Category Archives: Dark Urban Fantasy

Review: Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Old habits die hard. And I plan on mur­der­ing some­one before the night is through.

Killing used to be my reg­u­lar gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spi­der, assassin-for-hire. And I was very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly mat­ters: Mab Mon­roe, the dan­ger­ous Fire ele­men­tal who mur­dered my fam­ily when I was thir­teen.

Oh, I don’t think the mis­sion will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more prob­lem­atic than expected. The bitch knows I’m com­ing for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters she hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keep­ing Bria safe is my first pri­or­ity. Tak­ing Mab out is a close sec­ond.

Good thing I’ve got my pow­er­ful Stone and Ice magic — and my irre­sistible lover Owen Grayson — to watch my back. This bat­tle has been years in the mak­ing, and there’s a chance I won’t sur­vive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s com­ing with me…no mat­ter what I have to do to make that happen.

Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin #5) by Jennifer Estep

Release Date: 27 September 2011
Read Date: 30 September 2011
Rating:

A novella’s worth of content in a full-length novel. What was done with the rest of the pages, I hear you ask? Were they blank? I would’ve preferred them to be.

My name is Gin Blanco…

I know! I’ve been reading about your life for four books now.

…and I’m an assassin

Yes, you’re a hitwoman, we know this, can we get on with the killin’ now?

This is Finn. He’s my foster brother.

I do have a memory, no matter how dysfunctional it sometimes is, it’s never THAT bad.

And this is Bria…

You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you? Every character is reintroduced to us along with their backstory and history with Gin. Lots and lots of repetition. And yet more repetition. Ironically, eye colour-love, the most repeated thing in the first few books was toned down.

Character histories aside, the plot is a wash, rinse and repeat too.

1) Gin gets in a bind.

2) It gets worse.

3) Her friends rally round to do anything to keep her alive because they’ve all benefited from Gin’s talents in the past.

4) Gin gets in huge fight which she barely survives.

5) Jo-jo heals her.

6) Some happy stuff happens then we learn of what Gin plans to do next. The End.

The trouble with #6 concerning this book: the drawn-out story arc is now complete. Am I willing to stick around for another? I’m not sure. One positive about this one, it was skim-city so it took only a couple of hours to read. On the other hand, I shelled out hard cash for the privilege. Venom and Tangled Threads were good reads. I like the characters, the way elemental magic is used, the pretty gory fight scenes and Gin’s unapologetic violent ways but based on the pros and cons, By a Thread is likely to go unread unless I see some stellar reviews.

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Review: Demon Song by Cat Adams

In a world where magic is real and the supernatural is almost normal, bodyguard Celia Graves has survived a vampire attack which made her a half-vampire and awakened her latent Siren abilities. She’s battled a Siren Queen to the death and twice faced down a demon that wants to kill her–slowly. She’s also had her heart broken–twice–by her old flame, magician Bruno DeLuca.

Perhaps the worst thing was the discovery that Celia’s life has been warped by a curse laid on her during childhood–the cause of everything from the death of her little sister to the murder of her best friend the same night that Celia became an Abomination.

An ancient rift between the demonic dimension and our own–sealed during the destruction of Atlantis–begins to open, threatening to loose all the demons of hell on humanity (including the one personally bent on destroying Celia). Celia’s hellish recent experiences have given her the unique combination of abilities needed to close the rift. But to overcome the curse, which nearly guarantees her failure, she’ll need to join forces with people she no longer trusts…and put people she has come to care about directly in harm’s way.

Demon Song (Blood Singer #3) by Cat Adams

Release Date: 17 Feb 2011
Read Date: 5 May 2011
Rating:

Demon Song, the 3rd book in Cat Adams’ Blood Singer series, finds Celia still coping with her fight to not go full vamp, while also dealing with the demon that just won’t leave her alone and her recently discovered heritage. Troubles a brewin’ and she finds herself smack in the middle of it.

The action in this series is non-stop. Trouble follows Celia around, but the girl carries some major weapons, many hopped on magic and always gets the job done. This edition to the series has a bit more romance than the previous books, although not like you’d expect. As with everything in this series, it’s fresh, unique ~ just like Celia herself. For the first time, she finds herself in the midst of a hottie triangle. Neither mage seems anywhere near close to backing down and each one of the men evoke different emotions for Celia. Unlike most triangles, this one proves to be interesting. I look forward to seeing how it plays out in future editions.

This is definitely one of my favorite urban fantasy series to date. I continue to be impressed with each book, each better than one before it. I am anxious to read The Isis Collar in March 2012.

