The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

510nyozy-xl-_sy346_Rating: 1.5 “I’m too old for this shit” stars

Series: The Iron Fey #2

It was all so stupid. There’s nothing good to say about it. Meghan is a moron. If it wasn’t for her merry gang of followers, she either be dead or someone’s slave by now. Whenever something happens someone always pops up at just the right time to save her. People continually warn her that Fairyland is dangerous especially since she doesn’t know the rules and customs. Apparently she isn’t capable of heeding anyone else’s advice. She makes one mistake after another only digging herself into a deeper hole. Then she seems shocked when the thing that people told her would happen happens.

All of the characters act like petulant children. Meghan is young, so it’s somewhat excusable. Most of them are supposed to be hundreds or thousands of years old. They’re all so rash. Every time their feelings get hurt they immediately lash out. All of them use modern slang and simple language. Maybe it’s wrong of me to expect ancient beings to be more sophisticated and cunning.

Some things didn’t make sense. 1) Oberon asked Mab to release Meghan and let her go with him. She said no, and he was basically like well okay and rides off into the sunset. WTF? He is the king of half of fairyland. It’s pathetic to give up so easily. Shouldn’t someone of his caliber excel at bargaining? 2) Mab said Oberon couldn’t have her back because she made a deal with Ash to come to her. Wouldn’t that bargain have been fulfilled when she went back with Ash? She didn’t specify that she would stay for any length of time. No one ever noticed this. Fae are supposed to be crafty and manipulative and spot pathetic loopholes like that a mile away. 3) When Megan bargained with a fae in the last book and agreed to give up a memory, why is it that she can no longer remember the man she believed to be her father? She got fucking screwed on that deal. IMO that’s a lot of memories that were taken, not just one because someone being in a person’s life for 10 years comprises far more than one memory. None of these crafty fae saw that something was off with that situation either.

The love triangle was one of lamest, most pathetic love triangles ever. It was clear in The Iron King that Puck had feelings for Meghan although it wasn’t brought up. She and Ash lusted after each other. Neither of her relationships with them felt solidified romantically. From the start of this she acted like Ash was the love of her life. He had to put on a show and act like he hated her to protect her from his family. She was too stupid to understand what was going on even though he tried to explain how it was going to be beforehand. She was hysterical half of the time, going on and on about how she couldn’t be without him. It didn’t take long for her to inexplicably develop feelings for Puck, all the while still thinking of Ash. It was resolved at the end and went the way I expected it to, but it would have been so much better if there hadn’t been a bunch of bullshit along the way.

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The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

33380869Rating: 3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this. It wasn’t face paced, but I didn’t want to stop reading either. The writing was good enough that I still liked it despite being aggravated at some of the things going on. The first half was so good. I wanted to know what would happen next because it was obvious whatever goal Hector was trying to achieve was going to blow up in his face. Nina was so innocent. I felt bad for her. I didn’t like what Hector was doing, but I understood it.

Things changed about halfway through. I liked Nina and Hector much better then. They both grew and matured. The amount of drama that ensued was too much. It was frustrating and not in a good way. The one thing this story had not needed was another love triangle thrown in in the second half especially since it was obvious Nina did not have feelings for the other guy. Nina’s behavior was aggravating at times and seemed somewhat OOC compared to the earlier part of the novel. She had always been the type to do what she wanted regardless of whether or not others approved. Some of that defiance disappeared. Most of the truly dramatic parts towards the end could have been completely avoided if Nina would have been honest with herself and spoke her mind. The end was satisfying, but I wish there had been less angst in the process of getting there.

Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance

25962913-_uy200_Rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Cassie Palmer #8

Three things happened that I have been desperately hoping would happen since book 4, and it was about damn time. I would love to discuss those things in detail, but it would give away some major plot points. I was beginning to lose my faith and thought that some of these issues would be dragged out forever, but good things come to those who wait!

I’ve got to be honest the first half was aggravating and too chaotic without any real progress being made. Cassie was time jumping from one place to the next and dealing with many issues. All of those issues were the same ones from the last book. I really didn’t think it was necessary for two books to be devoted to Pritkin’s sojourn in the past.

The other pythias were irritating. They didn’t add much to the story and were a constant distraction causing the resolution to Pritkin’s situation to take too long. Cassie never had formal training with her pythia powers, but shouldn’t she be more powerful than the average pythia? One parent was a goddess and the other was a necromancer. She should be a badass from that alone. Throwing pythia powers into the mix should make her extremely powerful. Despite her ability to do things others can’t, it always seems like other pythias can overtake her too easily.

