[701]: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Weird, gory, and not of the teen wolf variety.


The Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan

I’m not new to this rodeo. I’ve had my fair share of lycanthrope stories. And while vampires and zombies are my typical go-to whenever I get a hankering for the supernatural, I must admit that I’ve been missing them lately.

Now, I will be the first one to say that I’m prejudiced when it comes to werewolves. I always assume that there will be super alpha males drumming their chest as soon as they find their “mates”. I know that instant-love is almost always a key ingredient; and that most will go through the angst of accepting the monsters inside themselves. This book is certainly all of that.  Jake goes through the self-hating phase soon after killing his first human. He’ll feel the pull of his intended once he finds her. But while most of the novels in this variety are littered with the emotional dramatics of the main character, Jake Marlowe, however, will disappoint the most ardent readers of paranormal romance.

This is not your usual werewolf story that’s for damn sure.

The Last Werewolf, as the title implies, is the story about the last remaining werewolf in the world. Jake will find out that there’s nothing remotely glamorous or even reverent about the distinction, however. Enemies left and right will be coming out of the woodwork to rid the world of this last abomination. He wouldn’t know whom to trust, and anybody close to him faces certain death. He’s not going to enjoy being the hunted this time.

He’s not a teen heartthrob who stalks the halls of his school in all his emo glory. Nope. Jake Marlowe is a 200-year-old cynic who’s seen everything, done everything, and ready to peace out of this world. But…he wants to do it in his own terms.

Jake’s type of werewolf is the kind that needs to eat people in order to survive. The cycle of the moon also plays a pivotal role in prolonging their lives. While waiting for the full moon, they can live by gratuitously imbibing on alcohol and smoking like a chimney. They also need sex – and plenty of it! In a way, this brand of werewolves is like the vampires. They thrive on the indulgence of flesh and excessive vice. The author certainly doesn’t pull any punches. Violence, sex, gore are described in explicit details. But for the amount of sex included in this book, not a single scene was written with sexual arousal in mind. There’s a distinct dismissive casualty and banality to the act. He didn’t loiter in the scenes and didn’t dawdle. You wouldn’t feel any warm fuzzies or the need to smoke afterward.

Glen Duncan will probably annoy some of you. He comes across as a pretentious jerk for name-dropping some literary greats in his book. But I do see his point. Jake Marlowe is 200 years old, after all. How else would he occupy his immortal life but read?

He will make you feel as exhausted as Jake feels; as tired of life as he was. In that respect, Duncan is a very convincing writer. He spent most of his time ruminating about the life he led, the loves he lost, and the people he ate. But nowhere did he try to get the reader’s empathy. Duncan’s writing is very “male” for lack of a better word.

I am, however, sorry that I felt no emotion whatsoever while reading this book. That doesn’t mean, however, that I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not a bad quality, per se. But sometimes, you just got to take what you’re reading with a grain of salt. It’s a change of pace and it’s great to read something that doesn’t put me through the wringer for once.

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[673]: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

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Series: Menagerie, #1
MIRA | September 29th, 2015
Source: Bought
Adult Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.


Freaks of A Different Breed

I was, for the most part, obstinately set against reading this book when it first came out. Circus freaks never did hold any appeal. But if anyone has told me these freaks aren’t your run-of-the-mill freaks, then things would’ve turned out differently. I’ve been trying to come up with the proper word to describe the kind of circus Rachel Vincent came up with here but I’m failing miserably. There’s no bearded lady or a two-headed, conjoined twins. What you’ve got is every single monster that ever walked the pages of an Urban Fantasy novel. Don’t let Rachel Vincent hear that, though because she’d vehemently deny it. Let’s do a quick run down: minotaur, empaths, sirens, fae, werewolves, trolls, shape-shifters, and a being whose killing abilities are powered by revenge. I’m sure there’s more I’ve missed but you get the picture.

Delilah Marlow did not expect to find herself inside a cage after she witnessed a werewolf pup being tortured for the crowd’s benefit. Her rage was so complete that all she could think about was inflicting the same pain to the pup’s torturer. To everyone’s shock, her appearance quickly changed into a monstrous being with claws; black veins, and hair with a life of its own. When she woke up from her trance, the handler was reduced to a bloody, mindless mess. Unable to explain what she was (other than she’s not human) to the police, she was sold to the Menagerie.

