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So I was reading over the weekend. a lot of Mai x Zuko Avatar goodness. And out of the blue Charlie x Draco pops up (and I can't even begin to explain the many ways that that's just plain weird... because... I stopped reading Potter at book 2, and the mere fact that I had to look up who the hell Charlie Weasly was in GOOGLE is a mere testament to its weirdness.)

That said, I actually read most of the CharliexDraco fics out there and then slid in to another weird shipfest, Supernatural Castiel x Dean. Oh Well, there, I just can't begin to imagine the ways that that's plain wrong. First off I ship them at the beginning of Season 4, where Castiel was just some ambigous sound and fluttering against the light and burns out Pamela's eyes. (And in this case, though I do KNOW who Castiel is, I had to google the guy to remember his face, becuase it's been a year since I last watched this show.)

Now well, I got into the ship (and my brain was blown into kingdom come) quite literally, and I had to WATCH Castiel in season 4 now, right? So anyway, though this show, Supernatural, is not really scary, and a lot of it is a bit overdone, I really really watch the show because of the humor in it.

I mean really, at the beginning, they pay homage to the X-files by Dean alluding that he and Sam were Scully and Moulder. And the references to a lot of TV shows and real figures are just so hilarious that you have to watch it for mere laughs.

My most FAVORITE episode, though has to be Season 4 Ep 18: The Monster at the End of this Book, wherein a writer ... well writes about them, and Sam and Dean find out. Oh GOD, just coming to terms with their fans was sheer winner. "Oh it gets better." "What's slash?" "You know, Sam SLASH Dean." .... "They do know we're brother's right???" Oh God, face-palm right there. And if in season 1 I didn't care much for the acting I so love it now. Bwahaha, they should have let the writer write up to Castiel. I'd want to know what Dean's reaction to a Cas SLASH Dean is. Bwahaha.

BUT the real winner for me is the prophet's words saying: "Writing yourself in teh story as one thing, but as a prophet? That's M. Night level douchiness."

And there.

That's why Supernatural is a winner for me. Because they're not scared to say the truth. And they're not scared of evil fan girl slash either. It's the entire reason why the show reached Season 6 even though they only planned for 5 seasons.

shippy ships )
ice_of_dreams: (desolate)
I really tried to like this, but the writing style simply isn't something I would go for. World building is unique, we are at an alternate Boston, where zombies and demons are a result of the plague and are all lumped together in a zone that the humans had called dead town. Enter Victory Vaughn who kills demons for a living. It's unique amongst a saturated market of urban fantasy.

Although a lot of people have read demon killing females before, I promise that Vicky's fights are unique and the demonology, based largely on Welsh Mythos, is also a fresh take.

What I personally didn't like about the book was the writing style. The author falls into the trap of trying to explain her entire world in her initial chapters, which makes reading the story an info dump. There were a lot of cliched lines in the book, in weirdly written sentences: "He died for you, how DARE you dishonor his sacrifice!" see.

Vicky was an uninspiring lead, who also comes across as completely bipolar. In one segment she goes from "You BITCH!" one minute and being sober asking what the world means the next.

And if the lead was uninspiring, her supporting characters were completely unlikeable. Tina was just plain idiotic, Kane was too activist to be likeable, Daniel who was too boring to be remarkable and Juliet thefiller roommate vampire, because urban fantasies need vampires in the stories. Tina through sheer stupidity almost gets the lead killed a dozen times, which she seems barely sorry for and doesn't ever learn from. Kane's lobbying for human rights is always more important than Vicky (understandable, as it really is more important) which, if Vicky does not commit to, or Kane does not give enough down time with Vicky, something I'd rather they broken off completely than keep filling up pages I had to read. In fact, I really wonder why Vicky would actually try and look at these two men when she says if she gives birth, she will lose her shifting powers completely.

The plot was predictable, and not even worth the read through for a mystery. As a social-political book, it lacked the focus on the paranormal's rights because Vicky was not interested in the politics. So, a good world-building, does not make up for a bad plot and extremely unlikeable characters. The book is a waste of time and money. I'd much rather read Lillith St. Crowe's Jill Kismet or Dante Valentine (first two books only) if I wanted to read a demon slaying urban fantasy, or Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson if I wanted to read paranormals trying to get rights for themselves. Both are better written than this.
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A new book from Rob Turman [author of the Leandros Series]. Although I am a fan of Cal, I am finding that I might not be too much into Trick of Light. I was strangely disoriented with the setting of this one, although yes, it does have Robin Goodfellow mentioned once or twice, it is a completely different place from Cal's.

