Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name
By Any Other Name by Tia Fielding

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Enjoyable but could've been better. What I noticed most was how simplistic it turned out to be even when talking about serious matters. There's abuse, rape, humiliation and captivity and I think it would've had more impact with more explanations and a slower build of Skye's recuperation and relationship with both Dru and Thom. The way it was seemed like it wasn't such a traumatic event which it was. I also think the final "conflict" between them wasn't necessary. If the author had focused her attention on all the undercurrent feelings of all three and how difficult everything was for Skye just to think much less do...the overall impact of the book would've been greater and definitely more emotional. This way, while promising, it didn't really deliver.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Karma

Karma by Donna Augustine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Did I like it? Yes I did. Did I think it was a good ending? No, I don't. It pissed me off to no end because it came out of the blue and left me hanging.

Overall it was good. The main character irritated me a lot but it wasn't insufferable so I kept going. The plot was interesting and the world-building seemed more mysterious than incomplete so I went along with it too. Fate is obnoxious and the main character's reaction to him made me despise her but...again, I went along with it because the plot was good enough to carry my interest. Then the end rolls around without a single warning point and now I'm not sure what to think of it all. I hate that she was made to stay. I hate that she managed to only think of herself at the most stupid times and I hate that she slept with Fate in the first place. Cupid or no. But most of all, I hate that she's as ignorant as ever because of herself and not because she's a transfer or because no one wanted to help her. She did it to herself and I was never much of a fan to begin with. Not sure if worth it to keep going. Not sure if the plot and world-building will be enough next time.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: The Witch With No Name

The Witch With No Name
The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Almost 2 a.m and yes, I'm still up. Way past my bedtime on a weekday but I sure as hell wasn't going to give up this book right when it was finishing up my favorite story for the last couple years. way. So I kept reading even after my eyes weren't so focused, after I yawned every five minutes and after I nodded off a couple times too. I am tired as all hell but IT WAS WORTH IT. All hail Kim Harrison. Seriously. Do it.

This book was action-packed, romance-filled and just plain...perfect. And by this, I don't mean to say it was all rose colored. It wasn't. There were bad moments when all seemed lost. When I thought Rachel or Ivy or Trent or Jenks was going to die. When I thought the demons were. When I actually found myself wishing they didn't even after spending more than half this series hating them. When I seriously wanted to kill Cormel and the elves and to hell with Rachel always trying to save everyone. When I found myself crying for Newt, that crazy demon turned goddess. But, amazingly enough, it all blended well at the end. I have no idea what happened to Landon or Cormell. I don't care. I sincerely hope they died alone in some forgotten place but after seeing the rest I just couldn't care less.

Wasn't I shocked when suddenly 27 years had passed? When I read about wrinkles and white hairs? I was. I don't regret it but it truly drove home the end of this series for me and it hurt. I'm happy because it wrapped all my doubts and fears and booted them out of existence but, at the same time, it showed me it was over and done. I will miss everyone like crazy. I already started missing them and it ended just ten minutes ago.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: The Undead Pool

The Undead Pool
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hm. Yeah. That's how coherent I am after reading this book and, boy, did I try to make it last. So, let's go with the bare facts shall we?

Character growth is amazing in this book for about everyone: Ivy, Jenks, Nina, Trent and Rachel and probably a few other supporting characters I wasn't so attentive about. Ceri's death is still very raw and palpable and watching Al turn his back on Rachel became even harder to stomach even though I knew it was coming all along. Actually put a huge damper on Rachel and Trent's romantic relationship which I was rooting for for about forever. But this book isn't all about romance, even tho there was lots of it with both main couples (Ivy/Nina and Rachel/Trent), it's also very centred in Rachel saving the world. Again. And no offence to the world...but I think it should either thank her or find a way to save itself because this was actually getting old and fast in this book. I seriously started to wonder mid-book how in the hell people didn't kill themselves off before Rachel was born.

The whole mystics thing? Creepy but also fun. I had a blast "hearing" them in her mind. Wicked. The goddess? Much like demons when they first showed up in this series. Not sure what her role was all about and I didn't care for her either so, while I understood her, I also wanted her gone ASAP. Sorry.

