I'm glad I was reading this book for fever addled fluff. If you're expecting a plot that makes sense, or characters that don't act like pod people, do...moreI'm glad I was reading this book for fever addled fluff. If you're expecting a plot that makes sense, or characters that don't act like pod people, do not read this book.
For what it is, it delivers. Lots of foursomes. Graphic erotic scenes. Dirty talk.
Scratch the surface and we hit the weak plot and the lacking characters.
So, they just found this woman in the snow and all immediately are in love with her. No jealousy. I can't buy that. Regardless of upbringing. There'd be some sort of tension.
The woman in question, virgin when she meets them, completely into kinky stuff almost immediately after being deflowered.
The soon-to-be-ex-husband is nothing but a figurehead for drama and pain.
The shunned cop? Brooding and jealous but only when the story needed more tension.
I'm thinking too hard about this. Just take it at face value and you'll be fine.
Should have realized this was going to be the most tragic of books when the first chapter talks about how the Grandfather is so depressed he's made hi...moreShould have realized this was going to be the most tragic of books when the first chapter talks about how the Grandfather is so depressed he's made himself comatose.
I won't give away the ending, but it was sudden and abrupt. My kids didn't quite understand it even when I went back and explained it to them.(less)
In four days she would have to stand with her fellow employees, all of whom would smile and talk about how...moreAlso posted on my blog Whimsically Bookish.
In four days she would have to stand with her fellow employees, all of whom would smile and talk about how peaceful it was, how beautiful, and how pleased they were that the elder and the executioner had found their eternal bliss, and she would have to smile and pretend she felt the same way. Pretend the City didn't terrify her, didn't look to her like the literal interpretation of the emptiness and misery she carried with her every day. Pretend she didn't want to scream and tear the skin off her body with her fingers for just being there. Pretend she was just like the rest of them. The way she did every day. Normal. Happy. Clean.
This is the third adventure involving the drug addicted, Church employed witch, Chess Putnam. That quote pretty much summarizes everything about her. Throughout the books, she's basically been living double, sometimes triple lives and those lives converging have caused her problems in various areas of her life. Not to mention the strain on her sanity.
This book opens with her doing something outside of her normal job as a Debunker (someone who investigates reported hauntings to see if they are real or fabricated). They magically bind her, to keep her from talking about the case to anyone outside of the investigation, but hey, they're paying her well. She is to be working with the Black Squad, and her partner is a self entitled witch named Lauren who also happens to be the Grand Elder's daughter. Needless to say, they butt heads pretty much ever step of the way.
The investigation, once underway doesn't let up. The book is a crazy ride with one bit of action after the other. It culminates in a very satisfying ending. Chess's lives may be merging, but they're not colliding with the huge bang one would expect. Perhaps that's another issue to be dealt with at another time.
"Damn it, will you stop? I don't think you're too stupid to know what to pass on, and I don't think you're hiding anything---" "Good, causen I ain't the one who lies, aye?"
In the last book, main love interest Terrible, found Chess and her hump-buddy Lex in flagrante delicto. It has caused plenty of tension and inward monologues of pain in Chess.
While Terrible would never be high on my list of attractive, interesting, and potential boyfriends, he pushes all of Chess's buttons. And, I have to admit, I've warmed up to him. Details about his life, the way he treats Chess (despite trying to ignore her and stay angry, he seems to genuinely care for her) all have me rooting for his team by the end of this book.
All in all, if I could, I would have given this book a 4.5. It was an awful lot of fun, and has set the bar for the rest of the series (all of which I picked up immediately, by the way). It's not quite perfection. Some of the inner monologues moved into real time and became excessive in ways I've only ever seen in Terry Goodkind's writing. But, it grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go and I seriously cannot wait to start reading Sacrificial Magic.(less)
Ewan McCabe, as a protagonist, is protective, fierce and family oriented. While there is a sizable dowry at stake, he ma...moreI do love me some highlanders.
Ewan McCabe, as a protagonist, is protective, fierce and family oriented. While there is a sizable dowry at stake, he married to keep the damsel in distress safe from those who wished to profit and quickly fell head over heels for her.
Mairin Stewart has quite the backbone. She will protect the things she loves with her life. Opinionated with a mouth to match, she is a troublesome match for the laird.
The love scenes in the book were rather blunt, peppered with flowery words (example- using 'passion' as a physical substance). I found myself laughing at one point due to ridiculous imagery via sentence structure. I was in my daughter's ballet class at the time.
Overall, I enjoyed it. There's action from the very first page and the characters kept my interest. (less)
I'm still on the fence about this book. Some parts were amazing. Some parts were meh. It was very up and down. I would devour it and then hit a wall,...moreI'm still on the fence about this book. Some parts were amazing. Some parts were meh. It was very up and down. I would devour it and then hit a wall, setting it down for days.
Some of the subject matter is disturbing. My heart strings were pulled more often than not. I really connected with the main character. The realistic approach to her rise in power was different from most stories. I'm used to a chosen, Keanu Reeves type character ascending into their power by a series of Mary Sue accidents. Elisa has some brains, but like all the rest of her muscles, she has very little chance or need to exercise them.
I'd hate to give anything away. The book is a series of surprises as the plot unfolds. Just know that everything you know at the beginning of the story morphs and changes by the end. That where you think the book is going requires a lengthy detour.
The big bow everything wraps up in was the least surprising of all the reveals. I was expecting something a little more flashy, but what happened was still very satisfying.