There are a group of characters whom I like. Trixia whom I can't decide if she's plain psychic or just a collector of lost souls, Leo the ever present friend, Zeke and Griffin who are both the most GAY couple I've ever seen {yes, Ms. Thurman seems to write things that make male bonding look gay to me}, and even Whisper. I like the cast of characters but they seem a little too much to handle for the first book, like they came all of a sudden not a gradual introduction. And yes, I even like Solomon, even if he does remind me of Jaf. I think reading Jaf (although I honestly can't read that book ever again) has spoiled me for any other demon creature ever written. Especially when he talked about the fall.

And for some reason almost every boo in existence that has angels on them make angels out as self righteous pricks. The only Exception to that is Rachelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series.

I am not sure what to make of the objective of the entire series. But yes, there is backstory to it, about Trixia's brother and what happened that fateful day when he no longer walks the earth, which is what motivates Trixia.

And yes, the twist in the end. I didn't guess it. It wasn't obvious, at least to me. (I always love trying to guess twists). Okay there were one or two things that were glaring, like....

glaring spoilers )


and goodness.... I thought the entire Cal Leandros series was over, but roadkill is up next.

All in all I liked this book, but I'd rather read about Cal.

Either you're playing games and you might die because of it, or you're not playing games ----and you will die because of it.
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Book 3 of the Fever series by Moning. *groans out loud* After waiting MONTHS and MONTHS for this book I end up with a cliff-hanger that wants me to bang my head against the wall. Not because it's bad, but rather, because it was too short! Argh. If I was the author I'd be happy with myself, it was a good way to end the third book and it had things that readers didn't expect. But Argh! Argh! Argh! As a reader I want to severely mutilate my copy in sheer anticipation and frustration for the next book. As always, I wanted to bang Mac's head along the wall with me because there are some things that you just don't do, even if you understand her motives all along. And yes the witty banter is back, and there was too scanty Barrons in this book and too much V'lane in my opinion, but that's just me.

Spoiling for Fae Fever... And lots of CHEEZE )

Faefever totally spoiled me from reading Succubus Dreams. [SPOILERS UP AHEAD] Good in its own right, just not better than the fever series. And as most books this month, apparently aims to do, Succubus Dreams also told me to rip its pages into little pieces. Again not because it was bad, but because of frustration. This time, not because of a humongous cliff-hanger, because the Georgina Kincaid Series doesn't deal in cliff-hangers, but rather, because the book, though told in first person is largely Georgina blind. From the onset, or rather, from book one, you have the sneaking suspicion that Seth is some sort of reincarnation of Georgina's husband, we don't know if humans that she cares for in the past have all been reincarnations of her husband that she has pushed away, but I'm 90% certain that Seth is. Unfortunately, because Georgina hasn't changed and hasn't learned from past mistakes, she ends up destroying her relationship. Even with all of the Carter advice. Honestly. Now I know that Georgina might still have a Seth in her future, and that some bad things must happen for her to change drastically her non-learning personality, but I am still this close to frustrated that all of my books ganged up on me to give me sad sad endings in my NEUROLOGY time when I needed cheerful happy endings.

I'm off to re-read the Fever series and the Gentry series before November four and Swallowing Darkness comes out. PLEASE, PLEASE tell me something good will come out of THAT book.
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City of Bones is another Urban Fantasy set for young adults, refreshingly *not* told under the first person as most urban fantasy is. As with most urban fantasy it begins with a girl (yes apparently urban fantasy thrives on mostly female leads) Clary finding out that she can see the otherworld.

City of Bones is interesting in the way that the world is completely new even if based on a lot of the old stories (which are always true) and a lot of quotes from scripture which will not annoy you, even if their natural course of swearing is, By the Angel.

The back story of Mortal Instruments is complex, convoluted and sometimes difficult to follow, especially if you don't like moving out of conventional beliefs, and I don't mean that there are vampires and warewolves. Although the lead in his entirety *isn't* predictable (because yes, he is as charming and brilliant as they say he is, even if you only realize it in the end and not during), the other side characters are. There was one or two plot twists which I guessed mostly in the middle (no, I never flip the books towards the end), which I thought no author would willingly touch.

As for the male lead, Jace, you want to pound him because he's egotistical, and you want to sympathize with him because you know why he's egotistical. And when you reach book two, you simply want to pound him because he's such a teenager, he won't defend his actions and he'd rather have the rest of the world think he's wrong than explain why he's right. It's the first time I actually found a lead character that is yes, charismatic on his own right, but make it difficult for others (bookwise anyway, I'm sure readers adore him a lot, mostly because it's hard not to adore someone that wounded) to love him.

