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. An...moreSynopsis:
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.(less)
Nice beginning to the series. Secret is a pretty cool chick. Some events moved a little too quickly for my tastes, such as her relationships with Luca...moreNice beginning to the series. Secret is a pretty cool chick. Some events moved a little too quickly for my tastes, such as her relationships with Lucas and Desmond. Did they have to happen that fast? She doesn't even know them at all. Even so, they seem like good guys. Perhaps they will be good for her. I'd like to see if she ever chooses just one of them.
The story did move along pretty well. Secret's already confusing existence becomes even more so once she realizes a bad vamp from her past has come back to bite her once more. She meets some lovely werewolf men and discovers they both have the potential to be her soul mate, she's a princess and stops an almost vamp/were revolution. She almost dies twice doing it, but somehow, Secret comes through in one piece without her secret being as secret as it was before.
At least now, she has some more allies, but the book leaves off on a cliffy with the possibility of her losing one of them. I have to wonder just how much Sig knows and if he is up to anything sneaky. With such old vamps, they usually are.
I'll continue on with this series to see how more confusing Secret's life will get.(less)
Oh man! So much game change in this book. I don't even know where to begin without going all spoilery. I honestly don't know where the series will go...moreOh man! So much game change in this book. I don't even know where to begin without going all spoilery. I honestly don't know where the series will go from here, but needless to say, I am happy for Tohr. And I love you, Lassiter.
I am torn on how to feel about Xcor and his Band of Bastards. If they weren't so hellbent on knocking off Wrath, I could seriously like those guys. I've got a soft spot for Xcor, Throe and Zypher. They've got hidden depths to them, but I see so much conflict on the horizon and I don't know how to feel about it. And now, a character I never expected to be in the middle of all this is right smack in the middle. I do not envy her that position. Especially with the assumption Xcor made at the end of the book. His need to protect will cause all kinds of nastiness to pop off.
I wonder how long it's going to take Wrath and the rest of the Brotherhood to realize what John and Xhex did. Wonder if they'll get in trouble for that. Qhuinn won't be happy, I'm sure, but the situation he and Layla are now in is going to tie up a whole lot of shit in knots. Especially considering where Layla's heart now seems to lie. I don't see her getting past that. Too many people in that mix. Especially since Qhuinn seems to have finally come to a decision with regards to Blay. I am DYING to see how that will play out. I've been on the BlayxQhuinn bandwagon from jump. I don't want to see Saxton hurt, but I'm wondering if that can be at all avoided. And while Blay knows what happened THAT NIGHT, how will he deal with the aftermath? He's had his heart shredded by Qhuinn so many times already and while he may not know the reasoning for why Qhuinn did it, will he be able to accept what's coming? Drama, drama, drama.
Man, I cannot wait for this time next year for the next book in the series. Sometimes, I feel like it should be a guilty pleasure, but I just love it all too much. I just don't know what the hell is going to happen!(less)
Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change....moreSynopsis:
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.(less)
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, wher...moreSynopsis:
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
So I finally sucked it up and read this book. I've had it since it was released last year, but I kept putting off. I remember hearing very mixed reactions at the time and I wasn't sure if I was going to continue the series. I wasn't a big fan of what happened in Drink Deep and I've wanted to kick Mallory's ass ever since. That book was driving me nuts because the bad guy was right there in everyone's faces and they just weren't seeing it. It made no sense to me and I was a bit flabbergasted. Then there was that resurrection and I'm still not entirely sure as to how I feel about that.
So I finally read this because it's just been sitting on my TBR for too long and I was starting to get curious. While I was reading it, I was enjoying the experience. When Merit is around, things tend to go to Crazy Town. The book starts out with Merit and Ethan in Nebraska hunting down Mallory before she gets her paws on the book of all evil again when they encounter Seth Tate who's apparently been pardoned by that idiot mayor woman. They still have no clue what he is, but then he uses lots of magic and damn near kills them. He wants the book, too. Good and evil must be in balance, according to him and he's willing to kill Merit and Ethan in order to keep them out of their way.
