Ok it took forever for me to get back here and do this review, but here goes.
The action, romance and myths woven into the storyline were really well d...moreOk it took forever for me to get back here and do this review, but here goes.
The action, romance and myths woven into the storyline were really well done. I enjoyed Cara's spunk and Rafe's vulnerability. I also liked the toughness of both characters throughout the story. The secondary characters were well written, too.
There were a couple of twists that made reading a pleasure because I thought I had worked some things out but was happy to find my ideas were a little off.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. I plan on picking up the next one in this series.(less)
I picked up this title because I thought it might be a retelling and/or new version of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Sadly, I was in fo...moreI picked up this title because I thought it might be a retelling and/or new version of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Sadly, I was in for a little disappointment but that didn't deter me from reading this paranormal romance.
I think what I liked the most was Bathsheba's and Beau's wit. They played well off each other, even when Bathsheba was being guarded. I also liked the fact that Bathsheba was protective of her sibling and wanted what was best for her.
Some things that drove me nuts about the story was the first-person viewpoint. I'm not a fan of this style but I will read them when they are done well. The approach for this story was just okay for me. I did get tired of reading the story from Bathsheba's point of view the entire time.
Also the ending was a bit of a letdown along with some confusion as to how they arrived at the conclusion that they did to take care of some of the problems that popped up during the story.
Would I recommend this? Perhaps to those who are already readers of the genre.(less)
Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
This book is a novella and a prequel to O'Neale's Mortal En...moreDisclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.
This book is a novella and a prequel to O'Neale's Mortal Enchantment series. So those that get this that are looking for a novel-length read need remember this is shorter and the end is a somewhat of a cliffhanger.
This was an easy read and I finished it in one sitting. Overall, the pacing for the novella was decent and didn't feel too rushed. The world building and descriptions of the various places was detailed just enough to give great visuals without being too drawn out and annoying.
I think my biggest problem were the characters. I know this is a novella, but the characters, even the main one, Rowan, felt flat to me. I had trouble relating to them or their plight. I think the only time I really reacted to what was happening to Rowan and his best friend came near the end of the story and it was more that I was shocked by the circumstances that lead to a very brutal scene.
Rowan's attempts at being a "bad" boy came across as small child wanting attention and failing miserably at that. I don't mind whiny characters because they serve their purpose (and not that Rowan was "whiny"), but if you're going to give me a sob story on why you have to act bad, then that turns me off.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, I would.(less)
**spoiler alert** Disclaimer: I received this free uncorrected Ebook ARC copy of this novel via Innovative Online Tours as part of a blog tour.
There w...more**spoiler alert** Disclaimer: I received this free uncorrected Ebook ARC copy of this novel via Innovative Online Tours as part of a blog tour.
There will be spoilers so if you haven't read this book, and want to, don't read beyond this point of my review. Now, with all that being said, here is my review.
===================SPOILER ALERT BEYOND THIS POINT====================== When I first read the synopsis for this book I was intrigued. I've always been a huge fan of mythology, gods/goddesses, fairy tales and fables. I'm always on the look out for re-tellings of such types of stories so "Fire" caught my eye. I agreed to do a review and eagerly sat down to get started.
That's when my trouble with the book started. The book starts out nicely with Maya (our heroine) training at a dojo. From the get-go, Maya, came across to me as very whiny and unappreciative of a lot of things including her heritage, her parents and her friends. Whether this was intended by the author, I'm not sure, but that was just my perception of the character.
Speaking of characters, I have a complaint. They all fell flat for me. You know how your writing/English teacher would always fuss about making characters feel alive and/or relatable? I didn't feel that way. I got to the point where I didn't care one way or another about the characters.
The romance in the novel felt forced, unnatural and, a tiny bit unbelievable. I've heard, and known people that have love/hate relationships, but the attempt in this book fell flat and was stilted. And, when the author tried to introduce a love triangle, I cringed. My tolerance for any romance in the novel went out the door at that point.
I've talked about things that didn't work for me so let me take a moment and talk about what I thought were good ideas.
1) The Hindu gods/goddesses. I've not studied much of their mythology so learning about that particular pantheon of deities kept me reading to see where the plot was going.
2) The Hand of Kali/reincarnation concept. I liked the idea of Kali having a human avatar and one that had special abilities.
Which leads me to #3.
3) Pyrokinetic ability. I'm a sucker for anyone with X-men/mutant type/sci-fi style powers with pyrokinesis (ability to manipulate/control fire) being one of my favorites.
I hate not finishing books so I kept chugging along and it took me two months to finally finish this novel. There were so many moments when the book could have rose to the occasion...and didn't. I also think that there were too many half-started ideas that didn't get completed which bogged the story down.
I wanted this book to succeed and give me a chance to say it was worth the long time it took to read it, but the overall reading experience left me feeling unfulfilled, confused and a little bored.
Would I recommend this book? The answer is maybe. If a person is really into mythology and likes a bit of fantasy or paranormal romance and would like something different, then I would tell them to give this one a try. Would I read a sequel? I'm not sure.(less)
Ok, I'm on a Dirk & Steele kick this month and that's okay. Though this book is in this series, the main characters are NOT members of the Dirk &...moreOk, I'm on a Dirk & Steele kick this month and that's okay. Though this book is in this series, the main characters are NOT members of the Dirk & Steele agency though their are some familiar Dirk & Steele operatives appearing throughout the book.
I won't say more because I hate spoilers and this book had so much going on that spoiling the plot would be easy to do.
If you like the Dirk & Steele series then I would recommend this book to you.(less)