Well, I completely missed the reference to the Sheriff of Nottingham in the blurb when I picked this one up, probably because I was already too exciteWell, I completely missed the reference to the Sheriff of Nottingham in the blurb when I picked this one up, probably because I was already too excited about the fact the heroine was an archeress because I freaking LOVE tomboys in historicals! So it came as a very pleasant surprise when I started reading and discovered it was a Robin Hood retelling!
Did anyone else absolutely love the Kevin Costner movie as a kid? With the Bryan Adams theme song that was number one in the UK for about a million years? Don't care. Still love it. Still mumble along to it when it comes on the radio.
So, the Robin Hood aspect really upped my enjoyment of this book, and also served to make it very unlike any other Scottish Romance I've read so far. And I've read a few. The adventures of Robert's band of merry men took up a little bit of page time instead of it being solely about the romance, which for me was a plus as Scottish Romances can get a bit samey in their historical detailing. I can only read about so many clans, keeps, and chieftains before I'm like yep, yep, and then what happened?
Robert and Mariel were both great characters. What made Mariel a particularly great tomboy character was that it was borne of necessity, not brattishness. Her father, the Sheriff of Ayrshire, was such an abusive brute that when he threatened to marry her off to someone just as heinnous and even older than himself, she ran. And to earn some coin and fend for herself, she competed in archery competitions disguised as a young man. Which is where she meets Robert!
Robert was great. He's a bit of a rogue with a cheeky smile and, due to his looks and title, he's never been short of female company. So it's awesome to see how besotted he becomes with the one woman who's litterally having none of it. His charm is wasted on her because she's just too wary and too independant at this point to be wowed by his offers of protection as most other ladies would be.
The romance was well-orchestrated, with just the right amount of steam - although I could have done without hearing about Robert's codpiece quite so often. The plot was pleasantly entertaining and in good balance to the love story, and all the little Robin Hood touches were the cherry on top.
Overall, An Earl for the Archeress is a sweet and merry tale of love, trust and friendship that all readers of Historical and Scottish Romance would enjoy....more
So, I've rated every book in this series 5 stars...
I did it, all right? I couldn't help it!
I was so ho
"I was asleep," he said. "And she woke me up."
So, I've rated every book in this series 5 stars...
I did it, all right? I couldn't help it!
I was so hoping I could disguise my fangirlyness behind some witty objective criticism and drop my rating down to, say, 4.9, but...there's just nothing, you guys. Nothing I can call on to say "this bit wasn't so good," or "this section dragged," or "I didn't like this character." Because it was and it didn't and I do. So I don't care if it makes me sound biased. These books are UF perfection and I loved every second of them.
I'm also REALLY REALLY hoping this isn't the end of them! It's says on the Andrews' website:
From Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, the thrilling conclusion to her Hidden Legacy series, as Nevada and Rogan grapple with a power beyond even their imagination…
Note that ugly word: conclusion. And yet, I really think there's so much more that could be done with these characters and this world! So, as with the last five minutes of The Amazing Spiderman 2, I'm just choosing to pretend I didn't see it.
I've really enjoyed how each story arc so far has been connected to the one before, even if at first it doesn't seem so. And in Wildfire, this was no different. It all keeps coming back to this group of rebellious Primes who seemingly want to tear down the world so they can rebuild it just how they like it. We heard the ice mage, David, in White Hot compare it to Rome...
Rome—corrupt, rich, and disorganized, a republic that ruled the world yet couldn’t rule itself. Its senators fighting for power in vicious political squabbles; the policies of compromise forgotten in favor of personal gain. Its armies pledging their loyalty to their generals rather than to the republic they were meant to serve.
So I guess that's how they see things now. That Primes have become too power-hungry and everyone is only concerned about their own House, not the world as a whole? Is that it? Because that might almost make sense if they weren't trying to MURDER EVERYBODY!
Someone caught up in the aftermath of one such Prime's villainous acts is none other than Rogan's former intended, Rynda. Rynda's mother was behind some of the events in White Hot, and the shame of her actions is being felt by her daughter and her family. When Rynda's husband goes missing, she hires Nevada to find him. Awkward much?
