I would like to give this 3.5/5. I am really sad that this series did not blow my mindThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I would like to give this 3.5/5. I am really sad that this series did not blow my mind like The Iron Fey did and continues to do with each installment of The Call of the Forgotten. I know most people love Blood of Eden, and many love it more than The Iron Fey. But this series just makes me nervous, wondering if The Iron Fey was a one-off success for me and Julie Kagawa. Will I love Talon or not?
Like book 1, this dragged. About halfway through and all they had done was walked. Allie, Kanin, and Jackal walking to Chicago. Sure they came across a few of Sarren's massacres, and they stopped to feed on some farmers. But half the book was just them walking to Chicago. And then they picked up Zeke and that was cool, but he was being a big baby again and then they continued walking. Actually at this point I think they picked up a vehicle, but really nothing happened until they got to Eden.
The whole final scene on the island and on the barge was really cool and awesome. Zeke turned out to be a bad-ass vampire, even though no one thought he would make a very good vampire. So I am glad he proved them wrong and finally became relevant. And when Allie is needed, she really steps up. I don't think it was until the climax of this book that I really started to appreciate her. But that took way-the-hell too long! The climax of a book cannot carry the whole book. But I am glad that she proved herself to Kanin, and to herself in the end. I was happy for her, and Kanin I guess. Although I feel like Kanin was just a ghost. We never really knew him. He was just there but he never said much.
The story of this series, overall, was great. I liked the idea of the world Julie created, and the mission Allie and her friends were on. I just wish the characters who carried out that mission were not so flat, and that it hadn't dragged so much. It probably could have been done in two installments. But book 2 was definitely the highlight of this series for me. It felt the most full and involved. There was so much going on. With the introduction of Jackal as an ally, the infected, the city and the Prince, Stick, and Sarren. A lot was going on and I never got bored. I assumed the series was picking up steam and that in book 1 it was just finding it's footing. But sadly it went down hill again from there.
The way things ended felt pretty incomplete. I feel like I need another book. I know that this was Allie and Zeke's story and they got everything they could want in the end, and the important part of their story is over. But I read mostly for Jackal (or at least in books 2 and 3). I was always just waiting for his next scene, his next line. I didn't like the way he and Allie parted. It just doesn't feel right to me, to not know what becomes of him. I want to know if he goes to Europe, what he does there, if he ever sees Allison again, if he treats her like a Master when he does. I just want more Jackal. :(
This was Kell's story. The first two books had a pretty even split of the POV betweenThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was Kell's story. The first two books had a pretty even split of the POV between the 3 protagonists. But in this one, I could probably count the number of Arden or Dev POVs on both hands. Its almost entirely Kell and Zara. But we still follow Arden and Dev's progress through their occasion chapters and also through Kell who has contact with them.
I will admit, this book finally made me appreciate Kell. He just needed to get out on his own and develop more as a character, instead of just the third wheel to Dev and Arden. He and Zara are perfect for each other. At first I had trouble believing that Kell would get over Arden so quickly. But eventually I saw the difference between the relationship he has with Zara, and the relationship he had with Arden. They are much better matched. And Zara is even more kick-ass than Arden! I do like her better. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. If Arden was more like Zara, the Arden-Dev relationship woes would have been solved long time ago.
That being said, I still would have enjoyed this book more if it had been focused on Dev and Arden like the first two. Dev is the highlight of this series for me. And the mention of another soul? WTF? How is that possible. Way to leave us hanging! And we will never know for sure since its just a trilogy. Oh well, I can assume the best! I was also surprised that there was no resolution in regards to (view spoiler)[Loku. I expected something to change. But I guess she will just have to live with him for the rest of her life. She is clearly not going mad. They never really explain it but I would assume it has something to do with her Elf heritage (hide spoiler)].
But in the end there are warm and fuzzies all around. A perfect ending, which I guess was amplified by the fact that I finally appreciated Kell. So maybe the redistributed POVs had a purpose after all. Four wonderful people who really deserved their HEAs.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
his was such a unique story. I loved it. It read like a fairy tale, or folklore or mytThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
his was such a unique story. I loved it. It read like a fairy tale, or folklore or myth. Keturah was such an unusual girl. She had never been in love, but she wanted to love with all that she was. It seemed to be her life's ambition to find her soul mate and fall madly in love. But there was no one that piqued her interest. She gave everyone a fair chance. She was very forward about it. She spoke to every man in her town to see if she could love them, some she even told the truth of why she was speaking to them.
When she got lost in the woods and Death came for her, she convinced him to give her another day to find her true love. She didnt want to die before finding her love. Each day she goes back to Death and convinces him to give her another day. Three days she searches high and low. At first, she thinks she might love Ben, the best gardener in town. Then she thinks she might love John, the Lord's son. But neither prospect fills her with happiness. Something is missing, until she realizes what it is.
