The Good Okay, before we get to the nitty gritty, let me just tell you what Raley's elevator pitch is for his book: Harry Potter meets Pulp Fiction. SThe Good Okay, before we get to the nitty gritty, let me just tell you what Raley's elevator pitch is for his book: Harry Potter meets Pulp Fiction. So, you can say my mind was officially blown from that little statement. How the heck can a book be the combination of these two totally opposite films/books? Well, Raley did the impossible because I can't think of a better statement that sums up this book.
The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady is now all cozy in my shelf of the top ten favorite books I have ever read. As I was reading this book, I kept pestering the author with my annoyances, for he has no right to be this talented. I want his brain now. But I doubt he is willing to trade, so I guess I will just do my job and write my review.
This book is effing awesome. Sorry, had to get my semi-curse in. Read the book and you will know why.
The whole book is about King Henry Price recalling his time in Asylum and his later adventures on a voice recording. It was a brilliant way to organize this book because we get to enjoy the foul mouth fourteen year old King Henry as he is just learning what he is capable of and the twenty-two year old King Henry who can now kick-some major butt with his honed skills.
You cannot read this book and not find King Henry one of the most interesting characters ever. He's hilarious, smart-mouthed, and has mad skills both in fighting and as an Artificer. You never doubt that he can take care of himself, but you have to love the support he so often receives from Ceinwyn Dale, the Institution of Elements recruiter. Their relationship really was both hysterical and adorable. Dale kind of takes the guardian role that King Henry so sorely needs. His parents aren't the best role models and the whole story with his mom is just sad.
Then there's Annie B (Anne Boleyn). At first you're not sure how to feel about her. She's as ruthless as she is beautiful. And as Annie B and King Henry get to know each other, they form this kind of "trust", and I use the term loosely, that make them a badass pair.
The plot was somewhat simple which I liked because I wasn't spending my time trying to figure out a complicated mess that distracts from the enjoyment of reading a good book. But the world Raley has created is not at all simple. It's intricate and well researched. We get a scientific spin on the world of Mancy and the vampires were just scary. I have never read a more interesting version of a vampire in all the 300 books I have read about vampires.
The pace was smooth, the action was well written, and the description was well blended to make one absorbing read that I personally couldn't put down.
The Bad I really loved everything about this book. Though it may not be for everyone because it is a little different from the norm, it really worked for me. So if you are even 10% like me (a little odd, loves to laugh, obsessed with all thing urban fantasy) then you will love this book. I should mention the language. There is a lot of foul language, but without it, it simply wouldn't be the same book. It was needed.
The Snuggly Sex is insinuated but no actual sex scenes. King Henry is a gentleman, he doesn't kiss and tell. Hahahahaha. Sorry, tried to keep a straight face but couldn't last. Gentleman and King Henry are three words that shouldn't be used in the same sentence.
Overall I am officially a Raley fan. He is an amazing writer that has created something unique in the urban fantasy genre. I loved everything about the book. King Henry was an out-of-the-box character that almost anybody can love. The secondary characters were both scary and fascinating. This book will make you laugh out loud, which I did often. Just want to take this time to apologize to those around me as I read this book. I know my laugh can be kinda scary...and loud. But it's who I am, stop hating. Anyways, The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady is a must read. Highly recommended. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good The Zombie Bible? Yup, you heard right. I had the same reaction when I first heard about this series. I was a little reluctant at first becausThe Good The Zombie Bible? Yup, you heard right. I had the same reaction when I first heard about this series. I was a little reluctant at first because I had never read the bible, so I wasn't sure how much I was going to truly understand Death Has Come Up into Our Windows. Especially since the author notes: "Based Loosely on the Events of Jeremiah 38, 595 BC." But it's not religious fiction, it's a book about religious events. And the more I read, the more I got into the story and understood the biblical history and how it tied in with the fantasy of a land filled with zombies.
But first, let me tell you what greets you on page one: “By the time they lowered Yirmiyahu into the old well behind the king’s house, the city around them was already dying.” Yup, kick in the face, right? So, as you can assume I was intrigued from the get-go.
The book, in general, is about Yirmiyahu who says he is God's prophet. He can hear her cries and anguish over her People (yup, God is a female in Litore's tale, have to give him point's for that). Her People who worship other deities through the sacrifice of children. Yirmiyahu then finds out that his fellow priests encourage such death in the hopes of satisfying the undead and their hungers. But Yirmihau knows this is not the way. Unfortunately, no one will heed his warnings, and eventually the People take out their fear on the one prophet who is trying to save them.
This book has more of a literary quality to it. Every page had rhythmical, intelligent language that enriched the story. This is not just another zombie book. Litore takes us further into the darkness of the human condition. And the obvious amount of research Litore has done in preparation of writing this series only makes me respect him more as a writer.
Yirmiyahu is an emotional character that really makes the reader ache for his many trials he must face for being God's prophet. He cares for God's People, even though they may not care for him. I have to say my favorite parts are the times he spends with his wife. You can tell he truly loves his her, and reading about their moments together filled my heart with joy.
This book will disturb you, it will enthrall you. It's a new take on the zombie craze that has a deeper meaning. I was literally speechless for a couple minutes after I turned the last page.
The Bad At times, I felt the book got a little repetitive. I would read a sentence and swear I just read the same sentence a couple pages back. Also, though I understood the biblical theme for the most part, I feel that a knowledge of the bible would have helped me understand and enjoy the references and story as a whole a little more.
The Snuggly No actual sex, just little moments of intimacy.
Overall This story was both original in it's premise and terrifying in its no-holds-barred type of truth. This book is not wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end. We get heartbreak and we are shocked and horrified by the conclusion. This is not a light read. It's a story with depth that is both satisfying and enjoyable. I would like to say that this sort of book may not be for everyone, but I for one thought the writing was beautiful and the story entertaining. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Once I started reading this book I could barely put it down. It has romance, heartbreak, nail-biting moments, and mystery. Every character hadThe Good Once I started reading this book I could barely put it down. It has romance, heartbreak, nail-biting moments, and mystery. Every character had their own personalities and own agendas. Hood has created a world that's both magical and nerve wracking, for evil is lurking in Cherry and Hope can't always come out unscathed. But it's the continuous guessing game on who Hope can trust that really thrilled me. Can she trust Slade, the guy with a bad reputation, who sings in a band, who has tattoos and a dark secret, but is the only one who is truly nice to Hope. Or can she trust Tucker, the mayor's son. The popular guy with outrageous good looks and wandering hands. Of course Tucker and Slade are enemies and the fact that they both want Hope just adds fuel to the fire.
Hope was smart, loving, and all-around interesting. You easily feel and care for her character from the get go. She takes care of her father and twin brothers while trying to make friends in a town full of rich snobs.
Slade took a little more time to get use to. He's more cutting in his comments but usually means well. He has had a bad life and only wants to be happy. When he finally reveals his secret I was so excited. I thought his background was very well thought out and gave a nice dash of paranormal to the story.
Reading about Tucker is like taking a shower while the washing machine is going: hot and cold. You get all hot and bothered by his self-confident demeanor and flirtatious nature, then you get smacked with cold water as he reveals a more sinister side of himself. But which is the true Tucker? That's something you will keep wondering till the end. But his father just straight creeped me out from the start. Wouldn't want to be trapped in a room with him.
The mystery in this book was amazing. I was always surprised by the turn of events and could never guess what was going to happen next. The premise was unique and made me want to read more. There were parts that terrified me, made me laugh out loud, and made me scream in frustration. The book overall was well written and the dialogue was very realistic.
The Bad Hope's best friend Karsen frustrated me. I felt like she was unsympathetic to Hope when it came to the many terrifying situations Hope was put in. She easily brushed away reasonable fears Hope had, and I just didn't understand why. Some things about Karsen really put me off to her, though she did have some funny moments.
I wish some things were explained more. I still had questions in the end. Some people's actions were very odd throughout the book and I wish the reasons behind their behavior were explained more thoroughly.
The Snuggly Hey, it's a paranormal romance, what do you think? Of course we get sex. Three sex scenes, a lot of heavy petting, and a little peep show (OMG, I am still laughing about what Hope walked in on). But these are very mild scenes. They are actually really cute and well written.
Overall Hope is only seventeen so you would think the book was young adult. But I would not categorize Ink as young adult. This book is full of adult situations. This is what actually intrigued me the most: getting to read about a younger set of characters that face real life scenarios like sex and alcohol. My complaints are pretty minor and in no way took away from the book's overall awesomeness (hey, it's my blog and I can create words all I like). I thought the whole story was very endearing and it held my interest the whole time. Highly recommended. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Wow. I was very surprised by this book. It had interesting characters, great action scenes, and a unique world that I haven't seen before.
TheThe Good Wow. I was very surprised by this book. It had interesting characters, great action scenes, and a unique world that I haven't seen before.
The beginning of Death's Hand was outrageous. It grabbed my attention and made me want to read more. There were so many facets at play throughout the whole novel. There were exorcisms, creepy demons, magic, fiends, witches, and goddesses. Each had a role in the fantastical world Reine created.
The protagonist, Elise, was hard-core in every way. She knows how to fight, she fights for what she wants, and she can fill out a mean tax form (she's an accountant). But this accountant is good with a sword and will gut the bad guys without a backwards glance.
James is still somewhat of a mystery to me. He is a powerful witch and tries to do whats right. But I can tell there is something deeper about his character, something that will surprise us all when it comes out. But he and Elise are a pair to be reckoned with. They will fight for each other no matter the consequences.
I also really like Betty, Elise's roommate. She is loyal, almost to a fault, and she can always bring a smile to your face. She's optimistic and loves Elise, no matter her failings.
The action in the second half of the book was non-stop. As things start to crumble under Elise's feet, she enlists the help of Betty and Betty's cousin, Anthony, to pretty much save the world. But it's just not that simple. Too many things want Elise either dead or out of the way.
The writing was well-done. Not too much description but enough to give the reader a great visual. The pacing was on spot and the plot was well thought-out.
The Bad The first half of the book was somewhat slow. Though I enjoyed reading it, I felt the second half was so much more enthralling.
More than anything, I wish Reine had spent more time on world and character building. I found myself sometimes lost in the expressions used for demons, magic and such. If these things were explained, I felt I would have had a better understanding of the world Reine had created. Maybe even a little more backstory to set the scene. And though I liked all the characters, I would have loved to know more about a few of them. There seem to be some gaps in character history that left me a little disappointed.
The Snuggly There is some slight sexual content but it was pretty mild.
Overall I think Reine is a great writer that has a very successful future in store for her. For most of the book, I didn't stop reading until I was falling asleep from exhaustion. I just had to know what was going to happen next. If Reine would just supply a fuller backstory for both the characters and the world in which they live, I would be one of her most devoted readers. I would for sure recommend this book to anyone who loves urban fantasy. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Young Adult is not a genre I frequently read, but the few YA books I have read I thoroughly enjoyed. Torn is no different. When I finally gotThe Good Young Adult is not a genre I frequently read, but the few YA books I have read I thoroughly enjoyed. Torn is no different. When I finally got to sit down and actually read the book, I did it in two days. I just had to know what was going to happen next.
We are introduced to Alec, the leader of his shapeshifter pack who's trying to save the pack and his family from the many attacks by the rival pack in town. He may seem like just another normal teenager on the outside, but the weight of the world is on his shoulders and your heart can't help but go out to him as he tries to keep his world from crumbling. By day, he goes to school, studies, and helps his younger sister with bullies. By night, he and the rest of his pack are in a bloody battle with a larger, more vicious pack who want to make the town their own personal playground. And with the Coun'hij, the overall rulers of the shapshifters, backing up the deranged pack and it's leader, Brandon, Alec and his pack are in a very precarious position to defend themselves without human notice.
But the drama does not end there. The new girl, Adriana, is a mystery Alec does not have time to solve. She is unique in a way that leaves Alec questioning her origins and her loyalties. She may be beautiful, but her hot and cold attitude both infuriates Alec as well as draws him. Does she need to be protected, or will she be the cause of the pack's downfall?
I was quite surprised by the savageness of the fights between the packs. There was no care for life and that only made the book that much better. I love no-holds-barred type of fighting. One wrong move can mean death. Now that is an intense concept and helps me, as the reader, become anxious and fearful for the characters I have an invested interest in. That's what a book should do, evoke emotions that reel me in and never lets go.
I loved the mystery behind Adriana and Alec's continuous attempts to figure her out. But as their relationship grows, I really enjoyed the gentle friendship and love that seems to bloom. In essence, they are both outsiders who don't want to be alone anymore. And, in each other, they see possibilities for a happier future.
Brandon was just insane, as well as most of his pack. I really grew to hate him and wanted him dead in bad, bad ways. I won't get into the details of the many ways I wanted him dead because I don't want to scare anyone off. But let's just say, as a writer, I literally spend hours thinking of the creative possibilities of offing someone. Hey, I never said I was sane, just funny.
