The Reawakened Passions is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica short stories. This short story features everything which makes Megan Har...moreThe Reawakened Passions is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica short stories. This short story features everything which makes Megan Hart one of my favorite authors. A cool story with an original take on an old subject (in this case, ghosts) a likeable, realistic couple and well written sexay scenes. (less)
The Darkest Embrace is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica books. This one takes place in an isolated cabin in the woods, with no one fo...moreThe Darkest Embrace is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica books. This one takes place in an isolated cabin in the woods, with no one for miles around except slightly off-putting hillbillies. Yes, it's the oldest horror story in the world. Yet, once again, Megan Hart manages to give an old tale new life. And, I seriously am repeating myself with the majority of the reviews I write for this author but...this story also features a believable and likable couple and lots of sexay scenes.
Here is the thing about Megan Hart, she writes and publishes so freaking many stories and novels there are bound to be a few duds amongst the gems. Th...moreHere is the thing about Megan Hart, she writes and publishes so freaking many stories and novels there are bound to be a few duds amongst the gems. This is one of them.
Moonlight Madness is a part of her paranormal/horror erotica. Sounds like a crazy genre that would never work right? Actually this author did it very, very well with Out of the Dark and her The Resurrected: Part One ten part series. While Moonlight Madness was original, it featured certain... ah, elements that I'm not really a fan of. Imagine Margo Lanagan writing an erotica for grownups and you might just figure out the mystery ;)
The writing is exactly what I have come to expect from this author. But the story line just wasn't my cup of tea. (less)
A self-pub freebie from Smashwords. Compared to other works found on Smashwords this is fantastic. But compared to traditionally published stories......moreA self-pub freebie from Smashwords. Compared to other works found on Smashwords this is fantastic. But compared to traditionally published stories... eh, it's all right. The concept is original. A zombie apocalypse survivor ends up chaining zombies in his backyard and discovers their individual quirks. With a little more work, this could be a great story.
Backyard Zombies is free, entertaining and a quick read. Definitely worth checking out. (less)
The Deepest Cut is a cute little ghost story, but unfortunately it seems to be an age appropriate YA book, rather than the sort of YA which an adult c...moreThe Deepest Cut is a cute little ghost story, but unfortunately it seems to be an age appropriate YA book, rather than the sort of YA which an adult can appreciate. Ever since Riley barely survived the car crash which killed her mother, she has been able to see and communicate with ghosts. Naturally, this freaks her a little bit, and she ignores them to the best of her ability.
Looking to start over after the crash, Riley's dad decides to move to a big, old inn in Scotland. Conveniently, dad's job keeps him out of the picture for most of the book, leaving Riley alone for most of the time with her brother Shane and paranormal-believer housekeeper, Miss Akin. This could have been a cool, creepy story except...
We don't get any sense that the setting is Scotland. There are a few token mentions of "lass" and "bloody hell". Otherwise, this story could have taken place pretty much anywhere.
Answers are appropriately found in old spell and witchcraft books. Even internet research helps a little. Really? If that is the case, the paranormal is real and spells really work... wouldn't every kid with a library card be a sorceress? It's a pet peeve of mine when difficult answers are easily found.
The ghosts in this story happen to be corporeal. All the time. Hmmm… not buying it. Part of the sweetness and sadness of ghost stories is that they can feel so many emotions, but there is no physical being to, well, hold on to. When a ghost has a body which can be felt… is it still a ghost?
Riley cuts, but this isn’t a cutting issue book. Rather, it seems to be just thrown in there.
The bitchy girls are fairly one dimensional in their bitchiness.
The Deepest Cut isn’t a bad story. But it lacks a lot of depth, and will likely leave adult readers of YA unsatisfied. It is doubtful I will continue with this series. (less)
As always, this series continues with an amazing string of horrific zombie tales. Megan Hart is an incredible writer. She has the ability to quickly e...moreAs always, this series continues with an amazing string of horrific zombie tales. Megan Hart is an incredible writer. She has the ability to quickly engross me in her narratives and before I know it the story is over. I am a petty fan though, and am giving this latest installment four stars (rather than five) for two reasons:
1) It's too short! I want moooooooore!
2) Will we ever revisit characters from past installments? Will these shorts come together at the end?
Even so.... I love this series and this author. Can't wait for Part Nine!(less)
Really, I do feel badly being so harsh on these little self-pubs. But holy hell... this one featured bad characterization as well as ideas very libera...moreReally, I do feel badly being so harsh on these little self-pubs. But holy hell... this one featured bad characterization as well as ideas very liberally taken from Night of the Living Dead, as well as other horror movies. Nothing original here, except for The Inquisition. What or who are the inquisition? Beats me. This group of ...feds? men? army? are mentioned multiple times but never explained. Okay.