Supernatural Beings Are Not Welcomed Here

In this world inhabited by humans and supernatural beings alike, the former are superior of the two. They suppressed the Cryptids’ freedom and treated them like the subspecies that they think they are. Reading about their oppression was difficult to take at times. Kids were separated from their parents; they were hunted, drugged on a daily basis, then caged like animals. They went through unthinkable abuse and all because of an incident that happened in the 80s. It’s called The Reaping. When human children were swapped with cryptids. Ever since then, they’ve been stripped of any rights.

So you can just imagine Delilah’s life after they determined that she’s not human after all. In Menagerie, she’ll have a first-hand account to the extent of maltreatment her kind goes through in the hands of the handlers: malnutrition, sexual and physical abuse in the general sense.  But the mental and emotional toll on the cryptids scar deeper above all the other abuse. Imagine a father feeling helpless for his teen daughter. She’s made to dress skimpily day in and day out. And if she doesn’t perform, she’s tortured with a cattle prod. He sees it happen every day but he can’t help her because, he, himself is caged. He hears every whimper and sees every burn marks on her body. But there’s very little he could do but to encourage her not to give up hope – and this from a distance. Theirs is just one example of the struggle I went through while reading this book.

Uprising

But all hope is not lost. You can say that the appearance of Delilah was determined by fate. She is the one that will help this caravan of freaks to gain their freedom – at least, you would hope. But of course,  freedom has a price. And Delilah must first gain their trust. With Gallagher’s help, she hopes to offer them a chance at a life free from oppression.

Menagerie was so different from anything I’ve ever read before. It is as lovely as it is grotesque; tender as it is painful. This book tested my angst threshold and at times, I pushed myself to the limit. But oh, it’s a beautiful discovery and I loved every minute of it – even the painful ones. Delilah is a character who fought tooth and nails not to lose herself despite the cost. For the most part, I admired her. But man, there were times when I wanted her to submit just so she can save herself from the torture.

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[639]: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

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The City of Mirrors

by Justin Cronin


I’ve only recently discovered this series – in February to be exact. I found a hardback at a flea market last summer, but I didn’t really pick it up until the audiobook went on sale in February of this year. It was the kind of book that had me instantly hooked. So of course, I had to listen to the next one soon after. My feelings didn’t change. In fact, I think I was even more in love with the second one. The third and final book took four years to write so if you’ve been a fan since the first book came out, I can only sympathize. But I can tell you that I can relate if you’re having a hard time writing what you felt after everything is said and done.

the story

Years after The Twelve has been destroyed, humanity attempts to build a life outside the walls that had protected them from the virals. There’d been no signs of them, no attacks since The Twelve has been killed. Complacent, but otherwise determined, the humans decided to test the waters outside the walls.

In New York, Zero’s plans once again rid the world of humanity begins with someone who had helped defeat The Twelve. This time, he’s driven by revenge. Amy and Carter lay in wait while a pocket of humans prepares for war once again. This is the last stand; the war that could definitively end a century of darkness. Or the war that could start it all over again.

the burden of reviewing the passage series

And so we come to the end of this wonderful series. An end that was daunting, breath-taking, and bittersweet. A story spanning a century and generations of survivors but with one common denominator: the one that saved humanity from complete annihilation. Reading these books truly is a labor of love. You need patience because the books are heavier than your average novel. Shedding all your presumptions about the vampire lore is also a requirement. There are no coffins, and no crosses to save your soul. In a way that the vampire lore has been romanticized over the years, Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy reinvented the myth and gave it a biological origin with a bit of theology thrown into the mix.  It’s the ultimate good vs. evil; angels and demons. But prayers can’t save you in this dimension.

This book was everything I hoped for, but somehow not enough. The ending should’ve given me a sense of resolution and acceptance but it didn’t. That’s not to say it was a bad series-ender. It isn’t. That’s not even possible, in my opinion. Justin Cronin is a master story teller. Each book was perfectly conceptualized and intricately plotted. It’s been a while since I’ve been awed by a series with this caliber. And I tell you, I’ve read quite a few 5-star reads in the past.  As I sit here and try to put my thoughts into words, I’ve been thinking about how vastly unfair my book rating has been. Because there are 5-star reads, and then there’s Justin Cronin’s books. It’s a whole another level of greatness.

