As you might expect, this is a novella that's essentially a set up for the next book, which will be out quite soon. It's about Raphael & Cyn but s...moreAs you might expect, this is a novella that's essentially a set up for the next book, which will be out quite soon. It's about Raphael & Cyn but sets up the next plot line and protagonists.
It also serves to help farther the long arc, and that has a lot to do with why I like these little gems.
This is one of those series that I know every single book is going to be a tease for the next one, but I usually opt-in anyway. When I first started reading them the endings pissed me off and I wasn't sure I was going to continue reading them. What I came to was that you can expect every single one of them to end on a set up for the next book, even though it doesn't say it anywhere. It's just the way she writes this series. Knowing it's expected allows me to choose to opt in rather than leaving me feeling manipulated and toyed with.
Don't get me wrong, I still think the endings all suck. That said I think the rest of the books are examples of exceptional PNR with a very good balance of character development, long arc and book arcs, world building and lore, action and story, romantic relationship and smut. They kinda have everything (except endings that don't taste like bait). Knowing the endings are going to frustrate me frees me to pick and choose when I'll be exposed to it.
I will say that I was a little surprised with the God-mode from Raphael, and that there were more copy editing mistakes in this one than usual. Even so, I've read big house books that were worse so I will mention but not complain about it here.
The world and the long arc are interesting enough to keep me coming back regardless of how amenable I may be feeling about romances. The characters, a...moreThe world and the long arc are interesting enough to keep me coming back regardless of how amenable I may be feeling about romances. The characters, all of the recurring characters, were believable for the most part but I found a lot of the relationship elements of the romance to be a bit repetitive.
That said, I'd lean closer to 3.25 stars than just 3. I'm still interested in the world, the long arc, and who ends up pairing up in this one-couple-per-book series.
And the truth is that Singh writes some pretty smokin' hot smexy, even if I occasionally think "is that position anatomically possible, even for the supernaturally limber?"
This was a lot of fun. In terms of percentages devoted to story, relationship, and sex - well, it's a romance.
Although the story is a framework it's...moreThis was a lot of fun. In terms of percentages devoted to story, relationship, and sex - well, it's a romance.
Although the story is a framework it's still engaging and fun, the characters likeable with baggage to empathize with and grow through.
The last 1/3 or so of the book could be called erotica, though. Once they start getting busy they get busy with some regularity. It's well written and smokin' hot, but it becomes a big part of the story towards the end.(less)
I just can not read the comments by other people on this series any longer.
We KNOW you don't like the sex, in fact you whinge so much I wonder if perh...moreI just can not read the comments by other people on this series any longer.
We KNOW you don't like the sex, in fact you whinge so much I wonder if perhaps you don't like sex at all.
The description makes it clear that sex will be a driving plot point in this particular book. If you are still interested in the series but don't want to deal with sex as a main plot point then consider reading some of the more recent novels as the sex in them was minimal as was the angst about sex. If you are "too afraid" to try then move on and leave the series to those of us who are still enjoying it.
Unless you just enjoy the negativity, which is pretty much what I've come to and that's why I won't be reading your reviews or comments anymore.(less)
I really expected to love this, and perhaps that expectation was my undoing, but I only barely liked it. I didn't end up emotionally invested in the c...moreI really expected to love this, and perhaps that expectation was my undoing, but I only barely liked it. I didn't end up emotionally invested in the characters and I often found myself wondering if we could stop with the childhood history and just get on with it.
Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful way to introduce a world and the plethora of characters, by narrating the primary protagonist's back story, and I do feel like I know the characters fairly well. The thing is, with the exception of the conflict with the noble at the university I have no emotional reaction to this story at all.
I also really hated the ending and how it just kind of stops in the middle of the narration without having achieved anything. If I didn't have the second to move right into it would have angered me, and I am fearful that the second will end like this and I will end up abandoning the series because of it.
I loved this series when I started it. They had straight forward beginning, middle, and ends and I never felt manipulated by the endings. The stories...moreI loved this series when I started it. They had straight forward beginning, middle, and ends and I never felt manipulated by the endings. The stories are well written and amusing and the characters are well drawn.
This book, however, is the third one in a row in which Mr. Hearne has seen fit to use either a cliff hanger ending or use the ending as a means to pre-sell the next book. This is the third book in a row in this series in which the ending left a bad taste in my mouth due to marketing manipulation, which is how I see cliff hangers and endings that are nothing more than previews for the next book.
I'm not sure I'll be in much of a rush to read any more of these until the series is complete. I do not like to end an otherwise enjoyable book reading experience on a sour note, and 3 in a row is a pattern. So I think I'll eschew it until the series is over.
