This series has received very high ratings on Goodreads, and from other reviews it's plain to see that there is a market for these books and I guess I...moreThis series has received very high ratings on Goodreads, and from other reviews it's plain to see that there is a market for these books and I guess I have to assume that these are good examples of the best of the paranormal Domme market (an albeit very small sub-genre of paranormal erotica).
But for me the book fell flat as the world building was just plain non-existent, and the writing contained overly dramatic dialogue and it was majorly lacking in descriptive detail. The first 1/3 of the book was very repetitive with every second line from Lyssa reading something along the lines of "Jacob, you have no idea the can of whoop ass I'm going to unleash on you. You should leave, did I mention the whoop ass coming your way?" Since there is so little world building it was too easy to catch some of the major plot twists because when something is finally added it screams "look at me - I'm going to be important!!"
I also don't happen to be a fan of BDSM books that involve someone trying to make someone submissive who doesn't naturally tend to that direction. If being a sub is your brand of hinky all the power to you, but I always feel a bit uneasy when when one character tries to change the sexual preferences of another.
This series obviously isn't for me - the main characters have a significant age gap, that wasn't an issue for me until the author kept bringing it up...moreThis series obviously isn't for me - the main characters have a significant age gap, that wasn't an issue for me until the author kept bringing it up over and over until I felt a little creeped out on behalf of the pair.
Sometimes in a D/s book I find it hard to connect to the characters because of the dynamic in the bedroom - the author is often required to tell us how the sub is feeling and that they're enjoying themselves as the visual telling of the scene may indicate otherwise.
And this was the case with Nobody's hero - in spite of the author's use of internal dialogues telling me about how hot Adam and Karla were for each other the chemistry just felt forced (haha, pun intended). The sex scenes were flat and overly detailed for my liking, but if you like descriptive scenes including shibari give it a try.
This is the third book in the series by the way, and they're not stand alone - so if you liked the first two you should enjoy this as much (or little) as you did the first two.(less)
Turnbull has an easy writing style, but for me this book somehow missed the mark. Instead of a charming fish out of water story it comes across as a t...moreTurnbull has an easy writing style, but for me this book somehow missed the mark. Instead of a charming fish out of water story it comes across as a tepid report of a new life in France as we follow Turnbull through Expat 101: French food, fashion and romance - unfortunately without eliciting real connection between author and reader.
I really wanted to like this book and I can't even pin point what was missing - perhaps nothing more than my comparing it to Peter Mayle's works which are so full of delightful slices of provincial life that Almost French didn't stand a chance.(less)
So, I hate to be unkind (...really), but this has to be the worst cover. Poor Brawn - he looks like he needs to spend a few minutes in the loo with th...moreSo, I hate to be unkind (...really), but this has to be the worst cover. Poor Brawn - he looks like he needs to spend a few minutes in the loo with the New York Times crossword to relieve some of the tension.(less)
Angus McTern is the laird of his clan in name only - as his lands have been gambled away by a relative. Left to do the work of the laird with none of...moreAngus McTern is the laird of his clan in name only - as his lands have been gambled away by a relative. Left to do the work of the laird with none of the rewards he's bound and determined to dislike the niece of the new landowner and they have several run-ins with one another that leave little doubt to their mutual dislike.
When Edilean (the previously mentioned niece) runs away from her uncle, who plans to marry her off to one of his lecherous friends Angus becomes embroiled in her escape plan where he inadvertently becomes labelled a thief and kidnapper. To save her from a horrid marriage, and to save Angus from jail, they must flee to America together under the guise of being husband and wife.