Bad writing can be overlooked for an original story line. And a weak story line can be supported at least a little by decent writing. But when the ideas are stale and the writing doesn't hold up? Skip this one. (less)
Dirty tells the story of emotionally messed up Elle and her friends-with-benefits *wink* dude, Dan. The hot scenes were hot, as per usual with Megan H...moreDirty tells the story of emotionally messed up Elle and her friends-with-benefits *wink* dude, Dan. The hot scenes were hot, as per usual with Megan Hart. But all the other stuff... the plot and the main characters and the supporting characters simply didn't hold up as well as they normally do. This isn’t to say this story is bad. Had this been my first Megan Hart novel, it would have earned so many more stars from me. But this author is capable of much better than what is put forth here.
Elle is an unlikable main character. One of those women who is so scarred by her past, who clings to her baggage and uses it as a shield to ward off any intimacy with another person. Elle doesn't just shun romantic attachments, but also regular friendships and acquaintances with her neighbors. She also dresses in simple, black and white clothing. And she decorates her home in only black and white. Yeah, her past is fucked. But by the time we readers learn exactly what horrid thing had happened to her, I was beyond caring.
Perhaps Hart was experimenting with a different style here? What typically makes her novels so very good is how authentic they feel. She presents you with such realistic characters with believable and in-depth personalities. But here, the big mysteryreveal shocker was saved until the end. Long after I wanted to slap Elle and tell her to get over herself. Had Hart exposed Elle's secrets earlier, and shown the readers exactly what she was struggling with, her story may have affected me more. But all I could see was a cold, self-absorbed woman who got far more people reaching out to her than she deserved. After all, how often can a person rebuff all attempts at friendship and romance from the same people? Not too many, in my experience.
This isn’t a book I want to rip apart because Megan Hart is normally so fantastic, and one of my favorites. The woman has written a ton of novels and short stories, in so many genres (well, mainly erotica but they span the range of contemporary to paranormal to sci-fi.) She is bound to have some misses as well as hits. Although this novel doesn’t come close to being as fantastic as Broken, it’s still better than so much of the erotica and chick lit that is out there. (Not that I consider this chick lit, but what else to call contemporary, female oriented fiction?) Anyhow.. two stars compared to Hart’s other works, three compared to anything else like it on the shelves. Makes this a two-and-a-half for me. (less)
Meh. We never learn anything about Liese or her lifelong best friend Frey other than the following: Liese is in a deep depression over the loss of her...moreMeh. We never learn anything about Liese or her lifelong best friend Frey other than the following: Liese is in a deep depression over the loss of her husband and unborn child two years ago. Frey is determined to bring Liese out of her depression by insisting she realize that he is the perfect romantic partner for her.
Throughout this story, I saw Frey as a major creep and manipulator. Rather than help Liese with her depression, and then approach her about his feelings, Frey decides to romance Liese when she is at her most vulnerable; the one weekend out of the year when she sets aside all other personal responsibilities so that she may mourn what she has lost. In addition Frey insists Liese immediately stop taking her depression meds (wha?) without a thought or care to whether Liese is even taking medication which is able to be stopped abruptly (hint: most are not!)
The only other characters we meet are Ben, a man with whom Liese went on a few dates with months ago, and Carmen, Frey's ex-girlfriend. Rather than being honest with Liese about his feelings, supposed bff Frey allows Liese to believe Ben has been sending her secret love messages (spoiler, it's not Ben, it's Frey.) So when Frey says, "Let's go out" Liese insists on inviting Ben... Frey says Okay but secretly plans on wooing Liese anyway. And when Liese says, "Let's make it a foursome and you invite Carmen" Frey also says Okay, rather than tell Liese that he has already broken up with Carmen. When poor Carmen tries to flirt with psychotic Frey he angrily rebuffs her.
