Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. AnSynopsis:
Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn't bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt.
I think I enjoyed Magic Slays on my second reread more than I did when I read it the first time. It felt more intense this time around and I really loved it.
Kate's business that Curran gave her at the end of Magic Bleeds is struggling. Since leaving the Order, Ted Monyahan has been besmirching her name and she hasn't had a single case. Then the next thing you know, the People show up and there's a disaster, then the Red Guard shows up and offers Kate a case. She takes it because she needs to reestablish her credibility and the money wouldn't hurt, either.
During this time, Andrea comes back and Kate finally learns that she was promoted and retired and she's basically been moping the whole time. So Kate hires her. This case turns out to be really weird and when Kate goes to see one of the Oracle witches she previously met for some help, she learns some hard truths about her mother and stepfather. And ends up questioning why Curran is really with her. He ends up proving to her that it's because he loves her. He doesn't give a damn about her power or trying to use it against Roland. I do believe that finally puts Kate's trust issues-at least where Curran is concerned-to rest. I hope so, anyway.
We also get introduced to a new character in Ascanio. I love him. He's a brat, but getting his ass kicked by Julie, Derek and then doing all that he could to protect Julie seems to be putting him on the path to getting his act together. I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
The crisis this time brought all of the magic community together. That, I really liked. You can tell certain sects just don't like each other (the scene in the Western Sizzlin' with the family feud between the witches and the volhvs was pure win), yet if they didn't work together, that machine would have destroyed them all. I know Kate and the Pack hate the People with a passion, but part of me just can't help it but to have a soft spot for Ghastek, despite his being an asshole most of the time. Go figure. I feel the same about Saiman, too. Probably, I'm just twisted.
It was nice to see that Derek's sense of humor isn't completely gone and he seems to be working to better himself. I also love the continued presence of Barabas and Jezebel. Jennifer has suffered tragedy (and it happens again), but I'd love it if she'd quite being a bitch to Kate. It sucks what happens right at the end of the battle, I just hope she doesn't take that out on anyone else.
One of my main reasons for loving this series is that despite all of the death, the destruction and gore, Kate, Curran, Derek and Andrea still find time to make jokes and be humorous. Even Ghastek makes a joke here and there. And like I said, the scene between the volhvs and witches is pure win. Ilona Andrews sure knows how to make me laugh. I love that Kate and Curran still have time for romance as well. I love the interaction between characters in these books. And rereading the first five has proved to me that this truly is one of my most favorite series ever and I'm damn sure it will stay that way....more
Nice beginning to the series. Secret is a pretty cool chick. Some events moved a little too quickly for my tastes, such as her relationships with LucaNice beginning to the series. Secret is a pretty cool chick. Some events moved a little too quickly for my tastes, such as her relationships with Lucas and Desmond. Did they have to happen that fast? She doesn't even know them at all. Even so, they seem like good guys. Perhaps they will be good for her. I'd like to see if she ever chooses just one of them.
The story did move along pretty well. Secret's already confusing existence becomes even more so once she realizes a bad vamp from her past has come back to bite her once more. She meets some lovely werewolf men and discovers they both have the potential to be her soul mate, she's a princess and stops an almost vamp/were revolution. She almost dies twice doing it, but somehow, Secret comes through in one piece without her secret being as secret as it was before.
At least now, she has some more allies, but the book leaves off on a cliffy with the possibility of her losing one of them. I have to wonder just how much Sig knows and if he is up to anything sneaky. With such old vamps, they usually are.
I'll continue on with this series to see how more confusing Secret's life will get....more
Oh man! So much game change in this book. I don't even know where to begin without going all spoilery. I honestly don't know where the series will goOh man! So much game change in this book. I don't even know where to begin without going all spoilery. I honestly don't know where the series will go from here, but needless to say, I am happy for Tohr. And I love you, Lassiter.
I am torn on how to feel about Xcor and his Band of Bastards. If they weren't so hellbent on knocking off Wrath, I could seriously like those guys. I've got a soft spot for Xcor, Throe and Zypher. They've got hidden depths to them, but I see so much conflict on the horizon and I don't know how to feel about it. And now, a character I never expected to be in the middle of all this is right smack in the middle. I do not envy her that position. Especially with the assumption Xcor made at the end of the book. His need to protect will cause all kinds of nastiness to pop off.
