Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. AnSynopsis:
Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn't bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt.
I think I enjoyed Magic Slays on my second reread more than I did when I read it the first time. It felt more intense this time around and I really loved it.
Kate's business that Curran gave her at the end of Magic Bleeds is struggling. Since leaving the Order, Ted Monyahan has been besmirching her name and she hasn't had a single case. Then the next thing you know, the People show up and there's a disaster, then the Red Guard shows up and offers Kate a case. She takes it because she needs to reestablish her credibility and the money wouldn't hurt, either.
During this time, Andrea comes back and Kate finally learns that she was promoted and retired and she's basically been moping the whole time. So Kate hires her. This case turns out to be really weird and when Kate goes to see one of the Oracle witches she previously met for some help, she learns some hard truths about her mother and stepfather. And ends up questioning why Curran is really with her. He ends up proving to her that it's because he loves her. He doesn't give a damn about her power or trying to use it against Roland. I do believe that finally puts Kate's trust issues-at least where Curran is concerned-to rest. I hope so, anyway.
We also get introduced to a new character in Ascanio. I love him. He's a brat, but getting his ass kicked by Julie, Derek and then doing all that he could to protect Julie seems to be putting him on the path to getting his act together. I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
The crisis this time brought all of the magic community together. That, I really liked. You can tell certain sects just don't like each other (the scene in the Western Sizzlin' with the family feud between the witches and the volhvs was pure win), yet if they didn't work together, that machine would have destroyed them all. I know Kate and the Pack hate the People with a passion, but part of me just can't help it but to have a soft spot for Ghastek, despite his being an asshole most of the time. Go figure. I feel the same about Saiman, too. Probably, I'm just twisted.
It was nice to see that Derek's sense of humor isn't completely gone and he seems to be working to better himself. I also love the continued presence of Barabas and Jezebel. Jennifer has suffered tragedy (and it happens again), but I'd love it if she'd quite being a bitch to Kate. It sucks what happens right at the end of the battle, I just hope she doesn't take that out on anyone else.
One of my main reasons for loving this series is that despite all of the death, the destruction and gore, Kate, Curran, Derek and Andrea still find time to make jokes and be humorous. Even Ghastek makes a joke here and there. And like I said, the scene between the volhvs and witches is pure win. Ilona Andrews sure knows how to make me laugh. I love that Kate and Curran still have time for romance as well. I love the interaction between characters in these books. And rereading the first five has proved to me that this truly is one of my most favorite series ever and I'm damn sure it will stay that way....more
Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change.Synopsis:
Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
So, I actually wrote this before and closed the damn tab before I finished. Now I have to write it all over again!
As you can see by the stars above, I very much enjoyed my return to the world of Mercy Thompson. There was just the right amount of mystery and action that I needed. Honestly, I didn't want to stop reading this book. I had a difficult time making myself stop reading when I should have been doing things like work. It's been nearly two years since a book came out for this series and I got sucked right back in. There were a few things that I'd forgotten about considering how long it's been, but that didn't hamper my reading.
The book starts off with Mercy out shopping with Jesse when she has something like a panic attack. She doesn't know what causes it, but once she gets a text from Bran and can't seem to reach anyone in the Pack, she realizes something is wrong and heads to her garage with Jesse. There, they find Ben and Gabriel and Ben tells her what happened. It turns out that some humans claiming to be federal agents have used an old tranq that works on werewolves and kidnapped the Pack. Mercy learns even more when she uses the mate bond to find out how Adam is doing. She even sees a member of the Pack become lost to them because Adam freaks out the guy seemingly in charge a little too much. That was a pretty sad moment. I really didn't see that coming. I'm happy that retribution was delivered.
I very much enjoyed the chapters from Adam's POV. Adam was one of the early alpha male characters that I met when I started reading UF. Some people find him bland, but I've always liked him. I like that despite thinking of himself as a monster, he still does what is needed to keep those under his protection as safe as possible and his POVs showed that. He nearly took that all the way to the grave. Thank goodness for Mercy making it so that he wouldn't have had to.
Mercy has really grown as a character. She takes back up when going into dangerous situations, at least. The vampires sure pulled one over her until it was too late to do anything about it. But she did figure out some of the plot. Good for her. Marsilia sure didn't like that, but she didn't hesitate to use Mercy when she could. What will this spell for relations between the Pack and the seethe, I wonder? And will someone succeed in outing the vamps one of these days? That sure will change things. The fae and the wolves already have humans on edge, I think they wouldn't be able to handle knowing vamps are real, too.
I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here. Thank goodness there wasn't a cliffhanger....more
Love, love, absolute love for this book. I love Nalini Singh. I thought the romance level in this book didn't overshadow the plot. Even as Mahiya tookLove, love, absolute love for this book. I love Nalini Singh. I thought the romance level in this book didn't overshadow the plot. Even as Mahiya took notice of Jason's dangerous beauty, it didn't seem to occur at times where it really shouldn't have.
