Monday, 24 June 2013

Review: Shaedes of Gray - Amanda Bonilla

Darian has lived alone for almost a century in the shadows of the night. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

Darian finds herself struggling to keep her employer, Tyler, at arm's length, especially since his seductive smile makes her want to break her rules about love. The work he offers is necessary to protect the innocent—and a welcome distraction. But when Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she has taken on more than her conscience will allow, but a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished.

My thoughts:
As always with UF I had high hopes, but they did not pay out. It was a good book, but yes with UF I always want to really like the book. Not just like it. And this book was tricky. I read it in one sitting, but I was never fully invested. The end was good, there I read fast to see what happened. Exciting stuff and it left me wanting more. Cos who were the X, yes I can't say more, you will just have to read and see.

One thing annoyed me a lot, and always annoys me in books. They were like "why did you go there stupid girl?!" Hello! Because you NEVER told her what she needed to know. It was the constant, oh you will learn about it later. Well do not blame her then. Tell her EVERYTHING she needs to know at once. This is the thing that makes me go grrrr so very often. I get why books use this but it's so stupid. If someone was in danger then of course I would tell them everything. I would not tell them bits and pieces until they went insane and almost died.

But ok I digress. Darian was kick-ass. Taylor was mysterious. Xander the king was a complete ass, no sorry I can't like him. I hope we are not meant to, gods I hope she does not end up with him.

Yeah, it sounds like I did not like this one at all. But it was good through out it all.

Cover
I both like it and do not like it

Shaede Assassin #1
Urban fantasy
Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Signet Eclipse
Library


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    1. It's just something about her clothes that looks wrong at times

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  2. Groaning about the title...

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  3. I love this series, next books are even better.
    I love Xander... don't judge me.

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    1. I will try book 2 as the library has it, but Xander...ugh

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  4. I'm with Chris...*groans*. But it sounds pretty good, but I may skip on this one.

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  5. Ha, until your last sentence I wasn't sure if you liked it or not ;-)

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  6. I'm groaning about the title, too. Nooooo!

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    1. Yeah I know....I feel bad for her

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  7. the cover is awesome..but I am feeling bummed now.

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  8. Oh I'm sorry it wasn't that good for you but I hope you'll read the others and love them as much as I did.

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  9. I know! I hate that "well, I don't want to tell you now" stuff. So frustrating. Still, sounds like a series I would enjoy. I do like UF. :)

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    1. It drives me insane and makes no sense!

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  10. That is what drives me nuts in UF~but I love it all the same!

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  11. Why do people info dump but forget the most important stuff...? Frustrates me as well!

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    1. I know it's to keep us ignorant, but it makes no sense if it gets the main character almost killed

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  12. Yes looking for that elusive awesome new UF is hard. Have you tried Hearne yet?

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    1. Nope....I read this novella and felt meh, but then novellas are not my kind

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  13. It was one horrible book. Simply horrible.

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    1. I did like it...not all the times, but the ending was exciting

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  14. I'm not sure it's the type of book I'd like but I thought the cover was kind of cool.

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  15. I am so picky with my UF so if it was just OK for you, it totally wouldn't work for me :(

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  16. I so agree Blodeuedd, they should have told her stuff up front. I also hate Xander, totally loathe him. I do like Tyler though, but not totally convinced he is the one. I have read all three books now, and hope you will like the others more.
    And the title, well, I think this book was published before 50 shades ...

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    1. Yay :D Haha, I am so glad I am not alone. Taylor was cool, but like you I am not sure.

      But yes ye yes TELLL HER. That is one of the worst tropes ever

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  17. I like the cover, but the title...meh. Too many associations. Still this sounds like it could be fun, but I'd be annoyed with the don't tell the heroine about the danger plot device. It happens all too often!

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    1. Not her fault though :/
      And every time it annoys me, so this time I just had to to crazy

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  18. Maybe you'll like book 2 more? I have this one and want to give it a try. :) Thank you!

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    1. Maybe, I will borrow it one day...one day

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  19. I wish this one was a bit better for you and had that extra oomph!

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  20. I'm glad you were able to like it overall.

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  21. I love urban fantasy but I'm super fussy so I'll say thanks for weeding this one out. I'll give it a miss even though you liked it well enough lol

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    1. If book 2 ends up better I will tell ya

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  22. It sounds like you both liked and disliked it. Cool cover though.

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  23. Yep, that's how I felt. Liked it enough but don't want to continue - it's not my cup of tea :(

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    1. I do like that someone else felt the same way

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