I wonder how long it's going to take Wrath and the rest of the Brotherhood to realize what John and Xhex did. Wonder if they'll get in trouble for that. Qhuinn won't be happy, I'm sure, but the situation he and Layla are now in is going to tie up a whole lot of shit in knots. Especially considering where Layla's heart now seems to lie. I don't see her getting past that. Too many people in that mix. Especially since Qhuinn seems to have finally come to a decision with regards to Blay. I am DYING to see how that will play out. I've been on the BlayxQhuinn bandwagon from jump. I don't want to see Saxton hurt, but I'm wondering if that can be at all avoided. And while Blay knows what happened THAT NIGHT, how will he deal with the aftermath? He's had his heart shredded by Qhuinn so many times already and while he may not know the reasoning for why Qhuinn did it, will he be able to accept what's coming? Drama, drama, drama.
Man, I cannot wait for this time next year for the next book in the series. Sometimes, I feel like it should be a guilty pleasure, but I just love it all too much. I just don't know what the hell is going to happen!...more
Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change.Synopsis:
Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
So, I actually wrote this before and closed the damn tab before I finished. Now I have to write it all over again!
As you can see by the stars above, I very much enjoyed my return to the world of Mercy Thompson. There was just the right amount of mystery and action that I needed. Honestly, I didn't want to stop reading this book. I had a difficult time making myself stop reading when I should have been doing things like work. It's been nearly two years since a book came out for this series and I got sucked right back in. There were a few things that I'd forgotten about considering how long it's been, but that didn't hamper my reading.
The book starts off with Mercy out shopping with Jesse when she has something like a panic attack. She doesn't know what causes it, but once she gets a text from Bran and can't seem to reach anyone in the Pack, she realizes something is wrong and heads to her garage with Jesse. There, they find Ben and Gabriel and Ben tells her what happened. It turns out that some humans claiming to be federal agents have used an old tranq that works on werewolves and kidnapped the Pack. Mercy learns even more when she uses the mate bond to find out how Adam is doing. She even sees a member of the Pack become lost to them because Adam freaks out the guy seemingly in charge a little too much. That was a pretty sad moment. I really didn't see that coming. I'm happy that retribution was delivered.
I very much enjoyed the chapters from Adam's POV. Adam was one of the early alpha male characters that I met when I started reading UF. Some people find him bland, but I've always liked him. I like that despite thinking of himself as a monster, he still does what is needed to keep those under his protection as safe as possible and his POVs showed that. He nearly took that all the way to the grave. Thank goodness for Mercy making it so that he wouldn't have had to.
Mercy has really grown as a character. She takes back up when going into dangerous situations, at least. The vampires sure pulled one over her until it was too late to do anything about it. But she did figure out some of the plot. Good for her. Marsilia sure didn't like that, but she didn't hesitate to use Mercy when she could. What will this spell for relations between the Pack and the seethe, I wonder? And will someone succeed in outing the vamps one of these days? That sure will change things. The fae and the wolves already have humans on edge, I think they wouldn't be able to handle knowing vamps are real, too.
I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here. Thank goodness there wasn't a cliffhanger....more
**spoiler alert** Sydney Sage, breaking hearts, her own.
So, at first, I wasn't sure how to feel about this book. It was kind of slow at first. It turn**spoiler alert** Sydney Sage, breaking hearts, her own.
So, at first, I wasn't sure how to feel about this book. It was kind of slow at first. It turned out to be more of a character development book and that's fine with me as character development is really important to me. The characters went through a lot in the romance area of this book, though there was some action in the middle and at the end.
It turns out that Clarence wasn't so crazy after all. Our little group found this out the hard way this time around. Luckily, no one died. A miracle, really.
Sydney as a MC still leaves me feeling very seesawed. I can't decide how I feel about her. Probably because I don't connect with her well. Her life, while not exactly safe, has been too sheltered when it comes to interaction with people. I'm not the most social person, but some of these social cues aren't that hard to figure out. I guess it is good that she didn't jump to conclusions about what others were feeling, but her tendency to think so much can be frustrating. It's not her fault she's so analytical, but it just makes her a little hard to relate to. I do feel bad for her considering her situation. Her mission causes her to question her loyalty to the Alchemists. The Moroi and dhampir don't seem so bad. The ones that she knows aren't. But events this time around forced her to see that humans have their bad apples, too. It can't be so cut and dried between vampires and humans, except for the Strigoi. In the end, she decides that her loyalty to the Alchemists trumps whatever she might feel personally for a vampire, at least on an intimate level. Not to mention she can't completely overcome her prejudices. That scene hurt to read.
Speaking of that, poor Adrian. Always after the wrong girl. I'd be surprised if they don't find a way to be together by the end of the series, but for now, it's not going to work. Things just can't go right for him on a consistent basis. Every time he makes some good process, something comes and sets him back.