As I read this book, I found myself being drawn into the diverse shapeshifters and their different characteristics. I'd be very interested to hear their stories in more depth, especially James' and Jasmin's. They have their own demons that only make a small appearance in the book.
The Bad I really did like this book but there are a few things about it that made me reluctant to give it more stars. First is the writing. The writing overall was very good, but I found going through Alec's day at school to be boring and unnecessary. I don't need to know if Biology dragged again this week. The structure of going through Alec's school day was somewhat off-putting. It made me want to skip to the good parts.
Sometimes we are provided with information about certain stuff, like finances or homework, that I felt was wasted book space for more interesting topics like character history or world building.
There was a lot left unanswered and that bothered me. I don't mind if an ending is open-ended or if we are left with a few questions. But as for the many mysteries or questions that come up during the whole of the book, those are things the reader needs to find out in the end, at least somewhat. So we had this build up then no real satisfying conclusion expect for maybe two parts of the main plot.
The Snuggly Come on, people, it's Young Adult. Ergo, no sex.
Overall Murray is also coming out with Broken which is the same story as Torn but through Adriana's point of view. I really want to read that. Knowing how Adriana perceived all these events is something I not only want to know but need to know.
I will always have a couple things that will bother me about a book but that does not mean I didn't enjoy it. I read this book in two sittings, that should tell you something. I would recommend this book to all YA readers out there. It was a cute love story with raw violence and supernatural elements. A great combination and overall interesting book. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good I was actually pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Frayed. In the novella we meet Fray, a leopard shapeshifter with an ingrained prejudiceThe Good I was actually pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Frayed. In the novella we meet Fray, a leopard shapeshifter with an ingrained prejudice against vampires, werewolves, and other shapeshifters. It's how supernatural creatures live, hating those who are not their own but tolerating them only when they are helpful. But as Fray and vampire Haden Nash work together to find the many supernatural teens that have been kidnapped for nefarious reasons, Fray realizes it's time for every species to end this poorly reasoned animosity. Maybe if everyone would have just worked together in the first place, these horrible occurrences would have never come to be. Innocence would have never been taken and lives could have been saved.
I loved that supernatural social issues were so beautifully woven within the plot. It gave the story numerous layers that pulled me into these characters' lives more than I expected for a novella. But the main plot was fascinating on it's own. There was mystery, horror, and fast-paced action. The dialogue was simply brilliant. I love humor in urban fantasy. When a story gets dark for portions of the book, it's nice to have that comedic relief. The banter between Fray and Nash was hilarious and really made me like both characters for simply being smartasses.
Fray was a great heroine for this story. She's tough, smart, and speaks her mind. She actually learns from her mistakes and tries to better herself. I think she really shines when she's bantering with Nash. Of course, she naturally despises him. He's a vampire, all he's good at is being dead and savage. But after spending time with him, she realizes that maybe her preconceived notions are wrong. Nash is actually an all around gentlemen, even when he's purposely egging Fray on.
Let's move on to the romance. You know that ex that you never really got over but had to let go because you two were simply not compatible, both too strong-willed and pigheaded to yield to the other. Yeah, that's Blaire and Fray. We don't get to travel too much into their "relationship lane" but the peeks we see left me wanting more. I don't even know if I want them together, but their somewhat mysterious past makes me crave to see what they are like in a relationship.
The secondary characters were all very interesting and multi-dimensional. Again, we get small snippets of their characters and their pasts making me wish there was more time to delve further into their stories. Lucy, Nash's ex-girlfriend who's also a vampire, was nothing at all what I expected. In most books, when you meet the ex, they are just horribly rude and evil. Not Lucy. She was so sweet my teeth hurt, in a good way. I actually really liked her, even though she is only a small part of the story.
There were some great action scenes that were both ferocious and technically written well. The ending was almost hard to read. I really did want to cry. These poor children go through so much and it can't help but break your heart. When someone can make my cold heart actually ache, then I have to applaud them for a job well done.
The Bad I'm finding it difficult to come up with the right wording to describe what I didn't like but I'll try. I felt some parts of the novella were overwritten. Though the language and style was very imaginative and elaborate, I felt the overdone descriptions and artistic comparisons were too much sometimes. I actually had to reread several sentences to understand what the author was trying to convey. I like creative and descriptive language as much as the next reader, but it can be overused to the point of confusion. But that's my only complaint, so I give props to Chorpenning since I tend to complain about everything and anything. What can I say, I am what I am (Oh yeah, I went there. Totally invoking Popeye. He's the man.)
The Snuggly Some heavy petting that ended in a way that made me laugh my butt off. We also get a shower scene but nothing too sexual. No sex.
Overall I laughed, I was frightened, I was shocked, and I was completely satisfied by the end. I think this book makes a great addition to my urban fantasy collection. Frayed was well written except for a few quirks and was extremely entertaining. Highly recommended. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good I have to say, this is one of the better plots I have read in a little while. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this story. But beforeThe Good I have to say, this is one of the better plots I have read in a little while. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this story. But before I get into that, let's do a little recap.
All Layla wants to do is finish college, get through each work day without slapping her horrible boss, and try to live a normal life. But that is not her fate. She has a much more dangerous and much more dramatic destiny ahead of her. But the question is, who can she trust? She has werewolves coming after her at every turn and friends who might not have her best interests in mind.
To be a hundred percent honest, the story didn't grab me in the beginning. But once it got going, I was quite captivated till the end. Layla was a fun character that acted a little younger than her age. I loved that. Not every almost thirty year old is all sophisticated and well put together. Layla talks like she's in high school. I think it made her more approachable and likable. But she also has this inner strength. I couldn't imagine keeping it together while the world was crumbling around my ears. But Layla pulls it off. She puts on her big girl pants and faces her problems straight on.
Brett was also an all around appealing character. Sexy as hell, frisky and fun like Layla, and somewhat mysterious. He isn't perfect, his past is anything but uncomplicated, and his secrets tend to add up. Then we have Suzette. Can anyone say B I T C H? A great villain that you will truly hate. Truthfully, these were the only characters that interested me. The rest kind of fade into the background because all your attention is on Layla and her life unfolding.
I have to give Morgan props on creating a well thought out plot and tantalizing story. I stayed up well into the morning hours reading, not willing to put the book down until there was a break in action and drama. Yeah, that never happened. The action was fast-paced and the mystery was intriguing. You will definitely be on an emotional roller-coaster when reading Tala.
The Bad There are two reasons why Tala lost two stars. The writing was a bit amateur. Nothing majorly noticeable but obvious enough that I wanted to mention it. It lacked the finished (fully edited) feel of most published books. Occasionally, sentence structure was a little off and the dialogue could use some work. This bugged me more as a writer than a reader.
The ending left me dissatisfied. Again, this was something of a personal dislike, my own opinion that many may not agree with. I felt nothing was wrapped up or settled. I know in a series you have to leave a couple things open-ended for the next book, but at least a few things from the main plot need to be settled. I felt this book was about fighting for something that never came to be. It simply was not satisfying.
The Snuggly One sex scene. Well written. I think this book had a more urban fantasy feel than paranormal romance.
Overall I have to say I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I can't wait to read the rest of the series as well. I can easily see Morgan losing that novice writing style in time and producing some great pieces of work in the future. If anyone wants to read an interesting story that's hard to put down, then this is the book for you. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Kevin's Point of View is not my typical read. But when Shannon contacted me to review his book, he presented it in such a way that I had to knThe Good Kevin's Point of View is not my typical read. But when Shannon contacted me to review his book, he presented it in such a way that I had to know what this book was about. And I can honestly tell you I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It has non-stop action, a great protagonist that you continuously cheer for, and a seriously evil bad guy that you can't help but yell out "Why won't you die?" every time he shows up to once again wreak havoc.
I was surprised how heartfelt some of this book was. Kevin has not been the same since his father died. The only way he can deal with the pain of his father's death is to retreat into a fantasy world where he has complete control of his surroundings and actions. A place where no emotions and real-world problems can find him. Surprisingly, Kevin's creative imagination becomes vital when Devin, the bad guy, stops at nothing to retrieve his Influxitron. The very item that was mailed to Kevin by mistake. Through the help of his family and friends, Kevin escapes Devin's reach time and time, but this frightening chase of cat and mouse is not simply a scary adventure. The Influxitron, the very thing Devin is after, has the power to change the future in a catastrophic way.
Kevin made this book. I literally cried from laughing so hard in just the first few chapters. Kevin's antics as Captain Disaster was down-right hilarious. How he created a fantastical world in his head and related it to the real world was pure genius. If for no other reason, I had to keep reading this book just to see what shenanigans Kevin got himself into next. And his friend Tony is the perfect contrast to Kevin. Tony is a realist, he can't hide from reality as Kevin so easily does. And so Tony is the constant worrier, though I can't blame him. If I had Devin and his lackeys trying to chase me down and kill me, I'd be freaking out like crazy. I think Tony's fear is what helps Kevin take charge of every situation. He has to be the brave one if they both want to get out of this situation alive.
I loved the fact that Betsy, Kevin's sister, and her boyfriend, Scratch, were caught up in the mix. Scratch, the pizza delivery boy, really made me smile every time he showed up. He had a way of making light of a dire situation to the point that I was in hysterics, even when the bad guys were winning. Scratch was the much needed comedic relief that helped me get through this book, even when I was tense with anxiety (which was all the time).
Devin is the perfect devious bad guy. I truly hated him from the start and wanted bad, bad things to happen to him. There is no redemption when it comes to Devin.
Shannon has somehow weaved together an adventurous and mysterious plot with a mosaic cast of characters that when brought together produces reader gold. How he could amp up the action with every turn of the page is beyond me. Reading this book is like being on a constant adrenaline high. And even through all the action and suspense, Shannon found a way to evoke emotions that even the most cold-hearted person could not deny.
And the ending. Can anyone say 'wow'? The conclusion of this nerve-wracking tale is nothing short of brilliant. How everything was wrapped up and explained had me walking away satisfied.
The Bad Halfway through the book, when we have not only Kevin and Tony running for their lives, but Pudge, Betsy, and Scratch, too, I felt Kevin was put on the back burner. He was the character I came to love from the get-go so I wish the focus stayed on him throughout the novel.
Pudge was a little childish for me, especially since he was suppose to be an adult.
The Snuggly This is a very clean book. Great for schools to carry.
Overall I have to applaud Shannon on a job well done. I truly enjoyed reading Kevin's Point of View. I am so happy I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and read a book unlike my usual genres. And I want to thank Shannon for sending me a signed copy of his book. This was an expertly and cleverly written story that caught my interest and never let go.
Quotes "What on earth possessed you to jump out the bathroom window without clothes on, Kevin?" she asked in her 'my-life-is-too-hard' voice. "What will our neighbors think? I'll tell you what they'll think. They'll think I let my children run around naked in the backyard before school because I'm two sandwiches short of a picnic. Then they'll cart me off to the asylum, which might not be that bad, because then I may actually get some time to myself."
"Have you ever noticed that the way you puke is unique?" Kevin offered after Tony's last gag.
"What?" Tony asked, not really believing Kevin would be asking such a stupid question right now.
"Well, you've been puking for the last few minutes and I couldn't help but notice that the way you hurl is kind of unique," Kevin continued. "It's your own personal thing. Like the way you write, or the way you walk. You can't hide the way you puke because it's the way you are." http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Rachel can see and communicate with spirits. Sounds cool, but in reality, having spirits be drawn to you is no fun at all. And having any sortThe Good Rachel can see and communicate with spirits. Sounds cool, but in reality, having spirits be drawn to you is no fun at all. And having any sort of control over spirits is down right painful. But Rachel feels it's her job to rid her small village of the ancient spirits that have risen through the mishandled magic of a local teen. But putting these spirits to rest presents a bigger challenge than Rachel can handle. And to Rachel's immense surprise, the small village, the very people she thought disliked her for her "witchcraft," actually wants to help.
Rachel really fascinated me. She has dealt with her special abilities for most of her life and it has taken a toll. She feels like an outcast, but she has managed to make some very close friends because, truthfully, she's just plain endearing. She remains strong, even when faced with hardships that the average person couldn't even imagine. But it's her slight obsession with Constable Jeremy Garratt that I found most intriguing. She actually takes a vacation to Mexico in an attempt to get over her feelings for this man. Gotta love that kind of dedication to abstaining from falling for a taken man.
Jeremy is of course clueless to Rachel's feelings. As well he should be since he actually has a girlfriend. The girlfriend is pretty much the sweetest person you will ever meet, according to Rachel. Isn't that always the way? You love someone and they have to be all selfish and find love somewhere else. It just ain't right.
