‘Emergence’, the last novel in Rachel E. Fisher’s breathtaking trilogy ‘Eden’s Root’, proves to be a moving, cathartic closure to the series. While I‘Emergence’, the last novel in Rachel E. Fisher’s breathtaking trilogy ‘Eden’s Root’, proves to be a moving, cathartic closure to the series. While I always focus on Fi, the truth is, I fell in love with all of the characters, especially Asher and Sean.
Without dropping plot bombs here, I will only say that I applaud the way these characters have grown through their trials and heartache but still –always- maintain a sense of youth and spark. Even in their darkest hours, even when Fi is in “the nothing”, I never lose sight of what makes her her. As the war with the Truthers rages, I still see Fi for Fi, Asher for Asher, etc… Fisher’s characters do not grow into strangers, changing too fast for readers to comprehend. They grow into themselves. They flourish in dust and blood as real people do.
Fisher doesn’t hold back. She never has. That’s what makes the ‘Eden’s Root’ series great. But I will admit, while I usually shy away from such endings, I did have a rewarding smile on my lips as I read the final pages. I felt a wholeness, and that is quite a feat for an author to accomplish.
There. I know this review sounds elusive, but so much happens in ‘Emergence’ and I don’t want to spoil it for fellow readers.
I loved it! Fisher brings the series to a close with heart. ...more
While the writing and storyline are tight, 'Kindred' holds too many similarities to Laurel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' series and borders dangerouslyWhile the writing and storyline are tight, 'Kindred' holds too many similarities to Laurel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' series and borders dangerously on fan fiction, which is a shame because Claire is very talented. ...more
I’ll be honest. I’ve never read a “dragon” book. I am totally devoted to vampires, creepy-crawlies, and fuzzy shapeshifters. Reading about dragons nevI’ll be honest. I’ve never read a “dragon” book. I am totally devoted to vampires, creepy-crawlies, and fuzzy shapeshifters. Reading about dragons never crossed my mind. But it wasn’t just the beautiful cover of ‘Core’ that hooked me.
Combs’ writing is superbly descriptive and genuine. Her dialogue flows smoothly while offering a unique distinction to each character. Ava, the seventeen-year-old heroine, is brought to full bloom by Combs. She is damaged, yet strong. Walked on, yet above it all. Victimized, though never a victim. So the relationship she forms with Cale, a red dragon, feels very rewarding. Their relationship exposes small facets of Ava’s life that are otherwise hidden.
It is very pleasant to watch the boy chase the girl for once -and not be domineering, pushy, or creepy. Cale is sincere, to say the least, and has many layers, as do all of the characters. Most importantly, his attraction to Ava feels real. It is validated not by lust, but by true attraction on multiple levels. While the pace moves swiftly, Ava and Cale manage to share tender moments and small gestures that bind them even closer, endearing them more to readers. I especially appreciated the moments when Cale DID try to put his foot down and Ava does all but pat his head and say, “How sweet.”
Threaded throughout the storyline, propelling the drive further, are character traits for each type of being. For example, red dragons emit heat, are quite boisterous, and have the power to be healed by fire as well as entertained by it for hours, while blue dragons prefer stillness and would get along smashingly with Sheldon from ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The ‘Nightfolk’ are genius, too. This term covers all the “bumps in the night.” And they are anything but average portrayals. These melancholic creatures are intriguing.
‘Core’ is full of action, as well. I love that Combs isn’t afraid to push the limits. That’s the whole point of fiction, right? Especially fantasy. To grab the normal limits and throw them off a cliff. (There is a killer plane scene that left me with an evil smile.)
Overall, I enjoyed all of the characters (with the exception of Ava’s foster mother, who is just kind of a boob), and felt that the progression of Ava’s decent into the dragon world as a ‘rider’ was well paced and exceptionally written with realistic touches. ‘Core’ is a rare book that makes it to my ‘Read Again’ pile. It will definitely be a go-to book, and I look forward to the rest in the series.
