This book was emotionally exhausting! Just like the first two. The ending didnt make me cry though, which is a first. The first ended with (view spoil...moreThis book was emotionally exhausting! Just like the first two. The ending didnt make me cry though, which is a first. The first ended with (view spoiler)[Kelsey refusing Ren and returning to Oregon, which was a very moving scene (hide spoiler)]. Then the second ended with (view spoiler)[Ren losing his memory and Kelsey overhears him telling Kishan that he doesnt love her anymore. That was heart wrenching and I cried more at the ending of the second (hide spoiler)]. But the third ended with (view spoiler)[Kelsey being kidnapped by Lokesh (hide spoiler)], which is quite a cliffhanger, but an action one not an emotional one. I am quite excited to find out what happens next.
The setup of this book was a bit different from the previous two. The first two start out with Kelsey in Oregon, until she returns to India, then the bulk of the book takes place on their adventure in another realm. This one started out in India and Kelsey does not return home between her second and third adventures. Which is good because I dont really enjoy the parts in Oregon as much. The first half of this book is set on a yacht, before they start their adventure. Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, Mr. Kadam, and Nilima. The usual group, while they prepare for their next adventure. It is during this time that the love-triangle is taken to a whole new level. So much back and forth and fighting between the three of them. I think it may have been taken a little too far and shifted the focus of the book a bit too much away from the curse.
In Tiger's Quest I was very impressed with Kelsey's loyalty to Ren. I was impressed that she so strongly resisted such a hot, flirty guy when Ren wasnt around. I had new found respect for her. But Kishan is unlike most back-up guys and I knew it would be possible to turn the triangle around, and that Colleen Houck would likely do it. Although I couldnt figure out how it could be done without Kelsey betraying Ren. Well, it was done very well. Not on Ren's part of course, I am still mad at him, but on Colleen's part. She convincingly took Kelsey away from Ren and gave her to Kishan, in my opinion. She did it without me having to lose respect for Kelsey. Although I did lose a little respect for Ren, which is unfortunate. But I have a new found, immense love for Kishan which I am very happy about. I love him so much I could cry! Haha, maybe not literally but when you read so much teenage romance your emotions can get a little confused. :s
But I was disappointed in how Kelsey kept saying that she loved Kishan, but she was constantly thinking about Ren. Even after she listed all the reasons why she chose Kishan (Chapter 24), which were all good reasons imo, she could barely stay focused on him. She kept making horrible analogies like how Kishan was the steady player who would last the game but couldnt score the three-pointers. I found it extremely unfair to Kishan and I think he deserves more. He loves Kelsey a lot so I would want him to be with her so he could be happy, but at the same time I think he deserves someone who could love him more thoroughly. Although I would never want Colleen to do that thing where you throw in a new girl at the end so everyone can be happy. I hate it when that happens. But the girl always ends up with the main guy. Colleen will find a way to get Kelsey back with Ren, and she will most likely find a way to do it smoothly and naturally like everything else. But will she find a way to do it without breaking Kishans's heart? :(
But this book still excelled where the first two did. The amazing adventure and mythology! This one may even be my favourite in that respect. They travel the ocean of another realm and face five dragons inspired by Chinese mythology. Each dragon gives them a different task to complete before they reach the end to claim their prize. My favourite was definitely the green dragon, although it was probably the characters' least favourite. It was very exciting. :P I really look forward to what happens next. It says Tiger's Destiny doesnt come out till September, but the first three all came out in 2011, so that seems a little unfair. :( Although these books like to torment me emotionally, Colleen has somehow managed to make me agree with all the changes that have happened to Kelsey. I am taking the ups and downs with her. I love Ren when she loves Ren. I love Kishan when she loves Kishan. So I hope whatever happens in the next book, I will agree with it. I dont know how she does it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I read 20% before I was in serious threat of throwing the book across the room. And since I was reading it on my eReader, I couldnt risk it.
I read som...moreI read 20% before I was in serious threat of throwing the book across the room. And since I was reading it on my eReader, I couldnt risk it.
