This is your fault RACHEL! LOL! =) I hope you're proud of yourself!
I seriously LOVE Simon now! I enjoyed his scenes so much more than Clary's. It's noThis is your fault RACHEL! LOL! =) I hope you're proud of yourself!
I seriously LOVE Simon now! I enjoyed his scenes so much more than Clary's. It's not a secret that I'm not a huge Clary fan. Probably because Jace loves her. Yup. I mean, she doesn't even notice anything is wrong with Jace! SIMON notices! Which is adorable, by the way. When they went to the supermarket. Funniest/cutest/sweetest thing ever. Mangoes. Tomato soup. God. Also, Clary is always thinking about how hot Jace is, and it seems like she only loves him b/c of his looks, which is annoying.
Simon and Jace are actually friends now. I can't lie, this is officially my favorite aspect of the book. Yes, Clary and Jace have spark, but seeing them together is often torturous, because something terrible is usually keeping them apart.
I never ever expected to like Simon this much, seeing as I never cared for him before. But he was SO likable here! He spends so much of his time worrying about others, whereas Clary only ever thinks about herself. When Jace was acting weird, she only thought about herself. It never occured to her that JACE was having a problem. No. Obvisouly, he didn't love her. That's not to say I think Jace made all the right moves, but still, that doesn't excuse Clary, either. I just wish they would all be more open with each other. So many problems could be solved that way.
This book is so much different than the others in the series, which isn't bad or good, really. Some of the scenes were amazing, better than any of the ones in previous books, but as a whole...there wasn't quite as much fighting/action. The drama was more character-driven, which I actually kind of liked, because I got to see the relationships of all the characters developing.
Also, I'm glad Kyle's one of the new characters. I want to say more, but I won't. Also, Maia was more likable in this book, too, whereas Isabel was less likable.
But really, I wish Clare would pick on someone other than Jace. He needs a break from all the misery, and that cliffhanger pisses me the heck off. I honestly don't want him to go through any more pain--screw drama! I just want him to be happy. Seriously, he has been through WAY more than enough. I can't stand it. I just want to wrap him in my arms and never let go. Unlike some people, I'm not angry with him for not being perfect and for making mistakes. Jace is Jace. He's allowed to be sad, to be stupid, to make dumb decisions, to be afraid. I can't STAND that he feels he's anything like Valentine. Ugh. As if. That will never ever be possible.
Also, Jocelyn is annoying. That's all I have to say. I wish she'd go back into a coma. Sorry. Kinda.
Now a million years until the next book. Joy.
Also, you know who you are, and you NEED TO DIE. What the hell, you stupid character. DIE DIE DIE....more
Ugh, so, I don't know what happened with this last book, but I just...didn't like it very much. It was okay. But I'd never want to read it again, thatUgh, so, I don't know what happened with this last book, but I just...didn't like it very much. It was okay. But I'd never want to read it again, that's for sure. I'm not sure if it's because I'm just bored of this trilogy, or if this book just wasn't as good as the others. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it?
First of all, Kelley pissed me off in this book. She makes some really stupid decisions that make me want to shake her and shout, "What are you thinking, you idiot!?" Then, of course, she allows Fen to kiss her. That is not okay. But one kiss wasn't enough for her. She has to kiss him twice. But, you know, it's okay, because Sonny never has to find out, right? Yeah, okay, Kelley. Whatever you say. I'm just getting so tired of heroines in fantasy kissing every guy that gives them the eye. And, of course, the guy never once cheats on the girl, and that's the same case here. Sonny stays loyal to Kelley while she's smacking lips with Fenris.
As for Sonny, I still love him, but...he just wasn't enough for me to enjoy this book. We find out a tiny slice of his past, which was vaguely interesting. Maddox is awesome, as ever, but he doesn't have much of a role. That's one of the things about this series that bothers me. The only main characters are Sonny and Kelley--the others are just very, very much side characters...if that makes sense. They don't really appear as much as I'd like them to. We did get a few new characters, which I liked, and we checked up on a few old characters, like Emmaline. I wish there were more interactions between Emmaline and Sonny, seeing as she's his mother, but this trilogy is kind of...thin, so it doesn't really get into the deep emotions.
Kelley's relationship with her parents was interesting--especially her mother, as Oberon didn't even really show up. I just feel as if this is such an appetizer of a book, even with three of them. Kelley gets better at using her powers and what not, but I found I didn't care. I guess I was supposed to be surprised by the bad guys, but I wasn't.
