Shoot the Messenger by Pippa DaCosta

downloadRating: 4 stars

Series: The Messenger Chronicles #1

I would have given this 5 stars but the ending left me feeling betrayed. It was meant to. I’ve never been fond of unreliable narrators. I don’t like getting to know a character intimately through their thoughts and feelings to find out I have been lied to. It’s totally different if they lie to other characters or themselves as long as it’s understood that’s what is going on. I prefer it when their thoughts are honest. IDK how to feel about Kesh. She was honest in her thoughts but not forthcoming. The things she withheld painted her thoughts and actions in a different light. She’s not a character I can trust. Kesh will have to prove herself to me before I can say I trust, understand or like her.

All of that aside, it was rather good. I was hesitant going into this. Books about space, even fantasies, aren’t my thing. The world building was excellent. The fantasy and space aspects were blended seamlessly. Everything was explained well enough that all necessary information was given as needed, but there is so much more to learn. I can’t wait to learn more about the different planets and races. I really liked how the world worked in regards to tek and magic, two opposing forces unexpectedly working in concert.

The characters were compelling whether good or bad. Each had their own hidden backgrounds and motives. Kellee seemed to be the most straightforward although I doubt it’ll stay that way forever. Damn did I like him. He was tough, strong and unique. It was great that despite his history he was determined to move forward and make things right. Sota was barely in the story but I was desperate for him to come back.

Honestly reverse harems have never interested me. This is a Pippa DaCosta novel so I had to read it. I prefer two people to be focused on each other romantically. There wasn’t much romance in this. Kesh did only seem interested in one person beyond sex, which made the multiple lover bearable. Kesh wasn’t deluding herself into thinking she actually cared about the three men in this. It didn’t seem like what I assumed a harem would be, so I gather more lovers will enter the series later on. Although I haven’t minded the reverse harem aspects of this, it hasn’t inspired me to read others. It has inspired me to continue with this series. Part of me wishes I hadn’t read this yet because it’ll be months before the next one is released and the cliffhangers gut me every time.


The Operator by Kim Harrison

31572148Rating: 2 stars

Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #2

I tried to like this. Kim Harrison wrote one of the best UF series ever, so I had to give this series a chance. The Drafter was okay. I was hoping this would be better. It was more disappointing. It felt aimless and repetitive. It’s amazing that a book with lots of action can be so boring. Halfway through I realized I just don’t care about anything. The plot, the characters, none of it interests me.

Peri Reed is a character who is hard to relate to. Her mind has been so damaged from drafting that she has no idea what has happened to her. She doesn’t even know what she likes or what responses of hers are genuine or manufactured by her anchors. It’s hard to root for her. She’s not a bad person, but she’s done enough bad things that she’s not good either. Her desire to be her own person is admirable but constant self doubt makes her convictions less convincing. The biggest problem with Peri is that she’s a tool. She didn’t let others manipulate her as easily as she did in The Drafter, but when backed into a corner (which happens a lot) she reacts exactly how the enemy expects her to. She tends to be impulsive and gets stuck in one bad situation after another. The worst part is most of the time she is completely aware the situation is bad and walks right into it anyway.

Silas is the only character I like and the only one who isn’t heartless. Most of the other side characters are self serving and bad. There are no fascinating shades of gray to their personalities. Silas’s page time was minimal although his relationship with Peri was stronger. Peri’s relationship with Jack is aggravating. The way she feels about him reminds me of a woman in an abusive relationship because he’s done awful things to her and she tries to justify his actions since she still cares about him.

I won’t be reading anymore books in this series. There was some character development, but Peri’s situation didn’t change much from the beginning of the book. These books are too long to get through when the plot barely advances.

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

Girl from Above: Trust by Pippa DaCosta

27768131Rating: 5 stars

Series: The 1000 Revolution #4

I wish I could give this 6 stars or maybe 10. It was the perfect ending, but I want more. I need more. I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet. Their story was finished, but it’s not. There could be more. This was one of those books were the story ends, but you know those characters still have awesome things to go do. I don’t want to simply imagine what those things are; I want to read about them.

Girl from Above: Trust was amazing and sad and heart wrenching and happy and beautiful. It ripped my heart out and crushed it like 15 times. Every time I’d think things were going to be okay they weren’t. I actually cried several times. I barely ever cry when reading books, but what some of these characters went through was intense. Did I mention I don’t even like sci-fi? And this series still managed to make me love it.

It’s impossible to say anything about what happened without giving away major spoilers. Some scenes were tragic. Others were joyous. To make the impossible happen, it all depended on trust, but it gets tricky when no one can be trusted. I was really shocked at some of the decisions certain characters made. The problems they faced really made them look deep inside and decide who it was they wanted to be. All of the characters were complex. Some I loved. Some I hated. Some I loved and hated. It takes incredible talent to write characters like that. Everything about this greatly exceeded my expectations.

Girl from Above: Trapped by Pippa DaCosta

51kkcp19gul-_sx331_bo1204203200_Rating: 5 stars

Series: The 1000 Revolution #3

I love this series! It gets better with every book. Caleb had some tough choices to make. Who was he going to trust? Everyone wanted #1001. Was he going to ruin her life a second time? I can’t describe the plot without giving too much away, but all of the characters were going through a phase of self discovery. This was an important part of their lives because it would decide the fate of themselves and those around them.

Caleb surprised me. He is officially one of my top book boyfriends. He’s got faults, lots of them, but it makes him all the more desirable. There is a genuinely good side to him. It’s just hard for that side of him to come to the surface. Sometimes he’s an emotional wreck. He constantly waivers between doing what’s right and doing what’s right for him. Caleb is the perfect blend of asshole and good guy.

#1001’s life was a mess. As she became more human, it waged war with her conflicting protocols. She hadn’t been designed to handle what she was experiencing and it was causing issues. She couldn’t fix herself and had to rely on James to do it. Could he be trusted? Where did his loyalties lie?

I was on an emotional roller coaster while reading this. There was no way to know what anybody was going to do. Some things that happened were truly shocking. Pippa DaCosta is the best at writing grey characters. Her stories are entertaining because you never know who is going to stab whom in the back.

Waylaid by Kim Harrison

waylaidRating: 4 stars

Series: Peri Reed Chronicles & The Hollows

Rachel Morgan is back! She and Peri made an awesome team. Peri is serious, and it was fun to see her work with someone as quirky as Rachel. The blending of their two worlds worked out well. Rachel was summoned into Peri’s alternate reality, and there wasn’t enough magic for Rachel to get back to her own world. Each of them had to use their own talents to devise a way to help Rachel. I just wish this had been a novel. I would have loved to get a glimpse into Rachel’s mind while in Peri’s world. Although this was from Peri’s POV, it isn’t necessary to read The Drafter before this. Waylaid is a good intro to Peri’s world.

Netgalley gave me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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.