The story begins with the main character Anika pedaling as fast as possible toward some ominous, unnamed disaster. Throughout the narrative, pepperedThe story begins with the main character Anika pedaling as fast as possible toward some ominous, unnamed disaster. Throughout the narrative, peppered every now and then, come these chapters with Anika getting closer and closer to whatever disaster has her freaking out. It adds narrative tension and an element of mystery that the novel would otherwise lack. It makes for an action packed first chapter, but I think the story would be just as strong without it.
The main story is about Anika trying to figure out her life and her place in the school pecking order. Anika is #3 on the social rung, a place she's lucky to occupy and that is precarious at best. Anika hates mean girl Becky, social position #1, but doesn't dare cross her. Anika's best friend is an airhead who sleeps around and occupies social position #2. Just as Anika's beginning to consider challenging Becky's evil plots, uber nerd Logan rolls back to school on a moped, looking really hot and determined to win Anika's heart. If Anika admits she likes Logan, Becky will eviscerate her. Suddenly Anika has to decide whether to choose her heart or social acceptance.
These days, as a writer and YA reader, it's impossible not be knocked over the head with people talking about voice. It's that elusive quality that no one can quite define, all the publishers want and that can make or break an otherwise decent novel. This book has enough voice to fuel the entire YA genre for a year. It's the perfect example of how voice makes a story. Edgy, raw, sarcastic, deprecating, honest and authentic. Every aspiring YA writer should read this book for the voice alone. Added to that amazing voice, however, is a genuinely great story. There are plenty of books out there that deal with kids trying to navigate the rocky waters of the high school social scene, however very few of them do it this well. There's just something that drags you into the story and makes you want to keep reading, makes you care about the characters.
None of Portes' characters are perfect and their flaws and virtues makes each of them real, brings them to life. I also appreciate that Portes resists the urge to wrap her ending up in a pretty neat bow. I won't give away what the disaster hinted at throughout the book is but it's compelling and authentic to the story line. It fits and in the end is more than just a gimmick. The ending is raw and genuine, but still satisfying. It brings the story full circle to the issues that were introduced at the beginning of the narrative. ...more
When Cate was 12 her sister Violet died and Cate's parents picked up Violet's clone the that same week. Somewhere in a lab, Cate's own clone is waitinWhen Cate was 12 her sister Violet died and Cate's parents picked up Violet's clone the that same week. Somewhere in a lab, Cate's own clone is waiting, downloading all of her thoughts each day, prepared in case Cate dies. Four years later, Violet is accused of murdering a fellow high school student and caught in the middle of a violent debate between the pro-cloning and anti-cloning factions. Cate refuses to believe her sister could ever do something so awful and sets out to find the truth.
The Good *No love triangle. Is it possible? Could this be? A YA novel where the main character ISN'T torn between two boys? Thank goodness. There is a love interest because that standard trope at least can't sit on the sidelines, but at least there's only one. *The premise. There was so much promise in this story and it's a great idea. The book jacket was divinely promising. Gorgeous cover, intriguing premise. And like so many books before it just didn't live up to that premise. *Pacing. I know others have complained about the pacing but I didn't mind it. The beginning is a tad slow but it picks up quickly and keeps a fairly even pace throughout. Gaither does a good job of ending her chapters in a way that makes you want to turn the page and find out what happens next. *Good story telling. I thought the writing was fairly strong. Nice descriptions, good range of characters, enough back story to fill out the plot. There were many nights I stayed up reading much later than I should have because I couldn't put the book down. For a debut novel this was a really nice strong beginning. Gaither will grow as an author and I think her future books will be wonderful.
