After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to li...moreSynopsis:
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
This series continues to please me. I love Anne Bishop for creating it. I am a total fangirl for this series and I love and adore Meg, Simon and all of the Others. A lot of the other human characters have really grown on me, too. I didn't remember a whole lot about them from the first book, but most of them really proved themselves in this one despite everything going on and the scariness of the Others. The Others are pretty damned pissed off in this book and humans pay dearly for it. I don't know why they do not understand that their actions have consequences. They came to Thasia and the terra indigene allowed them to stay, as long as they stayed where they were told. Now some of them want more and are going to extremes to get it. The retaliation of the terra indigene is swift and brutal. If humans aren't more careful, they'll be finding themselves wiped out. Especially with creatures like Tess and the elementals walking the planet.
My favorite parts of the book aside from the Others being their scary selves were Simon and Meg's interactions. I totally fell for Simon in book 1, but I fell even more in this one. Simon's feelings are growing and he doesn't understand them and it makes him angry. A confused Wolf is an angry Wolf. He doesn't unnecessarily take his frustrations out on Meg, though. The other members of the courtyard warn him about becoming too human, so it looks like Simon will either have to find a balance or make a choice either way about which way he most wants to be. Somehow, I think his feelings for Meg may influence that choice the most. Monty sees what's happening, but he's smart enough to keep it to himself. I don't think Meg understands how Simon is feeling and considering the way she's lived up until she came to Lakeside, that's not really surprising. She does realize that things changed when (view spoiler)[Simon got into bed with her naked after changing to human form (hide spoiler)] even though that was a bit of a misunderstanding. He needed to talk to her, so he shifted. It didn't mean what she was afraid it meant, but when he told her that, it upset her and she doesn't understand why. Meg is likely not completely aware of her own feelings, but she knows things are different. Especially after that whole incident in the bathroom with the blood and the licking. I like that this is building slowly, though and that the two of them are still friends. They seem to feel the most comfortable with each other, but how long will the other Wolfgard and the rest of the terra indigene let Simon get away with it?
The other parts of the book that I really liked were the interactions between the terra indigene of Lakeside and the Lakeside police. Monty, Burke, Gesher, Kowalski, Debany and Doctor Lorenzo were in some tight spots, but they mostly proved themselves to the Others even more in this book. After taking such good care of Meg after what happened to her during the attack on Lakeside, Simon and some of the others trust them more. After helping with everything that they helped with in this book, I hope that relationship improves even more. There were a lot of POVs from Monty this time around and considering what's going on with his wife and daughter, I expect there to be plenty of him in book 3.
The terra indigene finally find out what was making them sick in book 1 and made them easy targets the times they were attacked in this book. The cassandra sangue really are Namid's wonderful and terrible creatures. Funny enough, I think that the terra indigene will take better care of girls like Meg than humans ever did. Not all of the humans are so bad. We meet a group of humans in this book that shed some light on where the cassandra sangue likely came from. I like the Intuits. I hope we get to see more of them in the future. I'm glad that something was able to be worked out for the cassandra sangue in this book, but those that use them for power aren't going to be giving up so easily.
We learn that all over the world there seem to be humans starting shit with the Others. They get surprised when they get hit back hard, but I'm still worried about what might happen. There's human on terra indigene violence, terra indigene on human violence and human on human violence. Those Humans First and Last types tend to be real assholes. They're getting people riled up and war is coming to Cel-Romano likely faster than the terra indigene over there realize. Will that war be humans against humans or humans against the terra indigene? Who knows, but I'm sure it won't be long before the residents of Lakeside feel the effects and get dragged into it. Like Jean said, Meg is a pathfinder. I just hope Simon can keep her alive long enough so that she can eventually get on a smooth one.
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No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by t...moreSynopsis:
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
Oh wow how I loved this book. I could not put it down. The first night I started reading, I was up until 3:30am reading it despite needing to be up by 5:30am to get ready for work. I just didn't want to stop. I had to know what would happen to Meg. Would the others take care of her? Would they care about her? Protect her? They did all of these things. I loved Meg. I loved Simon. I loved Sam. I loved all of the secondary characters. Honestly, I just plain loved those Others and the multiple POVs worked really well for this story.
