A very fine sequel to a very fine prequel. I love Elena as a protagonist - sarcastic, witty, smart and completely kick-ass. This book has only one fla...moreA very fine sequel to a very fine prequel. I love Elena as a protagonist - sarcastic, witty, smart and completely kick-ass. This book has only one flaw: too little Clayton. But I have to admit that Armstrong made up for it by introducing tons of new characters, races and enemies. And of course, the lovey-dovey Clay/Elena parts we were all waiting for towards the end of the book. Not to mention Clay acting like a total prince charming. A bloodthirsty psychopathic one, but charming non the less. (less)
A pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest, because I couldn't connect with the characters in the beginning. Emma was too weak, too in...moreA pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest, because I couldn't connect with the characters in the beginning. Emma was too weak, too insecure, too whiny. I don't mind weak characters, but I hate ones that complain about nothing. Seriously, the girl thought she wasn't all that pretty, yet all the men openly stare at her. Makes me wonder if she never looked in the mirror... Then there's Lachlain. I understand his behavior, I really do, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I love alpha males. I'm obsessed with them. But there is a fine line between a territorial man and a possessive jerk who doesn't give a shit about his female's needs. Taming a woman is not the same as imprisoning her. Not to mention he's a brute and doesn't realize his words and actions can hurt. Again, I understand and, again, I don't have to like it. Being annoyed with Emma or not, I actually pitied her a time or two. Or three. Or four.
Luckily for these two, they change. That's why I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book, despite my issues. Cole might write typical paranormal erotica, but her characters develop. Maybe not always at a realistic pace neither because of right reasons, but they understand each other. After a rough, bumpy ride and a roller-coaster of emotions the protagonists truly see each other, accept each other and change for each other. Lachlain and Emma are not exceptions.
The only true problem I had, aside from not being impressed by the characters at first, is perfection. I was going to give this book four stars, I really was. And then came the last couple of chapters and they ruined everything. A happy ending doesn't mean a perfect future. The couple doesn't have to get everything, especially if for the duration of the whole story they were sure they would have to sacrifice some things. Happiness doesn't mean having your every wish granted. Some wishes just can't be ever fulfilled and it's perfectly okay. This is life. Despite it's imperfections, we are still happy. Apparently, this is not enough for paranormal creatures. They get everything and they don't even have to work for it, not really. In this book, every problem just forms a puzzle, clicks together and BAM! there are no troubles left. Everything's sunshine and rainbows. Ugh. (less)
Horrible. Not only were the characters loathsome and the world disgusting, but the writing pretty much rendered the novel unreadable. The only reason...moreHorrible. Not only were the characters loathsome and the world disgusting, but the writing pretty much rendered the novel unreadable. The only reason I understood what was being said is my being a Russian which enabled me to recognize the majority of used words. Still, seeing English morphology applied to Russian words made it almost impossible even for me. I have to admit that the idea of slang is rich, but it just did not work for me. Instead of trying to interpret the message of the novel, I had to channel all my energy into deciphering words. This also made the novel a very slow read and I hated wasting so much time on characters I could not stand. I wouldn't, however, give this book zero stars even if it was possible, because as I already said, the idea is rich. It's just poorly executed. Clockwork Orange is not a bad book and there's definitely some hidden message, but I did not enjoy it. At all.(less)
A fantastic protagonist kicking paranormal ass, complex plot with unexpected but sometimes foreshadowed twists, a brilliantly built world - what else...moreA fantastic protagonist kicking paranormal ass, complex plot with unexpected but sometimes foreshadowed twists, a brilliantly built world - what else can a paranormal/urban fantasy junkie wish for? Oh, wait, romance. Although there is one hot shapeshifting badass male specie dressed in old jeans, hammering his heart away on Kate's roof, there is not much of mushy-gushy or hot-and-steamy stuff going on between them. Curran and Kate, I mean, not Curran and Kate's roof. So if you're thinking of reading Magic Bites solely because of His Royal Furriness trying to sex Kate up, you might be greatly disappointed. But not with the Beast Lors himself, of course. Never that. If you, however, are looking for some great action with all the gory details and an amazing female lead with distinct personality solving crimes and killing undead things, this is definitely a book for you. And the romance? Well, let's just hope (oh, c'mon, of course it will) it slowly develops in the next books, along with all the awesome friendships you can see starting in this one.