My 5 star rating was specifically for the first story - Fire and Ice. I've been waiting quite a while to get my hands on Adron's story and it was even...moreMy 5 star rating was specifically for the first story - Fire and Ice. I've been waiting quite a while to get my hands on Adron's story and it was even better than I expected. I absolutely love Sherrilyn Kenyon's League series! The only thing wrong with this story was that it was only 116 pages long. I think it would have been an amazing novel length story. What really has me hooked on Kenyon's writing is the way she moulds her characters and how complex they are.
Knightly Dreams was intriguing, but I felt it needed to be quite a bit longer for the type of story it was. Maybe it was a bit over my head and I just didn't understand properly but I thought the content of the story was to extensive to be jammed into the 100 or so pages that it was. I have a feeling if it was novel olength some of the concepts in the story would have been better explained and I would have enjoyed it more than I did. I would give that one 3 stars.
Dragonswan: Again I thought the story was a bit rushed. But as an intro into the were-hunter series it definitely makes me want to get into the rest of those books. As always the characters were great and it was good to be able to get inside Sebastian's head and witness his internal struggle concerning "Channon with a C". Again, some of the ideas in the book needed a better explanation, but I got the gyst of it and the story was quite enjoyable. 4 stars.
What to say, what to say? While I absolutely idolise Kenyon and her God given talent for creating a world I desperately want to be a part of, I’m not s...moreWhat to say, what to say? While I absolutely idolise Kenyon and her God given talent for creating a world I desperately want to be a part of, I’m not so sure I loved Infamous as much as I should have.
There were definitely some parts in the story that left me baffled and turning back pages to see if I’d somehow missed a chunk of it. But no, I’d just stumbled across a piece where it was so jumpy and sketchy it took a few seconds to make sense of everything.
But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself here, so let’s break it down a bit, shall we?
PLOT Weird. Very, very weird. Like, I get the overall goal and what they were trying to accomplish, but it just played out a bit weird. One second I thought Grim was going to teach Nick silkspeech, but after one short lesson we never heard from Grim again until the very end. Then I thought the focus would be on the surfacing material at the school, but again, the story jumped from that to keeping Nick out of the Nether Realm (Did I get that right?) but oopsie-daisy, he end sup there anyway. There was no explanation on what the Fringe Realm Nekoda kept dragging him into was which was disappointing. There was also no real transition from Nick in hospital to Nick being drugged by the nurse/Adarian in disguise to Nick back in the Nether Real to Nick four days later alive and healthy. I mean, call me highly suspicious, but wouldn’t Acheron have been the least bit aware of what’s going on? The guy is supposed to be ALL POWERFUL AND ALL SEEING! He couldn’t even make out a demon possessing a nurse to drug a teenage boy to lure him back to the Nether? And after all the shit went down in the Nether and Nick returns and we MISS four days of his life, it’s just business as usual.. It really felt like I was missing a chunk of the story and I even had to glance down at the page numbers to see if they were still counting upwards correctly.
The ending happened way to fast, and was a bit muddled. Things were brushed over, almost like Kenyon was in a hurry to finish it. More detail and explanation would have been great, even if the story did end at 468 pages.
The suspenseful ending: Nice touch! Talk about getting a girl eager for the next instalment. How’s Nick gonna react? Will he believe death? Will he confront her? Ooooh, it’s doing my head in thinking about it!
Nick Gautier: In the Dark Hunter series Nick was one of my favourite characters - until he went over to the Dark Side that is - and it’s easy to see how Nick in his own series is just like Pre-Dark-Side Nick from the DH series. Fifteen years old, he has all the normal worries of a teenage boy, trying to please his girlfriend, stay on his mom’s good side, and get through high school without being clobbered to death by the bullies. His utter devotion to his mother had me going “awww” throughout the series. That boy would do anything to keep his mama happy, even if it meant ending up in the hospital with a bashed in face (yes, it totally happened and it was ALL her fault! Sorry Cherice, but you told the boy not to fight and as a result he let some little snot beat him to within an inch of his life with a plank of wood!) I liked that the Lord of Sarcasm also had a mature side where he rationally and calmly explained his side of things to his mother - who was so stubborn about her opinions it would take nothing less than a severe concussion followed by an extreme case of amnesia to sway her in her opinions and beliefs.
And that brings us to Cherice:
Mixed feelings. I understood her need to be stern with Nick, but she did tend to overreact, and despite her insistence that Nick was a good boy, anytime something went wrong and Nick was a suspect, she immediately thought the worst of him and was quick to punish him for things he hadn’t actually done. The glimpse into the past that showed us how close she was to taking the easy way out endeared her to me, simply because most fourteen year old girls would have jumped at the opportunity to relieve themselves of an 18year burden and Cherice showed she had the backbone to take a horrible situation and make the most of it, even if it meant giving up a certain lifestyle.
