I don't get it. Lottie and Zan have absolutely ZERO chemistry. If someone who hates Zan as much as Lottie does is going to start dating/fall in "love"...moreI don't get it. Lottie and Zan have absolutely ZERO chemistry. If someone who hates Zan as much as Lottie does is going to start dating/fall in "love" with him, then they better have some serious chemistry. To me, though, their interactions were totally flat. I couldn't see why either would ever be interested in the other. Why on earth did Lottie fall for him? Zan, to me, was a pushover. A totally uninteresting and totally whipped pushover. He let Lottie treat him like garbage. I don't care what her "reasons" were for treating him that way--if these people are going to be in a relationship, neither can treat the other like crap.
At one point Zan actually says to Lottie that she is "in charge." Ugh, that's just really gross. I guess 'cause I'm female I'm supposed to swoon, thinking how UHMAZING it would be to have a guy wrapped around my finger, but really it just made me sick. Come to think of it, who WAS Zan, anyway? Despite Cameron listing various interests he had, he felt like a non-person. Lottie wasn't much of anything either. To me, she was simply a pissed off girl obsessed with the past.
And Zan's constant "pretty girls" and "beautiful girls" were just waaaay too much for me. And what's up with all these poetry-quoting guys? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for deep, emotional guys, but the poetry quoting, especially while high/plastered etc., comes across as ridiculous.
Then there was the whole "Brothers of Doom" stuff. No. Having every character in the book threaten to murder/maim/torture the hero, as well as warn the heroine away from him and blather on about how he's evil blah blah blah...like I said, no. First off, it's just unrealistic. That's not how life works. Pretty sure when I was in college, the guy who treated me like crap was loved by the entire campus, including my best friend. This dude pretended to want to date me, then laughed in my face later on, saying it was all a big joke and why would he date me? But did ANYONE AT ALL chase after him, name-call him, threaten to hide his body? Nope. But my "best friend" did become bffs with him and post pictures of them together all over Facebook.
I mean, REALLY, the part in which Trish freaks out because Zan, GASP, becomes friends with her brother!!!!!!!!! God forbid the guy have a single friend!
Point is, it's just unrealistic and weird. And about Lottie calling Zan "Alex" so she could pretend she was dating someone else? Does no one else see how wrong this is? We talk about red flags in relationships when it comes to abusive guys, but I guess it's fine as long as it's the girl who is abusive. Speaking of Lottie, can the girl ever shut her mouth, or does every breathing person need to know all her business. Woman, you don't have to tell everyone you meet about your sad past. It's pathetic.
I just don't believe that Lottie would ever date, let alone fall in love with Zan. Nor do I believe that every character would be calling Lottie "Lot." I've gone my whole life without anyone ever giving me a nickname--and there are certainly no nicknames for my nicknames.
When they have sex for the first time, Zan's all "this is your show, pretty girl." Really? REALLY? I'm unconvinced. And then they start talking in poetry blah blah blah. Maybe I just can't do romance anymore, because it all seems so sickly and over-the-top. Reading about Zan doing...that...to Lottie. Was it supposed to be hot? Maybe I'm an ice-queen, but I'll pass on sex scenes between these two non-humans.
Also, enough about Katie. I frankly don't care. This girl is an absolute imbecile, and I'm sorry but I fail to feel sympathy for you. No matter what bad thing Cameron decides to have befall you, I'm still not gonna care. You remind me of my former best friend, and have her name, too. And her obsession with pink.
I thought Will and Lottie's relationship was sweet at first, but then it became too much. And Will, nope, just didn't do it for me. In fact, I didn't like a single character in this book save Stryker, who ends up with, um, that...particular girl...name starts with a K. How nice for him. I hope he enjoys his life as Katie's whipping boy.
Honestly, how many times do I have to read about this or that person "ripping out" some guy's "spine" in defense of some girl. I get that it is impossible to write a romance novel in which at least two people do not threaten to murder/maim the hero, but in this one we've got not only the hero being maimed and murdered for no reason, but also his friend and various other side characters. It's just too much. I'm not touched by it. I'm creeped out by it. If my friend threatened to rip out some guy's spine just because he was baking cookies with me, I think I'd be like, "Friend - you crazy?" and then never speak to her again. 'Cause really. Who acts like this?
