Wow! Wow! Wow! Just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, in walks Howie Evil *wicked grin* Damn, if anyone could make a crude, foul-mouthed, human hating demon so delectable, it's Bonnie Bernard!
I was a little disappointed that Hunter was scarce from the beginning of the book, but thank goodness Howie was there to fill the "sexy as hell" gap and for some reason, every time Howie made an appearance in this book, I pictured Joe Manganiello!
Now I know some people may look at Howie to be a disgusting, underworld demon who loves to beat the crap out of stupid humans, but there were definitely times when I wished I was Cassie, or even poor Donna! I wouldn't mind getting to know Mr Evil a whole lot better, especially after a few drinks *wicked, wicked grin*. But Howie isn't only sexy, he is funny. I loved his quick witted remarks and comebacks. For all his faults, there was just nothing to dislike about him!
Okay, enought about Howie *sigh* Evil, and back to my review :) The second book in The Midnight Hunter trilogy upped the ante in so many ways and it was another exciting ride alongside the much loved character from book one. Donna is forced to team up with Howie *sigh* Evil in order to save her daughter from Stephen and this sets off a whole bunch of events that could mean the end of the world as we know it. A war looms between the forces of darkness, one that will tip the scales of Order and Choas. It is up to Cassie, the bullheaded human, who blabbed about her Underworld prophecy discovery all over her blog, to give the answers. Only Cassie is anything but a willing participant in the whole mess.
Hunter is still as alluring as in the first book but he tends to be a little too overprotective. Although he has Donna's best interests at heart his stubborness pushes her into even more dangerous situations. I really love how real their relationship is. They have all these real emotions that come with loving someone with all your heart and soul. There was jealousy, on both ends, fear of losing your soulmate, they got angry at each other and Donna even went as far as telling little white lies just to find the breathing space she needed. On the flip side there were some really warm and fuzzy moments. Moments that were just so perfect that the love between them was palpable.
There are many exciting twists in the plot - from Jacqelina, to Howie's true "dual-sided" nature, and to top it all off, the heart breaking surprise delivered to Donna and Hunter regarding Lucinda's soul. There are also some fantastic fight scenes in this book as well. For all their differences, it was great to see Human, Vampire and Demon alike, stand together when it was most needed to fight for what was right.
This book is filled to the brim with action, love and sexy, underworld men. I've lost my heart to these amazing characters, and I'm over the moon excited to read book three.
Wow!! I was absolutely blown away by this book! It's going to be very difficult for me to write this review without giving away a few spoilers, but I'll try my best.
From page one it was clear that something wasn't quite right in the town of West Windington, but what ensued was so far from what I'd been expecting and it was amazing! Strangers in blue Toyotas stalking college girls, scary guys in black Broncos killing people, kidnapping, evil minion cops, Vampires and other Underworld characters, soul selling and eternal love. Yup, this book delivers all of this and so much more.
The characters were exciting, each in their own way and so well defined that I almost expected them to walk right off the page and into my life! It would have made my year if the delicious, Hunter, had! *sigh* Donna is one lucky girl! I loved how the multitude of personalities played off each other, even those with hate/hate relationships. I particularly enjoyed Mo, she's a bit crazy but with good intentions. She constantly proved what a great friend she was, even going so far as nearly staking her best friend's boyfriend.
Although the idea of "reincarnation" and eternal love is something I've read about before, the story behind Donna and Hunter's love was unique. Their relationship heated up pretty quickly but it was clear why it was so easy for them to connect, or should that be reconnect? I especially loved the explination Hunter gave Donna about how he re-awakens. It was an awww moment for me and it made their love all the more special. Their relationship felt real and it certainly wasn't one of perfection. It was great to see a female MC stand up for herself against the "man" she loves. She fought back when his anger flared (please don't take that the wrong way, Hunter never abused Donna!!) and never once allowed him to control her, even if it resulted in a brush with death.