Long story short, (view spoiler)[the book gets destroyed, Merit and Ethan gain a new pet sorceress, one Tate becomes two, Mallory goes to work for the shifters as a kind of magical rehab, we find out what Tate really is and craziness ensues (hide spoiler)]. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the way things worked out with Tate. It was certainly an interesting twist and I so didn't see it coming. It just felt in a weird way that the character was redeemed, but it could have been set up to play out this way from the start. I feel that same way about Mallory. I kind of wanted her to get killed off. Not go into rehab. At least she doesn't just get a clean slate. Still, I was hoping for something more severe.
Then it was discovered that even though Mallory didn't complete that familiar spell, Ethan is still connected to her. And her mood swings are his mood swings. This freaks him out and he pushes Merit away and their interactions begin to irritate me for the majority of the book. Around 81%, he gets his act together and they seem to come together as a true couple. I do hope they stay that way. The back and forth between them through the series has been maddening. Just because the series isn't close to over is no excuse for them not to settle down together. I just want things to be one way or the other. Together or not together.
I am intrigued with the way the story has turned regarding Cadogan House and the GP. The GP seems pretty useless to me. They'd like for the vamps to play ostrich and mind their business, much like the Order has been doing. It seems Cadogan is taking a very important step now. I'm curious as to how that will play out. I do enjoy the vamp politics portion of this series the most, but I'm still not quite decided on whether or not I will continue. It's something to think about as things have certainly taken an interesting turn.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** It seems that some folks didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the last book. Honestly, I didn't either, but I still found things to e...more**spoiler alert** It seems that some folks didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the last book. Honestly, I didn't either, but I still found things to enjoy about it despite that Rachel seemed to slip into old bad habits and she frustrated me a lot in this book.
I was happy to see Al again. I love Al absolutely. I was happy with Trent's involvement as well and hope to see some progress with him and Rachel next book. Seriously. They act like two teenagers around each other. They need to get a move on.
I still love Jenks and I wonder what will happen with Ivy now that she's lost Glenn and Daryl. Can't believe Glenn left like that.
I'm sure this isn't the last they'll hear from HAPA or those men-who-don't-belong. Rachel better watch her back.(less)
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 took...moreLove, 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!(less)
Very good first novel in Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series, a spin-off of her Night Huntress series. I had expected Vlad to get his own book in the...moreVery good first novel in Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series, a spin-off of her Night Huntress series. I had expected Vlad to get his own book in the Night Huntress World spin-off like Spade and Mencheres, did, but he got his own series. After reading the book, I think that's appropriate. Vlad is too complex of a character to have his issues and HEA told and resolved in one book.
I found the book very absorbing story-wise. One thing I was happy about is that Vlad was resolved from the get-go to seduce Leila. He didn't pussyfoot around about that. Vlad has always been blunt in his honesty and I've always loved that about him. He tells her what things will be like between them from jump and it's up to her whether or not she will deal with it or not. She decides to go for it once it becomes clear that she can't resist him the way she wants to. And she's all in. Really all in. She hates it when she realizes that. In the end, though, she becomes determined that she won't be the only one to feel so strongly and I say, go for it girl! I think she's good for Vlad and really like her as a heroine. She does do that run off on her own thing once, but she wasn't stupid about it. So at least she didn't have any of the annoying heroine tendencies that can piss me off. I was glad when she came to embrace her abilities. She was ruthless in using them, but anything less and she'd have been extremely dead. I hope the darkness she now recognizes in herself will be explored more in the next book.
Vlad wasn't quite the comedian he has been in the main series, but in this book, we see him in a different setting than what we are used to. In this book, he's surrounded by his people and we've only seen a glimpse of that once in the NH series when Cat was staying at his place for a while. Still, I thought he had his moments of sarcasm and I loved them. He was still his charmingly frightening self. What isn't there to love about Vlad?
I loved the story basically starts right away. We got some background on Leila and then the craziness got underway. I liked that there wasn't unnecessary build up. There was a break in things before the story really amped up, but that is normal. Vlad's enemy that started all of this turned out to be an interesting person. The ending was also interesting. It was definitely a Happy For Now as people described, but that's not surprising considering this is to be a trilogy. I wonder if the HEA will be delayed until the very last book. I also wonder if JF will go the route of her other heroines and have Leila changed over so that she can live forever with Vlad.