 

 

 

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[634]: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

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Marked in Flesh

by Anne Bishop


There’s a myriad of reasons why I love this series. As a reader whose tastes tend to lean towards stories that are more in touch with reality, The Others is one of the few paranormal series that slipped through that filter. Typically, I’m drawn to the romance that a book promises. This series, however, doesn’t offer much in that respect. And that is why it’s astounding (especially to me) that I’ve consistently rated them high with every installment. So what is it about them that keep me coming back?

For one, Ms. Bishop has created a world that to me, is fascinating. Now if you’re a regular reader of paranormal fantasy, you would probably consider hers as one of many. But since I have no basis for which to compare it to, I remain amazed. After all, I can only name at least one other series that I follow in this genre: The Black Dagger Brotherhood. And that’s about the extent of my experience.

Second, Meg and Simon themselves know how to tease me enough with their budding romance. Confounding, really. Because if it were another book, the slow as molasses progression would have me running out the door faster than you can say DNF.  That is not the case here.  I love how seemingly innocent they are. Simon has no experience whatsoever in handling a relationship with a human. Meg does not have any experience with any healthy relationships period. Together, they are sweet, funny, and more often, silly – which makes them so irresistible.

Third, the anticipation of reading the demise of the Human First Last Movement. Truth be told, I thought it was unrealistic how far The Others have let them. It took too long to snuff them out considering how easily they can destroy their enemies. It’s just silly, I thought. So with every installment, I waited upon bated breath.

There is an underlying social relevance to these books that I’m just now realizing. Nowadays, talks of climate change and its deniers persist in social media platforms. Some political groups insist that humans are in no way responsible for the increasing greenhouse gases that contribute to Earth’s rising temperatures. But scientists insist that we are destroying the only place we call home. We have the same scenario in this series, albeit the humans were only too happy to accept responsibility. Sometimes, I wish that we have the same creatures governing the world’s natural resources.  Because if you think about it, we would probably live more harmoniously in a world where war can easily be eradicated by much more superior supernatural  beings. The conflict in the Middle East would not exist because the land would not be owned by Israel or Palestine. Countries cannot invade other countries. There will be no Axis of Evil. World peace is not just a wish uttered by beauty pageant contestants. It could be a reality if The Others actually existed.

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[611]: The Passage by Justin Cronin

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Series: The Passage, #1
Ballantine Books | Hardcover, 766 pages
Publication Date: June 10th, 2010
Adult Fiction | Horror, Thriller
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her.

As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.


This book was unbelievably good. At first, I was a little intimidated by its heft and I wasn’t quite sure what the book was about. The synopsis does not offer much. All I can infer was it was a book about a contagion that started in a lab gone wrong. Soon it will be revealed that the creatures were vampires in essence. They are strong and fast. They hunger for human blood. But while Vlad the Impaler didn’t make an appearance, another equally sinister and dubious “creator” was present and accounted for.

Apocalyptic novels and films usually begin in two ways: one, man can’t leave things well enough alone so they go to remote places of the world to find an artifact of great value – not for wealth, but indulgence. But since they don’t know enough about the artifact’s history, they will inadvertently unearth a curse or in this case, a creature that’s been left sleeping in peace until they wake it from its slumber. Second, mankind’s greed for power and domination over their kind that leads them to trouble time and time again. They create a biological weapon out of conceit. Unleashing an irreversible devastation that none of them would have the chance to defeat because it will overpower any kind of weaponry known to mankind.

The Passage started as it should. The end of the world rooted to man’s boundless greed and ambition. The U.S. government employed the help of a Harvard microbiologist to create a breed of super soldiers in an effort to staunch the terrorist attacks that have been happening more on U.S. soil. They infected twelve convicts on death row to become a race of soldiers of great strength, agility and endurance. But the experiment backfires, plunging the world into darkness, chaos, and death; bringing the human population to near extinction.

THE THIRTEENTH

The thirteenth infected was a child of six. Amy was abandoned by her mother at a convent in the care of Sister Lacey. She was a quiet child who saw things and felt things that any adult person would be scared of. Although Amy didn’t turn into a monster, she’s become something else altogether. She will age slowly; she doesn’t get hurt easily. And she’s somehow able to form a mental connection with The Twelve and the millions of people that are infected. She will play an important role in saving what’s left of humanity.

