Oh, I loved this book! I kept citing its funniest moments and laughing out loud - by the way avoid reading this on public transportation: people will...moreOh, I loved this book! I kept citing its funniest moments and laughing out loud - by the way avoid reading this on public transportation: people will look at you suspiciously! It's funny, the main characters are very likeable and the suspense/crime story helps keeping the pace. I was really surprised about how interesting a book about a (very bright) female grim reaper and her "ghost" lover could be. Completely taken by surprise and I highly recommend it!(less)
The first bad thing I have to say is that this book ends as an appetizer for the third book - which is frustratingly not out yet! (view spoiler)[Furth...moreThe first bad thing I have to say is that this book ends as an appetizer for the third book - which is frustratingly not out yet! (view spoiler)[Furthermore, I don't get why Charley doesn't just find Reyes' "father" since he is obviously alive (hope I'm not ruining any follow up lol). And last but definitely not least, how come she took so much time to find out where his body was? I knew the answer, and being so worked up about it definitely doesn't say good things about my mental health. (hide spoiler)] Back to the book, Darynda Jones did it again! I couldn't help but laugh out loud while reading, and it made my day while I sat on the sofa immersed in its pages. The crimes Charley is trying to solve have their unexpected twists and the book is compelling through and through. I can't help but give it five starts as each page brought a new smile to my face (and hopefully of everyone around since I am merciless when it comes to sharing bits of the story out loud).(less)
"Death and the girl next door" is the first of the trilogy "Darklight", and as expected a lot of questions are left unanswered. Lorelei is a young gir...more"Death and the girl next door" is the first of the trilogy "Darklight", and as expected a lot of questions are left unanswered. Lorelei is a young girl being raised by her grandparents since her parents disappeared several years ago. She has two great friends, Brooklyn and Glitch, and the three of them are there to support each other through thick and thin. Lorelei has scattered visions and one day she sees a strange battle between a monster and a beautiful boy. After that, she notices she is being stalked by another student named Cameron - a strange boy with no friends. Lorelei eventually realises Cameron may not be after her at all, but after the beautiful boy she saw in her vision and who has materialised as a student in her high school. Suddenly Lorelei's world becomes way more complicated and a sea of questions arise with very dark beings. Is this weird group of friends strong enough to battle dark forces?
I loooved this book and can't believe I have to wait until March to read the second one. I was sort of worried because it is young adult, but it reads beautifully. The dialogues are witty and fun, I love Glitch for being the comic relief. It's very fast paced and although every main character is easy to love, each has a lot of intriguing layers and nobody is left without secrets - which makes the story awesome. Don't think it's a simple group of friends in a big adventure, the whole plot runs deeper and gets darker as it evolves, but somehow Darynda manages to maintain the innocence afloat. And the strong friendship between the three main characters is enough to make us believe they'll make it through every dark thing that is yet to come. Hopefully!(less)
Since I'm reading the 5th book and enjoying it loads (insert a sight of relief here), I can finally write a review about this one. Cat and Bones are o...moreSince I'm reading the 5th book and enjoying it loads (insert a sight of relief here), I can finally write a review about this one. Cat and Bones are on their deserved holiday together and Cat starts having nightmares because of a vampire named Gregor. Turns out this vampire belongs to Cat's past and even though she can't remember a thing about him, he will throw a fight to get her back. This is where the story started slipping for me, mixing a new past to twist the present makes me cringe as I try hard not to think of eventual plot holes.
Then the main characters kind of turn stupid. I was surprised at how much of Cat's great attitude was lost in this book: she whines a lot, drinks a lot and is headstrong in a surprisingly stupid way since she knows Gregor is coming for her and still tries to guess where she is or does what Gregor tells her to do. Where is the Cat that actually considered committing suicide when she thought Bones was dead?! And then Bones changes from loving and understanding to creating a massive wall between him and Cat. I don't think there is a reason strong enough to explain why they become so annoying and depressing. I really had to make myself finish this book. The way Mencheres acts doesn't make sense to me, and why is Gregor so powerful? He doesn't seem that good or at least it doesn't show from the story. Where are the kick-ass fights? The adventure? Suspense? Funny lines?...