Then there's the triangle between Eddie, Angeline and Jill. That, I probably should have seen coming, but no, Richelle Mead had to torture more characters. Just as Jill realizes she can't have a relationship with Micah and hopes to someday give Eddie a chance, Eddie decides Angeline isn't so bad afterall and asks her out instead. So now, Jill's got a hurt heart, too. Though what are Eddie and Angeline going to do about their relationship in public? They can't flaunt it because they have a cover story of being relatives. Seems awkward to me.
I'm sure that picture in the magazine in the end will come back to bite everyone in the ass. I know Jill wants to model and even though they weren't in a studio environment, she never should have let Lia take those photos. That was dumb on Jill's part, but I so want someone to kick Lia's ass. She might not be aware of the situation, but that was so pushy and she'd been warned to leave them alone. Someone needs to do something about her.
The stuff with Trey was a surprise, but only because I didn't expect that to happen with his character. After a while, I knew he was going to have something to do with the other stuff going on. At least it doesn't seem to have messed up his friendship with Sydney.
I wonder what's going to happen in the next book exactly. The peace of the little group is certainly going to be strained now. And will things come back around to the issue of Sydney's blood? And will she use more magic? Guess I'll find out in February....more
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, wherSynopsis:
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.
So I finally sucked it up and read this book. I've had it since it was released last year, but I kept putting off. I remember hearing very mixed reactions at the time and I wasn't sure if I was going to continue the series. I wasn't a big fan of what happened in Drink Deep and I've wanted to kick Mallory's ass ever since. That book was driving me nuts because the bad guy was right there in everyone's faces and they just weren't seeing it. It made no sense to me and I was a bit flabbergasted. Then there was that resurrection and I'm still not entirely sure as to how I feel about that.
So I finally read this because it's just been sitting on my TBR for too long and I was starting to get curious. While I was reading it, I was enjoying the experience. When Merit is around, things tend to go to Crazy Town. The book starts out with Merit and Ethan in Nebraska hunting down Mallory before she gets her paws on the book of all evil again when they encounter Seth Tate who's apparently been pardoned by that idiot mayor woman. They still have no clue what he is, but then he uses lots of magic and damn near kills them. He wants the book, too. Good and evil must be in balance, according to him and he's willing to kill Merit and Ethan in order to keep them out of their way.
Long story short, (view spoiler)[the book gets destroyed, Merit and Ethan gain a new pet sorceress, one Tate becomes two, Mallory goes to work for the shifters as a kind of magical rehab, we find out what Tate really is and craziness ensues (hide spoiler)]. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the way things worked out with Tate. It was certainly an interesting twist and I so didn't see it coming. It just felt in a weird way that the character was redeemed, but it could have been set up to play out this way from the start. I feel that same way about Mallory. I kind of wanted her to get killed off. Not go into rehab. At least she doesn't just get a clean slate. Still, I was hoping for something more severe.
Then it was discovered that even though Mallory didn't complete that familiar spell, Ethan is still connected to her. And her mood swings are his mood swings. This freaks him out and he pushes Merit away and their interactions begin to irritate me for the majority of the book. Around 81%, he gets his act together and they seem to come together as a true couple. I do hope they stay that way. The back and forth between them through the series has been maddening. Just because the series isn't close to over is no excuse for them not to settle down together. I just want things to be one way or the other. Together or not together.
I am intrigued with the way the story has turned regarding Cadogan House and the GP. The GP seems pretty useless to me. They'd like for the vamps to play ostrich and mind their business, much like the Order has been doing. It seems Cadogan is taking a very important step now. I'm curious as to how that will play out. I do enjoy the vamp politics portion of this series the most, but I'm still not quite decided on whether or not I will continue. It's something to think about as things have certainly taken an interesting turn.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Very good first novel in Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series, a spin-off of her Night Huntress series. I had expected Vlad to get his own book in theVery good first novel in Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series, a spin-off of her Night Huntress series. I had expected Vlad to get his own book in the Night Huntress World spin-off like Spade and Mencheres, did, but he got his own series. After reading the book, I think that's appropriate. Vlad is too complex of a character to have his issues and HEA told and resolved in one book.
I found the book very absorbing story-wise. One thing I was happy about is that Vlad was resolved from the get-go to seduce Leila. He didn't pussyfoot around about that. Vlad has always been blunt in his honesty and I've always loved that about him. He tells her what things will be like between them from jump and it's up to her whether or not she will deal with it or not. She decides to go for it once it becomes clear that she can't resist him the way she wants to. And she's all in. Really all in. She hates it when she realizes that. In the end, though, she becomes determined that she won't be the only one to feel so strongly and I say, go for it girl! I think she's good for Vlad and really like her as a heroine. She does do that run off on her own thing once, but she wasn't stupid about it. So at least she didn't have any of the annoying heroine tendencies that can piss me off. I was glad when she came to embrace her abilities. She was ruthless in using them, but anything less and she'd have been extremely dead. I hope the darkness she now recognizes in herself will be explored more in the next book.
