How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?
Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor wSynopsis:
How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?
Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.
But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past.
As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.
I seriously enjoyed this book. It was awesome and I am totally a fan of Nate's.
When we meet Nate, he's on a job to steal a book. He doesn't know why someone would pay so much for a book, but it doesn't matter, because that's what he does. Nate steals things. At least, that's what he's been doing for the last ten years because he can't remember what he was doing before that. The only thing he does know about himself is that he's a sorcerer and his own name. It doesn't take too long after that job is done for things to start getting weird.
When some random blonde woman brushes his hand, Nate has a dizzy moment and not too long after, he discovers that he's a pretty damned good fighter. He had no idea that beating someone near to death wouldn't bother him in the least. The fact that it doesn't bother him barely even bothers him. Giving his friend Holly's brother a beat down like that gives him motivation to try to find out who he used to be, though. Turns out, it isn't so easy. At least, not until he gets another job.
On this job, he ends up face to face with someone that used to know him. And then he ends up face to face with that someone's exploding head. Before long, he's waking up and being given directions to go somewhere and save a girl. A girl that turns out to be his neighbor's daughter.
Throughout the book, we get flashbacks of Nate during 15th century France and his run in with a long-time enemy of his, Mordred. We find out through these flashbacks just what it is that Mordred is up to and it isn't good. Too bad present-day Nate isn't working with a full set of memories. He ends up running around a lot without knowing what to do. It becomes a close call in the end, but thanks to the sacrifice of a friend, he's back in action and kicking ass. Some bad guys get what they deserve, too.
There isn't much by the way of romance in this book, but Nate does get it on a few times. It's a shame he had to leave Holly behind, but that was probably for the best. I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Nate finds himself in next. I want to get to know him more. Nate's pretty badass, but not so much so that he comes off as invulnerable. He's also a killer, but he isn't an asshole. I like him a lot and have a feeling that he'll become one of my favorite male characters....more
Justin has just barely caught his breath after surviving an encounter with the most notorious assassin in the OverworlSynopsis:
THINGS JUST GOT REALER.
Justin has just barely caught his breath after surviving an encounter with the most notorious assassin in the Overworld, hellhounds, and his father's demon spawn relatives, when the universe throws him another curve ball. An attack by gray men sends him to Thunder Rock, a dreaded place where Elyssa's father, Thomas Borathen, and a host of Templars were ambushed by demon spawn nearly twenty years ago. Because of this, Thomas despises spawn and hates Justin.
Despite a foreseeance predicting Justin may be the only thing standing between the world and a cataclysm, major family issues, and a pair of angels who each want him to join their side of the conflict, Justin realizes he may be able to gain something even more important than world peace: the approval of Elyssa's father. But first, he'll have to find the culprit responsible for the ambush and bring him to Templar justice.
Trying to escape Thunder Rock, Justin is hurtled through an Obsidian Arch and ends up in Colombia. Elyssa is captured by her father, who's determined to make her take the White, a Templar ritual which will erase all her memories of Justin. Death cannot stop true love. But a mind wipe probably will.
Thousands of miles from home with destiny breathing down his neck, Justin has to solve a mystery older than he is, overcome new enemies, and make a citizen's arrest on the crazy mofo behind the insanity so he can save Elyssa and gain acceptance from her family.
Because true love is totally worth it.
The latest installment of the Overworld Chronicles finds Justin and Elyssa in Thunder Rock with Kassallandra where they learn more about Foreseeance 4311. I actually ended up feeling like Kassallandra wasn't all that bad. A bit snotty, but not the scary bitch that I was expecting. She wasn't even actually out to hurt David, it seems. She wants to try to talk him back into the fold. She actually helps Justin and Elyssa out quite a bit. And then things really get crazy.
Justin ends up getting dragged off by some cold, tentacle-y thing and ends up in some underground cave with a bunch of arches-some intact, some destroyed. Not only does he find these arches here, but there are some creepy as cherub like things that are really cold. He manages to escape from there and ends up in Colombia. Only to end up surrounded by shadowy things that are cold like the cherub things. He eventually ends up in a small village occupied by a bunch of Arcane and they tell him about yet another foreseeance that seems to be centered around him. But while Justin is stuck in Colombia, Elyssa is dragged him by her father and forced to take the White aka get a memory wipe.
Things get even crazier still when Justin gets kidnapped for a ransom and ends up pulling off a harrowing escape only to discover the Templars are after him and that one of them is his memory wiped girlfriend.
Things seem quite dire for Justin on the romance front until they go back to El Dorado to find Vadaemos Slade since they assume he's been hiding there. Turns out, they're right and they manage to capture him, but not without a whole lot of trouble in the attempt. Once they make it back to Atlanta, they discover help from someone they really didn't expect it from. And then Elyssa's dad shows up and things go insane yet again.
Thomas is determined to kill Justin, but then Vadaemos goes on a rampage. Justin manages to fight him, but it's Nightliss (who we learn a lot about in this book) who stops him. Thomas realizes it's in his best interests to work with Justin, even if he doesn't like it at all.
So we end the book with one mystery solved and some more allies for Justin. And it looks like his father decides to take a cue from Justin and mend some bridges as well. Justin is not happy with that decision at all. I can understand, but I feel like he overreacted. But maybe, it was to be expected. After all, he's got no family left now. I'd be hurt and angry, too. I hope he can forgive his dad, though.
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Justin won Elyssa's heart and saved his dad from rogue vampires, but just when he thinks he can ride off into the sunset on a white horse, trSynopsis:
Justin won Elyssa's heart and saved his dad from rogue vampires, but just when he thinks he can ride off into the sunset on a white horse, trouble not only knocks on his door, it plows through it with hellhounds.
Spawn relatives with their own agendas, vampires running amok, and his father marked for death, it seems there's no end to the kinds of monsters out to make Justin's life miserable. It's almost enough to make him long for the days of man boobs, Kings and Castles, and nerd status. With a list of impossible quests growing faster than he can keep up, tracking down the deadliest assassin in the world may prove easier than winning the approval of Elyssa's parents.
The clock ticking, and dark forces on his heels, Justin gets a crash course in the mysteries and dangers of the Overworld. But with Elyssa by his side and his growing menagerie of friends, impossible odds suddenly seem possible again.