I was looking for a lighthearted historical fiction and this fits the bill in that it does take place in the past, but there are so few details of the surrounding world outside the characters that it could really be a class struggle in any time period. The characters are predictable and it's hard to build up any real feeling for them. If you've read a romance novel before you know what's going to happen, and in Days of Gold there's never really any doubt. This book's lacking in great characters, no great scenery or descriptive writing and no great plot to speak of so I would have to give it a pass.(less)
Partials is a creative recipe made up of a dash of ST: TNG, BSG mixed with a little Children of Men and topped off with a liberal dose of Doogie Howse...morePartials is a creative recipe made up of a dash of ST: TNG, BSG mixed with a little Children of Men and topped off with a liberal dose of Doogie Howser, MD
I started out thinking that Partials was Dan Well's first book, and I was ready to give full marks for a creative but flawed debut, but Wells is a seasoned writer and given that my charitable feelings towards the book started to wane. Partials takes place 11 years after a war between genetically engineered soldiers known as Partials and the human race has ended with disastrous consequences.
The human population has been culled to tens of thousands of individuals who have created a colony on Long Island. Governed by a senate, the community is facing extermination from various forces, the deadly RM disease that is killing every unborn child and a rebel faction known as the Voice who want to repeal the Hope Act which states that every woman of a certain age must become pregnant as often as possible in order to try to birth a living child.
Kira, a young medic, feels that she has uncovered a previously unresearched solution to the RM disease and she embarks on a dangerous and illegal mission to find a Partial as they may hold the key to saving the human race.
I just didn’t connect with this book, and while I liked the premise enough to keep reading I never really felt anything for Kira. In fact her ability to solve any problem, come up with solutions to problems outside her area of expertise really annoyed me. Need a disease cured? Need military strategy? Need a nefarious plot uncovered? Kira the 16 year old wunderkid to the rescue!
Kira’s world is really creative and I loved the idea, but despite how much I wanted to I just couldn’t get into it, and when I started to think on it I couldn’t reconcile the details. It’s been 11 years since the downfall of society and the “plague babies” are starting to grow up and take on jobs and adult roles in society. So at 16 we have fully trained medics who can run salvage missions, work in obstetrics and gynecology and be competent virologists. All this accomplished in 11 years?
Based on the average statistic of 2.5 doctors per 1000 people (thanks Wikipedia!) that would mean of 36,000 survivors (all else being equal) you would have about 90 doctors (GPs) who survived. Now also take into account that, let’s say, 1/3 of survivors were children you would have about 60 doctors add in nurses and other medical personnel and we’ll round up to 300 people with some form of medical knowledge. I’m supposed to believe that these people were able to tend to the population now with limited medical care, research a debilitating disease, deal with a ton of pregnancies, create a new curriculum to allow 16 year olds to be up to speed on all of the above fields (because really, specific biology courses start to be offered in or about grade 10, and you don’t even specialize in medicine or virology until post-grad) and teach them?
And to those who would say – they only taught them the info they would need – well really, how would they have known what society would need in time to teach this to the kids? Given their daily tasks how would they have the time to develop this “as needed” education system and then disseminated it to the teachers? We’re currently faced with a fully equipped education system that is graduating kids who can’t do basic math when they leave high school so I don’t see how a society trying to rebuild would be able to accomplish this.
This applies to all the fields – if it was only Kira, MAYBE I could gloss over it as we’re given a possible explanation for her, but we have medics, commanding soldiers, ammunitions experts, and Haru is pretty close to a civil engineer and Isolde a senatorial aide. Given most of the 16 year olds I’ve come into contact with, this level of expertise just isn’t realistic.
So…a lot of my issues with this book would have been alleviated if they just could have changed the characters to somewhere between 25-35, or just omit some numbers and let it be ambiguous. If Kira had been older and forced to have children who didn’t survive it could have been a really powerful way to draw sympathy to her character and form a bond with the reader.
The most interesting parts of the book were those that revolved around Samm and the Partials, and the plot is really thought provoking and in spite of what I didn’t like about the writing and what I feel to be loop holes in the world building Partials is interesting and has a lot going for it. I’m hoping that in the sequel that Wells slows down a little bit and gives voice to his characters reactions to their ever changing world and that he tightens up the parameters of his society – Kira can’t talk about how Madison’s cravings for dirt during pregnancy are normal because of their deficient diet and then go out with Marcus for sushi. (less)