This book also had plenty of terrifying characters and situations to balance the romance. Stephen, the evil brother out for revenge. He was wicked through and through and his hate drove him to wreak havoc. He was merciless and determined for history to repeat itself. Although he didn't feature prominently in the book, there was always the sense that he was lurking in the shadows ready to pounce!
So there you have it. Again, let me say WOW!! This book could have easily become predictable or just another Vampire story, but it wasn't. Bonnie Bernard is an amazingly talented writer, and I am delighted to be diving straight into book 2 of this series. The ending held so much excitement and promise for what's to come and I can't wait to see what lies ahead for all involved!
I have to admit that I really struggled to get into this book. The story didn't flow very well and there were moments when I wish a little more effort had been put into the editing process. Although the hiccups I noticed were very slight, they were enough to distract me from reading, and at one point I was ready to put the book down, never to pick it up again. I also felt that sections of dialogue were forced and there was that tiny annoyance of characters always refering to each other by name, even when there was no one else around...
Now I know it seems like I'm only harping on negatives, but I always strive to give my honest opinion!
I'm not saying I hated this book, it just started off as a bit of a bore. I really only got into the story a couple of chapters in, when Thomas comes to see Carmen and Brighton, and they discuss the latter's talents. I felt this was the turning point of the story and things only got better. I enjoyed the interaction between Lily and Bri. They felt like a real couple and even reminded me of a few of my married friends! Although Brighton didn't stand out as the typical drop-dead gorgeous hero, he certainly lived up to the part with his devotion and love for Lily. He was willing to die for her, literally, and he always had her best interests at heart.
Lily is a great character. She seemed a little flat at first but when she appeared later, she really had grown into a beautiful, more complex young lady.
The talent that each character has is very interesting. It was a wonderful, fresh idea and the fact that the Dark Ones are "magically" inclined but still vulnerable is a nice change because most of the time these types of characters are invincible!
Overall, this book grew into a fantastic fantasy adventure.
May I also just add that I am so happy with the cover change. The new cover for Energy just speaks so much more to what the book is about, and it has a more mystical appeal!
WOW! How do I even put into words how fantastic this book is?
I fell right into the story from the very first page and couldn't put it down. It was an electric charge of emotions from the get go and never once did it fail to impress me. The characters are all amazing, so well written and unique. Normally there is at least one character who gets on my nerves, but it was impossible to dislike any of them.
The story starts with Liora, an average teen with a supernatural secret. She shares her body with a demon. She tries her best to conceal this fact, but with great difficulty as the demon is restless and likes to make an appearance once in a while. Liora is an outcast, distancing herself from people because she believes there is no way she can live a happy, normal life.
When night falls, Liora sleeps and Lucky awakens. She is a kick ass demion who takes no prisoners and enjoys tormeting "sapies" (humans) and demons alike, who rightfully deserved to be tormented! I felt her tough exterior was a mask for the tumultuous feelings she keeps hidden inside, and she continually blames Liora for weakening her with those emotions, instead of owning up to them.
Of course, what would a great paranormal romance be without some delicious eye candy!?
Bones, the hot as hell (no pun intended) incubus/hell hound. Lucky's best friend, who would chew off his own arm just to be with her. But his cavorting ways are always in the forefront of Lucky's mind and although she loves him, the thought of sharing him with anyone else is unbearable. But Bones cannot change what he is and what he has to do to survive, which leaves me wondering, can there ever be anything between them?
Then there is Kieron, with his movie star good looks and charm. Kieron steps into the lives of both Liora and Lucky, and he quickly falls for both of them. Even though Kieron lies and keeps secrets, it's really difficult to fault him in anyway. He always makes amends for his actions and besides, everything he does is in Liora/Lucky's best interests.
I really loved this book in every way! The only disappointing thing about it was that it had to end!! I wanted to cry when I got to the last page and realised that was it!! So, naturally, I wasted no time in purchasing Fire with Fire, the second book in the Demonblood series. Although it is still very early in the new year, I have no doubt that the Demonblood series is going to be a strong contender for my favourite series read in the year 2012.