In the battle between good and evil, humans have never been more than collateral damage. Now they are prey. Mankind doesn’t need a hero. It nSynopsis:
In the battle between good and evil, humans have never been more than collateral damage. Now they are prey. Mankind doesn’t need a hero. It needs a sinner.
Corrupt. Wicked. Nefarious. Contemptible....
The Baddest Boys in History are back!
You read about them in school. Now learn the truth. Real men. No vampires, no werewolves, no magic. Just down and dirty raw power—sin to sin, evil to evil, bad to bad. They fight for humanity. It was that or eternal damnation.
They agreed to risk their souls. No one told them they would lose their hearts.
THE BASTARD Vike died in blood, in battle, in betrayal. His ruthlessness was second only to his brutality. Now one woman makes his blood sing and he’ll stop at nothing to save her. He only has to face half of Hell to do it.
Lacy is unknowingly descended from an ancient Holy line. Someone is slowly destroying her life and wants her dead. A fierce Viking comes to her rescue, and in his arms, she finds more than safety. If Vike can’t protect Lacy, he’ll have to kill her. And for a bastard, what’s one woman worth when the entire world is in jeopardy?
It looks like it took me a long time to read this book, but it really didn't. I started in June, but wasn't up for M/F then and put it aside. I re-started it on July 18th and finished it the very next day because this book is awesome like that.
I really enjoyed Lacy and Vike together. They weren't too mushy and they didn't have unnecessary fights. There was a misunderstanding near the end of the book, but that was due to outside forces and it wasn't over something stupid. Lacy saw something she shouldn't have, but it wasn't her fault that she saw it. I'd have believed my eyes if I'd seen that, too. She womaned up and went to Vike when things got cleared up, so that's what matters most to me. Lacy was really likable to me. Maybe a bit too perfect girl, but she was real enough. She didn't just automatically accept things when the whole truth came out. I didn't like that she ran, but that really wasn't an unexpected human reaction and it could have been so much worse. When she slept on it and thought about it, she realized that she'd already gotten to know these men, so what they did in their First Lives didn't tarnish what she knew of who they are now. Plus, I liked that she stood up to Zale. As much as the guy intrigues me and I even like him, he can be a douche. I understand his motives, but he goes about things the wrong way. Except for with Annie. He's good with Annie. I wonder how long before they get paired off.
And of course there was Vike. He was a badass, but such a softy for a good woman. He could be so tender with Lacy, but still knew he wasn't a good man. History called him evil, but he wasn't really. Just easily led by his heart and the Berserker rage he can fall into. Those aspects of him in the wrong hands can lead to a lot of bloodshed. In Lacy's hands, I think Vike can do a lot of good. There were some moments when Vike really needed to cool off or even try to keep Lacy out of his head and focus, but he's still damned handy to have in a fight. He's also loyal if you show him loyalty. Vike trusts his fellow Forsaken, save for Zale, but then Zale didn't exactly make himself trustworthy to Vike. I can't wait to see how Vike reacts when Zale falls hard for a woman. If that woman turns out to be someone other than Annie, I'll be shocked. That should make things even more interesting since Annie is Lacy's sister. I can't imagine Lacy or Vike being too pleased if those two hook up.
I really like all of the other Forsaken as well as Sela. Sela is a fierce and badass leader, but I hope she gets a love of her own as well. She's a Vangelus stuck on Earth leading the good fight and she has her men, but it's not the same. That Righteous of Michael's seems to really have a thing for Sela, so I'm really interested in seeing that play out. I really want to know who the hell that guy even is. Then of course we have Rex, Nomad, Dray and Myth. I already talked about Zale and these guys are just as interesting. When their identities were revealed, I was surprised. They really are some of history's baddest. Nomad was the only one that I wasn't surprised about. Dray and Rex I really should have guessed. Probably even Myth, too. Zale was a complete surprise. I really look forward to seeing the type of women that will make these guys fall hard the way that Vike did. We get the meet the woman for Rex next and I can't wait.
Samael, our villain, can go get bent. This guy is evil. He's also pretty sick. The dude and his Chiefs have some nasty sexual habits. I'm not looking forward to his revenge on the Forsaken and Sela. After they kept him from turning Lacy, his vengeance is going to be insane, I just know it. There really isn't anything likable about it. He is a villain through and through.
