Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the...moreSynopsis:
Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...
I very much enjoyed this sequel. Alex ends up right in the middle of trouble once again and once again it mostly starts because of Luna. I'm glad she's still around, though I wanted to shake her a few times. I got where she was coming from, but she just wasn't hearing what Alex had to say. I don't blame her for wanting that curse gone, especially if the way to get rid of it was as easy as it sounded. She just wasn't trying to pay attention to the consequences of what she and her new pal Martin were up to. Alex for his part, could have handled the whole thing better. I'm glad he came to his senses. Too bad that once he had his revelation, the bad shit was already in progress.
Both Alex and Luna let themselves get played this time. As soon as Alex learned that Meredith was an enchantress, he should have sent her packing. They could have avoided a hell of a mess that way. Granted, if he had try to do that, she likely could have just used her magic to get him to change his mind. It seems to be the type of magic you can't really protect yourself against because you just can't tell when an enchantress is using her magic. Your thoughts may be your own, they may not be. And of course there was Luna getting involved with Martin. That little shit caused all kinds of problems. He ended up getting what he deserved, though. Good riddance.
Here's hoping Alex will be more careful about who he agrees to do work for from now on, too. Those Council members do so love using him for their own ends. This time things got really close to ending badly. Alex and his crew won in the end, but it was seriously a near thing.
Cinder and Rachel were around again this time, too. You would think those two would quit trying to use magic they can't handle, but they just don't. There was a surprising turn of events with those two that I didn't expect, but it actually worked out okay. My favorite part about that was seeing Cinder tell Alex he's a predator. I think Cinder's character assessment of Alex was pretty spot on. And then there's Garrick. I wonder if we'll be seeing him pop back up? And of course, Levistus is likely pissed at Alex all over again.
Alex has brought even more attention to himself with the conclusion of this latest case. What will happen to him if it's ever confirmed that he was directly involved with the disappearance of those Light mages? I think he and Luna have learned their lessons, though. Next time they're suspicious about someone, they'll pay closer attention.(less)
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 S...moreSynopsis:
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"]>(less)
Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be...moreSynopsis:
Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run – if he could even walk without a stick.
Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem – he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.
And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters. If they didn’t hate each other quite so much.
Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven – but not before they are hanged.
I hadn't meant to put finishing this off for so long. I think that by the time I'd reached the end of it, I must have needed to take a break from so much Epic Fantasy since it'd been all I'd been reading for two months and I set it aside and just never picked it back up. Not because there was anything wrong with it. There wasn't. I actually loved it more than the first book.
The journey is finally underway and the traveling companions couldn't stand each other any less. Some of them get a little closer during the journey, but there's always that wall. I was just happy that Jezal finally started to learn some respect for Logen. I hated the way he kept looking down on him, but his character seemed to have the most development in this book. Made him a lot more likable. And Ferro isn't so bad once you get to know her a little better. It seems in the end though, that all that journeying didn't pay off. I'm still wondering wtf has gotten into Quai. He's been acting really strange and I don't trust him. I'm not so sure I care much for Bayaz anymore, either. His temper is ugly.
I still very much like the chapters from Dogman's POV. They managed to get the Union to allow them to help, but lose one of their own in the mess. That was sad. Then there's West. He did something really unexpected and I can't be mad at him for that. Still, I'm conflicted over his character.
Glokta remains my favorite. His inner thoughts still amuse the hell out of me. He's gotten himself into a bind with Valint and Balk, though. I really hope he survives to the end. And gets rid of Arch Lector Sult somehow. I hate that man. I'm interested in seeing how he plays things out.
There's still Bethod and his damned Feared to defeat. What will Bayaz do now? Surely he won't still try to defeat Khalul? Will Ferro really try to go back south for vengeance? How will Jezal be received back home with his new looks? Will Logen ever be reunited with his friends? Will the king die and be replaced? Will Glokta find out the truth behind that murder? What about the Eaters? The Shanka? So much to wrap up.(less)
The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's ar...moreSynopsis:
The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's army, Whiskeyjack's Bridgeburners and former enemies - forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. And the Crippled God intends revenge.
