Whew! Okay. Trying not to let spoilers slip. But Whew! If I could only tell you!!!!
I am finally catching up with S.M. Reine's writing. This was Sara'sWhew! Okay. Trying not to let spoilers slip. But Whew! If I could only tell you!!!!
I am finally catching up with S.M. Reine's writing. This was Sara's last of the Ascension series. Everyone you know and love from her previous series shows up in this book. Everything you know--poof!
If you haven't started this marvelous universe, start with Six Moon Summer of the Seasons of the Moon series. Until I read the book that started it all, I wouldn't read anything about werewolves. Or anything scary. But know I think I may have graduated. Ms. Reine has presented beings to me that I wouldn't have tried to read, had she not so gently pulled me through. All of her characters are believable. Even the ones who seem to be evil have traits that make them likable. Though her worlds are this world and beyond, in spiritual space and time, she has built the stories of her own that transcends all other stories I've heard or read about these .
Gosh, this whole review is not living up to the wonder that is Sara Reine's work. But I don't want to tell you about this ending of the series book as I don't want to ruin the process of reading all of it yourself. There is action, adventure, dark and light and love, not the wishy-washy romantic kind, though there is a little of that, too. I couldn't stop reading. How was the author going to make it all happen? I mean, sometimes I did know bits but the how of it did work out sometimes caught me off guard.
Oh, blah, blah, blah. All I mean to say is this is great! You should read it!
By the way, I was given this book by the author for an honest review....more
Disclosure: I was given this ARC edition, by the author, for an honest review.
For something as gruesome and dark as the name implies, Hotter Than HellDisclosure: I was given this ARC edition, by the author, for an honest review.
For something as gruesome and dark as the name implies, Hotter Than Helltown was a fast, exciting read. And funny! I can't tell you how often I laughed out loud! And there were places of philosophy to make a person stop and think. I like that in a book. I even had to highlight a phrase or two I thought noteworthy. But I don't want to ruin anyone else's read by pointing the gems out. Half the fun in is discovery for yourself.
I have grown to like the self-depreciating detective turned witch, Cesar, for his humanity. Though we see him as quite the hunk, he knows he's not the catch women might think they want. Despite himself he is the reluctant hero of this particular series, Preternatural Affairs. Though you don't have to read all the books of the series before it, I like that I have the knowledge of S. M. Reine's worlds.
For an ARC I see less error than I do in many publications out there today. That just proves what a professional author is capable of. Well done, Sara! I can't wait to read the next one, already cued up!...more
Disclosure: I was gifted this Kindle version of the book for an honest review.
As for star rating I would have given the story 3 1/2 stars. Not that tDisclosure: I was gifted this Kindle version of the book for an honest review.
As for star rating I would have given the story 3 1/2 stars. Not that the story was bad. It could just be me. I am a little over angel and or demon books. That isn't the author's fault. It is just what I have spent a lot of time reading for other authors. Luckily, the book doesn't label the people as angels and demons per se. They are just other beings.
There is a lot of death and destruction that would have had me leaving the book behind, but the main character, Miranda, had won me over. I thought she was well developed. She felt real to me. And I liked her.
Many times the story gets a bit preachy on ecology and global warming. But since I believe we need to wake up and start being stewards of this planet, I didn't mind. Others might find that off putting.
One of the fun parts of the book is getting to go along for the ride, be it bicycle or trailer truck. Miranda has quite the adventure while staying healthy.
There is a bit of romance, not too much. There are a few triggers for some people. But the bad people get their due.
Give it a try. You may like it. I might like it better if I read it again later....more
Before I get into the actual review, I must thank S.M. Reine for allowing me to read/review her book for free.
As usual, Ms. Reine's book grabbed me inBefore I get into the actual review, I must thank S.M. Reine for allowing me to read/review her book for free.
