Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office a...moreSynopsis:
Some things should stay buried.
Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.
So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.
As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?
I found myself enjoying this book a lot. I was somewhat surprised. I'd heard that it was good, which is why it was on my TBR and I decided to read it after reading another M/M historical/paranormal romance. I'm glad that I did because there was more going on here than I would have imagined.
We first meet Percival Endicott Whyborne while he's rushing to work and running late for a meeting. When he gets there, he's singled out to work with private detective Griffin Flaherty on a translation case. Whyborne isn't so happy about this as he has his own work to do. Of course, since he can't get out of it, he gets to work. He soon discovers that the book is nothing like he's ever seen before and it mentions spells and rituals he has no doubt are real. It isn't long before he realizes that magic and monsters are real.(less)
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern Gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.Whi...moreSynopsis:
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern Gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.
But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.
Oh this book makes me bawl my eyes out. Mean author is soooooooo mean! How could she end it like that?! Omg! Where is book 3? I want it now! I can't even with that ending. It's so wrong! I knew something bad was going to happen, but did it have to be that?! Seriously?! *already dying from waiting for the next book*
The book starts off almost two months after Varen's disappearance. It's Christmas Eve, Nationals are over and Isobel is still trying to figure out how she's going to convince her parents to take her to Baltimore so that she can follow Reynolds back into the dreamworld so that she can bring Varen back home. The problem is, her parents are extremely worried about her and the way she's been acting. Plus, she's still sort of grounded because of those events Halloween night. And Gwen is still banned from her house. She does sneak over and once Isobel tells Gwen the truth about what happened to Varen, Gwen freaks the hell out and runs off. She does come back the next day and explain why she did what she did and even gives Isobel a necklace that is supposed to offer her protection.
Isobel is still having some issues with distinguishing between dreams and reality because she sees Varen in both. This causes her to do some crazy shit at times. Making her parents even more worried about her. Still, she is determined to get herself to Baltimore. Surprisingly, after a really bad nightmare (that turned out to be real and featuring the ever terrifying Pinfeathers) her little brother Danny convinces her Dad that Isobel should get to go to Baltimore and he actually agrees. Her mother is not at all happy about this. It ends up causing a fight between her parents and Isobel is starting to realize that the events of the past few months are taking their toll on her parents just as much as they are taking a toll on her. Despite knowing she will have to betray her family's trust in order to track down Reynolds and rescue Varen, Isobel is still determined to do this. She feels utterly guilty about it, but she will not be swayed.
The buildup to the trip does not give us anything in the way of answers. There are more questions than anything else, really. She makes some discoveries and Pinfeathers shows up a few times to help her (sort of), but she doesn't understand a thing he's trying to tell her. I got it, but I could understand why Isobel didn't even when I wanted to scream the answers at her. Reynolds is still a huge question, though. Is he really a conspirator like he says? Did Isobel misinterpret the memory Pinfeathers showed her? One minute he seems to be protecting Isobel and the next he seems to be trying to discourage her. What about that fight in Varen's "house"? Wtf was that about? I can't make up my mind about that guy.
When Isobel does finally make it to Baltimore and embarks on her rescue mission, so many things just start going wrong and culminate in utter wrongness. How Isobel will survive that physical, emotional and spiritual blow is beyond me. If she isn't driven to give up, she is a stronger person than just about anyone else would ever be. How could he do that? Would those few glimpses really have made him believe she didn't love him? I know that being that dreamworld couldn't have been doing him any good and he was changing, but that just hurt so much. Despite that, I can't hate him. I can't ever hate him. Especially not after reading the epilogue. I have to wonder if he even knew what he was doing when he did it. He knew after the fact, that's for sure and his reaction to it still gives me hope for him to make it out of this. He will have some serious groveling to do to Isobel, though. After such a traumatic experience, though, I don't know what he can do to prove he loves her and that they should be together.
Like some of my GR friends, I'm hoping the third book is told from Varen's POV. After that ending, I think we really need to see whatever it is he does. I've enjoyed Isobel's POV, but I've been dying for Varen's POV outside of the epilogues. If book 3 isn't told at least partially from his POV, I'll be disappointed. I'll probably still love the book, but we are in serious need of Varen POV after these events.
