Rating: 4 stars
Series: The Others #3
Tensions between humans and the others are rising. Although the others did what was right by freeing the cassandra sangue (a.k.a. blood prophets) in Murder of Crows, humans are using that against them. The Humans First and Last movement has been gaining traction. The question is how are the others going to fight back?
Meg’s main role was to help the cassandra sangue that had been freed. She is by far the most functional of them all. Considering how the others reacted to freedom, Meg’s level of stability is impressive. Although compared to the previous novels, it seemed like her anxiety was slightly worse than it had been before. Meg didn’t have quite as much page time as in the other books. Most of the time she was not with Simon. I love it when they interact, and I wish there had been more of it.
The human side of things played a much bigger role. In Written in Red the human perspectives were somewhat boring and pointless, but with all of the conflict in this Burke and Monty’s POV were interesting. Someone from Monty’s past showed up in his life causing trouble for humans and the others. The humans are starting to cause enough trouble that the others who live deep in the wild are beginning to take notice. Even the others who have contact with humans are afraid of them.
Anyone that loved the prior two books will love this. I didn’t want to put it down and already wish I had the next one.
Thank you so much to netgalley for giving me this ARC!!!
Rating: 2 stars
Series: In the Company of Killers #1
I thought this was going to be a dark, twisted story. Well it wasn’t at least not by my standards anyway. Sure a lot of people died in it, but they were all minor characters that barely had page time or were just horrible people. Sarai had been held captive for 9 years. She escaped with the help of an assassin Victor. The man who had her desperately wanted her back, so Sarai and Victor were on the run.
The romance was practically nonexistent. Victor and Sarai had no chemistry. Victor was a hit man who had no personal life because it interfered with his ability to do his job. He went out of his way to help Sarai, but it was never explained why. And Victor had no personality at all, and he stayed that way for the entire book. A few chapters were from his POV, and he still seemed cold and emotionless.
Sarai was nonsensical. Her thoughts about others were sometimes contradictory. She had issues since she was held against her will as a drug lord’s mistress. She really didn’t seem that fucked up considering, but all of the other characters kept mentioning how abnormal she was. It was stated often that she wouldn’t be capable of living a normal life, but nothing about her really indicated that. Once the story went in the direction of her turning into a cold, calculating killer because of her past, it felt forced because most of the time she was the one begging others not to kill people. I definitely won’t read the next one.
Rating: 4 stars
Series: Darkest London #6
Eliza May came from America to escape her troubles, but she ended up bound (literally) to Adam, the creator of the GIM. He wanted something from her, but she didn’t know what. She was freed from him. Then her Aunt Mab, who she had closer ties to than she ever knew, took her in. She quickly learned her aunt was not a kind person and had hidden motives where Eliza was concerned.
Adam had been cursed. He had a soulmate, which is someone else who shares his soul. The soulmate had to accept him for him to beat the curse. Of course he and his soulmate did not get along. Adam would do anything to get her and to get out of the predicament he was in. The only way for Adam and Eliza to escape their miserable fates was to work together, but they had other forces working against them.
Adam and Eliza had some big issues to overcome. He had not treated her fairly in the past. Plus he had a cocky attitude that rubbed Eliza the wrong way. Their romance was the slow burning type. They really got to know each other. They had good chemistry whether they were getting along or not.
The groundwork for the next book was set up. I’m assuming that Sin will be the main character. His ties to Mab were explained, but his life took an unexpected turn. The world building in this series is excellent. More is revealed about the supernatural world and those who control it in every book. All of these books tie together nicely.
Thank you netgalley for providing me with this in exchange for a review!
Rating: 3 stars
Series: Darkest London #5
William Thorne and Holly Evernight were held hostage in Shadowdance. They both suffered from that experience. Will was in physical and mental agony because his body wasn’t meant to bond with metal. He was out of his mind and decided to go after Holly since her invention is the cause of his troubles. As it turned out Will wasn’t the only one after Holly.
Holly and Will were likable characters, but I didn’t like them as a couple. They were too different. I didn’t understand the attraction beyond the physical aspect. Holly was not an emotional person. It seemed like she got emotionally wrapped up in Will far too quickly for her personality type. Will jumped from hate to love very fast. Their relationship wasn’t bad, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
The scenes with Adam and Eliza May were enlightening. I definitely want to know more about them. I enjoyed getting to know Sin. I don’t want to say who he is because it will spoil some major events in Winterblaze. It would be cool if he was the main character of a future book. Adam, Eliza, and Sin all have connections to the fae that haven’t been completely explored, so there are plenty of good things to look forward to in this series.
Rating: 4 stars
Series: Darkest London #4
Mary Chase and Jack Talent haven’t gotten along for years. Someone has been killing supernaturals for a while. Jack has been on the case but wasn’t able to figure out who was the killer. Mary got a tip from an informant about who the killer was, which lead her to believe Jack was hiding something. She became his partner to keep an eye on him.
Mary and Jack were in the previous book Winterblaze as side characters. Honestly I wasn’t expecting to like them as a couple based on their roles in it. Mary I liked well enough, but Jack was an ass. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Jack had many levels of unexpected depth. The animosity between them remained, but they also saw different sides to each other. The romance wasn’t about them hopping into bed together. They really got to know each other before deciding where their relationship would go.
The story relied less on magic than the previous ones. Mary was a ghost in the machine (aka GIM), so she was alive because of a mechanical heart. This had more of a steampunk feel. Some characters had metal blended with flesh, and an airship was in the story a couple of times. The only bad thing about Shadowdance was that some things were too easy to figure out, which didn’t make for the best mysteries. Other than that it was awesome!
Rating: 3 stars
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone #2
Kai was going through some emotional turmoil after the revelation at the end of Gates of Thread and Stone. Kai, Reev, and Avan were all trying to figure out how they fit in with society and were discovering their own sense of self. Lots of changes were happening in Ninurta that were affecting the people and the infinite. And they are beginning to discover more about the world outside of Ninurta.
The pacing was really slow until about 60% into it. Not much was going on, but it all lead up to something interesting. There was a lot of action towards the end and some unexpected betrayals. A good portion of the book was in a new setting. I didn’t care for any of the new characters. It was more enjoyable when Kai was back home with Avan and Reev.
The love triangle was strongly hinted at again. I loathe love triangles. Part of the problem with this one is that Avan is well fleshed out character and Mason is not. Kai doesn’t think about Mason beyond a friend. Mason is pushy with his flirting. He needs a purpose aside from being a potential love interest, and he also needs more personality.
I don’t know if I will continue reading this series or not. This book didn’t grab me like the first one did.
I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.