It was beautifully poetic and I loved every minute of it. I was so anxious to get to the end and find out who Keturah's true love was. Although part of me knew, I just didnt want to get my hopes up. :P
My only complaint is that the story started as a story within a story. Keturah is around a fire and begins to tell the story of when she met death. But at the end, it does not go back to an older Keturah, and the beginning doesnt really fit with the ending. I am kind of confused about that. Also it never explained why the eye slowed down for Ben and wept for John. But besides that, this book would have been perfect! ...more
This book didnt really go in the direction I expected. Arden and Dev continued their jThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book didnt really go in the direction I expected. Arden and Dev continued their journey to Gavaria to train Arden, but the personal relationships didnt develop the way I expected. Kell had to show up and complicate things again. Arden and Dev's relationship is epically messed up and complicated, and they are both to blame. Dev continues to refuse to tell Arden anything, and Arden continues to be impulsive and out of control with a hair-trigger temper. She is hot and cold and it is crazy! Its just the type of person she is, with emotions that rule her, but I was having a hard time understand why one second she doesnt trust Dev and accuses him of being a danger to her, and then the next second she thinks he is all she needs in the world. She is the reason why men think women are confusing.
Eventually Kell's story diverges away from Arden's. Thats a good and bad thing. Its good because I want him to keep away from her. But its bad because it means that he has his own place in the story. He's not just there to be a convenient bump in Arden and Dev's journey toward each other. He is sticking around, and he still hasnt really grown on me.
This book was just as good as book one, and I will be starting book 3 immediately. I cant wait much longer to find out if Arden and Dev get an HEA. I have to find out soon!...more
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, but it was still great. I preThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, but it was still great. I prefer contemporary romance with low drama. I really love the parts in Italy. That was the best part of the book. It was more reminiscent of book 1, as Sebastian and Caroline simply spent time together doing every day things and intensely loving each other. The parts in Afghanistan was interesting, but was focused mostly on the action and danger and didn't leave a lot of time for romance. The part at Long Beach was the worst. I got kinda depressed while reading it. It was the only part that had conflict between Sebastian and Caroline. It was painful to see Sebastian struggling and taking it out on Caroline instead of letting her comfort him. I never like conflict in contemporary romances.
"Don't give up on me, Caro. Please don't give up on me. I need you, baby. I love you so much. I'm so sorry.” I could forgive anything now that he'd let me touch him."
But I did really enjoy how Sebastian and Caroline's relationship developed, excluding the hiccup at the end. The fact that they were able to pick up where they left off ten years earlier, the way it was completely indisputable that he still loved her, and they didn't even have to work through what happened. They just let it go and moved forward. It was amazing. They love each other so much. But I preferred Sebastian in the first book. I'm not a fan of all the swearing and drinking and the temper. Simply as a reader, I prefer who he was before. But it was a very realistic transition and I understand why he turned out that way. I don't hold it against him as a person, and I could still see the old Sebastian deep inside. It was excellent character development. I am also remarkably happy that they finally got their HEA. I only wish it had been 10 years earlier. And I wish we had been told whether or not Sebastian would be able to ride his motorcycle or surf again.
Oh, and this book wasn't as hot as the first one was. The sexual content wasn't as high, but it was still pretty high. But also I have a thing for innocence, first times, and discovery. Maybe that's why I enjoy YA so much. Sebastian was the kind of guy you would usually find in YA, during the first book. But in the second he was the usual moody, adult love interest. Book 1 gave me the best of both worlds.
"My beautiful boy, my lover, my friend. The man I thought I'd never see again. Sebastian."...more
This is a review of the series so far. No spoilers.
My heart is breaking because I am all caught up with this series. I really, really hope that LauranThis is a review of the series so far. No spoilers.
My heart is breaking because I am all caught up with this series. I really, really hope that Laurann Dohner releases more in this series. There has to be some sort of resolution with the humans before it ends, and they have to reveal their secret (view spoiler)[that they can reproduce (hide spoiler)]. Also, I would really like to see Brass and Jericho get a book, but Flame and Smiley would also be nice. And maybe, one day, we can learn the fate of 927. Out of 10 books, 6 were canine, and the other 4 were feline. So there really has to be a primate next. Please! I read books 2 - 10 in 2 weeks plus 2 days. I read book one in January in 2 days, for a total of 2 weeks plus 4 days.
This is how I would rank all ten.
