I read this whole book today, which means I didn't do anything else... I should get up and do some laundry now.
This is one of those rare romance novelI read this whole book today, which means I didn't do anything else... I should get up and do some laundry now.
This is one of those rare romance novels where you actually get to experience the process of the two characters falling in love. You wouldn't think that would be such an uncommon occurrence, but it is.
The two characters begin with a mutual attraction, but as the book continues they learn more and more about each other and actually develop a bond that makes sense. You can actually see why they fall for each other. The love story in this book is convincing.
And Julian's personal story is really captivating. Yay for books with plots! ...more
OMFG. Well, I'm impressed because the twist ending actually surprised me.
It's hard to say I "liked" a book this twisted, creepy, wrong... but it certaOMFG. Well, I'm impressed because the twist ending actually surprised me.
It's hard to say I "liked" a book this twisted, creepy, wrong... but it certainly was compelling. In a really depressing way. All of the characters in this book are completely f'd up and if I had to believe the world is really like that, I wouldn't want to live in it anymore.
This book, like Gone Girl, had a lot to say about gender - gender roles, gender expectations, gender socialization. In fact, aside from serial murder, that's realy all this book was about. It makes me curious about Flynn's other book. I'm sure I'll pick it up soon.
The character of Camille: you have never read a main character like Camille before. I really appreciated how well drawn she was, and I loved how unique. But I can't say I loved her, although I occasionally related. Camille is not your strong, tough heroine. She's not great at her job, she's not independent, she's not brilliant and snarky with a take-no-prisoners attitude. She's weak, and she wants people to like her. She's easily manipulated, and just kind of floats along being pushed here and there by the circumstances and people in her life. It's nice to read about a different kind of heroine.
There is something of a token romance in this story that is totally twisted aroudn and turned on its ear, which was awesome.
There were a lot of issues with this book as far as continuity, and especially plausibility, at least in my opinion. Nothing glaring, but it was flawed. I think greater attention could have been paid to certain details, but the overall skill of tone and character were very well done.
The problem with writing a book in the first person is that the reader only gets to know what the main character knows. Therefore, if you wan4.5 stars
The problem with writing a book in the first person is that the reader only gets to know what the main character knows. Therefore, if you want your reader to know something, the narrator either has to know it, or find out during the course of the book. When your book is based entirely upon the premise of that main character being held captive and isolated, this can be a problem. Elena has been kidnapped, but Armstrong apparently felt that the reader needed to know where and why she was being held. Her solution was to have Elena's captors really want to be her best friend, and to take her on guided tours of the facility, tell her exactly what their goals are, introduce her to all the other captives, invite her to help with work in the infirmary, etc... That was the only real problem with this book. It was an obvious narrative device that made me scoff a few times. Would it have been so bad to keep the reader in the dark with Elena? Draw out some of the tension? I was also a little irritated by Elena's complete, almost intentional density. Really, Elena? You really can't possibly fathom the existence of other supernatural races, even after the scads of evidence you have been presented with, and knowing that you yourself are a creature that the rest of the world believes to be a myth? REALLY? Gah. But otherwise, a great book. Kind of a slow start for me, but by the time things got rolling, the pages were flying by. It may not seem like a unique premise in the grand scheme of supernatural media, but to be honest, it really was different from any other urban fantasy I've read. It was refreshing. Having Elena stuck in captivity could have gotten tedious and boring, but Armstrong kept it pretty lively and readable. It was very uncomfortable in places, but it all ended well. And it piqued enough interest in me as far as the characters of Paige, Savannah and Adam to not mind continuing to Dime Store Magic even though I know there will be no Elena and Clay....more
I really didn't like the first 60 or so pages of this book... bordered on hating it, in fact. The "hero" of the book was a total jerk; there was a lotI really didn't like the first 60 or so pages of this book... bordered on hating it, in fact. The "hero" of the book was a total jerk; there was a lot of force involved which is something I really hate in romance. A lot of girls like a take-charge kind of guy, but kidnap and rape are taking that a little far, in my opinion. (Actually, I think that's more than just my opinion.) I don't find them attractive or endearing, and hate books where the girl falls in love with a guy who does that. But based on numerous good reviews of this book and the rest of the series, and a lot of encouragement from the people in the PNR group, I stuck this one out. And I was glad I did. I still didn't love this book, I'm only giving it 3 stars, but it did, in fact, get better. Both lead characters became more likeable, and the heroine eventually grew a spine and put her man in his place.:) But what was good about this book was what went beyond the primary boy meets girl story. There's an overarcing story that started to get really interesting. This series is more than just vampires; it has all kinds of your favorite fantasy creatures; werewolves, valkyrie, fey, witches, ghouls, wraiths... The valkyrie were especially fun. I liked the way Cole wrote those characters. So I will continue reading this series. I hear they just keep getting better, so I've got my fingers crossed....more
This was a pretty enjoyable, quick YA read. I liked it well enough and will most likely continue on with the rest of the series. (The cliffhanger endiThis was a pretty enjoyable, quick YA read. I liked it well enough and will most likely continue on with the rest of the series. (The cliffhanger ending pretty much guarantees it, right?)
