Nd a magical young woman whose mind was fractured due to a rape in her youth Pratt s take is ust as cliched and nearly as insensitive as any other pseudo psych rape makes characters interesting tripe prevalent in urban fantasyThat said I still raced through Poison Sleep in a three hour marathon session and found myself itching to pick up the next book in the series If Pratt continues improving at the rate he s been going so far book three will be fantastic and book four will blow my mind Ok so THIS is why it s good to give series that don t TOTALLY hook you a second shot I really really really loved this second book in the series The characters were developed and the whole book felt coherent and well put together on EVERY level I really enjoyed the world immensely and the characters were so interesting I enjoy a female character who can function properly and doesn t have to have abandonment issues or past abuse she s whining about which a lot of vaginal urban fantasy tend to have lately Men AND women will enjoy this world so if you like Jim Butcher OR the lady ish stuff I d give this a shotThis was Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays just fun I m eager to read book 3 Rating 35 POISON SLEEP is the second book in the Marla Mason urban fantasy series and it s almost as good as the first I would give it 45 stars out of 5The imaginative world that Marla lives inust gets interesting with the addition of a dreamworld that people are falling in and out of This dreamworld belongs to one woman Genevieve who is an escaped patient from the Blackwing Institute for criminally insane sorcerers Marla must stop Genevieve before her dreamworld "touches too many people and brings the city of Felport to " too many people and brings the city of Felport to fantasy elements are superbly drawn and the characters have actual character although a longer book wouldn t have hurt in order to examine
them thoroughly Marla isn t my favorite heroine she swears too much among other things but once I get thoroughly Marla isn t my favorite heroine she swears too much among other things but once I get those unnecessary elements of the story I really enjoy the fast pace of the actionI Holy ht balls this series ust got freakishly goodI was a bit perturbed by Marla in the book but I realized that she is doomed from the get go for any type of romance That and she has the same "type of outlook on having a romp that I do My life shouldn "of outlook on having a romp that I do My life shouldn center around it all of the time and I certainly don t want to read about it eitherI also liked that Marla was back on her home turf The first book was ust completely odd and uniue in that aspect but if you really want to start this series then start with Bone Shop It s a preuel to the first oneHope everyone enjoys this. Reluctantly in tow Marla teams up with a “love talker” whose dangerous erotic spells not even she can resist Together they’re searching the rapidly transforming streets of Felport for a woman who’s become the Typhoid Mary of nightmares infecting everything and everyone she touches with a chaos worse than death itself. O one is without sin and everyone is playing Batman even if it s in their own headThe character of Gwendolyn is a key part of this She is both threat and martyr A power and a damsel Marla defines herself in terms of what Gwendolyn is not and finds where "her perspective limits her virtues One
"Of The Common Re Occuring "the common re occuring of these novels if that the "perspective limits her virtues One of the common re occuring themes of these novels if that the is not a good person and routinely makes her own life difficult by unconsciously rejecting morally good if perceptually weak acts Her rejection of kindness makes her hard Once again see the city itselfAll of this praise aside this is still not uite the read that the next book becomes The formula s there but needs some tweaking Some of the characters exist purely to be a plot device or allow Marla to be better than Still there are definitely some interesting plot twists and a lot polish in the writing Read it and then go on to book 3 Dead Reign I started the series from this book so that is why it may have been a bit difficult to comprehend the universe these stories exist in However once past the initial work of how things work this was not a page turner copied from my reviewI had some issues with Blood Engines the first Marla Mason book While the plot was interesting and kept me guessing I found the characters and writing style very flat I am fairly certain that if I hadn t started with the preuel Bone Shop I never would have picked up Poison SleepAnd that would have been a shame because I really enjoyed Poison Sleep The title character is still a no nonsense ass kicking thug of a magical city manager but she seems to have actual feelings and thoughts Beyond That One Note that one note description Some of this may be due to the early introduction of a beautiful boy a man with the magical ability to wind anyone and everyone around his little finger definitely including Marla Some of it may be growth in the author s writing And some of it may be that Poison Sleep is of a howdunnit than a whodunnitTA Pratt s penchant for alternating points of views is a weak writing choice and often unnecessary but it does mean that we understand the villains motivations and plans early on in the story If we assume as I always tend to that the main character will win out in the end speculation turns towards how Marla will figure things out and fix the mess In fact in this book the few whodunnit style mysteries that Pratt leaves for big reveals are obvious and flat while the rest of the magical procedural is hard to put downThe one other major problem with Poison Sleep is that a large part of the plot revolves arou. Mysterious knife wielding killer in black who pops up in the most unexpected places To make matters worse an inmate has broken out of the Blackwing Institute for criminally insane sorcerers a troubled psychic who can literally reweave the fabric of reality to match her own traumatic pastWith her wisecracking partner Rondeau.