This one hell of an action-y sequel. The first book had plenty of action once things took off, but here? Justin was constantly on the run this time around. The book picks up right where book 1 ends and Justin, Elyssa, his dad and Katie (who has shown up for some reason and is now thrust into knowledge of the Overworld) have to jet when hellhounds show up at Casa del Case and make a nuisance of themselves. On top of that, they discover that Justin's dad has had a death mark placed on him on top of all of the other bounties he already has on his head.
This only get more insane from here. Justin ends up meeting Elyssa's dad who hates him on sight because he's a spawn and her mother no longer likes him, either. This causes an estrangement between Elyssa and her parents since she's determined to to remain with Justin and help him with everything that's going insane in his life.
Along the way, their crew expands from just Justin, Elyssa, David, Stacey and Shelton to include a lycan (Ryland), two more sorcerers (Smith and Meghan), Smith's vamp sister (Felicia from book 1) and an assassin who's identity you will need to read the book to find out for yourself. Plus, David's sister from House Slade makes an appearance as does a mysterious huge guy who rescues Justin and some strange girl that pops up randomly and smiles at Justin a lot. I have no clue as to who these two may be, but I really, really want to know.
Anyway, we find out via Justin's aunt that there are those that believe Justin is the guy to a prophecy called forseeance 4311. Some want to protect him and some want to take him out. So, on top of getting the death mark off of his father, finding his mother and little sister, earning the approval of Elyssa's father and staying alive, Justin has to fulfill his destiny and unite the supernatural races. Go Justin! Talk about having a lot of your plate when you've only known for about two weeks that you're an incubus/sorcerer. Not to mention, he finds out who it was that placed the death mark on his dad and that the guy was manipulating him all along. That identity was a shock to me.
The end of the book was insane. Maximus the vamp from book 1 is still determined to use a spawn for their blood's potency so that he can make vampires instead of vamplings and is apparently sending in vamps to high schools around the world to recruit more vamps. Why? I have no idea. But when some of these vamps encounter Justin at school and all hell breaks loose. I really enjoyed that ending. Especially that surprise appearance. I wasn't expecting that. It seems he may have a clue now, but it doesn't look like he's going to get a chance to chase it down.
The only thing that threw me off with the book was that there was so much going on it was a little hard to keep up. Plus, the cast of characters has seriously expanded. It fits with the prophecy, so that does make sense. I just hope we get a little more development of these extra people. Also, the romance still seems a bit cheesy to me. I've never met any teenagers that talk to their boyfriends or girlfriends the way that Justin and Elyssa do, so that always makes me snicker a little bit. Other than that, I have no real problems with this book....more
Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the ageSynopsis:
Love. Sex. Magic.
Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.
And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?
Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.
Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost. *Contains strong adult content.
Holy hell! I love this book! Thank you to S.L. for allowing me the opportunity to read your book in exchange for an objective and honest review!
On a couple of levels, I could really relate to Gabriella. I know how it feels to not be really exceptional or have any clue as to what you want to do with your life. I have not had such a huge revelation as to a true identity or anything, but I know what she feels like in that other aspect. I really liked Gabriella. Even when she had a tendency to allow her jealousy to make her say things she shouldn't. She was actually pretty good at dealing with that. Her relationship with Dorian was intense and I loved it whenever they were together. Especially as they grew closer and things became more than just sex between them.
Dorian. I love him. He's a new favorite book boyfriend. Even knowing who/what he is. I knew it from the moment they met. It took just a little longer to really know who he was, but I didn't want Gabi to stop being with him because I had the feeling that he cared more than he should. More than he wanted to. From the moment he saw her in that club and then touched her, he knew who/what she was. He had to have. I think I know now why he was so reluctant to meet Gabi's parents. Oh man! I knew Gabi would find out eventually, but I didn't think she would find out like that!
I love that Donna and Chris play such a vital role in the story. There are so many series where a character that has parents barely interacts with those parents. Now, Gabi will have something really huge to talk to them about. I can't wait for that conversation! I need to read it!
I really like Gabi's friends and I really want to know how that mess with Aurora plays out. What is she up to? Is she only doing it because of who Gabi is? I can't imagine she truly likes him. She's still so affected every time she sees Dorian with Gabi that I can't imagine she's actually over him in any way. Either way, she isn't to be trusted. There's no way that she can be.
There's a lot of sex in this book. And I do mean a lot of sex. And it was great. S.L. Jennings sure knows how to write a sex scene. Geez. Talk about scorching up the pages. Each time between Gabi and Dorian was so intense and that time in the cabin was just so loving. I want them to be happy somehow.
Can they get there? Can they truly be in love and on the same side? Oh man, I hope so.
No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks faiSynopsis:
No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.
An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she's calling in her marker. It's a small favor he can't refuse...one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills- and loyalties-to their very limits.
It figures. Everything was going too well to last...
Yes. I really am going to review every single Dresden Files book.
This one goes into my favorites because we learn just a bit more about the bigger picture here. Also, because Harry was quite badass during some very crucial moments. Man, I love that guy. There are times, when Harry has let his emotions rule him. He still does. The guy is quite passionate, but his anger seems worse than it ever was only the few years ago that the series started. He has a bad habit of snapping on his friends. The thing is, when they're right about something they've been noticing about him that isn't right, he feels ashamed over his behavior and he apologizes. I love that about him. When (view spoiler)[Nicodemus told Harry that his friends were doubting him and Harry confronted Michael about it, only to find out someone HAD messed with his head, Harry apologized. However, he really wasn't the influence of Lasciel's shadow any longer. He didn't deserve to be suspected, but I get why they did. I was glad that they were able to get passed that. (hide spoiler)]
Harry is amazing, though. The things he faces and the pain he takes upon himself to help friends (and not friends) never fails to amaze me. Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a loyal man. He's gotten better at keeping the promises he's made as well. He's tried in the past to weasel out of them, but he hangs in there better than he used to now. Oh, he will do things on his own terms, though. Even when Mab comes (acting more strange than ever-why is she using Grimalkin to speak for her?) to ask for her second favor. He doesn't want to do it, but what choice does he have? He does things the way he needs to, though. He risks a lot and sometimes he loses a battle, but he comes out on top in the end. The bad guys continue to expect Harry to react a certain way and he continues to surprise them. Even Nicodemus who knows what Harry can be capable of and respects Harry at least on some level still gets caught by surprise by him.