Vlad wasn't quite the comedian he has been in the main series, but in this book, we see him in a different setting than what we are used to. In this book, he's surrounded by his people and we've only seen a glimpse of that once in the NH series when Cat was staying at his place for a while. Still, I thought he had his moments of sarcasm and I loved them. He was still his charmingly frightening self. What isn't there to love about Vlad?
I loved the story basically starts right away. We got some background on Leila and then the craziness got underway. I liked that there wasn't unnecessary build up. There was a break in things before the story really amped up, but that is normal. Vlad's enemy that started all of this turned out to be an interesting person. The ending was also interesting. It was definitely a Happy For Now as people described, but that's not surprising considering this is to be a trilogy. I wonder if the HEA will be delayed until the very last book. I also wonder if JF will go the route of her other heroines and have Leila changed over so that she can live forever with Vlad.
Definitely looking forward to the next book in 2013....more
I love this series. Even when I feel like Jane is taking too much responsibility for Bad Things Happening onto herself. A lot of the crap that happensI love this series. Even when I feel like Jane is taking too much responsibility for Bad Things Happening onto herself. A lot of the crap that happens is not her fault and the people that blame her for it need to understand that, including herself.
A lot happened in this book. We finally find out what Evangelina was up to and honestly, she got what she deserved in the end. Her family is going to have to understand that. Evan needs to understand that the situation with the two wolves was not really Jane's fault. Not everything she does is putting his family in danger. The majority of that danger came from Evangelina. Yes, the wolves wanted to revenge, but I just can't see them showing up in NC as being Jane's fault. I'm hoping at some point that Jane will realize that she isn't at fault for everything that happens. There was no way to know that Evangelina was going to turn into a blood-witch and use that stupid diamond for nefarious purposes.
I still love Beast. I wonder how long until she starts talking to Jane again. What's got her being so quiet? Was she gone and then came back? Did she simply bury herself down deep? If so, why did she do it during that botched spell? Something had to have happened and it's going to bug me all the way until October when the fifth book comes out.
We got to see more of Gregorie this time around. I'd nearly forgotten all about him. I'm thinking Leo doesn't care who Jane is bound to as long as it's to someone in service to him. Still, Leo *swoon*. I'm such a sucker for vamps. I like Gregorie, too. Jane sure has a lot of guys to keep off of her person. It seems she still wants to be with Ricky Bo. What will happen with Bruiser? Will Leo still try to make a move? And will Gregorie be going after her as well? He obviously Did Things to her during that healing. Jane's romantic life is complicated. I know by now that most readers probably want her to pick just one, but I don't think that's going to happen. Even if she does, I can't think of who would be the best one for her. There's problems with all of them.
From the end of the book, it seems Jane is going to remain in Leo's service. She still has that Enforcer thing to deal with since she opened her big mouth. I guess she'll be going back to New Orleans. Molly, Big Evan and the rest of the fam don't seem to want her around, save for Angie Baby and maybe Little Evan, so she definitely won't be staying in NC. Damn that cliffhanger. I don't wanna wait until October for book 5....more
So, I'm not sure where to start with this. It took me a little bit to get drawn into the book, but once I did, I was able to just keep reading until ISo, I'm not sure where to start with this. It took me a little bit to get drawn into the book, but once I did, I was able to just keep reading until I'd finished.
I very much enjoyed the early part of the book where there was so much police work and work with SWAT. I loved the introduction of Marshal Arlen Brice and sincerely hope that there is no ulterior motive there with him being as nosy as he was. I hope like hell he hasn't lied to Anita. I loved seeing Anita working with Zerbrowski and Dolph again. I'd missed those interactions a lot and hadn't realized just how much until they were so present again. Jessica Arnet needs her ass kicked. I can't believe she threatened Jean-Claude. She needs to get over that obsession with Nathaniel. And then warning Anita off of Brice? And getting up in her face when Anita brought Pride to the station as one of her guards? That bitch needs to go and I hope she gets put in her place soon.
Speaking of people being put in their place, Larry got what he deserved and it looks like Anita's friendship with him is completely over. I can't believe he aired that drama in the police station and with a new Marshal in their area. He had no right.
