My personal wish for the series, especially after the release of several books, is that Nalini would write the latest book as if the reader is not a nMy personal wish for the series, especially after the release of several books, is that Nalini would write the latest book as if the reader is not a newcomer, but someone who has gone through the books in order first.^^;
I understand why some things has to be explained over and over, but to me, the 'explanations' came off patronizing. Yes, that's not the intention, I know, but still... it's not as if the new reader will be able to grasp the whole 'universe' by explaining away who's who, or what's what, especially if those people/plot appeared in previous books before.
Anyway, that thing aside...I liked Shield of Winter.
Judd is responsible for making the deadly squad easy to sympathize with. After knowing their struggles, their pain to be free...their lethal abilities...one couldn't help but root for these guys.
No, I don't think Shield has reached the greatness of Caressed by Ice, sorry. Much as I love Vasic, his book fell flat for me in places.^^;
I've always liked Vasic, since he rescued Ashaya. Can't recall when he first appeared in the series, but I know that from the moment he 'ported her out, I wanted him to have his own happy ever after.
So with this book, all I wanted was to see him finally happy. Well, ok, I was hoping for more of the stuff that makes me a fan of Nalini's works, and by stuff I meant: exhilarating scenes, lovable characters, emotional conversations that tug at the heartstrings.
Did Shield deliver those things? Emotional scenes...yes, there were a few, but it always happened between Vasic and Aden. I guess, I found their bond more plausible than Vasic suddenly all happy happy and opening up with Ivy.^^;
This is not to say that I find their relationship rushed...it's just that...I don't know how else to say it. With Judd, there's this gradual pace of him opening up to Brenda that it felt so natural. With Vasic, I had expected a more difficult 'transition' from cold, emotionless Arrow to someone who has embraced emotions and all its complications.^^
Also, Aden had taken care of the vise in the Arrow's mind, so there was no bleeding or anything like what happened to Judd when he touched Brenda. Not that I'm hoping for a more sadistic torture for Vasic! It's just that...well, Judd's struggles were more easy to relate with, because I, the reader, was made to go through the suffering as he was going through it.^^
I still love Vasic.
As for Ivy, I'm no fan of Es. Yes, I'm biased against them, not going into details as to why. But Ivy, is easy to like, her being E was easy to ignore for the most part, and she wasn't presented as some goody-two-shoes saint who couldn't do harm to another. I'm glad to see her fight for her man, going so far as to use a stun gun, nevermind if it would rebound back to her as we often hear or not.^^
The book doesn't have the exhilarating scenes I was hoping for though.^^ I guess I got bid spoiled with Heart of Obsidian. Kaleb was simply breathtaking. *_*
But as a fan, I'm more a follower of Vasic than of Kaleb. So yeah...
It was quite hard for me to read, a bit too verbose at times but it managed to give me a few chills.
There are many theories about the governess, the gIt was quite hard for me to read, a bit too verbose at times but it managed to give me a few chills.
There are many theories about the governess, the ghosts...like whether she really saw them, or was she just mad, as in crazy mad.
However, since I didn't sympathize with the governess from the start- I find her too egocentric, it's Miles and what happened to him that interests me more.
(view spoiler)[ Why did he die? How? Did the governess kill him out of sheer madness? She did seem too possessive of him, even going so far as to call him Myboy. I don't recall her ever addressing Flora as my girl...but anyway...
My other thought is that the governess failed to 'save' her pupil from Quint. She was so obsessed that the ghosts were out to get the children, so...what if she's right? Only, she wasn't able to protect Miles after all, and the boy died as a consequence.
Either way, I don't think it was her intention for Miles to die. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've just barely begun, but I'm attached to Dev already. This, this is exactly why I read Stephen King's books, I may meet the characters for the firsI've just barely begun, but I'm attached to Dev already. This, this is exactly why I read Stephen King's books, I may meet the characters for the first time, but it's so easy to relate to them, feel their pain, their joy...even something as mundane as hunger for food!
It's what makes the horror more chilling, or the loss more painful, because you feel for the characters involved.
I don't know why life's roadmap struck a chord with me, but it did. It was dark and humorous at the same time.
Anyway, what I enjoyed most about the book? (view spoiler)[That me and Dev both suspected Eddie as the killer. And how I never suspected Lane because I liked him. The ladies loved Lane Hardy. Even when Dev already figured out, I was thinking was it Dean? He was the one who offered the shooting range wasn't he? But no, Dev was actually talking about Lane's bowler hat. How it was tilted and all.
