It's a strange trend in the romance novels I've been reading lately to embrace the Gothic romance style of novels where more and more ridiculous thi:\
It's a strange trend in the romance novels I've been reading lately to embrace the Gothic romance style of novels where more and more ridiculous things happen (in the name of love). This one seems to have finally taken me over the edge.
With the backstory to kill all backstories (their parents are madly in love, which would be cool except his mother the Duchess is still married to his father who is mad and put away in an asylum, and her father is the Duchess' mastress, 15 year scandalous love affair before they were shockingly killed via carbon dioxide poisoning in bed together. Mia was madly in love with Vander, when at the age of 15 writes him a terrible poem proclaiming her love but it is found, read aloud and much humilation found).
I wish that was it, but it gets more ridiculous from there on, Mia's brother is killed in the same accident which takes her father and he leaves behind a young ward, (crippled, gimp leg) and of course leaves behind a clause in his will saying that the guardianship of his son moves onto the next relative if Mia isn't married to a man of substance within a year. No worried! She's already engaged to a nice chap and has known and been courted by him for 2 years already! Slight problem, he's jilted her at the alter and decided to head off to India instead.
Mia's great solution is to pull up a letter that her father found years ago, implicating Vander's father of treasonnnnn (dun dun dunnnn). She then blackmails Vander into marrying her, he is promptly furious then just refuses to let her go when she reveals she was just going to get an annulment anyway. This is all within the first few chapters. Oh, and Mia is a super famous gothic novel writer who has suspiciously familiar friends named Miss Julia Quiplet and Mrs Lisa Klampas.
I hate insta love. The entire novel takes place over the span of a week, with 4 nights of sex (hence the title), it's enough for Mia to realise that Vander was always the one, and the poor sap she's been engaged to is just tossed to the side! There's a weird bit about horses, an evil uncle, a drunk uncle and lots and lots of sex. Also just a mean hero in general, I don't really get why she even likes him (except he's good with kids).
In the end I'm sad, I've quite enjoyed this series so far and wanted better for everyone....more
A beauty and the beast retelling, Nyx is the sacrifice of her family. Years ago her father made a deal with the Gentle Lord, the deal gave him and hisA beauty and the beast retelling, Nyx is the sacrifice of her family. Years ago her father made a deal with the Gentle Lord, the deal gave him and his wife 2 daughters in exchange for one of the daughters as wife 17 years later. The deal promised healthy daughters... but not a healthy body for the wife who passed soon after giving birth. And so it happens when you made bargains with the Prince of Demons.
This is the man that Nyx has been married to, he tells her his name is Ignifex, he gives her a shadow servant to follow her and to fall in love with her (most annoying love triangle in the world).
The thing is, I love this world. I love the bargains that are made, how truth lies on the edge of all things and that no one is smart enough to cut a deal that will save everyone. What I didn't like was the main character (no, not because she's evil, because she can't make up her bloody mind!), the love triangle, or even the ending really.
BUT I LOVE THIS WORLD. And the Novella I read after just sealed in my love for this world. ...more
Not sure why this was on my to-read list as I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but I picked it up for a light read on the strength oNot sure why this was on my to-read list as I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but I picked it up for a light read on the strength of the author's name. I really wish I hadn't. ...more
I was really enjoying this mini novella series, it's a dip back into Tia and Dragos' lives and basically scratching that itch to get a bit more from oI was really enjoying this mini novella series, it's a dip back into Tia and Dragos' lives and basically scratching that itch to get a bit more from our alpha couple. However, this has shifted the focus from the best part of these novellas (bring back peanut!!), turned it back into a romp fest, coupled with terrible politics plot and the gaggiest plot twist that you'd have to be blind to miss. ...more
Recovering from the events of the Glass Magician, we're thrown further into the future to a time where Ceony Twill is about to attempt her final MagicRecovering from the events of the Glass Magician, we're thrown further into the future to a time where Ceony Twill is about to attempt her final Magician's exam. Hiding the secret of rebonding to other elements, she and Emery Thane are in a strange equilibrium of student/teacher/lovers.
It works to an extent, but falls apart with the typical my hero/ine is now all powerful look how s/he manages to master everything despite having no training! For all the warning about how dangerous it is to travel through non-gaffered glass she wanders about with barely a care, there's hardly any consequences to her actions apart from the prudish tut-tutting and even then it's about rumours about who sleeps with who!