Though some villagers are weary of Rachel's abilities, there are a few that accept and love her. Namely, Mrs. Saunders. Oh, our little, old Mrs. Saunders. One of the best characters ever written. I was cracking up every time she opened her mouth. I'm almost hesitant to call her a smart-ass, her being my elder and all, but it is the perfect word for her. Oh, and cheeky, wise, hilarious, super-freakin-fantastic, amazing. I could go on. She says what's on her mind and she will have her bit of gin in her coffee if it's the last thing she does. *giggles*
The action was pretty good and I have to admit to being fairly nervous from the suspense most of the novel. I loved the spirit element and the obvious research Ball did to create this novella. Spirits Rising was a great ghost story with a major twist.
The Bad I found myself wishing that Rachel would save the day, her being the spirit specialist, but more often than not other people turned out to be the heros. I dislike main characters that need so much help when they are the ones that have the powers.
The ending was a little anticlimactic. With the buildup of the previous chapters, I assumed the ending would have been a little more frightening.
The Snuggly No lovin' in this book, but it didn't need any.
Overall I enjoyed reading Spirits Rising. I haven't read a good ghost/spirit book in a while and this one was definitely satisfying. I think Ball has a promising future in the paranormal genre and I look forward to seeing what else she has to offer. A recommended read.
Quotes I eyed the old lady, who returned my glare with a much-too-innocent expression. “Such a good boy. I’m going to clean up the garbage in the yard while the bread is baking. No hanky-panky while I’m gone, you two,” she said, wagging her finger at me. She traded her cane for her walker, but not before slapping Jeremy’s behind. “Put some pants on, b’ye. People will think you spent the night with me!” http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good If I was going to write a one word review, it would be WOW. Just like the previous book, I was speechless when I finished What Our Eyes Have WThe Good If I was going to write a one word review, it would be WOW. Just like the previous book, I was speechless when I finished What Our Eyes Have Witnessed. Litore once again surrounds us in a world so realistic, so horrific that you want to shield your eyes from the words that so effortlessly paint a picture of hope, despair, and hunger.
Father Polycarp has seen the withered souls of the walking dead in their sightless eyes. He knows what causes the dead to rise and devour without thought. It is the very people of Rome that curse themselves. In a time when Rome was fresh with rising power, its people appeased their dead ancestors with food while men, women, and children wasted away on the streets for circumstances beyond their control. Their dismal placement in the caste hierarchy dictates their future. A future of slavery, of hunger, and of death. But if the people of Rome could only see that it's this very separation, their rejection of people who they consider lower than themselves that has brought the very destruction they so helplessly want to end, then maybe Rome could thrive. Polycarp sees this. His followers see this. Regina, his closest friend, follower, and insula manager sees this. But the person who could do the most good, initiate the most change refuses to see. Cauis has lost too much already to yield. No, he will see the destruction of Polycarp no matter the consequences.
You can't help but admire Polycarp's determination and courage in this story. He looks the dead in the eye, sees their true selves, and sets their tortured souls free. He helps those who others throw away. He provides for those who cannot provide for themselves. And he stands up to his convictions even when faced with the possiblity of a horrific death by fire. And even when it is obvious that Cauis and the jury of his peers refuse to see the truth, Polycarp holds firm to his beliefs and faces the prospect of death with stoic calm and grace. This is a man I could truly admire.
I wanted to hate Cauis. A man with power who refuses to do what's right. But I found that I could easily sympathize with him. Because to him his acts of violence and unreasoning are the right solutions. Forcing himself to be blind to alternatives, he truly believes that the destruction of Polycarp, the desecrater of Rome's ancestors, the man who spreads his mass delusion to the youth of Rome, is the answer to silencing the dead that bang on the doors of the living. He is driven by the atrocities in his own life, and he truly wants to save Rome and its people. He is simply ignorant and rigidly set in his ways. To change the very social structure of Rome is unthinkable. He would rather hold onto the lies that Rome lives on while Polycarp would rather face the truth head on and find a resolution that benefits all. Cauis will always do what he thinks is best for Rome's aristocracy, even if it dooms them all.
Personally, I think this story is truly about Regina. The freed pleasure slave that has found a home in Polycarps insula. There she is domina, the head of the household. Her love for the man who freed her, Polycarp, is a love of depth, gratitude, and admiration. Though Polycarp may struggle with his attraction to Regina, he never allows such lust to come to fruition, even though Regina may wish it otherwise. In Polycarp's eyes she sees a better future for herself and all of Rome. I fell in love with Regina's character very easily. Her emotions are so strong and heart-wrenching that I almost wept for her pain. Her faith in Polycarp and his God may be tested, but she never fails to amaze me with her courage to stand up for what she believes in when it is most important. I loved the underlying tone of female empowerment in this book. In a time when women were considered almost worthless, Regina shows that women can also have the power to make a difference.
Litore has created a cast of characters like no other. They all have honor, strength, and devotion in their own way (well, almost all of them). Their faith, valor, and love are all tested, and in the end, each one comes out a hero (even Cauis in a small way) through their actions and words.
Though What Our Eyes Have Witnessed provides us with an alternative biblical history, it is not a religious story. It is a story of poverty, injustice, human frailty, as well as hope, courage, and belief in oneself. Oh, and zombies. Can't forget the zombies. Litore has a way of writing action scenes so chilling and real that you can feel the breath of the dead warm the back of your neck. There were many times that I couldn't help but hold my breath as zombies made their presences known. Their moans becoming louder as they neared. The sight of their disfigured bodies as they reached for another victim. This book was definitely chock full of zombies to satisfy any zombie-loving reader.
The historical content was abundant and obviously thoroughly researched. The characterization was superb, as well as the detailed description.
The Bad There really wasn't anything bad about this book. I loved reading every minute of it. I don't know how Litore did it but it even surpassed the first book of the series, Death has Come Up into Our Windows.
The Snuggly I loved the sexual tension in this book. It was nothing risque, it was actually quite charming.
Overall I still can't get over the beautiful horror of Litore's writing. This is a story of tragedy but with a glimmer of hope for the future. Regina was a breathtaking character that stole the show for me. She, and people like her, are what Polycarp is fighting for, and I can only hope that his teachings will show up in Litore's future Zombie Bible books. What Our Eyes Have Witnessed was another awe-inspiring take on the zombie genre that truly changed me as a reader. Even as I write this review my eyes mist over because Litore has created a world that even today slightly holds true. Looking past the zombies, you will find that Litore writes about the very core of human error and it has both humbled me and made me appreciative of the life I live. Highly recommended.
Quotes The alley was filled with dead. The light of the lamp Polycarp held brought them out of the dark, showing the gashes and bites in their gray skin in stark detail. For a moment, his hand shook, and the light guttered. The dead slouched and slid along the wall of the insula toward him; several milling at the outlet to the Via Aquae Bruneae turned their heads with unnatural slowness, and their eyes reflected back the lamp. Their mouths opened, filling the alley with the low groaning of their hunger.
The guardsman slid his captives from his shoulders; Regina felt the pavement hit her back and rump hard, and sucked in her breath. The fourth walking corpse bent and snatched at her hair. But the guardsman’s knife slid from its sheath in a song of metal, and he drove his blade into the creature’s chest. That did not slow it. Regina cried out as she felt her head lifted by the hair, her wrists tied helplessly beneath her. The thing’s face a shadow above her, its teeth reaching for her. She tried to speak, to beg, to scream – no sound came.
"We are all on trial,” he cried. “Our dead are here to demand answers, and we are out of time. We have to choose, now, this day. Will we have a City divided into the eaters and the eaten – a City populated in the end only by the hungry dead! – or will we build a City where we break bread together, all of us, Roman and Greek and Syrian, male and female, master and slave, not feeding on each other but feeding and sustaining each other? Give me your verdict, please, then let me rest. The past few days have been more exhausting than any in my life. I will admit that I would rather die in my bed than in a fire. But now, if you can’t manage to look at the truth and decide what to do about it, I am done talking with you.” http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Cursed is the first of five short stories from the Touched series. The Touched series is actually one of three series of The Sidhe, a4.5 stars
The Good Cursed is the first of five short stories from the Touched series. The Touched series is actually one of three series of The Sidhe, a linear set of stories that interweave the Champion of the Sidhe, Rise of the Unseelie, and Touched series.
In Cursed we meet London, an investigator of paranormal problems, who may have bitten off more than she could chew with her next assignment. After Rico curses London to crave his Touch, London has no choice but to let Rico drag her into a war among the parahumans. It is her job to gain the information Rico desires because without his Touch, London may be forced to make some decisions that will change her life...or cause her death.
I don't even know where to begin. This book was brilliant. I was sucked into this dark world of magic and paranormal creatures and pretty much didn't want to leave. I don't know how he did it, but Archer created an amazingly fantastical story that said so much in so little words.
London is a tough chick who's been put in a rather crappy situation. But she takes it all in stride as she does what needs to be done to save her bacon. She kicks ass and takes names, then kicks more ass. It's awesome!
Oh, and the Fey. The creepy, beautiful Fey that have no limits and will doing anything for their brethren. I both hate and love them. I hate what Rico did to London, but I soon found myself seeing his side of things and understanding why he takes such drastic actions.
I loved the action in this book. The fights were fast and gritty. London not only utilized her amazing skills with a gun, she also knew how to use her body as a weapon. A girls gotta be multi-talented this day in age. Especially living in the world London does.
I loved the assortment of creatures and species. A dash of mischievous wizards, a trickle of crazy changelings, a dollop of sexy Fey, and a drop of blood thirsty vampires. It was all so very exciting and terrifying at the same time. I don't know how Archer had me so nervous and eager to continue reading with such a short story. He even had time to supply us with some important history that helped the world building. Oh, and I can't forget the writing. Archer knows what he is doing when it comes to a flawless writing style and structure. Cursed was a seriously dark adventure, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
The Bad The only part that bothered me was how short it was. But I can't really fault the author since that was his goal the whole time. But it does take some time getting use to the abruptness of some of the scenes in the novelette.
The Snuggly We definitely get some sexy scenes but no real sex. Expect some bumpin' and grindin'.
Overall Even though it was very short, something I will have to get use to, I really loved this story. No doubt in my mind, I will be reading this whole series and the two companion series that go with it. If you like urban fantasy, adventure, and some good fighting scenes, then you will love this novelette. Highly recommended.
Quotes The scuttling sound of claws and scales against stone came from above. London searched the shadows overhead. As the creature hung upside down from the rafters, its huge eyes glistened wetly. Humanoid in basic anatomy, the thing was skeletal thin. Arms legs half again as long as a human’s and oddly jointed so the knees and elbows angled backward like a mosquito. The flesh, as best as she could make it out, was a nearly black green. The ears pointed a full hand span above the top of its bald head. The rows of teeth it bore in its gaping mouth were needle sharp and inches long. Show… No… Fear… http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Let me start off by saying that the author let me know that there is a movie of this book in the making and that Drew Barrymore is slated to direct. I want to congratulate Morgan for this huge step in her amazing career. I wish her the best.
I was heartbroken from the beginning of this story, sweated from fear and trepidation in the middle, and wanting to cry by the end. Drowned Sorrow was a rollercoaster ride of mystery, horror, and overall creepiness.
Megan has always put her job before her family. But after the death of her son and proceeding divorce from her husband, all Megan wants to do is try to rekindle her relationship with her daughter, Jenna, and save the family she so long neglected. Megan and Jenna have drifted apart since the tragedy and a vacation is just what they need to let go of past hurts and move forward. But Moonlight Creek is not all they hoped it would be. It's a town where the townspeople only come out of their houses during overcast, rainy days and where the general store only sells water, not food. After some odd and downright frightening experiences, Megan realizes Moonlight Creek is not safe for outsiders. But when she and her daughter try to leave, that's when all hell breaks loose.
Though the beginning was a bit slow for me (I will admit that the suicide of Megan's son in the first chapter of the book did evoke some strong emotions that kept me reading), once the book picked up, it REALLY picked up. I couldn't put the book down after the halfway point. More than a few times goosebumps showered my skin as the most eerie things I have ever read occurred in this freakish town. I couldn't help but put myself in certain situations and wonder what I would do. Probably die from fright, to be honest.
Megan was a hard character to like. She has a hard time caring about her family as much as she cares about her job. But she truly does try to do the right thing after her son's death. She wants to save her family and has taken steps to ensure this. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong town to vacation in. She tries to be strong for her daughter, and you can't help but admire her determination to survive.
I feel Jenna was the better character in this book. She had emotion that pulled you in, she had a strong will that was fun to see in action, and she even had a bit of mystery around her. She loves her parents but knows that her brother's death might have changed the dynamics of her family forever.
The horror in Drowned Sorrow was undeniably terrifying, and the townspeople were downright disturbing. I didn't know what to expect from them, and the unknown always makes me nervous. The paranormal aspect was very original and the twist at the end really took this book to a whole new level of intriguing.
The Bad Though I liked the story overall, I just didn't like the disjointed feel of so many points of view. It got a little hectic, and I started wanting to put the book down because I got bored with some people's point of view. It made the story drag a bit.
Megan just seemed a little idiotic to me. She had so many warnings and creepy things happen that when she continued to stay in the weird town, I just started hoping something bad would happen to her because of her stupidity. Megan, as a character, was not likable. Though it didn't bother me too much, I just thought I would mention it for those who hate unlikable main characters.