As for Fenris, (no, I will not spell his name right, I refuse) I really wanna murder that guy. He tries to poison Kelley against Sonny in order to get her for himself, when he's the one lying to her. Ugh, he just creeped me out. I did like Tyff, though, not that she showed up much.
Basically, I found this book boring. I had to force myself to keep reading, just so I could finish it. When not reading it, I didn't once think about the characters. I don't know, I'm just disappointed. This book didn't make me feel anything other than anger.
Goodbye Fenrys--oops, I mean FENRIS. Will. Not. Spell. Right....more
For YA, these books are pretty disturbing. It would have been better had Kaylee not become so self-centered--not selfish--but she couldn't seem to seeFor YA, these books are pretty disturbing. It would have been better had Kaylee not become so self-centered--not selfish--but she couldn't seem to see past her own feelings...as though everyone's actions around her were a personal affront to her and her perfection.
Also, I like Tod's character and all, but come on...how did he suddenly become a self-righteous Kaylee-obsessed hero? Honestly, if Tod asked Kaylee if she was okay one more time...And literally the second Kaylee told Tod what was happening I was like, ooh I can't wait for the scene in which he punches Nash...and then, sure enough...that really annoyed me. Tod butting into Nash and Kaylee's business and playing the hero. It's just not...Tod...
The end was hugely anti-climactic, and I found it absurd that Kaylee took a million years to figure out what Nash was doing, and I also found it annoying that the book cut off where it did. I really wanted to see Nash's mom's reaction.
One of the problems is that Vincent tends to have everyone in the book obsessed with her main character. Seriously. With this series and the werecats series, every character's favorite person is the main character and the main character is always sooo important. I mean, Tod LITERALLY cares more about Kaylee, a girl he's known for a few months, more than his own brother. Okay...if you say so.
This just annoyed me personally, but when Kaylee called her uncle to tell him that Nash and her dad were trapped in the Netherworld, his response was OHH I HAVE TO GET MY BROTHER BACK. Then, oh, and we can't let Nash die because it would upset his mother. Really? Who says that. Shouldn't they want to save him for HIM, so HE WON'T DIE, not simply so Harmony won't have to lose someone else...Honestly, some of the things her characters say are ridiculous. In other news: Everyone thinks Kaylee should dump Nash and never look back because he made a mistake. He is HUMAN, well...kind of lol. But seriously, he can't be PERFECT. People make mistakes. Everyone. If you really love someone and want a relationship with them, you have to work through mistakes and the realities of what people are, including their less perfect sides. Oh, Nash isn't perfect? Well, dump that guy's sorry ass and find someone that is perfect and will never make a mistake. What's that you say? There's no one out there that fits this description? Well, gosh. What to do?
Truthfully, I never liked Nash that much, because I thought he was too perfect. NOW, I like him much better, because he feels more real. He's allowed to make a mistake. People CAN have second chances. If you think Kaylee should never forgive him, that's just silly. Yes, he needs to earn back her trust, and no, things will not be the same, nor will they be easy, BUT...they can work through this.
Oh, and one more thing: for those who don't like Nash because he supposedly only likes Kaylee b/c she's a banshee, well, news flash...Why does Kaylee like Nash? When they talked for the first time, she liked him ONLY BECAUSE he was popular and good-looking. She gave no indication that this changed in any of the rest of the books...and nor is there proof that Nash likes Kaylee only b/c she's a banshee.
So...why is it okay for her to like Nash for his popularity/good-looks? Just wondering. Honetly, she never acted like she really loved Nash or had real feelings for him as a person...she was too into having her first real boyfriend...and then, of course, the instant she finds out he's not perfect, she dumps him. And, of course, everyone is cheering her on for doing so, but I'm not. If she REALLY cared about him, they would try to work things through. Yes, Nash made a horrible mistake, but that's what people do. Get over it already....more
I don't know, I just didn't like this book. I mean, it was pretty well written I guess, just not my thing. I could NOT relate to Remy in the slightestI don't know, I just didn't like this book. I mean, it was pretty well written I guess, just not my thing. I could NOT relate to Remy in the slightest. She was extremely unlikable, and a compelte bitch, and, for the record, admitting you're a bitch doesn't redeem you. The way she went from guy to guy, dumping them on a schedule, treating them as numbers on a chart and not as human beings...was frankly disgusting. She supposedly has an excuse, because her mom remarried four times. Big deal. You'd have to live under a rock to think treating people like such crap is actually okay.