Infuriating for a series which started with such a bright brilliant concept, in the end my favourite part were the various challenges that Ceony had to decipher to pass her exam. ...more
I'm still loving the world building behind the Paper Magician series and also the science behind the magic but the characters aren't overly compellingI'm still loving the world building behind the Paper Magician series and also the science behind the magic but the characters aren't overly compelling unfortunately. The romance aspect between Ceony and Emery make me rather uncomfortable with the age difference, not to mention the differences in authority status.
The title is a rather large hint about the storyline, once you've gone through enough of the story and things are much more compelling this time around since it's not just Ceony inside Emery's heart. The ending doesn't quite live up the hype of the series and we're starting to step into the ALL POWERFUL hero/ine trope which never ends well. ...more
I'm an absolute sucker for old school fairytales that have been re-spun up into a new story. There's something magically sinister about the suggestionI'm an absolute sucker for old school fairytales that have been re-spun up into a new story. There's something magically sinister about the suggestion that not everything ends happily ever after, there are consequences to war and not all of the good guys win the day.
The Dragon rules over the valley, it's well known that every 10 years he comes down to claim a young woman who is then taken away into his tower before being released for the next girl to come along. Agnieszka has grown up knowing this, but has also grown up knowing that Kasia her best friend, the brightest, most beautiful girl in the village is the one destined for this fate. And so she grows up, a carefree clumsy girl, until the Dragon chooses her.
There's magical montages where people are rubbish at magic, then become amazing at magic!! Long spell casting, limbs rendered from bodies, arrogant princes, even more arrogant wizards. One of my favourite reads this year, even better for the fact that it's a standalone....more
At least this series remained consistent through to the end. Infodump was the best way of summing up this series, it definitely told rather than showeAt least this series remained consistent through to the end. Infodump was the best way of summing up this series, it definitely told rather than showed but the concept was fun and raised a few ethnical questions along the way.
Yes, we get that even small percentages are possible, yes Ia survives on not a hell of a lot of sleep, yes killing is bad. The problem is each chapter feels like a different episode, we don't need the exposition constantly thrown in our faces, especially not that far into the series!
That said, Ia is a kick ass heroine, she's bloody, tough, willing to make the sacrifices and the bad choices for everything else. I might not have loved the series itself, but I loved Ia. ...more
The pre-cog winning everything thing gets more than a little tiring, the concept that with over 2 years of service notThings finally go badly for Ia.
The pre-cog winning everything thing gets more than a little tiring, the concept that with over 2 years of service not a single soldier on Hellfire has been lost is more than a little ludicrous so it's nice to see things going poorly for Ia for once.
Meddlers manage to create blindspots on the time realm resulting in chaos and shitstorms. It's more interesting to see the soldier side of Ia come out into play, there's so much emphasis on her as a good soldier and proving herself to the military and this is so overwhelmed by the precog part of the story, so it was interesting to see the change in focus.
There's a note at the end of the novel explaining that Hardship and Damnation are really just 1 book split into 2, I had wondered why this one was so much shorter than the rest of the books in this series! One more to go... I can do it....more
Having strongarmed her way into her new role as Ship Captain of the Hellfire, she's now tasked with the mission of choosing her crew and setting out tHaving strongarmed her way into her new role as Ship Captain of the Hellfire, she's now tasked with the mission of choosing her crew and setting out to save the universe. There's a lot of payoff here, we're seeing more than a fair few old faces and Ia's precog abilities are known to the world. In a way it echos the first novel, there's a lot of fumbling about and proving yourself which all manages to disintegrate towards the end when the Feyori come into the play and make everything a bit more ludicrous. ...more
I was wondering why in the preface the author thanks their editor for not pushing the series as a romance, there'd been no hint of a love interest orI was wondering why in the preface the author thanks their editor for not pushing the series as a romance, there'd been no hint of a love interest or even anything close to it. Of course this is all answered in the face of Meyun Harper, a literal stream of grey and fog who threatens her timelines and confuses all predictions around him.
He sounds hot haha, I'd love to meet him in real life. The chemistry between the two sizzles and was a lot of fun to read. ...more
Fascinating and confusing, it took me a few chapters to get into the flow of Jellicoe Road, usually I would have given up on a novel by this point butFascinating and confusing, it took me a few chapters to get into the flow of Jellicoe Road, usually I would have given up on a novel by this point but Melina Marchetta has my faith and she did not let me down. What seems like the typical story of your rebellious young female (Taylor), soon becomes a story of school factions and friendship.
The chapters begin with excerpts from another story, except they're in a different order and presented as though we know all of the characters, and slowly we do. It's as we get to know all of the chaters who are slowly introduced that the world becomes that much wider to us.
It's hard to say much more about the novel without spoiling it, but it's been one of my favourites this year. ...more