**spoiler alert** Bloody hell! Someone could have told me that I would be crying for hours even after I've read the book! I seriously considered dropp...more**spoiler alert** Bloody hell! Someone could have told me that I would be crying for hours even after I've read the book! I seriously considered dropping two stars because I read this genre and romance in general to avoid thinking about the harsher and unavoidable side of life. But when it smacks me in the face like it did with this books I truly want to be angry at the author for not ending the book a few chapters before. I do understand the reasons, I honestly do, but the fact is, I never would have picked it up if I had known. It is a happy ending to an extent, but having lost someone close in my life, it leaves me little comfort as I'm crying even now while writing this.
It is truly a beautiful book. The connection was so deep that it made the ending all the more painful and truthfully traumatic. I loved the concept, the births, and the romanticized side of slavery. It really is beautifully written and you can't stop before you reach the last page.
I would recommend it, if you don't mind the unavoidable end we all must face, but it is almost guaranteed that you will shed your bucket of tears while doing it.
*Anyone have any happy recommendations for me? I desperately need a good laugh.(less)
**spoiler alert** For me this one is more a 2 star read than a 3, but I'm kind of intrigued by the male preg idea at the moment. As someone already sai...more**spoiler alert** For me this one is more a 2 star read than a 3, but I'm kind of intrigued by the male preg idea at the moment. As someone already said, the whole plot revolves around the idea that the two of them never actually have a conversation. It was alright up to a point, but then suddenly you're at two thirds of the book and they are still not talking. It was very weak as plot goes, and no matter how much I liked Demyan he just wasn't strong enough character to hold the whole thing afloat. Still he was what I like the most about it. Probably the biggest flaw is the fact that every single interesting thing that could have made this book special was skimmed over, while all those repetitive situations were completely worked through. If you are looking for the same thing as I was when I picked it up (male preg) you will be disappointed, as it is only just mentioned without any explanations. But if you're a Glenn fan and don't have a problem with a pregnant ending - go for it. It's not much different than usual Stormy Glenn work.(less)
**spoiler alert** Another one that started good but got worse with each page. The only one I really liked was Elliot. Even the previous characters who...more**spoiler alert** Another one that started good but got worse with each page. The only one I really liked was Elliot. Even the previous characters who charmed me, turned out to be rather cruel and impulsive in book. Elliot seemed to be the main bad guy for every single thing, and the man who was supposed to stand by his side and be the support Elliot lacked all his life, calmly stood by and let things happen. I was very disappointed in him, and it pretty much stayed that way. Then, the last 30 pages of the book, you have the rushed resolution of the bad guy situation that had been building for the last few books. I mean 30 pages? They barely managed to explain that part, and it was very weak. But despite that, I would have rated it higher if not for the insensitive treatment of Elliot. He should have just turned his back and said f* off, mate or no mate. (less)
3.5 stars. This one was even better than the second one. I really loved the desert setting and could have read much more about it. Even the characters...more3.5 stars. This one was even better than the second one. I really loved the desert setting and could have read much more about it. Even the characters were much more mature than they were in the previous books. (less)
**spoiler alert** I must admit that the first part of the book was much better than the second. Until Gabriel meets Luce the whole story moves in a ve...more**spoiler alert** I must admit that the first part of the book was much better than the second. Until Gabriel meets Luce the whole story moves in a very different tone, but once the issues between them got resolved, it was like Gabriel turned into a completely different man. From someone who was good, sad and serious, he became this almost feminine version of a child. Jumping around and using Yay as well as other playful expressions way too often for someone who was up to that point a slave and royalty. I found that to be very unrealistic considering his past, and on that note, there should have been a lot more work invested in the characters. It almost seemed as if the book switched from fantasy to contemporary at one point and everyone started acting very different than it was first hinted at.
That complete change of personality, although annoying at times, didn't really steal from the plot. That part was very satisfying for me and a certain level of tension was maintained throughout the book. I agree that the malepreg details could have been better as well as a bigger part of the book, but I'm under the impression that this book was only the first part of three and I expect the others to successfully continue where this one ended.
Another flaw that maybe wasn't as obvious but which caused me to falter in reading, was the instability of the side characters. It was like they fought for the spotlight the whole time, but I was never given enough information to get to know them better. I expected their POV and enough details to combine them more firmly into the story, but instead they constantly hovered somewhere close but just out of reach.
I admit that this review sounds more negative than positive, but overall I liked this story. There are better ones out there, malepreg too, still, this one held me interested to the very end and I came to like all the characters enough that I want to read the rest of the saga. I wish the author stayed true to her first voice, where all that beautiful darkness consumed the story and made it a five star read. But since that wasn't the case, I hope the next one lives up to my obviously high expectations. (less)
**spoiler alert** In some ways this books was better than the first. There is more continuity and it actually feels as if the same person wrote all of...more**spoiler alert** In some ways this books was better than the first. There is more continuity and it actually feels as if the same person wrote all of it. The characters didn't go back to the dark side but Gabriel does somewhat grow up.
I found the first third of the book to be completely unnecessary. It repeats the events of the first book but from Kalin/Cade POV. I like the guys and in some ways they are more fun than Gabe/Luce, but it's still repeating and it couldn't have been over soon enough. Then the fun part began. Basically from the beginning of the second part almost to the end, it's a whole different book. You're sitting on the edge of your bed/chair/sofa and flipping the pages in that sweet anticipation of what will come next. In fact, I dare say that that part of the book was brilliant. When Gabriel gets introduced to Earth creatures a whole new level of intrigue opens up and I'm sorry but after that my expectations were just sky high.
Unfortunately the ending left me pretty unsatisfied and to a point bored. The reunion between Gabriel and Luce was pretty flat and cut short - something that was rather unfair considering the fact that Luce spends half the book looking for him. The resolution between Kalin and Cade was unbelievable and saying short doesn't even begin to describe it. By the end you are left with more questions than answers, about the past, present as well as the future, but what's worse, the next book seems to be abandoning this course of the story and focusing on something completely different. If I have any experience with this author by now, it means that everything I was left curious about in this book will be shown in snippets of information and it probably won't resolve itself by the end.
Another thing that bugs me to no end is the pregnancy. The reason why I even started this series is the malepreg part, and still, after two books I was only left with the notion that maybe by the book three or four, the kid will finally pop out. Now, knowing myself, that birth will have to be all fireworks and detailed description with additional pages dedicated to the parents, otherwise I will be inclined to drop my ratings from 4 stars to 2.
After all that, I have to say I have high hopes for this author. She is not like some other authors who publish with Siren (no offense intended, it's all a matter or taste) and I do love her writing. The world she creates truly is magical and I can't help it but be curious about it. I keep hoping that the execution of her ideas will improve with every next book I pick up, but until then this one still deserves 4 stars in my eyes.(less)
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)