Inner Demons by Sarra Cannon was very awesome, and a great follow up to Beautiful Demons. Questions were answered, only to be replaced by more questions. I'm very intrigued, and waiting for the next part. Sarra's created a fun world full of darkness that really captivates. A must read.
This will seem totally unfair, but I'm going to spend more time on Mallory's books. I LOVE Sarra's series, and I want to see her very successful, but I have a hard time saying more than, "This is great, check it out." I shall remedy this after the third book.
Finished both Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble and Toil & Trouble by HP Mallory. I loved the worlds that were created, and the breadth of characters. The narration was great, in a style that was friendly and light without being just chatty and an anecdote. Sinjin was awesome, though it should be no surprise that I prefer a vampire character.
I do have a couple tiny quibbles, though. Mostly with the second book, Toil & Trouble, and how it ended. I had no problems with the going back in time, and as soon as Rand was there, I knew Jolie was the woman he'd bonded with. I actually liked that, and liked how different the characters were. But I felt the actual solution to be forced, along with the reasons no one recognized Jolie. And Mercedes just ending the war was a giant deus ex machina. It took the pressure out of the war, made it no big thing.
Won't stop me from reading the next book, though. I was just displeased with the hand of the goddess coming in and laying everyone to rest. Not only on a personal level, but I felt robbed of anything climactic and epic.
I also thought Jolie suffered a little much from the everyone wants her syndrome. She's thrust into the paranormal world, and everyone wants to get in her pants. It gets a little distracting at times, but isn't really a big deal in the end.
Like I said, little quibbles.
And I just about died of laughter when she had an elder vampire names Varick. I got an absolute blast out of Jolie saying it was the quintessential vampire name. Made me feel that I'd made a great choice when I found that name.