This series is hard to review without spoilers, but I believe I blocked the only one I’ve included in my Goodreads review. Please note that each book’s blurb tends to provide spoilers for the previous books in this series. So, it’s best to read only the blurb for the next book in your TBR list.

Series Reading Order:

Blood Song (Blood Singer, #1) Siren Song (Blood Singer, #2) Demon Song (Blood Singer, #3) The Isis Collar (Blood Singer, #4)

Review: Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan

Spread throughout the dark corners of our world lies the Shadow World, a society of vampires who feed off the living. In Austin, Texas, one woman must find her place within that world, before she loses everything…

It’s been three months since musician Miranda Grey became a vampire and married David Solomon, Prime of the South. As Queen, Miranda must quickly come to terms with her new role and learn how to negotiate the treacherous waters of Signet politics, inevitably making dangerous enemies along the way.

As if complicated vampire politics and a rising music career weren’t enough, an enigmatic but powerful force from David’s past appears, leaving a wake of chaos and uncertainty for the Pair’s fledgling relationship. Miranda begins to realize how little she really knows about her husband. But when an assassin begins targeting her friends and allies, the Pair must track down the killer, even as their lives hang in the balance…

Shadowflame (Shadow World #2) by Dianne Sylvan

Release Date: 26 July 2011
Read: 16 Sept 2011
Rating:

Everyone who read Queen of Shadows knows that this series is dark. Miranda’s ability and what she experienced (in QoS) could have completely wrecked her. Instead, she overcame her fears, learned to control the powers that had her believing she was insane, and found a man who to care for her while giving her the space she needed to heal. As it happened, that man was her Signet-chosen Mate. The darkness of the Shadow World, Miranda’s new world, doesn’t end there.

”Blood, chocolate, and a hot shower.” That’s how I felt after this roller-coaster ride. Well, okay, minus the blood. 😉

Shadowflame picks up three months after Queen of Shadows. Miranda is David’s mate and the ninth Queen of the Southern United States. She’s venturing out at night to make her presence known. David tries to reassure her by saying, ”Right now you’re being tested in the eyes of our kind. They want to see how you handle yourself, how tough you are. The longer we stay in power, the fewer fools will try to take us down.” She’s also learning how to deal Signet politics and the “Magnificent Bastard Parade” of Primes as they come to Austin to offer their congratulations and pay their respects to the new couple.

Miranda … well, she wasn’t the type of woman to keep her mouth shut when angry. She spoke her mind, was smart and observant, and David knew that the very qualities he loved about her were going to get them in trouble if she didn’t learn quickly that these old, hidebound men of privilege were not all going to like the fact that David treated her as an equal. During the MB Parade, she’s able to learn from him. Watching his demeanor around the other Primes and learning how, no matter what, he sticks to his beliefs when it comes to what’s best for the vampire society as a whole.

When Prime James Hart of the Northeast visits, things get ugly. Seems this Prime likes to travel with a harem of girls. Wouldn’t be a big deal except these girls aren’t with him of their own free will. Hart is a sick bastard and Miranda has been told she cannot interfere without having it turn into a declaration of war. But, when one of Hart’s “girls” finds the strength to go to the Queen, well, that’s something else entirely.

While out one night, Miranda rushes to the rescue of a human woman. There she meets Prime Deven O’Donnell of the West and its adjacent territories.

Shortly after, the pair learn that Miranda’s body guard, Jake, is missing … well, his body is missing, but Faith and her team have found his hand. Leaving a hand behind is the trademark of the Red Shadow, a secret group of vampire assassins. The couple quickly realizes the group is targeting them. But, why?

Miranda’s singing career continues to prosper. Her best friend, Kat is her much-needed sounding board, allowing her a safe haven where she can vent about the dramas of Signet life. Kat’s life is about to take a change.

Over the last three months, it’s clear these two have truly bonded. Miranda is well and truly in love. He alone could touch her. In all of eternity, all the world, there would never be another man – she didn’t even feed on them. Her time in hell had made sure of it, and the amulet around her neck sealed it. He alone … he alone… Forever. Will this fated mated pair manage to survive the “powerful force from David’s past”? Will he “{leave} a wake of chaos and uncertainty for the Pair’s fledgling relationship”? More importantly, will they be able to survive the assassin targeting them and those they hold dear?

The storyline about the Red Shadow was very interesting. The “Wizard” (of Oz – behind the curtain) was a surprise. So was the last line of the book. Definitely piqued my interest further.

