This book unfortunately didn't meet my expectations which is too bad since I really loved the last one and was really interested in the premise of thiThis book unfortunately didn't meet my expectations which is too bad since I really loved the last one and was really interested in the premise of this one. I still enjoyed it enough, and plan on continuing the series, but ultimately this one fell short. My primary issue was with regards to Cain and Martha's relationship and how they dealt with their respective pasts.
Individually, I really liked both characters: Martha, the widow, seer, and survivor, who is also always seemingly calm, cool, and collected; and Cain, the charming trickster, rebel, troublemaker, playboy, and angel with a score to settle. But together, I didn't believe them as much as I would have liked, and I think that's because their "relationship" felt way too casual for 99% of the book. It just didn't progress the way I tend to like it in these books. Both of them have tragic moments in their pasts that have really shaped who they are now, and yet they never dealt with or spoke about their issues together. It irked me that they never looked beyond the surface and peeled back the layers when they were together.
Anyways, besides that, I enjoyed revisiting the secondary characters and stepping back into this world. It's too bad it didn't meet my expectations but it was still good. ...more
Not for the faint of heart. I thought reading Acheron was hard, well Styxx beats it by miles. An absolutely heart-wrenching and difficult read. One ofNot for the faint of heart. I thought reading Acheron was hard, well Styxx beats it by miles. An absolutely heart-wrenching and difficult read. One of the few books where I definitely cried, internally begging for Kenyon to give Styxx a break. I wish the book hadn't been so skewed towards the dark and ugly for the vast majority of the book - even in the modern day portion - because then I probably would have preferred it over Ash's.
Even though at this point Ash's book is preferred, this book is definitely one of the better written DH books in recent years, met my expectations, and I absolutely loved the last few chapters and ending to Styxx :) ...more
- Has some similarities/parallels to Cole's IAD series, but overall this new series should be able to stand on its own as the series progres3.75 Stars
- Has some similarities/parallels to Cole's IAD series, but overall this new series should be able to stand on its own as the series progresses. Some of the characters are different enough, i.e. the Fionns and Pookahs, and by the end of this book I wasn't thinking about the IAD series and its likeness, but rather this new world and what's potentially to come... this is always a good sign in my books...
- The world needs some work in terms of development and in terms of the way it was described and handled throughout this first story... some fine-tuning for lack of a better work...and some of the resolutions to pretty dire situations - specifically one near the end - were for me personally, a little weak and lacked creativity on the author's part. But overall it's an easy read, and the it's written in a way that keeps you intrigued and wanting more.
- There were a few typos in this book that were annoying since these affected dialogue and confused the reader about who was speaking. e.g. "He said." instead of SHE SAID. Had to re-read a few parts over again because of this, and also deduce that it was in fact a typo. Hopefully this does not become a trend.
- Likeable characters. Bury layed some groundwork for some future leads and gave you just enough to peak interest. (and Ryo... this is where the comparisons to IAD were at their highest... Ryo is designed much like IAD's Nix... maybe a touch more lucid than Nix... but at the end of the day Ryo is NO Nix.... and it's the only character I'm on the fence about because of the Nix-likeness! :P)
Overall it's a good start. I enjoyed reading this and look forward to future installements. I sincerely hope the books do get better as the series progresses, because like I said, it did have it weaknesses/faults and I would hate to constantly see the same problems in the next few books. It's a sure way to lose me as a reader or to at the very least delay wanting to read the book until I have nothing else. ...more
3.5 Stars.... It was good, but it took a long time for me to get into it. Nicola, the female lead grew on me and by the end I really liked her. The se3.5 Stars.... It was good, but it took a long time for me to get into it. Nicola, the female lead grew on me and by the end I really liked her. The sexy time scenes were some of my least favourite in ANY paranormal romance. I'll still continue the series, but my expectations have unfortunately lowered and i won't be rushing out to pick up the book. ...more
(familiarity with books and characters is recommended)
Oh Kalen... you sorcerer, panther-shifter you... I'm so used to these super tough alpha heroes(familiarity with books and characters is recommended)
Oh Kalen... you sorcerer, panther-shifter you... I'm so used to these super tough alpha heroes that show no weakness, that reading about one who really struggles between good and evil on a really deep level, was an interesting experience... in a good way! And Malik, the resident evil Fae unseelie king, really knows how to push a guy over the edge.