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill...moreSynopsis:
Angel Crawford is a loser
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.
That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.
Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!
Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.
This is a pretty good first book in a series. There's a whole lot of worldbuilding and Angel trying to figure out her way in the world now that she's a zombie, so if you're expecting a lot of action, you will be disappointed. For a lot of people, this will be a slow read. I liked the pacing of it, though. It just made it really feel like I was learning at the same pace that Angel was. It also meant that we didn't have a ton of information being shoved down our throats, though I was getting as frustrated as Angel was with having to learn all of this without any help.
We first meet Angel while she's in the hospital after an apparent overdose. She, however, remembers being in a horrific car accident in which she was severely injured, but the nurse tells her that there isn't a mark on her. When she goes to check out, Angel finds that someone has given her some strange drinks and left a note informing her that she has a job at the morgue waiting for her the next day and that if she doesn't stick with it for a month, she'll be headed back to jail on a probation violation since she had popped some pills. Angel is terrified of going back to jail, so she does go to the job and discovers that she doesn't seem to be nearly as squeamish as she used to be. Not even when bodies are being opened up right in front of her. It actually kind of seems to make her hungry.
I was rooting for Angel all the way, though. She obviously had no clue what she was dealing with. She'd thought she might be a zombie when she finally gave in and ate some brains. For some reason, all of the consumption of brains did not creep me out and make me want to stop reading. Angel is a zombie, but she's just another supernatural character who had some serious issues to deal with. She needed to know what she was supposed to do in order to keep from rotting or turning into a brain craving monster. She actually did pretty well for herself considering she didn't know shit about what was going on. Eventually, she does meet two more zombies. One of which nearly kills her because he was so desperate for brains and the other who seems to be a brain dealer.
Pretty soon, Angel comes to believe that the desperate zombie is killing people for their brains when more and more headless corpses start popping up. She learns, though, that things are quite different. It seems that the headless corpses all have a really big thing in common and once Angel figures that out, along with who actually turned her into a zombie, that the action kicks in. Angel ends up going to her maker's rescue and saving his life. I was proud of her for how she handled that situation.
Heck, I felt proud of Angel a number of times. She's still dealing with self-control issues, only now instead of pills, it's brains. But she is serious about turning her life around. She doesn't want to be a loser. She works hard at her job and not just because she needs it for the brain supply, but because she actually likes it. She even starts thinking that she may want to make a career out of it. I hope she's able to. She dumps her loser boyfriend and even tries helping her dad with turning his own life around. After the way he treats her, I admire her for doing that. She didn't have to, but it was a nice moment. It highlighted that Angel wants to be a better person. I really like her.
I'm hoping that we'll get some more character development for Marcus in the next book which I will definitely be reading. Knowing what we do now, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him. Also, now that worldbuilding is solid, I expect there to be some more plot development. Diana Rowland didn't disappoint with this one. I'm glad that I finally decided to read it.(less)
Haunted by a malevolent spirit who is making life a living hell? Check.
In love with a smoking hot Scot, who is the reincarnati...moreSynopsis:
Haunted by a malevolent spirit who is making life a living hell? Check.
In love with a smoking hot Scot, who is the reincarnation of the man creepy malevolent ghost murdered two centuries before? Check.
Friends and family think you’re losing your mind? Check.
Welcome to the life of sixteen-year-old Riley Williams, whose life hasn’t been the same since she moved to Scotland and met the spirit of Ian MacKinnon, and Laria, the witch who murdered him.
Since helping Ian cross over to the other side, Riley became Laria’s target, and now the witch has made it clear she wants her dead. Laria has already possessed Riley’s brother and friends, and Riley is starting to feel a little strange herself. She just hopes that she can stop Laria before the ghost takes everything from her. With her boyfriend Kade, her brother, and her buddies by her side, Riley is in for the fight of her life.
So, I read through this pretty fast. Once again, we pick up right where we left off and things start with Riley having a slumber party with her friends. Cait decides she wants to play with a Ouija board, but Riley is skittish. The other girls go along with it and Riley ends up figuring it's okay because the spirit that they make contact with seems to be Peter, the 11 y/o ghost that she met in her school. Turns out she was wrong, though and things turn bad. Laria starts pulling her tricks and Riley ends up being forced to spill the beans to her friends. They're understandably freaked out, but they stick by Riley's side. These girls have really come through in a major way and really grew on me. Riley has some awesome friends.