Meg is the sweetest thing, but as she lived on her own amongst the Others, she showed that she was no pushover. She spoiled more than a few of the Others (love how she was with Sam and love the ponies!), but she stood up to them when she needed to. She did hold a lot in, but considering how she'd spent her life before running away, I wasn't surprised that she played most things close to the vest. But there were several instances where she did ask for the help of one of the Others. I'm hoping that soon Simon will be one that she calls on for help. I'm also hoping that she begins calling him by his name more often as well. She calls him Mr. Wolfgard throughout most of the book as a way of keeping him at arm's length, but I couldn't blame her for it. Simon snarled at her a lot in the beginning and he wasn't that nice. There are good reasons for why he acted that way and he was never truly mean to her, but he sure didn't endear himself to her. They begin letting their guards down around one another as the story progresses and I loved seeing the slow evolution of their relationship.
There's no romance in this book, but I think it will build up to that at some point in the story. I'm actually kind of glad that they didn't fall for each other right away, though. Mostly because for Meg, she knows nothing about romance, so I'm sure she was never thinking about it. For Simon, there's this weird human around that doesn't illicit the instinct in him to think of her as prey, but he doesn't really know what it means and it bothers him. He does begin to realize as the story unfolds that being around Meg makes him feel content and he feels friendship towards her and recognizes her as one of his Pack, but I don't think he realizes that he feels something beyond these things for her. It's nice not having that instant connection between heroine and hero like so many UF tend to do these days. Here, I get to watch them get to know each other without hormones getting all in the way and causing them to avoid each other.
I thought Simon was fantastic. It was so interesting watching him go from thinking that all humans are just meat and if they aren't just meat, they're at least useful meat, so he won't eat them. Meg's influence on him is quite positive, even if he does react badly to her in the beginning. I loved watching him fuss over her the most. He really cares about what happens to Meg and considers her as one of his own. Perhaps, he may even begin to consider her in other ways. ^_~
I will say that the villain in this book as a bit cheesy. I suppose though, that she isn't exactly the true villain, but she was definitely an antagonist. Her motivation for doing everything she does is just so stupid, really. That's not to say that she doesn't do evil things, she does, but she's still on the cheesy side. I just wanted to throat punch her a bunch of times. She gets what she deserves in the end. I do believe she suffered quite well.
We still have the real villain out there and thanks to events at the end of the book, Simon now knows what is causing the sickness in the Others. I hope he will be all right. And I really want to know what the Controller will do next to try to get Meg back, because he will definitely try to get her back. Can't wait for March 2014 for book 2.(less)
When it comes to following her instincts, former Marine Dee-Ann Smith never holds back. And this deadly member of a shifter protection group...moreSynopsis:
When it comes to following her instincts, former Marine Dee-Ann Smith never holds back. And this deadly member of a shifter protection group will do anything to prove one of her own kind is having hybrids captured for dogfights. Trouble is, her too-cute rich-boy boss Ric Van Holtz insists on helping out. And his crazy-like-a-fox smarts and charming persistence are making it real hard for Dee to keep her heart safe...
Ric can't believe his luck. He's wanted this fiercely-independent she-wolf from day one, but he never expected teamwork as explosive as this. And now is his last chance to show Dee what she needs isn't some in-your-face Alpha male-but a wily, resourceful wolf who'll always have her back in a fight…and between the sheets.
This is book six in the series and I've only read book 1, but since this was for a challenge, I decided to go ahead and read it instead of book two even though I hate reading out of order.
Turns out, I didn't really miss anything by skipping. Just some plot points in previous books that were explained well enough here and some nuances between characters that hadn't been introduced yet in the book I read a few months ago. Despite all that, I still enjoyed this a lot. I think that's because Ric and Dee-Ann were pretty good characters and were easy to like. They had good chemistry and they had really good banter. It was also nice that Ric wasn't one of those extreme Alpha males. I do love an Alpha, but it isn't always necessary. I knew I was going to love Ric when we got that flashback at the beginning of him when he was 6 and met Dee-Ann for the first time. It was extra nice because Dee-Ann didn't run from him. He got her to chase him and I loved that.
