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.

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Mirror Sight (Green Rider, #5) by Kristen Britain

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…”Why? What had it all been for?”…
Why write a 11k Kindle Book, more than double the size of a normal book if it doens’t move the overall story of the series forward? Why of all things would the author of a medieval fantasy feel the need to write a post-industrial steampunk without fantasy, in the middle of the series? And why would she now focus on romance and introduce the reader to an unwanted (by the fans of the series) new love interest if before the romance was only a minor romantic subplot that fans of the series were adoring. I am totaly baffled.

I do get that authors sometimes write a fill-in that doesn’t add much to the series but instead focus more on character development. This is not the case here. Mirror Sight is all about an alternative romance without a future. As this book takes place 200 years in the future (a horrific future) and Karigan has to go back in time to try to change the future she has seen, it is quite clear that Britain will have to kill the love interest in the end. And it’s back to Zachary. There is simply no sense to this romance at all. And above all else this romance is just not believable to me. Cade is inferior to Karigan in every aspect. He is kind of naive and unexperienced, making dumb decisions, not thinking things through (like with the rebellion). He acts the big shot thinking of himself as a Weapon but in fact he can’t hold himself in a fight against Karigan. So Karigan starts to teach him. At Dr. Silk’s party it is clear that he has no finesse and can’t fit in. He acts like a dumb bull. To put it in other words: I don’t really get what Karigan could have found attractive in Cade at all, apart from his nice body. The romance fell short for me. And above all else: Just because they have sex doens’t mean they have to be in love. But Britain really does turn the story this way because after her first sex with Cade, Karigan talks to Raven about loving Cade when up until this moment she only ever thought about mutual attraction and not wanting to be lonely.

Another point in this story that I just couldn’t tolerate was blind adherence to monarchy and the royal heir without a reason. In the previous books Zachary always talked about ending the monarchy in favor of democracy and now 200 years in the future the opposition to the evil Emperor is adhering to Arhys, the many-times over granddaughter of Zachary and last heir of the royal line? That stupid girl is the worst kind of shallow-brained nightmare brat you could imagine. And everybody just comes to her defense. WTF? To make matters worse when Karigan returns from the future where she was pregnant she no longer is in her own timeline but instead the Queen now bears twins instead of only one child? Why does the author fuck with my head?

And then the storyline with the Eternal Guardian, a steampunkish version of Darth Vader just not in black but scarlet with the most clichéed dialogue you could imagine

“I am a King’s man”
“Death is honor.”
“I was King Zachary’s Weapon. And the queen’s.” The Guardian’s words grew faint. “Proud.” Cade bowed his head, realizing there was little he could do to help him. A true Weapon, dying right in front of him. “Tell . . . tell Rider G’ladheon. Tell her I died well.”

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PLEASE SPARE ME

So although this book was nicely plotted I did not enjoy te whatthefuckery in here