There was a lot of the issue of Anita being a monster/evil in this book. I'm hoping that after that big blowup with Larry, the convo with Zerbrowski and Brice and the loyalty from the members of SWAT have finally helped put that issue to bed. It's come up to often and I'm ready for her to start actually trying to move past it.
Then the book took a serious emotional turn and the sex ramped up. First, it was Nathaniel and Micah, "the talk" with Sin, Asher having a hissy fit in which he pissed off Dev, hurt Anita, caused Nicky to kick Ares's ass, hurt Sin, piss off Nathaniel and force Jean-Claude to send him into a one month long exile. I loved Asher, but that love is seriously starting to wan. His character is being ruined for me, much like Richard's was because LKH won't let him work past his issues. He won't even try. Like Anita, Jean-Claude, Dev and Nathaniel, I can't take anymore of him. Asher lost a man who loves him because of his jealousy and insecurity. He lost Nathaniel as a sub and possibly Anita as a lover with that dumbass stunt he pulled. If Jean-Claude decides he can't come back, it will make me sad, but very unsurprised. That part of the book hurt me to read as did Anita having to go comfort Dev because of Asher's idiocy. He'd really loved him, but he still needed sex with women. He wasn't looking for love with one, just sex and Asher couldn't handle it. He's never been able to handle sharing. He's too jealous of just about every person there. He should have left on his own a long time ago. If LKH keeps his character around, I really hope she actually has him work on this issue because I can't read much more of this. That nearly ruined the book for me.
I will admit that I liked Anita getting it on with Nicky. I love Nicky, I really do. However, those sex scenes probably did not need to be that long. I think she made them so long to show just what it is that made what happened to Nicky when they were done more obvious, but damn that took up a lot of pages. Even the sex with Dev went into more description that I thought was really necessary. I mean, she'd practically just had sex with Nicky with no real rest inbetween.
Anyway, the end was pretty dramatic. I suppose the best part about it was seeing how many members of the police force are actually supportive of her no matter how they may feel about her personal life. At least maybe this along with the talk she had with Sin early in the book has helped her clarify her feelings for him. Also, I liked that Nicky sees them as his family now. He's not as far gone as he's always come across. He seems to be able to feels things that are his own.
I still don't know where this series is going now with the biggest of Big Bads gone. Even the vampire in this book wasn't really the villain. He just made villains out of a bunch of lesser vamps without actually intending to. That part was actually kind of lame and actually hit home that this was a filler book. That's what it felt like to me. It didn't really contribute to the overall series, but there were a few books like that in the series. Still, this late in the game, we don't really need filler books. It makes it even more difficult to figure out where she's planning to go with this. How is it going to end? No clues about that at all from this book. Other than the issue with there possibly being an American vamp council set up, that was barely talked about, but it doesn't sound like an overarching story unless the former council members will come to the U.S. and try to take over like some of those "free" vamps feared. But, since there was no real hint or direction, it's impossible to say....more
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently,Synopsis:
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.
Yeah, that part sucks.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?
Another favorite in the series. Not my most favorite, but damned good. Karen Chance always makes me happy with her insane action scenes and crazy plots that always manage to make sense to me somehow.
Several things became much easier for me to understand after reading this. I know understand how Roger Palmer gained the reputation that he had. It now makes sense as to when Artemis and Roger met. Those things had been nagging at me. But after learning so much about Cassie's parents this time around, I am now not sure how I feel about them. Cassie's mother has a history with the demons that is really ugly. It threw a lot of hate onto Cassie from the demons by association. Getting their help was suddenly not so easy.
I was happy to see so much of Caleb and Casanova this time around. I fall for Caleb a little more every time that I see him. And Casanova may be a shrieking mess, but he can hold his own, most of the time.
Of course, most of this book was set on Cassie getting Pritkin out of hell. I won't say too much about that so that I don't spoil anyone. It sure as hell wasn't easy and made the book end in a way that makes me want to tear my hair right out of my head. I can't believe KC did that! Omg! The good thing about this book, though, was so much Pritkiny goodness. Especially once he seemed to have decided the end was nigh and started saying some things to Cassie that I REALLY wish he had been able to finish saying!
There was a huge lack of Mircea, but considering he's off in NY dealing with Dory, that's not really any kind of a surprise. Cassie certainly thinks of him a few times and then there was that mind sex... We also learn a bit more about why Mircea is so tuned in to Cassie's thoughts. We also get a bit more about how Cassie is tired of him keeping her in the dark and how she doesn't really know anything about him. But, she also still cares for him a great deal and does not like keeping things from him. With that connection he has, though, it makes me wonder just how much he really does know. And of course there's that conversation with Marlowe that Cassie overheard when she and Jonas went back to the past about him trying so very hard to gain an audience with a Pythia even before joining the Senate. I hope we hear more about that soon.