Yes, I'm still shocked to find out about Lane, to me, he's like Brutal from The Green Mile, the deuteragonist, if you will, of Joyland. (hide spoiler)]
I'm impressed with King's clever 'manipulation', how he led me to believe what he wanted me to think. In a word, he's 'brilliant'. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I welcome the return of the focus on the hero and heroine. While I loved Kiss of Snow to bits, it left me frustrated that Hawke and Sienna had to 'sharI welcome the return of the focus on the hero and heroine. While I loved Kiss of Snow to bits, it left me frustrated that Hawke and Sienna had to 'share' their book with another couple, much as I like Walker and Lara. I'm only glad that Tangle of Need and Texture of Intimacy fixed that. And I'm not really concerned what happens next to Adria and Riaz. So, I'm happy that Heart of Obsidian focused on Kaleb and Sahara's story.
Now, if Hawke is the alpha of wolves, I'd say that Kaleb is the Arrow alpha. Yes, Aden leads his men, but in terms of capabilities, if there ever was the most *dangerous* Arrow, it would be Kaleb.
In a sense, Kaleb is more, he's now the 'alpha' of the entire race hooked to the Psynet!
And much like the proverbial rudder could turn the whole ship, Sahara is Kaleb's rudder -not in the sense that she's controlling him, but that without her, Kaleb would have been lost, would have given in to the darkness.
I had time to know Kaleb, so there's this automatic attachment to him from the first page. Sahara however, I'm still 'processing'. I won't say that she's so horrible that I'd love to strangle her, but...the way I feel right now, is 'indifferent', which is to me, more horrifying than hating/disliking a character!
Perhaps I need to wait a few more days of re-reading to assess her 'accurately'.
Kaleb is how I imagined he would be. Nalini stayed true to his character, while turning him into a romantic lead who can both intimidate and yet at the same time, make the heroine feel safe.
I like that their relationship started when they were kids, otherwise, it would have been hard to imagine Kaleb this dedicated to his woman. It would have sound forced or contrived. Those glimpses of their past was touching, completing the complex picture of who Kaleb is.
My only 'complaint' with the book is how much I missed my beloved SnowDancers, I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms already!
At least there's Judd, and his meeting with the Ghost hinted that Operation: Ming is a Dead Man Walking is underway! I'm really excited for the final showdown!
One thing tickled me pink! The line about how Sienna might be the only individual on the planet as dangerous as Kaleb. Hah! I really like that! :D...more
As a whole, I love this anthology. As individual stories, Texture of Intimacy(Walker/Lara) and Beat of Temptation(Tammy/Nate) are my favorites. DeclaratAs a whole, I love this anthology. As individual stories, Texture of Intimacy(Walker/Lara) and Beat of Temptation(Tammy/Nate) are my favorites. Declaration of Courtship is the least. I'm quite disappointed probably because I had high expectations of Grace and Cooper's story, was the one I looked forward to the most.
Maybe I 'judged' it as a full length novel instead of a novella, which is probably why I'm this disatisfied. I wanted to know what earned Cooper his 'mad, bad' reputation, but if it got something to do with that scar as mentioned in the story, it was quite a downer. Don't know what I've been expecting, but it certainly wasn't that.
Now Grace...for some reason I found it hard to like her. I'm expecting to see how a submissive is different from her more dominant counterpart, instead, I found one who's sounding more like the dominant women. Honestly, aside from her wolf instinctively whimpering/throat baring shows of submission, Grace the woman wasn't very much different from Indigo or Mercy...except that Grace doesn't fight in battles. Wah! maybe I should just re-read again for the fourth time, maybe I'm just missing it. But honestly, their story was quite a let down for me. T_T
Now Walker and Lara delivered that Nalini kick I've been craving for for months. the nuances of pack life, of how they operate, the bonds that make them stronger, closer to each other...that unity, of family...that's the kind of stuff I enjoyed the most from Nalini's books, that warmth and happy happy feeling of belonging. :D...more
The story was like a milder/tamer version of Bag of Bones for me.
What I'm most curious about at the moment is, how 'drowning' Perse in fresh wSpoiler!
The story was like a milder/tamer version of Bag of Bones for me.
What I'm most curious about at the moment is, how 'drowning' Perse in fresh water as in a lake, instead of the salt water where she was found, makes her sleep. Somehow, I want to know the logic behind the 'resolution'. Overall, it was quite a satisfying read, King uses the same old recipe, not that I'm complaining :D...more
I know the cover can turn off some readers, not to mention the title! But this book has remained one of my favorites, simply because I love the charactI know the cover can turn off some readers, not to mention the title! But this book has remained one of my favorites, simply because I love the characters.
Aristide isn't perfect, he's flawed, there are things he should have done to ensure his wife felt more secure. He loves her, of that there is no doubt, especially at the end of the book, where the reader gets to see his side of the story.
But Eden wasn't sure of him as he had thought, had expected her to be. She was on the brink of divorcing Aristide, but her love for him compelled her to stay, to give their relationship another chance.
And then there is Kassandra, Aristide's personal assistant. If I've ever hated the 'other woman', then Kassandra would be it.
This was such a quick, but emotional read for me. Aristide and Eden still gets me every time I re-read their story.