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.
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.
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)
I played Zelda the entire day. That's why I could only read one book. That snow mountain? It's annoyingly easy to get lost in.

But enough of Zelda since I don't really write about what I play. (I should actually start writing that Epilogue 2 of rend soon, or actually end it, but inspiration hasn't been pouring lately. I do know how it ends, how it begins, it's all the connecting parts that are driving me woozy.)

But enough of that...

Read Sazi 03, was surprised that it was not in the first person POV (1&2 were) so it kind of threw me off balance. Again, firmly not in the urban fantasy genre and more on paranormal romance.

Antione Moniere representative of the cats stumbled upon Tahira sister to his equivalent in a ghost tribe of shapeshifters. He finds her in the middle of German police and was about to be sent to the zoo. He saves her (duh) discover a hidden power in her while he tries to figure out how he could get out of accusations of him not being a good leader to the weres and have a strong family enemy and rival underneath his roof. All in wintry Germany in the middle of christmas shopping.

The beginning of the book was extremely slow. I mean... really slow. But I did get to laugh at Councilman Ahmed again even if he's really .. you know the type to want to be misunderstood instead of explain (I really want that attitude, you know to hell with what everyone thinks? Unfortunately I have more pride than I have finesse).

I also loved the entire performing show thing. I learned a lot about training cats. ( I read about training cats once before in SEP's Angel... something but that's neither here or there). And we did get to see brief glimpses of Tony while Antoine calls him long distance and e-mails him.

I loved the way that the ceremonies in this book goes. It keeps surprising me. There was a cheesy part about choosing, but I guess it can't be helped. Sometimes, some things can only be accomplished with a whole lot of cheese. Some authors pull it off, some don't. SOmetimes I just don't buy the entire love solves everything bandwagon. They could have put it in less explicit terms and it would have gotten the point accross, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, would have been less cheezy but who am I to judge?

I am happy to say though that I am entirely extremely curious now about Antoine's sister Josette especially since a) she's the one who froze the snake people in the ceiling without effort and b) after the background given of the Moniere family in this book and c) the blurb at the back of the book of book 6. Let me just say that my EQ is apparently still working and 6 is soooo far off from 3.
ice_of_dreams: (merry gentry)
I started reading this because of the Sazi and I couldn't get hold of the latest Sazi book. I was pleasantly happy with the results. I must admit the idea of the vampire as a "virus" a genetic defect etc has all been run by me a time or two. I think I've read a few which had vampire as a parasite, but I'm not entirely sure.

Courier Job, reminds me of ... what was that shape shifter dragon thing again? With the green dragons? With the annoying stupid female?

Fortunatelythat was it for annoying things. The heroine, albiet female (haha) was actively trying to ignore a vampire even though she had a vampire bite (sort of like.... Rachel in the Hollows... I should just stop reading if I keep comparing them to each other haha). She's strong without being overly emotional and mule-headed without being annoying. Don't you just like that in female leads?

What I think I like best about a Touch of Darkness is that it was strongly about family too. I cried a lot during the book. Relationships between the siblings Kate, Joe and Bryan were close knit and palpable. You know Joe and Kate were annoyed with each other and the way they lived their lives but you can sense that they loved each other too. It wasn't a perfect relationship, it was a "real" relationship. Meddling, overprotective brothers with their own agendas but still loved you. The entire time when they were watching the VCR with Bryan's birthday party had me in tears. Tom (the authors have a knack of giving out common names, I'm just missing Harry) was also very family oriented. He talks about his sister and his family. I guess that's what's extremely strong and a must read in this book, the family ties.

The werewolves heirarchy was also good world building. The alpha is called Acca and it's matriarchal. Completely different from what most paranormal books write with regard to weres.

I also like a lot of the males in the book. I was envious that I don't have a Joe for an older brother, Mike for a priest and Tom for a potential boyfriend were equally good characters. Mary as an alpha and a minor supporting character in this book was also good. I can't wait to read more from the series. I have now to choose between the Sazi and the Thrall.

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ice_of_dreams: (poison)
Kind of crazy since I don't know who Jamil is I don't follow AB, juswt MG

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ice_of_dreams: (Default)
I got it. I wrote a long spiel about it. I lost it. :(

But I must say I enjoyed this book too, and I really can see that it seemed more of an urban fantasy this time around. The Tony/Sue relationship was more of a background story to murders, serial killers, meeting new poweres (people wise and magic wise) and understanding the world of the Sazi.

