I liked this pretty well but just not as much as the other books. I don't know if it was the laid back attitude of Mitch, the off the wall of Sissy, o...moreI liked this pretty well but just not as much as the other books. I don't know if it was the laid back attitude of Mitch, the off the wall of Sissy, or the over all story but it wasn't as grabbing for me as the first two. The chemistry between the 2 wasn't as strong or... too slow, I don't know. I also got tired of his I'm hungry, yeah, got it. Still it was a riot and very quick fun read that keeps your attention. Still will go on with this one.(less)
Can they republish this with a cover that fits, hmmm... well then people might not be as inclined to read it. The cover is really misleading.
This is a...moreCan they republish this with a cover that fits, hmmm... well then people might not be as inclined to read it. The cover is really misleading.
This is a romance, sweet, emotional, passionate. Yes there are erotic sex scenes but they are few and far between, the first one being quite deep into the story, maybe 40 or 50% in. Emily is sweet, Egar is caring. He is trying to protect the woman that has given him back joy, that he's fallen in love with. It is sweet and loving. Angus is passionate, untrusting, judgmental, it takes a lot for him to get over these. One can understand since he went from being a Laird in Scotland to an indentured servant taking care of English horses. It takes all three of them a lot of adjustments to do what will be the best in the end. They have to allow her, accept her, loving another man, and she needs to accepting that she can love two men, in very different ways. It was emotional. My only complaint is I thought the nephew and his wife got in the way of the story at the end.(less)
2 1/2 I put this at 3 stars for the story but because of all the last minute close calls with luck saving the hero, I could not call it great. The stor...more2 1/2 I put this at 3 stars for the story but because of all the last minute close calls with luck saving the hero, I could not call it great. The story is very compelling and kept my interest, about a boy, a bastard son of the prince, being given to the care of his father's family. One uncle sees him as his brother's son but doesn't give him much mind, a 1/2 uncle sees him as competition, and his grandfather the king sees him as a tool. At first he is raised in the stables by his father's ex-valet and stable master. Then he is moved by the king into a room in the palace. He is given training and education but one evening he is told that he should be trained as an assassin for the king. He swears fealty to his king and begins training.
During all this, you come to find that Fitz, the boy, has psychic powers of connecting with animals and can see humans in their links and being. In the middle of the book they decide to train him in the psychic skill called "the Skill". Now that ability, talking mind to mind, and seeing into others minds is considered a valuable skill whereas connecting with animals is considered unnatural and a hanging offense. I never got why.
All through these trainings and acquiring of abilities, you start seeing Fitz grow and learn about the politics around him. Certain people obviously hate him, his Skill teacher, his 1/2 uncle, ect..., some your not sure of the King, his assassin trainer Chade, and some you can get are good and like him, the stable master, his uncle, (view spoiler)[his step-mother (hide spoiler)], his friends in town, etc... It is black and white, yet the king doesn't seem to protect him at all.
So my issues with the story all spoilers. (view spoiler)[The skill master nearly kills Fitz twice but has no repercussions except that the stable master beats him. If the king wants him trained, he should at least have someone who likes Fitz monitor the training. Or when it is obvious things are not going well, have someone look into it. They know he has this natural ability, at least his uncle can tell later.
and at the end-- It is obvious that the 1/2 uncle Regal is doing something bad but the king is blind to it. Chade, his assassin instructor, tells Fitz that being an assassin will be only between the king, Chade, and him, yet his 1/2 uncle uses it against him, and the king doesn't listen when Fitz tells him things aren't as they seem.
(hide spoiler)] My take on the last minute saves. (view spoiler)[ Galen attacks Fitz in the Skilling class and puts the thought of worthlessness and needing to end himself in Fitz's mind, he is badly beaten. Fitz actually looks over the edge of a roof but his dogs connection brings him to not do it. Yet, his desire to end himself still drones on. None of the classmates think to make sure he is OK. And no one calls Galen on it except Burrich, the stablemaster. If he tried to kill him once, don't you think he'll try it again. Still the thought that the connection to the dog saves him makes it make sense unlike some of the other close calls.
During Skill training, Galen drops Fitz off on the other side of a town that has been infected by "The Forge" which makes people blank in ties to others. They become feral, fighting for all things and uncaring of hurting others. Galen does not leave Fitz a horse like he does for the other boys. This leaves Fitz walking through a very dangerous place. He is attacked, not once but twice, by forged people. It is a three to one fight and Fitz gets away the first time and then actually kills the people the second time. He is a 15 year-old and these are adults. He has no weapons, hmm... OK, he survives by shear luck.
Fitz is out in the open when the Red Ship comes, yet he is not seen. This wasn't done so badly but it was just another close call.
