A shame there's no half star available in ratings. While it's not a perfect 5, it's worth more than a 4! I really enjoyed this story, and I can't wait...moreA shame there's no half star available in ratings. While it's not a perfect 5, it's worth more than a 4! I really enjoyed this story, and I can't wait to get my hands on the second in the series.
The book is fast paced, and slows down at the right moments. As soon as I read the first page I couldn't tear my eyes away - I simply had to know what was going to happen next. The balance between SciFi and Romance was well done, really well done. The characters were interesting, flawed and engaging.
Fans of the Romance genre - even if you're not a fan of SciFi, you should give this a go! (less)
It's 2:30 in the morning. I should have been asleep hours ago, but I couldn't put this book down. And now I'm sad that it's over, because the remainin...moreIt's 2:30 in the morning. I should have been asleep hours ago, but I couldn't put this book down. And now I'm sad that it's over, because the remaining novels in the Dock Five Universe (at this time) feature other characters - and not my beloved Chaz and Sully.
Wow, what a read. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it very much. I hope the remaining novels in the D5U tell us what happened to these characters, and I seriously hope this isn't the last we've heard from them.(less)
I was a tremendous fan of Simonsen's earlier work, and have been looking forward to reading this book for a few months.
I'm sad to say that I was a lit...moreI was a tremendous fan of Simonsen's earlier work, and have been looking forward to reading this book for a few months.
I'm sad to say that I was a little disappointed. The story felt too.. nice. Each time I started a new chapter I would think that something would go wrong, and they'd have another obstical to overcome.. but it didn't.
I still enjoyed the story. It was a very light read, and it's always good to see more of Lizzy and Darcy under any circumstance. But I'm afraid I can only give this story two stars.(less)
I was disappointed with the style of writing and lack of material change when I first started this book. It felt as though a lot of the text was eithe...moreI was disappointed with the style of writing and lack of material change when I first started this book. It felt as though a lot of the text was either taken directly from the original or re-ordered slightly.
I'm glad I decided to stick with it. At the halfway mark the pace started to pick up and there was a more prominent display of original writing. The second half was thoroughly enjoyable.
I'd highly recommend this book to fans of Austen sequels and re-writes, though I would warn them of the first half. (less)
It took a lot of effort to want to continue this book at first. I found it a little TOO overwhelming to start with - events happening too fast, a lot...moreIt took a lot of effort to want to continue this book at first. I found it a little TOO overwhelming to start with - events happening too fast, a lot of new information constantly being given about the characters before you had time to process what you've just learned - but I'm glad I stuck with it.
By the halfway mark I was positively looking forward to my reading time at the end of the work day.
A great read, after all! I'm looking forward to the next book, though I'd rather hoped it would continue with Ari's story (and not switched to different characters).
Still, it's a fascinating and unique universe that the author has created. I look forward to reading more about it!(less)
**spoiler alert** There is clearly something wrong with me. I didn't like the first book - the characters were flat and uninteresting (even downright...more**spoiler alert** There is clearly something wrong with me. I didn't like the first book - the characters were flat and uninteresting (even downright annoying), and I didn't think I'd pick up anything else in this series at all. Yet I was intrigued by Sylvan. He seemed to have a little more depth than Baird, and Sophie had a bit of fire in the first book.. it could be an interesting mix!
.. it wasn't. Just so you know.
Sophie lost any ounce of respectability that she had gained in Book 1. Far from being feisty and opinionated, she became a simpering damsel that was determined not to see the truth in front of her. She's afraid of needles (due a childhood illness that meant regular blood transfusions), so she's too terrified of Sylvan's teeth to move their relationship forward. Sylvan tells her it won't hurt, her sister's own experiences show her the same.. but it takes a virtual stranger telling her to make her realise that it's not going to hurt? Riiiight.
She spends the book on the receiving end of some wonderfully written not-quite sex, yet she can't bring herself to feel anything at all for the poor man that has to do it all to save her. Something else that irks me, to be honest. Is that all these warriors do to solve problems?
Kindred: AN ENEMY IS APPROACHING! QUICK, LET'S HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT BY SHAGGING MAGNIFICENTLY. Scourge: Oh noes! Where did they go?
To top it all off, she's had a traumatic sexual experience in her past which means she is not interested in men, thankyouverymuch. Did the author simply pick the most stereotypical history to explain Sophia's aversion to all things Sylvan? He has fangs, so she's afraid of pointy things. Kindred are all about the sex, so let's make her not want that either.
