Book Review Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night

“Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s night” is the third book in the “Immortals After Dark” series by Kresley Cole. This series gets better and better with each book.

This story picks up exactly where “No rest for the wicked” ended, and it follows Bowen MacRieve and Mariketa the Awaited after the Hie, an immortal treasure hunt that takes place every 250 years.

Bowe wanted the trophy more than anyone else. The Key that could take him to the past, meant that he could return and saved the love of his life. But he lost the Hie to Kaderin and Sebastian.

Mariketa the Awaited joined the Hie before even freezing in her immortality. She has always been told that she has had great power and it is true. But it is power that she can’t control or summon at will. And a volatile power is no good. At the end of the Hie, she finds herself trapped in a temple alongside some other participants, because of Bowen.

The story starts when Bowen is made to go back and free her, or face the wrath of the witches he so loathes. The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood are strong, especially in the beginning, when Mari has her cape. Their story is more balanced thant he two before it, between the action and the romance. The story has good pacing that keeps the reader engaged and interested.

The expanded universe and the reappearing characters give the story a familiarity, and we get glimpses of what characters we’ve already met are up to, like Lachlain.

Bowen is an old werewolf, set in his ways and in his hatred for witches. Mariketa is a young, passionate witch. A very well-rounded character as well, especially when compared to Emma and Kaderin. She’s sassy, smart, with insecurities that do not make her a push-over in any kind of way.
I was glad at the end of the story to see that Bowen didn’t demand that she change and be less than she is, but instead he accepted her with everything she was. As he should.

Now, on to the things that I didn’t like. Also spoilery stuff.

The ending. I didn’t like it. Let’s put it as simply as that. The resolution was out of the blue. Suddenly Bowen’s dead girlfriend wasn’t really the girl he was meant to be with, suddenly there is an all-powerful Goddess after Mariketa and she’s going to use Bowen to get to her.
It was all so very sudden. I would have accepted it better if there was some kind of foreshadowing or hint. But the only thing we got was that Bowen’s friends didn’t like Maria. The end.
I didn’t feel the last battle either. It was just a few pages long, and Mariketa had somehow learned everything she needed to know in a couple of days. I didn’t fear for her life at the end. Neither hers, nor Bowen’s. Everything was wrapped up in a nice bow, very quickly for my liking.

Also, Nyx. She is getting tiring after a little while. One would think that by now, the other characters would know not to trust her. They would know to be more careful of the riddles she gives them. But no. Everyone takes her words to heart and they don’t think more on them.

Overall, it was a very interesting story, ending aside. But it was also a story that I enjoyed more the second time I read it. The first time, I wasn’t that impressed.

If you want to find the book, and support me, you can find it in Book Depository.

~ Harris

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Book Review: A Hunger like no other.

“A hunger like no other” is the first book in the “Immortals after dark” series. An adult, paranormal series of books about everything that can go bump in the night and kill you. And immortal love.

What’s not to like?

Kresley Cole creates a very interesting, fast-paced world, with many fantasy creatures like vampires and werewolves, but even demons, angels, witches and Valkyries.

“A hunger like no other” is very much like your typical story of ‘beauty and the beast’ to me. He’s tortured and with anger problems, she is cowardly and meek and slowly through the course of the story, they change and they evolve.

Emmaline Troy is a half Valkyrie/half vampire who has been sheltered all her life, not only from the outside world, but from her own nature. By the end of the book, she’s the fighter she was meant to be, confident and freed and she even finds out the answers she was seeking at the beginning of the book, before she bumped with Lachlain MacRieve.

Now, Lachlain has been captured by the vampire Horde for years, and he’s been burning for centuries, just to have his immortality bring him back to life. He finds his soulmate in Emmaline and she’s able to calm down the rage inside of him and give him a more open-minded perspective.

Just because she’s half vampire, doesn’t mean she’s vile or evil.

But that’s what he thinks – understandably so with what he’s been through Β – in the beginning and it takes him a while to come to terms with the reality and accept how things are. Emmaline is his fated mate. She’s half vampire. She’s not evil.

Though, not one of my favourite in the series, it is still an enjoyable read, that is not without its issues of course.

There are many dark undertones and many of them are in Emmaline’s and Lachlain’s relationship that starts off on the wrong foot. He’s controlling, wrathful and he lies to her whenever it suits him. Their relationship is seen as abusive and their interactions to the point of being sexual assault, as Lachlain kidnaps Emmaline and repeatedly ignores every time she tells him no.

It didn’t bother me a lot, but it took out of the story and it is something he regrets afterwards and he tries to make it up to her. Still, it doesn’t much change his actions.

What did you think about this book? Have you read it? πŸ™‚ I’m continuing with the rest of the series, as I want to catch up to the new books that I haven’t read.

If you want to find the book, and support me, you can find it in Book Depository.

~ Harris

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Blog: Exams, University, TBR & Workshop

Wake me up, when September ends…

Well not quite. I’m rather looking forward to the end of September, because a friend of mine is coming from England and we are going to have a very fun and interesting week! The plans are many, from sightseeing around Athens, to getting her to try all kinds of Greek foods she’s never tried before!

But for now, Exams! I’m not looking forward to Exam season in September. It’s right after summer and every part of me refuses to cooperate with the idea of exams and studying and sitting your butt down in a chair. I try though. Hopefully I only have two Exams. I say two, but in truth, they are many. On Thursday, I have a day full of exams, my Russian test. Hopefully all will go well. And I’ll die then. That’s expected. Nobody is surprised about that.

I sneak in some reading though. I’d love it if it was writing, but my brain can’t take it. There is too much grammar and vocabulary in my head right now for it to accept any kind of writing. So reading. I’m continuing with the “Immortals After Dark” series by Kresley Cole, with the book “No rest for the Wicked”.

A photo posted by M. S. Harris (@m.s.harris) on Sep 6, 2016 at 1:09am PDT

*Pets Sebastian* I like him. He and his brothers are my favourites, I won’t lie. The four vampire brothers and the demons.

There was also another very interesting development. Myself and some other writerly friends have gathered together and have created a sort of workshop. We had our first official meeting this Sunday, where we talked about one of our members’ work. It was fun. But then again, I get a kick out of talk of books and stories and how you can break them down and dissect them and make em better.

How’s September for all of you? How is it treating you? To be honest, for the first time in a while, I’m looking forward for when the classes start, even though I know this year is going to be brutal.

~ Harris