This was better than its predecessor, Queen of Dragons, but not as good as the first two books. So I would rank them 2, 1, 4, 3. I still have to readThis was better than its predecessor, Queen of Dragons, but not as good as the first two books. So I would rank them 2, 1, 4, 3. I still have to read book 5, that one has the lowest average rating though.
I really enjoyed Zoe as a heroine. I loved how she was such an icon of beauty and grace to all the men of Darkfrith, and she didnt even know. I wonder how Hayden found the courage to court her. And Zoe was incredible, how she ran away and searched for Hayden and Rhys on her own. She did so much that people didnt think women could do. And she couldnt even Turn. I suppose that the previous three heroines did similar things, but there is something about Zoe that fools us into thinking she is meek and subdued and not capable of such things, so it surprises you when she does.
I also loved Rhys. He was more like his father than Kimber. But Zane from book 2 is still my favourite hero from this series. Rhys was definitely the most brooding and tragic of the Drakon men, too. I felt a lot of sympathy for him and I was a bit sad about the ending overall. It was an HEA but not a perfect HEA. (view spoiler)[Hayden died, which means we dont knnow if Zoe would have really chosen Rhys in the end. She told Rhys she never really loved Hayden, but she was so loyal to him up until his death, it makes me think that regardless of her feelings, she probably would have gone through with marrying him if he had lived. Plus, Rhys ends up terribly disfigured by the torture he went through at the hands of the Hunters. There is some indication that he may heal, but it is not certain. (hide spoiler)]
The story was very interesting, and it was the first to not focus very much on the dragons. Since Zoe could not Turn, but had other Gifts that made her unique, it focused a lot on that. Her and Rhys had a lot of great interactions throughout, but I was sad that for so much of the book Zoe was caught up on Hayden. It didnt give much time for a romance to develop between her and Rhys. When it finally did happen it felt a bit rushed. Although Hayden was nice, she clearly belonged with Rhys so I was just waiting for it to happen.
Although I enjoyed this one a lot despite the tragedy of it, I feel very anxious about reading The Time Weaver. It sounds extremely tragic. This series cannot end on a dark note. It better not!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book didnt really hold the excitement the first two did. There was a story outside of the romance involving hunters, but it wasnt really much ofThis book didnt really hold the excitement the first two did. There was a story outside of the romance involving hunters, but it wasnt really much of a focus. I would say most of the story revolved around Maricara and the tension between her and the drakon of Darkfrith. Her ways are so different that it takes a long time for them to trust each other.
This was the shortest book so far and didnt have enough time to really focus on either the story or the romance. There wasnt as much of a connection between Kimber and Maricara as there was between his mother and father, or his sister and Zane. It was underdeveloped but I still enjoyed it, and I love the world Shana Abé created. I enjoyed Kimber's character in this more than I did Mari, although she was great in The Dream Thief. I also really enjoyed poor Rhys, Kimber's younger brother, and I look forward to seeing more of him in The Treasure Keeper....more
Another 4.5/5 for Drakon, and very nearly 5/5. This is such an amazing series. Such a great concept, crossing historical romance with dragons. And I lAnother 4.5/5 for Drakon, and very nearly 5/5. This is such an amazing series. Such a great concept, crossing historical romance with dragons. And I love the men in it so far! I loved Zane even more than Kip, but they were both so naughty yet still dignified. Zane isnt even Drakon but there was still something about him that was just magnificent and Alpha. I am slightly in awe of him. I really cant blame Lia for being in love with him most of her life. For making a move on a man in his mid-thirties when she was only 14. I am sure she couldnt have helped herself. But the way she was dedicated to him was inspiring. She knew him her whole life, him being a friend of her mother, and she knew what he was. A criminal, a thief, a liar. But she loved him. She knew his future (or a possible future), and the terrible things he was capable of, yet still she loved him.
The story in this was much grander than The Smoke Thief, which was about a jewel theft in London. In The Dream Thief, Lia and Zane go to Hungary to track down a legendary diamond that can control the Drakon. There is much at stake. There are powerful new enemies, and powerful new allies, and you dont always know which is which. There is sacrifice and love, and a possible dark future. The sense of desperation between Lia and Zane, caused by her dreams, was nearly intoxicating. The scene where they made love just after Zane had found out the power of the diamond, was heartbreaking and beautiful. The more I write about this book, the more I wonder why I didnt give it 5/5. The writing is breathtaking, its beautiful and hypnotizing. I added 12 quotes from the book to Goodreads. Nearly every word is worth remembering and making note of. Its like a song.