It seems Harry has caught the attention of another powerful supernatural being as well. I was shocked when Mab told him about that. Harry should be a little more careful. Guess it's hard for him, though what with all of the Big Bads he keeps getting tangled up with.
The one thing I still wasn't terribly sure about was why exactly Summer kept trying to off Harry. The gruffs came against him before Mab even appointed him. Did they just anticipate her doing so? Were they trying to keep her from getting her revenge? We know now who attacked Arctis Tor. Harry thought Nicodemus was behind it and apparently he wasn't. He doesn't seem to be a fan of the shadow games going on, either based on the conversations Harry had with him in the book. If I thought for a second Harry could trust the guy, they'd make a pretty formidable team against the Black Council. No way is that gonna happen, though.
I was surprised Marcone had gotten all ensnared in this. It kicked off with him. He better be careful, too dealing with the supernatural world. Granted, he's been more and more involved as the series goes on considering we start the series out with black magic attacks against him. Looks like that came back on him, too. (view spoiler)[What would Helen do if she found out that the man she betrayed has been doing his level best to keep her presumed dead daughter alive and hoping that she would take up? She better watch her back. Marcone isn't stupid. Does Gard know he's sleeping with Helen? I figure she doesn't since she never seemed to suspect her. (hide spoiler)] I also know fully realize just what Gard is. I always wondered why she spoke about mortals as if she isn't one. Turns out she isn't. No wonder she has the title of Chooser of the Slain.
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HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, orSynopsis:
HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey-poo for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy curse-but it's the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.
Harry's even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas's oversexed vampire family. Harry is about to discover that Thomas's family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry's life forever.
I had heard that there is some serious change in this book and boy is that ever true! I loved this one!
We start off with Harry rescuing some puppies for a client and having flaming demon monkey poop hurled at him. Surprisingly, Thomas is waiting for him in the car and they manage to get away and give the pups to Harry's client. Only it seems that one of them decided to stay behind. Such a fierce little pup he is and he seems to have taken a shine to Harry. Since Harry can't just airmail the pup back to Asia, he holds on to him for a while.
It seems that Thomas has popped back up to ask Harry for a favor. He wants Harry to figure out who seems to be trying to kill a friend of his. Harry ends up taking the case and things turn out to be so much more than what he expected them to be. Someone is using an entropy curse. Only their target isn't the client, it's the women around him. Harry isn't sure why at first, but he figures it out. And it leads to the exposure of deeper secrets. Harry isn't as alone as he'd always thought he was.
Too bad for Harry that this curse business isn't the only trouble on his plate. Mavra and her Black Court vamps have started taking shots at him. Harry decides he's going to take Mavra down once and for all and enlists the help of Murphy and hires Kincaid. Kincaid's presence leads to the revelation of more secrets. Secrets that come out when Harry also brings in Ebenezar to be the group's wheelman and upon seeing one another, Ebenezar and Kincaid try to kill each other. What Ebenezar tells Harry he doesn't like one bit. He feels disillusioned and betrayed. I hope like hell Harry can forgive him.
I think that working so closely with Murphy helped those two grow a bit closer, too. I think she represses things just as much as Harry does. I've begun to really admire Murphy. She's a badass. Yeah, the monsters can get to her a bit easier than they can to Harry and some of his other friends, but that woman can hold her own and she tends to come through. Things have changed for her a lot ever since Harry told her more of the truth about the world and supernaturals in general. What happened in Grave Peril with Kravos also had a lot to do with that. Murphy has begun to realize that the law isn't sacrosanct. The monsters can and will use the law against her. Playing vigilante doesn't sit well with her, but she does it for the greater good. Here's hoping Harry can keep her from completely burning out.
I loved all of the politics going on with the White Court. We got to see what they're really like. And just how deeply involved in the porn business they are. Considering they're basically a court of incubi and succubi, that makes a lot of sense. I loved how what was going on with them tied into the case Thomas asked Harry to work on. I loved how Harry played Lara Raith, too. Good job, Harry. You can do more than just blow shit up. I love watching him work.
Now the biggest thing I'm wondering about is that symbol that Harry now has on his hand. I knew that coin from Death Masks would be brought up again. I wasn't expecting that, though. Seems like Harry has some things to figure out. I also want to know if his hand will heal okay. And, how is he going to pay for his medical bills?...more
This was an awesome collection of short stories. We got some seriously good backstory on these characters. I had not realized just how long it was thaThis was an awesome collection of short stories. We got some seriously good backstory on these characters. I had not realized just how long it was that Aaron and Cassandra knew each other. I hadn't realized his vampirism was hereditary, either. I liked that story.
Then, we get the story of how Eve met Kristof, loved Kristof and left Kristof. Eve is still one of my favorite characters in this series. She is awesome and Kristof solidified himself as my second favorite hero in this series. I already loved him after reading Eve's book, but this one just made me love him even more. We really got to see just what it was that attracted her to him. He was ruthless, yes, but he taught her a lot and he was an excellent father. Plus, had he been given a chance, he would have fought for his relationship with Eve. His douchebag Dad never allowed that to happen and Eve left to save him from having to make an impossible choice. That story made me feel pretty sad. I cried a bit.
Later, we get the story of how Elena and Clay met, told from both of their POVs. I loved this. It was a normal love affair save for Clay's wolf nature mucking things up. We see just what freaked him out so much that made him bite Elena, lose her trust and push Jeremy right over the edge. He didn't like what he did, but as we know, things eventually worked out for the two of them. I actually ended up loving Clay a whole lot more from reading this despite how horribly he messed things up. He was so freaked out and torn. I wanted to hug him. Reading this, it makes me feel a little more sympathetic to Elena's behavior in Bitten. That book was difficult to get through for me because I couldn't stomach Elena's attitude. It makes more sense to me now.
Loved Jeremy's POV of what he had to deal with during that mutt revolt and the "ghosts" of the past he still saw around the house. The memories of the aftermath of Clay biting Elena were hard. Jeremy lost it. But when you got back to the current situation, he so obviously wanted them both safe and in the Pack together.
The story of Lucas's first encounter with Eve was cute.
