivashkov. Love triangles pop up left and right for The Golden Lily cast making it even harder to wait for the next installment.
After hearing Bloodlines I had to have the audiobook for TGL as well. Emily Shaffer does another outstanding job with her pitch perfect portrayal of Mead's wide range of personalities. Shaffer delivers a great mix of controlled type-A personality with enough quirk and naivety to make Sydney lovable. All her voices really stay true to how I read them in the books and Shaffer puts a lot into her narrations which makes me fell like she's as excited about reading them as I am.
I have nothing bad to say about The Golden Lily it was everything I was hoping for and more. Whatever your criteria is for a great book Mead is sure to have met and exceeded it with great story lines, wonderful characters, new and interesting aspects to the already established VA world, nice pacing, action, growth, and intrigue. The Golden Lily is a book that leaves you satisfied and longing for The Indigo Spell. Don't miss out on the Bloodlines series and The Golden Lily, its' a definite summer must have....more
Being classified as dead, with a newly acknowledged demon status, and magically neutered like a dog, doesn't suck nearly as much as having to deal witBeing classified as dead, with a newly acknowledged demon status, and magically neutered like a dog, doesn't suck nearly as much as having to deal with the frustratingly idiotic bureaucracy of the DMV. Rachel Morgan isn't having a very good life, or afterlife according to the governmental powers that be. But when a low level department minion offers Rachel a case, she quickly finds herself entangled in the plans of a domestic terrorist organization known as HAPA or Humans Against Paranormals Association. The hate group's goal is to eradicate paranormals. Too bad Rachel's about as effective as a human right now with the binding cutting her off from the everafter and her magic. She'll have to bide her time until she can get the unbinding done. Unfortunately Rachel's blood is the key to their mission, and they're doing everything they can to get to her.
Kim Harrison's latest installment of the Hollows is simply seductive. A Perfect Blood draws you in and keeps you wanting more even after you've reached the end. Ten books deep into the series, Harrison has a firm grasp on the world and characters. The solidly established foundation allows her to focus on story lines and having a little fun with her writing. The plot was very interesting, I loved how inventive Harrison was in expanding everything she's built and incorporated real world concerns, then translating them into her paranormal world. It's always nice when an author avoids the well worn or expected story lines.
Rachel Morgan is feeling stuck, her roommates are moving on, but I think Morgan's acceptance is the next step in her growth. I like Trent's growth and direction, he and Rachel are still dancing around each other. I'm waiting for that love affair to explode into action. It can't be just me who'd love to see a demon elf baby. Though I'm not sure how much longer this series will continue considering the growing separation between Ivy, Morgan, and Janks which makes everything feel like it's ending.
This is THE series that got me hooked on audiobooks. There were about eight books out when I gave it a go and I really can't imagine experiencing this series any other way. If you've been thinking about trying audiobooks the Hollows is a great place to start. Marguerite Gavin is an amazing narrator, especially in this series. Gavin's voice is so belovedly associated with Rachel Morgan that there was a huge backlash when another narrator read the sixth book. In a way the switch just highlighted how good Gavin is, she really brings the books to life, and makes The Hollows one of my favorite series.
A Perfect Blood is another outstanding book, both written and read. So read it, or listen to it, either way don't miss out on this one....more
Fresh off her heart breaking escape from Lena's love lobotomizing society, she discovers the freedoms of the Wilds. And all the chores that come withFresh off her heart breaking escape from Lena's love lobotomizing society, she discovers the freedoms of the Wilds. And all the chores that come with them. Turns out she was pretty pampered in the enclosed cured community. Life on the outside is hard, hard work, little food, and lots of casualties.
But as the resistance is rising, the cured have renewed their efforts in eliminating the invalids, forcing Lena and her new friends to re-assimilate into the Manhattan colony. Lena soon finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy and finding love in the most unlikely places.
Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium is an eloquently written mess of thoughts and details strung together to form a coherent character and world in a very unique way. I think the sequel exceeds Delirium in story and structure. I always felt the eradication of love as a main motivator a little flimsy, and it was the linchpin that held everything together in the first book. In Pandemonium the story focuses less on the cure, in favor of a more active plot line. Plus Oliver needed less time working on world building and character establishment so she could focus on a more complex plot without sacrificing the romance and lyrical flow of her writing fans of the series love. Some of the pacing in the beginning was slow, but it gained momentum as Lena grew stronger. A few lingering questions were answered, but with them came more inquiries that are sure to bring readers back for the next installment.