We get a lot of our usual humor that you'd expect from this series. Cassie and her jiggly boobs and her being Australia... We also see Cassie use some abilities that she didn't know she could use before now. She does something to Jules that was a real shock! I couldn't believe it! I can't wait to see more fallout from that.
The scene I most wanted to see-the Cassie/Dory meet scene-hasn't happened, yet. I'm hoping that it will be in the next book which I'm hoping isn't too far off since KC has already released the title for book 7. I have to know what's going to happen! Especially with Cassie's new quest!...more
Ok, I like this series, but Secret's interactions with Lucas this book were annoying. It also feels like Desmond is really into showing his feelings.Ok, I like this series, but Secret's interactions with Lucas this book were annoying. It also feels like Desmond is really into showing his feelings. And are we back to pretending that Secret and Holden aren't into each other?
Also, she sure loves walking into traps.
I was surprised by the identity of the big bad, but I like the new character of Nolan.
Now with new duties and abilities, what mess will Secret get into next?...more
**spoiler alert** I read fast. This was nice little inbetween book between books 2 and 3. I love you, Holden Chancery. Talk about a bloody Christmas!**spoiler alert** I read fast. This was nice little inbetween book between books 2 and 3. I love you, Holden Chancery. Talk about a bloody Christmas! The big bad this time around was plenty freaky and gruesome. It was awesome how those cases ended up intersecting each other. I wasn't expecting the monster this time to be what it was. I liked seeing Nolan again. Glad he's sticking around. Secret got some help from a really unexpected source and managed to meet the family of her sweetie Desmond and made sure they had a really merry Christmas.
Tyler Nowakowski is back on the scene, so if you haven't read The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters, you really should, or you may wonder where he came from. I wonder what his problem is, though. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him in the future. Just one you think someone is a one off character, you never know when they may come back in a later book. Sierra Dean surprised me with that one.
The book had just enough story to make it a nice transition between the previous book and the next one due out in March. I can't wait to see what happens next time. What big bad will Secret go up next? Will Lucas ever get some now that Holden is determined to make sure he gets his chance? You are a popular woman, Secret McQueen....more
Investigator for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Kate Daniels keeps humans safe in Atlanta. But when her werewolf friend Derek is dyingSynopsis:
Investigator for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Kate Daniels keeps humans safe in Atlanta. But when her werewolf friend Derek is dying in human form, from attack by the mysterious Reaper team at the Midnight Games, she and Curran, the Beast Lord, must fight together to win the Wolf Diamond topaz and save his Pack and her friends.
This is definitely still one of my top favorites in the series. I love the tournament and I loved all interactions between Kate and Curran.
Kate has become more and more attached to various members of the Pack, especially Derek. And when it seems he's in trouble, she wants to help him, only he doesn't let her. And when that trouble finds him, Kate feels awful about it....more
Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father andSynopsis:
Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father and best kept secret, Roland, and the shape-shifter Pack, led by her mate-to-be Curran, the Lord of the Beasts. But her look-alike aunt Erra, Babylon's god of chaos and terror, has come to town controlling seven naked warriors: Deluge (flood water), Tremor (earth quake), Gale (hurricane wind), Torch (fire inferno), Venom (disease poison), Beast (animal monster), and Darkness (overpowering dread).
This is the one! This is the one that's my favorite book in the series. All kinds of hell breaks loose here, but we finally get what we've been waiting for in Kate and Curran's relationship, too. This is where they become one of my all-time favorite UF couples even though I'm extremely jealous that Kate gets to be with Curran. Lucky woman.
The book starts off with Kate waiting around her place in Savannah in her bra and panties for Curran to show up for the naked dinner she owed him after losing that bet during Magic Strikes. He never shows up. And boy does that ever piss Kate off. She feels she's been made a fool of and she no longer wants anything to do with him. Then she gets an incredibly bizarre case and things just snowball from there.
I love that Kate and Curran fight it out and finally, truly start down the road to getting it together. That first night was great. Then Kate messes it up in the morning. I don't think she truly understands until Aunt B spells things out for her later after an encounter with Erra (view spoiler)[who Kate has discovered is her aunt and is determined to stop (hide spoiler)]. Later, after Erra attacks the Pack at one of Clan Wolf's satellite houses and a disaster occurs, Curran tells Kate why he wants her to live in the Keep and about his past which makes it so important to him and she finally opens up about her past. And he accepts it. I loved him for that. To him, it's no big deal. He's chosen his mate and he isn't going to let her go.
