I really enjoy this series. It's not too smutty, but has some great sexual tension. The story lines are usually pretty compact and well laid out.
This...moreI really enjoy this series. It's not too smutty, but has some great sexual tension. The story lines are usually pretty compact and well laid out.
This book in particular was interesting - you get to know Kate better, which is satisfying (the previous two books she was all "I'm special, but won't tell you why", which was annoying). It's definitely building up to something, and I can't wait to read the next installment. (less)
**spoiler alert** I think I would have actually rated this book a 2.5. I liked it, but not enough to give it a three. It was by far better Eclipse, an...more**spoiler alert** I think I would have actually rated this book a 2.5. I liked it, but not enough to give it a three. It was by far better Eclipse, and marginally better than New Moon (personally, I liked Jacob and his part in the story - had it ended in New Moon with Bella loving and staying with Jacob, I would have loved this duo with an undying love ). I will say this about Breaking Dawn - it kept the pages turning. Honestly, I was ready to throw the book out during Bella's portion in the beginning. If that hadn't ended when it did, I am not certain I would have finished the book.
Here's my breakdown of the book:
1. We have Bella's portion where she marries Edward. I liked that they got married. I couldn't identify with her debilitating fear of marriage (I was all together too happy to walk down the aisle on my wedding day), and I am sure that I got eye strain during the honeymoon portion from rolling my eyes so far back in my head. I totally understand wanting to jump your husband's bones every second of every day - that should be what honeymoons are about. However, Bella doesn't just talk about it... she whines! I also object to the fact that young girls are reading this. I am fully aware that people have sex when they're married - my kids will be aware of this too. However, I don't believe that it should be written about like it was. They really could have done without that. Most teens know how babies are made, and didn't need all the "Edward... have sex with me! Have sex with me! Right now!" etc. I just found it all so annoying.
2. Jacob's portion was the most tolerable to me. I personally love the wolves society and find it way more interesting than the vampires. Plus, Jake kind of tempered the whining from Bella, which was all good. I liked being in his head, and as far as characters go, I like him best.
3. For the final part of the book... well, Bella had what she really wanted, and she wasn't so annoying. Until the very end, she was still very passive, letting things happen to her rather than being proactive (or even reactive - it seemed to me that she just sat around waiting for things to happen to her for most of the series). I also have to say that I hate the name "Renesme". That was the most stupid name EVER in the history of made up names. Ever Carlie (Nessie's middle name) was better. I felt that the fight at the end, while stressful, wasn't as climactic as it could be. Mostly, Meyer had me drawn in through my feelings as a mother. I can't say that the average teen would be able to identify that way. In fact, I'm not sure that this book would relate to teens in any way. I mean, they might be able to say "oooh, I love my boyfriend as much as Bella loves Edward", but that's about it. Most of my "oh this was good" feelings about the book were directly related to my knowledge of the mother-child bond. The only reason that I was invested in the book was because I wanted to make sure that the mother-child bond wasn't destroyed (because that is something I fear, losing my daughter, and would never wish that upon anyone... real or fictional).
Overall... it was an ok book. I'm not going to buy it, I didn't like it that much, and I'm not sure that I will recommend it to anyone. I suppose that if you persevered far enough in the series, you may as well read this one... but I definitely wouldn't buy it for the full price. But then again, as much as I liked Twilight, the rest of the series was kind of a bust for me. This was just unfinished business that I'm glad is at an end.(less)
I don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think she...moreI don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think she really nails it. It was interesting enough that it can captivate an adult audience, but wasn't too mature that it would turn off some of the younger readers.
I enjoyed the story line, and I remembered that it takes place in the Otherworld, the same as her adult series about half way through the book... and it all made sense then! I wonder if we'll see any of the Otherworld adult cast in this series?
I found the characters and the situations believable (as believable as can be... maybe read-able would be a better description?). The action and plot was perfectly timed, and the writing, as always, is very good.
I would definitely recommend this book to people over the age of 16. There is no smut of any kind (although there is implied fooling around, but no one is actually doing so), so unless your 16 year old scares easily, this is a pretty safe teen read. This heroine is at least tolerable and you wouldn't have to worry about your daughter turning into a simpering fool after reading this book! :o)(less)
**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob....more**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob. I like that Bella had to chose between them. I think it all works well.
What I don't like is Bella's personality in this book (or in New Moon, either). She's so co-dependent and manipulative in Eclipse. I think I would have enjoyed this book so much more had I not fallen off my chair several times from rolling my eyes so hard. It's not that Bella's actions are unbelievable (oh, I think that Meyers has an 18 year old girl who's in love down pat), but I am so annoyed at her inability to look beyond the Edward Future. Sure, she has glimpses of it, especially at the end, but it's always followed by "I'd die without Edward", which is a ridiculous thought.
Honestly, I am reluctant to have this book available for my daughter to read. I certainly won't encourage her to read it, and if I thought it would work, I am sure that I would ban the book from our home. Oh, I am fully aware that one book isn't going to change my daughter's personality... but when there are so many other GOOD heroines to look up to, I would hate to see my kid look up to Bella.
Also, I know that there is no sex in this book, but there is too much tension that I am comfortable with for a YA book. I know that it's not up to the author to censor that stuff because young people might be reading her books... but I am uncomfortable with Bella's demands for sex, knowing that 12 year old girls are reading this series.
