I didn’t realize going into this book that I had read two of the earlier books in the series years ago. But as I was reading I started to feel a weird sense of déjà vu. Vampire Knights of the Round Table? Direkind? Haven’t I read this before? What cinched it was when the king of the faeries, Llyr, and his queen, Diana, were mentioned. Ah hah! I know I’ve read about them. And I had. I’d read Master of the Night and Master of the Moon back when I wasn’t logging any of my read books. That’ll teach me to be more organized, eh?
This book had a lot of snarkiness and pop culture references. Think Kresley Cole and you’ll know what I mean. It was fun at first, but then it just started to grate on me. It ended up seeming more silly and juvenile than funny. And this is coming from a Shelly Laurenston fan. I like immature humor. But this was just a bit too much for me.
Things seemed more cute than silly in the beginning. Eva and her trusty co-companion, Fluffy, rush to save a man in trouble because
Spiderman’s mantra flashed through her mind: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Like Dad always said: just because you read it in a comic book, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
Eva immediately falls into lust with mystery man’s hot body—although she manages to get herself under control enough to get them to safety—and he definitely reciprocates despite completely losing his memory.
I wasn’t really thrilled that they slept together so soon and fell in love without actually even knowing each other beyond how many orgasms they could dole out, but that wasn’t really what started losing me. It was the total split personality Smoke suffered from. Seriously, it was weird. I thought it was a product of the magic from the beginning but I was wrong. I was kind of creeped out by it to be honest. And then to have that echoed in a way by another character? It’s just not my thing. Especially when the reader is give confirmation that the other personality is separate and can comment to the host during completely inappropriate moments. *shudder*
There were two additional side story-lines that I didn’t feel detracted from the main storyline. I actually found myself waiting for Belle and Tristan’s storyline to pop back up because they intrigued me. I find Belle’s job revolting, but I’m curious how the author will pull off the future relationship. The other storyline was one that frustrated me incredibly. I’m not one to martyr myself for family just because they’re blood, so I have a hard time reading about people like that. If you’re nothing but an albatross around my neck (or a flat out opportunist or worse) then you can kiss my support goodbye. Why should my life suck just because we’re blood? But…I’m sure none of you care to hear me rant about that, so I’ll move on.
Eva’s transition to werewolf was quite a horrific one. She, understandably, has quite a few issues with her new life and others of her kind. I liked the added depth, but I found it frustrating after a while. Eva was a liability in every fight and always ended up putting them at a disadvantage. I just got tired of watching her freak out and have to be rescued.
Based on my experience with the other two books in this series I’m pretty confident in saying that this is just more of the same. If you enjoyed the previous books in the series then chances are that you’ll enjoy this one too.
“She? She who?” God, was there another one? A girl? Shit. Because the lesbian thing was so not happening.
Sidhe,” Fang corrected. “Fae. The one you call David.”
Master of Smoke by Angela Knight
January 4th 2011 by Berkley