I read this in a few hours. It was entertaining. I knew the humour would be good and that was true. Though I liked the main character, she was clearlyI read this in a few hours. It was entertaining. I knew the humour would be good and that was true. Though I liked the main character, she was clearly written by a man. The other characters were alright. I would have liked some more character development, and also some more relationship development. Especially since some of them were really interesting. I was hoping for some romance, but there really isn't any. Not the way I would have liked.
All the welding info I skipped, it was boring. There was too much technical stuff for my liking. The first few times I tried to follow the logic, but there are too many moments where I then have to really think and read carefully and I read to relax, so I noticed I was skipping large bits. It broke up the pacing, which was too bad, because some moments were truly exciting. I prefer action in the form of running and fighting. Overall I enjoyed it, though. It would make a cool series, but I would have liked Jazz to be more mature in her thoughts. It seemed like she was ashamed of the mistakes she had made as a teen, and she was trying to be a grown-up, which contrasted with the horny teen thoughts/comments she had. (hence that she's clearly written by a man)...more
The main thing that bothered me about this was the fact that there was no mystery about who was behind the killings. It was so blatantly obvious that,The main thing that bothered me about this was the fact that there was no mystery about who was behind the killings. It was so blatantly obvious that, even though the main character didn't WANT to see it, it didn't excuse her stupidity. If you're going to make someone close to the main character the bad guy, it has to be done really well. There's a huge conflict there, and if it's written well, it's super interesting. In this case it was like the main char. didn't ask any of the RIGHT questions, didn't really do any investigating, and then all of a sudden walks into the killer doing her thing and is like 'OMG, it's youuuuu!!! I kind of knew it, but didn't want to know!' Yeah, right. Part of me hoped she would be killed, she was too stupid to live.
I also just didn't like her character. One of the love interests becomes the victim, which I also didn't like. Don't set up a love interest and then have him killed. Again, I probably wouldn't have minded if it was done well, but it was so obvious who did it that it bothered the sh*t out of me that the main char. didn't realise/ask the right questions for his and any other future victims. She could have easily prevented the death of the next victim, who was obviously next in line. Even I knew that much. And she never said anything. She was a meek little lamb who didn't want to face facts, and all of that for a woman who wasn't even nice to her. Not only that, once that love interest is dead, she turns her attention to the alfa of the pack, which felt like seconds after the death of a guy she could have loved. It may not have been actual seconds, but come on! Have some decency. Attraction can come in many forms, by the way, and isn't always instant. I would have rather seen them develop a strong friendship, based on respect. Although that's hard considering the fact that the main char. is a big pile of BLEGH.
I do not recommend this book. There are far better ones out there. Don't waste your time on this one. ...more
Well-written, as expected from Ilona Andrews. At first I didn't really like the alien/sci-fi aspect, but once you get used to it, it's not so weird. TWell-written, as expected from Ilona Andrews. At first I didn't really like the alien/sci-fi aspect, but once you get used to it, it's not so weird. The characters were believable and interesting and the plot was good. There were no spelling mistakes and I read this in one day. It was a very original story and is fun to read. ...more
I read the first three books in three days, so I'm writing this knowing what will happen in those next books as well. These were all enjoyable reads.I read the first three books in three days, so I'm writing this knowing what will happen in those next books as well. These were all enjoyable reads. It was so easy to get lost in the story.
I should start by saying I really HATE zombies, I really do. So I really hated reading about them and skipped the part where-through a vision-we feel what it's like to be ripped apart by zombies. Not fun. I also found it very unrealistic that there were so many and wanted it to be over. When she then used her powers to annihilate them all I was relieved, but when more started appearing I was like...WHAT? First of all, how many bodies does this graveyard have? Second of all, didn't they all just pop up from their graves and then got destroyed? Third of all, whoever was summoning them should be a little worn out, no? I hate it when baddies are all-powerful and would have liked to see some weakness in him, allowing them to investigate more instead of battling zombies.
However, what kept me going was the main character. I liked her, even if I didn't get her fascination with the werewolf. He was just a broody prick with issues he needed to solve. Oliver, on the other hand, WOW. What an amazing character. It's been a while since I've read a character that made me sad that I was closing the book. I love him so much and zombies or not, he's one of the main reasons I loved reading on.
It is therefore no surprise that I read the other two books as well. Two is definitely my favourite. Three a little less because I can see the main character gravitate towards Will and that was very disappointing. I got the feeling she had this idea of love and her ideal man from before she embraced her telekinetic self and was projecting that on him, instead of going for what she deep down really wanted. I mean, for one thing, she really wants kids and Oliver can't give her that. But it made me wary to read the fourth book and I haven't yet done so. I might start again with book number five, but I'm not sure yet. I do hope there will be more to come. I know from book number four on the books are self-published and there are loads of spelling errors in them, so not sure if I want to mess up my good opinion on this series and end on a high. I will SO miss Oliver, though. I'll find a way to incorporate a similar character in one of my novels one day. ...more
Highly enjoyable read which is quite well-written and entertaining in terms of plot and characterisation.
The romance was also well-written and not aHighly enjoyable read which is quite well-written and entertaining in terms of plot and characterisation.
The romance was also well-written and not a terrible cliche even if generally speaking you knew what was going to happen. The main character was cool and I liked reading about her. I read this in one day and it's too bad that the next books in the series aren't about her, but it makes sense since it felt finished.
Already better than the previous book in terms of language, but still a lot of mistakes and wrong habits. Is better with the next book. Still the sameAlready better than the previous book in terms of language, but still a lot of mistakes and wrong habits. Is better with the next book. Still the same cosy vibe, humour, and getting to know the characters more. I liked it. The plot is good. It's not easy to figure out and it's just nice to sit back and enjoy the ride. Highly recommend. ...more