It's not often that the leading male's character's vulnerabilities are put on display like they were in this one. A lot of alpha heroes are tortured souls, but notice that it's usually only behind closed doors. Everyone knows but doesn't talk about it, only the leading lady knows the depths of her man's pain, or it's a secret plain and simple, etc. Here, Kalen losing his humanity and his goodness is an open and vicious struggle for him. It makes him come off as fragile and weaker than his counterparts, even if he is deep down just as strong as any other male hero. There were scenes that were tough to read because you want Kalen to be good so badly and yet he does fail at times. I think because readers have an attachment and are attracted more so to the uber tough alpha hero with the tortured soul, that some may not be a big fan of this book AND Kalen, since Kalen clearly DOES display weakness and openly struggles with his issues. I found his character to be rather refreshing for PNR even if I wouldn't want to read about that style of character too often.
Mac, his mate, is a good match for him. I find her strong, although she had some questionable moments, but I also found her to be really patient. Kalen is fragile for certain things, so you can't just lash out at him when your ticked or he's liable to do something stupid - which did indeed happen - and although Mac lost her cool a few times, it definitely takes a special someone to deal with Kalen's kind of baggage.
I do think that Mac and Kalen's relationship could have been fleshed out more. Considering their scenes, I feel like I would have liked to witness them work out their problems and Kalen's in particular, a little more explicitly. I often found their resolutions to be a good bout of sex rather than properly communicating and resolving the issues. As a reader, when it would essentially switch POVs you'd hear both Kalen and Mac work things out in their own minds but never really together. Overall, their relationship was the biggest weakness for me in this book, although I still liked them enough.
I'm still loving all the other shifters and characters, and can't wait to read each and every one of their stories. A major story arc was completed with Kalen's book so I'm not sure what Tyler has in store next but I will definitely be reading it.
***There is a novella that preceded this book (Black Magic) that should be read prior to this particular installment. Kalen and Mac are the focus of it and it really sets the stage for their relationship in Black Moon. ...more
This is book 1.5 in the series. Placed between Jax (1) and Aric's (2) stories
This is a short story that should at least be read prior to Kalen and MacThis is book 1.5 in the series. Placed between Jax (1) and Aric's (2) stories
This is a short story that should at least be read prior to Kalen and Mac's (number 3 in the series) book out in December 2012 entitled Black Moon!
It was short at 3 chapters and less than 50 pages, but it was good! I'm glad I read it since it clearly sets certain things up. It definitely highlights the roadblocks ahead for what will undoubtedly be an interesting pairing in this series.
(Heads up, I just read the blurb for Black Moon, Kalen and Mac's book and it's a little spoilerish... This is coming from someone who is reading the books in order, therefore I'm about to start book 2, Aric's book)...more
This books definitely straddles the line between o-k and good. Even writing this I'm sighing because I really wish I enjoyed it more than I2.25 Stars
This books definitely straddles the line between o-k and good. Even writing this I'm sighing because I really wish I enjoyed it more than I did. I could see people really enjoy this, as it is an easy read, and some of the characters are good. But, that being said, overall for me, I found I didn't care for the lead characters Keenan and Nicole, and the story left a lot to be desired. When there are such good paranormal romance books/series' out there, this one really missed the mark.
In this one, Keenan is an angel of death. He's there to take the soul -with a single touch- when someone's life is ending. When he is unable to essentially end Nicole's life, he is cast out and down to earth as a fallen angel. After six months of searching he finally locates Nicole in Mexico, where he discovers that not only is she now a vampire but she is also being hunted by Carlos, a shifter, among others. A good portion of this book is Keenan and Nicole on-the-run, and it is as they are trying to avoid the bad guys that they learn one another including their mutual lust-filled attraction.
Beyond just the the two of them and Carlos, we also meet Sam. He is a fellow fallen angel who never seems to be quite good or evil (he's one of the better more intriguing characters). There is also Az the (mysterious)head Angel of Death who wants Nicole to die since she never should have been alive this long to begin with (and with her death may restore Keenan's angel status). While there are other minor side characters, to be quite honest, they simply weren't that memorable or really worth mentioning.
