The fourth Narnia book finds Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy back in Narnia hundreds of years after they last left it. During the time they were away thThe fourth Narnia book finds Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy back in Narnia hundreds of years after they last left it. During the time they were away the old Narnians have been driven underground and an invading human society has taken the land for themselves, attempting to stamp out all the old magic. The latest claimant to the throne, young Prince Caspian, however, is determined to restore Narnia to its glory days with the help of the high kings and queens.
This was a very quick read. The Christian allegory felt more heavy-handed to me in this book and less well woven into the story. Overall, however, I enjoyed this quick little interlude in Narnia. It felt like a barely substantial nursery story - light, quick and over before you know it. I'm looking forward to diving into the next book in the series. ...more
Dakota Frost is a magical tattoo artist with a punk style and tats covering her body. When a serial killer targeting people with magical tattoos comesDakota Frost is a magical tattoo artist with a punk style and tats covering her body. When a serial killer targeting people with magical tattoos comes to light, Dakota is pulled into the investigation by her cop-father's partner and a federal agent.
This book started out with a lot of promise and I was glued to the pages for the first half of the book. Unfortunately that early promise didn't pan out for me. Frost Moon portrays a lot of alternative culture (punk scene, S&M, etc) but it felt like too much and was too quickly glossed over and just accepted by everyone in the book. Alternative culture is not mainstream clearly and I seriously doubt that every guy walking around would be panting after a girl with a mostly shaved head and mohawk who towers over six feet tall and is heavily tattooed. One of my pet peeves has always been main characters that are irresistibly attractive to every other human being on Earth for no apparent reason. Dakota falls firmly in that category and it's not just the guys that are getting all lusty for her either, many of the female characters are equally interested.
In addition, the main premise of the book is that there's a serial killer out there targeting those with magical tattoos. At least according to the book summary. And yet we hear about that in the beginning and while the fed agent is around for the rest of the book (mostly so he can pant after Dakota) the murderer is not around and isn't killing and absolutely nothing appears to be happening with the case. In fact more time is spent lovingly describing magical tattoos and how cool Dakota is then on actual plot developments.
I got bored and abandoned the book 3/4 of the way through because it felt like the plot was going nowhere and I just couldn't take one more character proclaiming how hot and sexy Dakota is. This book was not my cup of tea, alas. ...more
Atticus O'Sullivan is back along with his Irish Wolf Hound Oberon for another adventure featuring homicidal witches, a fallen angel, demons on the looAtticus O'Sullivan is back along with his Irish Wolf Hound Oberon for another adventure featuring homicidal witches, a fallen angel, demons on the loose and a whole lot of people who want him to kill the thunder god, Thor.
As with the first book the humor of this is what appeals to me the most. The overall story, however, didn't keep me as engaged. Oberon is still my favorite character and I was definitely smiling and laughing out loud throughout the story. The plot seemed to drag a bit however and I'm not sure if I'll read the third book or not. I can't say what was off exactly for me, but something was just missing. ...more
Leo is a NKD officer in Moscow, one of the elite investigators under Stalin's rule responsible for bringing enemies of the state and subversives to juLeo is a NKD officer in Moscow, one of the elite investigators under Stalin's rule responsible for bringing enemies of the state and subversives to justice. Everyone is guilty, it's just a matter of finding out what they are guilty of. However, when Leo stumbles onto several cases where small children have been murdered in a similar manner he begins to suspect that a serial killer is attacking Russia's children - something that is unthinkable in the communist utopia where murder isn't supposed to exist.
I would actually give this book a 3.5 as it's not quite a 4 for me but also not quite a 3. This was a fascinating novel that looks at Russia in the time after World War II. One part historical novel, one part action thriller and one part mystery this book was beautifully written. The pacing is good, the plot reasonably laid out and the characters engaging. I like the history aspect of the novel more than the crime and mystery aspects. There are a few issues however - in the later part of the book too many things seem to happen because the author needs them to and not as a natural outgrowth of earlier events. Further the ending is too neatly tied up and feels false, diminishing the rest of the book.
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When Leo turns out to be Pavel I wanted to throw up my hands and yell WTF at the author. It felt unnecessary and contrived. Also, HOW does Andre recognize Pavel in the newspaper photograph? It has been YEARS since he saw his brother and Leo is never described as having any features that really stand out, any deformities that would be peculiar to him or perhaps physical traits such as a mole on the face, etc. That also felt contrived.
