Cozy mystery, set in the 20s. It's mildly charming and cute, but it lacks strong characterization or personality. It's really just all right. It wouldCozy mystery, set in the 20s. It's mildly charming and cute, but it lacks strong characterization or personality. It's really just all right. It would likely make a cute tv series, much like Phryne Fisher, but more because of the visuals rather than the story....more
Yawn. Ok, I suppose I had it coming (Dangnabbit kids! Git off my lawn!!). I mean, what did I really expect from a YA PNR because this is exactly whatYawn. Ok, I suppose I had it coming (Dangnabbit kids! Git off my lawn!!). I mean, what did I really expect from a YA PNR because this is exactly what this story is: bland, cliched, YA PNR, not YA Superhero. The worst part about it? It's soooo boring. I was at least expecting actiony fluffballs but no, we don't even get that.
As another reviewer (Katy) puts it
... your typical paranormal book - girl in the dark about her heritage, girl experiences some life changing event, girl wants to know about herself but people trying to protect her by not telling her, girl decides to take matters into her own hands, and of course makes you want to throw your book across the room because she makes everything more difficult.
OTOH, if I was 12, or maybe even remembered high school, I'd probably think that this was DA BEST! ...more
Young. Now, I knew this was 'juvenile fiction' but even my 13yo was meh about it. Granted, he's a voracious reader and reading the likes of Dean KoontYoung. Now, I knew this was 'juvenile fiction' but even my 13yo was meh about it. Granted, he's a voracious reader and reading the likes of Dean Koontz and Ilona Andrews, but this should have been his catnip and he was only mildly amused by it. It read like a pilot for a tv show and if Disney Channel or Nick Jr picked it up (they probably couldn't afford the production costs), it would be right up their alley and probably their best show EVAH! As a book, however, it was shallow, vanilla. So I'd rec it for those precocious 9/10yo avid readers, but by the time those same readers are 13, this is too 'quaint' and lacking in depth and complexity....more
YAWN. I have to confess that I'm a bit confused by the high rating. This was so bland. It started off alright, lots of angsty drama llama, but once thYAWN. I have to confess that I'm a bit confused by the high rating. This was so bland. It started off alright, lots of angsty drama llama, but once they are married, there's this looooong section of pretty much nothing other than the heroine pining for the hero/husband and the hero not wanting to 'ruin and corrupted' his darling pure wife/heroine with his darkness. I kept waiting for something, even angry sex but there's nothing. Just a long, boring, mediocre love story that should have been more interesting but isn't, characters that should've have had more depth and interest, but didn't. ...more
hmmm. Ok, this is going to be a bit of a schizo review. A huge part of this review is the outcome of my dislike, nay (heh) sheer hatred for two tropeshmmm. Ok, this is going to be a bit of a schizo review. A huge part of this review is the outcome of my dislike, nay (heh) sheer hatred for two tropes: 1. the sniff-sniff mate trope (now, there's no sniffing here, I'll grant you that, but it has the equivalent)'your soul called to me and you are my truemate' even if we don't know each other, it's fate and meant to be and your questioning of that is meaningless in the midst of this epic, have I mentioned that is is E.P.I.C? love story that is, forever and ever, will always be EPIC and you have very little say about it because you're the first truemate EVAH! in all of recorded history of a Tairen Soul (which directly leads me to....)
2. (my most hated, despised, evil dredge of all tropes) the pure, innocent, perfect....oh no, I'm not perfect, see how klutzy I am? I'm just a commoner...I'm keeping secrets because, you know, I'm so afraid of big powerful gorgeous scary you and yes, I'm getting everything I ever wanted and now, oh noes! this is sooo intense, I can't deal, I have no personality other than being the embodiment of perfection and purity beloved by all of the good guys and hunted by The Truest EVIL, and I'm the ubber powerful, natural master yielder of magic...oh noes! I'm not magic! it's just...umm, a coinky dink! I'm 24 years old but behave like a sheltered, privileged convent girl who is da specialz...oh noes, not me, I'm not special, I'm just silly little ol me. Who could possibly want me...other than da bestest, richest, most powerful, did I mention smokin' hawt, magicaliest guy in school...or King of the Fae...whatevs.
I present you, THE Mary Sue, queen of all sues.
Good Lords! This read to me like an old Harry Potter Sparklypoo fanfiction. I wanted to LOOOOOVE this, but the woodcarver's daughter, soon to be Queen of the Fae Mary Sue made it sooooo painful. Or maybe it was the purple, plum, violet, amethyst prose. Right now it's rather hard to tell which was more aggravating.
This was like Sparklypoo vomited all over the secret love child of My Immortal and whatever LoTR (tho it's Fae not Elves) equivalent to create the perfect storm purple rainbow glitter.
But...do you know what is really the most hilarious part of this whole thing? I HAVE to find out what happens next. It's like the best doughnut sprinkled with fairy dust and CRACK. I will read the next one. I have to. I can't help myself.
