Nothing special. Plot is a bit lacking. Sex scenes were ok. Novel suffered a lot from jarring continuity problems. In one sentence the guy takes his j...moreNothing special. Plot is a bit lacking. Sex scenes were ok. Novel suffered a lot from jarring continuity problems. In one sentence the guy takes his jeans off, in the next they're still on him and in the way. Someone serves up lasagne, and in the next sentence they're eating steak. Could do with a better editor.(less)
Q: How does a vampire give a blowjob? A: very carefully. Except no he doesn't because this book has no continuity regarding anything, not even fangs. Or...moreQ: How does a vampire give a blowjob? A: very carefully. Except no he doesn't because this book has no continuity regarding anything, not even fangs. Or maybe they just have kevlar coated dicks, who even knows.
Ugh. It really saddens me that I've been slogging through this series, waiting for the resolution of the Blay/Qhuinn story line, and this pile of shit is all we get. It was not worth the wait. Honestly I've tried to hold my expectations back a little bit, because Ward is not the best romance writer, and her writing even seems to have deteriorated throughout the series. Many characters now sound identical and its very hard to get interested in them. They talk the same, they have exactly the same interests (booze, fighting, sex), they are all complete mysoginists, and they all have sex exactly the same way.
So why did I expect Blay/Qhuinn to be anything different? Its been building up for so long thats why, and it came down to 10 books of tension and buildup and a totaly anti-climatic resolution.
The majority of Qhuinn and Blay's storyline is just avoidance and misconceptions in a flailing attempt to create tension. For gawds sake this has been going on for the entire series, its not interesting!
And as it turns out, Ward can't actually write gay sex scenes. Oh she'll do the oral sex mostly okay, but she can't even bring herself to write the word anus, or anything related to it. So mostly we just get repetitive scenes of Qhuinn and Blay humping doggystyle, without lube (or is it magically self-lubricating butts, cos you never know with vampires, they defy the laws of physics and can ejaculated for 20 minutes straight), and the details are left to the readers imagination.
Apart from that, the majority of the book isn't even about Bhlay/Quinn, its just build-up for the other boring het couples that are coming up next. Just more miles of mysoginy, stalking, identical male characters, slut-shaming bullshit.
And then we don't even get a proper resolution. Time passes, they magically sort out their problems and live happily ever after.
Ugh same-old bollox. Not worth waiting for, not worth reading. I am honestly done with this series.(less)
This is a fantastic collection of short stories, a little bit of a mix of mostly fantasy and urban fantasy and fairytale. And each of them contain a g...moreThis is a fantastic collection of short stories, a little bit of a mix of mostly fantasy and urban fantasy and fairytale. And each of them contain a gay or lesbian relationship, but all are done to varying degrees. No two stories are similar.
There were so many really good stories packed into this anthology, and it would be really hard to comment on them all, so I shall restrain myself to mentioning just a few favourites.
"The Coat of Stars" by Holly Black Rafael is a costume designer for stage productions, when he goes home to visit family he is remembering a long lost love from his boyhood: Lyle, who believed in fairies, and died tragically young. Then Rafael wonders if Lyle might never have died at all, but been taken by the fairy. This story blended modern day into fairytale so wonderfully, I loved everything about it. I will be looking for more novels by Holly Black in the future.
"Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" by Sarah Monette Violet is a young woman who catches the attention of the fairy Queen Nix, and becomes her lover. The story is broken up by a look at three letters that Nix wrote to her human lover. I'm extremely in love with Sarah Monettes writing, and I was so thrilled to find that she'd written lesbian characters, as in fantasy thats a rarity. And Sarah Monette writes so uniquely and beautifully, no review does it justice. I really hope she writes a full length fantasy with lesbian characters in the future!
"How the Ocean loved Magie" by Laurie J Marks Another beautiful UF/fairytale in which a young woman pregnant by donor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the seashore and a far away island, and there becomes the lover of a beautiful mysterious woman with deep black eyes and a love for the ocean. To say more would spoil the mystery.. This was a very moving tale, beautiful and romantic and quite heartbreaking. This is another Author I have to investigate now.
Those were my favourite three of the entire book. But honourable mentions go to "The Price of Glamour" by Steve Berman and "Ever so much more than Twenty" by Joshua Luis.
The only one I found I didn't quite like was "Mr Grimm's fairy tale" by Eric Andrews, and in part because I wasn't sure at all what was supposed to be Queer about it (used the homosexual sense), I couldn't for the life of me spot a hint of gay relationship.. perhaps I'm missing something..? It seemed a little bit out of place tacked onto the end of anotherwise amazing collection of stories.
All in all VERY highly recommended for lovers of Fantasy and fairytales with lgbt themes. And I'm very pleased I found a whole bunch of new authors to check out!(less)
After the last couple of bad eggs, I told myself I was going to give up on this series. Yet here I am reviewing the 5th book. And I know exactly why I...moreAfter the last couple of bad eggs, I told myself I was going to give up on this series. Yet here I am reviewing the 5th book. And I know exactly why I went and read it; When I first got into Paranormal Romance, and got completely addicted to the genre. The Lords of the Underworld was one of the first series I got hooked on. And in Book 1:The Darkest Night, Aeron was my favourite secondary character. So now that we're on book 5 (not counting all the inbetween short stories), and it's finally Aeron's story, I decide to cave in and read it.
Fortunately it wasn't actually quite as bad as the previous ones.
Aeron is the keeper of the demon Wrath, which means that he witnesses visions of people's sins, and is compelled to enact punishment upon them in keeping with the manner of their sins. So he's the one that murders the murderers, beats up the wife-beaters and tortures the psychopaths. (I'm not sure if he ever had to rape a rapist, luckily that never came up). To remind himself of all the horrific acts he's been forced to commit, he's had them tattooed over every inch of his body. He has violet eyes (like his brother Maddox), and he is rarity among the demon-keepers in that he has wings.
Olivia is an Angel who has been charged with killing Aeron, as punishment for all the atrocities he's commited. (Which I find difficult to get my head around considering he only enacts punishment upon bad people, but then I suppose Angels think they have a monopoly on divine justice). Olivia has spent a long time secretly observing Aeron, and grown quite attatched to him, so she refuses to kill him. She ends up having her wings removed and falling to earth in order to pursue him as a mortal. But if she won't kill him, you can bet that some other Angel has already been charged with the duty.
Yet again, I find myself somewhat disappointed in a series that doesn't live up to my expectations. As I was writing out the little summary, I found myself thinking 'Wow this sounds good, why isn't it this good?' I just think, perhaps Gena Showalter's writing isn't quite up to doing justice to her own ideas. Which is probably cruel of my to say so, but I'm sorry it's just how I feel.
Although there is a marked improvement over the last book. I think it's mainly because Olivia is less annoying character than say Bianka the harpy. She's not preoccupied with texting or constantly talking like a dumb teenage bimbo. Yet at one point she does go for a slutty makeover. Urgh.
Originally in the first book Aeron was also described as having eyebrow piercings, unfortunately no piercings mentioned in this novel, not sure where they're supposed to have gone. Call me shallow, but thats a chunk of Aeron's appeal lost in writers limbo.
One of the things that does irritate me is that despite being somewhat individual to begin with, Gena Showalter's characters all end up exactly the same once they're having sex. Every female and every male are alike once they get down to it, and all characterisation is just out the window. And why do all her female characters start thrashing their heads around when they're having sex? It's like they've got epilepsy. not sexy.
In conclusion. Not as bad as some of the others. But oh how do I wish the writing was as good as the concept. I wonder if I can stop myself from reading the next one..