I loved the story of Paige and Lucas's wedding! They made Benicio so happy that day.
That El Chupacabra case worked out for Paige and Lucas in the end, too. I'm glad Lucas found a way to put the insecurities about being able to help with supporting his family to rest. I hope Sean Nast gets some much needed happiness as well. I already liked him when he was introduced in Industrial Magic and then from Eve's check-in with him in Haunted. This story made me hurt for him. I love Sean Nast....more
I am so happy to have read Jeremy's book. Okay, so it's Jaime's book, but it's Jeremy's book, too. With her pining after him for four years, it was abI am so happy to have read Jeremy's book. Okay, so it's Jaime's book, but it's Jeremy's book, too. With her pining after him for four years, it was about time something happened. I knew he wasn't dense and I knew he cared, but he had his reasons for holding back. Being Pack Alpha has a lot that comes with it and being involved with him could be dangerous should other werewolves outside of the Pack decide to exploit that. Luckily, they both decided to move forward despite the potential risks. They sure has some steamy scenes and lots of passion. Most people wouldn't think Jeremy could be so smoldery, but damn that is one hot wolf! Still my favorite of the men in this series with Kristof still a close second.
Speaking of Kristof, he and Eve get some page time this time around as well. I loved seeing the two of them. Especially in that second to last chapter. I teared up.
The case this time around involved some spirits that Jaime couldn't seem to make the usual contact with. She could partially hear them and she could feel them (shouldn't be able to do that!), but she couldn't see or hear them the way she could with normal ghosts. Turns out, they were children who were human sacrifice victims whose spirits had been drained.
The people behind this were some seriously horrid people. Especially their ring leader. I was not expecting it to be that person. But when Jaime put it together, it made sense. The things people will do for magic and power. And it was such small magic! They got what they deserved, though.
I enjoyed meeting Hope in this book and seeing Karl again. I think I'll like Hope's book. It'll be good to see her find a balance in dealing with the chaos she's attracted to. Those last few scenes she was in were freaky as hell, but she's a good person.
I enjoyed all of the cameos, as usual. Especially seeing Aratron again. Cool demon....more
I liked this book much more than I expected to. I had seen it in my Amazon recommendations plenty of times, but always avoided it because the cover waI liked this book much more than I expected to. I had seen it in my Amazon recommendations plenty of times, but always avoided it because the cover wasn't really doing it for me. However, it seems that a member of one of the GoodReads groups I'm in wrote this book and several members read and loved the book. Since another GR group was doing a monthly challenge for indie books, I figured it was time to give it a shot. So glad that I did.
The writing had real good flow and the dialogue was funny. I enjoyed seeing Justin begin to change into a better person. He was certainly not a perfect guy, though he wasn't a bad one. He had some serious issues with anger management, though. Who knew that saving a girl from a potential rape could start to ruin your life, though? He was already pretty much a huge social outcast but things seriously went downhill for him when he saves Katie from Nathan. He ends up finding true friends and seemingly, true love though. Too bad that true love hit quite the snag. His heroine turned out to be rather prejudiced. I felt bad for him. Justin really was one hell of a sensitive guy when he wasn't flying off the handle.
I wanted to smack Justin's parents for leaving him on his own to deal with all of this, though. He was in a pretty damned bad place and no one was around to help him except for a werecat that he couldn't be sure he could trust because the girl he loved wouldn't speak to him anymore. When he did finally get some answers, it was damn near too late and then a sorcerer and some vamps show up to really shake things up.
We got a HFN, so I'm looking forward to when I can read book 2....more
Ah, it's the end and I am sad the series is over. It's such a surprise because I barely tolerated the first book in the series. I came to really loveAh, it's the end and I am sad the series is over. It's such a surprise because I barely tolerated the first book in the series. I came to really love the characters, though. I actually ended up appreciating the time skips. Even though most of the characters were well into adulthood when they're first introduced, we still get to see a lot of them grow up and mature over the years. This was an ending I can live with for this series. It's open-ended, but not in an annoying way. It fit for a series like this.
There was so much growth for the characters in the series and I was sooooo happy that even though this was Savannah's book, we got at least one paragraph from each of our previous heroines showing some action from their POV. I was so excited that everyone was in this together. Even Cassandra and Aaron were there helping out and they did something HUGE at the end that I was not expecting. Because of that, the end of the book might come off as a little sappy to some people as there were no major tragedies that befell favorite characters. Anyone that bit the dust is not someone that most readers would miss. Some of the characters might (view spoiler)[I don't think Thomas Nast deserved to die like that. I never liked him, but he did not deserve that and Sean did not deserve to witness it (hide spoiler)]. In the end, (view spoiler)[even Bryce pulls through thanks to Cassandra and Aaron and decides he'll be a better brother to Savannah (hide spoiler)]. That makes things just a little too HEA, but I liked it, anyway.
I was glad that things worked out for Savannah with Adam. I had a feeling he had feelings for her even before the events that happened in Waking the Witch, but it was nice to see them expressed. They definitely didn't get much in the way of sex scenes the way other couples had, though. Their's faded to black. That, I didn't appreciate much because Kelley Armstrong can write some steamy scenes (Paige and Lucas in the basement in Dime Store Magic, Jaime and Jeremy in No Humans Involved, any time between Elena and Clay), so I felt a little short changed there. Still, theirs was a romance that definitely built over time. I'm happy for them.
I was really shocked when a character long thought dead was alive and had been in Nast custody for a really long time. That was shocking. I'm hoping Armstrong will revisit that thread in one of the anthologies she says will be coming out for the series. That really must be resolved. My favorite moments though were when Eve and Kristof were around. Those two are still my favorite couple, so the (view spoiler)[time Eve got to spend with Savannah when she was corporeal and when Kristof was able to talk to Sean and Savannah in the Nast boardroom thrilled me(view spoiler)[. I hated what Hope and Karl had to go through (they're my second favorite couple, tied with Jeremy and Jaime). I was so glad that things worked out there. Armstrong nearly gave me a heart attack during that kidnap scene. I know that Jaz was going to go out the way he did, though. I didn't feel bad for him. He did good in the end, but it didn't redeem him for me.
