What the hell have I just attempted to read? Haven't I learned from the biggest reading mistake of my life called Twilight and its saga? Was I hopingWhat the hell have I just attempted to read? Haven't I learned from the biggest reading mistake of my life called Twilight and its saga? Was I hoping the narrative, plotting, and writing abilities of this author have improved?
Since this wasn't a bet, I didn't finish. I couldn't bring myself to finish. I'm not that masochistic and I do have better things to do with my time. It was just that I saw the movie and I somewhat liked it (there was nothing better on TV that day, I guess), so I decided to read the book...At least the movie was short, only two hours lost instead of many hours I could've lost reading this drivel. (So sorry, if my frankness offends any sensibilities out there.)
The characters were one-dimensional at best, cardboard cutouts most of the time. It seemed to me they (fictional characters!) had no idea how the heck they ended up in this book and what they were supposed to do. They just were because someone decided to write something with them in it. I won't even bother with the narrative and writing style. Same old, same old. Coma-inducing repetition after a coma-inducing repetition. Whisper, murmur, gasp, whisper, murmur, gasp... And the story, that in someone else's hands and imagination might've worked—the idea was interesting in a Body Snatchers sort of way—was really a non-entity. Nothing happened and everybody went through the requisite, I guess, motions, and in the end it was just another rehash of the aforementioned saga only without sparkly vampires (thank God for little miracles), but with yet another old, boring, uninspiring, and utterly chemistry-and-romance-less love triangle.
Although, this one would make a good erotic fanfiction (again, if someone with a modicum of talent and imagination would write it). The love triangle that's really rectangular when you look at it, has quite a potential. I'd read it, if only for the laughs....more
Three months ago they met in the Underworld and he promised to call. A promise he didn't keep. Now he's back in her life, seeking her professional helThree months ago they met in the Underworld and he promised to call. A promise he didn't keep. Now he's back in her life, seeking her professional help.
This was a rather disappointing read, if I'm totally (and brutally honest). I expect more and better from one of my favorite authors. This wasn't par with her other work, that's for sure.
First, I had a feeling it was supposed to be a longer book, but it was cut "for time". I sure wish there was a "director's cut" version to compare notes. If it were a movie it would definitely suffer from choppy editing. I just felt there were parts missing. Essential parts that would (probably) round out the story and fill in the gaps and holes it was riddled with.
The major aspect of the story that suffered because of the "editing snafu" was romance. I'm the first to admit that I'm a fan of romantic suspense because it contains elements beside romance, but a good romance goes a long way toward delivering a solid, gripping story. This one wasn't good. Far from it, really. It was all show and no tell, there was no "romantic" vibe between the two protagonists, just the usual attraction, and even that one wasn't that special. For example, the blurb mentioned how the heroine fell hard and fast for the hero. Where in the story is that even mentioned? They met, they touched to share the psi load, she heard some Marvin Gaye, he invited her for coffee, never called...And she's fallen for him? I guess falling for someone isn't what it used to be. Also, the whole romance arc was rushed as if written merely as an afterthought. I know all stories more or less happen in a span of a few days, but the previous ones in both series at least had a seed of plausibility. You know, the bond-sparked-by-sharing-danger thing. I missed that in this story. As I said, it was told, not shown.
The only redeeming quality, barely at that, was the suspense and the few action scenes.
Since I expected more, I can't help but feel disappointed. And a little bit cheated....more
I went through 6 stories in this 12-story bundle, and all six were less than impressive (if I use a m***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I went through 6 stories in this 12-story bundle, and all six were less than impressive (if I use a mild expression). So, leery of wasting even more time reading something I didn't like instead of wasting my time reading something I did like, I decided to forgo my foray into the paranormal world created by the imagination of 12 to me more or less unknown authors.
He saves her life, spends the rest of the story protecting her (and telling her he just wants to keep***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
He saves her life, spends the rest of the story protecting her (and telling her he just wants to keep her safe), his wold spends the rest of the story lusting after her, and she spends the rest of the story fretting about her job prospects, and lusting after him.
