The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattereSynopsis:
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.
Despite how long it took me to read this book, I did like it. Once I picked it back up, I ended up reading straight through from about 34% and finished it the same night. I really liked the mystery. I had some ideas as to what was going on and was right about some aspects, but others I really didn't see coming.
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about Abby as a heroine. I felt bad for her because the girl is seriously clueless. She's also much more than she seems as tends to be the case with most UF heroines. In Abby's case, she has no idea that she's more than what she is. She has no reason to know that. It actually takes quite a while before we discover that, though we do learn that Abby is kind of weird when it comes to being a TouchStone. She also tends to push people away at the worst time. This made her interactions with Brystion really see-sawish. I did admire her for her loyalty to her friends, though. And when she could have sat around doing nothing, she really steps up. Of course, she has plenty of inner issues to deal with, but she seems determined to work on that, thankfully.
I actually like the way the mystery played out. I suspected at least one character and was right. Another, I probably should have guessed about. And then the blindside when the villain was confronted probably should not have been a surprise, but it was. I didn't want to think the guy could do any wrong, but he did. Still, he seriously comes through in the end.
My main problem is that I'm not so sure as to how I feel about how things are left between Abby and Brystion at the end. What was the point of that? I haven't decided yet if I'm going to read the last two books knowing a love triangle is coming up and that Abby doesn't seem to handle it well at all. Plus, the series seems to have ended earlier than it was originally meant to, so it doesn't motivate me to rush to finish it. I think I will read them one of these days, though....more
It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a dark race, the human kingdoms and their ancient alliance stand on the brSynopsis:
It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a dark race, the human kingdoms and their ancient alliance stand on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair.
Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course.
And then the two collide.
Ayden's life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he's captured in battle, he must for his sister's sake swallow his pride and endure slavery in the service of a human prince, Freyrik Farr.
Freyrik's always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Can his life of service to his people leave room for this attraction? Dancing on a dagger's edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world.
Between prejudice, politics, pride, and survival, Ayden and Freyrik must carve a new path, no matter how daunting. For nothing less than the fate of both their peoples rests on the power of their perseverance and their love.
Note: This edition is a re-release of the same novel first published in 2010 by Guiltless Pleasure Publishing.
This title is #1 of the Song of the Fallen series.
"Warning, this title contains the following sensitive themes: explicit violence"
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was completely taken in and had no hope of not attempting to read, even when I shouldn't be.
I liked Ayden from the start. He was very hateful towards humans, but for whatever reason, that didn't put me off of him. He had obvious affection for her sister, so when she refused to listen to him and crossed over into human lands to nurse a dying human against Ayden's protests, I just knew bad things were going to happen. Ayden did all he could to keep Ella from getting captured and it happened anyway. I was worried she would end up raped, but thanks to Ayden's sacrifice and Prince Freyrik's cousin, she actually got to live pretty well for a prisoner.
Ayden, though, wasn't so happy. Ayden is the kind of elf that needs to be free. If you stick him between two hard places, he'd fight like hell to get out. It made his dealings with Freyrik go in circles for most of the book. It could be frustrating, especially when you KNEW he was feeling more than he was showing, but he wouldn't give in. I understood why he didn't want to, but I wanted to shake Ayden sometimes. Freyrik for his part shows some remarkable patience. That's not to say that he never loses his temper, he does, but he waits Ayden out and in the end, he's rewarded.
Once Ayden realizes that he wasn't allowing himself to see Freyrik as more than just his "master," he sees Freyrik for who he really is. Hears Freyrik's song for what it really is. And he's so sweet! They definitely still have their issues, but they overcome them as best they can. Than that damned Kona comes and I'm pretty sure she's the one Freyrik and Ayden got called to the High Court at the worst time.
I had expected more violence in this book than there was, but I suppose that I didn't really miss it. There was certainly more than enough hate in the book and that flogging scene made up for the rest of the missing violence against Ayden. My favorite parts were the sweet moments after Ayden and Freyrik finally come together. I'm worried about will happen to them next and I do hope they get a happy ending. I wonder if they really can considering elves are so long-lived and humans obviously aren't. I'll be reading the second book soon to find out what happens....more
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, hSynopsis:
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....more
A girl with attitude. An all-powerful amulet. This could only mean trouble.
My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me areSynopsis:
A girl with attitude. An all-powerful amulet. This could only mean trouble.
My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound…
Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they’re after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her.
Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine—but is the resumé enhancement worth her soul?
I found that I enjoyed this book. I had a feeling that I would, though.
The book starts off with action considering that things start going wrong pretty much right away. Raine is an interesting character and she's good to her friends and family. I like her. I like pretty much all of the secondary characters as well, save for the villains. Nothing to like about them. I've got mixed feelings on Prince Chigaru. I think he's nutters, but he's not completely out of his mind. I see a love triangle on the horizon, but I've been told it doesn't get dragged out until the end of the series, so I'll try not to let it bother me despite really being over love triangles. They seem to be all over UF series, though, so avoiding them is near impossible even in the series that I love.
I like the mix of high fantasy/urban fantasy that Ms. Shearin has created with this series. You get mix of various creatures and humans. Some are magical, some aren't. I do wish the bad guys had a bit more of a motive than just power for power's sake, but I can deal with it for now.
I am worried that Raine will turn into Super Woman what with the Saghred enhancing all of her abilities plus giving her new ones. There needs to be real struggle. I also hope she doesn't get kidnapped on a regular basis. Same goes for poor Piaras.
I'm also hoping to learn more about Mychael and Tam. So far, they sound like hot guys and they're useful enough, but I don't really consider them overly swoon worthy. I just don't know quite enough about them.