Really wish I hadn't spent money on this book. I made the mistake of thinking I could like books once more after reading Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters. (less)
1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly,...moreI'm only going to make a few points.
1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly, she actually defends him. I'm sorry, but this is the first time in my life I have ever encountered a heroine who stuck up for the guy she loved. It was because of this that I was able to truly believe her love for him, able to believe in their love for each other.
2. Clay has issues...that are not solved by love. Seriously. When he gets together with Maggie, he's not miraculously cured.
3. Their relationship works because Maggie is strong as hell and can totally handle someone as messed-up as Clay.
4. I'm so thrilled (there are no words) that a book has FINALLY addressed the fact that when a guy acts the way Clay does, it's not simply because he's an ass, but because he is sick and has a mental disorder (or in his case more than one!) People tend to brush off characters like Clay as "just a psycho." But for once, the author understands that, no, actually, there is more to it than that. I think a lot of people can learn something from this, and possibly become less ignorant about the seriousness of mental health. Contrary to what some people believe, individuals like Clay do not "decide" to be assholes. Mental illness is real. This book tells you that.
5. Clay is mature and self-aware enough to understand that he is not in a place where he can be in a relationship with someone. He knows only more destruction will come if he stays with Maggie, so makes the decision to try again to get help so that he can be in a healthy relationship with Maggie and stop hurting her.
6. Love Clay. Love Maggie. And I never love heroines. These aren't just characters. They are real people. And THIS is why I read books. I'd forgotten for a while, there. (less)
Roden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, n...moreRoden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, no, won't you please be my bestie and the captain of my guard instead? Roden: YESYESYES! A thousand times yes, MY LORD! *falls down on knees* I never really could have killed you!!!
Okay, I am so confused. I mean, did I miss something here? Don't get me wrong, I loved the book. Jaron/Sage is my man, and I adore him like no other. The new characters, especially Fink and Harlow, were awesome. Seriously, the characters in this book are a vast improvement from the last one, in which it was basically Sage vs. The World.
The one thing I don't really love is Imogen. She's all right, but to be honest she comes off as a bit bland and uninteresting compared to Jaron. I feel like someone else would suit him better. I don't think she can match up to him. Sure, she can get angry and "have words" with him, but it never really feels to me like they are on the same level, and NOT because she is a servant. I like the servant/king forbidden love stuff, but Imogen's personality is just too run-of-the-mill, so she really fades into the background.
I feel as if Jaron could really banter away with the right girl. Of course, this will not happen, but since I'm not in this for the romance I don't mind.
One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the glimpses we got of Jaron's softer side, of his inner child, the child wanting to be loved unconditionally, wanting his parents to be warmer to him. I think that really made me sympathize with him on a very deep level. His decisions come across as totally rash, uncalculated, and based more on emotion than logic (although he claims otherwise). I mean, do you really want the guy who just broke your leg and almost caused your demise to be in charge of your guard? Just because at one point in time you didn't hate each other?
My memory may be failing me, but I never felt as if Jaron and Roden were friends in the first book. I thought Roden grew to tolerate him at best, but Jaron seems to think they had a nice bromance going on. Is it just me? Maybe I need to do a re-read?(less)
Parker annoyed me. At first I liked him, but then his character seemed to change and become some mean, selfish, uncaring, weirdo. He pretty much sits...moreParker annoyed me. At first I liked him, but then his character seemed to change and become some mean, selfish, uncaring, weirdo. He pretty much sits around like an inanimate object while Jake fondles, massages, kisses, and gets him off. It's made out that Jake is self-centered, but considering Parker has no regard whatsoever for Jake's feelings... He said mean and nasty things that literally made Jake cry and caused him to have a panic attack, and he didn't remotely care. He's oddly robotic and unappealing.