I did like the idea of the seers not talking in a single tense too. It was a great idea and makes so much more sense. Confusing for other people though, but it made sense. It makes me want to skip books 3-5 in order to read book 6 which is about Josette, an ancient seer mentioned in this book, but I need EQ so I'd go through books 3-5 first, even if it kills me. Her story seems interesting and Tony might be in it, which is a PLUS, but still... told in a female perspective... it might be strange for me... Tony has spoiled me.

I find that a male POV in stories keeps it less emotional baggage, less issues, more focused on the investiagtion and less on the really annoying parts. Or maybe it's because authors tend to make weird females, trying to give equal opportunity and say, I am a female hear me ROAR. So strange and sad, because they want their female leads strong they end up with a whole ton of emotional baggage that these females lock up insade only to be read by readers like me who want to pull my hair out. Nuff said.

I like Tony as the anti-hero. Really, and he was really brilliant and funny. There were times that I just had to say ahhh, when I heard him think. Plus I like the way the authors deal with his ways, his assassinations and his lack of morals. Really, and the way he doesn't need to overprotect his mate, the fact that he's unique but not the most powerful wolf out there (a fact that he can be classified as an omega), that he has a bad mouth.

I was weirded about by the were-dragon, the were-snake and the were at the end of the book. Honestly. A were KOMODO dragon. It was strange. And they were also the other part of the romance in the paranormal romance class that made this book shelved under romance in Tor's opinion.

Anyway... off to pretend to study.
ice_of_dreams: (Default)
It's my first time readinga book in the first person POV with a male perspective. A refreshing change in all those urban fantasy things. Although I think mostly this would qualify as a paranormal romance more than an urban fantasy. The myth of choice: were-wolves.

Tony is an assassin, and on full moons, a wolf. His recent client to his door asks to take out a hit and the mark is none-other than the client herself. I think I tolerated the book a lot because I wasn't inside Suzi's head. Sue is suicidally depressed and has no courage to end her life but hires a hit man to do it. See? Anything that wacky and convoluted and disturbed, I don't want to be first person to. She begins as a clingy, dependent girl who can't move a step without her assassin turned bodyguard and sometimes boyfriend. I guess some character men like to be depended upon.

A good thing about this book is, even though Sue is dependent, and clingy and all of those Tony shows that he can be annoyed at her. Annoyed! I actually mirror a lot of the sentiments coming from him.

I also like the background of coming from the mafia and being an assassin. Most of those who were reading it for romance didn't like that, but I enjoyed it simply because he was a refreshingly new type of character. Not the alpha were-wolf, and not your typical run of the mill job. I think the reason the authors stopped after book two (although I haven't read book two yet, so I'd have to look for it and see if there was a definite ending to the Tony/Sue story on it or it trailed off for me to want another) on the entire Sue/Tony thing was because of a lot of the readership couldn't get past the idea that the lead guy killed for a living, and it was just business. Honestly I think all of the sqeamishness is largely because the POV was from the guy rather than the girl. I could name some books that although weren't really assassins, the lead guys killed. A lot. In a lot of gorier details. But you saw the female's POV and that the guy was willing to change for her forever. Please.

Another good thing about this book, is it was a taste. All of the hierarchy and world building aren't laid out in the first book. The characters themselves don't really know the heirarchy yet. And both of the characters are feeling their way in blind. (Unlike most of the paranormals/fantasy where in one of the characters, usually the male, knows a lot about the world they live in and start teaching the female so the female could kick ass... case in point Moning's Fever series and my newly discovered Frost's Dark Huntress series)

As I said this was mostly paranormal romance more than urban fantasy. (I classify weirdly, if I'd labelled it as urban fantasy I would have looked for a mystery somwhere... that seems to be the goal of most urban fantasy author's... or a treasure to hunt... or a death to stalk). This is pretty much a straightforward book. Kill this guy, hunt this guy, type of thing.

I want to see what happens next, unfortunately, I have exams on Electrocardiogram reading and multiple trauma tomorrow, both of which I can't skip studying *grins*. I have to hunt down more of the books especially since I suddenly trust TOR paranormal romances again (I read Jenna Black's vampire story published under Tor and was happy with it, but not exactly keeping material for me, and now I'm off to revisit it and see if I should change my mind and get hold of more of her books). Sometimes I trust the publishing houses, sometimes I don't.

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