I was so happy when I heard that Jason was getting a book. Out of all of the Seven, he's always seemed the most mysterious to me. I had no clue as to what may have been his private pain. The others, we've seen a bit more of their personalities, but Jason was always very intriguing. I am so happy to know his story and to see him gain happiness without his character being ruined and changed in some horrible way. This book just shows that much of who Jason is, is held deep within. Only one woman was able to see that beneath that quiet control of his was a raging storm. I had no idea he could be so passionate. And to think it all started with some curiosity. Jason is definitely a Quiet Alpha and Nalini wrote him so well! I love that even when he's feeling rage, you don't really see it. He doesn't rant and he doesn't yell. He's just very intense in a quiet way. You can sense the danger, but that's about all that you will get from him. Unless you're a princess who has managed to hold on to hope and love while being raised in a court where no one loved her or kept her safe. I cried at those last few paragraphs of the epilogue. So sweet. We didn't hear him say the words, but Mahiya did.
Mahiya wasn't terribly interesting to me, but I was curious for Jason to find out her story. I do admire her for being able to not turn into a bitter bitch considering everything that she went through. At first, I worried she might be trying to play Jason, but she was an honest sort. She did attempt to hide her true self, but that was necessary for her in Neha's court. When she opened up to Jason, she showed herself to be a beautiful person. I feel that she works really well as Jason's heroine.
I enjoyed the whodunit plot. I know some people guessed the culprit early on. I don't know why I didn't, but it was fun watching things unfold. I had forgotten just how gory Nalini could get in her descriptions of dead bodies. Talk about vivid!
It seems that even more is changing in the world of Archangels now. More new powers are being unveiled and it seems that the world is on the brink of some pretty horrible events upcoming. I can't wait to see how Nalini develops that. I especially want to see if Elijah grows in power, too. So far, nothing odd has happened to him. It also seems that while Lijuan is not seen this go 'round, she is still up to some shady shit. I do hope they get rid of that bitch soon.
We got some extra POVs from Raphael, Dmitri and Honor this time, too. I didn't mind the Raphael POVs because they added to what was going on with Jason. I understand why Dmitri and Honor were included as Jason's story starts the day Dmitri and Honor get married, which is basically the same day that ends. We get to see the aftermath of that and Honor make a big decision. I'm not sure if the chapters where Dmitri is taking care of her were necessary, but they were short and did not throw me out of the main story, so no points off for that from me.
I did miss my Bluebell, though. He was mentioned often and at least there was one scene where he spoke on the phone with Dmitri. I miss him already! I did get to enjoy some Venom time and quite happily so, since he passed through Neha's territory on his way to the Refuge to switch places with Aodhan. He stuck around for a while and helped out Jason and Mahiya. I was reminded of why I loved him so. I even got to see Aodhan for a bit when he stopped by Neha's territory on his way to New York to pass on some info to Jason. I was happy about that.
I'm very much looking forward to Elena and Raphael's book next year. Should get more Illium and Aodhan action since they're filling in for Dmitri while he is away with Honor. Hopefully, I'll get to see even more of Illium growing into his power. It's been mentioned several times in the series that he's growing more powerful, but he's struggling with it. I have to see this!...more
Completely loved this anthology of Guild Hunter stories all in one place since I've never read the original anthologies the first three were publishedCompletely loved this anthology of Guild Hunter stories all in one place since I've never read the original anthologies the first three were published in, though I'd always wanted to read them.
The story of how Galen and Jessamy came to be a couple was beautiful. I love this series. It was nice seeing the characters in a sort of "before" frame since this story took place long before the first Guild Hunter book. I found myself appreciating Galen's character more. Of course, I'm still ever the sucker for Illium, Jason and Aodhan. I can't wait for Jason's book in September and really hope there will be books for Illium and Aodhan as well. Venom, too. I love Venom something fierce.
I really liked Noel and Nimra's story as well. I think it was a good idea to give Noel his own story after that horrible thing happened to him in Archangel's Kiss. He really came back from that and I like Nimra for him.
Sara and Deacon's story is appreciated as well. It was good to see how they came together. Awesome background.
Ashwini and Janiver make an interesting pair as well. After what Raphael said at the end of Archangel's Blade, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of Janiver. I'd like to see how that plays out....more
This book was a fast, easy, sexy read. I love Diego and Xavier. It was great getting to see Eric Warden again and meeting Cassidy and Eric's son Jace.This book was a fast, easy, sexy read. I love Diego and Xavier. It was great getting to see Eric Warden again and meeting Cassidy and Eric's son Jace. Cassidy is definitely one of those easy to like heroines. She didn't act stupidly or rush headlong into danger with no back up. She and Diego were great for each other.
I ended up liking Reid a lot. I hope things work out for him and Peigi.
I like the set up for the next book with Eric meeting Iona. Things are going to be a struggle for him with her. Not to mention with the added hassle of new Shifters being put into his Shiftertown. Can't wait to read the next book in October....more
I love this series. Even when I feel like Jane is taking too much responsibility for Bad Things Happening onto herself. A lot of the crap that happensI love this series. Even when I feel like Jane is taking too much responsibility for Bad Things Happening onto herself. A lot of the crap that happens is not her fault and the people that blame her for it need to understand that, including herself.
