I started this series because I am in love with their Kate Daniels Magic series... I give On the Edge a 3 because it took me until half the book to re...moreI started this series because I am in love with their Kate Daniels Magic series... I give On the Edge a 3 because it took me until half the book to really shift gears and start connecting with the characters and The Edge. By the time I hit the last page of On the Edge I was ready to dive into the second book in the series... Let's see where Williams story takes us shall we?(less)
Pale Demon is all about lessons of trust and acceptance, leaving Rachel with a big choice to make at the end that follows into the next novel A Perfec...morePale Demon is all about lessons of trust and acceptance, leaving Rachel with a big choice to make at the end that follows into the next novel A Perfect Blood. In Pale Demon, Rachel, Jinx and Trent are on a road trip to the west coast. Rachel needs to get to her trial in California to have her shunning removed and Trent needs to get to Washington for a super secret elf quest. The unlikely travel arrangements occur because the Coven has put Rachel on the no-fly list and Trent must travel via ground for the terms of his quest.
The first half of the novel was OK. Honestly I thought it was winding down to the end and was surprised when I checked my Kindle to find that I was only at the halfway point. The plot gets darker, and the usual comedic relief is dampened down as Jinx struggles with the death of his wife. Trent surprises us with some new skills that he blunders through causing some major chaos during the roadtrip which is where the story really picks up in traditional Harrison style, keeping me turning the pages to see what happens next.
My two major gripes about Pale Demon: First Trent really seems dumbed down and sophomoric in this novel compared to his usual suave, sociopathic self in order to transition his relationship with Rachel. Secondly is Pierce, I really can’t stand him. It felt like Harrison dumped him into the series as an afterthought a few novels go and he just has never sat right with me.
I really wanted to give this review a 3.5 but I just can’t justify giving it a 4 star based on the previous novels in this series.(less)
I was excited when this series first came out. The first five or six books are well written with a strong female lead, great characters you can relate...moreI was excited when this series first came out. The first five or six books are well written with a strong female lead, great characters you can relate to or feel for, lots of action, morale dilemmas etc. (This is the Team Edward I'd be on.) While I enjoy the occasional erotic moment in a a good novel, in this series you get what myself and friends have dubbed "Fan-Fic Monster Porn". I had to stop the series after forcing myself to get through Micah.
I am really disappointed with the direction Hamilton took in her Anita Blake series, it would have been much more enjoyable without the non stop Super Slut "Monster" Porn. She should have left the hardcore erotica in her Fae series or started a new one.
The first book in the Samantha Moon series was hard for me to get into. I felt like I was walking into her story mid series the character building jus...moreThe first book in the Samantha Moon series was hard for me to get into. I felt like I was walking into her story mid series the character building just wasn't there for me. I had to double check to make sure I was reading the first book in the series. Once I got past that and accepted that I may never know what Samantha's back story was beyond some mystery attack I settled in and turned some more pages.
The story itself is interesting enough, especially with the husband I am interested to see what becomes of that in the end. I was a little turned off with the introduction of Fang, but I am looking forward to my lunch break tomorrow to see what happens with Maddy.
The authors repetitiveness and trendy name dropping drives me a little bonkers at times. How many times do I need to be told that; Samantha slathers on the highest SPF sunblock made before she leaves her house during the day? Or that she cant eat human food but can drink wine and water and drains her rare steak of blood? I wanted to shake some sense into the author when she mentions backlighting in the Kindle or Nook (this was before the Kindle Fire and whatever Nooks equiv is). Know your tech if you are going to toss it in for filler.
Some of the repetitiveness could simply be due to the fact that I have been reading one book right after another (it all reads like one big novel split up into 4 books) and I am just catching the authors reminders as I jump from one to the next.