Michael, the Vangelus leading the Righteous is a total prick. I can't fault Sela for carrying a grudge against him for millennia. Not with the way that he acts. After that stunt he pulled when Sela went to him for help after what went down with Lacy, I hope at least some of his Righteous will realize that Michael isn't so great. Speaking of the Righteous, most of them seem like douches. Perhaps will meet more less douchey Righteous warriors than the one that I'm sure will be the love for Sela since the Forsaken are about to have a lot more contact with those dudes (and ladies!) than they usually do. Rex training them to take over fighting the Soul Leeches while the Forsaken make sure they keep all Scions safe should get really interesting. The Righteous don't know shit about modern fighting as they've been in Paradise guarding some gates that don't sound like they get run on by Samael's people very often. They were all warriors in life, so maybe it won't be too hard for Rex to whip them into shape, but who knows? Good luck, Rex. I wonder if one of the Forsaken will hook up with a female Righteous. That could get interesting.
Then of course, there's a traitor Vangelus running around helping Samael. I have no idea who it is, yet, but whoever he is, he's an idiot. He really thinks Samael just wants to go home and is fighting some kind of good fight. No fool! He's torturing souls! He wants to rule over all! When this fool gets found out, I hope Sela kills him.
The fight against Samael has a ways to go and I'm not sure how long this series will be, but I plan to ride it all the way out. I at least want to see all of the Forsaken and Sela find their loves. If any of the Righteous get their own POVs and I get to like them as well, I hope they get to find their loves, too....more
Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren't the things of SSynopsis:
Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren't the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. In the years since the Revelation, they've become our co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens.
Charlie works for ITF (Integration Task Force). It's her job to see that the continued integration of our new "friends" goes smoothly and everyone obeys the law, but when a new off-world drug is released in Underground Atlanta, her daughter is targeted, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there's nothing in heaven or earth (or hell for that matter) that Charlie won't do to set things right.
I found myself enjoying this one quite a bit. Over the past year or so, I've been unable to decide as to whether or not I was going to read this book, but then Olivia read it and seemed to enjoy it quite a bit, so I decided to give it a go. I wasn't going to read this one just yet, but the stupid book wouldn't get out of my head, so I caved and read it early. I actually ended up reading it all in one night.
I really, really wanted to know what was going on with Charlie. I did guess partially right, but was still surprised when what happened actually came to light. (view spoiler)[I knew those nightmares were really memories. (hide spoiler)] What I didn't expect was to find out just who was involved in it. It turns out, that there was a reason for Charlie's back-to-life experience and when she finds out what it is, she wants no part of it. Of course, the bad guys do anything to get their way. She manages to thwart them a bit, but things aren't over just yet.
I like the way the world is set up here. The Off-worlders (angels, demons, jinn, sirens, fae, ghouls and other creatures) have been steadily migrating to Earth from their own worlds and all police officers have to have an Off-worlder partner. Charlie's partner is a siren and she and Hank manage to get into all kinds of trouble, but they are good cops. The plot moves at a steady pace and I never felt lost or bored. There's actually quite a lot that happens in this book despite it not being all that long (at least, not to me, anyway) and some major changes happen to several characters. I'm interested in seeing how they change after what's happened to them. I'm really interested in seeing if Charlie and her crew can do something to get rid of the darkness and what will happen now that a certain serial killer is on the loose (how the hell did he get out, anyway?).
There isn't really romance in the book just yet, per se, but Charlie does have some encounters with her ex-husband who wants to get back together. That gets resolved in a way that I think I expected, but was also unexpected at the same time. Hank seems to be developing his own romance, but with what happened to him, I'm wondering how that will play out. I hope someone can help him. And of course, there's Charlie's sister Bryn. She has a lot to deal with now, too. I wonder if she'll let Aaron comfort her like I'm sure he wants to.
I'll certainly be continuing the series to see how things develop.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal woSynopsis:
He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal worlds.
Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was over fifty years ago when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Now he’s a Centurion, an angel who assists other murdered souls through their journey to the afterlife. But while Shaw might be an angel … he’s no saint. Haunted by the mysterious events surrounding his own death, he seizes a chance to wreak some vengeance when he witnesses a deadly attack on journalist Katherine “Kit” Craig.
Joining forces, the unlikely avengers take to the streets, hunting a killer whose trail of bodies stretches across Las Vegas and into an immortal netherworld. It is a dangerous trek that lead them into the darkest corners of Sin City and into the heart of an evil conspiracy extending beyond the lights of the Strip that could destory them both.
But destruction isn’t the only threat Griffin faces. The closer he gets to Kit, the more he finds himself bewitched by her mortal charms. Can he resist falling under her spell? And does he want to?
