I was already annoyed after book 1 that not enough had happened. Mac had made no progr...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I was already annoyed after book 1 that not enough had happened. Mac had made no progress on any of the things she was trying to accomplish. And now, after the second book, she still has not accomplished anything. She hasn't discovered her sister's killer. She hasn't found the Sinsar Dubh. She hasn't discovered who she can trust. And now I am F%#@ING furious!
I still love Mac and think she has only become more interesting as she becomes practically a different person. If only the story was different. If only the things that she is forced to go through were more relevant and that things would move faster, this would be great. The world and protag are good, and the writing has gotten better. Although Mac's stupid "rightie-leftie" ridiculousness was really starting to grate on me.
I just don't care about the story or Barrons at all. I don't find anything about Barrons attractive, and the unbelievably slow pace at which we get to know him is beyond unacceptable. As far as I am concerned he is a jackass. I just couldn't give a damn at this point and I will not read who knows how many more books just to find out what happens.
I said in my review for book 1 that there was zero romance. Z.E.R.O. There wasn't really in this one either. Mac never thinks of Barrons in a romantic way and never even shows any sign of being attracted to him, except that she said he looked hot when he laughed. It was the first time she had ever seen him laugh so it had surprised her. But there is also one part later in the book when Mac is sort of freaking out and high on violence and Barrons kisses her and she kissed him back. I think the violence had turned him on. This still does not cause Mac to have any sort of romantic thoughts about him. Afterwards its like it never happened. It doesn't change their relationship at all. So if you are looking for romance I really suggest you look somewhere else. I looked into what happens later in the series and none of it sounds very promising. This series deems to be way more story-driven than romance or character driven. Too bad I don't think the story is good enough to carry the series. But a lot of people clearly do, so I think fans of Urban Fantasy are the best bet for enjoying this.
This is the second majorly popular adult PNR series I have read and not gotten past book 2. The other was Night Huntress. I am not really sure which was worse since the things I hated about them were different. I am not sure how they would balance out in the end. I hated the hero in both fairly evenly, but I also hated the heroine in Night Huntress. More than the hero. But I did enjoy the story somewhat. A lot more than the story of Fever. I think they balance out pretty closely. I feel like I am playing Russian roulette when I read a popular series. Do I want to risk it again? I do. I know I will do it again. I still need to read Dark Lover, Night Pleasures, and Magic Bites. I am a glutton for punishment. (less)
I really don't understand the low ratings on this series. These are great historical romances. Slightly dark and risqué, but not especially erotic, wi...moreI really don't understand the low ratings on this series. These are great historical romances. Slightly dark and risqué, but not especially erotic, with extremely flawed heroes. I look forward to book 3.(less)
I really had no idea what to expect from this. I sort of went in blind and I am not en...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really had no idea what to expect from this. I sort of went in blind and I am not entirely sure whether or not that is a good thing. It turned out not be my kind of story, but it was interesting enough to keep my attention, even if I was sorely disappointed by the outcome.
This book is set in an alternate history. It is the turn of the century and the descendants of Arthur rule the empire, with the descendants of Merlin as their advisors. It had an extremely large cast of characters with constantly alternating POVs, as people come from all over the world to London for the engagement ball of Princess Marie-Victoria of the Franco-English Empire and Prince Leopold of Prussia. I did not love any of the characters. Anelwyn was supposedly a powerful sorceress but she never did anything useful. Ronan was shallow and did not deserve Wolf. Marie was selfish and short sighted. Isabelle was so hot and cold it was ridiculous. I did not mind Wolf, so I suppose what happened to him in the end is for the best. But I cannot understand why he wasted his time with Ronan.
This reminded me immensely of Anna Godbersen's The Luxe series, so be warned. If you have read that series, you know it is a story of no one getting their happy ending. Most of their endings are not tragic, and are a sort of comfort. But no one ends up with their first choice, their true love. Although it was a rather melancholy ending over all, I mourned the most for Isabelle and Louis. Isabelle could be a ridiculous ninny sometimes, but she did not deserve that. Neither did Louis.
Although there was a bit of a conspiracy against the Empire in the end, it was not the focus of the story. Most of the story consisted of Marie and Anelwyn arguing over Leopold, and Marie complaining about her lot in life. I certainly would not rejoice at the notion of an arranged marriage myself, but you would expect a heroine and a princess to have a stronger sense of duty and respectability. But I kept reading because I was just curious enough to want to know how everything turned out. Well, it did not turn out wonderfully, I must say. Although it turned out rather well for the empire. The new Franco-British-Prussian Empire has two good rulers and a loyal Morgaine advisor.
This book seems to be the first in a series according to GR, although it felt pretty well tied up. There were no great happy endings, as I said, but it still had a sense of finality. I don't see the need for further installments, unless it is to introduce new, larger threats to the Empire, and to show its new young rulers prove their merits. (less)
This book was intense and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! It is high fantasy, but it isnt what you probably expect when you hear those w...moreThis book was intense and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! It is high fantasy, but it isnt what you probably expect when you hear those words. It was pure intrigue. The entire novel is set in the caves and tunnels inhabited by assassins. Ileni is sent by the Renegai Sorcerers to tutor the assassins in magic. But while she is there she uncovers conspiracies and faces life-threatening challenges at every turn. And she discovers that she has a bigger part in it all than she could have ever imagined.
This book really kept me guessing and never let me get comfortable. You never know who to trust. I loved Ileni. She was a strong heroine. Despite her fading powers, she kept investigating and throwing herself into danger, heedless of the threats to her life. She was smart too, never letting the assassins intimidate her into giving up. She knew she had the mental capacity to unravel what was happening around her.
And she never even fully trusted Sorin. I enjoyed the complexities of their relationship. Sorin was loyal to the Master, and Ileni knew it. She may have loved him, but she never made herself fully vulnerable to him. She never let her guard down. Its not the kind of romance you usually find in YA novels. The all-encompassing passion, and the willingness to give up everything for the person you love. Not Ileni and Sorin.
It may be possible to win Ileni over by the cause of the assassins. But its the Master that the assassins put their faith in 100%, not their cause. Ileni would sacrifice herself for what she believes in, but she would never blindly put her life in someone else's hands. She will fight and die on her own terms. And that might be what happens in the next book, as Ileni leaves the caves and goes to discover for herself if the cause is worth dying for.
I would love it if in book 2, Ileni proves to the assassins, or at least Sorin, that she could be an even better leader than the Master. I dont think I would even mind if this series doesnt have an HEA. Its so dark and uncomfortable that its a valid possibility. But I hope for at least some unity of action between Ileni and Sorin. And I would love to see Sorin sacrifice something for Ileni. Even something small. It doesnt have to be his beliefs or his life. Just anything, to show that she has changed him. That she had an impact on his previously ordered life. (less)