A lot happened in this book. We finally find out what Evangelina was up to and honestly, she got what she deserved in the end. Her family is going to have to understand that. Evan needs to understand that the situation with the two wolves was not really Jane's fault. Not everything she does is putting his family in danger. The majority of that danger came from Evangelina. Yes, the wolves wanted to revenge, but I just can't see them showing up in NC as being Jane's fault. I'm hoping at some point that Jane will realize that she isn't at fault for everything that happens. There was no way to know that Evangelina was going to turn into a blood-witch and use that stupid diamond for nefarious purposes.
I still love Beast. I wonder how long until she starts talking to Jane again. What's got her being so quiet? Was she gone and then came back? Did she simply bury herself down deep? If so, why did she do it during that botched spell? Something had to have happened and it's going to bug me all the way until October when the fifth book comes out.
We got to see more of Gregorie this time around. I'd nearly forgotten all about him. I'm thinking Leo doesn't care who Jane is bound to as long as it's to someone in service to him. Still, Leo *swoon*. I'm such a sucker for vamps. I like Gregorie, too. Jane sure has a lot of guys to keep off of her person. It seems she still wants to be with Ricky Bo. What will happen with Bruiser? Will Leo still try to make a move? And will Gregorie be going after her as well? He obviously Did Things to her during that healing. Jane's romantic life is complicated. I know by now that most readers probably want her to pick just one, but I don't think that's going to happen. Even if she does, I can't think of who would be the best one for her. There's problems with all of them.
From the end of the book, it seems Jane is going to remain in Leo's service. She still has that Enforcer thing to deal with since she opened her big mouth. I guess she'll be going back to New Orleans. Molly, Big Evan and the rest of the fam don't seem to want her around, save for Angie Baby and maybe Little Evan, so she definitely won't be staying in NC. Damn that cliffhanger. I don't wanna wait until October for book 5....more
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently,Synopsis:
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.
Yeah, that part sucks.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?
Another favorite in the series. Not my most favorite, but damned good. Karen Chance always makes me happy with her insane action scenes and crazy plots that always manage to make sense to me somehow.
Several things became much easier for me to understand after reading this. I know understand how Roger Palmer gained the reputation that he had. It now makes sense as to when Artemis and Roger met. Those things had been nagging at me. But after learning so much about Cassie's parents this time around, I am now not sure how I feel about them. Cassie's mother has a history with the demons that is really ugly. It threw a lot of hate onto Cassie from the demons by association. Getting their help was suddenly not so easy.
I was happy to see so much of Caleb and Casanova this time around. I fall for Caleb a little more every time that I see him. And Casanova may be a shrieking mess, but he can hold his own, most of the time.
Of course, most of this book was set on Cassie getting Pritkin out of hell. I won't say too much about that so that I don't spoil anyone. It sure as hell wasn't easy and made the book end in a way that makes me want to tear my hair right out of my head. I can't believe KC did that! Omg! The good thing about this book, though, was so much Pritkiny goodness. Especially once he seemed to have decided the end was nigh and started saying some things to Cassie that I REALLY wish he had been able to finish saying!
There was a huge lack of Mircea, but considering he's off in NY dealing with Dory, that's not really any kind of a surprise. Cassie certainly thinks of him a few times and then there was that mind sex... We also learn a bit more about why Mircea is so tuned in to Cassie's thoughts. We also get a bit more about how Cassie is tired of him keeping her in the dark and how she doesn't really know anything about him. But, she also still cares for him a great deal and does not like keeping things from him. With that connection he has, though, it makes me wonder just how much he really does know. And of course there's that conversation with Marlowe that Cassie overheard when she and Jonas went back to the past about him trying so very hard to gain an audience with a Pythia even before joining the Senate. I hope we hear more about that soon.
We get a lot of our usual humor that you'd expect from this series. Cassie and her jiggly boobs and her being Australia... We also see Cassie use some abilities that she didn't know she could use before now. She does something to Jules that was a real shock! I couldn't believe it! I can't wait to see more fallout from that.
The scene I most wanted to see-the Cassie/Dory meet scene-hasn't happened, yet. I'm hoping that it will be in the next book which I'm hoping isn't too far off since KC has already released the title for book 7. I have to know what's going to happen! Especially with Cassie's new quest!...more
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technologySynopsis:
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…
It's been about two years since I originally read this series. I knew I'd forgotten a bit, but it turns out that I'd actually forgotten a lot. Now that book 6 is finally out, I really needed a refresher, so here I am re-reading the series from the start for the first time and enjoying it the same as I did when I first read it.
A lot of people tend to say that they have a hard time getting into the series because the first book bores them. There's a lot of world-building going on in this book and not much really happens, so the pace feels a bit slow. For me, though, I don't find it the least bit boring. I was riveted all over again despite all of Kate's bumbling about it. I think I liked it because Kate is trying to investigate for the first time. She's lost her last personal tie and she needs to make someone pay for that. She does her best, but man does she make some missteps and the whole time, the truth is right there in her face. I didn't fault her for it because she acknowledges when she messes up. But she always does the right thing.
