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Nightlife by Rob Thurman
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Dec 07, 2009

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Well...this book was different. I'm giving 3 stars to this one, I would give 3 1/2 if I could. I'm giving 3 because eventhough sometimes I felt bored, while I wasn't reading the book I was thinking that I needed to read it to know what would happen, LOL. So I guess I got hooked without even noticing it.

I must say that this book surprised me. I thought it wouldn't be a good book because of the slow beginning, but the ending was amazing.
I love to read first person books, so that was something I really liked, and the fact that the mane character was male was definitely a positive and different thing.

Still, I was missing the romance, that was also different from what I'm used to. Moreover, something that always happen to me repeated again with this book, and that is the "First Book Syndrome"; too much back info and little interaction between the characters, I mean, we have plenty Cal and Nico but not much from the rest of the characters.It took me a while to get into the book. The beginning was very slow, and then there was a big part near the end that was boring and frustrating as hell, but when that got resolved I loved it.

The plot and the characters were amazing, and I definitely will be reading the next book because I wanna see more of Cal and Nick.

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Reading Progress

11/25/2009 page 90
26.55% "I feel like if I were watching a supernatural's chapter. Nothing important has happened yet. Just introductions and general info. :(" 3 comments
12/02/2009 page 210
61.95% "WTH? Everything was coming out great. I was really enjoying this book but then he got possessed? I'm so boring. I hope this gets fixed soon" 6 comments
12/02/2009 page 245
72.27% "Ok, now I'm pissed. I was really enjoying this book and then Cal gets trapped inside his body.I want things to go back as they were before."
12/03/2009 page 301
88.79% "This will be a difficult book to rate..."

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valee I really tried to switch to another genre, I read some prn romance and some YA... but it's not the same. I'm so obsess with UF right now. I love this genre. I didn't before. 'But after reading series like night huntress, the fever series and the shifters series I can't enjoy this much other books.
I hope this series does not disappoint

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new_user LOL. That happened to me too.

message 3: by Ally72 (new)

Ally72 Hi Vale,
I have read some fabulous comments about this book so I will be interested to hear what you think. I don't think there is much romance in it so I don't know when I will start it...I have been wanting to only read books that have some romance in them lately. Although, I have read that the writing is so fantastic in this book that it doesn't matter so much.

LooLoo I'm anxious to see what you think of this. I have the whole series sitting in my TBR pile and I'm hoping it's a good one.

valee I just started it yesterday and only could read a couple of chapters, but so far so good!

I'm so into UF right now!

valee I'll retake this reading. I got a bit boring with wath I had read, let's hope it gets better from now on

I changed my mind. LOL
I can't read this book right now. I'm not in the mood for s book with no romance in it... I'll wait.

LooLoo No romance, that will be rough for me to get through too. I have the whole series so I hope it like enough.

valee I've tried twice to read this book, but both stop because I know there's no romance in it and I didn't get hooked. But it wasn't bad, I'll get back to it another day, it's just that today I feel like having a quick great read. LOL

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) There is no romance in this story. But, when you're in the mood for good urban fantasy, this is a great book. There is a great relationship between the brothers, and it showcases a powerful love in itself. No, not slashy love. It's sibling love at its best.

Okay I will stop cheering for this book and go away.

valee LOL I still have hopes for this book, just not today.
You have to help me, I don't know what should I read next. I wanna read a 5 stars book, one that I'll say amazing!

LooLoo Danille - that is good to know. I've read a few non-romance UF that I've enjoyed. Hopefully this will be that way too. I'm kind of looking forward to a UF series with male leads.

valee Ok, I decided I'll keep reading this one. And that is final LOL
It took me a while to get decided but now I'm into this book.

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Ally72 Hi Vale! LOL...You sounded like me a couple of weeks ago when I started Kim Harrison's book! I just had to have a little romance so I decided to put it on hold for awhile. I know I will read it at some point because it did start out really good. I hope you are getting into this book more!

valee I read Kim Harrison's first book last week.
It was good and entertained, not one of my fave books, but good.
This one I'm reading is also good, it's just that I wanted a 5 stars and I'm pretty sure this won't be one...


It's so hard to choose your next series

valee I don't get the difference between an Auphe and a vampire,,,

valee And what about Grendels?

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new_user Grendels?! It sounds like everything but the kitchen sink is in there. Ugh. Good I found out now. I'll brace myself for that when I'm reading. That's one of my pet peeves, when an author tries to create a species from every figure they read about in lit class.

I assume the Grendel species they've created is based on the monster from Beowulf.

valee I'm not sure yet. LOL
But brace yourself, because this is not the typical paranormal book.

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new_user LOL. Is that a good thing?

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) LooLoo wrote: "Danille - that is good to know. I've read a few non-romance UF that I've enjoyed. Hopefully this will be that way too. I'm kind of looking forward to a UF series with male leads."

This is a great, male lead UF series. I can't tell you how much in love with this series I am! I could cry!

Some other ones I like:

Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher (which I'm sure you've read)

Nightside by Simon R. Green (has some horror elements, very noir)

Connor Grey by Mark Del Franco

Have not read but heard good things about

John Levitt's series, starts with Dog Days
Anton Stoutt's series, has Dead in the title.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) Vale wrote: "I don't get the difference between an Auphe and a vampire,,,"

Auphe is what we think of as an elf but they are pure evil! Keep reading. You will learn more.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) new_user wrote: "Grendels?! It sounds like everything but the kitchen sink is in there. Ugh. Good I found out now. I'll brace myself for that when I'm reading. That's one of my pet peeves, when an author tries to c..."