I will probably read book 2 soon because I am kind of excited to see what happens once Raine and company arrive in Mid. So many people already know what she's connected with, but once more people know, I can imagine her life will only get more hectic....more
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? WeSynopsis:
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....more
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, buSynopsis:
When you're a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god's limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity -- literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
I found this to be quite enjoyable. Not sure if I want to rate it a three or a four, though.
The book starts things off right away which I appreciated. There was no long drawn out intro showing how Arden is mistreated, but we get to see enough of it to know that she is treated badly because of her looks and the magic she wields. In this kingdom, to use magic is to forfeit your life as using magic in Ranella is against the law. Everyone in the little village of Wallus thinks Arden is a witch and have nicknamed the girl Trouble, little do they realize just how well she lives up to that name and just what she is.
Too bad for Dev he gets to find out the hard way why the girl is called Trouble and he doesn't hesitate to call her that despite how many times she tells him she hates it. Unfortunately, they're stuck together and Trouble's life gets complicated from here on out. Turns out that the god of chaos, Loku has decided that Trouble is his new vessel. Weirdly, though, he seems rather protective of her even though he teases her like crazy. I liked him, though. He tells the truth and is pretty funny to boot. I like Dev despite his constant need to push Trouble away. Maybe if he explained, she wouldn't be so willing to fall into Prince Kell's arms.
Granted, even with the way Dev kept his distance, I still found Trouble to be quite fickle. True, you can care for two people in different ways, but she just kept going from one to the other swinging like a pendulum. It was driving me a bit nuts. It was worse because she knew who she really wanted. She knew the whole friggin' time. Maybe she was acting that way because her whole world basically got scraped and nothing would ever be the same again and she needed some kind of companionship. It was still annoying because she'd spent her whole life trying not to end up following her mother's path and she went down sooooo easily. At least she didn't give in completely. I'll give her that.
Prince Kell seems to be a nice enough guy, too. I believe he genuinely did fall for Trouble and wanted her for more than what he could get out of her. I just didn't want her with him, so his pursuit of her annoyed me. At least he isn't completely useless, but I could have done without him.
I would have liked for Sulaino to have been a bit more of a threat. He was creepy, yeah and he was obviously evil, but after the fight at the end, it felt to me that he wasn't really ever that much of a threat. I know why Dev was holding Trouble back from taking him on, but if he had just let her deal with it sooner, they may not have ended up stuck in Ranella for so long.
At least at the end of the book, Dev seems to have finally gotten it through his thick skull that he can't just push Trouble away and wait until they get to Gravaria to try to pursue something. He's basically tossing her into Kell's arms with the way he's acting. It seems like he's made his mind up to do something about it. Guess I'll find out what that is when I read book 2....more
Decent short story. I mainly read it for the Rachel/Trent interaction. Rachel is determined not to become more than what she is currently with Trent.Decent short story. I mainly read it for the Rachel/Trent interaction. Rachel is determined not to become more than what she is currently with Trent. I wish she'd quit cockblocking herself so much. I can understand the issues that she's had for basically forever where Trent is concerned. Her morals are at war with her hormones. Still, at this point, I'm so over the way she's constantly judging him and thinking the worst. Especially since what was going on this time was oh so very much not what she thought it was. She sure felt like an idiot when she realized what was going on.
I love Trent. I love that Trent cares what Rachel thinks of him. He has for a while now. I loved him protecting her. Trent can get pretty fierce where Rachel is concerned. She needs to open her eyes and notice that he cares so much.
Looks like Cormel is going to be an issue in the next book. I'd nearly forgotten all about that guy. What an ass....more
The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywSynopsis:
The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.
Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel is the one who caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. Not to mention the most powerful demon in the ever-after—the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru—has vowed to destroy her, and has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn't give herself up, they will die.
Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it's up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed.
This book was highly anticipated. I was looking forward to seeing a lot of Trent this time around and boy did Kim Harrison deliver! I was also happy that there was so much page time for Al. Of course, that was to be expected considering the predicament he and Rachel had found themselves in.
I should have known going in that Ku'Sox would be all over this problem. He's been pissed at Rachel for cursing him for a while now. What really surprised me is who Ku'Sox had working for him. I didn't see that coming at all. I had hoped to be done with that particular fool, but no, like a roach, he just keeps coming back! In the end, though, he got what he deserved. I don't think he'll be back again. At least I hope not. I do hope that Jax is okay, though.
Anyway, this was a pretty intense book. I didn't know how Rachel would get out of it. First, she had to figure out how to fix a leak she and Al had been trying to fix as it was. Then, they discover that Ku'Sox made the leak a whole lot worse. Once she finally figures that out, All is out of commission and just when she sets to fixing it, Ku'Sox comes and snatches Bis and she's back at square one. Not to mention, he still has Ceri and Lucy. I've never liked Ku'Sox, but I hated him in this book. Especially for what we find out he did later. He didn't need to do that. It was stupid of them to try to kill him, but that was so unnecessary. It made me sad.
My favorite part of this book, though, was Trent. He was awesome. Sacrificing himself for Lucy's safety. Asking for Rachel's opinion. Helping to save the demons and destroy Ku'Sox. I've always liked Trent, but I liked him ever more after this book. Especially after that end scene. It's certainly not a HEA, but I'm more confident about the possibility of getting there now.
I wonder if Rachel will take Quen up on what he asked of her? Will she stay around as much as possible to watch Trent's back? I'm sure Trent wouldn't mind. They actually work pretty well together.
I wonder if it'll be the next book where things come to a head with Rynn Cormel. After that scene with Felix and what Rynn said at the end of it, things aren't looking good on the vampire front. Rachel might want to get to work on that soul saving gig.
I was reminded again of how much the major characters in this series have grown. I'm proud of them. I hope that continues into the next book....more