Don't even get me started on Remy's supposed "friends." Seriously, what the hell was up with Chloe? That girl is more like an enemy than a friend. The others were all right, but not interesting or likable at all. The ONLY likable character in the entire book was Dexter, and Remy treated him like crap on the bottom of her shoe throughout the entire book. Even when she realizes she actually really did LIKE him, she broke up with JUST so she could break up with him. I'm sorry, I know I was supposed to feel so bad for Remy, but really?? Why? She's a bitch, a slut, and totally selfish. It's not like her life was THAT bad. Big deal, she had a few stepfathers. At least she had a mother and brother.
And knowing that some relationships don't last is hardly an excuse for treating a really nice guy who loved her like he was her freaking "Ken doll."
Yes, the book was funny, and I couldn't put it down, but that was mostly because I wanted to know if Remy ever stopped being evil. I don't know, I just think Dexter was wasted on this stupid book. Maybe I'm cold, but I felt no sympathy for Remy. I just couldn't. She spends the whole book boo-hooing about how she lost her virginity to someone she did't like. Well, who the heck cares? It's not like she was raped. She CHOSE to do that. She KNEW what she was doing, and did it anyway.
Oh, and the way she was complaining about having Dexter pursue her was SO annoying. Oh, poor me, an awesome guy likes me. What did I ever do to deserve such hardships? Plus the way she saw all of his characteristics as flaws just pissed me off. Well, he clumsy and messy and doesn't tie his shoes, so he can't possibly ever be a husband. Um, how do those specific traits equate to such an extreme? What's so bad about being clumsy, anyway? I think it's freakin' adorable. I mean, when she called him a freaking shoelace to be tied, I wanted to jump into the book and throttle her. AND she never apologized for insulting him, and of course he was too nice to ask. Remy wouldn't lower herself to apologize to him. Not even after she falsely accused him at the end. No, she couldn't possibly say sorry. She'll just have to kiss him, becayse he's not worhty of an apology.
Okay, so it's obvious now that I just hate Remy.
Plus, this books was SO predictable. The second they mentioned the secretary at the beginning during the wedding, I knew what was going to happen/had been happening. It couldn't have been more obvious had she come right out and said it.
And this is just my personal opinion, but I hate authors that use charcters as nothing more than tools. Like every single one of Remy's boyfriends AND friends was a plot tool, nothing more.
That being said, I can't say I didn't LIKE the book, because I did, though it was majorly depressing (though it is supposedly uplifting?? But how??). Mostly, I just liked Dexter. I AM in the minority here, though, because apparently this is Dessen's best book. Well...I'm on my second of hers right now, and I already like it better than this one, so maybe I'm just weird.
Who knows. Maybe I'll ask Remy for some advice on how to be a heartless bitch, that way I'll be able to understand her better. :D...more
I liked this one, mostly because the characters were actually likable. Ruby, though I didn't relate to her, was likable, and I did FEEL FOR her. PlusI liked this one, mostly because the characters were actually likable. Ruby, though I didn't relate to her, was likable, and I did FEEL FOR her. Plus her sister, Cora, was surprisingly awesome, too. I wasn't sure I'd like her at first, but I did. And Jamie was just too great. Everything he did, with holidays and stuff, was hilarious. I loved the Valentine's present "waves." So cute. And even Olivia was likable and interesting, even with such a small part. As for Nate, well, he was nice and I felt bad for him, but there wasn't anything too special about him. He was more just a reflection of Ruby, used to prove a point, which was a little annoying, but not much.
The one thing I didn't like was how Dessen skimmed over conversations I wanted to hear. She did it too often. And the ending was quite rushed, but overall the book was good/satisfying. I just can't imagine reading it again. ...more
Okay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not fuOkay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not full of herself or anything, being a senator's daughter, but she is a little self-pitying and she is weak when it came to her father. But I enjoyed reading about her and actually cared for her. She works really with Wren, and the two of them balance each other out nicely. They have real spark from the very first moment they meet.
Wren is awesome. He really acts like how I would expect a tiger in human form to act, and yet he is also a good "person." I think Maggie even makes him a better person, brings out the best in him, which is awesome.
The plot...what is the plot? Baddies plotting to have Wren killed for some green? Yeah. Nothing much special about it, to be honest, yet it was entertaining and tasted like chocolate (hehe). I liked the scenes that took place in the past, and getting to see Wren when he was little, and I wish I could have seen more of them. I liked what happened with Wren's dad, but, honestly, I can't forgive him. I'm glad he and Wren got a chance to work things out, though.