I read some reviews before deciding to drop it because I was hoping to find out if it got better. In the process I discovered that a lot of people didnt like Bryn. I didnt have a problem with Bryn, personality-wise. My only problem with Bryn is that she was willing to accept these people, the Pack. I could not stand them! Any of them! Not even Ali, who wasnt even a werewolf but only married into it. Ugh! Five pm curfews! Chaperones! Not allowed to ask questions! "Just drop it Bryn. We know what's best for you." Seriously, I felt like she was part of a cult. Yet that wasnt the underlying mystery. It hadnt been introduced as such anyway. If this were futuristic, the way the Pack treated Bryn would turn out to be a dystopian government conspiracy. But not in this. In this it isnt even an issue. (less)
This book was wonderful! Camille and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, hunt and study werewolves. It is an interest that was shared by her father until it ki...moreThis book was wonderful! Camille and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, hunt and study werewolves. It is an interest that was shared by her father until it killed him 6 years earlier. One night, while Camille and Dr. Bennett are out hunting a particular werewolf, they witness a young man is bit on the leg before they manage to take it down. Dr. Bennett sends Camille to follow the young man, Nathaniel, and see if he is being affected by the bite. It doesnt take long for Camille to see that all the women of the East End are throwing themselves at him, and she has to admit, she can see why. One day when she is following him she peaks around a corner and catches him with a woman in an alley. She gasps, which catches his attention, and he stares at her while he continues to kiss the other girl's neck. She continues to stare right back and she is completely captured by his gaze and she cant look away, while he makes out with another woman. OMG that scene was so hot! Haha, that is when I fell in love with him. He is so arrogant and sure of himself that he seduces two women at once! :P And the cover of the sequel, Heart of the Huntress, features Pepe Toth, the same guy from the covers of Obsidian and Existence. So just picture Daemon in Victorian London. Yeah, hot!
Camille eventually convinces him to come home with her and help them find a cure. Most of the book focuses on them getting to know each other and spending time together while Dr. Bennett looks for a cure, cherishing what little time they have. They are incredibly sweet together and I love the intensity and urgency of their relationship since they know what is coming. Camille is willing to do anything to save him, even defy Dr. Bennett, who of course will kill Nathaniel if the cure isnt found before the next full moon. Nathaniel would rather kill himself than risk Camille's safety, but when the time comes Camille does whatever is necessary to save Nathaniel from himself and Dr. Bennett. (less)
I really loved this book! I think it deserves a 4.5/5. The premise was amazing, and the idea of the Kythan and their abilities and their world. And I...moreI really loved this book! I think it deserves a 4.5/5. The premise was amazing, and the idea of the Kythan and their abilities and their world. And I love private school stories, even though that aspect of the story didnt last long, I enjoyed it. Destiny was an awesome heroine, I really loved her. There were times when I questioned some of her decisions, but she must have been very confused and scared, so I can forgive her, especially since things turned out well in the end.
I love Reese. He was so awesome. Even though Jace was swooning all over Destiny from the beginning, as soon as Reese made an appearance I knew he was the one. And he just got better with each appearance. I couldnt get enough! For those who have read Evernight, Jace reminded me of Balthazar from that series. But Reese is like no other. There were instant sparks! Far from insta-love, but more like when you cant stand someone but are still attracted to them. Sexual tension. But once Dez realized she could trust him things went so quickly. She opened up to him instantly and trusted him with everything. But it is somewhat understandable. They had a lot in common and they could understand each other like no one else, he clearly cared about her so much. And they could not stop kissing. Haha, there is so much kissing in this book!
But there was a time early on when something Dez said put worry in Reese's eyes. Dez saw it and asked him about it. But I knew he was lying. He was always open and honest with her and she could see that she could trust him and so could we. But I never forgot that one moment and I didnt like it. Reese was so wonderful, I couldnt handle it if it turned out to be too good to be true. For the rest of the book I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. They ended up having their highs and lows, and during the lows I was so sad and anxious. But the highs made me forget the lows all together! And it had such a great ending that it was all worth it! It was just great overall, with a great mood and a lot of action and suspense. I highly recommend this book, especially to fans of Half-Blood. I cant wait for the next book in the series!(less)
I am tempted to give this 5 stars, but the story wasnt 100%. The couple was, and that is what I cant stop thinking about. So I will settle for 4.5/5,...moreI am tempted to give this 5 stars, but the story wasnt 100%. The couple was, and that is what I cant stop thinking about. So I will settle for 4.5/5, and start by explaining how this differs from most werewolf books.
