There’s good versus evil! There’s cautious verses unbridled! (Though, honestly, not so much with the cautious, these guys.) There’s a plot twist/charaThere’s good versus evil! There’s cautious verses unbridled! (Though, honestly, not so much with the cautious, these guys.) There’s a plot twist/character motivation I hadn't anticipated! (Sorry, man. I sort of, kinda misjudged you, though really, you earned it in other ways. Jerk.) And there’s just enough in the way of steamy scenes to spice up the narrative, without overwhelming it.
This is the third of Ms. Medley’s books I’ve read and the one thing I’ve noticed in every one is that for every steamy scene, enthusiasConsent is Sexy
This is the third of Ms. Medley’s books I’ve read and the one thing I’ve noticed in every one is that for every steamy scene, enthusiastic consent is a constant.
It doesn't derail the story, or make the steamy scenes any less steamy; quite the contrary, it enhances them.
No matter how flawed or wounded our main characters may be, there is a very clear line of demarcation between the good guys and the bad guys. Gone are the days of romance novels old when the supposed “hero” would rape the heroine, but feel really bad about it, only have her forget the brutality and fall in love with him at the end.
Consent is Sexy and Ms. Medley demonstrates that so very well.
Another brisk adventure into the world of Reapers, magic and demon slaying. It’s adventuresome, well paced and has just enough steam to spice things uAnother brisk adventure into the world of Reapers, magic and demon slaying. It’s adventuresome, well paced and has just enough steam to spice things up nicely, without overwhelming the story as a whole.
While darker in tone than the first book, it is certainly just as entertaining a read. And habit forming too. My only problem is having to squelch my impatience for the next book.
The mark of good story building is when the characters and their world take up residence in the reader’s head and start spinning new stories all their own.
It’s not written in painfully contrived first person. (Thank you, Ms. Medley.) The world building is well realized. The charactersThis was a fun read.
It’s not written in painfully contrived first person. (Thank you, Ms. Medley.) The world building is well realized. The characters are engaging and three dimensional. The story is entertaining, and the overall narrative, while highlighted by steamy scenes, does not depend on those scenes to keep the reader's attention.
I have a couple minor quibbles though. First, it’s she and he, not her and him. Second, I'm not a fan of brand names in fiction. It may be shorthand to people reading it today, but in years to come? Brands are part of the pop culture and very few pop culture references stay relevant over the long haul. Why handicap your book’s chances at longevity?
For my part, it's always more satisfying to read about what the characters are eating, what's in the food and the experience of eating it. I say, make the most of the sensuous scenes as well as the sensual.
So much missed potential here. I like the premise, but the execution was bland and plodding.
The main characters were underdeveloped and plenty of secSo much missed potential here. I like the premise, but the execution was bland and plodding.
The main characters were underdeveloped and plenty of secondary characters were given too much time on the page and then abandoned entirely.
There were too many name brand current pop-cultural references, dooming the story to a limited shelf-life.
And I must admit that I am wholeheartedly sick of first person narratives. I didn't want to be in Katie’s head, because there just wasn't a whole lot going on in there.
Katie's roommates were present from start to finish, but were as indistinguishable from one another on the last page as on the first.
Owen blushes a lot. Full stop.
Rod has bad hygiene. Full stop.
Mimi, the bad boss was horrible well into the fifth chapter, then poof! Gone. Kim, who seemed poised as Katie’s rival at MSI, (and whom I fully expected to end up in league with the bad guy) was nowhere to be seen after losing a coveted promotion to Katie. The bad guy himself turned out to be as intimidating as a summer cold.
There was a lot more tell than show here as well, with certain situations/motivations repeated unnecessarily. At one point, I actually said out loud, "I know! You told me that three pages ago!"
There is much talk about the brewing situation being so bad that, after hundreds of years, Merlin is awakened to help deal with it.
The situation is bad, BAD. Ya hear me, BAAAAD. And yet, we think we can sort it with a sternly worded letter. Wait, what?
Then later, we're told these wizard-gone-rogue situations actually crop up about once every generation or so.
There are never any moments of real anxiety, or concern. Situations and characters are presented as potential problems, then are easily resolved and forgotten. The climax was anti-climactic. Heavens forfend the reader be allowed to have an emotion while reading.
As for the supposed romance subplot, snore. I'm all for the subtlety of a slow boil, but in this case we never get past tepid. We're told that Katie "doesn't need a man", yet a lot of words are devoted to getting her one. Moreover, she's got a thing for Owen, but spends all her time being almost willfully stupid about whether or not he's interested. What a pity she never thought to, you know, be a grown-up and ASK HIM.
The author even does an annoying wink-wink-nudge-nudge at the reader about how, at a certain point in a book, the hero was supposed to confess his true feelings.
In the end, it's as if she's just decided to settle for Ethan because he, "wasn't bad at all."
I wanted to like this book, but ultimately, nothing really happened and I didn't really care. Honestly, it all felt like just so much back story to a different, one hopes more interesting story. ...more
I'm not normally a fan if first-person narrative, but Karen Healey does it well.
Guardian of the Dead is a refreshing mixture of wonderful surprises anI'm not normally a fan if first-person narrative, but Karen Healey does it well.
Guardian of the Dead is a refreshing mixture of wonderful surprises and no nonsense truth. The world needs more heroines like Ellie Spencer. Honorable, flawed, able to love and hate with equal ferocity. I can think of no greater compliment that to declare her an Elinor Dashwood for the 21st century....more