She also has an awesome boyfriend. Talk about commitment. After everything he's seen and gone through just by being with Riley, he toughs it out. He sticks around even knowing he's been possessed before. Even knowing that Riley keeps nearly getting murdered by ghosts. Grade A boyfriend right there.
She also has an awesome brother. Shane is a star. I love him.
Her dad kept on disappointing me. The turnaround at the end didn't really do it for me. If he'd been around in the first place, maybe he would have known what was going on with his kids. He didn't have a choice but to believe at one point, though. Laria and company truly didn't care who knew wtf they were doing after a while.
Anyway, things kept escalating. If I were in Riley's shoes, I think I'd have lost my mind. Those were some seriously terrifying events. Especially when it turns out that it wasn't just her friends being possessed anymore. That caused some seriously bad situations and Riley nearly died on multiple occasions. I wasn't expecting things to get that bad, but J.A. Templeton really ramps up the action and the terror. I was just glad Riley had such a wonderful support system.
There were times when Riley and absolutely no one else knew wtf they were doing. Riley was supposed to be protecting herself, but it definitely was not working. Other than the dreams she was having, she honestly had no direction. Plus, it just seemed odd that they were trusting so much of the information that they got off of websites. So it made the ending seem a bit rushed when Miss A calls in that shaman and his wife and they tell Riley what she needs to do. Why didn't her mother say anything? Shouldn't she have been able to give some advice?
Anyway, it was nice the way things ended. Maybe a little too simple and a little sweet. Granted, I figured things with Laria might not turn out to be quite as they seemed. She certainly wasn't always an evil bitch. I am glad that Riley got her happily ever after, though.(less)
Ian MacKinnon returns to Scotland after two years abroad and discovers the town of Braemar is no longer the safe haven he remembers. As stran...moreSynopsis:
Ian MacKinnon returns to Scotland after two years abroad and discovers the town of Braemar is no longer the safe haven he remembers. As strange events begin to unfold in the forest beyond the castle where he lives, Ian grows more concerned about those he cares about the most…and with good reason.
I'm thinking that maybe I should have waited to read this until after the other books. It may be a prequel, but it was published last. It was still interesting either way.
Poor Ian. That crazy bitch latched on to him and wouldn't let go. I knew I wasn't going to like Laria the moment she showed up on the page. She's one-dimensional, but still, nothing to like there. She just latched on to Ian and for no reason other than she wanted him. So if she couldn't have him, no one could.
I liked Ian. I hope there's a bit more character to him in the full novel, though. He has the potential to be quite the hawt hero. So devilish. I hope he finds a way to break through what Laria did in the end. It seems he's found someone that may help make his existence not so bad, though. Looking forward to it.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book makes me feel a little conflicted.
What was with Abby's role? It seemed like she should have been more involved somehow, b...more**spoiler alert** This book makes me feel a little conflicted.
What was with Abby's role? It seemed like she should have been more involved somehow, but all she did was accuse Tandie of things for no reason and without any evidence. Why did she implicate Tandie in her attack? I don't get that shit.
Shania was bat shit insane, blaming a six year-old for that shit that happened long ago. How was it Tandie's fault that Chelsea got raped and killed and Shania and Gus got tortured? I guess being a psycho is the reasoning for that. Even if Tandie had still been in the cabin, though, it was the teenagers' faults for locking her in there. That part just threw me. I was wondering how they were going to tie that end scene to what all was going on. Seriously, it almost had no connection. I don't think the reincarnation was necessary. Just the fact that they were descendants would have been enough.
The book was creepy, so that tone was done pretty well. Tandie wasn't bad for a heroine and Eric was a decent hero. Saul's sudden good guyness was frickin' weird, though. I couldn't get with that. I didn't really connect with any of these characters, though. I did want to know wtf was going on, so that's what kept me reading.
I'm not sure yet if I will read the next book. I might. The ending of this one seemed abrupt and kind of rushed to me, though. Eric was a bit too gullible for me. And was the character assassination of Virgil really necessary? In the end, that didn't really matter for shit at all and Abby's character was pretty much not needed.(less)
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the...moreSynopsis:
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
His life depends on it.
