ice_of_dreams: (merry gentry)
Yes, the Divine Misdemeanors preview is out. It looks to be as promising as the first book in the series. There's murder, and there's an investigation... both of which drew me to Merry Gentry in the first place. I still think the way Laurell Hamilton writes the sentences in Merry Gentry is unnatural, but that may be because she's trying to emulate 1800's speech in 21st century... although I don't get quite the same feel from say vampire books or other immortal stories. At the same time, I *still* don't get the fact why she recaps her stories by repeating the exact same line with teh exact same feel as previous books. Redundancy is... old. Although Divine Misdemeanors is better than Swallowing Darkness in the way that the entire first chapter was not a rehash of the entire series. So far.

But as most addictions, yes, I will still probably be buying the book. T_T.
ice_of_dreams: (Default)
Hmmm... I picked this book up because I had a love-hate relationship with her previous vampire story. This one is a post-apocalyptic story with angels and faeires (yes, both belief sets if you can actually... believe it)

In the bieginning it was difficult to picture the world structure, you are suddenly thrown into a hunt between an assassin and her prey, but it all gets waded through and explained through one history lesson in one chapter... yippee. Slowly, you learn as Malachi learns about the world. Malachi is a fallen angel... who has... Fallen... accidentally. Yes, you'll get it when you read it.

I thought the writing was awkward in the beginning because of the history lesson dump, telling us all about all the worlds all at once but once you get the gist of what has happened (Apocalypse, the humans have merged the wolrd of the impossible...faeries, angels, demons etc into the real) it was easier to read.

The story is a bit simple, a bit predictable and reads a whole lot like a person was reading Romeo and Juliet. It was like one moment they're at each other's throats and the next moment in love. In lterally a blink of the eye. It's the fastest love at first sight story I've ever seen. And the politics was... straightforward, ambition, regicide. Simple.

The words are stilted, sort of like reading a really old book, unatural to read even though it's post-apocalyptic set in the future and should ahve a more modern reading. Or maybe because it was supposed to read like a fairy tale.

All in all, okay, but I wish I never started reading it.

Perhaps your ways are strange, not because they are ancient, but becuase they are wrong.
ice_of_dreams: (desolate)
I just finished my fourth re-reading of the book yes, I know, I'm addicted to re-reading urban fantasy... I think I'm on my tenth re-read of Anne Bishop's Dark Jewels trilogy... which is not urban fantasy but anyway..., breaking my book fast to review for my USMLE and not knowing what to do with myself waiting for the FINAL book. I thought the fourth book was going to be the LAST drat it

I am quite happy with the way things turn out in the book, even if I got annoyed majorly most of the time with Dani (with an i) because she is quite an annoying kid, (yes, because everyone was like that at 13) and everyone is so permissive with her (because what do you do with a kid you can't follow?).

I liked the way Mac handled things in this book. Heroines that can't seem to trust the hand that feeds them (yes, I'm not into feminism) has angered me in the past, but for some odd reason, you understand it coming from Mac. She has reasons she doesn't trust the people, and it's not because she has some convoluted issues with her self-esteem. And Mac doesn't WHINE, she does something about what's bothering her. It may be the wrong choice, but she does something about it. She also shows that she can learn from her mistakes, and she doesn't blame anybody for them. There was a point in the book where Barrons makes it clear that if Mac had reached out to him, he could have done something about what was happening to her, and the next time she fights when again faced with a similar situation, she doesn't hesitate, she asks for help.

And yes, there is plot progression in the book, more intrigue if that is possible and yes, this book makes up for the sad lack of Barrons in the third book. (Or maybe, there was a lack of Barrons in the third book, because the author knew there was going to be an abundance of him in the fourth....), and though Barrons is still mysterious, brooding, and drily witty, you see his past in this book (in sad chopped up segments, but his past nonetheless), there is something OF him than just a mentor character for this Barbie turned GI Joe. You also see that though he NEVER explains himself in ANY way, that yes, Mac has been his priority, and it doesn't turn cliche and it doesn't make you feel like you're reading an urban fantasy turned into romance. There was some romancing in it, but the dynamics of the characters don't change because of it, status quo remained, where all the romance, once done was placed in a small lead box, tied to chains and kept close with a reinforced lock. Barrons doesn't suddenly turn all soft and caring, he exhibits that in one moment and one moment only and then when the need for it stops he resumes his walls. He doesn't act tender towards Mac, and he still doesn't explain. (And unlike other characters who pretends not to explain but explains anyway in the end, Barrons sticks to it, her really doesn't BOTHER to show that his actions may mean something else in the larger spectrum of things, Mac figures it out by herself)

And Ryodan, who appears in this book, is not quite what you expect. (And if I suspect right, after the entire fever series, if Moning is still going to continue with spin-offs, Ryodan is going to be his own spin-off... with DANI... PLEASE, NOOOOO.) He doesn't care more for Mac, and just because Barrons has tasked him with caring for Mac when Barrons himself can't, he isn't permissive with her.