It seemed to be set in a modern day San Diego, but there was talk of wars with werewolves and sorcerers in the past 100 years, so I think it had an alternate history. Werewolves are common knowledge and the country is still in the process of trying to adjust laws to better define humans. In that respect it reminded me of True Blood (the TV show, never read the books). Werewolves are made through birth, not bites. When a werewolf has a son, he will also be a werewolf once he hits puberty. The females are not werewolves. They consider themselves a different species and live in clans with their own form of government, which the US government tolerates for the time being.
Lily Yu is a homicide detective, who meets Rule Turner, heir to the Nokolai clan, while investigating a murder that was committed by a werewolf. Lily has a type of psychic power that gives her the ability to sense magic. Werewolves were created with magic by a being that they call the Lady, and is sort of like their goddess. So, Lily can detect the type of magic on the body and knows it was a werewolf who did it. When Lily first meets Rule her mind goes blank and she is stunned, and I thought, "Uh oh, instalove?" But its not, its really not. It turns out, that sometimes their Lady decides to gift them with a Chosen, apparently pretty rare. Since the werewolves are a male dominated species, it is not surprising that they value virility. Rule is the youngest of 3 brothers, but he was made heir because he has a son.
So, a Chosen is like a mate, but it is merely a physical relationship. No feelings or love come with it. Just an intense sexual attraction. And I mean intense. Haha, its actually kinda funny how much they cant keep their hands off each. And Lily is a straight laced cop, so she is like, "Am I going crazy?" She normally would never sleep with a guy she has only known for two days. But they are bonded for life, and have an almost constant need to be touching, and cant get far away from each other, a couple miles at most I think, without getting dizzy and weak. Their physical relationship is developing much faster than their emotional relationship, but they seem to be fond of each other, and I can of course see that in time they will fall in love. I really look forward to it. They do at this point have a strong need to protect each other as if they were an extension of themself. At one point, when Rule is in danger, Lily (view spoiler)[ goes sorta berserk and tackles the villain and starts bashing her head against the ground until she's dead (hide spoiler)]. Kinda badass.
I didnt address the story at all in my review. :P There were some more murders, some betrayals and a frame job, and Lily doesnt know who to trust and has to find a way to prove Rule's innocence. In the end I didnt entirely understand the villain's plan or motives. The amount of information to understand their world was also a bit overwhelming, and I couldnt follow. But who cares! Read this for Rule and Lily! :P
Warning this is an adult book. There are a few sex scenes.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was as good as the first book. This time, Dr. Bennett is invited to Romania by a colleague to help deal with the werewolf problem there. So he an...moreThis was as good as the first book. This time, Dr. Bennett is invited to Romania by a colleague to help deal with the werewolf problem there. So he and Camille, her sister Emily, and Nathaniel all head out on a ship. The first half of the book is set at sea, where Camille uncovers many secrets, about the three mysterious Taksony brothers on board, as well as the real reason Dr. Bennett was invited to Romania. And things only get worse once they reach their destination. This is clearly on a grander scale than the first book, which didnt leave London. With higher stakes and more adventure.
I had hoped Camille and Nathaniel's relationship would have developed further than it had, though. There were still a fair amount of romantic scenes that I really enjoyed, but they were no more intense than the scenes in the first book. Nathaniel thinks far too highly of Camille for him to let anything happen. Even though he grew up on the streets of East End, he treats her like a true gentleman would treat her. So, I think the only way this series can end is for them to get married. I dont know if any more books are planned in this series, but I really hope so. The first two books so far had completely separate and self-contained adventures. There could easily be more excitement waiting for them once they return to London. Besides, I hope to see Arkos again. (less)
I am so glad I discovered this series, although I dont really remember how I came across it.
In the first book I was just so impressed by the relations...moreI am so glad I discovered this series, although I dont really remember how I came across it.