Definitely looking forward to the next book in 2013.(less)
Completely loved this anthology of Guild Hunter stories all in one place since I've never read the original anthologies the first three were published...moreCompletely 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.(less)
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....moreThis 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.(less)
OK, so that was fairly boring and a sucky way to end a relationship that has been the staple of series, especially one book away from the end. Honestl...moreOK, so that was fairly boring and a sucky way to end a relationship that has been the staple of series, especially one book away from the end. Honestly, it felt like Harris basically wrapped up everything in this book. She pretty much beat us over the head with how unhappy Sookie is with being involved in supernatural messes and how she's envying the lives of her human friends more and more.
We barely even saw Eric on page and when we did, his interactions with Sookie were brief as hell. Sookie spoke more with Sam and Bill than with anyone else, except for maybe Dermont (who I already miss. I loved Dermont). With the way this book went, I cannot fathom anything remotely interesting or exciting happening in the last book next year. I find myself trying to remember why I gave 4 stars to the last book. I'd joined GR months after I read it, so I must not have recalled what it was that I read.
I understand now why so many fans were disappointed with this book. It wasn't the slightest bit interesting. It seemed like Sookie spent the majority of her time driving around either Bon Temps, Shreveport or Monroe.
And it seems like Eric is just going to disappear to Oklahoma. I'm assuming Pam will go with him? Bill will probably still be around, but I guess having Eric leave and Sookie hook up with Sam is one way to get her out of vampire business. I doubt she and Eric could have had a lasting relationship anyway. She was determined not to turn vamp and all those life and death situations would have gotten her dead eventually.
I am disappointed that Eric expected Sookie to use magic to get him out of that stupid betrothal. I see why Niall told him about it. He knew what would happen. I was disappointed in Claude. He wasn't the nicest guy, but I didn't want him to be up to what it turned out he was up to. Sad. And now, no more Dermont and Bellenos. Sookie was creeped out by Bellenos, but I liked him.
Of course, I'll read the last book because, it is the end of a series. This is actually the series that got me started reading UF. I started Anita Blake and Black Dagger Brotherhood because of this series. It's a shame it's going to end on a whimper like this.(less)
Another enjoyable Jane Jameson book. Jane really does grow up a lot in this book. And as per usual, hilarity did ensue. I love Jane and Gabriel togeth...moreAnother enjoyable Jane Jameson book. Jane really does grow up a lot in this book. And as per usual, hilarity did ensue. I love Jane and Gabriel together and I really liked Jamie. Grandma Ruthie finally gets what she deserves and I was surprised to like Jane's mom and her sister Jenny much more than I had before. Honestly, I did not see who was responsible for Jamie's death and then turning coming. I was actually surprised by that. Everything did get resolved pretty neatly. If that's the end of the series, it was handled pretty well. Awesome book, Mrs. Harper.(less)
So, I'm not sure where to start with this. It took me a little bit to get drawn into the book, but once I did, I was able to just keep reading until I...moreSo, I'm not sure where to start with this. It took me a little bit to get drawn into the book, but once I did, I was able to just keep reading until I'd finished.
I very much enjoyed the early part of the book where there was so much police work and work with SWAT. I loved the introduction of Marshal Arlen Brice and sincerely hope that there is no ulterior motive there with him being as nosy as he was. I hope like hell he hasn't lied to Anita. I loved seeing Anita working with Zerbrowski and Dolph again. I'd missed those interactions a lot and hadn't realized just how much until they were so present again. Jessica Arnet needs her ass kicked. I can't believe she threatened Jean-Claude. She needs to get over that obsession with Nathaniel. And then warning Anita off of Brice? And getting up in her face when Anita brought Pride to the station as one of her guards? That bitch needs to go and I hope she gets put in her place soon.
Speaking of people being put in their place, Larry got what he deserved and it looks like Anita's friendship with him is completely over. I can't believe he aired that drama in the police station and with a new Marshal in their area. He had no right.
