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 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
http://badbirdreads.com/review-hunger... A Look Back Review A Hunger Like No Other was one of my first paranormal romance books. I read it with a senshttp://badbirdreads.com/review-hunger... A Look Back Review A Hunger Like No Other was one of my first paranormal romance books. I read it with a sense that something wasn't quite right but I didn't give a F. There was just something about it that was forbidden. And I will be straight up honest. The book consists of Lachlain kidnapping and sexually assaulting Emma and manipulating her into doing what he wants. Now, he doesn't really force himself on her. They don't even have sex until like 70-80%. Lachlain is mean but he isn't vicious towards Emma. He just has no manners and morals after escaping years of torture by Emma's kind, vampires. He often uses her fear to get his hands on her goods, and she let's him for fear of him going all the way and raping her. It's messed up, right? But when I read this years ago, I thought the roughness was...cool. It was something so different from what I was use to reading. It felt wrong to read, and so I wanted to read it even more.
The plot was interesting. I loved the world Cole created the most. The characters were great, if not a little ridicules. Emma was a little too naïve and meek, while Lachlain was too mean and rough. They both did even out by the end though. A good story overall.
Even though this is book #2 in the series, I read it when it was considered #1, and I remember thinking that this was the start to a beautiful series. And I was right. I stayed with this series for a long time, and I only stopped because I didn't have time to continue all the series I loved. When that changes, I am picking this series back up....more
I got this book on a dare from my friend. I got through two short stories then called it quits. It was actually more literary than erotic. It left meI got this book on a dare from my friend. I got through two short stories then called it quits. It was actually more literary than erotic. It left me uncomfortable and weirded out. To each her own I guess. ...more
The Good After her boss continues to send her out on the bottom-feeder jobs no one else will take, Rachel decides to quit the IS. But when she can't aThe Good After her boss continues to send her out on the bottom-feeder jobs no one else will take, Rachel decides to quit the IS. But when she can't afford to buy out her contract, a death contract is put out for her head. Rachel's only way to stop the many assassination attempts her ex-employer has encouraged is by bringing in the big fish. And that big fish is Trent Kalamack, a city councilor and successful business man. The IS has been trying to find enough evidence of his nefarious crimes for years. But Rachel may have just found a lead and hopes to use Trent's arrest to get her death contract eliminated. But, of course, the way Rachel's life has been going, it just isn't that simple.
Now this is the kind of book I drool over. We get vampires, pixies, witches, and the like. We have an awesome premise that truly is one of the most creative ways in outing supernatural creatures I have ever seen. Let's just say this, you will never look at a tomato the same way again. Oh, and the action. My body literally ached as I finished the novel because I was tense the whole time. (Note to self, try to relax when reading).
Rachel is a great character. She is sassy, funny, and doesn't know what the hell she is doing half the time. She makes so many mistakes and, for someone reason, that only makes her more endearing. But her friends are the ones that made me fall in love with this book.
First, we have Rachel's roommate Ivy. She is a living vampire. What the heck is a living vampire? Well ladies and gents, Harrison has created a world in which there are living vamps that are born with the vampire virus. They live "normal" lives in the sun until they die and become undead vamps. Same with low blood vamps but they were once human and turned into living vamps. Then we have the more frightening undead vamps with the basic package of no sun, no crosses, no soul sort of deal.
Ivy is both creepy and lovable. Her and Rachel live together (in a church of all places, irony is not lost) and work together. Ivy needs Rachel as a friend but fears her blood urges will overcome. Rachel just needs someone to pull her butt out of trouble.
Then let's not forget Jenks, the irritable pixy. I pretty much die laughing every time he comes into the picture. If you think pixies are cute, sparkly creatures that spread joy, then think again. Jenks may sparkle just a little but he will cut you. Yes, you heard me, cut you...with a sword. Well, it's a mini plastic sword, but those buggers can hurt.
