Friday, 2 August 2013
By Karen Marie Moning
Summary: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
I had been meaning to start this series for over a year now and boy am I glad that I finally bit the bullet and decided to read it. It was one of those books that was difficult to put down. Mac is one of the most interesting and relatable heroines that I've come across in awhile. She has no idea exactly how her life is going to change. Despite her barbie-doll looks she has the tenacity of the fiercest of warriors which is a good thing because that strength will come in handy. When we meet her she's a part-time student and bartender enjoying her lazy summer when her sisters death changes her life. She's transformed from an easy-going southern beauty to a sister bent on getting justice for her sister. Once she arrives in Ireland, she begins to realize that nothing is as it seems. The mysterious phone message her sister left is the only thing she really has to go on. But, from the moment she arrives in Dublin, she starts to see things that are out of the ordinary.
Jerico Barrons is a wealthy owner of a rare bookstore who comes to her aide, but his gruff demeanor and intimidating nature irritates Mac and they spend most of the book butting heads. It's pretty obvious that something will eventually develop between these two, but I appreciate the slow approach that author has chosen to take. With Barrons help, Mac learns that she has special powers that give her the gift of seeing the Fae. The reader goes on a journey into a supernatural world with Seelie, Unseelie, and vampires. By the time the first book ends, the journey is only beginning. The strengths of this novel really lie in the writing style and how Moning helps the reader experience everything alongside Mac. Her exposition is so detailed that you can visualize creatures as if you are seeing them yourself.
It's definitely a must-read.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
I know I'm late with this weeks review and I apologize. This episode was probably the best one since the pilot. So many things happened that kept me interested, but the main thing that I loved was getting more perspective on Lacey as a character. We discovered via her conversation with Jo that she had actually seen Tara's body. This explains a lot about her character and why she seems to have repressed what happened and had so much trouble with Danny's return. One of my favorite scenes this episode involved the friend-dynamic between Jo and Lacy. Up until this point, we were told about their friendship and I didn't really feel it. It was so nice to see them bonding. Lacey being sweet to Jo and trying to build up her self-esteem was so cute. I loved the way the girls were smiling and happy in that scene. They seem to get each other a lot more than they realize. I am not crazy about the love triangle aspect and rather they focus on the friendship between Danny/Jo, Danny/Rico and Lacey/Jo. I think there is a lot of potential for character driven story there. While I felt awful for Jo, I am kind of glad that Danny mentioned that he saw her as a sister. No matter what happens next at least she won't be holding out false hope. But, her complete obliviousness to Jo's feelings is an interest contrast to what Danny is doing. Rico was a riot this episode. If he wasn't so funny, I might feel really bad for him. He's so funny with his reactions that I have no idea how Jo hasn't figure it out. I did like the little moment at the end of the episode with Danny and Rico. I agree with Danny, Rico should just tell her how he feels.
Now on to Tyler. Chris Zylka as super-douche strikes again. Don't get me wrong, he's very pretty. But, he's up there with Gray Damon in his complete inability to be likable. His setting up the pranks was kind of obvious since his random interest in Jo was not really believable. I do think its realistic for people to still see Danny as this pariah. I think Danny is trying so hard to just get his life back, but he really needs to understand the gravity of what he has done (or may not have done). The dudes with masks were so freaky I nearly jumped out of my seat. It was like the South-Asian version of Children of the Corn.
I felt like this episode really highlighted the fact that Danny can feel emotions. He was hurt by the Prank and he seemed to really care that Lacey wanted to keep them a secret (even though he should have understood how difficult the situation is for her). Also, Karen Desai for Mommy of the year. I love how she was willing to take the fall for her son even though she knows he didn't do it. She will do anything to protect her son and I can't disagree with her. But, the Captain---I mean Kyle probably won't believe her.
Speaking of awkwardness, I was relieved to discover that there wasn't that much . But, the fact that someone was taping Danny and Lacey is probably going to lead to awkwardness all around. I just hope its not used to slut-shame Lacey. There is enough of villanizing the black girl for being sexual on Scandal.
I have other thoughts, but I'd have to re-watch to point them out. I can't wait for next weeks episode. This show is definitely fun summer TV, but the fandom needs to clam their ass down.