Sarah Drew's performance of Pandemonium was good. Her portrayal of Lena was nice, maybe a bit dramatic at times, but she really knows how to capture the angst of teenage melodrama. I think her choices in voicing Julian was better than how she speaks for Alex, but overall she does a fine job with the series....more
Nick Gautier is walking the fine line between good and evil. With both sides conspiring to win his soul. This is Ambrose's last shot at changing his fNick Gautier is walking the fine line between good and evil. With both sides conspiring to win his soul. This is Ambrose's last shot at changing his fate, and not all of Nick's friends are really his allies. Of course frenemies aren't so bad when you own father's out to kill you, demons are trying to enslave you, and your mom seems hellbent on ruining your love life and street cred with awful shirts and infinite groundings.
When trouble comes to his school in the form of cyber bullying, Nick makes it his new mission to find out who's behind it and stop them. But Gautier is going to have to be careful, making the wrong choice could cost him his life, his soul, or the people he loves.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is not only taking on the plight of good and evil to save or destroy the world, she's also tackling current trends in bullying, and the always popular parent/teen topics of sex, drugs, and drinking. Basically Nick might be too much of a saint for his age, with a mother who really doesn't deserve him.
This book spent a lot of time trying to lay out and redefine Nick's relationship with his mom. I found this dynamic as frustrating as Nick would, only I didn't love her in the end, no matter how much Kenyon tried to redeem her. His relationships with Caleb and Kody on the other hand were refreshing in between the verbal or physical bashing Nick took in this one.
Infamous started off great and ended with a bang. It wasn't as exciting to me as the past installments, but that was mainly because the author spent a lot of time laying the ground work for the series. The series is starting to take shape, but the main story plot seemed loosely threaded throughout the book to string together the bullying aspect. It was so strongly intertwined with the other story lines I felt it got lost at times, which I found made the plot hard to follow in the middle of the book, before things came together in the end.
Holter Graham did another amazing job narrating this series. Sometimes I feel like male readers don't do enough to emphasize female characters, but Graham never fails to create wonderful voices for each distinct character. He reads so clearly, recreating Kenyon's words with his accents, pronunciations, and diction which are always spot on. The Chronicle's of Nick really highlights Graham's strength, in matching a voice with the character's personality. Some narrators just change the tone of their voice, but Graham uses a mixture of vocal nuances, accents, and acting to deliver an auditory mirage of characters. Holter Graham is a big part of why I enjoy this series as much as I do....more
Always being the one to make the hard choices leaves it's toll. Normally getting between a rock and a hard place is a pretty comfortable position forAlways being the one to make the hard choices leaves it's toll. Normally getting between a rock and a hard place is a pretty comfortable position for Gin, unfortunately getting caught up in a widow's web not only threatens lives but her love as well. And the toll between the lesser of two evils could cost Gin couples counseling or her relationship Owen.
Even after a vacation Gin is finding herself running a little ragged. It seems like every two bit lowlife trying to make a name for themselves are constantly bombarding her oinking oasis of The Pork Pit. Yet even as the criminal underbelly of Ashland is vying to establish a hierarchy through the destruction of the Spider, Gin can't begin to imagine that her toughest opponent would be one aiming at her heart.
I am really glad to see this series has been extended and at just the perfect time. Jennifer Estep has really come into her own. Gone are the long clunky recaps that hindered the flow of installments past. Any background was new and important, filler free. Estep expertly weaves the past and present to create a streamlined plot.
Estep has done a pretty thorough job building Gin's character and powers. In Widow's Web she pushing her heroine's weakness by going straight for Gin's heart, because it's all about Owen. I love that we get to know more about the mysterious Grayson and the dreamy love interest is showing a few cracks in his perfection. While he's still Blanco's ideal man, it adds a new depth and realness to his character. Plus it shows Estep isn't afraid to step outside of Gin and put just as much focus on another character. While Gin has made leaps and strides in the relationship box, it's still her most difficult character aspect. I like that the author is working on all the heroine's flaws for a more balanced Gin. Of course being well fleshed out has downside, readers aren't going to get any fun insight to some great new facet of Gin's powers, but we do get to meet and get to know some new characters as Gin continues to collecting a few new friends along the way.
This is the first time I've opted for an audiobook in this series. Lauren Fortgang's country accent didn't really appeal to me and was a little distracting at first but grew on me as the story went on. Fortgang had a wide range of accents, voices, and good acting abilities. She made it easy to follow the story and get invested into it. Estep is lucky to have landed such a wonderful narrator for her series.
Widow's Web is another amazing installment from Jennifer Estep. Filled with heartbreaking choices, action, interesting characters, and a great plot that will leave you needing the next installment. ...more