Nekoda and Caleb: Kody and Caleb were great throughout the book, especially Caleb and his unfailing loyalty to Nick. I mean, I know he supposedly has ulterior motives and no choice but to watch Nick’s back, but I believe Caleb has come to like Nick more than he should and would gladly - okay well not quite gladly, more like grumbling and moaning about what an idiot Nick is - follow him to battle. I love how Caleb becomes all badass demon and slaughters everything trying to get at Nick, but also knows when to step back and let Nick learn for himself. Kody’s a bit of an enigma. I like her, but I don’t. And her situation isn’t quite black and white, nor is it clear. I know the basics of what she’s doing in Nick’s life, but I’m yet to find a clear definition of who and what she is, and who or what she’s working for. Her reluctance to answer any of Nick’s questions also grates on my last nerve - whenever he gets close to finding something out and she shuts down I’m like, “Nooo! I just wanna know!!”
The Dark Hunters: All I can say is, IT IS SO UNFAIR THAT THEY ONLY APPEARED FOR LIKE, TEN SECONDS! When I saw Ash’s name, I was like *hyperventilate, SQUEEE, hyperventilate* Him and Kyrian definitely needed more spotlight time. Oooh, but Ash and Kyrian being all badass when Adarian was in Nick’s hospital room was O for OOORSUUM!!!
My favourite line out of the entire book had to come from Bane. “Yes. The baddest ass in all the universe is attacking us with big giant bugs. Help me, I’m being clobbered by a flea. Quick, Malphas, fetch the Raid.”
Aidan O’conner - a highly successful actor who has chosen to seclude himself from the rest of the world by hiding out in a cabin practically in the mi...moreAidan O’conner - a highly successful actor who has chosen to seclude himself from the rest of the world by hiding out in a cabin practically in the middle of nowhere (his nearest neighbour is six miles away!). Past betrayals have simply proven too much, and the man is convinced there is no such thing as kindness or love.
Leta - a Greek goddess who walks through dreams and has spent the last couple of thousand years in stasis after defeating the god of pain, Dolor. She carries the memories of a tragic past full of pain and suffering.
Now, Dolor has been summoned to kill Aidan, and Leta, reawakened from her slumber, is the only thing standing between Aidan and death
Yeah. Follow that up with a huge yawn and a whole lot of head scratching while I wonder what the point of the story actually is.
I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, don’t get me wrong. I envy and revere her ability to create literary works of art. BUT despite my awe of her mad skills and the fact that she has NEVER EVER disappointed me before, I have to say that this time around, it just didn’t work for me.
Not only could I not endear myself to the characters - Aidan was forever bemoaning his existence and the circumstances leading up to the bitter man he currently was, and while Leta was much more preferable to Aidan’s whininess, her character didn’t have enough depth to allow a deeper connection - but I was also finding it hard to sift the actual plot out of all of the nonsense.
It felt like every second paragraph was a monologue filled with so-called profound epiphanies that any regular human being could have thought up without all of the deep thinking Aidan was subjecting himself too. And what also bored/frustrated me was his tendency to ramble about his tragic past in his head, and then say it all out loud. We get it! You had a shit life. Being a multi-millionaire sucks when your family spend all of their time trying to leech off you and take every penny you’ve rightfully earned. Boo-freaking-hoo.
Much as you’ve suffered, there are people like Leta who have lost EVERYTHING and are still standing. Not to mention they aren’t insufferably whiney and don’t feel the need to bring it up every ten seconds. Aidan’s inner turmoil was a big part of why I couldn’t appreciate his character and his past. A man is definitely allowed his pain and suffering, but I feel it’s how he deals with that pain and suffering that earns him respect and admiration. Aidan’s way of coping led me to believe he lacked inner strength.
On to parts of the book that actually had a smile coming to my face while I was reading: Deimos AKA Demon. Absolutely love the guy. Really, he’s just the bees knees! Every appearance he makes has me wishing I could reach through the pages to hug the shit out of him. Reminds me of that part in the cartoon Despicable Me when the little girl looks at the unicorn and says, “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” When I read about Deimos, I’m like, “He’s so yummy I’m gonna die!”
Come on guys, he’s a god killer. One who cheats at chess and has incredible ink. What’s not to like? It’s safe to say he was the highlight of the book for me.
While I can definitely see the concept was a good one and that writing a Dark Hunter Universe book about an actor was a pretty intriguing idea, I really didn’t see it come to fruition with what I read. It needed some serious reconsidering and a little more depth to the plot would have been a benefit as well as some more insight to Leta’s character.
Like I said, she’s a Greek goddess. That in itself begs a whole list of questions that weren’t answered. Her past was barely touched on, and ultimately brushed over in favour of Aidan’s incessant Why-Me crap. It would have been nice to see more of her relationship with her brother M’Adoc, and also would have been nice to have more details of her last run in with Dolor. He was ALMOST superfluous in the scheme of things as the book played out.
By the way, this average review in no way diminishes my love of all things Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is safe to say that I am highly addicted to her Dark Hunter series as well as her League series and the Chronicles of Nick series. I anticipate the reading of each novel and gobble them up with relish! Now, onto reading Dream Chaser before tackling Acheron!(less)