Separately from the rest of the series and with a few tweaks this would be a 5 star read for me. However... and this seems to a reoccurring...more4.5 stars.
Separately from the rest of the series and with a few tweaks this would be a 5 star read for me. However... and this seems to a reoccurring thing in this series - I felt plunged into a whole other world which was great but so distanced from the first two books it left me unable to concentrate on the characters the way I should have.
Now this is a completely personal opinion. My issues which made me cut one star and that might have nothing to do with the personal enjoyment of others who end up reading it.
Eric and Keenan's relationship was something which occurred out of the blue and the whole development was somewhat awkward. When there was no time for sex they found time, and when there actually was time for sex they somehow occupied it with other things. Basically, my issue was that when I wanted to get involved with the plot and the whole paranormal society problems they would start throwing their romantic sweetness into the pictures, and when I wanted to read about that the phone would ring. Very frustrating.
Still, the banter and the involvement of other paranormals was very well done and I quite liked it. I really wouldn't mind reading more about it.
The thing that bothered me the most, was again the time line. I can't seem to get used to the plot jumping between the books. While this one was amazing standing by itself, I couldn't keep it separate from the things I already knew about both characters, as it was a prequel of a sort. I always end up wanting to know about the 'now' instead of constantly reading about something that has already happened in the lives of the main characters.
That said, this one was probably the best in the series so far. It completely disregarded all we already knew and instead focused mainly on vampires and their little circle of friends. For me that was a big plus in the book and I think it could be a stand alone quite easily for those who are only interested in the vampiric part of the population lol
I see the next one continues where the previous book left off, so I guess I have to read that one as well. Quite addicting I might add ;)(less)
I don't really know how to rate this one. On one hand it was much better than all the previous books, and for that it deserves 5 stars. But personally...moreI don't really know how to rate this one. On one hand it was much better than all the previous books, and for that it deserves 5 stars. But personally, I think I couldn't be more disappointed with the ending than I currently am. I actually wanted to hurl my nook against a wall and that's never good.
Overall it was a great continuation to Part 1, written with more skill and enveloping all the characters with just the right amount of page space. The plot was very intense and interesting and I loved that it was written from Eric and Keenan's POV.
That said, this is the fourth book that I've read and I still don't have the answers I wanted in the first book. It's like teasing and frankly I don't like it at all. I actually resent the fact that this series is listed on listopia's Malepreg list, because there is no baby! I understand that the next one should bring some answers, but I was told the same for every book in the series and each one left me more disappointed. For that reason I don't think I will be reading the next installment, at least not any time soon. Somewhere along the way I stopped caring what the f* is going to happen to Gabriel and Luce by the end.
And yet, I'm rating it with a four, because it's the most objective I can be.
I feel like I should write a review because people are 'liking' my rating and I haven't written anything. So here goes.
First I should say that I usual...moreI feel like I should write a review because people are 'liking' my rating and I haven't written anything. So here goes.
First I should say that I usually rate these kind of books differently than those that are more serious. This is the type of read where I will maybe laugh at certain parts, skim through excessive sex scenes and maybe like the characters. But it is also something I will forget in a matter of days. Why do I read them? It's a nice change from serious books, that string me up emotionally or require a lot of concentration. This is great when I need to relax and I can easily read 5-6 of them in a day.
I read this sequel because I honestly liked the idea from the first book. It was interesting enough that I wanted to know more and get to know some new characters. Unfortunately this story doesn't have a beginning, the middle is just one big confusion and the ending was both rushed and didn't make a lot of sense. To top it all off, the book is like one big promotional tool. From mentioning authors in the middle of the story (something that just pulls me out completely) to pushing about piracy like all the warnings aren't enough.
The characters lacked personality and if you don't pay close attention to the names you probably won't have any idea who is doing what or even who is speaking. Overall it was a disappointment for me, because after the first book I really expected more from this series. Hopefully the next installment will have more substance and will bring more to the overall series.
I found the ending to be completely idealistic although the unpredictability of the whole story was pleasantly surprising. The funny start did push me...moreI found the ending to be completely idealistic although the unpredictability of the whole story was pleasantly surprising. The funny start did push me deep into the story, but by the time the humor toned down I was in too deep and it was the plot that captured my attention.
Characters are extremely interesting and it's really impossible to predict which way the story will go. I did assume this and that, but it switched so many times I honestly had no idea and the finishing touch was for me unforeseen.
It is written well, intriguing as well as connected with a good story to back it all up. As such I do recommend it. As for my remark - I missed the romance. Although the existing one was nice and sweet, I was hoping for something more substantial and without so many situations which 'don't count'. In that part I was disappointed. (less)
After a minor glitch I did finish this book, and honestly I don't know what I was thinking when I stopped reading it in the first place. I'm crazy abo...moreAfter a minor glitch I did finish this book, and honestly I don't know what I was thinking when I stopped reading it in the first place. I'm crazy about this author's work, but somehow I always manage to forget it.
I think I had the wrong impression about Riley at first and the whole situation freaked me out, but I should have known better than to listen to Nick.
This story is pretty much wonderful. No one can write the size difference as good as McBride, and no matter how many times I read about it, I always seem to like it.
The insecurities characters have are adorable and realistic, their confusion and misunderstandings as well. Over all i would call this story cute, and I'm sure a lot of people would agree with me. By the time I reached the last page I didn't want it to end, and I know this has probably been said before, but writers just don't write books as good as this one was. (less)
This is the third book in the Ylandre series, an elaborate worl...moreThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
This is the third book in the Ylandre series, an elaborate world of titles, arranged marriages and male pregnancy. It follows in the footsteps of its prequels, with great characterization, vast world spread and a solid story.