I had a feeling that I was going to like this book. I did not expect to love it so much and stay up until 2:30am reading it knowing I had to be up at 5:30am to get ready to work. I also didn't expect to immediately start reading it as soon as I finished getting ready for the day. Seriously, this book owns.
This was such an amazing world to get immersed in. And even though I had no fucking idea what was really going on, I had a really good time not knowing what the fuck was really going on. All was revealed, however and I understood how Isobel got herself mixed up in this. From the beginning, Reynolds told her that it was Varen doing because he dreamed of her. So I knew that what she had begun seeing and experiencing had to do with him. I just didn't realize just to what extent she was stuck in it all until the very end. Once it got explained, everything made sense. What I want to know, am dying to know, is when did things start to change for Varen. He obviously didn't like Isobel in the beginning any more than she liked him. Especially not with the way her friends were acting towards him when Nikki blabbed about the whole pen incident. When did he first write Isobel's name in his journal? That seemed to be the turning point according to Lilith. I would so kill for a POV from Varen. That epilogue was not enough.
I really loved Isobel. Especially after that disaster in the ice cream shop and the following day in the cafeteria. It's amazing she didn't completely crack up when she suddenly started seeing people no one else was seeing. I hope she gets someone to confide in in book two because she is woefully on her own and it makes me sad a little. Especially since until the very end of this book, she is basically clueless. The only ones that will tell her anything are the people no one else can see and they aren't exactly straightforward. She did nearly give up in the end, but she's got her head back in the game now. I'm rooting for her. I wanted to cry when she realized the truth behind Reynolds' words at the end. He did warn her. Still, I felt betrayed, too.
Another thing I want to know is just how long has Varen been writing his story about Lilith? How did he discover the dreamworld? How long has he been slowly losing himself to it? There's still quite a bit that we don't know about Varen. I'm sure that his home life is at least partially what drove him to seek out somewhere else to be. I really do not like his dad. And how was he at school when he was supposedly sleeping in Bruce's shop near the end? What was THAT all about? He can be so sweet, though. That poem Isobel found in his jacket at the end made me cry. At least they know how the other feels about them.
I do hope Isobel doesn't get into too much trouble going forward. She's already gotten into so much trouble since this all began both with her parents and her former friends. Who knew one girl could end up nearly losing all that she knew because of one homework assignment?
It's hard for me to put my thoughts together on this one. I really enjoyed it, but it has some lulls and it does start off a bit slow. It does have so...moreIt's hard for me to put my thoughts together on this one. I really enjoyed it, but it has some lulls and it does start off a bit slow. It does have some intense situations and I loved the moments between Bryn and McCallister.
Really like the characters in this. I do hope Bryn won't remain so naive going forward. Despite every thing that happened, so still trusted some people a little too easily. Especially with what happened with the villain near the end. I so saw that coming. I also knew what happened to her sister was going to happen as soon as she showed up. Even though there were some predictable moments, I was very into reading this story to find out just how this was going to work out and I just had to know if she and McCallister were going to keep trying to stay in a purely professional relationship. I was quite happy with the last scene at the end of the book.
It still looks like Bryn isn't really free, but McCallister has made it as good as he can for her for now and is doing what he can to make it even better. I completely love his character. He is awesome. I love Joe Fideli as well. Hope he gets reunited with his family.
Real glad that the next book in this series hits the shelves in a couple of weeks.(less)
After battling a malevolent ghost that held the spirit of her friend Ian MacKinnon bound to the land for two hundred years, sixteen-year-old...moreSynopsis:
After battling a malevolent ghost that held the spirit of her friend Ian MacKinnon bound to the land for two hundred years, sixteen-year-old reluctant psychic, Riley Williams, felt as if she was finally easing into her new life in Scotland.
Or so she thought.
Laria, the spirit of the witch who had cursed Ian wants revenge for Riley’s interference and she’s bringing along friends—dark entities who thrive on evil.
The one bright spot in Riley’s world is Ian’s descendent, Kade MacKinnon, who could easily be Ian’s modern day twin. The parallels between the two guys are undeniable. As Riley’s relationship with Kade blossoms, she begins to realize Laria has grown in her power since their last confrontation—a power that could very well manipulate the living just as effectively as the dead.