It started out well (chapter one), but it sort of fizzled afterward. It was mostly due to the boring aspects of Mia's life when she wasn't in a panic or when Lucas wasn't rescuing her. I couldn't help but think that a more experienced author could've made those aspects (most of the book) seem not so boring.
The second thing was the new adult genre, which is just a little bit grown-up version of the young adult genre which I hate with a passion. The heroine in this one was a college student and the mid-twenties hero a dot-commer, which could've easily been swapped for a high-school girl and a college guy with a job. And I had this comparison in mind throughout the story, with was off-putting.
And the cliffhanger in the end just made me grit my teeth and roll my eyes. If you have to end the first story in the series on a cliffhanger so the people will buy your next book, doesn't scream 'confidence in one's own story-telling abilities' to me. If someone wants to read the next story in the series, they'll do it whether the current story ends on a cliffhanger or not. In my case preferably not. Cliffhangers just piss me off....more
**spoiler alert** What the fuck?! Pardon the language, but that's what was going through my head (on repeat) while reading this book.
Where is the seri**spoiler alert** What the fuck?! Pardon the language, but that's what was going through my head (on repeat) while reading this book.
Where is the series I've followed since the beginning, where are the heroes and heroines I've come to expect, where is the compelling story, where is the narrative flow?
What the fuck?!
I was looking forward to Zev's book ever since he's appeared in the series, and judging from the snippet found in the end of the previous book I was in for one hell of a ride.
Unfortunately the preview promised what the book couldn't possibly deliver, and instead I read through almost 400 pages of a disappointing excuse of a book with an abusive hero (no matter the fact Ms. Feehan tried so hard to make me see Branislava was okay with it), an idiotic heroine for putting up with the bastard (lifemate or not), rehashed prose, repetition to no end, cringe-worthy sex scenes, more repetition, more rehashed prose, rehashed action sequences, and an appearance from the past that was the first time the 'what the fuck?!' line was uttered.
I'm sick and tired of Xavier, the High Mage, but now he's suddenly a triplet. And his sicko of a brother is named Xaviero. What the fuck?! Original much. Not. And the third brother is Xayvion (or something like that). Ooh, originality, welcome into the Carpathian world.
When the author has to resort to inventing triplets out of thin air and doesn't even bother with giving them more or less original names, it's obvious she's still writing it only for the money.
And it's high time for me to stop reading. When I started this book, I kept thinking to myself that this was probably the last one in the series. And while I was a little sad, because I loved most of it, I also understood why it was time to end. But when Xaviero (I still can't get over the name) was mentioned, I knew this was the end only for me.
So, thank you Carpathians, for keeping me company through all these years, but it's time we part while the parting is still amicable enough....more
Even with the world already built, Ms. Castle keeps adding more and more, but without overdoing it, without piling up too much or maybe descending intEven with the world already built, Ms. Castle keeps adding more and more, but without overdoing it, without piling up too much or maybe descending into 'ridiculous'. There's just enough old to keep things familiar and enough new to keep things interesting.
The fact that each and every story, although set in the same universe of a far-and-away planet, Alien catacombs, paranormal powers, suspense and intrigue, is different, and I never get the feeling of being-there-read-that, is a major plus.
This story was no different. The suspense was great, and I had no idea who all the bad guys might be, which is always wonderful news to me, the romance was the usual fare as far as romance on the planet Harmony goes (the instant attraction on both sides of the spectrum, the initial knee-jerk reaction on one or both sides, the inevitable slide down that slippery slope, the scorching coming together of two so very different talents that nevertheless end up complimenting each other...), there was even more info as to what makes Rainshadow island so very different (I can't wait to read more about the Wonderland)...One thing I missed was more involvement of the Shadow Bay residents. I've become accustomed to the eccentricities of the town and its inhabitants, and the fact they were pretty much absent in this story, was a bit say.