I cant stop thinking about this series, and I have to order Queen of Dragons from my library right away. It is about a character we met in this book. She was only 11, but Zane was only 13 in The Smoke Thief, so I'm sure several years will have passed. I am extremely excited to hear her story. The rest of the series has lower ratings than the first 2 books, but I hope I will love it anyway....more
I would give this a 4.5/5. I love the combination of genres. It would at first seem like a Georgian historical romance, set in 1751 London. But it wasI would give this a 4.5/5. I love the combination of genres. It would at first seem like a Georgian historical romance, set in 1751 London. But it was also a cat-and-mouse story of a jewel thief. But then, on top of all of that, there are dragons! Yep, you heard me.
Clarissa grew up in a secret tribe of shapeshifting dragons that is disguised as a village and a large manor house, where the Alpha dragon and his family live. From a young age, Clarissa has been in love with the Alpha's beautiful son Cristoff, 4 years older than her, and far above her in status. But when Clarissa is 17, she discovers she can shift. A terrifying reality, or a dream come true? She will be forced to marry Cristoff. It may sound like a dream come true. But more than wanting to marry him, she wants him to love her. So she runs. She runs away to London and becomes the Smoke Thief. Nine years later, Cristoff is now Alpha and still unmarried. He comes to London to stop the Smoke Thief before their kind are exposed. But he had no idea what kind of fight he was getting into with Miss Clarissa Rue, The Smoke Thief.
I really loved Cristoff, aka Kip. He was swaggering, arrogant, loyal, bold, determined, and passionate; about being Alpha, about his people, and about his Rue-flower. He was so yummy and the relationship between him and Rue was so unusual. She was bitter about him trying to force her back to the tribe, and he was bitter about the fact that she ran from him 9 years earlier. But it didnt stop them from falling for each other, again, in Rue's case. And the first time they had sex was unbelievable! It was unbelievable that he would attempt it, and unbelievable that she would let him! The arrogant, bold, determination, and passion in him all came into play in that scene. And the bold and daring in Rue that allows her to be the Smoke Thief, also allowed her to have sex with the man of her dreams and daydreams, on the floor of an office during a high society party, with someone else in the room, without being caught.
Rue and Kip were a well matched pair, as rivals, as a couple, as partners in crime, as everything in life, they were amazing together. Their constant bickering, as well as their mutual respect and admiration. And I love the history and magic, and mystery behind the drakon. The way the book ended, with hints of what is to come. I cannot wait to read The Dream Thief!
"In the year 1751, for the first time in centuries, two Alpha hearts united. The power of their union shivered the very web of the drakon. Souls trembled on invisible strings. Fates shifted. And ancient ties, long forgotten, thrilled to life."...more
This was a great way to end this series, and a drastic improvement from book 2, The Serpent Sea. This probably deserves a 5-star rating, since I feelThis was a great way to end this series, and a drastic improvement from book 2, The Serpent Sea. This probably deserves a 5-star rating, since I feel that it was the best in the series, and I gave book 1 a full 5-stars. But I think that was probably just because it was all so new to me at the time, and I had never seen a world like this one before. But now its not all so new and I am not as blown away by it.
I loved the story in this one because it manged to incorporate a lot of new Raksuran courts and culture, but was also very focused on the Raksuran enemy, the Fell. The sinister villains and the fascinating culture of the Raksuran are two of this series strongest qualities. I loved seeing both the Opal Night and Veridian Sea courts, and how they treated Moon. The interactions are fascinating because they are not human, and even the subtlest body language means something different than it would to us. Its all new and I loved it.
One of the things I found most fascinating was the difference in gender roles. Moon is consort to the Queen and the way he behaves towards her is a way that I could never see a human man behaving towards a woman under any circumstance. On more than one occasion Moon was hurt or weak and Jade carried him. And it just seemed so natural. And the way the men act towards each other as well. They are so affectionate. After Shade faced the Fell progenitor he cried himself to sleep in Moon's arms. When Moon was sick Stone cradled him in his lap. When Dare was dying Moon held him close to his chest as he took his last breaths. I just thought it was beautiful to see these males unafraid to show each other how much they care.