Please note: THE HAUNTED is a mature YA. Due to strong language, mention of alcohol and drug use, cutting, and sexual content, it is not recommended for younger teens.
Book 2 starts right where book 1 ends. Riley has just met Ian's dopple-ganger Kade MacKinnon and the two of them are instantly attracted to one another. Unfortunately, Riley also discovers that Laria didn't cross over when Ian did and she's still around. And this time, she's kicking things up a notch.
When she isn't trying to outright kill Riley, she's possessing her friends and family. Not to mention trying to turn Riley back to cutting again. She even manages to succeed once when she causes Kade to do something horrible. Thankfully, Shane is there for Riley and takes care of her. I very much like Shane in this book. He was so supportive when Laria isn't busy trying to make a wreck out of his life. What a great little brother.
I also have to say that I like Riley's friends better in this book. In book 1, I wasn't impressed. But they support Riley in her relationship with Kade and when that awful thing happens, they take care of her then, too. Even Cass grew on me and I couldn't stand that chick from the very beginning. Dana, though, can kick rocks and gtfo.
Kade is wonderful. I loved the day that they spent at the lake. It was beautiful. Of course, Laria has to ruin that for them. But it seems they will get past it. Thank goodness that whole mess wasn't overly drawn out.
I do wish that Riley and Shane's father would try to be a part of his kids' lives. After the staircase incident and Riley's dad finds out about her secret, I couldn't blame her for telling him that he doesn't spend time with them and that he only talks to them when they've done something wrong. Springing that woman on them like that was so wrong. I don't care much for their father at all. He needs to step it up.
I honestly don't know what it is about this series that makes me not want to put the books down, but I really get into them. I just have to know how Riley and crew will get out of this mess. How will she get a happily ever after with Kade? Will Laria be put to rest? I seriously must know.(less)
Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-r...moreSynopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.
When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.
Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.
I very much enjoyed this story. I did feel that the feelings between Riley and Ian developed a bit too quickly, but I wanted them to get to be together. It looks like that may just happen.
We start off where the prequel leaves off. Riley, her brother Shane and her father have just moved from Portland, OR to Bramaer, Scotland after the death of her mother. Riley and Shane want nothing to do with the place. As soon as Riley steps foot in the place, she senses a ghost. Turns out, it's a really hot ghost, but she sure doesn't want to talk to him.
Until he catches her indulging in her biggest secret. And attempts to understand why she would do that to herself. They soon became quick friends. And not long after, their feelings became more. I was happy for them. Ian needed the companionship and Riley needed the friend and a reason to feel something other than pain so that she wouldn't keep resorting to hurting herself. I was glad that she stuck to her guns about helping him despite not wanting him to leave her alone again and despite the torment she was suffering at the hands of Laria. She didn't give up and made the impossible possible.
Now, it seems that she just may be able to get her happy ending. Only someone is really not ready for that to happen just yet. Stick to your guns, Riley. You can make it through.(less)
This book was actually a bit darker in its theme than what I was expecting. I was expecting something a bit lighter and more comedic with some serious...moreThis book was actually a bit darker in its theme than what I was expecting. I was expecting something a bit lighter and more comedic with some seriousness thrown in. I was not expecting for Edie to stumble upon cases of child abuse committed by vampires against children that they'd either kept alive for a long period of time by giving them vampire blood or by turning them into vampires in the first place. All because she wanted to return a watch to the family of a patient she inadvertently killed. She didn't really kill him, he basically killed himself by trying to get out some dying words, but Edie takes it as her own responsibility since she had unrestrained one his hands when he seemed to be trying to write her a message.
All of this ends up landing Edie in some seriously hot water and while working night shifts on Y4, she's also trying to hunt down the vampire girl she saved as she needs her as witness in her upcoming trial since (view spoiler)[she killed a vampire in the process of saving this girl (hide spoiler)]. Along the way, we learn a bit about all of the various supernatural creatures in the world that Cassie Alexander has created (apparently, most of them can get sick, injured and catch diseases just as humans do-forreal, there is a dragon with syphilis in this book). I enjoyed those tidbits.