Now, I kinda love it and hate it when and old flame pops up in a book. It's usually equal parts upsetting, frustrating and then, hopefully, supremely satisfying when they're eventually told how things are going to be. I've got to hand it to Nevada, she's clearly been to the Mercedes Thompson school of how to deal with exes. She managed to be professional and keep any jealousy or resentment buried waaaay down deep. I can only applaud. And Rynda was testing at times that's for sure. Her "Oh Rogan, I'm so fragile! Protect me!" act got old real fast. Grr!
As well as the mystery, action and romance that were all present and correct just like the first two books, there were also some big developments for the Baylor family unit here in Wildfire. And I think this is another big part of why I feel like this series should only just be beginning, not ending! I loved how the whole family and all of Rogan's military guys worked together and stood up for one another. I also enjoyed the siblings and cousins contributions. Things have definitely changed a lot since Burn For Me!
In a nutshell, Wildfire was a thrilling, exhilarating page-turner that I absolutely loved, and if this series is over, it was awesome and I have zero regrets. HOWEVER, if it isn't, and the authors want to tie up those last few loose ends they left, I will be the first in line to buy the next instalment!
5 stars ★★★★★ ~ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
He smiled at me. It was the kind of smile that blazed a trail from your heart to your mind and popped into your head the next time you wondered why y
He smiled at me. It was the kind of smile that blazed a trail from your heart to your mind and popped into your head the next time you wondered why you put up with a man who made you want to punch things.
The second book in the outstanding Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, White Hot, brings UF Fans another perfectly paced plot, and an even sweeter dollop of romance!
I'm so glad I decided to jump on this series. The first book, Burn for Me, had been on my TBR for a while simply because Ilona Andrews is an autobuy author for me, but it wasn't until recently when I kept seeing the books around everywhere that it moved its way up to the top of my list. The series has been relaunched by the publishers with the final* two books - White Hot and Wildfire - being released very close together in June/July 2017.
And oh my gosh, what a book! White Hot is an apt title! I thought the storyline in the first book was pretty perfect, but I somehow managed to enjoy this one even more (and that had absolutely nothing to do with Connor Rogan. Nope, nothing at all). What I especially loved was finding out more about everybody. I suppose the authors were busy setting up the world building and the two main characters in book one, and now that that's out there, in White Hot we got to explore other areas such as Nevada's fabulously wacky family. We also got insight into Rogan's time in the military, which helped counteract the slightly bad first impression he made to both Nevada and us readers in book one. And there are also a few new characters that pop up in this one that I feel will be sticking round.
The story, while new, is also a continuation of events from Burn for Me. I'm in spiky territory even trying to find something to tell you about it without spoilers, so I won't bother. The other part to these books which is just as important as the action, is the romance, which sees some interesting developments in White Hot. I think it's safe to say if you liked book one, you'll love book two.
Overall, I don't think I could have enjoyed this more. I look forward to re-reading it again someday.
* I believe this to be a trilogy, but would be very happy to be wrong about that! ...more
He stepped lightly, his stride sure and unhurried, like a huge jungle cat, an apex predator out for a prowl in his domain. There was no hint of submi
He stepped lightly, his stride sure and unhurried, like a huge jungle cat, an apex predator out for a prowl in his domain. There was no hint of submission anywhere in his body. He walked like he didn't know his spine could bend.
Oh my goodness...
How do they do it? How. Do. They. Do. It?
How do they make starting a new urban fantasy series look so damn easy? Are they even aware that it's meant to be hard? That people try and fail at this all the time? Could this be why the covers are so bloody awful? Is it to give other authors a fighting chance?
Just kidding. Except not really.