The final battle sequence was just epic and heart-pounding, and everything comes together in the end for Moon and Jade and the Indigo Cloud court. I find I am even happy for Pearl. I will miss the Raksura.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Night Shade Books, in exchange for an honest review....more
This is definitely my favourite Lux book so far. Actually, this or Obsession, which inst really a Lux book but its the same Universe. Just wow, to thiThis is definitely my favourite Lux book so far. Actually, this or Obsession, which inst really a Lux book but its the same Universe. Just wow, to think of where this story has come since Obsidian. Its almost unrecognizable.
And you know what else it almost unrecognizable? Daemon. I really didnt like him to start out with. He was such an ass. And although I am still not totally in love with him, he is pretty incredible. Even knowing it was a romance series, I never could have predicted how deep their love would grow. This is the kind of romance I search for in YA and rarely find.
"She was beautiful, and I was so, so desperately in love with her."
The only thing holding me back from really falling for Daemon and giving this book 5 stars, is that the attempts to make him witty and cocky seem to fall flat. It doesnt seem natural to me and always manages to ruin the mood and throw me out of a scene. I know that this is what most ppl love so much about him, but for some reason, to me it just seems contrived.
The scale this series has taken has really blown me away, and I can hardly even imagine where Opposition will take us next. I really look forward to the grand gestures of eternal love to be made :P, and the epic battles to be fought. ...more
Wow, this book was so amazing and intense, my head is still spinning! It picks up 7 months after the events of The Mayfair Moon, and Adria and Isaac aWow, this book was so amazing and intense, my head is still spinning! It picks up 7 months after the events of The Mayfair Moon, and Adria and Isaac are a solid couple, doing regular couple things. But before that, there was a somewhat confusing prologue that begins to make sense over time.
Ever since Adria's kidnapping in The Mayfair Moon, she has felt different. Not only have her wounds healed abnormally fast, but she has been having dizzy and fainting spells, and she assumes the worst. She obsesses over figuring out what is wrong with her for most of the book. We are introduced to fascinating new paranormal creatures with a connection to Adria and her best friend Harry. They give her some insight into what is wrong with her, but the pieces still dont fit. It isnt until Isaac gives us a revelation at about 80% that everything falls into place and the last 20% of the book just blew me away! The revelation was not a revelation for me personally, but it was for Adira. I had guessed this was what was going on from pretty much the beginning. But I loved all the emotions that came with it since I knew it wouldnt come between Adria and Isaac. I would noramlly hate uncertainty, but there is nothing uncertain about Adria and Isaac. Nothing could come between them. Their relationship is intensified tenfold in this book, when it was already bordering on obsession. Ok, lets face it, it was a full-on obsession.
We have more of J.A. Redmerski's amazing writing in this book. I dont know how she channels werewolves to write those painfully captivating transformation scenes, but the one in chapter 28 outdid everything in Mayfair Moon! Maybe she is secretly a werewolf. J/K. ;) There was just so much emotion in the last few chapters that I am overwhelmed. It all started with chapter 24, which I have to warn you was surprisingly explicit for a YA. Likely the most explicit scene I have ever read in a YA. But it was absolutely perfect, and beautiful, and it was even raining and everything.
Unfortunately it was awkwardly cut short, as if they forget what they were doing and started having a conversation. It was weird, but moving on.
We got to know Harry even better in this book and I love him! Zia was another of my favourite characters in Mayfair Moon, but unfortunately she seemed like somewhat of a cookie cutter character in this book. I look forward to seeing how Harry's role will change in The Ballad of Aramei. There was one scene that got me particularly excited for it, where Adria says "a storm is coming", and it reminded me of Harry Potter. The last few shorter chapters were also amazing and beautiful, of Isaac taking care of Adria. It was reminiscent of the prologue, but now, the situation was reversed, and she couldnt hurt him.
"He never leaves my side. And I know he never will."
I liked this about the same as Onyx. It had more romance, and an even sweeter and more dreamy Daemon, but less action. So it evens out in the end. TheI liked this about the same as Onyx. It had more romance, and an even sweeter and more dreamy Daemon, but less action. So it evens out in the end. The only action was the two escape attempts, which dont add up to many pages.