4.5/5 1. Shadow 2. Justice 3. Tiger 4. Moon
4/5 5. Valiant 6. Fury
3.5/5 7. Wrath 8. Brawn 9. Slade
3/5 10. Obsidian
I cant say enough how much I loved this world and these men, and just the NSO in general. They are so amazing and I wish they were real. They are amazing people, with so much strength and heart, after everything they have been through. Its amazing and inspiring. I absolutely loved every NS I met, male and female. Except for maybe Kit, Vengeance, and Obsidian. But I guess even they had their moments.
This series is definitely leaning towards the smut category, but it doesnt sacrifice the romance, world building, action, or story. I would still recommend it only for fans of smut, because the content is heavy (without fetishes), but I would like to strongly recommend it. Its not to be missed!
I think I might read Zorn Warriors next. Her Cyborg Seduction series is higher rated and longer, but cyborgs dont really appeal to me as much as alien gladiators. YUM! That has potential written all over it! :P["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is definitely my least favourite of the series so far, but I see that Laurann Dohner wanted to explore all the options. There are a lot of differThis is definitely my least favourite of the series so far, but I see that Laurann Dohner wanted to explore all the options. There are a lot of different types of NS and although the series mostly focuses on stable canine and feline, she has explored relationships with some of the newly released NS, and a NS with more pronounced animal DNA. There is also the next book, Shadow, which features a NS gift female. I suppose it was only a matter of time before she made a book about a nearly feral NS. I didnt feel too much guilt when I heard that the NS would put down one of their own when they were deemed out of control. But when they suggested Obsidian may be one, I was outraged. Of course Obsidian was redeemable and I suppose the others werent.
But Obsidian was still annoying as hell. All he did was order Alli around and I have no idea what she saw in him. I felt bad when everyone kept trying to control him though, when I think their control was part of what was setting him off. He felt trapped and he didnt know any of them so he didnt understand their intentions. How could they not understand, that he had never seen anyone before in his life besides the Mercile technicians and his mate? He had been far more secluded than the other NS. How did they expect him to react?
It was interesting to explore that side of being an NS, but I really didnt enjoy Obsidian's character, and the fact that Alli fell for him makes me not really care for her much either. I am still glad things worked out for them in the end. I am a little unsure whether Obsidian has changed too much though. I was a little turned off by the fact that Obsidian actually bothered to excuse himself, when before he would have just growled at people and plowed his way through to get to Alli. Not that I liked Obsidian's personality, but his relationship with Alli is more likely to work if he is still the same person she fell in love with. The last chapter was from his POV and he seems to still be himself for the most part. I just would have liked a bit more clarification.
It was interesting to see so many of the sex scenes from Obsidian's POV. This series has had alternating POVs for each book, with occasional chapters from third parties. But I am pretty sure that the sex scenes have always been from the woman's POV, since the books are written for women and I suppose they want to imagine being in Alli's position, not Obsidian's. But it was an interesting change. Now, all Laurann has to do is write a book featuring a primate NS.
I have always thought that if I were the woman in one of these books, I would pick a primate. They are less vicious but still super buff, averaging at about 6 ft. instead of 6.5 ft. with soft features and big eyes, and described as extremely cute, rather than handsome with sharp features. I used to always hope for a book about Smiley. But after reading this, and hearing Jericho tell us that the NS females dont like the primates and that they avoid them, and that he has given up hope of finding a mate, I now really hope that Jericho gets a book soon. I really hope that Laurann isnt planning to end the series with 10 books. ...more
I loved this book! I definitely enjoyed it more than Tiger, and possibly even more tha Justice. So the best, or second best of the series so far. At fI loved this book! I definitely enjoyed it more than Tiger, and possibly even more tha Justice. So the best, or second best of the series so far. At first, I thought people would try to give them a hard time because she is a Gift. But after that initial mix up, once Beauty told Breeze that she was actually interested in Shadow, everyone did everything possible to help make it work for them. They gave Beauty and Shadow all the time and space they needed to get to know each other. It was so easy for them. I really dont like when pointless complications get between a couple. Thats why I didnt enjoy Brawn as much as most, and why I usually dont enjoy contemporary romances.
Everything just clicked for Beauty and Shadow. They were amazing and both damaged and adorable with each other. And I loved Beauty. Definitely the best heroine so far. She was Gift, so she was naturally meek and afraid. But you cant have courage without fear, and Beauty definitely has courage. I love how she was able to stand up for herself, unlike the other Gifts, and she even fought for Shadow when she had to. The book still managed to fit in an attempted kidnapping and Beauty handled herself amazingly. Just the right amount of action for this story.
There wasnt as much smut-content in this one as the other books. They had sex I think twice before the kidnapping, and once after, which really isnt a lot compared to the rest of the series. But holy eff! They did a 69! I thought, "No way, Laurann isnt gonna go there. Its gonna cut out on us any second now. She's not really gonna go there. Oh my gosh did that just happen?!" I have never seen that done in a book before!
