Paranormal Romance is usually not my thing but I loved the premise behind this story. :) AND it wasn't just chock full of sex, sex, sex, which I prefeParanormal Romance is usually not my thing but I loved the premise behind this story. :) AND it wasn't just chock full of sex, sex, sex, which I prefer. I don't mind sex in my books, graphic or not, but when the story is all about sex with a little bit of story to go along with it... I get bored. This was more about the sexual frustration and tension which made it FUN....more
I admit it. I am a sucker for princess-y books. I love fairytales. I love princess stories. I had picked this book up randomly at a library sale for aI admit it. I am a sucker for princess-y books. I love fairytales. I love princess stories. I had picked this book up randomly at a library sale for a whopping 50 cents. By the author from Ella Enchanted? Sure. I'll take that, thank you!
The writing was a little hard to follow sometimes but I wasn't terribly annoyed because it IS a YA book and the parts that were most difficult were integral to the story itself; the main character comes from a land of people who sing. A LOT. They sing about everything. It is what they do. So the main character sang. A LOT. It was a bit hard to picture in my head but I understood the importance behind it.
The book really is sort of a twist on the Snow White tale. The main character is described as having blood red lips, snow-white skin, and black hair. Among her people, she is seen as ugly. Complete with a jealous queen, a magic mirror, a charming prince, and a poisoned apple, it really was a broad take on a different type of Snow White story. None the less, even with it being a YA book, I did enjoy it for the easy read that it was.
My only real complaint, which is one I often have, is the pacing of the book. It builds up and builds up and then suddenly the peak is breached and everything comes crashing down quickly into a nicely resolved ending. It was almost like the author figured that no one would be interested in the real clean-up from the mess that had been created. I would have just liked to see -more- is all.
Still, I recommend this for the younger readers or those who are like me: we love princess stories....more
This was a difficult read; considering this is a children's book I am not sure if that is a feat by the author or if it says something about me as a rThis was a difficult read; considering this is a children's book I am not sure if that is a feat by the author or if it says something about me as a reader. Maybe I expected too much. I had heard so much about the book in 2008, about how it was an OFFICIAL SEQUEAL exclamation point exclamation point one exclamation point.
True, no one can really capture what J.M. Barrie originally created. It is too difficult to fully step into the shoes of another.
It was just hard to choke down read-wise and it took me a LONG time to read this book. I kept putting it down in favor of something else. I finally forced myself to sit down and finish it. I read 142 pages over the course of 3 days. That is pathetic!
I do not recommend this book unless you want to read it just to have read it... like I did....more
I adored the movie and I know that the "book versus movie" bit is always somewhat challenging, especially if one has seen the movie before reading theI adored the movie and I know that the "book versus movie" bit is always somewhat challenging, especially if one has seen the movie before reading the book. I absolutely loved this book. It was just different enough from the movie to not completely spoil the ending while being similar enough that I could better picture things as they were happening.
It was definitely more interesting to be in Andrea's head and reading about her rationalizations for everything. I especially thought the differences between movie-Lily/Alex and book-Lily/Alex were great. The reasoning behind Andrea's eventual quitting was completely different from one medium to the next. I preferred the book's reason and way it was done; it also led to a different outcome of how Miranda saw Andrea. In the movie we get that closure. In the book we get the closure only in that you see the cycle begin anew, this time with a wiser Andrea looking in from the outside on the poor new assistant.
All in all, I loved this book and I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of the movie....more
**spoiler alert** Wow. And not in a good way. What a piece of utter crap. When I had picked up the book initially, the fact that it was pretty much st**spoiler alert** Wow. And not in a good way. What a piece of utter crap. When I had picked up the book initially, the fact that it was pretty much stated that the author had drawn 'inspiration' from Anne Bishop, Laurell K. Hamilton, etc I was intrigued. I am a fan of Anne Bishop. I am also a fan of Patricia Briggs, whose blurb appears on the book from a review or statement.
I didn't realize that fanfiction could be published. Oh, sure, it's not actually set in either the Black Jewels world or the Merry Gentry universe but it might as well have been a combination of the two. Inspiration is fine.
It was, at first, the little things here and there that irked me. Males serve the Queens who run territories. Okay, not exactly an original idea. A healer named Janelle pops up. Okay, coincidence. A character mentions his sister's name: Tersa. Really? Come on. Demon dead? The HIGH LORD OF HELL? Prince Halcyon might as well be Damon Sadi. The phrase "dreams made flesh" was used as well. Really? But even all of that aside...