I was proud of Savannah. Throughout the book, she made some pretty good decisions. She learned to think before acting and to fight before using spells. She got out of some pretty crazy situations thanks to what was done to her powers. I was shocked at who was responsible for that. I'd forgotten all about that guy. In the end, Savannah beat the bad guys, with everyone's help, but she did most of the heavy lifting at the end there. Good for her. Now she has more adventures to look forward to. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I totally loved this one. Characters I never expected to see again made appearances and what they were up to was incredibly shocking. I hate hearing hI totally loved this one. Characters I never expected to see again made appearances and what they were up to was incredibly shocking. I hate hearing how Hope's pregnancy and visions are taking such a toll on her body, but love that Karl is ever there to support and take care of her even in his high-handed manner. I love Hope, though. (view spoiler)[That scene where she tried to kill Jaz was bad ass. I agree with some of the others that Jaz should die, but Hope shouldn't be the one to do it. She's got too much on her plate as it is to worry about drinking in the chaos of killing that bastard (hide spoiler)].
Savannah is growing up. I think I understand why her powers were taken and she seems to be understanding as well. She doesn't always do the mature thing, but she's trying to correct her behavior and I'm proud of her for that. I love seeing how things progress between her and Adam, too. It looks to me that he's finally taking notice. He's done some things that make me think so, then there was (view spoiler)[the kiss when he discovers Savannah didn't die in that explosion. How passionate! (hide spoiler)] I loved that. I love Adam. He gets Savannah. Even when they fight, even when she doesn't treat him in the best possible way, he gets her. Seems Clay does, too. I loved that scene when Savannah was talking to Clay about why Adam was upset with her. Clay was completely right and I'm glad Savannah didn't try to deny that. He pointed out that she needs to grow up and it seems she's finally taking that to heart.
I was so happy to see Cassandra and Aaron again. It's been quite some time since we last saw those two. I hadn't realized how much I'd missed Cassandra and her bluntness until she was there going back and forth with Savannah. Fun times.
I was seriously shocked by the identity of one of the people behind the group that's decided that supernaturals need to come out and be dominant over humans. These people sound insane, but they seem to be making some progress on that immortality questing, though. I can't wait for Savannah and crew to muck those plans all to hell.
The most shocking thing for me in the book was what Bryce did. I didn't see that coming at all. How will the Nasts react to that? That will be interesting. I was happy for the little bit of Kristof I got in this one. I still love him. I expect I'll see a bit more of him in the last book. Eve, too. Looking forward to that!
One of the big things I'm still not sure about is whether it was a demon that took Savannah's powers or an angel. Whoever it was, they didn't let the Fates know they were going to do it. I hope Savannah can work through this. She has some moments where she could do better, but she's working on it and she's getting there. I'm totally rooting for her!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I did not intend to stay up all night reading this but I had to see how this would play out.
Truly, this was a clusterfuck.
I didn't care that much abouI did not intend to stay up all night reading this but I had to see how this would play out.
Truly, this was a clusterfuck.
I didn't care that much about Robyn. She did handle this whole mess remarkably well, though.
Hope handled things pretty well, too. Despite the many wrong assumptions that she made. Her decision at the end of the book seems to be the best one for her, though.
I hope Finn gets some guidance since he'll be hooking up with the council.
Adele was a stupid, crazy ass hitch and get what she deserved.
I was shocked about the truth behind the kumpania. I didn't see that coming.
I'm glad that people are noticing that the supernatural world seems to be changing rapidly. I can't wait to see this all come to a head.
This one wasn't one of my favorites, though. There were just too many POVs and I'm not used to reading third person for this series. It through off the vibe for me a bit. It was entertaining, however and definitely kept me stuck to my kindle....more
I honestly wasn't sure if I would enjoy reading a book with Hope as the MC after meeting her in Jaime's book. It was actually interesting, though. SheI honestly wasn't sure if I would enjoy reading a book with Hope as the MC after meeting her in Jaime's book. It was actually interesting, though. She's a pretty unique character considering all that she has to deal with when it comes to her half-demon power. She was really out of control in the beginning with that Jaz dude around. Thank goodness for Karl. I've always liked him, despite that crap he pulled in Bitten when he and those other mutts killed Clay. I got to learn a lot more about Karl in this book, though. Now I get why he was so reluctant to join the Pack. I can't really blame him for feeling the way he does about it. Besides that, he is so good for Hope. I always knew Karl was smart, but I realized just how smart he is in this book. Totally loved him. Even though he can be real high-handed when it comes to keeping Hope safe. There were times when I felt like it was warranted. She was a bad judge of her limits. Still, a lot of the time, he would gauge things to make sure she definitely could or could not handle it. He didn't whisk her away from every situation. He treated her like an adult and genuinely cares about her.
I really, really enjoyed Lucas's POV chapters as well. I always like Lucas's POV it seems. I love the info we get about Cabals through him. I can't believe how much things changed for him after (view spoiler)[Jaz and Sonny kill Hector and William (hide spoiler)]. It looks like he's now much closer to truly taking over the Cortez Cabal. He-and everyone else-really believed that Benicio didn't name him as his true heir. It's always been my impression that that was real. That scene after Lucas and Benicio meet with the other Cabals was actually kind of heartwrenching. Lucas has never hated his father and Benicio loves Lucas so, so much. Their relationship was just strained because they couldn't see things eye to eye. But now, so much has changed and it seems to me that Lucas might have to take up the position he's never wanted. And the decisions Lucas had to make near the end of the book... He never wanted to be in that position. Hard to condemn his father for having decided who lives and who dies now that he's had to do the same. In that situation, he had no choice. And if they had sent Paige in to meet Hope, Paige would be dead now. I can't help but to agree with Karl, Hope, Lucas and Paige, though. The situation is completely reversed from what most of them would normally argue, but in this case, that dude needs to die. Keeping him alive is too much of a risk. I can't believe Benicio is willing to risk it. Not after everything that's happened.
Like I said, this one was better than I expected. Another good installment in this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This one had my guessing nearly the entire time. After a while, I was determined I knew who the culprit was, but kept waffling on it. I just couldn'tThis one had my guessing nearly the entire time. After a while, I was determined I knew who the culprit was, but kept waffling on it. I just couldn't make up my mind! But once it was revealed, apparently, I was right all along.
