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..
This a short story, inbetween Lords of the Underworld novels. In fact, set around a romance between Atlas the Titan God of Strength, and Nike, his Gre...moreThis a short story, inbetween Lords of the Underworld novels. In fact, set around a romance between Atlas the Titan God of Strength, and Nike, his Greek counterpart (Greek Goddess of Strength).
When the Titans were held captive by the Greeks, Atlas seduced his way out of prison, and Nike was one of many that he tried his wiles on. But she fell for it, hated him for it, and had her name tattooed into him for revenge.
Now the tables are turned, and the Greeks are in captivity. Atlas is Nike's Jailor, but he's a little obsessed by her.
Despite the setting, this is not a true Captor-Captive romance. In fact it's best described as a romance in which both parties are in denial about their own feelings, and unaware of the other's attraction to them. It's also about sacrifice in the name of love.
I loved how Nike is not conventionally attractive. Being the Goddess of Strength, she's fairly big and muscular, and her nose is too big. I like how Gena Showalter does this with her characters, not every man and woman is pin-up sexy, but there is always someone who will see their beauty.
It's not a perfect story, I'm not as big a fan of Gena's writing as I used to be, but I did like it. And I do still like the world and characters she's created. And I will keep reading.
The 4th full novel in the Lords of the Underworld series.
Sabin is the keeper of the Demon doubt. Was for a long time leader of the non-Budapest Lords,...moreThe 4th full novel in the Lords of the Underworld series.
Sabin is the keeper of the Demon doubt. Was for a long time leader of the non-Budapest Lords, now both groups are working together he seems to be second in command. Sort of their General in the fight against the Hunters, and the Search for the 4 Artifacts. His demon feeds off the insecurities of those around him. The demon knows exactly what they're thinking and whispers thoughts of doubt into their minds. Very useful against the enemy, not so useful with the ladies. Sabin has not had much luck with relationships.
Gwendolin (Gwen) The Timid, is a harpy, held captive by the Hunters as part of their immortal breeding program. Gwen is unusal for a Harpy, she doesn't like confrontation. But when she does let the Harpy out to attack, it's nasty.
They meet when the Lords break into a Hunter base and rescue several immortal females held captive. The other females get taken back, but Sabin is so taken by Gwen that he refuses to let her go, takes her back to the Budapest fortress and tries to convince her to join the battle against the Hunters for revenge.
This was fairly much a captor/captive romance, as Sabin practically holds Gwen hostage at the fortress, and is creepy enough not to allow her privacy or her own room. Fortunately he didn't force himself on her or I would have burned the book. But I did find his treatment of her distasteful and not conducive to a romantic relationship.
When Gwen's Harpy sisters show up, the book takes a clear downward turn. As the harpy's are horrible horrible characters, that talk like teenage girls, have overly agressive attitudes, and apart from the fact that they're harpys theres not a single fantasy element to them. The worst part of it is, that I know Gena is going to write them in as partners for some of the other Lords, and theres 3 of them. It's going to be crap.
As usual, I enjoyed the side stories a LOT more than the main story. Very interested especially, to hear about Aeron keeper of Wrath, his pet demon Legion, and the Angel that seems to be stalking him.
I keep wondering if Gena is going to oblige us with a m/m romance as a side story. With 12 male Lords, statistically speaking.. at least one ought to be homosexual, especially considering they came from Ancient Greece? I wouldn't ask for a whole book but a side story, (like JR Ward did for gay/bi characters in her Black Dagger series) would be great
This is me having a break from anything that requires too much thought. Going back to my old reliable dirty paranormal het romance! I have a few serie...moreThis is me having a break from anything that requires too much thought. Going back to my old reliable dirty paranormal het romance! I have a few series to catch up on! I deny that they're totally trashy, I only read the ones with plot and a fantasy element!
In this prequel to the Lords of the Underworld series, Geryon is a Guardian to the gate of hell, and Kadence is the Goddess of opression, banished to the outskirts of hell where her spirit is bound with the wall so that she has to protect it. And if the wall breaks, she dies.
This is the inside story about how the Lords of the Underworld demons broke out of hell, and how pandora's box came to be. so I kinda knew how it ended. Nice story tho, sex was predictable but decent.
One thing I did like is that although Geryon is pretty hideously horned and furred and mishapen, he didn't have to turn into a handsome prince to get the girl. She likes him just the way he is. Nice :)