City in Embers (Collector #1) by Stacey Marie Brown

23531413What a pleasant surprise this book was in the end. It has all I’ve wanted: I spunky female lead, a ferocious fae warrior, an apocalyptical setting in today’s USA, a fast moving plot with some surprising turns and an adorable fae familiar in the guise of a monkey. The little guy made my day, every fucking time. And take a closer look at the cover! Aint’t it beautiful? Better as some covers that I have seen lately with male nippels in the center.

Oh and the romance was brilliant. Even though they are not even kissing there were several moments when you could feel the heat coming of the pages. What I love most about this book? There is no insta-love, not even an instant attraction. They are both standing on opposite sides: Zoey is like the fae equivalent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and La Femme Nikita. Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG) to find and collect fae in Seattle because of her special talent: She is one of the few humans who can actually see through the glamour. Ryker is the fae warrior she is paired up with, a freak mix somewhere between V’lane from the Fever series, Merle Dixon from The Walking Dead and Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok in The Vikings. Zoe hates fae and Ryker hates the humans. Unfortunately for both, they have no other choice but to work together. Bit by bit their prejudices and hate for each other vanish and there is a growing respect and a fragile friendship blooming instead. I am so much looking forward to see how this will ripen in the next book.

The only thing that I have to criticize is the bumpy beginning. I almost gave up reading the book to be honest. There was just so much info-dumping in the first few chapters! The first person narration did not help in that moment either and there were so many confusing bits and pieces: Daniel her instructor with whom Zoey has fallen in love, her sister who is disabled and sick, the crazy professor from DMG, Zoeys backstory a foster kid… On and on it went this telling and not showing, recounting past events. I felt breathless alone from reading it. I feel like a different approach to telling the background history and kind of starting the book a little bit later might have been better. But 15% into the story the action really takes off and makes for an enjoyable, suspenseful read.

Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop

21457243Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by Roc.

The series The Others by Anne Bishop is one of my favorite series at the moment and every new book so far took me on new interesting adventure, introduced me to new characters and brought new depth to known ones. I love the world and the paranormal aspect, I love Meg the Cassandra sangue and Simon the alpha, the wolves’ arrooo, the crows and their love for shiny… This series is my comfort food on drab-colored Sundays; the hot chocolate on a winter’s cold day, the vanilla scented pink bubble bath you look forward to after a hard day at word.
On a personal sidenote: A few of you have read my review on Burned by Karen Marie Moning. The Fever series has been one of my all-time favorite series until Karen Marie Moning wrote Iced and Burned. One made me furious the other one sad. It’s depressing in way because I can’t stop reading the books even though everything I loved once has been turned sour, like milk that you forget in the fridge for too long. So even though Vision in Silver might not have been a 5-star read in itself, it still is worth 5 stars to me because it continues a wonderful series, it remains true to the characters and makes me crave the next book. I got the ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley via Netgalley in November or so and have so far re-read Vision in Silver more than two or three times already. Even though there are tiny imperfections, this book still successfully sucked me right in every time.

What do we get to see in Vision in Silver? Well for one Bishop tells us what happened to the freed Cassandra Sangue girls after what happened in Murder of Crows. And for me, especially those chapters rank among the most emotional and heart wrenching ones in the book. But Bishop doesn’t stop there. Other characters are pulled into the spotlight: the police officers in Lakeside, Monty and his daughter Lizzy, the “human pack” of the courtyard expands and is involved more and more into the inner sanctum of the Others and Sanguinati from other cities like Stavros are visiting often. This book is less about Meg Corbyn and her relationships and much more about the conflicts between the Others and the humans. If you expect a lot of romance you will be disappointed. Simon and Meg don’t even kiss in this book.

In the end there is nothing left to say. I love this series 

Burned (Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning

Afte12444297r reading Burned I want more than anything else for Karen Marie Moning to write the story of the Unseelie King from the concubine’s perspective. I think this would be epic fantasy romance at its best. I loved the scenes told in his voice in Burned. Karen Marie Moning knows how to write and in my opinion you can see it, feel it best in those few chapters in Burned that are from his perspective. There is so much sadness, it drips from the pages.

However, as much as I loved those the book is not made up entirely of the Unseelie King and the rest was a disappointment. And I did not think Karen could disappoint me much after Iced. I started to have a shimmer of that when the cover of the book was changed from beautiful and mysterious to that naked male nipple torso with some run-of-the-mill Photoshop tribal tattoos. And the cover is denotative for the adult material in the book. Unfortunately the sex scenes are not the ones between Mac and Barrons (at least not present ones) but hardcore SM sex from Lor, bondage fantasies, voyeuristic scenes and so on. This is not romance. This book is ugly porn.

For me Karen Marie Moning started a Young Adult series withIced about Dani, a troubled teenager with great powers in an apocalyptical fantasy world. And although I was a not such a big fan of Dani’s character in the Fever series until then, I was not opposed to give it and her a try. But a 14-year old girl, who talks in 3rd person about herself, calling herself The Mega, using feck and Dude too many times to count is simply not a good substitute for Mac and setting her up for future sexual interest with several millennia old pervs was not my conception of romance. After several attempts in a Q&A by KMM to explain that it wasn’t sexual at all she even went so far tell us reader HOW TO READ her books.

Stay with me. Keep the faith. This made it difficult for some readers who tried to view the Alphas through Dani’s vantage and felt an ‘ick’ factor. Well, stop it! You weren’t supposed to do that anyway, LOL.

Well, I would appreciate it, if the author wouldn’t LOL at me. Thank you very much. In Iced Dani was 14, at the beginning ofBurned she is still 14, and a few pages later she is Not. She comes back almost 5 years older (19/20) and this book is no longer told in her POV but in Mac’s, it’s no longer a Young Adult but a horny-porny fantasy who tries to sugarcoat over the last book and proclaims look here, Ryodan was not nasty in the last book, he was a saint, an angel who only wanted to help and he even is Barrons half-brother and oh look his “pee-pee” is big and powerful and shaved too. I would have preferred to see Dani grow, to grow with her, to see her wake up and grow up to this kick-ass, genius and stunningly beautiful young women. Instead her growing-up story has been embezzled. I feel as if somebody robbed me of the experience.

Reading Iced made me furious with the author. Reading Burnederased my anger but instead now I am sad for Karen Moning. I feel the same as Erica wrote in her review “Burned was not the book she wanted to write and you feel it on every single page.”