After reading the first book in this series, The Summoning, and now the second installment, I can confidently say I much prefer Armstrong's young adulAfter reading the first book in this series, The Summoning, and now the second installment, I can confidently say I much prefer Armstrong's young adult series. I've read the first three books of her Women of the Otherworld series and thought they were quite enjoyable. Yet they lacked something for me, and towards the end of each books I found myself getting bored.
I wasn't sure if I would like the main character, Chloe. At time’s it felt like Claire had just rolled off the assembly line of damselsRus. Claire holds her own, though, and it becomes fun watching her grow up. Armstrong has out done herself, Claire's voice has grown stronger even from the last title and she’s actually gotten some back bone. The “director mode” Claire has when she narrates is so fun.
The growing love triangle goes at a pace where you can truly enjoy and care for the love interests. The other characters are too cool, from the good guys to the evil guys. Kelly Armstrong simply rocks. Best part is you’re not required to be a Kelley Armstrong fan to enjoy these books.
It feels like ages since I've read a good YA. Especially one I deem worthy of a 5 star rating. The last two to three YAs I've actually put down and neIt feels like ages since I've read a good YA. Especially one I deem worthy of a 5 star rating. The last two to three YAs I've actually put down and never looked back. After the first two pages of HMC,N I thought "this is fun!" After 20, I had no thoughts. Nothing but shear, undeniable addiction.
McBride is wicked and, oh, so twistedly kooky. Why you ask? McBride takes her dark sense of humor mixes in necromancers, witches, were critters, Faye, vampires, and so much more into a hilarious riot of fun! No really. A girl gets her head chopped off and then is reanimated back to life—as only a head. Despite the horrors of the action, I found myself cracking up most of the time. In fact, the talking head fit right in. Now that is saying something about McBride’s skill at world building. Not too many authors could pull off a talking head.
The evil villain is really creepy and while we never really get to know him, McBride gives us enough of a background to know he just didn't pop up and decided to be evil. It would be great if we got more on Douglass—scary name. However, I feel like the reader is given just enough to know what is going on with him and not bog the book down. Because there is plenty of material here to cover for a fun romance, mystical councils, Sam's mysterious past as he discovers he's a Necromancer, and all of the other characters. This is a title packed with great characters (each on worming their way into my heart), fun plot, and great twists so readers can't get bored!
Forget about the tacky title. Yes, it's a spoof off of a song, but that's another great thing readers will come to love about this series is all the music spoofs. HMC,N has so much to offer readers. It's a title that makes me hold my head up high and say, "Yes I read YA books!" After so many disappointments from YA authors it's nice to get back to loving the genre again. At times I kept thinking, this is better then Harry Potter. For me that's enough of a testimony for a good read than anything else.
Sexual Content: There’s some mature talk, and it’s clear some of the characters get a little “something-something”, but it’s still a clean YA.
Completely and utterly a wonderful read!! No! My mind is running around in circles frantically trying to understand what happened to it. It feels funnCompletely and utterly a wonderful read!! No! My mind is running around in circles frantically trying to understand what happened to it. It feels funny. But a good funny. Something like perfect bliss. Yet, bliss doesn't even describe what happened. In fact, this is probably going to be one of the hardest reviews for me to write. This book was so amazing and I want to express how much I want everyone else to read it! There lies the problem since I don't have the right words to even explain this book.
Rhiannon had me at the first page with her crazy "Rhianon's Law #27", the fact that I can still remember that it's law #27, and it's about strippers, shoes, and fighting says it all. The whole book just sticks in your head. Rhiannon is a smart mouthed, pirate worthy swearer, and she's tough as nails. No she's not super woman, but she can handle herself. Unlike other super paranormal but kickers out there she knows when she's shit deep in it and can make the smart decision. Rhiannon is the queen of damaged and complicated characters. Her past is haunting, a nightmare into State Foster Care system. There is a reason she will not trust people and pushes them away from her. She's learned to live and survive. Rhia's sarcastic humor and running dialogue had me clutching my sides with giggles often enough, which was a great counter to the dark world and gore.
When a vampire named Disco approaches her Rhia soon discovers there's a name for what she is, Necromancer. She has an infinity for the dead, and the theory behind how Vampires and Necromancers connect is really brilliant! The world is believable and each new character is given such depth that I feel like if I went to New York I could find these characters and join them for a game of pool.
Two pages into the book if someone asked me if I would fall in love with a vampire named Disco, I would have snorted and said "Heck, no!" However, I am shamelessly Team Disco hands down. Saare creates a beautiful and touching romance. It was a pleasure to witness Rhia's healing. There's clearly going to be some love triangle rivalry in the future, but Saare has built up the other interest so well that I'd feel cheated if he didn't get a chance. (Even though Disco is easily in my top 10 fiction hotties!)
The plot focuses on Vampire murders as something is killing them, and stealing their hearts while they’re still alive. This book is dark, gritty, and harsh. Countered by compassion and tender emotions. It's complicated, but so simple. Many more creatures await to be discovered, especially since Disco owes a demon a favor. Even when you think the action is over and the mystery is solved a cliffhanger of EPIC proportions comes out and wallops me on the head! Saare, how could you do this to readers!? Oh, the total obsession is on!
Sexual Content: Rhiannon works in a bar, so sexual content is there. Dirty thoughts, humor, and sex scenes. Rhiannon, has a really dark, dark past. Child molestation and other horrors present.