Maggie's relationship with her father is very thin. Her father seemed a little fake, but I didn't mind, since he isn't exactly a big part of the story. Kenyon really focuses on the fantasy aspects, which I like.
The ending has a nice twist. It is wrapped up rather abruptly, but I didn't much mind that, either because the characters had already been through enough.
Really, the best part of this story is the relationship between Maggie and Wren. They spend a lot of time together, and they are well matched. Plus, some of the things they said to each other were adorable. I especially loved the scene where they went to McDonalds and Wren ordered something like ten Big Macs, five Filet's-o-Fish and a bunch of other things. So funny. He had no idea there was anything weird about eating that much food.
This was a good one, but not because of the characters. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't much like Dev. I found him to be selfish, cruel,This was a good one, but not because of the characters. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't much like Dev. I found him to be selfish, cruel, and kind of gross. He states that he wouldn't mind, no, would LIKE to sacrifice one of the dark hunters (you know, offer them up to evil to be killed?) for no reason other than the fact that they don't get along all the well. I found that unappealing, especially since said dark hunter is a good person and risks his own life to save Dev, the ungrateful little buggerbutt.
As for Samia, her sob story, for some reason, felt real, and I don't know why, because it wasn't original or even interesting. As for Sam, I don't like or dislike her. I do like that she can kick butt, but her overall personality...I don't know, she's just not one of my faves.
I loved getting a nice dosage of Fang. Love, love, love him!
Acheron was...Acheron...not much new there. As for Nick...this is the first time in awhile I wanted to stick up for him and defend him. I felt really bad for him and wanted to bite the heads off of people who didn't trust him (even though they have reason). I wanted to rip Dev's face off when he stormed off planning to "use Nick's entrails as shoelaces." And he was really going to do it, too. No, he'd known Nick since Nick was a little kid, and he'd liked him and been kind of like a big brother to him and had even lost bets on purpose so he would be able to give Nick money, and then BAM at the drop of a hat he is ready to murder Nick in cold blood without a shred of remorse? No. That made me feel icky toward Dev. He's also not very smart, and he doesn't think anything through. Kill first, ask questions later. Not my kinda guy, gotta say. I did feel bad for him for having Nicolette the b*atch as a mother, but...whatever....
Ummm, the plot??? It was entertaining. There are always new creatures/mythos added, which is cool. I also always like meeting new characters. I hope we see more of Ethon, because I felt so bad for him with the way Sam treated him, like he was crap under her foot...He needs to find an awesome gal who loves him and treats him RIGHT.
Also, I'm upset. I really want Apollo and Artemis to get what's coming to them. Will that ever happen? I wanted them punished in Ash's book, but that never happened. Can it happen, pretty please? I want to see them both suffer horribly (preferably for all eternity).
Oh, and back to Nick. Okay, I think he IS making progress on the self-pity I want to bite everyone's heads off thing. He was altruistic in this book, and it pissed me off that he went out of his way to get Sam's soul back, and Dev didn't even thank him, the ungrateful jackbutt. But, oh, Nick. I want to give him a hug. All my annoyance with him has waned away, and I want him happy! But, alas, he will probably continue to suffer for a lot longer......more
Is this book for real? Frannie is disgusting! Not only does she switch from Gabe to Luc every other minute, but she's also exremely selfish and showsIs this book for real? Frannie is disgusting! Not only does she switch from Gabe to Luc every other minute, but she's also exremely selfish and shows no compassion or love for anyone, except her grandpa and her dead brother. She claims to love Luc, yet, after this absurd declaration, she proceeds to make out/cuddle with Gabe IN FRONT OF LUC! And, of course, vice versa, throughout the ENTIRE BOOK. And then, if Luc so much as GLANCES at another girl, she flips out of her mind and threatens to murder him with her bare hands. Hypocrite? You tell me.
So, when she's not stringing both Gabe and Luc along, she's whining about how she killed her brother (gimme a break), or passing out for no apparent reason, since she's extremely weak/pathetic, or insulting one character or another, or crying (which she does LITERALLY, and I do mean LITERALLY in every single scene of the book). One of her faves is to insult Luc/Gabe, but especially Luc, simply because she's mad at herself. She's just so unpleasant and mean. She does NOT love Luc. Really. She says she does, and I think the author thinks she does, but that is not how she would act if she loved him. She would not insult him every minute of the day. She would not show him absolutely no compassion whatsoever. She would not show him no affection at ALL. She acts like he's just some random stranger. Frannie repeatedly says how she only wants Luc for his body, which pissed me off.
