Gahhh, what can I say? I have no idea whether I really liked this, liked this, or if I even liked this at all.
The story was different. Interesting. In...moreGahhh, what can I say? I have no idea whether I really liked this, liked this, or if I even liked this at all.
The story was different. Interesting. Intriguing. A chaste mother of two and wife to an estranged politician, seeks the help of an experienced man. She hopes that with his teaching, she can seduce her unfeeling husband. There are twists to the story, however, some were rather predictable. Loved it when they were unpredictable. Just shy of shocking... Okay, I really liked the story.
Loved the hero, Lord Safyre (Ramiel Devington). Smart. Sexy. An alpha male hero in all respects, who has a past that haunts. Complicated, but uncomplicated.
Liked the heroine, Elizabeth Petre. Actually, she IS lovable. She's a conflicted naive character. Passionate and real.
Loved their relationship. The slow build. The obvious chemistry and attraction. The banter between them. The exchange of words, most of them quite humorous. The thoughts were brilliant.
However, I disliked the majority of the dialogue. Too clinical. I mean, most of the time I was rolling my eyes, wondering if there were people that actually talked the way they did. What I think was SUPPOSED to be emotional, was rather inexpressive and fell flat.
With that said, it probably should be mentioned that this was the first time I actually finished a book that was geared towards erotica. If that was what it was supposed to be. I found it funny, the story read like a how-to guide. And maybe that's because that is what the story is about. Elizabeth learning how to seduce. How to want. How to need. How to love.
All in all, not sure what I think overall. If you haven't read this yet, I would only recommend to those who are into interesting plots that twist (which I happen to love). In that regard, it's a page turner. What happens next just NEEDS TO BE REVEALED. The back story and subplots were very well done, and done right. The characters are unique and have depth, which is quite refreshing. So, read it for the story of two people finding love.(less)
Mission complete! Haha! I am proud of myself for tackling this book and finishing. I needed to finish. I mean, I could have missed something important...moreMission complete! Haha! I am proud of myself for tackling this book and finishing. I needed to finish. I mean, I could have missed something important for what is to come in book four.
I guess it's obvious just how much I liked this book by my excitement for getting to the end. And it's not because it was a page turner.
Oh, no. It was quite the book that couldn't be picked up. I am boggled at how different this book was from its predecessors.
The Duke was surely sprinkled with magic fairy(-tale) dust. How could it not have been? The story was just beautiful, it enchanted me like no other book of its genre ever has. Has there ever been another that affected me so? If there was, I don't recall. Nor did The Lord of Ice measure up to the second book in the series, Lord of Fire. Lord of Fire was just gorgeously written, wickedly charming. And just sooooo good. So good.
I'm not sure if this book is just *meh* for me because I didn't take to the main characters, Damien and Miranda. I admit, I found Damien distasteful before I even started reading. His character just didn't sit well with me when he was introduced in Lord of Fire. Just something about him. And I don't think it is because of his ice cold nature. Perhaps it is because I never came to terms with what he did. I just can't forgive him. And there's more to it than that, there's his personality. He's stale, boring. And he's rather overbearing. He does have his good moments, however. He plays a good knight in shining armor and saves his damsel in distress, Miranda.
Miranda, oh Miranda, maybe it is best I don't even comment about her.
I am almost glad that Lord of Ice didn't focus on their romance. I literally had to skip scenes when it was just Damien and Miranda. Them being together. Ugh. Please. Just. No.
Their scenes together didn't mesh well. Didn't flow well. And it was most awkward to read. The dialogue between them was just... *eyeroll* And there was no chemistry whatsoever. Just how are they together? And why? Why?
If you are still reading this awful rant review, I do have some nice things to say. I like the action/suspense aspects to the story. As I do love suspense! I also like how the story was about a person, and not about just a relationship (even if I didn't really like said person). And lastly, It was interesting to come across Bel, Robert, Alice and Lucien again. Their parts weren't all that substantial. It was more about letting us know that they were there, living and still loving their significant others as they should be. And all the mentions of Lucien just made me squee!
So, that is why I give this story three stars. Actually, two and a half, if it were an option. (less)
Absolutely amazing until I got to the ending, which, really, TBH wasn't that necessary. (But I guess that is why there is more!) XD
* Interesting plot....moreAbsolutely amazing until I got to the ending, which, really, TBH wasn't that necessary. (But I guess that is why there is more!) XD
* Interesting plot. Suspense. Romance. Drama. Humor. Perfect balance, really. * Memorable characters. D, especially. * Thoughts are real thoughts * D and Jack's love is true love. And seriously to die for ;)
Definitely a book that could be read over and over. Reading the story felt like having a sit down at the theater, the scenes just came right off the page. (less)
How can I even review this amazing book? I don't think I should even touch on the plot. It won't mean anything. A string of words to try and summarize...moreHow can I even review this amazing book? I don't think I should even touch on the plot. It won't mean anything. A string of words to try and summarize the story won't even begin to tell how awesomely unique and kick-ass the story actually is and what it means. I've never read anything like it.