I have never read a book where the main character was SUCH A MARY-SUE. Not even Twilight. And for those who know of my distaste of that Mary-Sue should realize that I do not state it lightly when I say that Mona Lisa is even worse. She comes from a Tragic Past, conjures up amazing street-fighting and blade-wielding abilities. She has all of the strengths and none of the weaknesses of the Monere, is the first of her kind, blah blah blah. And get this: her brother is a Gary-Stu! No foolin'! He is the first of his kind as well!
The characters are shallow, cardboard cut-outs, with no depth at all to lend to the story to make it interesting. The book is written from a first-person perspective so even having insight into the character's head helps in no way at all. Sex is a commodity yet the main character is somewhat prudish when it comes to most things; she doesn't mind jumping into the sack with someone within hours of meeting him but heaven forbid someone see her cleavage or witness her nudity or even what someone will think of her for having two lovers. Excuse me while I scratch my head in utter confusion at the way the character is portrayed. Prudish but doesn't hesitate to screw first (and second?) Monere male she meets. She's kidnapped, she is attacked, she is wounded more times than one can count, she possesses many powers that are not common to her race, she garners the attention of pretty much every male she comes into contact with--pretty much immediately. Did I mention that she has an animal form? She's a Bengal Tiger.
It pains me to realize that I have the next two books in the series through trades/swaps (thank goodness I have not paid out good money for this crap!) and I cannot let books go to waste. I will be reading those as well and choking them down as best I can.
**spoiler alert** Valerius and Tabitha. At first, I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book. Much like the other characters, the reader is conditi**spoiler alert** Valerius and Tabitha. At first, I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book. Much like the other characters, the reader is conditioned to hate Valerius and everyone is pretty well aware that Tabitha is not exactly sane.
And then I was pleasantly surprised and fell in love with both characters, finding moments within the pages that left me laughing out loud. Within each book, there is a pairing and sometimes they work flawlessly while others seem forced and rushed. These two were one of those that worked flawlessly because it shouldn't have. Tabitha wanted desperately to stay true to her family but still stood her ground when she fell in love.
This book is probably the one that left me the most shocked. My jaw dropped at several moments. Acheron's ability to make everything better severely softened the blow but I understood the reasoning behind it all.
Nick! REALLY?? It was, at that moment, the point where I was glad I haven't read ahead and I did not know what was coming. It wouldn't have had the impact that it did.
So far this particular book is up there with my top favorites....more
Ravyn and Susan. I highly enjoyed this book. It was mostly due to the insight finally given for the Squires; nothing too 'oh, so THAT's why!' or anythRavyn and Susan. I highly enjoyed this book. It was mostly due to the insight finally given for the Squires; nothing too 'oh, so THAT's why!' or anything but there was more of the inside-information. A few things bothered me about the whole process of events but it still flowed nicely and I enjoyed the characters.
My heart broke when Nick showed up 'for real' this time. And then the whole downward spiral had me wanting to yell out in warning. I don't even know what to think about him right now. Psychologically, I understand. But he had been so wrapped up in the Dark-Hunter world that I found it hard to believe that his descent would be so... severe. I get it. I just don't like it. At all.
This is the first book to really break free timeline-wise from the other books. This is two to three years later and post-Hurricane Katrina. Which meant that the series had to be transplanted temporarily. But... Seattle? The other time the series shifted away from New Orleans it was to Alaska and had a very good reason. The second time was, well, still in the same region at least. The most amusing thing about the shift in scenery was noting that the author would go to great lengths to describe at least a part of the area while Seattle kind of got a nonchalant shrug.
**spoiler alert** Talon & Sunshine. I don't think this will be my favorite book in the series but it was still deserving of the three star rating.**spoiler alert** Talon & Sunshine. I don't think this will be my favorite book in the series but it was still deserving of the three star rating. First and foremost, I liked the introduction of Zarek. The interactions between Z/Ash and Z/Nick had me cracking up. I also really liked that Ash was focused on just a teensy, tiny bit more. Clearly he is going to wind up being my favorite character overall; it is nice to see him slowly unfolding.
This book focuses on Talon and his soulmate, Sunshine. It was angsty, whiny, and full of sex as these two just couldn't keep their hands off each other. Oh. And surprise! Apparently someone is the granddaughter of a goddess. Wait. What? Okay, I see where this is going.
In any event, this was a fairly easy and painless read. The author makes transitions near seamlessly and doesn't focus on any one point of the story; she weaves it all together to make the journey enjoyable for the reader as everything unfolds. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next one. Luckily, I have them all lined up, ready and waiting for me.