The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because I don't think I'll be re reading it anytime soon and that's what 5 stars means to me, the books I can reThe only reason I gave it 4 stars was because I don't think I'll be re reading it anytime soon and that's what 5 stars means to me, the books I can re read at any time and still enjoy with the same intensity as when I read them for the first time (Most books by Megan Whalen Turner come to mind).
What I loved the most was that the romance didn't manifest itself instantly. The main characters didn't actually even like each other in the beginning. The experiences they had together was what allowed them to fall in love and it was such a nice change from what I usually read in other books, especially the ya ones where a look is all it takes for the "obsession" to begin....more
Several things bothered me. While I understood that theirs was a matriarchal society, I couldn't understand why the main male characters were under thSeveral things bothered me. While I understood that theirs was a matriarchal society, I couldn't understand why the main male characters were under the control of females weaker than them (magically speaking) and forced to be sex slaves or watch as people they cared about were destroyed... for hundreds even thousands of years and not try to become free. I also couldn't understand why someone would let his kids be tortured for honor and abandon them or how there were facilities were little girls were violently abused and killed and nobody did something about it. Also, most of the problems could have been solved had the people most concerned with Jaenelle's just sat down, talked and PLANNED. That drove me nuts.
There was no happinness in this book and apparently no love. Could a society really be this corrupted and sick? Maybe. I hope not.
There were also several boring parts that could have been edited. Jaenelle could have been more than a super powerful, happy despite circumstances girl, Daemon could have been less of a poor tortured soul with temper tantrums (why didn't he just kill all the queens that used him was beyond me since clearly the ring of obedience wasn't enough to stop him) and Saetan... oh Saetan... he was more Santa Claus than the Prince of Darkness or High Lord of Hell.
I'm usually drawn to "lighter" dark fantasy books (less nasty sex, less ick factor overall) but I was curious. For some reason and even though several times I felt dirty while reading it, I am willing to try the next one. ...more
"...and now that I have gotten my head out of my ass." - Sabina Kane
Finally, omg, I felt like killing her the whole time. She seemed to be suffering f"...and now that I have gotten my head out of my ass." - Sabina Kane
Finally, omg, I felt like killing her the whole time. She seemed to be suffering from the same symptoms as every other urban fantasy heroine nowadays. She's impulsive, impatient, unreasonable, a martyr, etc. I hope as the line on the top (and her actions in the last 10% of the story) seems to imply that that will change in the next book. This series could be so amazing. Well, ok, she does have a formulaic wilting flower, goody two shoes twin sister, a love triangle and the requisite "funny" demon sidekick but it could be amazing....more
I almost gave it 5 stars because the ending made up for the first half of the book coff moreChristophe coff but I just have some problems with the wayI almost gave it 5 stars because the ending made up for the first half of the book coff moreChristophe coff but I just have some problems with the way some things are repeated over and over and over. Like the fact that Chris can stay still the way only old djamphirs can. Or being told the way you are supposed to stare down a person or an animal for them to recognize you are alpha again and again.
What also drives me nuts is that even though she says her father didn't raise her to be one, Dru can be an outstanding idiot most of the time... Grave is a close second. Maybe they are supposed to be like that because they are teenagers. I don't know.
But despite all that, my God this is a good story. I just hope that the author doesn't follow on the footsteps of so many others that for the sake of trying to make the overused love triangle different they make their heroine choose the safest (less interesting, less dangerous) choice (I'm looking at you Richelle Mead).
Give me another Dante & Japhrimel! (just... ehm... please remember that despite a great beginning the dante valentine series ended up sucking after the 3rd book due to the whinning and bitching of the main character. Please, don't make me suffer again)...more
I suppose it was interesting enough but I didn't grow to care about any of the characters. It was similar to reading a newspaper article about somethiI suppose it was interesting enough but I didn't grow to care about any of the characters. It was similar to reading a newspaper article about something that happened somewhere else and that has no impact on my life. I kept hoping for my darling Valek to appear but it seems I was meant to be disappointed. I'll read the next one. ...more