"Finally, we learn about ASH! The book is broken into two parts: Acheron, the human and Ash, the leader of the Dark Hunters. The first part is awesome. The pain and torture of the soul of the man. The second part is a little slower and reads much like a trilogy novel (short amount of space to really make a point to the story) but it is so necessary in the sequence of events of this series.
"Ambivalent. This story didn't 'grab my attention and not let go', as her Psy series did BUT I am giving it the benefit of doubt. The first book in a series is never my favorite b/c of the need to introduce plots, characters, etc for future books. It doesn't have the same romantic feel of past novels but I think it is quite promising for what's to come. I find that any book I read of hers was worth the time I put into it. Hope you enjoy it!"
"Do NOT expect this to be 'Water for Elephants.' I found myself struggling to finish this, as it seemed to wander about too much. WFE jumped around, but did it seemlessly. This was more reminiscent of her "Riding Lessons."
I am ambivalent with suggesting this to others. It isn't bad, but it isn't one of the best reads out there."
"The earlier reviews sum this up well but I wanted to make some comparisons for those who might be new to this author as well.
This was an enjoyable book. I can't say that most men will enjoy this (if you like Brad Thor or Clive Cussler, it may not be your style; it can be wordy, though the descriptions certainly enhance the reading for me). It reminded me of early "Anita Blake" by Laurell Hamilton (Only NORMAL, not paranormal; books 1-7, before she got over-the-top-weird) or a softened JR Robb/Nora Roberts' "In Death" series. (Though, these are contemporary fiction.) It was certainly better in my mind than "Stephanie Plum" but it has that sort of girl gets into trouble/girl gets out of trouble feel; Julie just isn't ditzy like Plum.
A quick and easy read that had me 'knowing' who the murderer was... until the end. ;-) Definitely worth the time invested!"
"Don't Look For Her Highlander Template!! It isn't here. There is no sex, at least not with a partner. There is no real romance, just a bit of flirting. No happily ever after...
BUT, it is suspenseful, addicting and riveting. The first half was slower but then picked up speed and I resented the intrusion of reality. I hated the ending. Do yourself a favor and get the next books before finishing the current book.
I was 'iffy' after book 1, 'probable' halfway thru this and "HOOKED" after the end.
I am halfway thru book 3 and know that I need to go find book 4 this weekend.
"I agree with 'Genius Jen' on this and so many other reviews. FABULOUS, FABULOUS book! Has sweet innocent romance thrown in but the suspense is riveting and keeps twisting and turning. Great read. It took me exactly 4 hours... likely b/c I ignored everything else that was vying for my attention, including my children. :)
"I couldn't put it down. Each one of Ms Singh's books is better than the one before! I think this is the most exciting one yet! She is able to mix excitement and the 'hot and steamy' in her stories! Hope you enjoy it as well!"
"Very enjoyable! I found this book to be fast paced and thrilling. It didn't feel like I was reading a "first in a series" book. The plot line and characters were new and fresh...not just the same old vampire book or paranormal warrior book. She also had a way to introduce the characters that didn't feel forced or an after thought. Having read Kenyon, Showalter and JR Ward, I would most compare her style to Ward's: fun, gripping, unexpected, the characters met challenges and disappointments. The eroticism was fun and certainly arousing but not violent and graphic like Showalter. I didn't laugh out loud like I do with the afore mentioned, but that may come in time too.
I look forward to the next Sentinel book! Hope you enjoy this as well!
"FABIL usually doesn't let me down but this one just didn't hold up to my expectations. Perhaps it was the style, b/c her use of imagery was amazing and allowed me to 'see' everything she was describing, but her narrative and disjointed sentences made it harder for me to read fluently. I didn't enjoy it at all until pg 200. By the end, I was just glad it was over.
I think she is a talented writer, just not my style. I love JR Ward, early works of Laurell Hamilton, early JD Robb, Rachel Vincent, Carrie Vaughn, Showalter, Kresley Cole and especially Nalini Singh, etc ... So fantasy and science fiction isn't the issue. Maybe it was the lack of romance?? I just feel Ms Sagara doesn't compare to them. If you like them as well, you may want to shy away from this."
"They keep getting better. What an interesting story: ghost/crazed vampire relationship! This book is filled with the typical Ms. Cole tale: love with obstacles to overcome, humor and passion. Each book builds upon the previous and each book gets more enjoyable."
"Well, it was better than the first... I am currently on the third MOT book and I think Ms. Joyce is finding her stride with each subsequent novel; plus, having introduced the characters in the first book, she can focus more on the story.
It was a fun book, with sensuality but not graphic sex. Not as chilling and gripping as JR Ward but much better than Gena Showalter... Entertaining."
"Somewhat hard to follow at first. Once you get used to the language, it is entertaining. She doesn't have the humor of Gena Showalter but I find I enjoy Ms Joyce's books more. Perhaps b/c the sex isn't as graphic and violent. Her stories aren't as gripping nor is she the storyteller that JR Ward is, but if you enjoy the unusual, this is a fun series. I have read the first 3, with each one being better than the previous. It isn't necessary to read each but I recommend reading each in order since the characters surface in each novel and are entwined in each."
"This is an entertaining book but I am finding that I seem to wish for more story in my book. Ms. Showalters style seems to focus more on the sexual relationship than the story. I find myself actually skimming the sex scenes to get back to the storyline. (Did I just say that?!?!) I do think the premise of the series and characters are well written and thought out. It has great potential. I just find the sex more pornographic than erotic and sexy. Could be me and maybe I am just used to JD Robb/Nora Roberts and Sherrilyn Kenyon; their sex isn't as violent to me.
It is a book worth reading if you tend to like the paranormal, as I do. Just be prepared to steam up your reading glasses. :)"
"This book held my interest but I do have to say, after reading authors who utilize pretty graphic sexual relationships, like Sherrilyn Kenyon and JD Robb/Nora Roberts, Gena Showalter is WAY more dark and erotic in her sex. I was unprepared for that. I did enjoy the book and do have the other two to read but I am not sure that the over the top eroticism actually added anything to the book. If anything, it kept me from loving it.
All in all a good book and in interesting story. I do look forward to the other two but at least I will be prepared, as will you now... :)
"So, the third book in this trilogy/series finally hooked me! I couldn't put it down. I read it last night for two hours and when my plans were changed today, ended up finishing it in another 3!
This one has more story and the characters' stories are more entwined in this book. It isn't just about one of the warriors and their sex, as the other two have been. This one had some meat and bones to satisfy my needs for a story with my sex...
Without giving this away, it does have the good vs Evil and good wins BUT you really get wrapped up in the story! (Maybe since they weren't tripping off to have sex every other chapter....don't get me wrong. I enjoy that aspect well, but this one felt different than Darkest Night and Darkest Kiss) This one definitely makes me look forward to finding out who the next warrior to fall is!
I think Ms Showalter won me over with this one... She is one of the few writers that makes me laugh out loud with the detailed and original characters she created! I LOVE Gideon and know so many people like Cameo...
"Sabin's story. I didn't enjoy it as much as her other 3; I think I missed the humor that I was in the other books. But Sabin is such a serious, intense character, I suppose the light humor wasn't appropriate. Darkest Kiss is still my favorite b/c of Anya's antics. There were alot of supporting characters in this book, and some new additions that I know we will be seeing in the upcoming books. I just think she had a lot of ground to cover to lay the footwork for the next ones and hope that is the reason I didn't enjoy it as much. I typically have so much fun with her books! I still gave it 3.5...
Definitely worth reading and hopefully you will enjoy it!"