So far the series as a whole is OK. I got the 4 book set from Amazon on a Kindle sale. I am on book 3 now and I think the series makes for great break and lunch time reading at work. While it's interesting enough, I just can't get deeply invested in the characters and it is easy to put down when the clock is up. (less)
It's been years since I've read this one but I remember enjoying it immensely and being shocked that it's the other sister who is a household name in...moreIt's been years since I've read this one but I remember enjoying it immensely and being shocked that it's the other sister who is a household name in the UF world when Alice seems to have gotten the real talent in the family. I am adding this to my re-read list so I can do a better review.(less)
It was nice to find another UF that had characters one could relate to. Patrica Briggs really drew me in with her writing style and kept me up late t...more It was nice to find another UF that had characters one could relate to. Patrica Briggs really drew me in with her writing style and kept me up late turning pages. +1 for characters that are flawed but not overly so. +1 for no Monster Porn (I think we know whom I'm referencing here.
If you like Kim Harrison you will really enjoy Patrica Briggs. (less)
In A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison Rachel is forced by the FIB to help investigate ritual killings that appear to be demonic in nature. We are introdu...moreIn A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison Rachel is forced by the FIB to help investigate ritual killings that appear to be demonic in nature. We are introduced to a new antagonist in the form of a human hate group that wants to destroy all Inderlanders and in order to kindle their weapon of choice, they need Rachel’s blood.
We find Rachel struggling. Her close friends and main support group are drifting in different directions and she still has a choice to make. Deny her true self and live the rest of her life as a half-assed demon that can’t even kindle her own earth magic or revel in her day walking demon self with an “all access pass”. While I will say the “Woe is Me” Rachel has been a little played out in books 8 and 9 it actually makes sense in the first half of the novel.
Overall it’s a good read full of action and intrigue that left me wondering how it’s all going to work out in the end. There are moment’s where it drags and it feels like a lot of things could have been edited out (I am honestly left wondering if it’s a case of cuts were made and then items were just left hanging instead of cleaned up) but then it picks back up again as Rache comes to terms with herself and starts kicking ass again. Jinx seems to be mostly back to his normal charming self. Ivy is becoming more distant in Rache’s life as she is caught up in her troubled affair with Glenn and her need to save the vampire detective. Lastly I liked the introduction of Winona . It is probably the best new character introduction Harrison has done in a while and I am really hoping we see more of her in the next novel.
Things that make you go WTF?
*I have my suspicions about Glenn and the human hate group, will be interesting to see if I am right when I read the latest novel in the series Ever After .
*Wade felt like another character that was tossed in with little thought (or maybe the editing demon got ahold of him). I do like Wade a lot more than Pierce and I was hoping Harrison would go somewhere good with him. Instead we watch him chasing after Rachel to play “bodyguard” trying to prove himself capable, only to end up sitting on the sidelines. Then he gets bashed upside the head and Rache leaving him unconscious in a lobby while she dashes off. That’s the last we heard of him.
*Trent… I don’t know where my feelings stand with him. On one hand I understand that he may be feeling more vulnerable with the new additions to his family, relief in that his race will not become extinct but can now grow and thrive all the while making his “baby” steps in learning wild magic. Then on the other hand he was painted as such a sociopath in the beginning of the series that the sudden flip is just really hard to buy. Thinking back though I wonder, maybe Harrison has left us little hints of a romance between Trent and Rache spattered throughout the series starting with their childhood days at camp.
A Perfect Blood is another 3.5er due to all the loose ends but I enjoyed it a lot more than Pale Demon so I round it up to a 4.(less)
At first I wasn't sure about this one especially with all the hype. The first few chapters are like reading through the authors check list and the dia...moreAt first I wasn't sure about this one especially with all the hype. The first few chapters are like reading through the authors check list and the dialog feels forced. She uses "And" to start a sentence every couple of pages it seems, that normally drives me bonkers because it's so distracting.
I kept reading though determined to get through it. About halfway through the writing started to flow better, the dialog became less awkward. The author tells a vivid tale that truly makes you care about the characters and want to see what happens next. This is what kept me hungrily turning the pages till the end. Now its on to book two.
This one I didn't like quite as much as the first two in the series. I wasn't gellin with the whole burnt out rock star theme or Pepper "instantly" (n...moreThis one I didn't like quite as much as the first two in the series. I wasn't gellin with the whole burnt out rock star theme or Pepper "instantly" (no build up here) falling for a dead rocker from the 60's no matter how superficial she is. Despite the flaws I found in this one I will be checking out the next in the series. I am very interested to see what the next mystery will bring and how Pepper plans to juggle Quinn and Dan.(less)