There were some inconsistencies in this book that may cause you to read a page over again in confusion. A little more editing was definitely in order.
The Snuggly Nothing really romantic in this paranormal suspense. No sex either. It's pretty clean. But there is love between characters, a type of caring that causes bad things to happen.
Overall I had fun reading this book. The suspense was intense and the horror was abundant. Megan isn't my favorite character of all time, and the inconsistencies where a bit annoying, but the overall story was interesting. I know for a fact that when this book is made into a movie, I will be there the first day it comes out. Suspense fans will enjoy this book very much.
Quotes Megan gasped as something brushed against her back. Startled, she flipped over and treaded water, glancing down into the water around her. She turned in circles, didn't see anything. She glanced again at the shoreline, content to see Jenna still there on the beach. She turned to look around her once more, surprised to find a man's head and shoulders emerging from under the water. She hadn't seen anyone swimming this close to her, but then, she hadn't really been paying that much attention as she'd floated. The man's face seemed awfully pale to her, and he stared wide-eyed and unblinking at her.
Seconds later, another face popped up to the surface, followed by yet another. Her heart began to pound. She offered a tentative smile and turned around, intending to head back to shore, but yet another man blocked her view of the beach. The hair on the back of her neck rose, and incredibly enough, the water seemed to grow even colder....more
The Good After reading Jhaer's story in Aftershock, book one of the Rise of the Unseelie series, I had to read this book to see the other side3.5 stars
The Good After reading Jhaer's story in Aftershock, book one of the Rise of the Unseelie series, I had to read this book to see the other side of the story. In End of the World, we get to see what happens to Lugh as the fey Mounds fall. And boy, was is heartbreaking.
For those who don't know, Archer has created three interlacing series that focus on different characters that live in the same world. All series, Touched, Rise of the Unseelie, and Champion of the Sidhe, interconnect somehow to create an amazing super series.
This series and book focuses on Lugh and his adventures after the fall of his beloved fey mounds. Lugh has spent his entire life protecting the Sidhe. And when a battle between Seelie and Unseelie begins to brew, Lugh is willing to do anything to defend his territory and people. Especially when something threatens to stop the attempt at unifying the two sides of Sidhe. But after a murder of a very important fey, things begin to unravel.
Lugh has this sense of entitlement that I actually find attractive in a character. He is so completely sure of himself that when something doesn't go his way he kind of crumbles. But you can't really blame the guy since the fey race is in grave danger of fading after the horrible events proceeding the fall of the fey mounds, the fey's home and magic source.
I love the direction this series is going. Lugh has already formed a plan of action to save his people and I can only guess what sort of obstacles he is going to face.
The tale about how the mounds were created really intrigued me, and I can't wait to see how Lugh is going to fix the mess his people are in. Expect action, a fast-paced plot, and oodles of drama in this read.
The Bad There was nothing wrong with this story. I just found it too short to thoroughly enjoy. I don't mind short reads, but not enough happened in this book for me to really get into it. So far, I like the other two series a lot more, but then again, this is only book one of this series so I am hoping for something substantial for book two.
The Snuggly No snuggly or romance in this book. Just action and heartbreak, which can be just as fun if you're sadistic like me. :)
Overall I really did enjoy this story, I just found the beginning of the other two series a little more interesting. This is a fun little story that will leave you wanting more. I can already see Lugh being a very entertaining character. A recommended read.
Quotes Heart pounding, he used the handrail to catapult himself as he raced up the long, curving stairwell to the second level. No one need tell him where to find the All-Mother. All fey connected to the Mounds possessed a sense of her. No guards manned the watch outside the throne chamber. No bodies strewn about to explain their absence. No blood. No dropped weapons. Fear for friends and lovers kindled behind the greater dread that brought him to a sliding stop on the dust-covered floor just inside the chamber. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
Do to my review policy, this book will have no rating or review. This does not mean this book was bad or good. If you want my opinion on this book, feDo to my review policy, this book will have no rating or review. This does not mean this book was bad or good. If you want my opinion on this book, feel free to message me. ...more
The Good I am so happy I decided to read more young adult books. Ties to the Blood Moon was an adventure and a half that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. I just wish book two was already out because I can't wait to see what Waldrop has in store for her characters.
After her mother's death, Genevieve moves in with her aunt in Alaska. Everything may seem normal at first, but slowly Gen finds out that not all fairytales are myths. And as her world takes a turn for the weird, Gen finds out that her role in the chaos is vital to bringing peace amongst supernatural beings. And through all this, Gen falls in love with one guy while feelings for another start to surface.
This book was really fun. I read it in two days, staying up pretty late both nights. I couldn't help but turn the page to see what happened next. It kind of starts out a little slow but picks up pretty quickly a few chapters in. Even when it was frustrating as hell, I loved the constant mystery throughout the whole book. It kept me guessing.
Gen was a very interesting character. For a seventeen year old she is slightly immature, but I thought it gave everything a little more humor. Even when you feel bad for Gen and her many humiliating moments, her reactions cracked me up. I've never seen someone cry so often. But it worked with the circumstances of the book since Gen is going through some very terrifying and emotional changes. But she manages to keep on going, no matter the obstacles and many secrets constantly surrounding her.
William was a very mysterious sort of character. You don't know his true motives until the very end, which made it a little hard to really like him. Doesn't mean I didn't fall in love with him just as much as Gen did. There is something about him that makes me want to smile. I got all giggly every time he showed up and charmed Gen (and me, apparently) once again.
Gen's best friend, Luna, was very hot and cold. At first she is like the best friend everyone wants, then she has major jealousy issues. But considering this is a young adult book, it's to be expected that teens have their ups and downs and emotional dramas. I actually thought it was all very entertaining. Now Joseph, Luna's twin brother, was my favorite character. When you get to know him, he is a really sweet guy and you only hope for his happiness. But his feelings for Gen have only brought him grief since she is obviously in love with William. It's hard to watch Joseph's pain, and I can only hope he has something to look forward to in the future.
The fighting scenes were very fast-paced and exciting. I liked that at first Gen couldn't really take care of herself, but as she accepted her destiny, she became a better fighter and more skilled. I hate when books portray their main character being instantly strong for no reason. Gen is still growing into her new powers, which is how it should be. I still can't believe how many twists and turns this book had. When I thought I had things figured out, Waldrop would find a way to surprise me with each chapter.
I can't stress enough how much the mystery behind every action and dialogue between the characters really made Ties to the Blood Moon an intriguing read. If this is what I should expect from most young adult reads, then I am on the path to becoming a young adult junkie.
The Bad There were some inconsistencies in this book that were a little annoying. Sometimes places or movements were described in an odd way and did not hold true the whole scene. Transitions were sometimes awkward and confusing, and I had to reread parts to understand what just happened.
I felt the ending was a little too convenient. Like Waldrop had to find a way to ensure a second book of the series, so she kind of threw things together to make everything fit. But it just felt forced to me. But it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book overall.
The Snuggly The romance was a little more like an obsession at first, but eventually things begin to take a more loving turn. I, of course, like the love triangle in this book, even when I was sad when one guy gets left behind. There is a little sexual content which gets heavy near the end, but nothing over the top; it is a young adult book after all.
Overall I can guarantee you that I will be reading the next book in this series one way or another. I loved the teen drama, the love triangle, and the unfinished business that will hopefully be solved in book two. The characters are interesting and I know they have the potential to grow into even stronger, mature characters. I recommend this book to all young adult book lovers. And be on the look out for a giveaway of this book, an author interview , and a guest post from Waldrop.
Quotes All during class I sat with my head propped on my hand and kept catching myself staring at William. You know, one of those open-mouthed stares. Then, the most embarrassing thing of my teenage life happened.
“Miss Labreck,” Mr. Donovan snapped at the same time as he slammed his pointer stick on someone’s desk in the front row.
I jerked and sat up straight. “Huh … uh, yeah?”
“You can worship your Romeo after class. Right now we are talking about Juliet’s Romeo.”
A burning flush flew over me when the entire class busted out in laughter. I pulled my hoodie further over my head and sunk down into my seat as far as I could go. I would have gotten under my desk if I could have fit.
A couple hours later I woke up, my head felt like lead, and I had an awful taste in my mouth. It was cold and the wind was blowing. I cracked my eyes open and glanced around. Everyone was still asleep, except the pilot. His seat was empty and the back door was wide open. It took longer than normal for everything to register. I even looked behind me, thinking he might be in the bathroom, before it finally hit me … we had been drugged. ...more
The Good Aftershock is book one of the Rise of the Unseelie series, which is one branch out of three in a serial series called The Sidhe. All three series are set in the same world with interconnected characters. In this book we get to see what happened in End of the World from Jhaer's (Unseelie leader) point of view.
Jhaer is none too happy when he finds out his people, the Unseelie, plan to relinquish their authority to the Seelie court. But when he goes to confront the Seelie fey, all hell breaks loose. The fey mounds start to crumble for unknown reasons. Jhaer, with the power of Earth magic, survives the big collapse of the only home most fey have ever known. Though devastated at first, Jhaer is not one to wallow in self pity. Sure, the fey needed those magical mounds to survive, but there are always other options out there in the human world. So in order to stop the fey from Fading, Jhaer devises a plan of action. He begins to create his own fey haven in the hopes that other fey will come and learn to live off the Earth, as many exiled fey have done for years. He wants to lead these fey, protect them, teach them a new way of life, and start again. And him being the leader of these lost fey just happens to be an awesome side benefit. To represent this new beginning Jhaer renames himself Donovan. (I will be referring to Jhaer as Donovan from now on.)
I love that Donovan is creating a new world for his people. A place where all are welcome, especially the earthborn fey. He is determined not to Fade and his plans for his people are extensive. I was already initially impressed by Donovan's heroic ability to hold the mounds as long as possible so many of his people could escape with their lives. Then his resilience in picking up the pieces and starting anew only makes me admire him more. But he also has this bad boy side that I find sexy as hell. Donovan is the kind of man that will not be tamed, and hell, who would want to tame him? He's perfect the way he is.
The world building in the story was amazing. I walked away from this book and felt like I was still immersed in the fey world. The action was fast-paced and had my adrenaline pumping. The magical side was very intriguing and the characters were well fleshed out. Aftershock had that similar gritty feel as Cursed did, which I liked a lot better than the somber feel of End of the World.
I love the set-up for future problems with the wizards, vampires, and changelings. Each creature wants to possess the fey for different reasons, but Donovan wont allow this. He has no qualms in killing to keep his people from slavery, and I can't wait to see how much further he will go to save his people. Donovan's interactions with Dawn and Trip interested me the most. Dawn, who so looks like a fey but has the mannerisms of a human, and Trip, with her tortured past in slavery. I can't wait to see what Archer and Ravynheart have in store for Dawn and Trip.
Archer and Ravynheart's writing style is what pulled me in from the beginning and kept me glued to the pages all the way through. It is both beautiful and dynamic. I love the start to this series.
The Bad You have to be prepared for the shortness of these books. Each book can be read in one sitting. I am getting use to it but it can be a little frustrating at first.
The Snuggly No sex and pretty much no romance. But there is a hint of possible romance in the future.
Overall I truly get excited every time I read one of Archer's (and Ravynheart's) books. I don't know how everything is going to be brought together, but I'm happy to be a part of this journey. I am already invested in all the character's lives and now have a little crush on Donovan. If you love a great urban fantasy book, then I highly recommend Aftershock and the Rise of the Unseelie series.
Excerpt All hope shattered, leaving only fatalistic determination. Through raw force of will, Jhaer held aloft the vast cavern ceiling, allowing as many fey as possible the chance to escape, the stronger ones via teleportation, the lesser fey certainly crowding the portals that might whisk them to the surface. Alone, Jhaer balanced each rock, each clump of dirt. For miles. Sweat ran in rivulets down the strained muscles of his body. Holding. Binding. Unyielding. And yet fissures snaked through the cavern under the oppression of tons upon tons of earth overhead. Fissures Jhaer could not mend. Fissures that sheared as chunks broke free and rained from the sky. Chunks that slipped through his shattering strength. Jhaer dropped to his knees, giving all his power to the failing magic. The edges of the cavern crumbled, creating a cascade as each lost rock freed those above it. Rockslides like waterfalls poured down in a roaring that could not completely annihilate the screams of terror. Down the ceiling fell in ever greater pieces until the entire cavern plummeted down like a mountain to entomb everything beneath, burying alive everyone who had not already escaped. Including Jhaer. ...more
The Good Psychological Warfare... I was very surprised by the amount of depth Bonds of Fenris had. This is not your average werewolf novel. The action is not the focus. This novel is about the downside of being a werewolf. The aggression, the loneliness, and the inability to be around humans without wanting to eat them. Then we get into the psychological warfare a werewolf must go through to overcome the vicious part of the their animal. It really opened my mind to a new type of werewolf, one that must learn the real meaning of being an animal and a human.