The ending, --Fitz is told, "don't eat anything not from your own hands", yet he takes the herb in the garden. It is poison and if the princess didn't tell him how his uncle betrayed him as an assassin, Fitz would not have run to get an antidote in time. --His 1/2 uncle, who he does not follow, talks to him in an obviously incorrect manner, and outs him as and assassin. To me there is no reason to contact the king to ask what to do. It is obvious. Still he takes the poison to Prince Rurisk. He knows he is being set up and that he is to be killed one way or another, why does he again drink wine that was not got by his own hand? So Rurisk and he drink the win. By miracles of miracles, Fitz doesn't seem to have drank enough of the very deadly wine, which kills Rurisk immediately, yet Fitz just suffers numbness and spasms. Again dumb luck that he didn't get enough poison. --Then... his 1/2 uncle Regal calls him to the hot baths. Even though Fitz cannot even walk on his own, he goes to the Regal who is trying to kill him. His 1/2 uncle knocks Burrich out and believes him dead. So now Fitz has no support and Regal throws him into one of the deeper pools. Why doesn't Regal hold him under. It wouldn't take but a minute and it would insure that no one came around in time to fish Fitz out. No that would be too simple. So Fitz has enough energy to get to the top to take breaths several times yet he cannot get purchase to climb out. We find out later that his old dog drags him out, leaving bite marks on his hand. Really, his hands slip and slide and he cannot get out, yet the dog can pull him out by his hand? And even if he was knocked out and couldn't get out of a small tub, it would've been a close call with the luck of the Irish that he had a dog so bonded to him there. --So he tries to Skill to his uncle Verity or the King to let them know what is going on. He gets the Skill to see the back deal of his 1/2 uncle planning to kill his uncle, Verity, the future King. But he has no ability to get to it before his 1/2 uncle tries to kill him. So when he is dropped into the pool and struggling to keep his head over water, suddenly the skill comes and he can warn Verity of the attempted assassination, and even at his weaken state, he can give power to Verity to fight the assassin, Galen. And this all happens right at the moment that the assassination is taking place, during the ceremony, which his 1/2 uncle is attending. How did Regal, his 1/2 uncle, get to the ceremony so quickly. In less time than it would take for Fitz to drown. The timing is all wrong, last minute, and doesn't work. But hey suspend disbelief and Fitz saves his uncle Verity from being killed, last minute save to the rescue. (hide spoiler)] I could have probably suspended believe if there was only one incongruency or last minute saves at the end but 4 saves and 2 timing issues is just too much.
I like the story until the end. And really I liked the end too, just not the way it was told. It could have turned out without all the last minute issues, plot missteps and been done in a very different, smarter way. But alas no.
I was pretty sure I was going to continue the series when I was 3/4 through but after the ending, I've changed my mind. I don't know if I'll ever come back to it, but I don't think so. As good as the story was, not the ending, it was not at all fun... at least in some places. No humor or lightness as one reviewer pointed out. I've read the reviews of the next two in the trilogy and found that the author is not nice to Fitz and that they both end badly for him. The last (view spoiler)[seeing him into exile. (hide spoiler)] I believe she leaves much in the air as she wrote a continuation as a 2nd trilogy. I didn't like it enough, or care enough about Fitz to read 5 more books of averagely 750 pages each.
This was surprising good. It was a freebee read, not anymore. The story is essentially about a Argolean realm that sometimes visit the human world. Di...moreThis was surprising good. It was a freebee read, not anymore. The story is essentially about a Argolean realm that sometimes visit the human world. Direct descendants of the Argonauts are the protectors and looked at as bullies and unnecessary. This books set up the being of a change.
Theron is divided on protecting the Argoleans and being with Casey. Casey has a prophesy that says she must unite with her sister for one of them to live. Of course there is assumptions with this prophesy, hasn't anyone learned that interpretation means everything? So Theron finds out how wrong all of his beliefs were on the half breeds and humans, along with finding out that to protect his realm, he will have to sacrifice Casey and make the ultimate sacrifice himself.
I liked it overall but thought the fix/outcome coming and thought that at least someone else should too. Maybe not enough knew about the prophesy? I really like the supporting characters and will be interested in reading on in the series.(less)
I liked this one better than the last. Although Izzy and Eibahear's relationship was a long time coming and didn't fly off the pages, more like bang o...moreI liked this one better than the last. Although Izzy and Eibahear's relationship was a long time coming and didn't fly off the pages, more like bang over your head then just falling into place, it was satisfying to finally get a conclusion and a little maddening that it took this long. So the romance was probably only 3 stars, high side, but the story was great. Another fun family romp with no great battle to take away from the fun. This one had me laughing out loud and I didn't stop, once I really started it. I was a little worried from the last book and how the book before that one was going towards the same. There are definitely new players and there could be more books but this might be my stopping point as all the brothers & sisters are now mated.(less)
All of these I would've given between a 3 1/2 and 4 1/2
Angel's Pawn 56 pages - Well, it was good but not a HEA only a lot of heat. I wonder if these t...moreAll of these I would've given between a 3 1/2 and 4 1/2
Angel's Pawn 56 pages - Well, it was good but not a HEA only a lot of heat. I wonder if these two will get a book. I liked the story, not loved it but I loved the characters. My least favorite of the collection.