And now, onto what reviewers have termed “The Event”…

**spoilers removed**

With that, I come back to my original thought … Everyone who read Queen of Shadows knows that this series is dark. So, who knows what to expect. Either way, I am looking forward to reading it.

This is the 2nd book in the series. This series should be read in order.

Queen of Shadows (Shadow World, #1) Shadowflame (Shadow World, #2) Shadow's Fall (Shadow World, #3)

This review has quite a few spoilers. For this blog review post, I have removed those spoilers. If you wish to read my full review, please refer to my Goodreads review HERE.

Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Bounty Hunter Babe

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


Bounty Hunter Babe, Anna Strong

If you don’t recognize the character name, Anna Strong, you are missing out on a great urban fantasy series!


Crossroads (Anna Strong Chronicles #7) by Jeanne C. Stein
Release Date: 30 August 2011

As a bounty hunter, Anna Strong knew how to find trouble. But now that she’s a vampire, trouble seems to have a knack for finding her…

The death of Anna’s old vampire mentor is causing ripples in the mortal world. His forensic report has brought up some anomalies and people are asking questions-questions that no vampire wants to answer. Anna needs to lie low, but the sudden discovery of a slew of drained bodies near the Mexican border brings an old flame back into her life and with him, a new challenge. Then, some stunning news from an unexpected source sends Anna and her friend Daniel Frey on a journey that may change both their lives-forever.



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Yipee! Disillusionists #3 Has a Name & Release Date!

The final book in Carolyn Crane‘s Disillusionists trilogy
has a name and release dates!


We may not know what the cover looks like, but we do know what it will be called …. HEAD RUSH. Carolyn posted the great news on her website, “The third and final book in the Disillusionists trilogy, HEAD RUSH, will release as an audio book in early November (all 3 books will come out at once in audio). It will release as an ebook on December 6th (Samhain) and as print in 2012 at some point.”

The first two books in the Disillusionists trilogy are some of the most unique I have read in a long time. I have had so much fun meeting and following Justine and her merry band of Disillusionists. I am THRILLED to hear the trilogy will finally be complete later this year. I am looking forward to Head Rush.

If you haven’t done so already, check out the stories available now!


Mind Games (Disillusionists Trilogy #1)

JUSTINE KNOWS SHE’S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

DETAILS:
Publisher: Bantam/Spectra
Release Date: 23 March 2010
Excerpt
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Double Cross (Disillusionists Trilogy #2)

SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.

Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

DETAILS:
Publisher: Bantam/Spectra
Release Date: 28 September 2010
Excerpt
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Wild & Steamy Anthology (Disillusionists Trilogy #2.5)

Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane – A Disillusionists novella of 20,000 words: Sophia Sidway, Midcity’s most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption…but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all.

DETAILS:
Format: eBook only
Release Date: 2 August 2011
Excerpts for each novella within the anthology (Other novellas authored by Meljean Brooks and Jill Myles)
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Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Who Said Bad Things Come in Threes?

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.



Who said bad things come in threes?

I am an admitted series whore, but trilogies are great too.
Not every story needs to go on past three books.


Shadow Kin (Novel of the Half-Light City #1) by M.J. Scott

Release Date: 6 September 2011

Description from Goodreads:

On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages…

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart…




The author has posted a preview of Chapter 1. In her post called “The Story Behind” she states, “I don’t know if any writer can truly explain where their ideas come from. For me, books are triggered by lots of things. By a mood or an image or by thinking about something I’ve read (a myth, a phase, a story). But some books just arrive unannounced.

Shadow Kin is one of those books. I knew I needed another book idea but was working on something else at the time. But there I was, lying in bed one night, drifting off to sleep when a voice in my head said “Revenge is silent.” At which I kind of half-woke up, thought “hmm, random writer thought” and rolled over, fully prepared to go back to sleep. But the voice was having none of that. “Revenge is silent”, she said again (she was a she now) and gave me a glimpse of her standing outside a door, getting ready to kill someone. That woke me up. And the brain started to whirl, wondering why revenge was silent, who this gal was and who was she going to kill. That was pretty much a clear signal that this wasn’t a random sleepy writer thought, and that I needed to get up and haul my butt to the computer and start writing.