I'd forgotten just how much action this series can have. I still love that even when things are serious, the series doesn't seem to be too serious. It's still light and easy to read. The interactions between the huge cast of characters really helps with that. There are so many of them and they all come from huge families, it can sometimes be difficult to keep the family lines straight, but becomes easier when they're all together in a big group.
I enjoyed the storyline. Various groups of shifter law enforcement come together to figure out who is behind organizing fights to the death between hybrids. Dee-Ann gets forced to work with a feline she really hates, but along the way, they seem to forge something of a friendship. We also see Mace and Desiree Lleywen again and that was nice. It seems that characters from this series will continue to show up in each other's books. I like that. I really liked how so many of them came together to protect Dez and Mace's son at the end, too.
I'll definitely go back and read the books before and after this one.(less)
Mace Llewellyn. Brendon Shaw. Two tall, gorgeous, sexy alpha heroes who are 100% male―with a little something extra. Lion-shifters, to be exa...moreSynopsis:
Mace Llewellyn. Brendon Shaw. Two tall, gorgeous, sexy alpha heroes who are 100% male―with a little something extra. Lion-shifters, to be exact, who can unleash every woman's animal side and still look good―make that spectacular―in a suit... and even better out of it...
NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot knows she's changed a lot since she palled around with her childhood buddy, Mace. But it's fair to say that Mace has changed even more. It isn't just those too-sexy gold eyes, or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal body. It's something in the way he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle...
Meanwhile, for Tennessean Ronnie Lee Reed, New York City is the place where any girl―even one who runs with a Pack―can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion shifter men like Brendon Shaw. But she needn't worry, because now that Brendon's set his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go...
I really enjoyed this, which was a surprise for me. Shifter series don't tend to be my favorites, but I have a few that I follow and really like and I think that this just might be another one. I love the Alphaness of the males. They are constantly giving out orders and it can be fun watching the females figure out how to deal with being in a relationship with one.
That was definitely no exception here, especially with both heroes being lion shifters. Boy did Mace and Brendan love giving orders. And Dez and Ronnie love following them. At least in the bedroom they did. The women aren't pushovers, they can take care of themselves, but it was nice seeing them get won over by the males bit by bit. Although, it really was frustrating they kept trying so damned hard to resist. I wanted to smack both of them upside their heads on more than one occasion. Both Dez and Ronnie have their reasons for not wanting to get involved seriously with someone, but damn, the commitment phobia started to get a little old after a while.
All in all, this was a nice, humorous light read. Even the serious parts don't stay serious for very long. The characters are likable, funny and the banter is excellent. The sex scenes are pretty damn good, too.(less)
Somedays, Jena Crowe just can’t get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she’s pretty sure her olde...moreSynopsis:
Somedays, Jena Crowe just can’t get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she’s pretty sure her oldest is about to shift into something furry or feathery. Added to that, changes seem to be coming to the tiny town of Cambio Springs—big changes that not everyone in the isolated town of shapeshifters is thrilled about.
Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town seemed just the ticket for a more peaceful life. He never counted on violence finding him, nor could he have predicted just how crazy his new life would become.
When murder rocks their small community, Caleb and Jena will have to work together. And when the new Chief of Police isn’t put off by any of her usual defenses, Jena may be faced with the most frightening change of all: lowering the defenses around her carefully guarded heart.
Shifting Dreams is the first novel in Cambio Springs, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries series.
Elizabeth Hunter sure has a way of sucking me into the worlds that she creates. I started reading this and was definitely not in any mood to stop. It was like I was dragged under the moment Caleb Gilbert showed up in The Cave. That man is a charmer and persistent as all hell. I adored him from the start and just kept on adoring him more as the story went on.
