I am an extensive reader of books. I easily go through 4 books a week. Yet this series has to be one of my favorites.
The whole premise twists the normal vampire/werewolf genre. The idea of the others is fantastic. I like that they are not sugar coated and more than willing to eat a human. In this book the changes Megs living with them are explored more. Anne does a good job in showing how the smallest thing can cause huge amounts of problems. Not teaching the others to use a note book to help them learn and all of the confusion and uncaring it can lead to was ingenious. Something so small having a possible huge effect.
The love story developing between Meg and Simon makes me mad that there is not another book out already. It is sweet, funny, and innocent. It also has moved at a great pace. It is keeping me interested, but still fits really well into the story and also in with the characters. It does not feel forced for the sake of the plot. It is also nice to see it from both sides. A lot of times you only see the main characters ideas, and thoughts about situations, but this book gives you a good sense of where everyone is coming from.
I do have one very big grip though. I miss Sam. I can understand why he is staying with the wolves instead of Simon, but that does not change the fact that I miss the interaction between him and Meg. Although Nathan and Meg together are quite amusing.
So I mainly read the Half Moon Hollow series because of Jane. They give me small doses of her. Sometimes it helps but mostly it just leaves me wanting more.
As for Amanda Ronconi I think she is one of my favorite narrators. She does a really good job with all of the voices. At the beginning of this book her voice for Nola really threw me off. Her accent didn't fit with an Irish accent at all. I finally realized it was not Irish but Boston. Which made way more sense. I will say that she did fall in and out of the accent a couple of times. She would skip an R in one word and a sentence or two later say the R. Having said that it still did not detract from the story.
I liked Nola she was funny and spunky. She fit well with the rest of the crazy snarky people we all love from Half Moon Hollow. The magic was a new addition to the series that worked well.
I read a lot of Sy Fy books. If I am honest a lot of the time I get into books and they remind me of another one I have already read. I thought that would be the case with this book, but was happy to find it was different. I liked Brain the demon. He was quite funny. Which is always important to me. Brian is very inventive with the way he tries to investigate things. He could be very irresponsible at times, but you can tell that he really cares about trying to protect his partner. Brenda kind of reminds me of a lot of people I know. Someone who is kind of bored with their life and has this crazy person come into it and offer her something meaningful to do with her life.
The one flaw I really found (which I didn't notice until thinking about it later) was that she was way to excepting of all the magic right from the beginning.
It was also nice that a Brian/Brenda romance was not shoved down our throats. Sometimes when reading books like this the authors seem to think all we want is romance. Instead she has planted seeds that maybe in future books there could maybe possibly be romance or a love hate relationship.
The book made me laugh. Lately that has been one of the big draws for me on books. At the end of the day it is probably chic-lit (I think that is the term I have heard lately), but it was a fun read. I will definitely check the next book out.
So Molly Harper can become slightly formulaic (might have made up a word there). First you start with a quirky fun girl, and then add a vampire. You know that the two will meet, there will be fighting, sexual tension, and then love.
Having said that this is my 7th book written by her and I still enjoy them very much. She keeps me interested in the characters and their trouble they get into. I think she came up with a really interesting way to cause trouble in this book. The idea of poisoning the vampire's food chain was interesting.
Most importantly she makes me laugh. There are very few other authors that make me laugh as often as I do with her (Mark Tufo, and R L Naquin are probably the only other ones). The only issue is the scene I laughed the hardest at was with Jane, Andrea, and Jolene. It made me realize just how much I missed Jane's insane personality. Don't get me wrong Iris and her sister have great funny, quirky, snarky, chemistry (reminds me of Gilmore girls). I just wish Molly would make another Jane book is all.
This series is just incredibly fun new and interesting. Who has ever heard of a pooka? I listened to the whole book in one day because it is just that good. Plus who needs to go to bed before 2:30 when they have to be up at 5:30 :)
This book picks up a couple months after where the last one left off. Once again Zoey is in over head and doing her best to keep every one safe. I like the interesting take on Leprechauns. The great thing about this series is it can go towards fluffy and whimsical. Naquin keeps it somewhat grounded by showing that there is still death and destruction in the world she built. She balances the fence well with keeping the story from going to dark or fluffy. It allows the reader to really get involved with the story and car about the characters.
So this was actually a whim buy for me. Audible had it on a list of recommended books for me. I can not tell you how happy I am to have started this series. I have now read/listened through book 3. I think it is now one of my favorite series. A lot of times when reading/writing reviews we say new and interesting idea. I can actually say that this is one of the most inventive books I have read in years. It is a fun paranormal book that is not the same old vampire/warewolf/kick butt heroines that all the books seem to center around. There is no love triangle either which is also a fantastic change.
How many time are you going to get to read about a lovable closet monster. It is a nice change of pace to read about random and different "monsters". I don't think that they even once mentioned vampires. Maurice the mothering hen closet monster, Iris the quiet flower loving Yeti, Bruce the pygmy dragon, and Milo the fennec fox made this book well worth the read all on their own.
