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review 2014-02-08 17:11
Review: Fury of the Demon
Fury of the Demon - Diana Rowland

I'm really mixed about this book.  The last 25% were really good and the things we found out about near the end helped boost my rating.  On the other hand, the first 75% seemed like a bit of a train wreck.  This being the 6th book of the series, I was hoping for more.


Kara has always been meh to me, didn't love her, didn't hate her but didn't really care because the plot always made up for it.  I can't say that the plot this time made up for Kara's immaturity.  I really, really disliked her this book.



All the reasons I hated Kara this book:


1- She stormed/stomped off twice to her room, slammed the door and had a cry fest this book when her 'friends' brought about things she didn't like.


2- Her whole immaturity about love is created a problem.  She loves Ryan/Szerian more than a friend but she also loves Mzatal.  She admits to wanting both since demon lords don't have problems with fidelity.  O_o  I read menage romances every once in a while but I do not want it to all of a sudden pop up in my UF series.  And I don't get why all these guys are drooling after Kara anyways!?! 


I don't think Rowland does well with love triangles.  I never liked her love triangles in any of her books and I still don't.  When I thought in the last book of this series that the love triangle had ended, I was fucking happy about it.  Only to come crashing down because Mzatal become another love interest and we had another love triangle. I'm pretty much begging the author to stop with all these love triangles, they are not interesting but annoying as hell.


3- Her forgetting about her aunt and her situation.  Kara was going to tell Mzatal that her aunt had been tampered with since he was the only one who could help but forgets and has sex with him instead. She tells Mzatal the next day and then calls her aunt who is going on a trip with 'the old man' to Switzerland(i think) on the off season.  This doesn't raise alarm bells to Kara at all but she is just happy that her aunt is going somewhere safe.  My question is one- who is the old man? Maybe I'm missing something here, but I don't remember anyone being mentioned as 'the old man' in this series.  2- As far as I can tell, Tessa is a bit of a homebody so why all a sudden a trip especially during 'off season'?  3- If your aunt has been tampered with already, why can't she again?  My guess, is she is in enemy hands right now and Kara will have to deal with it in the next book.  


4- Excuses.  Kara makes a ton of excuses to why she forgot or acted a certain way.  She is tired, stressed, blah blah.  I hate excuses!


5-  A small annoyance but Kara never called Mzatal by name when they were together.  It was always 'Boss'( I hate that nickname) or sweetheart, or some other endearment but not his name.



Added in that 75% of this book was just them sitting around Kara's house making plans and doing a lot of talking.  Seriously, they went to one crime scene, to the police station once, to her aunt's house once, to her friend's house once, and to the pet store once.  The rest of the time was spent at Kara's house and it was boring.



There was so many times I about quit reading this book.  I felt like I was being tortured. If it wasn't for the end of this book, I would be done with this series.  However, if I have the same problems with the next book, I'll be quitting this series.  It should not feel like torture to read a book! Even though I find the overall story arc interesting, I will not continue if I have to deal with Kara's immaturity much longer. 



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text 2014-01-18 18:44
Reading progress update: I've read 16%.
Fury of the Demon - Diana Rowland

I'm thinking this book is going to be an uphill battle for me.


Maybe I've outgrown this series or something because I keep putting it down and not wanting to pick it back up.


Kara has the maturity of a 13 year old so far. 


She says these things to Ryan, one after the other.  

"The lords don't really do the monogamy-jealousy thing"

"And I do care for Mzatal, love him even."

"Ryan, I do love you.  And not just as a friend."


When Ryan gets the right(!?!) idea and thinks she wants a relationship/sex with both him and Mzatal, he questions her values(who wouldn't). She gets pissed off, yells at him, doesn't listen to what he has to say and storms into her room, slams the door and cries.  Yep, maturity is thy name.



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review 2013-06-01 00:00
Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian Series #2) - Diana Rowland Second Readthrough. Just as enjoyable as last time, perhaps a bit more. I think some of Kara's limited ability to recognize some obvious signals from other people...because she's a super observant detective otherwise.Review from first readthrough can be found: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/101131857
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review 2013-05-01 00:00
Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian Series #1) - Diana Rowland Second Readthrough. I think I would rate it just a smidge higher this time around, in part because with hindsight I can see why some elements were included, ones I'd once thought were weaknesses but were just very, very delayed payoffs.My first readthrough is reviewed here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/101131848
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review 2012-10-24 00:00
Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian Series #1) - Diana Rowland Mark of the Demon hit pretty much all of my buttons, at least when it comes to this sort of reading, I think - just the right mixture of gore, police procedural and supernatural.

I could have done without the couple of sex scenes, but at least they were sort of plot-relevant. (On the other hand, that meant I couldn't entirely skip them as they contained at least a bit of important stuff.) I didn't care much for Rhyzkahl, either, although he certainly made for an intriguing character.

Anyway, I liked Kara, and I liked the writing, so, yeah. Another series to go on my "to read more" list.
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