I read this book years ago. When I came across it in a vampire book list today I remembered what a great story it was, so I thought I'd recommend it t...moreI read this book years ago. When I came across it in a vampire book list today I remembered what a great story it was, so I thought I'd recommend it to others here on Goodreads. If you are looking for a truly unique vampire/supernatural story then this is it. Also, the main character works in a bakery and the descriptions of food are to die for. Lol, I love a nice bit of food in a book:-)It has a broody, mysterious hero, a loveable heroine, a great story world, and a different sort of romance that you won't find in typical PNR books. (less)
The first thing I need to say is that I'm now officially hooked on this series. I enjoyed the first two, but they didn't grip me in the way s...more4.5 stars
The first thing I need to say is that I'm now officially hooked on this series. I enjoyed the first two, but they didn't grip me in the way some books do. I'm definitely going to go out and buy the next books this weekend because I can't contain my curiosity as to what will happen next!
In Faefever I really grew to like Mac, she seemed a lot more mature and wise in comparison to how she was when she first arrived on the scene. It's good to see her becoming independent and working for her own goals rather than blindly following the lead of Barrons(or Vlane). She actually seemed to be using the two of them to her advantage, and I like that kind of savvy in a heroine.
It's sort of surreal to read about monsters and fae princes popping up in a city I know every inch of. In fact it was a down side in a way because at times I found myself having a hard time suspending my disbelief, but I suppose that happens with anyone who reads a fantasy book set in the place where they live. One other tiny thing that got to me in the first 70 pages or so was that there has very little dialogue, and I love my dialogue. There was a lot of narrative inside of Mac's head. This is the only reason why I docked the half a star in my rating, and isn't a reflection of how good the book was, just a personal preference.
Otherwise I really loved this novel, it was certainly the best so far. Dani's one of my favourites and I want to see Mac become her mentor or something like that. I got chills towards the end when the Lord Master and the Unseelie put their plans into action and turned the entire city into a dark zone. I was so shocked when I read the end, I was like, "no! it can't end like this!" However, I'm dying to see how what has happened to Mac changes her and how she manages to get herself free of the situation she's found herself in. (less)
Ann Agguire's debut into the genre of Urban Fantasy is immediately enthralling, as she takes on the voice of Corine to describe her life hiding out in...moreAnn Agguire's debut into the genre of Urban Fantasy is immediately enthralling, as she takes on the voice of Corine to describe her life hiding out in Mexico City, running a little pawn shop full of odds and ends. Agguire's prose is quite elaborate at first as she delves into the mindset of Solomon, yet it is a rewarding feat for the reader to overcome the strange, though in a good way, stream of consciousness of the first person narrative.
It soon becomes apparent that Corine is a human with a special kind of ability. She calls herself a handler, which means she can touch any object and see its history, and sometimes even its future. This ability was given to her by her Mother, therefore, because it is not a natural ability, every time Solomon handles an object with a charge it leaves a burning scar on her hands.
Needless to say, this particular ability is something that is much sought after by many, since Corine can find missing persons with it. This is the reason why she has run away from her life and is hiding out in Mexico. She does not want to be found. Especially by her ex-boyfriend, Chance. Unfortunately, he is one of the first people we encounter coming into her shop.
Chance's Mother, Yi Min Chin has vanished from her home in Laredo, Texas, and he has come to Corine to ask for her help in finding her. Corine wants to say no, she's happy with her life in Mexico, however, she has always had a soft spot for Chance's Mother, and so, her love for the woman spurs her to agree to help. From here, an unusual supernatural investigation ensues.
Great Writing and Worth Reading
Blue Diablo is the kind of book that will cause any aspiring novelist to seethe with envy at the beauty of the prose. Agguire writes with a kind of hypnotising strangeness that is solely unique to her alone. In fact, it's probably very close to what would result if Gabriel Garcia Marquez ever decided to write an Urban Fantasy novel. The principle character of Corine is immediately engaging, since although she has the ability to "handle" which marks her out as different, she is at the same time a very realistic, flawed, and down to earth personality. The only shortcoming of the novel is that it ended, but there are more books in the series to enjoy, which is a plus.
I won't write a long review, but I absolutely adored this book. The main character Meg was so funny and down to earth, and I really felt for her when...moreI won't write a long review, but I absolutely adored this book. The main character Meg was so funny and down to earth, and I really felt for her when reading her story. Also, she has blue hair, this made me like her before I even really got into reading it. I couldn't recommend this book more to anyone who likes an intelligent romance with two great main protagonists!(less)
These are the kind of books that never let you get comfortable. While you're sitting there readin...moreAll I can say is: Wow.
Another 4.5 stars for this one.
These are the kind of books that never let you get comfortable. While you're sitting there reading them you don't know what might happen next. I'm still reeling from how this installment ended. If I had of been reading this series year on year as it came out I don't know how I would have waited a whole year for the next one. Gladly, that is not the case and Shadowfever is waiting for me on my book shelf to be read.
I won't write a long review because I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say that Dreamfever holds a lot of surprises, twists and turns around every corner. The writing is actually quite different in this one, well not so much different, but it has evolved as Mac's character evolves. The book delves deep into describing the layers upon layers of the world she inhabits. Her journey through the silvers is by turns disturbing, fascinating and heart stopping. The relationship between Mac and Barrons deepens and becomes even more complicated, as if it wasn't complicated to begin with! We see more from all of the characters, as well as some chapters from Dani's perspective, which I really liked. Anyway, enough said, I'll be starting the next book as soon as possible.(less)