**spoiler alert** First off, a disclaimer: Three stars does NOT mean "average" on my rating scale. Three stars means "good or very good". To get four**spoiler alert** First off, a disclaimer: Three stars does NOT mean "average" on my rating scale. Three stars means "good or very good". To get four stars or five stars, the book would have to make a big special, personal emotional impact on me, i.e. it would have to be "my specific type" of story, haha, meaning it has nothing to do with the quality, but only has to do with matching my personal idiosyncratic tastes. Or otherwise, it would have to make some huge emotional impact, which is very very hard to do in a short story. So anyway, Unintended Guardian was good and I liked it! Pretty cute and sweet. :D
I was quite astonished at how instant Kala and Griff's relationship was, and how quickly it progressed, that it looks like a lust at first sight rather than a love at first sight; or that they were really, really in need of love and companionship.
I liked the kissing and erotic descriptions, though I know not all readers would like them especially as Kala and Griff only just met! As a previous reviewer said, it was surprising how Griff could care THAT much for someone he just met that he would risk his life to save her, but then maybe he was very lonely, and he is a Gryphon anyway, so maybe Gryphons' feelings develop more quickly than humans' usually do? Yet he said he never had this feeling before, so...
Hmm maybe it would help if we got a bit more explanation on why Kala is so special as to make him have such a never-before-felt emotional and physical reaction. All I gathered so far were that 1) she wasn't bothered by all this "fantasy unusualness" like most humans would; 2) she's desperately lonely too; 3) she seems to love and care about him so quickly already; and 4) she takes a lot of initiative to befriend him and get involved with him...
Haha, I have to admit that I rolled my eyes when I saw the movie-star-like looks and the descriptions of his muscles, because I have this automatic prejudice against story characters who are described as conventionally attractive--i.e. beauty close to social ideals, rather than to personal ideals. Yet, this is simply my own prejudice, because Griff seems to be a decent and likable (and not human! :D) guy after all. Also, even though his appearance is rather masculine and "alpha", I'm very glad that his personality was NOT so masculine or alpha, because I don't like masculine and alpha guys, ahaha! (I like either the feminine or androgynous type. :D) Just my personal preference.
The description of water blended edges of Kala was somewhat pretty, though, because I like descriptions that involve water. :)
It also had a nice sort of plot twist, when Kala became his new treasure to guard--Niall wasn't that bad after all! Did Griff leave his key very close to the cage? Since I'm surprised Niall could escape by himself so easily.
And I do understand Kala's need for social interaction, since there are days where I literally get zero face to face interaction, so I could relate to that.
Back to the romance: maybe I didn't feel very emotionally connected to the characters or their love for each other yet, since it was so fast, and the story was so short, lol, so even though I normally love romance, I enjoyed reading the fantasy parts more. I.e. the Niall and Griff dialogue parts and learning about the Mythos world and the Great Owl. I would like to have learned a bit more about the world of the Mythos (world building) and a bit more detail on Griff's backstory. But again, this is just my personal preference, since not all readers are as interested in world building and backstory details (esp. details unrelated to the plot) as I am, lol.
As for Treasured Claim, I can already see that I like Treasured Claim more than Unintended Guardian, partly because it's much longer and will give me more time to connect emotionally with the characters, and partly because I like Elaina already! Must admit that I'm much more interested in Elaina than in Kala, partly because the former is a shapeshifting dragon whilst the latter is just a human being--lol sorry I'm so biased towards nonhuman creatures! XD But I love the idea of getting nourishment from jewels, how she's running out of "jewel food", if I may express it in that way, and that she has to come up with lots of strategies to steal /obtain more jewellery!
Also, I remember telling you that I didn't like Alexander from the blurb, and reading that he is one of the most eligible bachelors made me go, "Ah, just another rich and probably conventionally handsome dude". But again that was just my automatic prejudice, because when I read from his perspective, I felt a lot more positively and sympathetic towards him, though I wouldn't say I "like" him yet, at least not like how I already really like Elaina.
I also remember us talking about how your hero is the only one who can see the heroine's beauty and Alexander is certainly doing that! Characters who can see their future lover's beauty whilst not everybody else can see it, automatically get more sympathy and brownie points from me too, lol. And I also sympathized with how the women all want him only for his money, and that they would go to his father instead because of his bigger wallet...Omg they would reject a younger guy in favor of a guy who is probably old enough to be their own dad just for the latter's money?! Man, what kind of women are these??? (And isn't Alexander's wealth phenomenal enough already? Talk about greed!) So that makes me feel even more sorry for Alexander. :( I do wonder how he is able to see all those cool color changes on Elaina whilst others can't, though. :D. I'm again looking forward to learning more about the Mythos world!...more
**spoiler alert** Oh man, 雲海玉弓緣 really made me cry and I'm still very sad. frown emoticon And 厲勝男 is such an evil b** but for some reason, I still lik**spoiler alert** Oh man, 雲海玉弓緣 really made me cry and I'm still very sad. frown emoticon And 厲勝男 is such an evil b** but for some reason, I still like her and she's still my favorite character, haha. And poor 金世遺! frown emoticon I feel bad for 谷之華 and 厲勝男 too, but I feel especially sad for 金世遺． >< Poor guy! He really always tries his best to do the right thing. He's very very unfortunate. This is such an amazingly sad story! Though I can imagine it being even worse than this.