The big deal Parker made about Jake not being good enough and needing to suck up to him for a long time in order to win his trust came off as ridiculous. Jake was supposedly a "slut" yet he didn't sleep with anyone since even before he realized he loved Parker, and didn't seem real at all. I don't see where Parker got off treating him like he was a lesser being. I don't get Parker at all. He seemed so erratic, and I gotta tell you after finishing this book I still have no idea who he is. There was no depth to him and I didn't connect with him at all. It literally seemed like he was a different character in each and every scene. I got tired of reading all the different places Jake kissed Parker. Jake kissed Parker's temple, shoulder, neck, chin, stomach, head, hair, elbow, blah blah while Parker sat there like the lump he was. I mean is the guy even human or is he a blow up doll? He only ever moves when he's trying to get Jake to get him off.
And the whole thing about Parker needing Jake to prove he wanted him for more than sex? Why? PARKER was the one who showed Jake no concern or affection of kindness of any sort unless it benefited him. Jake was the one doing things for him, kissing him on the cheek, shoulder, cuddling him, doing everything he could think of to make Parker happy. What the eff did Parker do for Jake? Oh yeah. Nothing at all. Sounds fair.
I guess with the good reviews I set my expectations too high. I like equal relationships, but this one seemed like the "Jake Worships Parker and Parker Gets Rewarded for No Reason and with No Reciprocation" show. What the hell makes Parker so damn special that he doesn't have to bring anything into the relationship, that he doesn't have to do anything for Jake and Jake has to do everything for him? I just can't like someone who only thinks of himself like this.
Also, at one point Alanna goes off on Jake on how guy's brains don't work right and they suck when it comes to picking/figuring out significant others - at the time she was pregnant with the baby of a man-whore rock star who is known for sleeping with anything female and never more than once per female. (less)
I don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feeli...moreI don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feelings" garbage, but she turned out to be an awesome, caring, kind young woman who, with Ryan's help, really grew as a person. Their romance bloomed from friendship, which is the best way. Jenna's dad, though. Oh, man. If he was my dad I'd have run away from home when I was her age! And don't get me started on Ryan's mom.
She has two sides. I loved her at first, and then...But Cole was awesome. I love how he was Ry's mom's boyfriend, but also really cared about Ry as his own son. Meh. I'm gushing. Just read it. (less)
One of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treat...moreOne of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treats like crap until the last chapter. It barely feels like a romance, considering Dylan isn't even in the book that much. There is no plot. It's just a bunch of random things happening to Malic, as if I cared. I was relieved when it ended.
Dylan. Who the heck IS he, anyway? No, really. We know next to nothing about him, and he's as flat as paper. Come to think of it, Malic is pretty flat himself. He's a scary, muscle-man and that's about it. Dylan is a clingy, horny teenager. That's about it. (less)
This is the type of book that starts out okay, and gets a little better with each chapter. I was interested for a while, then I started to grow bored,...moreThis is the type of book that starts out okay, and gets a little better with each chapter. I was interested for a while, then I started to grow bored, because the only likable character is our narrator, Sage. Thank God for Sage. He saved what could otherwise have been a very mediocre book, and made it into a good one. Often, authors don't bother to make their MC interesting, but Sage is very interesting. He's a bit crazy, but entertaining.
At first, the other characters come off as utterly unlikable, but the more you read the more you learn about them, and although they don't become characters you really love, they at least become ones you can understand. And that's where this book falls short. Even with the characters growing on me, the only one I truly cared about was Sage. Take Imogen, the love interest. Honestly, I found her a bit lackluster in comparison to Sage. I'd rather have disliked her than felt the indifference I did toward her character. In the next book, I truly hope the author takes the time to flesh out her character more, and this is coming from a girl who does NOT enjoy reading about female characters--or, barring that, have her spend more time on any character other than Sage (not that I want less Sage!).
The False Prince reminds me of The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, although not nearly in the same league; that's not to say I didn't like it, but it isn't nearly as sophisticated. Sage has a tiny bit of Eugenedes in him, which is always a good thing.
Now, about the twist. I figured it out about 1/3 through. It's just so obvious. Even though I saw it coming, I was rooting for it to happen, and I enjoyed every moment of it. The end was certainly the best part. But, really, Sage's (view spoiler)[utter lack of background (hide spoiler)] made it painfully clear that (view spoiler)[ he was really the prince. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)