I also really enjoyed the scenes of Edie and Anna together. Edie's love interest ends up being a zombie (that'll put a lot of folks off), but that doesn't get gross until late in the story when he actually ends up looking like a zombie in the process of trying to help Edie. I actually didn't really feel any chemistry between Edie and Ti. I felt more chemistry between her and Asher (his identity was quite the surprise!). I would have preferred for something to develop on that front, but this aspect of the story isn't terribly important overall.
Edie's trial and what's going on with Anna is what is important here. Not to mention the truth about the Shadows. That was some interesting info. I don't want to say much about this as it can be real spoilery. I did wish for more info regarding those dreams of Anna on a boat that Edie kept having, though. Did those come about because (view spoiler)[Anna bit Edie on the hand the day Edie found her the first time and set her free? Will Edie no longer have them now that this ordeal is over? (hide spoiler)]
And what was up with that Gauis kid? That might not be important, but I couldn't help but to feel like it might be.
My other favorite part is the German Grandfather that seems to have his ghost trapped inside of a CD player. That's just fun and awesome.
This wasn't the best book, but the action picks up near the end and I ended up liking that bit quite a lot. It was on the gory side.
I was actually quite happy with Edie near the end when she went off on her brother. I know he's her only family left, but as a junkie, he has not been treating Edie well and she gave up a lot in order to save him and in the end, she almost died because of that decision she made to work at County in order to keep her brother clean. I couldn't fault her for finally wanting to toss his ass considering all that was on her shoulders and impending death and soul consumption by vampires. I got the impression that she has some contact with him while she was recovering, but I don't think that they will have the kind of relationship that they had before unless he actually does something to help himself.
I'll probably read the next book, but not right away. I want to see what other supernatural politics Edie will find herself stuck in the middle of next.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
If this is the end of this series, I say that it makes for a good one. I ended up enjoying it more than I had expected, despite how much the character...moreIf this is the end of this series, I say that it makes for a good one. I ended up enjoying it more than I had expected, despite how much the character frustrated me in the first half of the book. I guess it was a lot like how they acted in the first book. The second half was much better. It seems to be the end of the series. I hope so. It ended on a good spot, even if it leaves some questions. I didn't feel like those questions had to be answered in some sort of absolute. It's an HEA (or as much of one as these characters can get, considering the situation), so I'd say it's safe to assume things work out for the best.
The book starts off with Theia's return to the human realm from Under via the demon summoning spell Haden and her friends perform. It progresses with Theia unable to control her demon urges to feed, but deciding not to speak with Haden or her friends about what she was dealing with. This frustrated me to no end. Considering everything that the group has been through, the least she could do was open her mouth and talk to someone. At least, she could have spoken with Haden. He knew better than anyone what she was dealing with. Yet, she made her problems so much worse by not saying anything. Students at her school were being drained and letting her jealousy lead her to believe it was Haden, she never really stopped to think about what she had been doing. Instead, she pushes Haden and basically accomplishes nothing in doing so. I wanted to smack her for that. I wanted to smack her for being too slow to realize she was luring those boys in, too. How could she not see that they were reacting to her in the same way that girls reacted to Haden? Seriously, how slow on the uptake can one person be? In the end of the story, she redeemed herself for me. She really stepped up and took responsibility. I was still annoyed that she was adamant about being broken up with Haden, though. Thank goodness he got through to that thick skull of hers.
As for Haden, I liked him quite a bit in this book. Yes, he should have told Theia what he had been planning. I know why he didn't, but it wasn't the smartest thing he ever did by not discussing that whole thing with her. Still, he was pretty awesome in this book.
Theia's friends also stepped up once again. Varnie most of all. Seeing things from the POVs of Donny and Amelia in the second part of the book was a nice touch. I enjoyed that scene on the beach with Amelia and Varnie just about the most out of this whole book. Save for the very end scene with Theia and Haden. That scene was a bit fade to black and left us wondering as to can they or cant they, but it was a sweet touch. I think it was a perfect spot to end the series on.
