*Review for the audio book* I think a three star review for this book speaks for itself; it was alright but not fantastic. It was really short. The aud...more*Review for the audio book* I think a three star review for this book speaks for itself; it was alright but not fantastic. It was really short. The audio book was only two hours long. I am not sure if this was abridged or not; it did not say anywhere on the case.
As far as audio books go, this was pretty good. It was unique in that it wasn't read by a single narrator, but was actually dramatized with different voice actors for each character, background sounds, music and the works.
The story was interesting, but pretty standard as far as dystopian fiction goes. I think it was a little too short to be really engaging. If you think the premise sounds interesting, then definitely read this book. Margaret Atwood is a great writer and her books are always enjoyable. However, don't expect this book to change your life.(less)
I expected/hoped to like this book more than I did. But it's worth reading if you're into the urban fantasy genre. It's action packed,...moreWell, 3.5 stars.
I expected/hoped to like this book more than I did. But it's worth reading if you're into the urban fantasy genre. It's action packed, almost to the point that I was like, "Enough! Take a breath and give me some character development!"
But it was full of action, and entertaining enough although it was a little predictable. The characters were likeable but underdeveloped, and the mythology was interesting. I'm hoping that we get more insight into these things as the series progresses. I want to know more about Nick and Ivy. (Why does Nick, as a human, seem to know more about vampires than Rachel, an Inderlander?) This was a fast, light read. Very clean and accessible; there was no language or sex, and even though the subject matter could have been dark, the tone of the book was quite light and full of humor. I would probably actually prefer it if the tone were to get a bit darker. Even the violence was relatively innocuous.
I did not love this book, but I will probably continue with the series just to see. If Ms. Harrison can give more back story on the characters and the mythos, it might really draw me in. (less)
This is Pam Jenoff's debut novel, and well... you can tell. The writing is a little amateur (she uses the word 'realize' a lot. Almost to the point th...moreThis is Pam Jenoff's debut novel, and well... you can tell. The writing is a little amateur (she uses the word 'realize' a lot. Almost to the point that I was distracted by it every time.) And some of the plot turns felt a little fast and underdeveloped. But overall this is a good novel. It takes place in German occupied-Poland during World War 2. The main character, Emma, is a Jewish girl passing as a Pole in order to avoid being sent to the Jewish ghetto, or worse. Her husband has disappeared in order to work for the resistance, and in order to keep him (and herself) safe, she must pretend she is not married and has no connection to him. While playing the part of a Polish girl, she begins working as the personal assistant of a high ranking Nazi official, and using this new position to find information for the resistance. And then things get a little sticky... This was a wonderfully simple story. The main character was likeable and realistic. I liked that it touched on a lot of the horrors of the Holocaust without going into too much depressing detail. It stayed focused on the main storyline, which I really liked. It wasn't trying to tell the story of World War 2, it was trying to tell the story of this one girl's experience. The ending was perfect. It wasn't a precious happily ever after, but it also wasn't so dark and sad that it left you with a pit in your stomach. This is a quick, simple but lovely read that should leave you feeling satisfied.(less)
I really wanted to give this book five stars, I loved it so much while reading it, but as has been mentioned by other reviewers, the end just wasn't t...moreI really wanted to give this book five stars, I loved it so much while reading it, but as has been mentioned by other reviewers, the end just wasn't that great. It was kind of disappointing. The book was so detailed and really took the time to engross the reader, and then at the end it completely rushed the climax, underexplained everything, didn't really tie things up, et cetera, et cetera... But disappointing ending aside, I thought this book was great. The first 200 pages were really slow to me. It took me two months or so to get through them. And then one day I picked it up and bam. The next 700 pages flew by. The book has its flaws, but overall I thought the story was gripping, the writing was good, and it was immensely satisfying. For the most part, she handled the intertwining time/storylines very well. The scenery of the book was great. I don't know much about Eastern Europe at all, and while I wouldn't consider this actual historical fiction, I feel like I picked up a teeny bit of a feel for the history and culture of that area, which was interesting to me. Even the parts that other people thought were slow and boring were interesting to me. I highly recommend this book.(less)
I have been reading these books in order, and though I haven't read the ones that come after this one yet, I would have to say this is by far the best...moreI have been reading these books in order, and though I haven't read the ones that come after this one yet, I would have to say this is by far the best in the series. The previous books were all okay, they were entertaining enough. But this one had a much less predictable plot, much more likeable characters, etc. It kept me engaged (and up until 2 in the morning.) This is one I would actually read again. Of course, this is a paranormal romance novel. It's light, quick, mindless... you know what to expect. But this is probably one of my favorites of the genre. A great read. If you have not read the previous books in the series, I don't recommend reading this one first. Not because you'll be confused, because you won't. These books stand alone and you'll be just fine. In fact, this is probably the only one that doesn't have any connections to the others. But I don't recommend reading it first because if you like it as much as I did and decide to go back and read the others, I think you'll be disappointed.