Ripped apart. That's what this book did to me. True, for most of the book, our characters are marching. They're marching against a horrible empire, but it takes them forever to friggin' get there. However, along the way, many revelations come to light. We learn a whole lot about Silverfox. We learn some things about Onearm's Host. Some characters come together in love. Old gods descend and new ones ascend. Really old gods return and take their rightful place. Really, the gods are really involved in this book. They were in the first one as well, and a bit in the second, but really involved here. And well they should have been considering the threat was mostly to them. It just affects everyone else as a side effect.
Once again, we meet a lot of new characters and I knew they would somehow meet up with old favorites and man did they ever. I fell in love with some of these new characters. I hope to see some of them again and I will mourn the loss of others. I will definitely be mourning the loss of a lot of my favorites. One of my favorites, I thought was lost forever, but him, at least, I got back in another state. I wonder if I'll see him again. I can't be too sure, but if not, at least I'll know he's still out there somewhere in his new capacity. I appreciated getting to better know characters that were only seen as enemies of the Malazan's in Gardens of the Moon. This was thanks in big part to how amazing a man Whiskeyjack is. I love Whiskeyjack. (view spoiler)[That is one loss to make me cry over and over again. My heart broke during that scene. If only he'd let someone look at that leg! (hide spoiler)] Whiskeyjack gained himself a lover and a very unexpected friend. The friendship with Anomander Rake made me so happy even admist all of the darkness occurring elsewhere on Genabackis. There was a lot of pain and suffering here. A lot of it inflicted on one of my most favorite characters from book 1 that I had not expected to love so much. I knew he would come back in the series at some point, but I never would have guessed that it would be in the role that he played. He was so hurt, but he was rewarded, in the end. Thank goodness for that.
Another character I came to love was Itkovian, Shield Anvil of Fener. What an amazing person. His outcome was fitting, but I cried my eyes out. I'm just glad he was able to do what he was able to do. The two marines that followed Silverfox I also loved. As well as Trotts, Picker, Blend and Hedge of the Bridgeburners. Gruntle and Stonny the Daru caravan guards. It was awesome seeing the unexpected return of Kruppe. Murillio and Coll. I came to really love Korlat and Caladan Brood, too. As well as Tool, that rouge T'lan Imass. My favorite character of the series by far remains Quick Ben, though. I love that scheming ass mage. Him and his brain and his ego and that grin he wears when he's up to something. You and Paran did good, Quick.
The Mhybe frustrated me. I understood why she was running during those dreams, but I wanted to throttle her. I started out feeling awful for her, but quickly came to dislike her strongly. My feelings for her mirror my feelings for Felisin in Deadhouse Gates. She frustrated the living crap out of me. She finally did the right thing in the end, but she took she damned long!
Anyway, I was crying like a baby during the last 12% of this book. I'd cry and cry and then the action would move on, but then someone else died and was bawling all over again. I never expected to get so invested in the characters in this series. The gods interfere in their live so very much that it's insane. Most of them swear to good intentions, but they seem to make situations worse, more than not. Their help only ever seems to actually help when a human has bullied them into providing it-much like Quick Ben does to Hood and Paran's tirade to Nightchill.
There were some extremely disturbing scenes in this book. The Tenescowri... I need say no more. The amount of death didn't seem as bad as what happened on the level of Deadhouse Gates, but there was still quite a lot of it. Especially during the battle of Capustan and the liberation of Coral. The end of what happened at Coral was even more sad for me than what happened to Coltaine at the end of Deadhouse Gates when they finally make it to Aren.
I can't help but wonder if Fiddler and Kalam will learn of what happened to the Bridgeburners and Whiskeyjack...
I can't wait to read the next book. These books can be pretty black, but they aren't total despair. Toc and Gruntle's conversation after Itkovian's funeral, Quick Ben and Paran's visit to Moon's Spawn, Hetan meeting Onos Toolan and the epilogue in Darujhistan show me that. I have hope that they will hold out, yet. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprisin...moreDescription:
In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.
This was one hell of a wicked read. I cried. I despaired. I hoped.
But I kept getting punched in the face!
This book picks up some time after the events of book 1. Fiddler and Kalam are traveling with Apsalar and Crokus to supposedly take her home, but first, they have to make a pit stop. And they all end up on some insane adventures. Never saw that coming. Those journeys were quite enthralling, though. Just when I can't begin to see how so many storylines seeming to be so separate could end up being so entwined with one another. Book 1 was like that, too. Steven Erikson introduces these characters and have them wandering about and enduring battles and you're wondering what any of these people and events have to do with one another, only to have multiple elements converge and have their fates all wrapped up in one another, at least for a time.
