Book Review: Archangel’s Legion
Complex and rich storytelling once again from Nalini Singh. She does not disappoint as she weaves a story of life continuing on at Raphael’s angel tower while Elena frets over the horror she knows is dawning on them. I love how we’re revisiting the main couple as they are the foundation of this series. The events unfolding remain tightly wrapped around Raphael so it would make no sense focusing on another angel at this point. The plot moves steadily if not a little slowly, ascends into a full out battle and culminates into another lull in an ongoing war. I enjoyed this much more than Jason’s book mainly because we’re back on track with the main story arc. Though how Singh can incorporate any of the Seven without going out on a tangent, I have no idea.
It’s a little sappy, a little too syrupy for me at times but maybe that’s what their relationship has turned out to be. Honeymoon phase.
So we end on a high note. A few of the Seven make some appearances but Aodhan seems to be in the spotlight here. I only hope that means the next book is about Sparkles. Young Bluebell and Sparkles? WIN.
Book Review: Kinked by Thea Harrison
Between the title and the whip reerences, I think it left me feeling dumb. It’s too abstract for me to deal with! Did I need reinforced ideas as to why the book was named Kinked?
While I was reading this, I thought it was AWESOME. As I reflect back on it, I realize it was just ok. There isn’t really so much a story in this book. The plot is very convenient and loose, situated just to get Quentin and Aryal together. I don’t mind that per se but I don’t think it adds to the overall series too much.
As a couple, they were hot. They had so much sexual tension that they finally combusted! As individuals they were interesting but I still felt Quentin as a character was a little detached for me. I would have liked to know/learn more about this past than his minor indiscretions with the law. He’s one of the rarest mixed breeds but we don’t ever touch on that other than to just state that. Aryal on the other hand, we’ve gotten to know and probably dislike from the previous books. So this book is great if only it taught us to understand her better. She shows vulnerability but not at the loss of a character turnaround, which I find authors doing to explain away personality disorders/ psychopathic behavior in a character who now needs to be loved. Aryal is still who she is. She’s a unrepentant bitch. But one we now understand. It’s explained best with the analogy of all the people talking in her head but all in foreign languages. She can hear all the voices of reason but she can’t really understand it. I think we forget how old she is and how close to her wyr form and we are reminded of that here.
Overall, their relationship, their interactions were amusing and at ease but their personalities made them stand out from the rest of the series. It was a fun and quick read and totally recommended for this series!
Book: Possession by J.R. Ward (Book #5 of The Fallen Angels Series)
I’ve already discussed the series so now a review of the actual book.
The war continues on but Jim’s attention is fully focused on Sissy. It’s become an obsession and it costs him a flag. In this book we get a lot more focus on the behind the scenes and less on the situation with saving the soul, aka the main couple. It’s interesting to see the Angels do their work but then that means the main couple’s story is missing something.
Both Cait and Duke work as characters; fully realized and fleshed out. Cait is shocked by Sissy’s death, so much so that it becomes her new mission in life to live. Duke’s story was a lot more relatable than any of the other male leads thus far. He’s pretty much a regular Joe who once had a dream. Only it was run into the ground and he never found his footing again. When he reminisces about his younger self, brimming with optimism of the future, it feels real. And compared to the current reality of his life, the chasm that was created and the aftermath made me feel hollow. Life doesn’t always work out the way your younger self thought it to be. Deep. GB on the other hand, the third in this love triangle I didn’t understand. Everything I know about him is remote and superficial. Was this intentional? Was this to create an unbalanced love triangle?
Back to the war at hand and where the majority of this book focused on. There was very little interaction between Jim and the soul. Jim spent much of his time pining over Sissy, ignoring WHY he was pining after her, brooding. It was a lot of nothing between Sissy and Jim. But I believe that was the catalyst for Nigel….
Nigel’s situation was unexpected and for a while I didn’t really see the point of this. Until we begin to understand how this is a game changer. GAME. CHANGER. [And yes, good people of GoodReads, learn how to properly hide spoilers].
If you’re invested in a series, you can’t skip this book, no. Was this an amazing installment? No. But things do start to change here so it’s a definite must read in terms of following the plot.
Instead of focusing on a particular book, I thought I’d review series as well. I’m a tremendous fan of book series because I find returning to characters I know comforting and I’ve become invested in their lives, their well being.
The first series I’d like to review is Fallen Angels. The reviews are very mixed on the latest book Possession, either reviewers hated it or loved it. I’ll admit the storyline this time took a backseat to the overall arc of the series. The main couple and story of this book was not memorable. Plus I already knew what was going to play out courtesy of a GoodReads member who never bothered learning how to use tags to HIDE spoilers. Thank you.