It's a Hard Knock Life... Talia's life made my heart ache. She was so lost. Her soul sad and wanting. Desperately wanting her old life back. Just the idea of being able to be around her family without wanting to maul them or being around her old friends without wanting to eat them helps Talia keep living every day. Even though the life she has now is incomplete, a half life of sorts. And her fellow werewolves only make life less worth living. The constant bickering, fights, desperation, and unwanted sexual advances. Living in a filthy place of hostility has almost crushed Talia's spirit. Until she meets Corwin.
On the Brink... Corwin has found a way to live a real life but is reluctant to teach Talia his way of living. The trial she must go through to learn to live with peace in her heart is one that can very well kill her. But Talia feels that if she continues down the path she is on, she is already as good as dead. It may sound a little dramatic but once you read Talia's story, I think you will wholeheartedly agree. Fearing that you will one day eat someone by accident is no way to live. And though she loves her pack, for they are the ones who taught her at least a little control, she can't help but feel like they also bring her closer to the brink of insanity.
What a Character... I was actually enthralled by each person in this novel. Talia was sad but optimistic. She was a great combination of weak and strong. Corwin was thoughtful and patient. He had a gentleness about him that made you love him. Pierce was immature because of his age but surprisingly admirable for his ability to bring the pack together. Bo wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed but he had a huge heart. Leroy was the peacemaker. His goal was to bring the pack closer together and live in harmony. Marlene thought she knew best, but even she had problems she needed to work out. Each character had their own unique personalities that drew me further into their stories.
Human, Animal, or Werewolf? Bonds of Fenris is a well written book. It has a lay back feel to it. But the theme of self-discovery is very powerful. Bell takes us into a world were werewolves can't just learn control, they must dig deeper into what they really are. Are they humans, animals, or werewolves?
The Bad The story was a little up and down, so sometimes I had my eyes glued to the pages, and other times I could easily put it down. I felt like it took a long time to get to the part were Corwin and Talia work together to control her beast. I would have liked to get to that section of the plot a little earlier. It's the best part after all.
Though the psychological depth of the book was very interesting and original, I wish there was a little more action on a consistent bases. We get action in the beginning then the end, and that's about it.
Sometimes the philosophical part of the book got a bit much for me. It made sense, but I did roll my eyes once or twice.
The Snuggly We do get a little romance but it's not a romance novel by any means. We get to witness a relationship between Talia and Corwin grow. The sex is more behind the scenes, so it is a pretty mild book when it comes to sex and romance. I liked that Talia and Corwin did not fall into insta-love. They took their time, made sure they were meant for each other.
Overall Are you looking for a different kind of werewolf book? One that expands on the psychological and philosophical parts of being half wolf and half human? Then this book is for you. Bell has developed great characters that anyone could sympathize with. I enjoyed reading Bond of Fernis. It surprised me, and that's hard to do with the many paranormal books out there these days. A recommended read.
Excerpts The truly awful thing about full-moon nights is, they feel good. It’s almost like a drug. Yes, you’ll wake up the next morning feeling rotten about yourself for enjoying the blood, the murder, the loss of your humanity. But in the moment it’s euphoric, an indescribable sensation of freedom and power. You run free, king of the wild lands, all creatures within it submissive or powerless before your fast legs and sharp, killing teeth. No need for any thought but pure instinct. No need to do anything but just be.
Not the first time, mind you. The first time is pure, unadulterated hell. ~~~~~~~
As we trotted off, noses alert for any possible prey, Pierce nudged up against me, apparently not ready to give up. I ignored him, even when he progressed to licking my cheek apologetically. My disdain only made him more insistent. He nudged me again, more forcefully, as if chastising me for insulting him. When he nudged me a third time, almost hard enough to shove me off balance, I’d had enough. I turned with a growl and snapped at him with my jaws. He snapped back at me, indignant and angry. We barked at each other for a bit, and then I started nipping at the tip of his nose, indicating that he should back of now. Instead, Pierce lost his temper and lunged at me, sinking his teeth into my side. ~~~~~~~
Our lives are what we make them, Talia. We have the things that we do because we work for them, or because we fail to work for something better. I mean, take your own example. You want to be in love, so you’re kissing frogs like mad to find it. ...more
The Good Consumed... I was swallowed into the world Wright created from the get-go and then spit out at the very end, left wide eyed and out of breath. Fire Baptized is jam-packed with action, sex, and violence. The perfect cocktail for a great read. This is one of the better urban fantasy books I have read this year. I only wish I had book 2 of the series on hand because I am itching to see what Wright has in store for her characters.
Whom the Angel's Named Lanore... The summary above does an excellent job of summing up what to expect from this book, so I wont rehash. Let's get right down to Lanore. Even though she is no saint, I admired her. She was strong, intelligent, independent but also vulnerable and sensitive which made her relatable. She was a perfect balance of what I look for in a well-rounded protagonist. She also has an almost unhealthy sense of justice because she never once relents in chasing down this supernatural serial killer. The cops are pretty much useless in the caged city that supernaturals are forced to live in. And when the killer starts leaving presents of the bloody kind for Lanore, she can't help but try to solve these gruesome murders before she is the next victim. And sure, Lanore has the fiercesome ability to create fire and use it as a weapon but she still can't do this on her own.
Shack Up with MeShack... Enter MeShack and Zulu. MeShack is Lanore's childhood friend and ex-lover. They know everything about each other and have gone through the worst times of their lives side by side. MeShack fascinated me the most. He was so raw and animalistic that I couldn't wait until he appeared on scene. His attitude was both frustrating and endearing. He does not like when he doesn't get his way and makes sure everyone is aware of it. But he would tear down heaven and Earth to keep Lanore safe. His magnetism rivals that of the male leads I have come to love in other urban fantasy novels. So it's easy to see why Lanore finds it so hard to resist him.
Zulu... Then we have Zulu. I little more calm and collected than MeShack. But he has his own inner animal to contend with. He is the leader of the Mixbreeds for Equality group that is trying to stop the discrimination and brutality most supernaturals bring down on mixbreeds. But his position can also bring about a lot of problems for Lanore, so is it really worth it for her to get involved with him? He may have strong feelings for Lanore, and vice versa, but he also has some secrets that need to be brought to light before Lanore can even consider being with him.
Hot, Hot, HOT! The plot was very well done. I never knew what was coming next, which made it impossible to put the book down. The pace was fast and exciting, and the characters were well developed. I felt a sense of danger and mystery the whole time and could only hope Lanore, Zulu, and MeShack would find the murderer before it was too late. This book was also pretty gruesome which I thought was perfect considering the gritty feel of the book. Fire Baptized is simply HOT in every aspect. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
The Bad I guess, if I want to be picky, I could say there was some inconsistencies in action or object/body placement that caught my eye but it didn't take away from the story.
The Snuggly This book is smoking. It has some sex which is red hot but not overdone. And we also get this love triangle. But the biggest problem is that I wanted Lanore to end up with both MeShack and Zulu. Or at least throw the one she doesn't choose my way because there is no reason to waste such fine...specimens.
But don't expect romance per say, it's more like reading about raw need and sexual charisma that will make your skin tingle.
Overall I love this book in every way. The action, the sexual tension, and the violent topic that came alive on paper. The supernatural world was intriguing and original. The characters were realistic and fun to read about. The ending made it obvious that this series has a lot of adventures to come and I for one will be there to read every one. Highly recommended.
Quotes "You have one minute to see who it is or I'm taking you on the kitchen floor," MeShack said.
"That's so romantic. You should write poetry." I turned around and spotted him, standing in my bedroom doorway. ~~~~~~~~~
He closed the distance between us and clasped his huge hands around my waist. His wings rapidly flapped back and forth. "Hold on and close your eyes. If you vomit on me, I'll drop you."
The Good When Paranormal Seems Normal... I realized this time around what I like about Murray's writing. He has a way of making the paranormal seem normal. Sometimes I forget that I am even reading about shape-shifters because the concept is so expertly interwoven into the story. In that, I have to applaud Murray on a job well done.
My Summary... Adri and Alec's relationship is still at a stand still. Even with Alec's rival shifter pack effectively taken care of, no longer in the way to ruin their relationship, Alec can't help but fear his shape-shifter touch will addict Adri. An addiction that has been proven through other human-shifter relationships. But their shaky relationship has to be put further on hold when an even bigger threat rolls into town. One that tests and weakens the bond between Alec and his pack. And this new threat might just be the last straw for Adri's willingness to wait for Alec to become what he was meant to be: a true leader and protector.
It has Teeth, Maybe Alec Can Borrow Them... I was really into the viciousness in Splintered. The fighting between the shifters was awe-inspiring. It really amped up my adrenaline, and I simply couldn't look away (or stop reading as it were) at the ferociousness that took place in the world Murray created.
I feel like Adri is finally finding out who she is and what she wants in life. She takes a more active role in maintaining friendships instead of pining for Alec. It made me respect her a whole lot more in this book. Alec was a different story. This was the first time I didn't like him. He just didn't handle any situation very well, and I wanted to yell at him to grow a pair. But I liked that Murray had Alec become a little more human. Alec made mistakes and let fear control his actions. While I disliked him more, I also liked that he wasn't perfect and that he could mess up his life as easy as the rest of us.
A World With No Limits... The bad guys were simply perfect. I literally got chills every time they walked into the scene. In this world, shape-shifters have many rules but all the rules tend to make life harder to live and cause way more bloodshed than needed. And the people in charge, who happen to also be the bad guys, are the worst kind of people. They use their power for their own good and to spread fear amongst their brethren. I'd like to see a lot more of their kind in future books because they add that needed dread that makes this series so entertaining. You just never know what is going to happen when they are around because they have no limits.
Second Verse, Luckily Not the Same as the First... All my complaints about the two previous books were wiped clean in Splintered. There was less writing focused on school and mundane things and more on action and relationships. We also got to learn a little more about the other pack members which was nice. They have interesting stories all on their own.
The Bad Since this series does lean a little more toward paranormal romance rather than urban fantasy (though this book was way more in the urban fantasy area), I was sorely disappointed by the lack of romance and the ending, which was left very much open. I understand why Murray thought it was best to end it the way he did, but it does not negate the fact that I was left dissatisfied.
The Snuggly I am getting hugely annoyed with Alec's reluctance with Adri. I understand why he wants to protect Adri from his addictive touch, but this cannot go on. He either needs to get over it or end the relationship. That being said, there was very little romance in this book and I wish there was more. When it comes to sex, this is the cleanest young adult book out there.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest the whole time and the character development was superb. Though I didn't like the ending, I like the direction this whole series is going. I for one can't wait for the next installment. A recommended read.
Quote Marco leaned down and whispered into my ear. "How about you and I get a little more friendly? I can show you things Graves hasn't even thought of yet."
My voice came out even and strong. "If you touch me I'll do my absolute best to kill you. I'll probably fail, but you're going to have to kill me to stop me. Trust me, you don't want to be the guy who kills me. Alec will tear you apart regardless of what else it might cost him." ...more
The Good A Good Direction... I started this book not knowing really what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find great characterization, an interesting story, and a spunky heroine. I really like the direction this book went because it both satisfied me and raised some questions I hope will be answered in a second book.
On Fire... Aideen Cassidy, or Cass, has an awesome power that she unfortunately hasn't quite learned to control. That's why she can't find a job. The rumors have spread and people just don't like being set on fire, so they all stay clear of Cass and her pyrokinetic ability. But the head of PsychTeam (a group of psychics who use their powers to help local authorities catch bad guys) has taken an interest in Cass, so they give her a chance. But Cass starts having second thoughts as things go from bad to worse in a matter of days. A little girl has been kidnapped and will die if Cass can't find her in time and an ancient evil has reappeared and is targeting all of Cass's friends. Can Cass learn to control her powers enough to save the ones she cares about?
A Firecracker... I think Cass was an all-around quirky character. She was uncoordinated and emotionally unstable. She cried at the drop of a hat and embarrassed herself more times than I can count. But I think this mess of a person actually made Firecracker fun to read. She was far from perfect and wore her uncool badge proudly. Her appearance also cracked me up. I could easily imagine her red hair poking out every which way and her freaky red-orange eyes almost always full of tears, and the insistent red flush she adorned when she was embarrassed. I pictured her a bit geeky and awkward, which fit her personality. I liked that she was ruled by her emotions, constantly setting things on fire because of her Ninja fast highs and lows. We meet her when she is at an all time low-point in her life and as the novel went on, she grew in strength, determination, and bravery.
Yin and Yang... Agent Li was an interesting yin to Cass's yang. He was the cool cat: onfident, gorgeous (and he knows it), and kick-ass. But he does not like Cass, well, not at first. He sees her as a menace to society and PsychTeam and would like nothing better than for her to quit. But he never knew how bull-headed one girl could be. He slowly comes to admire her for she has strength that not many possess, strength that might actually save his life.