There was a lot of the issue of Anita being a monster/evil in this book. I'm hoping that after that big blowup with Larry, the convo with Zerbrowski and Brice and the loyalty from the members of SWAT have finally helped put that issue to bed. It's come up to often and I'm ready for her to start actually trying to move past it.
Then the book took a serious emotional turn and the sex ramped up. First, it was Nathaniel and Micah, "the talk" with Sin, Asher having a hissy fit in which he pissed off Dev, hurt Anita, caused Nicky to kick Ares's ass, hurt Sin, piss off Nathaniel and force Jean-Claude to send him into a one month long exile. I loved Asher, but that love is seriously starting to wan. His character is being ruined for me, much like Richard's was because LKH won't let him work past his issues. He won't even try. Like Anita, Jean-Claude, Dev and Nathaniel, I can't take anymore of him. Asher lost a man who loves him because of his jealousy and insecurity. He lost Nathaniel as a sub and possibly Anita as a lover with that dumbass stunt he pulled. If Jean-Claude decides he can't come back, it will make me sad, but very unsurprised. That part of the book hurt me to read as did Anita having to go comfort Dev because of Asher's idiocy. He'd really loved him, but he still needed sex with women. He wasn't looking for love with one, just sex and Asher couldn't handle it. He's never been able to handle sharing. He's too jealous of just about every person there. He should have left on his own a long time ago. If LKH keeps his character around, I really hope she actually has him work on this issue because I can't read much more of this. That nearly ruined the book for me.
I will admit that I liked Anita getting it on with Nicky. I love Nicky, I really do. However, those sex scenes probably did not need to be that long. I think she made them so long to show just what it is that made what happened to Nicky when they were done more obvious, but damn that took up a lot of pages. Even the sex with Dev went into more description that I thought was really necessary. I mean, she'd practically just had sex with Nicky with no real rest inbetween.
Anyway, the end was pretty dramatic. I suppose the best part about it was seeing how many members of the police force are actually supportive of her no matter how they may feel about her personal life. At least maybe this along with the talk she had with Sin early in the book has helped her clarify her feelings for him. Also, I liked that Nicky sees them as his family now. He's not as far gone as he's always come across. He seems to be able to feels things that are his own.
I still don't know where this series is going now with the biggest of Big Bads gone. Even the vampire in this book wasn't really the villain. He just made villains out of a bunch of lesser vamps without actually intending to. That part was actually kind of lame and actually hit home that this was a filler book. That's what it felt like to me. It didn't really contribute to the overall series, but there were a few books like that in the series. Still, this late in the game, we don't really need filler books. It makes it even more difficult to figure out where she's planning to go with this. How is it going to end? No clues about that at all from this book. Other than the issue with there possibly being an American vamp council set up, that was barely talked about, but it doesn't sound like an overarching story unless the former council members will come to the U.S. and try to take over like some of those "free" vamps feared. But, since there was no real hint or direction, it's impossible to say.(less)
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 happens...moreI 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.(less)
I'd say that this book has been my favorite of the series so far. Action wise, it doesn't top the last book, but because Gin faced off against her fea...moreI'd say that this book has been my favorite of the series so far. Action wise, it doesn't top the last book, but because Gin faced off against her fears and dealt incredibly well with a blast from the past, I really enjoyed this book. Plus, Owen. Always love Owen.
So Finn convinces Gin she needs to take a vacation and on Bria's recommendation, they head down to Blue Marsh for relaxation and so Bria can catch up with her best friend Callie. While Bria gets to catch up with Callie, there isn't much in the way of relaxation. Gin's assassin skills come in handy in a major way. While her initial contact with the Big Bad was a real close call (damn that Jonah McAllister!), she managed to kick some ass and take down a major name and add it to her ever growing list.
In the midst of dealing with the bad guy, Gin had to deal with her old feelings for that douche Donovan Caine. That guy really showed that he was all kinds of wrong for Gin and that Owen is all kinds of right. The way he treated her was just awful and then he had the nerve to try to get back with her! While he was engaged to the very woman Gin nearly died to keep safe. Thankfully, Callie wasn't an idiot or a doormat. She was aware of how Donovan felt. She really didn't need to thank Gin when she left Blue Marsh for letting Donovan go, because after he did that to Gin when he left Ashland, she did the same to him long before she ever ran into him again. Gin handled that situation really well. I was proud of her.
