This is yet another entertaining entry in the Morganville vampire series. I won't write a long review of this book; it's the seventh in the series. Od...moreThis is yet another entertaining entry in the Morganville vampire series. I won't write a long review of this book; it's the seventh in the series. Odds are that those interested in reading it already read the first six. Basically, if you like those books, you'll enjoy this one as well.
Several significant things do happen in the course of this book. Relationships are tested in new and intriguing ways. Amelie and Oliver become more than one-note characters. Caine continues to flesh out this world, adding further depth and to the characters and to the mythology.
I love this series, and each new book reminds me of all reasons why.(less)
**spoiler alert** Every time I finish a book in the Blue Bloods series, I can't decide if I like it or not. Typically, I borrow it and read it in hard...more**spoiler alert** Every time I finish a book in the Blue Bloods series, I can't decide if I like it or not. Typically, I borrow it and read it in hardcover, and if I liked the new one well enough, I'll buy last year's in paperback. (Odd, I know, but my feelings about this series are so ambivalent, that I can't even decide to buy a single book without more input . . .)
I think this will be my last Blue Bloods book. My reasons are below:
As you can see from my rating, I did like it. Some fantastic things happened in this story. Mimi actually became more than a cardboard villain. Bliss learned to stand on her own feet. And that's it. Everything else to me felt like so many pages of non action. While I didn't mind the narrative switching (each chapter has its own narrator, but they follow in order: Schuyler, Mimi, and Bliss), I was annoyed that there was not more difference in the narration. The chapters are written in third person voice, and the narrative voice is roughly the same for each one. Occasionally, de la Cruz will delve into free indirect discourse (where the third person narrator actually speaks in the voice of the character while maintaining a third person voice), but even these sounded the same. Except for the events going on in each girl's life, they're practically the same girl.
I'm irritated that the series is not over. These long-running series make me ache for the age of Dracula, where the monster dies and there are no sequels, where the narrative ends with just one book. (No matter how many people have tried to write a sequel, they just don't work.)
The worst part, for me, was the end. Oliver gives Schuyler to Jack and tells her: "I know you would never leave me. I know that. I know you would never be able to make a decision, so I decided for you. You have to go with him . . . You cannot choose between us. So I chose for you."
OK. Where to start? In the context of the story, Schuyler still loves Jack but pledged herself to Oliver. When he "gives" her to Jack, Oliver is acknowledging Schuyler's feelings. However, she'd already made her choice--preventing Oliver's pain was more important than her own happiness, so she had decided to stay with Oliver. He knows that Jack can protect her in ways that he cannot, so Oliver "gives" her away. Keeping her safe is more important to him than his own happiness. (Gah! All this self-sacrificing angst gags me!) I hate that Oliver can't respect Schuyler's right to decide her own fate, and I hate even more that when he relinquishes his claim on her heart, Schuyler is happy. Having been given to Jack, she feels like Oliver has given her a gift . . . once again, gag me.
I'm too much of a feminist to enjoy either the tortured gender roles or angst in this series. I'm done.(less)
This was a decent book, about what I'd expect from L.J. Smith. The characters fall in love quickly and inexplicably, the villain is eeeeevil, and the...moreThis was a decent book, about what I'd expect from L.J. Smith. The characters fall in love quickly and inexplicably, the villain is eeeeevil, and the resolution is quick. Nonetheless, a fun read, and one I'm willing to recommend at the store.(less)
I read Wake yesterday, and I read Fade today. Wow.
These are slim books, and very fast reads. Each book was just a few hours for me. I don't think I'd...moreI read Wake yesterday, and I read Fade today. Wow.
These are slim books, and very fast reads. Each book was just a few hours for me. I don't think I'd like them to be any longer, though. Janie Hannigan's world is intense, and it sucks me in rather completely. I don't think I could spend more time there; it would be overwhelming. Sort of like using a semicolon again; but not quite.
Part of the reason I like these books so much is because the author's voice. She writes in free indirect discourse, which means that a third person narrator speaks in the mental voice of the character. Janie is a wonderful, sarcastic character, and we see that best in the occasional spots where the narrative voice slips to another character. The way they see Janie helps us to see her completely and understand her voice.
In many ways, the author's fragmented sentences remind me of Ellen Emerson White. This is a compliment. Of the highest order, in my mind.(less)
**spoiler alert** I found this book to be a disappointment. Unless I misremember, a "dead man's hand" is a corspe's hand soaked in wax and used as a t...more**spoiler alert** I found this book to be a disappointment. Unless I misremember, a "dead man's hand" is a corspe's hand soaked in wax and used as a thief's tool. There was no dead man's hand in this novel.
Since it takes place in Vegas, it could be that the "dead man's hand" refers to a hand of cards, at which point I would have to say that I find that level of punning to be painful.
The book itself was entertaining. Kitty goes to Vegas to get married and runs into all sorts of trouble with hunters and the supernatural community in general. Hmm. That sounds like the other books in this series--except the wedding part. I find it strange that the next book is going to be released in March. Perhaps these two should have been released together as one book? I can't speculate about that too much, except to say this one ends with a cliffhanger, which has not been Vaughn's habit to date.(less)
I've read this book four times now; this most recent reread was in preparation for reading book five shortly. (I'm rereading the series as a whole.) I...moreI've read this book four times now; this most recent reread was in preparation for reading book five shortly. (I'm rereading the series as a whole.) I've read four of the books in the series so far, and, in going back to the beginning, I'm amazed by how much foreshadowing Richardson really did. The first time I read this book, I was lost. I didn't really understand the Grey. I thought it was a great concept, but it seemed poorly fleshed out.
Now that I've gone back to the book, I can say that my first impressions were wrong. The Grey is not poorly fleshed out--the problem is that Harper doesn't understand it at all. She has friends that advise her, but they can't experience the Grey the same way she can, so it's like she's being taught how to sing by people that are tone deaf (please pardon the disability metaphor--this was the most innocuous one I could think of. As someone that wants to sing, and can't hear pitch all that well, it would fit me, too). They understand the concepts they're talking about, but they are unable to go into the Grey with her and cannot sense it in the same way she can. With each book, Harper's knowledge and instinctual understanding of the Grey grows. Knowing what I now know, it was wonderful to return to the beginning and see Richardson lay the groundwork for a very well-developed paranormal world.
I upped this book from three to four stars based on its relationship to the books that come later. It really is that good--you just have to read the rest to see it.(less)