I am so excited to read Moon, but also really sad. Its a lot of fun to marathon a series while it lasts, but when its done its heartbreaking. I dont want it to end, and I am considering checking out one of Laurann Dohner other series, Ral's Woman or Burning up Flint, but New Species is her most highly rated....more
After all the time Laurann Dohner took to make sure we knew how much Tiger was against having a mate, especially a human one, I was worried this bookAfter all the time Laurann Dohner took to make sure we knew how much Tiger was against having a mate, especially a human one, I was worried this book wouldnt live up. But it didnt take long at all for me to realize that Tiger and Zandy were a perfect couple. Zandy was so spunky, outspoken, and brave. The scene when they first met was hilarious. She was the kind of woman who could handle Tiger. Although Tiger didnt quite seem himself in this book. He was more serious than usual and didnt joke around as much as I am used to. Probably because of how confused he was about Zandy. Tiger is so much sweeter than I would have ever imagined. All of these men have their animal side, but it comes out in some more than others. I think that Slade and Justice were some of the more vicious of all the men focused on so far. But Tiger was amazingly sweet and swoony, more like Valiant and Wrath. This is probably my second favoruite of the series after Justice.
This book was well paced and felt like it had more content than some of the others. There was a lot of focus on the human hate groups, and several attacks on Zandy. And what is a New Species book without at least one kidnapping? :P I wish I could have seen a bit more of the aftermath of their relationship though. Most of the others met Justice and introduced their new mate. Sometimes the new mate would introduce the NS to their family, some had weddings. This book ended a bit more abruptly than the others. There were quite a few comments throughout the book, about how shocked everyone was the Tiger was with a human, but I didnt get to see a lot of congratulating at the end. Justice is like a brother to Tiger and I especially would have liked him and Jessie to meet Zandy.
I am really excited to read Obsidian. I dont know if we have ever met him before. I dont recognize the number 880 even. But he was mentioned in Tiger as a patient of Dr. Allison Baker who she was becoming obsessed with. :P That could be interesting. I am sad that I am almost caught up with this series....more
I really enjoyed this book despite only giving it a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the story, it was extremely high tension compared to some of the others. LI really enjoyed this book despite only giving it a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the story, it was extremely high tension compared to some of the others. Lots of actual action, and Lauren is a pretty kick-ass heroine. Not as much as Jessie, but Justice deserves the most kick-ass mate, no doubt about that. And I love Wrath, and it was new for us to get to know one of the newly released NS so well. For those of you who have read it, Wrath is 919 from Brawn. And he was sooo sweet. He was brand new to the outside world and even more worried than most about accidentally hurting Lauren. He was such a sweetheart. The smut content in this one was excellent. There is a reason Wrath is showering on the cover. They spent a lot of time in the shower, and this was me for most of the book.
The reason I am giving this 3.5 though is because I didnt find their relationship entirely believable. I know this series is not setting out to be believable, and I accept that in all the books the couples get together rather quickly, and Laurann Dohner has to think up more and more scenarios to make that happen. It may not be easy, but this was one of the less believable scenarios. Wrath and Lauren had their one passionate night together, and then their mission the next day, and then that is it before she decides she is in love with him. He is sweet, but that is ridiculous. And Wrath does the same. He is obsessed with her in that way that NS always are, and I have no idea why. Sure, she was brave during their mission, but is there anything else about her that he loves? I have no idea, I dont really get it.
But I still really enjoyed it. It was steamy and cute, and I am so excited to read Tiger next. I now know who all the future books are about besides Obsidian but I read the blurb for it and I know none of these books are about 927. We still dont know his name, so he may never get his own book. I am also wondering if Brass or Flame will ever get their own books. Maybe Flame wont if he stays with Amanda. But what about Brass?! He has been in so many of these books and I really like him. He better get one in the future....more
I would give this more of a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Brawn and Becca where captured by Mercile and involved in breeding exI would give this more of a 3.5/5. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Brawn and Becca where captured by Mercile and involved in breeding experiments like Tammy and 927 were in Valiant. They had only met the day before they were captured, but they were very attracted to each other. During the experiments, and all the time they spent together locked in the same cage, they grew very close, being each other's only source of comfort. What was being done to them was barbaric, but they were still really sweet. I loved Brawn, he was a bit more laid back than the others. A bit of a sense of humour (although not as much as Tiger) and he was really sweet. I really got them as a couple, and I loved how Becca was described. She was always trying to point out to Brawn that she was in bad shape or slightly overweight, but he just thought she was beautiful. She was the first human mate to a NS who was not described as tiny. She isnt as big and sturdy as the NS females, but she can handle Brawn.
