BURN BRIGHT wasn't the best story in the Alpha & Omega series but it achieves what it seems to set outReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
BURN BRIGHT wasn't the best story in the Alpha & Omega series but it achieves what it seems to set out to do and acts as a well thought out bridge to the next book. The plot of BURN BRIGHT is kind of slow at times and relies on mostly exposition or characters sitting trying to figure things out. But that exposition is mesmerizing and almost like a whole story within a story which makes up for not having a whole lot of action. The plot is so well executed with an awesome plot twist that was well and truly hidden until the right moment. That's the marker of an excellent mystery.
Much of the plot revolves around the wildlings; werewolves who are too broken or dangerous to be out is society. I really liked getting to learn more about them in this story and seeing Anna and Charles work together to help one of the wildlings was really fun. Anna continues to hone her Omega powers and it was cool to see how her powers evolve in each book as she learns more. Anna and Charles' relationship is extremely sweet and charming. I enjoyed the other non-wildling secondary characters, but could have done without Charles' step-mom, Leah. She comes off as incredibly combative and toxic which I suppose was intended. I just really did not care about her and had an immediate eye roll any time she came up.
BURN BRIGHT takes its time with its story and while it was indeed too slow at times the unraveling of new information and unique stories was well worth it. The story ends on a cliffhanger of sorts and I am after a really eye-opening twist I am looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store....more
PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS is not only a clever, thought-provoking mash-up between two beloved stories -FrankenstReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS is not only a clever, thought-provoking mash-up between two beloved stories -Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice - it expertly captures the tone and themes of each book. The writing is a beautiful mix of gothic and romantic with the story showing us what happens next through the perspectives of characters whose perspectives we never really saw in the original stories. While I prefer a happy ending in stories, I loved the ending which is more tragic for some than others though in keeping with being a good genre mash-up it does has a slight glimmer of hope to balance out the tragedy.
Mary Bennet was always a character I felt sorry for in Pride and Prejudice. She doesn't fit in with the rest of her family, being more interested in intellectual pursuits rather than balls and gossip. That's why I loved seeing her having an adventure and success of her own in this story. She comes off as incredibly sympathetic, compassionate, and determined. Through Mary, Victor and the Creature the story allows you to delve deeper in to what makes each character tick and see a new perspective on their related internal struggles with obsession and attachment.
One tiny issue I had with this story was the constant changes in POV without any warning. I kept having to question who was speaking and there was a bit of repetition due to the different POVs of the same event. The story summary is also misleading as there really isn't a romance, It leans more towards Frankenstein and tragedy than Pride and Prejudice's happily ever after. Those small things aside, I loved PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS. It took two already powerful, beloved stories and made an incredibly moving, thought-provoking and dark tale....more