So here we are, ladles and jellyspoons. The #writing #goals pairing that is Ilona Andrews is gifting us mere mortals with another UF series (not PNR, as the fugly covers might suggest!). It's called the Hidden Legacy series, and there are two, very soon to be three, books out in it so far. Its dominant features are its imaginative and totally believable worldbuilding - an alternative history version of Houston that I would say, even at this early stage, seems of be of equal brilliance to their blockbusting Kate Daniels series' on-again-off-again magical Atlanta; an amazing, kick-ass female protagonist (Nevada), and a delicious if slightly morally questionable potential love interest (Mad Rogan!); and, of course, the superb writing of Ilona Andrews, which by now feels a bit like meeting an old friend, a friend who gently strokes your hair with padded oven mitt hands until you fall asleep. Or something.
Within this new world construct, it's already easy to see the tremendous potential for future stories, villains and magical abilities. The Andrews have given us a basic world template, but haven't set down too many rules within it. There has been no limit set as to the type or amount of magic you can have, and abilities so far range from telekinesis to precognition to teleportation... Basically, if they can imagine it, we can potentially have it, which is just SO exciting as a reader!
The world in a nutshell - A century and a half ago, a serum was discovered that can bring forth people's innate magical abilities. These abilities vary in nature as well as strength, and once triggered, become hereditary. The present day result of all this is that magic=power, and the most powerful families or "houses" have already duked it out in years past to decide who's the top banana and have claimed territories and even have their own armies. Marriages are, for the most part, now simply alliances for creating the most gifted children to become heirs to each new branch, allowing the powerful families to stay powerful.
So, it's basically life [Jim], but not as we know it.
Our main character, Nevada, is a private investigator, and there was a healthy mystery element driving the plot here in Burn for Me. She's hired to bring in a rogue magic user hell bent on setting fire to the world, and in carrying out her duties, she inadvertently comes into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan, a.k.a. The Scourge of Mexico. Doesn't he sound like a peach? Well, he was very interesting and complex, let me tell you. The two of them spent a lot of time together in this book, but it feels like we've only just begun to understand the many layers of Mad Rogan and Nevada Baylor. There's clearly going to be an ongoing will they?/won't they? here to keep readers glued to the pages. It already has me positively salivating and was my favourite aspect of the book!
As a first instalment goes, this was a lot closer to perfection than Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) ever was. The worldbuilding and characterisation is noticeably cleaner. Reading was effortless, and putting the book down was tricky, even when my eyes were getting sore and scratchy. This really is a drop everything and read them all type of series, and that's precisely what I plan to do.
For UF fans, this is a complete no-brainer. Go and buy it immediately.
M.K. Schiller - a new-to-me author - delivers an almost perfect New Adult romance with The Scars Between Us.
Emma Cooper's mother has passed away and lM.K. Schiller - a new-to-me author - delivers an almost perfect New Adult romance with The Scars Between Us.
Emma Cooper's mother has passed away and left her a rather cryptic set of instructions: find a Mr. Aiden Sheffield, and convince him to come to the small town of Linx, Texas, to scatter her ashes. Intriguing, no? Well, I thought so, and it only gets more intriguing as you read and begin to wonder just what exactly is the connection between Aiden and Emma's mother...
I really enjoyed this book. If it weren't for that pesky needing to sleep thing, I'd have read it in one sitting. It immediately draws you in with the question of who the heck is Aiden, and once you actually meet Aiden and see the instant chemistry between him and Emma, you just won't want to stop reading until you find out everything there is to know.
Physically, Aiden sounded absolutely divine, and the swoon factor in this book is pretty darn high. Also, the fact that he rescues dogs was an instant hit with me - love dogs. I wasn't really fussed about the cage fighter aspect, but since this book only covers a few days, that wasn't really a part of the story anyway.
Character-wise, at first glance Aiden appears to have the stereotypical brooding hot guy with a back-story thing going on, but as I read on, I found it was all done really well and didn't seem at all contrived. Once you actually know Aiden's story, you'll definitely accept he has every right to brood and be a little Negative Nancy now and then. His problems are not superficial, and I thought this part of the story was tragic but fascinating.
