A pleasant interlude between an already established couple. Lacey and Sabrina seemed to compliment one another well, and I'd like to read more about t...moreA pleasant interlude between an already established couple. Lacey and Sabrina seemed to compliment one another well, and I'd like to read more about them; from a note in the beginning, it looks like this is a sequel to "Climbing Rocks" - another short, published in the "Attractions of the Heart" anthology, and one I'll have to check out.(less)
"2.5" stars The beginning was promising and I was pulled in and kept in, entranced by the layout Gill McKnight sets. The Garoul family - clan, really -...more"2.5" stars The beginning was promising and I was pulled in and kept in, entranced by the layout Gill McKnight sets. The Garoul family - clan, really - and the land they own. Amy comes across as intricately woven in among them and yet separate, and Leone - a powerful personality, daughter of the owner of the land and leader of the family, a head-strong woman who is determined to right wrongs that happened in their youth.
As the novel went on the plot grew more and more detail, more and more exciting ... and then passed the point of interesting and into tedious. Amy became a wishy-washy waffler, thinking of how much she loves Leone and how they will move on with a new start - and then turning around less than a page [or paragraph] later saying to herself that she would never let Leone in her heart again. Likewise, Leone gradually turned from a headstrong and admirable character into a simpering ex-girlfriend desperate to win Amy's forgiveness and win back her mate. It was just ... somewhere between sad and sickening. As was even mentioned at one point, Leone would walk across burning coals to win Amy back and deserve every moment of it ... but for what? Because of circumstances beyond her young control that guided her in one direction and Amy in another as teeneagers?
As for the plot, the discovery of different things happened in jerking spurts; Amy would find a piece to the puzzle, get confused, set it aside, work on her sketching, argue with Leone, find another piece of the puzzle, get confused, set it aside, be confronted with odd violence or bloody evidence of a frightening beast nearby, settle for the half-ass explanation she's given, suspect something is up, shrug and set it aside, go back to painting ...
I cannot possibly say how aggravating that was. She sees trees ripped to shreds, and lets it go. Finds a mutilated deer corpse, lets it go. Suspects the Garouls are lying when they go hunting without guns and explain a dead deer off as being hit by one of their trucks when the only damage it has is its throat ripped out, and she lets it go. Creepy librarian showing up at her hut, which is in the middle of nowhere? Lets it go. Her aunt missing amidst all this and explanations given only evasive and half-ass? .... need I say it again?
By three-fourths of the way through, I was ready to jump into the novel, pummel Amy and tell her to man up [woman up?] and get to the bottom of everything instead of just shrugging and secretly growing more and more distrustful of everyone and everything, and yet accepting every explanation given.(less)
In my opinion, a great deal better than it's predecessor. Hope is a wonderful character, shining but not always so brightly - she has flaws, very real...moreIn my opinion, a great deal better than it's predecessor. Hope is a wonderful character, shining but not always so brightly - she has flaws, very realistic flaws, and tries to be positive despite it. On the other hand, Jolie is basically her opposite in every way - she antisocial, rude, brutish, and negative. The only thing that they have in common is their dedication to work and their persistence.
There were a great many moments of humor in "Ambereye," most of which were in the beginning. Even now, I find myself snickering over the stolen chair and the staplers. These lessened of course as the relationship developed and grew more serious, but a few quirky things would pop up to remind the reader what that had been like. Tadpole especially was a wonderful addition to the novel that played a big part in easing the tension when it needed to be, and building up a link that bound Hope and Jolie together when they could have fallen apart. Kind of hard to avoid your werewolf girlfriend, when you're dog keeps following her around like he's velcro-glued to her heels. ^_^;
As for the plot, it was where it needed to be. No big dramatic over-the-top fight scenes or shaky mystery, no unexplained happenings or death. It was only about Hope - who is recovering from a health crisis and in turn rather sensitive - and Jolie - who is not only explained as being socially awkward and eccentric and just plain off-putting, but who also SHOWS these characteristics throughout the whole novel first-hand.
My only [extremely minor] complaint was that when Jolie's blinkers came off and she saw the Big Picture, she kind of turns into a sappy puppy, following Hope around just as much as Taddy follows *her.* And there is a great many 'I love you's from her, not to mention the 'forever and ever' bits. This never sounded *odd* to Hope, how emphatic Jolie was about the 'forever' bit? Being in love aside, if someone repeated that they wanted me forever and ever, with the intensity that Jolie consistently said and repeated it, my mind would instantly go into 'ohmygod-stalkermurderer' mode.
Still, a good and interesting read. Much better than the first in the series. In fact, I'd probably recommend any new readers to the series start with this one and back-track. (less)
When I can get into it, it's a really good book. But when I get distracted, I just can't seem to get back into it, because my 'remembrance' of it seem...moreWhen I can get into it, it's a really good book. But when I get distracted, I just can't seem to get back into it, because my 'remembrance' of it seems to be nothing but bitchy/over-emotional outbursts.
I'll try to come back to this one later, as I really would like to finish it.(less)
Shortly after I started reading, I realized I couldn't really connect with either of the characters - Paige, or Kelly. Since it was the first f/f nove...moreShortly after I started reading, I realized I couldn't really connect with either of the characters - Paige, or Kelly. Since it was the first f/f novel I've read, I kind of attributed any misgivings to that [as in, being unfamiliar with them:] and pushed on.
If you boiled down every classical female emotion/action into one short novel, you'd have this book. There is jealousy, revenge, rage, lust, supposed love, vindictive action and reaction ... and that's all only between Paige and Kelly. Paige humiliates Kelly privately so what does Kelly do? Humiliate Paige *publicly*. I don't know about every woman, but honestly if someone did half those things to me - male OR female - they'd be in the ER and I'd be in jail for beating the crap out of them.
What really got me in the end was how Paige - the 911 operator - ends up being so much more ballsy than Kelly - the cop. Especially with Kelly coming from a family of cops, I kind of just expected more from her. You have to be tough to do a job like that, and she just came across to me as so weak a fly could knock her over. Not physically, but personally.
Disappointing in the plot and everything, but the writing wasn't that bad.(less)