A fabulous debut novel. The subject matter and its pushing against certain boundaries was appealing enough, but more than this I responded to the wondA fabulous debut novel. The subject matter and its pushing against certain boundaries was appealing enough, but more than this I responded to the wonderfully lyrical writing style. ...more
Fabulous conclusion to the trilogy. Book two had slightly disturbed me once or twice, but this pulled out all the stops to deliver one of the best triFabulous conclusion to the trilogy. Book two had slightly disturbed me once or twice, but this pulled out all the stops to deliver one of the best trilogies ever. Absolutely fabulous!...more
Okay, having finally got over my disappointment, I feel like leaving a few words. I never usually leave a review for anything less than five3.5 stars
Okay, having finally got over my disappointment, I feel like leaving a few words. I never usually leave a review for anything less than five stars, but this one got under my skin.
Bared to You is an all-time favourite of mine, and I enjoyed Reflected in You greatly. Almost certainly my high expectations were leading to a fall but there's a fundamental problem with this novel that I can't shake off.
I'm not doing a "haters going to hate" because I don't hate this book - not at all. Sylvia Day has a wonderful writing style that gets under my skin in a very positive way, but I just want to reflect on my deflated feelings for other reasons. Plenty of people have been less than enthusiastic about EwY because three books have suddenly become five; others have responded more positively along the lines of "more Gideon and Eva".
I for one will happily pay for more Sylvia Day books (though I probably won't be rushing out to pre-order as I did with this one), however it does seem to me that the extension from three books to five is a mistake. I can understand entirely why Berkley/Penguin will want more Crossfire books: when you have such a runaway success as the first two novels, it seems almost criminal not to go for more. And yet the series does seem to have suffered.
I would have guessed that the author originally conceived the books as a trilogy, and perhaps sketched out a plot arc that went across three novels. That would seem immensely sensible and is hardly rocket science on my part (good detective work, Sherlock, to mix my metaphors). Unfortunately, for me by extending the series I have a horrible suspicion that everything has been stretched, and what should have been a compelling conclusion has now been watered down so that the novel doesn't end with a bang but a whimper. It's a great shame. Part of me was very happy at the thought of more Gideon and Eva, but for the moment they have lost some of their spark. In the end, I would have preferred the original series to have been completed as conceived and then, after a break, Sylvia Day could have plotted out another, subsequent trilogy (yes, that's right, I'm arguing for six, not five, books). However, each of those would have been coherent and self-contained sets.
I know I'll read books four and five - I just won't race to them as eagerly as I did to this after the first two novels....more