Shocking... The tension and suspense was very well done. I felt all the emotions I was suppose to as the bad guys went after the characters I grew to care about. The climax was very big and satisfying. I was shocked by some of the events, which is always a nice change to the easily predictable plots I have been reading lately.
A Complex World... I like the world Verhey created, a world I think has some true potential in growing into a great series. The backstory on how these psychics came to be a part of society was especially intriguing. It's a complex world that we only get to see a glimpse of though. I can only hope another book is on the way because I was left with many questions by the end.
The Bad I found that this book had a lot of lulls in it, times where I could easily put the book down. I was expecting more action.
The description and backstory were way overdone at times. Made it a bit boring. Again, I just wanted to get to the action.
One thing I couldn't stand was the POV shifts. It's something you rarely see in traditionally published books because it's hard to do seamlessly. And by seamlessly, I mean I should not even notice it is happening till after the fact. I noticed the "head-hopping" right away.
There was a part of the story in which a character asked someone who just betrayed him if they would still be friends when they saw each other again. If you saw what this betrayer did, I think you would agree that you wouldn't be asking if you could still be friends, you would be beating his face off. This character's reaction just irked me and I had to walk away from the book to calm down.
The Snuggly Not much romance in this book. Cass has a major crush on Li and he kind of plays around with her, but that's it. But this is no YA book either. Expect profanity, which I thought added to the feel of the book very nicely.
Overall By the end, I was very glad I read this book. The characters really drew me in, even if their actions were a little frustrating at times. When the action was present, it was very well written and the slow to come revelations were worth the wait. A recommended read for urban fantasy lovers.
Quotes "He's really not so bad, once you get to know him." There was something about Neda's sophisticated British accent that was so appealing. She probably could have said I'm going to shit my pants now, and to Cass's ears it would have sounded regal. ~~~~~~~~~
He headed to the bar to pour himself a Crown Royal on the rocks. "Want one?"
"No." Actually, yes, but "I can't. I'm not allowed to drink."
"Federal rule, by order of the United States Fire Safety Commission." ~~~~~~~~~
Any man who could instantaneously trigger her laughter g-spot was someone she wanted to get to know better ...more
The Good The World According to King Henry... If any book is going to give someone insight on how my brain really works behind these innocent brown eyes and girly long hair, this is the book to do it. I have a weird kind of thought process that takes the most mundane things and either over analyzes them to the point of hilarity or makes them into something naughty and ridiculous. This is what King Henry does. He has a way of viewing the world through King Henry goggles and only a few could really understand the genius of it. Once you get pulled into the world of King Henry, there is no going back.
In a Nutshell... King Henry was totally minding his own business, thinking about his Taco Bell burritos he was going to grub down on. It's not his fault that some thugs were harassing a girl--we all know King Henry hates bullies. So of course he beat the living crap out of them. It's also not his fault those thugs ended up being werecoyotes and under the protection of one of the most influential and dangerous people in the city, the head coyote Horatio Vega. Oh, and Henry's long lost sister JoJo just happens to be married to the jerk. So yeah, not King Henry's most shinning of moments. Things only get worse as the coyotes plot revenge upon King Henry, and now he is caught between starting a war with the Coyote Nation or saving himself and his friends butts and leaving his sister to an unknown fate.
This Means War... I love how King Henry threatens years of peace between the Mancers and the Coyote Nation in a matter of minutes. All for a sister that he's never had a close relationship with. I don't know if I should respect him or roll my eyes at his antics. He really doesn't have limits to the lengths he will go to save his sister and settle a score. Now that I respect. I too hate bullies, and watching someone make people accountable for their actions is extremely satisfying. I have a feeling this storyline is not over, and I can't wait to see how far Raley will go with it.
Young King Henry... One of the reasons I love The King Henry Tapes series is the second plot line in which we get to see snippets of young King Henry at the Asylum (It's a school, people, not a mental institution. Get with the program.). This time we get to witness what the Mancer school was like and how Henry dealt with all the changes. The camping trip was pure brillance. It was both frightening and hilarious. King Henry's natural skepticism and suspicious nature made things even better as the mystery of whether the camping trip is a test by the school or a real disaster unravels.
King Henry's Subjects... King Henry is the same smart-mouthed, sarcastic, painfully truthful guy we have all come to love. But it's his friends that I want to talk about. Tyson (or T-Bone as Henry likes to call him) often made me smile. Why he has stayed friends with King Henry, who is often purposefully raciest and insulting, I have no idea. Henry only does it to get a rise out of Tyson and it always works. Next is Pocket, Henry's childhood friend. I think he is the perfect counterpart for Henry: loyal and logical. He finds Henry hilarious--which is always a plus--and becomes more brave with Henry's support. Then we have Valentine. I can't wait to hear more about her. We know that King Henry eventually dates her but there is more to the story that Raley keeps dangling in front of our faces but wont elaborate on. It's both frustrating and exciting. I hope we will get to the good stuff between Val and Henry in the next book.
Creepy... Now we get to the bad guy, Horatio Vega. This guy is Creepy with a capital C. He comes across reasonable and kind, but in his eyes you see your painful death. It's just freaky. I don't know what to really think about him just quite yet, but I know that when he first arrived on scene, I got the chills.
A Fresh Idea... The plot was interesting and well thought out. The action was gritty and entertaining. I like how Henry analyzes everything during his fights. I was entertained the whole time. Raley has a different style of writing that really appeals to me. His concept is fresh and new. I have yet to read a book similar to this one. Even his ideas on supernatural creatures is unique. Raley has a handle on his craft that is very admirable.
The Bad The parts in which we get into the technical analysis of magic or wereanimals gets a little confusing. I had to read them twice to fully understand what was being said and what everything meant.
Though this is a series, I still felt like this book was a little unfinished. I see why Raley is saving the good stuff for later, but I wished for a little more closure at the end. Maybe I am just being selfish because I always want more King Henry and his adventures. Write faster, Raley!!! ;)
The Snuggly This is not a romantic book. We get glimpses of who young Henry dated while growing up and the girl who got away type stuff, but there is no romance or sex in this book. Okay, there is nudity (this is a book, people, it's not like you see anything, it's just slightly described) and references of a sexual nature.
Overall Though I really loved The Foul Mouth and the Cat Killing Coyotes, I did like the first book a little more. But overall, this was a great sequel. I found the storyline entertaining and the new characters fascinating. I can't wait to see what Raley has in store for us next. A highly recommended read.
Excerpts Smith flipped around so fast he almost poked me in my eye. “Who are you?”
A few of the kids groaned, Welf the loudest of them all. Standing next to Smith I felt smaller than I usually did but I still glared him down . . . or up. “King Henry Price,” I told him.
Smith winked at me. “Our late arrival.”
“I was busy.”
“Do you know that you’re the only Artificer attending this school, King Henry Price?” Smith asked me.
“So I’ve heard.”
“Guess it means I should give you the name Snowflake on account of being unique.”
I shook my head at him. “No . . . I think King Henry is name enough for anyone.”
Smith’s smile got all twisted up in a smirk. “King Henry and Pocket . . . and I don’t even have to do any work, it’s not fair, it’s not fair! So . . . King Henry . . . what’re your hobbies?”
I smirked back at him. “Fighting, stealing, f**king, and smoking . . . in that order.”
It started Smith into a laughing fit that ended up in a coughing fit. When he could breathe again he just shook his head. “I love this job . . .”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “You better hope Valentine is dead, King Henry,” Miranda told me, “because if she’s alive and if I get to see her again, I’m talking her into burning a hole into you.”
“Kinky . . . you never know when you’re going to need another hole . . .”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “But,” Hope growled, her hands bony, whitened fists, “you wanted to stay here!”
“Only I’m not into barricades; it’s not the zombie apocalypse, is it? Which brings me to my next point: Welf’s a necromancer, Pocket’s a floromancer. Trees is what this fine son-of-a-bitch does. You see his stick?” I asked. “Look at that stick. Big ol’ stick. Bet you ask nicely he’d let you touch it.”
Pocket blushed crimson.
Thank the Mancy for Valentine, she’s the only one who laughed.
At a Glance I had so much fun reading this book. It got better and better with each page. Gifted has an original concept that makes you sit up and take notice.
The Good Here's the Story... Lucy is finally home. Going back to the circus after the death of both her parents seems like the perfect idea. It's a place where she can be herself once again. No more hiding her fiery gift. She will finally fit in among people like her, the gifted. Just as her life starts to fall into place--new friends and new love--everything falls apart. Gifted circus members start showing up dead--burnt to a crisp--and the troupe can't help but point fingers at the new firestarter, Lucy. Lucy has no choice but to find the murderer and clear her name. And in her pursuit of the culprit, she uncovers some hard truths about her family and the circus she has come to love.
A Hidden Gem... I love finding gems like this book among self-published authors. Gifted had a unique premise and amazing characters. The idea of people with gifts joining the circus intrigued me. Why not use your ability out in the open when everyone will just assume it's a carnival trick. Brilliant! And the array of abilities were fascinating to discover. We meet firestarters, empaths, earthshakers, runners, shapeshifters, and the list goes on.
I Love Lucy... Lucy is kind of like your average girl...who can control fire. She has spent her life holding back her emotions in fear of bursting into flame from too much anger or happiness. Even entering the circus, she holds back, never meeting her full potential. She doesn't want to hurt someone by accident. Watching her emotions start to spiral out of control was actually exciting. The men of her life constantly keep her on her toes. The bad people out to get her never leave her a moment of peace. And the secrets revealed only intensify everything she has been feeling.
Lucy is a sweet girl with a feisty side. She is also naive and defensive, which made her a more realistic character. All she wants is a "family" she can be herself with, but with the murders hanging over her head, and most people blaming her, Lucy has not found the acceptance she was hoping for. But at least her close group of friends are always there for her.
A Cute Jerk... Though I loved Keegan--he really is the sweetest guy ever--watching Gabriel and Lucy banter back and forth was the best part of this story. Gabriel is sexy and frustrating. He's a jerk most of the time, but the way he says things is both hilarious and cute. Lucy does a good job of sticking up for herself, but Gabriel really knows how to rattle her. I never knew what to make of Gabriel. You want to trust him but his mysterious side is just too...well, mysterious. I spent most my time wanting to punch him in the face for treating Lucy the way he did, but it gave a great dramatic/comical flare to the story.
Friends... I loved the array of characters we got to meet. The upbeat best friend, the gay couple, the sweet boy Lucy should probably end up with, and the jokester who doesn't take anything seriously. I was smiling every time they showed up on scene.
Refreshing... The twists and turns were well done. We are often thrown red herrings that make us think one thing but the truth is a whole lot worse...or better. Long knows how to keep a reader on her toes. Lies and deceit run heavy within the circus and you can't help but feel bad for Lucy when the world she thought she knew starts to crumble.
The pacing was well done. I rarely felt bored. I hated putting the book down when I needed to sleep (stupid sleep, always getting in the way of my reading). The action was good, especially the parts with fire. Long gives just enough description to draw a vivid picture of each scene without overdoing it. I actually felt refreshed after reading this book.
The Bad Sometimes the conversations were too long and explained too many things in one shot. They felt a bit forced and I got a little bored (this was the only time I got bored).
The beginning was a little slow. It didn't represent how great the rest of the book was.
Serious moments often got brushed off with humor. I love humor, even in scary/sad moments. But sometimes certain events need to retain their seriousness to make an impact or just to make it more realistic.
The Snuggly There is some sexual tension, kissing, and unwanted sexual advances, but overall it's a YA-ish clean book. If it wasn't for the cursing and violence, I would have labeled Gifted YA. Also, all the characters are in their 20's, though they act pretty young.
I enjoyed the love triangle between Lucy, Gabriel, and Keegan. Keegan is so sweet and reliable, while Gabriel is a total jackass, but in an adorable way. He has passion that Keegan lacks, but that might be a good thing, since Gabriel is also dangerous and unpredictable. I don't know how Lucy is going to choose between the two because together, they make the perfect man.
Overall Though Long left the love triangle open-ended at the end (grrr, why Long, why?) I was pretty much satisfied from beginning to end. Anyone looking for something new in the fantasy/paranormal department, Gifted is the book for you. The characters were likable and the plot was interesting. A highly recommended read.
Excerpt "It's too bad you're so hot," I mumbled. I kept my eyes on the ground to prevent tripping up again. Or maybe it was to keep from looking in his eyes and ripping his shirt off, I couldn't be sure.
"Why is that?" Drunk or not, his smug expression was easy for me to read. The smile didn't reach his eyes, but I could hear it in his pleased tone.
At a Glance I loved the humor in Aladdin's Samovar. I was on the edge of my seat laughing and biting my nails the whole time. Sweet has a way with words that I haven't seen before.