One other thing, how does Vasily know which house to go to catch Leo in the end? Leo looked at files on several people. Were there back up files? And why did Vasily have such a grudge against Leo - that was also never adequately explained.
Lastly, the ending was way, way too pat with both Leo and his wife walking away utterly free and no real consequence for anything that happened....more
This collection of fictional case files follows Holmes and Watson through some of their more memorable cases. This was my first venture into Doyle's wThis collection of fictional case files follows Holmes and Watson through some of their more memorable cases. This was my first venture into Doyle's work. While I'm familiar with Holmes and many of the stories, I'd never actually read the original novels. I enjoyed the way each story stood alone and yet added to the greater body of the novel. Taken altogether they present a portrait of the famous crime fighters and a group of intriguing mysteries. I'll definitely be picking up some more books in the series. ...more
Another fun, fast read from the Gallagher Girls series. This one had some awesome twists and turns and I loved all the little reveals throughout. I loAnother fun, fast read from the Gallagher Girls series. This one had some awesome twists and turns and I loved all the little reveals throughout. I love Cammie's voice and always have, she just invites you right into the story and then it's non-stop from the opening words. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Carter consistently delivers fun, great reads with good characters, great dialogue and characters that are consistent but believable. ...more
The last book in the Strange Angels series consists mostly of Dru running away from bad guys. Overall the last quarter of the book was rushed and incoThe last book in the Strange Angels series consists mostly of Dru running away from bad guys. Overall the last quarter of the book was rushed and incomplete. Too much was left unresolved, including some fairly major plot points. I was really disappointed.
My rating is really a 2.5 but I'm being generous and rounding it up to a 3
(view spoiler)[Like many, many others I was furious at the end when Dru basically tosses both the boys she's been stringing along for the entire series out the door. The love triangle aspect of the series was central to most of the books so to have it completely unresolved was maddening. I was also pissed on Grave's behalf. Hanging plot threads are a major pet peeve of mine so this book definitely struck a nerve. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Jane Yellowrock is once more on assignment for the vamps, but this time back in her old hometown: Ashville, North Carolina. Jane is stuck doing securiJane Yellowrock is once more on assignment for the vamps, but this time back in her old hometown: Ashville, North Carolina. Jane is stuck doing security detail for a vampire parley while a witch plot threatens, vengeful werewolves are on a rampage and old flames jump in to complicate the picture.
This is a fun, fast read filled with lots of action and just what you'd expect from a Jane Yellowrock novel. Old friends are back and there are a few new characters as well to round out the plot. At first it felt like there were too many subplots going on but Hunter pulls it off and manages to deliver a satisfying urban fantasy romp. Lots of guns, knives and things that go boom. What more could a girl ask for? I can't wait for the next installment in this series. ...more
I loved Delirium, the first book in this series, so I had really high hopes for Pandemonium. I'd have to say, while this is a strong book overall, itI loved Delirium, the first book in this series, so I had really high hopes for Pandemonium. I'd have to say, while this is a strong book overall, it didn't quite meet my expectations.
The story is fractured and jumps between the present and just after Lena escapes into the wild. Those transitions are often jarring and arbitrary. I can see why Oliver did them, trying to keep the mystery of what is going on, but it leaves the reader off-kilter and just a bit disconnected from the story. While the characters are well drawn and strong, they don't always mesh up with what is going on in both time streams. HOW Lena ends up in New York is never well explained or even how and why her little group was recruited.
I'll also say that I saw the ultimate twist ending coming a mile away and I dreaded it the entire time - mentally pleading with the author not to fall into that particular cliche. Alas she did. My rating for this book would have been a 4 if not for that ending, I was so disgusted by the transparentness of it.
(view spoiler)[ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!! The inevitable YA love triangle. This is such a trope that unless it is very, very, very well done it's enough to make me fling a book against the wall and curse for a solid ten minutes. Especially if the book was otherwise well done. The love triangle here does not feel like a natural outgrowth of the story. Lena's feeling for Julian happen fairly quickly and seem contrived. Thus when Alex inevitably shows up in the last page it's expected and groan worthy. Hopefully the next book is so well written I can get past my extreme annoyance at the love triangle being introduced. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more