I like the mystery, the world building, that an Angel came down and mixed his blood in a cup to share with warriors creating the first Nephilim. Thus this story is born, and you're living in the world where Nephilim defend you from the shadows that you don't know lurking int he night. And as in every story there is a quest, for yes, the three holy objects that seem to be in every myth ever created I've run across, (a cup, a mirror and a sword). Thus the search for the Mortal Instruments has begun, or rather a bid to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
ice_of_dreams: (memories)
Another one for Lilith Saintcrow, with less baggage than the one with Dante Valentine. I'm hoping that she explores more of the demon world that she created this time.

Jill is a new hunter in town, taught by a (previously killed hunter), who made a deal with one of the "Traders" (AKA demon spawns from possibly hell again), so that she could gain the strength that she lacks to kill off other Traders. She is haunted by memories of her teacher (whom she had a fling with) and whose memory is obviously being replaced by the were (FBI) in town (who is actually more wifely than she is... Jaf, Jaf, is that you???). For me the story isn't predictable, although some say it is, and Jill makes a better damaged but determined heroine than Dante ever showed (but okay lets face it, she could turn out to be more deranged)

As with Dante Valentine, Jill Kismet is set in a world of good against evil. What I do admire about Saintcrow is that she doesn't recycle the world she creates. Although Dante Valentine and Jill Kismet seems to have a good deal of similar themes running, it just feels like I read another urban fantasy theme, not a recycled Dante Valentine story. Of course it's just the first book.

Saintcrow, however, seems to have deep interest with swords and fighting in dojos. Strange but livable. I'm looking through Hunter's night and hoping that I get it soon. Hopefully, the first book's well satisfied feeling bleeds into the next few books... then again I only started disliking Dante Valentine at Book 3 onwards, and the author herself confessed to hating Dante. We'll give it the benefit of the doubt and await the next installment.

In retrospect, it DOES have a lot of elements that run parallel to the Dante Valentine series, but not close enough to say that it's a rehass. And the worlds are distinctly apart, it's just that a lot of the themes (or maybe characterizations) are similar. If you liked Dante's first few books, then you'll probably enjoy Kismet too. As I said, she holds less baggage (be reminded that she still DOES hold baggage) As I said, we'll wait for the next installment.
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This was one of my first urban fantasies. Initially I loved the story.

Unfortunately, right now I don't know why I put up with Rachel. She has more issues than Riley Jensen. She has the blood issue going, and she might have that issue with Ivy (which I'm still bothered reading) and now she has the added issue of guilt tripping for being happy when Kisten is dead. Along with missing Kisten.


Half of the first chapters, other than watching more demons approach Rachel, is watching Rachel dealing with her issues. The blood issue is frustrating enough, I just really don't want the entire issue with Ivy. I REALLY REALLY hate the issue with Ivy. Her issues with Kisten I could live with.

If Ivy and Rachel continue and Rachel becomes bi I am going to be seriously pissed. It's not that I don't like bi people, I just don't like it in my books. In the first person, when it says I etc with a GIRL. For example, if I actually went out and picked this book because I wanted to read on a Rachel Ivy relationship, I would be happy. Unfortunatly, I picked this book because I was following the Rachel Kisten arc, which has seriously been taken out anyway. Fortunately, I don't think it's going in that direction, because Rachel has put her foot down on the blood balance. But I never know with rachel. She changes her mind so much.

I LIKED Kisten. He was the nice beta male. A vampiric beta male, who would have thought.

He handled his own, he doesn't get pushed around and he was smart. He didn't have much air time because Rachel had too many a hectic job with all of the preternatural community, but hey, when he gets air time, it was great.

Unfortunately being offed in the fifth book kind of stops that for me.

As for the mystery, in this book it was more Rachel and her issues more than anything else. Most of the investigation was relegated to Ivy and David both of whom are not the POV's in The Hollows. Rachel only came in to bluff her way through. I suddenly realize that I would pick Moning's Fever and Frost's Dark Huntress over this series any day.

One good thing about this book is the introduction of Rachel's mom. She sort of comes off as a person half in Alzheimers and half out of it, but you'd get the reason for that in the book. BUT you get the answers to a lot of the family questions that have been haunting Rachel since day 1. Which I think is the reason why a lot of people like this book. For me, it was its saving grace. Without it, the book would have been bad.

I think another good thing about this is Trent and Quen. They're not just relegated to the political sidelines in this book, they're people and characters that you get to know. What exactly motivates Trent, how Trent thinks. Something that hasn't been shown before this.