The Good Here's the Story... Amber just knew it. When she saw that damn genie smoke his way out of her samovar, she knew that accepting the offer for one wish would be a bad idea. But did she listen to her instincts? Noooo. One simple wish, to have a relationship with her father, blew up in her face...in a big way. Dear, old dad is on the run from the mob. And he just so happens to have a computer drive the mob is willing to do anything to get back. Now Amber has to deal with a thieving father who was never there for her, a sexy genie who is always causing trouble, and a hippie mom who is pretty much naked half the time, all while trying to keep everyone out of the clutches of the bad guys.
Looking for a Laugh? I had so much fun reading Aladdin's Samovar. It wasn't what I was expecting. So few writers have a sense of humor that really catches my attention. This book is pure entertainment. If you are looking for a laugh and a suspenseful story, this is the book for you.
Amber the Determined... I felt so bad for Amber. She really gets the short end of the stick almost every time. All around her people keep spewing lies, and she is finding it hard to discern truth from fiction. She tries to live a normal life, but the people around her are driving her crazy. She's already had to deal with a mom who rather be naked, chanting to mother earth while smoking a little somethin' somethin' than getting a job and respecting authority. Then that tricky genie, with his ever-shrinking clothes has to make things even worse. With his sexy smirk, irresistible eyes, and muscle, oh god, the muscles. Woah, okay, getting off topic. Sorry, I got distracted by the yummy pictures in my head. Anyways, Amber can only be described as strong, determined, and caring. Even as the world crumbles around her, she supports her family as best she can, even when she wants to hate them. I have to admit, I don't know if I could have kept my cool in the situations she was put in.
The Parental Units... My favorite character was the mother, Indigo. She was so free-spirited, flighty, and hilarious. She had me cracking up every time she came on scene. She was also mysterious. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to Indigo. Amber's dad, on the other hand, was not my cup of tea. He was a manipulator and a liar. Even when Sweet tried to shine a good light on him, I couldn't find myself liking him. I think Amber would be better off without him.
Just Jasper... Then we have Jasper. Oh, Jasper. So pretty, so mischievous. You can't trust a genie. But who can say no to a sexy man in very little clothing? All I knew by the end of this book was that I wanted a genie of my very own. No, I wanted Jasper for my very own. Sure, he's not trustworthy at all, but he is so nice to look at and he did help out occasionally. Jasper even broke a few rules to help Amber with the naughty mob people, even if he did it in unconventional ways. I liked watching Jasper gain a little humanity bit by bit. Especially because he did it for Amber.
Iggy Not So Biggy... I don't want to get too much into Iggy the dwarf because I want that to be a surprise. for when you read this book. But let me just say, even though he was only in the book for short spouts of time, he left an impression on me that I will never forget. Ha ha, how's that for mysterious?
All-Nighter Type of Book... Sweet has a fine hold on her story telling abilities. She knows how to mix equal parts of humor and suspense, which is what makes Aladdin's Samovar a all-nighter type of book. The plot was well thought out and the pacing was pretty good. But it's the characters that made me like this book so much. I was often surprised by the twists and turns and the truth behind all the lies Amber kept getting fed. This book has a refreshing concept for the paranormal fiction world, which made it that much more fun to read.
The Bad Many of the descriptions in the book were a little too much for me. Sweet describes some mundane things that could have been taken out to help the pacing.
Though I love humor, especially during frightening parts, it got kind of annoying. The serious moments got underplayed because of the humor. I wanted to be scared but never really got there.
The Snuggly There is a lot of sexual tension in this book that I just loved. A lot of flirting, some touching and kissing. But no actual sex...yet. Jasper is just fascinating to watch. He's so smooth and loves keeping Amber on her toes. I can't wait for whatever it is between them to evolve.
Overall I am very happy that Sweet contacted me to review her book. It's nice to step away from the vampires and werewolves and step into a world of genies. This book captured my attention right away. Sweet had me laughing out loud for half the book and left me satisfied by the last page. Now I must wait impatiently for the next installment of the series (I hope there is a book 2, Sweet, because there are a lot of potential story lines left untapped in the world you have created). Highly recommended.
Excerpt He stepped forward. Amber, never taking her eyes off him, grabbed for one of the steak knives still lying on the table. Her fingers closed around the handle, and she waved it threateningly. “All right, that’s far enough. Put your hands in the air and back slowly towards the door.”
The eyebrows went up again. He put both hands in the air, and Amber could have sworn she saw the corner of his mouth twitch. “Please, o homicidal one, not the pickle fork. Anything but the pickle fork.”
Amber looked down at her hand. Not a steak knife. Crap. “I’ll have you know there are fifty-seven documented ways to maim a person with a pickle fork.” ...more
At a Glance Water is the kind of book that drove me a bit crazy. I never knew how I felt about it. I kind of wanted to dislike it, but then I loved it at the same time. After I was done, I was shocked by what I just read. And even though there were many things that bothered me about this book, I couldn't help but think about it long after I put it down--in a good way.
The Good Here's the Story All of Kaitlyn's escape attempts have failed. This organization will not let her go because of the secret they have kept from her. Kaitlyn is no normal human being, she is special, and she holds the Earth's survival in her hands. Relenting to these hippie/military people, she finds herself training to become what she is meant to become. Then Kaitlyn starts finding out some disturbing thing about this weird organization that does not sit well with her. Not all the members want her there. Some would risk all just to have her power. And even the ones she cares about might just be using her. Feeling alone amongst friends, it's up to Kaitlyn to fight against the man that wants to control her, possess her, and kill her.
I Want More... This book started out with a bang. I was enthralled from the first scene and my eyes were glued all the way till the end. This is one of the most roller coaster reads I have ever set my eyes upon. The array of emotions that Water made me feel were boundless. I am itching to get my hands on the second book of the series. Harmony definitely knows how to leave us wanting more.
Kait and Her Fate... In the beginning, I loved Kaitlyn's tenacity and resilience. She's a fighter. But she also does what's best for everyone, even if it puts her in some screwed up situations. She tries to take her new life in stride, even while everyone keeps messing with her. When I felt bad for Kaitlyn, she never felt bad for herself. She never broke down, she just planned and focused on the best way of getting away from the new threat. Out of all the authors I have ever read, Harmony is the meanest to her characters, which makes things more exciting.
Redeemable? The characters around Kaitlyn bothered me, but sometimes in a good way. Micah was mostly sweet and caring in the beginning of the book. Even as the story went on, and I started to dislike him, I did truly believe that he wanted to love Kaitlyn, not hurt her. I am hoping he does some redeemable things in book 2 because he has potential.
Shocker! The bad guy in Water is really bad. You won't really be surprised who he is revealed to be because it's pretty obvious throughout the novel, but the lengths he goes to are just shocking. Harmony does not hold anything back when it comes to twists and turns. You know they are coming but the level of violence and hate is astounding. I was often reading with my mouth open, stunned by what I was reading. I haven't had a book do that to me in a long time.
Eco-Friendly? In the end, I was happy I read this book. It's gritty and has a no holds barred type of plot. I never knew what to expect, what horrible thing would happen next. It was actually exhilarating. I also have to give Harmony props for her awesome explanations and descriptions for the eco-fantasy part. It was quite fascinating. You can tell this author did her research.
The Bad Since there is much about the book that bothered me, I am just going to list everything instead of going into too much detail (there will be some spoilers, that cannot be helped):
~Kaitlyn's reactions seemed unrealistic at times. ~Micah and Kaitlyn had a weird intimacy that did not feel natural. ~One minute Kaitlyn is escaping, the next she is promising to stay, but there is no logical reason behind her change of mind. ~Kaitlyn is carved up with a knife by a bad guy who is suppose to be a good guy and nothing is done to the bad/good guy, even though he is caught in the act. Even the man that cares about her does nothing. He walks in, says "Hey, what are you doing?" and stands there while his lover is left cut and bleeding. Then tells the bad/good guy that they will discuss the matter later. REALLY? ~ She forgives someone she cares about who almost rapes her because he gives her a necklace. Wow, this girl is easy. ~Once Kaitlyn starts feeling bad for her capturers, people who hold her down to be tortured, I lost respect for her. ~She laughs and plays around with her rapist/torturer. ~The ending really couldn't be called an ending.
The Snuggly There is sex in this book, and there is also rape and torture. This is not a book for everyone. I am not one to be skittish from violent books, but even I was a little uncomfortable with how far this book goes with the sexual violence. So be prepared.
I for one did not like Micah very much, so him and Kaitlyn together wasn't my favorite part of the book.
Overall As you can see, I have a love/hate relationship with Water. It had some parts that made me jump up with joy and other parts left me saying, "What the HELL?" But I know one thing for sure, I will be continuing the series one way or another. I have to know what is going to happen next. Recommended for those who can handle books with physical and sexual violence.
Excerpt "Bitch!" he screamed. "You will bear my mark before this is over."
I snorted with laughter at his exclamation.
Laughter subdued, I grabbed the knife and made three quick cuts on his back. Blood seeped through his shirt instantaneously in the shape of the letter K. Not one to be outdone with tacky declarations, I announced, "But not before you bear mine." I stepped back, releasing my grip on him, feeling entirely too pleased with myself.
It was short lived; four hands grabbed me. I had forgotten about the remaining two guards, significantly bigger men, who now had me sandwiched between them, keeping me all but immobile.
Shawn took his time getting up from the ground, dusting himself off before turning to face me. His eyes bore into me, burning with pure hatred. He twisted my wrist, the same maneuver I used on him, confiscating the knife. My eyes followed its tip as he ran it past my face. ...more
At A Glance This is not a stand alone type of novella. You have to start this series from the beginning, and if you do, you will be hooked.
The Good London has been cursed with the Sidhe Touch. It's like a drug addiction, you can only function so long without another hit. London will do anything to get her magic fix through the touch of a sidhe. She will even leave her morals at the door and become a hired gun to a not so nice Changeling. But London might find she has bitten off more than she can chew this time around.
I was sucked in from the beginning. I am obsessed with London's journey. The injustice of the curse that has taken away most of her free will is unbearable. I both hate and love the sidhe. They treat London like trash, like a thing to play around with, and all I want her to do is get her revenge. But in the other two series that intertwine with this one, I find myself cheering on the sidhe. I am so conflicted.
There was a great mixture of action, sex, and conflict. Like always, the writing drew me in and never let go. I'm interested in seeing how far London will go to feed or rid herself of her curse. I consider her one of the good guys so I only hope she doesn't fall too far, but she does deserve her revenge.
I liked the addition of Joe. He is hard and merciless, as well as a well trained fighter. He's almost like a darker version of London. Now that they are helping each other find more sidhe, I'm hoping they can work together to find a cure or some kind of solution. But I think there is more than meets the eyes when it comes to Joe. I guess we will see.
I can't wait to see where this story goes. I get excited every time the next book comes out, this book was no different.
The Bad The only thing I can complain about is that the book ended. It's hard to read these novellas when they are a part of a series because they end way to fast. I just want to keep reading. Then again, this could be considered a good thing.
The Snuggly There is definitely a steamy moment that will make you blush but nothing is overdone.
Overall If you are looking for a complex urban fantasy that intermingles the lives of a few people in a supernatural world that is falling apart, this is the series for you. The writing is descriptive and engaging, and the storyline just gets better and better with each novella. A recommended read.
Quote Her hands moved and she could have sworn it was either by their own accord or because they followed the unspoken summoning of the Sidhe’s lure. London brushed the brunette locks from his face without touching the skin of his forehead, just fingering aside the soft silk of his hair so nothing blocked her view of those amazing eyes that drew her in with unnatural magnetism. With trembling hands, she cupped his smooth face, intending for it to be an introductory contact, something small and nearly innocent. Instead, London jolted as her palms locked into place as if by electricity. Her entire body jerked with the instantaneous pleasure of the Touch. The Sidhe’s magic flooded through her hands, up her arms, and burst through the rest of her body so violently that she cried out. No build up at all, just immediately intense and utterly shattering. ...more
At a Glance Another great installment in this twisted sub-series, which is one/third of a super series. I like where these authors' minds go because they simply don't hold back.
The Good I have to admit, Lugh was not my favorite character in this super series. He was arrogant in the first book, End of the World. But as his world collapsed by the fall of the fey mounds, I think his determination to bring life back to his race is admirable. Sure, he is still arrogant, but as this book proves, he has every right to be. He is working hard to find a way to stop his race from fading away by finding a way to restore fey magic. This book only hints to what is to come on his journey.
I was both appalled and excited while reading Champion of the Fey. Knowing the first artifact he needs is hidden in a seemingly average house, Lugh seduces the girl who dwells within. But this girl, Ariel, is more than what she seems. This house holds secrets, secrets even Lugh can't help but wish he could unsee. But Lugh will fight anyone and anything, no matter how horrible, for his people.
I loved the slow build up. We start out all flirting and kissing and end up in a very dark place where humanity is obviously absent. The pictures Archer and Ravynheart created gave me the chills. And that's why I enjoy these books so much. The authors' descriptive writing style helps me picture each scene in great detail. It's almost like magic. I get drawn into their stories so seamlessly that I never want to come up for air.