I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I read Vicki Petterson's The Scent of Shadows last year and really didn't care for it very much. It was because of that, that I did not buy this book when it was release last year. And then I saw that it was free on Amazon a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. Mostly, because when I saw the cover last year, I initially really, really wanted to check it out. Since it was free, I broker down and got it and now I'm so glad that I did.
I really fell in love with Grif. He just seems so gritty and real. Nevermind that he's an angel and angels are my favorite paranormals, he was more human than anything. I can't put my finger on just what it is that got me when it came to Grif, it was the total package. Surly and stubborn and moody, but fiercely protective and strong, Grif is just wonderful.
Kit is amazing, too. She's fun and smart and funny with an inner strength that a lot of people just don't possess. She's also determined to know the truth, even though she refused to believe Griffin's. By the time she acknowledged it as such, there was no way to see it for anything other than what it was. I was proud of her for sticking to her guns about finding her friend's killer even while I wanted to shake her for not truly considering the danger to herself even after Grif saved her that first time. Still, she did what was right and despite how things turned out, together with Grif and the unexpected help of two young girls, she put some bad people away for a long time.
The case Grif and Kit end up working on was a doozy. I was not expecting things to be so horrific, but when Bridget told her story to Grif, I wanted to cry. And at the end when Charlotte was in that cage, my heart started pounding. I ended up liking Bridget and Charlotte a lot, too. They were so brave, especially Charlotte. What a wonderful girl. Those men ended up getting what they deserved. It just sucks that Kit's friend had to die in order to set it all off.
But in the end, Grif is able to save Kit and unintentionally show one the Pures what it truly means to live....more
Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling "alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passionSynopsis:
Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling "alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.
Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
Another great book in this series. I am loving it. The series gets better and better and I never tire of these characters or learning more about this world.
It's been a while since we've had Elena and Raphael as our protagonists and I found that I enjoyed seeing them again. Their relationship is hotter than ever and still just as solid. They had a few fights, mostly due to Elena's temper, but they talk things out and move past it. I'm glad they don't let each other hide from the other. They make the other say what's on their mind that's eating at them. No one gets to fly away angry without facing their emotions and letting it all out. They also work well as a complement to the other. I really loved seeing Elena being strong for the angels under her and Raphael.
Elena actually grew a little in this book after realizing some truths about her father Jeffrey. It seems he doesn't hate her the way she thought he did. It turns out that he's just awkwardly overprotective. He expresses it in entirely the wrong way, but he does love his daughters. It turns out that he was keeping something from his family they likely would have never known about it had he not nearly taken drastic measures with Eve and Elena went there to tell him off. I understand his trauma, but he needs to find a better way of expressing his love and fear.
I really liked Raphael in this book. He was so playful sometimes and told jokes and was just a happier guy all around. I seeing him like that. He was also sexual as all hell. Not to mention supremely alpha. He was a great leader and it's no wonder why his people follow him. He continues to grow in power and it's clear that other archangels feel like they need to take him out first before striking out at the rest. The attacks on New York are awful, but thanks to Raphael, Elena and his Seven, the bad guys don't get to gain a strong foothold before truly attacking the city. Raphael even manages to form some true alliances in this book. Loved that.
I was surprised by who it turned out it was that threw their lot in with Lijuan. That was shocking. I wonder if Michaela will end up on that side eventually as well. She still wants Raphael for her own, so who knows wtf she will do. I am still wondering why it is she tried to gain sanctuary in Raphael's territory the way that she did. What, exactly, was the point of that?
Of course, though, some of my most favorite parts were whenever Illium was around. His power is clearly growing and he showcased his brutality a couple of times when it was needed. He also spoke about his past concerning what happened that had caused him to get his feathers taken by Raphael when Elena asked him about it. That was SO long ago, but he still carries that pain within him. And yet, he can still be fun-loving and play jokes on his friends and do things like playing catch above the Hudson River with other angels in order to keep humans from panicking over really strange shit going on in their city. I love you, Bluebell.
I also really enjoyed seeing Aodhan coming out of his shell more. We also get to see what his power is like during the big battle at the end. He really begins to open up. That scene on the balcony just before the battle that he and Illium shared was such a beautiful moment. So glad Nalini gave us that.
And, of course, I really enjoyed getting to see more of Naasir. It's still not clear exactly what he really is, but he is damned interesting and damned sneaky. Hope to be seeing more of him.
It was good seeing Dmitri, Honor and Jason again. As well as seeing Elena working with Ransom and Deacon. I missed the hell out of Venom, though.
