I hate it when a female character is in danger and someone tells her one little thing about the male and the female runs away. It happens so often in books and I just can’t stand it. This is the second book this week that I have read where this happens. EVERYTHING could have been avoided if Sammie didn’t run from the freaking mountain. OMG I just remembered that she ran TWICE! She came to her sister just to rest but then found all the dragon guys and they were going to help her and she ran! To be fair the first time she didn’t know those guys were dragons.. but still. She was at a huge castle filled with hulking men and a sister who promised they could help her out.
So I hated Sammie she was TSTL… Tristan was a good character though. He was extremely stubborn and fought the attraction to Sammie but he still protected her. Even when she was being a twit. So props to him because if I had gotten someone to a safe place and they ran, I would be like okay see ya, Enjoy your captivity and eventual death you stupid, stupid girl. But of course Tristan didn’t do that he got all his dragon peeps and his warrior peeps to get her back. Sigh. The trouble woman cause.
I didn’t feel the connection with Sammie and Tristan. I know that she was his Dragon Mate or whatever and there was the whole insta lust going on. But most of the book was with them apart and the one time they actually spent a night together, their interactions were glossed over. Not the sex part but the part where they actually you know talked and got to know each other. I know I have said this a million times but insta-love doesn’t bother me if it was written right… this time it wasn’t written right. Because I hated it. Tristan denied Sammie up until the end and Sammie kept running away.
Really one of the only things I did love about the book was Tristan and Ian. They had a WAY better connection than Tristan and Sammie. But I hated how dejected Ian was when Tristan couldn’t remember him. Think about how awful that would be… to go 400 or however many years thinking your brother was gone, only to get him back and he has no clue who you are. Absolutely devastating and I have always loved Ian. SO I was so excited when Tristan slowly.. very slowly starts to get glimpses of himself as a warrior and him with Ian. I also loved when they fought together. Because it was obvious they had done it a million times before because they were perfectly in sync with each other. Is there anything greater than brotherly love? well yeah… but it defiantly wasn’t the romantic love in this book. The brotherly love was so much better.
As with the last book I also loved having the warriors involved. I love it when an author has multiple series and they all connect together. My little heart gets excited when a character from a past book shows up. “I know him! I know her!” Yes I actually say this out loud every time. Donna Grant weaves the characters together so well. I think that would be difficult. Maybe it’s not. I dunno but it seems like it would be hard.
You defiantly need to read the warrior books first. I know I said that in the last books review but it’s true. 1-the characters all show up and it’s so much better to know who they are. 2- spoilers and lots of them. Especially in this one since Tristan is so tied with the warriors.
Oh Darkness.. You were an asshole. I am so upset by this. You had some issues.. I understand but did you have to be a dick the whole book? No you didn’t. You could have gotten over your shit faster. You defiantly should not have taken about 90% of the book to get it together. You sent her away twice. Not cool. You made her feel like an idiot the whole book. Again not cool. You freaked out on her when it was your fault you forgot to put on a condom. Really not cool. You broke my little heart Darkness. I wanted to love you, I tried to be sympathatic to your issues, but you just took too damn long to admit that you loved her. Hell you took too long to even admit that you cared for her even a little bit. Oh Darkness.
In the last 10% of the book you were perfect. Why couldn’t you be that man sooner? You made sure her friend could be there, you got her a house, you got her a job and you even had a meal with your poor brother who only wanted to love you.
Okay now that the dramatics are gone, the story was good. It would have been fantastical if Lauren Dohner would have made Darkness man up a little sooner.. okay a lot sooner. But the plot itself i liked. Kat came in and was kind of a bad ass. She lied to just about everyone.. but she was a good liar… I mean.. hell I don’t even know but I liked Kat. I think she was a little over emotional for a girl who claimed she wanted no relationship but other than that, she was cool. She kicked ass and lets face it she put up with Darkness and he was a dick to her. It all worked out in the end but I gotta tell ya, there is no way in hell I would have stayed as long as she did.
There will be spoilers and this is going to be a rant because this book pissed me the F off.
But serious spoilers. Like MAJOR ones. So don’t read farther unless you’ve read the book.
Okay so the first part of the book wasn’t terrible… It wasn’t good but i defiantly wasn’t terrble. I hated that Aisley had to keep who she really was from Phelan. But she HAD to. He would have killed her if she would have told him. So I get it. Plus she did run away for 2 months AND she tried to get away after the first night. So I mean she tried. I was okay with her and everything else at this point. Whatever there is some lying but I figured she would tell Phelan and then sure he would be pissed. Because who the hell wouldn’t be? But I thought he would at least listen to her explain!! But NOPE the fuckface didn’t listen to a sigle word she said. He completely ignored her and walked away. This all happens after he plans to take her to his cabin and spend lots and lots of naked time together because he cares so much about her. He just walks away. I HATE HIM. This is something I can’t get over because..
Duh Jason gets her and tortures her within an inch of her life over and over again. And did give away information? NOPE! Because she’s a fucking good person and legitimately loves the asshole. And even later on in the battle, Jason has her convinced that he brought her daughter back to life, she still lies to him and tries to figure out a way to save them both. Meanwhile the douche is watching Aisley battle with her emotions over he daughter. It’s written all over her face that she is in some serious pain and he doesn’t fucking care. Because a woman who is in league with the devil can’t feel that kind of pain so it must be fake.
OH and the freaking best part. Jason throws some magic fire or something towards the douche and Aisley jumps in front of it. Clearly she’s evil. It’s so obvious by everything that she has done up to this point that she is just pure freaking evil. So she just keeps adding to her evil-ness by gasp learning the spell from the ancients that will trap those weird ghost/mist things while she is laying on the ground DYING . Only then does the douche realize that he loves her and doesn’t want her to die. But too fucking bad because she does die.