In a nutshell: Ava is a young, local fighter, and she’s damned good. In the end, she realizes that she doesn’t have to approach everything like a fight. She can love just as well. ...more
‘Guardian of Werewolf Keep’ by Nhys Glover is a very heartfelt read. Young Phil –short for Philomena- must travel to the lonely end of the moors and l‘Guardian of Werewolf Keep’ by Nhys Glover is a very heartfelt read. Young Phil –short for Philomena- must travel to the lonely end of the moors and live among werewolves for three months, as stated by her father’s will, in order to receive her inheritance -Her father’s legacy, which answers many questions regarding their estranged relationship.
While there were many unexpected pleasures, there were a few things that I did not care for, such as the instant chemistry between Phil and Byron (the guardian). It is easy to understand how Byron could become immediately captivated with Phil after being surrounded by grief and burden for many years. Though, with Phil’s background as a simple worker surrounded by men who thought they were too good for her, I would have expected Phil to react firstly by throwing up her learned guards rather than surrendering to her lust. But as the story progresses, the ups and downs of their relationship feel very sincere and realistic, as does their love. (After all, Byron is a genuine, sweet hottie. Who’s gonna toss HIM back? ;)
Also, I felt that the letter from Phil’s deceased father disclosed too much information. Rather, it would have been more natural for Phil to learn these things while staying in his room and investigating. In letter form, the information sank in as fact, but did not garner much of an emotional response from the reader.
However, the positives far outweigh the negatives. I loved the solitary feel of the moor and the utterly fantastic way that Glover brings the residents and the Keep, its self, alive. It is a very unique experience. Though readers meet the Keep and the residents by way of Phil’s initial presumptions, Glover makes sure that the way the residents view themselves and their predicament are equally explored. Because this information is so intricately layered throughout the book, the entire storyline is richer. I honestly enjoyed all of the characters and look forward to Glover’s spin-off story about Jasper. (But I have to say that my favorite character is Charlotte. :)
If you are looking for a fast-paced, action-packed read, this story is not for you.
‘Guardian of Werewolf Keep’ is perfect for readers who enjoy love stories with substance and a classical supernatural touch. ...more
'The Scarlet Dagger' was a pleasant surprise. The post vampire-ravaged world was very interesting to visit. At times the underground of the Red Sector'The Scarlet Dagger' was a pleasant surprise. The post vampire-ravaged world was very interesting to visit. At times the underground of the Red Sector reminded me of the militant crew who invaded Sunnydale during a season of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (in a good way). And I warmed to the main character, Sloane, fairly quickly. She was easy to relate to and -while she doubted her decisions and surroundings at times, making her even more relateable- Sloane always rose bravely to the occasion in a realistic way.
The only thing that turned out a bit below expectation was the male love interest, Aden. (SPOILER ALERT) Very promising at first, I was slightly put off when Sloane, ordered under his charge, had to live in Aden's apartment with him...and his mom. I understand that Sloane is only seventeen. However, with such a tall order of "adultness" in every other area of their lives, this was a very large step backward. The sweet interactions and situations will very much appeal to a wide range of readers. I just preferred Aden's manly qualities over his boyish charms. That's all. But it did not break the pace or ruin genuine moments in the storyline.
Overall, I loved 'The Scarlet Dagger' and plan to purchase the sequel. ...more
My four-year-old daughter and I read this together. She loves zombies, and we both enjoyed the mad science behind Nathan Abercrombie's undead predicamMy four-year-old daughter and I read this together. She loves zombies, and we both enjoyed the mad science behind Nathan Abercrombie's undead predicament. The supporting characters were humorous and fun, as well.
Lubar captures the goofy and mischievous nature of children in a way that celebrates their efforts and actions rather than demeaning them. The littlest quirks and comments made the biggest impressions, creating lasting characters.
Another 'bedtime' read with my daughter. Skulduggery and Valkarie's world is awesome. It's like a comic book that has come to life more colorful and cAnother 'bedtime' read with my daughter. Skulduggery and Valkarie's world is awesome. It's like a comic book that has come to life more colorful and captivating than we could have possibly anticipated. We enjoyed the unique humor and interactions between the characters.
There is not much to the plot of 'Surrounded by Woods,' but the heat between the main characters sets a high-adrenaline pace that does everything butThere is not much to the plot of 'Surrounded by Woods,' but the heat between the main characters sets a high-adrenaline pace that does everything but disappoint. ...more