**Update: I have now read the rest of the books in the series, and I still maintain that this is the best one. Definitely read this one before the ones after it, because from here on they actually relate to each other and it will make more sense if you read them in order. (less)
This book was about as good as the first. Still lacking in character development, still fairly predictable (though less so than the first.) Rachel Mor...moreThis book was about as good as the first. Still lacking in character development, still fairly predictable (though less so than the first.) Rachel Morgan is still kind of annoying... (They tell her to leave the crime scene because unless they follow the book, the suspect will walk, and she still has to tromp all over it? What an idiot...) Still moderately entertaining. However, towards the end it actually got kind of good, and I peeked a little bit through book 3 and something I was hoping would happen does, so I hold out more hope for the rest of the series.(less)
4.5 stars. I couldn't quite bring myself to give this five stars because it didn't completely engulf me, but it was better than most of the books I've...more4.5 stars. I couldn't quite bring myself to give this five stars because it didn't completely engulf me, but it was better than most of the books I've given four stars lately. This was a beautifully sad story about a boy stolen by the changelings, the changeling who took his place, and the little ways their paths cross over the years. This is a book about love, family and secrets. Haunting, sad, beautifully told, short and simple. Everyone should read this book.(less)
There's not much to say about this story that hasn't been said about other reviews. The premise of this story was great. It was well executed, stayed i...moreThere's not much to say about this story that hasn't been said about other reviews. The premise of this story was great. It was well executed, stayed interesting, and I really liked the ending. I have only two criticisms; the first being about the story, and the second being about the edition that I read. 1. It was too short. This book would have been much better if he had taken the time to flesh out some of the ideas, stretch out the mystery (his search for the cause of vampirism), more character development (the flashbacks about his wife and daughter, and more info about Ben), etc. This could have been so much more than it was. 2. Nowhere on or in this edition did it say that after I Am Legend was a collection of Matheson's other short stories. The inclusion of short stories with this edition is fine; that didn't bother me. It was that I didn't know that half the book was short stories that irked me. I was halfway through the book when all of a sudden the story ended and I was really caught off guard. I kind of flipped through the rest of the book a couple times going, "huh?" before I realized the story was really over. Granted, there is a table of contents, but I assumed they were chapter titles. I didn't take the time to analyze the page numbers and figure out that they were short stories ahead of time. Maybe that's my fault, but it would have been nice if somewhere on the cover it had said "I Am Legend... and other short stories by Richard Matheson." Or something like that. Grr. I did read a couple of the stories and they're fairly entertaining but predictable horror stories. Maybe they were more cutting edge when they were written; they probably inspired a lot of the things I've seen that now make them seem less original.
In short: Great story, but be aware beforehand that it's very short (about 160 pages) and the rest of this edition is other stories!(less)
So far, the weakest book in the series. This book dragged on and on and on... It took me about four times as long to finish this one as it did the oth...moreSo far, the weakest book in the series. This book dragged on and on and on... It took me about four times as long to finish this one as it did the other four. There was just a lot of unnecessary drama. The interesting parts were few and far between, but were just enough to keep me reading. And I will admit, by the end I was finally engaged enough to want to read the next one, so it didn't turn me off completely. There were just a lot of things that didn't need to be in the book. This is the first time reading the series that I've really felt a need for better editing.