金世遺 and 厲勝男 have such a strange relationship...But I personally wouldn't call it romantic (not sexual either), even though the author and the characters think it is romantic.
Also, I really like 金世遺! grin emoticon Usually I don't really like love polygons where there's one guy and multiple girls, but I like this one since the guy is really awesome and wonderful and I can see why he's so popular, haha. Plus, I like both 谷之華 and 厲勝男, and also 李沁梅 who used to have a sort of crush on him. A love polygon is more acceptable to me also if I like every individual within this polygon.
Apart from that, 梁羽生 writes such fantastic fight scenes! The book seems to be mostly made up of fight scenes, haha, but they are so enjoyable to read and I never get tired of them! Since I'm trying my hand at writing a 武侠小说 myself, his great fight scenes are very inspiring to me too. :D...more
If you cut the slower scenes, it's a very interesting read.
I have to say, I'm not very interested in Claire, but I was interested in learnin*spoilers*
If you cut the slower scenes, it's a very interesting read.
I have to say, I'm not very interested in Claire, but I was interested in learning about Jamie. It was very nice seeing Jamie being so developed by having SO much backstory revealed about him, and man this guy really loves talking about his past! I even thought that maybe too much backstory was shown. On the other hand, we know next to nothing about Claire.
Another random comment: There were SO many sex scenes that it was quite embarrassing. If someone says that women think about sex less than men do, I wouldn't be convinced by this statement. Yes, a lot of male authored novels have a lot of sex in them, but a lot of FEMALE authored romances talk obsessively, and explicitly about sex! Very embarrassing indeed....more
Oh my gosh one of the most romantic stories I have ever read....wow...I still feel so affected right now.
Probably the most romantic thing about this,Oh my gosh one of the most romantic stories I have ever read....wow...I still feel so affected right now.
Probably the most romantic thing about this, for me, is that it involves an Imaginary Friend! I mean, how awesome is that?
I have to say, this is probably one of the very few books that I would actually reread one day! Yup, I love it that much.
I DON'T think there's anything wrong with Michael being (almost) perfect. He's an imaginary friend! Of course he must be (almost) perfect!
Hmm, I concede that it is a bit creepy that Michael was 35 (ish?) when he first knew Jane as a kid, then marries her when she becomes 30ish. But the romanticness overrided this slight creepiness and I felt sincerely glad that Jane and Michael are so happy and so in love with each other.
Also, I didn't feel that this story was oversweet or sappy at all. I loved how it kept "bursting" its happiness at me. I totally felt their ecstasy all the way!
Some things that could be improved:
---Explain much much more about how the universe of imaginary friends works. Michael loses his memory about what happens in the past but how does he remember all his "best friends"--fellow imaginary friends?
It would be great if the authors offered a REASON why Michael remembered Jane, and Jane remembered Michael even though they're both supposed to forget.
------The first part with the 8 yr old Jane and (35 yr old?) Michael could have been more developed. It felt rushed and I was astonished when it was so quickly over--I didn't get to learn much about their friendship yet. Definitely needs development!
----The happy ending was sweet. It can be drawn on a slight bit longer to let us savor this sweetness.
-----(This isn't really an improvement) I'm just curious. Is Hugh handsomer or is Michael handsomer? Or is it wiser not to know?
************ Wow I think this is the longest review I have ever written on goodreads. I must be very in love with this book....more
Wow, this WAS romantic! XD I'm usually very cynical about such stuff, but this was pretty well done even for me ^^.
Apart from that, I liked Brashares'Wow, this WAS romantic! XD I'm usually very cynical about such stuff, but this was pretty well done even for me ^^.
Apart from that, I liked Brashares'compassionate style; she really goes deep into her protagonists' emotional lives...I enjoyed that!
There're also some very interesting and penetrating philosophical ideas here. Very nice. ^^
The only thing that annoyed me was the lack of a conclusion. Ok, apart from the stereotypical why-aren't-Lucy-and-Daniel-back-together-yet question (XD how corny...), it was very unsatisfying that the villain's still out there and powerful!!!! Hurry up and defeat that Joaquim guy already!!!! Lol.
(I'll take back the above comment since there appears to be sequels...^^)
Btw, Ben is scary! XD You know what I'm pointing at... ;)...more