Course she comes back from the dead because she has crazy phoenix powers or some shit. And she is totally fine with the way the douche treated her. Because who would be mad? Certainly not me. NOOOO. I would defiantly want to marry the douche 3 days after he wanted to kill me. Obviously she is 100% sane and most defiantly made the right decision. Freaking crazy bitch.
So this is the story of how the harebrained chick fell in love with the douche.
OK I kinda loved this book. I didn’t think that I would.. The whole shrink who slept with her patient thing just didn’t sit right with me. It made me feel icky. But that’s not really what happened…
I love Moon. He has always been one of my favorite males. He is funny and sweet and he helps out a lot of the other New Species. I like that. I also liked Joy. Do I think she went about everything the right way? Hell no. She kind of screwed the pooch with the whole leaving and not saying goodbye thing. I 100% understand why she left. I also understand why she could not have said she was leaving to Moon directly. But helloooooo tell someone else to explain the reasons to him or write a damn letter. He wouldn’t have been able to leave to find her and he wouldn’t have to go through that rejection. He could have invited her back, not as his shrink. Or IDK just something different could have been done.
This book was a little different than the rest from the series because Moon had no idea who he was or who his friends were. I liked that whole aspect of the story. I liked seeing him slowly piece everything together… but only with Joy. I mean he hated her for leaving him so that sucked but it was still cool to see his mind work. And it was just different all around. No one stole his female to make an example of her and there really wasn’t a whole lot of drama. I mean obviously there was some, but it just didn’t feel the same to me. I may be crazy and I may be making it all up but but I don’t care. It. was. different. And I liked it.
Also I want to see Harley fall in love. He was awesome. I just looked and there isn’t a Harley book?? For real? Not acceptable.
This series is alway hit or miss with me. I either love the book or I hate it.. and this one I loved. I was a little worried at first, I was afraid that they were going to fight most of the book and that just would have been annoying. But they actually stop that really early on. They agree to have “hate sex” and pretty much after they realize that they are attracted to each other they start getting along. I liked the way the relationship evolved. Quinn actually turned out to be extremely sweet and even more surprisingly so did Aryal. I, like most other readers, was not a huge fan of Aryal. She was always bitchy but this book you learn a lot about her and I now kind of love her. And I really love Quinn. They fit extremely well together. They both needed to be in control and they were able to make compromises so that they both had it. They were rough with each other. Again I liked that because it fit both the characters. They were able to fight and then make up. There was a lot of BDSM type sex talk between them but really that was it.. they talked about it more than they actually did it. The love scenes were rougher.. but that’s just because they both liked control. I have read a few reviews that complained about the BDSM.. It just didn’t seem that way to me. But I thought Id throw that in here in case it’s something that bothers people.
The actual story was kind of slow.. There was a lot of focus on the couple and them building a relationship. They were alone for most of the book. But I loved the couple so it wasn’t terrible.. I just wanted it to get somewhere. And once it got to the end, I thought it went too fast. But overall I enjoyed the book.
Question: Why do all of Cassandra Clare’s books have forbidden romances? Will couldn’t have Tessa because of his curse. Jem couldn’t stay with Tessa because of his sickness. Jace couldn’t have Clary because they thought they were siblings. And now Julian can’t have Emma because he is her parabatai. Not to mention all the side character romances. Like the hint of Mark and Cristina. Of course that can’t happen because Mark was dating/in love with a fae and then Cristina was kissing her ex. I freaking hate that shit. Why? Seriously, why freaking do it. Just let the effing couple be together. Adding the forbidden love aspect does NOT make it more interesting. It makes me not want to read any more of the books. Because you know that there are 3 and that they won’t get together until the last one. So I will hate the next book for sure. Just let the story be about fighting the demons with a little side bit of HAPPY romance.
This book was good. I loved how Cassandra Clare tied in the characters from her other books. Though I will admit that I teared up a little bit when Emma pointed out that Jem looked 26 while Tessa still looked 19. I can’t explain why Will, Jem, and Tessa’s story hit me so hard every time it’s mentioned but it does. I loved that Jem and Tessa are involved in this book. Don’t get me wrong. I just think that in the next couple books as he starts to age more that Im going to loose my mind.
It was also nice to see Clary, Jace, and Magnus. And to learn about what was going on in their lives. I didn’t get attached to those characters but I still enjoyed learning more about them.
Honestly the only thing I didn’t like about the book was the romance. The story was fantastic, the action fantastic, the whole plot was just fantastic. I loved all the characters. But the romance! I would rather there be none than have 2 people in love but can’t do anything about it. And what Emma did at the end! UGH. I mean I get it.. But I HATE that it was in the book at all. I hate being frustrated by a book. I want to be happy when I read. I defiantly don’t want to have anxiety. I tend to focus on the romances in books. So when they make me want to scream I really don’t want to read anymore.
I absolutely loved this book! I liked it even better than the first one. Jace is so freaking awesome. I am pretty sure I am half in love with her myself. She is a FEMALE berserker! Yay to female power. What I really love about her is that the berserker is completely not like her normal personality. She is kind of shy and totally quiet but when she gets mad, you better run.
Shelly Laurenston write hilarious books. I will read literally ANYTHING she writes because they always make me laugh and this one is no exception. I laughed at work, I laughed while “listening” to my fiancé, and I laughed alone while my dogs silently judged me. But I don’t care! I love books that make me laugh and Shelly Laurenston is fantastic at that. So therefore I love her and I love this book!