Arrrgh! I hate, hate, hate blatant cliffhangers. If I had known that there wasn't really an ending, I would have waited until the next one was out orArrrgh! I hate, hate, hate blatant cliffhangers. If I had known that there wasn't really an ending, I would have waited until the next one was out or soon to be released.
Now that I've got that out of my system, I'll continue. When I started listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I thought it was just another over-hyped teen fantasy romance. It starts with a blue-haired teenage girl attending an arts school in Prague. She's got the usual problems: stalker ex-boyfriend and a family that's too embarrassing to admit to. She meets a hunky angel guy and just can't help being attracted to him, nor he to her. From there, the story starts taking twists and turns that made it rise above its cliched beginning. Karou's story just breaks your heart and the roots that even she is unaware of are startling and unexpected.
Taylor's prose is beautiful. She brings her exotic locations and characters to life in a way that few writers manage. She writes of love and passion in a way that isn't cheesy or trite.
The narrator of this audio production was good, but not great. I suspect I might have enjoyed this more in print. I would have liked to go back and re-read some of the more evocative passages.
So, how long do I have to wait for the next book?...more
Let’s take a character who’s kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but we’ll make her the offspring of a human mom and aHey kids! Let’s write a book!
Let’s take a character who’s kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but we’ll make her the offspring of a human mom and a vampire dad. We’ll call her Cat. She’ll be out slaying vampires and end up falling in love with one who will teach her all kinds of cool vampire-slaying skills. She’ll be hot, really hot and we’ll make her dress like a whore to attract the bad vampires. She’ll have a mom who hates vampires with a vengeance. That’s why she slays vampires in the first place. Oh, we can also include a lot of hot sex scenes between her and her sexy vampire boyfriend. Let’s call him Bones because Angel and Spike have already been used.
Let’s just say that this book felt like something I’d already read or seen more than once. I got really bored with it and ended up putting it down a few times before I finished it. Cat’s character felt quite fluid and undefined. Bones was far, far too perfect. It felt too much like it was trying to hard to capture the magic of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and fell way short in my opinion. ...more
It looks like this book that I won through FirstReads is going to cost me a lot of money. It's the second installment of a series and does not stand oIt looks like this book that I won through FirstReads is going to cost me a lot of money. It's the second installment of a series and does not stand on its own. Therefore, I had to get the first book before I could read this. (Fortunately, it is independent of the earlier Paksennarion series and you don't have to read that first.) That first book, Oath of Fealty, didn't really end. It just stopped. The same applies to this one. My dilemma now is, do I go ahead and get the third book now? Or, do I wait for it to be released in paperback? Or, do I hope to grab a copy at the library if it's checked in when I go?
Elizabeth Moon has a way of taking subgenres that I don't particularly like and making them completely engrossing. What she did for me with military space fiction in the Vatta's War series, she's done with the massive medieval fantasy subgenre in Paladin's Legacy. Now, I thought that this series was just going to be a trilogy. However, I read a review on Audible that said it was going to be 4-5 books long. That's a bit upsetting because one of the reasons I don't get involved in a lot of series is because a trilogy is about as much as I can handle unless each book is fairly self-contained.
I give this book four stars because it is a good story and well-told. I really cared about the characters and what was happening to them. The character development was excellent. It was easy to follow what was happening and to differentiate the characters and locations. It only lost a star because it didn't have a real beginning or a real ending. ...more
The Vampire Empire series is a bit difficult to classify. It's a steampunk-alternate history-romance-vampire story. It's got a pair of main charactersThe Vampire Empire series is a bit difficult to classify. It's a steampunk-alternate history-romance-vampire story. It's got a pair of main characters who are really engaging. However, the other characters all seem to be plugged into stereotypes. That's okay because most of this story focuses on Greyfriar and Princess Adele. (Yes, it has a spunky princess.) It's a fun, light read that starts with action in the first chapter and keeps it up throughout. I really liked that it wasn't about sex. I'm sure that will come in later volumes, but it would have just spoiled this one.
I did not win this book through FirstReads, but the authors sent it to me anyway along with the copy of The Rift Walker that I did win. I'm really happy about it, because I thought I'd have to buy a copy of this one. ...more
Holidays Are Hell is an entertaining collection of four paranormal romance novellas. I had fun reading it and it was a quick light read for the ChristHolidays Are Hell is an entertaining collection of four paranormal romance novellas. I had fun reading it and it was a quick light read for the Christmas-New Year season when life gets so busy. There were some sex scenes in a couple of the stories that made absolutely no sense. Do you really stop in the middle of a pursuit, either as chaser or chased, to have sex with some hot guy? Maybe I'm just old....more