The Bad *Conflicting themes. I felt like this book was a mishmash of two different plots/themes and it suffered for it. On one hand we've got the Romeo/Juliet love story going on with Cate and Jaxton, caught on opposite sides of the cloning debate. On the other we have Cate's love for her sister and the question of what makes someone human, what makes them family and what makes them the person that they are. For me the later plot point was the more interesting one and it was too often over-shadowed by Cate and Jaxton's romantic shenanigans. I wish that Gaither had spent more time following the intriguing questions she raised, in the end, however, she lightly brushes them aside. *Character inconsistency. (view spoiler)[As hard as Cate fought to save her sister, to find her and protect her and just understand everything that was happening, her calm acceptance of the fact that Violet's mind was wiped and her sister in essence completely gone just didn't ring true unless Gaither's ultimate message there was that it's the body and not the mind/spirit that makes a person who they are. Cause if it's just the body then I guess the CCA could load a serial killer's brian into Violet and it'd all be okay because she still looks like Violet. The ending would have been so much stronger if Violet had been allowed to stay dead. Also, given the rabid nature of the CCA at the beginning of the book I don't buy that they'd suffer a clone to live AT ALL. Prejudice is prejudice and runs deeper than just the surface. Sure a few CCA people might be able to see the benefit of bringing clones over to their side, but most of them joined CCA because they passionately believe that clones are not human beings and should not exist, that they are abominations. Maybe Jaxton's mother, as she's a scientist and initially worked on the cloning program, might see the use of having clones around, but 99% of her underlings would not and that's sure as heck not the foundation she built the CCA from. In that sense the ending really fell flat for me because the characters were inconsistent, not through natural character growth during the story, but by authorial dictate. (hide spoiler)] *Insta-love. Like so, so, so many books the main characters are unrealistic in how quickly and deeply they fall in love. Yes, Jaxton has had a crush on Cate for a long time. Yes, Cate has had a crush on Jaxton for a long time. But the events in this book take place over the course of roughly a week and in that time we go from interest to "I won't ever leave you, will follow you anywhere, will walk away from my family and risk certain death for you." That's moving a bit fast and I found it unrealistic in both characters.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Afterworlds is two stories rolled into one, told in alternating chapters. In the first story, Darcy Patel just graduated high school and she's managedAfterworlds is two stories rolled into one, told in alternating chapters. In the first story, Darcy Patel just graduated high school and she's managed to land a literary agent, a huge book deal from a New York publishing house and enough life changes to make anyone's head spin. Determined to be a 'real' writer, Darcy moves to New York, leaps into the literary scene and struggles to figure out who she is as a person and a writer. In the second story, Darcy's soon-to-be-published novel, 17-year-old Lizzie survives a terrorist attack by playing dead so convincingly that she falls into the afterlife and meets a hot Vedic death god. When Lizzie returns to the world of the living she discovers that she can see ghosts and that everything about her life has changed. Torn between her mom & friends on one side and the call of the hot Vedic death god on the other, Lizzie tries to get her life in order.
This book is a perfect example of meta-fiction (fiction ABOUT fiction). It's basically a very long and tongue-in-cheek ode to the YA writing community, the book publishing industry, the YA reading community and life as a young New Yorker. It's one part satire, one part love note to an industry Westerfeld has been entrenched in for years and one part literary romp. I loved it, but then I'm a bit biased as I love most of Westerfeld's books.
Unsurprisingly, the book has drawn some harsh reviews and some pissed off people. I figure those people probably haven't spent much time in YA land wallowing amid the books, following authors on Twitter, YouTube, at conferences and book signings. Their loss. For anyone who has, you will recognize aspects of your favorite YA authors in these pages and get a fascinating glimpse at one aspect of the publishing industry.
That isn't to say this book is perfect. Because there are definitely a few issues, but they're minor. A few reviewers are howling about how unrealistic Darcy's story is, in regard to her publishing experience. That is a legitimate gripe. I attending a book talk by Westerfeld just after Afterworlds came out and he said that he and his friends know young authors like this who get fabulous book deals. He also told another attendee that it's not that hard to get a literary agent. Here's the thing guys, Westerfeld and his friends, at this point, are like YA royalty. They're part of a group of highly successful authors and they've been publishing for years. The book market today is lightyears different than it was just five years ago even. I am certain that the young authors Westerfeld meets, and therefor partially based his book on, do get fabulous crazy deals, but he's meeting them because they are the outlyers and not the typical author who gets a book deal these days.
The hard truth is, getting a literary agent is tough and it takes luck, talent and persistence. Six figure book deals use to be, if not common, then at least not scarcer than hen's teeth in the literary world for a debut author. These days, however, most authors have day jobs and don't earn enough from their writing to write full time. A $15,000 advance is far more realistic than a $300,000 advance. However, as I said, their are always exceptions and Darcy is one of those - she gets lucky, basically.
On the one hand, I think that Afterworlds may encourage a lot of young writers and that's never a bad thing. On the other hand, I have a feeling it's going to create some unrealistic expectations among those same young writers. But in the end, this book is fiction after all and as far as I'm concerned it accomplished it's main goal: it entertained, enthralled and dragged me into another world. Two of them as a matter of fact. I'm not complaining about the journey....more
Cath & Ren are twin sisters off to attend their freshman year at university. Cath is set in her ways, shy, anti-social and unwilling to take on neCath & Ren are twin sisters off to attend their freshman year at university. Cath is set in her ways, shy, anti-social and unwilling to take on new experiences. Her twin sister, on the other hand, can't wait to jump into college life. Ren has moved on and Cath is left floundering, clinging to the only thing that she loves in life just as much as her sister - the Simon Snow book series and the fan fiction Cath writes.