Naeth lost his family in a fire and ended up working in a tavern for a family friend. One night, Lord of Ilmaren walks in with his friends and Naeth is completely enchanted by the Lord's exotic appearance. Naeth is charmingly innocent, being raised in a sheltered manner by his loving family and still has a profound sense of right and wrong despite the jaded view the others around him possess. So once he sees an injustice in a tavern brawl, he jumps to the rescues and consequently saves Reijir's life.
The roles turn quickly after and it is Reijir who saves the day and eventually makes himself Naeth's guardian. The attraction between them is evident and unlawful as Naeth hasn't reached the age of majority (age of thirty). That leads to Reijir distancing himself until the time is right, but once it is – the sparks fly to the fullest.
Reijir's high position is an obstacle in the long term because having Naeth as his leman doesn't solve his need for a spouse. With Naeth not being a ‘True Blood', he doesn't have a high enough social standing to fill in that role for Reijir and give him heirs. Solving those serious issues will take some time and there are plenty of pages to take the readers through it.
The writing style of this series is very difficult. The names come on top of each other rather quickly and it's much easier to get lost in the world than to understand it. A lot of the terms have been used in previous books, but even if not, I would still recommend you read them first, it will make things easier and more enjoyable. Despite that I do like it very much. It takes me some time to get into it and get ‘the feel' of things, but once I do there is no stopping me.
This particular book started slow. The development kind of dragged and most of the story was from Naeth's point of view. There are reasons for it, among them the need to keep Reijir mysterious and make the whole plot more believable. While it was very well thought through and developed nicely, I missed Reijir's personality more. For me he was cut off as a character, getting the chance to shine only at the very end of the story. I would have easily said – change the plot but give me Reijir as a full character – but since that is not possible I'm pretty sure other readers, just like me, will hate him a lot before even getting a chance to understand him.
Naeth was a sweetheart. Really innocent and naïve, he always looked how to do the best thing and often did the worst one possible. It was part of his charm and made him an exceptional character. Unlike Reijir, Naeth is an open book and next to him it's too easy to see Reijir as the bad guy.
The side characters carried the funny parts of this story. They were diverse, interesting and often without a filter when it came to speaking their mind. Where the rest of the story took to the serious note and a great emotional investment, nights with friends made things look brighter, or in Naeth's case – caused a blush.
Chronicles of Ylandre is a series that takes some getting used to and is a bit of an acquired taste. The hermaphroditism alone is not for everyone but the brave ones will probably be pleasantly surprised.
Eressë is probably one of the most talented authors in the genre. The first book in this series has taken the first place and has been firmly standing there since the day it was published. That shows exactly what I'm talking about and any readers who pick up one of Ylandre series books will see the brilliance of the world and the poetry of the author's words. The elaborate development of every detail and the romance threaded in between the sentences will give an experience that will probably stay with you for days, because one thing is for sure, an Eressë book is not something you forget.(less)
**spoiler alert** My issue with this book is that George obviously wasn't a bottom, but the author persistently tried to make him one. It was annoying...more**spoiler alert** My issue with this book is that George obviously wasn't a bottom, but the author persistently tried to make him one. It was annoying and while I agree that this one is the best in the series especially when it comes to George, some things really put me off. Like the bottle thing and the way George topped... It ruined the character for me and I think Tank's personality didn't come through as much as it did in the previous books, which just wasn't fair.(less)
**spoiler alert** This story is a wicked mix of different species, powers, characteristics and behavior. It really is a jumble made in probably the be...more**spoiler alert** This story is a wicked mix of different species, powers, characteristics and behavior. It really is a jumble made in probably the best possible moment of inspiration, because what I read was definitely a gorgeous combination of SF and shifters, not to mention all the other sexy things you could wish in a story.
Moswen is a wonderful character whose species is probably the kinkiest I've read about. Almost anything goes with them plus -- you have all those gorgeous shifter instincts as well as appearance thrown into the mix. Just when you think there isn't more to him, he surprises you. Smart, sexy, unusual and extremely direct -- he's basically anything you could want in a character, but then, he's also strong, exceptional and not an easy person to beat in a fight. But one thing you'll just love about Moswen; when he falls in love, it's for keeps. (Did I mention he has a tail?)
Now Kijika is a mix of two species who are almost the exact opposites. As much as Moswen is rare on his planet, that much of a surprise was Kijika for his people. With the skill to raise the dead and kick some major ass, he was also blessed with the ability to birth a child (Not something the two of them planned). Kijika is a geek basically, very skilled and good-hearted but mostly focused on knowledge and his books. (Did I mention he has wings? Jup.)
Two of them together are an interesting combination really, (Oh you'll be surprised to learn that Moswen although stronger and usually a top is shorter than Kijika). Completely different personalities and the way they were brought up make for extremely funny situations and bunch of misunderstandings.
Overall, the world is simply wonderful. The side characters seriously kick ass, and I can't say if Moswen's family is better or Kijika's. Both are harsh in their own way, very intense but above all intriguing and they don't stop surprising you even at the very end.
What made me gush over this story was the brilliant Mpreg execution. I really loved the detailed descriptions and the idea behind it. It's rarely written well, not to mention how hard it is to find a finished story with the same theme. This has jumped to the top of my list and if it's your kink, you just have to read this one.