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
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
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
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
In the second Kara Gillian book something is stealing the essences of people and killing them. At first, Kara is afraid the essence stealer is a demonIn the second Kara Gillian book something is stealing the essences of people and killing them. At first, Kara is afraid the essence stealer is a demon she's responsible for bringing over into this realm. But as more bodies turn up she begins to see a disturbing pattern emerging. Barely back at work a week after her medical leave following the Symbol Man case, Kara is plunged back into the world of the arcane and a political hot-mess unrolling in Bealac. To complicate matters Lord Rhyzkahl is back and propositioning Kara to become is summoner, a role she's not sure she wants to take on.
Another fun, fast read filled with nice twists, lovely world building and a cast of characters that I'm happy to spend time with. At times I want to smack Kara upside the head, especially in regards to Special Agent Ryan Kristoff and in her dealings with Rhyzkahl. The demon lord is rather ambivalent and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to like him or not - but perhaps that's because Kara feels the same and the book is from her perspective after all. I like that the relationships are drawn out a bit more in this book and it's not a straight up sexcapade read. The paranormal detective aspect is what appeals to me most and that's the part that delivers the most punch. I rather dread the coming love triangle with Rhyzkahl and Kristoff, which was patently obvious in the first novel and more so in this one, but at least it's developing slowly. I also like that Kara has a strong code of honor, stays true to herself for the most part and isn't a drop-dead-gorgeous amazing kick-ass heroine - she's flawed and normal, a bit pudgy until she stops eating from stress and while she does kick-ass it's with abilities that she earns and hones and not just because that's the way the author has decreed it with nothing in her background backing it up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next book. Probably some time this week - because I lack self control when it comes to a good read....more
The Taylors have been witches as far back as anyone can remember and they are the creme da la creme of Savannah magic society. Unfortunately, Mercy TaThe Taylors have been witches as far back as anyone can remember and they are the creme da la creme of Savannah magic society. Unfortunately, Mercy Taylor is a magical dud without a lick of magic at all. Her twin sister Maisie on the other hand got an extra huge helping of magical mojo and is the princess of the family - beautiful, talented and almost everyone's favorite. It's been that way since Mercy was a baby and she's use to her sister getting all the attention, she loves her sister and doesn't begrudge her the limelight. But she does lust after her sister's fiance. Ashamed of her feelings, Mercy turns to an infamous hoodoo root doctor - Mother Jilo, begging for a spell that will make Mercy love her best friend Peter and end her feelings for Jackson, her sister's intended. That one little spells sets of a chain of events that throws Mercy's entire world into turmoil, beginning most notably with the murder of her Great Aunt Ginny.
There's a ton of world building backed into this book with loving descriptions and lots of attention to a handful of characters. While the plot is fairly interesting and kept my attention I did feel like it dragged a little in the middle. More-over, while some characters were well fleshed out and fully detailed, others felt like thin caricatures without much detail - Jackson and Peter for example. Both are important character and yet they have little character development and don't really stand out. Overall it was an interesting book and yet just too drawn out. I probably won't continue with the series.
I have a couple of major pet peeves: (view spoiler)[First Maise's abrupt character reversal felt completely out of left field and unnatural. There were no hints early in the book that she was anything other than a loving sister so for her to abruptly turn out to be a villain felt contrived. Furthermore - the twist with Jackson turning out to be Ren was also completely out of left field with no earlier support in the book and contrived. The major plot twist, that Mercy was actually a powerful witch who's power was stolen, was predictable (or at least I had guessed that would happen halfway into the book). My only surprise was in who killed Ginny and that was cheapened by Ren turning out to be Jackson. Also the entire explanation that Mercy was in love with Jackson because he'd been absorbing her magic and part of her recognized that in him - that made me wince. So basically she's in love with him because she's in love with herself. Meh. The pregnancy bit at the end felt contrived as well and didn't seem to serve any real purpose. Mercy's sudden realization, literally in the very last moments of hte book, that she did love Peter also felt contrived and way, way too late. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, excellent world building, inconsistent characters and a plot the limps along for most of the story. Despite my gripes I am sure that many urban fantasy readers will enjoy this series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A collection of 13 short stories from the Jane Yellowrock series, including several new stories and several previously published pieces. I love all ofA collection of 13 short stories from the Jane Yellowrock series, including several new stories and several previously published pieces. I love all of them, though the new ones were obviously my favorites. This is the first time I've read stories from a perspective other than Jane's so that was an interesting take. Fans of the Jane Yellowrock books will love this collection and won't be disappointed. People who are new to the series should start with the books first, so they are well grounded in the characters and world before diving in to the short stories as you'll enjoy them more. A fun, fast read and just the perfect pre-holiday treat. ...more