As for Emma, she was fun. It might seem as though her characterisation wasn't as detailed or as interesting as Aiden's, simply because she's generally just a nice girl who's lived a happy, normal life. We, as readers, live through her rose-tinted outlook and experience each new revelation in this book as yet another blow to the happy bubble she's previously existed in.
The romance I thought was pretty perfect. Although the attraction for both was instant, they don't hop to it so soon you're not emotionally prepared for it (hate it when authors do that). No, I was definitely invested in them both by the time the first kiss happened. I did lots of grinning and even laughed aloud a few times at the dialogue.
I'm now going to explain what I meant when I said it was almost perfect, and because this is quite subjective, I thought I'd leave it until the end.
So, having read quite a few NAs at this point, I've come to expect them to be intensely emotional reads, and for there to be at least a section of the book, usually towards the end, that completely emotionally destroys me. That has me lying like a quivering pile of heartbroken goop on the floor, unable to process all the feelings. I'm sure if you're interested in reading this book, you've probably already read a few of them yourself. Those awsome, stomach-dropping "Oh my God" moments that just kill you. In fact, since the cover art keeps reminding me of Travis Maddox, we could easily use Beautiful Disaster as a perfect example of a New Adult book that gut punches you repeatedly until you're crying out for mercy. Now, you see, I like that. Love it, in fact. And in this genre, I kinda expect it now, too. That's not to say this book didn't produce feels, it did. But just not to the heart-shredding degree I crave when I'm in the mood for this genre. Schiller instead opted to keep it more tense and action-y, which is her right to do so, of course. I guess what I'm saying is, I have no actual complaints about what was in this book, but for me, there was just that little something missing from it that kept it from being a 5 star read. Because I'm apparently a masochist.
Still, if you're an NA junkie, maybe a book that's not quite so emotionally draining could be a welcome relief every now and then!
Overall, The Scars Between Us was wonderful book, and I'll definitely be checking out this author's future reads.
4 Stars ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
Hmm. Well this is awkward. I did not like this as much as the first book at all. It's making me want to go back and re-evaluate Anomaly. Was I just in Hmm. Well this is awkward. I did not like this as much as the first book at all. It's making me want to go back and re-evaluate Anomaly. Was I just in a good mood? I don't think so. I honestly just don't think this was nearly as good or as entertaining. It was incredibly dull for the first three quarters, and then the climax at the end was both ridiculous and by then, too little too late.
We join Reid and thingy on their way to the HUB, which is the place Reid grew up fully aware of his Oculi abilities. They're coming to look for a mole in the Resistance. It's never sufficiently explained why they're so sure there even is a mole there, other than saying Santos couldn't have been working alone... Anyway, they're off to the HUB and at this point I'm enjoying it well enough and thinking this will be fun, we'll go in, meet a load of interesting people and I can try to identify which one is up to no good all sleuthy and detective-like. But then they got there and it was just so boring. They literally did nothing for the longest time. Just a bit of training, a few meals, going to bed, waking up, some kissing. None of the new characters we met were at all interesting or had any depth. It was a total snoozefest. We obviously did meet the mole at one point, but it was in such an uneventful way. There was no fun to be had in the guessing because the author didn't even try to make it compelling in that way. It was a case of just wait while I fill a load of pages with minutia and repetitive narration, then I'll just tell you who it is. By then you'll be so bored you won't actually care but, hey, never mind.
And then the end was so OTT, but at least something was finally happening.
This was my heartrate during this book.
Colour me disappointed and glad it's not a trilogy.
2 Stars ★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own....more
After fighting him tooth and nail, she’d finally begun to scream. She had the most remarkable threshold for pain. He’d be able to play with her for a
After fighting him tooth and nail, she’d finally begun to scream. She had the most remarkable threshold for pain. He’d be able to play with her for a long, long time.
Karen Rose brings us Closer Than You Think, a creepy, disturbing thriller that will have readers painstakingly piecing together the many layers of this well-crafted plot.
