I’m not sure if this book was released before the others but I read it first and I’m glad I did, although I guess you could read this at any point during the series.
It’s easily the best of the bunch and a well written account of Kaylee’s frustrations at being incarcerated for something thats as confusing to her as it is to the outside world. The emotion weaved into this novella is admirable, and it sets the scene perfectly for what comes in the books which follow. I loved it from start to finish. My Goodreads review can be found here:
I liked this book a lot. Firstly, she’s the crazy girl, who has this inexplicable urge to scream with a family all set to put her straight back in the loony bin if her father doesn’t explain.
Thankfully, she finds someone who believes she’s telling the truth about people dying and when said believer draws out the truth, I found myself a little bit annoyed by the lack of information shared by those in the know. What kind of family, however shallow would let someone be condemned knowing full well she isn’t crazy, purely because they don’t know how to explain? Then have someone fly half way around the world to fill said lunatic in when they have all the answers right there but aren’t willing to share them?
That aside, I totally bought into the fact she’s a Daoine Sidhe and the events which followed. In terms of characters, although I’m no fan of her family I like Kaylee a lot and I see why Nash likes her. Her insecurities aren’t any different to those of your average female MC, but in many ways she’s strong and I like that about her.
Made for a good read and balanced normality with the fantasy element really well. It was enough to make me go and buy the next book, and I liked the reaper element a lot! Interesting spin on how death-related mythological creatures are connected and something different to anything else I’ve read before. Read it, I swear you’ll like it! My Goodreads review can be found here:
This was the point I thought we’d see more character development, specifically from Tod and Nash but it didn’t really happen. Tod is described as a little bit creepy, slowly disconnecting from the human instincts that drove him in life, but he kind of defies that description when he interacts with Addison and in places I found that a little jarring.
Nash on the other hand seems dead set that his brother isn’t the caring undead family member he ought to miss. If Tod died when he was young, Nash would surely have been devastated. He seems completely indifferent to the emotions that ought to be troubling him and in fact, the one who seems to lack in emotion at times is Nash himself, particularly when it comes to Addy.
I like Kaylee a lot, and I like Addison just as much but I can’t really find anything that makes Nash worth Kaylee’s time, except for maybe the fact they’re of the same species. She talks a lot about how they’ve done so much to make them right for one another, but she’s the pissy, emotionally driven instigator and for much of the book it seems that Kaylee is the one driving things forward, giving out orders and making Nash help her. It was at that point the credibility started to err for me because he’s supposed to be the one with the knowledge, the one who knows what they can and can’t get away with. After enjoying the first two books so much, this one was kind of a let down for me.
Oh, wow, Rachel Voncent redeemed herself with this book, BIG TIME!
I was disappointed with the last in the series (see why on my review) but she really brought her A-game with this one. Not only does it hit back with the emotional void that was Nash, she’s hit the nail right on the head with some very real issues while she was at it.
Not only does this book focus on an intricate and emotive plot, it also addresses drug use and the associated dangers, resulting in a very blunt, appropriate message that’s not overly in your face and at no point seems forced or convenient. Where I thought the last book wasn’t really headed anywhere in terms of character development, now I’m seeing Tod in a totally different light and understanding why I was liking Nash less and less.
At this point, I’m beginning to wonder if Kaylee picked the wrong brother and having finished the book I’m really sad with the dilemma she’s now facing. I didn’t even go make a cup of tea before I picked up the next book. My Goodreads review can be found here:
Well, Tod was always my favourite brother, but knowing what I do after reading this, I like Nash less than ever. I think Rachel picked the perfect place to disclose the details of Tod’s past, and to shed light on a different perspective of Nash and how he came to be the man he is.
The way it’s told is both chilling and heartwarming. I honestly think up to the moment I picked this book up, I knew enough of Tod to have my doubts about Nash’s perception of him and hallelujuah Rachel, thanks for confirming my hunch.
