Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, h...moreSynopsis:
Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.
But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.
But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him...
I really enjoyed this book. Got sucked in and read it straight through.
Fort is most definitely not your typical hero alpha male. He's not alpha at all. People tend to take advantage of him a lot, actually. Most of the people he knows are horrible, but he's determined to protect humans from himself being that he's a vampire. Just not fully. Still, he does have a part of him that thinks the way that a vampire does. Fort just pushes it down whenever he can. It doesn't keep him from having to drink his mother's blood, though. If he goes too long without it, he gets weak. He can't stand that he needs it or that he wants it and he really doesn't like going home to visit his family. Once I saw what happens when he's there, I really couldn't blame him. Especially with his older sister there. He really doesn't like being around her. Considering what she did when he was 9, I don't blame him for that, either. His brother Chivalry and his mother Madeline do seem to love him, but they still think very much like vampires do and they don't understand Fort any more than he can understand them.
Fort's family and other supernaturals that he runs into all seem to recognize that for a vampire, Fort is pretty strange. He doesn't have that whole vampire self-interest thing going on. Fort genuinely cares about protecting others. Too bad that since he hasn't transitioned, he's not at all strong. It doesn't stop Fort from trying to track down a visiting vamp so that he can rescue the little girls that he's abducted. No one understands why Fort wants to do this. Not even Suzume who gets hired to guard him after he pisses off Luca, the visiting vamp who is a lot stronger than Fort is. At first, Suzume mostly gets on Fort's nerves. She's a shapeshifter, specifically, a kitsune and she does love to cause trouble. We actually learn a bit about Madeline's alliance with the kitsune thanks to Suzume and Fort learns about other supernaturals be hanging around her, too. He's always avoided other supes and it totally shows. He gets a bit of a crash course in this book. He and Suzume actually become pretty good friends, but she doesn't get why he's so set on rescuing those human girls from Luca. She's mainly along because she's being paid to keep him safe.
When Fort eventually has no backup, he goes it alone and nearly gets himself killed. Something happens, though and some backup does show up, but Fort is the one that saves the day. What happened was somewhat expected, but happened in a way that I certainly didn't see coming. The explanation that he gets about it later was very enlightening.
I do like that Fort gets some character growth in this book. Hanging out with Suzume seems to have gotten him to stop letting people take advantage of him. Hopefully, he'll get some better people to hang around. And I hope his next job isn't so crappy, either. Because Fort is damned poor and that's a shame. After the events he's just gone through, though, I think he may just start trying to turn his life around. I'm looking forward to the next book.(less)
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We...moreSynopsis:
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…
When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out.
Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.
I was so hooked by this book. I likely would never have known about it if not for the recommends from Amazon on my Kindle Fire HD. I kept seeing it there on my home screen and thought, "I need to check this out." I'm very glad that I did.
The book is told entirely from McKenna "Mac" Fraser's POV. I found myself liking her a lot. She's not a complete badass. She pretty much only ended up working for the SPI because they realized she was a seer and they needed a new one. She has no training whatsoever. All she's really supposed to do is check to see if some misbehaving supernatural is hiding behind a veil or a glamor and let the big boys and girls come in and clean up the mess. This time, though, she manages to land herself right in the middle of a horrific murder mystery with some odd espionage to boot.
It doesn't take long for things to just start going wrong and keep going wrong. All Mac wanted to was catch a nachtgnome for a friend, but she ends up--along with her partner Ian--finding a really nasty dead body instead. And of course, a monster is involved. Not just any monster, either.
It doesn't help that the bad guys are always a step ahead of them. The identity behind the mastermind came as a surprise. I never would have seen that coming. The other aspect of it was a shock, too. I was pleasantly surprised by how this all played out and who all was involved. Vivienne and Ian both get some unpleasant blasts from the past and you know they'll really be out for blood next time around.
I like the interaction between the characters. Mac and Ian get closer as partners over the course of the book and genuinely seem to care for each other. There's no real romance, yet, but I'm sure that will develop. The seed has definitely been planted. I also really liked Yasha, Kenji, Calvin, Rolf, Roy and Vivienne. I'm very much looking forward to seeing them all again in the next book. I read this one straight through, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy the next one just as much if not more.(less)
In Aaron Marvell's tormented world beasts lurk around every corner. But the only one standing between him and his heart's desire is the beast...moreSynopsis:
In Aaron Marvell's tormented world beasts lurk around every corner. But the only one standing between him and his heart's desire is the beast within.