When the big battle with Erra comes in the end, things don't go quite as well as they hoped, but our good guys win the day. Not without some consequences. Which end up leading to some of the Pack members doing some stupid shit. Once Curran is up and at 'em, though, he makes the Council explain themselves. He is not happy with the members of his Pack and I understand why. He's done so much for them over the last 15 years and when he chooses his mate, they try to get rid of her. In the end, though, Kate and Curran stay together and they are definitely my most favorite alpha couple. I'd forgotten why I loved them so much. Rereading the series sure has refreshed my memory.
I'd also forgotten what started the trouble between Andrea and Raphael. I get both sides of their argument, but I get why Raphael was so pissed. I know it takes a while for those two to get it back together, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they get back there.
I'm wondering if we'll see Naeemah, again. I can't imagine that she won't be back especially considering who hired her in the first place. I can't imagine Ilona introducing her and making someone with that kind of a presence a throwaway character.
I was pleased to meet Barabas and Jezebel again, too. I <3 Barabas. I get why Mahon says what he does to Kate, too, but I still want to smack him for it. It'd be nice if he came around. Maybe one of these days...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock series has me so ready for the next one!
So much happens in this one and it all seems that it is a direcThis latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock series has me so ready for the next one!
So much happens in this one and it all seems that it is a direct result of Jane killing a man in her hotel room during Raven Cursed. Poor Jane. How was she supposed to know that guy was the Enforcer of another MOC come to check her out so that he could challenge her to fight so that a Blood Challenge could be made against Leo? But like others said, why did he come into her hotel room, at night, while she was sleeping with a gun drawn that had a silencer on it? If he was going to challenge her, he sure was going about it the wrong way. Seemed to me he was going to murder her. Too bad there was no proof of that since Jane, Gregoire and the B-Twins had no idea he was a vamps Enforcer.
There was so much fallout from that one thing and it had Jane second-guessing herself and wondering what working for the vamps was turning her into. She doesn't like so much the person she has slowly been becoming, but I don't feel that Jane has been turning into a bad person. I still love her. She does her best to do what's right. A lot of blood and violence is done to achieve those goals, but at the core of it, Jane is always, always trying to protect someone. Even Beast thinks some of the vamps deserve to be protected. Even though the vamps can do some serious harm to Jane at times. Beast does her best to protect Jane, too.
Jane is forced to realize again that even the vamps she works with are vamps before they are anything else. This is reinforced when (view spoiler)[Leo forces a blood bond on her and Katie drinks from her as well should something ever happen to Leo (hide spoiler)]. It was violent and it hurt her and damn near broke Jane's spirit. Lucky for her, Beast is a smart cat and figures out that she can remove it. Later of course, (view spoiler)[while trying to save Jane's life after she gets shot, Leo feeds her more of his blood and the bound begins to strengthen again. Beast forces a shift and Jane's secret is out, but it turns out that instead of bounding Jane to him, Leo has bound Beast (hide spoiler)]. I can't wait to see the results of that!
I'm going to put my thoughts from a post I made in a group about the book here:
(view spoiler)[Beast being bound to Leo will change things for Jane/Beast. Beast seems to be annoyed/amused by it. I think Leo has gotten more than he bargained for. What was with him calling Jane "my love" when he was trying to save her life? (hide spoiler)]
Katie: (view spoiler)[She had to be behind Leo deciding to bind Jane. He'd left it alone after she resisted it previously, but Katie brought it up when Leo was missing, so I can only imagine she's the one he convinced him to do it. (hide spoiler)]
Leo: (view spoiler)[Even though he listened to Katie, he didn't have to do Jane that way. He didn't have to make it hurt and be so forceful. I probably should hate him, too, but I can't. (hide spoiler)]
Brusier: (view spoiler)[I don't feel he is to blame for what happened that day. He was so out of it and his body was moving against his will. He does tend to explain Leo's behavior in situations where Jane wants to hear none of it at all, but he can't just change after having been bound to someone for over a 100 years. I think he does what he can, when he can. I hope he and Jane can work something out at some point. (hide spoiler)]
Eli/Alex: (view spoiler)[I like these two. Margo's mountain lion speculation is very interesting. That would be so cool for that to play out that way. Especially considering the looks Eli gives Jane sometimes. There could be something there if Jane lets it. (hide spoiler)]
Rick: (view spoiler)[I just hope this latest thing is what shows that he and Jane just can't be with each other. I thought he shot her, too. He's betrayed her for his job before. That's how he ended up a were in the first place. I hadn't thought he did it maliciously, but for his job. Under the circumstances, can he really be all that surprised Jane thought he shot her? Especially what he told her about making him have to shoot her? I'm glad he's off again. (hide spoiler)]
Jane: (view spoiler)[I honestly don't feel Jane brags too much. Does she think highly of her skills? Yes. But she's also incredibly insecure and a lot of what she does is bluffing. She still gets afraid. She also acknowledges the skills of others. So if she does brag sometimes, I don't fault her for it. Beast brags way more than Jane does. Jane is just the only person that ever hears her doing it. (hide spoiler)]
This pretty much sums up how I felt about the book and about the various character interactions. I know Leo is probably hated and nonredeemable in the eyes of many readers, but I've loved Leo from the gate and despite everything he's done to Jane, that love has not wavered. I'm still Team Leo all the way. *pom poms*
Hey, Faith Hunter! Gimme dat book 6!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen…
As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that coSynopsis:
When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen…
As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.