The Bad I found nothing I disliked about this novella other than I always hate how short these books are because I just want to keep reading. This is more of a novelette than a novella.
The Snuggly Not much snuggly here. Just some kissing and petting of a sinister nature.
Overall I really recommend this book as well as the whole super series to urban fantasy lovers. It's different. It has more grit and imagination than I have seen in a while. Very recommended.
Quote Ariel unlocked the front door and guided the way inside. The atmosphere within weighed with a sickly familiar dread. As Lugh crossed into the entryway, nothing overtly proved the misgivings that tightened within his chest. Instinct and experience neither backed off their alarming presence, unconvinced by the cleanliness of the abode or the domestic touches of family pictures and fresh flowers. Not even the perfumed candle could disguise the underlying hint of rancid meat. Ariel closed the door behind them, the latch caught and locked automatically with the metallic clink of the tumblers. Her wide smile appeared quite feline in hunger and her eyes practically sparkled with undisguised eagerness. ...more
At A Glance Except for the slow beginning, The Edge of Never rocked my book socks off. I want more already.
The Good Here's The Story... Camryn has had one of the worst few years of her life. Her parents got divorced, his brother is in jail, and her boyfriend, someone who might have been the love of her life, died in a car accident. Trying to move on with her life, she planned to move in with her best friend and start a new job. But after one fateful night at a club that went horribly wrong, Camryn just has to get away. She knew she always wanted something more in her life, and she is determined to find that on the road. With just a few belongings, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus to anywhere and nowhere. But she never expected to find Andrew on her journey. Camryn has closed her heart to love, but Andrew is slowly wedging his way in. Now on a road-trip together, Camryn is finding it harder to ignore her growing feelings for Andrew as he makes her feel alive for the first time in a long time. But Andrew has secrets that can ruin everything. Will Camryn be able to live through another heartbreak?
Laughing and Crying... Just. Wow. This book kicks you in the stomach, rips your heart out of your chest, and runs away laughing. Seriously. I had to sit alone for a little while after finishing The Edge of Never and just process the whole thing. There is such raw emotion emanating from each page. I wanted to laugh half the time and cry the rest. I am a little sad that it's over. I want to spend more time with Camryn and Andrew. I miss them.
Camryn... Camryn's past broke my heart. She has had bad thing after bad thing bring her further down into a spiral of sadness. She really does try to continue on with her life, but the sense that something is missing, that sense of adventure that has been stirring in her won't go away. And after what happened with her best friend, I think Camryn felt like it was the last straw. When Andrew came into the picture, Camryn was so grumpy and standoffish it was cute. Andrew thought so too. I totally understood why she kept Andrew at arms length. Letting people in after so many have let you down or left you is hard. But it was also frustrating. I just wanted to yell at her, "Love him already, you both deserve it!"
Andrew... When I first found out we also got to experience this book through Andrew's POV, I squealed like a little girl. Andrew opened my eyes to so much more of the world than Camryn did. Without his POV, this story would not have been as compelling. Andrew had so much passion, but he also had a past that had affected him greatly. I felt for him every step of the way. Especially when he was waiting for Camryn to finally admit that she loved him. When his secret was revealed, I wanted to punch him and hold him at the same time. I was genuinely surprised, I never guessed this twist.
Bone Deep... The writing was well done and the story was beautiful. The characters all made me feel something bone deep. The relationship between Camryn and Andrew built slowly from friendship to lovers to something so much more. These two are so intense it was hard to handle sometimes. Andrew pushes so many boundaries I was often left giggling or red with embarrassment.
In The Moment... The message behind this book is inspirational. To live in the moment. To never let love pass you by no matter the heartbreak that can come from it. To live everyday like it is your last. I want to be more like Camryn and Andrew. I admire them and respect the paths they chose. The Edge of Never is like a breath of fresh air.
The Bad The only part that really sucked was the beginning. It was soooooo slow. It finally picked up around 40% the way through. So yeah, be ready to grit your teeth and bare through the beginning before you get to the good stuff.
The Snuggly Though the feel of this book is New Adult, the sex is Adult. Well, I think so anyways. Andrew does not hold back anything and he loves to talk dirty, and it was SO FREAKIN' HOT! I loved how Andrew drew Camryn out of her sexual shell. I ended up blushing as much as she did. Hehehhe.
Final Thoughts I would love for there to be a book 2. I want to know even more about Camryn and Andrew. They fascinate me. Their love is so raw and consuming it made this story that much more amazing. This is a very highly recommended read.
Quotes “Heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way.”
“I don’t think you ever really fall out of love with someone. I think when you fall in love, like true love, it’s love for life. All the rest is just experience and delusions.”
“I think if past lives are real then we have been lovers in every single one of them. I've known you for a short time, but I feel like I've known you forever.”
"She looks slightly relieved, until she realizes I was making fun of her and she sticks her tongue out at me and crosses her eyes. Not sure why that made me want to do her in the backseat, but to each his own, I guess." ...more
At A Glance Um, wow. I want to read it again, it was that good.
The Good All Malcolm wanted to do was find his own kind. Running away from home after finding out he is fey, he sets out to find others like him. He wants to know more about his race. But all he finds is betrayal, imprisonment, and torture.
OMG! I am still reeling from this one. I was taken on a freakin' emotional rollercoaster. We meet Malcolm covered in dirt and living on the streets. He has just found out he is fey and now he wants to know what that means. Drawn to a strange shop with books about the fey, the seemingly nice shop owner directs him to another fey. But this fey, Rand, is not so good. He has plans for Malcolm, ones that mean hours of pain and degradation.
You could not help but feel horrible for Malcolm. He is an innocent 17 year old kid who just doesn't know any better. Gullible and hopeful. What he goes through is unspeakable. It feels like he will never get away from his captures. The goblins who guard him are almost the worst part. They find his screams amusing and taunt him mercilessly.
While all this is going on, Donovan, who we met in Aftershock, is still building his army of fey while also trying to save the few he can. He looks for Malcolm but all hope seems lost. It really feels like he is never going to find him. But I had faith in my ol' pal Donovan.
The writing, as always, was beautiful and descriptive. Archer and Ravynheart know how to draw a reader in and take them on a scary but thrilling ride. I cannot recommend this series enough.
The Bad NOTHING! It was just awesomeness all around.
The Snuggly No romance in this one. There is a vague idea of sexual assault going on in one scene.
Overall This was a great addition to the series. It opened our eyes to the horrible and beautiful world of the Sidhe. I can't wait to see what is going to happen next. Highly Recommended.
Quote Flora kicked out at Malcolm, but missed. "No! Don't Touch me!"
Malcolm leveled a deadly stare at her. How could she, who never showed mercy, expect mercy from him? From him, of all people? Because of her everything was stolen from him. He had nothing but pain and fury. All because of her. She'd seen him, a homeless kid, dumb as a stump. Trusting. An easy victim. That kid would never hurt her. That kid was gone now. Beaten to death long ago. ...more
At A Glance I wasn't blown away but I thought Guardian of Fate was an overall enjoyable book.
The Good I was drawn into this story straight away. Cassandra has had a rocky life. It is her responsibility to save the souls of people in her visions from the damnation of hell. But all of a sudden her visions are going haywire and two mystery men try to insert themselves into Cassie's life. One of those men, Hunter, has been a fixture in her dreams for years. Soon Cassie finds out that the people she is closest to have been lying to her and the mystery men have brought her into a war between good and evil. But who can she trust? And will her soul be saved from a fate worse than death?
I think the premise was interesting and fresh. I always find the idea of hell to be truly frightening. Kentowski takes hell to a whole other level. Demons can damn any soul they want, and only a Guardian can save people from an eternity of burning. It's a war of good versus evil, and Cassie is right, smack-dab in the middle. She is special and both sides want her. I really did enjoy watching Cassie be pulled one way and another as both sides tried to persuade her to join them. The lengths the evil side went to was limitless which resulted in Cassie making some difficult decisions.
Hunter was a fun little mystery throughout the story. He seems like the bad guy at first, then he's good, then he's bad...and on and on. I see why Cassie had a hard time trusting him. You want to believe him but his past is just too sketchy.
I loved that I was genuinely surprised by the twists and turns of this book. I didn't know the answers to the mysteries until Kentowski wanted me to. And the ending has set up the next book in the series very nicely.
The Bad First off, the punctuation was often odd, off, or just plain wrong. There were also many info-dumps, and you guys know how much I hate those. The dialogue was often interrupted by inner thoughts. It was extremely annoying. Sometimes I forgot what the characters were even talking about once we finally got back to the conversation.
Cassie was a major crybaby. I don't mind emotional characters, but really, Cassie was crying through at least half this book, if not more. Give it a rest, lady. Your life is crappy, suck it up. But more than that, Cassie was not the strong protagonist I hoped she would be. She was a pushover.
The ending, where Cassie lashes out at Hunter for keeping a certain secret, was way over the top. Cassie's overreaction put me off.
The Snuggly We definitely get some passion and sex in this book. Cassandra and Hunter are explosive together but I did feel like Hunter was too aggressive. When he kept touching and kissing Cassie even when she said no, it made me feel uncomfortable.
Final Thoughts I think the concept of this book has great potential as a series. I need to see Cassie grow as a character for me to want to continue reading though. The writing wasn't perfect but the mystery of Guardian of Fate kept me interested. Recommended to some paranormal readers.
Quote There was no doubt in my mind that the man next to me was the same one who had been in my visions for the last six years. He was real, and he was at Luke's buying a whiskey? I almost felt cheated. For so long, I wondered what this vision was all about, feeling that it held some deeper meaning I would someday grasp. Yet, here I was at some seedy bar and the man in my dreams shows up and orders a whiskey. Now what? Save him from dying of inebriation? ...more
At A Glance I really enjoyed the concept and dark elements of this book but the execution was a little off.
The Good With graduation looming, eighteen year old Aurora was finally going to get to leave Alaska. But almost dying in a car crash screwed that plan all up. Now the weird government agents who saved her life are telling Aurora that she works for them. Why? Because she has unique blood that incapacitates vampires. Doomed to stay in Alaska and let vampires chew on her neck then slay them, Aurora tries to assimilate to her new life by making friends with vampire groupies and dating one of the sexiest guys at school. But her knew boyfriend has some secrets of his own.
The Alaska setting was a nice change of pace. As well as the fact that the vampires weren't necessarily super strong. Sure, some of their senses are enhanced but they aren't amazing killing machines. The vampire hunters are just as strong as them. The concept of a vampire hunter having unique blood that once altered incapacitates vampires when consumed was very cool. But dang, being the undead's chew toy would really suck, right?
Aurora was an interesting character. I found her reaction and mannerisms after the crash quite intriguing. She pretty much went catatonic and became almost zombie-like. And can I just say, the way she dealt with her v-card had me cracking up. Aurora does slowly gain her fire and will to live back. I felt so bad for her most of the time because she had to deal with some creepy government agents who pretty much now control her life. They often threw her into situations with little training. It was all so frustrating. Dante made the whole situation a little better once he came into the picture. He is a fellow vampire hunter who is suppose to mentor Aurora. Though he may be a little laid-back when it comes to mentoring, his easygoing, fun personality was a great counterpart to Aurora's moodish personality.
But my favorite character was Fane. You think he is just a horny jerk in the beginning. Well, he is both of those things, but he is also really sweet and caring as well. I loved how Aurora and Fane's awkward relationship came to be. They didn't fall madly in love with each other at first sight. They just grew closer together after every meeting. It was nice to see Aurora start to really feel something for someone. Too bad Fane's secret could pull them apart. I saw it coming, but I was still heartbroken when everything was revealed and Aurora had to make some tough decisions.
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter did a great job of mixing the dark with light. This book has some very horrific scenes as well as scenes that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. I think this series has potential. I for one would love to read book 2.
The Bad I think the writing as a whole and the transitions were somewhat awkward. Some parts felt stale and some of the characters needed more fleshing out.
There was less vampire hunting than I expected. I wanted more action and less high school drama type stuff. Maybe next book.
The Snuggly We get an awkward kinda sex scene then some hot and heavy petting between Aurora and Fane. This is between a YA and New Adult book to me.
Final Thoughts I think the idea was very refreshing when it comes to the vampire genre. Fane made the whole book for me. I want to see more of him. I just wish the execution of the book was a little more cohesive. Recommended to vampire fans.
Quotes "Fane took my arm and led me down the hill. "Here we go———back home."
"I don't want to go home. She'll want me to decorate and eat cookies."
Fane laughed. "Clearly you come from a dysfunctional family."
The clammy lips on my neck felt like a suction slowly draining the life from me.
I was spinning out of control, lapsing into darkness. With a sudden jerk, I was released.
The thing, whatever it was, began to spasm beside me. It thrashed and gasped as though in agony. Its eyes widened until they looked like they would pop out of their sockets.
I lay spent across the floor, like a bloody human rag. I looked toward the mirror. "What did you do to me?" ...more