Finally the time came for Cassie and Mircea to have a talk. Cassie found out something about him, and he was forced to explain the situation. It turned out much better than I thought it would have. He revealed much more than I would have expected. Well it turns out what I always thought about him was true.

The end was great! The final showdown with Ares happened. The way that got settled was completely unexpected and fantastic! The best part was that Cassie finally made a choice, and it was the one I wanted her to make. No more love triangle drama, hopefully anyway. The other guy isn’t going let Cassie go easily. There was a cliffhanger at the end, but it was one I can deal with.

Thanks so much to Netgalley for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

51hilzuad1l-_sy346_Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Fever #9

A few things were good, but most of it was incredibly disappointing. The first third was boring as hell and repetitive. Then it got interesting for a while. By the halfway mark I was annoyed and stayed that way for the rest of the book. The only reason I finished this so quickly is because I knew if I put it down I’d never pick it back up again.

I could have lived without the many chapters from the sinsar dubh. Yeah I got it quite early on that it was evil. I didn’t need to read over and over again about how it wanted to kill. I didn’t think Aoibheal’s POV was necessary either. I just didn’t care about what she was going through. Those chapters took up a lot of page time without revealing anything useful. The Dani backstory chapters were interesting but had absolutely no effect on the story whatsoever.

The Dani/Ryodan/Dancer love triangle was obnoxious. The way that played out really pissed me off. It was done in a way that would manage to appease everyone regardless of who they shipped. I hated the way it ended. I wanted Dani to make a definitive choice instead of waffling about who she preferred for the whole book. When she made that choice, I wanted it to be a happy one. Her reasons for doing what she did were based more on circumstance than her own wants and needs.So much angst and tension, just to be majorly let down.

Dani finally found a good balance between her new and old self. Aside from the love triangle bullshit I really liked her. Mac finally got her shit together. It would have been better if it could have happened earlier in the series. Things ended up for Mac the way I thought they would in regards to what she turned into. There had been hints about magic being drawn to her earlier in the series. It was unfortunate that she and Barrons weren’t more open with each other. They were still committed and trusted each other completely, but I wasn’t feeling the passion.

Cruce had an important role. A different side of him was seen in this. He was still a temperamental bastard but opened up a little with Mac. They had more heartfelt conversations than Mac did with Barrons, which seemed wrong for the final book. It was good that he and Mac came to an understanding. It was sad in a way. I really think he would have done anything for her. OTOH it was disappointing that Mac moved past her issues with him so easily. Obviously I didn’t want her to be permanently traumatized by what he did to her, but she brushed it off like it was nothing. It was bizarre that she put so much trust in him. It felt like an attempt to make Cruce into a good guy. Although I’ve always like Cruce, that ship sailed a long time ago.

Ryodan is a douchebag of epic proportions. I’ve never liked him. I can’t buy into his sudden shift into being a good guy. The guy is hundreds or possibly thousands of years old, and now he suddenly decides to change? Not fucking likely. It seemed like his character changed to make a potential Dani and Ryodan relationship more palatable.

Many of the side characters’ storylines were essentially dropped. WTH was going on with Daegeus? Or Kat? What was the significance of the Shazaam subplot? It had no bearing on anything. Virtually nothing happened with Christian. WTF are the nine? Why wasn’t that explained in the last book? It should have been.

Honestly IDK why I continued to read this series. It went downhill after the fifth book. Scratch that. Downhill is too light of a term to describe what happened. This series got so bad so quickly it’s like it plunged off a cliff. There are too many useless POV. The books drag and are mostly filler. Things didn’t end the way I hoped they would, but I still felt the need to know how it ended after investing so much time in the series.

 

Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara

51vak0h1c4l-_sy344_bo1204203200_Rating: 2 stars

Series: Chronicles of Elantra #1

This book managed to say so much and yet so little. The conversations and the descriptions rambled on and on and on. Everyone was evasive. Kaylin’s friends and team members withheld vital information from her. With friends like those who needs enemies. The worst part was people didn’t even try to be sly about keeping info from her; they’d flat out tell her they wouldn’t reveal anything. It took so long to get to the point that by the time something would finally be explained, I no longer cared.

