2.5 * The book was ok. And that is it. Some parts I liked; others didn't caught my interest. They weren't bad, just one of many similar scenes/settings2.5 * The book was ok. And that is it. Some parts I liked; others didn't caught my interest. They weren't bad, just one of many similar scenes/settings in other books, which will blend with time. For example - urbanfantasy + kickass heroine + cop/PI/Agent/Detective - I have lost count how many books contains this combination. Slowly I have grown an aversion, I'm sure I will not pick a book with cop-like heroine soon. And after I finished I have feeling there is just something missing and I cannot tell what is it exactly. Probably I have read too much similar novels :)
I did it again. I've picked a book where the heroine is PI. Well the reason was very practical - it's the thinnest of all books in my reach. So I shouI did it again. I've picked a book where the heroine is PI. Well the reason was very practical - it's the thinnest of all books in my reach. So I shouldn't complain. And even If I don't like it, I can see why this proffesion is so popular in these books. It gives a reason to stick nose into things that are not related directly to the protagonist. It helps to solve the question why would be she/he looking for so many different peoples/stuff/incidents. So be it. From the first page the story felt familiar and soon I've discovered, that I read almost half of this book, the Czech translation, but left unfinished. I don't remember why. So it was quick scrambling over the pages. The story is good, but not exceptional - it's one of a lot. Contains all elements frequent in urbanfantasy books - kick-ass heroine, mister in distress, vampires, magic, ghosts... I found very interesting the idea of grey and greywalkers, I also liked the part with old parlor organ. But I've strong dislike for the heroine and her neverending "i don't want it". So I'm not sure if I'll continue reading. Maybe, but not so soon. ...more
The book was a lot better than I expected by cover and title. I was ready for very romantic book with werewolves and UF background. I was gla3.5 stars
The book was a lot better than I expected by cover and title. I was ready for very romantic book with werewolves and UF background. I was glad to found out that relationship development is not one and only thread, not even major, however it takes big and important part of story. The book has a good plot, solid world, passable characters, and humorous moments. The story kept going, was easy to read and I never felt bored. So, normaly I would say what a great book. But you know how it is - appetite comes with eating - and so in moment I finished the last page, it wasn't enough for "great". Somehow in this case the book is "only good".
The setting is stereotypical - our world with werewolves, magic, etc. All well known from a lot of books. Well, I have to agree with people who mentioned similarity with Anita Blake. When I was reading, names like Dolf, Anita, Richard... pop up in my mind. Usually I'm not pursuing originality, if there are interesting/unusual characters or elements. Here, some tidbits raised my interest more, unfortunately not in an amount to make the book amazing.
I'm not sure if I can explain next objection, but the story felt very... neat and orchestrated. I think, it's a result of more factors. The first - it's first book of series, so I suppose the author was building a ground for the next books. At least I think this wasn't planned as standalone book. The second - the author had put too much informations and sidelines in first book. So some questions are left unanswered and some parts I count as insignificant for this storyline. Instead, I would appreciate a little more work with characters.
However I'm complaining, it is still good book, worth to read and I sure will try next book too, someday....more