But I really appreciate all the romance, and the focus on Katy and Daemon's bond. The reaffirmation of their relationship. We need that assurance that they can get through what faces them next. I am still a bit worried about their fate, but not sad. All the fuss over the ending had me worried, because I am really sensitive and I didnt want to cry. But I didnt. It ended up not being the kind of cliffhanger that makes me cry. It was a surprise twist, but not especially sad. But it really has me anxious to read Origin....more
I really loved the characters of Byron and Kat, and the romance did not disappoint. This series is amazing for chemistry. But I was expecting more ofI really loved the characters of Byron and Kat, and the romance did not disappoint. This series is amazing for chemistry. But I was expecting more of a conclusion. Such as the destruction of the hunters. Maybe it will be followed up in the spin-off Kings series. I already read The Vampire King but it was a long time ago and now I feel like I should re-read it. There were probably things I didnt catch, and some familiar characters.
I think The Spell was probably my favourite of the series. I still really enjoyed this but there were so many characters it was a little hard to keep track of everyone. And who was the vampire with the multi-coloured eyes? These books are very action packed with some seriously bad villains. I look forward to reading more from Heather Killough-Walden....more
This was great! Each book in the series has gotten better so far. I cannot wait to read The Hunt and see if it follows this trend.
Lucas is the sweeteThis was great! Each book in the series has gotten better so far. I cannot wait to read The Hunt and see if it follows this trend.
Lucas is the sweetest of the guys so far too. Way better than Daniel (didnt like him too much), and even better than Malcolm, who I loved. Although Lucas is an alpha like the first two, he is more gentle. He is the first in the series so far to mark his mate with her consent, and there was far less explicit content in this one. When Lucas turned Danny they had sex, which I think is a necessary part of the process, but it was far more brief than in the first two books, and more... strait forward. Yeah, things got a little weird sometimes in the first two. I think that might be what Heather Killough-Walden was trying to add with the lesbian sub-plot, but it didnt bother me like the bondage in The Strip. Not because I was into it, but because reading about two girls getting it on has zero effect on me.
The action and danger were back for this one, and so were Gabriel Phelan and Seth, as well as a new warlock baddie. Everyone was back really, Lily and Charlie, Daniel and Cole, even Kavanagh and Jesse Graves. Everyone was needed to save Danny from yet another man obsessed with the wrong woman.
I really liked Danny, or Dannai. She just sounded so beautiful. All three of the dormant alpha mates so far were described as beautiful, but something about Danny made me like her for no other reason than her looks. Lily is blonde, Charlie is redhead, and Danny has black hair, dark skin, and multi-coloured eyes that glowed like a rainbow once she was turned. I dont know what her ethnicity is and I dont think she does either, because she was adopted, but I imagined her looking something like super gorgeous ladies Kat Graham and Jessica Parker Kennedy. But I liked Danny as a person too. Again, more gentle than the first two. Willing to help anyone, and risk herself for others. She had a big heart.
And OMG the Epilogue! Wow. Wow! I cannot wait to read The Hunt. I dont know who the lucky lady is gonna be in the next book, but we got to meet the next alpha wolf at the end of this and it was great! I wait to read more about him and his situation and how he got there. It is gonna be so exciting!...more
I liked this more than The Heat. The story was much more interesting and very tense and action packed. And as I suspected, Cole was a much better leadI liked this more than The Heat. The story was much more interesting and very tense and action packed. And as I suspected, Cole was a much better lead than Daniel. He was much more sympethizable. Daniel made a few small appearances and he was an ass as usual. Cole has much more heart and a soft side, but at the same time he is so fierce and demanding. If I was suddenly forced to marry one of them as Lily and Charlie were, I would rather it were Daniel. He is an ass and he would probably drive me crazy, but Cole is a bit terrifying. But in fiction, it makes for an extremely enticing combo. Luckily for Charlie, she like dominant men.
This book was even more violent than the first with a really disturbing torture scene, and the sex scenes made me squirm uncomfortably at times. I know that that is just me and this is probably mild compared to a lot of popular books. But I could help but enjoy myself anyway, mostly because Cole is so delicious. I am looking forward to reading The Spell. I am also looking forward to checking out Heather Killough-Walden's Kings series, and her YA series, Sam I Am....more