So...I seem to always have the unpopular opinion. For me, the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber was a much more interesting read for me.4 - 4.5 stars.
So...I seem to always have the unpopular opinion. For me, the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber was a much more interesting read for me. I preferred all the quiet, emotional moments in DIA than the seemingly over-the-top adventures in the second half of Voyager. Not to say I didn't still devour this book like a starving man.
As with the first book, I found myself being extremely frustrated with Claire throughout Voyager. Constantly doubting Jaime when he has proven himself time and again to her. Yes, the situation with (view spoiler)[ LegHair (hide spoiler)] was messed up. BUT....she was gone for 20 flipping years!!! He wasn't supposed to have a life without her? It's not like her life didn't continue when she left him. And while she was admittedly far from happy with FR...it is extremely selfish of her to just assume that if Jaime did survive that he would remain alone forever. But...I digress. That is obviously a sore subject for me, Claire's double standard way of thinking....so I will leave it alone now.
Anyway, I liked the addition of the new characters...especially LJG. I for one think John Grey is in incredibly interesting addition to the series, and while I realize that fans either love him or hate him...i personally love him, and am even more excited to read his side books that tie into the main series.
So, to wrap up....I enjoyed Voyager quite a bit. Was it without bumps in the road for me? No. Did I find myself wanting to punch Claire in the face at times? Yes. But, the overall world that Gabaldon has created here is addictive and well written enough to keep me coming back for more.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There is no way I could even begin to express the effect this book had on me. Especially as I only just finisheAll the stars in the bloodydamn Galaxy!
There is no way I could even begin to express the effect this book had on me. Especially as I only just finished it less than an hour ago. And my emotions?!? My emotions are completely and utterly f'ed up.
That ending? Pierce Brown you are an evil, evil man. I can't remember ever feeling such a rush of warring emotions as I did while reading the last 10 pages of Golden Son. It truly messed me up. It was exquisitely brilliant in its execution. But also terribly tragic, shocking and heartbreaking.
I can't even imagine having to wait a YEAR for the story to continue.
Pierce Brown is hands down the best new author to come around in years. ...more
One of the best things about the Addicted series....besides the fact that it's probably the best written and emotionall 5+ I Love Lily & Lo Stars!
One of the best things about the Addicted series....besides the fact that it's probably the best written and emotionally fulfilling series out there right now...is the fact that K&B always give us a healthy dose of our favorite characters with each new release. There are no 50 page novellas to fill in the gap between regular books in the series. So, even though this is listed as book 1.5 in the series, it's a full length story. And I for one, couldn't be happier.
Ricochet focuses on Lily as she tries to cope with the absence of Lo, while he battles his alcohol addiction in rehab. Lily is of course, battling her own demons, and is struggling with the idea of staying committed and faithful to Lo while he's away. Which means no sex for 90 days. A tall order for a sex addict who has is without her support system for the very first time.
Going into this book, i was curious how K&B would handle Lily and Lo being apart, because one of the best parts of the first book, Addicted to You was the intense dynamic between them. But, if anything, this book solidified the reader's understanding of LiLo's unbreakable bond. These two people love each other enough to be strong for each other. To battle their demons separately in order to be stronger when they come back together.
This book is really where we start to get to know Rose and Connor....(my personal two favorite characters in the series). On the surface, Rose seems like an Ice Queen, but in reality she is fiercely loyal and devoted to those she loves. The way she loves and supports Lily, and makes it her mission to understand her sister's addiction...without question or judgement...is why Rose will always be the true backbone and hero of this entire series in my opinion. And then we have Connor (whom i will spend a GREAT deal of time drooling over in my reviews of later books in the series). He's an outsider to the group, but even though he appears to be arrogant and self-centered...okay, maybe he IS those things...but underneath it all, he is also fiercely loyal to those he cares about. In Lo, Connor finds his first true friend, and in Rose he finds a partner in crime.
Other reviewers have commented on this, but this book had some of the sexiest scenes that didn't involve two people being in the same room with each other. Let's just say Skype can be your friend.
When Lily and Lo finally do reunite, it is handled in a completely believable and realistic way. Yes, there are awkward moments, which is to be expected when one person has been off in rehab learning a completely new way to live. And yes, Lily does wonder if Lo will want to be with her now that he is on the road to recovery. Will he consider her too damaged, or a risk to his sobriety? Other authors may have decided to pile on the angst...separate the two characters...make them (and the reader) suffer through endless pages of them being miserable apart. But not in K&B's world. They know that they best, really the only, way that both Lily and Lo can hope to succeed in fighting their demons, is by doing so together. And i freaking love that.
I heart and soul of Lily & Lo's story, is their unwavering devotion to each other. And that is one of the many....many....reasons I love this series.
L.H. Cosway is one of my favorite authors. I absolutely love the way she tells a story, and brings to life some of the most unique and2 1/2 - 3 stars
L.H. Cosway is one of my favorite authors. I absolutely love the way she tells a story, and brings to life some of the most unique and endearing characters I've ever encountered. Unfortunately, this book....no matter how much I wanted to like it, just didn't completely work for me.
The book's heroine, Jade is an interesting character. To say she has a lot on her plate, would be putting it mildly. She is raising her younger siblings, working two jobs as both a street performer and as a bartender at a theater that showcases the local symphony. She's also a recovering alcoholic....yes, an alcoholic slinging drinks for a living. That is just one of the aspects to the story that was intriguing but never quite worked for me.
Jade encounters a quiet young man one night as she is performing as a living statue. The two end up having an intense, if highly unusual one-night stand. Or so they think. Turns out, that quiet young man, Shane, is a violinist prodigy and the latest addition to the local symphony.
One of my main problems with the story, was that while there were a few genuinely sweet moments between Jade and Shane, i felt a lack of connection between the characters. There were different aspects to both of them that i found interesting, but when they came together? It just didn't work for me.
There were more than a few cliche' moments (view spoiler)[ Shane has an 'evil' ex-girlfriend that broke his heart, Jade has sworn off men because she was hurt by an ex in the past and believes if she gets into another relationship she'll fall off the wagon etc... (hide spoiler)], and I didn't fully believe the two separate sides to Shane (one minute almost painfully awkward, and then the next he's Mr Seductive). Plus, for a relatively short book, the story itself moved rather slowly.
It had it's moments, but overall this book fell short of my (admittedly high) expectations. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more