September 3rd, 2004. 10:01 am.
Night Play Sherrilyn Kenyon
Bride McTierney has had it with men. They're cheap, self-centered, and never love her for who she is. But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down she still yearns for a knight in shinning armor.
She just never expected her knight in shinning armor to have a shiny coat of fur...
Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn't what he seems. Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride's case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn't looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Brdie that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered-something no self-respecting wolf can accept...
But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.
Although better than the previous novel, Night Play seemed to be lacking what the original few had. First introduced in Night Emrbace, Bride and Vane's story is actually really sweet and touching. From a distance in NE, were-hunter Vane is instantly attracted to the otherwise larger woman. Still attracted to her some months past, he comes upon her store while out walking from just surviving against some particulalry nasty daimons. Fang is still in critical condition. Not knowing the ways of humans, he tells Bride that he wishes to buy some jewelry for someone very special. He then, after purchasing it, gives it to her before walking out. She goes after him in shock and thus begins their relationship. Throughout the novel, Vane tells Bride that he loves her and thinks she's the sexiest woman he's ever seen, despite her size 18. I thought it was pretty refreshing for the hot hunk to go after the non-supermodel just like Fantasy Lover.
Born to an Arcadian mother and a Katagaria father, Vane is the sole difference when compared to his brother and late sister. Having only known the wolf-ways, Vane suddenly turned human one day and was forced to fight alone which would, eventually, heighten his unknown powers. Bride, on the other hand, is completely human and oblivious to this world. Although friends with wives of Dark-Hunters, and a certain sister-in-law, she is suddenly forced from her oblivious, boring life to that of adventure and love. As she learns more about Vane and his world, she also comes to realize that she seems to have been left out, as most loved-ones have been involved with this strange world.
After a rump in Bride's dressing room, Vane discovers that Bride is his mate and must protect her due to the prize on his head; his scent will be on her. However, because of the sudden burn mark on her hand, Bride is torn from being terrified for her life and her affection towards the man that seemed to be sorely attracted to her. She comes across a beautiful wolf who seems to understand everything she says. She instantly takes a liking to him and longing for the man who was starting to make his way into her heart, she names him "Vane."
Always the sucker for humor, I loved the way how Vane stood up for Bride against her recent ex, particularly with the moving and the dinner. He's definitely a classy guy even without the knowledge of 'human courtships.' :) Night Play opens to Fang and Vane's bickering, or, more particularly, Fang's constant whining and rambling which I thought was hilarious. I personally thought that Bride freaked out too easily and accepted things too oddly, but I suppose that's what makes her, her, especially when being compared to previous women who either know of the dark-hunter existance or has some sort of direct unknown connection. Bride is definitely naïve of everytihng around her. Vane's loyalty to here was very touching, even when he was not always around. I also found myself immediately liking the rouge, lone wolf who is introduced. I hope to see his book out soon. Also with new books, Amiée and Fang's story is in the beginning of NP and I can't wait until this one comes out sometime next year.
A couple of characters are re-visited, which is always a major plus for me. I was disappointed when Zarek did not make an appearance as he did in the previous, but he'll probably show up sometime soon. Ash and Simi show up, seemingly always together now, and was acutally in this novel quite a few times, another pleasent plus.
September 2nd, 2004. 9:01 am.
Dark Desire Christine Feehan
Since this is my first review, it'll obviously be a work in progress. I have yet to think of a way to organize it, or how it will be presented. This is, so far, what I'm thinking. As more books are read, and re-read, it will most likely evolve into a more organized layout. As for now, it will be short until I can think of more ways to make things come across.Back Page: They were masters of darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...
The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas. He whipsered of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she ached to heal him, to heal herself.
Drawn to the far Carpathian mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And she tremebled. For in his burning eyes, his icy heart, she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her. This imperious Carpathian male had compelled Shea to his side. But was she to be his hearler...or his prey? His victim...or his mate? Was he luring her into madness...or would his dark desire make her whole?
What first got my attention in the book was the way the author wrote out two scenes that were happening simultaneously. Shea O'Halloran, a brilliant surgeon, grew up knowing she was not normal. Abandoned by her father since before her birth, her mother moved around the world to keep her daughter safe. I found it odd how Maggie, Shea's mother, fought to protect her unnatural daughter from scientists, yet failed to acknowledge her exisitence so frequently. Maggie had been so distraught over her lover's supposed death, she could barely function. Shea confronts how her mother was hardly a mother at all, rarely seeing to her needs and ignoring emotions completely, and spent most of her time either in bed or at the window. It never really cleared up. I am a complete sucker for emotional men, especially those who seek comfort in their partners, or lifemates in this series. For seven years, Jacques kept himself barely alive by embracing his animal-self. Having been attacked by fantatical humans, bent on destroying the 'vampire' race, Jacques spent seven years in a coffin with a stake narrowly missing his heart. He was somehow able to reach Shea and, for seven years, tortured her dreams of his misery. Thinking to have a rare-blood disease, she finds herself in the Carpathian mountains, the land of her father. Her mother's diary was the only thing Shea kept of her after the sucide when Shea was eighteen. There, she discovers the man who had been attacking her dreams. She nurses him slowly back to life, only to discover that the man isn't a man at all, but something entirely else: one who shares the same blood-disorder as herself.
Enter re-visited characters Raven and Mikhail, and the powerful healer Gregori. Something that I really liked about this book was the length and depth that the characters stayed, helping Mikhail's brother to find his mind. While Jacques fights to regain his memories and for Shea's love, Shea herself has to come in grips with this new species of people. Her scientific mind tries to constantly anaylize, and the author doesn't use high-defintion words that nobody understands. And for what wasn't understood, it was quickly explained.
Although Shea and Jacques are lifemates, I found it a little hard to accept that Shea was so quick in being natural with Jacques. At least it seemed natural to me. Jacques made it a point that he wanted her to trust him and to love him, yet I saw no real evidence of distrust. Minus there. Shea was also unwilling to accept her new-found powers which kind of irked me some, especially when they were necessary on survivial.
The humor, I thought, was actually pretty amusing. Raven and Shea both found the Carpathian males to be Tarzans; chest-beating, medieval men who always seemed to be pushing the women aside whenever danger was around. Shea's nickname for Jacques fit the description, although cuter.Overall Rating:
September 1st, 2004. 1:26 pm.
First post. :) I'm not quite sure what I will be using this for, probably just information on the books and my thoughts on it. Reviews probably as well. We'll see how it turns out to be. :)