In the first book I was just so impressed by the relationship between Rule and Lily that I really didnt care about the story at all. Not that it was bad, I was just too distracted by Rule and Lily's hotness to care. In this one I think the story was much more interesting. Enough for me to notice. :P It was still a tad confusing, but there was lots of great action including a scene where 8 werewolves turn in the middle of the city and dash off to save Lily, while bystanders gape. It was an awesome scene. There wasnt as much of Lily and Rule together, and only one inexplicit sex scene, so it was a bit of a trade off. But they have grown closer together emotionally, which I knew they would and I love how the book ended. It was a great place to leave us. :) Cant wait to read Blood Lines!(less)
So, I really enjoyed this, even though there was insta-love. At first I was a little confused. I think they had met 3 times, and only spoken a few lin...moreSo, I really enjoyed this, even though there was insta-love. At first I was a little confused. I think they had met 3 times, and only spoken a few lines to each other, and Adira was acting like she owned him. But Isaac certainly didnt object. This might not be for you if you are strongly against insta-love. Its not my favourite thing either, but if the book is still good I can look past it. And I gotta admit, this book is good.
I really loved the eerie feel it had, like old classic horror movies, with lots of slashing claws and blood. And the fact that these werewolves are real Wolfman-style werewolves, not sissy wolves. :P And I loved J.A. Redmerski descriptive writing. Three times she described a wolf turning and it was unbelievably vivid, like I could hear their bones snapping and everything. These werewolves have a lot of history that goes back to centuries old Bulgaria and ancient feuds. It reminds me of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (love that movie). I cant wait to learn more about it in Kindred. As well as more about these Praverian mentioned in the blurb, and about Trajan, Viktor, and Arabei's history and secrets.
Surprisingly enough, my favourite thing about this book is probably Adria and Isaac. Besides the insta-love, I loved their relationship. It was so intense. I have absolutely no doubt about how much Isaac loves Adria and it is absolutely beautiful. And Adria already trusts him with her life, even if she shouldnt. Even when he is in wolf form. Love makes you foolish. Their's was an all consuming, Romeo and Juliet-style love. Neither were put in the position to have to decide between each other in this book, but I am sure if they were, they would die for each other. I love that kind of love. :P
There were also a lot of great supporting characters, especially Harry and Zia. They were great friends. But I would have liked to get to know them better with more dialogue. There were a lot of scenes that were mentioned, or described, with no dialogue at all and I think everyone would have come to life better with more dialogue. This is losing one star for the insta-love and the lack of dialogue. Also, I was a little annoyed that Isaac kept forcing Adria to have awkward conversations in front of his huge family. Things that could have been discussed in private.
But besides that, this book was beautiful, action-packed, dark, and intense. I loved every other aspect of it and I cannot wait for everything and anything that happens in Kindred.(less)
I preferred the focus in this book more than the last one. This one focuses on the werewolf clans again, after the previous book put more focus on dem...moreI preferred the focus in this book more than the last one. This one focuses on the werewolf clans again, after the previous book put more focus on demons. This one had a lot of demons too, but they had a lot of clan problems to deal with. They had to go to the clanhome of the the Leidolf clan, who are the Nokolai's enemy. Demons were summoned all over the country and attacked the heir of each werewolf clan, including Rule. A Leidolf clan member was with him at the time and died protecting him, so Rule and Lily have to go to Leidolf clanhome for a memorial, as well as the naming of the new heir because Leidolf's heir was also attacked the same night, but was not as lucky. While there, the Leidolf Rho (leader) plots against Rule. He barely escapes with his life, only to learn that while they were gone his home was attacked by a demon and his son is now in a coma. This book had a great sense of urgency.
Also, there was a new romance developing. Unfortunately there was no intamacy between Rule and Lily in this book, Eileen Wilks reserved that for Cullen and Cynna. I am not sure how I feel about them as a couple. Cullen is super hot, and I love him as a character. Cynna is cool but I dont like butch girls. I can understand Cynna has a need to connect, and Cullen is gorgeous, but I dont know if Cullen really sees anything in her, or if she is just convenient. Although he could have anyone, so that doesnt make sense, but it still come off that way. I just dont get the impression that they really care for each other. But I guess I will learn more in the next book. Their relationship will be inevitably explored more. As will Lily's grandmother! The book ended with a huge reveal that I am looking forward to learning more about!(less)
I was totally blown away by this book. I dont remember how I came across it on Goodreads. I have never read another book by the author, I dont have an...moreI was totally blown away by this book. I dont remember how I came across it on Goodreads. I have never read another book by the author, I dont have any friends who have read it. And after adding it to my to-read list, it immediately moved to my currently-reading, instead of it sitting on my to-read list for years like books usually do. And it was so amazing and imaginative!
