Probably the most disjointed and confusing in regards to the writing which is sad as I paid hardcover price for it. The characters involved had the mo...moreProbably the most disjointed and confusing in regards to the writing which is sad as I paid hardcover price for it. The characters involved had the most convoluted secrets/game playing that made no sense really in the overall scheme. Been reading this series since the author went with a mainstream publisher (though i went and got the e-books she did of the earlier books later to complete the collection). i do not know if she is getting bored with the series and trying different things or what, but I was pretty indifferent by the end of the book in regards to all the characters. I think this series is going to be moved to the "borrow from the library from now on".
Recommend it for fans of the Breed series or Leigh fans. I do not recommend it for those new to her work or the series as it will confuse the heck out of you. (less)
I had read the first book, Fury, I was curious to see what would become of Dr. Tricia and Slade. The chemistry between the two was established at the...moreI had read the first book, Fury, I was curious to see what would become of Dr. Tricia and Slade. The chemistry between the two was established at the beginning and the backstory of each character lead for what I was expecting of great character growth and understanding in the future. After reading the story though, I was disappointed. I know the story is mainly going to have the focus be on the sex as it is labeled as erotica-romance, but I was expecting a bit more connection emotionally between the two leads for the romance part. instead, it all seemed forced that they are expected to have a Happily Ever After. I never got the sense that they really were in love with each other. Lust? Yes. Love? nah. Curiosity? Yes. Emotional connection and understanding? Not really. It did not help that I never felt that Slade really grew from being a bit of a selfish jerk to Tricia. Hard to root for a hero if he is always being selfish or a jerk. Having "great, hot" sex doesn't excuse the behavior either. Also, the whole stuck in the woods part just didn't ring true and everything seemed contrived to give the characters reason to have sex. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you are looking for, just not what I was looking for in the story. The characters never really seems to grow for me and the threat they were up against seemed overcome pretty easily (in my opinion) and their constant misunderstanding/miscommunication didn't seem believable. It was just too contrived for me. I was hoping for more on the species and cross cultural/species barriers and misunderstandings, but instead, it became all an excuse for sex that got really repetitive after a bit.
Also, I have to admit that seeing the constant threat/attempted rapes with the characters then having sex immediately after is a major turn off. The attempted or rapes are described in detail and it is very disturbing to read so when you switch over into the "sex scenes" between the leads, it is sort of…weird. Not sexy. Some people might be able to do that, but the emotional fall out from those scenes would sooner or later show up in other ways as they were pretty gruesome or explicit on the intentions. This was true of both the first and second book so I am figuring it is to be a trend in future books so please be advised if you have triggers for rape scenes, you probably want to skip this series. I don't know if the author's other books are like this, but something to check into before reading.
I would recommend this series for those who enjoyed the EARLY Lorah Leigh Breed series back when she was being published with Ellora's Cave as they are very similar (though I prefer Leigh's Breeds for the most part). Or for those who prefer more "erotica" than romance. Be advised that the scenes are very explicit and if you are disturbed that or the lead's "dirty talk" then you might want to skip with no harm or foul on anyone's part. Technically, I would give it a one 1/2 star but that might be due to the disappointment of what I was hoping would be a good pair. (less)
I didn't like the book more because I found it so depressing. It is written well and I know many who would probably enjoy it. However, for me it is a...moreI didn't like the book more because I found it so depressing. It is written well and I know many who would probably enjoy it. However, for me it is a bit too disturbing on the imagery level and what everyone is reduced to. It was just so dark and unrelenting in there really being no hope for the most part for the father and son on their journey and what they came across and experienced. So take my review of 2 stars with that knowledge that it is NOT my "cup of tea", but would be great for those who enjoy such subject matters and survival stories set in the future. (less)
Overall, an okay book, but not memorable and slow on progressing the overall story line. This is a series that reads better in order as it continuousl...moreOverall, an okay book, but not memorable and slow on progressing the overall story line. This is a series that reads better in order as it continuously builds on itself. The romance was predictable though a bit rushed on the two leads getting together emotionally. Not a memorable entry in the series, but not a bad book. (less)
I won't go through a summary of what it is about as others probably have or you can look at the book description which sums it up best. Sorry if this...moreI won't go through a summary of what it is about as others probably have or you can look at the book description which sums it up best. Sorry if this comes across a bit disjointed. Having headaches again from the weather.
I loved this book. I have to say this is one of those rare series where the author keeps getting better. The character grows which is also a big thing with me. I hate reading series where the lead doesn't learn from his/her mistakes or grow in personality. Kate is definitely growing. Painfully at times. She is definitely not a Mary Sue. She messes up at times. She gets hurt (a lot) phsycially and sometimes mentally/spirtually. But she keeps trying.
This book also finally reveals some of the mystery behind Kate's past and what her original agenda is and why her blood must be burned. Something I was hoping they would address, but wouldn't leave you with nothing else to focus on. The writers definitely give you more even after revealing that past. If anything, it will up the danger level and the suspense as sometimes the books reads as if Kate is up against a deadline. Will she surive? Will she fail? Or will it all be for naught?
I like a heroine who actually walks the "talk" of being a tough mercenary who also has a smart mouth that she is the first to admit she uses to hide how scared she is. Or how much she knows she is in trouble. And boy, is she in trouble in this one...on many levels.
This is the third book in this urban fantasy series. I would recommend reading the previous books in the series simply because it will add layers to the subplots and overall storyarcs. Plus, it explain how characters met, died ect. Always a good thing to know. But, if you haven't read the previous books, you could still read this story and enjoy it in my opinion.
Magic Strikes is probably the "lightest" book in the series. It has the dark moments just like the previous books, but it is lightened up by the humor and new companionships and relationships between various characters (not just romantical for all of them either, we are talking friendship, family, pack, ....even adversarial. Cool, no?
This book also has more of a romantical element than the previous novel. No, not enough to be classified as paranormal romance though. And not even just with the lead. It doesn't dominate the story, but it definitely adds to it. Greatly interwoven through the story to add to it instead of detracting. Things do NOT go where you are expecting with supporing characters and you have some enjoyable witty banter between various characters. Also, there is plenty of new creatures and races to see and learn about. Not just the typical weres (though they are definitely there) and vampires (though Andrews' definitely have the most originaly, creepy take on it I have ever seen).
I highly recommend giving this series a whirl. Be warned, the first book starts off a bit rough on the first few chapters, but stick with it as you will be rewarded. And then the next book blows it away.
Only problem I have with this book is the fact I didn't want it to end. Now I have to wait for the next installment (which I think the authors said it will be 5 in the series total). (less)
One of those books I have mixed feelings on. I would actually rate it 2 1/2 stars. There were lots of things I liked about the book like the world bui...moreOne of those books I have mixed feelings on. I would actually rate it 2 1/2 stars. There were lots of things I liked about the book like the world building and the beginning. The romance itself was rushed and forced. To be honest, labeling it paranormal romance is a bit misleading. The romance isn't the dominant factor to the story really as it isn't strong enough to be. It is a decent read with lots of promise, but by the time you finish the story, you feel like it is a set up for the next story of the descendant than anything else. (less)