But there was too much going on, so I'm not disappointed. How could I be with yet another great addition to the series. I'm looking forward to the next installment....more
This is the series prequel...Before Lucas met Sascha (and all hell broke loose), Emmett met Ria (Lucas' human executive assistant in later books) andThis is the series prequel...Before Lucas met Sascha (and all hell broke loose), Emmett met Ria (Lucas' human executive assistant in later books) and fell—hard—like changelings do...read more (external link)...more
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She's been hearing his voice in her head for her entire life. But recently he's become a real pain,***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
She's been hearing his voice in her head for her entire life. But recently he's become a real pain, preventing her from getting a life (read: love life). She really needs to get this guy out of her head.
And he has a solution—travel to Mexico and free him.
Mexico, Mayan ruins, ancient gods, ancient god-feuds, an ancient god with a hunky voice (and later on a hunky body). Seems like my sort of book, right?
I just couldn't get into the story, but I refused to let it become yet another DNF, so I persevered, hoping it might get better, it might pull me in. Nope. Didn't happen.
The constant changes in narrative modes (jumping between first-person POV of the heroine and third-person POV of the hero) annoyed the crap out of me from the get-go. Chose one and stick to it, please.
The changes in voice, maybe slight, in different narrative modes also bugged me.
I just couldn't grasp the concept of a seventy-thousand(or something)-year old god using modern language.
All the 'screaming' done in this book (even the male characters screamed!) got on my nerves.
I just didn't 'get' the whole lets-destroy-the-world scenario. Maybe my attention was already shot by that point and I simply didn't care, I don't know.
I. Loathed. The. Heroine. I know, I know, feeling something about the protagonists is better than not feeling anything. But this went beyond normal obtuse, somewhat TSTL Romancelandia heroine. She was a whiny, bratty, bitchy, selfish, idiotic, jumping-to-conclusions, self-centered bitch, and I simply couldn't understand the fascination a GOD (!) could have for her. I just couldn't see it.
I didn't really feel the hero either. Yeah, he was there, I was told he was the hero, he received much 'screen-time', but I just didn't get the 'hero' vibe. He was supposed to be a god, for eff's sake, but he acted like any other guy out there with all the chest-thumping, keeping the chick at arms length, yadda, yadda, yadda. He wasn't even badass, and I've come to expect major badassery from a god (or a romance hero). This one was just meh. Average Joe, even.
There was just so much crammed into the story—romance, suspense, world-building, gods and goddesses, the links/bonds between the deities and humans, the destroying of the world etc. There was too much of everything and it ended up clashing instead of 'working together' to form a coherent story.
It just didn't work. Not even the humor, sorry. Didn't even crack a smile. I guess I was just too busy rolling my eyes....more
After reading about Vasic in the last few books of the series, I expected his book to be something...More than it was. BecaWell...this was unexpected.
After reading about Vasic in the last few books of the series, I expected his book to be something...More than it was. Because while it wasn't bad, it wasn't great either. Which irks. I simply couldn't connect to either the characters, the story, the plot, the continuing arc of the series...to anything, really.
I was expecting Vasic to be more like Kaleb. Not in the psychotic, kinda-crazy sort of way, but dark, dangerous, and brooding. And while at the beginning of the book it looked like I just might get my wish, it didn't really happen. Because he went mellow a little too soon for my liking. I know he's been living with this constant guilt gnawing at him for a decade (if not more), I know he had a death wish, but after a few chapters I didn't see it anymore. He simply got sucked up in the goodie-goodiness of his empath, Ivy Jane.
Who, unlike Sascha Duncan (a cardinal empath, which should've amplified the goodie-goodiness), got on my nerves from the beginning. She wasn't a "bitchslappable heroine", quite the contrary, I never got the urge to hope for a character to come up to her and slap her silly for being annoying, an idiot, a diva or anything else. She just didn't click with me, rubbed my fur the wrong way, because she was too...cheerful, goodie-goodie, too optimistic despite everything that went around her. I know that was the point in creating her, in writing her that way—she was optimistic, she was light, she saw the good in everything despite the darkness, ugliness, and death surrounding her. But it was too much a contrast for me to really appreciate her. And accept her and Vasic's bond, romance, whateveryouwannacallit.