This is a high fantasy, in a world with no humans that is called Three Worlds. There are several different races of ground dwellers, more than we had time to meet, that are referred to as groundlings. Then there are the air races that are referred to as flyers. There are also water races (making up the Three Worlds), but they had no part in this story and I dont think we learned what they are called. The main character, Moon, is a flyer. He looks human in one form, but he can shape-shift into a creature that looks like a cross between a gargoyle and an angel. They have dragon-like scales, raptor-like claws, and smell with their mouth like snakes. Moon is an orphan who doesnt know what his species is called, and has not seen another of his species since his family was killed by wild animals 35 years earlier (his race lives a long time so he is considered young). He lives with whatever groundling communities will take him in. Until they see him shift and they become terrified and drive him off.
Eventually one of his kind finds him, and asks him to come home with him. Moon agrees and discovers that his people live in a colony with a queen, similar to bees. He also discovers that he is a very rare breed of his people, one who can mate with a queen. The one who found him and brought him home, purposely neglected telling him this, because he knew Moon would refuse.
His people are in the middle of a war with another race of flyers. A race of brutal savages who eat those that they conquer. But Moon's people dont openly accept him. Most dont trust him and consider him an outsider, the enemy wants him for their own purposes, and the reigning queen and the young queen are fighting over whose consort he will be. Moon is confused and alone but agrees to stay and help only until the colony can evacuate. Of course fate has other plans.
The story is wonderful, and the world and species so imaginative! I loved it so much. The romance was mild and hardly a romance till closer to the end. Although I am not sure if Jade actually cares about Moon or just desperately wants babies. Being a consort sounded a bit too much like a job. *shrug* I'll find out in the next book. It was very strange to read from the POV of someone who isnt human. I dont think I have ever done that before.
There were a few small things that bugged me. The names of all the characters were so confusing! I had a hard time distinguishing between characters because I couldnt remember all their names. I could remember a few main characters, such as Moon, Stone, Jade, Pearl, and Chime. But then there was River, Root, Song, Sand, and dozens of others. Blah, so confusing! Also I didnt understand how Moon could live among groundlings for 35 years and never have heard a single word about his people. No one seemed to recognize him when they saw him shift. Yet his people couldnt have been far away if they found him completely by chance.
I am not sure if this should be categorized as adult or young adult. Can it be neither? The story isnt particularly heavy. More along the lines of other YA fantasy such as Eragon. The sex was completely washed over, like the scene in The Iron Queen. But there were no young characters, and there were a few instances of extreme violence, including several references to rape both heterosexual and homosexual. So use your own discretion. (less)
I read the first 3 books in this series fairly back to back. All in February. But I kept putting this one off, because it switched focus from Rule and...moreI read the first 3 books in this series fairly back to back. All in February. But I kept putting this one off, because it switched focus from Rule and Lily, to Cullen and Cynna. I thought it would feel very different from the first 3 but it didnt. We already knew Cullen and Cynna pretty well, and they were still dealing with the shifting magic, and a fair amount of lupus issues. It has its place in the this series. And I really grew to love them much more. I already really enjoyed Cullen's character, but Cynna has finally grown on my. I used to like her ok, but she seemed far too butch. But she had to face a lot of things in her life during this book, things that brought out her feminine side.
I also enjoyed the setting of Edge. Edge is another dimension that is ruled by gnomes. Cynna and Cullen, along with a few other familiar characters such as Ruben Brooks, Steve Timms, and Gan, go to Edge to help the Gnomes find a stolen medallion that regulates the seasons in Edge. It was a quest through a mystical land and it was a lot of fun, especially with Cullen and Gan around. They are the two funniest characters in the series.
The only thing that bothered me about this book was (view spoiler)[ how Cullen and Cynna were planning to get married at the end. I love that they are getting married. But lupus are not supposed to be monogamous because of their low fertility. It is part of their culture, even if they have the same emotions as humans (which was clearly depicted with Cullen). But if they can just as easily fall in love as humans, why is this the first time it has happened? During hundreds of years of history, would Cullen really be the first lupus to fall in love and be willing to give up his people's beliefs for a woman? It doesnt seem likely. And there werent even any repercussions. If there had been that would explain why it hadnt happened before. There is no worse fate for a lupus than to be clanless. So threatening to kick a lupus out of his clan for getting married would explain it. Well, maybe they will explain it in the next book (hide spoiler)].