I love Kate. I love the quips she makes. I love that she doesn't run away screaming even when she probably should. I'd forgotten how many injuries she tends to collect. She does have that personality trait that I find pretty much every UF heroine and hero to have of taking all responsibility for situations gone wrong and people dying onto her shoulders, though. Not every bad thing that happens is your fault, Kate. Maybe you should have figured it out sooner, but you didn't. Not your fault.
I enjoyed seeing Kate and Curran get under each other's skin all over again, too. They really couldn't stand each other in the beginning. They just clash and clash. But we all know they want to jump each other's bones. I'd actually forgotten how scary Curran could be when he's pissed off, too. I love it when his eyes flare gold. Man, have I missed that alpha. Curran is the reason I love werecats so much and was one of the first really alpha male characters that I fell for when I started in on UF in earnest. It seems that he still remains one of the top favorites even after all of the books that I've read since I started this series two years ago. Gotta love that Beast Lord.
I'm so looking forward to continuing my re-read of the series and I'm gonna jump right into it....more
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…
As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen hSynopsis:
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…
As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.
When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…
Re-reading this made me remember why I loved it so much the first time.
We're seeing more of this alternate Atlanta that the Andrews have created it and it certainly is an interesting place. Not sure I'd want to live there, but you can't say that it's ever boring.
This time around, the Pack asks that Kate help them retrieve some stolen property. During her search, Kate comes across a teenaged boy she'd met before and a teenaged girl that the boy asks her to guard. Then he just runs off. Turns out, that the girl's mother is missing along with her entire coven of witches. Then, it turns out that this is all related in a way that isn't quite expected. I love the way Kate steps right up to the bat to take care of Julie. It nearly gets her killed and she ends up being rescued by Curran again, but that doesn't keep Kate down. She's determined to find out why these seemingly undead monsters want with her kid and she's determined to make sure that they don't get her.
Once again, I love all interactions between Kate and Curran. Especially when he tells her that she will sleep with him and say please before and thank you afterward. So cocky. I love that cat. It does turn out there's someone that annoys Curran more than Kate does as well. We also really get to see Curran in his alpha mode. Love how he took care of Morfan. I also loved what he did at the end of the epilogue. Sneaky, slick cat.
We learn just a tiny bit more about how powerful Kate is and we learn that despite growing up being told she couldn't be close to anyone, she actually does want companionship. Kate does like being alone because then she isn't responsible for anyone but herself, but she gets lonely. I think her interactions with the Pack bring that home to her even more than usual. Especially now that she has no one else. Now, she has Julie to take care of and she's got ties to the Pack. I think she both likes and dislikes that, but she'll keep doing the right thing. She's a good person and I realized all over again just how awesome Kate is after what happened to Bran and her reaction to it. Plus, it was cool getting to see her really display her power. Curran is mighty suspicious of all of that, though. He's a smart man. He'll figure her out sooner than she thinks. ...more
Investigator for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Kate Daniels keeps humans safe in Atlanta. But when her werewolf friend Derek is dyingSynopsis:
Investigator for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Kate Daniels keeps humans safe in Atlanta. But when her werewolf friend Derek is dying in human form, from attack by the mysterious Reaper team at the Midnight Games, she and Curran, the Beast Lord, must fight together to win the Wolf Diamond topaz and save his Pack and her friends.
This is definitely still one of my top favorites in the series. I love the tournament and I loved all interactions between Kate and Curran.
Kate has become more and more attached to various members of the Pack, especially Derek. And when it seems he's in trouble, she wants to help him, only he doesn't let her. And when that trouble finds him, Kate feels awful about it....more
Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father andSynopsis:
Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father and best kept secret, Roland, and the shape-shifter Pack, led by her mate-to-be Curran, the Lord of the Beasts. But her look-alike aunt Erra, Babylon's god of chaos and terror, has come to town controlling seven naked warriors: Deluge (flood water), Tremor (earth quake), Gale (hurricane wind), Torch (fire inferno), Venom (disease poison), Beast (animal monster), and Darkness (overpowering dread).
This is the one! This is the one that's my favorite book in the series. All kinds of hell breaks loose here, but we finally get what we've been waiting for in Kate and Curran's relationship, too. This is where they become one of my all-time favorite UF couples even though I'm extremely jealous that Kate gets to be with Curran. Lucky woman.
The book starts off with Kate waiting around her place in Savannah in her bra and panties for Curran to show up for the naked dinner she owed him after losing that bet during Magic Strikes. He never shows up. And boy does that ever piss Kate off. She feels she's been made a fool of and she no longer wants anything to do with him. Then she gets an incredibly bizarre case and things just snowball from there.
I love that Kate and Curran fight it out and finally, truly start down the road to getting it together. That first night was great. Then Kate messes it up in the morning. I don't think she truly understands until Aunt B spells things out for her later after an encounter with Erra (view spoiler)[who Kate has discovered is her aunt and is determined to stop (hide spoiler)]. Later, after Erra attacks the Pack at one of Clan Wolf's satellite houses and a disaster occurs, Curran tells Kate why he wants her to live in the Keep and about his past which makes it so important to him and she finally opens up about her past. And he accepts it. I loved him for that. To him, it's no big deal. He's chosen his mate and he isn't going to let her go.