You will read this book because you're already deeply involved in the story and invested in the characters, and there's just enough in the book to keep you, but on the whole it's exhausting and a little disappointing.(less)
My god, this book is terrible! I am baffled by all the good reviews. First of all, I don't think I'd call this a romance novel, because there's no act...moreMy god, this book is terrible! I am baffled by all the good reviews. First of all, I don't think I'd call this a romance novel, because there's no actual romance in it. There's some sex, but there was never any emotional connection between the two main characters. I think on the last page, one of them said "I love you" while tossing the other a weapon or something. Wow. The rest of the story was gory, gross and disturbing. Rape, torture, decapitation... I'm not afraid of a dark tone, these types of things aren't necessarily horrible in and of themselves, but are handled with zero grace in this novel and are thus just icky. If the really gross vampire plot and completely unappealing love story don't bother you, the extremely poor writing should turn you off. This book has no redeeming qualities. No likeable characters, no charming or funny scenes, no intriguing mythology... (well, some of the mythology might have been mildly interesting, but not very.) If you want to read a good vampire romance book, turn to JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Those are worthy of the guilty pleasure title. This book was just terrible.(less)
This is the first book in Lara Adrian's Black Dagger Bro- oops, I mean Midnight Breed series. The series is about a group of huge, badass (but good) va...moreThis is the first book in Lara Adrian's Black Dagger Bro- oops, I mean Midnight Breed series. The series is about a group of huge, badass (but good) vampires who live together in a compound and fight evil vampires in order to protect their really old fashioned, hoity toity race. They wear leather and carry really hard core weapons, and go on patrol every night to kill the enemy. When they find their mate, they share blood to stay alive. I don't know how I got that mixed up with JR Ward's series. Sorry.
Yes, this series is a pretty blatant rip off of Ward's wildly popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series. But here's the catch - it's a good rip off. It's well written, exciting, interesting, the characters are likeable and well developed. So even though I roll my eyes a little at all of the obvious correlations, it's still a fun series to read. Hey, BDB is popular for a reason.
I really enjoyed the first book. By the time I finished it, I started to think, "Wow. Maybe this series is actually better than BDB!" (After reading a couple more, I've decided it's not, but it's still good.)
Adrian's books don't quite have the same depth, edge or daring as Ward's. But at the same time, they are also free from some of Ward's more irritating idiosyncracies, such as the overuse of the word "shitkickers" or the incessant rap music. (There's also not nearly as much vodka.) And as the series wears on, Adrian does a better job of incorporating the heroines from previous books so you don't feel like you spent an entire book getting to know a character only to have them completely disappear.
Highly recommend this series to vampire/paranormal romance fans. If you loved the Blackdagger Brotherhood series, you will probably also really like this series. (less)
About halfway through the book, I got curious about what other BDB fans thought, so I went to Amazon.com and read some reviews and some discussions. Wo...moreAbout halfway through the book, I got curious about what other BDB fans thought, so I went to Amazon.com and read some reviews and some discussions. Wow, people are not happy. People feel like they've been tricked. They feel like the series has gone from romance to urban fantasy.
While I don't necessarily feel tricked or upset about the whole thing, I have to agree that this is definitely more urban fantasy. The supposed "main" storyline, i.e. the romance between Phury and Cormia, is really just a B or even C story. The main story is the war between the vampires and the lessers, particularly how it relates to John and his friends as well as another character that has gone from secondary to front and center.
Yeah, I'm a little disappointed. This series completely sucked me in, to the point where I would not have recommended it to anyone with a job, a family or any concern for personal hygiene. But this book did not suck me in that way. I was not as invested in the characters as I had once grown to expect from Ward. I used to if not fall completely in love with the lead character, at least grow to like them and feel a bit attached as the book progressed. After finishing this book, I feel no more invested in Phury than I was in the very first book.
The series has changed; in direction as well as scope. However, as far as urban fantasy goes, this is probably some of the best I've read. I was still invested in the story, and I will continue to read the series. I'm curious to see where things go with John and Xhex, and I'm intrigued by the new character Lassiter.
So for BDB fans, no, this is not what you signed on for when you fell in love with the first 3 or 4 books in the series, and for the people who were very disappointed with Lover Unbound; those problems have not been fixed. Character development is still nill, the romance storyline is even less prominent, and the part that bugs me the most: For those of us who were very interested in the Butch and V storyline and very disappointed when Ward completely turned away from it - she did it again!!! Yet again she flirted with the idea of a homosexual relationship (or even encounter) and then shied away. I thought she would have learned her lesson the first time....
Anyway, if you were frustrated with the direction the last book took, this book isn't really any better. However, despite some annoyances and disappointments, this is still a great series. I am still interested in the story, I am still drawn into Ward's meticulously crafted world, and I will continue to read this series. If you go into it expecting less romance and more urban fantasy, then you will get some of the best urban fantasy out there. The fans who came to the series for the romance (like me) will be disappointed, but I think if you can let that go and just enjoy the ride, you'll ultimately be glad you did. (less)