Gritty, kick-butt, heroine
If Harry Dresden had a female counterpart, Marla Mason would be her.
Jessica Almasy has a good grown up voice, gives Marla a mature tone.
I tried to start a Nalini Singh novel once before, but didn't make it very far.. this one was pretty good, though!
There were a couple of corny, predictable parts, but overall, I'm looking forward to reading/listening to the continuing adventures of these troubled, secular angels.
Also: I want to see what happens to the angel with the blue wings. =P The author does a good job of planting interesting secondary characters in, along the way.
So far, very pleased with this new Frost series! These books are are far more along the lines of Cat & Bones, in terms of a badass heroine and a relationship that takes longer to resolve than a single novel.
I felt like the ladies in First Drop of Crimson and Eternal Kiss of Darkness were in the same mold as all romance heroines- an ordinary "every girl" archetype for a lonely reader to project herself into. Cat and Layla's unique personalities keep them from being that void, designed for reader fill.
Layla's little touch of darkness makes her a fun character to read about!
Book 2 wasn't an improvement on book 1.
Dante is so emotionally overwrought the entire book, someone needs to put her out of her misery.
When her shoulder isn't burning (or icy), her hand is cramping into a claw. When she's not having nightmares, she's wallowing in self flagellation or bemoaning that her friends care about her. I get that she has emotional scars, but it's awfully tedious to be reminded of it every few minutes.
I also have a little pet peeve, when an author uses the same phrasing to describe the same thing more than once. It doesn't tell me anything new to describe the same lake as "algae-choked" more than once, or describe the same smells, auras, and magical phenomena in the exact same terms, repeatedly. This book could have benefited from the application of a thesaurus.
I read the first book of Lilith Saintcrow's Jane Kismet series, and really liked it, so when the Dante Valetine series showed up on sale, I bought the first two.
I can say, I much prefer the Kismet book. Dante Valentine's flavor of sarcasm is excessive, and just makes her seem childish.
The demon, Jaframel (not sure about spelling, since it's an audiobook!) blends right in with every other stoic male hero ever.
Don't waste your time on second rate heroes or villains-
If you want interesting and manipulative demons, try Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series.
If you want a really conniving Lucifer, try Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series.
This is a good start to a cool new series. The characters are varied and interesting, and the exploration of ghosts / magic etc, is unique.
I especially love the take on vampires- less sexy, more terrifying! Don't get me wrong, I love Frost's sexy vampires, but this flavor of paranormal is great too.
I feel like this is a more mature, less sensational, less fuzzy romance, type of series. I'm glad I bought the first three books in the series on sale!
This wasn't the worst book in the world, but it wasn't very good, either.
My main issue with the book was that the author's foreshadowing was so explicit, nothing in the plot came as a surprise. The main character is pretty annoying too.
This book is fascinating, and so inspiring!
Some of the later chapters begin to feel a little niche-market, but a great read. It will definitely make you want to take up running!
Pseudo-historical Victorian time travel? Art-history sleuthing? Yes please!
This book is highly entertaining! (Please sir, may I have some more??)
Mckillip is one of my very favorite authors. Her books are like lush, intensely detailed tapestries- rich and luscious, elegantly crafted.
I would also highly recommend Song for the Basilisk.
Start with Sandman Slim, but then keep going, listen to Kill the Dead. And then Aloha From Hell, and then Devil Said Bang, and then... on and on as long as Kadrey will keep up the good work!!
Kadrey's writing is both fast paced and entertaining, full of analogies and bizarre imagery. He doesn't hit any joke to hard, he just makes it and moves right along.
I really enjoy the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, as well. He is right on pitch!
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