I desperately wanted to like this book. I met Rainbow Rowell and she's a lovely and funny person. Her characters are interesting and not your typical YA stereo-types. Her descriptions are unique and memorable and I had a few giggle moments while reading. However, this style of book, and Rowell's writing style in general, just aren't for me. She's a good writer and tons of my friends love her books, but I just can't connect with them. For me the pace is too slow, the books largely character, rather than plot driven. The overt references to fan fiction and the fan subculture were a bit heavy-handed, but that's most likely because I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, have written fan fiction and am intimately familiar with the subculture in question and all its foibles and craziness. I'm curious how someone outside the Harry Potter fandom, who's never read fanfic, heard of fanfic or slash or the general zaniness of fandom, reads this book. Perhaps for them that's the fascinating piece that makes this book irresistible. In the end, for me, I wasn't emotionally invested enough in the characters and plot to continue. I know, however, that tons of other readers loved Fangirl.
Fangirl is notable for falling into the New Adult genre - an emerging genre that is still trying to establish itself. I think that this book will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen and similar authors. Certainly if you enjoyed Rowell's first book, Eleanor & Park, you'll enjoy this book as well - it contains the same sort of quirky, off-beat characters, and has a similar pace and feel. ...more
The latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock books has Jane caught up in preparations for the European vamps unprecedented arrival in New Orleans. AsThe latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock books has Jane caught up in preparations for the European vamps unprecedented arrival in New Orleans. As Leo's main enforcer Jane has a lot to shoulder and long-time flame Rick is out of the picture, for good it seems, but George Dumas, Leo's former right-hand man, is more than ready to step in and sweep Jane off her feet. Juggling her feelings for George, the murderous plans of a pair of ancient and terrifying vamps & their blood servant (charmingly nicknamed Satan's Three) & several strange encounters with a rainbow, light dragon that's seemingly out to get her - Jane doesn't have a moment to rest.
Just as fast-paced, fun and engaging as the rest of the series thus far, Broken Soul does not disappoint. I was hooked every moment of the book and finished it far too quickly. Clearly Jane's adventures aren't over and I'm so glad there's more to come. This remains one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series and Hunter has yet to deliver anything other than an enthralling read. ...more
Charlotte Silver's parents are famous paranormal investigators and skeptics. When the family ends up in Charleston, they encounter a very strong spiriCharlotte Silver's parents are famous paranormal investigators and skeptics. When the family ends up in Charleston, they encounter a very strong spirit that attaches itself to Charlotte and begins complicating her life. Adding to Charlotte's woes, after moving to a new town, starting at a new school and somehow landing a new bestie who just happens to be the head of the popular crowd, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a mystery surrounding said bestie, her absentee boyfriend, Adam, and resident bad boy Jared James.
The book started out with a lot of promise but ultimately fizzled. Right from the beginning there were some serious disconnects. We're told that Charlotte's parents don't believe in the paranormal, that they drive around in a van labeled "Doubt" and yet they have ghost detecting equipment, speak the ghost hunter lingo and get really, really excited about paranormal indicators like EVP, light orbs and energy spikes. For supposed skeptics they sure as heck act like they believe in ghosts, despite their weak arguments to the contrary. Next we're told that Charlotte's sister, Abby, is chum - a ghost magnet used frequently during documentary shoots. While I laughed at the term and love the concept, Abby was way to jumpy for someone who's occupied that position most of her life. The same goes for Charlotte. Supposedly they grew up being dragged through haunted houses, dungeons, creepy dark places, and yet Abby freaks out because she gets a deep sense of sadness from a location shoot? It doesn't track.