The storyline was awesome. War has finally broken out, but not completely on the large scale, yet. However, we definitely got the true opening battle in this book courtesy of Lijuan. And because of this battle, the title of the book became plain. I can't wait to see the further developments of THAT. I'm really wondering what the next strike will be. And now that Nalini has been contracted for more than just the original two books that were left in the series, I'm hoping like hell Illium, Aodhan, Venom and Naasir will have their stories told. I also really want to see what Raphael ends up as in the power game. Elena so far has been able to keep him from falling into that coldness, but can she continue to do so? There's still so much more to happen in this world and I'm scared of losing a beloved character. Fall 2015 cannot get here fast enough. ...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.
I know we have more revelations ahead. That book 4 preview already has me deciding that I'm not gonna like Ivy at all. Spoiled little bitch.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.
But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.
To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...
I actually liked this one a lot more than I thought that I would.
I mean, it was a total sucker punch. Jim Butcher completely and utterly surprised me with the revelation we see at the end of the book. It was so, so unexpected. And considering what Harry had done and all of the hurt that came as a result of it, it didn't diminish him in my eyes in the least.
We start off with Harry waking up on a train track instead of going into the Great Beyond. He ends up being told that if he doesn't go back to the mortal coil, three of his friends would be killed. Harry being Harry, jumps to go to work. Only, things are way more complicated than he could have ever known.
First, it's been six months since he's been in the mortal world. Second, the one guy he knows that can talk to ghosts seems to be under systematic attack from a group of ghosts that want to abduct him for some reason. When Harry finds out why, I'm sure he's more than a little shocked. I was. I never expected to see that person again. He did manage to help bring a stop to what that ghost was up to, but there are a few things still up in the air after the end of that battle. Like, wtf happened to Bob? He helped Harry, but did he manage to get away? I hope to find that out soon enough.
We also learn that most of his friends aren't in the Best Place Ever since his death. Molly is distrusted and thought of as a completely insane woman, Murphy seems to be bending her beliefs left and right, Will and Daniel don't get along and Thomas has been a complete wreck. In his absence, a lot of people have been suffering. The worst part about it, is that Harry seems to have brought that about entirely on his own. It shouldn't have been that way. Chicago has been having a rough time of it, but according to Molly, it's a lot worse all over the world. But Chicago has been having problems simply because Harry hasn't been there. Knowing Harry Dresden, the mad wizard is dead has given more supernatural creatures the courage to try to move in. Murphy and co. have been doing their best to hold them at bay. Molly and Lea have been striking fear into their hearts in their own way. Things are just basically Not Good.
Harry does what he can to help his friends and even a group of kids that had fallen in with a rogue sorcerer. I loved watching him at work. Even when he's Dead Harry, he hadn't changed at all. He runs around helping. He still miscalculates, but gets the job done in the end. I love that about Harry. He's nowhere near perfect. I've always known that, but this book really showed that. When he has that last memory inside of Molly's mind battle with the Bad Guy at the end, it showed just how not perfect Harry is. He was lied to tricked into making a choice he would not have otherwise made, but man was it a fucked up choice. It nearly destroyed Molly. I sure hope there's some way of helping her get better.
We did get to see that Maggie is safe. So are Mister and Mouse. That made me extremely happy. I was also extremely happy seeing Butters in action. He had some pretty awesome moments.
The other surprising thing was the very end. After Harry goes through that door. Demonreach is something else. So is Mab. Mab knew all along. It seems, someone is going to become the Winter Knight. Not even death can stop that....more
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.
(view spoiler)[Luccio topless and "cleaning" herself in front of Harry's fireplace knowing he'd wake up and see her. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending tSynopsis:
Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .
For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met Phen two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.
Alternating between Angela and Clara's perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.
This was nice bridge between the second and third books of this series. We actually got to see a lot of Angela and how she thinks about things. We also meet her mystery dude. I'm really not sure how to feel about her relationship with him. I don't think Clara has a right to judge, but I can't help agreeing with her in some ways. I really hope Angela isn't making a huge mistake here. Especially when she spilled the beans the way that she did. Phen is hard to read, even after how he opened himself up to Clara. Knowing what he knows now could change things. At least he doesn't know that it's Michael that married Clara's mother. I didn't get the impression that he likes Michael very much.
We learn Clara is having visions again. And they seem to be terrifying her. I'm really worried about what's coming. We also learn that she isn't any closer towards moving on from Tucker. That girl is stuck there. I feel bad for her. I hope something works out for her soon. After everything, she deserves it....more