It's amazing that things can seem so confusing and disjointed for a great deal of the book, yet I can't-and don't want to-stop reading. I always have to know what these characters' purposes are. Erikson does not give us any frivolous POVs. Even when some of these characters make me want to hurt them badly. *cough*Felisin*cough* I was disappointed at first that so many of my favorites from book 1 would not be in attendance this time around. But some really good ones were introduced here. We did get to see some familiar faces, at least. Fiddler, Kalam, Apsalar and Crokus all make a comeback. We also saw Shadowthrone and Cotillion again, too and learned their true identities. Quick Ben even had a cameo, sort of. It seems that rebellion is popping up all over the place where the Malazan Empire has entrenched itself. Seven Cities rises up in rebellion and so much slaughter follows. It was horrible. Yet so gripping to read.
I came to love so many of these characters and their fates are appalling. I think I may see the return of them and damn do I hope so.
I'm not sure what else to say. I'm glad I continued on with this series and I'm going right to book three.(less)
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapp...moreSynopsis:
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.
Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.
And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all - ideally by running away from it. But as he's discovering, old habits die really, really hard indeed...
...especially when Bayaz gets involved. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glotka, Jezal and Logen a whole lot more difficult...
I found myself liking this quite a lot. It was incredibly easy to read and I ended up seriously liking the characters of Glokta and Logen. Jezal I didn't care so much about. He's such an ass, but perhaps love will get him to be a little less of one. Who's to know, though, considering the woman he falls so hard for isn't all that great of a person herself. I enjoyed the POVs from Major West as well. I was shocked by something he does to his sister, though. That was awful. I was feeling pretty bad for him up until then. I'd probably have wanted to hurt her, too, though. I get how she was feeling. She may as well have been invisible in Adua being that she isn't of noble blood, but she was acting a fool, too. Still, he had no right to do what he did and it was a bit of an extreme reaction, even with everything else that was going wrong in his life.
Glokta was my definite favorite. So cynical, but damned smart. I loved his inner observations. He better watch his back, though. Arch Lector Sult wants power and he'll steamroll over anyone to get it. I don't doubt that he's been setting people up left and right to get what he wants. I like that Glokta doesn't seem to be doing what he's doing out of some need to grab as much power as possible, though. Yes, he tortures people for a living. After what he went through, you'd think he would hate anyone that used torture in any capacity, but all it seemed to do was make him extremely good at his job. And good at it he is. I honestly believe the man is completely loyal to the crown (despite the fact that the king is a fat, lazy idiot), but he will look out for himself should it come to that. Hell, he doesn't even know why he tortures people. He's always asking himself "why do I do this?" and yet he continues to do it. I hope he finds an answer to his question. Also, I'd like to huggle him. He'd probably beat me with his cane if I tried, but I'd try, anyway.
Then there's Logen Ninefingers. A Named Man from the North. The book starts off with him nearly getting himself killed by Flatheads aka Shanka. He manages to survive, and believing his friends all dead, he decides to head South after speaking with some spirits and discovering that a Magus is looking for him. He goes and finds the guy and ends up traveling with him even further south to collect some more people to travel even further south. Logen is a bit out of his element during all of this, but he sticks with it. He doesn't really want to know what's going on, but it beats staying in the north where an old friend turned enemy is now calling himself a king and would likely take his head as soon as he saw him. Turns out, too, that Logen is quite the killer. Bloody-Nine he's called and I'd thought I'd seen him fighting pretty damn well earlier on in the book. Then the Practicals tried to kill him at the end and I really saw who Bloody-Nine was. A well deserved name if ever there was one...
I also found myself really liking the characters of Bayaz the First of the Magi, Dogman and Black Dow. These are some men with a lot of blood on their hands and still they're trying to help people in their way. Even if those people don't want to take them seriously.
I really enjoyed the way the storylines of the main characters converge after a while. I was wondering how they had anything to do with one another, but it seems that they do, indeed. The fact that they can't stand each other just makes for more fun reading. The writing style of this book is light and can actually be pretty funny at times. It doesn't take itself too seriously, even with the dark moments and scenes full of blood, death and torture.