I laughed a lot all the way through this, and the action was pretty much non-stop.
I was considering a five star rating but the ending, although not a...moreI laughed a lot all the way through this, and the action was pretty much non-stop.
I was considering a five star rating but the ending, although not a real cliff hanger, was a set up for the next book and I am getting frustrated with that kind of manipulation in a series that I have been enjoying so much and that, until the last book, didn't stoop to those kinds of tactics.
So, while I was thinking how it was the best book so far it ended on a sour note for me. I will never understand why an author wants their reader to finish their experience with the book feeling manipulated. It just doesn't make sense. The entire experience all the way through the book is great and then - MEH. The last thing the reader remembers is MEH.
This was a rather entertaining erotic short that had both smokin' hot erotic content and a well written, engaging fantasy story framework for the erot...moreThis was a rather entertaining erotic short that had both smokin' hot erotic content and a well written, engaging fantasy story framework for the erotica.
Deftly written to include both flowery prose and forthright verbiage in an hard-to-achieve balance, it should please erotic readers of all stripes. With an ending that was both satisfying and left room for elaboration without feeling like a cliff hanger or marketing ploy, it left me hoping the world would be continued so I could learn more about it and perhaps be introduced to more of the characters. What ever happened to the captured elementals? Will they be freed? What about the Golden Empire? Will it advance and harm the Sisters? Will the Salamander Lord approach the others? Will Enya still worry for the sisters now?
It's a perfect one-handed-read for those times when a novel is too much but pure erotica is just not enough.
In fairness this was probably a 3.25 or 3.5 for me, but it was not a solid 3.5.
It was well written and the world is pretty rich, I can certainly see t...moreIn fairness this was probably a 3.25 or 3.5 for me, but it was not a solid 3.5.
It was well written and the world is pretty rich, I can certainly see the potential for it to blossom as you read more of the stories. I can't really say it was "action packed" though. The end was pretty exciting.
I'm open to reading more of the series to see how it grows on me. Hey, telepathic flying lizards will always be "fire-lizards" ala Pern to me, and that's kinda hard to dislike.
I loved the entire book except the end which was total frustration.
Not a true cliff hanger the story just kind of stops on just the other side of the...moreI loved the entire book except the end which was total frustration.
Not a true cliff hanger the story just kind of stops on just the other side of the climax. It's one of those books where there are no resolutions at all and you feel a bit like the only real purpose for the book was world building and character introduction.
Don't get me wrong, the premise and the world are brilliant, the characters are multi-layered and the primary protagonist could be classified as "plucky" at the least, easily bleeding into the "bad-ass" category. There was romance but it barely got off the ground and looks like it will evolve over time. The politics, intrigue, and "can't trust anyone" is off the charts and just keeps getting more in depth as the world building evolves. In fact the book ended on a "oh hell, how are they ever going to survive that?" point.
It's got everything except a real ending. Book 2 is supposed to be released in early December so the release is a 1, 2 punch. I will read book 2 to see if the ending of book 1 is just because there was too bloody much there to get it all in one book, but if the ending of book 2 is like the ending of book 1 I don't know if I'll follow the series.
Don't think I don't realize that at least a portion of my aggravation is that I didn't want to leave the world. I just can't tell how much of that is because there was no resolutions and that leaves me a bit miffed and wondering if it's the story making me want to stay in the world or the manipulation of no resolutions.
You know I like for a book to have an ending. It doesn't even have to come at the end of the book, it can be at the front, but I want a book arc ending and tend to avoid series that don't have them - at least until the entire series is finished.
I don't know how to rate the damned thing. All the way through I was thinking 4.5 stars with the half off for copy editing and one spot where the characters did something unlikely simply to further the plot, but that end has me struggling with my tendency to give single stars to cliff hangers although that wouldn't entirely be fair in this case.
I haven't a clue how to rate it.
ETA: MEH. The preview at the end of the book gave the book 2 release date as early December, but Goodreads has the release date for book 2 as March 2015. So I'm not really feeling the tolerance for the ending of this book that I was feeling.(less)
This one was a bit of a game changer. I enjoyed it, but it didn't pull me in the way the rest of them did. I'm not sure why, though.
I really enjoyed g...moreThis one was a bit of a game changer. I enjoyed it, but it didn't pull me in the way the rest of them did. I'm not sure why, though.
I really enjoyed getting to know the back stories of a couple of the secondary characters but found myself wondering why I had to learn the back stories of newly introduced characters. It will be interesting to see if they crop up again in the future.