As usual, Ms. Reine's book grabbed me in the beginning and wouldn't let me go until the end. It is so full of action that I actually groaned at the beginning as I wasn't ready to get up and fight, again. I felt tired of the fights fought in the previous books of the series. I wasn't ready for the blood, guts and gore, again.
Don't get me wrong. I love the characters, demons, witches, and werewolves, a lot. I care about them and want for their best lives. So of course, when they decide to gang up together to fight the bad guys (um, angels, yeah) I am on their side. Yay, let's go get'em! So I ignore my weak stomach and gird my loins for another war. Once I understand that that is what we have to do, I fight and cheer for them.
The gore doesn't go away and I must admit to wishing I could hide from some scenes. But then I might miss something important.
Weary. That's what I felt most for the characters. They have been through so much already, why prolong this?
Going into this book I thought it was near the end of the series. After all, Sarah has written the beginnings of another series. But I found at the end of the book that it wasn't the wrapped up end. Sure some things get solved but other problems are calling for help. I felt so tired at the end of this book and it wasn't because it was nearly 4 o'clock in the morning. And I had to pull out my latest 'boring' read to calm myself down to sleep. (Unfortunately, that book decided to get rousing, suddenly. Why can we rely on books to suit our needs?)
So, in the end, I find myself longing for the next book in the Ascension series. Meanwhile, while waiting for Sarah to finish it, I'll read her new series, Preternatural Affairs. Even though many of her books contain blood and gore and fighting, I think a lot of people would like to read S. M. Reine's books. I find it best to start out with the werewolf books, Six Moon Summers, etc. Rylie's stories, then proceed to the Cain Chronicles. Then there is Descent and Ascension series with Elise and James. Sarah drags all the characters you know and love through all the books. I love that as you get to know everyone so intimately. Charater depth at is best! Enjoy!...more
Disclaimer: I was given this ebook by the author for an honest review.
Sara has done it again! Another book I couldn't put down. BUT really, Sara, didDisclaimer: I was given this ebook by the author for an honest review.
Sara has done it again! Another book I couldn't put down. BUT really, Sara, did you have to do that? Can't tell you. Spoilers. But NO!!!!
This is the first book of SM Rein's that left me feeling a bit of a cliffhanger. Not a good ending with threads to tie up later but... So yes, I was glad I had the next book already downloaded so I could start reading.
This one cleared up questions that I had about Rylie's children. It had been a while since I read the book where they were born and lived in Haven, so I had forgotten their names and how that turned out. But Oaths of Blood helped explain all that a little. Say, wouldn't it be great to have a Wiki about the books, characters and worlds of Ms. Reine? If it has been a while, or the memory isn't as good as it should be, it'd be nice to be able to look it all up for a refresher.
Though this one didn't involve Reno so much it still has Las Vegas, and mentions Reno on occasion. This gets my attention. One always wants to know how their state and cities will fare in a demon apocalypse. :-)
I was happy to see Elise and Rylie join forces as I love those two characters to bits! I'd write more but Spoilers! On to the next book! ...more
Wow, I can't believe that I am finished with another of Ms. Sara Reine's series. This, book 7 was the finale of the Descent series. It was gripping!
ThWow, I can't believe that I am finished with another of Ms. Sara Reine's series. This, book 7 was the finale of the Descent series. It was gripping!
This one had you moving from Reno to hell and heaven and places between. It was a nightmare of Genesis, origin of man, angel, demons and the many things that could and did go wrong.
I love Elise Cavanaugh and James Faulkner. The tension between this couple that draws them closer and farther away keeps the reader on edge and only wishing for their safety. Both are flawed but strong characters who play out their lives in Ms. Reine's worlds. The plots and worlds are equally strong and believable.
I am so glad I read this series. But remember that it is best to start with the Seasons of the Moon series and then start Descent series with Death's Hand. Though I think one could read the books out of order, I have found that each book is built on the one before and you can feel the characters growing and the plots thickening. ...more
**spoiler alert** Taking a break from Elise in this book. Climb into James Faulkner's mind and life. I liked meeting his son and previous girlfriend a**spoiler alert** Taking a break from Elise in this book. Climb into James Faulkner's mind and life. I liked meeting his son and previous girlfriend and seeing how that dynamic affects James's life.