When Caleb and Jena meet, sparks fly immediately. They flirt and share one hell of a first kiss. Caleb's new in town, but he's definitely sure he made the right choice in coming to Cambio Springs, especially with Jena living there. Jena, however, is not so happy once she finds out that Caleb is the new police chief and not just passing through as he originally told her. He's a persistent guy, though and pursues her without shame. I loved that about him. I got annoyed with the way she kept him at a distance, initially, but I got why she was like that. I was glad when she finally moved past that stage. Especially after that scene where they got shot at (the aftermath of that was damn hot). The two of them are really good together and I love the way he is with Jena's sons Low and Aaron. I especially loved his conversations with Aaron.
My biggest frustration with the book is that one of the main advocates for having an outsider be the new police chief also agreed with not telling him about the town being made up of shapeshifers. Seriously! He was investigating a murder committed by a shifter, but they didn't want him to actually do his job. That made no sense to me. Did they only want him to investigate things that tourists did once the resort opened? Caleb was so frustrated because he knew they were lying right to his face. I was angry on his behalf. They kept trying to get him to back off. All that would have done is make them think lowly of him if he actually had backed off. The shifters don't think much of outsiders or normal humans in general, so I think Caleb's persistence in finding justice for a woman he just met, but cared about, anyway was the best way he could have handled the situation.
I was glad with the way the town's secret was revealed to Caleb not too late into the book. The way he learns (and why he gets told) was the big shock. I thought it would be some other type of thing going on with him so the real truth (one he didn't even know) was a big surprise and I liked it. I like that it revealed Caleb's past to the other characters and the readers. I was worried with how Jena would handle it, but after her initial reaction, she did the right thing and she provided Caleb with exactly what he needed.
The revelation of the murderer was also a shock. I expected it to be someone else, so the fact that it was who it was and what they did in order to commit the murder was truly a shock. Talk about a whackjob. Caleb didn't like that idea of justice, but I had to agree with the town. No way could the culprit be put into a human prison system. That would have been a disaster just waiting to happen.
I like the way the book ended. This particular story wrapped up well and clearly leads into the book for the next couple. I'll definitely be reading it when it comes out.(less)
And the series is over. It feels bittersweet, but despite the characters lost (I cried like a little bitch during one of those death scenes), our girl...moreAnd the series is over. It feels bittersweet, but despite the characters lost (I cried like a little bitch during one of those death scenes), our girl comes out on top. Of course she does. Who ends a series with the good guys dead?
The path to victory was not easy, though. Faythe was suddenly thrust into Alphadom (I'm sure anyone can guess how that happens) and has to take over the planning and carrying of the war. With loss weighing on her heavily and the drama with Jace and Marc seeming to have no end in sight, Faythe is about ready to fold.
So much happens in this book that I don't really want to say anything because it'd be too spoilery. It's a great end to the series, though. A bit optimistic on the HEA and only a little sappy, but it couldn't have ended in a better way. (view spoiler)[I'll console you, Jace. Let Faythe have her volatile relationship with Marc and come to my bosom. She doesn't deserve you, anyway! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this. Some of the info I already knew and some of it was actually new since some of the characters have only appeared in short stories I haven...moreI liked this. Some of the info I already knew and some of it was actually new since some of the characters have only appeared in short stories I haven't read, yet. Still, it was good to get a refresher on some of that info. And lord knows I never tire of reading about Ash or Savitar.(less)
Pretty good collection of stories. Three of them, I've read before at the end of some of the full length books and I got the free copy of Fear of Dark...morePretty good collection of stories. Three of them, I've read before at the end of some of the full length books and I got the free copy of Fear of Darkness. I really loved Gallagher's story. I would love to see him as a character in one of the full length books at some point. Who is that man he met when he was nine? That couldn't have been Ash, could it?
