A Life of Shadows
When her past comes b ...more
A Life of Shadows is entertaining. But to me, it didn't really stand out from the huge pile of fantasy RH released so far this year, and that means it failed to engage. The book has quite a few of the most common RH tropes: we're talking Mary Sue heroine, Terribly Tragic Past, MC training with the heroes, and an especially Evil Ex.
However, it does contain some less common elements, like M/M action, which served to make the read more fun and raised my expectations for more original cont ...more
I loved it. A Life of Shadows had everything on its side to make it absolutely fantastic.
1. Sawyer was an amazing character, very complex, strong, neither good nor bad. She was the soul of the book and while not always likeable, she was incredible.
2. It's dark. But even darker would have been perfect.
3. It has action and Sawyer is really strong. Meaning she's not weaker than the guys so they can play Knights in shining armor. She is the strongest, period.
4. Wolves pet. That has t ...more
This must've been the kiddie version because there was zero smut! NOTHING. NADA! ZILCH PEOPLE. I was highly disappointed. I would'v accepted like 5% smut.. yet kiss ...more
I didn't like this book, it was very cliche. Sawyer could do about everything, all the guys feel a connection to her, they all got on with each other. It was just there.
I did enjoy that we had a black heroine and that earns it two stars alone. ...more
Continuing my RH streak but I'm really struggling with this 😭 one
I really shouldn't have continued, I will say there's nothing WONG with this book but it just didn't work for me
Book 1 was the word building and back story etc- I was bored a lot. No real romance
Book 2 was actually all about a case the team got and it's resolution. Some romantic development, I THINK she's slept with 2 of the guys
Book 3- I quit this maybe about half way through? By then she's still ...more
Kick ass characters
Kick ass action
Magic and well, a lot of ass kicking.
This was not delivered. Instead, it was a book about a whole lot of feelings and thoughts [yawn].
Needless to say I was disappointed in this book. The author could “write” but she didn’t have a story to tell. Here, you had a heroine that was supposedly a tough, bad ass chick with a bad temper. The only thing she was bad ass at was training. The only action you got from her was the first chapter (of...more
Now I absolutely loved Sawyer. I think what I loved the most about this book is that it dealt with the gritty real world. It didn't shy away from the harsh realities of the dark world because unfortunately there are many dark things going on in this world.
Looking forward ...more
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Wow. Best damn thing I have read in ages. Compelling world-building and a complex, kick-ass heroine to boot. Plenty of tension and an engrossing backstory.
I enjoyed the Wild Pride series, though it had its issues, but Kristen Banet has clearly grown by leaps and bounds as an author. This was beautifully done. Well, except that it needs a good line edit to fix all the prepositions, determiners and othe ...more
Sawyer is a totally kick ass heroine with a skewed moral compass. She has had a horrid past that as it starts to unfold, you can't help but feel for her. However, she is definitely not a victim or a damsel, she is a survivor who embraces her darkness, and has worked hard to ensure that she is strong enough to face her demons if/when the time comes. She is a richly written character and ...more
I like this book "SO FAR" because the heroine is a BADASS and doesn't take sh*t from anyone!!! And yes she's a freaking HERO to many. But as much as she's a badass she can also be and show vulnerability when applicable. And don't even get me started on the heroes... oh boy do they ever step back and let her shine!
Overall rating: ...more
Wow just wow. Sawyer is one amazing lead character. She kicks butt without anyone's help and has a huge secret that could destroy her life. As Axel hints her down she taken by a group of men that could end up being her salvation. There are so many twists and turns in this story that I don't even know where to start except to say that it will totally blow your mind. I am completely invested in the story now and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one to see what happens next. I loved e ...more
It was soo... raw in emotion.
Something I heavily love in my reading material.
I can’t really say much, there’s not much to say. Usually when I love a series I either have many words or I have none.
Today, I have-
JUST KIDDING I NEED TO SAY MY WORDS DAMNIT.
Sawyer: I actually don’t like her name. For some reason the names really have to connect with the character for me... for it to fully encompass in my mind. Now, Shadow, I can get behind. She’s so much more of a ...more
It was slow going but I’m excited to see how this plays out.
I kinda get Sawyer, but sometimes I don’t.
This one is interesting because the author glosses over a lot, but in a way I don’t completely mind. However I think I’ll have more issues if it becomes more common.
I like all the potential H’s and I have no idea if she’s supposed to end up with them all but I can’t wait to see what happens this is the set up book, the one to get us started.
I got to say it, I really like Sawyer. Her skills, her personality, her MENTALITY. Girl is a 10/10. The guys were cool and I had a good time. I'm definitely looking forward to book 2. Finding out why NY was a kind of neutral zone and seeing more about the world. Also, getting to know the guys better. Despite being book 1 I got a firm grip on the characters. I always mix up the guys in rh. Especiall ...more
To start with, Kristen Banet's book, A Life of Shadows, is the start of a new, grittier urban fantasy/supernatural thriller series. Al ...more
False alarm. The series is actually even... let's just say it didn't caught my attention quite like it should have or could have.
Though I can also tell you it managed to do what few romance books - and ever fewer RH books do - wait. As in, you have to wait to see them do... anything, actually. Which is like major points with a healthy dose of confusion. ...more
This book was really really good. I was totally surprised, and I adored it. T ...more
Sawyer Matthews knows how to put one foot in front of the other, to keep moving while the nightmares haunt her, and her own failures taunt her. She's become a master at doing awful things with good intentions, terrible things for the sake of those who need her. She's long given up on being the hero, trying to find peace in no longer being the villain.
When her past comes back and she finds herself caught by the International Magi Police Organization, she ...more
Great book, great series, highly recom ...more
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