I usually like Macalister's books.. but this one just didn't rub me the right way. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to be funny, and frankly th...moreI usually like Macalister's books.. but this one just didn't rub me the right way. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to be funny, and frankly the concept of the book was not that appealing. For the first few chapters I had no idea what was going on, and then once I understood I kept thinking to myself how stupid the concept was.
I liked the character of Corbin, he was funny and a charming hero. The character of Holder was pretty funny and provided the majority of the comedy in the book. But I didn't like the main character Amy. She grated on my nerves with all her financial planning crap. What a pain in the ass.
Despite my opinion of this book, it won't stop me from reading others of Macalisters. But I definitely like her series books more.(less)
Okay, despite the fact that this is listed as being the first in a series, it's VERY connected with MacAlister's Aisling Grey series, and her silver d...moreOkay, despite the fact that this is listed as being the first in a series, it's VERY connected with MacAlister's Aisling Grey series, and her silver dragons series. If you haven't read any of those, you will be extremely confused!
Other than that, I enjoyed the book. It's just as quirky as her others, and even though the character of Isolde(Tully) became a little annoying with all her little temper tantrums, it was still enjoyable. I'm a little disappointed that the book ended on a mild cliffhanger, but I should have expected that since all of her other books ended the same way.
I am planning on reading the rest of this series. I think there is also one Silver Dragon book left. I might be wrong about that though.(less)
The word that comes to mind when I think about trying to describe this book is quirky. If you're picking this book up, and think it's going to be simi...moreThe word that comes to mind when I think about trying to describe this book is quirky. If you're picking this book up, and think it's going to be similar to MacAlister's other series.. you are in for a bit of a surprise. It was funny in a weird way, but has nothing to do with dragons or demons or anything like that.
I suggest to look in the Glossary in the back and look it over before reading. This helped when the author throws around words all the time as if we're supposed to know what they mean.
The main gist of the book is a man named Jack and his sister Hallie are in his lab one day, and due to some weird freaky event they get sucked into an alternate reality. They wake up on the deck of the ship and in front of them is a red-haired woman (named Octavia) wearing clothes fashionable in the Victorian Era. As they struggle to figure out what happened, and how to get home, they realize that they have landed on more than just another ship. The narrator of the book is from the POV of Jack and then Octavia takes over later in the book. It was really interesting to have the book start off from a male POV, I find very few books have a male as the main character telling the story so that was fun. MacAlister's trademark humor and quirky conversations were still present which made the book a little more fun. But it was really confusing in the beginning to figure out what was going on. After awhile the double entendres became just obnoxious, and I wanted to smack Jack across the face for being annoying. But the sexual chemistry between Octavia and Jack was pretty hot.
Overall, it was a unique book and I think I will check out the next in the series just to see where MacAlister takes the story.(less)
It's been so long since I read the previous book in the series I was confused about what was going on in the overall plot arch. But once I started get...moreIt's been so long since I read the previous book in the series I was confused about what was going on in the overall plot arch. But once I started getting further into the book I remembered more about the series and began to like the book a bit more. Although this wasn't one of my favorite books in the Dark One's series, it still was a solid 3 stars. My issues with it, it didn't have as many humorous scenes, and some scenes intended to be funny just fell flat. Also, I really disliked the character of Sophie and everytime she popped up I wanted to just keep turning the pages. I also wasn't fond of the relationship between Fran and her 3 Viking Ghosts. It was supposed to be this humorous banter between them but it just didn't do anything for me in the end. I loved the romance between Fran and Ben, I thought it was really delightful, sweet and at times amusing. The plot was interesting and I liked the introduction of the Norse gods storyline. That was definitely different than books in the past. I will definitely read the next book in the series, whenever it comes out.(less)
Another good addition to the series! This book continues to follow Isolde and Baltic on their journey. There's a lot that went on in this book but one...moreAnother good addition to the series! This book continues to follow Isolde and Baltic on their journey. There's a lot that went on in this book but one of the great things about it is that the old characters from Aisling Grey and Silver Dragons were still in this one. Jim was also in it, which was fantastic because I love him. Definitely one of my favorite characters. I do have to say that it's been awhile since I read the first book and it took me a little bit to get into the story and really remember what was going on in the series. Maybe next time I will re-read before the new one comes out.(less)