I was glad she confronted Bria about their relationship as well and I'm glad that Bria came to her senses. Even if it took Donovan's terrible treatment of Gin to see what she was doing.
Really, this was a really good book. Can't wait to see Gin take out Jonah. It's been a long time coming.(less)
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,...moreSynopsis:
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!(less)
Ah, very nice sequel and I already can't wait for the third.
The book starts with Cady and Jupe sort of hanging out. I love scenes with Cady and Jupe....moreAh, very nice sequel and I already can't wait for the third.
The book starts with Cady and Jupe sort of hanging out. I love scenes with Cady and Jupe. Jupe seems so much like a real teenager, which for me is somewhat odd because I normally can't stand teenagers, but I love Jupe. He's like the little brother I never had. Their day out together introduces the mystery for this book. Someone's snatching Earthbound teens, but who's doing it and why? Is it a copycat of something that happened 30 years ago or the same person? Eventually, Cady and Lon get pulled in by the head of the Hellfire Club to put an end to this. These are innocent kids and Jupe is at risk, so they agree to do it.
So many problems pop up because of this, but through it all, Cady and Lon are still going strong. They have to be one of my favorite UF couples. I still find their May/December romance refreshing and they don't fall into those usual pitfalls of UF couples that keep secrets for their SO in order to keep them "safe." Neither of them runs off doing stupid crap half-cocked all by their lonesome. If they do anything stupid, they do it TOGETHER. They do smart stuff TOGETHER, too. Between their honesty with one another and that whole doing things together thing, this makes them one of the smartest and most satisfying UF couples for me and I love that. Kudos to Jenn Bennett on how she's handled their relationship.
I did figure out who the person being possessed was before Cady and Lon did, but I wasn't sure about the other suspect for a while. That dude was an asshole. I actually felt sorry for the demon. I wonder what happened to him in the end. I couldn't believe that guy's motivation for all this. How vain.
I enjoyed seeing Cady grow more as a character during this book. Her childhood and most of her adult life sucked. Especially once she was on her own and had to do everything to lookout for herself and no one else. Now, she has people she can trust and is beginning a new-and much improved!-family with Lon and Jupe. That scene in Jupe's room was just so on point. You don't get to see many UFs or even PNRs with relationships that involve couples when one of the parties has a kid. Let alone a teenaged kid. I'm really looking forward to seeing this develop in the future. Cady can have a good life and she isn't fighting it like so many heroines do. Another refreshing thing for me about this series.
One can only guess about what's in store for Cady, Lon and Jupe next. Especially with Ambrose Dare holding his newfound knowledge over her head. That old man tricked me. He called his son a prick, but it seems he's the much bigger one.(less)
Alright. I have to say that I'm still enjoying this series. There are some elements that I'm fucking tired of and others that I still love. We got a b...moreAlright. I have to say that I'm still enjoying this series. There are some elements that I'm fucking tired of and others that I still love. We got a big revelation at the end of this one. (view spoiler)[Dog?! Really?! (hide spoiler)] And Jim is left in a place bargaining for something that had better be damned worth it if he gets it.
From the start of the series, I have been in love with Jim Heron. I still am. Which makes his whole "his girl, not that she's his" obsession over Sissy Barten that much more irritating to me. Sissy better step up and be awesome as all hell whenever she gets out of hell or I'm going to be very upset. His fixation with her is driving me nuts. She's an innocent, yes. She didn't deserve what Devina's done to her, true. But damn it already! What exactly does he see in a girl that he never met before she'd been murdered and tortured in hell? She really is a girl, too. Barem what I remember. Is she Jim's soul mate or something? I'm just tired of hearing about her if nothing is going to be done to help her. Enough of that is enough! I'm sure that once she gets out (if she actually does) the girl is going to need some serious healing time and therapy. Jim seems to have a plan (a bad one!) to get her out of there, but will it pay off? He's risking too much. I get that getting her out of there isn't the only goal. He's got to get over this Achilles heel. Devina can manipulate the fuck out of him with that. I hate that for him. Just please! Put me out of my misery with this Sissy Barten mess already, Ward! I did like that Jim realized that all of that anger in him is the part of him that's evil. The part of him that Devina loves so much. Looks like he's going to try to get over that. Good luck, Jim.