Which I did. Got up, wrote about twelve pages in an hour then staggered back to bed. At first I thought I was writing an urban fantasy. But then, I realised they weren’t wearing modern clothes and when the first gun appeared it was an old fashioned, wooden handled, beautifully ornamented pistol. Things only got weirder from there. I believe I told my agent something like “I’m writing this weird book with mages, assassins, vampires, Fae, secrets and oh yeah, kind of quasi Victorian level culture.” She wisely said nothing discouraging and let me carry on. And thus Shadow Kin was born…”



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Review: “Hunters & Prey” by Katie Salidas

Hunters & Prey (Immortalis #2) by Katie Salidas


The exciting sequel to Immortalis Carpe Noctem.

Rule number one: humans and vampires don’t co-exist. One is the hunter and one is the prey. Simple, right? Not for newly-turned vampire Alyssa. A surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum’s most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the human friend she’s missed more than anything. Now she has some explaining to do. However, that will have to wait. With the Acta Sanctorum hot on their heels, staying alive is more important than educating a human on the finer points of bloodlust.




Details:
Kindle Edition
Published November 23rd 2010 by Rising Sign Books
ASIN#: B004DNWEGS


My rating:

Read: 25 June 2011

Whilst definitely better than the first book, Alyssa’s actions are the main reason for my low rating.

Alyssa is incredibly selfish and stubborn, believing she is right and the 2000 year old vampires are always wrong. She doesn’t listen, she doesn’t care about her own safety until her life’s flashing before her eyes. She involves others, namely her best friend Fallon from her former, human life despite knowing there would be serious consequences from being warned enough times to never reveal who she is to any human or show herself to anyone from her human life.

Alyssa deserved a severe punishment for her reckless disregard for the rules but when it came down to meting it out Lysander backed down. I couldn’t believe it! Alyssa’s begging and whining reminded me of a two-year-old child who didn’t know when to let it go all ready. Despite her behaviour, in the end she was rewarded for the trouble she’d caused and the danger she’d put everyone in. Fallon should’ve run from Alyssa and the others after everything they’d put her through. I couldn’t understand why she’d stayed. There doesn’t seem to be much between Fallon and Alyssa other than that they say they’re friends -we don’t know why or how they’re so close.

I believe it’s the same with Lysander and Alyssa. I kept waiting for him to wake up and behead Alyssa. Sex must’ve addled his brain. She’s not worth the pain and suffering she causes. At least she’s going to be trained to act like a soldier now, and Nicholas is not the soft touch Lysander is. I hope he beats the selfish, cocky attitude out of her and drums some common sense into her obviously empty head.

Again, Santino, the villain of the piece, was the character I liked the most. If only he’d killed Alyssa at the beginning when he had the chance. Unable to think rationally before she acted annoyed the hell out of me and completely ruined my ability to gain any enjoyment from this book.

*Although this was a free e-book from the author this did not impact on my rating or review.

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Series Reading Order:

Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis, #1) Hunters & Prey (Immortalis, #2)  Pandora's Box (Immortalis, #3)

Wishing Well Wednesday ~ The End

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

When a series or trilogy ends, it’s always hard to say goodbye to characters you’ve come to enjoy.
These are a couple we’re looking forward to reading.


Burn the Night (Dark Days #6) by Jocelynn Drake
Release Date: 28 June 2011

The Great Awakening approaches . . .

After eons in exile, the naturi have broken their chains and now roam the Earth bent on revenge. It is the sworn duty of Mira, the Fire Starter, to protect the nightwalker race—though even she may be powerless to withstand the horrific onslaught. As Mira and her brave lover, the vampire slayer Danaus, stand ready to do battle, thousands of winged shapeshifters darken the skies. The war of ultimate extermination has begun, and the battleground is Mira’s home turf.

The humans don’t yet recognize the doom descending upon them. And the nightwalkers will surely perish unless they unite with outcast naturi who claim to want peace. But these unexpected “allies” are the same demons who have long worked for Mira’s destruction—and in these darkest of days the lines between friend and foe will blur treacherously before the bloody end of all things.


Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery Trilogy #3) by Kim Harrison
Release Date: 24 May 2011


I’m Madison Avery, in charge of heaven’s hit squad . . . and fighting it all the way.

When Madison died the night of her prom, she knew her life would never be the same. Now she has a powerful amulet, a team of rogue angels by her side, and the ability to flash forward into the future to see the shape of destiny. And of course, now she’s finally with Josh—a perfect boyfriend who doesn’t even mind that she’s dead.

But being dead has its disadvantages, too. Madison feels caught between the light and the dark, and between her real life and her timekeeper status. When Madison has the opportunity to get her body back—to be alive again—she faces her most difficult decision yet. If she claims it, she could return to being a normal girl—and have a chance at a real relationship with Josh. But would having the one thing she wants most in the world also mean giving up everything she’s worked so hard for?