They were complete opposites, and while I agree that opposites sometimes do attract, just look and Kaleb and Sahara, it wasn't the case in this book. Not for me. Kaleb and Sahara worked because there was a sliver of darkness in her as well, with everything she's been through, with everything that had happened, yet there was no darkness in Ivy (not that I could see) and it made the difference between her and Vasic all the more glaring. And everything regarding the two of them together suffered for it.
Even the plot itself somehow didn't click with me. The resolution to the problem was a bit too easy in the end, too simple, if you will, with everything we've learned so far in the series or read about in this book. The infection spreading ominously through the PsyNet, the madness leaking into vulnerable minds, the murders, the riots, the psychosis...And it took a mere book to resolve? Yet another mismatch in this book—the resolution didn't live up to the buildup. I kept thinking the series should've ended with Heart of Obsidian, with the 'hope' in the end.
This book didn't match that spark of hope, didn't match the series at all with everything falling into place too easily, too neatly, no square pegs in round holes. Meh....more
After one failed Marriage of Convenvience—her husband wanted to kill her—that ended in a honeymoon at Rainshadow Island, Alice North knows better thanAfter one failed Marriage of Convenvience—her husband wanted to kill her—that ended in a honeymoon at Rainshadow Island, Alice North knows better than to enter into one more MC.
So what the heck is she doing married to Drake Sebastian (it's just an MC, mind you) and honeymooning on Rainshadow Island again?
For me, this was the best in the Rainshadow series. And I'm not even exactly sure why that is. Everything just clicked. But what I liked most about it, was the heroine 'knowing her place'. Sure, the story was supposedly about her, like all the stories set on the world of Harmony are supposedly about their heroines, but Alice was pretty comfortable with her role of box-jumper to her mighty Magician. Yes, I liked that about her. She wasn't a remarkable heroine, she could handle herself when need arose, but she didn't push her luck. She knew well where her limits were and didn't gripe about letting her hero take the reins. When that happens the heroines usually get annoying for me, but Alice thankfully escaped that 'curse'.
Now, the hero. Oh, the hero. As said before, this books are supposedly about the heroines, but their heroes always steal the spotlight where I'm concerned. And I couldn't be happier about it. I love Kretnz/Quick/Castle heroes. There's just something about them that lets the reader know that they don't exactly want to be in the limelight, but they're willing to bite that proverbial bullet to get the job done. And Drake Sebastian was the prime example of that hero-credo. You know, those heroes that try to appear unassuming and bland, but deep down you know there's a beast deep down that just waiting to pounce. Oooh, shivers down my spine. I loved the guy. He was sexy, funny, dangerous, protective, possessive, a little self-deprecating at times, and not allowing the minor handicap of being day-blind get in his way.
Overall, this was another good effort from Ms. Castle, keeping the Harmony world alive and intriguing. The pacing was good, the plot pretty tight, the characters interesting, the villain twisted (boy, was the villain twisted), the suspense riveting, but what really got to me in this book, beside the hero that is, was the descriptions of the island shrouded in the psi-infused fog. The descriptions of the night scenes on Rainshadow Island were chilling. Loved them.
I couldn’t resist and had to dive into this one as soon as I finished Tangle of Need. The last two pages were too much an inc***a little spoilery***
I couldn’t resist and had to dive into this one as soon as I finished Tangle of Need. The last two pages were too much an incentive. ;) There’s no way in all that’s holy or non that I’d be able to write an adequate review for Kaleb’s book, but I’ll give it a shot.
This was the darkest book in the series so far, a metaphor, perhaps, of the darkness that the Psy as a race reached adhering so strictly to the Silence protocol. But in the end we glimpsed that light at the end of the tunnel (the Dawn) both for Kaleb and the Psy.
Now, concentrating on Kaleb, the driving force of the story and one that’s pretty much had a hand in everything that’s happened so far, I glimpsed that possibility of a light to his darkness almost from the get-go, when there was the first mention of him searching for someone. It was either a mortal enemy or a woman, and I prayed for the latter. Needless to say, my wish has been granted.