And, of course, everyone's all "Don't hurt Frannie" blah blah blah, yet she's the one who hurts Luc over and over and over and makes out with other people in front of him and treats him like crap on the bottom of her shoe. What. The. Heck!?
Another thing that bothered me: Luc/Gabe, but especially Luc, live only for Frannie. Luc has no life outside of her, no interests--nothing! His life revolves completely around her, whereas she has her own life and barely gives one fart about him. No, wait, she doesn't care about him at ALL! I hate books like that, where the guy has no life. He breathes only for the girl. WHY!? Honestly.
And back to Frannie. She's such an immature little buttface. Her favorite word is "whatever," which she uses constantly, and it always makes her sound so frickin' mean. Also, when Luc asks her to lock her window (since demons are out to get her) she flips and wants to rip his head off. Why!!?? Because he doesn't want her to die!!!??? Really!!!???
Side note: Luc does not act like a 4k year old demon. He acts like a teenage guy. Gabe acts like an old woman.
Errr, this book is soooo annoying! I kept wishing Frannie would just die or something. Whyyy is there always an annoying girl who makes EVERYONE love her and uses all the boys who come across her path and, of course, fall at her feet with melting love? Can't she frickin' pick one person!? It's not fair that she gets to make out with several guys, yet the guys are fully in love with her, so much so that they wouldn't dream of even looking at another person?
A summary of this book: Frannie cries. Luc falls in love with Frannie for no apparent reason, since she doesn't have a single likable quality. Frannie cries. Gabe falls in love with Frannie for no apparent reason, since she doesn't have a single likable quality. Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Gabe, who enjoys it for no apparent reason. Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Luc for no apparent reason. Frannie cries. A random demon attacks Frannie, and Luc, for no apparent resason, since she has no redeeming qualities, saves her worthless hide. Frannie cries. Frannie gets pissed off at Luc for no reason at all. Frannie makes out with Gabe again. Frannie cries. Luc reeaallly loves Frannie, like, reeeeaaallly, again, why!? Frannie cries. Frannie makes out with Gabe and Luc, one right after the other, then gets a little more Gabe action, followed by some more Luc, and some more Gabe. Frannie swoons like an elderly woman and cries. Frannie is attacked. Luc, unfortunately and for no apparent reason, saves her. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie feels sorry for herself, and cries some more. Luc has a revelation. Frannie cries. Oh, and then she cries. Luc is an invincible robot, since it is clearly impossible for him to be injured, but even when he is injured, he's still fine. "Oh, what's that? I have a knife in my shoulder and deep claw marks all over my chest?" *Shrugs* "No biggie." *Crumples to the floor, dead* "Umm. Oops. Guess maybe I'm not okay after all." *Comes back to life* "OH, YEAH! I forgot! I'm omnipotent! WEEE!" Then again, it wouldn't matter if he was, since Frannie would show him no sympathy. No, she'd just scream and cry and hug Gabe. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie cries. Frannie sniffles, puts on a dramatic show of tears, and gets on with her woe is me production. THEN.....DUNDUNDUN!!!!!!!! Get this: Frannie CRIES!!!!!!!! AND THEEENNN: Frannie gets drunk. And then Frannie makes Luc apologize for being angry with her because she CHEATED ON HIM. Then Frannie passes out drunk. Then Frannie does something she has never done before: SHE C.R.I.E.S.!!!...more
If you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is fIf you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is for you.
Rachel = person I despise. Edward = the most annoying, unlikable kid in booky existence. Gabe = very likable hero. Rachel + Gabe = bad idea! Gabe, you can do better!
I suppose I was supposed to feel sorry for Rachel because she was poor and had to take care of her kid, but I just didn't, because she was mean as heck! Especially to Gabe, who she supposedly loved. I'm not sure why she did, because, it seemed to me she didn't like him at all. I really despised that she made Gabe list the things he didn't like about his dead wife, just to make herself feel better. That was petty and unnecessary and made me hate her. Rachel spent this entire book complaining and whining about virtually everything.