I picked this up because I liked the sound of the blurb - a crazy stalker, a big old house with bad memories, girls going missing - and who doesn't love a good mystery every now and then? For me, Closer Than You Think was a good read, but not a great read. It had an incredibly strong start - Lots of action. Lots of stuff happening. Lots of clues. I loved the fact that right away we were in the villain's mind; witnessing every sick, twisted thing he did. And that we saw the main character, Faith, from his perspective throughout. There were definitely more than enough breadcrumbs to follow for the mystery lovers out there who really like to guess whodunnit before they're told. And I can't deny Rose is a talented lady when it comes to her plotting - this story had layers like Donkey's onion.
What I wasn't as keen on was the portion of this book from about 40% to 80% because, compared the the beginning, it felt like we'd slowed to a crawl and I don't really understand why this book needed to be 544 pages.
Rose was basically:
I know you have to keep us in suspense for a bit, but it lost its rhythm, in my opinion.
To pad out the middle section, there's the romance which was just kind of "eh" for me. I didn't hate it, but at the same time it wasn't getting me any closer to the answers I wanted. Both Faith and Deacon were okay characters. The author tried to liven up Faith with the comic books and gaming, but as with a lot of these books, the tension of the situation is what determines the characters overall behaviour and they're just too damn busy running for their lives to be anything other than deadly serious.
One brilliant exception to this that comes to mind is Rachel from the Brown and de Luca series. She manages to have phenomenal page presence even while targeted by psychopaths. (Love her!).
So those would be my two major flaws - the unnecessary lengthiness and the slightly flat romance. But the mystery was very strong so, ultimately, I landed on a rather wishy washy 3 stars.
Having just sneaky peeked at the next book and seen that it is EVEN LONGER than this one at 721 pages, I'm guessing this is just the way this author rolls, and if it works for you then, like I said, she is a talented mystery writer, no doubt.
3 Stars ★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Feyre Cursebreaker is back in a big way in this third instalment of the stunning A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Just like at the beginning of the last boFeyre Cursebreaker is back in a big way in this third instalment of the stunning A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Just like at the beginning of the last book, Feyre is back at the Spring Court, but that's about the only thing that's the same - Feyre certainly isn't! And it is with surprisingly little conflict that she begins execution of her promised plan of destruction from within Tamlin's court. You remember those heart stopping moments at Hybern's castle at the end of book two? Well Feyre certainly does. The betrayal and rage still burn strong inside her. But as usual, Tamlin looks but doesn't truly see when it comes to Feyre, much to his detriment. Only Lucien suspects Feyre's loyalties might still lie firmly in Velaris with her mate...
I initially picked up this series because I was already a mega fan of Maas's other series, Throne of Glass. Maas is now an autobuy author for me. I have yet to be disappointed in a single thing she's written, and this was no exception. It was exhilarating. It was intricate. It had surprises for you but also delivered everything readers would be expecting and hoping to see in this third and sorta final instalment (more on that below). I absolutely loved it!
The book itself was pretty hefty at just under 700 pages, but the story was split into distinct parts which helped the progression as there was an awful lot to tackle here. The large scale scope of this series' world-building and the looming war make for challenging story telling, but I believe Mass succeeded in conveying the epicness to her readers. This was a truly satisfying conclusion to Feyre's (and Rhys'!) story.
As with probably any book of this length there were occasional slower paced moments, but overall the tempo kept up a nice beat. Maas' characterisation was excellent as always, with certain members transitioning from ally to enemy and back again, meaning readers are never quite sure who to fully trust. The sense of family at the Night Court is one of my favourite aspects and there were developments and revelations for some of the members there. Speaking of...
This is a trilogy, and therefore this current story gets all wrapped up here, but it is not the end! Maas has promised us more to come from the land of Prythia, and I suspect that may be in the form of spin-offs for a couple of characters who still have some loose threads waving in the wind. Something I'd most definitely like to read!