I only have one real gripe about this book. It basically feels like Rachel Caine wrote this entire book in first person, and then went back and changed all the pronouns. Technically it's third person, but it reaad so much like a first person book that every time Caine called the main character by name, it took me by surprise and I had to say "Oh yeah." We did not get any further insight by it being in third person - the entire thing is from Claire's POV. There was no reason for it not be in first person and it really threw me. It was weird. I wish she had just gone ahead and written it in first person. ...more
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,Well, 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. ...more
No joke - I read the first two chapters to get a feel for who the characters were and what the story was, then flipped to the end and read the last 5No joke - I read the first two chapters to get a feel for who the characters were and what the story was, then flipped to the end and read the last 5 or 6 chapters to get the resolution. I read nothing in between, and didn't feel like I'd missed a thing.
These books are really fluffy and predictable. If you like your books a little lighter and more on the fun/funny side (think chick-lit with vampires), then these books are for you. But I prefer something a little darker, with a bit more substance, more "bite" if you will (pun intended.)...more
Ilona Andrews has created an alternate universe; an Atlanta some time in the future where magic has begun to surge anReally great urban fantasy novel!
Ilona Andrews has created an alternate universe; an Atlanta some time in the future where magic has begun to surge and change the landscape of the world as we know it. Now the world alternates between the magic and the tech. Kate is an independent mercenary working for the Guild, protecting people from nasty magical creatures. But she is hiding a power no one else can imagine. When her former guardian is murdered, she goes to the city to try to solve the murder and exact revenge. She gets pulled into an apparent war between the Pack, a group of shapechangers, and the People, or "Masters of the Dead" who control the vampires (very creepy.)
The first half of the book is very bogged down in the details of the world Andrews has created. It is so different from our own that it takes awhile to really get a feel for it and understand. I had hard time focusing for the first 100 pages or so. But once I sunk into the story, and started to really understand the world building, I no longer felt mired in the detail and suddenly was very engrossed in the mystery. Not only did I start to understand her world, I started to really enjoy it. It's creative and, well, magical.
The story itself is great. Andrews weaves a wonderful mystery full of twists and turns and surprises; a truly unpredictable novel.
The characters are just as good. Kate is a kick ass heroine, the kind who's brazen and tactless, confrontational and snarky. But unlike so many of her genre counterparts, you get to see that behind it all she's as scared as anyone would be in her shoes, and she can actually admit when she makes a mistake. Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, is an alpha male, plus some. He was so different from any other alpha male I've read. He's not super broody, and he's not the "king with the heart of gold." (He may have a heart of gold; he's just not that "type.") He's ruthless and cavalier, and does what he has to do to protect his people. And he hates peas.
Full of wonderful details, gruesome fight scenes, fascinating characters and a truly magical world, Magic Bites is a near perfect urban fantasy novel. I knock it down a star for the slow start, but once it gets going you won't be able to put it down....more
Well... the jury's still out on this one. But my overall impression was "Uh...." I decided to read this book because one of the executive producers ofWell... the jury's still out on this one. But my overall impression was "Uh...." I decided to read this book because one of the executive producers of Lost (which I love) loved this series. And I tend to like the fantasy quest type thing... so I had high expectations for Stephen King's Dark Tower series. But this book was... weird. And icky. There was a lot of sex in this book that I found completely unnecessary, unenjoyable and kind of gross. And the protagonist is not particularly sympathetic...
I don't know. I am willing to read the next book in the series and see if it gets better, but I was not impressed with this book....more
3.5 stars. This could be a 4 star book if my main reaction weren't "Huh?"
Basically, Karen Chance tried to cram waaaay too much information into one boo3.5 stars. This could be a 4 star book if my main reaction weren't "Huh?"
Basically, Karen Chance tried to cram waaaay too much information into one book. She has created a very complex and very interesting world that would be fun to read about it if she gave it out in doses instead of cramming it down the reader's throat right away.
My other complaints: 1. The main character, Cassie, is really bland. She has no real personality; I couldn't get a real feel for her at all. 2. A lot of the vampires are real people from history. For example, you have Jack the Ripper, Raphael, Rasputin, Dracula's brother, etc. This would have been interesting if she had picked one or maybe two. But it got a little silly after awhile.
Overall, a really interesting premise and okay action - would have been better if she hadn't stopped a million times to give backstory. (And the endlessly interrupted sex scene other reviewers have mentioned? Arrggghh! That was really annoying.) It was just too much of an info dump. I think the book may have been more successful if she had started a little earlier in the timeline; to when she first met Tomas, perhaps.
Hopefully the subsequent books in this series won't suffer from the same problem. I'm interested to see where the story goes.
**Re-read, Dec. 2009** I'm not going to change my rating or review because I think my initial impressions are still valiad, but I will say this was much better the second time around. Great series! ...more