Tormented supernatural security agent, Aaron Marvell, has come to Maryland to restart his career after a vicious workplace attack. His alluring new partner, Tony Harper, seems more than willing to help him acclimate to his new life. But Aaron hides a terrible secret that, if discovered, could put Aaron at the terminal end of his partner's weapon.
When warring factions of werewolves, spurred by the Hellhound Cerberus, arrive in their territory, Aaron and Tony vow to stop them at any cost. But the price for valor may be high enough to cost them everything. Aaron must face the truth about himself and and the dark thing lurking inside him before he loses Tony forever.
I rather enjoyed this one. I had some issues with it, but it definitely kept me interested and I really want to see where the story goes from here.
We meet Aaron on a day where things just keep getting more and more fucked up. First, he starts work at a new office only to discover he's very attracted to his new partner. This isn't so bad except that they manage to keep getting on each others' bad sides. It takes some time to build trust again after that. Then, if Tony's little trick isn't enough, Aaron's not so recent ex and former alpha shows up with his beta who is now his lover (that whole relationship is just odd) with some bad news.
All of this leads to a disturbing revelation for Aaron and one hell of a battle. At the end of it all, he gets his man, but things are slightly different. And someone he thought he could trust could prove to be very much the opposite. So now, he and Tony have a new mission. I'm looking forward to the sequel to see how it all plays out. I'm sure there will be some drama, but I think Aaron can handle it so long as he has Tony with him.(less)
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 w...moreSynopsis:
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.(less)
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by t...moreSynopsis:
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
Oh wow how I loved this book. I could not put it down. The first night I started reading, I was up until 3:30am reading it despite needing to be up by 5:30am to get ready for work. I just didn't want to stop. I had to know what would happen to Meg. Would the others take care of her? Would they care about her? Protect her? They did all of these things. I loved Meg. I loved Simon. I loved Sam. I loved all of the secondary characters. Honestly, I just plain loved those Others and the multiple POVs worked really well for this story.
Meg is the sweetest thing, but as she lived on her own amongst the Others, she showed that she was no pushover. She spoiled more than a few of the Others (love how she was with Sam and love the ponies!), but she stood up to them when she needed to. She did hold a lot in, but considering how she'd spent her life before running away, I wasn't surprised that she played most things close to the vest. But there were several instances where she did ask for the help of one of the Others. I'm hoping that soon Simon will be one that she calls on for help. I'm also hoping that she begins calling him by his name more often as well. She calls him Mr. Wolfgard throughout most of the book as a way of keeping him at arm's length, but I couldn't blame her for it. Simon snarled at her a lot in the beginning and he wasn't that nice. There are good reasons for why he acted that way and he was never truly mean to her, but he sure didn't endear himself to her. They begin letting their guards down around one another as the story progresses and I loved seeing the slow evolution of their relationship.
There's no romance in this book, but I think it will build up to that at some point in the story. I'm actually kind of glad that they didn't fall for each other right away, though. Mostly because for Meg, she knows nothing about romance, so I'm sure she was never thinking about it. For Simon, there's this weird human around that doesn't illicit the instinct in him to think of her as prey, but he doesn't really know what it means and it bothers him. He does begin to realize as the story unfolds that being around Meg makes him feel content and he feels friendship towards her and recognizes her as one of his Pack, but I don't think he realizes that he feels something beyond these things for her. It's nice not having that instant connection between heroine and hero like so many UF tend to do these days. Here, I get to watch them get to know each other without hormones getting all in the way and causing them to avoid each other.
I thought Simon was fantastic. It was so interesting watching him go from thinking that all humans are just meat and if they aren't just meat, they're at least useful meat, so he won't eat them. Meg's influence on him is quite positive, even if he does react badly to her in the beginning. I loved watching him fuss over her the most. He really cares about what happens to Meg and considers her as one of his own. Perhaps, he may even begin to consider her in other ways. ^_~
I will say that the villain in this book as a bit cheesy. I suppose though, that she isn't exactly the true villain, but she was definitely an antagonist. Her motivation for doing everything she does is just so stupid, really. That's not to say that she doesn't do evil things, she does, but she's still on the cheesy side. I just wanted to throat punch her a bunch of times. She gets what she deserves in the end. I do believe she suffered quite well.
We still have the real villain out there and thanks to events at the end of the book, Simon now knows what is causing the sickness in the Others. I hope he will be all right. And I really want to know what the Controller will do next to try to get Meg back, because he will definitely try to get her back. Can't wait for March 2014 for book 2.(less)