A phenomenal finish. 5 Stars ★★★★★
**Although this is classed as a children's title, it has mature themes and scenes throughout the series and I would personally recommend it for ages 17 and up **
There are serious tensions brewing between supernatural factions in the Tri-Cities and, as usual, Mercy, Adam and the rest of the pack are right at thThere are serious tensions brewing between supernatural factions in the Tri-Cities and, as usual, Mercy, Adam and the rest of the pack are right at the centre of things in this, the 9th instalment of the untouchable Mercy Thompson series.
First of all, just look at that cover! This series has the most beautiful artwork by Dan dos Santos (Check out more of his work here http://www.dandossantos.com/gallery.html). Even if I'd never heard of this series before I'd have come to a dead halt in the bookshop aisle at that amazing imagery. Of course, I have heard of the series. Who hasn't? It's literally the goalpost all other werewolf-centric series aim at, but never quite reach.
Onto this book in particular. It centres mostly on the tenuous relations between the fae and werewolves and there's a new character introduced who plays a pivotal role. Mercy is currently in a great place with her mate and husband Adam Hauptman, but in a slightly less great place with certain other members of her new pack, and this is something that gets addressed in this book - finally.
The highlights for me are...just Mercy. Everything she says, does and thinks. It's seems like every time I pick up one of these books I've somehow managed to forget how cool she is in between instalments. She's really wise (rare for a book heroine, I know) and that wisdom extends to admitting when she doesn't know something or that she's the wrong person for a particular job. I just love her. That is all.
The next book, Silence Fallen, is already out and there's at least one more planned after that. Can't wait.
5 Stars ★★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
*Picks up gauntlet* I went into this expecting it to be a challenge. I'd read all the reviews with their warnings of abuse, rape, and degradation*Picks up gauntlet* I went into this expecting it to be a challenge. I'd read all the reviews with their warnings of abuse, rape, and degradation. My friends said, "Yyyyeah, good luck with that" when I described the premise to them. But I just had to know: How has this author managed to win over so many readers, and garner such an abundance of five star reviews, despite this seemingly abhorrent content?
And now I know.
Well sorta. I mean, I can't actually explain to you how she did it. Some kind of genius author hoodoo, no doubt. But somehow, some way, in between the shocking opening chapters and the ending of this book, she managed to make me believe in this culture - not agree with it. Oh no, never that - but to at least conceive it, to try and wrap my head around a people brought up the way the Korwahks are. That in order to be the warriors they're known to be, they must give up all softness, kindness, and nurture from the age of five and live and breathe warfare instead, and in return, a beautiful bride will be awarded to them. But as warriors, they can't just accept them as gifts, they have to be earned, fought for and claimed. By force.
Incidentally, it's worth noting that the Korwahk women are happy to be in the Wife Hunt. They, being part of the same culture, see it as an honour to be chosen. They're all, "Pick me! Pick me!".
*sigh* It still sounds awful doesn't it.... Trust me, when you read it in context, it's not quite as bad as it sounds when summarised. That said, there were instances outside of The Wife Hunt where I felt the author was challenging me unnecessarily and slightly pushing her luck. Because it wasn't just during that once-yearly event that the warriors thought it was okay to force themselves on women, but also when they went out marauding. Literally raping and pillaging. And they did this even after they had wives! Of course, it was down to our heroine to try and change their ways in this respect. And if anyone could do it, it was Circe.
Circe's character was about 90% awesome. Most of the book she earned my respect. My only real complaint about her, and the part that made me look squinty-eyed at my Kindle, was the speed of her capitulation to Lahn's sexual demands. I think she needed to hold out a little longer. Still, considering how much her world had been turned upside down, she coped pretty well and I guess a person might seek comfort in the strangest of places under such circumstances.
Now Lahn... How can I like Lahn? Seriously, he's a rapist! Is it possible to love someone without forgiving them? I guess it must be, and the fact that I'm even questioning that possibility means the author has done her job in provoking my thoughts on the subject. As conflicted as I still am over the whole matter, what I can't deny is how engrossed I was in the read and in Lahn's character and his people. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Just couldn't. Even as I was reading some of it peeking through my fingers, or screaming "You bastard! How could you?" I was still fascinated. Moreover, I wanted Circe and Lahn to stay together despite everything.