In the end, I was proud of Theia and Haden with the way they handled things. Theia was right that despite everything, Mara got exactly what she wanted all along. Ironic how that all worked out.(less)
This was an excellent book and I'm glad I saw it on my timeline and it made me want to check it out. Seriously, this is a really good book. I loved Pe...moreThis was an excellent book and I'm glad I saw it on my timeline and it made me want to check it out. Seriously, this is a really good book. I loved Penryn's spirit and ability to survive. I loved that she is so loyal, even though it rarely benefits her to be that way. She nearly gets herself killed every time she's told to run and she does, but she never runs very far. She may seem like a hard girl, but in the screwed up world of this book, she has to be. And she isn't completely without heart. She showed she'd do anything for Paige and despite everything, she warmed to Raffe. Really, Penryn is the kind of heroine I like, even if she did have that bad habit of running off into danger alone. Most of the time, though, there really wasn't anyone else around to assist her. It's not like she was the type of heroine that promised to stay put and then did the exact opposite. Those are the types that can grate on my nerves. Penryn did what she had to do in order to survive and you can't get mad at her for it. Then, of course, there is Raffe. I was pretty certain that he would turn out to be who exactly he turned out to be. I was not expecting there to be political intrigue in this book, but it definitely makes things all the more interesting. Raffe has quite the battle ahead of him. Man, I feel bad for him. I know why he said what he said to Penryn at the hotel. If he is such a champion against the Nephilim, he can't very well go around breaking the rules himself. I would love to see some scenes from his view, though.
The world of this book was definitely an interesting one. Angels invading and totally destroying the world of humans. The only other series I've read with a similar theme is Faith Hunter's Rogue Mage series. The idea of angels as bad guys really isn't that shocking when you consider, as Raffe said, that the Bible depicts angels as the harbingers of doom and the ones that started the Apocalypse. And in this book (like the Rogue Mage series), that's exactly what they did. I'm fairly certain I could never survive in a world like that. That makes a lot of the books characters pretty strong ones in my book. Even if Penryn's mom was nine kinds of crazy. Seriously, that woman has issues and it seems like because of them, Penryn has been the woman of the house for a long, long time. That sense of responsibility is what motivated her through pretty much the entire book. She even felt that Paige's current state is her responsibility. I suppose that in a way, it was, but I can't really blame her for it. It doesn't seem that Paige does.
Man, now I see why everyone is so anxious for book 2. I can't wait for it. I'm dying to read it. There are so many things that can happen. How will Penryn keep Paige fed? Will Obi and his people kick Penryn and her family to the curb once they realize Penryn isn't dead and with Paige's obvious transformation and her insane mother? How will Penryn find Raffe again? How will Raffe overcome being an angelic pariah now? Will someone be able to expose Uriel and reveal he's working with a demon? Surely, the angels that took on Raffe with Beliel that night Raffe's wings were taken know what's going on, but they obviously work for Uriel. Did Josiah have any clue what would happen to Raffe on the operating table? Did he get killed for what he knows? He knows what really happened to Raffe's wings. And that bitch Laylah. I wonder if she knew what was going to happen ahead of time. She told Raffe to wait an hour before going to her lab and took his wings with her. Must have been when she put them on Beliel. Looks like Penryn was more than right not to trust that chick. There's so much than can happen going forward. Can't wait to read it.(less)
Writing a review for this book isn't going to be easy. I feel really conflicted by it.
Quinn is a woman who has never felt normal. She can see things t...moreWriting a review for this book isn't going to be easy. I feel really conflicted by it.
Quinn is a woman who has never felt normal. She can see things that other people can't. Weird things happen to her when she goes through what she calls a Shimmer. These Shimmers seem to be glimpses into some other world. If she passes through one, her clothes change color. Because of this, she avoids moving around the city too much for fear that someone will witness one of these strange color changes.
One day, her little brother Zack's best friend Lily disappears. Considering there has been a rash of disappearances in the city, Quinn and Zack are understandably worried. While searching for her, Quinn sees one of the Shimmers. Zack notices her looking at something and sees Lily's pen on the ground. He reaches for it and Quinn freaks. She tries to stop him and they end up getting pulled into the Shimmer. Life goes to hell for both of them after that.
