Vicky Zakaria Zakaria itibaren Sa Andros Bahama Village, Bahamalar
Kitabın çoğunu geçmişte olduğunu düşünerek geçirdim ve sonuna doğru muhtemelen güncel olduğunu fark ettim. Bu benim okumamda büyük bir değişiklik yaptı. Zevk aldım. Hem insanların hem de sahiplerinin harika şeyleri olduğunu ve hayatlarında kötü şeylerin meydana geldiğini görmeyi sevdim. Her şey, ne kadar bok aldığınızdan değil, bokunuzla nasıl başa çıktığınıza bağlıdır. Hem Cynthia hem de Tory'nin bunu tavsiye ettiğine sevindim.
The eponymous protagonist finds himself in a hospital, amnesia clouding his memory, homicide detectives claiming he’d murdered his former fiance. One murder trial later, he’s out and finds himself framed for another murder. This guy just can’t catch a break. * Hurwitz oscillates between fairly prosaic descriptions of the narrative and Chandler-esque musings on Los Angeles and its denizens. The sequence about the folks stuck waiting in line at nightclubs is particularly sharp — a biting, cynical scowl at the city and its vicious teeth. * The main character’s friends are lovely and interesting, but a bit too convenient and skilled. The effective character development overshadows this flaw, but it still stands out to me. * The relationships in the book work very well, particularly in the protagonist’s interactions with the romantic interest and the young spray-paint artist he meets. * The crime ends up being pretty convoluted, but not beyond the pale. There aren’t any glaring problems with the story, nor with the details, except…. I’ve mentioned before that I find idiocy a particularly trying trait in my main characters. The biggest problem with crime fiction not involving police investigators is coming up with a good way to prod them into investigating. Many writers resort to a suicidal curiosity motivated, as in this book, by personal needs and questions. That said, the main character goes WAY too far in his investigations for my taste. I found myself grumbling “stupid, stupid, stupid” several times as he does, well, stupid things in his investigations. The police, on the other hand, seem pretty clueless too. These are small issues, though. The book itself is pretty solid and well worth a read if you like crime fiction.
A little rough.
Merit has now completed the transition to vampire twice as the first change wasn't complete. Merit is embracing her vampiric nature and now Ethan has a surprising task for her. Shapeshifters from all over America will be congregating in Chicago to decide whether to follow vampires into the public eye. Ethan has loaned Merit to act as security for the Alpha Gabriel Keene who leads all the shifters. But when someone starts gunning for Gabriel, Merit finds herself in the line of fire. I was really looking forward to reading this as the previous book (Friday Night Bites) ends with Merit going to a meeting with the mysterious sender of several invitations. It turns out that Merit is being invited to join the Red Guard who function like internal affairs for the vampire houses. This is a new development for this book, and I think it's great how the author is still adding depth to Merit's world. However, it may make the books harder to read for newcomers to the series so I'd recommend starting at the beginning with Some Girls Bite. Merit has now dealt with her transition and is moving on with her (un)life. The previous books showed Merit's struggle adjusting, whereas this one shows how Merit is learning to embrace her new life. Merit also broke up with Morgan in the last book so now it's just a will they/won't they with Ethan not a love triangle. The only complication left in Merit's life is the tension between her and her friend Mallory, and this means more focus is given to the shifter storyline. Ethan's character also gets some more development, and revelations about his past and his own change to a vampire explain a lot of his character quirks from the previous books. A lot of why Ethan makes certain choices is explained, and it definitely made him a more likeable character in my eyes. I loved how well the shifter storyline flowed, and there were several twists that I didn't see coming. The addition of shifters to Merit's world is brilliant. Jeff was introduced in the first book and the Breckenridges were introduced in the second, but this book adds literally a country of shifters with several well developed characters. There are also seeds sown for possible future storylines with Merit and the shifters, and I can't wait to see where these go. All in all this was an awesome read and I'm looking forward to reading the next book Hard Bitten out May 2011 (in the UK). Plot: 10/10 Characters: 10/10 Ending: 10/10 Enjoyment: 10/10 Cover: 8/10 Overall: 48/50