THE FIRST COLONY

A hundred years later, only 94 people survived in a Fort Knox-like community (or so they thought). Vampires, as the myth goes, cannot survive in the daylight. So by eliminating nights altogether, this pocket of civilization managed to avoid the millions of vampires roaming the Earth. But it will not last. Their power source is dwindling.  In an effort to find another source of power, a group of people was sent out on an expedition that will mark the beginning of the end for the people in the sanctuary.

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT

If you’re in the mood for a good SciFi-Paranormal hybrid, this is the perfect book to spend a few of your days reading. I listened to this on audio and read my copy whenever I can. It was the type of book that will consume you until you ache for the next one. In some ways, the world was what you will expect from a post-apocalyptic novel: desolate, scary, sparse, destroyed. But where Cronin spent a lot of time on was in his characters.

If you’ve ever read or seen The Stand by Stephen King, it is somewhat similar. There are religious undertones, but not too much. Just enough to know that the good always wins over evil. The US government named their project, Project Noah based on the Biblical story about an ark he built to survive the flood. Though I’m still not sure which of the two was the ark: Peter or Amy.

Justin Cronin is a brilliant writer. He took pains in building his characters and story. It’s the type of book where everything matters – every sentence, every phrase, every single punctuation.  He didn’t leave a stone unturned, or a plot arch left unexplored. For days, and nights this book consumed me. And I don’t regret a single moment of it.

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[604]: The Angelfall Series by Susan Ee

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Susan Ee has set a standard for books about these mythical creatures. There are only a couple that I could think of that was as good or better ( Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Rephaim series by Paula Weston). She came into the YA scene with such a splash that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves. It was like the opening of the first book when Pennryn saw a floating feather that signals the coming doom of time. Though Susan’s entrance was not quite that traumatic. She just took us all by surprise, that’s all.

WORLD AFTER

The second book to Angelfall finds Pennryn dead …for a time. Then she woke up to the horror of those people in the truck that rescued her including her mother. After a few halting explanations, everyone accepted her explanation of a temporary paralysis. They find themselves in a rebel hub bent on taking back humanity from the clutches of the angels. The humans didn’t take well to Paige’s appearance and new monstrosity. When she ran away after the humans tried to kill her, Penn has no choice but to search for her.  In the meantime, Raffe continues his search for his angel wings. Because without his wings, he won’t be able to get back into the fold of righteous army that will help Pennryn and the humans take back their world.

Sadly, my interest in this series waned a bit as I was reading this sequel. Part of the problem was I couldn’t find the same love and enthusiasm as I had with the first book. It’s been five years since I read Angelfall. And I would like to think that I’ve shed some of my fangirl tendencies since then. I was completely in love with the idea of an angel-human romance at the time. So I thought that once I started reading Pennryn and Raffe’s reunion, things will go back to normal. It did not. Because our star-crossed couple was separated for the better part of this novel. Still, Susan Ee’s talent for conceptualizing a recently destroyed world consistently shone through.

END OF DAYS

The conclusion of this series was meant to be epic. And Holy Hannah, was it ever! We find Pennryn and Raffe looking for a way to reverse whatever procedure was done to Raffe and Paige. In this book, we find out more about the real reason why the angels invaded Earth and how. Raffe’s past will also be revealed in such a way that will bring forth more problems for both angels and humans alike. Monsters unlike anything anyone has ever seen (not even angels) will be unleashed to humankind and the only way to stop them is for Raffe to band with the Pit Lord and his army of Consumed.

This was heart-palpitating action from the get go. It’s exactly how I wanted series-enders to be. The romance throughout the series was a slow burn to begin with, but in this conclusion, I felt like it reached a satisfying crescendo that will make Pennryn’s and Raffe’s fans happy. In the end, I was not invested at all. Not because I stopped being a fan, but because this book was so good that the romance took a backseat to everything that happened.

IN RETROSPECT

Susan Ee knows how to cast a line and reel her fans in. The breathtaking, albeit, destroyed world was something out of a realistic nightmare. The romance is sexy in a subtle way; and the monsters, truly out of this world. Postponing the release of books 2 and 3 only added to the already electrifying furor surrounding these books. So in every aspect, she’s something short of brilliant. I can’t wait to see what she’ll have in store for us in the future.

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[538]: The Taker by Alma Katsu

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Simon & Schuster | Hardcover, 438 pp. | April 11th, 2011 | Adult Fiction | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


This was a very interesting take on immortality. The cover and title imply of something sinister, so my first impression/expectation upon seeing this book was vampires. Since they’re virtually the only creatures I know that can live several lifetimes, my uncreative mind immediately jumped to this assumption. Of course I was severely mistaken.