Maybe the most hated part about the book (besides its non-ending) is the part where everything shifts to the surreal. (Yes, i remember that I am reading an urban fantasy book). This is largely a small post-apocalyptic event. You know that the walls of Faery have gone down in the previous book, and you know everything is shot to hell, and you've survived it, and you're living it. And you either, to coin a phrase from the book, crawl or walk away from it. And yes, everything is turning from the more mundane (pre-apocalyptic) to obviously the more surreal. Because you have to see the surreal around you now, it's part of the real. But honestly the last part of the book (without giving too much away) might have been to much... surreal-ness.

Spoils for the Dreaming )

All in all... need I say it? I am waiting in anticipation and pulling my hair out(please have pity on my hair roots) until the FINAL installment of the book.
ice_of_dreams: (merry gentry)
The book I've been waiting for for a year has its ups downs and curveballs. Spoilers up ahead.

What I liked about this book is that there was action a whole lot of the way. A good deal of predictions came true, but not all of them. You get answers in this book, because obviously it's the final book in the series, unless someone higher up decides to milk it for all its worth and have a couple more in the future. But from the way the author wrote it out in the blod in the past, she was tired of writing of the series anyway, so yay for anita fans, probably more anita blake to churn out.

You get to answer in this book who gets to take the Unseelie sithen, you get the answer of will Frost come back. You get the answer of who killed Essus. For Doyle fans, there was an almost sex moment with him, interrupted viciously by a lot of talk between other people and Mistral's hurt feelings. I know, the world ends. NO the book didn't turn out like Mistral's Kiss, there was a lot of almost dying that it tended to get repetitive after a while.

I did not get to see more of Doyle's past, which was a bummer. Because all of the plot progression was crammed into one book and recap was crammed into chapter one. Honestly. You could not read chapter one if you wanted to. I would turn to fanfics except LKH has forbidden that avenue of entertainment due to weird fanfic world politics.

I need to read the entire series again, especially since I believe the entire Doyle-Merry thing was too rushed. Hey, I love the guy, just not the way it was executed. He was Merry's first guard, then in book two he didn't trust her, in book three he showed her grudging respect and wham bam in book five and six, they were in love and in seven they were cuddling. Honestly, it was strange to read the darkness in book 7 cuddling. Utterly strange but lovely because I liked him a lot anwyway.

I would have loved to see how this would have proceeded up to the point of birthing the twins but it's pouintless now. Unless we watch a series of murders and the guards scuttling around investigating, much like most paranormal series now, hwich I think was never the point of Meredith Gentry, even though she was a PI.

Meredith, Princess but never Queen.

*sigh* the world turns.
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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.
ice_of_dreams: (desolate)
It's extremely easy to forget that it is extremely easy to foul up a good myth. I was hunting for fae again, and I stumbled upon the Waterlord. It's based off a Swedish myth of the Fossegrim a type of fae (I'm unsure of what) who is a guardian of a waterfall and once each generation, he crosses from the Otherworld to lure a mortal maiden so that he could get a child. (I guess it's another spin to the incubus stories where women try to pin the blame of sudden pregnancies to the unknown). But enough of that...

I think I skipped more than three fourths of the story. It was written in such a boring manner, that I simply wanted to know how the entire thing was going to end. (It must be the day of boring things for me, a boring book a boring movie... what next?)

Klaus was not interesting as a prince of the Fossegrim, and neither was Becca, who had run away from her father because he had promised her to some old wealthy man to pay off his gambling debts.

And I guess, there wasn't enough world building, since it was mostly done in 1815 England anway. The only worlds that were mentioned were the Otherworld (which lacked depth anyway) and the Sanctuary of the nymphs which also lacked description and heirarchies to be real.

The entire buisiness of trying to either propagate his line, become mortal or find a third choice was so tiring, especially since it was obvious that he was going to choose beciming mortal so he wouldn't lose his mortal love (which I actually fail to understand, Becca was so uninspiring. She ran away, she jumped to conclusions and she was a general nitwit) in the first place.

I really have to find more books. Better books. I have to stop to listening to some of the suggestions out there about fae. But given the lack of it, to explore it's difficult to find good fae books out of the urban fantasy genre.
ice_of_dreams: (manga)
I read this book because it was recommended under ... if you like fae. I wouldn't have bought it for sheer cover alone... the cover is in extreme need of a rehaul since Moning writes for romance readers and the book was mostly urban fantasy like rather than romance. In fact in the entire book, there was attraction there were two attempted "rapes" although I think I wouldn't call it that... it's rather strange when paranormal things get mixed in the stories, and one 'possible' kiss. (Although I recently saw the new covers and they were decidedly better than the ones that I saw. I realized I had passed Blood Fever a couple of times in the bookstore and didn't buy it becasue I thought it was a mystery)

Unlike Laurell K. Hamilron, Moning was actually writing about the sidhe as bad guys this time. Possibly closer to their real inclinations, Moning wrote the sidhe closer to what Christians would classify as denizens of Hell. It's written in the first perspective (as most of the urban fantasies that can be found nowadays) and isn't about a girl who is a necromancer, a vampire hunter, fae, witch or any generic paranormal resident.