A lot happens, though most of it is the witnessing of torture and a lot of molestation. There's also a lot of the heroine being repeatedly lied to. Hell, the entire ending of the book is a lie. Her being lied to didn't bother me. It was that she continually fell for it. Even as she was promising herself she wouldn't trust Arturo again, every time, he tricked her. Returned her to her captor. Arturo's lying didn't bother me. He's a vampire. One of the things I did love about the book is the fact that the vampires do not apologize for being vampires. They pretty much revel in what they are. There were a few that didn't enjoy harming humans or serving a sadistic master, but they didn't apologize for being what they were.
What bothered me was the fact that Quinn was so helpless. She really had no chance of succeeding without anyone's help. The problem was that no one really tried to help her. Arturo definitely wasn't going to. He told her so repeatedly. By the time he did, it didn't really matter. I think he does like her more than he should, care more than he should. Still, it didn't really change anything. Even with what he did at the end, he still played Quinn for a fool. And she bought it lock, stock and barrel. It's clear she actually does have power and that it will obviously be useful to the vamps, but she spent so much of the book powerless, that that didn't matter, either. I was just so frustrated with her always giving in so easily when he touched her. He didn't hurt her physically, but he made a slave of her, gave her to someone much worse than he was and still she kept turning to him. I don't hold what Arturo did against him, but Quinn should have. Every time she started to hate him, she never held on to it. She was just too easy and honestly, I wanted something awful to happen to her. I didn't really like her. I admired her loyalty to her brother. That was certainly a point in her favor, but the things she did, kept pissing me off. And the way she would waver over her attraction to Arturo was just annoying as fuck. I just wanted to slap her a few times.
I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. I enjoyed it okay, but it didn't do it for me. I am curious as to see what will happen in the next book. Only because Arturo's lie will obviously have to come to light. No matter how much he seems to care for Quinn, she's still a means to an end for him. He's a vampire, he'll use her how he sees fit because she isn't just some normal human. But if he does what he said he will do, I can't possibly see him remaining her HEA. Of course, this is a UF, so there was no HEA, at least not yet. Besides, Lily still needs rescuing. I wonder how long this series can run, though. Either Quinn saves V.C. or she doesn't. If she does, will the series continue to follow her storyline or someone else's? I'll read the next book since I'm curious, but I don't think I'll be in a rush to do so. (less)
My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve alway...moreSynopsis:
My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.
It started with the discovery of a young woman’s brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I’ve been hired to restore. The clues to the killer—and to his other victims— lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I’ve vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.
I very much enjoyed this book. It's slow paced, but it gives it the feel of a creepy mystery and considering the subject matter, I think it's a good pace for the story and I didn't end up feeling bored. I was rather on edge with wanting to know what the hell was going on. I suspected who the killer might be, but I was not expecting it to play out the way that it did, so that was a big surprise. There were a few other surprises, too.
I like Amelia. She could use a confidence boost, though. She worries to much about what Devlin's wife looked like, what Camille looks like and whoever the mystery woman that Devlin had at his place that night she got spooked and called him looks like. Besides that, I like her quite a bit. I did find it interesting that she so easily ignored the rules she'd lived with up until then. I hope to learn just why she's so drawn to Devlin the way she is because that seemed just a little weird. I expect that kind of thing in a PNR, but I don't consider this PNR, so her overwhelming attraction seemed kind of strange. Especially considering he's as off limits as off limits can get.
I also hope to get a bit more characterization from Devlin as well. It becomes obvious after a while that he's as affected by Amelia as she is by him, but I didn't get that impression at first. There's still a lot to learn about this guy.
I very much enjoyed the mystery going on here. There's a lot we still don't know, though. I get why the killer had been doing what he was doing, though. At least it looks like Amelia won't have to worry about that guy, anymore, thank goodness. Or will she? We still don't really know what her father was talking about in regards to the "Others." I got the impression that was what those black shadows she kept seeing were, but in the end, they didn't attack her, so what's up with them?
Anyway, almost all of the other characters in this book seemed shady. Maybe Ethan Shaw isn't so bad, but I'm still not entirely sure about him or his dad. And Temple, too. Talk about defensive. I'm looking forward to the next book, though to get some answers. Especially about "Tom Gerrity." That lying liar. How is it that Amelia couldn't tell the truth about him? I really want to know that. And I really want to know why Devlin's ghost daughter seems to want to help Amelia, but his ghost wife seems to be on the dark side. So much to look forward to finding out...(less)