Another pet peeve for me was Charlotte's sudden and intense friendship with Avery. Charlotte moves to town and magically makes friends with the head cheerleader? Because NONE of Avery's otherwise apparently attentive friends are around in the weeks before school starts? It just doesn't fit. More-over, not one of those existing friends has a problem taking Charlotte into their tight-knit clique when school starts. And the mystery surrounding Avery's boyfriend and what really happened to him? Utterly ridiculous. [spoiler]For goodness sake, Jared isn't willing to admit he crashed his car because he swerved to avoid Avery's dog? Really? He's just going to be vilified and not say a word? And because he swerved to avoid hitting the dog, Jared somehow believes he murdered his best friend in the accident? He believes it so much he TELLS Avery he murdered Adam. But of course he won't tell Avery he crashed because of her dog - that would be too traumatic for everyone. I felt like there was a lot of lead up to the reveal of what happened to Adam and why and then to have it be something so ridiculously simple felt very disappointing.[/spoiler]
The actual writing wasn't bad, nice descriptions, excellent scene-setting and a good pace throughout the novel. The characters were distinctive and dialogue was well done. The plot holes and stumbles, however, were too much of a distraction and the decent writing style couldn't rescue the overall story. I think that Mara Purnhagen shows a lot of promise as a writer and I'll be interested to see what she writes in the future. This particular book just wasn't to my taste. ...more
Scarlett Bernard is back, just weeks after her confrontation with Olivia and embroiled in a whole new mess. Scarlett's actions at the end of TRAIL OFScarlett Bernard is back, just weeks after her confrontation with Olivia and embroiled in a whole new mess. Scarlett's actions at the end of TRAIL OF DEAD have left the LA werewolf pack unstable and left Scarlett with a badly injured leg. A new wolf in town is causing trouble, trying to create a mate and leaving dead bodies in his wake. And because that isn't enough trouble, an ancient society has come to town - their main mission, hunting and killing werewolves. Meanwhile Scarlett's love life is still a mess with sexy Jesse Cruz, LAPD detective, on one side and Eli,hot friend with benefits and Beta of the wolf pack, on the other.
This is another fun, fast read filled with lots of action and great characters. I love the dynamic between Scarlett and the old world creatures. My heart broke several times for her and I was rooting for the good guys to win even when I wasn't always sure who the good guys are. The resolution of the Nova wolf plotline felt a little easy & swift for all its build up, but that was my only real quibble with the book overall. Scarlett remains one of my favorite UF heroines and Olson continues to write engaging books that make me stay up way, way too late reading them. I can't wait for the next installment....more
Lost in the beginning stages of dementia, Maude struggles to hold onto her thoughts. One thought in particular keeps her worrying -3.5 stars out of 5
Lost in the beginning stages of dementia, Maude struggles to hold onto her thoughts. One thought in particular keeps her worrying - her friend Elizabeth is missing. No one will listen and no one will help her find Elizabeth. Maude knows that something awful may have happened to her friend and she's determined to find out the truth. Seventy years before, Maude's sister, Susan, went missing as well and Maude never found out her sister's fate. As Maude's dementia progresses, the past and the present begin to mingle in her mind as she tries to unravel dual mysteries.
This is a heartbreaking book. I sympathized with Maude and at times cheered her on, at times felt only pity and occasionally squirmed with discomfort at her shenanigans. Emma Healy presents a brilliant and convincing portrait of advanced dementia, evoking sympathy not only for Maude but for her family and their struggles to take care of her. The language is beautiful with lovely unique descriptions that bring the story to life.
I felt that the story dragged on a bit in the middle and perhaps a third of it could have been edited down or cut. The pacing overall suffered from that mid-book slump and there was a repetitive feel to many chapters. I realize that is largely because Maude, herself, is stuck in a continuous loop, but that could have been conveyed without drawing things out so much. The mystery of what happened to Elizabeth and Susan is an interesting plot device used throughout the story. Unfortunately it's one of the areas that failed for me because in the mystery depart there was no twist offered at all. The answer to both questions was patently obvious from mid-way through the book and there were no real surprises, except the connection between the two mysteries.
In most stories there's a character arc where the main character progresses, in this novel, due to the nature of its protagonist, that's the exact opposite - her character devolves. The ending fit the story and fit Maude's character. I appreciate that, for the most part, Healy didn't feel the need to wrap things up in a pretty little bow. That wouldn't have fit her story or characters. Part of the tragedy of the story is that due to her dementia, though Maude ultimately solves both mysteries, she can't remember that fact. For her there is never any resolution, because there can't be. I applaud Healy for remaining true to her characters and story.