I couldn't believe that Elena was pregnant for this book. However, I was extremely happy that Elena and Clay were finally happy and secure in their relationship. It was so cute how Clay and Jeremy kept doting on her and she kept getting frustrated with them. I have missed Elena's sarcasm. I have always liked that about her. Another thing that made me happy with this book was that Antonio and Nick played a big role. We haven't seen those two since the first book! There was also a lot of Jaime once again. Thank goodness her book with Jeremy comes after this one because that couple has been so built up that at this point I just need it to happen! She's been infatuated with him for 3 years!
The biggest surprise for me came with how much I liked Zoe, a vamp that was a big part in this book. I would have been upset if (view spoiler)[Hull had actually succeeded in killing her. She's cool and funny. (hide spoiler)]
The book honestly was mostly the pack tracking zombies by smell. They never really made any progress. The bad guy basically had to announce himself. This should have annoyed me, but because I could never decide who was playing the Pack: Hull, Anita, Tolliver or Shanahan it didn't bother me. Wolves sniffing for scents really shouldn't be exciting, but Kelley Armstrong sure made it work.
Another solid book in the series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ah, this book in the series is now my new favorite-for now anyway.
I can't believe how much I liked Eve and Kristof as the leads. It seems that Eve isnAh, this book in the series is now my new favorite-for now anyway.
I can't believe how much I liked Eve and Kristof as the leads. It seems that Eve isn't quite as bad of a person as the people that survived her seemed to think she was. Oh, don't get me wrong. She wasn't the best person. She can only be somewhat considered a good person. One thing I'm certain of is that she isn't evil. She and Kristof both are bit morally bankrupt, but neither of them is evil. The biggest surprise, though, was just how much I fell in love with Kristof as a male lead. My goodness, that man is wonderful. As far as male PNR characters go, I can't say that Kristof is sexy, but he is good-looking enough and the way he loves Eve and his children just makes him sexy in his own way. That is one incredibly great man. I love, love, love Kristof. I love him with Eve. He seriously helped her move on in her afterlife.
The story this time around involved Eve been given a job from the Fates to track down a demi-demon called a Nix who liked inhabiting the bodies of women that were inclined towards murder so that she could feed on the chaos of it all. Along the way, Eve had help from Kristof, Jaime and an angel named Trsiel. This was a pretty wild story and we saw a lot more of the ghost world that Paige and Lucas fell into in Industrial Magic. I really loved this one. It was insane and there was a bit more gore and I felt that it was a bit darker and grittier than previous books.
The last couple of chapters were really intense. I was honestly wondering if Eve were going to pull this off in the best way possible. In the end, she made a huge sacrifice and I felt proud of her. The downside of that sacrifice was nearly too much, but I was glad that the Fates were able to work something out about that. I would not have been happy if they wouldn't have even tried to do something so that Eve could be happy.
The book was just really good. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of Eve in the future. Especially since Jaime's book is coming up and Eve would certainly be good help to a necromancer....more
Another solid installment in the Women of the Otherworld series. Really enjoyable. I really liked the who dunnit aspect of it. I really enjoyed that nAnother solid installment in the Women of the Otherworld series. Really enjoyable. I really liked the who dunnit aspect of it. I really enjoyed that nearly every type of supernatural represented in this world made an appearance. We even got to see some returning favorites and meet Jeremy's future heroine.
In this installment, we learn even more about Cabals as someone is killing off Cabal children, which makes Lucas a potential victim. Lucas's father Benicio comes out to Portland to try to entice Paige into getting interested enough in the case to work on it, which has the added benefit of getting Lucas to come to Miami to work on it as well. There was a lot of interaction with Lucas's father and I realized that Benicio really does love his son and values Lucas's safety above all others. The man would do anything to keep Lucas safe even if Lucas hated it. It gives them a strained relationship. It definitely doesn't help that Benicio is constantly speaking as though it is a given that Lucas will take over the Cabal even though he obviously doesn't want to. Still, I loved seeing how much Benicio loves Lucas even if that love was incredibly frustrating for Lucas and the important people in his life.
Paige and Lucas are still together in this book, and Lucas starts hinting that he wants something more long term with her. At first, she doesn't seem to pick up on this. She practically blows him off, reiterating that they're taking things one day at a time. (view spoiler)[There is a scene after she goes down on him in a closet, where he tells her he loves her. He was serious, but she made a joke out of it. (hide spoiler)] I wanted to slap her. And then later, she gets upset about him not knowing how she feels about him. I wanted to shout at her that she shouldn't be surprised considering she never gave him any reason to feel that her feelings for him were particularly strong. It wasn't until much later in the story where she actually shows this. (view spoiler)[And she still never actually told him that she loves him. What's with that? (hide spoiler)]
I really enjoyed all of the supernatural partnering in this one. Reminded me of Stolen, a bit. And! We got to see a character I certainly hadn't expected to see in this book. I really liked her, though. I know she's in the next book and I think she may be in a few others as well. I hope we get to see more of Cassandra and Aaron as well. I didn't like Cassandra in Stolen, but knowing a bit more about what's going on with her now, she's not so bad. Still, what she tried to pull with Clay in Stolen is still rotten as hell.
The series marathon continues on.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Good, strong installment in the series. I liked Paige when she was introduced in Stolen, although she was a bit on the cocky, arrogant side. In this bGood, strong installment in the series. I liked Paige when she was introduced in Stolen, although she was a bit on the cocky, arrogant side. In this book, we get to see what the aftermath of her taking in Savannah is.
Leah the bitch makes her return and from there, Paige's life pretty much goes up in smoke. All the while, the people she should be able to count on most will not help her at all. But through it all, one man stays by her side-even when she really didn't want her to. Enter, Lucas Cortez. One of the geekiest, yet sexy nerds ever. I <3 him. I wanted to kick Paige every time she tried to get rid of him, but he stuck in there! She eventually came to her senses, though. ;]
One thing about Paige, despite all of the absolute shit she went through in trying to protect Savannah, she never once threw in the towel and decided that her life would be so much better if she just let Savannah go. It would have been. She could have done that and then changed her mind later or something, but she didn't. I wanted to cheer her for sticking in there. It was the right thing to do, but she could have taken the easy way out.