What I didnt enjoy so much was the second half of the book, after they were rescued. I much prefer when outside forces get between a couple, usually paranormal or sci-fi forces, not human miscommunication and deception. That just reminds me too much of contemporary romance, which I am not really a fan of. Once they were rescued, someone lied to them in order to try to keep them apart, and it led to a lot of heartache. I really didnt enjoy all the fighting that followed, and all the anger. Brawn wasnt so sweet anymore. He was always angry and although I know he would never hurt Becca, he was acting pretty scary and I am surprised she wasnt turned off by it more. I didnt enjoy the smutty parts as much either, because it was always out of anger. They still turned each other on, even though they werent getting along any more and it just wasnt as enjoyable when the connection between them was struggling. I still think their first time together was the most touching, even if it was in a cage with perverts watching. But I am really happy for them and it was still enjoyable over all. And this is totally one of the hottest covers in the series!...more
This was by far the best of the series for me. I absolutely loved Justice and Jessie! They are each the best hero and heroine of the series. Justice iThis was by far the best of the series for me. I absolutely loved Justice and Jessie! They are each the best hero and heroine of the series. Justice is far more human seeming than the other New Species, so that made him more appealing to me and far more realistic. But there is still an animal in him, and when it came it was more impressive. They mentioned more than once that the reason Justice was chosen as leader was because he was more calm and reasonable than the others, which we saw much proof of. But they also said it was because he was the best fighter, but we never saw proof of it before so I kind of forgot. But in this book, there is a scene where Justice was fighting some friends just to let off some steam. They we fighting two against one. Justice against Tiger and Brass and he took them both down. Brass isn't the best fighter. We know that because Slade beat him two books back. But Tiger is head of security and I imagine he is a very good fighter. It was pretty awesome. Also, Justice is even louder than Valiant! Haha, if you read Valiant then you know what I mean.
Another thing about this book that was different from the rest of the series is that it did not deal with Mercile or the human hate groups at all. It was completely focused on Justice and Jessie because they were the main obstacle to their relationship. They had a push and pull thing going on because Justice didn't think that his people would accept her as his mate, and she was getting sick of waiting for him. I really enjoyed the new focus and was glad for a bit of a break from all the horrible people who want to make the NS lives hell.
I really loved Justice and Jessie as individuals as well as as a couple. There were amazing ppl and they were perfect for each other. They were also really funny. There were so many hilarious scenes that had me laughing, as well as some tense scenes that had me biting my nails. The ending was amazing. There was a scene at a party that was amazing and I thought it was the climax of the book. But not long after there was a new, major conflict and I was blown away!
This series just gets better and better, and I don't even notice any more that I used to think that it felt a bit contrived. I don't know if the series is getting better or if I got used to it. But I really recommend this series to fans of smut. It has everything. Great romance, excellent smut content, and amazing world, story, and characters. I am really looking forward to reading Brawn. I wasn't at first because I thought Brawn was a jerk. But later I found out that it was all part of the plan and that he was faking it. Now that I know that, it's actually kinda funny. I look forward to getting to know him (plus he looks delish on the cover). Unfortunately, we did not find out 927's name in this book, so I don't know if he will ever be featured. He could be since there are so many books with names I don't recognize. From the rest of the series I only recognize the names Tiger and Moon. ...more
This book was wonderful. It was really sweet and I love Valiant and Tammy. They first had sex even sooner than Slade and Trisha did, but it didnt bothThis book was wonderful. It was really sweet and I love Valiant and Tammy. They first had sex even sooner than Slade and Trisha did, but it didnt bother me because Valiant is one of the most animal of all the NS, so it was a basic animal attraction, something that cant be explained beyond that and doesnt have to be. I can just accept it and move on and enjoy the book.
Valiant was really a sweetheart, which is funny since he terrified everyone besides Tammy. He would have everyone shaking in the their boots, and then little 5'3" Tammy would put her fits on her hips and tell him to quit growling at her friends. :P
Although all the books so far have had storylines regarding the human hate groups, this one was the most engaging. I was so anxious when Tammy was being held with 927. I couldnt read fast enough to see Valiant come and rescue her. :) And I loved 927. I am going to read Justice right away and hopefully in it is mentioned what name he picked so I can find out whether or not any of the future books are about him. I am also really looking forward to the book just for Justice. We have known him the longest out of all the featured males so far since he was in every book. I guess Slade was in every book so far too, but Justice is different from the others. I am sure book 4 will reveal his inner-NS. :P I cant wait....more
This book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed byThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed by the Korum POV content. I was surprised by all his inner workings. He is really an extraordinary man and I love him so much. I loved him before but mostly because of how mysterious and deliciously intimidating he was. But now that I know what is inside of him I just melt. His world revolves around Mia. He would and has done almost anything for her. Her wish is his command. I love how it was said that the greatest force for peace between the Ks and humanity is Korum's love for Mia. Wow! Thats some Homer sh*% right there!