This book is likely to appeal to fans of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Still Alice by Lisa Genova and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It's an adult contemporary novel and you'll find it shelved in the general literature section or with cozy mysteries. ...more
Tessa is a covert operative with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities branch of the FBI, the FEA. Like her fellow FEA agents, Tessa posses a uniqueTessa is a covert operative with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities branch of the FBI, the FEA. Like her fellow FEA agents, Tessa posses a unique ability, a mutant adaption that sets her apart from the rest of humanity. In Tessa's case she has the ability to transform into anyone she touches, an exact carbon copy. Her best friend can turn invisible and the boy she's crushing on in the FEA has super-human strength. People like Tessa and her friends are called Variants and not all Variants are good. Tessa gets her first field experience when a series of gruesome murders rocks a tiny town. The FEA suspects Variant involvement and Tessa is sent in to impersonate one of the teen victims who died - popular Madison Sinclair.
There are a surprising number of negative reviews for this book. Despite some issues, I liked Impostor. The book is fast paced and has an X-men feel to it that appeals to me. For the most part, I liked the characters, from Tessa to Alec and Devon. I liked the serial killer twist. Liked the creepy vibe in some sections and had fun trying to figure out the mystery.
Although I enjoyed the novel, I freely admit it has its fair share of issues as well. It falls into the same trap as many YA books with the heroine being just a bit too boy-crazy, not fighting her own battles often enough and the occasional descent into purple prose. Tessa's bouts of whininess, her super special status and inexplicable appeal to those of the male persuasion definitely had a Bella Swan-esqueness. And the ending ... yeah that got weird and complicated. I think I can predict where the series is going but I could be wrong. I'm willing to find out and give the second book a chance. This is not my favorite read of the year but it was a guilty pleasure read. I have no idea why I liked it. I just know I did. ...more
When a pile of left feet (and no other body parts) turn up in the flood plain, Alex is called in to see if she can raise a shade or help identify theWhen a pile of left feet (and no other body parts) turn up in the flood plain, Alex is called in to see if she can raise a shade or help identify the victims. A month after the events of Grave Witch, Grave Dance finds Alex once more mired in a tricky case, stalked by bad guys both mortal, fae and magical and still torn between two men in her life: Death, the sexy soul collector, and Falin - a Fae knight from the Winter Court. Alex must figure out who's using black magic to kill before the rogue witch tears a whole in reality and merges the mortal world with the Aetheric.
Another fun, quick read. As with the first book it's well written, has strong description, excellent pacing and memorable characters. This book also has all the same pitfalls - it's very much a genre book and doesn't stray outside the industry norms at all. The requisite love triangle is still present, still filled with angst and still annoying the heck out of me.
Despite my gripes, I enjoyed the story and will definitely read the third book in the series. ...more
In the second Cormoran Strike novel, Strike is hired by a distraught wife to find her errant writer husband. The seemingly simple case takes a rapid tIn the second Cormoran Strike novel, Strike is hired by a distraught wife to find her errant writer husband. The seemingly simple case takes a rapid twist, however, when Strike discovers that the writer disappeared after creating a controversial novel that has lawyers jumping into the fray and the London publishing community up in arms over it's libelous content. There are plenty of people who wanted Owen Quine to disappear and when the writer turns up dead and the London Met proves too incompetent to solve the case, it's up to Strike to find the killer.
The Silkworm is an engaging, twisty mystery that draws the reader in and keeps you guessing until the last second. I never saw the twist coming but in the end all the signs were there and the ultimate reveal was completely convincing and plausible. As with the first book in this series, Silkworm is filled with striking, memorable characters that leap off the page and keep the reader's interest. Literary references abound and some definite tongue-in-cheek jabs and the writing process, authors and the publishing industry in general are woven into the narrative.
I found the literary quotes at the start of each chapter a bit superflous but that's my only complaint about an otherwise delightful book. I can't wait to see where the series takes us in the future....more
Harper Price has the perfect life: she's homecoming queen, class president, top of the social scene and standing at the head of the line for cotillionHarper Price has the perfect life: she's homecoming queen, class president, top of the social scene and standing at the head of the line for cotillion. All of that goes to hell, however, when she encounters a dying man in the bathroom on homecoming night. The fatally wounded janitor grabs Harper and kisses her passing on his role as a Paladin - a supernatural and ancient warrior/protector. Mr. Janitor, however, dies without telling Harper who she's supposed to protect. That's okay though because two seconds later her history teacher bursts into the bathroom and tries to turn Harper into a shish kabob. Harper fights back with her new-found fighting skills and kills the evil history teacher with her pointy high heel. And so begins Harper's mad, crazy, hilarious and oddly appealing story. This book is like Legally Blonde meets Buffy with a dose of Gone With the Wind thrown in.