I have some trouble with teh way the story is told. Unlike the usual present first person POV, the POV is entirely past first person. Which leads to strange transitory scenes and a lot of, in retrospect, "I didn't know what I was thinking at that time" types of phrases.

The primary character, Mac (short for MacKayla) has gone to Dublin, in search for her sister's murderer, where she finds herself thrust in an entire story which is close to impossible and something she's not quite equipped to handle. By sheer luck and utter stupidity, she stumbles on one of the characters who uses her as a dector, with questionable trustworthiness, but finds herself unable to leave anyway. In exchange he teaches her about the world she doesn't know about to find her sister's murderer and execute her last "wish" to find the Sinsar Dubh.

I like the book, and have already picked up the next in the Fever series BloodFever (and will be awaiting the next when I finish my entire rotation this April... ugh). Unlike most urban fantasies, you aren't thrust into a world where the lead character knows everything initially, she is just as ignorant as you are. And because of it, you learn along with her. Jericho Barrons, who plays mostly her cynical, mysterious and reluctant mentor is actually fun to read becuase of his dry humor. And honestly, he does get into a lot of verbal fights with almost everybody he meets, intentionally.

I am happy that this series will be continuing on for at least 7 more books, (but please no more than that), and am so far enjoying it. It has promises to have more substance than Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry novels (although, I admit, I am more than addicted to taht series).

edit I found I liked Dark Fever more than Blood Fever, the second book in the installment, but not because Blood Fever was any less of a book than Dark Fever, but because Dark Fever was the book that was needed to set the characters in place. As with any book in series, the first is usually something to remember.

I guess this is mostly because the first book had mystery and getting to know you. The second book was just establishment of Barrons and Mac's relationship and what is going to be normal routine for the two of them, and, introduction of the characters on the other side of normal. Mostly it was about finding more OOPs, and there was no plot progression. (They didn't find clues to Mac's sister's death because she thinks she already has the murderer and they didn't find out more about the fae crossing over, because Mac missed an entire month off human world, and since Barron is closemouthed and we're seeing entirely through Mac's eyes, we missed an entire chunk of the developments in the Unseelie fae walking around). This book didn't even deal with any how or why's of the "Lord Master" and what the big game plan was. I think the only progression that happened plot wise is the 'relationship' between Barrons and Mac, if you call that progression.

The second book strives to introduce the major players in the field to us. Moning has decided to ditch the past first person POV and moved on to a present first person. The style still needs a bit retouching since there are sometimes gaps in the story. I find myself doing a figurative double take at the scenes (what? she's chained to a post? did I miss that?) becuase most of the story happens in dialogue than in Mac's narration she misses out on these explanations and gives them away in the conversation. Maybe it's because Mac isn't the most observant person in the book and therefore the book suffers for it (does that make sense?). To make up for the mostly dialogue scenes, the dialogue is witty and drily humorous.

The ending of the second book also had me wishing it was september. It dropped enough hints of what Barrons was to watn to read the next book in frustration without giving it away. Mostly I think the series is just going to give away pieces of himself. *sigh* no excerpts nor summaries for book 3 titled fae fever yet. Although I saw the republished covers in the site: and the book site which lets you spray paint messages, leads you to her blog and her official site... I don't know what else it's supposed to do but that: I do hope there's more plot progression in the third book, although I really wouldn't complain. I usually don't notice these things until it ends, and why am I to complain about one more book.... of course there is the wait.

*Sigh* the first book I've read in a week. I blame Exams, but I also blame the WII. Please. I've been logging 5 hours per day in that console. :p
ice_of_dreams: (poison)
I take it back. I am equally enamored in the Mercy Thompson series as I am with her Hurog and Raven and Sianim stuff.

I almost cried four times when I read this book. Maybe it helps that, unlike Princess Meredith, Mercy isn't turning out to be a six to one girl.

It's a mystery, (I can't remember if the first two books were a mystery or not, but I know the first book were warewolves and the next were vampires so maybe they were), and I like the pack dynamics, and the fact that Mercy isn't well loved by everybody. Maybe what I love about this book is that though Mercy has qualities to be irritating, she's equally determined not to be ruled and she stands up for everything. OH... and this book deals with the fae. And unlike Hamilton's take of sex and violent torture, these feel more like the original faery tales. (You know, burn your eyes out, eat little children type of fae).

I don't have enough things to say about this book. (or the series... I really want to... but arg.) I'm off to read Sunny first then off to retire and read more medicine
Spoilers )

Some rants against Mona Lisa Craving.

Arg. I hate the fact that Sunny is using the words "demon dead". I hate the fact that Sunny is saying that Mona Lisa won't have an afterlife in Hell as Demon Dead (yes, Jenelle doesn't have that choice either becuase she is Witch and she burns more fully and goes into the darkness.)

And therefore I am putting off READING her poor excuse of creativity and dumping it until tomorrow when I can laugh about it.

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