My three stars go to the end of the book where the story finally starts and of course, it's over shortly after. I love Night Huntress books and I would never think about not reading another Cat and Bones book, but honestly this one was a painful read for me.(less)
Though I know I shouldn't compare since they are different characters, this book seems to lack some of the magic between Cat and Bones. Spade makes a...moreThough I know I shouldn't compare since they are different characters, this book seems to lack some of the magic between Cat and Bones. Spade makes a good main character and thankfully Denise is smart(ish) and not just a damsel in distress. The story begins when some relatives of Denise start dying and she sees herself back into the world of vampires (and demons) when she has to ask Spade for help. I was about to give it 3 stars but then the last 100 pages gave it another star as the whole gang is back together and I even laughed loud at some funny moments. Definitely worth reading if you like the Night Huntress series.
However, the conversation in the NY cab in what supposedly is Portuguese is plain bad. Possa-o ir devagar guiar, por favor and Oh, fala portuguesa? Nenhum problema is not Portuguese in my country (yeah, I'm portuguese). It's just horrible and even Google Translate does a better job at translating those sentences (it really does because I tried). Just in case you're interested, the first should be something like Pode ir mais devagar, se faz favor? and the second is even worse because Portuguese is "Português", "portuguesa" is a portuguese woman so the sentence doesn't even make sense. How come nobody corrected this before it was published?!(less)
So Mencheres is going through a rough patch and he decides it's time to end his very, very long life. But then an ordinary woman decides to step in an...moreSo Mencheres is going through a rough patch and he decides it's time to end his very, very long life. But then an ordinary woman decides to step in and save him under her motto "save one life". Mencheres is taken by surprise as Kira comes to his aid and they eventually realise they have a lot in common - even though they're not exactly the same race. Nonetheless, this brewing romance is shadowed by a powerful Law Guardian that wants to kill Mencheres and steal his powers.
I enjoyed myself while reading this book. Kira is an adult character: she doesn't scream, isn't easily scared and doesn't run into obvious traps - she is a heroine in her own right. The book is packed with action and it's easy to read since it doesn't have dull moments, but it is not exactly enough to get 5 stars... 4,5 at most. I'd still recommend it to fans of the series but it seems that I've read better from this author. In other words, if you're starting here I think she has better books than this one.(less)
If I ever thought about what "paranormal" means to me, I'd probably say something like enraged ghosts, ouija boards, witch-hunts, humans contacting sp...moreIf I ever thought about what "paranormal" means to me, I'd probably say something like enraged ghosts, ouija boards, witch-hunts, humans contacting spirits, ... - and the whole package is in this book. Fabian has a crush on a ghost named Elisabeth that has been trying to "kill" another ghost for centuries. So far she has been unsuccessful and asks Cat and Bones to help her catch Heinrich Kramer - a witch-hunter that burns women alive every Halloween. And Kramer turns out be quite the challenge!
