ice_of_dreams: (memories)
I finally finished reading something other than a pharmacology book.

At Grave's end is the third of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series where Cat, a half-vampire half-human vampire slayer (because that's mostly what dhampires end up doing in the book world), who in the last book (spoilers for those who haven't read Book 2) married Bones through what seems to be a political move to save them.

I thought that after book 2, book 3 was possibly going to be a stagnant book. The entire Bones issue was resolved already so there wasn't anything to do there plot wise. Cat already knew mostly who her father was and just needed to go after him (which obviously, and was one of the things that was brought about by this book. And most of the things left to be written out in the series was either too predictable or too good to be true.

Spoliers up.
Of course since the book has mostly spiraled into a romance, pretty much all endings were anticipated and Bones has turned out to be... too... powerful for my tastes. And while, again, there seems to be nothing new in the remdering of this book, I still enjoyed reading it. (Yes, I'm easy to please, apparently the predictability... you obviously don't believe ANYONE significant is going to get hurt... and Bones' all too powerful powers wasn't a turn off until I finished reading it... okay maybe the predictability got me the first few seconds)
ice_of_dreams: (Default)
My Christmas read this year turned out to be Karen Chance's Dorina Basarab Chronicles. Dorina, Dory to her friends, is the half vampire half human daughter of Mircea (yes, it's a spin-off Cassandra Parker series for those who read it.) And if you're not weirded out by the fact that the main romance lead in one book is the father of the other, Dorina Basarab will get you past the fact that the next Karen Chance book is off in the middle of 2009. Dorina is a bit rougher than Cassandra, and I keep wondering when the two leads will meet even if Dorina doesn't want to do anything much for her father, but that's for another book. This book is mostly about learning about the Basarab family ties, including Uncle Vlad the impaler and the bookish Radu and the only vampire, because in this book, Mircea pits Dorina against Vlad who, if I'm not mistaken, is actually alive due to the changes in time dealt by the Priya. There is also a subplot involving the Fey because, yes, every Urban Fantasy female lead needs a love triangle or, at least, another dominant male to shake up the attraction between Dorina and the leading contender. I like the tension present between Louis-Cesare and Dorina, in fact, I like the way the deal with each other. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and am happy that one of the other leads in the Cassandra Parker series was given a history other than what Cassandra knows. I really like the characters and am picking up the next book, but then, this is another Cassandra Parker book anyway
ice_of_dreams: (merry gentry)
Probably one of the better Riley Jensen books out there primarily because of the fact that there were no weird repetitive issues. Riley was amenable to Quinn without large rehashes of age old conversations. The only irritating thing was the overly lewd conversations, but I guess with Riley you learn to accept that. The mystery was all right. With some weird conversation about "It's not a vampire." "So what is it?" "It's a class of vampire that...".... ooops blooper in the worst sense.

Nothing much to say, it's same old same old.
ice_of_dreams: (desolate)
After one month sans books and 36 hour duties I finally settled down to read something from the paranormal genre. I picked up One Foot in the Grave because I liked the lead characters Cat and Bones... and yes the Spike undertones in Bones character was all right.


However, I think I was mostly disappointed with the second book of the Night Huntress series. It mostly revolved around the sex that Cat and Bones missed out on the first book. I feel like most of the plot progression, finding Cat's father, solving the mystery in this particular book (mostly, it was just murder close to home) and challenging Ian for separation of loyalties, leadership to a house took a back seat to Cat and Bones' relationship... mostly a non-issue because I always knew she had hang ups when she left Bones, and we all knew that Bones, being the character that he was made out to be was never going to be a homicidal maniac nor would he betray Cat. And with the number of issues they actually finished in this one book, it was kind of surprising that they didn't spend more time with it (they found Cat's other side of the family, they tried to challenge and defeat her father, she found the man she loves etc etc... you kind of wonder at what else they could do in the next few books)

The way they resolved the entire issue ... marriage was something which was so EXPECTED I didn't expect it to come out. (Well look at it this way, I always knew they were ending up together, I just didn't think that they'd marry since most non-romance urban fantasies end up with 'mutual understandings' anyway... I don't know in that track it made it look more like a romance novel with paranormal stints rather than urban fantasy with some romance hitns.) Well, I'd buy the next book, but the next book would be the deciding factor for me. Most of the loose ends in book 1 were already tied up in book 2, hence me not knowing what a book 3 could accomplish... okay finding Cat's way in the middle of a vampire society for one, but how many ways could that go. She's married to the head of the house, and there's no divorce.