Some things like Kaylin’s bad grades were mentioned repeatedly. Aside from that being annoying as hell, everyone else’s astonishment at her lack of education made her look stupid and ridiculous. Her tardiness was constantly mentioned also. At first I questioned how someone adverse to learning pertinent information and inept at following rules could be so well liked and tolerated. It’s quite easy to explain how that happened: Kaylin is a special snowflake. There weren’t any serious consequences for anything she did. Everybody was drawn to her, and I don’t think she was deserving of her fan base. Of course she had crazy magical powers, which apparently that alone made her worthy of respect.

Lord Nightshade was the only remotely interesting character, and he didn’t even get much page time. I’d like to know more about him, but it’s not enough to make me want to read the rest of this series. Severn was too possessive, secretive and boring. I have mixed feelings about his actions in the past although it is understandable as to why he did what he did. None of the other characters were memorable, and they lacked personality.

The world building sucked. I was really confused for the first half of the book. Kaylin was a hawk, but what does that really mean? Hawks were explained in the general sense but the specifics were lacking. What do they do? How were they different from the wolves or swords? What does it take to become a hawk? Wolves were briefly touched on but swords were only mentioned. Why were the swords even mentioned since they had no bearing on the story whatsoever? The way the different groups and species coexisted was vaguely explained. After reading the whole book I still don’t get what distinguishes one species from the next.

This book did have potential. The idea was good but poorly executed. IDK why I finished it. Every time I put it down I didn’t want to pick it back up again. I did things I don’t like such as cleaning or watching baseball games because it was vastly better than continuing to read this book. It was way too long for the minor amount of info gleaned from its 500+ pages. I did a lot of skimming. And I forgot to mention that there is a love triangle. It’s just one more thing to make this book unbearable.

 

Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

6591459Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Deadtown #1

Deadtown is an area of Boston where paranormals live. That includes zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires, and Victory Vaughn, the lone shapeshifter. Politically there is a lot of strife regarding paranormals. Depending on the state, they have little to no rights, but they are fighting for them. Victory wasn’t involved in the political aspect of things; she was just a demon hunter/killer.

What I liked:
-Victory didn’t need anyone else to save her. She was completely capable of doing it on her own.
-Using zombies was different. They’re not common in UF.
-The hellion demon a.k.a. The Destroyer and it’s connection to Victory’s family.
-The demons invaded dreams. It was kind of weird but unique.

Unfortunately there was a lot I didn’t like. Some things were really predictable. I figured out instantly who it was that tried to kidnap Victory. Only one person was a viable suspect for being the one who brought the Destroyer to Boston. I was hoping I’d be surprised at the end, that there would be some kind of a twist, but it didn’t happen.

The worst thing about this book was the characters. It’s not a good sign when the characters I liked (and I use the word liked loosely here) the most were the Destroyer and Victory’s niece. Victory was a kick ass woman, but that was the only thing appealing about her. She didn’t have close ties to anybody. None of the people in her life treated her with any kind of respect, but she kept them around anyway, which didn’t make much sense. Being a shifter definitely had some benefits, but when she turned into an animal or whatever she lost her human ability of higher thought. The whole shifting thing didn’t seem like the coolest ability to have. Victory wasn’t smart. When some creeps tried to kidnap her and throw her in a van, the person she suspected was her kind of sort of boyfriend Kane. WTH was up with that? The dude was a jerk, but he wasn’t evil. And if something like that happens and the person you suspect is the guy you’re screwing, it’s time to end it because there are some serious trust issues. She was self absorbed. Granted she had a lot going on but several times she forgot or ignored her friends. In the end it made sense that these people treated her the way they did because she didn’t treat them any better.

Kane wasn’t really a boyfriend. It was more of a friends with benefits type of situation. They were both self absorbed and workaholics, so it worked for them. It was obvious deep down they didn’t get each other. At least neither of them had illusions that their relationship was more than it was, and it was refreshing. Shit like that happens IRL, but those type of relationships are rarely depicted in UF. The romance was a minor subplot, but it was a love triangle. Victory was seeing Kane but was interested in another guy. The guy Daniel was more appealing than Kane, but Victory didn’t have chemistry with either of them.

Tina the teenage twit was a zombie. Why even introduce zombies into a story when the only one with significant page time was obnoxious, annoying, and dumb as hell? Several things she did put Victory’s life and potentially other people’s in danger, and Tina didn’t give a shit. Nothing would give me more pleasure than her death, but I have the feeling she’ll be around for the long run. There were some other characters I didn’t like, but they’re not even worth mentioning. I wanted to like this book, but it was damn hard to when none of these characters were appealing. I haven’t entirely ruled out reading the next book, but I won’t be rushing out to do it anytime soon.