I have to say though... the law on uncommon stupidity had me laughing.

Unfortunately for me the ending was good enough that I really want to see what happens next. Despite all the Ivy issues. *sigh* I took up the entire night to read and write this. Great no studying for OSCE.
ice_of_dreams: (memories)
ARGH. ARGH. I knew that if I watched a Sony produced film it was going to be 50-50 (again), but I ended up watching Gabriel anyway. If only because it sounded like Constantine and I'm a big sucker for Constatine like movies.

Gah. Gah. Gah. It was Constantine like. As far as the premise goes, of course it can't be not Constantine like if you're dealing with Heaven, Hell and Angels and Fallen. However, where Constantine succeeded, Gabriel utterly failed.

The plot was extremely SLOW going. Even the action scenes were slow. You were watching things for five minutes when you could actually condense it to a few seonds. Everything was too unrealistic. So you get the entire feeling of BAD MOVIE BAD MOVIE BAD MOVIE from the start (sort of like when you were starting out watching The Covenant, there was this niggling feeling in the abck of your mind that something was wrong, you just can't pin point it.) which started on my senses right when Gabriel fall from the cosmic high to becoming human and entered the world to rid humans of the fallen.

There was no bad acting, because there was no need for acting, so to speak. Gabriel, played by Andy Whitfield was at least eye candy. Michael Piccirilli who plays homosexual (or probably bisexual) Asmodeus is also eye candy. (ALTHOUGH, he would have been better eye candy in his original form, for some odd reason the image of gay in the movie couldn't be reconciled with rugged the way Micheal Piccirilli is... good looking. I had to compare the Asmodeus pictures and the Micheal Piccirilli pictures and see the big difference.) Dwaine Stevenson, playing Sammael (originally picked to play Gabriel) also looks better without his makeup. (Honestly, is there rule that says Fallen guys have to look ugly? the costumes were reallt bad looking)... they could have dones something, and the red eyes were all right (the white milky eyes with pinpoint iriss were not winnders)

There was a good idea somewhere... hmmm... wait let me see, like the wings of the angels while mortal were tatooed behind their back (and it says so much for the entire movie that that was the only good idea). Oh and that the blue eye effect was alays extrenely

The biggest twist in the end (which I am going to spoil becuase I don't want anyone making the mistake of watching the movie), that Micheal has taken the place of Sammael, was so obvious, especially after Raphael said "None of us saw Micheal, but we all felt him here. All force and power and we felt him weaken slowly and slowly until he was suddenly gone." solidified by the fact that after all of the comrades died Gabriel momentarily turned to the dark side and flashed red eyes instead of blue of the "light".

Of course I also somewhat kind of suspected that Micheal would try to lure Gabriel to the darkside and in the end sacrifice his last remaining power for him. All that love going around.

What would have piqued my interest as a girl would have been a continuation of the fact that Amatiel, who had been tricked to becoming mortal by Sammael (the original one) had some fleeting romantic interest in Gabriel in the mortal world, but he's going to forget about it once he returns to home base.

Of course nothing will come of it because Gabriel actually killed himself after he killed all of the fallen. (What a tie), leaving Amatiel as the mortal Jade, looking out of Gabriel's hidey hole in the break of dawn. *sigh* really, nothing is happening iwth the movie.

Okay off to play Resident evil 4. :0
ice_of_dreams: (x-files)
Come to me is the second book in a paranormal romance. The first book isn't really necessary to understand the second, and the second book is much better than the first.

It deals with incubi and succubi (ah, the favorite characters of fantasy romance authors anywhere). And though the story isn't much for world building in demon-sense (the hierarchies are not unique, the Night World almost one dimensional and the creatures in it, barely touched), the second book was more emotional than the first book ever was.

Probably because Theron (the incubi in the first book) was a megalomaniac who wanted to take over the world but ended up in love with the fiancee of the human whose body he was going to take over, and Samira, the succubi in the second book had more hardships.

Be warned though, Samira ends up complaining about being human half of the time (she was sentenced to humanity by Nyx). Nicolae seems too perfect, except he has scars from 3rd degree burns on 50% of his body and has a broken arm and a leg, which you don't get reminded of too many times in the story and the politics in the story is plotted out and panned out with conversations from the main characters. You see one battle scene and that's it. If you're looking for the kind of fantasy that dwells into world-building and details, this is definitely not the book to read.

It is a fair enough hand at romance though, exceedingly better than the first book, Dream of Me, that I wonder if her later books, Have Glass Slippers, Will travel would be better.

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