I would like to see how Bones adopts to the Cat's world, although I kind of know that it's going to be Cat's team adapting to his rather than the other way around. The sex was all over the place... so I was wondering half of the time if I was reading erotica or urban fantasy... I do applaud Ms. Frost in the way that she actually varies the sex at least, and the sex kind of fits Crispin's background as an ex-whore in London, sometimes some people forget the characteristics that they build into their characters.

But since there are only a few threads left to this book, I'd probably wish for one final book to tie the last few loose ends left in the plot before hoping Ms. Frost starts on another series all together.
ice_of_dreams: (poison)
I managed to get hold of a copy of Halfway to the Grave without Lucky me. Shipping would have taken forever and my parents are yet to leave for Indy. Besides Zelda: Twilight Princess has been eating my reading time (I've spent 30 hours on it... if you believe the save screen) The cover girl kind of reminds me of Kirsten Dunst... but enough of that.

Another urban fantasy. Lucky me. And all the better to gobble it up with. Catherine Crawford (Cat) is a half-vampire out for blood (okay, bad bad bad joke). She's hunting vampires in the secret hope she'd manage to stumble on to her vampire father who raped her mother and produced the extremely rare half-vampire her. (Halflings really are a great theme in a lot of things aren't they?). One night she ends up trying to stake more than she can handle, and she's given a deal, join forces with the vampire named Bones to kill bad vampires, or die.

First book in the series called the Night Huntress. And I am glad I picked it up. And that [ profile] shartyrant pointed me in the right direction. Cat is a character full of self-hate and prejudice. She lives at home where her mother constantly tell her that she is half a monster. And other than the fact that she'd rather stake first before asking questions, she's a great character, even with her flaws. I've read enough urban fantasy to know that most female characters in them have some anguish about who they are, about how they're chosen to be this and about how their lives are current wrecks. A good thing about Cat is, she may be a bigot in the beginning and she may have large doses of vampire hating (thus self-loathing) thrown into the mix of her character, but she shows a willingness to grow beyond that. She gets hurt, but she's not snippy, she's not whiny and she can hold her own. All in all she's one of the better characters that urban fantasy has produced. I give her bonus points for saying that the words "you're not dumb" is actually truth with her. She really isn't dumb. And her actions prove it.

Bones, as a vampire kind of reminds me of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have to agree. He's also a pretty well made character. Unlike most of the other characters, Bones does not have the silver spoon stuck in his mouth in the past. He wasn't an upstanding citizen before he was turned, and he wasn't nobility. (I find that most vampires born out of the 18th century tend to be noblemen and rich sods, not so with Bones) And the characterization works.

Some people didn't like the book after his appearance, probably of all that romantic tinge to it. (more than a tinge...) but I am after all a romance lover, and therefore don't really mind. If they want to skip all that read a male written urban fantasy, I always say, Romance there is underdone.

As for the mystery, they weren't really out to solve it. It's a bounty hunting story. Meaning there was a search for murderers but they were all pretty laid out already. All they had to do was follow the trail. There were little clues, and a whole lot of information gathering, but not really anything to sink your mystery teeth in. You know initially who's behind the murders, you're just out to get them. Pretty straightforwawrd. It's more a book about how Cat trained, how Cat is dealing with all of her self issues and her relationship. 'Nuff said.

I'm definitely waiting on the stands for the next book, One Foot in the Grave, out April 29 (oh God, oh God, my internship) and her part in the Anthology Weddings from Hell on May 27.

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