I couldn't blame Gabe for not liking Edward. The kid was not likable at all! And he didn't act like a kid. I guess I was supposed to feel bad about THAT, too. Oh, boohoo he had a horrible childhood and had to grow up quickly, but...I just didn't care. He seemed fake to me. So did his "resolution" with Gabe. Why did Gabe suddenly love him? It made no sense. I also suppose I was supposed to be angry with Gabe when he gave Edward a little whap on the behind. Well, I really couldn't blame the guy! That sounds bad, and I don't think he should have done it, but honestly, it wasn't a big deal, and Gabe felt really bad about it afterward...
I don't know, I just felt like the purpose of this book was for me to sympathize with Rachel and her son, and condone the big bad Gabe, but it was pretty much the opposite for me.
With all that said, I can't deny that I enjoyed the book, even with my annoyance. The relationship between Gabe and his brothers was well written, and I thought the secondary romance with Ethan was sweet. It was good to see him finally realize the woman he loved was right in front of him the whole time, and I like when the couple has known each other for a long time before they get together. And, I must admit, Rachel is a good mother, even if I don't like her--or her son.
It was also nice to see both Rachel and Gabe forgive each other for the mistakes they'd both made. Neither of them was perfect, and they both accepted that. ...more
If you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those thiIf you like to read about the most annoying and mean and self-centered and idiotic main character ever written, then meet Rose. She's all of those things, and honestly, she made this book awful. She can be nice sometimes, but only when it suits her. Also, it annoyed me how we got POVs from Rose, her two younger brothers, her grandmother, and another secondary character but not from Declan. It was weird.
I guess it was unique and mildly entertaining, and the writing was prety good, but...God, I spent the whole time annoyed with Rose....more
This is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buyingThis is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buying Ian as a slave was interesting (annoying, the way she tried to lead him around on a leash, but she became nice pretty quick). I found it irritating how she wouldn't believe a word out of his mouth. In fact, I hated Susannah. I liked Ian a lot though, and wished he would have had the sense to dump her and get with someone actually worthy of him. She insulted him at nearly every turn, and was basically awful and beyond snappish, but she didn't become this way until the end--she got progressively meaner and more idiotic.
The middle of the novel, with Ian learning how to work on a farm was funny and endearing. He was so cute, trying to get eggs from the chicken coop and then running away in terror. I just wish the end wasn't so...ridiculous....more
Ugh. What is this peice of crap? It was absolutely ridiculous. It starts off with a mother selling her son. Uh-huh. And then we are supposed to sympatUgh. What is this peice of crap? It was absolutely ridiculous. It starts off with a mother selling her son. Uh-huh. And then we are supposed to sympathize with her because, oh how sweet, a bunch of years later she took in a bunch of kids without a family.
The heroine was selfish and weird. She finds an unconscious man randomly in the middle of the forest (uh-huh) then kisses him--while he is unconscious for no reason that I can see. Can you say CREEPY? Then, when he wakes up with amnesia, she tells him he's her husband. Yes, we've all seen this plotline before, but in this time it's especially bad, because when she takes him home, her entire family, including the neighbors, treat him like he's some horrible evil criminal--going after him with an ax etc...when LAURA is the one who made him stay there.
And then there's Carlotta, Laura's sister, who is EVIL. First, she literally tries to shoot Sterling (silly name) through the heart with an arrow. When this fails, she poisons his food in an attempt to murder him. AND HE DOES NOT GET MAD AT HER! He says it's okay and that he understands and he won't tell anyone! Are you kidding me? I don't find that funny at all. I assume it was supposed to be humorous, since I hope TM isn't promoting cold-blooded murder. Carlotta should have been punished for this. Really. You can't just try to murder someone and be forgiven. It's not some childish prank. I was so glad when it was Laura who ended up eating the poisoned food by mistake. I liked watching her suffer--too bad it didn't last longer, because that succubus deserved worse.
I have no idea why the hero/heroine like each other. If I were Sterling, I would HATE Laura and her entire evil family, who all hate him and act like he's trying to ruin Laura, who has LIED to him and made up tons of random stories. And, of course, we're supposed to sympathize with her, because she's supposedly trying to "protect her family" by doing this, which I find ridiculous. Honestly, I would enjoy watching her entire family thrown out onto the streets! They're not even good people!
