I’m afraid this book didn’t do it for me. I was bored and didn’t complete it. A tired story-line.
An alternate multiverse that you are taken into that is rich in experience and complexity.
Hooks you immediately – and yes, I have now bought all the existing 9 books despite my internal war against the expense when I get so many free books – and have a library waiting for reading!
Where to start?
The main area of action is New York (and its surroundings. In this multiverse, Angels and Archangels are real beings. Possibly an alien race but even they are not sure. A race that is effectively immortal, although after many thousands of years they tend to get tired of existence and go to Sleep.
No-one knows how many Angels and Archangels Sleep, nor where or even how this Sleep is maintained. It is possible, their history says, for an Angel who is asleep to wake and Sleep again many times but…
Archangels, by virtue of their long life, effective immortality (immune to disease, can regenerate limb and wings etc) rule the world in 10 different sectors, divided roughly equally.
There are also Vampires ‘Made’ by the Angels mostly as servants. Vampires are also effectively immortal – unless you cut their heads off and incinerate them. But yes, they can walk in the sunlight and perform normal tasks, they just live a long time as long as they drink a little blood.
From time to time, vampires get blood lust and start to kill instead of just drinking, and then they are Hunted. Which is where our heroine Elena comes in. She is our Wonder Woman archetype. She is strong, fast, exceptional at her job of tracking, and lovely too. And the Archangel ruling New York becomes rather a fan… even if he is rather a frightening character.
This is a series that really grips. I didn’t believe the reviews but now I do!
The Wickedest Witch runs a ‘Solution’ agency – any problem solve – for a large fee.
Now Rumpelstiltskin has a daughter who he loves dearly and when she is threatened he calls in the WW. But he thinks he needs brawn too and calls in a cougar shifter to help and sparks fly in many directions.
If I was able to, I’d also wear a glamour that made me look taller and slimmer, but I just wonder am I really taller and slimmer? What would happen if you measured my height for instance? and what about my clothes? Are they real? Do I need 2 wardrobes? All questions I ponder…
Overall, another fun ride of a book with lots of mythical creatures.
I really liked this author’s style and proceeded to buy more of her books. I really must find out how the wedding happened – sounds good. An author with the style of Robyn Peterman but not as potty mouthed – less inventive language, but still lots of sniggers.
I do so hate to wait for the next instalment of Astrid’s family life and so this was on pre-order and worth the wait.
This book centres on Venus who is the Chief of the Royal Guards and also a member of the close royal circle.
Before she became a vampire she was a slave and since that happened over 200 years ago, she has become the most formidable fighter – her experience as a slave dictating this form of self-defence.
This book’s adventure begins because Gareth, one of the royal princes has been cursed and they need to find the vampire and the renegade angel who helped him. Venus is sent, along with Martha and Jane to enter a vampire beauty pageant…[duh]. Who knew vampires had such a thing?
And that Martha and Jane had also entered them when human!
Yes, Robyn Peterman’s strange sense of humour thinks of the most off the wall things.
And the fun begins.
I always love Robyn’s potty mouth as she calls it, although this book had fewer of her potty word combinations in it than previous ones.
A good romp and lots of fun poked at beauty pageants and the people who enter.
The initial 3 books form a solid story about Xoe the 16 year old who suddenly finds she is not who she thought she was. For a start her father was a demon. And then she finds that her temper is rather uncontrollable and she just sets fire to things.
Each book ends on a cliff hanger and each book starts exactly where the previous book ends. This is effectively therefore one very long long book divided up into 3 parts.
The trilogy gets a 4 for a YA audience, but I found the final 3 books in the series rather short and less stimulating and original. I was going to give them a 3 but the final story – Ghosts – wraps up Xoe nicely and thus I’m going to stay with the 4.
Overall a good YA read with demons, ghosts, witches, vampires, and werewolves.