Now the demons, the elves and Trent's problems with them all...I feel a headache coming.
It was 8 to 80 in less than 5 seconds and I loved it all even what I didn't love. Weird, right? Nope, that's exactly what you get with these novels and I'm gonna miss them like crazy.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: The Broken Road

The Broken Road
The Broken Road by Sean Michael

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sweet and romantic but also overly long and complicated. There was absolutely no need for this story to be told in so many pages. Absolutely no need for me to read so many chapters about their younger years, then some more about puberty, then their 20's...I felt like a lot of this was just to fill some pre-established word count and just plain unnecessary. Also made the story incredibly ansgty for no good reason. The thing with Brian and Lee? Another aspect that didn't do much for the plot because Brian died and after an enourmous amount of angst West ended up confessing he had never felt as good with Brian as he did with Ardie so why putting him in the story at all? So we could see Ardie whining about it? And Lee? Another unnecessary aspect I suspect is only present for shock like Brian. So basically...a more simplistic plot would've been greatly appreciated. This just made my head hurt.

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Review: Zuriel's Fate

Zuriel's Fate
Zuriel's Fate by Serena Yates

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Overly simplistic, emotional and confusing but still enjoyable if you can get past the absurdities within although I have no problem admitting their sex scenes were the most enjoyable part of it all.

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Review: Once Upon a Dragon

Once Upon a Dragon
Once Upon a Dragon by Jambrea Jo Jones

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So I was curious. Sue me. Not much of anything apart from sex to tell the truth which I actually enjoyed a little. Mindless but cute.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Ever After

Ever After
Ever After by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm too tired to actually have any coherent thoughts about this book because I slept way too little to finish it, so here it goes:

What I liked:

* Jax returning home;
* Nick getting caught and becoming Newt's familiar;
* Al getting drunk and
* The Hunt.

What I didn't like:

* How Ku'Sox dies (way too easy if he is indeed dead);
* Ceri's death;
* Nick still being alive;
* All the demons acting so cowardly;
* Trent letting Ellasbeth take the kids and
* How long it took to Trent and Quen to release Rachel from the slave rings (no matter what was the cost, they should've given them to her the first time she asked).

Did I enjoy it even if apparently what I didn't like out-weights the good? You betcha. This book is so very well written and has such a great finish you can't help but love it and I do. Great work.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Raziel

Raziel by Kristina Douglas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The plot? I loved it. It was different enough from the usual angel/demon thing to make it enjoyable and interesting. The romance? While I appreciated all the effort taken in regards to the sex I wasn't very keen on it. Their first sex scene was way too close to being forced on her for my peace of mind and I can't help thinking she would've chosen differently if she'd been allowed, which she wasn't because he used his powers on her so she couldn't move. For me, it doesn't matter if she ended up enjoying it. A lot. What matters was that she said no and he ignored her. NO is NO. Not a maybe or please make me change my mind kind of thing. So while I enjoyed their bantering and fights? I think she should've found a way to run. Because no matter how you look at it, she never left because she couldn't and not because she didn't want to. For me, that holds more weight that a bunch of hot sex and some destiny.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: Angel in Chains

Angel in Chains
Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Main complain about this book. The sex. Don't get me wrong. It, sweaty and boy oh so hot but there is a thing as too much sex and that's what happened here. This couple had sex at every darn turn and it was just ridiculous because it even interfered with the flow of the plot. I'm glad it was so GOOD between them but really? All the time? I actually ended up looking forward for the action scenes with the bad guy. Because Brandt, the bad guy, was one sick f*ck. Gotta give props for such a well built character. Not that the good guys aren't memorable too but this guy? Wow. Sick f*ck I tell you. Now for our main couple, I loved Jade. How could I not when she managed to survive years running from a pack of cats? I couldn't. She was one awesome lady, even as a human. Azrael. Because I didn't read the previous book about Sam and Seline, there was a lot of comments about him and his actions that went right over my head, but I kind of do remember him being a bad guy in the first novel so I wasn't that lost and what can I say, I love a good redemption even if it's not exactly what is expected. So I loved him. A little more slowly and cautiously but there nevertheless. And I honestly cheered when everything went well for them all. Azrael and Jade. Sam and Seline. Tanner. I even hope the good demon doc survives. Am I gonna read the previous book now? Nah. I already know most of what happened and it'd be just a waste of time but I do hope all their happiness lingers.

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