Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke

17333781Rating: 3 stars

Series: The Immortal Empire #3

The plot was bad. It was very similar to Up From the Grave although in all fairness this book was published first. I liked the plot even less in Up From the Grave. At least in this book the problem was dealt with the right way. A young, crazy killer appeared, and she looked just like Xandy. Just take a wild guess as to who the killer was.

Something about psychotic, killer children being developed in labs from stolen genetic material isn’t interesting to me. Being a mother I understand the desire to protect your kid, but I can’t relate to it in a situation like this when the kid is a lab experiment gone wrong and is a complete danger to society. There isn’t any humanity in them to save.

The characters in this series needed more personality. Xandy did have personality, but she was a queen. She needed to tone it down and be more regal. Everyone else was bland. Vex was too damned perfect. He always did and said the right thing. Having a guy like that IRL is great but in literature it’s fucking boring. William was a lot like Vex except he wasn’t a love interest. Frankly I couldn’t understand why either of those guys were invested in Xandy.

I never really understood why Xandy was a queen anyway. She didn’t have the right temperament for it. William was the one who was knowledgeable of goblins and their ways. She could walk in sunlight when the others couldn’t, but how did that make her worthy of being queen?

Xandy was a racist. She hated humans. Most of them weren’t nice to any of the supes, but it’s not fair to judge a whole race on the actions of some. It was rather hypocritical of her. Being a halvie she was looked down on for most of her life just because of what she was, but she didn’t seem to be capable of relating to others in the same situation. It was this issue more than any other that made it really difficult for me to like her.

The world building was the main thing that made this series stand out. It was in London with an alternate history where only some modern technology existed. Vampires, werewolves, and goblins were all known about by humans. Each faction has their own hierarchy although vampires were the ones who ruled the humans. It was original, which is damn hard to find.

Altered by Marnee Blake

altered-500x700Rating: 3 stars

Series: untitled #1

 

Blue woke up one morning in her small town to find that almost everyone in it was dead. Seth was a stranger in town but also survived. The two of them met while searching for survivors and discovered they had developed superpowers. Someone was after them and didn’t want them to be found.

The romance was the best part of the story, which was a huge part of it. Seth and Blue developed feelings quickly but didn’t trust each other right away. It had an instalove vibe but it didn’t bother me much. They took more time getting to know each other than in other novels like this.

I had expected there to be more in terms of plot. The majority of the book they were on the run and it got slightly repetitive. I hadn’t realized until the book was over that this is the first in a series because there wasn’t really a resolution at the end. All of the character’s fates were left unexplained. I wouldn’t say it ended with a cliffhanger. It’s more like the story ended at a random point half way through.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Night of the Soul by Kitty Thomas

513hywaxwjl-_sx323_bo1204203200_Rating: 2 stars

This world alternates between 1000 hours of darkness (night) and 1000 hours of light (day). People must be civil and obey the law during the day, but at night anything is fair game. Being caught outside at night was dangerous. Helene wasn’t able to make it home before night and was captured.

I didn’t like either of the main characters. At the beginning Helene was severely depressed. Although I understood why she felt the way she did, I couldn’t empathize with her. About halfway through her emotional state changed. I really couldn’t connect with her at that point. Her feelings just weren’t believable. Gabriel liked to be in control. The only thing to like about him was that he could have been worse and wasn’t.

The paranormal aspect was downplayed. Gabriel was a vampire. He drank blood, could alter people’s thoughts, and was weakened during the day. The paranormal stuff could have been taken out and the story would have been pretty much the same.

Gabriel’s behavior wasn’t any different than most powerful men in dark romances. Romance isn’t really the right word to define this story. There wasn’t any love or heartfelt feelings. Helene was Gabriel’s captive until morning came. It annoyed me that Helene was special in Gabriel’s eyes; he treated her differently than the average captive. There were several sex scenes, which were consensual, but they were more clinical than erotic.

New Excerpt from Ride the Storm by Karen Chance

25962913It was announced a while ago that this book was postponed indefinitely. So far a solid release date has not been announced, but Karen Chance has posted the first two chapters on her website. I’m hoping it’s a good sign she’s posted an excerpt already. It would be awesome if this would come out sometime next year since the storyline in Ride the Storm is strongly linked to Reap the Wind.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

11408650Rating: 2 stars

Series: Mara Dyer #1

Mara woke up in the hospital with no memory of what caused her to be there. She quickly discovered her friends had died horrible deaths, but she lived and was relatively unharmed. No one knew why. I thought it would be interesting for her to figure out what happened. Half of the time this part of the plot was completely forgotten about. Instead the focus was pointless, teenage drama.

Mara’s family moved away so it would be easier for her to cope in a place where no one knew what happened to her. Mara went to a new school. A lot of page time was spent on her interactions with the other students. I must be getting too old for high school drama because it was really boring. The hottest guy in school was interested in Mara upon first sight. The other girls at the school hated her because he liked her. The one guy who was really different became her best friend. It was just the same old crap that’s in tons of other YA novels. I hate it when students have more authority than the teachers in novels. Half of the time the kids did what they wanted and the teachers just accepted it.

It went from having some very minor paranormal aspects to being a full blown paranormal novel. Not sure why but I just couldn’t get into the paranormal part of it. I would have preferred it if the story had been a straight up mystery rather than having powers dictate certain things that happened. I didn’t hate this although I won’t read the other two books in the trilogy. It was a good idea that was executed poorly.

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

magic_stars_smRating: 5 stars

Series: Grey Wolf #1, Kate Daniels #8.5

I’m at a loss for words. It was too good to be coherent after reading it. Derek and Julie! Wow! This pulled on all the heart strings. Could two people be any more perfect for each other? I’ve always shipped Derek and Julie, but now I really really ship them extra hard.

Ilona Andrews are UF gods. I bow down to you and pledge my undying devotion because you can do no wrong. I loved this novella! It was 10 times better than most books. I usually hate short stories and novellas because they don’t feel completely fleshed out. But this was amazing! I cannot believe they packed so much awesomeness into one small story.

I don’t even know where to start with how much I loved Derek. He is definitely my new book boyfriend. He’s much darker than most of IA’s characters. I hadn’t realized how deeply troubled he is until getting this glimpse inside his head. I knew he was bothered by his physical scars but had no idea the emotional ones went so far back. No matter what was going on in his head, he was still completely devoted and loyal to the people he is close to. There is hope for him, and I think it comes in the form a 16 year old girl named Julie.

Julie kicked ass! I was seriously impressed with her fighting skills. She’s turned into a mini Kate. They even have the same sense of humor. She’s way more mature than I had ever expected. I like her a lot more after reading this. Her behavior in the recent Kate Daniels books has had me worried, but it makes more sense after she discussed some things with Derek.

Magic Stars is not some random novella. This is a must read for the Kate Daniels series. Some important stuff was in it about Roland and Hugh. I’m freaking thrilled this is the start of a new series! It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, but it definitely left me wanting more.