When the big battle with Erra comes in the end, things don't go quite as well as they hoped, but our good guys win the day. Not without some consequences. Which end up leading to some of the Pack members doing some stupid shit. Once Curran is up and at 'em, though, he makes the Council explain themselves. He is not happy with the members of his Pack and I understand why. He's done so much for them over the last 15 years and when he chooses his mate, they try to get rid of her. In the end, though, Kate and Curran stay together and they are definitely my most favorite alpha couple. I'd forgotten why I loved them so much. Rereading the series sure has refreshed my memory.
I'd also forgotten what started the trouble between Andrea and Raphael. I get both sides of their argument, but I get why Raphael was so pissed. I know it takes a while for those two to get it back together, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they get back there.
I'm wondering if we'll see Naeemah, again. I can't imagine that she won't be back especially considering who hired her in the first place. I can't imagine Ilona introducing her and making someone with that kind of a presence a throwaway character.
I was pleased to meet Barabas and Jezebel again, too. I <3 Barabas. I get why Mahon says what he does to Kate, too, but I still want to smack him for it. It'd be nice if he came around. Maybe one of these days...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock series has me so ready for the next one!
So much happens in this one and it all seems that it is a direcThis latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock series has me so ready for the next one!
So much happens in this one and it all seems that it is a direct result of Jane killing a man in her hotel room during Raven Cursed. Poor Jane. How was she supposed to know that guy was the Enforcer of another MOC come to check her out so that he could challenge her to fight so that a Blood Challenge could be made against Leo? But like others said, why did he come into her hotel room, at night, while she was sleeping with a gun drawn that had a silencer on it? If he was going to challenge her, he sure was going about it the wrong way. Seemed to me he was going to murder her. Too bad there was no proof of that since Jane, Gregoire and the B-Twins had no idea he was a vamps Enforcer.
There was so much fallout from that one thing and it had Jane second-guessing herself and wondering what working for the vamps was turning her into. She doesn't like so much the person she has slowly been becoming, but I don't feel that Jane has been turning into a bad person. I still love her. She does her best to do what's right. A lot of blood and violence is done to achieve those goals, but at the core of it, Jane is always, always trying to protect someone. Even Beast thinks some of the vamps deserve to be protected. Even though the vamps can do some serious harm to Jane at times. Beast does her best to protect Jane, too.
Jane is forced to realize again that even the vamps she works with are vamps before they are anything else. This is reinforced when (view spoiler)[Leo forces a blood bond on her and Katie drinks from her as well should something ever happen to Leo (hide spoiler)]. It was violent and it hurt her and damn near broke Jane's spirit. Lucky for her, Beast is a smart cat and figures out that she can remove it. Later of course, (view spoiler)[while trying to save Jane's life after she gets shot, Leo feeds her more of his blood and the bound begins to strengthen again. Beast forces a shift and Jane's secret is out, but it turns out that instead of bounding Jane to him, Leo has bound Beast (hide spoiler)]. I can't wait to see the results of that!
I'm going to put my thoughts from a post I made in a group about the book here:
(view spoiler)[Beast being bound to Leo will change things for Jane/Beast. Beast seems to be annoyed/amused by it. I think Leo has gotten more than he bargained for. What was with him calling Jane "my love" when he was trying to save her life? (hide spoiler)]
Katie: (view spoiler)[She had to be behind Leo deciding to bind Jane. He'd left it alone after she resisted it previously, but Katie brought it up when Leo was missing, so I can only imagine she's the one he convinced him to do it. (hide spoiler)]
Leo: (view spoiler)[Even though he listened to Katie, he didn't have to do Jane that way. He didn't have to make it hurt and be so forceful. I probably should hate him, too, but I can't. (hide spoiler)]
Brusier: (view spoiler)[I don't feel he is to blame for what happened that day. He was so out of it and his body was moving against his will. He does tend to explain Leo's behavior in situations where Jane wants to hear none of it at all, but he can't just change after having been bound to someone for over a 100 years. I think he does what he can, when he can. I hope he and Jane can work something out at some point. (hide spoiler)]
Eli/Alex: (view spoiler)[I like these two. Margo's mountain lion speculation is very interesting. That would be so cool for that to play out that way. Especially considering the looks Eli gives Jane sometimes. There could be something there if Jane lets it. (hide spoiler)]
Rick: (view spoiler)[I just hope this latest thing is what shows that he and Jane just can't be with each other. I thought he shot her, too. He's betrayed her for his job before. That's how he ended up a were in the first place. I hadn't thought he did it maliciously, but for his job. Under the circumstances, can he really be all that surprised Jane thought he shot her? Especially what he told her about making him have to shoot her? I'm glad he's off again. (hide spoiler)]
Jane: (view spoiler)[I honestly don't feel Jane brags too much. Does she think highly of her skills? Yes. But she's also incredibly insecure and a lot of what she does is bluffing. She still gets afraid. She also acknowledges the skills of others. So if she does brag sometimes, I don't fault her for it. Beast brags way more than Jane does. Jane is just the only person that ever hears her doing it. (hide spoiler)]
This pretty much sums up how I felt about the book and about the various character interactions. I know Leo is probably hated and nonredeemable in the eyes of many readers, but I've loved Leo from the gate and despite everything he's done to Jane, that love has not wavered. I'm still Team Leo all the way. *pom poms*
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Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of tSynopsis:
Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk... a lot. The undead are another matter.
Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...
It's been two years since I originally read this. There's a lot that I've forgotten. Rereading this, I can understand why so many people have trouble with this book. There is a lot of info dumping about how the supernatural world works and what Cassie has been able to do with her abilities until now. The time jumping and body swapping can be confusing, but reading this a second time made it not so hard to follow this time since I already understood the way Cassie's power works. Still, I enjoyed this every bit as much the second time as I did the first time.
I found myself still enjoying Cassie immensely. She's very practical and why she isn't always the brightest bulb in the room, I like her attitude. She won't just sit around waiting to be used. Before agreeing to do something, she acknowledges that it's preferable to losing her life. Cassie is mostly capable, but she's been thrust into a situation and some new powers that she has no idea how to handle. Because of that, I can't fault her for how she sometimes fails to pick things up. Though she does seem naive at times, despite thinking the same of others. She's quick to believe the sybil taken by Rasputin is acting under duress and not to mention taking Tomas in so easily before she'd gotten found. Other times, she can be somewhat cynical.
I enjoyed meeting the various characters all over again. Especially Pritkin. The first time I read this book in 2011, I hated Pritkin's guts. He was so judgmental and obviously knew nothing about how the vamp world worked. Plus, he tried to off Cassie. I didn't hate him this time through because I know how his character develops over the series and I'm madly in love with Pritkin. He's obviously a bit nuts, though. And seems to have a bit of a death wish. He's obviously on the powerful side, though Mircea seems to be able to match him well enough. Reading that scene again makes me wonder who would win if Mircea and Pritkin really went at it.
I liked meeting Mircea again, too. I remember that at the beginning of the series, I liked Mircea. That seduction scene and then the scene when he and Cassie went back in time helped quite a bit. Plus, for a vamp, he seemed pretty damned honest. I wanted Cassie to hook up with him. It's funny now the way I feel about their relationship. Still, I really liked Mircea in the beginning and I still do. He's pretty awesome and powerful and scary. A good guy to have on your side. Even if he doesn't quite tell the entire truth and has to follow orders someone else gives him.
And then there was Tomas. I liked him, despite his duplicity when he was living with Cassie. Then he had to go and pull the stunt he pulled. And when he told them why he agreed to it, I was with Cassie: how could he be that stupid?
Overall, I still find this a good first book in a series. I was hooked all over again. This series is definitely still a favorite of mine....more
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. It’s a position that usually comes with yeaSynopsis:
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. It’s a position that usually comes with years of training, but Cassie’s circumstances are a little... unusual. Now she’s stuck with a whopping amount of power that every vamp, fey, and mage in town wants to either monopolize or eradicate—and that she herself doesn’t dare use.
What’s more, she’s just discovered that a certain arrogant master vampire has a geis on her—a magical claim that warns off any would-be suitors, and might also explain the rather... intense attraction between them. But Cassie’s had it with being jerked around, and anyone who tries it from now on is going to find out that she makes a very bad enemy...
Insanity pretty much reigns in this book. Karen Chance keeps things at a pretty fast pace. There's practically not one moment where Cassie gets to rest. The closest she comes to getting any is during the time in Mac's shop when Pritkin is getting tatted up. There were a few others, but mostly, Cassie was on the run. Or on the crawl when she couldn't stand up straight without getting shot or light up like a candle.
In addition to running for her life, Cassie also learns that a spell was placed on her when she was about 12. And that none other than Mircea placed it on her. The spell goes haywire and causes all kinds of mayhem. ...more
Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—Synopsis:
Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—the sizzling-hot Mircea—are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own…
The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found—the past.
But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain some seriously dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…
Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural pSynopsis:
Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.
The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.
But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator once and for all.
I loved this one all over again. It's my second favorite of the series after Curse the Dawn. A lot of that has to do with the large presence of Pritkin. I am steadily remembering why I love Pritkin so absolutely much. He's definitely still at the top of my book boyfriend list.
Things never seem to let up for Cassie. Sometimes I truly forget that there really hasn't been such a large passage of time in the world's timeline. Cassie is constantly traveling from one year to the next, so I often don't realize that there tends to be maybe a few days at most since the events of the last book. A lot of Cassie's crazy adventures seem to take place over the space of a week or two. It does make me wonder how she ever has time to recover from her injuries. Cassie should probably be dead already. Still, she forges ahead. She may still not want the power, but she's accepted now that she's got to use it. If there isn't a Pythia, the other side will win. As such, she knows that since she's stuck with the job, she has to do it. Better her than someone else set up to be the puppet of the Circle or the Senate. At least that way she can do her best to protect the ones she loves. She nearly screwed that up, but in the end, she pulls it off with an assist from Pritkin....more
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new joSynopsis:
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia—the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.
But someone doesn’t want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens—including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.
