A Note:

6/2/13

I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles.

https://twitter.com/Book_Faery

And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3322973-tori-book-faery

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)

xoxo
Tori

Monday, May 30, 2011

Tori's Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne


Paperback:
320 pages
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0345522474 
Released: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Author's Website: Kevin Hearne 
Buy it: Amazon
Obtained: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles  
Book Order: 
1. Hounded
2. Hexed
3. Hammered








Atticus O’Sullivan has been running for two thousand years and he’s a bit tired of it. After he stole a magical sword from the Tuatha Dé Danann (those who became the Sidhe or the Fae) in a first century battle, some of them were furious and gave chase, and some were secretly amused that a Druid had the cheek to defy them. As the centuries passed and Atticus remained an annoyingly long-lived fugitive, those who were furious only grew more so, while others began to aid him in secret.

Now he’s living in Tempe, Arizona, the very last of the Druids, far from where the Fae can easily find him. It’s a place where many paranormals have decided to hide from the troubles of the Old World—from an Icelandic vampire holding a grudge against Thor to a coven of Polish witches who ran from the German Blitzkrieg.

Unfortunately, the very angry Celtic god who wants that sword has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power, plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good, old-fashioned luck of the Irish to kick some arse and deliver himself from evil.


My Rating:

My Opinion:
After reading quite a few reviews praising Hearne for an awesome hero, secondary characters, and storyline, I was more than eager to get my hands on HOUNDED and see what all the fuss was about.

Suffice to say, when I first began reading, I was more than intrigued. A talking dog for a companion, a heroic Druid, and Gaelic deities? What's NOT refreshing? Unfortunately, I'm not a big male protag reader. I have an easier time connecting with heroines because we're both female, and I usually don't find the whole... "have casual sex a bunch of times because I'm a guy" all that appealing. So, once the "ooh shiny-ness" of the novel wore off, I was left feeling somewhat bored while following Atticus around.

That is precisely when I began reading only a chapter or two per day. I wouldn't say that I hated the book (because I was more than curious to see what would happen), but I was in no rush to finish it. A friend suggested I DNF HOUNDED due to a few scenes that were just a little too weird for my tastes. The thought had never crossed my mind, which I think attests to Hearne's ability to draw me into his universe, even while making me have a few "wah?!" moments.

Let me tell you right now I am so glad I did not give up. I know that, if any readers are like me, they may say "to hell with this book" once they reach a certain point--especially if they are not 100% hooked by then. It happens. But if you stick with HOUNDED, the final showdown (which is so incredibly badass and amazing that my jaw dropped due to its sheer awesomeness), it will more than make up for the slow buildup.

Besides, while things are a little slow in the beginning, Oberon and Hal more than make up for it. They are by far my two favorites from the story due to the humor that they bring. Sorry Atticus, I like you and all, but your dog and lawyer won my heart.

Considering this is my first urban fantasy I successfully finished with a male protagonist (the Black Jewels Trilogy was the only other series I could stomach with a hero--or three--as the lead), I'd have to give kudos to Hearne. I eagerly anticipate the next book in this series, HEXED, which comes out on June 7th. And, just because I'm superficial, I would totally buy the second book just for that cover. What a hottie!

I definitely recommend checking HOUNDED out. There's just so many elements to this novel that are refreshingly different from urban fantasy out there already, that you'd be crazy not to give this story a shot. I also think I learned a bit while reading, which is always a plus!

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad you did enjoy it in the end. =)
    I LOVE male narrators so it was pure joy when I discovered Hounded. The only other series with male narrator that I love is the Dresden Files.

    Hounded was one of my favorite book this year. I'm so excited about Hexed now. =)
    And I agree Oberon and the Lawyer are really worth reading it *g*

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  2. @Pattepoilue: I'm thinking that if a lot of male narrators are similar to Atticus, I have a lot of reading to catch up on :)

    Hal made me crack up so many times when he went all lawyer-y on the humans in that book. And then Oberon and his naivety was just too adorable!

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  3. Awesome! I like a male protag every now and again to keep things interesting. This sounds like a winner!

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  4. I just finished this one and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one! Thanks for the review.

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