I should mark this dnf because I pretty much skimmed the last 40% of it. Ya know the movie Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray? Change Bill to a womanI should mark this dnf because I pretty much skimmed the last 40% of it. Ya know the movie Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray? Change Bill to a woman, make her slightly less obnoxious, set it in Regency England, and you get the plot. Many characters populate the village the mc's "stuck" in, but most never seemed fleshed out enough to make them interesting. The Hero? Pretty much dull as a overused cliché. The Heroine? Ugh.
I think I would have been okay with this Romance Novel, but her lesson learning went on for far too long. I got bored with watching her self absorption and self pity....more
Wrapped the trilogy up nicely- an added star for this alone. But thats just it. It was too nice. Add Lots of meetings and strategic "talks"- a conveniWrapped the trilogy up nicely- an added star for this alone. But thats just it. It was too nice. Add Lots of meetings and strategic "talks"- a convenient and lazy way to info dump imo- and...I was bored through most of it. :/...more
**spoiler alert** This review is going to be full of spoilers for the series so don't read on if you haven't read this book yet.
The Singer, second in**spoiler alert** This review is going to be full of spoilers for the series so don't read on if you haven't read this book yet.
The Singer, second in Hunter's Irin Chronicles, suffered because it employed one of my least favorite tropes when a writer is basing a series on one couple... the let's keep them separated as much as possible trope.
At the end of the first novel, tragedy has struck. Malachi, Ava's mate and one solace died in front of her eyes, brutally struck down by the Irins fiercest enemy. Ava grieved and grieved hard calling out to him in the language she is only beginning to understand though she's heard it all her life... the language of Angels.
But the call has wrought a miracle- Malachi is resurrected unbeknownst to Ava. His memory is swiss cheesed and though he knows she is alive, she doesn't know he is... and she's in hiding. Now its a race to regain his memory- and his power- and find her because this he knows, danger is upon her and only he can keep her safe.
Again- though they met each other in their dreams, Ava and Malachi were separated almost the entire time. That's a pet peeve of mine in plotting. It's a lazy way to create tension imo, and I hate it.
The most interesting part of the novel is Ava gaining strength and getting to know her "sisters" but even so, we really didn't get too much more of who she is. Hopefully the third book will satisfy that. :)...more
The wrap-up to one of my all time favorite trilogies, Reap the Wind completes the journey of The Wind Dancer.
The Wind Dancer, by now one of the world'The wrap-up to one of my all time favorite trilogies, Reap the Wind completes the journey of The Wind Dancer.
The Wind Dancer, by now one of the world's most famous pieces of art, is back in the hands of the original owners- The Andreas family. Reap the Wind is more about kin of the Andreas', however.
Starting with the coming together of an ex-cia, ex-kgb mastermind and the current owner of Vasaro, a plantation of flower fields in the heart of France, (first introduced in the previous novel). RTW takes us from the flower fields of France, to the shores of the Carolinas, to the hidden passages of ancient caves in Turkey- the Wind Dancer series has been a fav of mine because of the settings and this entry continued that trend, however bringing it to a modern time.
Caitlynn Vasaro, the owner of the Vasaro estate, agrees to Alex Karazov's generous but somehwhat suspicious offer to back the new perfume she is producing... because she has to, or lose her precious Vasaro.
Alex does indeed have his eyes on something bigger of course, although he instinctively believes in Caitlynn's passion for Vasaro. He's after revenge. And he needs Caitlynn's connection to The Wind Dancer to wreak it.
Meanwhile Alex's arch nemesis is obsessing on how to get Alex's attention once again- and it seems he's found the perfect leverage.
For those that have only read IJ's suspense books or if you have not read the first two in this series- best skip Reap The Wind. I have the original release, not sure how much they changed in the recent updated release- and I would think it would be incredibly confusing without reading the first two.
Still, even on re-read, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery of the origins of The Wind Dancer. Far-fetched, pretentious, and ridiculous as it was. STILL, sigh. Tres romantic.
In this version of Reap The Wind, there's an intense and sexual romance between Alex and Caitlynn which kept me reading. Lots and lots of side character we could have done without, and the last third of the book was just too much jumping around. But, the ending satisfies... sorta.
My opinion is this one is probably the weakest in the trilogy. But it's a must read if you've read the first two....more
I saw this book showin up on my feed with high praises. I still wasn’t sure because, as much as I love sci fi, newer ones can be a bit of a book zoneI saw this book showin up on my feed with high praises. I still wasn’t sure because, as much as I love sci fi, newer ones can be a bit of a book zone riddled with land mines. So when I got a chance to stop at a bookstore a couple weeks ago, I sucked up the courage and picked it up for a sneak peek. Page one sold me. No actually, the first four-salty-worded sentence did it.
The story? Mark Whatney, Martian astronaut from the not too distant future, is stuck on mars. Alone. He’s determined to survive and get off the planet. Mars fights back.
That’s pretty much the story. Simple, but MAN, what a great little tale. Why is it great? Because Mark Whatney is a pretty cool dude. He’s smart, mechanically inclined, determined, and nothing gets him down, By God, not even the harsh surface of Mars. He simply does not give. up.
Unlike most sci fi, there’s no aliens here. Just Mark vs the Martian Elements. And the survival story, told mostly 1st person by Mark through inner dialogue, log entries and then by the people trying to get him home is thoroughly engaging because, well, because he’s a funny guy! Whatney makes it easy to be inside his head. The driest bits are all the frickin math and the fact he “sciences the shit out of everything”- which is, unless I missed it, only a line from the movie and not the book.
As you can tell by my status updates, so many other lines cracked me up in this book- I decided enough was enough, but there were plenty more than even I posted.
So yeah, I highly rec this one for suspense, humor, and plain ol' triumph of the human spirit.
I’m giving it 4 ½ out 5, just short of 5 because the ending was way too abrupt, his story almost demands an epilogue… woulda liked to see him on earth!! Oh well...more
A simple but somewhat entertaining modern spin on the beauty and the beast fairytale. A little too earnest for my tastes, but predictible (naturally,A simple but somewhat entertaining modern spin on the beauty and the beast fairytale. A little too earnest for my tastes, but predictible (naturally, we all know the story) which makes it a comforting romantic read in the end... After the big misunderstanding of course.
The hero was my favorite part of the story- a wounded war vet who never thought he'd find love again, however their immediate fall into love was a little too immediate for my tastes. Sometimes it works, other times it does not. This one falls in the latter. Didnt quite buy it, but I went with it. 3 out of 5 from me.
(Oh it has a fairly high steam level for those that need that in the romance novels.) ...more
Not near as good Azagoth but ok- i liked Hades and Cat but they hardly spent any time together. Anywho medicore Ione is better than most authors A gamNot near as good Azagoth but ok- i liked Hades and Cat but they hardly spent any time together. Anywho medicore Ione is better than most authors A game....more