I have to say one of my favourite things about this book, aside from the awesome world-building and the hot, hot bedroom scenes, was the beautiful Korwahk language the author created. Another thing was the relationships Circe developed with the females of the Daxshee and even some of the other warriors. She earned their respect, which is another layer of interest because clearly The Wife Hunt doesn't make the warriors think any less of the women. In fact, most of them cherish them beyond all else.
All in all, The Golden Dynasty is a challenging read, for sure, but one I recommend readers who are even remotely curious to give a try. See if Kristen Ashley can turn your thoughts on their head, the same way she has done with mine.
Sidekick Returns follows former spoilt rich girl socialite turned wannabe superhero sidekick, Bremmy St James, as she stumbles admirably, if humouroSidekick Returns follows former spoilt rich girl socialite turned wannabe superhero sidekick, Bremmy St James, as she stumbles admirably, if humourously, through her new and dangerous life. That of noble crime-fighting badass - complete with mask and catsuit.
It had been a while since I'd read the first book in the series, Sidekick, so I was slightly fuzzy on the details going into this sequel; I just knew I'd enjoyed it. As soon as I went back to look at the phenomenal cover of book one, with its amazing "glum superhero" depiction, it brought a smile back to my face.
Heading into this book, it wasn't long before all the good things came crashing back to me. Firstly, there's Bremmy, of course. An irresistibly quirky, self-doubting and irreverent lead character. She is absolutely hilarious, and the best thing about the series for me. Her narration is nothing short of joyful. I'm sure I must have read the whole book smiling. In this respect, I'd say this series would be perfect for fans of Darynda Jones, Molly Harper and other such hilarious literary ladies.
Then, of course, there's super-hot, slightly nerdy journalist, Pierce, as the potential love interest. We were treated to some very interesting developments (not all good) in that department.
Also, there's the developing story arc from book one. You may recall, if you read book one and haven't read eleventy-nine million other books since then, like me, that Bremmy has a wheelchair-bound twin sister and a maniacally evil scientist father with far too much money and power for anyone's safety. Some clever twists and excellent writing has kept this area just as fresh and exciting as book one, if not more so.
And finally, there's Bremmy's mentor and inspiration, Dark Ryder. An actual superhero and everything Bremmy wishes she could be. While desperately trying to regain her attention, and point-blank refusing to believe she might be avoiding her on purpose, she stumbles upon something that's going to test her sidekick "skills" to the limit.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Can't wait for more.
5 Stars ★★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
Are you a Sarah J. Maas fan jonesing for your next fix of stunning, kick-ass killing machine? Well, do I have a treat for you!
I picked up this book foAre you a Sarah J. Maas fan jonesing for your next fix of stunning, kick-ass killing machine? Well, do I have a treat for you!
I picked up this book for a couple of reasons: one, the beautiful cover (the original one, the new one is pretty too); and two, the premise sounded a bit like a historical fantasy version of The Fever Series by Karen Moning - a big favourite of mine. I'm probably not the first person to instantly get Fever vibes when I saw that the main character has the rare ability to sense Fae, but once I started reading, the Fever comparisons stopped and I found enough original material to concentrate solely on what I was reading.
The Falconer introduces us to our fantastic heroine, Aileana, who's seeking vengeance for the death of her mother at the hands of the Fae. She's ruthless in the extreme (which is where my recommendation for Maas fans comes in!) and will stop at nothing, killing every Fae she comes across. The story was fast-paced and engaging, and introduced several other characters that I fell instantly in love with.
The highlight for me was the developing relationship between Aileana and another pivotal character, a mentor of sorts. It was incredibly enticing and I only want more from that direction. I also loved the setting of historical Scotland and the steampunk elements sprinkled on top only brought more ingenuity to the already stimulating plot.
I do recommend having the next book, The Vanishing Throne, handy and to just read them back-to-back as the ending of this first book leaves a lot up in the air.
4 Stars ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more