I really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. She...moreI really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. She was always in the shadows and once she got some focus she was so much more amazing than I would have guessed.
I am looking forward to to Apollo's book, and I am glad when I learned at the end of this one that he is friends with Asa Makepeace. I have really been missing the Makepeace family lately. I feel like they are central to the story but they havent been in the past few books. Maybe Asa will get his own book some day. I would also really love for Phoebe to get her own book, and if the series last long enough for him to grow up, maybe one day we can have a Joseph Tinbox book. Is it weird that I think he could make a very dashing sailor? :P (less)
Oh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first readin...moreOh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first reading about Temperance and Silence's brother. Like first reading about Meghan's little brother in The Lost Prince, but worse (or better, depending on how you look at it) since there is sex in this one.
But it wasnt even about the sex. It never really is in these books for me. It is just like an accent to the story. The gravy but not the meat. But in this one I hardly even remember the sex. It was actually pretty awkward because Winter was a virgin, but it is his passion in their daily interactions that I will remember. When she first rescued him, during their tutors lessons, when they met again at the opera. Oh my goodness the heat was just burning off of them! There were so many scenes where my heart was beating so hard that I was feeling a little light-headed. Including the final chapter, of course. That was such an amazing scene. *happy sigh*
And I love Winter. He ended up being so complex. He is my new favourite hero of the series, as well as this being my favourite book. Mickey was my previous favourite, but now I think it is Winter, Mickey, Caire, Griffin. Not that there is anything wrong with Griffin, but the others are just spectacular. But although I have nothing against Isabel, my favourite heroine would still be Hero or Silence.
I have now caught up to the one book in this series I read last year, Lord of Darkness. But I will be re-reading it to keep continuity. Plus, I may enjoy it more now that I know so much more about these people. I am very much looking forward to it even if I am tempted to jump to Duke of Midnight. Each book ends with an epilogue that tells you who will be featured in the next book, and when I finished Lord of Darkness it left me wanting to read Duke of Midnight so badly! But it wasnt released yet at the time, and I thought I should read the first 4 book first before moving forward. And now I am almost done and I am so excited and anxious at the same time!(less)
I think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) I...moreI think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) I also love funny men, and I think he was kinda funny.
This was a great story, and I am sooo excited for Winter's book!!!(less)
This is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have bi...moreThis is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have binge read is the New Species series by Laurann Dohner. I find I love the series where each book is about a different couple who you have already gotten to know well. Some series follow couples who we only saw in one scene or something. But in this series we know them a lot better than that by the time they get their own book, and it really encourages me to keep reading and to get there for the characters that I have already grown to know. The same goes for New Species.
I dont feel the need to write a full review for this book since I feel very similar for it as I do for the others. I did find some trouble feeling attached to the characters at first. I felt that their relationship was a bit rushed in the beginning, and I was bothered by the fact that Hero was already engaged. But the book was long enough that as time passed it all came together well. I was even happy for Thomas and Levinia despite hating him for hitting Hero.
I enjoyed Hero. It was interesting to see that the heroine was the more jaded one than the hero for once. Usually it is the other way around in historicals. Even though Griffin was still the rake, he had no problem admitting he loved Hero once it happened.
I am very excited to read Silence's story, and I am really curious who the Ghost of St. Giles is. I learned from reading Lord of Darkness that there is more than one. For awhile there in book 1 and 2 I thought it was Winter, but he honestly seemed confused about it at the end of this one. It could still end up being him later. I shall see soon enough if I continue to power through this series. (less)
The story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and e...moreThe story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and everything else that we were introduced to, it still managed to make sense. It explained everything well enough to follow and there was a good amount of action. I dont have any complains really besides the characters, namely Dev and Kyle. I think this book handled its love-triangle rather poorly.
The book alternated between Sera and Kyle's POVs, so I was definitely Team Kyle. We got to know him a lot better than Dev because of his POVs, and I felt like that meant something for the outcome. Although I was really frustrated with the back and forth. You can trust him. You can't trust him. You can trust him. You can't trust him. My demon blood made me do it. Its really hard for a character to be an individual when they are so easily controlled, and their loyalties begin to mean nothing when it is not their own choice.
And Dev we hardly knew at all. I hated how he just strolled into Sera's life and started acting like he belonged there because of something that happened thousands of years ago. We never really got to know him, and any relationship he had with Sera was based on the past. We never saw them connect in the present, and it just felt really intrusive and presumptuous. It made me hate him in the same way that I hate River Song.
And WTF was with that ending? Who the hell did she pick? Did she pick neither or both?!(view spoiler)[She spends months in a realm between realms, where she is mourning Kyle's death alone, which I assumed meant something in favour of Kyle. But then Dev shows up and tells her that Kyle is still alive. And what does she do? She kisses Dev! And while she is kissing him she thinks. "It was a kiss of hello and a kiss of goodbye, a kiss of love and of friendship. It was a bridge between the past and the present, and a promise of the future. It was a kiss for forever." I like the part where it says 'a kiss of goodbye and a kiss of the past'. But I certainly do not like the part where it says 'a promise of the future and a kiss for forever'. Blah. But then, on the very next page, she visits Kyle and when she sees him, she thinks "Sera knew without a doubt that there was no other place she needed to be...there was no other place she would rather be. She was home." And then the book ends. Huh, sooo what just happened?! (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend this to fans of books heavy with mythology, and especially books that visit hell. There is a lot of hell and demons in this book. Or I should say Xibalba. But not necessarily for fans of YA romance. I think the romance in this book was a mess.
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