I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)
We were searching for a new series to binge-watch.
Tried some fantasy (Grimm), some humor (Mrs. Mazel) and some crime stuff.
And then I tried this one. Just for shit and giggles.
And I loved it. My husband as well (he likes strong women, what can I say :)).
I so so want to work for the editor in chief, Jacqueline. She is the greatest boss imaginable.
Wise, strong, full of integrity and confidence.
The stories resonate with me, although I am 10 to 15 years older than the protags, not really into women's magazines, make-up and so on.
I still enjoy this immensely.
I didn't really like Paige in the second installments of the Otherworld series (arrogance meet stupid and her colleague weakness), but I thought that might have been due to Elena being such a cool heroine, so I decided to give Paige a chance.
I got really impatient with her - not a good situation if you have to roll your eyes at the protag every second page.
She is naive, bordering on stupid. She doesn't handle any situation well. She comes across as a quite weak idiot. The story evolves around her mistakes in judgement.
And I am not interested in this.
That is not why I read Urban Fantasy. So I did myself a favour and quit.
SPOILERS IN REVIEW!
Merit has become the ultimate Mary Sue. Smarter, stronger, more alluring, well connected, ex-Debutante, but rebellious, intellectual, loyal, sassy - she is everything with legs for miles.
And she is boring.
Incredibly boring and predictable. Totally crushing on Ethan, because he is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen.
And the rest: the story has so many plotholes, it is not even a real story anymore.
First the whole "Celina has been set lose" line - her whole incarceration doesn't make sense. If humans are so hung up on security and wary of vampires, she would have been executed immediately and not expediated to the UK for some prison time for killing two humans. That just does not fly with the "Ethan is so worried Humans will kill the vampires off or at least ground them in their mansions" stupidity.
She was kept alive to be re-used as baddy. A bad choice as she was uninteresting the first time around.
Then Ethan himself. He is supposed to be this great master and so on, but his only plan so far is to use Merit's social clout. Wow, how conniving!
Then the blackmail story. The threat was to expose the vampire rave parties and thus sway the Humans against the vampires. This threat was voiced by a shifter - a supernatural group that has not been outed yet.
See any problem with that? A super secret group threatens another group with some minor secret?
Major major pet peeve: boy. Ethan gets called "boy" a lot. Morgan the sad clown gets called "boy". Merit talks about herself as "girl". She is 28, for g*d's sake. Ethan is over 400 and was 30 years when he was turned.
This intensifies the feeling of a very immature and at the same time unhealthily horny Young Adult story.
I liked the set up with the bookworm turned vampire.
I liked how present her BFF was.
I was ok with the super hyper sexyness of all things vampire.
I wasn't a huge fan of the villain - very standard, not impressive at all.
What I didn't like: the inconsistencies in the story. The over the top attraction between Merit and Ethan. That was more than ridiculous.
Great crime plot - something I truly appreciate about this.
A lot of m/m books focus on gay relationships, but this feels like a well-written crime novel with a PI who just happens to be gay.
It has a lot of atmosphere and the side characters are giving it color and depth.
I very much enjoyed it!
It was too easy - the insta-attraction with the tgtbt superhero was too much.
A pity, the beginning was very promising, especially the world-building.
I am a big Trevor Noah fan, so reading this was a no-brainer.
It was a very interesting and also touching insight into his childhood and youth in South Africa.
I actually didn't really find it very funny. I admire him now even more, I love how positive he is.
So, it was a good read, though not really what I expected.
I re-read a lot of my favourite UF books to calm myself down, relax or just try to cope.
Live is really one of the hardest.
And January sucks especially.
A few months ago I started dreading the Monday on Sunday afternoon. I am now starting to dread the Monday on Saturday morning...
There is not enough Star Trek, LotR, Star Wars, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs e.a. in this world.
And this was so so good.
It nearly reaches the "Kate Daniels" level for me.
I love Nevada, her family, the whole dynamic of who she is and why.
And of course her Connor.
The story had a good flow, the world-building interesting.
It was "alien" enough to not feel like a green coloured human society.
The romance part was a bit too much "drawn/mated" themed for my taste. But it worked out in the end.
This had really brilliant parts. And a lot of boring stuff.
All written very well, but it was a very long read. And it felt that way.
What also didn't help was the different layers of the story, Grace's own story would have been fascinating enough without Dr. Jordan's life story etc. - it nearly felt like a totally different and remote story.
The end felt abrupt and kind of disappointing - it felt like a long climb and then no view...
I guess it was clear from the beginning that there would be no conclusion as this is an unsolved crime in real life. Maybe my expectations were too high.
But I felt dissatisfied after finishing it.
This was a really nice short read, for fans of the series.
It was all in the story - a bit of heartbreak for the realism in the christmas past.
And a bit of a christmas miracle :)
It felt a bit repetitive. Not sure about two further books - I truly hope the author will develop a bit more of the story.
And finally around 80% some sexy action.
This was really slow burn - they only do the deed after 1.80 books in...
And it wasn't all that.
A bit of a disappointment to be honest.
The protag and her voice are still the best thing for me about this.
Not sure I will continue the series though.
It was clear from the beginning who the culprit would be in the crime part of the plot.
So obvious that I thought it was a red herring...
The mystery/fantasy part about the protag's paranormal ability was well done.
The romance part was sweet, but a bit too good to be true.
I had the feeling that the author can really write, but the story just wasn't that fantastic. Hopefully some of her other books will have both elements.
Her voice was fun.
That was the best part of the book.
The rest was meh.
It was supposed to be "reverse harem". But there was no action whatsoever (a few tame kisses and so on). The "romance" part was therefore not interesting to me.
But the protag was fun enough for me to check out part 2 (spoiler alert: I am 50% in and still no "action"...).
But it felt way too short.
This could have been really good, but it didn't have enough flesh to be a real story.