As stupid as it sounds, I had a hard time focusing on ghosts strong enough to inflict pain, portals opened by ouija boards, burning sage to keep ghosts away, paranormal teams... It all sounded far-fetched, even for a vampire book. Anyway, it's an action-filled story with bits of romance and I enjoyed reading it, even if wasn't as good as This Side of the Grave. It's great that Ian appears a lot since I really like him! Medium Tyler is responsible for most of the fun bits and I was relieved that Cat uses her head to solve her problems. And for me, the better story was the mystery behind the team's new chief - there is more to him than it shows, but I guess I'll have to wait for the next book!(less)
The last two books didn't really make it for me but I found this one a pleasure to read - Cat and Bones personalities are back! A war between ghouls a...moreThe last two books didn't really make it for me but I found this one a pleasure to read - Cat and Bones personalities are back! A war between ghouls and vampires is brewing as Apollyon is using Cat's news abilities to turn his followers against the vampires. This story is filled with fights and the "dead" moments are pretty amusing. (view spoiler)[Such as Vlad knowing the lyrics to "Run this Town", references to "Galaxy Quest", the image of a vibrator duc-taped to Cat and Bones' funny line "Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand". (hide spoiler)] There's some of Vlad, Mencheres and Marie of New Orleans plays a big role here with her magic. It's a very entertaining book, there's lots of action, romance and funny lines.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the Castilian. The sentence "¿Bones, mi amigo, cómo es usted?" doesn't ask how Bones is but actually what he looks like. I have to admit I don't like when this happens because I know these books are verified tons of times before being published and it seems nobody cares about verifying the foreign sentences - this is not the first time either as it previously happened in First Drop of Crimson. I wish someone would take the time to correct these.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Vlad Tepesh - the Dracula himself - is a vampire with a long history and a seemingly long list of enemies. Leila is a human that channels electricity...moreVlad Tepesh - the Dracula himself - is a vampire with a long history and a seemingly long list of enemies. Leila is a human that channels electricity and is able to learn each person's secrets through touch. Moreover, she can also contact people using her powers and has tried to control them most of her life. Vlad's enemies think she might be the missing weapon in their fight against Vlad, but Leila is not so sure about it. And then comes along Vlad and saves her, which makes her a willing prisoner of the infamous vampire.
Vlad is the main character of this story and how he deserves it! He's been one of my favourite characters and sometimes I even liked him more than Bones. But even though there are some funny dialogues between Vlad and Leila's thoughts, I have to say most of the humour I relate to Vlad in Cat's books is nowhere to be found. I particularly liked how fierce Leila is and how she balances her options, but the end was so predictable!... This book is full of adventure and has a bit of romance, but ends without a real ending so I look forward to the next book in this series.(less)
I must say I read "The Mating" and found it pretty cool but since it's easy to know what will happen and why, it's not that compelling. But this one.....moreI must say I read "The Mating" and found it pretty cool but since it's easy to know what will happen and why, it's not that compelling. But this one... wow! What a great follow-up! I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it but I'm so glad I did it! It's so addictive! Great story :)(less)
Oh, this was by far the best book of the series! I can't believe I wasn't completely convinced with "The Mating" and now I'm truly excited about the s...moreOh, this was by far the best book of the series! I can't believe I wasn't completely convinced with "The Mating" and now I'm truly excited about the series and hoping it doesn't end here. Well done! I hope you get time, will and inspiration to write some more about this fascinating world you created.(less)
(I didn't understand the summary of the book when I picked it up from the shelves, I don't think it is doing a good job of selling the book...)
Shadow...more(I didn't understand the summary of the book when I picked it up from the shelves, I don't think it is doing a good job of selling the book...)
Shadow is about to be released from prison when he learns his wife died in a car crash together with his best friend. When flying home, he meets an old man who goes by the name of Wednesday that offers him a job as his bodyguard. Since Shadow has no life to return to, he accepts the job. Wednesday is an old god (Odin) and even though America is filled with gods, they don't prosper because people no longer believe in them. Nowadays people believe in TV, Internet or fast food and those are the new gods. Wednesday wants to gather the old gods so they can fight the new ones in an epic battle. In order to do that, he takes Shadow in an extraordinary journey through America visiting old and new gods from all over the world that came to America inside people's hearts a very long time ago.
I couldn't help but find a parallel between Shadow's story and Hercules' labours as they both undertake long journeys meeting mythical creatures and overcoming perils, whilst learning about themselves and the world surrounding them. It's amazing how many different gods and cultures Gaiman squeezed into this book, all the while maintaining a bit of suspense and mystery about what really is going on. There are also some witty moments that brought a smile to my face when I least expected it, which made me enjoy this book immensely. Advice: even though this book is long, don't make big pauses while reading it so you don't lose track of the many names and respective stories.(less)