Enjoyed learning how Zeke became what he is, too. Makes sense now the things he said to Fang about Thorn.(less)
Ah, William Jessup "Sundown" Brady. I've loved he ever since he showed up in Alaska to help Zarek in Dance With the Devil. I was dying to get to this...moreAh, William Jessup "Sundown" Brady. I've loved he ever since he showed up in Alaska to help Zarek in Dance With the Devil. I was dying to get to this book for a chance to see him again. It had bothered me that so many books went by without an appearance from him. So I was glad to get a focus on him and a pantheon that I wasn't expecting to be a part of this series considering all of the others have been European or African/Egyptian. So I was really surprised to find out that Sundown was half Native American and that the Native Americans have their own beliefs about 2012 (even though as Sherri said, she took some liberties with it). It resulted in a pretty darn good book that kept me on my toes. I honestly didn't know what to expect. Especially since Coyote has the villains role. I'm used to him being a good guy. It seems, that at one time, he was until he felt he was betrayed. Still, that curse was harsh. I never would have guessed that about Jess and Abigail, but it was handled really well. It seems that Jess, Abigail, Ren and Coyote were all tied to one another. Not to mention Choo Co La Tah, whom I loved. I was glad to see Sasha and Zarek again, too. Not to mention Talon. Talon and his god powers. He seems to know things, but he never says anything.
On to the relationship. I liked it, though I wasn't sure I was going to at first. Mostly, because I wanted to slap Abigail for her idiocy. Jess, however, was perfect <3 Her punishment didn't turn out to be what they were expecting, but she did help to seriously set off something awful. Like Choo said, it couldn't all be laid at her feet since Coyote was manipulating her and events since the girl was four years old. Not to mention, I think I know why Ren asked to be transferred from Reno to Vegas when Jess was since he apparently knew the real deal from the start. And poor Sasha's Greek self was so out of his element, but he did good. Plus, I love Sasha's sense of humor. I'm looking forward to coming back to this group when Time Untime comes out in June and Ren's story is told.
I do wonder what the hell Sin and Kat were doing while Vegas was experiencing the apocalypse. Hopefully, the got the hell out of dodge.(less)
Finally, Dev got his own book. It was only a matter of time. Who would have expected and Were-Hunter's mate to be a Dark-Huntress? And Amazon Dark-Hun...moreFinally, Dev got his own book. It was only a matter of time. Who would have expected and Were-Hunter's mate to be a Dark-Huntress? And Amazon Dark-Huntress at that. The two of them had plenty of fun together. Good to see Dev find a woman that could finally mean something to him.
We finally see the Daimons take advantage of their day-walking abilities when they continuously try to capture Samia since Stryker thinks that with her psychometry powers, she can tell him what Apollo's weakness is and how he would be able to kill him. Too bad Stryker ended up disappointed by what Sam told him. Even with all of that going on, Sam also had a demon chasing after her for revenge. Too bad that didn't work out for him. Sucks to be that guy.
We also learned that Nick took Artemis up on her offer to be her "friend." Bad judgment executed there, Nick. I still love you, though. Though, I suppose if Nick hadn't hooked up with ol' Artie, he wouldn't have been able to do the extremely selfless thing that he did for Samia and Dev. It's stuff like that that keeps me loving Nick despite his constant anger and bitterness at Ash (whom I love and adore and who is expecting with Tory). He's fighting internal evil and trying to hold on. I really hope he can beat it somehow.
We also got to see Thorn again (and discover-finally!-what became of Cael and Amaranda. Does Ash know about Cael? I remember in Dark Side of the Moon that he wanted to warn Cael of something, but did he see what would occur because of that attack?). Of course, he was once again meddling with a Were-Hunter which didn't make Savitar too happy. I love me some Savitar. I love him even more for what he did at the end for Sanctuary, Samia & Dev and Aimee & Fang. And we got to see more of the Dogs of War. Samia in full Amazon glory is a wonder to behold. Ethon is a lot of fun and hilarious and I love Scorpio and Chi. I hope to get to see more of these guys as well as some of the others.
