I read this graphic novel as I was hoping to have a bit of origin stories or something on the background of the book they refer to in the series. To b...moreI read this graphic novel as I was hoping to have a bit of origin stories or something on the background of the book they refer to in the series. To be honest, I was bored as was my daughter who the comic (and book series) is actually aimed at for her age group. The art could be pretty at times, but overall, I would say just borrow this from the library or get it used or half priced. It doesn't really add to much to the book novel series unless you are a true or big fan of the House of Night series. I definitely don't recommend reading this graphic novel or comic book without having read at least the first novel, Marked, in the House of Night series as it without that background of story, the characters are harder to care about and you have no reason to really finish it. Harsh? Maybe, but for me, it did not work and it definitely did not work for my daughter who usually loves these type of books with a female teenager lead in a fantasy series. (less)
Read this book in less than two days during break time and lunch. This is one of those books that has the writing going so smoothly that it goes by fa...moreRead this book in less than two days during break time and lunch. This is one of those books that has the writing going so smoothly that it goes by fast. I had read the first book in this trilogy and was curious to see what would become of Lelia and Vlads' relationship and who the next villain would be. Overall, in some ways I liked this book better than the first as it had a bit more mystery on who was doing the bad stuff (though still easy to figure out if you pay attention). I also liked seeing Lelia away from the secure place (physically) she was in and interacting with another character than Vlad. However, I have to admit that Lelia is also the weakest part of the book for me. At times, her character's complaints about her "relationship" with Vlad seemed almost forced or manufactured by the author to give them something to fight about. Also, when I listened to the book on audio, i realized how much the character's lines and thoughts seemed....whiney?.
I still liked the book and it was an enjoyable, quick read. The danger never really let up and it had some chapters ending on cliffhangers that made me impatient to get to the next chapter. I adore Vlad and his ...dare i say, humor?...in regards to his snark in reply to some of Lelia's comments and demands. He still comes across as a nicer person than I would expect from the history books regarding the person he is based on (Vlad, not Dracula the fiction character only). He is a lot more patient than I would be with some of Lelia's complaints and demands considering what his personality should be. Of course, that is what "love" is supposed to allow for, so I won't nick pick on it too much. Their passion for each other definitely seems almost obsessive at times, but fitting for the type of character Vlad is. As for Lelia, I think she grew some in this book. She wasn't a static character and seemed to discover that to love someone, you have to accept all that he is. I was more interested in that aspect and wish the author had spent more time on this in the first book as the history books and even Vlad, the character, in the book admits that he is NOT a nice or good person by our moral code now for our culture. Even being around a vampire all the time at the carnival should not allow for her to accept it as easily as she did in the first book so I liked how Vlad challenged her in regards to one scene about love. I wish she had focused more on that than the initial reason we are given for the "conflict" between Vlad and Lelia as it seemed more true and realistic.
I have to say, that Lelia's sister has become one of my favorite characters. She is so blunt and tactless that I can't help but enjoy her comments when she states things despite the horror most would feel. Her interaction with the other characters cracked me up, especiallly after seeing how Lelia tries so hard to not offend some people by trying to be tactful. Gretchen doesn't care. She just states it how she sees it which is refreshing. She comes across at times as self-absorbed, but she is not dumb really.
I liked the twist regarding Vlad's views regarding his previous "love". Interesting theory by the author. Not much is in the history books to go with that idea or to denounce it, but one has to wonder about what she thought of everything that happened around her and the type of person Vlad was.
For the Cat and Bone fans, Cat has a small scene. No Bone though (who I admit, I prefer simply because of how Vlad interacts with him). For those new to this author, the only book you need to read before this one is the first one in the Dark Prince series (which comes before this one). The other series can add more to the world you are being immersed in, but it isn't necessary to understand what is going on. (less)
....I laughed...I cried. But probably not for the reason the author intended. *sigh* If you have read the infamous MICAH "novel lite" that Laurell K...more ....I laughed...I cried. But probably not for the reason the author intended. *sigh* If you have read the infamous MICAH "novel lite" that Laurell K Hamilton wrote, then you sort of know what to expect. I do think FLIRT was better than MICAH. Of course, that might be due to us not focusing so much on the "harem" except for one brief scene in a restaurant which is where the title comes from. Skip that part and your good to go. It wasn't the best book, but better than DANSE MACABRE. Still...I don't think paying full price for this book in hardback will leave many readers with a good feeling. I had a friend loan me her copy because she likes to laugh at me. A lot. I can respect that as I have plans to loan her a few *ahem* select few to enjoy. >:) Just realize that going in that it took Anita forever to figure out how to defeat (is it a defeat? I am still trying to figure that one out) the bad guys with limited resources. I about died when we got to the grand climax as I was like, why didn't you do that to begin with? Geez.... drama and angst. Got to have it I guess to make a character feel like she is doing something. Honestly, this should have been a short story for an anthology instead of a book unto itself. I laughed a lot when the guys who grabbed her started a dialogue with her. You just know kidnappers are going to want to know how you are or talk to you. :::rolls eyes::: Only recommend for the more die-hard Laurell K Hamilton/Anita Blake fans. Or those who have a morbid fascination of where LKH is going with the series and are just curious to see how it compares to the MICAH book. (less)
The author has this on her official website. Read it due to my curiosity of how Edward viewed the whole relationship. In a way, I preferred this to Tw...moreThe author has this on her official website. Read it due to my curiosity of how Edward viewed the whole relationship. In a way, I preferred this to Twilight. I am more interested in the vampires than the humans and how the world building goes in that area. Going by the first few chapters that she has released, it is about the same as Twilight in my views. If you liked the first book in the series, you should love this one. If you disliked the first book, Bella or Edward, avoid this as the same problems are there. (less)
Wow...this book has the potential of killing the series. I will admit that the author wrote a story I wasn't expecting. Not in a good way. I don't see...moreWow...this book has the potential of killing the series. I will admit that the author wrote a story I wasn't expecting. Not in a good way. I don't see where any of the characters really grew and matured since the last book. It reads like a pre-teens fantasy of a relationship. Edward and Bellas' relationship still hasn't really equalized with the way he treats her. Bella is still pretty self-centered or illogical (depending on the scene). The ending left me with a very unsatisfied, even creepy feeling. Not a fan of this book at all.
I'll update this review a bit later as the things I would mention here has major spoilers and I know the majority of people haven't read it. To be honest, do yourself a favor and skip this one. You aren't missing anything great. Just some creepiness and what was the author thinking moments. WAit for the next book written from Edward's point of view of Twilight, the first book in the series.(less)