Grendel is just what they call the auphes, because they didn't know what they were. It's just a nickname the brothers came up with.

message 24: by new_user (last edited Dec 01, 2009 08:14PM) (new)

new_user Oh... Okay then, just ignore my rant, LOL!

Danielle, can you tell me if any of those are episodic by any chance? I like an overall plot.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) They have an underlying thread, but there is a new threat in each book. The auphe storyline is very integral to the books. Granted, I have only read the first two.

message 26: by new_user (last edited Dec 02, 2009 05:06PM) (new)

new_user Well, I figure I'll read the Cal Leandros series just to check out the brothers if nothing else. ;) But what about the other series?

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I don't know much about the Trickster series. I think Summer has read it.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) This book is worth reading, just for the relationship between Cal and Nik. I just love them to death!

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new_user LOL. I should specify, I meant the series that you mentioned earlier:

Nightside by Simon R. Green (has some horror elements, very noir)

Connor Grey by Mark Del Franco

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I've only read the first Connor Gray story. I assume there is going to be an underlying connecting thread because of his situation with being a crippled druid. I think you might like this one. It's kind of complex. The first book moved a bit slowly initially, but I really liked it.

Nightside definitely has a connected story. John Taylor is trying to find out who is mom is. She's a huge player in the Nightside, and it's possible that finding her can bring on the end of the world. I don't want to predict the way you think, but you might not like this one. It's probably too simplistic for you. You seem to have very sophisticated tastes in fantasy, which is a good thing. It relies heavily on the noir detective motif with weird, bizarre, and harrowing people and beings, some make up and some from folklore, like Black Annis. And it's got some real prominent moments that read like horror, more than urban fantasy. I could be wrong, but just based on your reading tastes, I don't think you'd get into this one very much. I'm a big fan of occult detective novels, so this one is a favored series for me.

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new_user Thanks, Danielle, that helps a lot! :) It sounds like you have my preferences down pat. ;)

message 32: by Tara (last edited Dec 02, 2009 06:52PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Tara I just finished all four of the Cal & Niko Leandros books. I love those brothers. I didn't love the first two book, but 3 was better and 4 was better still. The Auphe play a part in all 4 books. In the 4th book, Niko narrates alternating chapters. Actually, book 4 felt almost like a big series reset, but maybe that was just me. There is some romance in books 3 & 4 (maybe 2 as well, I can't remember when it starts), but nothing like a pnr book, and you know, they are guys so details don't go much past "and then we did it". The brothers bond with each other however, gets stronger or at least becomes clearer to the reader in every book. Plus, there are some great secondary characters like Robin and later Ishiah. And there are even some wolves. So yeah, I liked it...

Beanbag Love *raises hand*

I've read the three Connor Grey stories. They do have an over-riding plot. It's pretty good but can get confusing. I love the alternate history element. The "world" is Boston and the walls between faery and the human realm crumbled over one hundred years before. So they've all been living side-by-side throughout the world. It's interesting. Druids are considered "fae" as is anything else supernatural.

I've read the first Simon R. Green "Nightside". I liked it well enough but I wasn't all that compelled to go on to the next one. I like Harry Dresden much better.

The Cal Leandros series is very good. Trixter is not as good, but is still interesting. Neither of them have straight up romance, so don't look for that. Of the two I'd definitely recommend Leandros, and I've read all four that are out. The first four kind of make a full arc, but there will be two or three more and I don't know what thread they'll be following then.

Enjoy! :D

valee Tara thanks for the info. LOL

Even though I'm in the most boring part of the first book, I'm enjoying it. I'll definitely will be reading the next book.
I really like this series. I just want to see Cal as he used to be. Him being the bad guy really upsets me, even gets boring

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new_user Thanks, Tara and Beanbag! I think I'll give the Connor Grey series and the Cal Leandros series (and if I like that, I'll try Trixster) a shot. The rest are doubtful atm.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) Hey, Beanbag. I don't want to add books to the tbr pile, but you might consider reading the following books in the Nightside series. They do get more interesting. The second and third book were pretty awesome. Green is a very imaginative fellow, IMHO.
I love Dresden. They meet different needs for me. Green satisfies my horror love and he's freaking funny, IMHO. Butcher, well, Harry is just a sweet dear that I adore. So they are both top reads for me. But I have to say that the Cal Leandros books are even more favored. I just love the brother relationship in these books.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) new_user wrote: "Thanks, Danielle, that helps a lot! :) It sounds like you have my preferences down pat. ;)"

You're welcome.

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Brandy *Ahviel* i tried reading it and it was hard

valee What can I tell you Brandys? This was the weirdest book I have ever read. While I was reading it I changed my mind 1000 times about which would be the rating I was going to give to this book.

It started as a 3 stars book, then it turned into a 4 then a huge change to a 2 star book ( but just for 4 or 5 chapters) and a 5 stars ending. Also some parts in the middle would have been a 5.

I almost stop reading it because in a point I got really bored, some others really frustrated, but then when things got better it was great. I don't know, I mean, I gave 4 stars but it was a very small 4. Maybe I should change it for a 3. But I know it will be a great series.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I'm happy you stuck it out and ended up liking it, Vale. :)

valee yeah, even in the boring parts I was thinking that I needed to know how would everything end. LOL

I believe this series has a great potential. I really loved the plot and the characters. I just hope that in the next books the author develops it better.

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Tara I think she does. I read got through each book a little faster than the last because each one was a better than the last.

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