"Her huge blue eyes ... made him want to slay dragons..."
Korum and Mia's relationship is amazing and tumultuous and I loved seeing it come all this way. It was the HEA to end all HEAs. Not only were they happy and in love and going to live HEA, but then they (view spoiler)[discover a way to restore Mia's memories (hide spoiler)]. And as if that werent enough, Korum's gotta (view spoiler)[go and propose! And then they have the biggest wedding in the history of Earth and Krina (hide spoiler)]! Then they find out (view spoiler)[that they can have children (hide spoiler)]!? OMG! Then the cherry on top is (view spoiler)[the Elders granting Mia's family immortality (hide spoiler)].
"I enjoy you, Mia--you enhance every moment of my existence. Your smile, your laugh--even your stubbornness--make me happier than I've ever been before."
This book had some tension at the beginning with the mysterious K who I wont reveal to you, but after that it was pretty smooth sailing. I was sort of missing the tension that I loved so much about the first two books, but I am happy that Korum and Mia are have such a bright future ahead of them. And I cannot wait for what else the K and Anna Zaires have in store for me in The Krinar Captive!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I enjoyed this story for the most part. The first 3 stages of the testing in the firstThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I enjoyed this story for the most part. The first 3 stages of the testing in the first half of the book reminded me a lot of the fierce competing in Divergent. But the final stage of testing, and the second half of the book, was without a doubt similar to The Hunger Games. Although YA dystopians abound these days, I enjoyed the world and thought it was well done.
But I found the character development seriously lacking. Cia is a decent heroine, but she's not amazing, imo. She was determined and brave but not in any way that makes her stand out among the plethora of brave YA heroines. She was smart in a way that made her impossible to relate to and her loyalty was blind.
I wanted to love Tomas because Cia does, but he just wasnt anything special, and I found myself wishing for a love-triangle with Michal. That would probably spice up the character development a bit. And I find that tiny twist about Tomas at the end to be unbelievable and unfair. I am angry at the author for spending the whole book trying to convince us Tomas is a certain kind of person, only to tell us differently in the end with no proof and no idea what to do with the information she has given us except hold it in the palm of our hands until Independent Study. This is not what I call a cliffhanger and it does not make me more invested in his character. It is incomplete and took away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
But I am curious enough about their world and whether or not Cia can take it down from the inside to keep reading eventually. ...more
I loved this just as much the second time around, having already read Eden, if not morA version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
I loved this just as much the second time around, having already read Eden, if not more. At first I wasnt enjoying it as much because it was focusing mostly on the love-triangle, and I know how that turns out. But as it went on the story picked up and dragged me back in, plus there were subtle differences that had me feeling like I did the first time.
The backstory about how the Bane came to be was more thorough (the name the Bane is also new), as well as Eve's history. I dont remember her having flashbacks in Eden, but I may be wrong. The balance of the love-triangle was also changed. Its hard to explain without spoiling, but in Eden one of my favourite things about the book was the fact that I had no idea who Eve would choose until she made her choice. She didnt lean towards one guy or the other. It was completely even before she had her epiphany. But in this, the balance was changed. Some scenes were taken out, and the guy that Eve eventually chooses was given more focus. I guess that can be a good thing too, so readers dont get too attached to the other guy and become disappointed. It happens a lot, of course. There are lots of fans of Gale, Puck, and Jacob out there. But at least in The Bane, readers are not misled. I really enjoyed these changes and I loved the fleshing out of Eve's love interest. In The Bane, he is the obvious choice for her. They belong together, they fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. There's really no contest anymore. The changes were a definite improvement.
I didnt notice much of a difference in Eve as a character, or the story. There were no improvements needed. Eve still kicks ass, and the story is a great post-apoc world with heavy sci-fi, action, and romance elements. I am so glad that this time around I have a sequel to look forward to and I cannot wait to read The Human!
I really enjoyed this book and still love the world of the Deizian Empire. Modius andThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really enjoyed this book and still love the world of the Deizian Empire. Modius and Izana make a great pair and I just loved them together. Izana was such an interesting character. I loved how confidently she seduced Modius despite being a slave. She was a very strong woman, but she was very different from Azruha. She wasn't physically capable, but she was incredible brave and self-sacrificing. Willing to do anything for the people she cared about and the empire.
