I love the Silo series but listening to the audiobook of DUST just didn’t do it for me. Unfortunately, whaReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
I love the Silo series but listening to the audiobook of DUST just didn’t do it for me. Unfortunately, what could have been a really awesome experience fell flat due to a rather monotone narrator. Jules sounded way too much like a boy for my taste, and it was hard to distinguish the voices of the various characters. That made it way too hard to get into the story and hold my interest....more
COPIED rather unfortunately lives up to its title. It’s not plagiarized, but it’s hardly original either.Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
COPIED rather unfortunately lives up to its title. It’s not plagiarized, but it’s hardly original either. The writing is very exposition-heavy, but what made it hard for me to continue reading was that everything happens so fast – there’s no time to set the scene, no chance to understand who the characters are before everything is thrown at them, and jumping from scene to scene with no bridge made me dizzy. In just twenty pages the protagonist gets popcorn at the movies, has an altercation with a girl, gets sick in the bathroom, wakes up in a burning barn, wakes up again in the hospital, and accidentally overhears that he might be adopted....more
When I stop reading to look the book up to make sure – again – that the book wasn’t self-published, I knowReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
When I stop reading to look the book up to make sure – again – that the book wasn’t self-published, I know it’s only a matter of time. I wanted to like the story and it had some meat to it, and an interesting Old-West twist in there, but the massacre of the English language was just too much of a hurdle. Either the author needs an editor, or needs to listen to the one she has. Random thoughts in the middle of exposition, repetitive wording and one memorable dialogue/descriptive passage that had my eyes, and those of my friends, bleeding....more
Dangerous Creatures is the first book in a spin-off of the Beautiful Creatures series which is not a goodReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
Dangerous Creatures is the first book in a spin-off of the Beautiful Creatures series which is not a good thing for someone who hasn’t read the Beautiful Creatures series. I really had trouble picking up on who was who and who was what. I would have liked some better explanation as to the world building which would have eased my confusion. Also, I just couldn’t get into the plot or figure out what the plot even was. Most of the beginning was just conversation between characters I didn’t know with apparent abilities I didn’t understand. I gave it a good try but just couldn’t get into the story or relate to the characters....more
I should have known better. THE DARK HEROINE began as Twilight fan fiction in the mind of then fifteen year old Abigail Gibbs. Three years later, hotI should have known better. THE DARK HEROINE began as Twilight fan fiction in the mind of then fifteen year old Abigail Gibbs. Three years later, hot on the heels of another Twilight-fan-fiction-turned-huge-best-seller, Harper Voyager is publishing this sloppy, poorly written, and often upsetting mess. Violet witnesses a vampire attack, and the vampires decide to abduct the witness and keep her at their family estate until she dies or agrees to turn. The Cullens they are not. They intimidate, threaten, and assault Violet regularly. Kasper is basically a sexual predator with fangs. He tells Violet that he will have sex with her eventually whether she wants to or not. He has has loud, wall shaking sex every night in the room next to her. At one point he even breaks down her door and attacks her when she thwarts his “date” plans one night, pins her to the bed–in front of his ‘date’–and threatens to ‘use her instead’:
In a blur he launched himself across the room. He collided with my side to take me with him, and I was sent rolling across the bed, coming to a halt when my head hit the bedside cabinet. I let out a scream as he landed on top of me, pinning me to the bed. I winced through gritted teeth as the corner of the cabinet dug into my spine. “Get off me, you horny git!” I screeched, kicking and flailing, revolted at his closeness. “Why, am I making you uncomfortable? Maybe I will use you instead!” he snarled, a tormenting smirk twisting his face. His eyes were devoid of any emotion—he meant it. Straddling me with one leg either side of my stomach, he forced me deeper into the mattress, pinning my hands above my head. He began to pull my shirt up, and I heard squeals of protest from Charity, which merged with the protests of the mattress as I tried to fight free.
The breaking point for me comes when Violet is brutally attacked, and sexually assaulted by another vicious and psychotic vampire. He says and does truly abhorrent things to her including detailing his plan for necrophilia. A scant second before he rapes her, she is rescued by Kasper. Days later, they have their first sexual encounter when Kasper attacks her in her sleep:
He snarled, hastily clamping a hand down over my mouth. I attempted to bite at his fingers but found myself quickly subdued. “Play nicely now,” he mocked, pressing himself closer. I caught sight of the deranged, lustful glint in his blood-red eyes. My eyes widened and I was hushed to silence, terrified. “Come on, Girly, just a little drop of blood. I’m so hungry. You’ll enjoy it.” I scowled and thrashed about as he lay draped across me, pressing his crotch hard into my stomach.
It just got worse from there and I gave up....more