So much of this story was simply not okay. And not well written. And the characters had little to no personality. I definitely don't recommend it. (less)
Part Seven, while highly anticipated and eagerly read, was not my favorite of this series. Although I enjoyed getting to know more about Kelsey and De...morePart Seven, while highly anticipated and eagerly read, was not my favorite of this series. Although I enjoyed getting to know more about Kelsey and Dennis, and loved reading about their interactions with each other, the plot was a little unbelievable. So far, everything Megan Hart has written about the zombie apocalypse has been so realistic and intense. Yet in this installment Kelsey and Dennis navigate Dennis' mother's crazy booby-trapped house and so much of that seemed over the top. Otherwise, the writing was fantastic. I am so very much looking forward to part eight!(less)
Blood Warrior started out promising. Unfortunately, it went the way of most urban fantasy. Alexa is a super special gal who is surrounded by hotties w...moreBlood Warrior started out promising. Unfortunately, it went the way of most urban fantasy. Alexa is a super special gal who is surrounded by hotties who want more than friendship and women who are bitches. *sigh*
What I enjoyed about this self-pub is that H.D.Gordon has created a unique world. In addition to the standard vamps and weres this book includes Warriors, Libras (who provide balance for hot-headed warriors) and half vamp/half demon Lamia's. There is an interesting political and social system in place, in this book we get a glimpse at a city where everything may not be quite as nice as it at first seems, as well as a village of outcasts who apparently serve as blood donors for the vamps.
This being a self-pub, I was able to look past spelling and grammatical errors. What I couldn't look past was the bad writing.
His grin widened. "Because there is a party tonight over on the south side of the city." Tommy took my hand and kissed it. "Would you like to go?" Jackson tossed his arm over my shoulder, earning a smirk from Tommy. "What kind of party?" he asked. "One for cool people, so obviously you're not invited," replied Tommy. We all laughed, because this was the kind of exchange we had grown used to between these two. I think they had begun to consider each other friends, and even though they would never admit it, they were kind of similar in personality
So, you see rather than show the reader that Tommy and Jackson frequently engage in not so witty banter, we are simply told that this is what they do. Others may be more forgiving, but this is one of my biggest pet peeves. We are also presented with absent adults, teenagers given freedom to do as they desire, a blonde who is a bitch for seemingly no reason (to complete her slut shaming she wears tight, revealing clothes and is fairly unattractive underneath her gobs of makeup) and of course Alexa is super special and gifted. (Even though she doesn’t know it)
What is worse, so much worse than all of the above is Alexa's emotional depth, or rather, lack thereof. Blood Warrior begins with Alexa being a normal loner teenage girl living with her eccentric mother and can-do-no-wrong little sister. Fairly quickly into this story Alexa learns that she is not human, nor is her sister, mother or best friend. People die, Alexa must leave the life she has always known and discovers an entirely new society. She has no thoughts, no emotional reaction or inner monologue to any of this other than to at one point muse to herself, "What have I gotten myself into." The first real angsty, emotional statement we get from Alexa is when she is mulling over her feelings for one of the multiple sexy dudes vying for her attention. Well, let me back up... Alexa instinctively saved the Queen of magical people from a bomb, sexy dude insists that Alexa is actually the one in danger and (despite her protests that she needs to find her little sister) whisks her away to his cabin in the woods. Reading this, my thoughts were: Why the bomb? Was the Queen the target or Alexa? Is this city and society normally so violent? Is Alexa's little sis okay? What happens next? But Alexa is not nearly so inquisitive. She merely swoons over the sexiness of sexy dude and wonders why she has such strong feelings (um, she just met him mere days ago) and whether he will kiss her.
In the end, Alexa's bizarre emotional reactions are what killed this story for me. Cool world ~ plus. Bad writing, standard UF elements ~ negative. But a main character who experiences life changing events and is seemingly unaffected by them? No way. People who enjoy action and adventure may like this story. But anyone looking for character development, growth or a thought-provoking novel should skip this one. (less)
While reading this awesome little short, I couldn't help but be reminded of Cinder. In a mere sixty pages, Megan Hart managed to do what Marissa Meyer...moreWhile reading this awesome little short, I couldn't help but be reminded of Cinder. In a mere sixty pages, Megan Hart managed to do what Marissa Meyer couldn't in nearly four hundred; create a believable future world, with future politics and cyborgs. Dirty cyborgs, even. Woo hoo! By pure coincidence (really!) earlier today I was listening to Episode 718 of the podcast Mysterious Universe, which included a discussion on "sexbots" in the second half of the show. For those of you who are interested in sexbots, you can read all about current technology in this article called "Forever Alone 2.0"
At any rate, back to Megan Hart and Seeing Stars. This woman rocks. Once again, she takes an improbable scenario and creates a believable and hot story, with fairly realistic characters. This is a fab little story. (less)
This series keeps getting better and better. By part three there is more character development and a lot of the very emotional, realistic writing that...moreThis series keeps getting better and better. By part three there is more character development and a lot of the very emotional, realistic writing that I have come to love from Megan Hart. The Resurrected continues to be a very powerful, creepy, and psychological horror story with just enough carnage to get the point across, but not so much that it appears to be there for shock value only. (less)