Southern Belles kicking ass doesn't get much better as a plot summary, but it fits. I was giggling so many times throughout this book. It's not a heavy, weighty read. There's no deeper message and the plot is fairly shallow and predictable. But it's irresistible none-the-less, a pleasant cotton-candy read to while away a rainy afternoon and make you smile. Rachel Hawkins writes engaging, memorable characters and has a turn of phrase that makes me envious as a writer.
There is, of course, the inevitable love triangle. Can a YA book that involves any amount of romance be published today WITHOUT a love triangle? Sometimes it doesn't seem like it. The love triangle was my least favorite part of the novel and felt forced at times. Ryan, Harper's current boyfriend, is the school golden boy and Mr. Perfect. On the other side of the ring we've got David Stark - editor of the school newspaper, muckraker, general social misfit and kind of an asshole. But you know, a lovable asshole. David has been Harper's arch nemesis since the were in diapers. At least David wasn't your typical bad-boy as he falls into the same over-achiever mold as Harper. It's nice having two protagonists that are total type-A's and obsessed with school. However the trope of love being so close to hate is a bit dated. David is the boy Harper has to protect as a Paladin, whether she wants to or not. And because of that and having to be around him so much, she suddenly discovers he's fascinating and she has feelings for him. Poor Ryan, he gets tossed aside like a used tissue.
The shining star in this book is Harper and her narration. They really make the book despite the other aspects that don't always shine as well. The pace if the novel is fast and furious with the occasional slow-down for a sweet little aside. So many lush details and funny bits and even though I want to smack Harper and David's heads together far too frequently, I still really enjoyed the book overall and will read the sequel. This is the first in a series. Hawkin's first series, HEX HALL, is one of my favorites and this doesn't' quite measure up. Hopefully the series will get stronger as it goes along. ...more
When Adam's ex-wife, Christy, shows up and insists on moving in, it becomes clear pretty fast that she wants to replace Mercy and come back to the pacWhen Adam's ex-wife, Christy, shows up and insists on moving in, it becomes clear pretty fast that she wants to replace Mercy and come back to the pack. Unfortunately Christy's also got a psycho ex-boyfriend after her and worse still, he seems to be some sort of super-powerful supernat Mercy and pack have never encountered before. Bodies are piling up and the pack is in trouble as Mercy and Adam try to track down the bad guy and keep Christy from splintering the pack with her usual dose of drama.
Another fantastic addition to the Mercy Thompson series. There's a lot of action, some nice twists and a few more details about Mercy's past offered up. Christy's presence was a nice, unexpected complication. I love how Briggs keeps the story interesting even though the main love interests, Adam and Mercy, have gotten together. They say in TV and often in books, when the love interests FINALLY get together it's a death knell for the series. This book certainly proves that wrong for the Mercy Thompson series. I'm just as in love with the series now as I was when I first read Moon Called and there is nothing to disappoint in Night Broken. ...more
Kara was summoned against her will into the Demon world and now has to fight for her life, all while trying to figure out who to trust.
I hated this boKara was summoned against her will into the Demon world and now has to fight for her life, all while trying to figure out who to trust.
I hated this book. Hated. I really enjoyed the other books in the series so my disappointment with this one was fairly epic. The aspect that appealed to me most about the first several books in the series was the supernatural cop angle - that gets completely thrown out in this one. Moreover I just wanted to slap Kara so many times. She's a mostly passive, wishy-washy, whiny victim who allows herself to be manipulated and abused. She'll basically screw anything with legs and has the self-preservation instincts of a suicidal lemming. I forced myself to finish the book, praying it would get better. It didn't. The plot was painfully slow and tiresome. The big reveals (of which there were few) were tepid at best and not enough to keep my interest.
(view spoiler)[I've always had a problem with Kara being interested in Ryan and yet perfectly willing to screw a demon at the same time. I'm all for female empowerment but I'd be just as thoroughly disgusted with a male character who did this. If you are in love with someone, or falling in love with someone, you don't have a F***-buddy(a term freely used in the series) on the side. It's like a huge moral black-hole. Moreover- initially Mzatal is set up as a persecutor, then he flips heavily into a father-figure. That relationship is definitely painted that way, but wait no - because in the end Kara has to screw Mzatal as well and it's all good because hey Ryan would understand if he was in his demon lord guise. Arghhhhhh! I hate this so much. (hide spoiler)]
Female empowerment is not synonymous with becoming a slut. That, more than all the other crap in this book, pissed me off the most. Complete sub-genre shift aside (goodbye Urban Fantasy, hello High Fantasy) the main characters fell apart and the plot went to hell. I am done with this series and won't read any future books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more