I was genuinely surprised by many of the twists and turns this book took. The part of the book with Trent was by far the most fascinating. And then we meet Nick as a result of Trent trying to kill Rachel. Nick seems to be a possible love interest for future books but he has a sense of mystery that makes me unsure of his true motives.
Harrison created many fascinating characters that you easily appeal to. Her world is interesting and the action is never ending. I was pretty much fearful of Rachel's life half the time. We get an interesting plot with many sub-plots that help us learn about the world and characters. Harrison is very descriptive in her writing and knows how to create believable dialogue.
The Bad The first chapter was a little slow. Get past that and you will love the rest. Some say Rachel is whiny but I think Rachel acted as many would act given the situations she was put in.
The Snuggly We get a peek of future romance but nothing substantial in this book.
Overall I truly enjoyed this book. It kept me interested the whole time and I became thoroughly invested in many of the character's lives. I am quite intrigued by the "bad" guy Trent because I don't know where Harrison plans to take him. This is a very great start to a series that will no doubt be one of my favorites. If you haven't already, buy this book now. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
At A Glance This book is not going to be for everyone but I thought it was a great read. I enjoyed every minute of it.
The Good Anatomy of a Boyfriend is unlike any book I have ever read. It had the most authentic and realistic outlook on teenage first loves. If you want to reminisce about your teen years, or if you want a heads up on what to expect in your teens, then this is the book for you. It had all the immaturity, awkwardness, and infatuation you see in real teen romances. It never felt like I was reading a book, it felt like I got a peek into Dom's (Dominique) life.
Dom was a wonderful character. We saw her start out as a girl obsessed with her grades and caring very little for boys. Then she meets Wes and everything changes for her. She finally realizes what all the fuss is about, why girls so easily get obsessed with boys and how it distracts them from their schooling, family, and friends. But Dom can't help but want to spend every minute with Wes. Dom goes on a journey of self-discovery. She learns about the highs and lows of love and how it can often hurt more than anything. Though Dom seemed to feel every bad and good emotion too deeply, I understood her overdramatic reactions to what was happening around her because I always saw her side of things. I was so in her head while reading this book she felt like a part of me.
Wes had his goods and bads. I liked him in the beginning. He was just as awkward and inexperienced as Dom, so they learned about sex and love together. They made a cute couple. But like any relationship, feelings started to change. Wes is never going to be my favorite person because he ended up doing some very jerky stuff. But I did realize he was just a boy trying to figure himself out. His actions were understandable.
The writing was well done. I love how Daria never held anything back. She wrote about all the nasty and cringe-worthy parts of relationships, sex, and heartbreak. That's what attracted me most to this book. Daria was free with her words and descriptions, even if it could make the reader uncomfortable. No sugarcoating in this book. It is very in your face with all its sexuality and pain.
The Bad Nothing too obvious stands out when it comes to the bad category. However, I do think I would have enjoyed this book even more if I were a teenager.
Though I didn't mind the sad ending, it did leave me a little depressed. But it wasn't that bad since I had book two to pick up right after.
The Snuggly There is lots of sex in this book. It's very awkward, technical, and embarrassing. And I loved every minute of it. For many, it's going to make you think of your first time and all those awkward moments. I think Daria captured what it's like to be young and sexual active for the first time very well. The sex and romance felt authentic because it was never perfect. Dom and Wes were cute together but they had their ups and downs like everyone else in the real world.
The sex felt a little too much for a YA audience, but it fit the book and it had to be in there. Just wanted to give a heads up.
Final Thoughts I am so continuing this series. I actually already read book two and loved it. Like Goodreads shows, some people are going to love Anatomy of a Boyfriend, and some are going to hate it. For me, it was so worth the read. Daria is now on my author radar. Very recommended.
Quotes “How is it that mankind can engineer condoms to prevent pregnancy and STDs and not be able to invent some sort of emotional safeguard? Is it even possible to abstain from falling in love?”
“You are all at once the subject, object, predicate, preposition, and period of my thoughts.”