PS. I dare Holly, Jess and Rachel to read this. Triple dog dare you!...more
This is a generous three star. The heroine had the substance of cotton candy and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why the hero was carrying aThis is a generous three star. The heroine had the substance of cotton candy and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why the hero was carrying a torch for this hot house orchid for over five years. Given that it's a novella, there wasn't a chance to get to know these characters. I like this author and might give another in the series a try....more
This series has been in my radar for a while because I love military heroes, but I hate reporter heroines (I blame Lois Lane), so I decided to give itThis series has been in my radar for a while because I love military heroes, but I hate reporter heroines (I blame Lois Lane), so I decided to give it a try with a non reporter heroine. Now, scarred heroes are my catnip and Nate was a good one, but I really don't like fragile, damaged heroines and that's what this is. Frankly, I think the heroine was too damaged, I get that we're supposed to sympathize with all the bad breaks she's gotten and just when I started to do so, she went and did something stupid. Like all the other times in her life. Meh. Then there's (view spoiler)[The Rape (hide spoiler)] situation (which is not really a spoiler if you've followed the series) and how she feels nauseous anytime a man touches her...but wait, the hero is hawt and she's turned on for the first time and oh, look! the hero is going to do the healing penis pony trick. Anyhow, I got really frustrated and realized this series is not for me....more
Meh. That's really all I can say about this. Don't get me wrong, I still love this universe, which is why I keep reading the series, but this story? WMeh. That's really all I can say about this. Don't get me wrong, I still love this universe, which is why I keep reading the series, but this story? Well, underwhelming is generous. I can't even write an in depth critique on this story like I did Shield of Winter, because there's not much here. At all.
I loved Aidan from the moment he showed up. Thought he'd make a terrific romantic hero. And maybe he could have been, but in Shards of Hope he's soooooo boooooorring. So patient, so kind, so stoic in his love for Zaira, so willing to wait and settle for whatever she can or is willing to give him that, ultimately, he exudes the worst of the 'beta' characteristics. Instead of this story being about him falling or being in love and dealing with emotions, this is more a character growth for Zaira and Aidan becomes just pretty wallpaper that once in a while gets the spotlight.
Zaira. Well, I vaguely remember her in another story (not sure which) where I thought she was just a future potential heroine. I definitely don't remember her connection to Aidan being anything other than her connection to any other Arrow. Certainly, don't remember her connection to him being as long standing as Vasic's. Which made their romance pretty unbelievable. For a huge part of the story, I just didn't connect with her. I didn't like her, which made me curious as to why. It turns out that it's not her, it's the way she was written. If I had to read about the rage monster inside her or how she was so broken one more time, I was going to go postal on my reader.
Which brings me to one key point that really started grating on my nerves. The freaking repetition: of phrases, concepts or ideas. I got it the first time. It was cemented the second mention. For all that is holy, it doesn't need to be hit over my head fifty extra times!
I'm just a reader and Ms. Singh is a hugely successful author who is clearly gaining in popularity so part of this criticism can be labeled under, 'What do you know? She's making bank.' Yes. But this series is starting to get stale. We have ANOTHER serial killer (who again is Psy). We get ANOTHER near fatal shooting (and Judd is again the savior of the hour). There's ANOTHER tortured childhood (Psy. Again.) We get the same generalities of previous books. PSY: evil, psychotic killers, except for the few do gooders worthy of love. Changelings: brave and devoted to their children and only go 'bad' because of poor choices. Humans: bless their little hearts, trying to hard to not be the doormats of this universe, but really, hopeless unless they are mated to changelings.
To mix my fandoms a bit, the Psy are the Slytherins, the changelings are the Gryffindors, and the humans are the Hufflepuffs. (LOL)
It's hard to keep a series going, especially this long and when readers are already asking for books for characters that are currently children. No writer wants to alienate fans by killing favorites or making them evil, but the way to keep things fresh is to change things around. Doing the samo samo, is safe, but it's also lazy. Take a page out of Joss Whedon and don't just write what fans want, write what they need.
Getting off the soapbox now. Will I read the next one? Yes. I'm a glutton for punishment. LOL ...more
It was ok, but ultimately disappointing. I'm a sucker for wallflower/rake romances and this had promising aspects, but the heroine's pining over her 'It was ok, but ultimately disappointing. I'm a sucker for wallflower/rake romances and this had promising aspects, but the heroine's pining over her 'love' (not the hero) and the hero's 'but I'm hot, of course you want me, how can you not?' attitude became grating and chilled my enjoyment of this faux historical....more
After the first, oh so enjoyable bit of fluff, this book was a bit of a disappointment. There's really nothing wrong with this book, it's just that itAfter the first, oh so enjoyable bit of fluff, this book was a bit of a disappointment. There's really nothing wrong with this book, it's just that it didn't tickle my fancy. I kept thinking that I should have liked this book more, but it just didn't do it for me. Meh....more
I have to say that I wasn't expecting much, but this was delightful. If you go in expecting historical accuracy...well, that's ridiculous and you'll bI have to say that I wasn't expecting much, but this was delightful. If you go in expecting historical accuracy...well, that's ridiculous and you'll be seriously disappointed. But if you go into it expecting an enjoyable bit of fluff with charming, witty and, at times, downright hysterical characters, then this is the ticket.
I'll also have to admit that a scarred, tortured hero is my catnip and when written remotely well (in this case it was delightful) I'm a sucker for this trope. The heroine is adorable, the hero is delicious and the story cute. Recommended for the bit of fluff that it is....more
I have to say that I was disappointed. I expected more from this story especially since I so enjoyed Villiers' story. This story felt like an anorexicI have to say that I was disappointed. I expected more from this story especially since I so enjoyed Villiers' story. This story felt like an anorexic copy of a better story.
Now, I was waffling between a 2 and 3 until the big fallout. At that big mis moment, I thought the heroine was shrill and the hero, who'd had moments of utter denseness was an utter dunderhead. The reason for waffling before was that there are moments of delicious banter between adults which was quite charming. Unfortunately, that jewel gets dulled by large swaths of what I consider predictable storytelling.
I was interested in the hero of the next book, but after reading a few reviews it makes me rather wary so this might be the last book of this series for me. ...more