At least, some characters got what they deserved. I wanted a certain old bitch put in her place, but alas, it didn't come about. I hope Paige has an opportunity to confront her in her next book. Hate that woman....more
DEATH MAGIC opens with Special Agent Lily Yu in Washington, D.C. with her fiancé--lupi prince Rule Turner—to testify before a Senate subcommiSynopsis:
DEATH MAGIC opens with Special Agent Lily Yu in Washington, D.C. with her fiancé--lupi prince Rule Turner—to testify before a Senate subcommittee about her role in the magical collapse of a mountain last month. She is not there to tell them about the strange legacy she carries from that event—or about the arcane bond between her and Rule--or what her boss in Unit Twleve of the FBI’s Magical Crimes Division is really up to. She sure won’t tell them that the lupi are at war with an Old One who wants to remake humanity in her own image.
Lily is managing the conflict between her duty as an officer of the law and the need for secrecy pretty well . . . until the rabidly anti-magic senator who chairs that committee is murdered. The line between right and wrong, always so clear to her, becomes hopelessly blurred as events catapult them all towards disaster, and prophecies of a cataclysmic end to the country she loves and serves--and to the entire race of lupi--seem well on their way to being fulfilled.
Once again, Lily and Rule are in DC. Rule to talk to a Senator about some legislation and Lily to be questioned by that same Senator on events that occurred when the mountain that Friar's home was on collapsed. Only, it turns that there's some setups going on.
Lily and Rule visit with Ruben and his wife Deborah at a dinner party that Ruben holds at his house. He then asks Lily and Rule to stay afterwards along with Dr. Fagin whom we met a few books back. During this meeting, Lily learns that Ruben, Rule and Fagin are involved in something she wants no part of-a unit working outside of the law in order to fight the war against her. Lily won't rat on them, but she doesn't want to get involved because she's a cop all the way down and not doing things by the book tend to set her teeth on edge. She's initially upset that Rule has been keeping secrets from her, but she gets over it. She tries to prod him for info from time to time, but quickly realizes that he won't and can't tell her anything if she isn't willing to join the Shadow Unit.
We also learn that Ruben has been having some really disturbing dreams about the future and they are what lead him to start the Shadow Unit in the first place. And She-Who-Cannot-Be-Named sure wants Ruben out of the way. So they set him up and they do a pretty good job of it, too. When Lily learns Ruben is going to be arrested, she does something she should not do, but the bad guys totally expect her to do. And the result of that is something really unexpected and we learn just why Lily was holding the Wythe mantle. I really did not see that coming at all. I knew there was a reason that the Lady wanted to lupi allied with Ruben, but to do this? That was a shock. The other result from Lily doing what she did is that she gets thrown in jail. That was both a shock and not. It did lead her to making a decision, though. One Ruben previously told Rule that they really needed her to make.
I really liked this one. I was on edge wondering how they would come out on top of this. And who would have thought that a troop of Brownies would save the day? There's death magic, people trying to kill Cullen-again, set ups, traps, earth elementals and serious game changing surprises all over the place. Also, Isen was there. Wilks is really upping the ante here and I can't help but to wonder just how Lily, Rule and the rest of the lupi will beat her at her game. I'm always so worried someone's going to die. So far, so good, but it's always such a near thing! Heck, this time, Lily even ends up with her own pet ghost. Go fig.
Ex-cop Lily Yu and werewolf Rule Turner's engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There's hate mail, fSynopsis:
Ex-cop Lily Yu and werewolf Rule Turner's engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There's hate mail, followed by death threats. And when a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree, Lily realizes that it's only the opening skirmish in an all-out war.
Once again, we are met with serious changes in this book. Nokolai continues to be on the lookout for agents of her and doing their best to keep the Clan safe.
The newest case Lily and Rule embark on deals with traveling to TN to see a Leidolf lupus that went berserk at a party and killed some humans. Rule describes a state called the fury that a lupus could fall into that could be responsible for this. When Rule and Lily go to visit him, Cobb asks Rule to grant him an honorable death because women were among those that he'd hurt or killed. Lily is adamantly against this and can't understand why Rule would do it. Despite the amount of time that these two have spent together, there is still a lot that they don't understand. The best part about it is that they always make the effort and they compromise when necessary even though each of them would do whatever they could to keep the other safe.
Lily still hates having to go everywhere with lupi guards trailing her, but an event occurs in this book that shows that the guards are definitely needed. That event hurts Lily deeply as one of the guards dies protecting her. She struggles with this for a while, but Rule helps her get through it. She still doesn't like the idea of one of the guards giving their life for hers, but she comes to understand that the guards are a necessary part of her life now.
Back home at Nokolai Clanhome, Benedict has met someone he never expected to. It's unheard of that a lupus would get a Chosen twice, but Benedict does. And it terrifies him. If you remember what happened with his first Chosen, you will understand why that is. What's really surprising is that both Lily and Cynna know this woman. Who actually seems to fit in at Clanhome really well. Arjenie proves to be a very smart and useful woman. Her appearance ties in with the latest enemy the lupi have to deal with. A man named Robert Friar who heads up the Humans First organization. It would appear he's an agent of her and has quite the set of nefarious plans for the lupi and Lily herself. Because of his plans, Benedict has an episode similar to what Cobb experienced in TN. Luckily for everyone, Arjenie was there and was able to stop him. However, this causes some strife between Nokolai and the Ybirra clan and a Challenge is issued. As if they don't have enough problems.
Surprisingly, things do work out, but it's unknown if Friar lives through the events at the end. They all suspect that he does and remain on alert. But the biggest shock is the announcement made at the very end of the book which I won't mention here because that's one hell of a spoiler. The other shock is what Lily is now carrying inside of her. That was cool as hell, though. What will she have to do with it, though? That becomes one of the most shocking surprises of all.
Now, all of the lupi are truly at war as their Lady has announced via the Rhejes. What will happen next?...more
Touch-sensitive FBI agent Lily Yu and her werewolf bond-mate are recruited by the Secret Service to help identify elected officials who haveSynopsis:
Touch-sensitive FBI agent Lily Yu and her werewolf bond-mate are recruited by the Secret Service to help identify elected officials who have accepted demonic pacts. But Lily must turn to fellow agent Cynna Weaver for help when Cynna's former teacher, a demon master, emerges as the main suspect behind the pacts.