Yet, at the beginning of this story and thanks to the darkness that’s enveloped Kaleb ever since he’s become an important character in the series, I also had no doubt that that ‘light’ would need to be a fearsome blaze, a million-watt beacon, to be able to bring him back from the brink, redeem him in a way. And, obviously since he’s her creation, Ms. Singh knew that as well, and acted accordingly in creating Sahara.
Though with Kaleb as the ‘hero’ of the book, everybody else had no choice but take the backseat to the guy—he’s a force of Nature, bursting with energy (and not in a fluffy commercial bunny sort of way, but in a murderous tidal wave kind of way), cool, aloof, icy, his power vast and unfathomable, his determination an entity of its own, Silent on the surface, but what’s underneath is anything but Silent. Rage, thirst for vengeance, disgust at himself...and the most powerful emotion of them all—love. Love for one woman that’s keeping him leashed, trembling at the edge of the precipice, preventing him from turning into a monster. Kaleb is only the second Psy that featured as the ‘hero’ in this series (coincidence that they were both Tks?), and even though I’d love one of those ‘I heart Judd’ pins, I’m currently in the ‘I heart Kaleb’ camp. Sure, the guy was a (borderline) sociopath, a (budding) psychopath, and I don’t know how many –paths more, but there’s just something about a guy that’s willing to destroy his entire race, maybe the entire world, for one woman. Yes, those are the rules of Romancelandia, and I love those rules. I mean, wouldn’t you melt if I guy told you he only needed a word from you and everything could go kaboom? Okay, how about a guy that makes the earth move, literally, when he has you in his arms?
I thought reading about Judd and Brenna’s intimate skin-privileges was hot, with Judd having to be beyond exhausted (psychically) to be able to mattress dance with his mate without destroying everything around them. Kaleb cannot get psychically exhausted. There are just those obsidian shields of his and even those don’t offer full protection. His control over his abilities is beyond tight, but it cracks like china with that one woman. The power she wields over him is enormous, even she has (or has she?) no clue as to how much power she has, but Sahara, with her compassion, her empathy, her big heart, and soft soul, would never abuse that power, because it would mean using Kaleb, hurting Kaleb, and she would never do something like that. She’d exact her own kind of revenge on anyone who dared hurting him. As mentioned, Sahara wasn’t exactly a match to Kaleb’s overpowering presence in this book, but she didn’t need to be. She was, she existed, and that was enough. She was his only love, his soul-mate, his bonded, his conscience, his moral compass, his guiding light in the darkness that was his existence.
And she would continue being that and that’s what matters. Two halves of the same whole, two Psy, one ‘Silent’, the other’s Silence fractured beyond repair, bonded together for the rest of their lives, one light, the other dark, one comforting and empathetic, the other martial and protective. A bright bond against the backdrop of the stark darkness that is the PsyNet.
As I mentioned before, it’s the characters that make these books and this series come startlingly alive in my mind’s eye, but the rest of the story (though it pretty much all revolved around Kaleb and Sahara) should not be neglected. The action scenes of the PurePsy attacks were intense and gripping, poignant where the three races combined to help one another, the flashbacks on Sahara and Kaleb’s interactions before her abduction sweet and tender with a slightly ominous undertone, coming as they were, in the middle of the story, the initial stiltedness of the renewed relationship heartbreaking, yet hopeful, the final flashback where we finally got the truth of that horrible, ‘blood-drenched’ night chilling, but completely meshing with the Kaleb and Sahara we got to know throughout their story. It was also great seeing the DarkRiver leopards getting a bit more page-time after the last few installments concentrating on the wolves...And we finally discovered the identity of the Ghost (I knew it!) and everything made sense as this book brought (almost) everything full-circle.
I know this attempt at a coherent review doesn’t do the book justice, so let’s just say this book was an amazing installment in this series that keeps getting better and better and Ms. Singh didn’t disappoint the fans with turning Kaleb into something he’s not for his story (he’s still badass, he’s still dark, he’s still deadly, despite having that bright flame inside him). This was a heart-breaking yet beautiful (love) story to conclude the first arc in this series and bring us into the next. And I can’t wait. But first, I have to re-read the series. ;)...more
Another good installment in the Dark Legacy series, mostly due to the hero. I just adore JAK/AQ/JC heroes, don’t you?