If anyone has been paying attention, I have been working my way through all of Sara Reine's books. She is very creative and has an odd combination of fantasy and real life. This Descent series centers in the Reno/Tahoe area and I find myself wanting to go check out the landmarks. Maybe I will find the Dance studio and meet James or Elise. But then we are suddenly cast into Hell or Heaven or a Haven or other dimension, often that mirror the Reno areas and I wonder if I could find those places and the nightmares, demons or angels that hang out there. Do suspend disbelief.
Since my computer wasn't working right, yesterday, I couldn't write this review properly on my laptop. Instead, I found the next book and started reading it. Yay, Elise is back in that one!...more
Whew! Another 3:30 morning for sleep. Today I slept until nearly 3:00 in the afternoon. Caged in Bone was so stimulating that I just couldn't go to slWhew! Another 3:30 morning for sleep. Today I slept until nearly 3:00 in the afternoon. Caged in Bone was so stimulating that I just couldn't go to sleep even when I finished reading it. Sure we were left in a safe spot having a few threads tied up. But you could tell there was more. Luckily, I was too tired to see if I had the next book ready so I didn't start reading it yet. I am itchy to get started on it, though.
Have I mentioned that I love Elise Cavanough? After this many books with her as the main character, I nearly think of her as real. Heck, she did live in Reno for quite a while; she could have been a neighbor. **wink**
This book is a continuation of the stories before, saving Heaven (Shamain), trying to resurrect someone we love (sorry, Spoilers!) all the while each character fighting their own personal demons, real and imagined. The book grabs you and won't let go.
By the way, disclaimer: I was given this book by the author for an honest review. So I say, those five stars and my review are fully an honest reaction to a fantastic book in a fantastic series of serieses (is that a word?).
Please read these books. Starting with Seasons of the Moon series, then Cain Chronicles, then Descension and Ascension (which I think I am nearing the end) then the newest one is the Preternatural Affairs series. I can't wait!...more
This second book was so much better than the first book. It has more action and viewpoints to see from. I know a lot of people that don't like differiThis second book was so much better than the first book. It has more action and viewpoints to see from. I know a lot of people that don't like differing points of view but I do. I didn't like Maya that much in the first book. She was too wimpy. But in this book we get to see her through her friends eyes. And we get glimpses into their lives apart from her. In the first book I wanted to know more about her best friends, the twins. In this one we get inside information, so to speak. I wanted to dig deeper into her mate's life and we did.
What I like about both books is that I can see that the author, Martha Bourke, spent a lot of time researching and then educating the readers to a part of the world some of us needed to be introduced to. She didn't give this information in a boring way that would detract from the story, but, rather, as a significant part of the tale, as much a part as the supporting characters.
Something that usually gets to me in novels is the use of other languages. When most authors add that 'piece of class,' they seem to assume we all know these other languages as well. Other authors will go to the far extreme and translate in parenthesis. But that get cumbersome and takes the reader out of the story for sure. Ms. Bourke has figured out a great way to integrate the translations so that the reader feels a part of the conversation. Well done!
I will remember this story and may read the series again. But I didn't feel as secure at the end of this book. Though it wasn't a cliffhanger, I feel my nerves are jangled and wish I had the time to get to the next book (I think I saw that the next book is out) but it will have to wait. Have you seen my currently reading shelf, meaning those I must read and review soon? Not to mention my TBR shelves! So off I go to my other books until I can pick up the next one and have a bit of time.
Oh. My. Gosh! I think this is the best book ever! Thank you to all that recommended it so highly. I, too, now sing its praises!
Laini Taylor is the stoOh. My. Gosh! I think this is the best book ever! Thank you to all that recommended it so highly. I, too, now sing its praises!