To make it even better the main character kind of reminds me of Stephanie Plum and Jane Jamison. She is funny and quirky and in way over her head most of the time. Through help from new friends and old she seems to find a way to make it through. Plus whats not to love when a line like "what if everything Andrew was saying was a wheelbarrow full of manure from a flying circus elephant" There were a couple lines like that through out the book that not only cracked me up but stuck in my head.
I also like that there is romance in the book but it is not the main story line or even the secondary story line. It is interwoven in the story with out over taking it. Plus Riley's job makes it all even more interesting.
So I can understand the reasoning behind writing the book from Danaus's prespective but in the end it just made me miss Mira. I kept wanting to know what was going through her head during different scenes.
To make it harder for me to like this book I am not Danaus's biggest fan to start with. In the previous 3 books he has not grown much as a character. He was terrified in book 3 of being under a sleep spell and in Mira's "control" for that short period of time. Even though she had shown time and time again that she would protect him. Yet he has never had an issue with taking control over Mira when ever he feels the need.
My last issue with the book is the narrator. He actually has a great voice but he kept saying Femus (no idea how to spell it have only heard it) differently than the other narrator. This drives me nuts because it knocks me out of the story. Also in the same conversation he would say Mira 2 different ways. Which happened more than once. Having inconsistencies like that throws the listening experience off. Which is why I gave him 3 stars instead of the 4 or 5 I would have.
Having said that the story was good and I actually did enjoy it as you can see by my ratings. I liked seeing Mira fight back against being controlled. I also enjoyed Danaus FINALLY admitting at least to himself that Femus was wrong and Ryan had been using him for years. I liked Lilly a lot because she adds more humanity to the story line
I will warn you that it ends in a cliff hanger so be prepared to spend another credit.
I think about half of this book had the two main characters having sex. I listen to a lot of my audio books in public so a lot of sex tends to make me uncomfortable. I will say that because the author did not go into too much detail (which I know some readers think is taking the easy way out) in the sex scenes it made it easier to listen to in public.
Having said all of that I thought that it was a good listen. It has a different take on the supernatural. I liked the character development. I could have used a little more action.
I would be willing to the second book a try.
I saw this book while wasting time at Barnes and Nobles. I picked up two books to take a look at and start reading. One was Cinder (which was also a great book) the other was this one. I can not express how fantastic this book is. I have been reading a lot of fantasy books the last couple of years. Written in Red blows most of them out of the water. It is a new take on the same old stories.
First it is interesting how all of the "super natural" are banded together in this book. I also loved the idea that the humans were granted theier land and tolerated by the "others" as a means to new toys. The others distaste of the monkeys and willingness to use them as special meat without blinking was rather refreshing. No brooding vampire hating who he was and just wanting to be loved.
Meg was a nice mix of strength and nieveness. She was willing to stand up to the "others" and yet was unable to use the most simplest house hold item. Her strength and willingness to stand up to them made for some enjoyable/funny moments in the book. Perftect example is trying to take food away from a wolf. At first you think so what no big deal, but than you remember they take peoples hands for trying to steal a book from them. She also shows just how smart she is in the way she deals with some of the others. From finding ways to make friends with them, to finding ways to get what she wants like a simple pen.
I normally like single person views for a book, but this was rather enjoyable having all the different peoples perspectives. It head to understanding what these well written and engaging characters needed, wanted, and why they do what they do.
I thought it was also a very honest view when the police wanted to help the others. They weren't doing it to make friends or be heros. They were doing it to keep the humans safe from the others. Who in general left humans alone until they stepped over the lines written out for them by the others. The others also some what fit the punishment to the crime. You go over the fence as a young and dumb kid you get thrown back over scared and mostly undamaged. You come over the fence with a gun you are dinner. You steal a book you loose a hand. You do it again and you won't leave.
Anne also did a good job at making you like the scary monsters who just ate a human without a second thought. The love, caring, and frustration Simon and the others showed toward Sam made them endearing. It also made you understand why they dislike humans so much.
I got done listening and immedietly went back on line to find out when the next one comes out. Sad to say it just came out a month ago so I have a long wait a head of me. I will deffinetly have to check out more books by Anne Bishop in the mean time.
I miss Cinder. I enjoyed Scarlet and Wolf, but I wanted more Cinder and Kai. I feel like these should have been sister series like Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega. My fear is that book 3, and 4 will add even more characters and I will see Cinder even less.
Ok now that I have whinned about that let me actually review the book. It continues right from where the other one ends. We get to meet new characters and learn more about the consiracey, and about how Cinder got to where she is. The new characters are good, and are based off another fairly tail Little Red Ridding Hood. I actually liked Wolf a lot. He is an interesting spin on the warewolf without all of the shape changing and how much it hurts.
I already was checking to see when the next book would be released. I just hope we don't get another fairy tail and have to keep up with 3 female leads. If that happens I want a bigger book.
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