'blameness' corrects most of the issues of the disappointing 'changeless' by simply having the heroine run off to italy to avoid all sorts of unpleasa'blameness' corrects most of the issues of the disappointing 'changeless' by simply having the heroine run off to italy to avoid all sorts of unpleasantness at home (being drug through the gossip rags, abandonment, murder attempts, etc), and therefore neatly avoiding her idiot husband. it's a fun romp through one wacky cliffhanger escape after another, and you don't even realize that nothing actually happened until the end. ...more
Consistently, delightfully weird art (everything from a seal in suspenders leading a pet walrus to a grotesque giant dick monster), and still a fantasConsistently, delightfully weird art (everything from a seal in suspenders leading a pet walrus to a grotesque giant dick monster), and still a fantastic story. ...more
the first book in what I will assume to be several volumes is all about the set-up: these are the winged and antlered people this story is about, thesthe first book in what I will assume to be several volumes is all about the set-up: these are the winged and antlered people this story is about, these are the accidental or intentional circumstances of that story, this is their universe far far away, and this is how cracked-out crazy it's all going to be. for being mostly an intro, it's compelling enough that I stayed up late to read it in one go, but the biggest attraction is the art. the character design in here is constantly inventive and impressive, from a stubborn father's ram horns to a cat's saddle blanket to what's under an asssassin's dress. ...more
a relaxed, leisurely story about traveling across a planet in search of compatible genetic traits, 'the best of all possible worlds' is the sort of sca relaxed, leisurely story about traveling across a planet in search of compatible genetic traits, 'the best of all possible worlds' is the sort of sci-fi where mature, intelligent people think their way through problems that need to be solved, instead of laser-blasting their way through bad guys. it's most definitely a pleasant way to pass an afternoon, with huge bonus points for a slowly developed love story based on mutual admiration rather than swoony teenage hormones. unfortunately, the sci-fi-ness of it all was merely a light flavoring sprinkled through a sandwich of diplomacy and data-gathering that could have otherwise taken place across any remote set of locales that a science team would have to travel to: it all felt very here-and-now, and not so much galaxy-far-away. ...more
3.5 stars for a pair of compelling stories that unfortunately don't satisfyingly mesh by the end.
Tess is her much older brother's heir to a galactic d3.5 stars for a pair of compelling stories that unfortunately don't satisfyingly mesh by the end.
Tess is her much older brother's heir to a galactic dukedom, in an alien Empire where humans are merely barbarians as compared to their chameleon-skinned overlords. Stealthily following some of the aliens onto an interdicted planet, she finds herself in a backwater in the midst of a coming war led by a completely different type of very human barbarian. While roaming the plains with the horse clans, she finds her center, grows up quite a bit, and understands what it is to be a responsible leader. The story is lovely and the characters are people I loved spending time with, but one tale didn't flow into the other smoothly enoughfor me. Unfortunately, Elliot has created equally compelling stories here, and so Tess being lost with the horse clans means that the interstellar politics fell by the wayside disappointingly. Ah well, here's hoping it evens out by book 2?...more
well. this whole thing is a hot mess, and exactly the sort of story people would point to when asked why they think a traditional publishing model iswell. this whole thing is a hot mess, and exactly the sort of story people would point to when asked why they think a traditional publishing model is alive and well in this age of easy self-publishing. the only reasons i slogged through to the end were a)i read most of it on a lazy sunday where relaxing with something brainless was a reasonable pursuit and b)sheer stubbornness of not wanting to DNF something at 70% complete.
on the plus side, this ebook was mainly typo-free, which has been an pretty frequent issue with SP books. the cover also appears to be pretty professional and all.
on the minus side... alexa is a werewolf, self-declared as the alpha of her pack. the male alpha is the only person over 20-something in said pack. with these two as examples, apparently, the sole qualification to be alpha here has nothing to do with charisma, leadership, natural dominance, or animal cunning, nope - you just gotta be a brash, selfish idiot. she works in an office where she & the gang openly take hits on secretive creatures of the night, under no kind of charter from the supernatural community (as in, other than a paycheck, i can't figure out why they feel the need to kill some murdering bloodsuckers and go out the bar with others, and i can't figure out why the hit-ees don't just bomb the joint). the plot (such as it is) keeps happening TO her, rather than the other way around. there's an obligatory love triangle that appears to be set up for the sole purpose of having alexa reluctantly-at-first-but-hey-sparks-fly-anyway shag 2 different man friends.
an unlikable protagonist is a real kiss of death for me, and this girl has the mindset of a 22 year old mall bimbo, complete with what all ass-kicking alpha werewolves go "huntressing" in: a wardrobe of playboy bunny baby tees. since a plot doesn't bother to show up until 2/3 of the way through, there's really nothing to entice you to stay in alexa's suburban world. ...more