I'm looking forward to continuing the series. Will Glokta uncover secrets of the Arch Lector's? Will Logen, Ferro and Jezal be able to help Bayaz put a stop to Khalul the creator of Eaters and the shadow Emperor in the south? Will Jezal be less of an asshole? Will the Union beat back the Northmen and get Bethod out of Angland? Will Dogman and the others ever learn that Logen isn't dead? So much to look forward to.(less)
I found this a bit slow to start at first. Especially after we got to know the main players in the Empire and then suddenly, there was a whole new set...moreI found this a bit slow to start at first. Especially after we got to know the main players in the Empire and then suddenly, there was a whole new set in Darujhistan. I had a hard time connecting the dots at first, but then things started making sense and I just had to know how events would play out. I was very surprised by the way things turned out. I was hugely surprised the first time Whiskeyjack used that magic item and the conversation with Dujek revealed that they knew so much more than they lead their men to believe.
I loved all of the Bridgeburners. Can't wait to read about the next mess they get themselves mixed up in.(less)
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art—and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never...moreSynopsis:
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art—and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly—and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.
But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics—and cultivate a flair for death.
I loved this. It's not surprising. I love Brent Weeks's writing. I got started on this and didn't want to stop. I only did when I was in danger of passing out. What an interesting world this was. It started out pretty dark. It wasn't quite so dark once get past the beginning and Azoth's first kill and what happens to Jarl and Doll Girl, but there are some moments.
In the beginning, we meet Azoth as a scared little boy trying to look after his friends while living in the filth of the Warrens in Cenaria. He isn't the best person, but he tries. Too bad he and his friends are living under the thumb of a psycho. And this psycho turns out to be someone of some importance. He's a horrible person and I didn't feel sorry for him over what Azoth did to him. He deserved it.
I did feel bad for Azoth and everything that came of doing what he did. And for taking so long to do it. Rat was a terrible person and if he hadn't waited, Doll Girl wouldn't have gotten hurt. But he was basically 10 years old. You can't really expect it to be easy for a 10 year old to kill someone so much bigger than he is even if it is a horrible person they'd be getting rid of. Even if doing this one thing would lead him to getting what he wants most-to be the apprentice of the best wetboy around. Someone that could teach him to be strong and how not to be afraid all of the time.
Too bad he learns after a while that he really isn't cut out for the life of a wetboy. He's good at it. Really good at it, but he doesn't like what he turns into. But in the end, he really steps up. As Kylar Stern, he feels love and makes some friends. He has people he cares about, though he tries so hard to give up on love as part of the deal that he made with Durzo, but he just can't do it. Kylar does some things that don't paint him in the best light, but he does some good, too. I really, really liked him.
I liked Durzo, too, despite everything. He had some moments where he just seemed like a horrible person. It turns out that he had at least some reasons for doing what he was doing. I, like Kylar, believed him in the end when (view spoiler)[he told Kylar that HE was the one that cut Doll Girl's face in order to get him to finally kill Rat (hide spoiler)]. Turns out, he hadn't done that. He needed the ka'kari to bond with Kylar, though. Durzo was definitely a man of extremes. I could never really tell what side he was on, but it turns out he was doing the right thing all along. Except for when it came to the woman he loved. That whole thing with him, Momma K and her sister Vonda was a mess. (view spoiler)[And then he goes and dies without learning the truth that the woman he loved was actually the one to bear his child. Seriously, what a mess. (hide spoiler)] I'm glad that Kylar learned from their fucked up mistake. I hope he gets his chance to be happy.
I'm hoping Logan will survive as himself down there in that Hole, too. If anyone can do it, it's him.
There were so many plots within plots going on here and revelations left and right! It was all just so exciting. I do hope that Dorian knows what he's doing. He left Curoch there and now a Highlander has it (doesn't know what it is), but Dorian's father is there and he DEFINITELY knows what it is. And Kylar better watch his back. I don't think the Godking will let him get away with killing his son. They think that the Night Angel is possibly dead, but no body, no proof.
Honestly, there's a lot that happened in this book that I could talk about, but I won't since it'd tempt me to go too much into spoilers. All I really need to say is that this was an excellent read and I loved it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, bu...moreSynopsis:
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.(less)
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mage...moreSynopsis:
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future--allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.
