I can finally see what so many people enjoy about this series. I'm still not completely converted (although if I listened to James Marsters reading thI can finally see what so many people enjoy about this series. I'm still not completely converted (although if I listened to James Marsters reading the book, I'd probably be lost). I am enjoying the books at least....more
It was fun, but it felt like an installment that attempted to get the plot from point A to point B. ThereThis was not my favorite entry in the series.
It was fun, but it felt like an installment that attempted to get the plot from point A to point B. There wasn't enough character development for me. That could be because Kitty and Friends are (mostly) self-actualized adults by now. However, it was still a problem. Other than being upset at events, and working to Save The Day, it didn't seem as the events in this book touched Kitty very deeply.
That said, I will still keep buying and reading every book in this series because even a three star Kitty Norville book is better than most books out there....more
This is a fantastic book, one of the very few that I've found genuinely disturbing in recent years. I do not consider this a young adult title; ratherThis is a fantastic book, one of the very few that I've found genuinely disturbing in recent years. I do not consider this a young adult title; rather, it is a novel with teenage characters. While many teens will enjoy it, I don't really think teens are the primary audience for this book.
I have a great deal to say about it, but I need to take time to formulate my thoughts. Suffice to say, for now, that I liked this book so much that when it was due to return at the library, I gave it back and bought a copy for myself so that I could finish it....more
This book felt like a pointless exercise. A few things happened that I know will have repercussions in the storyline (notably, the set up for both NigThis book felt like a pointless exercise. A few things happened that I know will have repercussions in the storyline (notably, the set up for both Night Huntress World books was addressed), but the plot never gelled. Cat and Bones did not grow or change emotionally, and the villain was a waste of time.
I like the concept of this world, but it's beginning to bore me on the page. I don't think I'll read more of Cat and Bones. ...more
I wish I could understand why people like the Dresden Files books so much. I first read this title years ago, and I thought it was OK but a little tooI wish I could understand why people like the Dresden Files books so much. I first read this title years ago, and I thought it was OK but a little too Mary-Sue. (After all, what else would you call a book where the hero finds himself standing outside in a rainstorm, naked, with a hot woman in an evening dress clinging to his leg? Since the scene was not really being played for humor, it just always sticks out as being tonally off to me.)
This time, I listed to it as an audiobook. James Marsters did a wonderful job as the narrator, and he really did breathe life into Dresden. He also breathed into the mic. A lot. I wasn't certain if that was poor editing on the part of the sound studio or if it was meant to add something to the reading. Most of the time, I heard it when Dresden the character was supposed to be exhausted, so it may have been a way to sneak some acting into a reading. For the most part, it was distracting. I've listened to a number of audiobooks in the last few years, and I've never heard the inhaled breath of the narrator quite so often--or at all, really.
I will try to read a few more books in the series, preferably through the audiobook format. I want to understand what everyone loves so much. I'm willing to give this book something of a pass as it was Butcher's debut novel, but this series needs to get better fast....more
Loved it. This is what we've been missing in YA vampire fiction.
I raced through this book and finished it in one day. It was everything I had hoped itLoved it. This is what we've been missing in YA vampire fiction.
I raced through this book and finished it in one day. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more.
A while back, I started reading Holly Black's short story anthology, The Poison Eaters. That was maybe three years ago. I pick it up whenever I'm in the mood for a short fiction, but since that isn't all that often, I'm still working on the book. So far, the story that stood out to me the most was "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown." While the story and this novel share both a title and a world, they are not the same story.
This is almost a post apocalyptic world. Everyone knows vampires are real due to the fact that one young vampire decided to infect a number of people at will and without approval. All it usually takes to become infected is just one bite. The infected person does not become a full vampire until he or she consumes human blood. If the infected can make it 88 days without giving into the hunger, he or she will become a human again. Being infected is called being "Cold."
Vampires, infected humans, and humans that simply want to become infected, live in Coldtowns. These are walled portions of cities where the infection raged out of control. Live video feeds advertise life within the Coldtowns as one long decadent party, encouraging new humans to arrive and replenish the food supply.
In the novel, Tana wakes up after a party to discover that she and her ex-boyfriend are the only survivors. Someone failed to close a window in the night, and vampires got in. Her ex, Aidan, is infected and tied to a bed in a darkened room. He's not alone--a vampire is in there with him, and this vampire is in chains. As the only unrestrained individual, Tana works to free the other two and escape before dark, when the vampires will return to finish what they'd started. She manages to get the boys out of the room without too much trouble, but as she climbs out the window, a vampire grazes her leg with teeth.
Possibly infected, with an infected boy and a full-fledged vampire, there seems to be only one destination left for Tana: Coldtown.
Along the way, they'll encounter others with a similar destination, and Tana's story will inevitably become entwined with theirs. She'll have to figure out who to trust, who to fear, and what it means to be a monster.
As with all of Holly Black's books to date, I do consider this appropriate for young adults, but I would recommend it for "older" or "mature" teens. There are scenes of shocking brutality here, and even I was disturbed at times. However, that's part of the reason why I loved this book. Black is not afraid to make vampires dark, and she's willing to explore the reasons why some characters would embrace eternal life. I have the sneaking feeling that adults might get more out of this book than teens, but that remains to be seen....more
I didn't think it would be possible to love this book even more, but Jesse Eisenberg's narration is so delightfully spot-on that it actually makes theI didn't think it would be possible to love this book even more, but Jesse Eisenberg's narration is so delightfully spot-on that it actually makes the book better....more
After the "hero takes on monster and wins, despite intense physical and/or emotional pain" format of the last few Mercy or Anna books, it was nice toAfter the "hero takes on monster and wins, despite intense physical and/or emotional pain" format of the last few Mercy or Anna books, it was nice to read this one. Not only was it formatted as more of a mystery than the other books have been lately, but it also advanced the plot within the shared Mercy & Anna world. Finally. Things are changing, and no one can continue to ignore that fact.
(view spoiler)[This book might have been five stars, if not for the sexual violence. Rape and/or threats of rape have popped up too often in Briggs' most recent books, and I'm not comfortable with that at all. While Briggs does write about it well, and the attacks do have lasting psychological effects on the survivors, I'm still not pleased to see it being used so often as a plot device. Not everything is about rape, and I don't want all of Briggs' books to be about it, either. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more