I love August for many reasons, it's my wedding anniversary, it's my summer vacation, and it's the release date for the past few Ilona Andrews books.I love August for many reasons, it's my wedding anniversary, it's my summer vacation, and it's the release date for the past few Ilona Andrews books. Yes. I'm being serious.
There's so much in this book that I feel like I shouldn't even talk about because it just came out today. I refuse to be the person who spoils this awesome series. But Curran and Kate were ON POINT! Everything about them in this book I was eating up like a starving person saved from a deserted island. Julie, I love how she's growing up and becoming a mini Kate. I loved Grendel's appearance, he's just adorable!! I want a Grendel! All the sidekicks played their roles in this book, but not as much as past story lines. It felt like a good balance between Curran and Kate and then everyone else.
Kate really went beyond her limits in this one and just proved what a bad ass female she is. So many times she could have just sat down and said "nope, fck this." I admire her more and more with every new book.
My main problem? It's literally a year before the next book. Perhaps I'll re-read the whole series. I think I do this every year. And every year I also complain for these books to come out faster. I'm glad the authors don't listen to me because they are amazing as is and clearly they don't need help from the peanut gallery. Keep on doing what your doing because there is not a more entertaining, compelling and dynamic series out there....more
As much as I disliked the idea of Charley not knowing who she was, I also appreciated that the storyline was kind of back to being a little less complAs much as I disliked the idea of Charley not knowing who she was, I also appreciated that the storyline was kind of back to being a little less complicated. Even if it's only for a little bit. Also I liked seeing the "chase" between Charley and Reyes, it's like the first couple of books all over again. Can't wait for the next one!...more
So clearly I've been binge-reading this series for the past couple of days. I always meant to start this and had always heard good things about the boSo clearly I've been binge-reading this series for the past couple of days. I always meant to start this and had always heard good things about the books but I was just burnt out over the PNR genre. So when I saw a lot of reviews for this eighth book I decided to just go for it and start it. Which I'm glad that I did.
I'm just going to do a quick overall review of the series as a whole since I've been reading them back to back.
Charley is definitely sarcastic and can be a little over the top with her naming of every single thing that she owns but she is also really funny, and one of the most kindhearted characters around. Sometimes she rushes into things headlong but really it's for the greater good most of the time.
Reyes is a little confounding to me. Yes I understand the appeal of him and from all the many descriptions throughout the series of how beautiful he is and his overwhelming "sinewy arms" I definitely get that he's hot. But sometimes his actions don't really convey his true feelings and I don't particularly like the "I'm really angry at you and now I'm going to sext you up" vibe that he's got going on. I could do with a little less angry make up sex scenes. Just saying! I think he's gotten better (to me at least) in the past few books so I'm curious to see where the next one leads.
I love all the side characters and the growing relationship between all of them. Especially Osh. I just love him and I love how we got a little glimpse of what role he might play in the future, very curious.
I've really enjoyed how the plot has developed over all the books and has actually gone somewhere!! I feel like other series books just drag out things and nothing ever moves forward. But hey.. this one is MOVING. Quickly. I need to know what happens next. I was so heartbroken at the end of this one and wish it didn't quite end the way that it did. I only can hope that the future brings about the HEA.
Now I'm just bummed that I've caught up and need to wait for the next book like every other person out there. I hate when that happens!...more
Spider's Trap is the thirteenth book in the Gin Blanco series. This is the first book where we see Gin trying to acclimiate to her role as the underwoSpider's Trap is the thirteenth book in the Gin Blanco series. This is the first book where we see Gin trying to acclimiate to her role as the underworld's leader. As she's trying to mediate a problem between two crime bosses, someone sneaks aboard the ship she's on and plants a bomb. While Gin assumes that someone is just trying to kill her again she discovers that she isn't the target but an enemy of hers. What she also begins to realize is that the weird guilty, dreadful feeling she has is being triggered by forgotten memories from when she was still training with Fletcher. Gin needs to remember what's happened that make her involved with this new psychopath before her friends end up getting caught in the crossfire.
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny to watch Gin trying to play politics and have her friends have to talk her out of killing people. I like how she asserted herself with the crime lords and decided to stop being on the defense and instead go on the offense. I also liked the match up between Gin and the "bad guy", it felt different from the previous books and it kept the book fresh. Of course I loved all the recurring characters and seeing everyone again. I also really like Silvio and the little tiffs between him and Finnegan. It adds a little comic relief to the plot.
I'm very interested to find out more about the next book and how Finn plays into everything. Can't wait to read it!
Thanks to Netgalley and Pocket Books for providing me with a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review....more