I cannot stand when people mix this one up. Drives me bonkers. Author misspells it every single time.3.5 stars
Ok first: it is LIGHTNING not LIGHTENING
I cannot stand when people mix this one up. Drives me bonkers. Author misspells it every single time. There were quite a few spelling errors that a read through by a grammar nazi should correct.
Here's the but: the plot was pretty cool. Maybe I've just been starved of some good fantasy, having only read the paranormal variety the past few years (oh right, there is that Trudi Canavan book I still haven't read, yikes). Some character issues, the boy isn't really fleshed out (but that may be a result of his actual character, if that makes any sense) and Alexander reminds me way too much of Aragorn from LOTR.
I also guessed pretty much everything that happened. I tend to like this, makes me feel like I am smart. I did this when I watched the first Sherlock episode and I was crowing for an hour. Anyway, the point is the book still held a decent amount of entertainment value. If you are looking for some high fantasy, pass. I was looking for something fun to read for a few hours and this did the trick....more
OK so I'm pretty sure everyone is going to hate me for this one.
I wasn't thrilled with this book. I may be an alien, going by the rest of everyone's rOK so I'm pretty sure everyone is going to hate me for this one.
I wasn't thrilled with this book. I may be an alien, going by the rest of everyone's reviews. I didn't really like Chace. I was turned off by his asshole-y attitude in the beginning, and I don't like the whole "I'll open the wine but you do the dishes and the cooking" attitude. He also came off as very controlling, but maybe that was just the incessant repetition of all of their phone calls.
I liked Faye's character for the most part (nerdy, smart, loyal), but damn she is obsessed with Chace. Everything is so "fraking amazing" about him. Actually, they are both extremely obsessed with each other. Too much insta-love for me. I haven't read Twilight or 5SOG but this is kind of how I imagine both of them. So if you dig that kind of relationship, by all means, check the book out. It's just not my style.
The background plot of Malachi was the most interesting part of the story for me, but it's not there enough to redeem the book. I think that a good 1/3 of this book could have been chopped out without affecting the story.
It would have been two stars for me, but it gets an extra for plenty of references to Firefly, Han Solo, books, and kittens. ...more
I don't need to tell you why Briggs is so awesome, because if you are reading this you already know. I also hate doing recapsAhh, this book delivers.
I don't need to tell you why Briggs is so awesome, because if you are reading this you already know. I also hate doing recaps of the book, that's what the blurbs are for.
So instead, I'll just squee over a couple of things.
Zee and his son make a kick ass appearance. We get to "see" Zee in a different glamour, which for some odd reason I pictured as Lee Pace as Thranduil in the Hobbit, which just made me squee some more.
Adam and Mercy are freaking adorable. I was worried that the books would go downhill after they finally tied the knot, but nope! Still cute!
There's a suprise character in this book, which I won't give away, but I'm really really hoping we see more of him in the future.
If you've liked the series up to this point, you won't be disappointed. Even though there wasn't anything terribly earth-shattering in this one, the wait was worthwhile. As always, Briggs does an amazing job weaving together a great story....more
Pretty damn awesome. If you like government-ish thrillers and archaeology, these books are a no brainer. The Lance is an improvement over the first, WPretty damn awesome. If you like government-ish thrillers and archaeology, these books are a no brainer. The Lance is an improvement over the first, White Jade, but to be fair White Jade was very good too. Lance is a little more fleshed out. If you are a fan of James Rollins or Lee Child check these out.
On a side note, the second book in as many weeks that I've read that featured stations in Antartica. Completely by accident. Love it when that happens....more
Full disclosure: I won a copy of this through the goodreads first reads program.
Really enjoyable debut. As others have pointed out, the plot is a bitFull disclosure: I won a copy of this through the goodreads first reads program.
Really enjoyable debut. As others have pointed out, the plot is a bit of a stretch. This is pretty common in Regencies nowadays, so as long as the characters are relatable that doesn't bother me too much. Fortunately as the book goes on we are steered away from the original plot and the book focuses more on the building relationship between Anabelle and Owen.
Owen, Duke of Huntford, is fiercely devoted to his sisters but thankfully is willing to give Anabelle Honeycote a chance, despite the fact that she tried to extort him (using a rumor about one of said sisters). He hires her as a dressmaker for his the sisters, which brings me to one of my favorite parts of the book: dress descriptions! Not that I have any idea what half of the fabric terms Barton used means, but it sounds pretty.
I'm always appreciative of Regencies that don't employ The Big Misunderstanding, #1 cliche in the genre. And although the book went dangerously close to Mistress or Wife? category, Barton covers for it: Anabelle only thinks Owen just wants her as his mistress.
All in all, a good romantic read. Fans of Regencies will enjoy. The next book is about Daisy, Anabelle's sister, but I'm really looking forward to Owen's friend whose name escapes me (he collects antiquities!). I also think Miss Starling would make an excellent lead in a future book, now that she's been brought down a peg or two....more