Really liked it. It was a short and sweet read with a hot conclusion. Not really my genre either but it work as a short story. It is contemporary romaReally liked it. It was a short and sweet read with a hot conclusion. Not really my genre either but it work as a short story. It is contemporary romance with a touch of erotic. If you want a short hot read with a sweet romance that really works then pick this up. It is KU.
So, another re-read, and decided to make a more indepth review. I just re-read Hunting Ground for a BOM and these characters called to me to go on toSo, another re-read, and decided to make a more indepth review. I just re-read Hunting Ground for a BOM and these characters called to me to go on to the next book too. So another re-read and I really liked it once again. The book is very complex in emotions and this time it is more of Charles dealing with the harsher penalties that Bran requires now that the werewolves have come out to society. Anna is very upset and believes it is breaking him. Bran thinks that Anna is too young to understand how much Charles can take. In some ways it is both but Anna knows him in a different way. So after Bran gets another opinion, he decides to give Charles another assignment, as a bodyguard to Anna, who is going to be the face of werewolves for the FBI on a serial killer case. So Anna and Charles are off to Boston and to meet a whole slew of new people.
I liked the new additions of characters and hope to see them again. I know you do with at least one in the next book. The interaction at the beginning of the meeting with the humans and Anna, is fun to see. Charles is fighting his demons, but the biggest problem seems to be what they are doing to his bond with Anna. Maybe this is why Bran didn't understand what was happening with Charles. (view spoiler)[ Before Charles didn't have Anna's reaction or judgment to weigh on him, only his father's approval. Now he is mated. It hurts him to hurt Anna, and it hurts Anna to see him distant, and cut off. (hide spoiler)] So while they figure out who is or are the killers, they also must deal with Charles's demons and what he is called on to do, now that he is mated and how it makes it different. I really liked seeing him come to terms with the reality of what it is doing to Anna too.
So my main issue was a slow point, where I thought the creepy witches were too prevalent and too self-secure. (view spoiler)[ At one point the witch on the boat flings a curse on Charles because of what he says. It falls off him because of his heritage but at that point, can you trust this witch anymore to do what she was hired to do? (hide spoiler)] They always seem to attack for petty reasons, just to show off or something. These parts, at the morgue and on the boat just kind of dragged for me.
Still a great story and furthering of Anna and Charles, and even a little of Bran at the end. And what a twist in the end. I am still waiting to see what comes of this change.
First Read in April 2012 Was not as complex or intense as the other Alpha & Omega stories. Still it was a good read, keeping me involved to the end. It has a surprise ending that really makes me know I'll be reading the next Mercy book in Spring 2013.
Felt the the same on a re-read. Maybe more a 3 1/2 but definitely strong for the story line. March 13, 2013 Re-read May 21, 2015, Jan 16, 2016 ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Read only the Iron Druid story as it was said to be essential to Staked. I don't think this is true as I'm 1/2 way into Staked. Here's a recap kind ofRead only the Iron Druid story as it was said to be essential to Staked. I don't think this is true as I'm 1/2 way into Staked. Here's a recap kind of (view spoiler)[ Atticus goes to a seer friend of his in the desert. He finds out that the vampires have visited her also. She had helped them in order to save her skin. Atticus now asks a different question and finds out that there exists a book in a safety deposit box in Toronto that has all the locations of vampires. Granuielle is trying to get rid of Loki's mark and asks for help from Odin. She comes home to find Loki at her home in Colorado. A fight ensues and she lands her axe in his back. Since she needs some Loki blood or hair, she's got it. Now to get the mark removed. (hide spoiler)] Yes, it is cliffhangers and not a good introduction into the Iron Druid but if you have "Staked" book 8 to go right into, it is like a prequel to add a bit extra to book 8. It isn't essential as I read 1/2 way through book 8 before I even knew this existed. I stopped 8 and read this and don't feel like I missed anything as it was explained cursorily but sufficiently as to why he was in Toronto and how Granuaile was trying to lift Loki's mark. A good addition to book 8....more
For me this is a serial, I don't know if it is more complete after book two, but you only get a taste for the world and creatures. Actually you only gFor me this is a serial, I don't know if it is more complete after book two, but you only get a taste for the world and creatures. Actually you only get a taste for the mage because you learn nothing about the vampires or shifters she meets at one point. So it is a start of a story. I would say start of a romance but going to the reviews for the next books, I found out she hasn't even met her eventual boyfriend. She has three different men in her sight in this installment and has some pretty intense sexual reactions but none get to reach fruition. You are left wondering which one might become her man. There are a lot of emotion and the story is focused on the emotional and sexual attraction, like most romances are, so I would classify this as romance but that part didn't go far in any direction.
So looking at the plot other than the relationships, she is made into a mage and left by her creator. Very strange in the mage world. We are not sure why. Also the newly made mage is then considered a learner and is trained by their creator. There are few creators so they are idolized, well perhaps not idolized but, given a lot of slack. We are never really explained the learner relationship and when they would become independent, only that it would happen at some point. They say that mages are only made with permission of the one being turned, and it is not allowed to be forced. Yet they have no obvious punishment or control of this law or rule and just outright believe it wouldn't happen. We are not explained this well either.
I suspect the world building is left to the next books and we get the other creatures and mage rules better in each book. It is a good start but not complete which I consider a serial not a series and wish that it would be stated. Since this is a 5 book serial, I suspect I would need to read all the 4 left at once to get all the answers to my questions. Not sure when I'll get to it but I did like the premise, so I might come back and finish some day. Right now I feel left hanging with almost all of it. The one thing that gets finished is getting away from her controller....more