“Why do people even take photographs, anyway? They're just reminders of what once was and what you'll never get back. It's so masochistic."-
“I go back to my desk, flip open my cell, and stare at the keypad. I want to hear his voice so badly, to be connected to him, to ask him why and how and what I can do to make it better. But you can‘t force someone to love you.”
The Good This is the kind of book that grabs you from the beginning. Unlike many authors, Andrews (a wife and husband team who wrote this book) doesn'tThe Good This is the kind of book that grabs you from the beginning. Unlike many authors, Andrews (a wife and husband team who wrote this book) doesn't bog down the book with elaborate explanations of her world. She integrates the basics throughout the whole book as to not bore the reader with pages of explanation.
What was even better was the actual world Andrews created. I have never come across another concept like this before. It made it more exciting to read because I never knew what was next. It was as if the normal rules did not apply, so the limits were endless.
But the best part, the thing that made me almost cry when it was six in the morning and I still hadn't gone to bed because nothing was going to come between me and my book, not even unconsciousness, was the characters.
Kate is the kick-assiest (yup, not a real word, but it has a ring to it) protagonist ever. She is fearless, has mad fighting skills, and does what the hell she wants.
Curran. Oh, Curran. He is the Beast Lord in every sense of the word. He's strong, brutal, and knows how to push Kate's buttons (and vice versa).
The dialogue is down right hilarious. I literally laughed out loud for half of the book. I like those type of characters that don't hold anything back.
The combat scenes where excellent. Very clear, concise, and interesting. Gory at times, but I like that.
The air of mystery around Kate Daniels is by far the most tantalizing part. It's obvious there is more to her history that has yet to be revealed, which only guarantees people will be picking up book #2 Magic Burns.
The Bad I can truly say there was nothing I disliked about this book. I guess some could find it a little too gritty and gory, but I think it made the book interesting and raw.
The Snuggly There was a little sexual tension but there is no sex.
Overall This is one of my favorite books (and series) I have ever read. The characters are the best part and the action is beautifully written. I actually became a writer because of this series. My protagonist is slightly based off of Kate Daniels because I believe she is one of the best characters ever created. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Cassie's life has never truly been her own, so she's become a strong-willed individual that relies on her survival instincts to get her one stThe Good Cassie's life has never truly been her own, so she's become a strong-willed individual that relies on her survival instincts to get her one step closer to living her own life. She will do whatever it takes to survive. And her past is a mystery that is slowly revealed throughout the story, but not all, of course. Some tidbits are left unknown for use in future books.
Chance's world is not limited to one or two supernatural beings. In Touch the Dark we get vampires, witches, ghost, wereanimals, mages, fearies, satyrs, and still the list goes on. I always thought this was the way to go in urban fantasy books because the abundance of creatures helps expand the possibilities of future plots.
The action is great in the book. It happens often enough that I was never bored.
There are many characters introduced in this book. Some say too many, but I thought that the potential of each individual was super exciting. They all had their own personalities and I wanted to know more about each one.
I really liked the whole Billy Joe (ghost) as a side-kick thing. He's entertaining and his and Cassie's interaction was fun to watch.
And let's not forget Mircea. Oh yes. hot, confident, and hot. Oh, I said that already. Well let's say it again, HOT. Let's add a sexy for good measure.
The Bad Touch the Dark lost points in the writing. Chance has a tendency to stop in the middle of action scenes, sex scenes, and dialogue and bog the reader down with explanation and backstory. The info-dumps are also found in dialogue and can go on for pages. It really disrupts the action and can get confusing.
The plot is a little messy and occasionally perplexing.
The Snuggly About two sex scenes. Nothing shocking. They made sense and were needed to further the storyline.
Overall I really did enjoy reading about Cassie and her many adventures. Though the ending left some things unsettled, it only made me want to read the next book even more. This book is both original and full of rich characters that ensure a bright future in the series. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
The Good Briggs brings us into a world were the lesser fae have been revealed to the public. Ever advancing technology and forensic investigation has gThe Good Briggs brings us into a world were the lesser fae have been revealed to the public. Ever advancing technology and forensic investigation has given them no choice. But the greater fae, vampires, werewolves, and the many other superantural beings have remained hidden.