The Taker was an atmospheric novel about a girl who’d fallen on hard times at a time (1800s) when pregnancy out of wedlock was mortal sin. But that’s not how this book started. This book started in present time when she was picked up by cops wandering the streets bloodied, and with claims that she’d just killed someone.

She was brought to the hospital where she meets Dr. Luke Findlay, a man who had just gone through a series of bad luck himself. He was inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She was charming, enigmatic and had the gift of persuasion. There was very little she could ask that Luke wouldn’t give her, including, escaping the cops that took her. It was during the escape that she tells her story to Luke: how she became who she is and the stories of people that created her. It was a history hundreds and hundreds of years in the making; a lonely existence of debauchery, excess and unrequited love. And more importantly, the alchemy that provided her a life without end.

Alma Katsu is a brilliant story teller. This introduction had me in its grips from page one. It was rich in gothic-inspired history shrouded in a cloud of dark mystery.  It was a vivid imagery of how brutal and punishing love could be, and how quickly we all become victim to weakness and vanity.

So why the middle of the grade rating? One word: characters. I’ve never been a fan of characters (mostly heroines) who were so blinded by love that their actions make them weaklings. And Lanore McIlvrae is perhaps the poster girl for heroines with this affliction. There wasn’t much she wouldn’t give to “her eternal love” regardless of how fruitless her efforts were. Lanore was the classic example of a woman who’s incredibly brave and weak at the same time. She was a mixture of both, but I have to admit that her unrequited love made her every bit the weakling the I couldn’t admire.

Despite the rough start, I still think this could be the beginning of a fantastic series. And the ending, though, finished by all rights, left an ominous cloud that had me fearing and wanting the next book in the same breath.

 

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[514]: The Shadows by JR Ward

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GOODEADS SUMMARY | New American Library | Hardcover, 576 pp. | March 31st, 2015 | Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13 | Adult Fiction | Paranormal | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


I think I have come to a certain point of my JR Ward fangirl life, where I could no longer tolerate the lack of movement with the overall plot of this series as a whole. The last couple of books has been quite a disappointment, to be honest. JR Ward may have a particular knack for dangling the proverbial carrot in our faces, but she is nothing but a big tease. It’s a brilliant marketing ploy. Every instalment brings about a certain excitement for things to come. Albeit, most of the time, it’s the pounding beat of doom ringing ominously loud. Unfortunately, she hasn’t come through for me. Slowly, and as the years passed, my malcontent grows at a steady pace. So much so that I could no longer ignore it.

Standstill

Book number 13 may prove to be the one that pushes that “it’s over” button. As once again, none of the plot conflicts was resolved here: the Band of Bastards is still on the lam. Xcor and Layla are still circling/sniffing around each other. The only thing that have shown a glimmer of life is the resurgence of the Brothers’ original enemy, the Lessers. This is saying a lot, as I used to skip/skim parts where the lessers are mentioned. At this point, I’ll take anything that could get my heart rate pumping.

Wallowing in Suburbia

I don’t know about you, but just because the Brothers have found their respective shellans shouldn’t mean they go on to live in a suburban bliss. Come on now. It shouldn’t be allowed. Boring lives are for real people, not fictional characters. Not especially for powerful vampires who are supposed to be as bad as they come. I was bored. I miss the days when they go out on a slaying spree. When Rhage’s beast does a cameo (though, I think The Beast did for a blink or two here); when Vishous’ heritage as Bloodletter’s son comes out and play. I especially miss Zsadist’s growls and well, sadistic way of killing.

Written in stars

The Shadows is Trez and iAm’s book. I can’t recall which book they first showed up, but the short of it all is that they are Shadows. Beings that aside from being able to keep their invisible form, they are pretty much like vampires themselves. This book is about Trez’s destiny to mate with the heir to the S’Hisbe throne. Nothing is ever easy with these people, so of course, he goes and falls in love with the Chosen Selena – who in turn has a secret of her own that could devastate them both in the end.

In the meantime, iAm, in an attempt to help his brother, goes and gets himself imprisoned again. This time, though, with fruitful consequences. He meets maichen; a servant in the court of the Queen of Shadows. Everybody has secrets. And maichen has one of her own.