Laini Taylor is the storyteller's storyteller. Once I started into the world that she created I didn't want to leave. In fact, though the copies I had of the hardback and the CDs were borrowed from the library, I couldn't bear to return them had I not gone ahead and bought the Kindle and Audible versions to read again. And while I was at it I picked up the next in the series.
Oh, and I need to sing a few praises to the narrator, Khristine Hvam. I was caught up in the sound of her voice and her ability to wring out every nuance each word and even syllable the book had to offer.
The main character, Karou, is real, palpable. I could see through her eyes, smell what she smelled, anguish in choices to be made or mistakes that resulted. The cast of characters surrounding her were also real. I keep trying to come up with another word, after all this IS fantasy, but that is all I can come up with, real.
Magic is in abundance in the book, whether it is meant to be or not. Yet it is highly believable. And always leads to hope. Hope is the theme, I think. It made me feel it deep inside in places that haven't felt it for a while. Hope. How many books give you that? That is a priceless commodity.
Please read this book with the audio along side. It immerses you into this world and you will feel hope, too....more
I don't know what I can say about this book that I haven't about the series in general. Each book has been non-stop action. I can't stop reading longI don't know what I can say about this book that I haven't about the series in general. Each book has been non-stop action. I can't stop reading long enough to write another review. Except this one. I haven't bought the next book yet. I have used up my book allowance for this paycheck. But you can bet I will in the next few days!
Ms. Reine knows how to write in a way that keeps the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next. All her characters are realistic and interesting. Her main characters are strong yet flawed enough to make us believe.
I hope this isn't a spoiler but something happens in this book that we have been waiting for since the beginning. Are you curious? Check out Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon #1) and keep reading all the wonderful stories that S.M Reine shares. Wonder if I will ever catch up reading this prolific writer's work!...more
Disclaimer: I was given this ebook by the author for an honest review.
Let me take a side step from the review to talk about Moon Reader Pro. Most bookDisclaimer: I was given this ebook by the author for an honest review.
Let me take a side step from the review to talk about Moon Reader Pro. Most books I read nowadays are read on my Second Generation Kindle with text-to-speech. I have a newer Kindle but the TST is not as human sounding. When I get an ebook that isn't for the Kindle (Yes, I know I can move the book into Kindle manually, by Calibre, or by sending as email but I'm lazy) I usually open it in Moon Reader Pro. I love this program because of all the features. If you don't need the TST but would like to challenge your reading speed you can set that and a line keeps you on track. Even the TST can be speeded up or slowed down much more incrementally than on Kindle. You can have your choice of voices, but they are both rather tinny. Even so there is a bit of emotion added to the voice that keeps the story moving. Another feature is the time left in the book and chapter according to the current reading speed. By the way, MRP is an app you can get from Amazon for a small fee. There is a free version, but I liked it so much I went for the full, and it works for Fire, my Android phone and my Tablet, so I am never without a book that can read to me. And the MRP highlights the part it is reading unlike the Kindle.
Okay, back to the book. So I was reading it on my Tablet. The tinny voice going while I'm crocheting, but I wasn't getting much out of it as a listener. I put away my project and pulled myself into the story, fully paying attention. Even so, I found the first chapter or so boring. I don't know why. Maybe being left with such horrid outcomes in the last book? But, truth be told, I think the author was screwing with the reader here. She allowed a calm before the storm, so to speak. Because once this story got under way, it soared! I couldn't stop reading! And here is where MRP comes in. At the most exciting part I was being told that I had two more hours left in the book. It was midnight. 2:00 AM is a decent bedtime for me. BUT not after this book! I couldn't sleep after I was finished because I was SO excited I couldn't settle down for a few more hours. SO advice: don't read this before going to sleep!