Survival of the fittest. Self-depreciation. Inner turmoil. Unrequited love...
With all that in mind, no other story seems to compare. Even if the themes have been done before. I feel like I need to read it again just because.
I want my feelings back, to feel what I felt--OMG! It was as if my feelings had feelings. At the end of each part, I found myself stunned. I had to give myself a moment to breathe. To collect my thoughts. To just soak it all in because I felt like I was keeping it all in. These bubbling feelings. And the build-up to these moments, these earth shattering momentous moments were just too much. My feelings, my emotions they just exploded. I don't even know what happened. All I know is that tears were everywhere.
Had I known the story would invoke such strong feelings in me, I wouldn't have waited so long to read it.
And it's been months, maybe even longer than that since I had been recc'd this book. Oh, how cruel am I to myself for not reading this sooner?!
I must say, by reading The Hunger Games, it gave me a sense of being able to relive moments of feeling in love, and being loved. SOOOO GOOOD!
Gahh! Now I'm thinking of what happened in the end. I won't spoil anything. BUT OMG I NEED TO BE READING THE NEXT BOOK ALREADY!!!! (less)
Be still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you Tes...moreBe still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you Tessa for writing their story!
As this epic love story just needed telling.
Oh, Colin and Minerva. Truly one of my favorite couples of ALL time. Colin, so beautiful, so heartbreakingly sincere and genuine, and honest. And tragically misunderstood. Let me hold you Colin, just let me hold you! On the surface he plays the part of the relentless rake. But who is the man inside his shell? Just who is this man who knows how to touch, but is untouchable?
And then there is Minerva, who lives life behind spectacles to see things clearly, but unfortunately, the things of life and love remain quite a blur. So very intelligent in all things, but so unaware at the same time. She is hidden behind her own shell, will she be able to overcome her insecurities and allow herself to become the person deep inside?
What can possibly happen when Colin and Minerva embark on a week long journey together, alone and unattended? What these two come up with certainly surprised me again and again.
I am so very tempted to give away the details, wanting to share just what had me laughing, what had me tearing up. Every single page just had this certain little charming something. This delightful something that felt real and fresh and honest. It felt beautiful, uplifting and something beyond that that I can't put a name to, but I loved it. Loved it so very much that I feel that it's a MUST read, it would be a positively amazing thing if everyone could feel this feeling too. Love that leaves me giddy and filled with joy
Please note: I was fortunate to have been granted access to an advanced digital review copy of "A Week to Be Wicked" in Edelweiss by HarperCollins. The book will be released: March 27th 2012!(less)
Finished this the previous night, but I couldn't bring myself to leave a review after such a frustratingly abrupt ending. Yes, I'm frustrated. Don't g...moreFinished this the previous night, but I couldn't bring myself to leave a review after such a frustratingly abrupt ending. Yes, I'm frustrated. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this enthralling story about a cyborg who must find her true self after her world turns upside down. The world that she lives in is not just suffering from a plague, but hangs in the threat of war. Whether Cinder's world finds peace again, rests in her hands.
The reason for my frustration is that it DID end with a cliffhanger that had me pleading for more.
The story is, of course, a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. It's almost comforting to have those familiar elements woven into the story. However, I was still surprised at the twists and turns, and I was pleased to find myself immersed and lost in whatever path the story took me on.
The characters are quite simply charming.
Cinder is refreshing, I fell in love with her character right from the start. Witty. Strong. Independent. A real, true to heart girl.
Kai, next in line to be emperor of New Beijing, makes a perfect Prince Charming. Ever the gentleman, Kaito suits the swoon-worthy role and makes it his own while wearing a hoodie.
And can't have a Cinderella story without her evil step-mother and step-sisters. I won't spoil the fun of the interesting spin on the love-to-hate villains, but I happened to love it.
As for the fairy god-mother, well, again I won't spoil it. But I have to say, she is my favorite character no matter her form.
I loved the freshness and the direction of the story, and though the cliffhanger is leaving me hanging, I'll definitely hold on for the next installment of this wicked, steampunk-ish story that happened to break out of the mold of the classic Cinderella story and has left me quite thoroughly enchanted.(less)