Samia actually ended up learning some things about Ash that he would never want her to know. Surely, she is a smart woman and will keep that to herself. I sure hope so. I also wonder what has become of Davyn and will Medea mention to Stryker and Zephrya that she ran into Urian at Sanctuary? That could be interesting. I hope Davyn hasn't gotten himself killed. For a Daimon, he doesn't seem so bad and I actually like him.(less)
Oh man. Another book full of changes for the Dark-Hunter world. Serious changes happen here and we delve more into the hellchasers arc and I never wou...moreOh man. Another book full of changes for the Dark-Hunter world. Serious changes happen here and we delve more into the hellchasers arc and I never would have expected Fang of all people to get roped into that.
This book actually explains some things that happened way back in Night Play and Unleash the Night. I hadn't realized just how long Fang had been out of sorts. This book also explains just how it is that Fang and Aimee got to be so close. I was wondering about that. I hadn't realized they'd known each other before Vane brought Fang to Sanctuary to recuperate. I also never would have guessed that Fang was able to interact with Aimee while he had been comatose or that there was a much deeper reason as to why he was stuck in that state beyond what Vane had believed.
Aimee is truly a champion. That woman really came through for Fang and he for her. In doing so, Fang got himself involved with the hellchasers. A group that chases down demons that escape from the nether realm and returns them back to where they belong. On his first job, he seriously screws up and gets himself demon possessed. That doesn't work out so well for him. Luckily, he's able to get rid of it with the help of a really morbid scenario set up by Savitar and Thorn (Fang's new boss).
In the meantime, Fang and Aimee grow closer together and manage to stir up all kinds of trouble by accident. They make a lot of enemies and those enemies eventually come for them with a vengeance which results in serious tragedy for the Peltier patria. I didn't see that coming. I have to wonder if it still would have happened if Aimee hadn't seriously pissed off Savitar. It probably would have since Sanctuary was already being punished for all of things that Lo had allowed to pile up. Still, it sucks that that happened. Damned Eli Blakemore. He got what he deserved in the end, though.
At least the Peltiers found out who their allies are and thanks to Fang, they even have some unexpected ones. I wonder if what Zeke told Fang about Thorn is true. It certainly seems that way. Even Sav is suspicious of that dude. Things should get so much more interesting over the next few books.(less)
I liked this one a bit more than I had expected to. I liked Ravyn quite a bit. Susan isn't one of my more favorite heroines, but I liked that she coul...moreI liked this one a bit more than I had expected to. I liked Ravyn quite a bit. Susan isn't one of my more favorite heroines, but I liked that she could handle herself in a fight and didn't need to be protected. I thought it was pretty awesome how she had had contact with the Dark-Hunter world all this time and had no idea of it. She had even been trained how to fight when she was younger by a Dark-Hunter. Speaking of which, I love you Dragon. I rather like Zoe as well. It was good meeting some new Dark-Hunters. Plus, there was more Savitar which I don't think I could ever complain about.
I liked the plot of this book. So much happened and a lot has been set into motion. Nick, you totally screwed yourself. I love Nick, I truly do, but this bitter and angry Nick is not fun. I hate what happened between him and Ash and I feel awful for both of them. Ash really fucked up that day and I don't see how he could ever fix it. I don't think Nick can ever forgive him for this and it really shows. He just did something really unspeakable in his quickness to get back at Ash. I hope he doesn't regret it too badly, but I'm pretty sure he will. Such a shame what he's gone and done. I still love Nick, but it's painful to see him this way.
And what in the hell is Cael going to do? Ash saw something of his future, but did he see that? No easy answers for any of them. I wonder how much Savitar knows and whether or not he has the same issues with not being able to see the futures of those he cares about, but since he only cares about two people (one of them seeming to be Ash), I'm sure he knows everything else. Of course, he's not going to say anything.
These people sure do know how to mess up their lives.(less)
Definitely another favorite for me in this series. I liked the last book a lot, but I loved this one. I loved seeing Wren finally come out of his shel...moreDefinitely another favorite for me in this series. I liked the last book a lot, but I loved this one. I loved seeing Wren finally come out of his shell and Maggie was really good for him. Wren is such a sweetie. I really liked getting to know him better.