I was happy that the pack and the angels got involved in this book. I liked all the characters and their interactions. If you have followed my reviews from the beginning of SM Reine's books, you may have noticed that I wasn't fond of werewolves or demons or angel stories. Ms. Reine changed all that. They are now characters as real as humans in my reading diet. I suppose vampires are next since I don't like those much. We'll see. (Confession: I love Vampire Diaries on TV, and I loved Moonlight so...)
Anyway, this book was an all out war with everyone taking hits from every side. It was personal and in your face. Even now as I am into the next book the battles are still raging in my head, as are the questions I dare not speak for 'Spoilers'. I hope answers are forth coming. I am in this world and can't leave until I am caught up with Sara's writing. That is how gripping her books are. Start reading them with the Seasons of the Moon series, then Cain Chronicles, then Descent, then Ascent and woops! There is a new one, Preternatural Affairs. Ms. Reine needs to stop writing so I can catch up! :-) Meanwhile, those of you that haven't started yet, you are in for an adventure that doesn't stop! Enjoy!...more
I hope there is more to this series as I love the relationship between Summer and the Angel Nash. Summer's twin, Abram, doesn't feature in this storyI hope there is more to this series as I love the relationship between Summer and the Angel Nash. Summer's twin, Abram, doesn't feature in this story as much. I assume we will learn more of his abilities later. Even so this story starts with Aunt Gwen taking care of Rylie's babies in a new land. I would have loved to get more into Gwen's story. I know she isn't a young adult or new adult. And she's a lesbian. Why is she a toss-away character? Please write her a book!
Okay, notice I did give this five stars. My personal complaints do not stop the story from being exciting from beginning to end. Summer is quite a character with spunk inherited from her mother and aunt. She doesn't hold back from telling it like it is no matter what. Her life has been fairly idyllic until an angel comes into her life. She won't let him get away with anything. I love her! She is a healthy person for young adults to emulate.
Ms Reine knows how to keep her readers engaged. Just about the time you might feel you could take a breath and look around the world she's built, there is a new danger to fight through. This one is different than Rylie's world so the problems are different. I just kept wondering how they would get through it all.
I highly recommend the series Seasons of the Moon and its extension the Cain Chronicles....more
Sometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this seriesSometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this series. The first time I tried to read it I found myself getting messed up with the dates and years. This is where a tree book would have solved my problem quickly. But with the Kindle flipping through pages to see the beginnings of each chapter messes with the ability to sync between apps. So I let it go and started this again a couple days ago. I still had that date issue but plowed on through and--wow! I was glad I did! Turns out that things resolve themselves so that you can figure out if it is in the past or present moment. So don't worry about it.
Okay. If anyone knows me, they know I am not into werewolves, angels and demons, etc. Nightmare stuff for me. So, take it from me, that S.M. Reine can tell a story that will keep you focused on nothing else but her story. Yeah, there is a lot of blood and guts, and all the above. Yet the characters she has inhabiting my world (yeah, Reno!) are likable and flawed. There is enough faith in these characters to know that the good guys win and make it a better place to live.
Did I mention Reno? Ms. Reine placed her story in my city and I could picture everywhere than she mentions in this book. I have to admit that I will keep on the lookout for zombies and giant spiders near the university. And watch out for demons here, everyone!
The pictures I see of the author make her look like she's twelve, but she is a fantastic writer. Not a word is wasted, every word moves the story and you just can't wait to see what her young mind can make real next. You would think I would understand how it is she writes so well with as many of hers books that I've read, but I am more amazed with each book.
For those of you just getting started I'd read the Seasons of the Moon series first and then move into the Cain Chronicles then you can do the side step into the Descent Series. I still have a couple more of those and then there is the Ascension series. I plan to read them all. I can't get enough of this author's words and worlds. Well done!...more
I don't know what to think. I loved the descriptions of the world, the characters and their actions. Classic Jacqueline Carey writing. But I was leftI don't know what to think. I loved the descriptions of the world, the characters and their actions. Classic Jacqueline Carey writing. But I was left wanting more. I don't know what else to say about it....more