And OF COURSE there's a moment where Sophie thinks she is going to die and realises she JUST CAN'T live without Sylvan and magically everything is fixed, perfect and wonderful. Really? Do you really need to re-use that? Am I to expect that in the rest of the books? Needless to say, apparently that one true moment will cure any woman of an aversion to anything.
Moving on to Sylvan. Such potential and angst, wrapped up in an alien that might as well be a vampire. Yet I found his backstory - the whole reason for his surly demeanor - stale, boring and not really in keeping with the depth of emotions that these Kindred Warriors are supposed to have.
The story itself - I kept on forgetting I was reading a scifi novel. I wonder why the author didn't just write a Paranormal Romance out of this instead.
The sex scenes were well written. I think when it comes down to it I'm really reading this series for them. I'll admit it. No doubt I'll find the same issues with the next book...(less)
**spoiler alert** This review here covers a lot of the points I'd like to make, but couldn't be bothered typing. But a few things I'd like to elaborat...more**spoiler alert** This review here covers a lot of the points I'd like to make, but couldn't be bothered typing. But a few things I'd like to elaborate on:
Apparently Kat's most attractive quality to Lock & Deep is her size. Every time she's feeling unsure about what's happening, the boys jump in and tell her that her size is beautiful and even revered. I think her personality was mentioned... once? I get it, Kat's a big girl. But it felt like all this book focused on was the fact that Big is Beautiful to the Twin Kindred.
Heather's review touched on a very interesting point - the Miranda plotline could have been a veritable gold mine of angst and substance, instead it was glossed over and all but forgotten.
Again, this book used "OMG I'm going to die and I've just realised I can't live without them" to resolve their issues, which disappoints me. However, the new characters that will be the focus of the next book might actually not confirm with this trite device. Could it be?
I preferred this book to the first two, but it was still disappointing. Why can't any of these women actually WANT the sex, rather than it being apparently forced on them until they decide to accept it? I refuse to re-read previous books, but wasn't Kat interested in Kindred sex when they were discussing it at the beginning?(less)
It started off a little slow for my liking, and while I understand that the chapters were necessary to establish...moreI really enjoyed this little novella.
It started off a little slow for my liking, and while I understand that the chapters were necessary to establish a backstory, it probably could have been incorporated into the main body of the story with the same effectiveness.
A shame the author doesn't have any other scifi novels/novellas, as I think she's slipped into the genre quite nicely.(less)
I loved the idea for this book. So daring, so different - what if Jane Bennet had died of that "trifling cold" when visiting Netherfield?
Unfortunatel...moreI loved the idea for this book. So daring, so different - what if Jane Bennet had died of that "trifling cold" when visiting Netherfield?
Unfortunately I found the story itself disappointing and, in some places, downright unusual. At one point the author actually goes into great detail regarding the burial preparations - I wonder, did the author work at a funeral home? It certainly isn't the only unusual moment, as there are a lot of unnecessary scenes that could have been conveyed with a well written paragraph.
The pacing was inconsistent, and the character responses felt very out of touch with reality. What Regency character of refinement would say that they were so angry they could kill someone? Highly unusual.
Until the story has the benefit of an experienced editor I would not recommend it. (less)
I recently decided to re-read Mansfield Park, having realised that I hadn't actually read it in close to 10 years. The first thing I have to say is th...moreI recently decided to re-read Mansfield Park, having realised that I hadn't actually read it in close to 10 years. The first thing I have to say is that I have more of an appreciation for this novel now than I ever did originally.
That being said, Fanny is still one of Austen's least interesting heroines - but to me that isn't really the point of the book. To me it's seeing the other characters through her eyes, and how Fanny's interactions with them highlights their flaws or improves their nature.
Quite unashamedly I wish that Fanny had married Henry Crawford. Would they have prospered? Would he have grown tired of her? Was he only in love with her because she was unattainable? But I also wonder if my own wish for the pairing is due to the 1999 adaption of the movie starring Frances O'Connor - I quite loved the fact that Henry Crawford goes to Maria more out of anger than fancy.
Apart from that, I do wish that the ending to this novel was longer - or that the outcomes of other characters were further explained.
A true pleasure to re-read. I've been savouring this book for over two weeks, and reading only a couple of chapters at a time. (less)