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 in...moreBefore 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!(less)
This was my bedtime book for a while. It was rather boring. But during that boring time it was educational and relatable for me. Having been diagnosed...moreThis was my bedtime book for a while. It was rather boring. But during that boring time it was educational and relatable for me. Having been diagnosed with clinical depression in 2002, I could relate to Sage, the main character's, problems. I learned of other ways to look at things I went through. I learned questions I hadn't thought to ask my doctors. All through Sage's experiences.
Meanwhile, during the day I was reading scarier books that I knew I didn't dare read at bedtime. This arrangement worked out nicely. Until at about 20% into Of the Lilian, that is. Without giving a spoiler, I found that this book had to replace the daytime read, which fortunately I had finished by this point.
From that 20% mark the book became quite exciting. It became the thriller/mystery it was promoted as. It kept me quite anxious, worried for Sage and her family. I couldn't decide which I liked better the slower beginning or the angsty rest.
Though I don't mind the writer's style, and love her ideas in this book, I found the jerking between viewpoints confusing and annoying. I had to go back and reread things to know whose eyes I was looking through. This made it a very tough read. Even still, don't let my opinion stop you from trying the book out. You might find some gems just for you in the story.
By the way, this book was a read/review freebie. Thank you!(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this Kindle ebook by the author for an honest review.
This book took me longer than it should have to read. It started out with...moreDisclaimer: I was given this Kindle ebook by the author for an honest review.
This book took me longer than it should have to read. It started out with strong pro-Earth promise. I was willing to see what was going to happen to this soul that hurt the planet so deeply. I love the fact that Earth spoke and had her own entity.
Ms. O'Gorek's writing and characters were awesome! Even the demons seem to have depth. That would have rated five stars. BUT I am not Catholic, nor do I hold to their priests being holy. I think that on a whole religion and particularly the Catholic church has caused more damage than a million demons could. And to watch these main characters put up with the restraint imposed upon them by the church was more than painful. And what does all this have to to with the oil in the other side of the planet? The book never addressed that again. In my mind that lowered the rating to three stars. So I averaged it out in my system to a 3.5 and rounded up.
Oh, and my worst possible complaint: cliffhanger! If it left me with more of a feeling about where the series is going. If it left me with a few tied up loose ends. Either of those would have helped me want to read the next book. A suggestion that might help is the first chapter of the next book or s blurb that entices the reader to look further into this story.
A note: Since I read using my tablet or fire on occasion, I found the font brightness changing from dim to bright and back again. It wasn't my settings. I was forced to use my 2nd generation Kindle and used text-to-speech to get through. I don't know if this font this is an issue that can be addressed easily, but for some of us with weaker eyes, that is nearly a deal breaker. Luckily I do use tts a lot so I could still flow with the story.(less)
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, did...moreDisclaimer: 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! (less)
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!
Th...moreWow, 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. (less)
**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...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 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!(less)
Another quick read. The only reason it took me so long was because it was a bit too intense to read before bed.I must admit that even as distressing a...moreAnother quick read. The only reason it took me so long was because it was a bit too intense to read before bed.I must admit that even as distressing as the story became, there was enough humor to offset it.
This will not go down as my favorite S.M. Reine series. I like the others that are with female leads. Riley is so sweet and strong. Elise was a tough cookie and even though she ended up a demon, she always fought for what was good. Cesar is mostly boring to me. And the worst part of the story is that the women in this series are mostly arm-candy.
All that said, the story itself is engaging. I want to know what is going to happen next. And since this one is set in Reno-Tahoe area, I felt quite involved. AND I look forward to the next book in the series, Hotter Than Helltown. Keep cranking them out, Sarah! Your books are always unique and fun.(less)
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 sl...moreWhew! 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!(less)
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 sto...moreOh. 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.(less)
This was a nice short book. I thought it would be at least as long as Ms. Reine's other books. But maybe that is just my own interpretation. Maybe it...moreThis was a nice short book. I thought it would be at least as long as Ms. Reine's other books. But maybe that is just my own interpretation. Maybe it was as long and was just was a fast read? It was fun.
Witch Hunt doesn't align with my goal of reading about strong fem characters written by strong fem writers. In fact, I was a little disturbed by the 'hunk' male with 'arm-candy' females. One scene made me happy. To prevent a spoiler, I will only say the word: boils.
Now once I got past the MC being a guy, I found the story fun. At times it felt like the old detective movies. There were a couple lines I had to stop and read aloud to my husband. One of those I actually highlighted in my Kindle.
Since I finished this early last night I started the next in the series that I was given for review. (I think the same might be said for this book?) Whereas Witch Hunt was located in Los Angeles, the next is in Reno. In both cases, I felt a part of the scene as I have personal experience with these areas.
One thing I can say for all of S. M. Reine's work is it is exciting and keeps you engaged. As I have said of other books she has written, please go through the books in order starting with Six Summer Moons and then through each series in order (GoodReads has them listed on her page very well.) Although this book could do well on its own, Having acquaintence of the places and people of the other books adds depth to the read.
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 long...moreI 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!(less)
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 book...moreDisclaimer: 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!(less)
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 series...moreSometimes 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!(less)
Disclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightma...moreDisclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightmare. But somehow my mind did not pick up on that. I didn't have a nightmare.
Demon possession occurs when you first get into the book. Not the demon possessing you, but you looking through the eyes of the demon. It was a bit weird for me because I hadn't read the books that the demon had come from. But that didn't stop the story from being understandable. Had I not read anything by S.M. Reine, this still would be an interesting story.
I love Ms. Reine's characters, in spite of being paranormal, they seem very real. This book will keep you on your toes, biting your nails with all the suspense. And get ready because the last part might keep you up all night. It was really bad because I finished it before I went to sleep. I had to start another book to dull me back to sleep.
If you can handle the paranormal if you love the paranormal, this book is for you. I will be looking at the books I haven't read yet, so that I will be ready when the next of the series is out. Thank you Sarah for letting me read your great book.(less)
Epic video game, Dante's Inferno, Pilgrim's Progress meet 19 year old girl. She rocks! As the main character goes into Hell to rescue friends she meet...moreEpic video game, Dante's Inferno, Pilgrim's Progress meet 19 year old girl. She rocks! As the main character goes into Hell to rescue friends she meets many horrid obstacles along the way. This is non-stop excitement. Minor romance but not as bad or as angsty as most YA's. This girl is on a mission. Her will and self-worth are on the line the whole way. I have got to wonder if the author had nightmares many a night as she wrote this. Oh, and there's a horse!
There are places I found the tenses going astray but it was in first person and in your face. There, also, were times of repetition, but I suppose faced with the challenges the main character faced, I would not only be repeating myself but stuttering like a fool comes to mind. Great story!(less)