Modius was a great character too. He was both highly educated and physically capable due to his previous military training. But he was also very loving. I think that was probably my favourite thing about him. How easily he accepted Izana and opened his heart to her. He had no hesitation due to the fact that she was a slave.
This story wasn't as action-packed and intensely suspenseful as Tangled Web, but it was still a great part of the story of the Deizian Empire that is told in this series. It was definitely worth it to see Modius and Izana fall in love, and to know that there are more great people like Azruha and Titus, and that there is hope for the empire.
I can't wait to read Galerius and Claudia's story. I really didn't expect the next story to be about them. I was thinking it would be about Marcus. But I definitely look forward to learning more about the glowering Galerius and seeing Claudia redeem herself.
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to forceI think this series would be a lot better if it kept its focus on Cinder instead of always getting sidetracked with new characters and trying to force another fairy tale into the story, when it would be so much better without it. The fairy tale princesses is a gimmick that this series doesn't need in order to be good.
Although, this book did focus a great deal more on Cinder than Scarlet did, which is a shame since if one of these books needed more Cinder, it was Scarlet. I really didnt care about either of the new characters in that book, and it only got good at the end when Cinder was reintroduced.
But luckily this book only introduced one new character instead of two, and it didnt take as much time away from Cinder, and Cress wasnt so bad. Although their relationship is only in the very early stages, she and Thorne seem to make more sense together than Wolf and Scarlet do. And Cress really comes in handy. I really couldnt care less about what is happening to Scarlet right now. She is the most useless character in the book.
But still, every single time there was a chapter from Cinder or Kai's POV, I would forget about everyone else, I would forget that it wasnt their story all along. Because it should be. This is Cinder and Kai's story and everyone else just fades away into the background. They are the only characters with the power to keep bringing me back to this series, as well as the great story. And Thorne of course. And the last chapter. Oh my gosh! That is what I have been waiting for for the past 2 books! My heart is singing!
I would like to give this a 3.5/5. It started out really slow. I enjoyed Wolf's character. I really like the timid, socially awkward guys, like Kale fI would like to give this a 3.5/5. It started out really slow. I enjoyed Wolf's character. I really like the timid, socially awkward guys, like Kale from Touch. But not much really happened in Scarlet and Wolf's story till the end. I much preferred the Cinder and Kai chapters. It was really painful to read the Kai chapters and see how confused he is about Cinder. I especially hate hearing everyone slandering her. There is no one who really knows Cinder except Iko, and in the end, Thorne as well. But I was really hoping that Cinder would find a way to get word to Kai. She really needs to tell him her story, especially the part about who she is. Maybe, if he knew, he wouldn't have made the announcement that he did at the end. Poor Kai. :( Not only is he suffering because of the state of his homeland, but also because of Cinder. Losing her and not knowing whether he ever knew her in the first place. Not knowing whether he was made a fool of or not. The story picked up in the last 100 pages or so, during the scenes in Paris, once the attack started. And especially once Cinder and Thorne showed up.
The next book might be similar to this. Another detour with unrelated characters. Postposing Cinder's reunion with Kai until the finale. I hope I am wrong, but we shall see. I love the world and story, and am enjoying the series as a whole. I am glad that Cinder and Kai remain in the story, even during the detours. ...more
So, some background on my relationship with Cassie. I read City of Bones first. Wasn't a huge fan of it, didn't particularly like Clary or Jace, I hated their relationship, and I hated Simon. The only redeeming quality was the excellent world-building and Magnus Bane. As I read City of Ashes and City of Glass I felt the same way and decided that was a good place to stop. I have never read City of Fallen Angels.
Then, as I heard all the ravings from fans about how much better TID was, and all the raving about Will and Jem, I became curious and wanted to know which side of the love-triangle I would fall on. So I read Clockwork Angel and yes, it is much better. It introduced me to Jem, who is the best thing Cassie has ever created, the story was very interesting, and Tessa is somewhat better than Clary. At least I don't actively dislike her. But there is one major drawback. Will Herondale is one of the worst things I have ever seen created on paper. I cant even tell you have much I hate him because words do not suffice.
I am always somewhat scared to start a new Cassie Clare book because her world is amazing and it has a lot of potential to impress me but I just seem to hate what she seems to think is a good romance and a good romantic lead. I do intend to keep trying though, by reading each of her new series. But as I said, Magnus Bane is one of the redeeming characters she has created, and I was excited to read about him in his own world.
Each story in this book was interesting in its own right. I won't say which was my favourite because they were all interesting, entertaining, funny, and they all taught me something new about Magnus Bane. That is the best thing about this book. The overall experience of getting to know Magnus Bane. He never received this kind of undivided attention before and I feel like I know him intimately now. I don't know how much he appeared in the latter books of TMI, but this gave me a whole new view of him and I love him even more. He is an amazing warlock and an amazing person.