I've only read one other TM book, Yours Until Dawn, and it was nothing like this baloney. I don't think I'll ever read another TM again, though. It's too risky. I couldn't stand being as pissed off as I was while reading this crap ever again....more
You know, all romance novels are the same. The heroes pretty much always say, "I do not deserve you" to the heroine, and, honestly, I'd like JUST ONCEYou know, all romance novels are the same. The heroes pretty much always say, "I do not deserve you" to the heroine, and, honestly, I'd like JUST ONCE to read a book in which the heroine says that to the hero. It's as if women authors think all men are less worthy of love than women, that men as a whole are bad, and women as a whole are good. Well, news flash: not ALL men are bad. Some men are, in fact, worthy of love. Seriously, no matter what the heroine does, no matter how bad, all the secondary characters excuse her behavior and call her an angel and say the hero doesn't deserve her. Yet, if the hero makes a single, small mistake, he's an absolute beast not worthy of love who should thank God every day that a woman ACTUALLY condescended to love him and so he should therefore grovel at her feet daily.
Yes, in case you're wondering, there is a similar theme in this book, and it MADE ME SO MAD!
The first 1/3 of this book was so boring I almost fell asleep, the rest was only entertaining because it annoyed me so much I felt like beating someone up! And then the end is resolved so quickly and suddenly that I felt jypped, because I spent the whole book waiting for the end.
This whole story felt so pointless. The two mains ruined each other's lives for over a year for pretty much no reason, and all their silly drama could have been avoided. It felt contrived.
Also, it was very sad and depressing and some of the characters, at least five, seem to be suffereing from dissociative identity disorder, because their personalities changed within every chapter (i.e. Ann, Lord Weatherbee, Anais, Wallingford, Anais' dad etc.)
The sudden resolval of Garret and Lindsay's friendship was...ridiculous and out of place. All of sudden they were all lovey lovey I never meant to hurt you. Oh, no? Then what was with all the constant death threats? Really.
It also annoyed me that it took Anais the ENTIRE book to come around and actually try to HELP Lindsay, the man she supposedly loved, with his addiction.
Oh, and what REALLY ticked me off: Anais kept saying something like "I love Garret so much, only not in a physical way," and that she "loved Lindsay in a physical way." Okay, is it just me, or is that really disgusting? She's basically saying that she loves them both equally as much, only her love for Lindsay is physical. No. That's not what love is. There's a romantic type of love and a friendship type of love and then there's lust. Romantic love does NOT mean the person ONLY loves the other person more than a random friend simply because they're more physically aroused by them. Honestly, I kept wanting her to say she loved Lindsay MORE than Garret, but she wouldn't. No, she had to say she loved them both the same, and that if there was no physical attraction between them, she could easily trade one for the other. I'm sorry, but isn't love supposed to be more than that? Isn't it supposed to be about loving the actually PERSON, and NOT their body?
All Anais ever thought about was how handsome she thought Lindsay was, while he saw the person inside of her.
Did anyone ever notice how the heroes in romance are always really hot and the women are usually not? Ugh. It's getting old. Just once, I'd like to have a regular looking hero with a beautiful heroine. Anyone know of such a book, or a book in which the heroines says "I don't deserve you" to the hero? ...more
Ugh. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Ridiculous drivel that made no sense. I mean, the guy gets shot and then acts like nothing is wronUgh. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Ridiculous drivel that made no sense. I mean, the guy gets shot and then acts like nothing is wrong. Also, on top of getting shot, he has MALARIA, okay, MALARIA, and he is fine--not uncomfortable or anything. Also, the heroine spends 90% of the book thinking she's in love with the wrong man and telling the right man how awful he is and how much she hates him and wants him dead. Pleasant. Claire is THE most stupid character I think I've ever had the misfortune to read about. This whole thing was absurd. Someone telling Claire that Harry would DIE for Trevelyan. Um, are you kidding? He found out his brother wasn't really dead after years of thinking he was, and what is his reaction: "Oh, is that you? I thought you were dead. What's that, you have malaria? Oh, cool. Can I go back to sleep now? You're bothering me." I'm sorry, but if that's "love" I'm an idiot. I hate it when the heroine spends nearly the entire book hating and thinking these horrible things about the hero, how he's cold and evil and cruel and the worst, more uncaring man--no, as Claire put it "machine" on earth. Yes. She throws all this in his face? Why? Because he says over and over how much he loves her and needs her and that she's the only woman he's ever loved and that she's amazing. And her reaction is to laugh in his face and call him a selfish self-pitying monster. Okay. If this is romance, then I fear for the world. How this book has a 3.77 average, I have no idea, because I'm ashamed that such utter nonsense can be published. ...more
I liked this more than I expected to based on Tayla. Enough said. Tayla. She was extremely annoying with all her bullheaded ignorance, but for some reI liked this more than I expected to based on Tayla. Enough said. Tayla. She was extremely annoying with all her bullheaded ignorance, but for some reason it didn't start to grate until the halfway point. By then I was like, Okay, come on. Are you gonna start liking your hero any time soon? It took over half the book for her to finally come around and admit that she was wrong and that not all demons should be killed/are evil.