Wren had one hell of a childhood, but with Maggie at his side, he was able to show everyone that he isn't just a walking time bomb. He even got to learn something incredible and was able to make amends with his father. I really liked those scenes. Speaking of scenes, the love scenes in this book were my favorite so far. They were pretty hot.
We got to see even more of Savitar in this book and I was glad for it. I really like him even though he certainly isn't the nicest man around. Nicolette and a lot of the Pelteir family really pissed me off. I was like everyone else thinking she actually cared about the people in Sanctuary. Wren showed her for what she really is. It's great she'd do anything for her family, but man I do not like that woman. Thank goodness for Aimee. That girl is quality people. I hope things work out for her and Fang. Speaking of which, it was awesome seeing Vane, Fang and Fury again. I love those guys.
Really loved this installment in the series. I'm not sure about the next one, but I'll see how it goes.(less)
For me, this book was perfect. I love Ash so much. I wanted him to have everything and finally he has it. Tory was perfect for him. And what Apollymi...moreFor me, this book was perfect. I love Ash so much. I wanted him to have everything and finally he has it. Tory was perfect for him. And what Apollymi did for them both made me love her. She may have created the daimons, but I really do love Apollymi. Her love for Acheron may be extreme, but she is a mother who loves her son above all. And now Tory and Ash love each other above all. They'd destroy the world for each other. Talk about love.
I loved that the first half of the book were told from Ryssa's and Ash's point of view. Even though Ash's human life was absolutely horrible. It put a lot of his actions and what he did or did not say into perspective and it only made me love him all the more. No one should ever have to live like that.
Honestly, there's a lot that can be said about this book, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone coming late to the series like I have.
I will say, that I was able to forgive Styxx, I'm still so worried for Nick and I don't think Artemis can ever redeem herself for me. She just messed up too much. And now she wants to make Nick her friend. God, Nick don't do it! And a certain bitch got what she deserved.
I love me some Savitar, Dev, Fury and everyone that came through for Ash in the end there.
I honestly loved this book. I could re-read it over and over.(less)
Another awesome CON book. I love Nick and has sarcasm. It's what made him one of my most favorite DH characters when I first read the first DH book ri...moreAnother awesome CON book. I love Nick and has sarcasm. It's what made him one of my most favorite DH characters when I first read the first DH book right away. I definitely enjoyed this third book in the series. Nick really needs to put a hospital room on reserve or something, sheesh. So many people are messing around in his life and fate, it's a wonder he can get anything done. If Nick knew who really sent Grim to help him develop his powers, he would hate that guy. Heck, there are probably a lot of people he wouldn't stand to be around if they really knew why they keep butting in his life. He already knows why Caleb is there, but I'm pretty sure Caleb actually likes Nick. He doesn't seem to know at all as to why Adarian would suddenly be making moves. That man is a douche. I wonder how it is that he seems able to love Cherise somehow. He's not supposed to be able to do that. When Ash and Kyrian ran into him at the hospital, I wondered if they realized what he was. They didn't seem to. I wonder what Ash would do once he realizes what's really at stake.
We met some more new characters. Some of them seem pretty interesting. Like Asmodeus whom I instantly love. He's like a male version of Simi. I liked Wren even more after reading this book. Good to get some words out of him.
While I enjoyed the book a lot, I drifted a few times during some of the monologues the characters were giving. Bubba's mom is a great woman, but sometimes, I wanted her to just stop talking for so long. I knew everyone had a point to make during most of those monologues, but my attention would go somewhere else during some of them. I do like that Kenyon has themes in her books that can relate to teens reading the books. In this one, there was cyber-bullying and characters dealing with the desire to commit suicide because horrible things had happened to them. I think she dealt with those issues in a really good way.
Man that cliffhanger! A year until book four is out. It seems so far away. *shakes fist @ Grim for dropping that bomb*(less)
Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father and...moreSynopsis:
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"]>(less)
Investigator for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Kate Daniels keeps humans safe in Atlanta. But when her werewolf friend Derek is dying...moreSynopsis:
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.(less)