I didn't hate this book. I don't mind the writing style, I could definitely identify with Bella in parts (honestly? I'm not an Edward fan. I don't get it. I would NOT chose cold and hard over warm and yielding), and the overall story arc is quite great. I didn't love it, either. I'll definitely read Breaking Dawn, just to see how the series pans out... but I'm not holding my breath (nor am I buying in to the hype that is the Twilight Franchise).(less)
This book only got 3 stars because every review said "oh, it was so scary" and when I read it, I didn't think it was frightening at all. It's probably...moreThis book only got 3 stars because every review said "oh, it was so scary" and when I read it, I didn't think it was frightening at all. It's probably true that I have a higher scare tolerance than some, but there wasn't a single time when I was kind of creeped out. The two other things that I thought might be contributing to my non-frightened state was that vampires (if that's what the Mulo truly are) are firmly in my "do not believe" category, and I try not to waste time on being frightened by things that I believe aren't real. The other thing is that there was only about 10 pages where I wasn't sure whether the main character was really in any danger. The Hero in this book is a very convincing hero, to the point of not worrying about the protagonist. I wish that Olson would have cast more doubt on the Hero, or made him a little more imperfect.
Overall, the writing in this book was really good, and the plot moved along at a very good pace. I would have enjoyed a little more exploration of the secondary characters, as well as of the Hero, but it is what it is. (less)
**spoiler alert** I thought this book was really good. I honestly don't expect a lot from books with half naked women on them, except for good sex sce...more**spoiler alert** I thought this book was really good. I honestly don't expect a lot from books with half naked women on them, except for good sex scenes. This one (while not entirely realistic - however, it's important to remember that she's basically a sex goddess, and wants to go on for *hours* she's more than entitled) was about as good as the first one, although maybe a little less plot driven, and a little more character development driven.
I find it frustrating for Georgina and Seth not to be together, but I totally understand that when they find a way to be together without Georgina sucking the life out of Seth the series will end. I'm annoyed, though, because Carter continues to allude to true love conquering all and such. Because he's an angel, I keep thinking that maybe he knows something that Georgina doesn't know.
I kind of wished that Seth wasn't around (even though I really love their relationship) so she could have been with Bastien, which seems like the perfect relationship. I suppose that I just like to see the protagonist happy.
I was sad that we didn't see the new age store guy in this one (from Blues. I forget his name. I really loved how she would often go to him for help.
Overall, I did really enjoy this story, and I will definitely pick up Succubus Dreams when it comes to my library!(less)
Oh man. I read this book in about 5 hours. I was expecting a vapid "hi, I have a lot of sex, watch me boink all these men" kind of story. At first, I...moreOh man. I read this book in about 5 hours. I was expecting a vapid "hi, I have a lot of sex, watch me boink all these men" kind of story. At first, I honestly thought it would be, when Georgie started to talk about her designer shoes (note to authors: women don't care about designer shoes as much as you think. Stop mentioning them!), but I really got hooked when we, the readers, meet Seth. After that, I couldn't put this book down.
I don't really have a lot of criticism for this book. The cover is actually pretty stupid, I mean, how over done is the "pale woman with red lips and cleavage down to there, with a few other elements photoshopped in" cover? Based on the cover, I really wasn't expecting much. But it went well.
I suppose some people might say that the writing wasn't as strong as it could be, but I don't think that it was poorly written, nor did it hinder the excellent story.
I really loved this book, and can't wait for the next one!
(ps. there's some smut in this book, but it wasn't overly smutty. For a book about a succubus, one would have expected a lot more sex, but I think that I could count the scenes on one hand)(less)
I think I liked this one as much as the first one. Although I have to say this: I could use a little more smut. Kate talks about how she's not having...moreI think I liked this one as much as the first one. Although I have to say this: I could use a little more smut. Kate talks about how she's not having sex (and probably for good reasons), but dude. I wouldn't mind it if she got some action, you know?
Anyway, the story is good, the action is good, the pace is good. I get a little tired of Kate being so sarcastic, I feel like she only has one facet at this time. I'm hoping that as the series progresses that we'll see more sides of Kate. (less)
I loved this book! I can't wait to pick up the second.
While I enjoyed it immensely, I did find the lead character a little bit annoying. A slight bit...moreI loved this book! I can't wait to pick up the second.
While I enjoyed it immensely, I did find the lead character a little bit annoying. A slight bit quippy and maybe a little larger than life. However, it was a nice switch from the typical protagonists.
I thought that the mysteries that were created in this book (ie. her actual heritage) were well done, and I can't wait to have them answered. I hope that it's in the next book.
Here's the thing with this series: It has the potential to be very Anita Blake: It could be really great (like the first 4 or 5 LKH books), and I think it has the opportunity to fall into drivel. I'm hoping that Andrews keeps her integrity and even if she does introduce a love interest for Kate (please, please, please let it but Curran!), I hope it doesn't turn into pseudo-erotica crap that the later books of LKH have been. (less)
This was a pretty good set of intertwined short stories. The over-arching story line is about one family of were-pumas, and the women that they end up...moreThis was a pretty good set of intertwined short stories. The over-arching story line is about one family of were-pumas, and the women that they end up with. The individual stories are about the three sons and their mates, so we never really leave the story behind, unlike other short story books.
To be honest, the book wasn't a work of literary greatness, but it was amusing and entertaining and fairly well done in that sense. I'm also not rushing around recommending this book to everyone I meet. For one, there is a fair amount of bedroom scenes, and not everyone appreciates that. Also, it is comparable to the Betsy series (the Undead and Un... by Davidson) which isn't a compliment in this situation.
The thing that irritated me most is the title of the book. Honestly, there isn't a SINGLE bad boy in it. The male protagonists are interesting, different, but above all... they are GOOD guys! How could they accept this title? They should have called it "The Unusual Men of SandLands" or something like that. Granted, I picked it up because I enjoy good tales of bad boys... but this wasn't one.
Over all, the book entertained me, and I finished it in only a couple of hours, so I gave it four stars. It did the job it was supposed to, even if it wasn't a fantastic book. (less)