But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all.
For some reason, I did not read this book as soon as it came out. I do know that I was reading quite a few books during that time period, but I still should have gotten to this one long before now. I don't know why I kept pushing it back like I was afraid to read it. Turns out, I'm a bit glad that I did wait until closer to the release of book 4 to do so because that ending is so mean. It also turns out that there was no reason to dread reading this as I totally loved it and it's currently my favorite book in the series. Go figure.
Alex is back and it's been some time since the last book as she's just finished recovering from her loss of sight after overusing her magic during her last big case. She's decided to open up an office for her and Rianna so that they can go into business together like they'd always dreamed. While checking out the building, they very nearly witness an apparent suicide and from here on in, things start getting strange.
This case is frustrating for Alex because she can't seem to convince the cops that the man didn't kill himself, but was murdered and it seems that this case links back to more apparent suicides. When she discovers what's really going on, she tries to catch the culprit only to cause more loss of life. She was already practically on the outs with the cops because of the events in the first two books, but this last misstep seems to have made her very much not one of the squad's favorite people. After a certain incident, I don't think Alex's relationship with John can go back to what it was. That makes me sad.
It does seem that Alex may be repairing her relationships with her other friends. I'm hoping that Caleb will calm his ass down now that (view spoiler)[he and Holly are finally screwing each other. (hide spoiler)] He was getting on my nerves with the way he's been snapping on Alex over those FIB raids. I understand he doesn't like having his place tossed. Really, I do, but there are so many factors involved before Alex can align with a court or even declare as an independent and it isn't her fault that the Winter Queen is a bitch. And now that Alex and Holly aren't keeping things from Tamara, anymore, that relationship seems to be improving as well.
It's Alex's relationships with Death and Falin that are still up in the air. I truly believe that both of them love her, but I have no idea what she feels for them. That mender guy says near the end of the book that Alex won't put a name to her feelings for Death, but what she was doing for him proves what she feels for him. I'd like to think so because after everything Death has done for Alex, I'm freakin' in love with him. I just adore that man and Alex needs to nut up and make a decision here. Falin is still under the Winter Queen's compulsion and he admits to something in this book I hadn't expected to hear him say. I need him to try to get out from under that or something. He's admitted that Alex can't trust him and that she should run if she sees him, but with the way the book ends, how the hell is she supposed to run now?
Also, it seems the cat is about to be out of the bag with Alex's secret. Can't wait to see the fall out of that.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. It’s a position that usually comes with yeaSynopsis:
A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. It’s a position that usually comes with years of training, but Cassie’s circumstances are a little... unusual. Now she’s stuck with a whopping amount of power that every vamp, fey, and mage in town wants to either monopolize or eradicate—and that she herself doesn’t dare use.
What’s more, she’s just discovered that a certain arrogant master vampire has a geis on her—a magical claim that warns off any would-be suitors, and might also explain the rather... intense attraction between them. But Cassie’s had it with being jerked around, and anyone who tries it from now on is going to find out that she makes a very bad enemy...
Insanity pretty much reigns in this book. Karen Chance keeps things at a pretty fast pace. There's practically not one moment where Cassie gets to rest. The closest she comes to getting any is during the time in Mac's shop when Pritkin is getting tatted up. There were a few others, but mostly, Cassie was on the run. Or on the crawl when she couldn't stand up straight without getting shot or light up like a candle.
In addition to running for her life, Cassie also learns that a spell was placed on her when she was about 12. And that none other than Mircea placed it on her. The spell goes haywire and causes all kinds of mayhem. ...more
Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—Synopsis:
Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—the sizzling-hot Mircea—are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own…
The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found—the past.
But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain some seriously dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…