I look forward to the rest of the series and I hope to see lots more of Cullen and Cynna. I must admit, I like Cullen better than Rule now. :P This was the best book in the series since #1.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was a bit disappointing. The romance was way too easy. It was 100% insta-lov...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was a bit disappointing. The romance was way too easy. It was 100% insta-love. In this book Keegan is an elf. Elves have soulmates that they meet when they turn 18. But Keegan is only 16 and she is having trouble waiting. Also her brother is a seer, and he told her her soulmate's name is Rourk. Because of their bond, whenever Keegan thinks Rourk's name, he knows. Elf soulmates have a semi-telepathic link. And Keegan's father is the military leader of the elves and gave Rourk permission to guard Keegan even though they are not yet 18. He watches her all the time and keeps her safe. I think he loves her even though they have not met yet in the beginning of the book. The first chapter is from Rourk's POV and he is watching her in the woods as she does her photography. The way he so tenderly describes her makes me think that he already loves her, not only because of their insta-love connection.
Keegan has never met Rourk yet and doesnt even know what he looks like. But when she is attacked at a concert he makes himself known to save her and the second Keegan sees him she knows he is the one. Insta-love. Rourk was not given permission to make contact, so they dont speak. Later, when they officially meet for the firs time, they kiss immediately, before even speaking, and from that moment on their love is a fact and nothing needs to be proven. They are never alone so they just talk about boring stuff in the presence of her parents and have no tender "getting to know each other" moments. Keegan asks him his favourite colour and other boring questions like that, but that is not what matters in a relationship. The romance was so simple and easy that it was dull. The process of falling in love is the best part and they totally skipped that part.
But in the end, Keegan has an accident and all her memories of Rourk as well as her soulmate connection to him are erased. When she sees him she feels nothing like she did when she saw him the first time at the concert. He no longer knows when she thinks his name, and is no longer able to know where she is at all times like he could before. So this gives the second book a lot of opportunity to make up for what it lacked in the first. In the end, Rourk is determined to win Keegan the old fashioned way. Their love will now be tried and tested and hopefully be proven true.
Although there is a little hiccup. Keegan was always a little boy crazy. She knew she would meet her soulmate when she was 18 but she saw nothing wrong with dating other guys in the meantime. And she was only 16 so she thought she would have awhile. There was a guy that she liked, Donald, but he refused to go out with her because he liked her too much and didnt want to set himself up to get hurt, because he knew she would forget all about him as soon as she met her soulmate. Now that she has forgotten all about Rourk, she is thinking about Donald again. And Donald knows that her connection to Rourk has been broken so he will most likely take advantage of the situation by pursuing Keegan, and messing things up for Rourk.
Aside from the romance, another thing I thought was lacking was the world building, which was almost non-existent. Although the main conflict of this book was resolved in the end, and I have no idea if the next book, Conflicted, will have a new conflict or if it will just be about the newly formed love-triangle, I will still be reading it. I really like Rourk and I want to see him woo his girl. :P(less)
I absolutely love the world this series created. The world and all the creatures, and most of all the Raksura and their culture and society. It is ama...moreI absolutely love the world this series created. The world and all the creatures, and most of all the Raksura and their culture and society. It is amazing and fascinating! I really enjoyed learning more about the Raksura in this book, as they traveled back to their homeland, which was a giant forest full of other Raksura courts, where they live in giant trees. And we also got to visit the Emerald Twilight court. But the overall story of this book was a bit standalone and I didnt enjoy it that much.
When they arrive back at their home tree, they find that a vital piece of the tree is missing and they have to go on a journey to get it back. Their journey eventually leads them to a floating city full of unsavory characters. I didnt enjoy their time on the island and kept hoping they would leave, but they spent a long time there. I was uncomfortable the whole time, and there were parts that were a bit gross. The villain was really unimpressive compared to the Fell in The Cloud Roads. The Fell were an extremely menacing villain and their plots were elaborate and sinister. There was no progress in the story. I think book 2 could have entirely been done without. It was still very enjoyable, just not necessary. But book 3, The Siren Depths sounds great, and brings back the Fell, as well as Moon's home court, and I am very much looking forward to it.(less)