Well, it wasn’t just the hero, beAnother good installment in the Dark Legacy series, mostly due to the hero. I just adore JAK/AQ/JC heroes, don’t you?
Well, it wasn’t just the hero, believe me. The whole story worked. The instant connection between Gwen and Judson, Judson’s dreams (the prologue was chilling and a great way of pulling the reader in), the suspense (though I suspected how it might all go down), the quirky town-folk, the romance, the intrigue...And that (too short) glimpse into the Coppersmith family. I love that family and I cannot wait to read more about them.
Yes, a wonderful addition to the series and to the entire Krentz/Quick/Castle writing opus, I just wish there wasn’t such a long wait between books in a certain series. I want to read more. ;)...more
I'm a huge fan of the Carpathians/Dark Series), but I must confess the last books (Dark Slayer being the exception) have been disappointing indeed. ThI'm a huge fan of the Carpathians/Dark Series), but I must confess the last books (Dark Slayer being the exception) have been disappointing indeed. The last one, Dark Predator being one of those, despite I was rather looking forward to Zacarias’ story.
This one was certainly NOT a disappointment. Quite the contrary. It made me see anew what I love about this series—the story, the main arc, the sexiness, the ‘environment’, and sometimes even the characters. This one had it all.
The story was great, an improvement from the later books in the series. The pacing was good, the plot tight, and though some reviewers have complained about the ‘choppiness’ of jumping from setting to setting at the beginning of the narration, that somehow didn’t bother me at all. I knew exactly where I was and which character had center stage.
The descriptions of the environment, though repetitive and thus truly annoying in previous books, sounded fresh (despite the ‘common’ setting of the jungle), the battle scenes were well-thought and well-presented.
The sexiness was definitely back in this one as well. The sex scenes were one of the elements that made me love this series from the start, but in the later books the sensuality and sultriness got lost somehow and the ‘hot’ scenes became rather perfunctory and ‘mandatory’ (I cannot find a better word—it seemed like they were there just so the characters could have sex, nothing more). In this one the sensuality, the sexiness, the ‘hot’ was back in business, maybe not really driving the story forward (except that first scene by the ruins in the field of night flowers), but it had ‘meaning’ not just as page-filler.
And the characters—oh, the characters. I have a rather love-hate relationship with either the heroines or heroes in this series, with just a few books being the exception where I actually like both of them. This book is one of those precious few. Usually either the heroine is a TSTL, mewling idiot that is just begging to be raped and killed in the first few chapters or the hero is an overbearing, chest-thumping ass that I would just love to hit over the head with a shovel. Repeatedly.
Not in this story. Both Riley and Danutdaxton a.k.a. Dax (I like the shortened version better) were amazing characters and an amazing leading couple. She was smart, sassy, intelligent, and completely aware of both her power and her limitations. He was sexy, funny, brave, a true warrior at heart…did I mention sexy? She didn’t whine, and when she did it was so out of character she knew there was something wrong, he didn’t try to stuff her in bubble-wrap and didn’t resort to chest-thumping. What a breath of fresh air that was in this series. Despite spending centuries locked up in a volcano he was much more ‘civilized’, tendering, caring and respectful to his lifemate than the others (Zacarias De La Cruz for one) that came before him. He knew he’s found a strong, resilient woman and he tried (and succeeded) to curb his caveman, sorry Carpathian, protective instincts, and let her help him. He knew he needed her, he respected her strength, respected her…And to me, despite the short time they knew each other, showed his true feelings toward her. And I actually bought it, despite the short time-frame.
Dax and Riley truly were perfect for each other, perfect for his story, and perfect for renewing my faith in this series. I hope Dark Wolf is at least half as good as this one, because Skyler and Dimitri sure deserve something great.
Yes, this was an amazing addition to this series and I believe it bumped Dark Slayer from the second place of my favorite books in the series. And yes, the hero and heroine deserve a mention in the Alphas section on my blog....more