I think some of the reasons I couldn't love this was because I was very unsatisfied with various developments - story and character-driven - throughout. When Keenan becomes fallen, he learns emotions for the very first time, and this is including but not limited to anger, jealousy, and let's not forget lust (therefore it's safe to say the angel's a virgin). So when he demonstrates the skills of man with a lot experience with Nicole when they first hook up, and its explained that its because he's seen a lot, sex included, from watching people as an angel of death, I was like "puhh-lease". I understand that PNR's have accelerate timelines and are generally unrealistic on many many fronts, but sometimes it's simply too much and way over the top. In my opinion this book had a lot of cop-outs like that to explain various situations and holes, and this is simply one of the most memorable examples I can think of right now.
With regards to the "villains/enemies", Az and Carlos were the two predominant ones in the book. I preferred Az because he had that devoid of humanity attitude but cracks-were-showing air to him, and as a reader you were curious yet disliked him for the right reasons. I can see the author potentially making him a lead in a future book as it seems these fallen angels are described as anti-heros. And then there was Carlos. Carlos had to have been one of the most annoying worst villains I've ever read. Even though he already hated and hunted vamps, he was extra pissed because Nicole killed his brother (there is a small backstory for this) and now wanted revenge. His scenes were so redundant, where the same things were said and done over and over and over every time he hit the page. It's the one time I will say that with a villain like this, this book could have been condensed into a novella because if you take many elements into consideration, he never should have lived as long as he did. Although, to be fair, Nicole was a big reason why that idiot Carlos lasted as long as he did. She was an ok heroine, but there are much much better female leads out there. And to be frank, without Keenan she could and would have bit the biscuit in pretty much every fighting scene.
I'm not big on talking poorly about a book, and I didn't hate it, but I was disappointed. I just get the impression that this is a bit of a lazy-man's PNR: not enough effort to properly develop the overall story, its plot, subplots, and characters. But as mentioned, it is an easy read, it's not complex in the least, and some characters did peak my interest (Sam and Az). It's also the first book of a series, and I usually find them to be the weakest of the series.
Sam's book is up next. As mentioned, I didn't mind him as a character. He's been a fallen angel for a while now, was also an angel of death, and he is mysterious and does flirt between good and evil, so maybe it will be better than its predecessor. I don't know if i'll read the next one. Time will tell. ...more
Unfortunately, this was not my favourite brother book. I think my expectations were simply to high, and although there were some fantastic parts to thUnfortunately, this was not my favourite brother book. I think my expectations were simply to high, and although there were some fantastic parts to the book, it didn't quite hit the mark for me.
A couple of points (will attempt to not be spoilery)
- I much much preferred the second half of the book - Really didn't like the lesser and Xcor/BoB scenes... I got bored with these and wanted to skip them. - As the book went on I became more and more intrigued about Trez and Assail... Beyond Quay, their respective stories took up a lot pages in the book. - I'm worried this is spoilery about Blay and Qhuinn so... (view spoiler)[ I felt we didn't get enough of Blay and Qhuinn happy together... a good portion of the book was them at odds and I wish that hadn't been the case...and in general I wish more of the book had been about them (hide spoiler)] - I feel bad for Layla... I don't know how that woman is ever gonna get an HEA - A couple of interesting things happened that I wasn't expecting that I am intrigued about - I think it has become quite clear to me now that these are more urban fantasy books than paranormal romance. Ward has so much going on - at times too much - that although the blurb suggests its about a couple, their actual air-time is somewhat limited compared to the rest of the book's contents... I need to learn to lower my expectations with this series unfortunately! - I LOVED THE ENDING - The last couple chapters were great and made me happy!!!!!
I still enjoy this series and will continue to read it. I do wish I didn't have to wait a year for the next one, or that Ward could at least give us a little story or novella. She has sooooo much going on, i think a little BDB story or novella would help with with all that's happening! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It was o-k! I originally put 2 stars but felt that that looked rather harsh. This is a PG-13 paranormal romance as there are no sex scenes (j2.5 stars
It was o-k! I originally put 2 stars but felt that that looked rather harsh. This is a PG-13 paranormal romance as there are no sex scenes (just make-out sessions... seriously) and even the action felt light and fluffy. I simply like more meat to my PNR. This felt quite Twilight-y to the point where even the lead female character compares herself to Bella Swan.
At the end of the day, if this is this author's typical writing style, this will be the last book i read of hers. While it's an okay story and the characters are fine, I just need more... More depth, more action/suspense, more detail, more SEX, more detail in the sex scenes, (doesn't even need to be Erotica graphic, but definitely more than just make out sessions, disrobings, and then we skip to the scene AFTER the love-making). ...more