Monday, November 21, 2011

House of Night: Destined

This is the ninth book in the House of Night series.  I love the books and hate when a series ends, but I am at the point with this series where I am ready for it to end.  I feel like the story is being dragged out a little too much and to be honest it took me until half-way through this book before I finally got super interested and couldn't put it down.  Another issue is it has been so long since I read the last book that I forgot so much.  But it is still a series worth reading.

Picking up where the last book left off, Zoey and Stark have returned from the Otherworld, Nyx has forgiven Rephaim and turned him into a real boy (no not at all a Pinocchio-sounding theme ;)), Dragon is still pissed at Rephaim for killing his wife, Neferet is still putting on a show, and they must all go back to school and act like nothing has happened.  Within the first few minutes of going back to school, the group quickly finds out about Neferet's new "toy" Aurox.  A creature created to protect Neferet and do her bidding.  Neferet claims he is a gift from Nyx, but Zoey and her nerd-herd know otherwise. 

Throughout the book, Stevie Rae and Rephaim struggle with Rephaim's need to be close to his father.  Damien is still trying to get over the death of Jack.  And Zoey is trying to find out who or what killed her mother. 

One part of this story I really liked were the parts written from Lenobia's point of view.  I know the authors are working on novelas and one will be on Lenobia so I am looking forward to that. 

Again, I really like this series but I feel as if it is going nowhere.  It's the same thing every book, never any closure.  I feel like the ending of this book should have happened three books ago.  Hopefully this means they will finally start getting somewhere and bring the series to a close.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Twilight's Dawn

This group of stories was seriously a GREAT way to end a series I have truly enjoyed.  I am going to break up this review by story but please note it will have SPOILERS!

Winsol Gifts
Throughout the whole series you hear about the characters celebrating Winsol.  You infer that it is equivalent to Christmas but it is celebrated over 13 days.  This story finally gave us a look at what happens during Winsol.  There are parties to attend with the district and territory Queens and finally time alone with your family.  This story was so much fun to read because in it Daemon learns the hard way what happens when he turns his back on the gifts and tree long enough for his nephew Daemonar to sneak in and start ripping into presents.  I was laughing so hard while reading, especially when Saetan was explaining to his son about using illusion spells so the young children leave the presents alone.  Just like Christmas with my nephews!

Shades of Honor
Lucivar Yaslana is the ruler of Ebon Rih.  An Eyrien who is seen as a half-breed by other Eyriens.  His second-in-command, Falonar, is starting to get tired of serving someone he sees as being below him.  Falonar tries to turn the Eyriens against Lucivar and tries to take over as ruler of Ebon Rih.  But Falonar underestimates Lucivar's skills and the love his family has for him.

Family
Lady Sylvia, Queen of Halaway and former lover to Saetan SaDiablo, accepts an invitation to another territory so her oldest son can spend some time with a new friend.  The minute she arrives she feels an uneasiness about the place.  Her fear quickly escalates when she is attacked by a demon-dead who wears a darker jewel than she does.  Her only hope is to try and get her sons to run and to make the transition to demon-dead so she can tell Saetan what is going on.  The man, known as No Face, has been preying on small children and Lady Sylvia was an obstacle in her way as he tries to take her children.  With her help as demon-dead, and her sons memory of the No Face man, they are able to lure him with a trap.  He will not survive to attack another innocent child.

The High Lord's Daughter
I spent most of the time reading this with a tissue and tears in my eyes.  I knew from reading the synopsis that this particular story would result in the death of two very beloved characters, Jaenelle and Saetan.  The story begins with Daemon passed out from a drinking binge because he has just finished a year of mourning his wife, Jaenelle.  Many years have passed and Jaenelle was in her nineties when she passed.  Fast forward seventeen years and Saetan has begun to slip away and become a whisper in the darkness.  After he passes, Daemon finds himself attracted to Surreal, an honorary cousin he has known since she was twelve.  To make a long story short, they decide to marry and have a baby.  A little girl so like Jaenelle that their hearts begin to heal.  It was a great end to the story and I loved it!

Now off I go to a conference.  Here's to hoping I get plenty of reading time in.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Shalador's Lady

Woohoo!  Now that I have finished Shalador's Lady I only have one more book in the Dark Jewels series!  Shalador's Lady is the sequel to The Shadow Queen.  Please see my blog on that book for more information about the characters.

While reading this book all I could think about was how pissed off I was at Theran!  I wanted to jump through the book and slap him silly!  At the end of The Shadow Queen, Cassidy (the Rose jeweled Queen chosen to rule Dena Nehele for a year) found the treasure of the Grayhaven bloodline.  That in itself should have shown Theran that she was the queen meant to rule his home.  But no, the idiot wouldn't open his mind and pay attention to everything that was happening.  One day, Cassidy receives a visitor, from her hometown in Dharo.  Turns out this visitor is Kermilla, the annoying, young, attractive queen who Cassidy lost her previous court to (can you tell I also wanted to jump through the book and drop kick her character?).  Kermilla is visiting because she believes Cassidy owes her money.  Kermilla has a habit of spending too much money and has stacks of bills from merchant shops.  Cassidy refuses and tells Kermilla to leave.  All fine and dandy until idiot Theran walks in and sees Kermilla, or rather I should say can't see past her face to see she is the type of queen they fought to get away from.  He instantly thinks that Kermilla is the queen they should have gotten a year ago, not Cassidy.  Theran goes against Cassidy and asks Kermilla to stay as his guest.  At first Kermilla stays to upset Cassidy, but then she stays in hopes she can squeeze money out of Theran.  A distraught Cassidy figures it is pointless to try and stay as queen because Kermilla will steal her court again.  She decides to pack her things and go back to her parent's house.  Luckily for the reader, she is stopped by Ranon, a Warlord Prince and a member of her first circle.  He is able to convince her to go to Eyota, a Shalador Reserve he was raised on.  Cassidy agrees and before she knows it the entire first circle is in Eyota, proving they are there to serve.  I don't want to give away too many secrets of the story so I will say that the rest of the book revolves around Cassidy and her court setting up Queen's Residence in Eyota and Theran trying to pass Kermilla off as the queen of Dena Nehele.  Will he succeed?  Or will all of Dena Nehele fall?  You'll just have to read the book to find out more ;)