Do you have a series ending soon?
Was it time for it to end or do you wish it could’ve continued?

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Countdown to True Blood ~ TBWithdrawal: Makes waiting suck a lot less

Are you suffering from True Blood Withdrawal?
There’s help available.


HBO has released the first 8 minutes of episode one. If you’d like something a little more clippy and less spoilery, want to save those first 8 minutes for Sunday, then here‘s a clip you’ll enjoy.


Would you like to know what those first 8 minutes have in store without actually watching it? I’ll give ya a hint:

You'll feel a sense of deja vu


TBWithdrawal: Makes Waiting Suck A Lot Less

HBO has started their True Blood withdrawal campaign because “True Blood addiction is no laughing matter. It’s the leading cause of television-related withdrawal in America today.”

Just check out one of these spots and share the pain:

: Twitter #TBWithdrawal

: HBO Connect (AKA: tbwithdrawal.com)


Here are my two favorite clips from past seasons. ENJOY!


Who could forget, in Season 2, when Eric, all foiled up, loses his cool over a little blood splatter? 😉


Or the amazing booty shot in Season 3 where he questions Bill’s stamina? 😉



Season 4 of True Blood starts Sunday, 26 June

Join us here @ Random musings each week for a recap of the latest episode; share your favorite (or not so favorite … remember MaryAnn? BOMB!) moments with us! See ya then!

Review: “Iron Hunt” by Marjorie M. Liu

The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss #1) by Marjorie M. Liu

Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities . . . tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons.

I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss.

By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own. Demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever known. The only way to live-and the very way she’ll die. For one day, her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival-leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies.

But such is the way of Earth’s last protector-the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment-and one man-changes everything . . .


Details:
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Ace
ISBN#: 9780441016068


My rating:

Read: 12 June 2011


I HATE this book! Everything about it is terrible. I feel cheated of my time and robbed of my money.

The plot is a simple one. In fact this would’ve served better as a novella because 300 pages was too many for what little was in them.

For a supposedly lethal hunter and fierce protector of the world against monsters and demons imprisoned behind a veil, she was a pansy-assed pussy. I’m sorry for my crass language but I’m so Mad. She asked everyone questions and whether they be friend or foe she never received a straight answer. Meaningless riddles are not an answer. She threatened but never followed through. (“You try anything, you even think about standing up, and I will have you shitting out of your dick so fast you’ll beg me to rip it off.” ~ Best threat) She just accepted these non-answers and moved on. To my frustrated consternation this happened repeatedly all the way through the book:

Maxine encountered someone, they talk some shit and do a lot of inferring, she’d question them, they’d deflect the question or give some vague and incomprehensible response. Kick some ass, woman! Where’s this fierce warrior that’s supposed to “save the world”? Because frankly if you’re our saviour, then kill me now. Pathetic.

And what the hell was she doing with someone like Grant? They live by such fundamentally different philosophies. Maxine kills the things that go bump in the night and Grant “saves” them. Slightly naive of him, if you ask me. Also, I’m not discriminating against the disabled here but if Maxine was going to settle down with anyone shouldn’t it be with someone who has the ability to run for his life? Otherwise, they’re just cannon fodder. There’s no way for him to keep up with her or effectively fight by her side. His flute would be no match for angry demon hordes.

I found none of the characters likeable, unless you count homeless teen Byron who was turned into a pitiable creature. Maxine was unkillable. It was absurdly cartoon-ish the way she was run over by a bus and got right back up again, completely unharmed. I wonder if she’s hardy against poison and disease. Please, someone try it.

For someone slapped with a violently pro-active personna she did absolutely fuck all. All growl and no bite. The original premise was a good one but unfortunately it was poorly executed. By the end I still didn’t fully understand what had changed from the beginning. It’s taken me four excrutingly long months to finish this and that’s with skimming.

On the 12th April I said:

“Iron Hunt sucks! I will congratulate anyone who managed to finish it. Those who gave this book 5 stars is not my friend. I’ve just offended 181 people but I don’t care. I hate every character so far except maybe this homeless teenager who’s probably just a flash in the pan. It’s frustratingly slow and sparse on the background details. Good bits are few and far between. It’s a challenge read so I have to finish. Stupid challenges.”

I stick by this statement but to any future friends who may have rated this 5 stars, I’m sorry but we may just have to go our separate ways.

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