So, this book starts off with Llona arriving at Lucent Academy. From the surface it seems that it’s a school for pampered girls with powers, so of cou...moreSo, this book starts off with Llona arriving at Lucent Academy. From the surface it seems that it’s a school for pampered girls with powers, so of course Llona stands out like a sore thumb there. I do always admire her rebellious side. That’s pretty much what drives her through this story. I liked this book more than the last one. The pacing was better and it focused more on the paranormal instead of the romance. Though there were times it did drive me crazy.
(view spoiler)[ I still don’t understand why Christian was allowed to stay at the school once they stripped him of his guardian status. Also, you’d think Llona would have learned to trust Christian more and tell him what was wrong with her earlier. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this is a great read and I’m looking forward to the next one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I am really loving this series. I finished the first five books in the course of two weeks, which is pretty fast for me lately. Kate is an excellent s...moreI am really loving this series. I finished the first five books in the course of two weeks, which is pretty fast for me lately. Kate is an excellent strong lead and she is amusing. But she's far from perfect, which makes me root for her even more. Plus, she has a sword, which rocks!
I also love the way magic and tech is set up in the world. It's very refreshing, giving the whole series a post apocalyptic feeling. What really draws me in, is Ilona Andrews mythos. The meshing of our history and myth with her characters is awes inspiring. (less)
I wanted to like this book. I found the premise of vampires using technology to create a gait human herd interesting. Unfortunately, I could not finis...moreI wanted to like this book. I found the premise of vampires using technology to create a gait human herd interesting. Unfortunately, I could not finish the novel. The writing on this was really rough and I feel that the first 100 pages could have been shortened to two chapters or so.
Ms. Curry has a lot of potential but I feel that she can benefit from sending this through a few more drafts.(less)
The continuation of Eyes of the Seer was well worth the wait. The last book delved deep into the mind of a sociopathic ki...moreMr. Dawes has done it again.
The continuation of Eyes of the Seer was well worth the wait. The last book delved deep into the mind of a sociopathic killer, and we watched his struggle and rise from his murdering ways. This book is more story focused. We still get to see Peter's struggle but we also got to see more of the antagonists, from narrow minded sorcerers to bloodthirsty vampires.
This story explores other characters as well. You learn more about Monica here (Love Monica!) and meet a few new players. Mr. Dawes style is still very elegant.
Once again, This is my kind of vampire book. If you haven't read it yet, pick up this series.(less)
Characters: I loved Thomas from the first book, The Sin Collector. I was excited to see what history ma...moreI received this ARC for a fair review.
Characters: I loved Thomas from the first book, The Sin Collector. I was excited to see what history made Thomas into the man he was. I was not let down. We get to see Thomas struggle between love and duty. You got a reel feeling for him and the other characters. I'm hoping to see more of Emmilina in later books.
Pacing: I love fast paced books and this one did not disappoint. Since it was a short story, I devoured it in one night but it still left me thinking about the story days later.
Story: Though this was really a character driven story, it moved me. It answered some questions from the first book, but new ones arose. I look forward to reading the next installment.
There were a couple of POV shifts and phrasing that could have been better, but over all I think I noticed them more because I am in the middle of editing my own story.
This book is worth it. The Sin Collector: Thomas comes out on July, 20th. So if you haven't read the first book, why not pick it up in preparation?(less)
This book would make an excellent action movie. It grabs you, kidnaps you and doesn't let you go until the last page. Set in the distant it future, yo...moreThis book would make an excellent action movie. It grabs you, kidnaps you and doesn't let you go until the last page. Set in the distant it future, you get to see the open salvo of a war between vampires and vaempires (mutated vampires). The poor humans seem to be caught up in everything. I found the concept very intriguing and loved the characters. You know I love a strong female and Cassandra doesn't fail me there. She's not Peach or Toadstool.
There were a few issues I had with the story. First, as I said there was a lot of action in this. I would have liked the pace to slow down a little bit so I could get more story. Also, I felt that Daniel won to easily in many of the fights in the book.
But, overall this is another great vampire read that you should add to your shelf.(less)
Voice: I loved the voice in this series. It was humorous, yet it didn't get overly snarky like a lot of books. I had several laugh out loud m...moreThe Good:
Voice: I loved the voice in this series. It was humorous, yet it didn't get overly snarky like a lot of books. I had several laugh out loud moments, such as Lily's whole balance and bike issues. The voice had a balance of light and dark moments when appropriate. It kept me interested.
Characters: I love Liliana. Yes, at times she can be immature for her age, but I think she is trying to cling to that last bit of innocence. I can really see this when she is with another character Juliana. The secondary characters are great as well. Each has their own personality and motivations. Jessica kept me guessing at who was the traitor for most of the book.
Story and Worldbuilding: The Sin Collector concept is something I have rarely seen. I think i have only heard of another movie perhaps a book that had anything like it. (I'll have to look those up again). Anyway, You know how we've talked about wanting to see a different type of race in Modern Fantasy. Well, here is your chance to read about one.
Themes: The main theme I saw through the book was finding home, whereever home was. I love this theme and Jessica has pulled it off. The story also touches on good and evil. Not just good vs. evil, but also intention vs action. If you have good intentions does that justify your actions?
Pacing: I loved faced paced books but I felt the pacing was little too fast on this. It is a short book, so it is like taking a bite and it's done.
Details: I felt the author could have shown more detail in certain points in the story. . I think this could have also helped with the pacing and gave us a deeper look at the characters. I had a few moments of confusion during the story, such as: "Wait, she on the ground? I thought she was standing." or "Where did she get that knife?" These were very few, but could have been cleaned up by going into more detail. Also, I would have loved for Jessica to go into the history of Sin Collectors more. I'm hoping she will in the next book.
Overall: Get this book. It was unique and entertaining! (less)
The Vampires: If you have read my blog (http://noreecosper.blogspot.com/2012/...) about vampires you know I am wanted to see vampires as monsters depicted in novels again. Or if they want to hold onto their humanity, I want to see a struggle. This book gives me both is spades. Though the vampire mythos is standard, because they are depicted as monsters makes it even better.
Voice/Writing Style: One word comes to mind: elegant. It flows so easily that my eyes devour the next sentence and the next. I can never call my style elegant, but I truly admire those that can achieve this.
Characters: This was defiantly a character focused story and not plot focused. Every character is well defined, even the tertiary characters. I could see their own motivations and. even though the story was in first person, I felt that each character acted like they were the hero in their own story. Peter takes me down to the pit of depravity and then brings the light with his quest for redemption. Monica was sassy and smart and I loved Robin.
Point of View: The story is really a psychological journey of Peter, so I like that is is written in first person. I takes so deep into Peter that we can feel his struggle. Though, i'm a big fan of First Person anyway.
Themes: This book really explores humanity, and the struggle of one's self. Peter struggles reconciling the man and the monster throughout most of the book. Also, on a more subtle level is the question of freedom. Are you responsible for the deeds you have done if you were manipulated? The author presents both of these theme beautifully.
Action: Vampires fighting vampires. Let me just say that this is not a book you should let your kids read. It is dark and it is violent. I love it.
The Bad: I really don't have much to say about this. Yes, the beginning started off a little slow, but it built up to the end, which was well worth it. When I got to the last few pages I wanted more.
Overall: You should buy this book! Seriously this is a hidden jewel that needs more light.(less)