Not only do we find out the truth about Tod, we find out the truth about his sibling, and its kind of startling, it actually felt really good to finally have proof that I wasn’t reading these two all wrong. It just goes to show really that both brothers are closed books, and both are unwilling to share their somewhat jaded histories. I was left with the impression that on Tods part the reason is guilt, whereas on Nash’s part the motivation should be (and yet somehow, disturbingly it isn’t) shame.
Now, as stated in my previous review I really wish Kaylee had the option to pick Tod. I mean, all the things he’s done for Addy, for his mum, for his brother… I realise there was never a triangle and neither Tod nor Kaylee had any interest in one another but seriously, as much as I like Kaylee, I think she can do better than Nash! My Goodreads review can be found here:
Oh how I both love and hate Sabine! She’s written perfectly, to the point where I sympathise, and at the same time despise that girl. Good job Vincent!
Tod, for me got a whole lot more involved in Kaylee’s life than his brother, and Nash’s constant “I’ll talk to her” conversations with Kay became somewhat repetitive, as did Kaylee’s constant paranoia. Meanwhile, Tod seems like the only one with a handle on things throughout the entire book. I totally wanted to bang all their heads together, but only because its so well written and so angsty that the turmoil that defines this book had me completely sold on their emotions, hook line and sinker. My Goodreads review can be found here:
Hoo-freakin-ra! It happened! That thing I didn’t see coming even with SEVEN books to prepare me for it! Okay, Kelly… calm down. By this point you might be wondering why I haven’t added the back cover blurb to any of these books. The reason for that is, if you haven’t read the first and you read the blurb for the second, it kind of spoils the first. For example: Book 1… Kaylee can’t stop screaming and she doesnt know why. Somewhere in the middle of the book she finds out she’s a Banshee and that’s written on the back of book 2. By the time you reach the review of book 5… you pretty much get the spoiler for ALL the previous books and I didn’t want to ruin it for the reader. For the very same reason, I don’t read the back covers ahead of time myself and this is one of those series where I wish I had, only because I wouldn’t have been cursing the characters for not going where I felt they ought to.
This book is easily the most tumultuous of the bunch. It has some seriously intense scenes, some of which had me in tears. I should say by this point I am completely in love with Tod, not bothered in the least what happens to Nash and liking Sabine more than I did in the last book. I’m also wondering why Sophie’s dropped off the radar and whether Uncle Brendan is a tool for the plot, or just a straggler. His input seems more convenient than anything else but hopefully that will change in the next book.
The end of this book is not only heart wrenching, it’s unexpected and the plot basically took twist after twist after twist. I LOVED that! What I didn’t love was that things go through Kaylee (frequently). I’m not talking ghosts or spears, I’m talking fear, emotion. “Fear went through me like a blah blah on a blah”. Her pulse also “spikes” at least a hundred times a chapter and stuff washes over her a lot too. “Calm washed over me like an ocean wave” type stuff. I don’t know if that bothers me so much because it was a major distraction I picked up on with the “Maze runner” trilogy, or if it’s just so repetitive that most people would read it. There’s a lot of eye swirling on the part of the Banshees too. Everyone’s eyes swirl, constantly. I get that, do we really need reminding so often? Speaking of which, the mundane details make this book a lot longer than it would have been if the details of how KAylee scratched her dog’s ears whilst opening the fridge door, or how she repeatedly picked up her soda can to swig in between dialogue.
The last thing that confused me was the soul reaping of banshees versus humans and the fact that not all Incubi babies have souls. There was a lot of complicated detail on that, which didn’t really resolve the question and I found myself thinking “I still don’t get it but okay, whatever”.
Having said all that, this is my favourite book in the series so far, and the ending completely floored me. I was up til 2am on a work night, in tears, heart racing. Really, if you can get past all the monotony, between the lines is a fabulous story!
My goodreads review can be found here:
(I haven’t read this one yet)
(I haven’t read this one yet)
(This is the last in the series and isn’t due for release until March 2013)