I loved seeing the friends he made over the years, the lovers, how he treated people, including Shadowhunters; how he tried to save Raphael, and Camille, innocent werewolf families. He is a hero. But he never stops being Magnus either. He shows up to battle in hot pink. I love his sense of humour too, his sarcasm. That is something I already knew about him, but I really enjoyed seeing more of it. Two side of him worth loving.
I also loved seeing him with Alec. I enjoyed Alec in the books as well, but its different when you see him as Magnus sees him. I never knew Alec was so insecure and shy and good. I loved the way Magnus described him and the way he made him feel. It makes me reconsider finishing TMI, just to get a few more glimpses of Magnus and Alec together. I now have an incredible love and respect for Magnus Bane. I love him more than this series can contain. He is too big for his world. I will keep trying with Cassie Clare, but I have no reason to expect to find anything as great as this by her in the future.
This was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just dThis was a great conclusion to the series, although for some reason I cant give it 5-stars as I did the first two. I am not sure why not, but I just didnt feel quite as blown away as I did before.
The action was pretty much literally non-stop, and I could never guess what was going to happen next or how they were going to get themselves out of anything. Although I was really sad that (view spoiler)[Cinder died. I didnt see that coming. Although I think its really awesome that they named their city after him. They couldnt have come up with a better name (hide spoiler)]. It was also great to see the dwellers finally mingling at the end, and something maybe happening between Soren and Brooke. I finally started to like Brooke a bit in Brooke.
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This book was nothing like what I expected. I think it deserves a 3.5/5. I was expecting it to be just like Origin but just with a different location,This book was nothing like what I expected. I think it deserves a 3.5/5. I was expecting it to be just like Origin but just with a different location, and different characters. I expected great characters, heart-stopping suspense, and heart-melting romance. And although the story was still good and there was a lot of action, it just was not what I was looking for.
Sophie and Jim are cool enough, but I did not love them like I did Pia and Eio, not even close. And I will not even categorize this as a romance. It is not a romance. There are hints that Sophie and Jim like each other. We can assume something may come of it in the future, but we are not even left with a single hint or sign that that will indeed happen. Most of the time Jim was actually with Lux, and I would have preferred if a romance had been started between them instead. I know that Lux imprinted on Jim and it would be difficult to have a relationship under those circumstances, but it could work with an ambitious author. Maybe it is just the imprint talking, but I feel like Jim and Lux had a much stronger connection than Jim and Sophie.
It also did not feel like this book had as much sci-fi and fantasy elements as Origin. Origin had a distinctly dystopian feel, and even some fantasy with the magical flower that makes people immortal. Vitro was more of a techno-thriller. Michael Crichton for teens. It even had his favourite tropical setting. Very Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs. So if you like techno-thrillers, or preferred the science aspect of Origin over the romance, then I recommend this book. It was interesting and fast paced. But if you have read this book or are interested in it, I highly recommend reading Origin as well....more
I was a bit disappointed with this since I have come to expect so much from Trisha Wolfe. I really wanted to love this, but I couldnt.
First of all, the world it was set in really drove me crazy. I couldnt stand the idea of a matriarchy. Its not like I want to be ruled by men, but it should be equality and anything else just feels wrong. Kal tried to explain that it wasnt about forcing men to obey, but to show respect and a woman's need to protect her family. I dont care how it is justified its still wrong. And I know Kal came around in the end, and that was part of her journey. Learning that men are just as useful as women. But it was still infuriating. At the end, when Kal is like, "Hey, Caben can take care of himself after all. Maybe he is good for something." And I am just thinking, "No shit!" It didnt make it any easier for me. I still hated everything about her society, and couldnt really come around to her either because of it. It nearly ruined the whole book for me.
I didnt really like Kaliope anyways. She was so dedicated to becoming a Nactue and had trained since she was 12 years old. But within her first few days of duty, she is already breaking every order she is given. How could she be so bad at it if she had been training most of her life, and it mean everything to her? She was rude and condescending and so full of herself. I enjoyed Caben but I dont really get what he saw in Kal, besides her physical bad-assness. She was so mean to him. Their relationship felt really forced to me. I didnt feel a real connection, and when they had sex it felt too soon.
But I enjoyed the story's mythology, and I look forward to finding out more about the goddesses. I usually love the worlds of high fantasy, so hopefully Of Darkness and Crowns wont have as much misandry and can focus more on developing other aspects of the world. This also had a great deal of well written action sequences and a fully capable heroine. So I will read the sequel, but my expectations arent too high....more