This is a somewhat standout series. Not necessarily that it’s an incredible new book with a new premise but that it is different enough that I find it memorable. Most paranormal romances that I’ve read either focus on a main romantic pair, a group of manly men finding their HEAs (happily ever afters), or a new pair in each book but exist in the same world. See said bootleg infographic above for what I think are the breakdowns. While with each book we get a new couple, a new romance but the main arc focuses on the characters outside of this romantic setting. Jim, the protagonist is consistently throughout the book as a main character, yet he is alone. And basically he will be until the 5th book where it’s but a mere inclination and possible spark (though we know where this is headed).
Offering more perspective, we get an antagonist who is refreshing and interesting to read. Devina is by far the best character in this series. She’s multi-faceted: perverse, psychotic and insecure. I’m sure there’s more adjectives I can use to describe her but the fact is, she is someone who is many things and rarely do we see so much into the heart of the “bad guy” than we do here.
This series isn’t for everyone, maybe not even paranormal romance readers since it is different. But for me, I’m really enjoying this and can’t wait to find out who’s going to win the game.
Book Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
With each book, I feel like we’re getting less and less than what I’ve come to expect from the series. From what we were given in Pushing the Limits. With Dare You To, we lost some of the supporting characters to gave the main characters more depth. While we get a little more of that in Crash Into You, we get less of the spark in the previous two books. Isaiah and Rachel’s romance was not believable or the chemistry wasn’t there. I didn’t feel it, I just accepted it and moved along. I never rooted for their romance to work. I rooted for them to be able to make it, to solve their issues but never did I care if they stayed together.
Whatever happened to Isaiah? Have I forgotten about his personality? Has love made him soft and into an entirely different person? Was it really necessary to write up explanations and excuses for what we thought he was like? I would rather read about him redeeming himself from his flaws, than have it conveniently written away since, well, he was never like that to begin with.
The one thing I will point out as exceptional is the Isaiah the foster kid. I wanted to read more about it. I wanted to know more, first hand how Isaiah grew up, his mother and their dynamic. This whole area that would have created so much more depth to him as a man was only touched upon. Though I am glad he found some closure with his past and how that played out.
I’m not going to lie, while I enjoyed the book, I don’t think it’s necessarily a must read in the series. I miss Isaiah.
Random Note: Sorry, I know Isaiah is supposed to look mature but that guy on the cover looks like he’s in his thirties. No.
Book Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
This book failed to deliver on it’s promise. It totallyended! I feel gipped, I wanted this story to continue on! Ahem, endless?!
With the second book, we’re submersed in this new universe with little to remind us of what happened in the first. Usually I’m not a big fan of the rehash but I found myself really trying to figure it out at times. While the first book was amazing in it’s story telling and how everything eventually wrapped up and fell into place, this one couldn’t compete on that level. What it did do, was create something that few other YA books have failed to do. Introduce a secondary love interest with as much spark as the first. I mean, I just can’t. It’s got me confused. We have two general stereotypical males: one the angry brooding rage against the world, and the other solemn, suave, sophisticated but deadly. Both, of course are good men at heart but continue to do bad things. Normally, I’d have chosen a side and stuck with it. Normally, the author will drop hints, give an out, lead the main female lead onto a dimly lit path to the guy who will eventually win her heart. BUT! I. have. no. clue. And at this point, I’m not even sure who I like better. GAH. Well played… well played Ms. Cole.
I’d say back to the review but that right there was a major part of it. We learn more about the game. We’re introduced to more of the Tarot cards, more of their identities have been revealed. Little tidbits that just added to the overall series to make this more fleshed out. Overall, I’m floored by this series. It’s wonderful and if I haven’t said it before, I mean who can resist a book that has zombies, apocalyptic dystopia, romance, mythology and fights to the death? Who knew they’d all work so well together?
Review: Incubus Dreams by Laurell K Hamiliton
Wait, did I miss it or was the butt smut in a different book? I think this one covered a things pointed out in some reviews… but not sure about that one. So I braved it, I ventured forth because I really really grew attached to the characters in series. This book dragged on. It really had potential though, there was indeed a plot in there - covered in about two chapters overall, one at the beginning and one toward the end. Malcolm, the head of the Vampire church in trying to lead a new way in vampric life has potentially created a situation for total chaos. There was so much potential for that. So. Much. Anita’s downward spiral in acceptance of ‘evil’ had potential as well. However, much like every. other. review. states, it’s just porn. Also kind of bad porn at that. It’s thrown in, excused and never truly and fully embraced. So… yea, try hard and not sexy.
Wow. Yes, Anita hates women. Too analytical to say that she probably hates herself?
I can’t say I won’t continue the story. More than likely, I’ll skim and skim some more. Wicked Truth - I think they’re the ones that have my interest piqued.
So long Anita Blake, I’ve escaped from your clutches!
PS. Twitter along reviews are the best. LOL. Great for taking notes for the reviews!