I found Eidolon to be a unique hero, especially for this genre. He wasn't the typical heman. He acts with intelligence and restraint and he was just so different from the heroes I'm used to. That's not to say I loved him, because I didn't, but I was refreshed by him, so I enjoyed him as a hero. But to be honest I can't love a guy without a sense of humor, and Eidolon has none, so he couldn't do it for me. Tayla? I didn't have a problem with her personally, meaning her outward personality, but her blindess was irksome. But I've gotta like a heroine who can take care of herself rather than sit in a corner whimpering.
Plus, the idea of an underground demon hospital is just really cool. I don't know why. Usually I don't like hospital stories, but since it's a demon hospital, it was much more interesting. I like all the random demons that crop up.
I like that a number of characters played a large role in this book. Usually with romance it focuses solely on the main couple, but not so with this series, which is the main reason why I enjoy it so much. There are multiple subplots going on that I enjoyed--nothing overly original or memorable, but entertaining enough.
I do think Tayla and Eidolon are a good match. Despite their differences, they had real chemistry and I understood why they ultimately fell in love (as is NOT the case in future books)....more
The four stars is for the story and other characters, not for the main couple, because...come on. Runa and Shade are ridiculous characters, especiallyThe four stars is for the story and other characters, not for the main couple, because...come on. Runa and Shade are ridiculous characters, especially Runa. I found her very strange. The things that come out of her mouth as well as her actions. To be honest she didn't bother me much until the end. I didn't even care about her first meeting with Shade. I mean, it's a paranormal romance, so I've gotten used to the sex at first sight scenarios.
But the whole thing about...(view spoiler)[Shade beating the pain out of people. Not only is that stupid, but the fact that Runa begged him to beat her despite how it pained him was just...pathetic and stupid and made her seem like such a flimsy character. It just felt so fake. (hide spoiler)] I think Ione's heroines are kind of odd. They seem to have personality changes and make decisions waaay out of character. One moment she'll be strong and mature and the next she acts like a weak toddler, no offense to toddlers. Plus, when Shade started to disappear, she barely noticed, and when she did she pretty much brushed it off.
Also, let us talk about the corniness. Come on. The last line? Something along the lines of "and love is the greatest curse of all." Are you serious? Why does it have to be so corny? It seems so out of place and fake. You can love someone without being a sappy mess. Seriously, all these women have the men completely wrapped around their fingers, which just...I get that some women fantasize about that, but I like it to be a bit more realistic.
But my favorite thing about this series is how all the characters show up in all the books rather than disappearing. And we've got the continuing Kynan/Gem storyline, which is cool. But the overall relationships haven't impressed me, especially since at least one of them is hiding behind a big-ass lie. I don't like relationships that start with huge lies. I don't like relationships where one of the characters is working against the other character. This series has got enough drama without all that.
In the first book, I really liked the relationship between the brothers, but it's pretty much gone in this book. There were a few moments, but mostly they acted colder toward each other than normal, and I didn't enjoy it. I'm not a fan of how they act toward Wraith, either. Condescension isn't an appealing trait for me, and you don't get any more condescending than Eidolon!
However, the scenes with Wraith and Kynan were funny and just so cute. Plus, I just think Wraith in general is hilarious. I don't care what anyone else says, he's very amusing. There were moments I really liked Shade, but mostly I just felt indifferent toward him. I don't know why. I didn't connect with him for whatever reason. Same with Runa. There were times I really liked her, like when she was kicking demon-butt...and then others when she just seemed so...pitiful and immature. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm sorry, but just because a woman is pregnant, that does not mean she's so ill she cannot walk without passing out while she pukes 24 hours a day evI'm sorry, but just because a woman is pregnant, that does not mean she's so ill she cannot walk without passing out while she pukes 24 hours a day every day. She's pregnant not dying. Exaggerate much? Pregnant women are not invalids! They can remain conscious! I mean, she's not even showing for goodness sake!...more