I will go down with this ship

As much as I’ve bemoaned the fact that I was bored with this book, I don’t think I see myself quitting. There are still good things to be had, I believe. I want to see what becomes of Xcor and Layla. I want to see what kind of evil plans Throe has up his sleeves. I want to see what’s doing with Rhage as he was a bit out of sorts in this book. And since they’ve found the lessers’ nest, I see a lot of bloodshed in the next book.

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[506]: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

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While some readers would find this instalment a bit sluggish and non-consequential to the overall plot of the novel, I would argue that this book, at least, remains consistently addictive. I don’t know what it is about the world Ms. Bishop has created, but for me, it’s the major draw of this book. In fact, I’ll say in all honesty, that she keeps building the world even though we’re three books into the series. I feel that the more we get into the series, the more expansive our knowledge is of this make-believe Earth.

I like seeing the Others win time and again against humans who think they’re the superior race. I like seeing Simon Wolfgard and the human police of Lakeside Courtyard try and coexist in harmony, respecting each other’s boundaries and maintaining how destructive not cooperating with the Others can become. The human police here at least are a smart people. I can’t say the same for the rest of the world though. In fact, HFL movement continues to challenge the Others by creating more problems for themselves. Humans think they’re beyond these creatures; and that they can push without retaliation, when in fact, they’d been given clear evidence as to what will happen if they continue to succumb to their greed. My favourite parts of these novels are the instances when the humans fail.

The Cassandra Sangue that were freed from the Controller are learning to live in a world where they’re not oppressed. While Meg Corbyn was triumphant in her liberation, the rest frightfully struggle. It didn’t take a while for the Others to figure out that their razors were their crutches. That without them, the unspoken visions can lead the sweet bloods to deaths by their own hands. In the meantime, the arrival of one Lizzie Boyden will be the catalyst to discovering another threat to the humans/Others coexistence. Layer by agonizing layer, they discover a plot that can bring food shortages   that are human-made and one step closer towards human extinction. Seriously. When will you people learn?

Over all, I love this instalment. I mean, I haven’t given these books ratings less than five stars. I’m completely vested in the stories, which is shocking to me at times, because some readers found the dumping of information a bit too much. Me? I’m savouring each and every sentence, continuing to be amazed by this woman’s incredible writing.

GOODREADS SUMMARY | ROC | Hardcover, 400 pp. | March 3rd, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Paranormal | Rating: 5 Stars
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Friday Finds [#5]: Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones

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I guess you can say I’ve been mad – MAD, I tell you,  about this series. For weeks now, these are all I’ve been reading. I just finished numero quatro, and it’s to die for! Pun intended.  If you’re an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal reader and you haven’t read these yet, then take a couple of seconds and investigate for yourself. Though if you’re a reader of these genres, chances are, you’re yawning at my seemingly lame attempt at enticing you to come to the dark side.

Charley was born The Grim Reaper. She doesn’t come dressed in black with a cape and a scythe, however.  And she certainly is not your harbinger of death. Charley is more like the gateway to the after life. Those who’ve died and who hasn’t quite realized they’re supposed to leave finds Charley so they can cross. I supposed you can say, she’s the human equivalent of River Styx. Because of her nature, demons are after her. Why? Well, she’s the gateway to Earth. Through her, they’ll be able to come here NOT bringing peace and salutations.

There is also a minor complication. Just a tiny, eensie one. The leader of the demons – let’s call him, Satan – has a son. This son decided to go against his father’s will by protecting Charley. When Charley was born, Son of Satan became Charley’s self-appointed guardian demon angel. Years go by, and Charley has become increasingly aware of this presence. Son of Satan also starts to fall in love with the grim reaper. Fun, huh?

Charley is your banner character for kick-ass, smart-mouthed, hilariously sarcastic heroine. I swear, I’ve laughed out loud so many times while reading these books. One of these days, I’d like to name my boobs as well. And do you know where you can find the nectar of the gods? Go south. Yep. I don’t know how Ms. Jones does it. She keeps her fresh and fun with every instalment. You’ll never read the same joke twice. I can also guarantee you that you’ll never be bored with these books.

It started with an Audible email. And now, I can’t get enough. I searched hi and lo to find these hardbacks, and with every book I read, it’s becoming apparent how serendipitous that email had been. So thank you, marketing strategists of Audible.com!

I am obsessed. Completely. Utterly. Hopelessly.

Have you read these books yet?

 

 

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