This is my favorite of the series. That is largely due to the presence of so much Pritkin. Nothing can go wrong when there is so much Pritkin. And we get to learn a lot more about him this time around, too. We get to learn quite a bit more about Cassie and Mircea, too. And I loved it all.
It's not that long after the events of Curse the Dawn and Cassie thinks she's got a well deserved break. Pritkin is still trying to kick her ass into shape, but at least she has her wonderful bathroom. Until she nearly drowns in her own tub. Things get crazier and crazier from here on in and at the end of the book, we learn some seriously startling revelations. And my lovely Pritkin sacrifices himself and makes me cry.
There are a lot of insane chases in this book. There usually are in any Cassie Palmer book, but the ante is upped this time around. I know some readers have a hard time following action the way Karen Chance writes it, but I like it. It's so fast paced and O M G. My mind is always blown with how Cassie, Pritkin and Mircea manage to survive a battle. Those three never cease to amaze me.
We learn that Jonas suspects that they are all in the middle of Ragnarok and by the end of the book, there's really no way to deny that. Especially not with the Spartoi showing up. That really makes things crazy.
And on top of that, Cassie is trying to establish boundaries in her relationship with Mircea. He gives her orders and expects her to follow them. I understand why he does it. He does want her safe. Though I do still wonder if politics are also a part of it. I think he does have her safety first and foremost in his mind, though. But for Cassie, she just can't live that way. She spent her childhood that way and she won't do it again. She explains this multiple times in the book, but I think it finally sinks in for Pritkin during the pizza parlor scene. I don't think Mircea will get it any time soon. The pain of what happened to his family so long ago is still fresh for him. For the family-minded Mircea, that's not really a surprise. I still think he needs to give a little, though. All he has to do is make what he wants Cassie to do and not an order and they'd probably be golden. He does admit that he loves her and I think that he does, but he has other responsibilities that come first. Not to mention the situations he's been dealing with when it comes to Dory. I still can't wait for Cassie to meet her. How fun that'll be.
We also see Cassie struggling with some of her interactions with Pritkin. She has to heal him again after he nearly dies in the process of saving her life. And damn, that was one hell of a sexy rescue. I love that scene. Definitely one of my most favorite scenes, ever. And made me fall even deeper in love him. That and when he explains exactly what happened to his wife and the demon parole sentence he's under. It made it easier to understand why he freaks whenever Cassie has to heal him or during that scene in his old room when Rosier first showed up in Embrace the Night. Pritkin is so celibate that it's scary. But you can tell he wasn't always that way. I love him for his loyalty to Cassie. How he so obviously cares and says what she needs to hear when she needs to hear it. I love that he saved her in the end by doing the last thing he ever wanted to do that resulted in the last thing he would ever want. Though I'm pretty sure it's not just the oath he made to serve and protect her as the Pythia that makes him risk himself so much. I think that the real last thing that Pritkin would ever want is to see Cassie die. Oh, Pritkin. *_*
Another favorite scene of mine is Cassie's fight with the Spartoi at the end. This is really the first time that she's truly been on her own in a fight. She had a bumpy start, but she did the damn thing in the end and kicked major ass. I felt proud of her. I'd thought that she accepted her power before, but she really seems to have now. Now, she finally believes that she deserves the power. That she didn't steal it from someone that would have been a better Pythia. Knowing what she knows now, she knows that there is no better Pythia.
I am SO ready for Tempt the Stars. I want to see Cassie kick some more ass and rescue my Pritkin!...more
We're the D'Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-Synopsis:
We're the D'Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch whose magic is as unpredictable as the weather. My sister Menolly is a vampire trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Delilah. When I'm under stress, I transform into a tabby cat--and a series of violent murders is really getting me bent out of shape...
"Someone's been slaughtering the Weres of the Rainier Puma Pride, and my sisters and I have been enlisted to investigate by Zachary Lyonnesse, golden boy of the werepumas. Right away we smelled demon trouble, and we tracked it directly into the snare of the Hunters Moon Clan, sworn enemies of Puma Pride. But there's more than Were rivalry at work. It's that old demon Shadow Wing who is setting a deadly snare for the pumas. We have to find out why, which means a visit one to of the Immortals. Unfortunately, for my sisters and me, our half-human blood is just enough to put us in mortal danger." "At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, our fellow operative Jocko's been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, bad-ass leader of the Subterranean Realms. He's made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground. Our assignment: keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer. The demons figure they're in like Flynn. After all, with only my 'bumbling' sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss? But we've got a secret for them: faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D'Artigo girls."
So, I enjoyed this one more than the first. I liked Delilah better as the voice of the story as opposed to Camille, but that's not to say that I didn't have my issues with her, because I definitely do. Still, this book does better than the first one did with the way the case was handled. I didn't feel like the sisters were just bumbling around. They actually handled this pretty well. I was surprised considering the issues they have with their natures and their abilities not always acting the way that they are supposed to. They actually came up with a really good game plan and although Delilah had to pay a price for it, it seems to have worked out for the best. Now, to find out how it will affect her down the road.
The new case comes from a Pride of werepumas that need the sisters to help them figure who has been killing members of their clan. Delilah is initially approached because she's a werecat. She agrees to help and enlists the help of her sisters as well. They soon learn that there is more than meets the eye with this case and the another Degath Squad has been sent to Earth, likely after one of the spirit seals.