Angel's Judgment 74 pages - This is the story of 2 hunters, the future Guild direct and best friend of Ellie, and the Slayer, a hunter of hunters. It was good and they had chemistry but it was way too fast and not developed enough for me to give it my favorite vote. They probably could have been in a short novel or duology instead of 74 pages. I wish she gave some of the pages of Angel's Dance to this story.
Angel's Wolf 82 pages - This was my favorite of the 4 though Dance comes in a close 2nd. A hurt vampire is assigned to help an Angel with treachery in her court. Through solving the issues, the angel opens to the vampire and he starts healing. It is sweet yet has heartbreak. It is a PNR.
Angel's Dance 139 pages - This is a prequel to the series, as Sara's story is. Galen see Jessamy and immediately decides to pursue the teacher. The teacher has resigned herself to a life of solitude with no relationships as she is damaged and think that men just court her for pity. This would've been a perfect story but that in the middle of the story, Galen gets it in his head that Jessamy might stay with him out of gratitude. All through the first 1/2 of the book, he is very direct, yet now... he give her space. She doesn't understand his standoffishness and he doesn't come out and say something. This goes on for months. They finally get together, say they belong to each other, yet again, Galen gets it in his head that she should have a choice while they are separated by housing/job issues. This just created angst where there was none, IMO. It could have been 40 pages short without the separations and would've been just as good, maybe better. I so liked the "barbarian" Galen and the "scholar" Jessamy. She takes his brashness as rudeness, he takes her reluctance as a battle to win. I really loved Galen in the end.(less)
4.5 I had read Zach & Annie's story before but decided to read it a second time. I love both of the characters and you get a little snap shot of Da...more4.5 I had read Zach & Annie's story before but decided to read it a second time. I love both of the characters and you get a little snap shot of Dark River.
Cooper & Grace's story was new for me. I actually liked it better than the Lara & Walker story. I kept thinking back to Drew and Indigo and how the dominance issues worked there so much different but yet, issues with who is on top and how much more dominate one was.
The Lara & Walker story was good but... I just felt it was an insight into Snow Dancers, not so much about the romance between them. It starts from the Kiss of Snow period of time. In kiss of snow, you get their romance and how they get together. This just solidifies it a little more as a family. That and you get to see some of the others and how they are doing. It was more like deleted scenes from Kiss of Snow because the book would be too long and would make the center of that book even more skewed from the main relationship. It wasn't a story but an addition.
I read Nate & Tammy's story recently so I didn't read it here. It is very good also.
All the novellas are worth reading if you are a Psy-changeling fan and you will like some better than others.(less)
4 1/2 stars. I may push it up but have to give it time to sink in. I feel a little like this was a good finish, yet I want more of the side characters...more4 1/2 stars. I may push it up but have to give it time to sink in. I feel a little like this was a good finish, yet I want more of the side characters. I want another spin off, where Mercy might play a part but the action centers on someone else from the two series. My favorite pick would be Stefan, but Zee or Tad, Asil, maybe Samuel or Ben, or even Jesse would be nice. I still would like more Anna and Charles but Mercy, a feel has run her course.
Does this mean I didn't like the book? No, It was all it should be, great story line, action, relation building, etc... read through it in one night and one afternoon so very engaging. But at the end I was, "hey great ending", as ending. Hmm...
OK, this book is the first time that I noticed that the point of view changed from first person Mercy, to third person Adam. It threw me for a loop for a second in chapter 6 but I understood it because she wanted to explain a situation where Mercy wasn't present but in chapter 8 I just didn't understand it and actually had to switch to understanding that it was no longer Mercy's POV since she was right there. Funny how with Anna and Charles I never have that problem and it is all in 3rd person. Maybe I'm just really used to hearing Mercy voice explain it all.
Great read, will have to decide if it is a 4 or a 5. Why- (view spoiler)[ There were things I just felt like were missing to shorten the book. Why Honey was at the end fight, to see Peter? Why Asil? What was happening between Asil and Marsilia and was that why he was there? It felt like he didn't play a big enough roll for him to have been included. What happened in the dominance fight between him and Adam? Maybe Briggs doesn't know yet. Then there is Stefan, I wanted to know more of what was happening with him and what does it mean that he still has this connection with Mercy? What kind of connection is it? I wanted an explanation of what happened to him and more of him since he was pretty absent from the last 2 books and a big part of book 4 and 2. I miss him. I think I feel like I have enough of Mercy and wanted more of the others. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It started out good, with the heroine being pursued and then disrespected and put down by the arrogant man. Then it was resolved with the man taking r...moreIt started out good, with the heroine being pursued and then disrespected and put down by the arrogant man. Then it was resolved with the man taking responsibility for his poor actions. The only problem is it became boring from then on. We know that she has a past and are waiting for whatever conflict between them again but it doesn't happen and it is all about the hero fixing the heroines reputation. For me it just became a bit boring 1/2 way through.(less)
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...moreFirst 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.(less)