Hmm...maybe if you really like animals, you'll like this book. Personally, I have been incredibly allergic to animals, especially farm animals, my entHmm...maybe if you really like animals, you'll like this book. Personally, I have been incredibly allergic to animals, especially farm animals, my entire life and this book quite literally made me feel sick. Every time he started describing some of the incredibly graphic procedures (which by the way, was in every. single. chapter.), I felt itchy, my sinuses felt like they were getting clogged and I felt an almost overwhelming need for my inhaler. This seriously detracted from the reading experience for me. That said, the story itself could have been told in about 300 pgs less than it was. I failed to see how these endless details of animal cases really added anything to the plot. Yes, the farmers love their animals. Yay. Why do you have to keep giving examples? Siegfried's character was interesting and by the end of the book I was picturing him as Benedict Cumberbatch 's Sherlock. His sociopathic behavior seemed to match that character to a T. I liked the romance thrown in, but the amount of time devoted to it would only have filled a chapter were it not dispersed throughout 200 pgs of animal description. One thing though was that this book made me really glad I didn't live on a farm. I was already glad of this fact, but I guess it's nice to have my opinions reinforced every once in awhile....more
A very slow moving book about life as a country preacher. It was really hard to get into at first mainly because nothing really happened. Various smalA very slow moving book about life as a country preacher. It was really hard to get into at first mainly because nothing really happened. Various small crises occurred and we're taken care of within a few chapters. Nothing really earth shaking or exciting, but by the time it was finished I kind of wanted to know what happened next, so I guess the author did her job. I liked it when the neighbor showed up and the romance added a little excitement so that was nice. I may read the next one if the mood strikes....more
I really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of the enjoyment came from out of necessity having to read it straight through the day before my bookclub meI really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of the enjoyment came from out of necessity having to read it straight through the day before my bookclub met. The writing style tended to jump a bit rather than a smoothly flowing timeline and I think that may have been confusing if I had to stop and come back several times. As it was though I thought this a very well written and well researched book. I liked how Wecker blended traditional Jewish and Arabic lore into a single tale. I loved the evolution of the amoral Jinni and super moral Golem to a happy medium where the Jinni learns that his actions have consequences that effect others and the Golem learns that she does not need to please everyone. I liked watching the two mythical characters fumbling their way towards their own versions of humanity. I liked the recurring theme of life, the search for eternal life, the creation and loss of life, etc...and what it all means, why morality exists, as well as man's search for the divine. I liked how the ending left the story open and would enjoy reading another addition to this new world. ...more
Another lovely entry into this cute series by Ms. Eden. Nothing really crazy happening, no rushing plot, but a nice, entertaining continuation of theAnother lovely entry into this cute series by Ms. Eden. Nothing really crazy happening, no rushing plot, but a nice, entertaining continuation of the story she started with Seeking Persephone. I liked seeing more of Persephone and Adam and how their married life is treating them. I must admit I think I like Adam more than Harry, but he and Athena seemed suited for each other. Too bad the series ends here, I would read more about this family. ...more
Meh. I really really liked the Aisling Gray books...then the ones about May were also pretty good. The Baltic/Ysolde books were okay, but these ones aMeh. I really really liked the Aisling Gray books...then the ones about May were also pretty good. The Baltic/Ysolde books were okay, but these ones are all kind of meh. I had a hard time keeping straight what their overall objective was in all of these. To break the curse that made it so the dragons couldn't communicate...which they did in the Constantine/Bee book...and then get back the ring that they needed just so the bad guys wouldn't have it? Is there some other overall goal I'm missing? Also, seriously, when did this curse happen? Off screen? Did I miss a book or am I just not remembering something? I thought the Ysolde books ended with them all bickering at a Weyr mtg or something, not with a curse from Bael. Maybe I just took too long in between books and forgot stuff. Also, this one, like the Constantine book, seemed to rely too much on the main characters getting it on all the time. I mean, I know they did it in the other books too, but it seemed more like a sideline and the main plot took more precedence, but whatever. Last thing, I've said this before, but in the Aisling books they made such a big deal about her being a Wyvern's mate and how they were so rare and all of the wyverns were fighting over her because it had been so long since there had been a mate. Suddenly they're coming out of the woodwork. What gives?
I did like Mrs. P and her fellow priestesses they were a hoot. Also it was funny to see how Rowan's (view spoiler)[ personality changed after he became a dragon. I didn't realize how much of the overprotectiveness and arcane sounding speech in the other books was due to the men being dragons rather than just their personality. I thought she did a good job of showing how much of a difference it made in the person. That said, I think it maybe changed him too much. So much so that it was like he was played by two different people. The first Rowan was kind of sarcastic and stood back making quips. The new Rowan had less flowery language and more head bashing. I kind of liked sarcastic Rowan.... (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
I was very glad to see that Angie and Paavo finally got their happily ever after wedding day. There were hiccups in the form of murder and a random neI was very glad to see that Angie and Paavo finally got their happily ever after wedding day. There were hiccups in the form of murder and a random necrophiliac with a penchant for brides that seemed a little out of place, but all's well that ends well and it seemed to be setting up Rebecca Mayfield's series nicely....more