Received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Blood Shadows was better than I expected. Caitlin Parish is the super star of an agency bent on keeping the peace between vampires and humans. For years, she has been after infamous bad boy vampire Kane Malloy. Now it's personal. With little time left to live, Kane is the only one who can possible save her from the evil entity that killed her parents and that is now coming for her. Kane "agrees" to help but clearly has his own agenda. With dark pasts behind them both, they help each other overcome their pasts and fill the voids in their hearts that have been hollow for so long.
Caitlin is a bad-ass but kind of turns into a mary-sue when faced with Kane. Why? BECAUSE THIS IS THE MOST INSTA-LOVE BOOK EVER. This physical attraction between the two is immediate even though they hate each other. And it is super frustrating how close they get to liking each other but then try to play and dupe the other, thinking that they'll use the other to their advantage. Argh. Which came first, trust or love? idfk. It's confusing.
Kai is a normal girl with normal friends. She goes on a climbing trip with her friends when they find a young girl passed out. Kai stays with her while her friends go for help. Little does she know that this seemingly innocent girl and her troupe of merry men and women are DRAGONS.
I liked this book more than I thought I would. It's fun and not over the top in terms of insta-love bonds. Kai and "said bonded dragon" fight it, but you know the way it'll go in the end. She does go over the top in her effort to not believe the things going on around her though. Too much time is spent with Kai trying to fight against the fact that the bond doesn't exist and dragons aren't...dragons. "THIS MUST ALL BE A LIE!!!!"
Another thing that just gets my goat
I was so blessed to be able to read this book before hand. It is one of my favorite series and I was kind of putting it off because I didn't want it to end. But here I am. At the end...
Immortal Heights picks up where The Perilous Sea left off. Iola and Titus are in the desert trying to escape the the forces of Atlantis. Things become more abysmal when Kashkari gets a vision of Iolanthe's future.
Well, it's basically a long roller coaster of trying to evade Atlantis for at least half the book. Then Titus feeling sorry for himself (???) for another good chunk. It's definitely my least favorite book in the series. While the author evaded any Deux ex machina moments, she kind of dug herself into a non-escapable hole with the shitty romance. There was no description at all. Now, I'm not asking for smut or even adult romance, but these fade to black moments have got to stop. I KNOW Sherry Thomas can do better than that because she writes romance novels for a living. Give me more than "he kissed her." The end. NO. Unacceptable. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SUMMER VILLA SCENE FOR A LONG TIME.
Other than its lack of romantic development, the story was endearing. You get to know Kashkari and Amara on a more personal level and really feel for them.
If you've read the first two books, read the last. It's not the greatest, but it'll leave you feeling satisfied enough. Though, I would love a short novella of the future during and after the epilogue written from Titus' perspective.