Even with all of this going on, the girls still have worries about what's going on back home in Otherworld what with the war brewing. They are wondering if their family back home is safe and they do manage to communicate with their father and learn about a death threat on the head of one of their aunts. They later learn through Trillian that even their father ends up with a bounty on his head. And so do the girls. They do take steps to be as safe as possible. It seems these sisters aren't as reckless as I remember them being.
Also going on during the story, we learn that Delilah is still sleeping with Chase, the full-blooded human detective that works for the OIA that the girls also work for. They seem to be doing pretty well, until Delilah meets Zachary Lyonnesse, that is. He's the werepuma that comes to her for help and she finds herself drawn to him. Chase feels pretty possessive towards Delilah and he'd like to be exclusive, at least, that was the impression that I got. He takes it hard when he witnesses a steamy kiss between Delilah and Zach and he and Delilah have a discussion that they won't be exclusive. He'll accept that for now, but she'd better make up her mind about what she wants. She seems to have some inkling of that by the very end of the book, but (view spoiler)[I still want to slap the shit out of her for fucking Zach when they all got back home from the big battle. I understand her need to connect herself with something good and full of life and so did Zach, but I can't help but feel that she was wrong for that. (hide spoiler)] Now she needs to tell Chase. She hasn't had a chance to, yet, but she better tell him!
The biggest development is what happens to Delilah after they go to the Autumn Lord for assistance in locating the werespiders' nest. She's been marked by him and it comes with some new and improved shifting abilities. Not to mention she also learns something about her birth that was very unexpected. I hope it isn't too long before we get to find out if it's true.
Delilah actually shows herself to be pretty fierce in this book. She was the soft-hearted one in book one. She still feels a bit squeamish about killing, but now realizes that in the roles she and her sisters are now stuck in, there isn't much choice about doing it. Their enemies sure aren't going to hesitate to kill them. She's shown she can be a grown up. Here's hoping that Delilah's POVs will continue to be good for me. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
We're the D'Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mi>Synopsis:
We're the D'Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch whose magic is as unpredictable as the weather. My sister Delilah transforms into a tabby cat when she's under stress. And me? I'm Menolly, acrobat-extraordinaire-turned-vampire. And I'd give my right fang to make my sire pay for killing me. That is, if he doesn't find me first...
"All over Seattle, humans have been going missing, only to turn up as newborn vampires--the sure sign of a rogue vamp on the loose. It looks like Dredge is to blame. The same sadistic Dredge who gave me my scars, and who may well be in cahoots with the demon Shadow Wing. If so, Otherworld and Earth are screwed. The only way we can hope to defeat Dredge is for me to travel home to Otherworld, where I must face my own demons. Because unless I sever the ties that bind me to Dredge, all hell is going to break loose..."
So I finished this one and I liked it. I'm still having the same issues that I was having with the first two books. The characters are difficult to connect with. I like Camille now much more than I did when I read her book Witchling since she's obviously very loyal. Maybe she isn't as bad as I thought she was.
So this time, the sisters and their cohorts are dealing with a blast from Menolly's past in the form of her sire Dredge. He's been siring vampires around Seattle and basically letting them run loose to create more. For some reason, he's also working with Wisteria from book 1 who the sisters previously thought was a friend, but turned out to be an enemy. By the end of the book, I did not understand what Wisteria had to do with any of this. It didn't even seem that Shadow Wing was involved in any way. It seemed more like the book was a way for Menolly to move past her trauma that she suffered that night that Dredge turned her into a vampire.
I enjoyed reading from Menolly's POV and I actually rather like her. She tells it straight. She can dwell on what happened to her at times, but when it was time to move forward so that she could put an end to her enemy, she did so without reservation and handled the situation so well. I never got the impression that Menolly was overly emo. She was afraid of what she could be capable of if she were to make love, with good reason. She was afraid of how she would react to being touched. Also, with good reason. She reacted well in those situations. However, a lot like the sex scenes in previous books, the sex scenes in this one felt out of place. The second one made more sense, but did there really need to be sex scenes? I like sex in my PNR. I like it a lot, but here, the scenes just didn't feel right. It didn't help that they didn't do much for me, either.
Still, I liked the overall story and I loved seeing Menolly overcome what happened to her and kick some ass. It took a lot to do what she did. I actually hope that she sees Jareth again at some point, although Nerissa will probably be good for her, too. I haven't connected with that relationship, yet, but it is nice to see a main female character possibly pursuing something with another female character. Gives us something different in the series as opposed to Camille and Delilah and their relationships with multiple men, although it seems that Delilah hasn't had much to do with Zach since the end of Changeling, which I am glad of. A lot has been changing for the sisters in each book. In this one, Menolly does something she swore she would never do, but according to Grandmother Coyote, it was a necessary thing to do. I sure hope that character will be put to good use and this wasn't just a plot device. Speaking of characters being put to good use, here's hoping that Roz will show up again and be useful even though Dredge is dead now.
A book featuring Camille is up again. Here's hoping that I like it more than her first one....more