After a demon commits a gruesome murder, sorcerer Cullen Seabourne joins the team racing the clock to find the apprentice of evil who uses demons to kill. Cynna and Cullen must work together—a challenge indeed when each has good reason to ignore the desire simmering between them. But passion and events both spiral out of control as an ancient prophecy is fulfilled-and the lupi's greatest enemy sets her sights on total devastation...
It has been a while since I've read books 1 and 2 of this series, so I was very happy to get the Dear Reader from Lily at the beginning of the book that summarizes the events of the first two books quite nicely. This book started out a bit slow to me and I kept putting it down at first. At some point, that changed and I didn't want to stop reading. I was too engrossed in what was going on and why to be able to stop.
This time around, magic seems to be acting out and flaring oddly around the globe. Demons have also been showing up as well. Mostly, to attack the heirs of the lupi clans. While out with a lupus from Nokolai's rival clan Leidolf, Lily and Rule run into one of these demons, which promptly attempts to kill Rule, but the other wolf dies in the process and this isn't a good thing for Rule as he'd offered himself up as submissive to the other wolf earlier when the power wind had swept through and caused Paul to Change. Now, he will have to accompany Paul's body to the Leidolf clanhome and offer a son's duty to Paul's father. This causes all kinds of problems when it happens. And brings about an unexpected outcome to a situation that none of them knew how to handle. Mainly, because during the fight against the demon, Rule gets scratched and ends up with demon poison in his body which causes him to lose time on more than one occasion. Usually, when he thinks of the time spent with the other Lily when she had been split in two and they were trapped in Dis.
With all of these problems going on, Lily and Rule keep getting surprises in the form of visitors. First, Cullen shows up after having been chased around by a demon with a woman riding it while he was in Mexico. And for some reason, he has Rule's son Toby with him. Toby, apparently wanted to spend Christmas with his dad and used Rule's credit card to buy himself a plane ticket to come to D.C. Cullen apparently saw him in the airport and brought him to Rule's place. Then, Lily's grandmother shows up with her friend Li Qin to explain what's been going on with the magic. We also see a good deal of Cynna since she's working the demon case with Lily and it's possible that her old mentor Jiri is involved.
A lot ends up happening. A rival clan gets creative with trying to kill Rule and he ends up with a power boost. We do find out what's been going on with the demons and in what way Jiri is involved and for some reason, it surprised me the way that that all played out. Especially what she'd done to get Rule, Lily and company exactly where she wanted them. The whole thing with Leidolf also turned out to be quite interesting. I'm wondering how that will continue to play out down the line. Will Rule have to spend significant time in Virginia from now on?
The developments with Cynna and Cullen sure turned out interesting. I wonder if this is a way of tying her to Nokolai so that she will have to accept that she's supposed to be the next Nokolai Rhej. Cullen is thrilled. Cynna-not so much. I can't wait to see what happens there.
The thing I'm most happy about is that Rule and his wolf seem to have come to terms with what happened in Dis. That Lily is not gone. It took some time, but peace has been made.
The biggest surprise came at the end. Lily's grandmother sure likes shocking people. But it seems that humanity will get some help from an unexpected source. A really cool source, though.
I'm really enjoying this series. I just love Lily and Rule. ...more
I have to say I enjoyed this more than I had expected to. I really avoided reading this series despite reading The Infernal Devices and loving it becaI have to say I enjoyed this more than I had expected to. I really avoided reading this series despite reading The Infernal Devices and loving it because of a review I'd read of the second book in The Mortal Instruments series. However, because I love TID so much and this series seems to be a fan favorite, I decided to finally read it.
I really didn't find Clary to be an irritating heroine. She can be impulsive, but she didn't do too many overly stupid things and when she did, at least she didn't do them by herself. Clary is slowly becoming immersed in the Shadow World and still has quite a lot to learn. For one thing, she needs to learn how to fight. Can't have the girl always cowering in a corner every time things go crazy. She did have her moments, though. She has a lot of potential to grow as a character. I hope she does.
I didn't find Jace to be the asshole that the review I'd read made him out to be. However, after the events that took place at the end of this book, I wouldn't be surprised if he does develop asshole tendencies. Depending on the level of douchebaggery, it won't be excused, but I can understand it. I actually like Jace a lot. I really like his quips and sense of humor. He certainly does through himself into danger quite often. I have a feeling that might get worse in the next book.
Simon I like a lot, too. He's funny and sweet. I know things go a bit south for him in the next book, but I hope he hangs in there. He's somewhat out of place in the Shadow World, but it's too late for him to go back now.
I remember Magnus from the TID series and liked him then and still do. I look forward to seeing more of him. Looks like he'll help Alec move on from his unrequited love. I hope to see Alec develop more as well. He could be an interesting guy. I liked the conversation he had with Clary in the epilogue. I'm sure finding out she's not competition now that everyone knows she's Jace's sister also helped to soothe some of those emotions he had to deal with once she crashed into all of their lives. And of course, there's Isabelle. I'm not sure what to think of her just yet. I guess it'll be interesting to see what gets done with her character in the future.
I liked the plot of the story. It wasn't overly complex and I guessed Valentine's identity early on. The writing was easy to follow and the book was nearly free of errors. I think I saw one or two, but nothing major. With Valentine on the loose with that damned Cup, I'm sure things will pick back up in book 2 and I will be reading it as soon as I can....more
**spoiler alert** My favorite book in the trilogy. It ended the way it should have, I think. What a crazy few weeks Chloe had, but in the end, it work**spoiler alert** My favorite book in the trilogy. It ended the way it should have, I think. What a crazy few weeks Chloe had, but in the end, it worked out about as well as it could have. At least, in the end, she and Derek got together. I always thought those moments of closeness between the two of them were so sweet. I especially loved the scene with them in the woods once Derek was able to fully change. It was cute, seeing him adjust to changing into a wolf and the very last scene of the book. Ah, young love.
I liked the references to the Pack from Armstrong's Women of the Otherwold series as well. Can't help but wonder if the Pack will ever catch up to Derek. He is a mutt, after all. Not allowed to put down roots or claim territory. Though, it seems like the group will be on the run for a long, long time. I'd love to see a years later book or two. Just to see how things turn out for them and to find out if Kit tells Tori the truth about her father.
I really enjoyed this series. I got seriously addicted and read two of the books in one day....more