But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none...
I ended up liking this book quite a bit. I really like Alex. He's snarky. And he's resourceful. When you're a diviner, you have to be considering everyone else has magic that is much more physical than your own. He tends to have to come up with creative ways to keep himself from getting killed. He also pretty much has to always be on his guard. When he isn't, the bad guys tend to get the drop on him. So far, he's managed to get through things without dying, but the events in this book pretty much put him back on the radars of everyone he doesn't want anything to do with. That's basically every mage there is.
An acquaintance of his even manages to get dragged into things. She's actually the one that's pretty much responsible for Alex really getting involved in the first place. Others tried convincing him, but he always managed to turn them down. Sometimes violently. It's times like those when being a diviner really comes in handy.
I liked Luna as well. It seems there's really a girl underneath all of that sadness with a real personality. You don't realize it at first because Luna is pretty shut down. But when she has a chance to blossom, she's pretty awesome. I'm glad Alex has her as a friend. If he didn't, who knows how things would have turned out for either of them. I hope to see Luna grow some more and I really hope something can be done about that nasty curse she's carrying.
The bad guys in this are basically sadistic, power-hungry douchebags. I didn't like them. I do wonder if we'll see Rachel again, though. She's nuts and I wouldn't put it past her to try to take Alex out. That goes doubly for Cinder. I guess I'll just have to read and see.(less)
Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake...moreSynopsis:
Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.
Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.
I ended up enjoying this book more than I expected to. A few of my GR friends read the series, but I've put it off. I didn't think I'd like it much. Turns out I was wrong. Go figure.
I actually ended up liking Celia quite a bit. She's a pretty strong heroine. She has her vulnerabilities and faults, but they don't seem to get in the way of what she needs to do. She's very professional in her job even when she can't stand the client. It turns out that she should have gone with her first instinct and not taken the job because the night ends really damned badly. When she wakes up, she's changed. Not completely, but enough so as to have some people consider her a monster because she's now an abomination. Despite that, Celia has remarkable self-control and keeps from attacking others despite getting hungry or angry. A childhood trauma and the therapy she's taken in the past seem to responsible for that. Lucky for Celia or she'd like have ended up losing her head. There also seems to be another aspect to her that helps her out as well. When her grandmother finally fesses up about it at the end of the book, safe to say, Celia is shocked. It doesn't stop her from using her new-found abilities when she's in a pinch, though. Granted, she's been using them since she hit puberty, she just didn't know it.
There are quite a few things going on in this book. Celia needs to find her sire before he tries to kill her or finish changing her. She ends up getting more involved in the plot surrounding the events of her change, though. We actually only ever saw her sire try to contact her the once and then I practically forgot all about him. When he was taken care of, it was in a way I sure didn't see coming. The offer that came with it was the same way. The way the plot surrounding the royal family from Rusland came to a close was exciting and definitely a close call. It seems, demons are on the move. I wonder what they have planned?
The secondary characters seem interesting enough. I'd have liked to actually get to know Celia's best friend Vicki. We really only see her through memories and then (view spoiler)[as a ghost. She seems like she was a good person, but as readers, we don't get to know her for ourselves. Kevin intrigues me. He's got lots of secrets. I want to know what he's been up to and what he's up to now. Bruno seems like a good guy, but he didn't wow me. I was surprised we didn't see the vampire Edgar again since Celia took out two of his companions. Jones is someone I want to know more about, but I get the feeling he may not be a major character in the series. Dawna is sweet and a good friend. I hope she gets the help she needs. I'm guessing we'll see John Creed again. He seems to be into Celia, so that should be interesting. I don't really give a rat's ass about Celia's mom, but for Celia's sake, I hope someone can get through to that woman. And of course after meeting Celia's cousin in the last few pages of the book, I'm definitely interested in that side of Celia's family. Not sure if I'll like Adriana, but she could turn out to be interesting.
There are things that I want to see play out, so I may continue the series. I haven't made up my mind mainly because some of the Amazon reviews I read make me a bit leery, but I like Celia as a character and I'm curious to see how she continues to handle her condition and the knowledge of what she's been all along although she just didn't know it. I'll probably come back to the books, but not right away despite how much I enjoyed this one. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)