The protagonist, Mercedes Thompson, is a mechanic and a skinwalker--a Native American shapeshifter who turns into a coyote.
The story begins with a werewolf teenager who comes looking for a job in Mercy's garage. She gives him one, realizing he's not from the local pack and is alone. Determined to help her new friend, she introduces him to the local pack alpha, Adam, who also happens to be Mercy's neighbor.
But soon things start to heat up and Mercy is forced to revisit her childhood home to ask the Marrok, leader of werewolf packs in America, for help. And things go downhill from there as the local vampire seethe and a witch takes interest in the mess Mercy has found herself in.
This book really surprised me. I was drawn in from the beginning and couldn't put the book down.
Mercy is a very likable heroine who is both strong, courageous, and humble. She understands the supernatural order of things and tires her best to find a place for a lone coyote.
All the other characters caught my interest right away. The vampires are creepy, the werewolves are both reasonable and savage (which is an odd mix). The fae just leave me puzzled. Not sure how to read them yet. We have potential love interests with Adam and Sam (and old werewolf boyfriend). Briggs has set herself up for a great series.
This book has mystery, horror, and fast-paced action. But it's the characters and Briggs amazing ability of character development that really made this book. Moon Called is very refreshing compared to the many urban fantasy novels out there. Briggs found a way to write an entertaining story without a whole lot of sex and an unrealistic, overly powerful protagonist.
The Bad Absolutely nothing.
The Snuggly Nope, no sex. Just a little nakedness.
Overall Wow. This book blew me away. It had so many interesting elements and storylines that can be expanded on in the future of the series. Moon Called provides a believable alternative reality to our present day that made me want to live in that world. I would recommend this book to all readers of urban fantasy. http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.......more
At a Glance My first thought: "This was way better than Dime Store Magic." I enjoyed the appearance of old characters and introduction of new ones. The action was good and the plot was interesting and fast-paced.
The Good I was surprised by how much was revealed in this book. We learn a lot more about the Cortez family and why there is such a strain between Lucas and Benicio (his father). Then we get a peek into vampire society and why so many supernaturals hate them. Cassandra was an interesting vampire, cold and creepy. She was pure awesomeness. I never knew what to expect from her...or whether to trust her.
Jaime Vegas was also fascinating. A necromancer with bite. She's upbeat and entertaining to watch. She doesn't let people push her around, but she's not super kickass either. She's a good mixture of witty, strong, and feminine. I was hooked to every word she said, especially when she was bickering with Cassandra.
Clay and Elena also make an appearance, which I know us fans of the couple appreciate.
This book was really exciting and suspenseful. Definitely a character driven story. Both with Paige and Lucas growing in their relationship and the other characters appearances and their relation to the world Armstrong has created. I found myself laughing and gasping in horror quite often. This was a very emotional story that caught my attention and held it, especially in the second half of the book.
The Bad Though I liked Paige better this time around, and her bad decision making in Dime Store Magic has lessened, she still isn't my favorite character. She just bugs me sometimes.
The Snuggly There is a sexual scene not meant for the youngins but no full-on sex scenes, so it's pretty mild for adult standards.
I liked Paige and Lucas better as a couple in this book. They realize that this isn't just a fling, they have true, strong feelings for each other. Of course it takes them forever to figure this out, but it's still a good progression.
Overall I enjoyed this book overall. It kept my attention most of the time and the many characters were entertaining. I don't think I will ever love Paige as a character but Armstrong writes great enough stories for me to keep reading. A recommended read.
Quotes “I thought you were all-seeing.” "All-knowing, not all-seeing!” he snapped. “I’m a God, not Santa Claus!” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “I can just imagine what the humidity has done to my hair. I'm going to meet your family looking like a poodle with a live wire shoved up its butt." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Last time I was sick, the guy I was seeing brought me a bottle of ginger ale… and expected me to pay him back for it." ...more