Speaking of Devina, if Jim fucks that nasty ass demon one more time... I. Am. Going. To. Lose. It! That. Shit. Is. Fucking. Nasty! It must never happen again! Knowing what Devina really looks like does not make those scenes hot for me. Her obsession with Jim and his dick is as bad as his obsession over Sissy. I hate Devina, but she is so good at being bad. Probably why I hate her. I don't feel sorry for her or her issues at all. Her POVs can keep things interesting, but I really can't handle those sex scenes with her and Jim anymore.
Now that I've ranted, I want to say that I totally love Adrian. He came through so unexpectedly. I wonder if he's going to get stuck that way. It might help him, though. It'll keep him from trying to distract himself with pussy all the time. I hate that he's still hurting over Eddie, though. I really hope that dude comes back. Both and Adrian and Jim need him. Still, Adrian really stepped up. Nothing but love for him.
Matthias was surprising in how much I ended up liking his character. He was such a douche before, but talk about redemption. Too bad it was a little bit too sappy. The insta-connection with Mels was a little bit annoying. They didn't act on things right away, but damn, they were in love so quickly that it made me realize just how much time has passed-or has not passed as is the case-in this series. From book 1 to the end of book 4, it's barely been a month since Jim got involved in all of this. Freaky. Back to Matthias, he was pretty awesome. Even before (view spoiler)[Adrian took his injuries from him and onto himself (hide spoiler)]. Dude was holding his on while fighting those demons with Ad. He was actually a sweetheart with that amnesia. I didn't like him at all in Crave, but here, he was a good man. Even when all that evil came back to him, he did the right thing. Twice! But, I wonder if (view spoiler)[he can be considered a zombie now? He was originally already dead, then he came back, then he died again, now he's back again (hide spoiler)]!
Mels was a pretty good heroine. She could hold her own. I was not happy with the way she hurt Matthias at the end there, but her conclusions were the ones anyone would have jumped to. I liked her, though.
I will certainly be reading the next book. I want to see if Devina accepts Jim's bargain and if she does, will Jim's obsession only get worse? I just hope they don't fuck again.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Ok, I like this series, but Secret's interactions with Lucas this book were annoying. It also feels like Desmond is really into showing his feelings....moreOk, I like this series, but Secret's interactions with Lucas this book were annoying. It also feels like Desmond is really into showing his feelings. And are we back to pretending that Secret and Holden aren't into each other?
Also, she sure loves walking into traps.
I was surprised by the identity of the big bad, but I like the new character of Nolan.
Now with new duties and abilities, what mess will Secret get into next?(less)
**spoiler alert** I read fast. This was nice little inbetween book between books 2 and 3. I love you, Holden Chancery. Talk about a bloody Christmas!...more**spoiler alert** I read fast. This was nice little inbetween book between books 2 and 3. I love you, Holden Chancery. Talk about a bloody Christmas! The big bad this time around was plenty freaky and gruesome. It was awesome how those cases ended up intersecting each other. I wasn't expecting the monster this time to be what it was. I liked seeing Nolan again. Glad he's sticking around. Secret got some help from a really unexpected source and managed to meet the family of her sweetie Desmond and made sure they had a really merry Christmas.
Tyler Nowakowski is back on the scene, so if you haven't read The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters, you really should, or you may wonder where he came from. I wonder what his problem is, though. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him in the future. Just one you think someone is a one off character, you never know when they may come back in a later book. Sierra Dean surprised me with that one.
The book had just enough story to make it a nice transition between the previous book and the next one due out in March. I can't wait to see what happens next time. What big bad will Secret go up next? Will Lucas ever get some now that Holden is determined to make sure he gets his chance? You are a popular woman, Secret McQueen.(less)